Driver Jim Morrill Jr., Scotchgarded colors and all, won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $225,000 New York Sires Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot Monday night.
Morrill won the first ($111,500) very wet event for 3-year-old fillies with defending state-bred champ Market Rally ($2.20). The odds-on favorite had to work first-up to dispose of pacesetting Lady with Credit (Trond Smedshammer) before opening up down the backside.
Market Rally opened five lengths into the lane before whipping Glowngold (Brian Sears) by 2˝ lengths in 1:59.4. Third went to 59-1 outsider Cutup Hanover (Jeff Gregory).
Market Rally, a daughter of Cash Hall, is 3-for-5 this season (3-for-3 since adding Lasix) for co-owners (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $6, with the triple returning $84.
Morrill and 17-1 L Dee's Scripture ($37.20) avoided all the happenstance in the equally-moist second ($113,500) event. The pair sat pocketed to Driving Miss Crazy (Gates Brunet) in what turned out to be a two-speed, outside-post number.
L Dee's Scripture eased past "Miss Crazy,” winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Maud Blue Chip (Sears) was third, back another two lengths. Four of the five remaining lasses—including 9-10 fave Avalicious (Yannick Gingras)—either broke or caused a rival to do the same.
Fifth choice L Dee's Scripture, a Credit Winner lass co-owned by Lawrence Dumain & Carlo Lattinelli and trained by Julie Miller, is off the '14 schneid (1-for-5). The exacta paid $845, with the triple returning $3,885. (Yonkers)