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Summertime Lea heads $155,000 NYSS at Monticello

06:04 AM 11 Sep 2013 NZST
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Summertime Lea heads NYSS at Monticello
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Racing fans won’t have to wait long to see  the Summertime Lea, arguably the best sophomore pacing filly in the New York Sire Stakes program this season, when Jimmy Morrill, Jr. jumps up behind her in the first race on the strong  Monticello Raceway program of Wednesday, September 11.

A total purse of over $155,000 is split in the divisions with just five fillies in Summertime Lea’s  split. The other divisions each for around $52,000 are carded as races five and eight on the 13-race program and  because of just 17 entrants, the luck leans toward the owners as the other two fields have just six in each one and nearly all starters that afternoon  will get money.

The interesting undercard features four $12,700 splits of 3 year old pacing fillies in the Excelsior Series.

But Summertime Lea seems to be the cream of this years filly crop. Already with seven wins in10 starts the daughter of  Lislea-Donna Summer has bankrolled  over $215,000 this year for owners, the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Buscemi, P.A. Baldachino  and E. Smith. And last year Summeftime Lea won  eight of nine starts and amassed purses of  over $294,000.  She’ll start from the five hole on Wednesday.

In the second $52,000 division Sir Lehigh Z Tam gets the odds-maker’s nod from post two. The daughter of  Art Major-Moss Blue Chip,  a 1:52.3 winner of over $109,00 this year,  comes into the contest off a 1:54.3 triumph  in the NYSS at Tioga Downs and will be driven by Pat Lachance.

However, the may have a tussle from  the Bobby Siegelman-trained Cheyenne Miriam, a nine time  winner of $193,000 this year with a 1:53 mark taken at the Big M earlier this year. Monticello native, George Brennan will drive the daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Ailbecca when they start from post four.

The Melissa Beckwith trained Springforth is the early favorite in the final $52,000 NYSS split. The meet’s leading driver Bruce Aldrich, Jr. got the mount behind the seven- time winner of  $139,000 this year. Her best effort was  a stunning 1:532 mile while winning a NYSS leg at Batavia Downs  on August 21.

Arguably the best filly in the four Excelsior legs appears to be  Venus Delight who has 10 wins in 14 starts while never testing any of the NYSS fillies. She’s won most of her Excelsior Series starts and had already bankrolled  over $82,000. She’ll be driven by Jimmy Morrill, Jr. from post five in race six.

The four Excelsior events will be in races two, four, six and 11. First post will be at 12:50 pm.

by John Manzi for Monticello Raceway


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