08/11/2017 9:24PM

Tioga Downs: Guardian Angel As wins in return to New York Sire Stakes

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Fred J. Brown
Guardian Angel As picked up a new lifetime mark of 1:54 1/5 with his victory

Guardian Angel As, who was the horse knocked off-stride by What The Hill in the stretch of the Hambletonian final that ultimately led to his disqualification from the victory, resumed his New York Sire Stakes campaign on Friday night at Tioga Downs and was victorious in 1:54 1/5.

Competing in the second $39,200 section, Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett) moved from third to first on the way to the 56 3/5 half, and he would go on to win by 2 3/4 lengths over Stick With Me Kid (Chris Lems).  Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) would finish third.

"He's just a good horse," relayed Bartlett.  "When I crossed over to the lead I had to pull the plugs because he just kind of relaxes and waits for the horses to come to him.  He trotted a mile in 54; if there was a horse at me he probably would have gone 53 and change.  I'm glad to get back on track with him.  We had to come here for some sire stakes points.  We didn't want to race him back so soon, but that's the way the schedule went.  We had some bad luck in the Hambletonian, but it's a new day."

Guardian Angel As is an Archangel colt trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owner/breeder ACL Stuteri AB and co-owner Kjell Johansson.  He now has a record of 7-3-0 from 16 lifetime tries, and he has now banked $134,296.  He was dispatched as the 1-5 favorite, and he returned $2.40 to win.

Back in the opening $39,900 division, Seven And Seven (trainer/driver Tom Durand), who was making his first career appearance in the New York Sire Stakes, parked until just before the 55 4/5 half to get the lead, but he was resolute once he got it, defeating Eye Ofa Tiger As and Bartlett by a length and a quarter in a 1:54 1/5 mile.  Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) checked in third.

Durand also co-owns Seven And Seven, a Chapter Seven colt, with his wife June Durand and their ownership partner Allan Smith.  Last year's William Wellwood Memorial winner, Seven And Seven scored his fifth career victory, and he has now earned $214,550.  He was sent off at 4-1 and paid $10.20 to win.

In the final $39,900 split 17-1 shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) slipped out second-over behind Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) beyond the 1:25 three-quarters, and when both leader Arch Credit (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Money Macintosh broke in the lane, Icanflylikeanangel picked up the pieces, winning by a length and a quarter in 1:54 3/5.  Swell Chap (Marohn Jr.) was the runner-up and 97-1 longshot Meetmeinthemiddle (Bartlett) was moved up from fourth to third after Money Macintosh was placed fifth for violating the breaking rules.

The victorious gelding by Archangel is trained by D. Benny Eggers for owner Joseph Hess.  After going winless in six attempts last year, he has four triumphs in 2017, and he has put away $48,584 lifetime.  He returned $37.60 to win.