Day At The Track

First get together for two-year-old trotters

04:07 AM 21 Jul 2012 NZST
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Royalty for Life Columbia Lion
Royalty for Life - A son of RC Royalty
Mike Lizzi photo
Columbia Lion - by Malabar Man
Mike Lizzi photo

Yonkers Raceway hosted its first seasonal get-together for the state's harness racing rookie colts and geldings with Friday night's $288,096 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot.

Six, $48,016 divisions went at it, with Royalty for Life (Jason Bartlett, $5.10) making a mockery of the final division. The son of RC Royalty two-moved to the lead, then threw down fractions of :29.2, :59.2, 1:29.2 and 2:00.1. The second choice defeated a recovering-from-a-miscue, 9-10 favorite Dexter Lake Club (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 12¾ lengths, with Insider Access (Jeff Gregory) third.

It was the third win in four frosh tries for Royalty for Life, co-owned by (breeder) Alfred Ross, Paul Fontaine and Raymond Campbell Jr. and trained by George Ducharme. The exacta paid $13.60, with the triple returning $55.50.

The other NYSS events were won by...

--Explosive Action (by Conway Hall); owner-trainer John Grasso/driver Bartlett; (placed first, first life-win) 1:59.3/$12.40;

--Lindy's Creditline (by Credit Winner); co-owners (trainer) Rob Harmon/Comfortably Numb Stb,Adam Friedland,Arthur Farkas/driver Gregory; (first life win) 2:03.4/$24.60;

--Columbia Lion (by Malabar Man); owner Alan Kirschenbaum/trainer Rick Plano/driver George Brennan; 2:01.2/$2.70;

--Fashion Blizzard (by Credit Winner); owner Fashion Farms/trainer Jim Campbell/driver Morrill Jr.; (first life win) 1:59.4/$2.80;

--Creditora,g (by Credit Winner); owner Purple Haze Stables/trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer; 2:01.2/$3.

Friday's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters and distaff pacers, were won by favored Pembroke Heat Wave (Bartlett, $5.50) in 1:56 and second-longest-shot-on-the-board Shaky Hanover (Jordan Stratton, $47.40) in 1:54, respectively.

Stakes action continues Saturday night, with the $119,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.

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.

by Frank DRUCKER

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