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The New York Sire Stakes is the state’s premier harness racing program designed to promote the breeding, buying and racing of standardbred horses in New York State. Administered by the Agriculture & New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund, the New York Sire Stakes is the nation’s oldest harness racing program of its kind.



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IN THE ARSENAL WINS 125G FINAL OF LAWRENCE B. SHEPPARD PACE

Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:45

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 19, 2014—In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell) never had an anxious moment, Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $125,000 final of Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. The Sheppard—named for the man who helped make Hanover Shoe Farms the sport’s leading breeding operation—is the Raceway’s premier event for “open” 2-year-old colts and geldings (though none of the latter were in this season’s final). In the Arsenal, who broke his maiden with last weekend’s 1:56.2 elimination win, was in play early here from post position No. 2. He left, as did pole-sitting Rock N’ Roll World (Eric Carlson), Perfect Bet (Jeff Dauplaise) and a wide 2-5 favorite Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan). However, the first turn did not cooperate with last week’s other elim winner, as Cartoon Daddy broke. In the Arsenal found a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then somnambulated through a 1:01 middle half (:58.3, 1:28.4). Parklane Eagle (Jordan Stratton), the 83-1 rank outside, hung around first-up, with Lone Survivor (Brian Sears) went three-deep. In the Arsenal, with the field at his feet, opened 2¾ lengths in and out of the final turn. A pocketed Rock N’ Roll World cosmetically cut the final margin down to three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Third went to a stubborn Parklane Eagle, with Lone Survivor and Byby Landon (Jason Bartlett) settling for the final two pay envelopes. Mystical Pacer (Brent Holland), Perfect Bet and Cartoon Daddy rounded out the order. For second choice In the Arsenal, a White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison, he returned $6.30 for his second (consecutive) win in three seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $101.50, with the triple returning $983. The $62,500 payday increased his earnings to $75,000…not bad for a colt who came back to White Birch after his reserve price was not met at sale. “(In the Arsenal) dragged me out of there really good,” Goodell said. “I went faster than I wanted to go early, but he was able to relax after that. “I had no idea the other horse (Cartoon Daddy) made a break. I was just worried about mine and things worked out.” Goodell also won the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with Dream Out Loud N ($9.70) in 1:51.4, with a :54.4 back half. This season’s edition was the richest final since 1995 (note race went on hiatus from 2004-2011, inclusive). An historical note…it was a half-century ago that the great Bret Hanover and Frank Ervin won the very first Sheppard. The purse was $57,622 and the time was 2:02.1. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.


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Betcha and Barn Doll fastest in NYSS at Buffalo Raceway

Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:44

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway Hamburg, NY --- It was closing day at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 20) and the 2-year-old filly trotters in the New York Sire Stakes tried but couldn't beat their divisional track record of 2:00.2 held by Munis Blue Chip from 2009. So while the standard still stands tall, there were some good efforts with the fastest times of the four $27,251 divisions going to Betcha and Barn Doll who covered the mile over the fast track in 2:01.2. The other winners were Cherry Crown Jewel (2:02.2) and Miss B'Ville J (2:02.0). In the opening division, Cherry Crown Jewel inherited the lead after Counselor AS (Jeff Gregory) broke stride around the second turn and was never threatened the rest of the way. "I really didn't want Jeff's horse (Counselor AS) to get the lead but when they broke, we got back on top and it was nice and easy then," winning driver/trainer Dan Daley said. "She's a nice filly and could do well in the Sire Stakes." Cherry Crown Jewel ($11.40) was easily able to hold off the mild rally mounted by second place finisher Dancewithme Chuck (Charlie Norris), who finished 1-1/2 lengths back, while Stories To Tell (Chris Lems) trotted into third. The winning time was 2:02.2 and it was the first win in three starts for Cherry Crown Jewel (RC Royalty-Nowerland Kristen). Daley made it two straight in the Sire Stakes when he guided Betcha ($4.40) to a convincing 3/4 length triumph over Stirling Debutant (Rick Zeron) in 2:01.2 in the second leg. It was the second straight Sire Stakes win for Betcha. It was a perfectly rated journey for Betcha (Cash Hall-Sienna) as she followed the live cover of Stirling Debutant and exploded three-wide through the stretch to score the victory by 3/4 expanding lengths in 2:01.2. Daley said of Betcha, "We didn't think she'd be anything special but she keeps chugging along and wants to be a race horse." Barn Doll (Gregory) was



