The best fillies and colts in the County Fair divisions of the New York Sire Stakes program convened at Monticello Raceway on Thursday to compete in their respective $10,000 divisional finals and most raced like seasoned veterans. And a few were very impressive.
As often happens in stakes events some dominate which was the case in the trotting divisions.
Harold "Call Me Joe” Smith and Ashes Cash, a freshman of Kash Hall-Ashameg, annihilated their competition in the 2-year-old trot final when they scored a 20-length triumph in a time of 2:02.1. Far back in second place was Paradise Paintball (Michael Miller) who was a length better than Sandy Rose (Ron Abbott) who garnered the show dough.
For Ashes Cash, a homebred owned by his driver, it marked the colt's ninth triumph in10 starts which boosted his bankroll to over $20,000. He paid just $2.80 for win.
Equally impressive was the 2:00.1 mile trotted by Enough Kash in the 3-year-old trot final. The daughter of Cash Hall-Fashionablefilly, driven by her co-owner, Doug Ackley, romped to an eased-up five-length victory over the Howard Okusko-driven Belles Of Churton. Honey Muffin finished third for Truman Gale.
The only time this homebred filly was beaten--she finished second--was in an Excelsior Series trot at Batavia Downs on July 28. Her seasonal stats show 15 wins in 16 starts and purses in excess of $28,000.
Despite her impressive stats Enough Kash, owned by Doug and Tyra Joanne Ackley, returned a $7.40 mutuel.
The 2-year-old pacing final saw River Rising turn in yet another impressive victory when the daughter of Riverboat King-Ashlee Lynn made a laugher out of her contest when she romped to a 17-length victory in a time of 1:59.
Chris Lems was at the controls and used the front-end route to out-pace second-place finisher Ahead Of The Crowd driven by John Mc Kearin. Three lengths farther back in third place was Winlightn'strikes handled by Dave Fisher.
Owned by Andy Gardner, River Rising, a $2,000 purchase at Harrisburg last fall, paid $3.40 for win.
The only upset in the NYSSCF divisions came in the 3-year-old pace final when Lee Dahn hustled Officer Candidate to a rousing 1:57.3 victory over Neptune and Joe Chindano in a thrilling finish. At the wire the two pacers were heads apart but it was the 14-1 shot who prevailed.
Officer Candidate, a son of Riverboat King-One Sad Bister, was a $4,700 purchase at the Morrisville Sale last year. He's co-owned by his driver and Larry Dahn and paid $30.40 for win. With his victory the colt took a new lifetime mark and now has seasonal earnings of $17,478. (Monticello)