The New York Sire Stakes caravan returns downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $285,120 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The harness racing event, honoring the memory of the Raceway's long-time corporate controller, was drawn and quartered as races 1,3,4 and 5.
Leading the opening ($71,605) sire stakes event is Deny Deny Deny (Tim Tetrick, post 5). The son of, trained by Linda Toscano for owner Ken Jacobs, has a statebred win (Buffalo) and a pair of seconds in his four tries ($59,444). Tijuana Party (Montrell Teague, post 1) and Framed Art (Mark MacDonald, post 7) also own NYSS wins.
The second ($71,605) division finds Jacobs, Toscano and Tetrick teaming up again, this time with Doctor Butch (post 4). Thecolt is the state's elite frosh, with three wins (life-best 1:54 at Saratoga) and a pair of seconds in five tries ($100,129). "Butch" returns here for the first time winning his elim for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, then finishing second (from the eight-hole) in the $119,000 final.
Competition can be found with Thirty Two Red (Ray Schnitzel, post 2), a son of Bettor's Delight who was second to Doctor Butch a week ago at Batavia. Like "Butch," Americasgottalent (Jason Bartlett, post 1) and Dealmaker (Larry Stalbaum, post 3) made it to the final of the Sheppard. Both are sons of(Dealmaker is a gelding).
Thursday night's third ($70,305) event includes Bet the Moon (Bartlett, post 6), thrice second in four, first-season tries ($41,307), and Story Book (Stalbaum, post 3), a statebred winner (Saratoga) and four board finishes in five efforts ($45,749).
The evening's final ($71,605) sire stakes soiree offers Toscano and Tetrick and Swift as a Shadow (post 2). The son of Bettor's Delight fought off a stubborn Bet the Moon last week at Batavia (life-best 1:56) for his second (statebred) win in four tries ($43,665).
The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, 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.