Field finalized for Yonkers' Rooney Invitational Pace
October 02, 2019
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Yonkers Raceway's race secretary Bob Miecuna has finalized the eight-horse field for the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace.
The octet, part of the undercard for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 12th) International Trot card, is (alphabetically):
American History (age 4) —fresh off matching Yonkers' all-age track record (1:49.3) this past Saturday night (Sept. 28th) after winning Harrington' Quillen Memorial in identical time in previous start.
Courtly Choice (4) – wins in the Canadian Pacing Derby (Mohawk) and Commodore Barry Invitational (Harrah's Philly). At 3, won the Meadowlands Pace, Little Brown Jug (Delaware, OH) and Empire Breeders' Classic (Tioga).
Jimmy Freight (4) -- won last week's Dayton Pacing Derby as well as Mohawk's Gold Cup. At 3, won the final of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold (Mohawk) and elim of Yonkers' Messenger Stakes before second in final.
McWicked (8) – Really? $4.6 million in career earnings doesn't need much in the way of introduction, but...how about 2018's Harness Horse of the Year after wins in TVG (Meadowlands), Breeders Crown (Pocono), Dan Rooney (here), Allerage (Red Mile), Canadian Pacing Derby (Mohawk), Haughton Memorial (Meadowlands) and Ben Franklin (Pocono)?
This season's wins include the Ewart Memorial (Scioto), Gerrity Memorial (Saratoga) and Roll With Joe (Tioga).
None Bettor A (6) – his first North American season includes win in the Battle of Lake Erie and final of Great Northeast (Pocono), plus pair of Open Handicaps here.
Theartofconfusion A (9) – set the local all-age track record (1:49.3) while working his way up through the conditioned ranks. Has raced exclusively here since August of 2017.
This is the Plan (4) – wins in the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Prix D'Ete (Hippodrome Three Rivers), Ben Franklin (Pocono) Well-traveled number is making Yonkers his 16th career venue.
Western Fame (6) – early-season standout here, winning four legs and final of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.
Post time for the International Trot matinee card is 1 PM. Post positions for the Rooney shall be drawn Monday afternoon (Oct. 7th).