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This Week: Dexter Cup eliminations, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Freehold this week features three $16,000 Dexter Cup eliminations for 3-year-old open trotters. A total of 18 horses entered the Dexter Cup, so each elimination will feature six horses. The first two finishers in each elimination will return for the final. The remaining two finalists will be drawn by lot from the three horses finishing third in the eliminations. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The George Morton Levy Series for open pacers and Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for open pacing mares wrapped up this past weekend at Yonkers Raceway. Odds-on favorite Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) was the best Free-For-Aller entering and the best exiting this past Saturday night, winning the $609,000 final of the Levy. Bit Of A Legend N, after winning all five of his series prelims, drew post position two in the final. He was away third early, behind pole-sitting Take It Back Terry (George Brennan) and that one's stablemate, All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). All Bets Off, from post five, paid a :27 price for the first lead. Stratton, wanting no part of a three-hole, quickly moved Bit Of A Legend N to the front, finding a :55.2 intermission. Take It Back Terry then took out of third, trying his luck down the backside the second time, with P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) happily accepting that one's tow. However, Take It Back Terry never came close to Bit Of A Legend N who maintained an open lead in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters. The advantage was 1-1/2 lengths entering the lane and Bit Of A Legend N was about to close the sale. All Bets Off ducked in but never threatened as the people's preference won by a length in a life-best 1:51. Texican N (Yannick Gingras), stablemate of the winner, rallied for third, with P H Supercam and Take It Back Terry earning the minor cash. For Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 10 seasonal starts. Yagonnakissmeornot (Daniel Dube), second-best in this race a season ago, rolled from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares. Unhurried early from post position four, Yagonnakissmeornot watched as Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) was launched from behind the eight-ball. She was met by Sell A Bit N (Jordan Stratton), with the latter retaking before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Sell A Bit N continued to lead at the :55.3 half as Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) took out of third. That one moved toward the leader while Yagonnakissmeornot had some ground to make up from second-over. A :27.4 third quarter (1:23.2) did enough to make leader and challenger a bit susceptible, though Sell A Bit N had 1-1/2 lengths in and out of the final turn. As that was happening, Yagonnakissmeornot was getting the memo and roaring through the lane. She picked off the pacesetter, whipping Sell A Bit N by a pair of going-away lengths in a life best 1:51.4. Sell A Bit N held second, with a third-over Al Raza N (David Miller) third. For Yagonnakissmeornot , a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard. Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 161.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 100; 3. George Brennan - 96; 4. Jason Bartlett - 90; 5. Tim Tetrick - 69. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 128; 3. Rene Allard - 105; 4. Ron Burke - 93; 5. Richard Banca - 42. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 75; 3t. Durazzano Stable - 35; 3t. Allard Racing - 35; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 25.45; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 25.45. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack, Miami Valley Raceway and Flamboro Downs. Freehold has the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters and the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 7). Meadowlands Racetrack will host the Eltlopp Playoff for older trotters on Sunday (May 8), Miami Valley Raceway features the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting and pacing mares that same day, while Flamboro Downs will host eliminations for the Confederation Cup for 4-year-old open pacers as part of their May 8 card. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Odds-on favorite Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $2.60, part of entry)  was the best Free-For-Aller entering and the best exiting Saturday night, winning the $609,000 harness racing final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The 29th Levy, again honoring the memory of the Harness Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway, served as both the richest race in the history of the event and richest race of the season to date. Bit of a Legend N, after winning all five of his series prelims (including a track-record dead-heat [with Wiggle It Jiggleit] a week ago), drew post position No. 2 in the final. He was away third early, behind pole-sitting Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) and that one's stablemate, All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). All Bets Off, from post No. 5, paid a 27-second price for the first lead. Stratton, wanting no part of a three-hole, quickly moved Bit of a Legend N to the front, finding a :55.2 intermission. "Terry" then took out of third, trying his luck down the backside the second time, with P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) happily accepted that one's tow. However, Take it Back Terry never came that close to the "Legend," who maintained an open lead in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters. The advantage was a length-and-a-half entering the lane, and Bit of Legend N was about to close the sale. All Bets Off ducked in but never threatened as the people's preference won by a length in a life-best 1:51. Hr also become the first Down Under winner of this event. Texican N (Yannick Gingras), stable buddy of the winner, rallied quite nice for third, with P H Supercam and "Terry" earning the minor moolah. Texas Terror N (Brett Miller), Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) and Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) rounded out the order. The final time of 1:51 also matched Maltese Artist's (Greg Grismore) stakes record set in 2007, when the series returned after an 11-year hiatus. