Winndevie, Quincy Blue Chip set for NYSS showdown
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The top two point earners for 3-year-old trotting fillies will square off in a New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) event at Monticello Raceway on Monday, July 29. Winndevie and Quincy Blue Chip will compete in the solo split of Sires Stakes racing for a purse of $118,800.
Quincy Blue Chip (PP2) will have her regular driver Jim Morrill Jr. she recently changed barns and is now trained by part owner Richard Banca and co-owners Barbara and Jim Boese of Milton Del. The Chapter Seven lass was the winner of the elimination and final of the Empire Breeders Classic earlier this year at Vernon Downs. She has also earned NYSS victories at Saratoga and Vernon Downs. She has earned over $215,000 thus far this season and has a lifetime mark of 1:53.2
Leading point earner Winndevie leads the way with 150 points, the Credit Winner-Vida De Vie filly was last year’s champion 2-year-old filly by virtue of her win in the Night Of Champions, she only been out of the money once this year season. Winndevie has won NYSS events this year at Buffalo Raceway and Yonkers and a pair of place performances at Tioga Downs and Saratoga Raceway.
She will start from post position 6. Trainer Trond Smedshammer has elected to have Jason Bartlett drive the filly for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, N.Y.
Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) will score from post position 4. The Julie Miller trainee will be driven by Andy Miller, her slate includes two wins in Excelsior A Class and a win in the Empire Breeder Classic elimination. Stella Jane (Crazed-Naughty Nana) will start from post 5 for owners Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse N.Y. She earned her lifetime mark of 1:55.3 in a NYSS this summer at Tioga Downs. Corey Callahan will be driving the John Butenschoen trainee.
Also on the card are three divisions of Excelsior A class ($15,000) and three heats of Excelsior B ($6,600)
Post time is 12:50 p.m. for the eight-race card. (Monticello)