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'SNAKE EYES' IN 163G NYSS MICHAEL SORENTINO TROT

Short-priced pole-sitters Dayson (Yannick Gingras, $2.60) and Dante (Ake Svanstedt, $2.80) delivered in Yonkers Raceway $163,374 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings.

Dayson, racing in a money start for the first time since adding trotting hopples, allowed Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) the initial lead in the opening ($80,937) division.

Dayson then retook right before a :29.4 opening quarter-mile, with none of his five rivals electing to press the issue. After a :59.2 intermission and 1:27.3 intermission, Smalltownthrowdown pulled an early pocket in the final turn.

Dayson met that challenge and widened, open to 2 lengths in 1:56.1. Royson (Jim Marohn Jr.) skimmed the cones to grab second, with "Throwndown" third.

For Dayson, a Conway Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables and Rossi Smith, it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $35.40.

"It was nice and easy," Gingras said. "The straps definitely helped him keep his mind on business."

As for Dante in the $82,437 second division, he was content to sit pocketed to uncoupled stablemate The Royal Harry (Mark MacDonald) though intervals of :28.0, :58.2 and 1:28.1.

That one had a length-and-quarter lead entering the lane, but Dante edged out and edged by. He beat his barn neighbor by a length in 1:57.2, with Credevie (George Brennan) third.

For Dante, a son of Credit Winner trained by his driver for owner Courant A B, he's 4-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $7.60, with the triple returning $105.50.

"He doesn't pull as much as he did (at 2)," Svanstedt said. "He's a better horse to drive now."

Stakes action continues here this weekend. Friday night, the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace (3-year-old fillies). Saturday night, it's the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard (2-year-old colts/geldings).

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