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3-year-old filly trotters vie in NYSS action

Wednesday, June 24, 2009  By: Yonkers

 

Held over by popular downstate demand, Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $218,200 New  York Sire Stakes New Rochelle Trot for 3-year-old fillies and Brandnewgirlfriend won the evening's third ($43,960) division--first wagering group--with her fourth consecutive victory, third in a row in NYSS  competition and second successive win here.

 

The daughter of Conway Hall drew the pole and inherited the lead when Social Butterfly (Ray Schnittker) and The Ice Queen (Trond Smedshammer) both misbehaved early. From there, "Girlfriend" and driver Boone Mattison had no problem keeping pocket-sitter--and defending NYSS cmap--She's So Savvy (Howard Okusko Jr.) at bay. Fractions of :30, 1:01.2 and 1:31.2 gave the 2-5 choice two lengths to play with turning for home.

 

She maintained that margin to the wire in 1:59.4, with Contag Way (John Stark Jr.) third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths.

 

For Brandnewgirlfriend, co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, Jim Winske, Stephen Michaels and East Pond Stable, she returned $2.90 for her sixth win in  seven seasonal starts. The lass, now with seasonal stash of a bit more than $68,000, led a $4.50 exacta and $18.40 triple.

 

"She's done pretty much everything we've asked from her," Kelley said. "She had trained down to about 2:15 last season, but wasn't physically mature  enough, so we quit with her.

 

"I had a bunch down at Spring Garden Ranch (DeLeon Spings, Fla.) over the winter, and my second trainer, Kevin Constantine, did a very good job with  her. When we brought her back, we put the hobbles on. She made a break in a qualifier when some dirt flew up and hit her.

 

"Except for that, she's been on schedule and right there all season. Boone is my second trainer up here, and he knows her as well as I do. We paid $80,000 (for Brandnewgirlfriend), so technically, we're not out of the hole," Kelley said  "But I'm happy with the results."

 

After all, she is paying her way.

 

Tuesday night's other NYSS events, worth $42,360, $43,960, $43,960 and $43,960, were won by...

--Michelle's Way (by Conway Hall); owner Marcos Ameralis/trainer Ken rucjker/driver Brent Holland; 1:58.3/non-bettor;

--Serene Yankee (by Conway Hall); owner Rodney Mitchell Inc./trainer Julie Miller/driver Andy Miller; (life-best) 2:00/non-bettor;

--Big Sky Angelina (by Malabar Man); owner Domenico Costagliola/trainer Chris Marino/driver Jim Meittinis; (life-best) 1:59.2$41;

--Up in Class (by Conway Hall); co-owners Scuderia  O M Srl and Scuderia Gardesana Srl/trainer Jan Johnson/driver Jeff Gregory; (life-best) 2:01/$12

 

Friday night, New York Sire Stakes continue with $215,464 Armand Palatucci Trot for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings (races 5,6,8 and 9). It's the last local statebred visit until mid-July. (Yonkers)


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