Yes Mickey & Guardian Angel As Claim Yonkers Trot Elims
Aug 26

Zweig champion Yes Mickey and multiple-time New York Sire Stakes winner Guardian Angel As won the pair of $40,000 Yonkers Trot eliminations for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.

The opening elim for Yonkers Trot had a different feel before the outset when pole-sitting third choice Enterprise (Tim Tetrick) broke behind the gate and effectively was eliminated from the elimination.

That faux pas left the race as a two-choice, two-speed number, with even-money Devious Man (Andy Miller) waltzing around Westchester (:28, 59, and 1:28.1). He was chased by the $30,000 buy-in, Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt). Devious Man, last season’s New York Sire Stakes champ, had a couple of lengths in and out of the final before ‘Mickey,’ after leaving from post position four, received the memo.

He dove inside, whipping Devious Man by a neck in 1:56.1. Another Chapter (Dan Dube) was a distant three-hole third, with 49-1 outsider Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley) a ‘distanter,’ four-hole fourth. As for Enterprise, he did catch the field but could not sustain a first-up offering.

For Yes Mickey, a Muscle Hill gelding trained by his driver for owner Mellby Gard Inc., it was his third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10, with the triple returning $43.20.

What’s been the difference for this season’s version of Yes Mickey after a one-start, $600 frosh season?

“He doesn’t break,” Svanstedt said, succinctly.

The second elim for the Trot wound up with much more intrigue at the bottom than at the top, where a first-up (from post four), odds-on Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.10) was grinding by Money Macintosh (Miller). The margin was a half-length in 1:56.2.

Money Macintosh led through intervals of :28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.1, holding second from entrymate Top flight Angel (Brian Sears) as that one rallied from last among the six-pack. Di Oggi (Montrell Teague) and Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson) wound up in a dead-heat for fourth, which led to an unanswered question.

As of this writing (just past midnight Sunday morning), the author was unable to get a definitive answer regarding the field for next Saturday’s half-million final of the second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The top four finishers in each get invites, but how this ‘heater’ issue gets adjudicated is unknown…as of now. Updates when available.

For Guardian Angel AS, a statebred son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, he’s now seven-for-12 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.40, with no triple wagering offered to a limited number (five) of wagering interests.

“I didn’t care where I was going to get away (fourth), and I didn’t care if I was going to be first-over,” Bartlett said. “I just didn’t want to tip him on his head leaving. He always gets over Yonkers very well.”



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