Nichols, NY — Tioga Downs played host to three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sunday (July 18).
Cool Papa Bell (Jason Bartlett) destroyed the field in the $34,300 first division.
Barn Bully (Corey Callahan) took the lead and led to the first quarter in :29.1 before pulling the half back to :59. Cool Papa Bell ($3.40) made his move from third and brushed by to the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:27.3.
As they headed to the stretch, Cool Papa Bell turned on the jets and left everyone else far behind as he won easily in 1:56.3. Grand Spa (Scott Zeron) came up to finish second. Barn Bully held on for third.
Cool Papa Bell, a Chapter Seven-Blk Thai Optional gelding, is owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell. He is now a perfect three-for-three in his young career.
Justice (Åke Svanstedt) breezed to an easy win in the $33,600 second division.
Justice ($3.00) jumped straight out from the gate and surged right to the lead, hitting the first quarter in :28.3. Secret Rule (Joe Bongiorno) advanced into the pocket as they went by the stands for the first time; meanwhile, Justice rated middle splits of :57.3 and 1:27.1.
As they made the turn for home, Secret Rule popped out of the pocket but sputtered as Justice found another gear and just breezed down the stretch to win easily in a lifetime best 1:55.4. Velvet Style (Bartlett) came up to finish second. Secret Rule held on for third money.
Svanstedt trains and shares ownership of Justice, a Chapter Seven-Religulous colt who is now two-for-two, with Little E LLC, Torbjorn Swahn Inc. and Myfab Inc.
Branded By Lindy (Scott Zeron) came flying late to capture the $33,600 third division.
Quincy Market (Callahan) went straight to the front, but Castle House (Kasper Foget) went on by to hit the first quarter first in :27.4. Quincy Market regained the lead with a lap to go and was first to the half in :56.4. Distance Learning (Brian Sears) made a first-over move down the backstretch, but Quincy Market shook him off and led to three-quarters in 1:26.
Branded By Lindy ($2.90) was fifth as they hit three-quarters. As they made the turn for home, Quincy Market looked like he was going to put them all away but Branded By Lindy looked like he was shot out of a cannon down the stretch and blew right on by to win easily in 1:56.2. Quincy Market held on for second. Chapheart (Bartlett) finished third.
Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Saturday (July 24) starting at 6:15 p.m.