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4 straight wins for Dejarmbro

September 09, 2010

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With the $1.6 million New York Night of Champions looming later this month, downstate sire stakes resumed Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $237.636 Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Johnny B Kemp and driver Marcus Johansson--showing no ill-effects of that early summer accident--took full advantage of soft fractions and soft foes. The pair went the distance in the $59,134 third division. In play early from post position No. 4, the 3-4 choice waltzed through stations in :30.3, 1:02.4, 1:32.2 and 2:02.1. He widened in the lane, defeating Sing Out (Cat Manzi) by 4 1/2 lengths, with Quantum Incredible (Frode Fladen) third.
Johnny B Kemp, a son of Credit Winner trained by Jimmy Takter for his wife, Christina, along with David McDuffee and John Fielding, returned  $3.50 for his second win in five frosh tries. The exacta paid $6.90 (two wagering favorites), with the triple returning $37.40.
"He's shown us he wants to do his job, and that's always a good sign," Johansson said. "Once we made the lead, there wasn't a whole lot to it.
"I'm glad to be back in the winner's circle, and (father-on-law) Jimmy is glad to have me back working," Johansson said.  "I think he thinks I've been on  vacation or something,"
The evening's  final ($60.234) state-bred event saw six of the eight combatants misbehave, making the job of 11- favorite Dejarmbro (Jeff Gregory) that  much easier. Leaving from post No. 7 and never out of range, Dejarmbro found the lead before the three-quarters, then defeated Keenan (George Brennan)--the other non-breaker--by 8 1/4 lengths in 1:59.3. Daleydaydream (Dan Daley) was third, beaten 15 lengths.
Dejarmbro, a Credit Winner colt trained by Jessica Okusko for Purple Haze Stables, returned $4.30 for his fifth win (fourth consecutive) in seven  '10 tries (5-for-5 with Gregory). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $285.50.
"He's a strong horse, but he's very light on his feet," Gregory said. "He's a lot like (stablemate) Blacktuxwhitesocx. Both are big, sturdy horses that were given time getting to the races. And both make me look good."
Thursday night's NYSS events, each worth $59,134, were won by: Surface Tension (by Cash Hall); co-owners Ann-Mari Daley.Richard Lombardo,Albert Crawford/trainer-driver Dan Daley; 2:00.4/non-bettor; Petruchio (by Plesac); owner Richard Balog/trainer Linda Toscano/driver Jim Morrill Jr.; 2:01.2/non-bettor. (Yonkers Raceway)
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