27 colts & geldings were entered resulting in three even divisions of nine, each for a purse of $44,325. The under card offers five $12,800 Excelsior divisions for the same group.
While the first two divisions, carded as the fourth and sixth races, featured some nice, solid pacers, the ninth race drew the most heat. That division boasts two division winners from the Yonkers leg in Sir Cary's Z Tam and Bet The Moon along with Rooney Memorial winner Doctor Butch and Fool Me Once, who won his North American Cup elimination in 1:48.1 a few weeks back then came fourth in the $1,000,000 final.
This one sets up in a fashion that may well threaten Coral Snake's 1:50.1 Vernon Downs track record for sophomore pacers, perhaps even He's Gorgeous' all age standard of 1:48.3. Both were established over the razor sharp seven-eighths mile strip just last year.
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