Freedomformysoul established a new Monticello Raceway track record for freshmen pacing colts when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. drove the son ofto a 1:55.2 triumph in their division of the $110,000 NY Sire Stakes. The victory erased the former standard of 1:55.3 set by Share The Delight during 2007.
Coming into the race off a stunning 1:53.3 track record last week at Saratoga Raceway Freedomformysoul was understandably the overwhelming betting favorite and Morrill used the front-end route for an easy victory over Rockntouch and driver.
After getting looped on the first turn by Mikado Blue Chip () Morrill wheeled his colt back to the lead and they passed the first stanza in a stiff :28.0 and then paced the second quarter in :28.2 reaching the halfway point in :56.2. From there it was catch me if you can, and no one could.
"I got to the half faster than I wanted to, so I didn't even pull the (ear) plugs." Morrill admitted after the race. "He's one of the best 2 year olds I've ever driven. He's the real deal."
Owned by the Freedomformysoul Stable and trained by Nancy Johansson the son of If I Ca Dream paid $2.30 for win.
Southwind Masimo won a division of the NYSS in 1:55.4 for. That final time was abetted by speed duel for the lead between We Think Alike ( ) and Old Man Cleary ( ) with early fractions of :27.1, :56.2.
Lachance had Southwind Masimo out after the half and they swept to the front up the backside and were all by themselves at the wire some 11-lengths ahead of K Ryan Blue Chip and driver, Jr.
"They were playing hardball up front which worked out good for me," Lachance said in the winners circle when he stopped for a photograph.
Southwind Masimo is owned in Canada by Hudson Standardbred Stable and Conrad Leber and trained by Lachance. The winner paid $27.60 for win.
In yet another NYSS split Americanprimetime, sent off at odds of over 78-1, lit up the tote board and paid $161.50 for win whendrove him to victory in a time of 1:57. They rallied from five lengths back at the top of the lane to collar Ultimate G, driven by .
Americanprime time is owned by the Rock N Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, Jr.
won a pair of $110,000 NYSS splits. His first was with Twin B Stingray in 1:56.4 pacing a :28- second final stanza en route to victory. And they needed every bit of that to hold-off Bet You and driver by a head.
Twin B Stingray is owned by J & T Silva Racing Stable and C C Stables and trained by. He paid $20.20 for win
Bartlett's other sire stakes victory came with My Spirit Soars in1:57.2 for owner Daniel Van Wart.
After putting My Spirit Soars on the lead,made a quarter pole move with odds-on favorite JD He's Da Bomb and Bartlett let them take command before the half. From there Bartlett bided his time and in the lane rallied My Spirit Soars to a head victory over Berkley and .
"I didn't want to go with him () when he came at me near the half so I let him go. If I didn't my colt would probably not have gotten a check (piece of the purse)," Bartlett admitted.
Trained by, My Spirit Soars paid $5.90 for win.
Excelsior Series winners and their drivers included: Can't It Be Me (2:00-Bruce Aldrich, Jr.); Southwind Rex (1:58.4-); Spiritintheclouds (2:00.3-Mickey McGivern); Artistic Major (1:59.2- ) and Hayden's Little Man (1:59.3- )
by John Manzi, for Monticello Raceway