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Thursday, June 29, 2017

Freshmen Filly Trotters Land At Buffalo Raceway Friday.

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's plenty of hope and high expectations on Friday night (June 30) at Buffalo Raceway as many of the entrants in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly trotters begin their racing careers in earnest.

There are 38 fillies that will be battling in five divisions worth approximately $22,000 each and only four have actually had a pari mutuel start so experience is basically non-existent. The only one who has a trip to the winner's circle is Bonamassa (Muscle Mass-Under The Pines). This sidewinder took a $6,000 maiden race by a neck in 1:59.3 at Saratoga on June 22.

The sires of these freshmen is a like a 'Who's Who' in the harness racing world. Some of the possible proud papas at the end of the night include Muscle Mass, Conway Hall, Credit Winner, Lucky Chucky, Deweycheatumnhowe. Rc Royalty and Chapter Seven. 

While most of the names are unknown right now, top-notch conditioners such as Ake Svanstedt, Trond Smedshammer, Ray Schnittker, George Ducharme, Linda Toscano and John Butenschoen bring their charges to Buffalo Raceway in hopes their trainees might household names.

One of Buffalo Raceway's longest standing track records could be on the line as well. The mark for 2-year-old trotting fillies is 2:00.2 established in 2009 by Munis Blue Chip. 

The Sires Stakes will go off as the second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth races on the unique all-trot program.

The second division seems to be the most intriguing as several big purchases from the Lexington Sale in 2016 will be involved..The leader of the pack is Abbie Hall (Conway Hall-Armbro Archer) who was bought for $85,000. She gets the six post for driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer. 

Starting next to Abbie Hall off the seven post will be A Gift To You (Credit Winner-Soprano Hanover), a $50,000 purchase at the Lexington Sale. The George Ducharme trotter put up a 1:57.2 qualifying victory at Vernon Downs on June 23.

The third leg features a pair of Lexington Sales gals who went for nice prices. Kowtow Hanover (Credit Winner-Kristins Victory) was purchased for $34,000 and Girl Talk (Credit Winner-Hey Mister) went for $35,000.

Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) tops the final Sire Stakes event as she was bought for $42,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. 

The 14-race card gets underway Friday at 5 p.m. Besides the New York Sire Stakes, there will be competition in the Excelsior A and B Series along with the always exciting $10,000 Open Trot. There's $2,951 in the Pick-5 carryover which begins in the second race.

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