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Sunday, February 19, 2012


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 18, 2012 -- Invading Summer Camp (Jason Bartlett) went the distance Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace.
Summer Camp (Jason Bartlett) wins the Saturday night Open Handicap (Mike Lizzi Photo)

Leaving from post position No. 4 as the 7-5 choice, Summer Camp worked around P H Jackpot (Cat Manzi), making the lead just after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile.

He then rated a 29-second next station (:56.4) half before Sea Venture (George Brennan) tried his luck moving from fourth. Summer Camp held that one at nose’s length in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters before taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane.

The fave then finished it off, defeating a second-up Rock to Glory (Eric Goodell) by a half-length in 1:53.4. Here We Go Again (Jordan Stratton). P H Jackpot and Sea Venture completed the cashers, while two-time defending champ Tobago Cays (Jim Pantaleano) was an eight-hole non-factor here.

For Summer Camp, a 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding trained by Josh Green for co-owners Baron Racing and VIP Internet Stable, he returned $4.80 for his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.20, with the triple returning $137.

"(Trainer) Josh (Green) said this horse was talented, but only wanted to go as much as he had to," Bartlett said. "They wanted to try him here before the (George Morton) Levy Series, and he was good tonight. I had to keep after him a bit, but he did the job."

Yonkers' five-night-per-week (Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday) live schedule continues. First post for all programs remains at 7:10 PM. Evening simulating accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulating available around the NYRA schedule.