John Horne for Tioga Downs.
Celebrity Ruth (Trond
Smedshammer), Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) all had
New York Sire Stakes wins during first leg for 3 year-old trotting fillies at
Tioga Downs Sunday night (May 28).
An incredible night of racing
started during the Hub International Pace - Final for 3 year-old Colts and
Geldings. The entry from owner Ken Jacobs and trainer Linda Toscano of
Brian J (Scott Zeron) and Avatar J (Mike Simons) ended in a dead heat.
Brian J ($2.10) took the lead at the top of the stretch, but Avatar J (2.10)
came flying late to earn the tie. Both 3 year-old American Ideal colts
achieved lifetime marks of 1:52.3.
Next the ladies to center
stage. In the first of three New York Sire stake races Celebrity Ruth
($4.90), who is owned by White Birch Farm and trained by Smedshammer went gate
to wire for the win. The 3 year-old filly trotter by Archangel set a
track record for 3 year-old fillies of 1:53.4. Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci)
finished second with Sunshine Delight (Christian Lind) getting third.
The very next race was the second
of three Sire Stakes races. Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), who equaled the
track record a week ago, would be the heavy favorite. The 3 year-old
filly by Conway Hall stormed to the front just after the first-quarter.
Barn Bella ($2.10), who is owned by Steven (trainer) and Nancy Pratt with the
Purple Haze Stables glided to an easy victory and recaptured the track record
in 1:53.3. Amber Ella (Scott Zeron) came up to capture second as
Soutwhind Tesla (Jim Morril Jr) followed to earn third.
The final race of the New York
State trotting fillies went to Maewegonow (Charlie Norris). After the
favorite Northern Courtney went on a break Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe) took
the lead right at the first-quarter. Owned by Carrie Norris, G&B
Racing with Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris, Maewegonow hung on to
beat a hard charging Scarey Karie (Phil Fluet) in 1.55.4; Deli-Delite
(Chris Lems) was third.
Tioga Downs starts their 11 race
Memorial day card (May 29) at 1pm.