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Yonkers hosts $217,000 NYSS Michael Sorentino trot
Thursday, July 24, 2014 - Frank Drucker, publicity director, Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (July 24) hosted the $217,000 New York Sire Stakes $217,000 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A total of 11 entered a pair of six-figure divisions.

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Flyhawk El Durado scored his third seasonal win in 1:55.3 for trainer Mark Ford and driver Mark MacDonald.
The first ($107,500) grouping saw last season’s frosh statebred champion Flyhawk El Durado, a son of Conway Hall-El Paso Gal (Mark MacDonald, $6.30), finish what he started (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:55.3). What started out of as a quintet quickly become a foursome when 7-5 favorite Expressive Action (Conway Hall-Yetta's Angel) and Mike Simons broke leaving in the first turn.

Later on, a three-hole-sitting Lukas Hall (Conway Hall-Goddess Of War), with Jason Bartlett in the bike also danced. Flyhawk El Durado, meanwhile, could not shake a pesky Zoey De Vie (Conway Hall-Pauls Wink) and Jim Morrill Jr., though he did eventually whip that one by 1-1/2 lengths. Daley Lovin (Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis) and Dan Daley were third.

For third choice Flyhawk El Durado, trained by Mark Ford for owner Martin Scharf, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15, and there was no triple wagering.

"He can leave the gate and just about always trots four turns," MacDonald said. "Last week (NYSS at Monticello), he did make a break but I think it was some sort of an equipment malfunction.

"Tonight, he was on his game. Obviously, the other horse (Expressive Action) was one of the ones to beat, and when he made a break, it made my job easier, but (Flyhawk El Durado) went a real good mile and beat another good horse (Zoey De Vie)."

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Favored Gural Hanover scored in the second NYSS event in 1:56.1 for driver Jimmy Morrill Jr.

The second ($109,500) sire stakes event saw odds-on choice Gural Hanover, from a mating of Crazed-Givemearing (Morrill Jr., $2.30), put up cheapy intervals of :28.1, :58.1, 1:27.3 and 1:56.1 en route to a 1-1/4 length victory.

Leaving outside his five foes, he worked around second choice Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) with Mickey McGivern, then watched as that one tested him early from the pocket. Royal Max (RC Royalty-The Young Princess) and Jason Bartlett were third.

For Gural Hanover, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Little E and Panhellenic Stables, it was his fifth win (fourth consecutive) in seven 2014 tries. The exacta paid $3.30, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $11.20.

"He’s just two fingers (to drive). You can do anything you want," Morrill -- his escort over the past four races -- said.

New York Sire Stakes continue Friday night (July 25), with the $197,500 Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts/geldings.

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 daily.


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