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Yonkers hosts $290,455 NYSS Jim Crawford Pace
Thursday, September 06, 2012 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- First-season statebreds were on display Thursday night (Sept. 6), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $290,455 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Four divisions went at it.

Sheppard Pace winner Hail The Taxi (John Campbell) enjoyed yet another successful Westchester work night, this time in the $71,605 third event.

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Hail The Taxi was a 1:55 winner in his NYSS split on Thursday.

The son of Art Major-Taxi Hanover, who authored a 35-1 stunner in that $119,000 July stakes race, was a quite impressive, three-move winner here despite a 33-day layoff.

Leaving outside his six rivals, he was wide early before finding a seat in fourth. Artist Night (Ron Pierce) was off to the races at the races, after a :28 opening quarter-mile and a :57 half.

Hail The Taxi was on the move again by the half, making up lengths going to the 1:25.2 three-quarters. He ducked in for a breather when Manhattan Benny (Stephane Bouchard) tired, biding his time as Artist Night maintained a short lead turning for home.

However, once Hail The Taxi pulled the pocket, he was gone. Hail The Taxi rolled and widened, winning by four lengths in 1:55. He defeated slight 3-2 favorite Sir Cary's Z Tam (Patrick Lachance), who snapped Artist Night for second.

Hail The Taxi, trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms, returned $5 (as second choice) for his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $25.

"He's been a ready-made horse from the beginning," John Campbell said. "He's done whatever we've asked, nothing fazes him and he was very good tonight."

Thursday's $72,905 final statebred event saw Bet The Moon (Jason Bartlett) make the lead in a :27.4 opening quarter, then sting division leader Doctor Butch (Tim Tetrick) before releasing the 15-cents on the dollar choice in the second turn. Doctor Butch then found a :56.4 intermission and 1:26.1 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/4 length lead into the lane.

However, Bet The Moon ducked inside and picked off the people's preference, prevailing by a neck in 1:55.2. Third went to Ronny Bugatti (George Brennan), with Framed Art (Mark MacDonald) fourth.

Bet The Moon, a Bettor's Delight-Bullville Nitro colt owned by Edwin Gold and trained by Ron Burke, returned $10.20 (second choice) for his second win in eight '12 tries. The exacta paid $21.80, the triple paid $112 and the superfecta paid $268.50.

The opening $72,905 division was won by second-choice Track Master D (Bartlett), who retook the lead from Scalped (Montrell Teague), cut the mile (:28.3, :58, 1:27), then held that one off by a half-length in a life-best 1:55.2. The winner had to withstand an objection by the runner-up.

Swift As A Shadow (Tetrick) was a first-up third as the 6-5 choice, with A Bettor World (Brennan) fourth.

Track Master D, a Bettor's Delight-Queen Otra colt trained by Tony Alagna for co-owners Louis Willinger, Tangie Massey, Minisink Farms and Eagles Soar Partners, returned $4.70 for his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, the triple paid $56 and the superfecta returned $172.50.

The $72,905 second grouping saw a pocketed 12-1 shot Visa Viper (Brennan) easily go by 1-5 favorite Deny Deny Deny (Tetrick) by 1-1/4 lengths in a life-best 1:54.2. The fave had led through fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:26. Third went to America'sgottalent (Bartlett), with Story Book (Larry Stalbaum) fourth.

Visa Viper, a son of Bettor's Delight-Viking Vengence co-owned by Gus and Alan Johnston and trained by Brian Magie, Jr., paid $27.60 (third choice) for his second win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $42.60, the triple returned $84 and the superfecta paid $170.


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