Dancin Yankee set a world record of 1:48.4 in capturing the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Aug. 16) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway.The time was the fastest ever for an older pacing stallion on a half-mile track, breaking the mark of 1:49 previously shared by Jet Laag and Ponder, with both of those miles turned in at Delaware, Ohio. It was also the fastest mile ever paced at Saratoga.
Dancin Yankee is a 6-year-old stallion by Yankee Cruiser owned by Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo. Amber Buter is the trainer and Tyler Buter was in the sulky. The victory was the 15th in 23 season's starts for the bay pacer who lifted his 2014 bankroll to $457,640.
Dancin Yankee ($3.90) started from post position three and went right to the front and was never caught through fractions of :25.4, :53.4 and 1:21, before pacing home in :27.4 for the record mile. Heston Blue Chip (Marcus Miller) started from post one and sat in the pocket the entire mile and finished second. Foiled Again (Matt Kakaley) made a first-over bid for the front down the backstretch, but could never catch the leader and ended up third.
New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts also filled out the card with the winners Winds Of Change (1:51.3) for driver Brett Miller and trainer Linda Toscano; Stay Up Late, a 1:52.3 winner for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Casie Coleman; and Natural Leda, who scored in 1:52.4 for trainer Gilbert Garcia-Herrera.