Big week of NYSS at Yonkers begins Monday
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Today's phrase that pays is "Sire Stakes-A-Palozza," with Yonkers Raceway hosting three New York Sire Stakes divisions for state-breds this week. On Monday night, it's the $356,456 Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Four races in succession (races 5 through 8) comprise the event.
The opening ($89,914) division includes Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby, post 4), runner-up in last season frosh final and a winner earlier this season (life-best 1:53.1) in his elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon. The Crazed gelding is trained by Tyler Raymer for co-owners Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold & Helane Solomon.
The second ($88,314) grouping finds West Side Story (George Brennan, post 1) roll in off a blowout win (1:55.2) at the three turns of Georgian Downs. The son of Conway Hall, unraced at 2, has offered no middle ground this season, as evidenced by two wins and two breaks in four tries. Per Henriksen trains and co-owns (as ASA Farm) with Steve Organ.
Monday's third ($88,314) state-bred events is led by Modest Prince (Jeff Gregory, post 5), an RC Royalty colt who has hit the board in four of his five seasonal starts. The win was a 50-1 upset in his division of the Simpson (Meadowlands), two starts before a cut-the-mile second to Jurgen Hanover in the $259,900 final of the Empire Breeders Classic (Vernon). Linda Toscano trains for owner Richard Gutnick.
Tuesday night offers the $353,256 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies, quartered consecutively (races 4 thru 7) at $88,314 each.
The third division looms the best, with defending sire stakes champion Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr., post 2) landing right next door to Canadian upstart Belle Boyd (Jody Jamieson, post 1).
"Lea," a daughter of Lislea, is a big fan of the paparazzi, having had her picture taken a dozen times in 14 lifetime starts ($383,424). She is 4-for-5 this season, the last three (Buffalo, Tioga and a life-best 1:50.4 at Vernon) in state-bred competition. Ron Burke trains and co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith.
Belle Boyd, a daughter of Art Major, is making her second south-of-the-border career start and half-mile debut. She romped through a pair of Woodbine series (Blossom and Princess), then finished second to the talented I Luv the Nitelife in both her elim and $384,044 final of Mohawk's Fan Hanover. For the season, she has seven wins and a pair of seconds in nine tries ($193,095). Carl Jamieson trains and co-owns (with Thomas Kyron and Joanne Morrison) the lass.
Other early favorites include Cheyenne Miriam (Simon Allard, post 5) in the first division, Bettor Think Twice (Cat Manzi, post 3) in the second grouping and Lismore winner JK Black Beauty (Sears, post 5) in the final event.
Friday night features the Armand Palatucci Pace for soph colts and geldings, to be drawn later this (Monday) afternoon.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)