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MORRILL JR. SWEEPS SOGGY SIRES

MORRILL JR. SWEEPS SOGGY SIRES
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 14, 2014-Driver Jim Morrill Jr., Scotchgarded colors and all, won both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot Monday night.

Morrill won the first ($111,500) very wet event for 3-year-old fillies with defending statebred champ Market Rally ($2.20). The odds-on favorite had to work first-up to dispose of pace-setting Lady with Credit (Trond Smedshammer) before opening up down the backside.

Market Rally opened five lengths into the lane before whipping Glowngold (Brian Sears) by 2 lengths in 1:59.4. Third went to 59-1 outsider Cutup Hanover (Jeff Gregory).


Market Rally, a daughter of Cash Hall, is 3-for-5 this season (3-for-3 since adding Lasix) for co-owners (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Panhellenic Stable. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $6, with the triple returning $84.
Morrill and 17-1 L Dee's Scripture ($37.20) avoided all the happenstance in the equally-moist second ($113,500) event. The pair sat pocketed to Driving Miss Crazy (Gates Brunet) in what turned out to be a two-speed, outside-post number.

L Dee's Scripture eased past "Miss Crazy," winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.1. Maud Blue Chip (Sears) was third, back another two lengths. Four of the five remaining lassesincluding 9-10 fave Avalicious (Yannick Gingras)either broke or caused a rival to do the same.


Fifth choice L Dee's Scripture, a Credit Winner lass co-owned by Lawrence Dumain & Carlo Lattinelli and trained by Julie Miller, is off the '14 schneid (1-for-5). The exacta paid $845, with the triple returning $3,885.

New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with the $221,000 NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A trio of groupingspurses of $72,800, $74,100 and $74,100go as races 1,4 and 9.

The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon
simulcasting available daily.

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(photos-Mayra Escamilla)

(FFIFrank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)


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