Yonkers, NY--After a three-week hiatus, New York Sire Stakes invade Yonkers Raceway this week for a pair of downstate dalliances.
Tuesday night, the $283,574 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings attracted just a dozen...meaning each six-pack (races 3 and 4) goes for a cool $141,787.
Early favoritism--and the pole--in the opener belong to Crazzycrazzy (Brian Sears, post 1). The son of Crazed-Striking Vintage, trained by Casie Coleman for co-owners West Wins Stable and Andrew Harris, has a win (Monticello) and pair of seconds in three sire stakes starts.
My Friend Charlie (Chris Lems, post 3) won a statebred event a Buffalo. A George Ducharme-trained stablemate of Hambletonian winner Royalty for Life, the son of RC Royalty-Sand Moxie is a Paul Fontaine homebred.
It wouldn't be freshman sire stakes trot without the requisite Dan Daley participation. He trains and drives Daley Lovin (post 4, Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis), a maiden-breaking, 14-1 upsetter at Vernon in his latest effort.
The second and final event includes Lukas Hall (Jeff Gregory, post 3), going after a third consecutive NYSS win. The Conway Hall-Goddess Of War colt, trained by Kevin McDermott for (breeder) Little E LLC and former New York Jets' standout wideout Wayne Chrebet, drilled his Vernon foes in 1:55.
Flyhawk El Durado (Jim Morrill Jr., post 1, Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) and Credit Fashion (Sears, post 4, Credit Winner-Whata Softie) have each won divisions of both sire stakes (Monticello and Tioga) and Tompkins (Tioga) this summer.
Thursday night's $289,775 Jim Meagher Pace for frosh colts and geldings is going in three ($96,025, $96,025 and $97,725) events, races 3,4 and 6 on the agenda.
The final division includes the speed freak He's Watching (Morrill Jr., post 6). Already a world record-holder (freshman, five-eighths mile oval) after a 1:50 romp at Tioga, the bargain-basement ($3,000) yearling by American Ideal-Baberhood has won all three of his starts ($55,791).
However, his two small-track sojourns (Saratoga, Buffalo) have included self-inflicted trouble, as in early breaks.
Dave Menary co-owns (with Brad Gray and Michael Guerrero) and trains the son of American Ideal.
Forty Five Red (Yannick Gingras, post 7), no slouch he, returns to the scene of his down-the-road win in the $111,250 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard (life-best 1:55.4). The son of If I Can Dream-Sakura Hanover, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stables, also has a pair of statebred wins (Saratoga, Monticello).
The other early Meagher early choices are Stay Up Late (Dave Miller, post 1, Artiscape-Dreamland's Jo Jo) in the first event and Thereisapaceforus (Gingras, post 5, American Ideal-L'chaim) in the second grouping.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 p.m. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule.