The other two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes on Friday night featured victories by Better Chill Out and Table Talk.
Better Chill Out languished in mid-pack through the opening half-mile of her division. She moved up on the outside into third position and charged through the lane to beat out Scandalicious to the wire by a length. Her final time was 1:52. Better Chill Out is owned by Joseph Meaney of Crestwood, New York, trained by, and was driven to victory on Friday night by .
Table Talk was forwardly placed throughout her division, finally assuming the lead in the stretch and held off the charge of longshot Valentina De Vie, who was eighth at the top of the lane and narrowly missed catching the winner. Table Talk paced the mile in 1:52 as well. She is owned by the Wiz Kids Stable LLC of Dover, Delaware, trained by W. Bart Dalious, and was driven by Jim Marohn Jr.
The eliminations of the Empire Breeders Classic also took place on Friday night. The first elimination for three-year-old colts took an unexpected turn when the heavy favorite, Lukas Hall, went on a break past the half-mile mark and finished last in the field of six.
The top four finishers in each elimination automatically qualify for the Final on June 8 with the one fifth-place finisher participating in the Final determined by lot. Therefore, Lukas Hall will not participate in the Final. Those horses that did qualify from the first elimination were Karets, Rocky De Vie, Hallanet, and Cashamatic.
The second elimination for three-year-old colts went a bit more to form with even-money favorite, Expressive Action, winning with a rally up the inside in the stretch in 1:55.3. Second-choice Mister B's Way led deep into the stretch but broke stride right before the wire and ended up being disqualified from fourth finishing position to fifth. The top four for the second elimination were Expressive Action, Wild And Crazy Guy, Cash For Gold, and Daley Lovin. Mister B's Way will now be in the lot draw with Crazzycrazzy to determine the ninth and final qualifier.
The three-year-old fillies also had their eliminations on Friday night. Avalicious won the first of these eliminations after leading through the opening half-mile and getting passed. She then re-rallied to get up and win by a nose in 1:55.2.
The other qualifiers for the Final from the first elimination were Annies List, Cutup Hanover, and Slice Slice Baby. The second elimination went to Crediama, driven by, who moved to the lead in the stretch and ended up three lengths clear of the heavy favorite, Glowngold.
The final time for the second elimination was 1:55.4. Also qualifying were Winning Pursuit and Driving Miss Crazy. The two fifth-place finishers, Lady With Credit and Beauty Of Gray, will have a lot draw to determine who advances to the Final on June 8.
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs