VERNON, NY—The 2-year-old filly pacers Spreester (
The victories by Spreester and Barefoot Beauty came in divisions of Friday’s $37,900 Excelsior series for NY-breds, and tied another frosh filly high-stepper, Misty Major, for fastest mile honors by a representative of their age, sex and gait through Aug. 23.
Spreester’s score, her fifth in seven career outings, came in Friday’s fourth event with Frank Coppola, Jr. doing the driving for trainer and owner Kimberley Zabielski, while Barefoot Beauty’s second season’s triumph came two races later, with Ron Waples doing the steering for trainer and owner James Avritt, Sr.
Friday’s other 2-year-old filly pacing winner was Sweet Brown (Bettor’s Delight), who earned a 1:55.1 “maiden” victory with Jim Morrill, Jr. doing the teaming for trainer and owner Tyler L. Buter in race five.
Jet Air Way produced his second win in five starts with at the controls for trainer , the
Ervin Miller Stable, Tangle Massey, Paul Sunderhaus and Larry Agle.
The swiftest first-place finisher in Friday’s $38,200 Excelsior series action for 2-year-old trotting fillies was Thoughtfilly ( ), with Morrill, Jr. driving in the first race. It was the second score in five starts for quick-stepping bay, who is trained by and owned by the Mystical Marker Farms, Peggy Hood, Stable and the Simpson Racing Stable.
Friday’s other trotting division winners were Absinthe ( ) in 1:59.4 in race nine, and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly ( ) in 2:00 in event 10, each a first-time starter trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of CT and the Lindy Racing Stable, respectively.
, who teamed both Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, earned his 15th driving double of the Vernon campaign, while Antonacci earned a pair of conditioning credits, and Morrill, Jr. two driving wins.
In addition to Sweet Brown, Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, other equine athletes earning their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday’s 12-race program were the freshman trotter Justin On Broadway () in 1:59.4, and the 3-year-old pacer Battle Gun ( ) in 1:55.1…
The Downs will continue with State Fair racing for New York-bred freshmen tomorrow (Aug. 24), with male trotters and pacers displaying their talents in seven Excelsior series divisions during a 13-race program, that will begin at 6:45 p.m…
A special program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual All-Star Drivers’ Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. There will also be abobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items dispensed while supplies last), as well as an iPad and Laptop computer giveaway…
A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.