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $4.60, with no triple wagering offered to the limited number (five) of wagering interests. For Stratton, it was the biggest win of his career. "He's perfect for Yonkers, a small horse who gets around this track great. "Anything can happen when you go for this money," Stratton said. "I let everything settle and then went to the front. He's been great through the series and I'm just fortunate to be able to drive him. "He's the best horse I've ever trained and Jordan's taken good care of him," his Aussie-born trainer said, before giving a shout out to the owner "(Harry von Knoblauch) is 90-years-old and he's on a cruise with his daughter right now. He said, 'I wish I could get off this boat and be there.' I told him he'd feel a lot better when he got the check." What's next? "He gets some time off, and then, since he's not staked to very much, we're hoping for Invitationals at other half-miles (Western Fair, Harrington, and Northfield). The $304,500 winner's share upped Bit of a Legend N's seasonal earnings to an industry-best $451,250. A $100,000 series consolation was won by death-and-taxes Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.10) in 1:51. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 21, 2016--We're not condoning identity theft, but c'mon, which one of the other 4,247 currently-licensed U-S harness drivers wouldn't change places with Jordan Stratton this Saturday night? That's because Stratton has better-than-legitimate shots to win both of Yonkers Raceway's series finals, the $609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial and $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker. These are the sport's two richest races of the season to date. Since we believe in Ladies First, let's begin with the seventh race (approximate post time 9:10 PM) and Sell a Bit N in the Matchmaker. The 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar wears head No. 4 and leaves from post position No. 3. After winning legs two and three of the five-week trial period, Sell a Bit N found herself trapped in "No Woman's Land" the last two weeks, shuffled behind the tired and the stopping before finishing third and second, respectively. "The best thing about her is I can't hurt her feelings," Stratton said. "She's shown more gate speed than we anticipated and she can also take air. It doesn't seem to faze her. With the draw, I'm expecting we're near the front Saturday." The 28-year-old Stratton, who won the inaugural Matchmaker in 2009 with Pancleefandarpels, tries for his first Levy (ninth race, approx. post 9:50 PM) with another Kiwi expatriate, Bit of a Legend N. Both of Stratton's charges are owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Aussie Peter Tritton. Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight completed a perfect (5-for-5) prelim performance, wrapped by a scintillating dead-heat with reigning Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. "He paced right through the wire," Stratton said of the two-time (ages 2 and 3) Australian Breeders Crown winner How consistent has "Legend" been? He's danced the last three dances in exactly 1:51.2. For the season, it's seven wins and a pair of seconds in nine starts ($146,750). In the final, he wears head number 2 and leaves from that same venue. "The best horse I've ever driven. He's on the small side, which helps here (Yonkers) and he has a good mouth, which helps make very handy. "Even though he raced every week in the series, he wasn't used all that hard. He obviously drew well, but I've found the worst thing is to have a game plan before the gate opens, since they never seem to work out." Asked if he thought about what winning one or both of Saturday's races might do for his career, Stratton was quite level-headed. "I've learned in this business, it's possible to go from the top to the bottom very fast," he said. "I just try to do the best job I can." First post for Saturday's 13-race, $1.3 million card is 7:10 PM by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Bit Of A Legend was already a bit of a star before arriving in the U.S., but the New Zealand-born pacer has been adding to his legend this year with his performances in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. A 7-year-old stallion, Bit Of A Legend went 5-for-5 in the preliminary rounds of the six-week Levy Series, which concludes Saturday with a $609,000 final at Yonkers. Since February, when he began racing for New York-based trainer Peter Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch, Bit Of A Legend has won seven of nine starts and earned $146,750. He is the richest horse in North America this year. Prior to being sold to his new connections in December, Bit Of A Legend won 20 of 63 races and earned $659,686 (U.S.) while competing Down Under. Among his exploits, he was the first male pacer to win Australian Breeders Crown finals at ages 2 and 3. "He's the best horse I've had," said Tritton, a 65-year-old Australia native who over the years has teamed with von Knoblauch to campaign a number of successful imports from Down Under. "He's always been a good horse. He's always raced the best company and he's done a real good job. "Yonkers really suits him because he's so good gaited and you can drive him anyway --- leave, sit, come first over --- it doesn't matter. He just goes when you say go. He's just a great little racehorse." In the Levy's preliminary divisions, Bit Of A Legend won from off the pace in four of his five starts, including a rally from last place at the top of the stretch in the third week of the event. Last week, he finished in a dead heat for victory with Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, after a duel neither horse wanted to lose. The time of 1:51.2 for the mile was a track record for a dead heat. "That stretch drive was really something," Tritton said. "Neither horse wanted to get beat. I thought Wiggle It Jiggleit had it halfway up the straight, but my little horse really fought hard." Tritton could have skipped last week's round of the Levy because Bit Of A Legend already had enough points to qualify for the final. But Tritton didn't want to disrupt the pacer's schedule. "He thrives on racing," Tritton said. "I thought if I didn't race him I might have to train him a couple of times hard and I wanted to stick to what I was doing." Bit Of A Legend, a son of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the Sokys Atom mare-Soky's Legend, came highly recommended to Tritton by Down Under horse agent Peter Larkin. Tritton also spoke with Bit Of A Legend's former trainer, Cran Dalgety, prior to the sale. "He's one of the best trainers over there," Tritton said. "He wins a lot of races and knows a good horse from a bad horse. He really educates the horses and looks after them." Still, Tritton has been pleasantly surprised with Bit Of A Legend's fast start to his career in the States. Jordan Stratton has driven the horse in all of his races. "I didn't know he would go through the series undefeated," Tritton said. "You really wouldn't think he would be as good as he is, but he just relishes racing at Yonkers. And I think Jordan really suits him. He's always tried to look after him and leave something in the tank." The entry of Bit Of A Legend and New Zealand-born stablemate Texican is the 5-2 third choice in Saturday's Levy final. