04/02/2016 10:40PM

Yonkers: All Bets Off tops Wiggle It Jiggleit in Levy Series action

Mike Lizzi
All Bets Off finishes off his victory over Wiggle It Jiggleit (#7) in their Levy Series division Saturday night at Yonkers

Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit made his Yonkers debut on Saturday night, but it was not a winning one. Driver Montrell Teague saw two horses to his inside leave the gate and elected to take the 4-year-old from off the pace. Teague’s decision made life easy for Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off as he strolled around the track and scored in 1:51 3/5 for driver Matt Kakaley in one of four George Morton Levy series divisions.

“It worked out for us,” said Kakaley who acknowledged after the race it was always his intention to leave.

For Wiggle It Jiggleit while losing has been hardly customary during his brilliant career, a second-place finish five days after winning at Dover was nothing to be ashamed of. Actually it was something the connections could be proud of as the gelding battled the fractions that benefitted the front end as well as a very wide trip during the quickest part of the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit edged out Forty Five Red for the place.

Burke's Take It Back Terry was also dominant for driver George Brennan in a 1:51 4/5 mile. It was the third straight for the pair in the series and confirmed the 7-year-old atop the point standings. Mach It So finished second from the pocket with Doctor Butch getting the final board spot.

Take It Back Terry was not alone as a three-leg winner, but Bit Of A Legend N had a much more rugged trip and still managed to win for driver Jordan Stratton and trainer Pete Tritton.

It was an epic battle as P H Supercam and Evenin Of Pleasure duked it out through a :26 4/5 opening quarter with the latter gaining control. Then Phil Your Boots and Brian Sears made a brisk move to attack before the :54 4/5 opening half and secured the lead. P H Supercam again moved to challenge on the backstretch and locked heads with the pace maker through a 1:22 4/5 three-quarters.

That may have softened up the leaders some, but Bit Of A Legend N was last on the rail and driver Stratton didn’t seem to be looking to go wide. Instead he opted to stay between horses and then angled out slightly in early stretch. Once free Bit Of A Legend finished furiously to roll by Phil Your Boots and Limelight Beach on the wire of a 1:51 2/5 mile.

The fastest of the four divisions went to Santa Fe Beachboy and Jason Bartlett in a wicked 1:50 2/5 effort over Bettorever and Lettucerockthem A.

Trained by Rich Banca the 6-year-old blasted by Bettorever after a :55 opening half and set sail with a :27 3/5 third quarter.

“The day I went 1:50 4/5 with him in a non-winners of $12,000 I had never driven a horse that did it that easy,” said Bartlett after the race. After finishing off the board in his first two Levy legs Bartlett made the difference. “I’ve just got to get him the right trip.”