By Frank and Ray Cotolo
(H) denotes Hambletonian eligible
Soph colts competed at Pocono Downs on Saturday, June 14 in three divisions of the $216,900 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS). Madewell Hanover defeated the 3-5 public choice Amped Up Hanover (H-Explosive Matter) in the opening division, scoring in 1:53.3f. Traveling first over and challenging the favorite at three-quarters, the Chris Ryder trainee grinded out a nearly 2-length victory for owner and driver Ryder, paying $10.20 to win.
The spotlight shifted to Buffalo Raceway on Sunday, June 15, with fillies competing in two divisions of the $118,200 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS). Glowngold (H-Conway Hall) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:59h for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc., Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Highland Green Farms and Stephen Demeter.
“Oaks” hopefuls were featured at Mohawk Racetrack during their race card on Monday, June 16, with two divisions of the $210,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (ONSS).
The first division went to White Becomes Her, a $38.40 winner in 1:54.1. Driver Mario Baillargeon beat 4-5 favorite Danica. Margie (H-Angus Hall) finished third. White Becomes Her is owned by Vince Mastrangelo and trained by Benoit Baillargeon.