Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), wins a leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3 year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 10), for a purse of $117,600. It was the start of corntastic weekend at the Miracle Mile with free corn but but she was the "Bella" of the ball on this night.
Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett)
would charge out to the early lead, but Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait
and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with
Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27.0,
:56.2, 1:26.0, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and
Once they got to the top of the
stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella
($2.30), but the 3 year-old filly would put it in another gear and win in the
end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn Jr.) would finish third.
Barn Bella has now won 10 of the
11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won
the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of
the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS)
after going on a break.
Jimmy Whittemore would win three
races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB
($8.20), and Love Live Laugh ($8.10).
Racing returns to Vernon Downs on
Friday (August 11) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45. Corntastic
weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday.