NYSS gets underway Monday at Monticello
May 19, 2016
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The New York Sires Stakes season gets underway at Monticello Raceway on Monday, May 23, as 3-year-old pacing fillies take center stage.
When race secretary Eric Warner opened the box there were a total of 44 fillies, this was broken down to two divisions of each the Excelsior A and Excelsior B series and two Sires Stake events. The A classes vie for a purse of $15,000 and the B classes race for $6,700, and the Sires Stakes go for a purse $61,300 on the afternoon's 11-race card.
The action gets underway in Race 2, the first split of the Excelsior B Series. Monticello horseman Gary Messenger (Sultry Susan) PP1 and Frank Yanoti Were Gonna Rock (PP3) each have one entered. Race 3 is the first heat of Sires Stakes competition, with seven fillies going behind the gate. Soft Idea looks to be tight after three qualifiers under her belt, the last one a wining effort in 1:54.4 for trainer Linda Toscano. The daughter of American Ideal won over $200,000 in her freshman season. Ron Burke will also bring his entry of Mother of Art (PP4) and Art Critic (PP6) to the fray.
The final split of the Excelsior B class is Race 3, Bullvillefirerworks will look to light up the sky from the rail. The Bullville Powerful filly who calls Monticello Raceway home, is looking for her second consecutive win, she won last week at her home track in 2:00.4, last quarter of 29.1. Pop Art Delight, another Monticello Raceway juvenile with start from post 4, with Jim Taggart Jr. aboard.
The Excelsior A class starts in Race 5. Erv Miller's Rolling Going Gone starts from the rail for driver Marcus Miller, The Roll With Joe lass has been busy this year, already with 11 starts under her belt this year and a mark of 1:55.4, taken at Yonkers. Race 7 denotes the final Excelsior A event on the card. This competitive leg will features LYRA (PP1) and Milky Way Rae (PP6), while Queen of Darkness will be dangerous with driver Jim Morrill Jr. behind her for the first time.
On paper, Race 8 appears to be the race of the day, the final division of the Sires Stakes eligible. Vino and Formaggio, who was an impressive winner at Monticello Raceway in Sires Stakes action last year, are in this same company. Trainer Ron Burke will also send out Encore Deo (PP 6) with Matt Kakaley driving. Crawford Farms LLC, of Syracuse, N.Y., sends forth Angels Rockn Pink. The brown daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven will start from post 4 for master filly trainer Chris Oakes. Purchased as a yearling for $35,000, Angels Rockn Pink, hailed from the Diamond Creek consignment for her new owners Crawford Farms LLC. American Curves threw in an unexpected bad performance last start at Mohawk, prior to that, she was razor sharp grabbing an early season life mark of 1:56.3. (Monticello)