NYSS champ Heston Blue Chip 1:52 winner
May 21, 2012
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Heston Blue Chip (pictured), a defending New York Sire Stakes champion, was the fastest in NYSS pacing colt action on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers hosted its first New York Sire Stakes event of the season Monday night, with the $339,040 Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A quintet of divisions proved quite formful through the mist (and later steady rain), with driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano asserting themselves early.
Heston Blue Chip ($2.10) made short work of his first paid work night of the season. Leaving from post position four in the $66,848 first division, he strolled through intervals of :27, :55.4, 1:24.2 and 1:52. The final margin was 3 3/4 lengths over Gable Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald), with Twin B Hollister (Brian Sears) third.
For Heston Blue Chip, an Art Major colt owned by Ken Jacobs, it was his 12th win in 14 career starts. The exacta paid $9.60, with the triple returning $19.20. "He was very impressive for his first start," Tetrick said. "I never had to ask him."
Driver and trained doubled their pleasure when pole-sitting Forever Just ($3) held sway in the $68,048 second grouping. Retaking from JK Panache (Jason Bartlett), he fought back against a stubborn, first-over foe in Domethatagain (Dan Noble in his local driving debut).
Forever Just prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.1, with an early-skipping Ideal Romance (Sears) third.
For Forever Just, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned by Fred Wallace and Stake Your Claim Stable, it was his second consecutive (NYSS) win in three 2012 tries. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $61 and the superfecta (JK Panache) paid $128.50.
David Miller then picked up the baton, taking the evening's next two state-bred winners. Breakin' the Law ($3.80) won the third ($68,048) event--his sixth consecutive victory--while Escape the News ($6.40) was sharp in the fourth ($68,048) division. Both won by a length-and-a-half. The former, an Artiscape gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, JJK Stables and Panhellenic Stable Corp., prevailed in 1:53.2. The latter, also an Artiscape gelding, is a homebred for co-owners Brittany Farms and Val D'Or Farms. It was his first win in three tries this season after a $232,000 frosh resume.
Monday night's final ($68,048) Grant division was won by Coral Snake (Sears), who prevailed in the passing lane in 1:53.2. Unraced at two and thus making his sire stakes debut, Coral Snake out-gamed Steelhead Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) by three-quarters of a length for his second win (both local) in as many tries...both in identical times. Major Bombay (Bartlett) was third.
For Coral Snake, a son of Bettor's Delight owned by West Wins Stables and trained by Casie Coleman, he returned $4.90 as the second choice (to "Steelhead"). (Yonkers Raceway)