VERNON, NY—The favorite Maud Blue Chip continued her winning ways with a career-best 1:58 performance in a division of Thursday night’s $109,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old filly trotters at Vernon Downs.
Competing against eight eager rivals over a rain-affected good track in Thursday’s ninth race, Maud Blue Chip rallied from fourth at the half to become a challenging second entering the final quarter. With doing the teaming for trainer , the steady-striding brown filly turned on the speed in the stretch and defeated Market Rally by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the NYSS score, and the fourth win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in six starts for the quick-footed daughter of -Queen of the Moor, who increased her winnings to $126,639 for owners Melvin Hartman, David H. Mc Duffee and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable.
Thursday’s other NYSS winner was Exotic Form, a representative of the Dan Dailey Stable entry, who also closed late to post a 1:58.2 lifetime-fastest tally in the sixth session. was at the controls for Daley as the opportunistic bay filly overtook the favorite, Gammy’s Girl, in the final furlong and secured a three-quarter length score, her second NYSS win in succession and third (coupled with a second-place finish and a third) in seven official outings. The fast and fit daughter of -Form Fitting increased her earnings to $103,045 for the Winbak Farm.
Thursday’s 12-race program also included three divisions of a $38,200 Excelsior Series contest for state-bred frosh-filly high-steppers. The winners were Ski To The Max ( -Enjoy The Sun) in 1:59.3 for driver and trainer and the Theodore Gewertz, Y. Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet ownership contingent; Emiliana ( -Monalisa Can) in 1:59.3 with teaming for trainer and owner Lisa Wyatt, and Holly’s Lightning ( -Indigo Sakra) in 2:00.2 for driver/trainer and owner Greg Martin.
The crowd’s choice Billmar Scooter, making just her second local appearance, delivered a 1:51.2 triumph in Thursday’s $10,000 second race, the week’s Open distaff pace. The hard-hitting 8-year-old mare rallied from fourth in the final quarter to defeat Bye, last week’s victor in this class, by two lengths. It was the fifth current victory and 38th all-time for the bay daughter of -Its Scooter Time, who is owned by driver , trained by and owned by the Oldford Farms.
In addition to ’s driving double, reinsman collected his meet-leading 19th two-win credit during the track’s 63rd program of 2013.
The-conditioned trotter Rattle On (2:02.1) and Holly’s Lightning (2:00.2) each earned their first pari-mutuel victories during Thursday’s card…
The Downs will present a 10-race program starting at 6:45 on Friday night…
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