Winndevie wins, Woodside Charm 7th, in NYSS
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Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) captured the $118,000 New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday.
Sensibility (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :26.2. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best but went on a break right near the first quarter mark. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder), who was the 2018 Two-Year-Old Trotter of the Year, took over the lead heading for the backstretch. She hit the half in :56.1 and was first to three-quarters in 1:25.3.
Winndevie ($15.40), who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, was fourth at the halfway mark. She then went first-over heading around the last turn. She then joined Woodside Charm as they hit three-quarters. When they reached the stretch it was all Winndevie as she powered home to win in a lifetime best of 1:54. Sensibility finished second with Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) getting third money. Quincy Blue Chip recovered from her early break and finished fourth. Woodside Charm, who was seven for seven as a freshman, faded to seventh and is winless in her two starts as a sophomore.
Winndevie is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season and her ninth career victory.
George Ducharme trained three winners on the evening. He got his wins with The Fixer ($2.30), Hannah Dreamgirl ($11.20), and Crysalline ($4.20). (Vernon Downs)