FAVES DEVIOUS MAN, 'ANGEL' WIN 150G NYSS MILT TAYLOR TROT
The moisture didn't compromise the favorites, as Devious Man (Brian Sears, $2.20, part of entry) and Such an Angel (John Campbell, $2.70) both brought home the mail.
Devious Man, leaving from post position No. 6 and operating from second-over, whipped a pocketed Neon Lights (Jason Bartlett) by three-quarters of a length in 1:59. Royal Casanova (Campbell) led to the lane (:29.4, 1:00, 1:29.3) before fading to third, beaten 3 1/4 lengths.
Big Man Ev (Andy Miller), partnered with the winner at the windows, broke early and wound up beaten fifth, beaten just a pair of subsequent misbehavers.
For Devious Man, a Credit Winner colt co-owned (as part of Stroy Inc.) and trained by Julie Miller, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $42.60.
"You can drive him same was as a rental car," Ms. Miller said. "He just has a lot of spunk and energy."
The second sire stakes soiree saw pole-sitting Such an Angel line up his six rivals, then complete his appointed rounds (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.3, 1:59.1). He widened in the lane to defeat an off-cover Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) by 2 3/4 lengths, while a first-up Stick with Me Kid (Sears) held third.
For Such an Angel, a son of Credit Winner trained by Paul Kelley for co-owners Sam Caruso Jr. and Purple Haze Stables, he's now 4-for-5 this season (3-for-3 with Campbell driving. The exacta paid $11.20, with the triple returning $35.80.
"He a really professional colt," Campbell said. "Done everything I've asked so far."
Friday night's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a from-last Mach it a Par (Sears, $35.60) in 1:52.4
Sire stakes continue Monday night, with the $145,923 Mike Cohen Trot (2-year-old fillies).
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