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Royalty reigns supreme in Tioga NYSS

Sunday, 20 July 2014 19:43

by James Witherite, Tioga Downs racing media Of four New York Sire Stakes events held at Tioga Downs on Friday (July 18) evening, two-year-old sons of top trotting sire RC Royalty proved victorious in three of them. The first division, carded as the $28,250 third race, saw Royal Lad (RC Royalty-Hostesswithmostess) kick cover off the far turn, rallying for a half-length win in 1:59.4 over Drinksforthehouse and Crazy Levi. Mike Simons drove Royal Lad in the 11-1 upset win for trainer Roman Lopez. In the following race, Royal Deceptor (RC Royalty-Art of Deception) made an aggressive brush to the lead with a circuit to go, widening his lead through the final three-eighths of the mile en route to a 7-3/4 length win over a late rallying Elusive Action and the first-over Commentary. Royal Deceptor, an easy winner at Buffalo in his career debut, returned a scant $2.70 to win with his effortless 1:58.2 performance. Michael McGivern handled the driving duties for trainer Cheryl McGivern. The sixth race, devoid of RC Royalty progeny, was the next Sire Stakes event on the evening, with Mambo Blue Chip (Lucky Chucky-Flirty Two) prevailing after a slingshot move on the far turn propelled him to the lead off the far turn. He held on for a narrow 1:57.2 victory, digging in to just stave off 3-2 favorite Habitat, who was mounting a massive late rally after an early break. Jeff Gregory drove the 9-1 Mambo Blue Chip for trainer Linda Toscano. George Ducharme trainee Wings of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) wrapped up the New York Sire Stakes portion of the program in the seventh race, edging clear for a three-length win in rein to Chris Lems. He held clear of Credit Creation and Azucar in a 1:57.4 mile, prevailing as the lukewarm 5-2 favorite. Racing resumes at Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 19) evening, with a 13-race card set to kick off at 6:15 p.m. EDT.


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Freshman pacing colts featured in NYSS at Monticello on July 21

Friday, 18 July 2014 13:20

by John Manzi, publicity director, Monticello Raceway Monticello, NY --- It’ll be a great afternoon of action on Monday (July 21) when Monticello Raceway features New York-bred 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. There will be five divisions of the $110,000 New York Sire Stakes which will be joined by five splits of freshman colt pacers in the Excelsior Series who’ll compete for total purses in excess of $50,000. The day will commence with arguably the best $21,800 NYSS division on the 13-race program when two speedy freshmen, Freedomformysoul and Rockntouch, clash in the first race on the card. Both were NYSS winners at Saratoga Raceway on July 12, and both with eye-opening performances. Freedomformysoul, a son of If I Can Dream-Hello Grin, in only his second lifetime start, made a quarter pole move to the front and then bristled to a stunning 1:53.3 victory for driver Jimmy Morrill Jr. He’ll start from the pole position again with Morrill in the bike. In his first lifetime start, Rockntouch sailed wire-to-wire for a splendid 1:55 triumph, also with Morrill at the controls. However, on Monday, Yannick Gingras will be in the pilot’s seat when this son of Rock N Roll Heaven-Touch Of Bogart leaves from the two hole. Freedomformysoul is trained by Nancy Johansson for the Freedomformysoul Stable while Monte Gelrod conditions Rockntouch for Freddy Monteleone. In another NYSS division, race four on the card, the undefeated Oneisalonelynumber and Aimo Hanover will lock horns. Both pacers won their respective NYSS divisions at Saratoga in identical times of 1:57.3. Oneisaloneynumber, an altered son of Bettor's Delight-No One Is Alone, is trained by Casie Coleman for the West Wins Stable and Adriano Sorella while Aimo Hanover, an Artiscape colt out of Allamerican Celeb, is owned by the Doug Ackerman Stable and trained by D.R. Ackerman. Jimmy Morrill Jr. will drive the former while Jeff Gregory will handle the latter. In a third split, race eight, K Ryan Bluechip gets the nod as the early line favorite. He was a close second to Freedomformysoul at Saratoga, officially timed in 1:54.1. The son of Art Major-Fool That I Am won a 2-year-old race at Pocono Downs in 1:54.2 on June 20. Joe Pavia Jr. trains and drives K Ryan Bluechip for Steve Held, Joe Barbera, the AGC Stable, and Harbor Point Hospitality. They will leave from post four on Monday afternoon. Then fourth split, race 10, will feature K-Rock, a Rock N Roll Heaven-Sunduel A colt who was a 1:55.1 NYSS winner at Saratoga for Bruce Aldrich Jr. From the powerful Ron Burke Stable, K-Rock will be driven by Yannick Gingras when they start from post three. JD He’s Da Bomb, who earlier this season won two freshman races at Tioga Downs, the fastest in 1:57.1, will be the one to beat in the final NYSS division which will go as race 12. Blocked and beaten just a length in his NYSS split at Saratoga and individually timed in 1:55.4, the Art Major-Cherry Bomb colt will leave from the pole position with Corey Braden at the lines. Paul Bernardo trains JD He’s Da Bomb for Joe Martinelli. “These sire stakes races appear to have some of the best pacing colts we’ve ever seen, especially at this time of the year,” noted Eric Warner, the track’s Sr. Director of Racing. “Fans will be in for a pleasurable afternoon.” The undercard also features some nice colts in three Excelsior “A” divisions and two Excelsior “B” divisions. They’ll be joined by three overnight events. The 13-race card will get underway at 12:50 p.m.


