Glowngold set a new track record and Market Rally got that winning feeling back to highlight the two $59,100 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon.
Former Buffalo Raceway regular Jim Morrill Jr. was in the sulky for both the Sires Stakes victories. Was it home track advantage? Morrill grinned and said, "Not sure cause you still gotta have the horses."
Glowngold ($4.70) went wire to wire in the first division, covering the mile in 1:59, breaking the old mark of 1:59.1 for 3-year-old filly trotters set by Brandnewgirlfriend in 2009.
"She settled in perfectly on the front end," Morrill said of Glowngold, who posted the fractions of 29.4, 1:00 and 1:29.2. "I was a little surprised I got the lead...I wasn't looking for it. I figured I'd be sitting no worse than fourth at the start. I was actually looking for Avalicious (Doug McNair) but she broke."
He admitted in the winner's circle that he was surprised with setting a track record but said, "The track was fast and she (Glowngold) did everything she needed to do. It was a smooth trip."
Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) looked like she might collar Glowngold in the stretch but finished a length back while Flyhawk Falina (Dan Daley) took the show spot.
Glowngold (Conway Hall-Glow) is owned by the Andy Miller Stables, Blue Chip Stables and Highland Green Fins with Julie Miller the trainer. It was her second win in 11 starts this season and has now earned $85,726 this season.
Market Rally, the NYSS 2-year-old filly trotting champion, has gotten off to a rough start in 2014 but Buffalo Raceway and the services of Morrill proved to be the perfect cure. Sitting in the garden spot, Market Rally ($3.30) went to the passing lane in the stretch and caught L Dees Scripture (Chris Lems) and the pace-setting Winning Pursuit (Doug McNair), scoring by a half length in 2:00.4.
"She got a good trip," Morrill said of Market Rally. "She's gotten off to a bad start this year so it was nice to see her to have this kind of race."
Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Panhellenic Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, it was the first win of the year for Market Rally (Cash Hall-Supreme Dish). The victory was worth $29,500 and increased her lifetime bankroll to $311,316.
In the $12,500 Excelsior Series A classification for 3-year-old filly trotters, Maiden Knight (Dan Daley) won the first division in 2:01.3 and Emiliana (Jack Flanigen) took the second division in 2:00.1.
The $6,600 Excelsior Series B classification saw Dreamsteeler (Doug Ackley) make it a perfect 11-for-11 in her career with a 2:00.2 time while Driving Me Linda (Jeff Gregory) won the second division in 2:02.4.
There were three events in the CKG Billings Amateur Series with Steve Oldford, Dr. Scott Woogen and Anthony Verruso all driving home winners.)Buffalo)