Monticello, NY --- Crazy About Pat trotted to a new 3-year-old colt track record at Monticello Raceway when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. guided the son of Crazed to a 1:57 triumph in his division of the $155,000 New York Sire Stakes on Tuesday (Sept. 17).
The colt’s victory erased the former standard of 1:57.1 set by Napoleon and driver Stephane Bouchard on June 11, 2008.
Morrill also won the second NYSS split with Tirade Hanover in a time of 1:58.2 and won a $12,700 division of the Excelsior Series with Robin Would in 2:00.4.
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|Crazy About Pat trotted to a new track record of 1:57.|
But the buzz was about the ease in which Crazy About Pat established the new track record as the son of Crazed-Dibrizzi trotted off to a stunning nine length victory over Order By Keeper, driven by Marcus Johansson.
Sent off the prohibitive favorite from the five hole, Morrill sent his trotter to the lead but they didn’t gain command until they neared the quarter pole. From there Crazy About Pat trotted off by himself and was open lengths in front the rest of the mile.
At the half the colt was three lengths on top and he was four in front on the final turn. When Crazy About Pat straightened in the lane, without any urging from his driver, they sailed home an easy nine length victor over Order By Keeper. Third place went to Crazed N Lindy (Jimmy Marohn, Jr.).
When told he set a new mark for 3-year-old trotters, Morrill was asked if his colt could have gone faster since he had beaten the record by just one-fifth of a second.
“He had a lot left in the tank and we could have gone more but why would we?” Morrill said. “We’ve got enough points for the ($225,000 NYSS) final.”
Owned by the Patricia Stable and trained by Noel Daley, Crazy About Pat raised his seasonal bankroll to $256,492 and returned a $2.40 win mutuel.
In the other $79,375 division Morrill left cautiously from the seven hole with Tirade Hanover and they skirted the confusion triggered by breaking horses on the first turn and ended up on the lead in a soft :29.4 first stanza.
From there Morrill got away with a :30.3 second quarter and Tirade Hanover went on to a very easy six length triumph over Theraputic and driver Aaron Byron in a 1:58.3 clocking. Modest Prince (Andy Miller) was third under the wire but placed fifth by the judges when his interference while on a break caused the field to scatter on the first turn. Kegler Hanover (Marcus Johansson) was awarded the show dough.
Morrill, who never says too much about the winners he drives, had a broad smile on his face when he and Tirade Hanover returned to the winner's circle.
“He’s the horse to beat in the (NYSS) final,” Morrill blurted out without even being asked a question.
Owned by Leigh Raymer, Stephen Moss and Harold and Helene Solomon, it was the fourth consecutive victory and fifth in 10 starts for Tirade Hanover. The son of Crazed-Teagarden Hanover raised his seasonal earnings to $188,480.
Of the five Excelsior Series trots the most impressive winner was Bay Pond Stable's Ex King. Dan Daley drove the CR Excalbur-Crown Crysta gelding to a 1:57.1 victory for the youngster’s third win in his last five starts.
Asked why they raced Ex King in the Excelsior Series instead of the Sire Stakes, Daley replied, “He was no good early and only has come around recently. And besides we needed to earn enough points to be eligible to the (Excelsior) series final.”
Other Excelsior Series winners included Brookroaddonnie (1:59.1-Mike Simons), Signal Hill PK (1:59.4-Stephane Bouchard) and Jelectric (2:01-Jimmy Marohn, Jr.).