The Meadowlands hosted the $39,816 John Simpson Memorial on Friday, May 8, with four “Oaks” hopefuls competing in the nine-horse field.
The Janice Connor-trained Rules Of The Road (H-Muscle Hill) took the lead from post 5 and was left unchallenged in her wire-to-wire score of 1:54. Favorite Riley’s Dream (H-Muscle Hill) shook loose at the top of the stretch and chased for second, while Murderers Row rode the pylons and held onto third.
Southwind Cartier (H-Chocolatier) attempted to come from off the pace but finished fifth at 81-1, and Shaqline (H-Credit Winner) parked the mile and faltered to sixth at 7-1. Owned by Janice Connor, in part with Arden Homestead Stable, and driven by David Miller, Rules Of The Road, the 6-1 second choice, returned $14.00 to win.
Colt trotters competed at Monticello Raceway on Monday, May 11 in four divisions of the $122,400 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS), attracting eight trotters eligible to the August classic. Crazy Wow won the premier division in 1:56.4 by five lengths as the 1/9 favorite, with Royal Lad chasing in second and Bavaro in third.
Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Jt45, and Jerry and Theresa Silva Stables, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras, he paid $2.10 to win. Fashion Creditor (H-Credit Winner) broke at the start and finished seventh.
Dexter Cup-winner Habitat (H-Conway Hall) won the second division of the NYSS, losing the lead to challenger Buen Camino in the stretch to then grind up the cones and reclaim the lead by a head at the wire. The 1-9 favorite, owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, and Our Horse Cents Stables, trained by Ron Burke, and driven by Yannick Gingras, returned $2.10 to win in his 1:56.3 victory. Workout Wonder (H-Conway Hall) was fifth and Credit Creation (H-Credit Winner) broke at the half and finished seventh.
Maestro Blue Chip capitalized off a pocket ride by surpassing 2-1 second choice Wings Of Royalty (H-Rc Royalty) to win the third division of the NYSS in 1:57. Finishing third was the 3-2 favorite Mythology Blue Chip (H-Crazed), who was parked for the first half of the mile as a result of his attempt to gain the lead from post 7.
Owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC and Michael Andrew, and trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, Maestro Blue Chip paid $8.60 to win. Apostles Creed (H-Credit Winner) was seventh.
Military Blue launched for the top and led the field for the entire mile to score by about 4 lengths in 1:58.1. Tidquist, as a result of a disqualification, finished second, and Royal Becca J, also due to a disqualification, was third. Owned by David Hoover, trained by Shawn Simons and driven by Mike Simons, Military Blue paid $4.60 to win as the 6/5 favorite. Mambo Blue Chip (H-Lucky Chucky) scratched out of the final division.