YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 29, 2014-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $201,600 Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies. The quintet of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with his family and friends making winner's circle presentations.
The opening ($39,900) event saw a down-the-road Pig Hunt (, $9.80), from post position No. 5, break the tape in a spiffy 1:59.4 (:30.2, 1:01.2 and 1:30.1). The effort matched her previous season's-best.
Frou Frou (), as the 7-10 favorite, lost her tow when Icy Sprite ( ) broke, then could not get near the winner. The final margin was a length, with Praying Gear ( ) third.
For third choice Pig Hunt, a daughter ofco-owned by (trainer) Janice and , it was her second win in four first-season starts. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $53.50.
"She shows trotting every start, so I wasn't worried about her," Brennan said. "I was able to back down the half and control the race."
Tuesday night's second ($40,900) sire stakes event was a successful debut for Shaqline (, $6.20). In play early from post No. 2, she found a :30.1 opening quarter-mil. Then, Concentration ( ) grabbed the baton (1:01.2, 1:30.2), 17-10 choice Barn Girl (Gregory) trotting in place first-up.
Concentration owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but Shaqline took to the passing lane like a veteran. She ducked in and went by, the final margin a length-and-a-quarter in 2:00.1. Cherry Crown Jewel () was third, with Barn Girl winding up fourth.
For second choice Shaqline, atrained by Takter for Brixton Medical Ab, her sire stakes debut came after just one baby race. The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $104 and the superfecta paid $439.
"She's bred to be very good," Takter said of the full-sister to $400,000-plus winner Shaq is Back. "She had breathing issues and three surgeries. Fortunately, she had some good doctors."
The third ($39,900) Cohen division saw Summer Scent (Daley, $17.40)-from post No. 4--sit behind 2-1 choice Kaliska () through fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:29.2. Summer Scent then made her way past, winning by a half-length in a maiden-breaking 2:00.3. Third went to Duolectra ( ).
For fourth choice Summer Scent, amiss trained by Daley for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley and Jlrl LLC, it was that first win in five '14 tries,. The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $556.
"She keeps at it,"said. "She doesn't always want to pass another horse, but she drew better tonight and that helped."
The fourth ($40,600) sire stakes event was won by an in-form, 9-10 fave Barn Doll (Gregory, $3.80). Unhurried from post No. 2, she watched as Summers Windsong (Schnittker) and Nunkeri (Callahan) took turns through fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:30.1.
Barn Doll methodically made her move, first-up from fourth before collaring the leader early in the lane. She then edged away to beat Nunkeri by a length-and-a-half in 1:59.1...night's fastest and matching her previous life-best. Summers Windsong was third.
For Barn Doll, alass co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her fourth (consecutive) win in five seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $14, with the triple returning $47.80.
"She's a smart filly," Gregory said. "She's able to relax and that's going to help her as she moves along. Tonight, when we moved, there was no one in front of her, but can just as easily chase another."
The evening's statebred schedule ended in the fifth ($40,600) grouping, where slight choice Stirling Debutant (, $6.80) showed good speed on both ends of a first-win 2:01.2 effort.
Leaving from post No. 5, "Debutant" wound up sitting behind Northern Obsession (Schnittker) and that one's weight stations of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:31.2. When Zanna Blu () attacked the leader with a bold second move, Stirling Debutant extricated herself from the cones and angled out.
She then whipped a stubborn Zanna Blu by three-quarters of length. Third went to Meshugana Miss (), with Stories to Tell (Lems) fifth-placed-fourth.
For Stirling Debutant, a daughter ofco-owner by (trainer) , Cool Cat Racing and James Walker, she's now 1-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $529 and the superfecta paid $9,871.
"I spoke to Rick (Zeron) a couple of days ago, and he said if I just gave her a chance, she'd be alright," Pierce said. "I made the (final turn) decision to take her outside, because with some of these 2-year-olds get a bit skittish when you duck them inside. "
New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with $200,900 New York Sire Stakes Jim Meagher Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings).
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway