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Itzaziam wins $73,000 final of YR/SOA Bonus Trot Series

Itzaziam wins $73,000 final of YR/SOA Bonus Trot Series
Wednesday, April 30, 2014 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- Itzaziam (Pat Berry) closed relentlessly to pick off odds-on Bambino Glide (Daniel Dube) on Tuesday night (April 29), winning the $73,500 final of the Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series.

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Itzaziam was a narrow winner for Pat Berry in a time of 1:57.
Uninvolved early from post position No. 3, Itzaziam saw Wisenheimer (Yannick Gingras) and 93-1 Swishnflick (Larry Stalbaum) both be put in the game early. Meanwhile, 1-4 fave Bambino Glide found himself parked two turns, finally getting the lead between a :28 opening quarter-mile and a :57 intermission.

He continued his advantage in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Itzaziam a seemingly-uninvolved sixth from third-over. However, early troubles getting the lead would bite the favorite late. Itzaziam made up nearly five lengths through the rainy lane, getting to Bambino Glide by a half-length in 1:57. Swishnflick nipped Wisenheimer for third, with Rock Of Cashel (Jeff Gregory) grabbing the final pay envelope.

Itzaziam, a 6-year-old Harry's Star Ranger gelding co-owned by his driver and James Craparotta and trained by Frank Scamporino, Jr., returned $32.80 (fifth choice) for his sixth win (third consecutive) in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, the triple returned $1,466 and the superfecta paid $3,676.

"I was planning on leaving with him, but everyone else seemed to be leaving, Berry said. "You cant be too aggressive with him early, because he gets hot".

"Early on, I thought we had a shot. At the three-quarters, I thought I'd be lucky to get third because there was a lot of traffic, but he just kept going."

A $30,000 series consolation was won by Monroe County (George Brennan, $3.50) in 1:57.2.

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