(H) Denotes Hambletonian Eligible.
Yonkers Raceway featured three divisions of the $358,857 Mike Cipriani New York Sires Stakes on their Monday night, July 8 card.
Lady Riviera (H-Sand Vic) was the lone “Oaks”-nominated filly in the first division. She began her bid by coming second over approaching the half-mile. She got cover to follow entering the clubhouse turn from Alphadoodle. Lady Riviera slightly lost touch with Alphadoodle, being 2 lengths off cover. Barn Babe, the post time favorite, was anxiously trotting third over.
Alphadoodle got a stamp of approval from the Hambletonian Trail site and returned $4.60 as our choice. She is owned by Rojan Stables, James Walker, Hutt Racing Stable and trainer Rick Zeron and was driven by Brian Sears.
Hall La La (H-American Mike) was not a major player in the race, being 10 lengths off the gate at the start and only beating one, our choice Isabella Gal, who went off stride into the first turn. Lola De Vie paid $2.40 to win. Joie De Vie Farms LLC owns her and she is trained by Chris Ryder and was driven by Jim Morrill Jr.
Wygant Lady paid $31.20 to win in her upset effort. She is owned by Alan Stull and trainer Taylor Gower and was driven by Cat Manzi to a 1:56.1 lifetime-mark equaling mile.
Keep watching the Hambletonian Trail blog for updates and races involving eligibles through July and for live coverage from TwinSpires on Hambletonian day. Read race results at the special section archived at the Hambletonian Society web site.