By Frank & Ray Cotolo
(H) denotes Hambletonian Eligible.
On July 1, Yonkers Raceway hosted the $356,456 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for colts and geldings and the last of the quartet produced a toteboard anomaly as the early break of Jurgen Hanover (H-Credit Winner) caused him to finish out of the money
This caused a remarkable toteboard display, as Theraputic paid $21.60 to win, $12.20 to place and $30.00 to show; Jacks To Open paid $20.60 to place and $47.40 to show; and Bar Back paid $264.00 to show. There was $14,027 of the $14,877 in the show pool dedicated to Jurgen Hanover and only $30 was wagered on Bar Back in that pool. Anette Lorentzon trains Theraputic for owners ACL Stuteri AB. Jim Morrill, Jr. was the driver.
The opening ($89,914) division began the night with an upset also caused by a misstep when top choice Tirade Hanover jumped early. Order By Keeper (H-Credit Winner) strolled home in 1:58.2h. Blackwolf Run was second and third went to 71-1 shot Tweed.
Nancy Johansson trains Order By Keeper for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Order By Stable. He paid $9.00 with driver Brian Sears. Our choice, Pine Credit (H-Credit Winner) also broke at the start and finished up the track at 17-1.
Kegler Hanover won the second ($88,314) NYSS with Sears aboard, paying $7.20. The public’s second choice, Kegler Hanover inherited the lead after the break of West Side story and widened it to 16 lengths in the stretch, resulting in a winning margin of 12½ lengths in 1:56.4h. Explosive Action (H-Conway Hall), our choice, was second at 12-1, with Wannacmyguns third. Kegler Hanover is also trained by Johansson for co-owners Takter, Order By Stable, Brixton Medical and Louis Carrera.
Ron Burke trains E L Rocket and co-owns him with M1 Stable, Howard Taylor and Phillip Collura.
Frau Blucher (H-Broadway Hall) picked up her fourth-straight win of the season at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in a soph-filly-trot Pennsylvania All Stars event on June 30. Frau Blucher, a major contender for the “Oaks” at this stage of her division’s trek to August, continued her dominance with a ½-length win over Fashion Athena (H-Broadway Hall) in one of three $35,000 divisions. Jim Morrill, Jr. was in the bike for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Hauser Bros Racing Ent. LLC, Susan Oakes, J&T Silva Stables and Matt Tudisco.
Frau Blucher won in 1:53.4f and paid $2.20. The win price was the same for Classic Martine (H-Classic Photo) as Morrill and Oakes had another win with a division member in the Pennsylvana All Stars action. This one went in 1:53.1f for owners Hauser Bros Racing Ent. LLC, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Edwin Gold.
In the final mile for the division, Promisemethis, driven by Dan Rawlings and trained by Rick Beinhauer, won in 1:54.2 for owners Rick and Regina Beinhauer. Omnipotent was second while Drink The Wine (H-Andover Hall), Thistle Dhu (H-Donato Hanover), Defiant Donato (Donato Hanover) and Sheena’s Shadow (H-Yankee Glide) followed in that order.
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.