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Take It Back Terry and All Bets Off is the 8-5 favorite, followed by the Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained entry of P H Supercam and Mach It So at 9-5. Take It Back Terry, last year's Levy runner-up, and Mach It So had three wins in the preliminary rounds of this year's series. P H Supercam and All Bets Off both had one victory. Bit Of A Legend will start from post two and Texican from post six. Take It Back Terry leaves from post one and All Bets Off from post five. P H Supercam and Mach It So have posts three and seven, respectively. "I would have liked Texican to draw a bit closer, but I've got to be thankful for what I've got," Tritton said. "We've got a shot, there's no doubt about that. I think Jordan will stay up near the leaders and see if he can out-sprint them at the finish. If there's one thing (Bit Of A Legend) has got it's real good speed. At the top of the lane, he can make up a length or two real quick. It's a good spot where he can work it out." Tritton also will send out New Zealand import Sell A Bit in Saturday's $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final for pacing mares. Sell A Bit is 5-1 on the morning line. Last year's Matchmaker champion Venus Delight, part of an entry with Krispy Apple, is the 2-1 favorite. "I think she can win, I really do," Tritton said about Sell A Bit. "You can do a bit of work with her early and she'll just keep going. She's a very good mare. I'm quietly confident with her. "(My horses) just need racing luck. I'm hoping to have a good night. Even if you get second or third, you still make a fair amount of money. Having said that, it would be lovely to win. For Jordan too; it would be great to see him do it. We'll keep our fingers crossed." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $609,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $309,800 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 23). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: It was as advertised Saturday night (April 16), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The highly-anticipated first matchup between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit Of A Legend N was so stirring that neither one wanted to be left out of the picture. Both were sent off at odds-on in the last of three $50,000 divisions and when the stone dust settled, the camera was unable to separate 3-4 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) and 9-10 second choice Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) in 1:51.2. Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won seven of his nine North American starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding, is now three-for-four (two-for-three in series) this season and 26-for-31 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own the horse, trained by Clyde Francis. Saturday night's opening Levy division was won by 6-5 choice Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears). From post No. 2, he quarter-moved, then held second-choice P H Supercam at bay by a half-length in a life-best 1:51. All Bets Off was buried early, then picked off the rest for third. Lettucerockthem A, a 6-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, is two-for-seven this season (one-for-three in series). The second series get-together was won by a pocket-sitting fave Mach It So (Tim Tetrick). From post No. 2, he tripped-out by a neck over a stubborn, first-up Texican N in 1:51.3. Te Kawau N was third. Foiled Again, in his 250th career start, cut the mile from the pylons, gave way grudgingly late and finished fourth. Mach It So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now three-for-five this series/season. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 15), with a pair of $40,000 divisions comprising the fifth and final preliminary round. The evening began with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) eschewing an early pocket, then lasting on the lead. From post position No. 2, she was immediately seated early by Cinamony, but wanted nothing to do with that. She then took over before completing her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.2) for a second consecutive series victory. Sell A Bit N, as the 3-2 favorite, had left into a three-hole. She elected not to move first-up, then found herself wedged behind a tiring Cinamony. Sell A Bit N did get the passing lane, but not nearly in time to track down Krispy Apple, who -- as the second choice -- prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal, an uncovered winner a week ago, was an uncovered third here. Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now two-for-six this season (two-for-five in the series) after her 42nd career victory. The second event saw a repeating Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) pick off a badly-drifting Mach It A Par. From post No. 2, the 13-10 fave worked around Yagonnakissmeornot and set tepid intervals (:28.1, :58, 1:26). Mach It A Par opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but her desire to meet the crowd was about to cost her. Yagonnakissmeornot, as the second choice, stayed on the straight and narrow to win by a length in 1:53.2. Skippin By was a three-hole third. Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarazain and Kapildeo Singh, is now three-for-six this season (three-for-six in the series). Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 131.5; 2. George Brennan - 96; 3. Jason Bartlett - 88; 4. Daniel Dube - 68; 5. Tim Tetrick - 64. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 123; 2. Peter Tritton - 99.5; 3. Ron Burke - 83; 4. Rene Allard - 73; 5t. Andrew Harris - 37; 5t. Richard Banca - 37. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 99.5: 2. Bamond Racing - 72.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4. Allard Racing - 24.3; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 22.95; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 22.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, with $40,000 Dexter Cup eliminations (if necessary) for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (April 30). