Day At The Track

STATE'S STASH AT YONKERS SATURDAY

08:17 PM 06 Sep 2007 NZST
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Kenneth J
Kenneth J
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A week out from hosting the $1.2 million New York Night of Champions, a pair of statebred divisions invade Yonkers Raceway for seven Saturday soirees.

The $289,520 Hugh Grant Pace (3-year-old colts and geldings) goes as a foursome (races 6,7,8 and 9) while the $251,967 Jim Meagher Pace (2-year-old colts and geldings) performs as a trio (races 2,3 and 4).

Post time for the 10-race card is 7:40 PM...or haven't you been paying attention?

Deferring to age, we shall foray first into the sophomores, where Kenneth J goes after his fourth consecutive victory. He drew post position No. 5 in the second ($72,705) Grant gathering.

The son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs, won his last two NYSS evetns (Tioga and Saratoga) as a 1-20 wagering proposition. He also did damage in the Catskills, winning the $478,000 final of the Monticello Gold Rush in late July.

For the season, "Kenneth's" frequency is six wins and a pair of seconds in 11 tries ($557,738). A victory Saturday night makes him a millionaire.

Wealth Manager (Tony Morgan, post 6) and Panedict Arnold (Brian Sears, post 3) have both joined Kennth J in the six-win column this season.

The evening's third ($72,705) NYSS soph event finds Forensic Z Tam (Pat Lachance, post 4) returning here for the first time since being outkicked (by Southwind Lynx) in the million-dollar final of the Art Rooney Pace in early June.

The Bettor's Delight colt, traned by Lachance for Z Tam Racing, is closing in on $400,000 in seasonal stash.

Saturday night's first ($72,705) Grant grouping includes the Best (Josh Marks, post 2)--he of the six victories and more than $113,000 in '07--while the final ($71,405) sire stakes event for 3-year-olds is led by Big Al's Delight (Sears, post 1), solid against statebreds and third in the $500,000 final of the Hoosier Cup in late June. Sears, as best as the crack staff can determine, is making his first Yonkers' visit since that carefree first term of the Clinton administration.

The renamed Meagher events--honoring the memory of Yonkers' long-time corporate controller--are worth $84,489, $84,489 and $82,989, respectively.

Divison standouts Hands to Yourself (Morrill Jr., post 1) and Riggins (Ray Schnittker, post 4) collide in the opening frosh division.

The former, a Sealed N Delivered gelding, has won five of his six summertime efforts ($78,729), including his last couple...sire stakes at Monticello and Tioga (life-best 1:53.3). Angelo LaBella trains for the consortium of Moran, McCarthy, Chilson and DePasquale.

The latter, a son of Art Major, has four victories and a second in six '07 tries ($102.403). Like Hands to Yourself, Riggins beat his brethren at Monticello and Tioga. He owns a life-best 1:54, taken at Saratoga early last month, making him the national season's leader among plebe pacing colts.

Schnittker trains for co-owners Taylor, Baldassare, Pepin & Buffalo Boy's Stable..

he second Meagher melange finds Share the Delight (Morrill Jr., post 4) daring to test his perfect (5-for-5) summer stock slate in the big city.

The son of Bettor's Delight, who's earned $85,701, is co-owned by a pair of Colorado contingents, The Four Horsemen Stable & Algonquin Farms and trained by Toscano.

Jagger Blue Chip (Schnittker, post 1) has been board-certified in all but one of his seven '07 tries.

The final froshfest matches up the likes of Bullville Powerful (Stephane Bouchard, post 6)--with two wins and a second in his last three (NYSS) starts--and Savannah Scion (Schnittker, post 5), who has made money in all seven tries.

The multi-million-dollar New York Sire Stakes has been traversing the state, culminating with the $1.2 million New York Night of Champions here next Saturday night. As always, eight, $150,000 divisional finals shall be contested. Please visit www.nysirestakes.com for further information.

Live racing is currently offered at Yonkers with six programs per week--Monday through Saturday nights at 7:40 PM. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasting is available seven days a week, while Empire City's nearly 5,500 video gaming machines are in play daily from 10 AM-2 AM.

Frank Drucker

onkers Raceway Publicity Director

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