05/31/2014 10:28PM

Yonkers: All Bets Off the Rooney champion

Mike Lizzi
All Bets Off now has three wins in four starts after his Art Rooney win.

All Bets Off, handled deftly by driver Matt Kakaley, was able to slip off the rail on the backstretch and rallied stoutly to capture the $300,000 Art Rooney Final at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday.

The sophomore son of Bettors Delight left as the 1-5 favorite along with second choice Stevensville. The two raced as a tandem until Kakaley released Stevensville at the quarter. The fractions were rated from there as Tim Tetrick behind Stevensville cut the half in 55 1/5. Stevensville appeared to have control of the race with All Bets Off in the pocket, but Maxi Bon made a brisk move coming off the third turn and rolled right to the lead. “I never thought that was going to happen,” said Kakaley after the race.

Fortunately for the driver there was no one following closely to Maxi Bon and he was able to get off the rail and challenge into the final turn.

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From the 1:23 2/5 three quarters, Maxi Bon proved no match for the winner and eventually faded to third with Some Playa rallying late for the place spot.

Ron Burke trains and owns All Bets Off along with Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Shelswell.

All Bets Off has won three of his four starts this year, pacing his mile in 1:52 2/5.

Tyra and Tim Tetrick set a new stakes record in the $124,744 Lismore Final for three-year-old pacing fillies. Sent off as the 3-5 favorite, the daughter of McArdle looked to leave the gate but was overwhelmed by second choice Southwind Silence and driver George Brennan. That filly took control of the race before the 27 1/5 opening quarter with Tyra back and relaxed in third.

Southwind Silence set a half in 56 3/5 and then Tyra moved into the third turn and exploded by the leader just past the 1:24 3/5 three quarter clocking. From there Tyra was home free, opening up ground in the stretch to win by open lengths in a personal best 1:52 1/5 clocking.

“She raced exceptional,” said Tetrick following the race. “I’ve got a special place for this filly, my older brother Tom broke and trained her before sending her out here last year.”

Joann Looney-King trains Tyra for owner CC Racing LLC. A winner five times as a juvenile, the Lismore win was her second as a three-year-old in four starts.

Southwind Silence finished second with Also Encouraging third in the field of eight.