Jim Marohn Jr. wins 2 Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway

It was the hottest day of the year thus far at Monticello Raceway on Monday afternoon as temperatures broached 90 degrees as 3 Year Old Pacing Colts and Geldings came to town. The first heat of Sire Stakes ($39,200) went to post with 6 starters in the first race, post time favorite Real Surreal put in a few extra step’s as the gate left and made a break leaving.  Topville Olympian starting from the rail, protected his turf and was first away from the gate and took the field thru fractions of 28.3 – 58, at the half Twin B Tuffenuff (Mark Macdonald) were the first to move and mounted a challenge.  At the ¾ stanza in 1:26.4 the pair were side by side, Jason Bartlett and Mr Profeta made a mild bid in the lane but to no avail and finished second as Topville Olympian held him off to win by a length in 1:55, Twin B Tuffenuff finished 3rd.  The son of American Ideal took his lifetime mark last year at Monticello Raceway in Sire Stakes competition also picked up his first win of the season. Topville Olympian is owned by Crawford Farms and Billy, Joe and Anthony Timmins.
Race 7 was the 2nd heat of Sire Stakes, the post time favorite Trump Nation started from the outside post 7, as the gate left the son of Betterthancheddar was extremely wide in the 1st turn and had to be wrangled in by Jason Bartlett.  Rockapelo (PP5) cut the mile for Marcus Miller and trainer Linda Toscano to the head of the stretch, covered up the entire mile and saving ground Ghost Dance (American Ideal) won by 1 length for Scott Zeron.  Rockapelo would hold on for 3rd.  The local connection, Ostro Hanover (Jim Taggart Jr.)  finished a game 3rd for trainer by Frank Yanoti for owner Twin Bridge Racing of Monticello NY, the hard to manage Trump nation finished a disappointing 4th.
The fastest race of the day came in the last race of the day, Last division of NYSS, the favorite My Delight did not leave, and was content to let Rock Light and Scott Zeron show the way and try to steal a wire to wire win thru fractions of 28,56:2, and 1:25, Rootin Tootin sat the garden seat the entire mile and charged through the middle of the pack to overtake Handsoffmychips by a head in 1:53.4.   Rootin Tootin is a son of Roll With Joe and picked up his 2nd win of the year for trainer Blake Macintosh.
Excelsior A
Rumble (Rock N Roll Heaven) benefited from a pocket trip following pace setter Major Offense and swooped the field of 7 past the ¾ pole to ramble to a 1 length win in 1:57.2 for Jason Bartlett. Causal Cool who made a break leaving the gate was 7th and was last by 14 lengths at the ¼ pole regained his composure and slowly snaked his way back into contention and found room at the passing lane to close like a banshee to finish 2nd, LQ 28.1.  Let’s Roll did just that and won handily by 6 lengths in his heat, the Roll With Joe colt made a big move down the backside for Jim Marohn Jr. and trainer Jake Huff for his 3rd win of the year in the second heat of the A class, Imstaynalive (Pat Lachance) finished 2nd.
Excelsior B
The lone division of the Excelsior B saw heavy favorite Striking Reality  (Jason Bartlett) cut the mile, the eventual winner Asiago Reality was poised in perfect striking position and was the first to pull down the backside at the 5/8 pole, they passed the ¾ in 1:27, the duo paced in tandem down the lane and skipped away from the field  by 2 lengths but Asiago Reality prevailed by a neck in 1:57 and paid $22.20 for driver Jim Marohn Jr. Asiago Reality picked up his maiden win for trainer Jessica Okusko, the son of Betterthancheddar is owned by Amante Standardbreds of Delray Beach, Florida.  The Dan Daley trained Striking Reality finished 2nd
Former Monticello Raceway regular James Marohn Jr. had 2 wins for the afternoon. Roll With Joe and American Ideal both sired a pair of winners on the card.