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NYSS to debut May 13 at Monticello

May 09, 2019
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On Monday afternoon, May 13, the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) will make its 2019 debut as the glamour division of 3-year-old pacing colts come to town. Going to post will be three divisions of NYSS, two splits of the Excelsior A class ($15,000), and one Excelsior B ($6,700).
 
The first NYSS division ($38,200) will go to post in Race 1 with seven entries. Hickfromfrenchlick (PP4) has been pegged the morning line favorite. The So Surreal colt had a very productive year as a 2 year old where he earned $138,541 and earned a speed badge of 1:51.3.  Last week he had an easy tightener at Pocono Down where he romped in 1:53.3 to win by 8 ½ lengths for trainer Ray Schnittker.
 
Local favorite KJ Leo will start from post 6. Last year the Gary Messenger-trained colt won the NYSS consolation at Yonkers and finished the year with $68,292 in earnings. This year the Art Major colt won a conditioned race last week at Monticello Raceway in 1:57.1. Regular driver Jim Taggart Jr. will drive.
 
The seond NYSS division features Respect Our Flag, who was sharp in his performance two weeks ago where he scored in 1:49.2 at the Meadowlands for trainer Jenn Bongiorno. Joe Bongiorno will drive the son of Roll With Joe.
 
Sam Schillaci brings Major Blake to the fray. The son of Art Major has had three winning qualifiers under his belt at his home track Northfield Park, Major March will start from the rail for trainer Linda Toscano. The Art Major colt is owned by Bay Pond Racing. Jason Bartlett will drive.
 
The final heat of NYSS action is in Race 7 and highlights Reigning Deo, the winner of last year's NYSS final at Yonkers Raceway in 1:54.4. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven will start from the rail with Jim Morrill Jr. at the helm for trainer Brett Pelling. After winning the NYSS final last fall, Reigning Deo dabbled in Grand Circuit competition and finished the year with $243,163, ranking him in the top 10 two-year-old pacing colt earners.
 
The Excelsior A first heat highlights Jack Nation (PP4). The son of American Ideal took his lifetime mark as a 2 year old at Monticello Raceway in 1:57 for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Mark Macdonald will handle the driving assignment.
 
Post time for the eight-race card is 12:50 p.m. (Monticello)
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