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Rooney champ Missile J heads to NYSS

June 03, 2016

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To use a phrase from the great race caller Carl Becker--"They are coming from everywhere"--that was the case for the draw when a total of 61 colts were entered for the glamour division of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colt pacers to be raced Monday at Monticello. The 13-race card showcases nine races of New York-bred sophomores. The afternoon's card has three divisions of Sires Stakes, each split racing for $39,900, four divisions of the Excelsior A class ($15,000), and two races of the Excelsior B class ($6,600).
The first division of NYSS is Race 2. Missile J, hot off his win in the Rooney final in 1:53, will start from post 7 for trainer Linda Toscano. The American Ideal-Cantors' Delight colt who was a $100,000 yearling purchase for owners KJ Stable LLC and Purple Haze Stable LLC. Unraced at two, the late bloomer has won three in row. He will look to extend the streak with Tim Tetrick driving. Also looking to extend his win streak is Talk Show (PP1), the son of Art Major–Lush Limbaugh is trained by Steve Elliott. Two starts prior he won in 1:51.1, pacing his last quarter in :25.4 at the Meadowlands.
In Race 8, Autotune Hanover (Art Major–Anderosa Hanover) who has yet to return to his 2-year-old form, will start from the post 2 for driver Jason Barlett. A winner of in excess of $200,000, he finished third last year in the NYSS final at Yonkers. Craftship continues to show improvement with each start, finishing second in his last start at Yonkers (last quarter :26.4) Carlos Danger is looking to shed his role a bridesmaids as he is winless in 12 lifetime starts.
The final NYSS event of the card comes in the 10th race, racing for a purse of $39,900. The seven-horse field features Fine Diamond, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven, out of the Breeders Crown winner Yellow Diamond, who has drawn post 3 for trainer Ron Burke, Matt Kakaley will drive. He recently had his four-race win streak snapped last week. Also in the field is JK Heaven Sent (PP4), who in his last start finished second at Pocono Downs, pacing his mile in 1:50.4. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven-JK's Owhatanite has Jim Morrill Jr. in the bike for the first time. (Monticello)
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