Nichols, NY — Dee’s Red Delicous ($3.20) took the $104,400 New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 30).
After morning line favorite Ahundreddollarbill (Jason Bartlett) went on a break right at the start, Credit Con (Tyler Buter) went to the front. Sevenshadesofgrey (Mike Merton) challenged early, only to go off stride as well. Credit Con led to the first quarter in :28.2 and rated a :59 half. Up the backstretch, Corey Callahan angled Dee’s Red Delicous first-over, and he took over the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:27.2.
Turning for home, Unwritten Chapter (Wally Hennessey) started to inch closer after riding second-over cover, but Dee’s Red Delicous found another gear and won going away in 1:56.2. Unwritten Chapter settled for second; Steel (Andy Miller) came up to finish third.
Dee’s Red Delicous is a Credit Winner-Apple Plush gelding owned by Joseph Martinelli and trained by Bruce Saunders. It was his third win in six lifetime starts.
Jason Bartlett drove three winners on the card. He combined with trainer Claude Huckabone III with Sunny Days ($19.20) and I love My Country ($7.00). His other victory came with Barn Hall ($2.50).
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (Sept. 5). Post time is 3 p.m.
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