Special Report accumulated the most points in preliminary competition, won his last three starts and broke his own divisional track record a week ago, but that gaudy resume failed to impress the post position gods, who remanded the gifted gelding to the dreaded eight hole for Saturday night\'s $475,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway.
The richest-ever Levy, a free-for-all event named for the founder of defunct Roosevelt Raceway, returned this season after an 11-year hiatus. It will be contested as the eighth race on Yonkers\' 10-race card, with first post at 7:40 pm.
Special Report understatedly has his work cut out for him in Yonkers\' wealthiest race of the season to date. The wickedly-fast 5-year-old son of Keystone Raider answered the bell in each of the six Levy legs, racking up four wins and a pair of seconds.
His 1:51 drilling a week ago rewrote his own local older pacing gelding record and was within a fifth of a second of Yonkers\' all-age track standard. That mile--Silver Almahurst\'s 1:50.4--came winning the \'93 edition of the Levy.
Special Report has nine wins and three seconds in his 13 seasonal starts ($185,875) for owner Hugo Iodice and trainer Kim Asher.
At the other end of the luck spectrum is Pacific Renegade, who drew the rail after skimming the pylons en route to last week\'s victory. Yannick Gingras, fresh off his five consecutive wins here Monday night, gets the catch-drive. The 6-year-old son of Cam\'s Card Shark has come to hand in this series for owner Joseph Smith and trainer Tom Fanning. He enters the final with two wins, a second and a third in his last four efforts.
A $100,000 Levy Series consolation precedes the finale as the seventh race on the program.
The complete Levy championship field is as follows:
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