Day At The Track

$154,600 NYSS won by undefeated fillies

01:32 PM 23 Aug 2019 NZST
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Love A Good Story and driver Andy Miller
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Hypnotic AM and driver Brian Sears
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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 22, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening (Aug. 22nd) hosted the $154,600 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old harness racing ttrotting fillies.

A pair $77,300 beneath-the-raindrops races comprised the event, which resulted in a perfect pair of winners

Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.40) went the distance (:29.2, :58.3, 1:28, 1:57.2) in a gapped-out opening division, her sixth win in as many seasonal/sire stakes starts and matching her previous local effort.

From post position No. 3, the final margin was 3¼ lengths.

Without a Warning (Jason Bartlett) was the bridesmaid at every section, with Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt), Flotus (John Stark Jr.) and C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) completing the order after a pair of defections.

Love a Good Story is a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable & Daniel Plouffe and trained by Julie Miller. The exacta paid $7, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered.

"It was just business as usual," driver Miller said.

There was a lengthy weather (heavy rain/lightning) delay prior to the second group, which only forestalled the obvious.

The precipitation just about stopped as track record-holder Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears, $2.40) started

Away third from post No. 2, the lass took over from Really Blue Chip (George Brennan) right by the :28.4 opening quarter-mile before taking off...period.

She widened by the :58.2 intermission, then finished off the foray (1:27.4, 1:56.3) by 3½ lengths.

Seventimesalady (Svanstedt) was second, with No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) and I'lldoitmyself (Bartlett) rounding out the gimmick finishers.

For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's now 5-for-5 (three NYSS, elim and final of Jim Doherty Memorial) to begin her career, never once going off at odds higher than 1-2.

The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.80, the triple returned $50 and the superfecta paid $157.50.

"She feels as good as she looks," Sears said.

New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (Aug. 29th), with the Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts/geldings (purse TBA).

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


A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Aug. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $8,812.56 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program.

The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Friday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night after a final-race-sequence 42-1 bomber), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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