There were three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers on Saturday night at Vernon Downs and driver Marcus Miller won two of them. All three divisions had purses of $37,266.
The first division went as the sixth race on Saturday and Azorean Art (Art Major-Dancin Barefoot) rallied from last on the far turn to pass the entire field and win in 1:52.3. The early pace was fast in this division with a :25.3 quarter and a half in :54.3 for American Crossroad (Miller). Azorean Art was driven to victory by Mark MacDonald, one of four wins for him on the Saturday program. The trainer is Jimmy Takter and the colt is owned by Cristina Takter, Brixton Medical, and Hatfield Stables.
The first division also included a disqualification of third-place finisher Oneisalonelynumber, who went on a break on the first turn and caused significant interference in the field. He was placed last after the DQ.
The Miller Show began with the next division of the Sires Stakes, carded as the seventh race. He drove Betting Exchange (Bettor's Delight-Cheeky Hanover) to a victory at 21-1, paying $44.80 to win and keying a $415.50 exacta. Betting Exchange was second for the majority of the mile, sitting behind the pacesetter, Americanprimetime (Jim Marohn Jr.). Miller made the winning move with Betting Exchange in deep stretch, angling out to move past Americanprimetime and get up for the victory in the final strides in a time of 1:51.1.
Betting Exchange is trained by Tom Fanning and is owned by Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz, and Tom Fanning.
The third and final division of the Sires Stakes was the ninth race on the program and Miller came through again,guiding Penji Hanover (Art Major-Platinum Hanover) to victory in 1:53.2. It was a well-timed drive by Miller, who sent Penji Hanoverdown the outside in the stretch to win just a heartbeat ahead of Bet You (MacDonald), who conversely tried to come up the inside and had to wait the extra moment to get room and that proved costly. Penji Hanover istrained by Tony Alagna and the owned is W. Springtime Racing Stable. (Vernon Downs)