YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 31, 2014-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the month-ending $200,900 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The quintet of races honored the memory of the Raceway' long-time corporate controller, with his family making winner's circle presentations.
Here's the skinny...
First ($39,900) division-Odds-on Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance, $3.80), starting from post position No. 4, rolled from second-over in 1:56.1. Oneisalonelynumber (.) cut the mile and beaten a length-a-quarter. Play the Field () was third.
The winner, a son of trained by Lachance for co-owners Hudson Standardbred and Conrad Leber, is now 2-for-2. Exacta...$10.80, triple (three wagering faves in order) ...$40.40
"He can settle, and once he gets going, he does kick in late," Lachance said.
Second ($39,900) division-Bet You (Gingras, $2.70) fooled very few from post No. 6, going the distance in 1:56.4. We Think Alike () was a best-of-rest second, with Maurice (Lachance) third.
The winner, another son of trained by for co-owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding and Joyce McClelland, broke his maiden in his third career start. Exacta...$11.20, triple $6.
"(Bet You) was ready early," Gingras-who baby-raced him three times-said, "I could have tucked third, but then I'd have to come first-up, so I just drove on."
Third ($40,600) division-With 1-5 support going to the previously-perfect, pole-sitting Freedomformysoul (Morrill Jr.), it was second choice Cartoon Daddy (Gingras, $13)-from post No. 4--patrolling the pocket to Rockntouch (). He then ripped out of same to win by a couple of lengths in a life-best/night's-fastest 1:53.4.
Lone Survivor () was second, with K Ryan Bluechip () third and Berkley () fourth.
As for Freedomformysoul, he was rank behind the gate, broke, rushed to catch the field, raced first-up, tired and eventually left the course. Nearly $8,500 of the $9,350 in the show pool went down with him.
The winner, a son of co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) and Joe DiScala Jr., is now 3-for-4 this season. He rebounded from an odds-on break of his own in the final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. Exacta...$157, triple...$476, superfecta...$7,614.
"Tonight was the first time I've driven him, but I've raced against him and I know he has the talent," Gingras said.
Fourth ($39,900) division-Americanprimetime (, $4.60), 13-10 here after a 78-1 win at Monticello, made one decisive move here. From post No. 2, he brushed to the lead at the quarter, then stormed home by 2Â¾ lengths in a life-best 1:55.2. Betting Exchange (Morrill Jr.) was second, with Suchasenseofhumor (Gingras) third.
The winner, a homebred son of owned by Rock&Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, has won two of his three first-season starts. Exacta...$26.60, triple...$56.50.
"After he made the lead, he was just looking around for a horse to race," Buter said.
Fifth ($40,600) division-Prices finished first and second, with Azorean Art (Morrill Jr., $40.60), from post No. 6, prevailing from second-over in a maiden-breaking 1:57.3. Nobettorplacetobe () was a pocket second at 45-1, with K-Rock (Gingras third). Sicily (Sears) faded to fourth at just-over even money. Exacta...$797, triple...$1,838, superfecta...$35,595 (base $2 payout).
The winner, an colt, is trained by for co-owners Christina Takter, Brixton Medical Ab, Hatfield Stables and Lothlorien.
New York Sire Stakes continue Monday night, with $221,000 Joe Goldstein Trot (3-year-old fillies).
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Racway