YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 19, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $202,599 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Three divisions -- at $67,933, $67,933 and $66,933 -- comprised the competition.
As was the case Monday night, driver won two of the evening's three sire stakes events.
In the second division, he went the distance-from post position No. 4--with Cartoon Daddy ($4.90), holding off some unwanted advances from 32-1 proposition American Crossroad (). The former kept the latter at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.4. Berkley (), at 78-1, was third, with 51-1 Ultimate G () fourth.
Cartoon Daddy's job was made much easier when 7-10 fave The Spy () broke in the first turn and division points leader coming into the night Americanprimetime () misbehaved while making a second move.
For second choice Cartoon Daddy, a son of co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) and Joe DiScala Jr., it was his fourth win in a half-dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53.50, the triple returned $887 and the superfecta paid $6,937.
"The best thing about him is his gait," DiScala said. "We wanted a horse who could get around the small tracks, and he's been very impressive."
Gingras and Bet You ($2.80) won the final statebred grouping, moving to the lead (from post No. 2) before the half and closing it out in 1:55.1. The final margin was a wrapped-up length-and-three-quarters over 25-1 Yippity Hanover (Tetrick), with 42-1 Betting Exchange (.) third. A breaking K Ryan Bluechip eliminated himself as the second choice.
For Bet You, a son of trained by for co-owners Christina Takter, Jim & John Fielding and Joyce McClelland, he's now 2-for-5 in '14, with both wins coming here. The exacta paid $44.40, with the triple returning $390.
"Ideally, you'd like to race these 2-year-olds out of a hole, but the way the races shaped up, I had no choice but to put them on the lead," Gingras said. "Cartoon Daddy tends to wait on other horses a bit, but he dug in when he had to."
The evening's first division saw a formful favorite in Southwind Masimo (Pat Lachance, $2.60) roll off cover to run his record to four wins in as many starts. From post No. 5, he tracked Azorean Art (), then blew past that one to widen out by 2¼ lengths in 1:55.1. Dee's Rocketman () was third.
For "Masimo," a colt trained by his driver for co-owners Hudson Standardbred Stable and Conrad Leber, he took over the points lead in this division. The exacta paid $12.60, with the triple returning $66.50.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway