Freshmen strong in NJ Sires Stakes finals
July 13, 2013
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Western Vintage, the 1-5 favorite, drew off to a four-length victory in the $150,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final for pacing colts and geldings, one of a quartet of championship finals for 2 year olds on Saturday night at the Meadowlands.
Unbeaten Western Vintage, a son of Western Ideal, covered the mile in 1:52.2 and now has three wins in three starts for owner Perry Soderberg of Hightstown, N.J., who paid $7,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and has now banked $97,250 with the Brittany Farms-bred colt.
Trained by Nancy Johansson and driven by Yannick Gingras, Western Vintage paid $2.20 to win. In The Clear by Western Ideal cut the early fractions and held on for second. It was five lengths back to Caviart Chase by Tell All in third in the fourth race.
"He's one of the best (2 year olds] we've seen so far,” said Gingras. "I pulled first-up, and he wanted to take off.”
Cee Bee Yes rallied to win the $150,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting fillies, the second race, by a nose over Dancing For Money (Muscles Yankee) in 1:56.3. It was a length and a half back to 4-5 favorite Pacific Winds K [Muscle Hill] in third.
The daughter of Muscles Yankee – Enbeecee improved her record to two wins in two starts. She paid $9.80 to win.
"The trip worked out great, but she also showed up and trotted down the lane,” said winning driver Andy Miller. "She's got a bright future.”
The Julie Miller trainee races in the name of Jason E. Allen of Vincentown, NJ and Douglas W. Allen of Southampton, N.J. A $45,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase, Cee Bee Yes has now earned $84,500.
Hill I Am slugged it out with Southwind Spirit through the stretch but would not be denied in the $150,000 New Jersey Sires Stakes final for 2-year-old trotting colts, the third race.
Hill I Am was a length winner over Southwind Spirit in 1:55.4, a stakes record, eclipsing the mark of 1:56 set by Yankee Glide in 1996. The first two are from the first crop of Muscle Hill.
Sumatra (Muscles Yankee] was third by 3 3/4 lengths.
Owned and bred by Roy Dobbins of Bryant, Ala. and trained by Dennis A. Laterza, Hill I Am was driven to victory by Corey Callahan.
"(Southwind Spirit) is no slouch, but I had a lot of confidence in this colt,” Callahan said. "I'm very impressed with him.”
Hill I Am completed a sweep of all three New Jersey Sires Stakes races in his division and lifted his earnings to $95,750.
In the sixth race, the last of the finals, 6-1 Bolt of Thunder, driven by John Campbell, had the lead at every call and drew off to a length and a half victory the $150,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for 2-year-old pacing fillies.
The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, second in both New Jersey Sire Stakes preliminary legs, paced the mile in 1:53.1. Owned and bred by Robert L. Hamather of Exeter, Ont., she is trained by Larry Remmen.
"I knew I was sailing along with fractions which I thought were okay,” said Campbell. "She held on and showed some guts at the wire.”
Fiyonce was second best and Cut A Deal was third, 2 1/2 lengths back. Both are also by Rocknroll Hanover. (SBOANJ)