04/11/2013 10:34AM

Yonkers: Razzle Dazzle looks to rebound in round four of the Levy Series

Sean Hamrock
Razzle Dazzle will have to overcome an outside post in his Levy division.

For trainer Mark Silva, there was probably a little too much razzle and dazzle behind Brian Sears’ drive two weeks ago in the George Morton Levy series. The trainer of Razzle Dazzle hopes his horse is back in near perfect condition two weeks later in leg four of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway.

“He got torched in that division,” said Silva, still reeling somewhat from the race. “Brian (driver Sears) explained to me that Yannick (Gingras, driver of Foiled Again) was backing down the pace too quickly and that he had no choice but to move early. I’m surprised at Yannick, with all that horse has meant to him that he would drive that way, but to be honest I blame both drivers.”

For Silva, the likelihood of making the Levy final after missing a leg and only earning one victory thus far in the series has become more difficult. The chances became a bit more complex after the six-year-old landed post seven in what shapes up as the toughest $50,000 division on Saturday’s program.

Razzle Dazzle was very efficient winning the opening leg of the series defeating Foiled Again. He’ll try to regain winning form on Saturday but Silva is not expecting nearly as much drama.

“I think Brian understands how we want to race him,” said Silva. “It’s a long year and he’s eligible to some other big races. I would say that that race took a lot out of him. He’s come back and has been better this week, but I think he’s only 80 percent of what he was the first week of the series.”

Razzle Dazzle meets a star-studded group in the evening’s ninth race. Most notable among the group is Something For Doc, a winner in all three legs of the series, albeit against softer competition. Nevertheless, the Ron Burke-trained gelding landed the pole position with the aforementioned Gingras in the bike. The race is filled with quality, including leg winners Rockincam, Casimir Jitterbug, Dancin Yankee and Forever Just among the contenders.

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Silva would like to reach the final but he also understands the competition and his horse’s condition may have something to do with that.

“I think you’re going to have to win at least two legs to make the final and I’m not sure that would be a guarantee. I’m hoping he draws better next week,” said Silva.

Though Something For Doc is likely to be an odds-on favorite considering the draw, Gingras may not want to force the issue in the same way he did with Foiled Again two weeks ago. That’s because the gelding is virtually assured a spot in the final and win, lose or draw in this division, that’s not likely to change. Conversely, others in the field may need this race a whole lot more if they have aspirations of reaching the April 27 finale.

Speaking of Foiled Again, the richest pacer of all time was thought to be on the ropes with limited chance of qualifying for the final. His prospects improved with a victory last week. He drew post two in the third of four Levy divisions on Saturday (race seven). He’ll meet leg winners Classic Rock Nroll (post four) and Versado (post seven) in this contest. Versado has already won 6 of his 13 starts in 2013 good for $143,830. Last week he cut a rather sharp pace in a competitive division and finished a solid second. Brian Sears went with Versado over Classic Rock NRoll who picks up Tim Tetrick.

Electrofire and driver Brian Sears drew post four in the first Levy stanza on the program, labeled as race four. Defending Levy champion Atochia drew post seven in this division and right now appears to be a longshot to make the final or the consolation, with only a fourth and fifth-place finish to his credit in the first three legs.

Annieswesterncard, with two victories thus far in the series, looks for his third as the logical favorite in the sixth race division from the pole position. Leg winners Second Wind N and Nob Hill High hope to give him a fight for the money while trying for a berth in the final. Second Wind N went wire-to-wire in a 1:53 effort last week, getting on the scoreboard for trainer Peter Tritton. Nob Hill High has a win and second place finish in the three legs and needs a good placing to have a chance at the final.