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Gimpanzee sets track record in NYSS at Saratoga
Wednesday, August 01, 2018 - by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Casino Hotel

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Saratoga Springs, NY --- There were three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Tuesday evening (July 31). Each division for the freshman high-steppers went for a purse of $54,500 and in the first division of the night, a new track record for 2-year-olds was set.

 
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Gimpanzee appeared dominant in the final lap before stopping the timer in a track record 1:55.4.

Marcus Melander’s Gimpanzee (Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows) was the public’s 2-5 betting favorite in his installment of the Sire Stakes and brought a two-for-two career record into the try. Brian Sears marched the colt out to the front end as the freshman stepped away to a lead that grew to nearly five lengths in the early going. After clocking a half in :57.1, Gimpanzee appeared dominant in the final lap before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. The win time lowered the previous track record for 2-year-old trotting colts by a full second, eclipsing the mark set last year by My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr.). The win time also served as a new lifetime best for the freshman trotter whose previous mark was set at Tioga Downs in the start leading up to Tuesday’s race.

Frank Coppola Jr. piloted Horns For Three (Credit Winner-Swoosh Hanover) to a wire-to-wire score in the second division of the Sire Stakes on Tuesday. The Ed Hart trainee held off the first-over bid by the favored Our White Knight (Brian Sears) before scoring in 2:00.4. Horns For Three is now a two-time winner in the NYSS as he prevailed at Buffalo last month.

The evening’s final division of the NYSS saw Thunder (Conway Hall-CR Oh Suzanna) roll to a first-over victory for Scott Zeron. The John Butenschoen trainee recorded the first win of his young career as he toughed it out overland before scoring in 1:59.2.

Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 7:05 p.m.


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