05/30/2015 8:16PM

Yonkers: Anxious moments for In The Arsenal in Rooney victory

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Mike Lizzi
In The Arsenal (1) held on to keep his 2015 record perfect.

Things can change in a hurry during a race and that was the case for In The Arsenal in the $300,000 Art Rooney for 3-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Saturday night. Driver Brian Sears appeared to be home free with the sometimes green colt, but the Kelvin Harrison trainee had other ideas and took a giant step to the right through the Yonkers Raceway stretch that almost cost him the victory.

Betting Exchange, coupled in the wagering with In The Arsenal, had to work to make the front through an opening quarter in 27 2/5. He would soon yield to his barn mate before the 56-second half.

In The Arsenal cruised down to three quarters in 1:24 while fending off the first-over Arque Hanover and looked to be a winner mid-stretch before running out just before the wire which allowed Betting Exchange a place in the tight win photo.

Ultimately In The Arsenal kept his nose in front and scored the 1:51 2/5 victory. Rock N’ Roll World was third.

“He was a little green and took a step to the right tonight,” said Sears. “Hopefully with experience he’ll get better and more mature.”

In The Arsenal ($2.50) won for the third time in as many 2015 starts for owner White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing. He has earned $185,525 this year.

Purrfect Bags scored the upset in the $117,724 Lismore final for 3-year-old pacing fillies later in the card.

Favorite Sassa Hanover brushed to the front between the 27 3/5 opening quarter and 55 3/5 half-mile marker. She continued along while feeling only token pressure from an uncovered Bedroomconfessions approaching three quarters in 1:24 3/5.

In the stretch it appeared to be Sassa Hanover’s race, but Purfect Bags charged home off cover and won going away with complete ease in 1:52 3/5 at 11-1.

Bedroomconfessions held nicely for third.

“She has a burst of speed that she showed tonight,” said driver Victor Kirby.

“I bought her home as a yearling and gave $2,000 for her and my husband was less than pleased,” said owner Joann King-Looney about the overachieving filly, who has made over $200,000 in her career.

Jim King, Jr. has trained the filly to a nearly perfect 10 wins in 12 lifetime starts.