Vernon, NY — Greenshoe (Brian Sears) rebounded from his defeat in the Hambletonian to win the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday night (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs.
Marseille (Ake Svanstedt) assumed the lead heading to the first quarter in front of Don’t Let’em who took up pocket position in second, with Brian Sears waiting patiently in third with Greenshoe ($2.30). Mareseille set a modest first quarter of :27.1 before rationing out the speed to the half in 56.3, where Greenshoe made his move first-over heading into the final turn.
Turning for home Marseille had a short lead past three-quarters in 1:25.1, but could not fend off the pressure from Greenshoe who powered past through the stretch to a convincing six-length victory. Greenshoe’s stablemate, Green Manalishi S (Tim Tetrick) finished second, while Marseille held on for third.
Greenshoe is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., Morten Langli, Hans Backe, and Lars Granqvist. For the Father Patrick sired 3-year-old, Greenshoe it was his sixth win in eight starts this season.
The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) scored a victory in the co-featured $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies.
Starita (Dexter Dunn) jumped to the front out of the gate parking The Ice Dutchess ($5.80) to the first quarter of 27.1. After seizing the lead, she controlled the tempo to the half in :56.2. Evident Beauty (David Miller) was the first to make a move on the leader heading to the three-quarter pole (1:25.1), but that challenge was repelled by The Ice Dutchess who was two lengths in front turning for home.
The Ice Dutchess faced no other challengers through the stretch and won by a decisive 1-3/4 lengths in 1:52.4. Evident Beauty held on for second, while Starita had to settle for third.
The Ice Dutchess is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms and trained by Nancy Johanson. The Muscle Hill sired The Ice Dutchess now has four wins on the season and nine career victories.
American Rebel (Tyler Buter) scored a victory in the $53,000 first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings.
Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) got a jump on his competition early leading by 1-1/2 lengths to the opening quarter in 27.2. Heading up the backstretch, Major Betts began to feel pressure from Cigars And Port (Tim Tetrick) who took control just before the half (56.4).
American Rebel (Tyler Buter) made a first over bid at the three-quarter pole, collaring leader Cigars And Port, but had to deal with a resurging Major Betts who found room inside through the stretch. A stretch battled ensued, but American Rebel fought off the bid of Major Betts to win by a head in 1:53.4.
American Rebel (American Ideal-Restive Hanover,$7.90), is trained by Patti Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable and Robert Robinson. The win was his fourth career victory.
Freedom Warrior (David Miller) would take down the second division of the $54,000 New York Sire Stakes action on Saturday night with a 1-1/2 length victory.
Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) led the field of eight to the first quarter in :27. His stablemate Splash Brother (Tim Tetrick) took over as the field approached the half in :56.4. He would lead past three-quarters in 1:24.4 before dealing with multiple challenges.
Freedom Warrior tipped first-over at the three-quarter pole and powered past to the lead through mid-stretch, holding off a late charge from Groovy Joe(Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best 1:52.3. Hurrikanekingjames (Yannick Gingras) was closing late but had to settle for third.
Freedom Warrior ($6.10), is owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare. Freedom Warrior (American Ideal-Chief Karen) won his second start in six career efforts on Saturday.
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 23) at 6:10 p.m.
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