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American Idealís American Mercury wins Messenger

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Sep 1st, 19

After asserting his dominance in the New York Sire Stakes with five wins this season, American Idealís 3-year-old son American Mercury stepped up to the open ranks and won the $500,000 Messenger Stakes Final Saturday at Yonkers. (Watch race below)

Sitting second in the stretch and full of pace, American Mercury found a narrow opening inside to slip past the sportís top-ranked sophomore pacer and heavily-favored Bettorís Wish, who incidentally was bred, raised and sold as a yearling by Brittany Farms.

American Mercury p,2,1:52.4; 3,1:49.4, from the Somebeachsomewhere mare Tessa Hanover, has now earned more than a half-million dollars for his owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing, Chuck Pompey and Scott Bice.

He was bred by Steve & Cindy Stewartís Hunterton Farm and partners Cotton and Julie Nash and sold as a $170,000 yearling at Lexington Selected.

American Mercuryís affinity for the Yonkersí oval continues with the Messenger win, as earlier in the season he set a track record of 1:50.3 in a New York Sire Stakes held there.

With $250k tacked on from the Messenger, American Idealís 2019 siring earnings continue to pile up.

With $10.6-million earned by his progeny so far this year he is far and away the leading active money-winning pacing sire standing in the U.S., and ranks behind only Canadaís Bettorís Delight and the late Somebeachsomewhere overall.

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