Two horses by Brittany Stallion Management’s American Ideal—the 5YO mare Tequila Monday and 3YO gelding American Mercury—established a World Record, new Yonkers track records and North American season’s records over the last two days.
Tequila Monday, by American Ideal-Margarita Monday, equaled the World Record and became the co-fastest pacer—and fastest female pacer—in Yonkers history after her 1:50 victory last Friday in the $46,000 Filly & Mare Open Handicap Pace. The time was also a national season’s record.
The 5-year-old, with a career mark of 1:49.4f, has now earned more than $930,000 for her owners Northfork Racing and Chuck Pompey and trainer Chris Oakes. She was sold as a Harrisburg yearling by her breeder, Winbak Farm.
American’s Mercury’s tour de force came Thursday night in a split of the $167,500 New York Sire Stakes 3YO Colt Pace. He went wire-to-wire in 1:50.3 to notch his third NYSS win of the year and set both a track and season’s record.
The sophomore out of Tessa Hanover, who sold as a Lexington yearling for $170,000, took a fast 1:52.4 mark last year at 2. He has really come into his own this season while raising his career bankroll to almost $200,000.
He is owned by Crawford Farms, Northfork Racing, Chuck Pompey & Scott Bice and like Tequila Monday, trained by Chris Oakes. He was bred by Hunterton Farm and partners Cotton and Julie Nash.
Brittany congratulates all of the winning connections and wishes them continued good fortune as the season rolls along.