Neither favourite prevailed in New York Sire Stakes action at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 21) evening, with three-year-old trotting colts Smalltownthrowdown ($8.70) and Sir Royson ($42) earning victories in their respective $61,300 events.
In the first division, carded as race six, Smalltownthrowdown yielded to even-money choice Allerage Echo (Jim Morrill Jr.) upon reaching the backstretch, vacating the pegs and duelling to a one and a quarter length victory after enjoying a clear tracking journey. Trainer Dan Daley drove the Cash Hall colt to a 1:56 score over sloppy going, defeating Allerage Echo. Third-place finisher A Jersey Contract (Jeff Gregory) was two and three-quarter lengths farther back. Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner, and Richard Lombardo own Smalltownthrowdown.
The complexion of the eighth-race second division changed entirely when 2-5 favourite Dayson (Morrill) broke stride at race's midpoint. Jim Marohn Jr. worked Sir Royson out of traffic on the far turn, drawing off to a three and a quarter length victory in 1:56 after reeling in pacesetter Sweet Royalty (Gregory) in upper stretch. The Crazed colt sprinted off through a :27.4 final quarter-mile to defeat Dexter Cup winner Dante (Oskar Florhed) and Reve Royale (Chris Lems) for trainer Linda Toscano and owner R-and-I Farms LLC.
Marohn led all drivers with three wins on the 12-race program, also teaming up with Southern Palms ($15.60, 1:57.2) and Uncle Mack ($21.40, 1:58.1) in $15,000 Excelsior A events.
(With files from Vernon Downs)