08/06/2016 10:59PM

Vernon Downs: Toscano, Jacobs rule the roost in New York Sire Stakes

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Planet Rock remained undefeated in her career and just missed the track record by two-fifths of a second

Robin J and Planet Rock gave trainer Linda Toscano and owner Ken Jacobs a sweep in the pair of $55,500 New York Sire Stakes splits for rookie pacing fillies on Saturday night at Vernon Downs.

She's A Billionair (Brett Miller) would lead through fractions of 27 2/5, 57 3/5, and 1:25 4/5 in the first division, but Robin J (Tim Tetrick) kicked home in 28 seconds off a second-over trip to get up and win by half a length in 1:54 3/5.  American Cheer (John MacDonald) and That's How We Roll (Ray Schnittker) were second and third, respectively.

Robin J is a Roll With Joe filly who now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $63,327.  A $60,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, Robin J is out of the Western Ideal mare Mommy Robin Q (Western Ideal, $125,505).  Robin J is the third New York Sire Stakes winner out of the dam, joining Double Major (Art Major, $189,332) and Mother Of Art (Art Major, $152,543).

In the other New York Sire Stakes event, Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Takeyourbreathaway (Billy Davis Jr.) battled to the 26 2/5 opening quarter.  Takeyourbreathaway relented originally and looked to drop inside, but with no hole available, Davis drove her to the front before the 56 1/5 half.  Tetrick then moved favored World Apart first-over from third, and she would take the lead past the half.

Planet Rock (Jim Marohn Jr.) followed World Apart's move, then engaged with the new leader from first-over.  Planet Rock put a head in front at the 1:24 1/5 three-quarters, and in the stretch drove away from her rivals, pulling away to win by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:52.  That's The Ticket (Marcus Miller) came in second and Artrageous was up for third.

The winner is a Rock N Roll Heaven filly, and she is now a perfect four-for-four in her career, all coming in New York Sire Stakes competition.  She is the sixth foal out of the Cam's Card Shark mare Vassar Hanover, making her a half-sister to the fast Fireyourguns (American Ideal, $337,796, 1:47 2/5 mark).