Vernon, NY --- The 2-year-old filly pacers Spreester and Barefoot Beauty each delivered career-best 1:54.3 clockings in Friday night’s $76,100 New York State Fair competition at Vernon Downs, while in a non-Excelsior series event, the 2-year-old colt pacer Jet Airway (Jereme’s Jet) became the fastest freshman performer of the 53-program meeting with a 1:53.1 performance in race seven.
|Spreester's (3) victory in NY State Fair competition on Friday at Vernon Downs was her fifth in seven career outings.|
The victories by Spreester (American Ideal-Rodeo Spree) and Barefoot Beauty (Art Major-Stunning Beauty) came in divisions of Friday’s $37,900 Excelsior series for NY-breds, and tied another frosh filly high-stepper, Misty Major, for fastest mile honors by a representative of their age, sex and gait through Aug. 23.
Spreester’s score, her fifth in seven career outings, came in Friday’s fourth event with Frank Coppola, Jr. doing the driving for trainer Paul Zabielski and owner Kimberley Zabielski, while Barefoot Beauty’s second season’s triumph came two races later, with Ron Waples doing the steering for trainer Gregg McNair and owner James Avritt, Sr.
Friday’s other 2-year-old filly pacing winner was Sweet Brown (Bettor’s Delight-Jk Songndance), who earned a 1:55.1 “maiden” victory with Jim Morrill, Jr. doing the teaming for trainer Amber Buter and owner Tyler L. Buter in race five.
Jet Air Way produced his second win in five starts with Charlie Norris at the controls for trainer Erv Miller, the Ervin Miller Stable, Tangle Massey, Paul Sunderhaus and Larry Agle.
The swiftest first-place finisher in Friday’s $38,200 Excelsior series action for 2-year-old trotting fillies was Thoughtfilly (Conway Hall-Secret Thoughts), with Morrill, Jr. driving in the first race. It was the second score in five starts for quick-stepping bay, who is trained by Brandon Simpson and owned by the Mystical Marker Farms, Peggy Hood, Dirk Simpson Stable and the Simpson Racing Stable.
Friday’s other trotting division winners were Absinthe (Crazed-Drinks Like A Fish) in 1:59.4 in race nine, and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly (Crazed-My Dolly`s Dream) in 2:00 in event 10, each a first-time starter trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of CT and the Lindy Racing Stable, respectively.
Chris Lems, who teamed both Absinthe and Lindy’s Crazy Dolly, earned his 15th driving double of the Vernon campaign, while Antonacci earned a pair of conditioning credits, and Morrill, Jr. two driving wins.