04/19/2014 10:38PM

Yonkers: Foiled Again loses; Levy final set

Mike Lizzi
Dancin Yankee equaled the fastest mile of the year at Yonkers Raceway with a 1:51 winning time.

Foiled Again’s win streak came to an end on Saturday night as driver Yannick Gingras allowed entrymate Easy Again to do the heavy lifting for the Ron Burke stable entry. Easy Again, with George Brennan in the bike, led from start to finish in a well-rated 1:52 3/5 mile easily holding off Mach It So in the final $50,000 preliminary leg of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway.

Foiled Again, actually last most of the way and mired behind entrymate Special Forces in the outer flow, finished a non-threatening sixth in the seven-horse field yet is still the likely favorite for the $567,000 final next week.

Easy Again set fractions of :28 1/5, :57 3/5 and 1:25 1/5 before sprinting off in :27 2/5 to score for the third time in the series. Mach It So finished a solid second with Mr Hasani N holding third after a pocket trip.

“I got away with a cheap quarter and it was lights out,” said George Brennan, the winning driver. Easy Again finished the preliminary legs with the third most points in the Burke stable and likely will race in the consolation next Saturday with Foiled Again and Bettors Edge ahead on points.

The two horses that finished second and third to Foiled Again in week four action, didn’t draw in with him this week and proved victorious. Dancin Yankee, a head behind Foiled Again after an uncovered trip last week, took matters into his own hooves on Saturday and scored decisively in 1:51 for driver Ron Pierce. P H Supercam rallied off a contested pace to score in 1:51 1/5 in the other $50,000 Levy leg. The P J Fraley-trained veteran took advantage of a hot clip while favored Clear Vision was dueling with second choice Apprentice Hanover for much of the final half. Driver Jason Bartlett was able to slip out on the final turn and his horse rallied brilliantly for the 9-1 upset.

“I knew once he gets loose in the last eighth he’s got a good kick,” said Bartlett following P H Supercam’s victory.

Ironically, both Dancin Yankee and P H Supercam had entered the final preliminary leg without victories in the series. Each punched a ticket into the final with impressive efforts.

Dancin Yankee won for the sixth time in 2014 and impressed his driver. “He’s a really nice horse,” said Pierce. “Josh (trainer Green) had him strong and the good thing is that we did leave a lot in the tank for next week.”

The unofficial top eight that would be eligible for the final is actually a top nine. Foiled Again (325), Mach It So (325), Bettor’s Edge (300), Dancin Yankee (245), P H Supercam (236), Apprentice Hanover (205.5), Sapphire City (188) are all in the final. Fellow Peter Tritton trainees Malak Uswaad N and Texican N tied with 167 points. If both choose to enter, the participant in the final will be drawn by lot.