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Track record smashed at Batavia Downs

Monday, 28 July 2014 16:19

By Tim Bojarski for Batavia downs

Batavia, NY – Three divisions of the New York Sire Stake for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings highlighted the Sunday afternoon card and it didn't take long for the youngsters to impress the crowd.
 
Heavy favorite All Bets Off put on a clinic in winning the first division of the $116,900 sophomore stake and rewrote the record book in the process.
 
Leaving from Post 5, All Bets Off went right to the front and was never headed. In fact, for most of the mile no one could keep up with him. Driver Matt Kakaley set fractions of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:24.1 as he sped for the last turn. At that point All Bets Off found a new gear and pulled away to an unprompted eight-length victory in 1:51.2, which set a track record for a 3-year-old colt and was only one-fifth shy of tying the all-age track record of 1:51.1 set by Aracache Hanover in 2011.
 
All Bets Off, who returned $2.60, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, the Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell and is trained by Ron Burke. The win was his sixth of the year and raised his lifetime earnings to $497,842.
 
For awhile, the second division looked like it might break that record. After settling in second off the gate, 3-5 favorite Winds of Change (Jim Morrill Jr.) bolted from the hole and shot to the top with a six-length advantage at the quarter in :26.4. He was in command at the half in 54.1 with a 10-length lead, but the pack started reeling him in at the three-quarters.
After the leader hit that post in 1:22.4, Forty Five Red (Matt Kakaley), who had come first-over, caught the leader by the top of the turn, but Moliere Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was right on his back and it became a two-horse race all the way down the stretch. After a hard-fought duel, Moliere Hanover won a neck decision over Forty Five Red in 1:53.3.
 
The time was a lifetime mark for Moliere Hanover, who was overlooked by the betting public and returned $24.20.
 
Moliere Hanover is owned by Baymond Racing LLC and is trained by P.J. Fraley.
 
The final split was won by Big Boy Dreams (Jason Bartlett), who presented his best outing of the year. Leaving from Post 5, Big Boy Dreams immediately took the lead and was never headed. After getting to the three-quarters in 1:25, Bartlett stretched out in the bike and simply urged the colt along with a few taps down the lane where the others attempted to catch him became futile. The mile time of 1:52.4 was a seasonal mark for Big Boy Dreams, who returned $3.60 as the favorite.
 
Big Boy Dreams is owned by Dominick Rosato and is trained by Tracy Brainard.
 
There were also two divisions of the $12,600 Excelsior A series on the undercard.
The first was won by Murder He Wrote, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., in a time of 1:55.2 for owner Camelot Stable and trainer Linda Toscano. Murder He Wrote returned $3.80.
 
The second division went to Archetto Hanover, who was driven by Brent Holland in 1:54.2 for owner Paymaq Racing, Greg Gillis and Louis Willinger. Erv Miller trains Archetto Hanover, who paid $7.60.

 



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Friday, 25 July 2014 12:22

Brenda Wilmot will assume race secretary duties at this year's Franklin County Fair. Beginning Aug. 6, the three-day racing festival in Malone will be highlighted by NY Sire Stakes races Aug. 7. 

Entries can be made at 518-409-2949.

 


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Champ Returns to Take Sorentino

Friday, 25 July 2014 10:37

By Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers
 
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 24, 2014—Yonkers Raceway hosted the $217,000 New York Sire Stakes-Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings Thursday night with a total of 11 entered for a pair of six-figure divisions. 
 
The first ($107,500) grouping saw last season’s frosh statebred champion Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald, $6.30) finish what he started (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:55.3) after the starting quintet became a foursome when 7-5 favorite Expressive Action (Mike Simons) broke leaving the first turn.
 
A three-hole-sitting Lukas Hall (Jason Bartlett) also danced. 
 
“El Durado” had difficulty shaking a pesky Zoey De Vie (Jim Morrill Jr.), whipping that one by a length and a half. Daley Lovin (Dan Daley) was third.
 
It was the third win in nine starts this season for third choice Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf. The exacta paid $15, and there was no triple wagering. 
“He can leave the gate and just about always trots four turns,” MacDonald said. “Last week (NYSS at Monticello), he did make a break but I think it was some sort of an equipment malfunction.
“Tonight, he was on his game. Obviously, the other horse (Expressive Action) was one of the ones to beat, and when he made a break, it made my job easier … but (Flyhawk El Durado) went a real good mile and beat another good horse (Zoey De Vie).”  
 
The second ($109,500) Sire Stakes event saw odds-on choice Gural Hanover (Morrill Jr., $2.30) put up intervals of :28.1, :58.1, 1:27.3 and 1:56.1 en route to a length and a quarter victory. Leaving outside his five foes, he worked around second choice Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern), then watched as that one tested him early from the pocket.  Royal Max (Bartlett) was third.
 
