Fitz's Z Tam wins Yonkers Open
December 09, 2012
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Pocket-sitting Fitz's Z Tam (Yannick Gingras) whipped pace-setting Casimir Jitterbug (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Leaving from post four as the just-over-even-money favorite, Fitz's Z Tam yielded to Casimir Jitterbug before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. The leader rated a soft (56-second) half before newly minted millionaire Noble Falcon (George Brennan) moved from fifth. However, that bid ended right around the 1:24.1 three-quarters, with Casimir Jitterbug owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.
He needed only to hold off the horse on his back, but could not. Fitz's Z Tam angled out and prevailed, winning by a neck in 1:52. Wayne The Lefty (Brian Sears), Tobago Cays (Jim Pantaleano) and Iwannarace Hanover (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers.
For Fitz's Z Tam, a 5-year-old Cole Muffler gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Martin Scharf and J&T Silva Stables, he returned $4.10 for his sixth win in 23 seasonal starts. (Yonkers)