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Yonkers Record For Soft Idea

Published: September 4, 2015 12:04 am ET

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“She’s very talented, but sometimes I wonder where to put the 50 cents in because the ride can get bouncy.”

Such was the post-race postulate Thursday night from driver Jim Morrill, Jr. after he—with some able assistance from odds-on favourite Soft Idea ($3.10)—set a track record during Yonkers Raceway hosting of the New York Sire Stakes' Frank Becerra Pace for two-year-old fillies.

Soft Idea, this summer’s division dominatrix, threw down a 1:53.4 gauntlet in the final ($48,941) division. Leaving from post position three, she took over from second choice American Ivy (Brian Sears), and then held that one at bay by a determined neck. It was more than three lengths back to Lyra (George Brennan) in third.

The time matched Soft Idea’s life-best, taken at Vernon. Morrill Jr., ironically, drove Summertime Lea to the previous local frosh filly track record (1:54.1) three Septembers ago.

For Soft Idea, a daughter of American Ideal trained by Linda Toscano for co-owners Bays Stable, Radio Racing Stable, South Mountain Stables and Little E LLC, it was her fifth (NYSS) win in seven seasonal starts.

“We’re looking forward to the (Sept. 26) sire stakes final,” co-owner Harvey Nagler said.

Morrill, Jr. also won Thursday’s second opening ($49,841) Becerra division, as Time On My Hands ($7.70) overcame her outside post seven and avoided the first-tune happenstance to widen out in 1:55. Second went to Killing Em Softly (Brennan), with Art Critic (Matt Kakaley third).

The “Sommelier Special” hunch play went in the spit bucket early, as Wine Snob (Ray Schnittker) made a first-turn break, badly impeding 7-5 choice Vino and Formaggio (Sears).

For second choice Time On My Hands, a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Robert Mondillo, Michael Robinson, Steve Cheatham & BFJ Stables and trained by Chris Ryder, she’s now 3-for-5 this season.

The opening ($48,941) sire stakes event saw Dime A Dance (Kakaley, $6.10)—pocketed from post five—whizz by 7-10 fave Noclouds Bluechip (Sears) by a length in 1:55.4. Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) was third.

For second choice (coupled with fourth-place finisher Encore Deo [Brennan]) Dime A Dance, a Roll With Joe miss trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Our Horse Cents and J And T Silva Stables LLC and Blue Chip Bloodstock, it was her second (consecutive) win in seven tries this season.

“She just exploded when I asked her in the lane,” Kakaley said. “As good as she was winning at Vernon (13 nights ago), she was better here.”

(Yonkers Raceway)

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