Standout statebred All Bets Off drew right smack in the middle, landing post position 4 for Saturday night's $300,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. This is the 24th edition of the Rooney. The premier event for 3 year olds was inaugurated in 1989, a year after the passing of Art Rooney Sr.
All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stables and Rosemary Shelswell, he is two-2-for-three this season. With Matt Kakaley driving—as he's doing Saturday—All Bets Off comfortably won the second of last week's two $40,000 elimination races, going down the road in 1:52.3.
Stevensville, himself a wire-to-wire winner (1:53) in the last weekend's other elim, landed post No. 6 for the final…he same starting venue from a week ago. Tim Tetrick again takes a seat for co-owner/trainer Ray Schnittker.
After the race was drawn, Thereisapaceforus, who had drawn the pylons, was scratched. That moved Maxi Bon from the "also eligible” list into the race and inside his seven rivals. That also forced Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks, both trained by Tony Alagna to race coupled (common ownership).
Alagna's third horse, Bondi Hanover, goes as a distinct wagering interest (bona fide separate ownership).
Saturday's final goes as the 11th race (approximate post of 11 p.m.) on a 13-race card, with first post at the usual 7:10 p.m.
The new and improved field for the final of the Rooney, with declared drivers:
1-Maxi Bon (Jason Bartlett), 2-Bondi Hanover (Bartlett also listed), 3-Gold Rocks (George Brennan), 4-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), 5-Some Playa (Brennan also listed), 6-Stevensville (Tim Tetrick), 7-Unlocked (Brent Holland), 8-Ideal Fashion (Jordan Stratton). Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks are coupled (see above), Some Playa is a gelding, while Forty Five Red is the only also eligible.
The $124,744 final of the Lismore, for 3-year-old fillies, goes as the 9th race (approximate post 10:20 p.m.) drew as such:
1—Also Encouraging (Kakaley), 2-It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron), 3-Bettor Business (Dan Dube), 4-Tyra (Tetrick), 5-Southwind Silence (Brennan), 6-Rusty's Bliss (Bartlett), 7-Gentlemen's Delight (Kakaley also listed), 8-Palm Beach (Kakaley also listed). Note that JK Molly and A Little Starstruk are the also eligibles. (Yonkers)