SIX PACK WINS 64TH YONKERS TROT
The half million dollar second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown attracted just eight entrants, thus no previous-week elimination races.
Six Pack, after his "adventurous" Hambletonian hi-jinx, left nothing to chance here. From post position No. 4, he slowly worked his way to the front, encountered a surprise first leader in 80-1 rank outsider Lindsey's Pride (Marcus Miller). Pole-sitting Helpisontheway (Jim Morrill Jr.), the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant in this race, was tardy leaving, settling third as Six Pack found 28.4 opening quarter-mile.
The Veteran (Jordan Stratton), put in play from behind the eight ball, was in somewhat tight quarters and set to wrangle in fourth when he jumped it off.
Back to the front, with Six Pack rating a 29.2 second subsection (58.1 intermission), effectively ending the suspense. He had a couple of lengths and gapped out rivals in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters as Helpisontheway took out of third.
Six Pack then widened, hurting feelings along the way. The lead was five lengths off the final turn and 7 3/4 lengths at the wire, which he found in 1:54 (27.2 final quarter). The mile wiped Archangel (1:54.1 in 2012) out of the annals as the fastest Trot held here.
Helpisontheway did finally get past Lindsey's Pride and into second, with a recovering The Veteran and Lindy's Big Bang (Dexter Dunn) grabbing the minors. Maxus (Mark MacDonald), Tito (Louis-Philippe Roy)and early misbehaver Mississippi Storm (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the order.
He's just been a good horse at 2 and 3. Good horses take care of themselves.
According to Svanstedt, Six Pack, the New York Sire Stakes frosh champ, won't try to qualify for this season. Rather, the plan is to buy in to the (Oct. 7th) Kentucky Futurity.
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