Shoeless 2YO trotter Chaptiama wins NYSS
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Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night offered the $150,400 New York Sires Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Tuesday’s event once again honored the memory of ‘Tootie,’ whose unmatched PR savvy in the golden age of the game helped make the nascent Roosevelt International Trot a happening.
There were two divisions, including one off the card.
Berkery J (Dave Miller), from the outside post position No. 5, sat pocketed to Barn Holden (Andy Miller) in the $74,500 non-bettor.
Barn Holden led through intervals of :29, :59.2 and 1:28.3, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. He couldn’t stall his stalker, as Berkery J went right by, widening to a length-and-a-half in a life-best 1:57.3. Sky Castles (Charlie Norris) was a best-of-the-rest third, beating a pair of breakers.
For Berkery J, a son of Chapter Seven owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts.
“He was a lot of fun,” Miller said. “He did it on his own.”
The $75,900 wagering division wound up quite formful as odds-on Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer, $3.20) made the pole work for him (:29.2, :59.4, 1:29.1, 1:57).
Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) chased the winner around the oval, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. Hobbs (Greg Merton) and Altus Hanover (Mike Simons) rounded out the gimmick finishers.
For Chaptiama, a homebred Chapter Seven gelding trained by his driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, it was his second (consecutive) win in seven ’19 tries. The exacta paid $6, the triple (three wagering favorites in order) paid $11 and the superfecta paid $49.
“We train him with shoes, then take them of when he races, except for Monticello,” Smedshammer said. “He’s the shoeless wonder.” (Yonkers)