07/05/2013 10:51PM

Yonkers: Source Of Pride sets a track record in NYSS win

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Sean Hamrock
Fool Me Once (5) just held on for the win over Captive Audience in his NYSS race.

Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night fare featured the $291,475 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Three divisions- worth $96,025, $97,725 and $97,725, respectively- went at it.

The opening group saw Bet the Moon (Jim Morrill Jr.) last on the lead in a life-best effort. In play from post position No. 4, Bet the Moon led the lads through fractions of :27 1/5, 56 1/5, 1:24 1/5 and 1:52 4/5. Bettor Than You (George Brennan), as the 3-4 favorite, played the role of first-up chaser, only to miss a head. Third went to Scalped (Brian Sears), never a threat to the leading pair.

For second choice Bet the Moon, a son of Bettor’s Delight that is owned by Edwin Gold and trained by Ron Burke, he returned $6.20 for his second (sire stakes) win in six seasonal starts.

The middle event figured to be enticing, and it did not disappoint. Odds-on Fool Me Once (Scott Zeron) left to the lead from post No. 5, putting up intervals of  :27 3/5 and 55 4/5. He then had his own private battle with a first-up Captive Audience (Sears) in and out of a 1:23 4/5 three-quarters.

Neither was giving in, with the former holding off the latter by a nose in 1:51 3/5 (last quarter :27.4). A more than fair effort from two colts, neither of whom who had never been over a half-mile track before. Doctor Butch (Brennan), the Rooney winner, was a best-of-the-rest third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths.

For Fool Me Once, an Art Major colt co-owned by (trainer) Mark Austin and Daniel Smith, he returned $2.40 for his sixth win in eight seasonal starts.

“Anytime you make a first start on a half, you’re always a bit concerned,” Zeron said. “I wanted to leave, but at the same time be cautious. When (Captive Audience) moved alongside down the back, he actually put a head in front, but my colt dug in.

“They’re just two very game horses.”

The third division saw someone have to go and get rewrite history, after Source of Pride (Sears, $2.90) scribbled his name in the track record book as the fastest soph pacing colt ever.

That happened after a 1:50 4/5 Westchester waltz (:26 3/5, :54, 1:21 4/5) from post No. 2 earned him a three-quarter length victory over a closing Olde Time Hockey (Morrill Jr.). Third went to Track Master D (Jason Bartlett).

“He was very impressive,” Sears said. “He did it on his own. He was getting tired late, but I never thought he was going to get beat.”

Ironically, Sears’ name was conjoined to the old record-holder, Pet Rock’s 1:51 effort in last season’s Art Rooney Pace.

For Source of Pride, a son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners (breeder) Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Louie Camara,  he’s now 4-for-9 this season.

The second round of Yonkers’ "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series featured seven races (five for lads, two for lasses), identical to a week ago. After 139 claims were entered on 25 different horses in the first round, this week’s tally showed a total of 22 slips filled out on seven different horses.

The five-Friday series offers a $20,000 purse for each prelim race. The finals, worth $76,000 (boys) and $59,900 (girls), and their requisite consolations, are scheduled for July 26th.

-edited release(Yonkers, Frank Drucker)