Batavia, NY – Two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies visited Batavia Downs on opening night to compete for $106,000 in total purses.
In the first division, Love A Good Story (Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin) stayed undefeated after she scored her fourth consecutive win, all in NYSS action.
Driver Andy Miller floated Love A Good Story off the gate and to the front before the quarter in a quick :28.4. From there she trotted along on her own terms, setting stops at the next two stations at :58.2 and 1:30.1. Moving around the last turn, Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt) and Munster (Jordan Stratton) closed in on the leader and appeared to have a shot to catch her. Love A Good Story found another gear and trotted away under a line drive from Miller and won easily by four lengths in 1:59.2.
Love A Good Story ($2.50) has now earned $79,100 for the season for owners Pinske Stable and the Kentuckiana Racing Stable. Trained by Julie Miller and bred by Celebrity Farms.
The second split of the night saw Seventimesalady (Chapter Seven-Ava Marion) draw off to a convincing first lifetime win.
Really Blue Chip (Anthony McDonald) took the lead from the pylon starting Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) and opened up a two-length gap on the field at the quarter in :29.3. Svanstedt followed that cover to the half but then pulled off the clubhouse turn and motored his way to the front up the backside, clearing past the three-quarters. From there the filly left her competition behind, pulling away down the lane and winning by almost five lengths in 1:59.3, which was a new lifetime mark.
Seventimesalady ($3.20) is owned by Ake Svanstedt, Little E and Knuttson Trotting. Svanstedt also trains the winner. Co-owner Little E LLC. is also the breeder.
There were also three divisions of the $15,000 Excelsior “A” series on the card that were won by:
Nasty Gal (Conway Hall-Dreama Littledream)
Owner-Deborah Brunet and Patricia Crawford
Breeder-Joseph Brunet and Patricia Crawford
Starrystarrynight (Conway Hall-Makes Me Crazy)
Owner-W. J. Donovan
Smooth Affair (Conway Hall-Identity Theft)
Owner-Northfork Racing Stable
Breeder-Morrisville College Foundation
Tyler Buter and Scott Zeron led all driver for wins on the night, each scoring a Hat Trick on the 11-race card.
There will be a $2,500 guaranteed pool in the Pick-5 on Saturday night (July 27,) which is when live racing resumes at Batavia Downs. Post time for the first race is 6 p.m.