07/08/2016 9:53PM

Saratoga Harness: Burke, Kakaley score two New York Sire Stakes victories

Melissa Simser-Iovino
Rock It Scott was one of the two New York Sire Stakes winners for Ron Burke and Matt Kakaley

Trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley teamed up to win two of the four New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers on Friday night at Saratoga Harness.

The Burke/Kakaley duo clicked right off the bat in the first $41,225 section with Miso Fast.  He brushed into the lead from first-over at the 1:26 4/5 three-quarters and would pull away from there on his way to a 3 1/2 length victory in 1:54 3/5.  Andy's Ideal (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second after giving way to the eventual winner, and Goose Mountain (Stephane Bouchard) checked in third.

Miso Fast is a Roll With Joe colt owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables, LLC.  A $125,000 Lexington buy, Miso Fast is out of Sakura Hanover (Artsplace), making him a half-brother to a pair of stakes winners in Forty Five Red (If I Can Dream, $520,417) and Thirty Two Red (Bettor's Delight, $348,355).  Miso Fast returned $5.10 to win.

Rock It Scott was the other winner for Burke and Kakaley as he led all the way and took the third $42,025 split in the same 1:54 3/5 time as his stablemate.  He beat runner-up Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) by 4 1/2 lengths with Thrdthrsdaynsptmbr (Ken Holliday) back in third.

Another colt by Roll With Joe, Rock It Scott is also owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables, LLC.  Rock It Scott is out of the Chief Marty mare Vanite Semalu, which makes him a half-brother to Bettor N Better (Bettor's Delight, $457,736).  Rock It Scott paid $6.60.

Music Is Art (Wally Hennessey) would go home with top honors from the second $42,025 flight.  He took control at the 28 1/5 opening quarter and remained in front the rest of a 1:55 3/5 mile.  Offdahook Bluechip was second for Burke and Kakaley, 1 1/4 lengths behind the winner, and Falcon's Chance (John Stark Jr.) grabbed third.

Steve Elliott trains Music Is Art, an Art Major colt, for owners Peter Blood and Rick Berks.  Purchased for $85,000 at Harrisburg, Music Is Art is out of the Western Ideal mare Music Row, a half-sister to the likes of Allamerican Native (Presidential Ball, $1,296,304) and Allamerican Nadia (Dragon's Lair, $504,465).  Music Is Art returned $7.80 to his backers.

Pointomygranson (Morrill Jr.) closed out the New York Sire Stakes with a 1:55 1/5 decision in the final $42,025 section.  He made his way into the lead at the 28 2/5 opening quarter and continued to lead into the stretch, where he got rough-gaited and briefly went off-stride.  Despite that, he held off a closing Very Special Agent (Jason Bartlett) to win by a head.  America's Fleet (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was third.

The winner is a gelded son of American Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner Gold Standard Equine LLC.  He is the first foal out of the Real Desire mare Sangaal ($111,045), who was the first foal out of Burning Point (Camluck, $2,853,289).  Pointomygranson paid $6.50.