Freshman fillies battle in Yonkers’ $153,900 NYSS Clyde Hirt Pace

Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening (July 11) hosted the soggy $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Four races comprised the event.

The $37,950 opening division saw a pole-pocketed The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron, $11) pick off 3-10 favorite Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) by a head in a maiden-breaking 1:55.4. That latter led at every interval (:28, :57.2, 1:27), save for the last one. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was a best-of-the-rest third.

For second choice The Fun Marshall, a daughter of So Surreal-Hallmark Hanover co-owned by trainer Richie Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward McEnery and Michael Gluckman, it was that first win in three seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $19, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to a short five-horse field.

”She beat a nice horse,” Zeron said. “She needed a trip to do it, but she’s a handy filly.”

The next/final divisions went consecutively, each at $38,650.

Merga Hanover (Gingras, $5.70) — from post position No. 2 — retook from Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett), then held that one at bay by a length (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56.2). So Rude (Matt Kakaley) was a first-up third as the 7-5 choice, while Roll With Angel (Zeron) was fourth.

For second choice Merga Hanover, an American Ideal-Magic Starlight miss trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Thomas and Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and Bill Donovan, it was her second win in as many season/life tries. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $125.50 and the superfecta paid $889.

“She didn’t do anything fancy, but she did get around the track very well,” Gingras said. “I think she could be a Grand Circuit filly.”

The third sire stakes event went to Galleria Gal in 1:55.4. Mike Lizzi photo.

The third sire stakes event went to Galleria Gal (Buter, $8.80). Vaulting past her six inside rivals at the outset, she was never a loser here (:29.1, :59, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). The final margin was 4-1/2 lengths. Rare Jimstone (Bartlett) was a loose pocket second, with 13-10 fave Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) a non-threatening third.

For second choice Galleria Gal, a daughter of Art Major-Just A Glimpse co-owned by Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. and trained by John Berger, it was her first win in three season/life tries. The exacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $81.50 (superfecta not offered-start of Pick-5).

The statebred finale had Cash Roll (Zeron, $3.40) have to work for the lead, but few issues thereafter. From post No. 7, she was too tough (:28.3, :58.4, 1:27.3, life-best 1:56), widening to whip first leader Jackie’s Express (George Brennan) by 4-1/4 lengths. Third went to Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn), with Hidden Cove (Miller) fourth.

Cash Roll, a Roll With Joe-Rockonomics ma’am trained by Richard Ringler for owner Louis Palumbo, has started out 3-for-3. The exacta paid $36.20, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $349.50.

New York Sire Stakes return downstate Tuesday night (July 16), with the $156,600 Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old fillies.

Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit

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