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 19, 2016-Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night's (Apr. 23) series finals, the $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker and $606,000 George Morton Levy Memorial. The Levy, going as the ninth race (approximate post 9:50 PM ET), found points leader Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) landing post position No. 2. Bit of a Legend N swept his five series prelims, including last week's track-record, dead-heat (1:51.2) with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Peter Tritton trains for owner Harry von Knoblauch. Take it Back Terry, last season's series runner-up and thrice a winner in four tries this time around, outdrew his eight rivals for the final. George Brennan takes his usual seat for co-owners (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Both "Legend" and "Terry" have entrymates in Texican N (Driver TBA, post 6) and All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, post 5), respectively. A third entry starts in the form of P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, post 3) Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, post 7). Texas Terror N (Brett Miler, post 4) and Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears, post 8) round out the field. The final of the Matchmaker goes as the seventh race (approx. post 9:10 PM), and drew out as such...1-Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan), 2-Regil Elektra (Tetrick), 3-Sell a Bit N (Stratton), 4-Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), 5-Al Raza N (Dave Miller), 6-Mach it a Par (Brennan), 7-Venus Delight (Tetrick also listed, post 7), 8-Krispy Apple (Bartlett). Venus Delight is the defending champ, while "Yagonna' was this season's points leader. As has been the case annually, these are the sport's two richest races of the season to date, with this also being the richest-ever edition of the Levy. A pair consolations ($100,000-Levy, $75,000-Matchmaker) go immediately before their finals. Wiggle It Jiggleit will race in the consolation as he did not earn enough points for the final. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 18, 2016-Yonkers Raceway has announced the purses for this Saturday night's (Apr. 23) series finals, with the Blue Chip Matchmaker going for the $309,800 and the George Morton Levy Memorial set at $606,000. As has been the case annually, these are the sport's two richest races of the season to date, with this also being the richest-ever edition of the Levy. Note that the open draws for these races-and their respective consolations ($100,000-Levy, $75,000-Matchmaker)-shall be conducted Tuesday Apr. 19) morning. The final series standings accompany this release, though the eligibles for finals and consolations are solely determined by the race office per the conditions of the series. http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/levystandings.pdf http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bluechipstandings.pdf Horsemen are reminded they are responsible for entering, with the Saturday entry box closing Tuesday morning at 9 AM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Elkton, MD -- Post Time is excited to be working with the SOA of NY to provide coverage of the 2016 George Morton Levy Final from Yonkers Raceway. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be hosting a special 2 hour program on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The duo will provide an in depth analysis of the final and discuss horses with some of their connections leading up to the Levy Final. Joe Faraldo, President of the SOA of NY said "We're very pleased to be working with Post Time with Mike and Mike to promote next week's Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway. They always have entertaining and informative broadcasts on racing and we look forward to their coverage of a great night of racing at Yonkers on Saturday. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be having a couple of giveaways on the show on Saturday, as well as having the final for the Levy Contest that has been going on each week. If one of the five finalists horses wins the Levy Final they will win a pair of Yannick Gingras colors. The special Levy program will be in addition to the regular broadcast which is featured on Thursday nights at 7:00. Post Time with Mike and Mike's mission is to positively promote the sport of harness racing. Every hoof that hits a racetrack has stories to tell, whether a claimer or a stakes horse, and we plan on telling those stories. For more information or to listen to previous shows, please visit www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 13, 2016-The marathon is about over, but instead of 26.2 miles in "x" number of hours, it's five miles in five consecutive weeks......and nary a Kenyan in sight. This weekend, Yonkers Raceway offers the fifth and final preliminary rounds in both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Friday night) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (Saturday night). The lasses in the Matchmaker go in consecutive (races 6 and 7), $40,000 divisions. Though series points-leader Al Raza N has the week off, just about all the other leading ladies are in-to-go. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, post 4) and Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, post 2)-each with a pair of leg wins-drew into the first and second groupings, respectively, while Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, post 2) and Carolsideal (Dube, post 3) found their way into the opening scrum. "Yagonnakissme," Krispy Apple and Carolsideal won last Friday's fourth-round events. The Levy has been whittled down to a series-low three $50,000 groupings (races 5 through 7), with the last of 'em getting the deserved attention. A perfect Bit of a Legend N (Stratton, post 4), 4-for-4 in his series soirees, hooks reining Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, post 7) for the first time. Not that a 25-large winner's share is chump change, but neither actually needs to win this race. "Legend" is already in the final (both series conclude Saturday night, Apr. 23), and WIJI cannot qualify due to his late (third leg) Levy debut. Bit of a Legend N enters of a pair of 1:51.2 wins in succession, while Wiggle It Jiggleit authored a 1:51.1 public workout in winning his event last weekend. The opening division is led by P H Supercam (Bartlett, post 1), Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears, post 2) and All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, post 3). Series "doublers" Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, post 2) and Lucan Hanover (Brett Miller, post 7) highlight the second