THE Empire’s annual caravan made its seasonal downstate debut last night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $164,672 New York Sire Stakes Joe Goldstein Trot for three-year-old fillies.
Not there’s every a bad time to break a maiden, but going for $40,768 qualifies as a good time to do so.
Pylon-diving, rank outsider Young Bridge saved every inch of ground in the second state bred event, getting to the line a nose before Straight A Student and Goosebump Hanover in 1:58.3.
“I thought we had it won, but the stretch is long as I saw Mark (MacDonald, Straight A Student) coming on the far outside,” Young said. “We always though this filly had some talent, but she was very hot as a two-year-old. We’ve taken our time with her, and it seems to have paid off.”
Young Bride, a daughter of Lucky Chucky co-owned by Robert Young, Scott and Linda Worton and Premier and Associates Farm, is now one-for-four this season.
George Brennan doubled his sire stakes fun, ‘getting the bob’ in the $40.768 opening event with pole-sitter Lindylicious in a life-best 1:58.4.
The evening’s fastest was saved for the last, as last season’s frosh divisional champ, Non Stick handily won her sophomore debut.
From post five in the $41,568 final NYSS event, the odds-on miss sailed through intervals of 29, 58.3; 1:27.3 for a life-best-matching 1:56.3.
- FRANK DRUCKER