Batavia, NY --- Barefoot Beauty used a sizzling :57.1 second half-mile and scored a convincing 1-1/2 length victory over Sweetnsinful in 1:54.4 to highlight the New York Sire Stakes action for 2-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night (Sept. 18) at Batavia Downs.
Barefoot Beauty's sparkling time erased the Batavia Downs track record for 2-year-old fillies of 1:55 set in 2006 by Paula's Best, which was the longest standing mark at North America's oldest lighted harness track.
While Barefoot Beauty broke a record, Marty Party tied the Batavia Downs track record for older pacing mares in the next race as she went the mile in 1:53.4 in the $8,500 Fillies and Mares Open. The time tied the mark set in 2012 by Up Front Kellie Jo.
It was definitely a night of upsets in the Sire Stakes as Barefoot Beauty was overlooked by the public and returned $26.20 while Table Talk took the first division and returned $24.20.
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|Barefoot Beauty established a new track record for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday.|
Barefoot Beauty (Art Major-Stunning Beauty) sat sixth at the start as Rain Cloud Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) took the lead and went the half in :57.3.
Driver Doug McNair came first over with Barefoot Beauty just before the half, then blew past the front-running Rain Cloud Hanover midway down the backstretch and never looked back. Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) rallied for second while Rain Cloud Hanover held on for third.
"She was real good tonight," talented young reinsman McNair said. "When I pulled the (ear) plugs she just took off."
It was the third win in seven career starts for Barefoot Beauty, owned by James Avritt, Sr. and trained by Gregg McNair. The victory pushed her winnings to $44,478 this season.
It took nine starts but Table Talk (Bettor's Delight-Place At The Table) finally reached the winner's circle after going gate-to-wire in 1:55.2 with Jim Marohn, Jr. aboard in the first division worth $52,506.
Table Talk was able to set the fractions at :27, :57.1 and 1:26.2 as Bikinis On Top dropped into the pocket. Suplemental Income (Jason Bartlett), the heavy 1-4 favorite, was first over at the half but called it a night at the three-quarter marker and finished fifth.
Table Talk had plenty of pace down the stretch and easily held off Bikinis On Top (Doug McNair) by 2-1/4 lengths while Wondering Heart (Jimmy Whittemore) took the show spot.
"She got locked in last week at Vernon and we wanted to give her every chance possible tonight so we decided to leave with her," driver Jim Marohn, Jr. said. "Once she made the lead she paced real strong right to the wire."
Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Bart Dalious, Table Talk now has $26,253 in earnings in her first season.
In the $12,600 Excelsior Series for the 2-year-old filly pacers, Spreester ($4.00) made it seven for nine in her career as she scored the victory in 1:56.2 for driver Jim McNeight.
Jim Morrill, Jr. won two Excelsior Series races, leading Barbuda Babe to the win in 1:59 in a non-betting affair and notched a victory with Carlotta Blue Chip ($3.60) in 1:57.
In the Open Pace for fillies and mares, Marty Party ($3.80) sat the pocket most of the way and used a late charge in the passing lane to nip the pace-setting Winbak Heavenly by a neck. It was her first start since arriving from Yonkers, Harrah's Philadelphia and Pocono Downs.
Marty Party, driven by Jim Morrill, Jr., is owned by Howard and Michael Ouriel and is trained by Don Rothfuss.
The racing resumes on Friday night when a 12-race card will be presented with first post scheduled for 6:30 p.m. The feature on the program will be the $8,500 Open Trot where Winky's Pride is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the full field of eight. Winky's Pride will score from the four spot with Kevin Cummings in the sulky.
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