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Post positions drawn for Saturday's NYSS finals

October 09, 2017

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Post positions have been drawn for 10 of the 11 races comprising the richest day ever in New York harness racing, Yonkers Raceway's $3.3 million all-stakes extravaganza this Saturday afternoon. Post positions for the $1 million Yonkers International will be drawn Tuesday afternoon at a press conference luncheon in Manhattan.

NYSS 2YO Colt & Gelding Pace--Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) just keeps winning, as in 6-for-6 $146,533) and the draw for the final. If the "Hitman" is to falter, it's probably at the hooves of Casual Cool (Jason Bartlett), Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux, post 4), Topville Olympian (Yannick Gingrass, post 6) or Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr., post 8). That quartet has combined for 16 wins and more than $440,000 this season.

NYSS 2YO Filly Pace--Division leader Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, post 6) hasn’t done much wrong, as evidenced by four wins and three seconds in eight tries ($123,915). As with Hitman Hill, she won both of her local tries. Alexis Faith (Morrill Jr., post 7) had a win and a second here including in her 8-for-8 board resume (5 wins, 2 seconds, 1 third, $116,310). Azreal As It Gets (Jim Marohn Jr., post 3) won her last two sire stakes starts.

NYSS 2YO Filly Trot--Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt, post 3) matched Hitman Hill’s perfect half-dozen this season ($108,433). Along the way, she set a local track record (1:56.2), winning by nearly 10 lengths. Svanstedt also trains Natalie Blue Chip (Dan Dube, post 4) and Lucky Ava (Gingras, post 5). He does not, however, train formidable pole-sitter Supergirl Riley.

NYSS 3YO Filly Pace--If last season’s frosh femme champion (via DQ) Tequila Monday (Dave Miller) is going to defend her title, she’s going to have to overcome the eight hole to do it. For the season, she’s won 8-of-19 races ($352,517), including the $140,700 Lismore here. Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald) did her rival one better, going 9-for-19 ($266,601). Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron, post 2) was second and third, respectively, in her elim and final of the Jugette.

NYSS 2YO Colt & Gelding Trot--Clive Bigsby (Bartlett, post 3) wound up in points ‘dead-heat’ with the AWOL Fourth Dimension, who instead raced during the two-week stand at The Red Mile and is now headed to the Breeders Crown. Clive Bigsby won five of his eight seasonal starts with a pair of seconds ($95,530). Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, post 4), Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, post 6) and Six Pack (Svanstedt, post 7) all have won at Yonkers this summer.

NYSS 3YO Colt & Gelding Pace—The champ from 2016, Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan, post 4), has put together another fine season in 2017’s glamour division, with four wins and 11 board finishes in 14 starts ($441,442). Cultural Paradise (Brian Sears, post 5), Outkast Blue Chip (Morrill Jr., post 6) and Pointomygranson (Zeron, post 8) each socked away six figures this season.

NYSS 3YO Colt & Gelding Trot--Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller, post 7) renews his rivalry with Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, post 1). Between them, it’s a dozen wins and just under $600,000. Swell Chap (Sears, post 3) was an under-the-radar points leader with six wins and a dozen board finishes in 14 tries ($179,138).

NYSS 3YO Filly Trot--Frosh phenom ‘beastly’ Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, post 3) eyes a state-bred repeat, bringing a 17-for-23 career resume ($576,225) into this race. This season, she’s 11-for-14 (364,414) Her main rival starts right inside in the ‘person’ of Hudson Filly champ Celebrity Ruth (Bartlett, post 3). Unraced at 2, she’s been first of second in all but one of 14 ’17 tries ($359,113).

Other highlights on the card will be Dan Rooney Invitational Pace, with the field including Canadian Pacing Derby winner Sintra, plus the Harry Harvey Invitational Trot. (Yonkers Raceway)

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