04/05/2012 12:01PM

Yonkers: Dancin Yankee on improve for Round 3 of George Morton Levy


Last year trainer Josh Green had one of the stars in the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers. His Giddy Up Lucky had post eight in the rich final and finished a solid second behind race winner Real Nice. This year, Green doesn’t claim to have anything near the quality of that horse, but enters Saturday’s third round with an improving four-year-old in Dancin Yankee.

A son of the highly successful former Ohio stallion Yankee Cruiser, Dancin Yankee was purchased as a yearling.  The horse stayed primarily in Ohio for his first two years of racing but came east at the end of his three-year-old season to race out of Green’s stable in Delaware. With a solid second in the opening leg and a brilliant third-place finish last week, Dancin Yankee may be on the verge of a victory in one of six $50,000 legs of the series this Saturday.

“I would have to say that his last two starts have probably been the best of his career,” Green said. “I hope he continues to improve.”

With the Levy going in five legs and a final, Green seems to believe that Dancin Yankee’s best opportunity could come in qualifying for the consolation on April 28. “I don’t think he can go with the top ones in this series. He’s a four-year-old going against aged horses,” he said.

In the first leg of the Levy, Dancin Yankee tracked pacesetter Clear Vision in third and closed rapidly along the inside for second. In last week’s leg he was well back off the early pace and rallied wide to finish third in Real Nice’s 1:51 3/5 mile. Jason Bartlett returns to the sulky in Saturday’s sixth race.

Dancin Yankee will meet up with first round winner Art Z as well as the Burke Stable’s Southern Allie.

Green has another hard-hitting pacer in Summer Camp. The five-year-old has been rock solid with consecutive runner-up spots in the first two legs. His assignment gets a little more difficult this week with post five in the seventh race division.

“I love this horse. He tries really hard each race,” Green said. “The half-mile track is not really his forte. He gets a little bumpy.”

Nevertheless Summer Camp has shown his class in both Levy legs.

Summer Camp will have his work cut out this week racing against last week’s fastest Levy leg winner Foiled Again, who drew the rail and is likely to be a very short-priced favorite. Second-round winner Nob Hill High and the veteran performer Blatantly Good round out perhaps the deepest field of the night.

The evening’s fifth race Levy division seems the most competitive with four leg winners vying for the $50,000 purse. Reibercrombie, an off-the-pace winner in opening leg action, landed the pole position. He’ll meet two-leg winner Atochia (post 6) and second-round winner Flipper J (post 3) as well as first-round winner Strand Hanover (post 7) in what shapes up as a standout event.

Last year’s champion Real Nice looks for his third straight Levy preliminary leg victory in the evening’s eighth race. He landed post two and could go to post as an overwhelming favorite.

Post time for the 12-race card at Yonkers if 7:10 p.m.