Nichols, NY — In what can be considered a tune-up for the NYSS finals to be held at Tioga next Saturday (Sept. 10), Joviality S (Brian Sears) captured the $121,900 New York Sire Stakes leg for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday (Sept. 3).
Pure Countess (Wally Hennessey) was first to the quarter in :27. Cash Infusion (Tyler Buter) went on by to take over with a lap to go and was first to the half in :56. Valentina Blu (Joe Bongiorno) came first-up down the backstretch as Joviality S ($2.30) followed second-over. Valentina Blu was first to three-quarters in 1:23.3.
Joviality S made her move as they made the turn for home. Valentina Blu dug in and gave everything she had but Joviality S surged by in deep stretch to win in 1:51.3. Valentina Blue had to settle for second money. She’s A Scorcher (Jim Taggert Jr.) finished third.
Joviality S is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. She now has eight wins this season and 17 career victories in just 22 career starts.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special nine-race Labor Day Matinee (Sept. 5) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.