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Pacing colt Steelhead Hanover fastest in NYSS

July 08, 2011
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One night after the freshman pacing fillies took their state-bred bow, the first-season lads hit the tarmac, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $257,257 New York Sire Stakes.Friday night's event was contested in seven, sloppy divisions.
 
Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia Jr., $2.60) was the easiest of winners, taking the final ($36,951) foray in a debuting 1:56. Eschewing an early three-hole, "Steelhead" cruised through fractions of :29, :58.2 and 1:27. Glass Prince (catch-driver Dan Dube) cosmetically closed the final margin to 2 3/4 lengths, with Memory Game (Eric Goodell) a way-back third, beaten more than 13 lengths.
 
"He actually hit the bike in the first turn and sort of spooked himself," Pavia--who trains the son of  Bettor's Delight for co-owners AGC Stables, Dijo Racing, Steven Held and Joseph Barbera--said. "He trained down very well, qualified well (Pocono twice) and I was happy the way he handled the half. We paid $75,000 for him (Harrisburg) and the plan is to keep him in sire stakes for the summer."
 
Major Bombay (catch-driver Goodell) fooled very few in the $36,251 second division, grabbing the lead with an elongated brush before holding sway. The son of Art  Major defeated JK Panache (catch-driver Dube) by a measured three-quarters of a length. Sir Howie's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) was third.
 
Major Bombay, trained by Tony Alagna for co-owners by Aaron Waxman, Louis Willinger, John Fodera and Major Bombay Partners, returned $2.60 to the chalky investor.
 
Bronson Blue Chip (James Rattray) was an upset winner in the $36,951 third division. The 18-1 ($39.60) proposition improved position down the backside, then picked off a fast-closing Raymond J  (catch-driver Dube) and tiring pace-setter Rock Man (Jeff Gregory) in 1:59.2. "Bronson," an American Ideal colt, is co-owned by (trainer) Noel Daley and Ed Mullinax.
 
The $36,251 fourth Meagher division went to Piece Of Art Work (Marcus Johansson, $11.40) in 1:58. The son of Art Major sat behind odds-on Mr. Erv (Andy Miller), then edged past, prevailing by a length-and-a-half. Sir Globalop Z Tam (Lachance) was third. Jimmy Takter trained the winner for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Daniel Plouffe and Falkbolagen Ab.
 
Friday's sixth ($36,951) statebred event was won by 3-5 choice Heston Blue Chip (catch-driver Gregory, $3.30) from off-the-pace in 1:56.  Coast to Coast (Stephane Bouchard) was second, beaten, with Twin B Hollister (Cat Manzi) third. Linda Toscano trains the winner, an American Ideal colt, for owner Ken Jacobs.
 
The evening's other NYSS events, each worth $36,951, were won by: Lawgiver Hanover (by Art Major); co-owners Rick Phillips,W Springtime Racing,Deena Frost/trainer Mark Harder/driver George Brennan; 1:56.4/$2.80; My Boogie Shoes (by Artiscape); co-owners  (trainer) Erv Miller,Mary Jane Anderson, Leland Mathias,Mystical Marker Farms/driver Andy Miller; 2:00.2/$7.30. (Yonkers)
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