event, which also includes one Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras, post 1). The sport's richest-ever horse ($7.3 million) had last week off after two fourths (one in a dead-heat) and a second in three series starts. Matchmaker and Levy standings accompany this release. Be advised that the standings do not necessarily indicate qualifiers for finals and/or consolations. Those shall be determined by the race office, as per conditions of the series. http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bluechipstandings.pdf http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/levystandings.pdf by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fifth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 15) in the fifth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 16) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fifth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (April 9) brought with it the fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four $50,000 divisions brought the series further in focus, with the gazing especially glaring at both Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit Of A Legend N. Starting with the latter, even-money Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) extended his perfect preliminary resume, easily winning the third division from the pocket in 1:51.2. He won by a length, with a second-over Lettucerockthem A second and Limelight Beach third. Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won six of his eight North American starts. As for Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague), he earned the respect Rodney Dangerfield never could. Last season's Horse of the Year, making his second series start, won the draw in the second division and his rivals dutifully demurred. The result was a qualifier-esque first half (:28, :56.3) and a :54.3 back portion (1:24.1, 1:51.1). The final margin was 2-3/4 lengths over P H Supercam, who outgamed a pocket-sitting All Bets Off. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding, is now two-for-three this season and 25-for-30 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own Wiggle It Jiggleit, trained by Clyde Francis. Driver Tim Tetrick bookended Saturday night's other Levy groupings, the first with Ideal Cowboy in 1:52.1 and the finale with Mach It So, also in 1:52.1. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 8), with what has become commonplace: three $40,000 divisions. The fourth of five preliminary rounds began with a first-up Carolsideal (Dan Dube), saved by the wire to barely beat a very unlucky Mach It A Par. Venus Delight, as the 3-2 favorite, was third. Fourth choice Carolsideal, a 7-year-old Western Ideal miss co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh, is now one-for-three in her seasonal/series resume. Dube's strategy worked so well in the first series division, he employed it again in the second. This time, he and Yagonnakissmeornot sat off the early scrum and went from first-up to first home. She won by four lengths in a season's-best 1:52. Regil Elektra gapped the winner but grabbed second, with Sell A Bit N settling for third. Fifth choice Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa who shares same trainer and ownership consortium as Carolsideal, is now two-for-five this season (two-for-four in series). The evening's final series soiree saw Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) get her first win in 2016. Al Raza N put in a valiant, two-move effort, but gave way grudgingly as Lady Shadow owned a 1-3/4 length lead into the lane. However, Krispy Apple, as the third choice, ducked in and went by, the final margin a neck in 1:51.4. Cinamony offered decent ground-saving pace to wind up third, while Al Raza N faded to fifth in her first series defeat. Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now one-for-five this season (one-for-four in the series) after her 41st career victory. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 114; 2. George Brennan - 89; 3. Jason Bartlett - 73; 4. Daniel Dube - 56; 5. Tim Tetrick - 54. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 98; 2. Peter Tritton - 82; 3. Ron Burke - 77; 4. Rene Allard - 51; 5. Andrew Harris - 37. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 82: 2. Bamond Racing - 57.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4t. Burke Racing Stable - 21.45; 4t. Weaver Bruscemi - 21.45. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place next weekend at Yonkers Raceway, with the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy finals and consolations. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Come this Saturday night when the horses line up behind the starting gate in the seventh race $50,000 final elimination division of the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway, driver Montrell Teague will let Wiggle It Jiggleit dictate how the race will go. “I don’t have a game plan going into the race this Saturday,” Montrell Teague said. “We will see how things shape up when we get behind the starting gate.” Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Dan Patch Horse of the Year, is in a tough spot. He drew the outside post position seven and for the first time is facing the “wonder from down under” Bit Of A Legend N, who is four for four in the Levy Series so far. Even if Wiggle It Jiggleit can win the race, he may not have enough points to make it to the estimated $400,000 plus rich final on Saturday, April 24. “We kinda came into the Levy Series a little late,” Teague said, “Even every horse that just drops in the box gets 25 points, so we need to win this Saturday. And if we do win we still may not make the final, but anything’s possible. “There is still a consolation race for $100,000 and we would be happy to make it in there.” Teague said, “It’s never bad when you can win a race and make $50,000. I’d be more than happy with that every week. “He (WIGI) is going to bang heads with these top horses all season long, Teague said, “But I know he is up to it right now. He (WIGI) came out of Saturday’s race in good shape. I had ridden up with the truck and trailer so I was cooling him out walking him after the race and he was fine. “It seemed like it was a training mile for him last Saturday. He does it so easy,” Teague explained. “A normal horse may go in 1:52 easy, but for Wiggle It Jiggleit, 1:51 and 1:50 is an easy mile for him to do. “All I did last week was pop his ear plugs the last quarter mile and he zipped home in :27.” Teague added, “I had All Bets Off on my back and another one first-over so I just kicked the ear plugs out and did not have to say anything to him and he tore right off and won it easy. I didn’t have to pop the ear plugs but I wanted to as it was a different track for him and I wanted him to know when to go. “He is a good shipper and now he is nice and easy in the race paddock,” Teague explained, “He has finally calmed down and is in his racing mode. Sometimes before he would jump around in the race paddock. “I’ve watched Bit Of A Legend race every week in the series,” Teague said, “And I know he is a very very nice horse. It will be a real good race this Saturday. I think we are on an equal level with him and the other horses in this series. