Sometimesawinner wins Sagamore Hill final
March 28, 2018
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"He's just push-button."
Such was driver George Brennan's take after odds-on favorite Sometimesawinner ($3.80) delivered the Tuesday night mail in Yonkers Raceway's $63,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.
The annual Teddy Roosevelt revival was the Raceway's richest race of the season to date.
The series, for 3- and 4-year-old young men who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, offered three preliminary legs leading to the final. Handy wins in his first two series starts earned Sometimeswinner last week off.
He was more than ready here. Nose-to-gate from post position No. 3 with some light rain falling, Sometimesawinner easily left around pole-sitting Abbeydorney (Jason Bartlett). That one offered enough early foot to stuff a wide second choice Point Somewherelese (Jeff Gregory) into a three hole.
After early intervals of :27.2, and :56.2, Point Somewherelse had to choice but to extricate the cones. He moved toward the leader at the 1:24 three-quarters, ducking back in when Abbeydorney backed away.
Mach N Cheese (Jordan Stratton) was launching a deep bid from next-to-last, as Sometimeswinner widened to 2¼ lengths entering the lane. Point Somewherelse angled out to take another shot, but the leader proved too tough. Sometimesawinner prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2.
Mach N Cheese did get into third, with Zone Blitz (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Fullback (Scott Zeron) rounding out the payees. Abbeydorney, Windsun Gotham (Dan Dube) and Obscene Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) completed the order.
For Sometimesawinner, a lightly-raced 3-year-old son of Well Said owned in Halifax, N.S, by David MacDonald and trained by Kevin Switzer, it was his fourth win in as many seasonal starts (seventh consecutive dating to last season). The exacta paid $13, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $46.20.
A $30,000 series consolation was won by Gerard N Mo (Zeron, $7.40) in a season's-best 1:53.4. (Yonkers)