Art Watson Highlights Yonkers' Card
Jul 14

Yonkers Raceway hosted the $170,499 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for the three-year-old fillies tonight.

The lasses were condensed into a trio of moist $56,833 divisions.

Fresh-Lasix, fooled-very-few Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $2.50) handily won the first get-together. In play from post position six, last season’s statebred frosh champ and this season’s Lismore champ threw down the fastest gauntlet (:28., 56.4, 1:25, 1:53.4) of the sire stakes evening.

Tequila Monday defeated her pocket shadow, World Apart (Jason Bartlett) by close to three lengths, with Carly Girl (George Brennan) third.

For Tequila Monday, a daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts.

Sears doubled-up his sire stakes pleasure a race later. He and Ann Hill ($25.40) were the beneficiaries when 1-4 choice Obvious Blue Chip (Bartlett) ‘fell down’ on an open, but ultimately too quick (:26.4, :56.4, 1:25.2) lead.

Ann Hill, from four, slid out to race second-over, then rallied through the lane. She defeated Queen Josephine (Matt Kakaley) by a length in 1:55.4, a tick off her life best. Planet Rock (Dan Dube) third. ‘Obvious’ faded to fifth.

For Ann Hill, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by (trainer) Richie Silverman and Neal Oksenberg, it was her second win in seven seasonal starts.

“We purchased her after last season and pointed her for the sire stakes,” Silverman said. “She’s a beautiful filly, not a killer but very handy. I’m lucky to have her.”

Friday night’s statebred finale saw second choice Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald, $5.80) finish what she started (:28, :58, 1:26.2, 1:54.4), winning by a half-length.

From post six, she fought off a prolonged bid of even-money Roaring to Go (Brett Miller) for a fourth consecutive victory. Touchamatic (Brennan) was a wide-off-the-final-turn third.

For Clear Idea, an American Ideal miss co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh and Hutt Racing, it was her sixth win in a dozen ’17 tries.

“She’s just been getting better and better with each start,” MacDonald said. “She went a big mile at Vernon (NYSS, 1:52) last month and hasn’t turned in a bad race since.”

New York Sire Stakes continue Tuesday night with the $160,000 Bruce Hamilton Trot for two-year-old fillies.

Friday night’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by favoured Medusa (Kakaley, $5.90) in 1:53.1.


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