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First-year filly pacers take center stage at Yonkers

July 11, 2019
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Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening hosted the soggy $153,900 New York Sires Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four races comprised the event.
 
The opening ($37,950) division saw a pole-pocketed The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron, $11) pick off 3-10 favorite Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) by a head in a maiden-breaking 1:55.4. That latter led at every interval (:28, 57.2, 1:27–save for the last one. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was a best-of-the-rest third.
 
For second choice The Fun Marshall, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned by (trainer) Richie Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward McEnery & Michael Gluckman, it was that first win in three seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $19, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to a short (five-horse) field.
 
”She beat a nice horse,” Zeron said. “She needed a trip to do it, but she’s a handy filly.”
The next/final divisions went consecutively, each at $38,650.
 
Merga Hanover (Gingras, $5.70)—from post position No.  2—retook from Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett), then held that one at bay by a length (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56.2).
 
So Rude (Brian Sears) was a first-up third as the 7-5 choice, while Roll with Angel (Zeron) was fourth.
 
For second choice Merga Hanover, an American Ideal miss trained by Ron Burke for co-owner Thomas & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan, it was her second win in as many season/life tries. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $125.50 and the superfecta paid $889.
 
           “She didn’t do anything fancy, but she did get around the track very well,” Gingras said. I think she could be a Grand Circuit filly.”
 
The third sire stakes event was a tour de slop for Galleria Gal (Buter, $8.80).
 
Vaulting past her six inside rivals at the outset, she was never a loser here (:29.1, :59, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). The final margin was 4½ lengths.
 
Rare Jimstone (Bartlett) was a loose pocket second, with 13-10 fave Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) a non-threatening third.  
 
For second choice Galleria Gal, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by Theresa Donnelly & Fernando Amesti and trained by John Berger, it was her first win in three season/life tries. The exzacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $81.50 (superfecta not offered-start of Pick 5).
 
The statebred finale had Cash Roll (Zeron, $3.40) have to work for the lead, but few issues thereafter.    
 
From post No. 7, she was too tough (:28.3, :58.4, 1:27.3, life-best 1:56, widening to whip first leader Jackie’s Express (George Brennan) by 4¼ lengths. Third went to Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn), with Hidden Cove (Miller) fourth.
 
            For Cash Roll, a Roll with Joe ma’am trained by Richard Ringler for owner Louis Palumbo, she’s started out 3-for-3. (Yonkers)
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