Sandy's Bolt one of NYSS pacesetting winners
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Starting from the rail, Always On The Hunt went down the road to lead at every stanza to score a scant nose win over Level Up in 1:56:1 – with a last quarter in :27.2 for the co fastest mile of the afternoon. Always on the Hunt and Level Up duked it out in the lane. With a 10-length separation on the rest of the pack, the Ray Schnittker trainee was driven to the win by Mark MacDonald and earned his first career victory. The son of American Ideal – Beachesofcheyenne now has $22,912 in earnings.
Jason Bartlett picked up his second win of the afternoon via Save Me A Dance in the third division of $26,5000 Sire Stakes. The son of Heston Blue Chip-Dance Hall Girl followed the winning formula all afternoon, leading from the start to finish a length ahead of Slash Brother in 1:56.1. Save Me A Dance also earned his first lifetime win for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA.
In the final dash, deviating from the norm of the day to cut the mile, Matt Kakeley was content to sit the pocket with Groovy Joe while I Rolled the Dice tripped the teletimer at every station except the finish line. Groovy Joe was the first to pull past the half to start the outer flow and tracked the pacesetter to skip away by two lengths, winning in 1:56.4. Groovy Joe went off the heavy 3/5 favorite and paid $3.00 for the win. It was the second consecutive Sire Stake win for the son of Roll With Joe - Chotat Milk.
In Excelsior A competition the winners were, Surreal Sergeant (Jim Taggart Jr.) 2:00 -$7.70, Fear The Past (Scott Zeron) 2:01.2 $3.40 and Chief Of Staff (Jordan Stratton) 2:01.1 - $31.20. The lone Excelsior B dash was won by Latin King (Tyler Buter) 1:59.1 - $9.90.--By Shawn Wiles/Monticello