Yonkers, NY --- A trio of favorites, including Yonkers Trot winner and world champion Archangel, did their thing Tuesday night (Sept. 4) in Yonkers Raceway's $331,270 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.
The event paid tribute to the long-time New York Knick player and coach, who also just happened to be an avid horseplayer. Many McGuire family members and friends were on hand to celebrate the evening.
|Sean Hamrock photo|
|Archangel was a 1:56.4 winner in his NYSS division.|
Archangel (Jim Morrill, Jr.), back in Westchester for his first visit since wiring July's $445,594 Yonkers Trot (all-age track record-matching 1:54.1), was more than good enough over a "good" surface.
Leaving from post position No. 2 in the $111,090 second division, the 1-20 choice sat in the pocket as Mado Dream (George Brennan) led through intervals of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:27.4.
Mado Dream actually had a couple of lengths to play with turning for home, but the play date was about to come to an abrupt end. Archangel eased out and eased by, winning by a pair lengths in 1:56.4. Mado Dream held second over A Penny Earned (Jordan Stratton).
Archangel returned the minimum $2.10 for his ninth win in 13 seasonal starts with earnings of $681,499. The exacta paid $3.60, with the triple returning $26.40.
Tuesday's first $109,090 NYSS division saw Coraggioso (Brian Sears, $2.40) quarter-move to the lead and never have an anxious moment through panels of :29, :59.1, 1:29.3 and 1:58.4. He whipped second-choice Gaelic And Garlic (Morrill) by 2-3/4 lengths, with Classic Conway (Stephane Bouchard) third.
Coraggioso, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by breeders Joe Spadaro and Tom Durkin and trained by Gates Brunet, is now 6-for-12 this season. The exacta (with two wagering favorites) paid $4.90, and there was no triple wagering due to the abbreviated field.
The evening's final $111,090 sire stakes event was a public workout for Brookroad Knight (Jeff Gregory). Quickly negating his outside draw, he left around his five foes, then threw down fractions of :29, :59, 1:28 and 1:57.1. Slugfest (Ray Schnittker) saved second -- beaten 8-1/2 lengths -- over New York Attitude (Fern Paquet, Jr.). Second choice Trouble (Andy Miller) was going nowhere when he made a break.
Brookroad Knight, a homebred CR Excalibur gelding owned by John O'Connor and trained by Bruce Borden, returned $4 for his fifth win in 10 '12 tries. The exacta paid $29.40, with the triple returning $160.