03/22/2014 10:11PM

Yonkers: Foiled Again wins 10-year-old debut; Burke dominates Levy

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Mike Lizzi
Foiled Again won for the 77th time in his career on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway.

Foiled Again didn’t find any difficulty in the early stages and was able to cruise to a 57 1/5 opening half en route to an easy score in one of five $50,000 divisions of the George Morton Levy series on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway. Sent off as the second choice at 6-5, with attention on the streaking Apprentice Hanover (2-5), driver Yannick Gingras sent the $6 million dollar winner coast-to-coast in 1:52 1/5. There were literally no anxious moments as Foiled Again displaced his entrymate Hillbilly Hanover on the first turn and cruised the rest of the way to his 77th career triumph and gave trainer Ron Burke winners in four of the five divisions.

Apprentice Hanover waited until the half to make his move and appeared to be in high gear on the final turn, but took that turn badly and lost momentum. He eventually recovered and showed grit to finish in a dead-heat with Hillbilly Hanover for the place spot.

“He didn’t show leaving that often,” said Gingras of Apprentice Hanover. “Even if he left I wouldn’t have minded going first up against him and I think the results would have been the same.”

“I qualified him a little harder this time hoping that he would be ready for the first leg,” said Gingras, who suggested a couple of victories might give the connections the ability to take a week off in the series and still qualify for the final.

Easy Again blew out the fastest of the five Levy divisions for driver George Brennan. The five-year-old finished fourth in his lone Yonkers start earlier this year, but was clearly ready for battle with Brennan blasting to the front on the first turn. Easy Again yielded to Eddie Sweat at the quarter in 26 3/5 and then sat behind fractions of 55 4/5 and 1:23 2/5 before pulling. Easy Again blew right by the pacesetter and strolled out to a 1:51 3/5 score. Malak Uswaad N and P H Supercam followed him home in second and third. A son of Dragon Again out of an Artsplace mare, the same cross as Foiled Again, Easy Again was the 1-2 favorite along with entrymate Special Forces.

“I knew Ron’s (Pierce, Eddie Sweat) was on empty at the five-eighths,” said Brennan after being asked why he pulled so early with the winner.

Mach It So kicked off the Levy action offering up an 8-1 upset for trainer P.J. Fraley and driver Tim Tetrick. Making his first start of the year, the altered son of Mach Three left alertly before yielding to the 3-5 favorite Clear Vision. Clear Vision cut well-rated fractions but lost the stretch sprint in 1:52 1/5, with Mach It So overtaking the pacesetter in the passing lane. Clear Vision was a neck back in second with Dancin Yankee third after a long uncovered trip.

The Burke stable finished one-two in another $50,000 Levy leg with Bettor’s Edge nosing stablemate Sweet Lou on the wire in a 1:52 4/5 mile. In this stanza, Bettor’s Edge sprinted sharply to take control into the first turn and Sweet Lou couldn’t match speed through the opening bend. Eventually driver Yannick Gingras pushed Sweet Lou to the front but that was after 27 opening quarter. There was limited action past that point, with the two stablemates dueling through the stretch. Sent off as the 1-5 public choice, Bettor’s Edge got the edge with Pan From Nantucket closing for third.

Itrustyou, with Gingras, was able to control the pace in another Levy stanza and scored easily as the 8-5 second choice over 4-5 favorite A J Corbelli. The six-year-old trained by Burke was making just his first start of the season and had plenty in reserve following a 57 opening half. Itrustyou was an open-lengths winner with A J Corbelli winning the place photo ahead of Flem N Em N.