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Octet of divisions in 238G NYSS Art Watson pace

June 22, 2011

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New York Sire Stakes stopped by Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night, with the $238,032 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

Since See You at Peelers has taken to beating up on a new set of defenseless lasses, tonight offered the chance for other talented members of the statebred sewing circle to grab some glory.

Eight divisions--including two early non-bettors--comprised the cotillion.

Some Girls Do (Brian Sears) offered up a 1:53, down-the-road effort in the opening ($29,529) group. The daughter of American Ideal, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Frank BaldachIno, Earl Smith and Weaver Bruscemi, is a snazzy 11-for-15 this season (earnings in excess of $216,000).

Some Girls Do defeated New Album (George Brennan) by a length.

Southwind Jazmin (Jason Bartlett) edged away from a stubborn Alexachase (Jordan Stratton) by a half-length in the second ($29,529) off-the-card event (1:551) for a third consecutive sire stakes win and fourth win in six '11 tries overall. Mark Harder trained by Art Major lass for owner Rick Phillips.

The first wagering Watson (third overall, purse  $29,529) was won by Arlington Ave (Kim Crawford, $4.40), lasting on the lead (life-best 1:55.3) as the 6-5 choice  The daughter of Riverboat King, 3-for-7 this season, was trained by Maureen Salino for co-owners De Ca Sa Stb, William Salmeri, George Berkner and Arthur Lucarelli.

"We've been racing her from behind in most of her starts. but she drew the inside here and I thought this was a field she could go with," Crawford said. "Besides, if I didn't win, the owners weren't going to give me a ride back home."

The fourth ($29,529) foray (second on the betting card) saw Eve Marie Seelster (Bartlett, $14) prevail up the passing lane a life-best 1:54.4. She was able to get the better of both City Delight (George Brennan) and a Haze's Zure Beat by a head and neck, respectively. the Artiscape filly, trained by  Mike Hall, is co-owned by Allen & Ira  Kaplan and David Sheib.

JK Owhatanite (Bartlett). last seen here winning the $197,634 Lismore Pace, won the evening's final ($30,129) NYSS group, easily neutralizing both the eight-hole and her seven inside rivals.

The daughter of Bettor's Delight threw out a 1:53.4.effort, defeating Lightning Maddy (Brennan) by 3 3/4 wrapped-up lengths. Linda Toscano trained the 3 Brothers Stables homebred, who's now 4-for-5 this season.

"She was as good tonight as she was in the (Lismore)," Bartlett said. "She's very talented and just does her job." 

Tuesday night's other NYSS events, worth $30,129, $29,529 and $30,129, were won by....         

--Winbak Corazon (by Village Jove); co-owners (trainer-driver) Phil Fluet,Tom Vassiliou,Lori Fluet; (life-best) 1:55.2/$3;

--Ms. Malicious (by Art Major); owner Marvin Rounick/trainer Jerry Silverman/driver Bartlett; 1:54.1/$2.80;

 --Asteria Blue Chip (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners Stake Your Claim Stb,Glenn Silverstein,Janet Seltzer,Jeffrey Rabinowitz/trainer Toscano/driver Jeff Gregory; 1:54.2/$3.60.

New York Sire Stakes action continues Friday night, with the $237,990 Hugh Grant Pace for 3-year-old colts and gelding in five consecutive divisions.

Yonkers' regular five-night-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) remains in effect. First post for all racing programs is 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. (Yonkers)
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