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Yonkers hosts NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace

Friday, 18 July 2014 13:18

by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway Yonkers, NY --- The Empire’s best 3-year-old colts and geldings -- save for He’s Watching -- invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (July 17) for the $221,000 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace. The odds-on gelding Twin B Tenacious (Steve Smith, $3.90) won the $72,800 first division from second-over. Unhurried from the pole, Twin B Tenacious chased Twin B Speedo (Mark MacDonald) through intervals of :27.2, :58 and 1:25.4. Twin B Tenacious swung wide and whipped the leader by a half-length in 1:54. Third went to Keystone Honor (Matt Kakaley). Smith is now four-for-four since picking up the drive behind Twin B Tenacious. “To be honest, I had the drive the first time (Meadowlands) when a lot of the guys were out of town,” Smith said. “He had some chicken lines (breaks) previously, and doesn’t always relax. I learned you have to let him settle, but when I’ve asked him, he’s finished very well. Twin B Tenacious, a son of Bettor's Delight trained by Casie Coleman for owner West Wins Stable, is four-for-eight this season. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $114. The $74,100 second statebred event was supposed to be a fairly simple work night for Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off (Kakaley). However, despite a perfect tow from entrymate I’m All Heart (George Brennan), the 1-5 tandem found themselves run over. Capital Account (Yannick Gingras, $35.80), third-over from post position No. 4, snapped All Bets Off by a half-length in 1:52.4. Big Boys Dreams (Jason Bartlett) was third. Fifth choice Capital Account, a Brittany Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Jimmy Takter, is now four-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $76, with the triple returning $336.50. “This was his best race so far,” Gingras said. “Sometimes, he’s been known to throw in steps, but tonight, this worked out. When I saw Matt (Kakaley) working (on All Bets Off), I knew I had him beat. “The last time he was here (NYSS last month), he was locked in. If I had come first-up, he’d have won but I had to use him leaving. It was a much better trip tonight.” Thursday night’s $74,100 final sires soiree saw Forty Five Red (Brennan, $22.60) -- last season’s winner of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here -- make the lead right at the half and hold sway. Forty Five Red, from post No. 4, took over from Sir Jake’s Z Tam (Jordan Stratton) after that one’s :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, it was a 1:24.1 three-quarters and a season’s-best 1:52.3 finale, which found Forty Five Red a length better than Winds Of Change (Tim Tetrick). Neat (Marcus Miller) was third, while 1-2 choice Stay Up Late (Brian Sears) was a never-in-it dead-heat for fifth. Forty Five Red, a son of If I Can Dream co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stable, has won his last couple after beginning the season zero-for-six. The exacta paid $133, with the triple returning $379.50. “Last week (overnight here), he was all out to win and just didn’t race well,” Brennan said. “Tonight, I scored him down much harder; he was a totally different horse -- on the bit and alert.” Forty Five Red’s winning time Thursday was more than two seconds faster than his previous effort. After Saturday night’s $125,000 final of the Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings), New York Sire Stakes continue Tuesday night (July 22), with the $200,200 Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four $50,050 groupings go as races two, four, five and six.


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