State-bred contests highlight Memorial Day weekend

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Wednesday, June 03, 2015 2:42 PM
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State-bred contests highlight Memorial Day weekend 2015-05-28 1926_GuyMcKinney_300x225 New York, New Jersey, and Ontario held sires stakes events for sophomore trotters over Memorial Day weekend, with both colts and fillies competing in New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) and New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS), while fillies only competed in an Ontario-bred stake elimination.
New York, New Jersey, and Ontario held sires stakes events for sophomore trotters over Memorial Day weekend, with both colts and fillies competing in New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) and New Jersey Sires Stakes (NJSS), while fillies only competed in an Ontario-bred stake elimination. 
NYSS action kicked off on Thursday, May 21 at Yonkers Raceway with three divisions for colts, totaling in $163,375. The three divisions featured payoffs that lighted the tote board, with division winners Royal Deceptor, Workout Wonder (H-Conway Hall), and The Physician paying $55.50, $65.50, and $15.20 to win respectively. 
Royal Deceptor’s upset was assisted by the break of 1-9 favorite Crazy Wow, who recovered from his mistake at the half to finish fourth. Off a pocket trip behind pacesetter Insomniac, the colt owned by Charles Foster, Michael Sentiwany Jr. and Michael James slid up the passing lane to win. Mythology Blue Chip (H-Crazed) fanned off cover to finish second, and Insomniac faded to third. Trained by Cheryl Mc Givern, Royal Deceptor was steered by Michael Mc Givern to a 1:58 win. 
Favored at 2-5 in the second division, Habitat (H-Conway Hall) galloped at the start and Ake Svanstedt’s Workout Wonder came from second over to overtake race-leader Military Blue, as well as first-over pursuant Buen Camino, to win in 1:56.3 under the guidance of Daniel Dube. Wings Of Royalty (H-Rc Royalty) rode the pocket to finish third. The All Laid Out Stable Inc owns Workout Wonder. 
The Physician flew from last off a tepid pace to win the final division in 1:58.1 over 1-5 favorite Maestro Blue Chip, who commandeered the lead from Royal Becca J around the final turn. The gelding was victorious for Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johannsson, as well as for trainer Anette Lorentzon and driver George Brennan. A division for fillies and a division for colts of the second preliminary of the NJSS were contested on Friday, May 22 at the Meadowlands, each for $25,000. 
In the filly division, Rules Of The Road (H-Muscle Hill) took her foes wire to wire in 1:55 at odds of 5-1 over first-over challenger Model Behavior and 3-5 favorite Riley’s Dream (H-Muscle Hill). Owned by trainer Janice Connor, as well as by Arden Homestead Stable, the filly returned $13.60 to win. 
Guess Whos Back (H-Muscles Yankee) resumed his campaign for a series sweep in the NJSS, winning the colt division by a 1/2 length over Canepa Hanover (H-Muscle Hill), who parked for the opening half mile in pursuit of the lead. Aldebaran Eagle (H-Muscle Hill) was shuffled to third in the backstretch and held that position to the finish.
The Joseph Davino, Brad Shackman, T L P Stable, and Jerry & Theresa Silva Stable colt is trained by Nikolas Drennan and was driven by Brian Sears to a $3.00 victory. The NYSS for filly trotters was held at Vernon Downs on Saturday, May 23, where two favorites, Lock Down Lindy (H-Lucky Chucky) and Barn Doll, and a 4-1 second choice, Concentration (H-Conway Hall) claimed victory. 
Lock Down Lindy sat patiently off the tempo set by Lady Winona (H-Credit Winner), making her pouncing move around the final turn to then advance to a 1:54.3 victory as the 4-5 favorite. Shaqline (H-Credit Winner) came from off the pace to finish third. 
Lock Down Lindy, trained by Tony Alagna, is owned by Mystical Marker Farms LLC, Crawford Partners LLC, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Rick Zeron was in the bike. Barn Doll brushed by Frou Frou (H-Conway Hall) in advance to her 3 length victory for owner-trainer Steven Pratt, as well as for Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables LLC. The 2-5 favorite returned $2.90 to win in her 1:54 victory, and was driven by Jimmy Whittemore. 
Sitting behind pacesetter Spell That, Concentration slid out of the pocket and held off a first-over bid from My Lucky Word (H-Lucky Chucky) in the stretch to win in 1:56.3 for owner Raymond Campbell Jr. Trained by George Ducharme and driven by Chris Lems, she paid $10.00 to win. 
Two eliminations for the Ontario SBOA stakes were held on Saturday, May 24 with three hopefuls within the competition: Stubborn Belle (H-Taurus Dream), Battle Mage (H-Kadabra), and Danielle Hall (H-Deweycheatumnhowe). 
Stubborn Belle was a $2.90 winner in the first elimination, taking the lead midway through the race in progress to her 1:55.2 score by 2 lengths over early breaker Meadow Seelster and Summers Jewel. Battle Mage, sent off 7-1, was fourth. Al Libfeld and Parkhill Stud Farm own the John Bax trainee, driven by Paul MacDonell.
Breaking at the start and not recovering until after the opening quarter, 1-5 favorite Danielle Hall finished sixth in the second elimination, losing to Second Sister, who paid $26.70 to win. The Jerold Hawks filly, trained by Gregg McNair and driven by Doug McNair, was victorious in 1:55.

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