YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 30, 2013--Sophomore fillies invaded Westchester Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $282,975 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace. The event annually honors the memory of the former Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York, whose contributions to the success of the statebred program cannot be measured.
Three divisions--at $94,325 each--comprised the coterie.
Pocket-sitter defeated pace-setter in the first division, with Sir Lehigh Z Tam (Pat Lachance) beating 2-5 choice Cheyenne Miriam ( ) by a head in 1:54.3. Road Bet ( ) was third.
"Miriam" quarter-moved, then put up fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24.4. She had a length-and-a-quarter lead turning for home, but "Lehigh," in play early from post position No. 4, ducked inside and picked off the favorite.
For second choice Sir Lehigh Z Tam, a daughter of co-owned by her (trainer) driver, M&M Harness Racing and Ira Rosenblum, she returned $7.90 (second choice) for her third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta $15.20, with the triple returning $53.
The second event saw frosh sire stakes champ Summertime Lea ( ., $2.10) prevail as the puniest
of parimutuel propositions. Leaving from post No. 2, :"Lea" worked around pole-starting Freetime ( ), then laid down the law through intervals of :27.3, :57, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3.
The final margin was 2¼ lengths over Lismore winner JK Black Beauty ( ), with Freetime holding the bottom of the ticket.
For Summertime Lea, a daughter of co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) , Weaver
Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Smith, she's now 7-for-9 this season and 15-for-19 in her career. The exacta paid $8, with the triple returning $36.60.
Friday evening's final Hamilton hoedown was another take-no-prisoners effort, this one by Winbak Heavenly
(Jim Marohn Jr.). Leaving from post No. 3, she stuffed Springforth ( ) in behind, then set quick quarters of 27 seconds flat and :55.1.
That's when 2-5 shot Social Scene ( ) came on the scene. However, once she moved from third, it was obvious she was not the age group track record-holder of earlier this summer. Social Scene never seriously threatened by the 1:23.4 three-quarters.
Meanwhile, Winbak Heavenly, with a couple of lengths entering the lane, held Springforth at bay by a neck in 1:53.2...matching her life-best effort. Brussels Hanover ( ) closed from last among the six-pack to grab third. As for Social Scene, she tired badly and finishing behind her five foes.
For Winbak Heavenly, an lass owned by Paul Jensen and trained by , she returned $15.40 (third choice) for her seventh win in 15 '13 tries. The exacta paid $76.50, with the triple returning $467.
Friday night's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters and lady pacers, were won by Wishing Stone (Brennan, $2.90)--he a double-millionaire--in 1:54.3, and Krispy Apple ( , $6.30)--she a millionairess--in 1:53. The effort by Wishing Stone, who overcame the eight-hole to win by 6¼ lengths, was a track record (aged trotting horse).
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 around the NYRA schedule.
by Frank Drucker