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Bartlett wins two 3FP New York Sire Stakes

June 12, 2009
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Thursday night offered the first Westchester watching of the statebreds, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the  $218,620 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Five forays went postward through light rain and fog, with leading driver Jason Bartlett bookending the board.

Bartlett won the first $44,044 division, going the distance with the favored Bet On Luck ($5.20). The Bettor\'s Delight lass, co-owned (with Kovach  Stables) and trained by George Teague Jr., went the distance from post position two. She widened to defeat Chesca Girl (Jordan Stratton) by three lengths in a  season\'s-best 1:57.2.

Bartlett sat pocketed in the final $44,044 Sire Stakes event before going by with pole-sitting On the Glass in 1:57.4. The daughter of Art Major, trained  by Ed Hart for co-owners Joe DiScala and Cynthia Lynn Masseri, returned $5.40 (second choice) for her first win in five seasonal starts. Eagle Way (Jim Morrill Jr.),  last season\'s NYSS frosh prom queen, cut the mile as the 9-10 choice but was outmuscled by a length late.

\"They\'re both very talented fillies,\" Bartlett said. \"They also drew well, and that always helps. I wasn\'t sure I was going to go by Jimmy\'s horse (Eagle  Way), but mine showed me something.\"

Bartlett, by the way, won five races on the 13-race card.

Thursday night\'s other NYSS events, worth $43,244, $43,244 and $44,044, respectively, were won by.., 
        
  --Stolly Up Bluechip (by Art Major); owner Frank Dettore/trainer Mark Ford/driver Morrill Jr.; (first season\'s win) 1:58.2/$2.60

  --Witch is Bettor (by Bettor\'s Delight); co-owners (trainer) Robert Horowitz/driver Kyle DiBenedetto; 1:58.1/$4.90;

  --Up Front Kelli Jo (by Bettor\'s Delight); owner Ed Mullinax/trainer Perry Simser/driver Dan Cappello Jr.; 1:56.2/$8.20.

New York Sire Stakes continue Friday night, with the state\'s glamour division in the $220,054 Hugh Grant for soph pacing colts/geldings, divided into a  happy half-dozen (races 3,4,5,7,8 and 9).

Hay Goodlooking, the \'08 frosh NYSS champ and track record-holder for his division, drew post two in the second ($36,442) event. Trainer Gates Brunet does the honors himself as the Art Major colt looks to add to an eight-for-12 career resume.

Of course, Saturday night features both the $421,850 Art Rooney and $293,970 Lismore Paces. (Yonkers) 

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