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Major Betts’ 1:49.4 fastest in NYSS 3CP splits

June 28, 2020

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Tioga Downs played host to three divisions of the New York Sires Stakes  for sophomore pacing colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Sunday.

Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) rocketed past Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) to take the $38,233 first division.

Major Betts ($10.20) jumped out of the gate and went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.1. The big favorite Splash Brother went first-over from third and took over the lead with a circuit to go.  He led to the half in :53 with Major Betts following in the pocket.  As they made the move down the backstretch it was Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) to make the first move going first-over from third.  He couldn’t make any traction and actually fell back as Splash Brother hit three-quarters first in 1:21.

As they made the turn for home it was evident that it was going to be a two-horse race.  Major Betts popped out of the pocket as they reached the stretch and blew right on by to win in 1:49.4.  Splash Brother had to settle for second money.  Groovy Joe held on to finish third.

Major Betts is a 3-year-old colt by Art Major.  He is owned by Joe Jannuzzelli, Deena Frost and trainer Mark Harder.  It was a win in his first start of 2020.  He now has five career victories.

Blank Stare (Corey Callahan) held firm to win the $38,233 second division.

Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the lead but Blank Stare ($3.50) would go by him just after Genius Man hit the first quarter in :27.  Blank Stare led to the half in :55.3.  Reagan Blue Chip (Brian Sears) went first-up and put on the pressure and actually held the lead briefly before Blank Stare reclaimed the front hitting three-quarters in 1:22.3.

Blank Stare and Reagan Blue Chip battled all the way down the stretch but in the end Blank Stare was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:50.1.  Regan Blue Chip was second with Genius Man claiming third.

Blank Stare is a 3-year-old gelding by Bolt The Duer.  He is trained by John Butenschoen for owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV and In Over My Head Stable.  It was his second win this season and he now owns five career wins.

JK Last Chance captured the $38,934 third division.

Cigars And Port (Wally Hennessey) took control early and led to the first quarter in :26.2 and to the half in :55. Save Me A Dance (Jason Bartlett) came first-over and took charge just after Cigars And Port hit three-quarters in 1:22.3.

JK Last Chance ($14.80) was sixth at the half and found himself second-over fourth after three-quarters.  He went alongside Save Me A Dance as they made the turn for home.  JK Last chance skipped away in deep stretch to win easily in a life time best of 1:50.4.  Save Me A Dance was second best.  Ideal Perception finished third.

JK Last Chance is a 3-year-old gelding by So Surreal and is owned and trained by Jim McDonald.  He did not race as a 2 year old.  The gelding is two-for-two as a sophomore.

Wally Hennessey drove five winner on the night.  Along with sire stakes winner JK Last Chance he finished first with Mr Dunnigans ($2.20), Cashallic ($2.60), Queen Me Again ($11.60), and Steuben Warlock ($8.80). (Tioga Downs)
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