Yonkers, NY — Yonkers Raceway hosted the $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies on Friday night (Aug. 2).
A trio of $51,300 races comprised the event.
In the first division, Racine Bell left from post position five and made her five rivals pay through splits of :29, :59.2 and 1:28.1, and then opened three lengths through the final turn before winning by that same margin in a career-best 1:56.1.
Rapunzel Blue Chip (George Brennan) was a loose-pocket second, with 11-10 favorite Dragon Roll (Jordan Stratton) a non-threatening, first-up third. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) was fourth.
For second choice Racine Bell, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned by Chris and Dale Lawton and trained by Dave Dewhurst, it was her third win in six starts. The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $378.
The evening’s second Sire Stakes rendition saw another down-the-road dominatrix in Merga Hanover (Brennan, $4.30).
From post three, the public choice held So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) at bay by a head after spongy intervals of :29.1, :59.1, 1:27.4 and 1:56.
Movie Town (Buter) was a three-hole third, with Wannashakeyourtree (Bartlett) fourth.
For Merga Hanover, an American Ideal filly co-owned by Thomas and Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and William Donovan, it was her third win in four tries. The exacta paid $8.20, the triple paid $31 and the superfecta paid $82.
Form did not hold in the third and final state-bred division, as 1-2 choice Turnthefrownaround (Bartlett) jumped it off by the half while sitting third.
Of those that remained pacing, Tipperary Hill (Buter, $59) out-gamed Cash Roll (Stratton) to break maiden by a head in 1:56.3.
The latter had taken over from Chuppah On (Harry Landy), putting up subsections of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2.
Meanwhile, pole-sitting Tipperary Hill improved a position when the favorite jumped, then engaged the leader through the final turn before prevailing.
Roll With Angel (Dan Dube) and Chuppah On rounded out the gimmick finishers.
For sixth choice Tipperary Hill, an Art Major miss co-owned by David Smith, James De Armond, James and Daniel Giannuzzi and trained by Jessica Okusko, it was her first board finish in three starts. The exacta paid $144.50, the triple paid $584 and the superfecta paid $2,859.
Friday night’s $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was a hat trick for Feelin Red Hot (Brennan, $2.90).
New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Tuesday night (Aug. 6), with the $153,200 Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings.
Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.