04/26/2014 10:30PM

Yonkers: P H Supercam powers home to win Levy final

Derick Giwner
A happy winner's circle gathering surrounds P H Supercam.

P H Supercam, given a slick drive by Jason Bartlett, rolled through the inside passing lane and collared odds-on favorite Foiled Again in the late stages to capture the $567,000 George Morton Levy Series final in a thriller Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Bartlett didn’t contest the issue early and that held true for every other horse in the race with Foiled Again assuming control on the opening turn. Driver Yannick Gingras appeared to have everything going his way with entrymate Bettor’s Edge and George Brennan lingering on the rim and advancing quite patiently.

Foiled Again had the half in :56 2/5 but Brennan started to pick up the pace on the third turn with Bettor’s Edge when Dancin Yankee attempted to go three deep. The third quarter was clocked in 1:24 4/5 over a sloppy surface but to all it appeared to be Foiled Again’s race to win.

Dancin Yankee was sent wide down the backstretch to engage the leaders but couldn’t reach. In early stretch Foiled Again showed some signs of weakening and Bartlett expertly found room inside. Apprentice Hanover, shuffled to last on the rail, came out into the final turn, rallied wide and finished explosively to nail Foiled Again for the place spot with the $6 million horse finishing third. The time for the mile was 1:52 3/5.

“Going into the race to think I was going to beat Foiled Again things had to work out the right way. And they did,” said winning driver Jason Bartlett.

P H Supercam, owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by P J Fraley, returned $6.40 to win.

Sapphire City finished fourth after a pocket trip with Dancin Yankee getting the final check after a long and wide trip.

She was the most impressive mare in the opening round of action and Somwherovrarainbow came back in the $371,400 Blue Chip Matchmaker final to score once again for driver Brian Sears. The impeccably bred daughter of champions Somebeachsomewhere and Rainbow Blue won the draw but elected instead to cede the lead to 3-5 favorite Yagonnakissmeornot midway through the opening bend. That pair maintained position through fractions of :27, 55: 4/5 and 1:23 4/5 over the rain-soaked surface. In the stretch Yagonnakissmeornot bore off the rail and that allowed Sears and Somwherovrarainbow the room she needed. With Sears encouraging her home the Joe Holloway-trained mare rolled past the favorite as the 2-1 second choice in the field of eight.

“We haven’t got a trip like that for her in a long time,” said Sears about his journey.
The mare had been fighting some foot issues and Sears was concerned about his plight despite the inside draw. “I was worried that some of the other mares might try to leave because of the problems I’ve had with her over the last few weeks,” said Sears, “But Joe had her good and she was smooth as silk.”

Somwherovrarainbow is owned by Ted Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing. The winner’s share of the purse pushed her lifetime earnings in excess of $1.25 million.

Fashion Mystery, a 20-1 offering, scored in the $75,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker consolation for driver Eric Carlson. The six-year-old also converted a pocket trip to win in a 1:55 4/5 mile.

The Burke stable dominated the $100,000 Levy Series consolation with George Brennan making a quarter-move with Clear Vision and displacing stablemate Easy Again. Clear Vision set rated fractions of :28 1/5, :57 2/5 and 1:25 4/5 on his way to an easy 1:53 clocking. Easy Again came out of the pocket but couldn’t advance holding second with Word Power third around the track. Sent off at odds of 1-20 Clear Vision returned $2.10 to win.

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