Vernon, NY --- Sophomore filly trotters took the spotlight with the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (May 17). There were two divisions on the 12-race program.
Vernon Downs photo Clowngold won a division of NYSS on Saturday night at Vernon Downs in 1:56.1.
It appeared for a moment that Jim Morrill Jr. might sweep both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, as he guided Market Rally to the lead in the $62,400 second division through strong early fractions of 27.2 for the quarter, 55.2 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters. However, those punishing early times set things up for closers to come calling and they did once the field made the stretch. Lady With Credit was the first to attack on the outside and that first move proved to be the difference as she scored the victory at 7-1 with Truman Gale in the bike in a time of 1:55.1. Annie's List rallied from last through a half-mile to finish second and Slice Slice Baby finished third with a sustained drive after also settling at the back of the field early on. Lady With Credit is owned by White Birch Farm of New Jersey and is trained by Trond Smedshammer. The complete order of finish was Lady With Credit, Annie's List, Slice Slice Baby, Avalicious, Cutup Hanover, L Dees Scripture, Market Rally, Crediama, and Brookside Lily.