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 9, 2016-Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night brought with it the fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 divisions brought the series further in focus, with the gazing especially glaring at both Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit of a Legend N. Starting with the latter, even-money Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) extended his perfect preliminary resume, easily winning the third division from the pocket in 1:51.2. Making the first lead (:27.4) from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch), Bit of a Legend N yielded to Let's Drink on It (Tim Tetrick). That one then led the way (:55.2, 1:23.1), taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Unfortunately, something went awry with Let's Drink on It, who faded to last, but not before he carried Bit of a Legend N to the Promised Land. He won by a length in 1:51.2, with a second-over Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears) second and Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) third. Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won six of his eight North American starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $14.80, with the triple returned $54. "You can race him any way you want," Stratton said. "Even though he's won four races in this series, he really hasn't been used that hard." Asked what's impressed him about his steady date, Stratton offered that "he's done all this with me driving." As for Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.10), he earned the respect Rodney Dangerfield never could. Last season's Horse of the Year, making his second series start, won the draw in the second division and his rivals dutifully demurred. The result was a qualifier-esque first half (:28, :56.3) and a :54.3 back portion (1:24.1, 1:51.1). The final margin was 2¾ lengths over P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), who outgamed a pocket-sitting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles gelding, is now 2-for-3 this season and 25-for-30 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own WIJI, trained by Clyde Francis. The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $27.60. "It as if he didn't have the break after last season," Montrell Teague Jr. said. "When I looked over and saw everyone else take of the gate, I knew it was his race. I just popped the plugs, never even had to ask him." Tetrick bookended Saturday night's other Levy groupings, the first with Ideal Cowboy ($11.20) in 1:52.1 and the finale with Mach it So ($3.40), also in 1:52.1. Ideal Cowboy, from second-over, snapped Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) by a neck-"Terry's" first series defeat-while Mach it So went the distance to edge Te Kawau N (Gingras) by a nose. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 6, 2016- For those who have yet to do so, it's about time to impress the judges. This weekend, Yonkers Raceway hosts the fourth of five preliminary rounds in both the Blue Chip Matchmaker sand George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Since it's women and children first, three, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions (races 5,6 and 7) are set for Friday evening. Al Raza N (Dave Miller, post 7), the only perfect (3-for-3) participant thus far, gets both a rotten draw and a new date. The 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect-subject of a fine USTA story earlier in the week-drew outside of her rivals in the final event, with Miller enlisted by owner (as Durazzano Stable) to take some of the embarrassment of riches away from Jordan Stratton. The latter had driven Al Raza N throughout the series, but opted to chauffeur For the Ladies N (post 6) here for trainer Peter Tritton. For the Ladies N closed to upset at 19-1 a week ago, while Stratton and Tritton also combine with Sell a Bit N (post 4) in the second grouping. The 6-year-old Julius Caesar ma'am has won her last two series tries and is Stratton's surmised choice for the Apr. 23 series finale. Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, post 5), defending series champ, landed in the opening event as she looks for her first Matchmaker win. Saturday night, it's four Levy divisions (races 6 through 9) at the usual $50,000 per. Series co-leaders Take it Back Terry and Bit of a Legend N-each 3-for-3-once again have managed to avoid one another. "Terry" drew post position No. 3 in the opening group, with George Brennan again doing the honors. Among his foes is Sana Fe Beachboy (Bartlett, post 6), who threw down the season's fast local mile (1:50.2) in winning his series event last weekend. Bit of a Legend N, who won from an impossible locale a week ago (enter the dance team of Stratton and Tritton for an encore), landed post No. 6 in the third division. With the subject of the season being exit polls, reigning Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) exits from the pole in the stacked second division. WIJI paced a vicious back half in his local/series debut in Round 3, winding up second to a down-the-road All Bets Off. Those two are next-door neighbors here, with All Bets Off and Matt Kakaley starting from post No. 2 in a gathering which also includes P H Supercam (Bartlett, post 4) and Lucan Hanover (Brett Miller, post 5). Domethatagain (Dan Dube, post 3), the '15 Levy winner, figures a contender in Saturday night's final division. Notably absent for this go-round is one Foiled Again, who has finished fourth twice (one in a dead-heat) and second in his three series starts. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fourth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 8) in the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 9) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the fourth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (April 2) brought with it the third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four $50,000 divisions featured something for everyone, as in a pair of series hat tricks, a Ron Burke double, the fastest local mile of the season and a locally-debuting Harness Horse of the Year. Let's start with apropos props for the series co-leaders, with Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) winning from an impossible locale and Take It Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.10) going down the road. Bit Of A Legend N found some room between rivals, then whipped Phil Your Boots by a half-length in 1:51.2.  