Lord Stormont wins again
YONKERS, N.Y. (AP) _ Lord Stormont, considered such a heavy favorite that wagering on him was not allowed, easily won his division of the $158,260 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday night.
Lord Stormont covered the mile in 2:00 2/5 over an off track and beat Yankee Bravado by 2 1/2 lengths to win his fourth straight race and for the 17th time in 19 starts this year.
A horse being kept out of the mutuel wagering is rare but not unheard of in harness racing. Yankee Bravado was the ``winner″ for parimutuel purposes and returned $20.20.
Lord Stormont, a gelded son of Crowning Point, earned $26,526 and brought his 1997 winnings for owner Eric Baker’s Stormont Meadows to $655,935.
Wally Hennessey, who won four New York Sire Stakes events Saturday, drove Lord Stormont for trainer Norm Jones.
``He does everything you’d want a horse to do,″ Hennessey said. ``He’s as good as any trotter I’ve ever driven.″
Lord Stormont will return to Yonkers Raceway for his next start this Saturday as part of the $1.2 million New York Night of Champions.
Other New York Sire Stakes winners Saturday night were Pandra Dee, Shippmate Hanover, Age Before Beauty, Armbro Pompei and Village Blues.
Shippmate Hanover, Age Before Beauty and Armbro Pompei were also driven by Hennessey.