The New York Sire Stakes calendar was kind to the freshman trotting colts, as their first NYSS competition was at Tioga Downs. For today’ contest at Monticello Raceway (July 31) it was many of the young trotters first start on a twice around oval. 72 colts comprised 11 of the cards 13 races.
The aptly named, The Veteran minded his manners in the 1st NYSS $27,250 contest on the card, Brian Sears carefully floated the son of Muscle Mass – Tequila Summer off the gait and let the field settle into the first turn, down the backside, Sear’s tipped his mount to the outside and was parked at the quarter in an even 30 panel, once on the lead, The Veteran carved out fractions of 1:00.4, 1:32 and coasted home an easy 2 length winner in 2:02.1 for his 2nd consecutive win. The $32,000 Lexington purchase is trained by part owner George Ducharme along with W. Donavan, Michaels’s and Winske. Seven Knights was 2nd and Chasin Dreams finished 3rd
The 2nd heat saw Andy Miller leave the gate hard from post position 7 and take the garden spot while Cruising In Style showed the way to the ¼, Miller was on the move with Don and had the lead passed the quarter pole in a brisk 29.2, from this point he controlled the tempo to score in 1:58.3, an easy 3 length victory. The son of Credit Winner-Angosture trotted his last quarter in 29.3, he is owned by Andy Miller Stable and Little E LLC and paid $14.20, the time of 1:58.3 was just a tick off from the track record.
On the program, it looked like the 7 hole would thwart Purpose Blue Chips effort to get away unscathed and look for a good trip, but the outside post did not deter the son of Chapter 7, as the now healed and almost healthy Dan Daley charged off the gate and went for the lead and showed the field through fractions of 28.4, 59.3, 1:29.0. In the paddock turn, Purpose Blue Chip looked to be any easy winner, Rich Uncle who was third the entire mile, uncorked a 29.1 last stanza to put away Purpose Blue Chip by a length. The Credit Winner – Royal Assets colt is owned by William Donavan, it was his second winner of the day. Purpose Blue Chip was 2nd, followed by Ronnie Goldstein.
Clive Bigsy came into the race looking to keep his 3-race win skein intact, the betting public was betting that he would fail, and was sent off at odd of 6-1, Ake Svanstedt send Six Pack to the lead and controlled the tempo with splits of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:29.2. Fourth Dimension was lurking in the 3 hole for the duration, made his move at the 5/8 marker, at the top of the lane it was a cavalry charge with 3 horses across the track between him, Tito and Six Pack. But Fourth Dimension was not to be denied, tripping the timer in track record of 1:58, eclipsing the former record held by Fashion Blizzard. The $200,000 yearling purchase is owned by Courant Stable of Delray Beach, Florida, he is trained by Marcus Melander and was driven to victory by Brian Sears. Clive Bigsby finished 2nd and trotted home the fastest LQ of the day in 28.0.
The most unusual race of the day came in the first heat of the Excelsior A, Crackback Jack made a nasty break going into the first turn and lost a ton of ground for Andy Miller, while he was regaining his composure after the miscue, On The Ropes showed the field to the ¼ in 30.3, while approaching the half, On The Ropes made a break and Babylons Bridge inherited the lead. Going down the backstretch for the final time, Crackback Jack was still hustling to make up ground and was 3rd at the half. Chapter Ruth showed the freshman field to the ¾ mile maker in 1:32, Crackback Jack was now 2nd first over and On The Ropes, was back in the hunt going 3 wide in the last turn and trotted away from the rest of them to win in in 2:01.1 by 3 lengths, trotting her last quarter in 28.4.
Muscle Mass lead the sire brigade with 4 winners on the card. The next Sire Stakes action comes on August 21, when 3 Year Old Trotting Fillies come to town.