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POSTS DRAWN FOR YONKERS TROT, MESSENGER, COMPANION STAKES
The 65th Yonkers Trot required no eliminations, as just eight 3-year-olds entered. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade drew post position No. 6 in what was carded as the sixth race.
"It wasn't in our original plan, but plans change," trainer Luc Blais said. "We let him tell us what to do and he's been training so well."
Forbidden Trade, a son of Kadabra, supplemented to the Trot after his 2 year old season. He has won six of his nine starts at 3 ($671,484), the latest an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk. The colt, has who made two half-mile-track OSS starts in his career, is owned by Serge Godin's Determination and driven by Bob McClure.
"Always such a professional," McClure said in advance of his and his date's first trip to Westchester. "Just from Day One, he was mentally ahead of the other trotters."
Defending the honor of the Empire State is Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, post 4), a perfect 4-for-4 here including last season's $225,000 New York Sire Stakes title.
The Chapter Seven colt, trained Marcus Melander for co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, has won 13 of his 15 career starts ($895,996) He enters off a paid sire stakes workout last weekend at Batavia where every other horse in the field went off at triple figures to one.
The draw for Trot entrants, with declared drivers...
1-Osterc -Dexter Dunn, 2-Soul Strong -Dunn also listed, 3- Sheena's Boy -Andy Miller, 4-Gimpanzee -Brian Sears, 5- Livinonthedash -Marcus Miller, 6-Forbidden Trade -Bob McClure, 7-HL Revadon-Jim Marohn Jr., 8-No Drama Please Jason Bartlett
Messenger Stakes No. 64, which began with soph pacers, found elim winners Bettor's Wish - Dunn, post 1 and Aflame Hanover Corey Callahan, post 8 starting from the pole and the polar opposite, respectively.
The field for the Messenger -7th race...1-Bettor's Wish Dunn, 2-Branquinho -Bartlett, 3-American Mercury -Tyler Buter-, 4-U S Captain Bartlett also listed, 5-Reigning Deo George Brennan, 6-Waterway -Joe Bongiorno-, 7-Escapetothebeach Callahan and 8-Aflame Hanover Callahan also listed-.
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