Yonkers, NY – Yonkers Raceway’s Saturday night (May 11) soiree saw a pair of odds-on entities take advantage of generous getaways in the $44,000 co-features, plus a visit from the Reynolds Memorial crowd.
The weekly adult-table pace had Levy Series standout Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $3.60) drill his rivals. From post position three (inside one notch after the scheduled pole-sitter came up ill), he hung Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), then toyed with ‘em (:26.4, :54.4; 1:23, 1:51.1). The final margin was an unasked 4-3/4 lengths.
Major Crocker A (Dan Dube), the new polester, just held off a stubborn Pacing Major N for second, with Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) and JJ Flynn (Austin Siegelman) closing for the minors.
For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.30, the triple returned $18.40 and the superfecta paid $91.50.
The week’s marquee trot had a methodical Will Take Charge (Siegelman, $3.10) turn in the fastest local mile (1:54) of the season.
From post three, he eschewed an early move to the lead, then tracked down In Secret (George Brennan) after that one’s subsections of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25.
Will Take Charge did just that early in the lane, drawing out to win by a couple of lengths. A loosely-covered Top Flight Angel (catch-driver Dube) did grab second, with In Secret, Swansea (Joe Bongiorno) and Sumatra (Stratton) picking off the remainder.
For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by trainer Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his first win in five ’19 tries. The exacta paid $10.40, the triple returned $40.60 and the superfecta paid $190.
Also Saturday night, the $92,100 W.N. Reynolds Pace offered two divisions each for the 3-year-old girls and boys.
A gingerly-handled Queen of the Pride (Stratton, $2.30) was as advertised in her $22,050 event, winning by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54. The daughter of McArdle, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, is now four-for-five this season.
As Time Goes By (catch-driver Stratton, $13) went by tiring odds-on fave Art Lecture (Brennan) in a life-best 1:54.3, winning her $21,550 event. The Captaintreacherous miss is trained Julie Miller for co-owners Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable.
The colt and gelding groupings, each worth $24,250, were won by…
–Wager on Me (by Bettor’s Delight); co-owners George and Tina Dennis Racing, North State Street Stable/trainer Joe Columbo/driver Bartlett; 1:54.2/$6.90;
–American Admiral (by American Ideal); co-owners William, Ian and James Fleming/trainer Andrew Harris/driver Jim Marohn Jr.; 1:54.3/$11.20.
Seventy-cents-on-the-dollar faves in each colts/gelding event—World on Edge (Brennan) and Mo Mas Amor (Bartlett)—each threw in steps and were last and did not finish, respectively.