08/08/2017 10:49PM

Yonkers: Fourth Dimension equals track record in NYSS

Mike Lizzi
Fourth Dimension equaled a track record set by Dejarmbro in 2010.

Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 8) played host to the $162,500 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,000 each, went postward. 

The opening event saw second choice Clive Bigsby (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) get the jump on 3-5 Funknpancakes (Corey Callahan), beating that rival handily in 1:58 2/5.

Away fourth from position No. 7, ‘Clive’ saw Alex the Great (Andy Miller) move around Funknpancakes and lead through intervals of 29 4/5 and 59 4/5.

Clive Bigsby then challenged through the 1:29 3/5 three-quarters, putting ‘Alex’ away. The new leader opened a length-and-a-half in the lane then, with an extricated ‘Pancakes’ in pursuit, widened to the three lengths at the wire. Alex the Great was a clear third.

For Clive Bigsby, a Muscle Mass gelding co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme and Winners Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (2-for-3 in NYSS). The exacta paid $7, with the triple returning $28.60.

“He’s just a handy horse with a good attitude,” Bartlett said. “When I made the lead, his ears pricked right up and he took off.”

The second sire stakes grouping, pared to a gang of seven, was won by a pocketed Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, $7)

In play from post No. 3, ‘Purpose’ was sequestered behind even-money choice Cruising in Style (Bartlett) as that one led strung-out rivals (29 1/5, 59 2/5, 1:29). Despite cruising in style, Cruising in Style was unable to close the sale. Up a length off the final turn, he watched as Purpose Blue Chip went by . . . with purpose.

The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:58 4/5, with The Veteran (Brian Sears) making up some 10 lengths in the back half to finish third.

For third choice Purpose Blue Chip, a son of Chapter Seven trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Richard Lombardo and Donald Brenner, it was a maiden-breaker after a pair of seconds. The exacta paid $14.80, with the triple returning $52.

The ‘fastest was the lastest’ as odds-on Fourth Dimension (Sears, $2.60) easily won the evening’s final sire stakes soiree. Having to wait his turn for the lead, Fourth Dimension—from post  No. 6—did just that.

Once there he had few issues (28 1/5,58, 1:27 2/5, 1:57), with the effort matching Dejarmbro’s (Sept., 2010) track record for frosh trotting colts. The margin was a length-and-quarter in and out of the final turn and 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer), at 25-1, offered good late trot to grab second from Rich Uncle (George Brennan) while 54-1 number Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) was fourth.  

For Fourth Dimension, a Chapter Seven colt owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, he’s now a perfect 3-for-3 (all in NYSS) to begin his career.  

The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $102 and the superfecta paid $2,717.

“I don’t know what I can say about him other than he’s a superb athlete,” was Melander’s winner’s circle summation.

-edited release (Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway)