Day At The Track

Sophomore pacing colts in action Monticello

08:01 PM 20 Jul 2010 NZST
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Five $13,000 divisions of sophomore pacing colts and geldings in the New York Sire Stakes late closers will be featured at Monticello Raceway on Thursday afternoon, July 22. They will go as races one, four, five, seven and eight on the afternoons harness racing 15-race program.

Headlining the stellar fields participating that day are Jerry's Brown Gold and Real Gentleman, though as host of others have performed very well this year, too.

Jerry's Brown Gold, an Art Major colt who already has defeated the best New York pacers in the rich NYSS program this season,will leave from the four-hole in the fifth race with Jordan Stratton at the controls.

Owned by Freddie Monteleone and trained by Eddie Hart, Jerry's Brown Gold has four wins in nine starts and has a bankroll in excess of$47,000 this year. His eye-popping 1:53:4 victory in the $55,440 division of the NYSS at Yonkers Raceway on June 28 is his current best.

Real Gentleman, an Artiscape gelding owned by Ronald Michelson and Erv Miller and trained by Miller, will start from post position five in the eighth race with Jason Bartlett doing the teaming.

A winner of over $58,000 thus far this year, like Jerry's Brown Gold, Real Gentleman was also a 1:53:4 winner in NYSS action at Yonkers on June 28.

OK Cognac, a 1:55:3 winner at Saratoga Raceway in his last start, will be the favorite in the first race despite having to start from post position seven. Billy Dobson will drive the Bettor's Delight colt owned by Stake Your Claim Stables and trained by Linda Toscano.

Erich's Best, a Pro Bono Best gelding owned by Erich Boehm and trained by Jamie Paquet, figures to take the most money in race seven. Erich's Best comes into the contest off a 1:56 victory at Saratoga Raceway in his last start which is one of four wins the colt has had this year while amassing a bankroll of nearly $35,000. Fern Paquet, Jr. will drive when the colt leaves from the five-hole.

And Drummerboy Hanover, a son of Art Major with Jason Bartlett aboard, will be the one to beat in race four, arguably the softest of the five splits. Drummerboy Hanover, owned by John Fielding and Defino Pyonteck and trained by Erv Miller owns a record of 1:55:2 taken at Pocono Downs earlier this year.

John MANZI

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