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Gimpanzee to debut in EBC 3CT final; elims for EBC 3FT

May 13, 2019

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The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old New York-sired trotters at Vernon Downs was drawn Monday.


There were but nine colts declared and they will go directly to the $215,200 championship on Monday, May 27 as part of the matinee Memorial Day holiday card. No elimination necessary.


Last season's unbeaten freshman Gimpanzee is the headliner in the colt division. He won the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) final and Breeders Crown final during his Dan Patch Award winning season for owner Courant Inc. and trainer Marcus Melander.


They are in post position order: 

                   Horse                Driver

1-      Getting Serious – R. Lopez

2-      Star Struck Hanover – TBA

3-      Skyway Kon Man – T. Smedshammer

4-      Whimzical Chapter – D. Daley

5-      Gimpanzee – B. Sears

6-      Mr Vicktor – T. Buter

7-      Travel Winner – T. Buter

8-      Cavill Hanover – J. Morrill Jr

9-      Big Money Honey – T. Buter


Twelve fillies were declared and they will race in a pair of six-filly eliminations on Friday night with the top nine (first four and one fifth drawn by lot) and the two winners will draw for posts 1-6 for the $209,500 championship on the same afternoon.


Last season's NYSS final winner Winndevie will compete in the second division for Purple Haze Stable and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer.


They are:

Race 4 Purse $12,500

1. Pilgrims Lass                        M. Simons

2. Conway Kellyanna                 C. Norris

3. Amal Hall                             J. Morrill Jr.

4. Sensibility                            S. Zeron

5. Amanda Blue Chip                 TBA

6. Gobi Princess                        J. Morrill Jr.


Race 7 Purse $12,500

1. Quincy Blue Chip                  J. Morrill Jr.

2. Winndevie                           T. Smedshammer

3. Sweet Chapter                     J. Morrill, Jr

4. Hanna Dreamgirl                  TBA

5. With Out A Doubt                 T. Buter

6. Stella Jane                           J. Bartlett

(Vernon Downs)

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