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Pancetta wins Sagamore for trainer Todd

April 03, 2013

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Yonkers Raceway's annual tribute to Teddy Roosevelt--the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-olds colts and geldings--wrapped up Tuesday night. At $67,200, it was the Raceway's richest event of the season to date.

That fun factoid was good news for Pancetta (Brian Sears), who sat an antsy pocket, then rolled by One Through Ten (Dave Miller) en route to a 1:53.1 victory.

Involved early from post position post position three, Pancetta was able to avoid an early break of pole-resident Hope Blue Chip (Larry Stalbaum) and sequester in behind even-money favorite One Through Ten.

That one, the only perfect (3-for-3) participant in the prelims, found a :28.2 quarter-mile and :57.3 intermission. May Day (Jason Bartlett) was a tight third, while Sly Ruler (Eric Goodell) tried it first-up. One Through Ten dismissed that foe right around the 1:26 three-quarters, but Pancetta was all dressed up with someplace to go. He extricated himself from the pocket early to go after the leader.

One Through Ten was a length to the good turning for home, but Pancetta negated that margin in a hurry. He took aim and took off, widening to 2½ lengths (:26.4 individual final quarter) in a season's-best effort. Third went to May Day, who was beaten 7½ lengths, with Windsun Cointreau (Dan Dube)--coupled with Hope Blue Chip--and Sly Ruler completed the cashers.

Hope Blue Chip, Casimir Longshot (Mark MacDonald) and Trip Hanover (George Brennan) rounded out the order.

"Getting an inside draw helped, and sitting behind Dave's horse (One Through Ten) was the perfect trip," Sears--who won Monday night's final of the Petticoat Pacing Series with odds-on Fast and Fiesty--said. "This horse has a tremendous turn of foot. He's been very good throughout the series (2 wins, 2 seconds), especially tonight."

For Pancetta, a 4-year-old son of No Pan Intended California co-owned by Sacramentans Richard Morita and David Yamada and trained by Brandon Todd, he returned $5.10 (second choice) for his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.60, the triple returned $31.20 and the superfecta paid $64.

A $25,000 series consolation was won by A Bettor World (Brennan, $5.20) in 1:55.2.

Tuesday's card also included a win-at-first-asking by Bakken (Brent Holland, $6.80). The 3-year-old No Pan Intended gelding, who we suspect may have been named for the former St. Louis Cardinals place kicker, won the $15,000, fifth-race pace in 1:56.4.

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.

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