YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 14, 2014-Driver., Scotchgarded colors and all, won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot Monday night.
Morrill won the first ($111,500) very wet event for 3-year-old fillies with defending statebred champ Market Rally ($2.20). The odds-on favorite had to work first-up to dispose of pace-setting Lady with Credit () before opening up down the backside.
Market Rally opened five lengths into the lane before whipping Glowngold () by 2Â½ lengths in 1:59.4. Third went to 59-1 outsider Cutup Hanover ( ).
Market Rally, a daughter of, is 3-for-5 this season (3-for-3 since adding Lasix) for co-owners (trainer) , Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $6, with the triple returning $84.
Morrill and 17-1 L Dee's Scripture ($37.20) avoided all the happenstance in the equally-moist second ($113,500) event. The pair sat pocketed to Driving Miss Crazy () in what turned out to be a two-speed, outside-post number.
L Dee's Scripture eased past "Miss Crazy," winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Maud Blue Chip (Sears) was third, back another two lengths. Four of the five remaining lasses-including 9-10 fave Avalicious ()-either broke or caused a rival to do the same.
Fifth choice L Dee's Scripture, alass co-owned by Lawrence Dumain & Carlo Lattinelli and trained by , is off the '14 schneid (1-for-5). The exacta paid $845, with the triple returning $3,885.
New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with the $221,000 NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A trio of groupings-purses of $72,800, $74,100 and $74,100-go as races 1,4 and 9.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway