The New York Sires Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies were the feature events on a special 15-race program of racing at Tioga Downs on Monday night. The Sires Stakes races were carded as the seventh and ninth races on the program and both offered purses of $62,400.
The first division was won by Avalicious (RC Royalty-Say Your Prayers), who moved past the early pacesetter, Glowngold, past the half-mile mark and actually built a decent lead entering the final eighth of a mile. Avalicious (Mark MacDonald) did have to hold off a closing charge from Annie's List (Tyler Buter), who followed the cover of Avalicious on the second turn as she worked her way into the lead. However, Annie's List was unable to keep pace with Avalicious, which turned out to be the deciding factor, as she could only manage a second-place finish. The fractional times for the mile were :28.2, :58.4, 1:26.2 and 1:56.
Avalicious is owned by M.C. Crawford, A.C. Crawford, and P.C. Crawford of New York and the trainer is Leigh Raymer.
The second division provided one of four wins on the night for driver Jim Morrill Jr. He was in the bike for Market Rally, who overcame being parked for the middle section of the race to score an emphatic eight-length victory. Market Rally (Cash Hall-Supreme Dish) has now won two Sires Stakes races in a row, following a win at Buffalo Raceway on June 15.
Market Rally followed live cover from L Dees Scripture (Chris Lems) in pursuit of early leader, Crediama. Once the field made the final turn, Market Rally just kept right on going and built a big lead over her competition. The fractional times for the mile were :28, :57.2 for the half, 1:25.3 and a final time of 1:54.4. Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) closed strongly to prevail in a three-way photo for the second spot. L Dees Scripture finished third.
Market Rally is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Pennsylvania and Our Horse Cents Stables and Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York. The trainer is Ron Burke. (Tioga Downs)