What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett).
The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS)
for sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on
Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs.
Less than a week ago Guardian
Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and
caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the
interference and was disqualified after finishing first
Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems)
would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian
Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before
the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and
trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the
fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile.
Stick With Me Kid
(Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong
and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best,
winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old.
Stick With Me Kid hung on
for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third.
The first division ($39,900) went
to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven
was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1.
Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason
Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven
($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the
half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen
Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win
in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim
Marohn Jr.) finished third.
In the final division, Long shot
Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in
a lifetime best of 1:54.3.
Money Macintosh (Andy Miller)
looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money
Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to
obey the breaking rule.
who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway
because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60
for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish
second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third.
Tioga Downs returns to live
action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also
between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating
Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt
For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com