Friday, August 12, 2011

Lawgiver Hanover and Royal Shyster Shine on Opening Night of State Fair Races

New York Sires Stakes standouts Royal Shyster and Lawgiver Hanover produced the fastest divisional scores during Thursday night's $171,820 New York State Fair racing program at Vernon Downs.

Royal Shyster ($2.40) recorded a career-best 1:58.1 victory in the fourth division of Thursday's $83,688 NYSS-sponsored contest for 2-year-old colt/gelding trotters, while Lawgiver Hanover ($11.60) equaled his 1:53 record with a feisty first-place finish in the third flight of an $88,132 battle among New York-bred freshman male pacers.

With trainer Dan Daley driving for owners Ann-Mari Daley (Dan’s wife), Albert C. Crawford, Richard Lombardo and Robert Pergament, Royal Shyster powered to a convincing tally in Thursday's eighth event that improved his fledgling record to four wins and two second-place finishes in six career starts.

Three of his scores have come in NYSS action, while the other was a first-place finish in the Tompkins-Geers Stake at Tioga Downs on July 14.

The son of RC Royalty-Spin The Planet is now a winner of $54,437.

With Jim Morrill, Jr. teaming for trainer Mark Harder, Lawgiver Hanover, a son of Art Major-Lauren Order, hustled to a front-ending, ¾-length triumph in Thursday's ninth race that advanced his record to three wins and a second in four outings for owners Rick Phillips, Deena Rachel Frost and the W Springtime Racing Stable.

In addition to a pair of NYSS scores, the career-winner of nearly $36,000 secured his record in the Tompkins-Geers Stake at Tioga on July 17.

Thursday's other NYSF divisional winners in the trotting test were Credicity, in 1:59.2 for Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables; Coraggioso, in 1:59.4 for owners Joe Spadaro and Tom J. Durkin, and Archangel, in 1:59.4 for trainer/part-owner Peter Arrigenna and his partners Clare Semer and Alan Hainsworth.

Thursday's NYSF triumphs on the pace were by Forever Just, in 1:54.2, lifting his record to four wins (one in the Geers and three in NYSS action) and a second in five official appearances for Fred Wallace and the Stake Your Claim Stable; Raymond J, in 1:54.4 for local owner Ken Jacobs, and Glass Prince, in 1:55.1 for the Stake Your Claim Stable, improving his 2011 chart to three NYSS tallies, a second-place finish and a third in five starts.

Driver Tim Tetrick tallied four times during Thursday's 12-race card, Linda Toscano earned three training credits, while Morrill posted a driving double.

Newcomer Sold Out (part-owner and trainer Pat Lachance teaming for the Z Tam Stables), captured the week's $10,000 Open for female pacers with a life's best 1:54.3 performance in race seven.

DOWNS DOINGS - Seven of Thursday's winners earned win marks; while two others equaled their career-best clockings... Friday's 12-race card includes six divisional New York State Fair match-ups for 2-year-old filly trotters and four for first-year female pacers. First post will be at 6:55 p.m... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.