For Gural Hanover – a Crazed gelding co-owned by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Little E and Panhellenic Stables – it was his fifth win (fourth consecutive) in seven ’14 tries. 
 
The exacta paid $3.30, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $11.20.
 
“He’s just two fingers (to drive). You can do anything you want,” said Morrill, who drove him in his last four races. 
 
New York Sire Stakes continue Friday night, with the $197,500 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts/geldings.

  



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Market Rally sets track record in NYSS at Saratoga

Friday, 25 July 2014 08:15

from Saratoga Casino and Raceway 

Saratoga Springs, NY --- Market Rally broke the track record for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday night (July 23) at Saratoga Casino and Raceway by capturing her $91,550 division of the New York Sire Stakes.
 
Market Rally (Cash Hall-Supreme Dish) came into Wednesday’s Sire Stake on a three race win streak since the addition of Lasix.
 
The Ron Burke-trained filly made an early move to the lead for driver Jim Morrill Jr. and the race’s 1-9 betting favorite would never look back. Market Rally drew away from her competition to win in 1:55.4 over a track labeled good.
 
The win time broke the track mark set by Munis Blue Chip (Ray Schnittker) in August 2012.
 
The other $91,550 Sire Stakes on the card was won by Driving Miss Crazy and trainer-driver Gates Brunet.
 
Driving Miss Crazy (Crazed-Schare Hall) went wire-to-wire, hanging on to prevail in 1:57.2 at odds of 9-2.
 
New York Sire Stakes action will return to Saratoga next Wednesday night when 2-year-old filly pacers square off at the Spa.
 
Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05 p.m. 

 



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Gingras/Burke hat trick in NYSS Clyde Hirt Pace

Friday, 25 July 2014 08:11

by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway 

Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway hosted the $200,200 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace on Tuesday (July 22). The event for 2-year-old fillies was contested in four $50,050 divisions.
 
The dance team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras competed in three of the events and won each of those.
 
The first grouping was, as advertised, a Westchester waltz for odds-on Sassa Hanover ($2.10).
 
In play from post position No. 5, she pocketed Bin N Heaven (Doug McNair), then strolled through relaxed rest stops of :29.1, :59 and 1:28. A :27.4 final quarter (life-best 1:55.4) saw her end up 2-3/4 lengths better than Bin N Heaven, who herself raced very well from an outside post. Third went to Vraka Hanover (Tim Tetrick).
 
Sassa Hanover, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr, is two-for-two (both in NYSS). The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $12.80. With no show wagering, more than $19,000 of the $20,000-plus in the place pool was in support of Sassa Hanover.
 
“I’ve been impressed since I baby-raced her,” Gingras said. “Tonight was basically a training mile. You want to see manners and guts when they’re just beginning, and she showed both.”
 
Trainer/driver also took down the third and fourth sub-sections with favorites Band Of Angels ($5) in a night’s-fastest/life-best 1:54.4, and Bettor N Better ($2.70) in 1:56.
 
“(Band Of Angels) was able to rate (:29, :58.2, 1:27.4), but a :27 last quarter here for a 2-year-old is something,” Gingras said. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again defeated One Hot Majorette (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length, with Ameritime (Brent Holland) third.
 
“I thought Bettor N Better may have been behind the other two (Sassa Hannover and Band Of Angels) early, but she’s catching up fast. I would have been just as happy sitting behind Timmy (Tetrick, driving Zip Code Envy), but it worked out with me cutting the mile,” Gingras said.
 
Bettor N Better, a Bettor's Delight-Vanite Semalu lass, was a length better than a first-up Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears) in a life-best effort, with Zip Code Envy third.
 
All three of the Burke/Gingras winners are two-for-two to begin their careers, with NYSS wins here and Monticello.
 
Newly-minted Harness Hall of Famer David Miller and an off-the-pace Bettor Be Steppin ($16.80) won the second NYSS event in a maiden-breaking 1:56.4. Starting from post No. 6, she held off 58-1 My Little Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in a battle of closers, with Bullville Maggie (Gingras) third.
 
Even-money choice She’s Heavenly (Mike Lachance) brushed to the lead, met pressure from Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore), then faded to last.
 
“She was zigging and zagging a bit late,” Miller said of Bettor B Steppin. “It was her first start on a half, and the last turn may have come up a bit quicker than she was ready for.”
 
The daughter of Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally, trained by Joe Holloway, is owned by Val D'Or Farms, Rojan Stables and Theodore Gewertz.
 
New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with the $217,000 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts/geldings.
 


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