Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway on Friday night (Sept. 20) hosted the $227,488 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Two five-horse divisions -- at $113,744 each -- made up the event, which honored the memory of the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. Many of "Tootie's" family, including his wife, Bunny, and friends were on hand for winner's circle presentations.
|Mike Lizzi photo|
|The photo finish camera could not separate Flyhawk El Durado (#2) and Credit Fashion (#3).|
The first event saw an old-fashioned "heater" between Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald) and even-money favorite Credit Fashion (Brian Sears). The former, from post position No. 2, led the latter -- from post No. 3 -- through intervals of :30.1, 1:00 and 1:30.2.
However, Credit Fashion made up a couple of lengths in the lane to match Flyhawk El Durado on the money in 1:58.3. The other three entrants broke, with JS Trotting Bob (Jim Morrill, Jr.) recovering to grab third.
As for the co-stars, third choice Flyhawk El Durado ($3.80 in sharing the win), a Conway Hall-El Paso Gal colt trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, is now five-for-eight after a third consecutive win. Credit Fashion ($2.50 in sharing the win), a son of Credit Winner-Whata Softie trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms, posted his fourth win in nine seasonal starts.
The exacta paid $8.80 (Flyhawk El Durado first) and $5.80 (Credit Fashion first), respectively. There was no triple wagering due to the abbreviated assemblage,
The second grouping had odds-on Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) lead from the pole and from the start (:30.4, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, 1:59.3). Bearing out a bit through the lane, he nonetheless defeated a sharp, debuting Expressive Action (Brian Sears) by three-quarters of a length, with General Bill Brown (Jim Morrill, Jr.) third.
Cash Me Out, a son of Cash Hall-China Victory trained by Cheryl McGivern for owner Traylor Racing, has four wins and two seconds in seven seasonal starts (only board blemish a first-placed-fifth at Saratoga last week). The exacta paid $17.20, while, again, there was no triple wagering.
Friday night’s pair of $37,000 Open Handicaps were won by:
The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with eight $225,000 sire stakes finals comprising the richest night of racing in the state, is set for Saturday (Sept. 28). Post positions shall be drawn Tuesday afternoon.