04/08/2016 10:45PM

Yonkers: Take It Back Terry just keeps chugging along in Levy


Trainer Ron Burke describes Take It Back Terry as “a poor man’s Foiled Again”. The 7-year-old gelding will be seeking his fourth straight George Morton Levy leg triumph on Saturday night at Yonkers.

“He’s just underrated,” said Burke. “As a 2 and 3-year-old he raced in the Stallion series and each year he’s getting better and better.”

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Indeed, Take It Back Terry has been on his game and especially at Yonkers. Last year he was most impressive throughout the Levy series and then just had the misfortune of drawing outside of eventual race-winner Domethatagain in the final, settling for a second-place finish. Needless to say, 2015 was a fantastic year for the son of Western Terror as he nearly doubled his career bankroll while finishing first or second in 21 of his 29 seasonal starts.

“George (driver, Brennan) says this is his absolute favorite horse to drive,” said Burke.

Brennan gets the call on Saturday from post three in the first of the four $50,000 divisions. Already a lock to qualify for the final, Take It Back Terry could encounter some opposition in the early going with many in the field vying for either spots in the final or the consolation.

Santa Fe Beachboy exploded with a 1:50 2/5 mile capturing a division of the series last week. The time was the fastest in the series this season but by no means does that assure a position in the final. Jason Bartlett again will guide the 6-year-old for trainer Rich Banca from post six.

Evenin Of Pleasure got involved in a chaotic speed duel in last week’s leg but has two second-place finishes prior to that and could be just one win away from reaching the final. He drew post seven with Dan Dube in the bike.

Burke likes his chances in the very next race with All Bets Off. The task will not be easy as the upsetter of Wiggle It Jiggleit in round three drew post two, outside that rival in a stacked division.

“I really like the draw. He should be able to get into the pocket,” said Burke. “Montrell (Teague, driver of Wiggle It Jiggleit) has to be aggressive to get the horse into the final and we’d like to be on his back.”

All Bets Off has a first and a second in the series to go along with a sixth-place finish. “He was actually very good in the race he finished sixth,” said Burke. “He was wide on the final turn and came home in 27.”

All Bets Off not only must meet last year’s Horse of the Year but he’ll be up against past Levy champion P H Supercam (post 4) and two-leg winner Lucan Hanover (post five). P H Supercam will need a solid performance if he’s going to return to the championship race in two weeks.

Limelight Beach drew post five for Burke in the third division, race eight of 12 on the card. “He’s been a bit of a disappointment,” said Burke. “I think he was better last week racing from off the pace.” The 5-year-old with over $1 million in career earnings has not been able to carry his speed on the front end this year and Burke is hopeful he can find a spot in the consolation.

The same could be said for Foiled Again. The ageless wonder is taking this week off and Burke felt it was his best option.

“I can only race two in the final and he wasn’t going to get in. I think as he gets older it takes a few more starts to get him where he needs to be,” said Burke. “We’ll give him the week off and do some vet work and then race him in the fifth leg. Hopefully he can qualify for the consolation.”

The decision to stop with Mission Brief after an injury and bring her back next year was not a difficult one for Burke, yet at the same time a disappointment.

“She’s my all time favorite. With some of the others I might take a chance, but not with her,” said Burke of the decision to give Mission Brief as much time as necessary to heal from a leg injury.

First post for Yonkers Saturday program is slated at 7:10 p.m.