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Big night at Yonkers for Jordan Stratton
Friday, September 07, 2018 - by Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY ---Jordan Stratton won six races from his eight drives on Thursday night (Sept. 6) at Yonkers Raceway. One of his wins came in a dead-heat, while two were part of the $168,499 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

Stratton won the $55,833 first division with a pocketed Line Dancer ($12.40) in a life-best-matching 1:54.2. The daughter of Art Major, co-owned by trainer Ricky Bucci and Blue Meadow Farm, has won five of her 18 seasonal starts.

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Newsday won her NYSS division in a time of 1:54.2.

Stratton doubled his sire stakes pleasure in the second $55,833 Cohen event, when a first-up Newsday ($7.20) matched Line Dancer’s 1:54.2 effort. The At Major miss, co-owned by trainer Richie Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward McEnery and Michael Gluckman, is four-for-13 this season, including a pair of NYSS wins here.

“It was one of those nights that everyone I drove raced well,” Stratton said.

Wisdom Tree (Matt Kakaley, $2.70) continued her statebred dominance in the night’s final $56,833 Empire grouping, a down-the-road night’s-fastest 1:53.2. Her sire stakes resume reads six wins (including two here) and a second in seven tries. The daughter of Betterthancheddar, co-owned by Tom Pollack and Jeff Cullipher and trained by Ed Hart, has won 10 of her 13 ’18 tries.

“She’s smart and she’s fast and I love her,” Hart said.

“Every so often I’m entitled to one of these,” Kakaley said.

Naughty Maravu N (Dan Dube, $96) led a quartet of longshots (9-1, 70-1, 92-1) home in the $10,000 fifth race pace.

New York Sire Stakes continue Tuesday night (Sept. 11), with Yonkers Trot winner Six Pack in the $172,000 Milt Taylor Trot (3-year-old colts/geldings).

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