"Everywhere I drive people say to me, ‘This is my favorite horse.’ "
Such was Jordan Stratton’s post-race assessment after slight choice Bit Of A Legend N ($7) went last-to-first Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s featured $44,00 Open Handicap Pace.
Unsurprisingly away last from his eight hole confinement, Bit Of A Legend N watched the sort of scrum he needed develop.
Caviart Luca (George Brennan) made the first lead, looping Americanprimetime (Greg Merton). The latter then made the lead right at a :26.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a :55.1 intermission. Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett) was situated third, while Barimah A (Brent Holland) moved first-up from fourth.
Givenupdreaming (Eric Goodell) chased from second-over, with Robbie Burns N (Joe Bongiorno) behind that one and Bit Of A Legend N working from fourth-over. The octet tightened up in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, with Robbie Burns N wide and Bit Of A Legend N widest.
Americanprimetime owned a length lead into the lane, but company was coming. Robbie Burns N disposed of Americanprimetime, but Bit Of A Legend N dispatched all of ‘em. He whipped "Robbie" by a widening length-and-a-quarter in 1:51.4. Americanprimetime held third, with a rallying Capozzo (Mark MacDonald) and Caviart Luca settling for the minors.
For Bit Of A Legend N, a 9-year-old double-millionaire Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fourth win (45th career) in 13 seasonal starts. (Yonkers)