New York County Fair Finals held at Monticello Raceway


As Labor Day represents the end of summer, so do the Finals of The NYSS County Fair’s.  The New York County Fair circuit kicked off on a brutally hot Sunday in Goshen on July 2, between then and now the program raced 21 legs at various fair tracks throughout the state.
The 12-race card had 8 County Fair Finals, 1 RUS (Racing Under Saddle) and 3 overnight events. 2-year-old pacing colts were first out of the box, TOK, (PP2 - $19.20) scored a wire to wire win in 1:59.1, earning a new lifetime mark. The son of Roll With Joe - Crystal De Vie is trained by Judith Blaun for owner John O Sixt.  For driver Kevin Cummings it was his first of 3 winning drives on the afternoon.  Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky – Classical Ginny) cut an even rated mile from post position 2 to score in 2:00.1 for driver Jim Devaux in the 3-year-old trotting filly dash, the 1/9 favorite earned her 8 win of the season.  She is trained by co-owner David Dewhurst and longtime owner and patron of the New York Sire Stakes program Philip Hale.  Jim Devaux scored his 2nd County Fair Final win with Royal Bahama in the 3-year Colt Trot, Devaux made his move at the ¾ pole and opened daylight on the rest of the field to draw off and win by 12 lengths in 2:01.1, for her 5th win of the year. The daughter of RC Royalty – Becca J is owned and trained by winning connection David Dewhurst and Philip Hale.
The Sixth race featured 2-year-old trotting fillies, Behati left strong from the 2 hole and was on top of the field by 8 lengths at the ¼ in 29.4, her lead diminished slightly as she reached the half in 1:01.2 and had 5 on the field, down the backstretch Behati began to tire badly and Golden Gypsy became the new leader. As the field reached the paddock turn a tired Behati caused a traffic jam and pileup, 6 horses were affected, 3 horses were DNF and Behati fell on the track unseating driver Kyle Dibenedetto, who walked away unscathed. Golden Gypsy walked home to win by 18 lengths in the marred race in 2:07.2 for owner – trainer driver Gary Clark. The daughter of Ulay Boko – Uffra Girl earned her 7th win of the season. 
The 9/5 favorite Lily Hammer(PP3) used the front end to her advantage as she coasted to an easy 9 length win in 1:59.2 in the 2 YOPF Final. The daughter of So Surreal – Jens Underdog picked up a new lifetime record for her 5th win of the season for owners North Creek Racing LLC, of East Amherst NY, Gerry Sarama was the trainer.  In the 3 YOTF division, Precious Blue Chip was on top of the filed at every stanza, meanwhile Super Roll (PP6) took the overland route, at the ¾ pole he was 3 wide, he continued to grind it out to overtake pacesetter Precious Blue Chip in 1:59.1. The good-looking son of Roll with Joe -  Calista is owned by Jerry Hoffman and trainer driver David Byer.

The 3-year-old pacing filly class was won by Heavens Diva (PP4) her win gave Kevin Cummings a driving triple on the afternoon, a training double for Judith Blaun, and for owner John O Sixt it was his second winner of the day as their Rock N Roll Heaven lass scored in 1:58 - $2.80.
The last event of the card was in the 10th race for 2-Year-Old Trotting Colts and Gelding saw Hereyago lead from start to finish for Owner – Trainer – Driver Robert Wittcop to score in 2:03.2.  The impressive looking son of Muscle Mass earned a new lifetime record in the process.
The final leg of New York Sire Stakes will be held on Monday September 10 when 2-year-old pacing fillies close out the season. Going to post will be 1 division of Sire Stakes, racing for a purse of $108,300 and 2 divisions of the Excelsior A’s $15,000 and a lone Excelsior B $6,800, post time is 12:50.