Saturday's (May 3) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and Saratoga Casino and Raceway.
Take It Back Terry wins Yonkers feature
|Sean Hamrock Photo|
|Take It Back Terry (2) fought for the 1:52.3 win.|
Yonkers, NY---Odds-on favorite Take It Back Terry (George Brennan) was resilient and resurgent Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $28,000 winners-over pace.
Away third from post position No. 2, Take It Back Terry saw Versado (Brian Sears) work around That Man Of Mine (Jason Bartlett). The former took over after a 27-second opening quarter before Take It Back Terry set sail for the lead.
The one did get it, finding a 56.3 intermission before having a visitor in the form of RU Ready To Rock. The interloper actually poked about a half-length in front by the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but Take It Back Terry was not in a giving mood.
Take It Back Terry fought back, getting the nod over both RU Ready To Rock and Versado in a season's-best 1:52.3. RU Ready To Rock did salvage second, with a cone-skimming Versado settling for third. Four Starz Trace and That Man Of Mine settled for the small change.
For Take It Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he returned $3 for his second (consecutive) win in five seasonal starts The exacta paid $28.60, with the triple returning $57.
Western Alumni has been camera shy in 2014, but it didn't mean he wasn't close. After finishing in the money seven times in nine appearances this season, it was just a matter time before he scored his first seasonal win. That time arrived Saturday night. Western Alumni took the lead at the start and narrowly held on from there, escaping with a head victory over a stubborn Closing Credits in the $10,500 Open Pace at a rain-drenched Buffalo Raceway Saturday night (May 3). Starting from the 3 post, Western Alumni (Jim McNeight) raced to the top over the sloppy track and posted fractions of 29.1, 59.1, and 1:28.1. Closing Credits, who sat in third, went first over at the three-quarter marker and took dead aim at the leader. In the stretch, Western Alumni ($13.20) showed plenty of heart and earned the well-deserved trip to the winner's circle as he gamely held off Closing Credits while Unicorn Hanover (Shawn McDonough) rode the pylons for third. The winning time was 1:57.4. Owned by North Creek Racing LLC and trained by Jerry Nugent Jr., the 8-year-old gelded Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) has earned $15,570 this season and $157,029 lifetime. It was his 13th career win in 91 starts.
Racing will continue on Wednesday night at Buffalo Raceway with another 13-race card slated with the first post set for 5 p.m.
In similar fashion to her first three victories, William Donovan's Medusa ($2.70) brushed to the fore on the backstretch and pulled clear en route to a 1:51.2 victory in the $13,300 Anthony Farina Pacing Series final on Saturday (May 3) evening at Vernon Downs. The 3-year-old Bettor's Delight filly came away in fourth as Stony Brook (John MacDonald) set the initial pace, blazing through a 26.2 first quarter before yielding to Medusa on the backstretch. Medusa would not be caught, opening up at the top of the stretch and holding clear of Stony Brook for a three-length victory in rein to Chris Lems. Team Edward (Truman Gale) stayed on to be third off a ground-saving trip. The Paul Kelley-trained Medusa remains undefeated after the victory. The $14,100 Catherine Burton Trotting Series final went to Gewertz, Brunet, and Brunet's Wild And Crazy Guy ($2.40, Truman Gale). Part of a six-horse entry, Wild And Crazy Guy snuck through up the pegs off a pocket trip for a half-length win over the three-wide Keystone Trevor (Rick Plano) in 1:55.4, with Driving Miss Crazy (Gaetan Brunet) holding third after enduring a first-over trip. Racing resumes at Vernon on Thursday evening, with the first of ten races heading to the gate at 6:45 p.m. EDT.
Saratoga Casino and Raceway
The defending Older Pacer of the Year at Saratoga, Bet On Roulette (Bettor’s Delight), made his first trip of the season to the winner’s circle on Saturday night. Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey piloted the 8-year-old pacer for trainer Paul Kelley and took advantage of the inside post position to make an easy lead. Bet On Roulette never had an anxious moment and cruised to a wire-to-wire win in 1:54.2 in the $17,000 Open Pace. Electrofire (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) sat the pocket and finished second behind the 3-5 betting favorite while D Terminata (Billy Dobson) followed the top two throughout to end up third. Bet On Roulette became the eighth different horse to win the eight Open Pace contests thus far this year at the Spa. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:45 p.m.