It could have been "three strikes and you're out!" but instead it was "the third time is a charm" for DW's NY Yank and Chantal Sutherland-Kruse at The Meadows on Monday afternoon. With Thoroughbred jockey Sutherland-Kruse aboard, DW's NY Yank bested the North American record for one mile under saddle on a five-eighths mile track with a 1:59 effort. The record came after DW's NY Yank made a break in his first two attempts and bested the previous mark set by Fort Valley in June at Pocon Downs by one-fifth of a second.
In the first attempt after the seventh race and using her own pink saddle, wearing a hood and with prompters ridden by trainer Ron Burke and driver Dave Palone, and without the use of a starting gate, DW's NY Yank made it through a quarter in :31 and half in 1:01 before going offstride. When DW's NY Yank came back on the track for the second attempt after the 10th race, the hood was off, only Palone was alongside with a prompter, and there was a starting gate. Still, the second effort was short-lived as DW's NY Yank made a break moments after the start.
Sutherland-Kruse kept riding DW's NY Yank as she lined up again behind the starting gate for an immediate third try. This time around she was able to keep the 4-year-old trotter flat through fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:25.3 before closing out the 1:59 mile.
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Sutherland told interviewer Jeff Zidek in the winner's circle that she began to get tired midway through the third attempt and that almost led to DW's NY Yank making a break, but she said the thought about her father, Hugh Sutherland, who used to train Standardbreds, and that gave her impetus to remain strong. "I was getting more tired than he was," she joked about her ride and DW's NY Yank.