New York Sired Colts Wail at Yonkers June 7, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 9:49 PM
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Six divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for soph-colt trotters adorned the June 7 program at Yonkers Raceway. Five of those races featured Hambletonian-eligibles, some of them names we are already hearing a lot in the weeks leading to the trotting classic. The first division did not include any eligible colts.

                                              Blacktuxwhitesocks Worth $46,647, the second division posed quite an upset, even though the public’s second choice won. Blacktuxwhitesocks, last year’s NYSS frosh champ, devoured the half mile, leading at one point by as many as 8 lengths over the prohibitive favorite, Hambo-eligible, gelding Whata Winner.

"Blacktux" is not on the Hambo list but the show horse, Carbon Footprint, is on the menu and picked up some purse money at 13-1.

The third split featured a trio of Hambo hopefuls against five others for $47,574. Stimulus was the dead-on choice and he took the field wire to wire. The Jimmy Takter-trained colt defeated Celebrity Bluechip, also eligible. The other Hambo-hopeful, Boztheman, broke and was eliminated.

The fourth division featured two Hambo-eligibles against five others for a purse of $46,674. The winner, Aruba Vacation, was not a Hambo-eligible. The two other horses in the top three, Strong Hope and Jocular, were also not eligible.

The two eligibles did not have the best performances. Wishing Stone, who was the runner-up to Holiday Road in an elimination of the 2009 Peter Haughton Memorial, broke at the start going off as the second choice. The other eligible, PTI, showed nothing at 65-1.

The fifth division also had two eligibles against five other horses. The winner was Carnegie with the mild upset at 4-1. The 1-5 favorite Big Stick Lindy came up short, finishing second. 
                                   Carnegie (#1) bests Big Stick Lindy (#2)The efforts of the two were a bit obvious. "Lindy" trainer/driver Ray Schnittker’s horses were short all night. Carnegie was second all around and came on the outside late to beat Lindy. Carnegie had trouble in the elim and did not qualify for the Dexter Cup Final, where Lindy was a buy. Lindy came up short in that race also, losing to stable mate Flex The Muscle.

The nightcap had a sole eligible, Shaq Is Back. "Shaq" went for the lead with fast fractions but came up short. Shaq was a dead-on favorite, finishing second. 
                                                       A Megabuck

The winner, A Megabuck, a non-eligible, was the second choice at 6-5. A Megabuck moved in the very last steps and chased down Shaq to win.

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