Elimination winners In The Arsenal (Eric Goodell, post 2) and Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan, post 5) lead eight 2-year-old colts into Saturday night's $125,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.
In The Arsenal won the first of last weekend's two, $25,000 elims in a maiden-breaking 1:56.2. The White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal, caught three wide early, nonetheless strode out by 2 3/4 lengths.
"(The Sheppard) was always on our schedule,” trainer Kelvin Harrison said. "He's a smallish horse, and we thought the half-mile track would suit him.”
Cartoon Daddy was a tick faster in his elimination, prevailing in 1:56.1. The $60,000 son of Art Major, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Joe DiScala Jr., hit town after a New York Sires Stakes win at Buffalo.
"He was looking around (in his elimination), the way 2 year olds tend to, but once I pulled the plugs, he was all business,” Brennan said.
The Sheppard goes as the fifth race (approximate post 8:50 p.m.) on the 12-race card. (Yonkers)