Monticello, NY---On Monday (October 16) Monticello Raceway hosted the $400,000 New York Sire Stakes Consolations, with 8 divisions each racing for a purse of $50,000 each.
When one thinks of Sire Stake events, one thinks of hot balmy days of July and August. Today the conditions were far from the Sire Stake norm, with temps in the mid 50’s, with intermittent sun and a persistent raw wind.
2-Year-Old Filly Pace
The short 5 horse field only offered win and place wagering, Dan Dube and Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe – Fancy Creek Funny) eased their way to the front past the quarter in 27.4 and stayed there every step of the mile. Michelle’s Jazz (Andrew McCarthy) popped out from the garden spot to take a shot at Python Blue Chip at the top of the lane, but Dube hit the wheel disc for extra measure and the filly responded to win by 4 lengths in 1:55.3 for her second win of the year for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Michelle’s Jazz was second, followed by Sand Artist (T. Tetrick)
2-Year-Old Colt Pace
Aces in Heaven (PP1) protected his position from the rail and left briskly, the post time favorite Courtly Choice (Mark MacDonald) patiently took the lead past the ¼ pole in 27.2 and tripped the following beams in 56.4, 1:25.4. and played catch me if you can.
Cheese Melt (Dan Dube) didn’t see the wood often during his mile, he made a huge three wide move to pass Aces In Heaven in the lane. Courtly Choice scored in 1:56.1, Cheese Melt was 2nd followed by Aces In Heaven 3rd. The son Art Major – Lady Ashlee Ann is trained by Blake Macintosh did not disappoint his faithful, returning $4.40.
3-Year-Old Colt Trot
Zack’s Zoomer took the overland route to score in the most impressive effort of the day, as Cresurrey was cutting the fractions (28.4, 58.4 1:27.4) followed by Aces And Eights. Zack’s Zoomer was doing his Avis impression and was trying harder.
Marcus Miller unleashed Zack’s Zoomer down the backside in an impressive three wide move at the five-eights pole. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe - Passageway continued to grind it out to prevail in 1:57.1, last quarter in 28.3, Cresurrey was second and Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) sat the pocket the entire mile and finished third.
2-Year-Old Colt Trot
The barefooted Cruising In Style (Jason Bartlett), scored a win, but not without some anxious moments. The son of Muscle Mass - Sos Respect carved out splits of 30.2, 1:01.4 1:31.4, past the three-quarter marker Cruising In Style got rough gaited and was one bad step away from jumping off stride, but kept his composure to record the win in 2:01.1 over a hard closing Seven Irons (Tim Tetrick) with Seven Knights (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) Cruising In Style is trained by Andrew Harris for Thestable Cruising Group.
2-Year-Old Filly Trot
The eight-horse field was reduced to 7 with the scratch of Oooteeny, Eunice (Eric Goodell) from the rail showed the way barely to the quarter before Sevenbuyeleven took the lead and reeled off fractions of 29, 59.3, 1:30 to scamper away to an easy 4 length victory in 1:59.3 over the pocket sitter Eunice, finishing third was Perfect Summer K (J. Stratton) Sevenbuyeleven, a daughter of Chapter Seven - Musclelini, is trained by Linda Toscano and is owned by Ken Jacobs and paid a paltry $2.70.
3-Year-Old Colt Pace
Following the successful trend of the day, Octane Bluechip (Dan Dube) from the rail, went down the road for as far and fast as he could go. Dan Dube put the sleeper hold on the field with a :30 second quarter and the son of Art Major - Leanback Coco had just enough in the tank to hold off Outrajus Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy) in the fastest mile of the cold afternoon in 1:54.4 and Twin B Cowboy ranged up for third. The 3/5 favorite Talent Soup was never a threat and finished last.
3-Year-Old Filly Trot
Ostrich Blue Chip made short work of the 7-horse filed and was never headed in an easy 6 length win over Busy Doing Nothin (Ray Fisher Jr.) and Flyhawk Charm (J. Bartlett) in 1:58.1. The Chapter Seven - Sirenuse lass is owned by the estate of the great patron of the sport Fred Monteleone, who recently passed away. In the winner’s circle was his daughter and other family and friends and shared a special moment.
3-Year-Old Filly Pace
The lass with the class was World Apart, her wins this year include the Simpson Stake and the The Lady Maud. Candlelight Dinner and Jim Morrill cut the mile to the half, 27.2, 56.0, she was trailed by World Apart to the 5/8 pole. World Apart pulled the pocket to challenge the now tiring Candlelight Dinner and came first over on the outside at the three-quarter marker in 1:25.2, once on the lead World Apart (Art Major - Polar Opposition) hung on in a tight photo. Touchamatic (George Brennan) was bobbing and weaving thru traffic the entire mile was able to get up and finish 2nd, Magic Forces was third for Marcus Miller.
Drivers Jason Bartlett and Dan Dube each had a driving double, Art Major and Chapter Seven each recorded two sire wins.