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Monticello Raceway to host $400,000 NYSS consolations
Thursday, October 12, 2017 - by Shawn Wiles, for Monticello Raceway

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Monticello, NY --- On the heels of the Day of Champions, Monticello Raceway will host the New York Sire Stakes consolations on Monday (Oct. 16), with post time for the 12-race card at 12:50 p.m.

There will be eight races, for each division of age, sex and gait, and each division will race for a purse of $50,000.

Owners that plan on being in attendance for the afternoon will be given a free food voucher for the new state of the art Sports Bar, a free program, along with a special gift. Any owner that plans on being in attendance should contact the Race Office at 845.794.4100, ext. 557 or 555, to make accommodations. The Monticello Harness Horsemen’s Association, in conjunction with Monticello Raceway and the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State, will have a BBQ in the paddock for participating horsemen and grooms throughout the card.

Below is a look at the fields.

2-Year-Old Filly Trotters
Sevenbuyeleven (Tim Tetrick) earned her speed badge of 1:55.1 last week at Red Mile, winning a division of the International Stallions Stakes. She is the richest and fastest filly in the race, and she scores from post position four. Setntheworldonfire (post six) has only been off the board once this year for trainer Noel Daley. Andrew McCarthy will drive the Muscles Yankee lass.

2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotters
Seven Iron (post four–Tim Tetrick) was impressive at the Red Mile in the Bluegrass Stakes, taking a lifetime mark of 1:55.3. Equally as impressive is his tally for the year, 10-2-2-4, with freshman earnings of $91,893. Cruising In Style (Jason Bartlett) has been in the thick of things all year on the NYSS circuit; he will start from the rail in the five-horse contest. My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr.) looks to regain his early season form (post two) that saw him win at Saratoga Raceway in a brisk 1:56.4.

2-Year-Old Filly Pacers
Michelle’s Jazz is the 5-2 favorite from the rail with Andrew McCarthy at the helm. American Myth (Jason Bartlett) brings her two-race winning streak in overnight company at the Meadows; she will score from post two for trainer Ed Hart. Mink Pink (Eric Goodell) has been a model of consistency with three seconds and two thirds in her last five starts, but she has yet to enter the winner's circle this year. She will start from post four.

2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacers
Persist Blue Chip (George Brennan) was a winner earlier in the year at Monticello Raceway in 1:58.1; in this company he will start from the six hole. Trump Nation has been very sharp lately, he has two Excelsior A wins and a place finish to his credit for trainer Andrew Harris. Aces In Heaven will score from the rail with John MacDonald in the bike and is the morning line favorite.

3-Year-Old Filly Trotters
Twice the bridesmaid in NYSS competition and heat winner of the Zweig, Ostrich Blue Chip (post three) in her last seven starts has five wins and two place finishes, Scott Zeron will drive the favorite. Busy Doing Nothing knows her way around a half-mile oval and will benefit from the rail. Ray Fisher will drive.

3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trotters
The Trond Smedshammer stable brings an entry with Cresurrey (post six–Jason Bartlett) and Texican (post seven, Smedshammer) for owner Purple Haze Stable LLC. Arch Credit is the morning line second favorite at 3-1. The son of Credit Winner has recently rounded into consistent form. The often-erratic Optimist Blue Chip will start from the rail with Tim Tetrick in the bike. Aces And Eights was impressive in his Vernon qualifier of 1:55.4 last week for Dan Daley.

3-Year-Old Filly Pacers
World Apart (post four–Jason Bartlett) has been a model of consistency, as her potent resume includes three wins and earnings of more than $140,000. Along the way she earned wins in the Simpson Stake and the Lady Maud. She was second in her NYSS division at Monticello in September. Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) is looking to extend her win streak to three.

3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pacers
Outrajus Blue Chip looks to be in top form from post three and has been installed the morning line favorite at 5-2. Octane Blue Chip (Dan Dube–post one) will also be in the hunt. Benji's Best was a NYSS winner at Monticello this summer in 1:53.4. He was a winner of the Empire Breeders Classic consolation in 1:50 at Tioga Downs. Post position eight will hampers his efforts.

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