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Yonkers: Foiled Again back in George Morton Levy win column
By Jay Bergman
It’s hard to keep a great horse down. Foiled Again got back on the winning track on Saturday night, winning for the first time in three starts in a division of the George Morton Levy series at Yonkers Raceway. The richest pacer of all time didn’t have much to contend with as driver Yannick Gingras guided the heavy favorite to the lead by the quarter and never looked back. Setting comfortable fractions of :27 4/5, :57 2/5 and 1:25 4/5, Foiled Again had plenty left in reserve when Casimir Jitterbug came to challenge on the final turn. With Gingras confidently urging him on, Foiled Again scored his 66th lifetime victory in 1:53 1/5.
A popular choice, Foiled Again returned $2.70 for a $2 win wager.
Gingras scored earlier in the night, again for trainer Ron Burke, with Something For Doc. The Western Hanover-sired gelding is the only horse to go through the first three legs unscathed. Again sent off as an overwhelming choice ($2.10), Something For Doc discouraged all leavers and set a very well-rated pace scoring under minimal encouragement in a brisk 1:52 1/5 mile. The victory, his sixth this season in nine starts, puts him firmly on top of the Levy standings. Nob Hill High, a first leg winner, followed the winner from the outset and held down the place spot safely over Meant To Be Me.
Driver Tim Tetrick had been mired in somewhat of a Levy-Blue Chip Matchmaker slump for the first two weeks of action, but he broke out of the slump in a big way on Saturday with three Levy division scores. The biggest upset of the three came in the last $50,000 stanza, as Dancin Yankee made good use of the rail, parking Versado to the lead through a :27 flat opening quarter. Versado set the pace of :55 4/5 and 1:24 with Rockincam challenging him on the outside through the final turn. Versado gamely held off his outside rivals but proved no match for Dancin Yankee, who used the passing lane perfectly to score in the fastest Levy mile of the night, a 1:51 4/5 effort.
Dancin Yankee returned $12.60 with Versado and Rockincam following him home.
Earlier in the night, Tetrick used the pocket again to his advantage winning with Forever Just ($7.40) in 1:52 3/5. He overtook longshot pacesetter Little Michael B in the stretch. Shoobees Place survived an uncovered journey for the place spot.
Tetrick took the shortest route to the winner’s circle with Second Wind N in the evening’s first Levy division. Sent off as the 7-5 choice, the import had no rough moments cruising to his first score in 2013, a 1:53 mile. Bet On The Law rallied off the cover of Atochia for second with Listowel finishing third in this division. Last year’s Levy final winner Atochia finished fourth and is unlikely to defend his title.
The Levy series continues on Saturday, April 13 with the fourth of five preliminary legs slated.
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