05/25/2013 8:46PM

Yonkers: Source Of Pride, Sir Cary's Z Tam take Rooney eliminations

Mike Lizzi
Source Of Pride posted a 1:53 2/5 win after a pocket trip.

Two eliminations for the Art Rooney pace at Yonkers Raceway were contested on Saturday (May 25) with Source Of Pride and Cary’s Z Tam taking home half of the $40,000 first prize and stamping themselves as top contenders in the $275,000 Final next Saturday (June 1).

In the first split, the heavily favored Doctor Butch took charge away from the gate with a strong 27 3/5 opening quarter. He remained in control with Source Of Pride in the pocket until Bet The Moon moved to the rim past the 56 2/5 half mile marker.

Bet The Moon rushed up to apply pressure at three quarters in 1:25, with Mach It So on his back and Source Of waiting in the pocket for the open stretch. Doctor Butch felt the heat from both sides and succumbed rather easily to Source Of Pride, who won by 1 1/4 up the pylons.

Mach It So came off cover to nab second from Doctor Butch and Bet The Moon was fourth.

The 1:53 2/5 winning time marked the third victory of the year for Source Of Pride. The full brother to American Jewel is trained by Jimmy Takter for Brittany Farms, Mkatz Alibfeld and Louie Camara.

The second elimination was a bit of a theft on the part of driver Pat Lachance and his Sir Cary’s Z Tam. The pair got away with opening fractions of 28 and 58 seconds before Sunfire Blue Chip came to call on the backstretch.

Driver Yannick Gingras held a very steppy Sunfire Blue Chip together long enough to apply stern pressure to Sir Cary’s Z Tam past the 1:25 4/5 three quarter marker. But the fractions were soft and Sir Cary’s Z Tam scooted away just far enough to hold off a late charge from Lonewolf Currier in 1:54 1/5.

Good Day Mate saved ground for third and Sunfire Blue Chip overcame the tough trip and a brief break to secure the last spot in the final.