Artists Rally drew the pylons and was made the 6-5 morning-line favorite for Yonkers Raceway\'s $49,400 final of the Hopeful Pacing Series for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday night. The feature will go as the ninth race.
Artists Rally, a Real Artist colt, missed the first week of the series before prevailing in 1:56.1 and 1:56.2, respectively. Ryan Anderson retains the assignment for owner Martin Scharf and trainer Mark Ford.
Artists Rally\'s win a week ago--at odds of 1-20--didn\'t come without those few anxious moments of an early break. \"I rushed him out of there,\" Anderson said. \"Once I was able to get him back going, he was fine.\"
In his first series try--after invading from Woodbine--Artists Rally rolled by off a pocket trip. \"I think he\'s better here (Yonkers) than the big tracks,\" Anderson said. \"He was in tough last season (Governor\'s Cup and Breeders Crown) and he has the talent.\"
Artists Rally has won four of his 17 career starts and more than $73,000 entering\'s Saturday\'s final.
Trainer Linda Toscano, who has a big shot in Friday night\'s filly finale with McGibson, doubles her pleausre in this event with Palace Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, post 4) and Bring The Heat (Brent Holland, post 8). The tandem each had a win, a second and a third in series competition, with Bring the Heat\'s 1:55.4 effort a week ago matching the fatest prelim mile.
Here\'s the complete field for the final:
Post--Horse (Driver, Odds)
1-Artists Rally (Ryan Anderson, 6-5)
2-Sir Sisu (Jim Pantaleano, 20-1)
3-Stand by Cam (Cat Manzi, 8-1)
4-Palace Cowboy (Jason Bartlett, 3-1)
5-Lifesong (Larry Stalbaum, 4-1)
6-Only Vegas (Jordan Stratton, 15-1)
7-Fox Valley Lector (Greg Grismore, 6-1)
8-Bring The Heat (Brent Holland, 3-1, coupled with Palace Cowboy)