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Archangel captures Yonkers Trot

Yonkers, NY (Sports Network) - Archangel, driven by Jim Morrill Jr., won Saturday's 58th edition of the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. The $455,594 race is the first event of the Trotting Triple Crown.

The three-year-old colt was the third pick in the five horse field at 9-2 behind second choice Stormin Normand, also 9-2, and 1-4 favorite Googoo Gaagaa.

Archangel, trained by co-owner Peter Arrigenna. covered the mile in 1:54 1/5 to equal the all-age trotting record at Yonkers. He was able to defeat Stormin Normand by going wire-to-wire after starting from the outside post in the five horse field. Market Share was third with Googoo Gaagaa finishing fourth and Muscolo fifth.

"(Archangel) has been everything we could have hoped for," Arrigenna said earlier. "I love working with young trotters. I can teach them what to do and what not to do from Day One."

This year Archangel has won six of seven starts and has banked $416,909. Prior to the Yonkers Trot his big win was in the $233,250 final of last month's Empire Breeders Classic at Vernon Downs.

There was no place or show wagering on the race. Archangel paid $11.80 for the win.

The Trotting Triple Crown will continue on Saturday, August 4 with the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands and the Kentucky Futurity at The Red Mile on October 7.

The last year that harness racing had a Trotting Triple Crown winner was in 2006 with Glidemaster.

07/07 22:01:06 ET