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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Freshman fillies headline Vernon NYSS

by James Witherite, Vernon Downs racing media

Vernon, N.Y. -- Twenty-nine talented 2-year-old trotting fillies take to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 14) evening for a quartet of New York Sire Stakes events, with a total of $109,500 at stake.

The $27,250 sixth race features a pair of multiple winners in Lima Playtime (Mark MacDonald, post 2) and Lindylicious (Chris Lems, post 4), and both daughters of Credit Winner will square off with five other rivals.  Lima Playtime, the Rick Zeron-trained 2-1 morning line favourite, drew clear to prevail in Sire Stakes preliminaries at both Yonkers and Batavia, most recently drawing clear to a 1:59.4 win at Yonkers in dominant fashion.  George Ducharme trainee Lindylicious took both her career wins on the Excelsior circuit, since rising to Sire Stakes competition with a pair of runner-up efforts.

Three-time winner Posterity (Charlie Norris, post 7) headlines the $27,250 seventh race, drawing off to defeat her foes at Yonkers and Batavia much in the same manner as Lima Playtime.  The daughter of Lucky Chucky is the 9-2 morning line third choice in the third division, having to contend with Ron Burke trainee Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill, Jr., post 5).  The Broad Bahn filly won her first two career races in Sire Stakes events, and she seeks to acquit herself of a late break at Yonkers last week.

In the $27,750 ninth race, the Åke Svanstedt-trained and driven Non Stick (post 3) seeks to defend her undefeated record, earning pacesetting victories in her debut at Pocono and in a Sire Stakes race at Yonkers last week.  The Lucky Chucky filly faces seven rivals, including fellow two-time winner Go Mary Go (Ray Schnittker, post 6), and 5-2 morning line favourite Dazzling Dollars (Trond Smedshammer, post 5).  Dazzling Dollars, by Cash Hall, controlled the terms in her Sire Stakes event at Yonkers last week, edging clear for a 2:00.1 maiden-breaking triumph.

The 13-race Friday card begins at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, and also marks the beginning of the annual Corntastic festivities, which continue through the weekend.