Doctor Butch (Pat Berry) posted the most impressive win in one of three divisions of New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers on Friday night at Tioga Downs.
Starting from post position number four, Berry hustled Doctor Butch to the front past an opening quarter in :27. From there his biggest challenger, Bet The Moon (Jim MarohnJr.), sat on his back through fractions of :56 and 1:23.4. Around the final turn Berry asked Doctor Butch for more and the freshman responded impressively, pacing a final panel of :28.1 to win in 1:52, establishing a new lifetime mark.
It was the fifth win in seven starts for the son of Art Major–Classical Yankee, who with the win increased his seasonal earnings to more than $155,000. Linda Toscano trains Doctor Butch for Ken Jacobs, who purchased the colt for $55,000 as a yearling.
Deny Deny Deny,also driven by Berry, captured the first division in the first race of the night. Leaving from post position number one in a field of seven, Berry placed Deny Deny Deny on the lead past a quarter in :28. From there Berry set comfortable fractions of :57.1 and 1:25 before holding off late pressure from Artist Night (Jim Meittinis) to win in 1:53.2.
The mile was a new lifetime mark for Deny Deny Deny, who captured his second victory in six starts and increased his earnings to more than $96,000. Linda Toscano trains the 2-year old son of Art Major–Fool For You for Ken Jacobs.
In the second division, Thirty Two Red (Ray Schnittker) carved out fractions of :27, :56.1 and 1:25 before cruising away in the stretch to win in 1:53.4. It was the fourth win of the year for the 2-year-old son of Bettor's Delight–Sakura Hanover who was purchased for $70,000 by the partnership of Schnittker, Gewertz, Arnold and Burroughs.
Tioga Downs continues live racing on Saturday, August 18th with a post time of 6:50 pm, for more information on Tioga Downs please visit us on our website at www.tiogadowns.com. (Tioga)