Day At The Track

Zero Tolerance takes first division

04:08 PM 15 May 2019 NZST
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Zero Tolerance
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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 14, 2019-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (May 14th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the soggy $170,500 Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

Two consecutively-contested divisions, at $85,250 each, comprised the event.

Odd-on Zero Tolerance (Dave Miller, $2.40) widened in the first division. From post position No. 4, she crawled to the half (:28.2, :59.2), then rebuffed a hard challenge from Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno), then finished it off (1:27.1, 1:55.2).

Zero Tolerance whipped a loosely-pocketed So Awesome (Tim Tetrick) by 2½ lengths, with DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) third and Crazy Cute (catch-driver Scott Zeron) fourth.

For Zero Tolerance, a daughter of Heston Blue Chip co-owned by Val D'or Farms & Ted Gewertz and trained by Joe Holloway, it was her first win in two seasonal starts (7-for-13, $485,813 as 2-year-old). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.80, the triple returned $32.80 and the superfecta paid $177.50.

"She was good and strong. I liked the way she raced," Miller said.

The second/final sire stakes event saw a perfectly-towed Brooklyn Lilacs (Bongiorno, $65) edge past the lass who took her into the fray, Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube).

The latter went up and over just-over-even-money choice JK American Beauty (Zeron) after the one led through intervals of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:26.2.

When the leader tired (to fifth), she trapped last season's frosh champ, Money Shot Hanover (Tetrick), in behind.

Hurrikane Norakane grabbed a short lead off the final turn, but 'Lilacs'-from post No.. 4-was ready for her close-up. Brooklyn Lilacs went by late, the margin a neck in a life-best 1:55.2. Heaven's Challenge (Miller) closed for third-over to grab third, with 'Money Shot' settling for fourth.

Brooklyn Lilacs                                   --Mike Lizzi photo

For sixth choice Brooklyn Lilacs, a homebred Rock N Roll Heaven miss owned by Crawford Farms and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was her first win in three '19 tries (1-for-7, $60,660 as 2-year-old). The exacta paid $466, the triple returned $4,466 and the superfecta paid $7,127.

"She's a nice filly and I think she's going to get better every start," driver Bongiorno said.

New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (June 20th), with the Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit


Frank Drucker

Director of Publicity

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