07/24/2017 3:42PM

Monticello: Rookie pacing colts meet in New York Sire Stakes

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Geri Schwarz
Jimtastic broke his maiden at first asking

Drivers Matt Kakaley and Jason Bartlett both won a pair of $27,750 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt pacers on Monday afternoon at Monticello Raceway.

Kakaley's winners both came from the Ron Burke barn.  They teamed up in the first split with even-money choice Persist Blue Chip, and he would win in 1:58 1/5 after leading through fractions of 28 4/5, 59 1/5, and 1:58 1/5.  16-1 shot Carolina Magic (Scott Zeron) just fell short after a pocket trip, finishing second by a nose, with Rolling Sea (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) back in third.

Persist Blue Chip, a Roll With Joe colt, is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., James Martin, William Switala, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  This was his second career win in his fourth start, and he has earned $33,460.  Persist Blue Chip, a $57,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy who was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., is the sixth foal out of the Real Desire mare Real Reflection.  The dam is a half-sister to the likes of Art Major, Perfect Art, and Affluence.  Persist Blue Chip paid $4.10 to win.

Topville Olympian was the Kakaley/Burke combo's other victory, taking the second section in 1:56.  He was up to grab the lead at the 29 second opening quarter, and after a 59 second half and a 1:28 three-quarters, he sprinted home in 28 seconds flat to win by 3 1/2 lengths over Delightful Joe (Billy Dobson).  My Delight (Jim Morrill Jr.) would check in third.

An American Ideal colt, Topville Olympian is owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Timmins, and Anthony Timmins.  Topville Olympian picked up his second victory from three lifetime tries, and he has now banked $25,031.  Bred by Ross Bonafield and Glenn Bechtel, Topville Olympian was a $15,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale.  He's the first foal out of the Art Major mare Our Sophia, a half-sister to the likes of Symphony In Motion (Bettor's Delight, $1,065,949).  Topville Olympian was the 2-1 second choice and returned $6.40 to win.

Bartlett grabbed the baton in the third flight, guiding 3-5 favorite Casual Cool to a 1:56 score.  Casual Cool was fourth through opening-half stations of 28 3/5 and 58 1/5, but he was guided first-over past the half and joined leader Rock Lights (Morrill Jr.) at the 1:27 3/5 three-quarters.  They would battle around the final bend, but Casual Cool overwhelmed his foe in the stretch and drew off to prevail by 2 3/4 lengths.  Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux) overcame a first-quarter break to secure third money.

Linda Toscano trains Casual Cool, another colt by American Ideal, for owner Ken Jacobs.  Casual Cool is undefeated in two starts, both in New York Sire Stakes competition, and he has put away $31,808.  Casual Cool, who was bred by Fair Winds Farm Inc. and brought $165,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is the first foal out of the Artiscape mare Sight To See, a three-quarter sister to double millionaire Glowing Report and six-figure earners Urgent Action and Must See (all by Artsplace).  Casual Cool paid $3.50 to win.

In the final group Kakaley had Real Rayenbow on point through panels of 29 2/5, 58 3/5, and 1:28 2/5, but Bartlett fanned pocket-sitter Jimtastic out three-wide around Real Rayenbow and first-over I Soar Him First (Zeron) in the lane and was up to win by three-parts of a length in 1:57 1/5.  Real Rayenbow had to settle for second and I Soar Him First got third.

The winner is an Art Major colt trained by Andrew Harris for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero.  Jimtastic, who was bred by Ray Compari and brought $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, was making his career debut after a 1:57 3/5 win in a baby race at Mohawk on July 7.  He is the first foal out of the Western Terror mare Jimmy The Terror ($229,059), a three-quarter sister to Badlands Hanover (Western Hanover, $754,772).  Jimtastic was dispatched at 4-1 and returned $10.40 to win.