Nichols, NY---Flyhawk El Durado picked up right where he left off the in the New York Sire Stakes in taking the first leg at Tioga Downs Friday night (May 23).
Mark MacDonald sent the 2013 NYSS 2-year-old champion straight to the front for soft fractions of 29 and 58.1. The son of Conway Hall-El Paso Gal then picked up the pace by trotting a back half in 57 with a last quarter of 28.2. The Mark Ford-trained Flyhawk El Durado was never really challenged and crossed the line with a comfortable 2-½ length victory in 1:55.1. Lukas Hall finished second while Hallanet wound up third.
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|Flyhawk El Durado won his NYSS split in 1:55.1.|
In the second division of NYSS action, John Grasso’s homebred Expressive Action was an impressive winner in a thrilling finish. Gural Hanover was sent to the front and opened an early three-length lead with a brisk opening quarter of 27.1. Driver Jeff Gregory then settled Gural Hanover down through a half of 57.1, when shortly after, business picked up. Mickey McGivern and Cash Me Out the pulled from the three-hole to get up and challenge the leader through a three-quarters in 1:25.3, a spirited 28.2 duel. By the top of the stretch, Cash Me Out wore down Gural Hanover and stuck a nose in front, but that’s when a perfectly placed Expressive Action, handled brilliantly by driver Mike Simons, eased out three-wide from the pocket and chased down Cash Me Out right at the wire to win by a neck in 1:54.2.
|Expressive Action (1) chased down Cash Me Out to win in 1:54.2.|
The win was the first of the year and the second win in just six lifetime starts for Expressive Action, a son of Conway Hall-Yetta's Angel.
Leading Tioga Downs driver Jim Marohn Jr. steered three Excelsior horses to victory: Crazolo, Rc Marquee and Engagedatlexington. Jim Morrill Jr. guided the remaining two winners: Avivas Winner and Zoey De Vie.
Tioga Downs continues racing action Saturday night with 10 races at 6:15 p.m. For more information about racing at Tioga, please visit our website at www.tiogadowns.com.