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Rookie Trotters Impress At Yonkers

Published: August 20, 2018 10:42 pm ET

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The public figured it out Monday night with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $160,400 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for two-year-old colts and geldings.

A pair of $80,200 events led to a pair of winning favourites.

The opening division saw Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, $3) mock both an eight-hole and seven outclassed foes, an as-he-pleased 4-1/4 length win in 1:57.3

Away fourth early, Gimpanzee went up and over early (:28.3, :59.2) leader Cavill Hanover (Dan Duve) before a 1:28.2 three-quarters. Gimpanzee opened 3-1/2 lengths into the lane, then finished it off because the rules said he had to. Our White Knight (Scott Zeron) did get into second (for the fifth time), with Bazillionaire (Trond Smedshammer) third and Brady Bunch (Andy Miller)—who missed the memo at the outset—fourth.

As for Gimpanzee, the son of Chapter Seven hasn’t been tested thus far, winning his first four (NYSS) races by a combined 16-1/2 lengths. Gimpanzee is trained by Marcus Melander for Delray Beach, FL, co-owners Courant Inc and S R F Stable.

“He’s just very mature,” Sears—single digits away from 10,000 career wins—said.

The evening’s second and final grouping was won by Chapter Fashion ($5.90), who two-moved to the lead from post position No. 7, then held sway (:29.2, 59.3, 1:29, 1:58.1).

Thunder (Zeron) tried it first-up, missing three-quarters of a length, with Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart, Jr.) third and Xcuseme (John Stark, Jr.) fourth. The other half of the field, including second-choice Keystone Cash (Jimmy Takter), all misbehaved at some juncture.

For Chapter Fashion, a Chapter Seven gelding owned by Fashion Farms and trained by Jim Campbell, it was his second (consecutive) win in five ’18 tries.

“He seemed to get around the track alright,” Bartlett said. “There was some movement, but we weren’t going very fast.”

New York Sire Stakes continue here Friday night, with the $156,000 Jim Crawford Pace for two-year-old colts/geldings.


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