The former, stuck behind the eight-ball, found himself last turning for home in the second division. Instead of fanning widest, Stratton found some room between rivals, then whipped Phil Your Boots by a half-length in 1:51.2. Fourth choice Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won five of his six North American starts. As for favored Take It Back Terry, he did his damage from post position No. 4 in the final division, holding off pocket-prowling Mach It So by a half-length in 1:51.4. Take It Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, won his third race in four seasonal starts. Burke's first win of the Levy evening came when All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $17.60) bottomed out his foes in 1:51.3. From post No. 6, he gave himself enough separation to whip a storming home Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) by a length. Wiggle It Jiggleit, stuck seventh (from post No. 7) until the backside the second time, unleashed a torrid wide move but couldn't get to the winner in a very good local debut. Fourth choice All Bets Off, a 5-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable, is now two-for-five this season. The evening's first division found Santa Fe Beachboy (Jason Bartlett, $15.20) go up and over pole-sitting, pace-setting Bettorever, then whip him by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2, fastest eight furlongs of the local season. Fourth choice Santa Fe Beachboy, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Santa Fe Stable and trained by Richard Banca, is now two-for-seven this season. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 1). Three compacted, $40,000 legions of lasses comprised a 'sloppy' third of five preliminary rounds and driver Jordan Stratton found his way to the winner's circle in each of the divisions. For The Ladies N ($40.40) won the first division in 1:53.1. The longest shot on the board -- from post position No. 5 -- won by a neck over Regil Elektra. For The Ladies N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Jereme's Jet owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, is now one-for-five this season. Friday's second Matchmaker event had owner, trainer and driver double-up with Sell A Bit N ($7.10), who herself made it a series two-fer. Negating her outside six-hole, the second choice worked around Skippin By, then laid down the law in 1:53. Sell A Bit N won by 1-1/4 lengths, with Venus Delight second and Skippin By third. Sell A Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar, is now two-for-six this season. The evening's final series soiree saw Stratton and just-over-even-money Al Raza N ($4.10) complete an evening/series hat trick, respectively. Al Raza N moved widest in the lane and defeated the lass on her back, Mach It A Par, by a half-length in 1:53. For Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her fourth win in five starts. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 102; 2. George Brennan - 79; 3. Jason Bartlett - 51; 4 Matt Kakaley - 36; 5t. Daniel Dube - 34; 5t. Tim Tetrick - 34. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 70; 2. Ron Burke - 66; 3. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 61; 4. Andrew Harris - 37; 5. Agostino Abbatiello - 30. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 70: 2. Bamond Racing - 35.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4. West Wins Stable - 20; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 18.20; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 18.20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with the final preliminary leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy next weekend. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 23. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night brought with it the third round of the harness racing George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 divisions featured something for everyone, as in a pair of series hat tricks, a Ron Burke double, the fastest local mile of the season and a locally-debuting Harness Horse of the Year. Let's start with apropos props for the series co-leaders, with Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) winning from an impossible locale and Take it Back Terry ($4.10) going down the road. The former, stuck behind the eight-ball, found himself last turning for home in the second division. Instead of fanning widest, Stratton found some room between rivals, then whipped Phil Your Boots (Sears) by a half-length in 1:51.2. Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras) was a wide third, with 9-10 choice P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) failing to successfully execute a second move and retreating to last. Fourth choice Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won five of his six North American starts. The exacta paid $50, with the triple returned $245.50. As for favored "Terry," he did his damage from post position No. 4 in the final division, holding off pocket-prowling Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:51.4. Doctor Butch (Bartlett) was a first-up third. Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, won his third race in four seasonal starts.. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11, with the triple returned $39.40 and the superfecta paid $127. Burke's first win of the Levy evening began when All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $17.60) bottomed out his foes in 1:51.3. From post No. 6, he gave himself enough separation to whip a storming home Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) by a length. WIJI, stuck seventh (from post No. 7) until the backside the second time, unleashed a torrid wide move by couldn't get to the winner in a very good local debut. Rank outsider Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald) lost the place photo at 64-1, with Te Kawau N (Tetrick) fourth. Fourth choice All Bets Off, a 5-year-old statebred son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Panhellenic Stable, is now 2-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $64.50, the triple returned $793 and the superfecta paid $6,939. "I was going forward regardless," Kakaley said. "If (Wiggle It Jiggleit) had left with us, I was prepared to go with him. I heard him coming late, but my horse always tries." The evening's first division found Sana Fe Beachboy (Bartlett, $15.20) go up and over pole-sitting, pace-setting Bettorever (Tetrick), then whip him by 3½ lengths in 1:50.2, fastest eight furlongs of the local season. Lettucerockthem A (Stratton) closed from last to third, just ahead of a dead-heating 7-5 fave Foiled Again (Gingras) and Great Vintage (MacDonald). Foiled Again was under encouragement for much of the back half. Fourth choice Santa Fe Beachboy, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Santa Fe Stable and trained by Richard Banca, is now 2-for-7 this season, The exacta paid $121.50, with the triple returning $1,197. "He's fast enough, you just have to drive him right," Bartlett said. Frank Drucker

