07/17/2017 3:03PM

Monticello: Money Macintosh, Neon Lights share track record after New York Sire Stakes wins

Geri Schwartz
Money Macintosh's first win of 2017 was in a track record clocking Monday at Monticello

Money Macintosh trotted a 1:56 1/5 mile to break the Monticello Raceway track record for a 3-year-old trotting colt, and then Neon Lights later equaled it in New York Sire Stakes action on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway.  Eye Ofa Tiger As would take the remaining division for his fourth consecutive victory.

The first $38,500 split opened the card, and Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) battled with Lord Cromwell (Jordan Stratton) to the 28 2/5 opening quarter before the latter cleared to command.  Lord Cromwell would go on to hit the half in 57 3/5, but Money Macintosh vacated the pocket beyond that marker and was nose-to-nose with Lord Cromwell at the 1:27 3/5 three-quarters.

Money Macintosh put away Lord Cromwell entering the final turn and went on to defeat Texican (Trond Smedshammer) by 2 1/4 lengths.  Lord Cromwell held third, with Royal Casanova (Jim Taggart Jr.) and Dunbar Hall (Charlie Norris) rounding out the order.

The 1:56 1/5 clocking lowered the previous track record for the group of 1:56 3/5 that had belonged to Habitat since May 2015.

Julie Miller trains Money Macintosh, a Credit Winner colt, for owner Stroy Inc.  A multi-time New York Sire Stakes winner at two, this was his first victory of the season, and he has now earned $186,895 lifetime.  Sent off at 3-1, he paid $8.00 to win.

Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett) was sent off at 1-5 in the second $39,200 section, but he would go on a break past the start.  That allowed 38-1 Cresurrey (Smedshammer) to get to the 28 2/5 quarter first, but Neon Lights (Brian Sears) moved out of the two-hole to gain the front beyond that post.  Neon Lights clicked off a half in 57 1/5 and a three-quarters in 1:26 3/5, then came home in 29 3/5 to tally by 2 1/4 lengths over Arch Credit (Stratton).  Top Flight Angel (Miller) took third, and Guardian Angel As was able to get back into fourth.

Neon Lights is a colt by Chapter Seven who is trained by George Ducharme for owner Thomas Dillon.  Winless in eight attempts as a freshman, he has a trio of tallies this year, and he has banked $80,681 in his career.  Dispatched at 12-1, Neon Lights returned $26.40 to win.

In the final $39,200 group Eye Ofa Tiger As (Bartlett) made amends for his stablemate Guardian Angel As's defeat by taking a 1:56 victory.  Eye Ofa Tiger As wrestled the front away from Swell Chap (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) past the 28 1/5 first quarter, then backed down the half to just 58 seconds.  Stick With Me Kid (Sears) moved first-over out of fifth before the half, and he got to within half a length of the leader at the 1:27 three-quarters.  The top two continued to race side-by-side around the final bend and into the lane, but Eye Ofa Tiger As would not yield, winning by about a neck in 1:56.  Aces And Eights (Miller) finished third.

The victorious Chapter Seven gelding picked up his seventh career victory for trainer Anette Lorentzon, co-owner/breeder Acl Stuteri AB, and co-owner Kjell Johansson, and he has now put away $114,290.  He was the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.20 to win.