MANALAPAN, NJ – May 23, 2014 – The truth is the weather was frightful but heavy showers did not deter 8/5 favorite Speak The Truth, who won the first of three second-round divisions of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters on Friday night, May 23, 2014 at the Meadowlands.
Tim Tetrick, who piloted Speak The Truth, also won the third division, the 11th race, with 1-9 favorite Odds On Amethyst in a New Jersey Sire Stakes record for three-year-old trotting geldings of 1:53.4.
A quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-old trotters and pacers, fillies and colts, will be contested on May 31.
Speak The Truth, a son of Muscle Hill-Tady’s Comer, won his 2014 debut with a mile in 1:54.3 on a sloppy track, finishing two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dexter Cup winner Sumatra [Muscles Yankee] with Skates N Plates [Revenue] in third by three and a quarter lengths.
The third-race co-feature for colts and geldings carried a purse of $21,500.
The team behind trotting stars Market Share and Chapter Seven – driver Tetrick, trainer Linda Toscano and owner Richard Gutnick – were back in the winner’s circle with Speak The Truth [$5.20], who had two wins and one second in his five starts at two.
Speak The Truth sat fifth most of the race, was sent after the lead on the turn for home and tipped out four-wide in the stretch.
A $65,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, Speak The Truth has earned $24,750. The half-brother to millionaire Hez Striking is eligible to the Hambletonian.
Tetrick picked up his third driving tally of the night with Odds On Amethyst [Muscle Hill- Mystical Sunshine] in the $21,000 second colts and geldings division.
Odds On Amethyst [$2.20] took the lead on the first turn and held on through fractions of 28, 56.2 and 1:25.2, where he opened up distance between himself and the pocket-sitting Resolve [Muscle Hill], who closed ground near the wire to narrow the margin to three-quarters of a length. King City [Muscle Hill] was third.
Odds On Amethyst, trained by Chris Ryder, crossed the wire in 1:53.4, eclipsing the New Jersey Sire Stakes three-year-old trotting gelding record of 1:54.1 set by Green Day in 2007.
It was Odds On Amethyst’s second win in three starts this year and improved his record to four wins and two seconds in 13 career starts, banking $108,248 for Diamond Creek Racing of Wellsville, PA.
In the $40,000 division for fillies, carded as the fifth race, winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee – Embeecee] posted a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 with driver Marcus Miller at the lines.
The Julie Miller trainee, winner of the Lady Suffolk on May 2 at Freehold, chased 8/5 favorite Heaven’s Door [Muscle Hill] into the stretch, getting up for a two and a half length victory over My Inspiration [Chocolatier], who nipped Heaven’s Door for second place.
Heaven’s Door, driven by Ake Svanstedt, was third across the wire but was placed last by the judges for racing inside three pylons in the stretch, moving Scream And Shout [Muscles Yankee] into third place.
Cee Bee Yes, a $45,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase, won the New Jersey Sire Stakes Final at two. She now has six wins, three seconds and two thirds from 14 career starts and has banked $237,057 for the ownership of Jason Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas Allen of Southampton, NJ.
--Carol Hodes for SBOANJ