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Top Flight Angel Returns To Yonkers

Published: September 22, 2017 1:33 pm ET

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It’s a homecoming weekend of sorts, with Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel returning Saturday night (September 23) as the conquering hero.

He does so in the first division of Yonkers Raceway’s $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for three-year-old colts and geldings.

A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, go as the fourth and fifth races in an event named for the one of the Raceway’s long-time popular horse owners.

As if he needed the assistance, Top Flight Angel won the draw, with Andy Miller driving for trainer Julie Miller. The son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel grabbed the half-million-dollar Trot by a nose in 1:56.3.

He then shuffled off to Batavia, airing in a NYSS event (1:54.3). For the season, the Legacy Standardbred (Alan Hainsworth) homebred has won four of his 13 starts ($362,016).

Brian Sears, Top Flight Angel’s Trot date, tries to beat him this time around with Stick With Me Kid.

The Deweycheatumnhowe gelding, trained by George Ducharme, is also 4-for-13 this season. He starts at the opposite end of the seven-horse gate.

Seven And Seven (George Brennan, post four) is Ontario-based trainer Tom Durand’s first local visit in since October of 2013. The homebred (Mrs. Durand) son of Chapter Seven has been trying open stakes company for much of the summer, though his lone win was a Tioga Sire Stakes event.

Saturday’s second Sorentino division includes Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, post three).

The Archangel colt has won half of his 14 seasonal tries ($153,143), though that may be overshadowed by breaks in the finals of both the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot. Anette Lorenzton trains for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson.

Swell Chap (Sears, post four) has come to hand late in the summer, entering with consecutive NYSS wins (Saratoga and Batavia). The son of Chapter Seven, trained by Todd Rooney, has hit the board in 11 of 13 starts this season ($157,451).

Saturday is the last of 16 local Sire Stakes legs, after which the judges tabulate the scores to see who’s good enough for the $1.8 million October 14 New York ‘Day’ of Champions. The eight $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers’ $3.3 million International Trot matinee program.

(Yonkers Raceway)

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