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EL Rocket fastest in NYSS 3CT splits

July 01, 2013
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Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $356,456 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.
 
The opening ($89,914) division wound up with an unintended makeover when 7-10 choice Tirade Hanover (Victor Kirby) jumped it off right before the start. A few others did the dance of the damned, leaving a match race between Blackwolf Run (Sam Schillaci) and Order By Keeper (Brian Sears).
 
Cozy-enough fractions (:29, :59.1, 1:28.4) weren't enough to close the sale, as pocket-sitting, pole protector Order By Keeper strolled on by. The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters in 1:58.2. Third went to 71-1 shot Tweed (Jim Morrill Jr.).
 
For Order By Keeper, a Credit Winner colt trained by Nancy Johansson for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Order By Stable, he returned $9 (third choice) for his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $387.50.
 
The second ($88,314) grouping saw Kegler Hanover (Sears, $7.20) keep his head when everyone else around him was not.
 
Pocketed early from post position No. 4, he inherited the lead when 11-10 fave West Side Story (George Brennan) imploded on the lead right before the opening (30-second) quarter-mile.
 
From there, Kegler Hanover, as the second choice, widened at each interval (58.3; 1:27.3), taking a 16-length lead into the lane. The margin at the wire was 12½ lengths in a snappy 1:56.4. Explosive Action (Jason Bartlett) was second, with Wannacmyguns (John Stark Jr.) third. Those were the only non-misbehavers among the seven starters.
 
"Kegler," a son of Crazed also trained by Johansson--this one for co-owners Takter, Order By Stable, Brixton Medical and Louis Carrera--is now 2-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $72.50, with the triple returning $394.
 
Monday's third ($88,314) statebred event saw the chalk players gain a measure of revenge when E L Rocket (Brennan, $2.90) gave nothing else a chance. Sent to the lead from post No. 3, he threw down fractions of :27.1, :56.2, 1:25.4 and (night's fastest) 1:55.1.
 
Crazy About Pat (Cat Manzi) grabbed second over Modest Prince (Jeff Gregory).
 
E L Rocket, a son of Credit Winner co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, M1 Stable, Howard Taylor and Phillip Collura, is now 4-for-8 this season after a third consecutive victory. The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $10.60.
 
Parimutuel chaos reigned in the final ($89,914) sire stakes event after 1-20 people's preference Jurgen Hanover (Brennan) broke in the first turn and wound up distanced.
 
Jacks To Open (Sears) grabbed the gauntlet from the eight hole, with pylon-starting Theraputic (Morrill Jr.) in behind (:29, :59.1, 1:28.1). Jacks to Open opened and length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, but Theraputic dove inside and edged by. The margin was a neck in a life-best 1:58, with 98-1 bomber Bar Back (Brent Holland) third and Twisted Pretzel (Jordan Stratton) fourth.
 
For Theraputic, a Crazed gelding trained by Annette Lorentzon for Acl Stuteri Ab, he returned $21.60 for his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta (second and third wagering choices) paid $173, the triple returned $2,109 and the superfecta paid $7,609.
 
With $14,027 of the $14,877 in the show pool flushed overboard with Jurgen Hanover, the show prices for the three board finishers were $30, $47.40 and $264, respectively ($30 total wagered on Bar Back in that pool) .
 
Note that all winners, save for E L Rocket, are Yonkers Trot-eligible. (Yonkers)
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