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Topville Olympian fastest in NYSS splits at Monticello
Monday, July 24, 2017 - by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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Monticello, NY---On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 70,00 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four NYSS races on the 13 race program on Monday (July 24).

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Persist Blue Chip won wire-to-wire in a lifetime best 1:58.1.
By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip, post two, the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the three-quarters was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control.

He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe – Real Reflection is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, James J Martin, William L Switala and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.

In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the quarter in 29.0.

Topville Olympian scored the fastest NYSS win of the day in a lifetime best 1:56.
The bay son of American Ideal – Our Sophia was at the half in :59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to one length at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.

Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a last quarter of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary Racing Inc. and Billy and Anthony Timmins of Great Britain.

Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best.

The $165,000 son of American Ideal – Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano.

Jimtastic was an impressive 1:57.3 winner in his first pari-mutuel start.
In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by eight lengths in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow.

Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC.

It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has two winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed, sires American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winner's circle.

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