08/28/2017 3:04PM

Monticello: Sons of Roll With Joe go two-for-three in New York Sire Stakes

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Geri Schwarz
In A Single Bound has now won at all six racetracks in New York this year

Monticello Raceway was the scene of New York Sire Stakes action for 3-year-old colt pacers on Monday afternoon, and In A Single Bound, Benji's Best, and Pointomygranson would make stops in the winner's circle.

In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson) won the opening $39,200 split in 1:53 2/5, scoring his fifth New York Sire Stakes victory of his sophomore campaign.  Starting from post four in the field of six, he chopped out fractions of 27 4/5, 56 3/5, and 1:25 1/5, then used a 28 1/5 final quarter to defeat pocket-sitting Cultural Paradise (Scott Zeron) by 2 1/2 lengths.  America's Fleet (Marcus Miller) was the third-place finisher.

Monica Krist trains In A Single Bound, a gelded son of Roll With Joe, for owners Dennis and Simone Noud.  This was In A Single Bound's 13th career victory, and he has now banked $168,794.  He returned $2.70 to win as the 1-5 second choice.

In the second $39,200 section Benji's Best (Matt Kakaley), coming off a career-best 1:50 victory in the consolation for the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs, won again in 1:53 4/5 to pick up his first career New York Sire Stakes score.  Kakaley had the even-money choice on the lead at the 28 1/5 opening quarter, the 57 second half, and the 1:25 3/5 three-quarters, then urged him through the stretch to hold off first-over challenger Outkast Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by half a length on the wire.  Geez Joe (Miller) followed the winner from the two-hole and came in third.

Trainer Scott Blackler also co-owns Benji's Best, a colt by Roll With Joe, with partner Paul Harvey.  After going winless in four starts last year, Benji's Best has won five times this year to push his career earnings to $62,450.  He paid $4.20 to win.

Heaven's Gait, who has won five straight races, including the Empire Breeders Classic final, would have been an odds-on favorite in the final $39,200 dash, but he was scratched.  That left Chip Walther (Miller) as the 3-5 favorite from the pole position, but he couldn't navigate the first turn without making a break.  With Chip Walther dropping back to last, 2-1 second choice Pointomygranson (Zeron) wound up on top, and he would win by about four lengths in 1:53 1/5 after putting up panels of 28 2/5, 57 2/5, and 1:25 3/5.  Outrajus Blue Chip (Jordan Stratton) snagged second and What's Goin On (Kakaley) finished third.

Pointomygranson, an American Ideal gelding, won three times in New York Sire Stakes competition last year, but this was his initial success in both the sire stakes program and overall this season.  He has put away $144,082 lifetime for trainer Chris Ryder and owner Gold Standard Equine LLC., and returned $6.00 to win.