Monticello, NY — Monticello Raceway offered its largest single purse since 2017 on Monday afternoon (July 29), when Quincy Blue Chip ($2.60) captured the single $118,800 New York Sire Stakes event contested for 3-year-old trotting fillies.
Jim Morrill Jr. drove Market Bre to victory in an earlier Excelsior Series race, and after the winner’s circle presentation he said, “I’ll be back in an hour for that Sire Stakes blanket.”
As the starter picked up the field of eight sophomores for their Sire Stakes event, a sudden burst of rain hit the Catskill oval. Quincy Blue Chip and Morrill, who together started from post two, led from start to finish, cutting fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:27.4 before using a :28.3 last quarter to win in 1:56.2, a fifth of a second off the track record. Sensibility finished second from the pocket, and Winndevie was third.
Quincy Blue Chip, a daughter of Chapter Seven and Sirenuse, earned her third Sire Stakes win and sixth overall score of the season, and has seasonal earnings of $274,000 in 10 starts. She is owned by Barbara and Jim Boese of Milton, Del. and trainer Richard Banca of Otisville, N.Y.
During the winner’s circle presentation, the rain had stopped and Morrill quipped, “I told you I was coming back for that blanket!”
In Excelsior action, the winners were Hana Dreamgirl (1:59.3, Jason Bartlett), Market Bre (2:01.1, Morrill), Crystalline (1:58.2, Scott Zeron), Muscle N Beauty (2:01, Bruce Aldrich Jr.), Summertime Fever (2:00.1, Jim Taggart Jr.) and Marcella Bella (2:02.1, Aldrich).
Morrill enjoyed a driving double on the card and George Ducharme had a training double.