07/05/2013 10:14AM

Monticello: Gingras and Takter team up for a pair of NYSS wins

Geri Schwarz
Driver Yannick Gingras scored two NYSS victories at Monticello on July 4.

On the warm and muggy 4th of July evening, 2-year-old filly pacers strutted their stuff in four divisions of the $130,000 New York Sire Stakes and were accompanied by four $12,700 splits in the Excelsior Series.  All four NYSS events were paced in 1:58 or better and in the fourth division, Yannick Gingras guided Ali Blue to a 1:56 1/5 triumph to post the fastest clocking of the stakes night.

Other NYSS winners were Supplemental Income in 1:57; Scandalicious in 1:57 2/5 and Gentlemen Delight in 1:58. Each individual purse went for approximately $33,000.

But the night belonged to Ali Blue, a daughter of American Ideal-Mintjulep Blue Chip from the powerful Jimmy Tatker barn.

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That contest pitted season’s record holder (on a half mile track) Mind Over Matter against Ali Blue. Since the latter had the pole position, Gingras gunned her to the lead with Tetrick and Mind Over matter in close pursuit  They were one-two by the quarter in:28 3/5 and the order remained the same past the half in :58 4/5, although Tetrick had his hands full trying to keep his filly in the two hole.

Gingras managed to get Ali Blue to the third stanza in 1:28 2/5, where the pace quickened and the diminutive filly began to open daylight on the field. As she turned for home, Ali Blue had two lengths on Mind over Matter and at the wire the margin was extended to three lengths.

Gringras was asked why he sent Ali Blue to the lead when he could have let Tetrick go with Mind Over Matter.

“I raced her on the front end in her first (qualifying) start and she was game on the lead,” Gingras explained. “Tonight she came a last quarter in :27 4/5 and was so good that I didn’t even pull the (ear) plugs. She could have gone in (1):55 tonight.”

Owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, R.A.W.  Equine and Jim Fielding Ali Blue paid $5.20 for win is now two-for-two lifetime.

Locals jammed the winners circle after Supplemental Income, a Bettor’s Delight-Getupngo filly, got up in the final strides for driver Matt Kakaley to turn back Ravina Hanover (Yannick Gingras) and win in 1:57 for Goshen, NY owners Jennifer and Janice Connor.

“She raced real good,” Kakaley said in the winners circle.” She’s little girl but she’s got a big engine.”

Supplemental Income returned a $6.30 win mutuel.

In yet another NYSS split, Andrew McCarthy put Scandalicious on the lead and the daughter of American Ideal-The Country Store raced unchallenged all the way and finished a full length ahead of JK Molly and Tim Tertick.

Owned by JFE Enterprises Scandalicious paid $2.70 on the win end.

Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter again teamed-up for a 1:58 victory with Gentlemen’s Delight in another NYSS split.

Gingras put her on the lead and the daughter of Better’s Delight-Westside Glory paced her final quarter in :28 3/5 and  cruised to an easy 1-1/2 length triumph  Expose and Matt Kakaley.

“She’s real good and does what she’s asked for,” Gingras said about the full sister to See You At Peelers.

Gentlemen’s Glory is owned by Christina Takter and John Fielding. She paid $3.00 to win.

Although Tim Tetrick didn’t win a NYSS event, he did however score three victories in the Excelsior Series. He won with Barbuda Babe in 1:59 2/5; with All About Boyz in 1:58 3/5; and with Keep Dreaming in 2:00 4/5.

A final Excelsior split went to Spreester in 1:59 1/5 driven by local teamster Jimmy Devaux.

(edited release-Monticello-John Manzi)

[Editor's Note: This story originally stated that Ali Blue had brokwn the track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies. That record actually belongs to Freetime, who paced a 1:55 2/5 mile on August 16, 2012 at Monticello Raceway.]