Henry Hill impressive in NYSS victory
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Closing night for the 2017 season was highlighted by the New York Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Saturday.
In the first $61,300 division, Henry Hill (Marcus Miller) overtoo, the favorite Outkast Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the stretch for the victory.
Ideal Wheel (Jim Taggart Jr.) charged out to the lead and brought them to a first quarter in :26.1. Outkast Blue Chip (Rock N Roll Heaven) then made his move taking over just before the half and controlled the half at :54.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.
Henry Hill (Roll With Joe) would go first-over and take over at the top of the stretch. Owned by Tom Hill and trained by Tony Alagna, the 3 year old battled Outkast Blue Chip (second) all the way down the stretch to win by a head in a lifetime best of 1:50.1. Outrajus Blue Chip (Jim Meittinis) finished third.
Henry Hill ($6.80), who didn't race as a 2 year old, won for the third time in four starts.
In the second $62,400 division ($62,400), Cultural Paradise (Morrill) popped out of the pocket to get the victory in the stretch.
Pointomygranson (Jim Marohn Jr.) laid down all the early fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.1. Cultural Paradise (Americal Ideal) was content to ride in the pocket all the way to the stretch. Owned by Brad Grant and trained by Larry Remmen, the 3 year old surged to the front and just got by Pointomygranson (second) to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.3. Third place went to Serious Major (Jim Taggart Jr.).
Cutural Paradise ($5.60), got win number six on the season and notched career victory number nine.
Mike Deters was the top trainer for 2017. Mike Simons was the top driver this season. Pacer of the year was Andreios Kardia. Top trotter was Prairie Fortune.(Tioga Downs)