04/03/2014 11:24AM

Yonkers: Bartlett looks to break the ice in Saturday's Levy series

Mike Lizzi
Jason Bartlett, who is tied for second in driving wins at the current Yonkers Raceway meet, hopes to get his first win in the George Morton Levy Memorial series on Saturday.

Going into round three of the George Morton Levy series at Yonkers this Saturday, it’s mostly been a case of trainer Ron Burke sending out winners at even an alarming rate for him. With four $50,000 divisions featured on the 12-race program, once again all of the leg winners will be in action headed up by the star attraction Foiled Again.

Driver Jason Bartlett hasn’t had to play second fiddle to anyone recently at the Westchester County-half mile track and he’ll have four live mounts in the Levy, yet even he thinks it has become a daunting task racing at this level against the Burke brigade.

“Last week I drew post eight with P H Supercam and there were three horses on the inside from the Burke stable,” said Bartlett, “I had to take a chance to leave the gate otherwise they end up walking to the half and I’m coming from last.”

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Such was the case last week for P H Supercam, a horse Bartlett believes is in great shape but as yet has not tasted victory in the series.

Could his luck change this Saturday?

The P J Fraley-trained P H Supercam is one of two horses Bartlett drives in the Levy legs on Saturday that landed the pole position. The good news was short-lived for Bartlett since drawing into P H Supercam’s division  (race 11) was none other than Foiled Again.

“He’s probably the greatest horse to ever race,” said Bartlett in tribute to his rival that starts form post seven. But the 32-year-old driver also had praise for his own horse. “He can spring off the gate pretty fast,” said Bartlett of P H Supercam, “And he can kick it in pretty good in the stretch.”

Still, in the best case scenario, Bartlett hopes that Foiled Again is not on his “A” game and gives his horse a chance to win. “That’s why we race them,” said Bartlett.

In the first Levy division, race four on the program, Bartlett will line up from post two with Mr Hasani N. The import has finished fifth in both legs thus far and will need to pick up some points if he’s to have a chance to qualify for the rich final.

“He actually raced pretty good last week,” said Bartlett, “They mixed it up on the front end and then I went inside with him and we got shut off. Once we got out he finished up well.”

“Obviously he has to beat Easy Again,” said Bartlett, referring to the leg one winner from the Burke stable that starts from post five for driver George Brennan. Easy Again finished third in last week’s second leg, flattening out some in the stretch after exerting a :26 2/5 individual third quarter just to get close to the leaders.

Mr Hasani N and Bartlett were a solid second in an Open Handicap at Yonkers on March 8. “I him first over that night and he dug in very well,” said Bartlett.

Bartlett is hoping for some racing luck with Fat Mans Alley. The reformed claimer earned over $200,000 as a five-year-old in 2013 and has already cashed checks totaling $55,640 this year. “He’s a bit of a trip horse,” said Bartlett. “Sure he can grind on the outside but I don’t think I can pull him at the three-eighths and have something left.”

With the Burke-trained twosome of Bettors Edge and Aracache Hanover owning the rail and post two in this division, Bartlett is hoping that perhaps others in the field, namely Word Power (post four) or even Sapphire City (post six), will enter the action early to set up a contested pace.

Again Bartlett starts from the rail in the ninth race Levy division, but the assignment is daunting considering he’ll steer Here We Go Again, a winner once this year against lesser stock.

“He was enormous last week,” said Bartlett of Mach It So, a two-leg winner that came from well back to defeat a solid field last week.

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Mach It So drew post five but the field also includes two-leg winner Itrustyou (post two), two-time runner-up Clear Vision (post seven) and Apprentice Hanover (post three).

Though Bartlett won’t be a favorite in any of the Levy legs on Saturday, he’s very upbeat about his success.

“The driving colony has gotten so much deeper here with the addition of George (Brennan), Brian (Sears) and Ronnie (Pierce), but I’m getting good horses to drive and I’m fortunate to be driving in $50,000 races,” said Bartlett.

Currently second in the Yonkers Raceway driving standings behind Brian Sears you can expect Jason Bartlett’s charges to be in play in every race.