Yonkers, NY — American Courage remained undefeated in his young career, scoring in 1:54.2 in his New York Sire Stakes event for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Tuesday night (Aug. 18) at Yonkers Raceway.
American Courage, now a perfect seven-for-seven with four consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes competition, took his $70,300 division (race two). Driver Matt Kakaley moved the son of American Ideal to the lead approaching the first quarter, and they held sway for a half length victory over I’ll Drink To That. Sexy Blue Chip was 4-1/4 lengths farther back in third.
American Courage now has three wins at Yonkers Raceway, having taken his MGM Springfield Stakes elimination and the final last month.
There was a non-betting $69,000 New York Sire Stakes division before the card and Sauvignon Blue Chip led at every point to a 1:54.4 victory. Tyler Buter guided the son of Art Major to his first lifetime win for trainer and co-owner David Dziengiel.
The $225,000 New York Sire Stakes final will be at Yonkers on Sept. 12 as part of the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions with eight divisional finals.
Live racing resumes at Yonkers on Thursday (Aug. 20) with a 7:12 p.m. first post. Racing is currently being conducted four nights a week: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.