07/15/2016 10:44PM

Yonkers: Bartlett sweeps New York Sire Stakes with Soft Idea, Time On My Hands

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Mike Lizzi
Time On My Hands picked up her third New York Sire Stakes win of the season on Friday

Jason Bartlett won five races Friday night, including both halves of Yonkers Raceway's equally-divided $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies.

Afirst-up Soft Idea ($24.40) just held sway in the opening $83,937 division.

Grabbing an three-hole from post position five, she watched 31-1 proposition Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) throw down early intervals of 28 2/5 and 57. Mother Of Art (Joe Bongiorno), part of a three-headed and 1-20 Ron Burke-trained entry, was away second but decided not to take over from the longshot.  That left Soft Idea a clear path to try it, which she did in and out of a 1:25 3/5 three-quarters. That one opened 2 1/2 lengths entering the lane and looked to coast.

However, a resurgent Angels Rockn Pink made up a ton ground late, only miss a neck in 1:54 3/5. Dime A Dance (Matt Kakaley), trying to salvage some semblance of dignity for the failed entry, was third. Her partners, an eight-hole drawing Art Critic (George Brennan) and a backpedaling Mother Of Art, finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

For third choice Soft Idea, an American Ideal filly trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stable South Mountain, Bay’s, Radio Racing and Little E, it was her second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $301.50, with the triple returning $573.

"First-time Lasix and racing her off the helmet made the difference,” Bartlett said. “We’re trying to get her back to the way she was last season. This was the first step.” 

As for odds-on Time On My Hands ($3.50), she took it the distance (28 1/5, 57 3/5, 1:26, and 1:54 3/5) from post four in the second division.

Opening to 3 1/2 lengths in and out of the final turn, she beat a closing No Clouds Bluechip (Brian Sears) by three-quarters of a length. American Ivy (Andy Miller) couldn’t sustain her second move and faded to third.

For Time On My Hands, an American Ideal miss trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Robert Mondillo, Michael Robinson, Steve Cheatham, and BFJ Stable, she’s now four-for-seven this season. The exacta paid $74, with the triple returning $206.50.

As was the case with Soft Idea, this winner was also racing with fresh Lasix, though she had qualified with it.

“The medication helped, and I wanted to give her a safe trip, and it worked out,” Bartlett said.

--press release (Yonkers)--