05/29/2016 10:28PM

Tioga: Dayson, Sir Royson capture New York Sire Stakes divisions

Fred J. Brown
Dayson rebounded from a break in his last start to win in 1:52 2/5 Sunday at Tioga

Fast miles were the rule on Sunday (May 29) evening at Tioga Downs, as all nine races resulted in lifetime marks over the Jason Bluhm-conditioned five-eighths mile course. Among those lifetime marks was a track record effort from Dayson ($3.40), who sprinted away from a collapsing pace in his $62,400 New York Sire Stakes event.

Dayson, a 3-year-old Conway Hall gelding, sat second-over off dueling leaders Dante (Oskar Florhed) and Free Willy Hanover (Trond Smedshammer) through fractions of 28, 56, and 1:24. As Free Willy Hanover's valiant first-over attempt started to fade on the far turn, Jim Morrill Jr. angled Dayson three-wide on the far turn, and the response was instant. Dayson vaulted clear to an 8 1/2 length victory over Allerage Echo (Jim Marohn Jr.), who rallied into his runner-up position from a third-over trip. Joyful (Mike Simons) gained late into third from well off-the-pace, while a softened Dante faded to fourth.

Dayson's 1:52 2/5 triumph was his ninth in 11 career starts, and shaved four-fifths of a second off Datsyuk's prior track record for 3-year-old trotting geldings. The Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith own Dayson.

In the other New York Sire Stakes event, Sir Royson ($4.10) brushed to the fore with a circuit to go, turning aside pocket rival Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) and holding off a late charge from 69-1 outsider The Royal Harry (Florhed) for a 1:54 victory, the fifth of his career. Linda Toscano trains the 3-year-old Crazed colt for R-and-I Farms LLC.

For driver Jim Marohn Jr. the win with Sir Royson was one of five on the night.

--press release (Tioga Downs)--