Empire Breeders 3YO Trot elims Friday at Vernon
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The only blemish on Plunge Blue Chip's freshman season was a shocking out of the money finish in the NYSS final where her barn mate Lucky Ava picked up the mantle and scored what is by far her biggest win. Svanstedt owns a piece of each, partnered with Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tomas Andersson on Plunge Blue Chip and Little E, LLC and Van Camp Trotting Corp sharing the title on Lucky Ava.
Atlanta captured everyone's attention with her stunning 1:52 win against a field that included older horses and a legitimate Hambletonian contending colt in a Meadowlands overnight last week. She zoomed by the field with a withering stretch burst to claim the win with Scott Zeron driving for his father Rick who trains her. Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant own Atlanta in partnership with the trainer.
Svanstedt also has one of the top contenders among the 19 colts in last year's NYSS final winner Six Pack. A winner five times in nine lifetime outings, Six Pack is the fastest of the colts by virtue of his 1:53.1 win in a NYSS event at Vernon just a week ago. Svanstedt owns him in partnership with Little E, Stall Kalmar and Lars Berg.
The second division of colts is a very competitive, balanced field that includes the winner of last year's Kindergarten final, Tito. Driver Andy McCarthy will have to chart a winning course from an outside post eight for the Erv Miller trainee who was third in his seasonal debut last week. Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes and Louis Willinger are Tito's owners.
From the pair of colt divisions, the top four and one of the fifth place finishers drawn by lot will advance to the $248,000 final.