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Racing Roundup: P H Supercam scores in Yonkers Open
Saturday, May 10, 2014 - from harness publicists across North America

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Saturday's (May 10) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Yonkers Raceway, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Tioga Downs, Buffalo Raceway, Vernon Downs and Scioto Downs.

P H Supercam scores in Yonkers Open

Yonkers, NY --- P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), in his first start since winning the final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, was at it again Saturday night. He prevailed in Yonkers Raceway’s $38,000 Open Handicap Pace.

Mayra Escamilla photo
P H Supercam was a 1:52.1 winner for Jason Bartlett.

Assigned outside in what became a five-horse field, the 2-5 choice led every sub-section (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:52.1). The final margin was 1-1/4 lengths over a solid, first-up Statesman N (Brent Holland), with Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) third. Take It Back Terry (George Brennan) and Valentino (Pat Berry) came away with the remainder.

P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by P J Fraley, returned $2.80 for his fourth win (third consecutive) in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11, with triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated assemblage.

Also of note Saturday, a $10,518 double-carryover in the Pick-5 wager meant a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The “free money” attracted $21,565 of fresh money, and the winning combination of 5-(2,6)-3-4-6 returned $328.25 for every two quarters.

-- Frank Drucker

Saratoga Casino and Raceway
Source Of Pride (American Ideal) stepped up into the Open Pace for the first time on Saturday night at Saratoga. The Tracy Brainard trainee came into the $17,000 feature on a three race win streak. Bruce Aldrich Jr. piloted the 4-year-old and moved him to the early lead after a sizzling opening quarter of :26.4. The fractions didn’t slow down for Source Of Pride but he had enough left in the tank to seal the deal for the first Open win of his young career. The victory came in 1:52 which served as the fastest mile of the year to date on a warm spring night in Saratoga. Lets Rock Together (Billy Dobson) sat the pocket and finished second in the feature while Spinarama (Austin Siegelman) earned the show spot. Source Of Pride was the race’s even money favorite and led an exacta that returned a chalky $6.80.

Tioga Downs
After making a strong push to the fore on the backstretch, Harmon Racing Stable's Splitsville ($8.20) held clear in the final quarter-mile, prevailing in the $14,000 Open I Trot on Saturday evening at Tioga Downs after last week's triumph.
The 5-year-old Hard Rock N Roll gelding sat well off pacesetter Lutetium (Greg Merton) through initial splits of :27.2 and :56.2 before being angled wide by Jim Marohn Jr. on the backstretch. Splitsville pushed to the front upon immediate asking, opening up a clear margin on the field as Lutetium gave way without any fight at all. Sixteen Mikes (Mike Simons) tracked Splitsville's cover into second, a position he would hold albeit 2-1/2 lengths in arrears at the winning post, while Grey Ice (Jim Meittinis) made a late bid to take third behind Splitsville's 1:54.4 mile. The sub-featured $11,000 Open II Trot saw Brookroad Knight (Corey Braden) make a first-over push on the backstretch, battling with Dough Dough (Mike Simons) on the far turn en route to a half-length, 1:54.2 win. Marohn, the leading driver at Tioga in 2013, scored a trio of wins on the 11-race card, driving Consumer Rate and J R Jazz to victory in addition to his feature win.

Buffalo Raceway
No respect.
That's what Western Alumni has to be feeling the past two weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway. While his feelings may be hurt, the victories keep on coming. For the second consecutive week, Western Alumni has proved the betting public wrong, this time registering a 1-1/2 length win over Salazar in 1:54.3 on Saturday night. Last Saturday, Western Alumni went gate-to-wire to win and returned $10.00. This time, it was a first over brush that sent the 6-year-old gelding to a $14.20 victory. Western Alumni was first over at the three-quarter marker and took over the lead midway around the final turn. Salazar (Ron Beback Jr.), who got shuffled in traffic just past the half, charged late in the lane to finish second as Western Alumni had more than enough in the tank to spring the upset once again. Sand Savage (Drew Monti) took the third place position. The win was the second in 11 tries in 2014 for Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss). He is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. The win increased his winnings to $20,520 this season and $162,502 lifetime. Jim McNeight drove Western Alumni to the victory. It started a streak of four straight wins for McNeight on the card. While McNeight enjoyed a nice stretch, driver Shawn McDonough was even better as he finished the night with five winners.

Vernon Downs
The $10,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Saturday night was won by JK Panache, who was the longest shot on the board at 7-1 in the field of five. JK Panache was driven to victory by Truman Gale. The favorite, You Bet Your Glass, set a strong pace through a half-mile, covering the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56.3. However, it was at this point that JK Panache aggressively attacked from third position, where he had been through the half. JK Panache passed the leader and never looked back after taking the lead, posting a final time of 1:52.2 for the mile. Moonlight Ransom, the second-longest shot on the board at 6-1, also rallied past the fading favorite to claim second position and the exacta paid $69. The complete order of finish for the feature was JK Panache, Moonlight Ransom, You Bet Your Glass, Restless Yankee, and Oozie's Bad Boy. JK Panache is owned by Philip Hale and David Dewhurst. Dewhurst is also the trainer. A
lso on Saturday night, Rick Plano had a training and driving triple. His three winners for the evening were Battle Gun in the second race, Henry Blue Chip in the fifth race, and Red Hot Yankee in the seventh race. Red Hot Yankee might have been the most impressive performer of the three, finishing his one mile pace in 1:51.4.

Scioto Downs Racino
The Saturday night card at Scioto Downs Racino was definitely stacked with talent, especially in the Open Pace. With a full field of ten going to post, their combined earnings were in excess of $3 million. Twilight Bonfire prevailed in 1:50.2 for trainer Rich Gillock and driver Tony Hall. Twilight Bonfire got away fourth, but didn’t sit there for long. Hall pulled on the right line just after the quarter, which was paced in :26.2. After Twilight Bonfire cleared just past the half-mile marker in :55.4, the sprint was on to the wire. Twilight Bonfire paced strong to the wire, holding off a late rally from Beach Memories and Carol’s Comet, who completed the trifecta. The track was fast on Saturday night. The first nine races were all paced under 1:53. It wasn't until the last three races that the timer hit 1:53. Drivers Chris Page and Josh Sutton scored hat tricks on the card, while Tony Hall had a double.

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