Heston Blue Chip's 1:53.4 leads NYSS
August 23, 2011
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New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings were featured at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday night, with a pot of $253,560 on the line.
Odds-on choice Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick, $2.50) turned in the swiftest effort, a sharp 1:53.4 clocking that was two ticks off the local divisional record. Leaving from post position 3 in the final ($63,665) grouping, Heston Blue Chip was more than a bit awkward in the first turn as Steelhead Hanover (Brian Sears) took no prisoners. He zipped through intervals of :27.3, :55.3 and 1:24.1.
Steelhead Hanover, the second choice, had a couple of lengths lead turning for home, but could not stall the steady surge of the people's preference. Heston Blue Chip relentlessly wore down the leader. The margin was three-quarters of a length, with Union Man Hanover (Jeff Gregory) third.
For Heston Blue Chip, an American Ideal colt owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, he's now five for six this summer. The exacta paid $3.20, with the triple returning $18.60.
"He's a big colt who gets around the half as good as anyone," Tetrick said. "He did get away from me a bit on the first turn, which is something he's never done before. I give him a lot of credit. Other horses might not have recovered, but he did and beat a very good colt (Steelhead Hanover). He's impressed me."
The third event ($63,665) was a wire job by Lawgiver Hanover (George Brennan, $5.20), who deftly controlled the race from post 6 to the tune of :28, 58.1, 1:26.4 and 1:54.2. Forever Just (Tetrick), the 3-5 favorite starting directly inside the winner, did not contest the lead early and paid for it late, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. Mr. Erv (Sears) was third.
For "Lawgiver," an Art Major colt co-owned by Rick Phillips, W Springtime Racing and Deena Frost and trained by Mark Harder, it was his fourth win in five first-season tries. The exacta paid $7.20, with the triple returning $16.80.
"He's been a total professional right from the start," Harder said. "Tonight, he went a big back half (:56.1) and did it effortlessly."
Tuesday night's pair of off-the-card sire stakes events, worth $62,565 and $63,665, were won by: Dynamic Youth (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners Tucci, C&G Racing Stable, and Jerry Silva; trainer Aaron Lambert with Brennan driving, in 1:55.2; and Twin B Hollister (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (trainer) George Teague Jr., Ted Gewertz and Fannin Racing, with Cat Manzi driving, in 1:56.4. (Yonkers)