08/25/2017 9:12PM

Yonkers: Rookie colt pacers clash in New York Sire Stakes

Mike Lizzi
Hitman Hill has yet to taste defeat in his racing career

It was nothing but favorites in the trio of $53,000 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old colt pacers on Friday night at Yonkers Raceway as odds-on choices Paprike Blue Chip, Hitman Hill, and Casual Cool made stops in the winner's circle.

The fastest winner was Hitman Hill (Brett Miller), who remained undefeated in his career after he won the second section in 1:53 2/5 at odds of 1-9.  Hitman Hill, starting from post one in the field of seven and fresh off a 1:50 4/5 win in New York Sire Stakes competition at Vernon Downs last Friday, led through panels of 28, 57 1/5, and 1:25 2/5 before he came home in 28 seconds flat to defeat pocket-sitter My Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a length and a quarter.  Jersey Jim (Jim Devaux) rallied from seventh at three-quarters to finish third.

“He’s one of the nicest colts I’ve ever sat behind,” Miller said.

Chris Oakes trains Hitman Hill, an American Ideal gelding owned by Tom Hill and North Fork Racing Stable.  Hitman Hill, a $145,000 purchase at the Standardbred Horse Sale, has banked $52,633 to go with his perfect three-for-three mark.  Bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Hitman Hill is out of the Incredible Finale mare Fox Valley Shaker ($427,164), making him a half-brother to five six-figure earners, including Pretty Katherine (Rocknroll Hanover, $525,653).  Hitman Hill returned $2.20 to win.

Back in the opening group, it was 4-5 choice Paprike Blue Chip (Corey Callahan) equaling his lifetime mark with a 1:54 2/5 victory.  He was also on the point throughout, reaching the opening quarter in 27 4/5 and the half in 57 1/5, giving the cold shoulder to 27-1 challenger Rolling Sea (Brian Sears) at the latter mark.  Paprike Blue Chip put his outside pursuer away before the 1:26 3/5 three-quarters, then pulled clear in a 27 4/5 final kicker, downing runner-up Aces In Heaven (George Brennan) by 2 3/4 lengths.  Rootin Tootin (Mark MacDonald) collected third.

Paprike Blue Chip is a gelded son of Roll With Joe trained by John Butenschoen for owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, Crawford Farms Racing, and VIP Internet Stable LLC.  He is now a three-time winner from seven attempts, and he pushed his earnings to $68,048.  Bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Paprike Blue Chip was a $7,000 buy at the Goshen Yearling Sale and is out of the Blissfull Hall mare Bliss N Vinegar ($162,998).  That makes Paprike Blue Chip, who paid $3.90 to win, a half-brother to the likes of Buddha Blue Chip (Art Major, $203,528).

Casual Cool (Bartlett) was the 1-5 pick in the final flight, and he didn't disappoint, tallying a 1:55 win.  Casual Cool took the lead away from Topville Olympian (Jim Morrill Jr.) at the 28 1/5 first quarter, and then he was able to get away with just a 30 second second quarter, clicking off the half in 58 1/5.  The tempo picked up from there, as three-quarters went on the board in 1:26 4/5 and a 28 1/5 final kicker got Casual Cool to the finish line 2 1/2 lengths to the good over Keystone Tenacious (MacDonald).  Major Offense (Scott Zeron) brushed from sixth to third in the final panel.

“He doesn’t seem to care what size track he’s at, and he can race either on or off the pace,” Bartlett said. “Just a handy horse.”

A colt by American Ideal, Casual Cool, who has four victories from five lifetime starts and a bankroll of $80,303, is owned by Ken Jacobs.  Casual Cool, who was bred by Fair Winds Farm Inc. and brought $165,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is the first foal out of the Artiscape mare Sight To See, a three-quarter sister to double millionaire Glowing Report and six-figure earners Urgent Action and Must See (all by Artsplace).  Casual Cool returned $2.50 to win.

--quotes courtesy of Yonkers Raceway--