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Morrill sweeps NYSS 2YOCT at Yonkers

August 20, 2013
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New York Sire Stakes hit town Tuesday night with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With the event attracting just a dozen, it meant a pair of divisions going for a cool $141,787 each. That factoid suited driver Jim Morrill Jr. just fine, since he won 'em both.
 
The first event saw 3-10 favorite Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sears) wanting nothing to do with the doings. He was offstride behind the gate, caught the field, then broke again. That left second choice J's Trotting Bob ($8.10)--leaving from post position 2--to his own devices. Taking over from 57-1 shot General Bill Brown (Tyler Raymer) right at a :29.3 opening quarter-mile, simple sub-stations of 1:00.2, 1:30.31, and 1:59 left him 2¾ lengths to the good at the wire.
 
Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied into second, with a first-up Daley Lovin' (Dan Daley), General Bill Brown and My Friend Charlie (Chris Lems) rounding out the payees.
 
"Bob," a CR Excalibur gelding owned by Ken Jacob's KJ Stables and trained by Arnie Marks, is now 5-for-6 this season after a successful sire stakes debut. The exacta paid $41.20, with the triple returning $88.50.
 
Morrill and third choice, pole-sitting Flyhawk El Durado ($11.60) rallied from a loose pocket in the second event…which again saw a Sears escort jump it off. Credit Fashion, the slight second choice, lost it in the first turn. He did catch back trotting as tepid 6-5 choice Lukas Hall (Jeff Gregory) made the lead around the eventual winner.
 
Lukas Hall (:29.3, 1:00.1) then surrendered the lead to a big third-quarter move from Credit Fashion, who found a 1:30.4 next station and had two lengths turning for home. However, he could not close the sale, with Flyhawk El Durado chasing him down the passing lane.
 
"El Durado" won by a half-length in 1:59.4. Credit Fashion saved second, with Lukas Hall, Consumer Rate (Cat Manzi) and Mister Anson (Jim Doherty) settling for the remainder.
 
Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, has won half of his six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $72.
 
Thursday night's features the $289,775 NYSS Jim Meagher Pace for frosh colts and geldings. Three ($96,025, $96,025 and $97,725) events, going as races 3,4 and 6 are on the agenda. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)
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