In heat two, Bonefish came from far back to finish second to the tenderfooted Noble Rogue in 1:59[2/5]. Dancer's horse might have won the heat, but he lost almost two lengths when he swerved on the backstretch to avoid a careening Meadow Bright, who went momentarily out of control after a stirrup broke. Yankee Bambino was fourth, only a length back.
Four horses scratched in the third heat. Even if one of them were to win, their trainers were not sure they would want them to return for the fourth heat. "It might hurt a horse so that he'd never be any good the rest of his career," said Billy Haughton, who took Glasgow out of the heat. Starting from a good post position for the first time, Bonefish breezed in the third heat, winning comfortably in 2:00[3/5]. A tired Noble Rogue broke early when the starting car inexplicably slowed, an event that caused Del Miller's Songflori to almost bang his nose on the gate. Yankee Bambino finished third. "I'm pooped," said Ross. "My colt's never been two heats before, much less four."
But Bonefish, Yankee Bambino and Noble Rogue had to come up to the gate for the fourth time in four hours. Noble Rogue took the lead at the start. Bonefish patiently dropped in behind him, and Yankee Bambino followed, Ross waiting for the move he knew Dancer would make. With a quarter of a mile to go, Bonefish eased out and Yankee Bambino came right after him. They both passed the weary Noble Rogue and battled down the stretch, sulky to sulky. Bambino made a marvelous try but couldn't quite get there. At the end, Bonefish's nose was in front.
Later Stanley Dancer said that yes, he still thought his horse was a great one, that he was proud of his comeback and happy with a third Hambletonian title. Walter Ross drove Yankee Bambino back down the track, alone and now forgotten.