There were three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt pacers on Saturday night at Vernon Downs and driver won two of them. All three divisions had purses of $37,266.
The first division went as the sixth race on Saturday and Azorean Art (-Dancin Barefoot) rallied from last place on the far turn to pass the entire field and win in 1:52.3. The early pace was fast in this division with a 25.3 quarter and a half in 54.3 for American Crossroad ( ). Azorean Art was driven to victory by , one of four wins for him on the Saturday program. The trainer is and the colt is owned by Cristina Takter, Brixton Medical, and Hatfield Stables.
The first division also included a disqualification of third-place finisher Oneisalonelynumber, who went on a break on the first turn and caused significant interference in the field. He was placed last after the DQ. The complete order of finish for the first division was: Azorean Art, Sicily, The Spy, We Think Alike, American Crossroad, K-Rock, and Oneisalonelynumber. Southwind Masimo was a scratch (sick).
TheShow began with the next division of the Sire Stakes, carded as the seventh race. He drove Betting Exchange ( -Cheeky Hanover) to a victory at 21-1, paying $44.80 to win and keying a $415.50 exacta. Betting Exchange was second for the majority of the mile, sitting behind the pacesetter, Americanprimetime (Jim Marohn Jr.). Miller made the winning move with Betting Exchange in deep stretch, angling out to move past Americanprimetime and get up for the victory in the final strides in a time of 1:51.1. Betting Exchange is trained by and is owned by Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz, and .
The complete order of finish for the second division was: Betting Exchange, Americanprimetime, Freedomformysoul, Cartoon Daddy, Yippity Hanover, and Nobettorplacetobe. Mikado Blue Chip was a scratch (sick).
The third and final division of the New York Sire Stakes was the ninth race on the program andcame through again, guiding Penji Hanover ( -Platinum Hanover) to victory in 1:53.2. It was a well-timed drive by Miller, who sent Penji Hanover down the outside in the stretch to win just a heartbeat ahead of Bet You ( ), who conversely tried to come up the inside and had to wait the extra moment to get room and that proved costly. Penji Hanover is trained by and the owned is W. Springtime Racing Stable.
The complete order of finish for the third division was Penji Hanover, Bet You, Berkley, K Ryan Bluechip, Ultimate G, Aimo Hanover, My Spirit Soars, and Play The Field.
Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Monday with a special Labor Day matinee program. First post time is 1:15pm.
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs