Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the $156,000 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, comprised the event.
The opening group offered minimal suspense, as 1-5 favorite Major Blake (Jason Bartlett, $2.40) had an open lead virtually from the outset. From post position No. 3, he rolled through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.2 and 1:55. Major Blake disposed of a loosely-pocketed World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) by a couple of lengths, with Chatelroll (Jordan Stratton) a wide and rallying third. Buddy Hill (Dexter Dunn) wound up a first-up fourth.
For Major Blake, an Art Major-Bet Your Life colt co-owned by trainer Sam Schillaci, Howard Berke and Matthew Bencic, it was his third win in four seasonal/NYSS starts. The exacta paid $8.60, the triple returned $27.20 and the superfecta paid $86.50.
The second go-round saw Sheppard Pace winner Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker, $5.20) stalk pole-sitting 13-10 favorite Melodie’s Major (Tyler Buter), then make up some distance to get him and get away (:28.2, :56.4, 1:24.2, life-best 1:53.3). From post No 2, Hickfromfrenchlick had to chase from 2-1/4 lengths off the final turn before winning by a half-length. Cup Fan (Marcus Miller) and Covered Bridge (Jordan Stratton) were third and fourth, respectively.
Second choice Hickfromfrenchlick, a son of So Surreal-My Girl's A Star co-owned by his trainer/driver, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, is now three-for-four this season. The exacta paid $9.60, the triple returned $29.60 and the superfecta paid $117.50.
The third and final sire stakes get-together was won by polester Artie’s Ideal (Marcus Miller, $14). After stuffing Rock America (catch-driver George Brennan) in behind early, Artie's Ideal rated it well (:28, :58, 1:27, 1:55.1). He put away both a first-up Bicorne Hanover (Kakaley) and a second-over, 4-5 choice Reigning Deo (Stratton). Artie’s Ideal defeated Reigning Deo by 1-1/2 lengths, with Bicorne Hanover third and Jet Rock (Jim Marohn Jr.) recovering from an early break to finish fourth.
For third choice Artie’s Ideal, a son of American Ideal-Midnight Art owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, it was his second win in four ’18 tries (two-for-three in statebred ranks). The exacta paid $36, the triple returned $83.50 and the superfecta paid $211.50.
Friday night’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Lispatty (Mark MacDonald, $14.80) in 1:52.2. (Yonkers)