Friday, May 18, 2012

Archangel impressive in NYSS victory on Friday night at Tioga Downs

The New York Sire Stakes rolled into Nichols, New York on Friday night featuring three divisions for New York-bred 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters.
Posting the fastest mile for the three divisions was Archangel (Jim Morrill Jr.) in the second division for $44,266.

Leaving from post position number six, Morrill put Archangel into play past the opening quarter in 28.4 taking over control of the race from Flyhawk Jester (Stephane Bouchard).

The duo raced in line through fractions of 57.2 and 1:26.3 until the pair straightened up through the stretch, but Archangel was too strong posting a 27.4 final quarter to win in 1:54.2.

The mile established a new lifetime mark for the 3-year-old son of Credit Winner – Michelle's Angel who is trained by Peter Arrigenna.

Flyhawk Jester held tough for second, while New York Attitude (Fern Paquet Jr.) was third.

The night's third division featured the high priced Royal Shyster versus the hometown connected Coraggioso for Tioga Downs regular Phil Fluet.

Fluet placed Coraggioso on the lead early and then relinquished the lead to Royal Shyster, who made a brief break going to the three-eighth's pole.

After regaining his composure, Royal Shyster and George Brennan cut through fractions of 57.2 and 1:26.

As the field straightened up in the stretch the field was circling the leader and Fluet was over loaded with trot looking for daylight.

Coraggioso and Fluet eventually found the room they needed to win by a length in 1:55.4.

Fluet trains the 3-year old son of Conway Hall – Electra Hanover for Joe Spadaro and Tom Durkin, both of New York.

Delano (Ray Schnittker) was an impressive winner in the first division in a new lifetime best of 1:54.4 in their first start of their sophomore campaign.

Jim Morrill Jr., George Brennan, and Ray Schnittker all posted driving doubles on the night's 12-race card.

Tioga Downs continues live racing on Saturday, May 19 at 6:50 pm.

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