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TOP FLIGHT ANGEL, SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP WIN SATURDAY 44G CO-FEATURES


Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears, $17.20) two-moved from the eight-hole Saturday night (Sept. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot.

He grinded his way up and over Yes Mickey (Jason Bartlett), just as he did in last season's Trot. The margin was a nose when they went for a half-million-dollars then and a length here. The mile went in 1:55 after Yes Mickey's intervals of 28.1, 57.3 and 1:25.4.

Third went to a belated Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory), Charmed Life (catch-driver Mark MacDonald) and Elysium Lindy (George Brennan) settled for the minors, while slight 2-1 choice Rose Run Sydney (Jim Marohn Jr.) jumped it off early.
For fourth choice Top Flight, a 4 year old son of Archangel owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm and trained by Julie Miller, it was his fourth win in 10 seasonal starts (career earnings over $614,000). The exacta paid $80 ($79.50 in the '17 Trot), the triple returned $225 and the superfecta paid $1,413.

Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace saw pole-assigned Sunfire Blue Chip (MacDonald, $7.50) retake from 7-10 favorite Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno), then win comfortably in 1:51.3 (off early subsections of 26.4, 55.4 and 1:23).

Back for his first visit in nearly three months, Sunfire Blue Chip defeated a first-up Theartofconfusion A by a length and a quarter, with Evenin' of Pleasure, Somewhere in L A and Always at My Place coming away with the remainder.
For second choice Sunfire Blue Chip, an 8 year old son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co owners Christina Takter, John & Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical and R A W Equine, it was his sixth win in 18 '18 tries (career earnings over $1.4 million). The exacta paid $7.60, the triple returned $105 and the superfecta paid $632.




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