Vernon, NY – Vernon Downs played host to three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Aug. 15).
In the first division, Destined To Dance (Tyler Buter) outdueled Dream Chapter (Mark MacDonald) to earn the winner’s share of the $33,600 purse.
Me Three (Brian Sears) got the first call but the lead was short lived when Dream Chapter took over and led to the first quarter in :26.4. Dream Chapter continued to lead to the half in :57.1. That’s when Destined To Dance ($3.10) made her move first-over from fourth. She took the lead but could not clear going around the final turn. Destined to Dance led to three-quarters in 1:25.4.
The battle began as they reached the stretch. Destined to Dance and Dream Chapter were shoulder-to-shoulder battling back and forth neither one were giving an inch. Destined to Dance used one last surge to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Dream Chapter had to settle for second. Me Three finished third.
Destined To Dance is a filly by Chapter Seven-Go Go Dancer. John Butenschoen trains for owners Heritage Standardbreds, Crawford Farms Racing and Rich Preziotti. She has won four straight NYSS races.
In the $34,200 second division, Aela Jamieson (Andy Miller) rallied late to earn the victory.
Tranquility K (Larry Stalbaum) stormed to the front and led to the first quarter in :28. Insured AM S (Brian Sears) took control right after the quarter. She used a :29.3 second quarter to lead to the half in :57.3. The first to make a move was Avant Garde (Ake Svanstedt) as they headed for the final turn. Insured AM S held on to a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:27.3.
Aela Jamieson ($5.40) was second-over fourth as they made the turn for home. She came three-wide down the stretch and blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:56.2. Insured AM S held on for second. Tranquility K was third best.
Aela Jamieson is a filly by Chapter Seven-Blk Thai Optional. Julie Miller trains for owners Andy Miller Stable Inc, Dumain Haven Farm, and Little E LLC. It was her first career win in three lifetime starts.
Brian Sears guided Iteration to a narrow victory in the third and final $33,600 division.
Iteration ($3) darted right out to the front with main rival Splash Blue Chip (Ake Stanstedt) following in the pocket. Iteration led to the first quarter in :27.1. She slowed things down using a :31 second quarter to hit the half in :58.1 and continued to control the race hitting three-quarters in 1:28.
As they reached the stretch, Splash Blue Chip popped out of the pocket and gave everything she had but had to settle for second as Iteration won by three-quarters of a length in a lifetime best of 1:55.2. Moni For Lindy (Mark MacDonald) was third best.
Iteration is a filly by Chapter Seven-Steamy Windows. She is a full sister to two-time NYSS champion Gimpanzee. She is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. It was her second win in three lifetime starts.
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (Aug. 21) featuring the Zweig Memorial starting at 3 p.m.
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