Vernon, NY — Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Friday (Sept. 4).
The Jim Campbell trained Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) is the horse to beat in the $55,000 first division. The gelding by Credit Winner has won four straight races including three legs of the NYSS and a division of the Empire Breeders Classic. He has five lifetime wins and $265,568 in the bank.
His chief rival will be the Steven Pratt trained Barn Holden (Mark MacDonald). The colt by Conway Hall has three wins in eight starts this season. He has six career wins and has amassed nearly $200,000 lifetime.
Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) is the favorite in the $56,000 second division. Svanstedt also trains the Chapter Seven colt. His two wins this season were in a leg of the NYSS and a division of the Empire Breeders Classic, both at Vernon Downs. He has five lifetime wins and career earnings of $322,621.
His main threats will be Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer).
Berkery J (Chapter Seven) is trained by George Ducharme. His only win this season was a NYSS win at Vernon Downs. He has four career wins and earned $221,925 lifetime.
The Smedshammer trained Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) has three NYSS wins this year. He boasts five lifetime wins and $307,255 in winnings.
The 13-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.