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COURTLY CHOICE ROLLS IN 173G NYSS ARMAND PALATUCCI PACE
The 1-20 favorite ($2.10), in rein to Dave Miller, was a two-move, 6 1/2-length winner in the first $86,750 division. Away third from post position No. 6, he dusted early (27, 56.1 1:23.3) leader Rockapelo (Jason Bartlett) right after the three-quarters, opened a coupled of lengths into the lane, then widened as he pleased.
Cheese Melt (George Brennan) won the scrum for second at 78-1, with Rockapelo holding third and Ostro Hanover (Brian Sears) fourth.
For Meadowlands Pace champ Courtly Choice, the son of Art Major has won nine of his dozen seasonal starts $655,393) for co-owners (as part of Mac and Heim Stables)/trainer Blake Macintosh, Daniel Plouffe, Hutt Racing and Touch Stone Farms.
The exacta paid $56, the triple paid $183 and the superfecta paid $772.
"He's a lot of fun," Miller said.
After this rare sire stakes appearance, Macintosh said Courtly Choice is Ohio-bound for both the Jug Preview and Little Brown Jug.
Tuesday night's second (also $86,750) and final grouping saw Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron, $12) prevail from first-over.
Away fourth from post No. 3, Ghost Dancer hooked last season's statebred champ, Jersey Jim (Jordan Stratton), after that one's intervals of 27.1, 56.3 and 1:25.2. "Jim," the even-money favorite here, owned a length lead off the final turn, but tired. Ghost Dancer whipped the rival on his back, Twin B Tuffenuff (Brennan), by a half-length in 1:54.1.
Jersey Jim salvaged the bottom of the ticket, with Keystone Tenacious (Jim Marohn Jr.) fourth.
For third choice Ghost Dance, a Millar Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Rick Zeron, he's now 3-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $65.50, the triple paid $435.50 and the superfecta paid $1,495.
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