Nichols, NY — Quncy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett) each won their division of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore trotting fillies at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 14). The two divisions each raced for a purse of $57.600.
In the first division Amal Hall (Andy Miller) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28. Quincy Blue Chip ($4.40) then took over the lead with a lap to go. She was first to the half in :57. Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) went first-over from third on the backstretch. The two rivals raced side by side going around the last turn after Quincy Blue Chip hit the three-quarters first in 1:24.4.
Quincy Blue Chip, who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, had a slight lead as they reached the stretch. Winndevie gave everything she had but Quincy Blue Chip was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Winndevie settled for second with Amal Hall getting third place.
Quincy Blue Chip by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. She won for the fifth time this season and now has nine career victories.
In the second division, With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) jumped out to the lead and went to the first quarter in :28.3. Stella Jane ($6.00) followed in the pocket. With Out A Doubt hit the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.2. Gobi Princess (Andy Miller) was the first to challenge just before hitting the three-quarter mark. With Out A Doubt shook her off and continued to lead as they reached the stretch.
Stella Jane, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenschoen, popped out of the pocket in the stretch and went right on by to win in 1:55.3. With Out A Doubt held on for second. Gobi Princess finished third.
Stella Jane is by Crazed-Naughty Nana. It was her first win in 2019. She now has four career victories.
Jason Bartlett had four wins on the afternoon. He got his other victories with Divine Wind ($25.60), Amanda Blue Chip ($5.30), and Hanna Dreamgirl ($4.20).
Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 19) with a 13-race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is at 6:15 p.m.
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