Wiggle It Jiggleit has already done things never before seen on a harness racing half-mile racetrack. And he will add to that list when he heads to Yonkers for Saturday's third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. That's because on Saturday the 4-year-old Wiggle It Jiggleit will become the first returning Horse of the Year Award winner to ever compete in the Levy. The Levy began in 1978 and was raced through 1996 before an 11-year hiatus. The event returned in 2007. Wiggle It Jiggleit, who was not entered in the first two rounds of this year's six-week series, will start from post seven in Saturday's third of four $50,000 divisions. Montell Teague will drive Wiggle It Jiggleit for trainer Clyde Francis and owners George Teague Jr. Inc. and Teague Racing Partnership. Despite starting from an outside post, Wiggle It Jiggleit is the 2-1 morning line favorite in his third-round division, which also includes the Levy's defending champion, Domethatagain, as well as morning line second choice Ideal Cowboy. Wiggle It Jiggleit heads to the series off a victory in his seasonal debut Monday night at Dover Downs. For his career, the gelding has won 24 of 28 races and earned $2.21 million. He captured 22 of 26 starts last season on his way to being named Horse of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. "The first race back always makes you a little nervous, but he was good and I was very happy with him," owner George Teague Jr. said. "He didn't get beat up, so I felt better putting him back in (to race Saturday). I wish I'd drawn better than post seven, but I'm sure everyone that draws outside at Yonkers feels the same way too. "He's a very unusual horse to be racing in the Levy, from the standpoint that I'm sure there haven't been a whole lot of Horse of the Year horses come back and race this early --- if they came back to race at all. I don't think too many people would take a shot at the Levy, with the racing so many weeks in a row and being a half-mile racetrack. But he's never lost on a half-mile track. I'm sure that's going to change, but that's not a bad thing for him to be on a half." Wiggle It Jiggleit is 4-for-4 on half-mile ovals, with his wins coming last year in historic fashion. He posted a 1:49 victory at Harrington Raceway, which is the fastest half-mile victory ever by a 3-year-old in harness racing history, and won the Little Brown Jug in straight heats of 1:49.2 and 1:49.3. He also won the Milstein Memorial in 1:49.3 at Northfield Park, which set the track record for fastest mile by a 3-year-old. No other horse in history has in a single year won four times on a half-mile track in 1:49.3 or faster. In fact, only two other horses have ever won multiple times on a half-mile oval in 1:49.3 or faster --- Clear Vision, who totaled four such wins divided between 2013 and 2014, and Rock N Roll Heaven, who swept the 2010 Little Brown Jug with identical 1:49.2 triumphs. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a son of Mr Wiggles-Mozzi Hanover, will need to be at his half-mile best on Saturday as he attempts to overcome his outside starting spot. Post seven at Yonkers has produced winners in only 5.7 percent of 663 starts. "I haven't raced there much, but I've watched the races over there and it doesn't seem like a normal half-mile track," said the 25-year-old Montrell Teague, who in his career has driven nine races at Yonkers. "It's a little different coming from the outside there; a little harder to get to the front. They say the inside horses have at least a length advantage going into that (first) turn. Hopefully, we can get a good trip." On Monday, Wiggle It Jiggleit won the $60,000 Invitational Handicap at Dover Downs, beating Rockeyed Optimist by one length in 1:51.4. "I was very happy with it," Teague said. "There were some good horses. It was kind of in my favor because I was inside of (Rockeyed Optimist and Bettor's Edge on the starting gate) and could see what they were going to do. Leaving out of there, I knew that Rockeyed Optimist was going to come off the gate and be the main one. It was pretty good to have him behind me and I could dictate the fractions. I was able to back it down and then sprint home. It was like a training mile for him." Wiggle It Jiggleit's late arrival to the Levy puts him in a difficult spot to qualify for the $200,000-added final on April 23. Horses receive 25 points for entering, then 50 points for a win, 25 for second place, 12 for third, 8 for fourth and 5 for fifth. Bit Of A Legend N, Lucan Hanover, and Take It Back Terry are all 2-for-2 in the series and the top 11 horses in the standings have at least 100 points so far. Bit Of A Legend N drew post eight in Saturday's second division and Lucan Hanover and Take It Back Terry both drew into the fourth division. In fact, the fourth division features five of the top 13 horses in points, with Doctor Butch, Mach It So, and Texas Terror N also part of the eight-horse field. "I hope we can make it to the final," Teague Jr. said. "I know it's going to be a tough task. But even if he doesn't, I've put up $5,000 (to nominate Wiggle It Jiggleit to the Levy) to race for $50,000 each week. Where else am I going to race? I don't believe in giving him off six months and then racing. My theory is to race him now." If Wiggle It Jiggleit can advance and win the Levy final, he would be the first 4-year-old to do so since Whiteland Trouble in 1992. "As usual, when you bring Wiggle It Jiggleit to the racetrack you have to be confident that you've got a chance," Teague Jr. said. "If he's on his game, and he's sound and healthy, I think he can go with anybody else. I've never seen a horse that can take the amount of air he can take and hit the stretch and find another gear. "I feel pretty confident that he's going to show up and do well. He hasn't done anything to make me change my mind on that." Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

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