04/15/2012 10:24AM

Yonkers: Foiled Again, Real Nice continue to dominate in Levy series

Real Nice, driven by Jason Bartlett, paces the mile in 1:51 4/5 in the George Morgon Levy series.

Real Nice and Foiled Again, winners of the last three George Morton Levy series finals, captured two of five divisions in fourth round action of the series Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway. The victories assure both horses places in the April 28 $455,000 final. The victories also make it quite likely that both will be given a week away from the spotlight with just one preliminary leg remaining on April 21.

Style has pretty much been the same for both Real Nice and Foiled Again throughout the series. Bettors have taken a strong liking to the pair with Foiled Again paying $2.10 on a win wager after scoring quite effortlessly in a $50,000 division in 1:52. Last year’s Pacer of the Year gave his followers no anxious moments after reaching the front at the quarter pole. Yannick Gingras, his regular pilot, sat motionless much of the way and let the now-8-year-old score for the third time in four starts this year.

Real Nice, the Levy point leader with 300, has pretty much bowled a perfect game from the outset in this series. Driver Jason Bartlett once again pointed last year’s champion to the front and carved out fractions of 27 2/5, 56 4/5, and 1:24 3/5 before sprinting off in a 1:51 4/5 effort. A 7-year-old by Real Artist, Real Nice returned $2.60 to his backers.

Fitz’s Z Tam and Strand Hanover may have earned their way into the final with victories on Saturday. Fitz’s Z Tam, a 6-1 outsider, rallied from well off the pace with a massive rush to overtake the favorites in another $50,000 division. Brian Sears made it two straight with the Tyler Raymer-trained 5-year-old Fitz’s Tam.

Luc Ouellette made a triumphant return to the Big Apple showing no rust from a long absence. Ouellette briefly tucked 4-5 favorite Strand Hanover in third on the first turn then had the Tony Alagna-trained horse on the move to command at the quarter. From there it was a walk in the part as pocket-sitter Dreamlands Art proved no match and faded to third while Power Of Tara N scooted up the rail for second. Strand Hanover paced a mile in 1:52 flat.

Blatantly Good likely assured himself a spot in the final with a two-move victory in the other $50,000 division. With George Brennan in the bike the 8-year-old Blatantly Good cut easy fractions and bore off the rail slightly in the stretch but managed to maintain a safe margin holding an improved Dancin Yankee at bay along the inside. Blatantly Good, a $2.20 winner, was part of a pick four (Races 7-10) that included Real Nice and Foiled Again and paid $9.90 for a $2 ticket.

With point leaders Western Silk and See You At Peelers getting a week off just four $40,000 divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker were contested this past Friday. Heavy favorites Anndrovette ($2.20) and Rocklamation ($2.60) were convincing winners. Anndrovette, after third place finish in the opening leg, has now put together three straight victories and likely earned a week off. Rocklamation won for the second time in the series but currently ranks second in point standings and may not need to race in the penultimate leg this Friday.

Lightning Treasure looked like the mare that had the most to gain and took every opportunity to get there with a stunning 1:52 2/5 mile in another Matchmaker division. The 7-year-old Lightning Treasure missed the first two legs of the series and is now playing catch-up. She will likely need a first-  or second-place finish this week to assure a spot in the final.

Trainer PJ Fraley has two likely candidates for the final in Anndrovette and Chancey Lady and a third developed on Friday when Krispy Apple won the final division. The conditions for the final allow a trainer only two spots in the final regardless of how many of his horses qualify.

Preliminary legs to the Matchmaker conclude this Friday with the Levy series fifth leg on the docket for Saturday.