09/24/2016 10:12PM

Yonkers: New York Sire Stakes champions crowned

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Mike Lizzi
Barn Bella is now the track record holder for a 2-year-old filly trotter at Yonkers Raceway

Track record performances by Barn Bella and Funknwaffles headlined the New York Sire Stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits that were held on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.  Each championship event carried a purse of $225,000.

Competing in the 2-year-old filly trot, Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory) took over the lead from Flyhawk Charm (Jason Bartlett) at the 29 second opening quarter, then hit the half in 59 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:28 1/5.  Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) gained ground from first-over in the stretch, but Barn Bella hit the wire a length to the good in 1:57 2/5, lowering the previous track record for the division by three-fifths of a second (Dizzy Broad - 8/24/15).  Heels On Wheels (Matt Kakaley) finished third.

"She's gotten so she's really handy," said Gregory.  "She can do it from on the front or off-the-pace, but she was a little bit of a handful starting off.  She had a little bit of a rough start.  My friend Claude Huckabone helped (trainer Steve Pratt).  He drove her a little bit in the beginning, and they ironed her out.  They did all the dirty work, and I took over about halfway through the season.  She was very good when I got ahold of her."

Pratt also co-owns Barn Bella, a daughter of Conway Hall, with Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables LLC.  Barn Bella now has six wins from nine starts, and she has earned $201,811.  Barn Bella is out of the SJ's Caviar mare Bravissima, a half-sister to New York Sire Stakes champion Coraggioso (Conway Hall, $677,398).  Barn Bella paid $3.20 to win as the 3-5 favorite.

Funknwaffles (Jim Morrill Jr.) would become the fastest 2-year-old gelding pacer to ever tour Yonkers Raceway after he won the 2-year-old male pace final in 1:52 3/5.  Funknwaffles had to work to get around Miso Fast (Kakaley) at the 26 3/5 opening quarter, but then was unchallenged through a half in 55 2/5 and a three-quarters in 1:24.  Funknwaffles and Miso Fast separated from the rest of the field on the final bend, setting the stage for a bit of a match race in the lane.  Kakaley angled Miso Fast to the outside, but Funknwaffles was tenacious on the lead and would prevail by three-quarters of a length.  Twin B Cowboy (Tim Tetrick) collected third.

John Butenschoen trains and Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes own Funknwaffles, a colt by Blue Chip Farms stallion American Ideal, who has now banked $257,284 to go with his 9-8-1-0 record.  A $25,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, Funknwaffles is the 11th foal out of the Magical Mike mare Hatsoff Hanover ($361,412), making him a half-brother to the likes of Poker Hat (Cam's Card Shark, $916,790).  The dam is also a half-sister to world champion Holborn Hanover and millionaire Hyperion Hanover, among others.  Sent off at 1-5, he returned $2.70.

Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley), the runner-up to Marion Marauder in the Yonkers Trot, would win the 3-year-old colt trot final in 1:56 1/5.  Daley guided him through stations of 29, 58 3/5, and 1:27, then urged him home through the lane to beat Dayson (Brian Sears) by a length.  Dante (Ake Svanstedt) was third, just a nose behind Dante.

Daley trains and Annmari Daley, James Crawford, Donald Brenner, and Richard Lombardo own Smalltownthrowdown, a colt by Cash Hall.  This was his ninth win from 26 career starts, and he has now earned $568,228.  The 2-5 choice, Smalltownthrowdown paid $2.80 to win.

In his post-race comments, Daley noted that Smalltownthrowdown will be the mixed portion of the Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Trainer Tracy Brainard sent out a pair of New York Sire Stakes champions, winning the 3-year-old filly pace with Wishy Washy Girl (Jim Morrill Jr.) and the 3-year-old male pace with Roll Away Joe (Jason Bartlett).

Wishy Washy Girl led all the way, posting fractions of 28 2/5, 57 2/5, and 1:24 4/5 on her way to a 1:53 3/5 decision.  She would defeat runner-up Dime A Dance (Matt Kakaley) by two lengths, with American Ivy (Andy Miller) back in third.

The winner, a daughter of Blue Chip Farms stallion Roll With Joe, is owned by Michael Cimaglio and Stephen Demeter.  She now has four career wins, and she has earned $232,542.  Sent off at 2-1, Wishy Washy Girl paid $6.00 to win.

Front-stepping tactics also worked out for her stablemate Roll Away Joe, as he carved out splits of 27 4/5, 56 4/5, and 1:24 3/5 en route to a 1:52 3/5 tally over Bottom Deals (Tim Tetrick), who finiished 2 1/4 lengths back in the second position.  Craftship (Scott Zeron) would take third.

Brainard trains Roll Away Joe, a gelding by Roll With Joe, for owners Howard Taylor, Steve Demeter, and Thomas Lazzaro. Roll Away Joe now has six triumphs from 22 career tries, and he has now earned $334,081.  Dispatched at 7-5, Roll Away Joe returned $4.90 to win.Mike LizziNon Stick defended her New York Sire Stakes crown

Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt) won the 3-year-old filly trot final to become a repeat New York Sire Stakes champion after she captured last year's 2-year-old filly trot.  She led the way through stations of 28 1/5, 57 4/5, and 1:27 1/5, then closed with a 29 3/5 final kicker to win by a length in 1:56 4/5.  Swinging Royalty (Brian Sears) finished second, and Straight A Student (Mark MacDonald) rallied from sixth to third in the last quarter.

Svanstedt also trains and co-owns Non Stick, a Lucky Chucky filly, with Little E LLC.  Non Stick has now won 12 times from 16 career attempts, and she shows earnings of $531,355.  The 7-5 second choice, Non Stick paid $4.80.

The 2-year-old filly pace began the card, and it saw original winner Roaring To Go (Jason Bartlett) placed second for going inside two pylons turning into the stretch and gaining an unfair advantage.  Her disqualification elevated favorite Tequila Monday (Brian Sears), who had finished a head behind Roaring To Go, to the 1:55 victory.  Robin J (John Campbell) would finish in third.

Tequila Monday, a daughter of American Ideal, is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey.  Tequila Monday, a $40,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, is now four-for-five in the win column with $189,206 in earnings.  She is the first foal out of the Ponder mare Margarita Monday, a full sister to Bolt The Duer ($1,828,995) and a half-sister to Shanghai Lil (Jenna's Beach Boy, $1,070,251).  Tequila Monday, dispatched as the 6-5 favorite, paid $4.50 to win.

Devious Man (Andy Miller) was the champion of the 2-year-old colt trot group, picking up a 1:58 decision.  Miller fired him from third to first on the way to the 58 1/5 half and after a 1:27 4/5 three-quarters, a 30 1/5 final quarter was enough for Devious Man to down Stick With Me Kid (Brian Sears) by a length and a quarter.  Such An Angel (John Campbell) was third after a first-over try.

Julie Miller trains Devious Man, a colt by Blue Chip Farms stallion Credit Winner, for owner Stroy Inc.  This was his sixth win from ten starts, and he has now earned $280,233.  A $62,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, Devious Man is out of the Garland Lobell mare Miss Garland, making him a half-brother to the likes of Vivid Photo (S J's Photo, $3,273,387). Racing as the 3-5 favorite, he returned $3.20 to win.