04/18/2015 9:24PM

Yonkers: P H Supercam perfect heading into Levy final

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P H Supercam won his fourth $50,000 leg of the George Morton Levy series and in the process went over the $1 million mark in career earnings definitively stamping himself as the favorite for the April 25 final at Yonkers.

With regular pilot Jason Bartlett in the sulky it appeared as if the defending champ was going to take a back seat as Lucan Hanover established command quickly and rated the pace kindly for driver Tim Tetrick. Lucan Hanover cut the fractions of :26 3/5 and :56 3/5 with P H Supercam sitting fourth behind Beach Memories. Dan Dube pulled the favored Beach Memories to challenge the pacesetter but Lucan Hanover resisted the bid through a 1:24 2/5 three quarters and had a clear lead into the homestretch. P H Supercam swung wide in the stretch and went a huge final eighth to overpower the leader and score by a head in 1:52 3/5. Lucan Hanover held gamely for second with Clear Vision using the passing lane for third.

“I knew Lucan Hanover would leave out of there,” said Bartlett following the race. “I was thinking of ducking inside in the stretch thinking I could get to him (Lucan Hanover) in the passing lane.” Instead Bartlett went wide and the Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained eight-year-old did the rest.

The reformed claimer has won six of nine starts in 2015 including his last four.

Mach It So made it to the winner’s circle for the first time in five tries in 2015. Tim Tetrick again had to go without cover with the Mach Three-sired gelding but this time it proved enough as Mach It So supplanted Heez Orl Black N on the lead before the three quarters and cruised to victory over Dancin Yankee and Polak A in the 1:52 4/5 mile.

Trainer Ron Burke will have just one horse in the Levy final but that may prove to be enough as Take It Back Terry established himself as a serious contender for top honors capturing the fastest of three divisions in 1:51 4/5. The veteran son of Western Terror was pulled early by George Brennan but was parked through the second turn by Domethatagain before securing the front. Fractions of :26 4/5 and :55 3/5 were not enough to soften the favorite as Take It Back Terry continued with a :28 1/5 individual third quarter and sprinted off in :28 flat ahead of Domethatagain. Texican N rallied late for the show spot.

The likely finalists for the April 25 Levy based on point totals are P H Supercam, Take It Back Terry, Beach Memories, Mach It So, Domethatagain, Lucan Hanover, PolakA  and Windsong Jack. Fat Mans Alley finished in the top eight but trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. may only start two horses in the final.

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