HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Glowngold set a new track record and Market Rally got that winning feeling back to highlight the two $59,100 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon (June 15).
Former Buffalo Raceway regular. was in the sulky for both the Sire Stakes victories.
Was it home track advantage? Morrill Jr. grinned and said, "Not sure cause you still gotta have the horses."
Glowngold ($4.70) went wire-to-wire in the first division, covering the mile in 1:59.0, breaking the old mark of 1:59.1 for 3-year-old filly trotters set by Brandnewgirlfriend in 2009.
"She settled in perfectly on the front end," Morrill Jr. said of Glowngold, who posted the fractions of 29.4, 1:00 and 1:29.2. "I was a little surprised I got the lead...I wasn't looking for it. I figured I'd be sitting no worse than fourth at the start. I was actually looking for Avalicious () but she broke."
He admitted in the winner's circle that he was surprised with setting a track record but said, "The track was fast and she (Glowngold) did everything she needed to do. It was a smooth trip."
Beauty Of Gray () looked like she might collar Glowngold in the stretch but finished a length back while Flyhawk Falina ( ) took the show spot.
Glowngold (-Glow) is owned by the Stables, Blue Chip Stables and Highland Green Fins with the trainer. It was her second win in 11 starts this season and has now earned $85,726 this season.
Market Rally, the NYSS 2-year-old filly trotting champion, has gotten off to a rough start in 2014 but Buffalo Raceway and the services of Morrill Jr. proved to be the perfect cure. Sitting in the garden spot, Market Rally ($3.30) went to the passing lane in the stretch and caught L Dees Scripture () and the pace-setting Winning Pursuit ( ), scoring by a half length in 2:00.4.
"She got a good trip," Morrill Jr. said of Market Rally. "She's gotten off to a bad start this year so it was nice to see her to have this kind of race."
Trained byand owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Panhellenic Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, it was the first win of the year for Market Rally ( -Supreme Dish). The victory was worth $29,500 and increased her lifetime bankroll to $311,316.
In the $12,500 Excelsior Series A classification for 3-year-old filly trotters, Maiden Knight () won the first division in 2:01.3 and Emiliana ( ) took the second division in 2:00.1.
The $6,600 Excelsior Series B classification saw Dreamsteeler (Doug Ackley) make it a perfect 11-for-11 in her career with a 2:00.2 time while Driving Me Linda () won the second division in 2:02.4.
There were three events in the CKG Billings Amateur Series with, Dr. Scott Woogen and Anthony Verruso all driving home winners.
Racing will return on Wednesday night with a 13-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sires Stakes will be back with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight.
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by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway