09/18/2017 8:00PM

Yonkers: Tough night for favorites in New York Sire Stakes

Mike Lizzi
Six Pack took advantage of breaks by Fourth Dimension to pick up his first New York Sire Stakes victory

Yonkers Raceway Monday night (Sept. 18th) hosted the $157,600 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for 2-year-old colts and geldings.  The race again honored the memory of ‘Tootie,’ the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age.  A pair of equally-parsed, $78,800 divisions comprised the event, which, as it turned out, was not for the squeamish.

Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears), who entered the opener a perfect four-for-four, was sent off as the 3-10 choice from post position five.  He was away third, only to break twice in the back half. The second- (Tito [Andy Miller]) and third-choice (My Lindy Winner [Jim Morrill Jr.]) also misbehaved, a problem not shared by Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $31).

Going right down the road (29, 59 4/5, 1:28 4/5, and 1:57 3/5) from outside post seven, Six Pack never had any anxious moment. He opened 3 1/2 lengths into the lane, then widened to defeat 49-1 shot Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) by 4 3/4 lengths. Tito recovered to finish third, while Fourth Dimension wound up a well-beaten sixth.

For fifth choice Six Pack, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned (with Stall Kallmar, Little E LLC. and Lars Berg) by his trainer/driver, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $353.50, with the triple returning $1,705.

Monday evening’s second Barasch division saw Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, $24.20) prevail from the pocket. From post three, he made the first lead (after another leaver broke),  then gave it up to 9-10 choice Perlucky just past a 29 2/5 opening quarter-mile.

After a 59 1/5 intermission, Perlucky engaged the second move of second choice Don (Miller), toward the 1:29 1/5 three-quarters. Don then jumped it off, leaving Perlucky with 2 1/4 length lead in and out of the final turn.

He couldn’t finish it off, though, as Ronnie Goldstein surged by. The margin was a neck in a life-best 1:59 1/5. Seven Iron (Sears) was third. 

For fourth choice ‘Ronnie,’ a homebred son of Muscle Mass trained by his driver for owner Steven Goldstein, it was his second win in eight 2017 tries. The exacta paid $66, with the triple returning $297.

--press release (Yonkers)--