Winndevie still unbeaten with NYSS win at Tioga
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Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3).
In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866,Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive.
Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a half of 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2.
Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the half. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she took over second before the three-quarter. Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to capture the mile in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Amal Hall had to settle for second best with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third.
Winndevie is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four for four in her young career. Meittinis drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Persistent Bettor ($6.00) and Royalpine Princess ($3.50).
Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS ($36,566).
Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford) led to a first quarter in :28.3. Sweet Chapter (Rick Zeron) blew by just after the first quarter and easily led the group to the half in :57.4 and was the first one to three-quarters in 1:26.3.
Quincy Blue Chip ($3.00) was six lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she just flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.1. With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) came on late to finish second with Thanks For Leaving (Jeff Gregory) finishing third.
Quincy Blue Chip is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. It was her third win in four career starts.
Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) was impressive in NYSS debut, winning the third division ($36,566).
Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) controlled the first half of the race (:28.1, :58.3).
Woodside Charm ($3.30) followed in the pocket until the middle of the backstretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she brushed to the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2 and breezed in the stretch winning in 1:55.2. She was just 1/5 of a second off the track record . Stella Jane (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second. Sensibility (Mike Simons) was third best.
Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She is now two for two in her career.
Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (August 4) at 6:15 p.m.