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>The new format for the New York Sire Stakes program will make its Monticello Raceway debut on Wednesday afternoon, June 6. Three divisions of New York Sire Stakes will race for a total purse of $150,813 while six splits of the new Excelsior Series (formerly late closers) will go for a total purse of $76,400, making more than $227,000 up for grabs for NY-bred sophomore pacing colts.

The NYSS divisions will showcase the cream of the crop of New York bred pacers, featuring the likes of Breakin The Law, Lawgiver Hanover, Coral Snake and Heston Blue Chip. Fortunately for the owners of the aforementioned they all aren’t in the same division.

A New York State rule which won’t allow nine horse fields has hurt the betting card here that day. Only 17 colts were entered, which had to be split into three divisions--two sixes and one five-horse division--making it good for the owners but bad for betting purposes. As sometimes happens, one colt was scratched for the NYSS, leaving two five-horse fields and one six-horse field.  Though various betting options are negated,  the racing still will be top notch.

In the first split, going for $54,271 in race one, Breakin The Law has a six-race win- streak intact and acard that shows nine wins and two seconds in 11 seasonal starts. Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi LLC, JJK Stables and Panhellenic Stables, the colt will be driven from post two by David Miller. The altered son of Artiscape’s main challenges figure to come from Lawgiver Hanover(Jimmy Morrill Jr.) and Union Man Hanover (Tim Tetrick).

The second NYSS split—race five for a purse of $53,271—has the lightly raced and undefeated CoralSnake looking for his fourth consecutive victory. The son of Bettor’s Delight comes in off a NYSS victory at Yonkers Raceway in 1:53.2 on May 21. Owned by West Winds Stable of Cambridge, Ontario, the coltwill be driven by George Brennan and leave from the three hole.

The final NYSS division--race eight going for $53,271--will feature Kenny Jacobs’ magnificent son ofAmerican Ideal, Heston Blue Chip, a colt that continues his charge to be among the best sophomorepacers in the country. Trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, Heston Blue Chip was an easy 1:52 NYSS winner in his first start  at Yonkers on May 21. Including his freshman stats, Heston Blue Chip has 12 wins and two seconds in 14 career starts.

Six $12,700 divisions of the Excelsior Series will help bolster a stunning card that will include 15 races.

First post will be at 12:50pm. (Monticello Raceway)