Hamburg, NY---Mother Nature definitely was a major factor in Sunday afternoon's (July 13) New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, but the heavy rains didn't stop Our Hot Majorette, Bin N Heaven and Bossers Joy from registering victories over the sloppy track.
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|Bin N Heaven was the fastest NYSS winner, scoring in 1:59.4.|
Bin N Heaven posted the fastest time of the three $36,566 divisions with a 1:59.4 time. Our Hot Majorette and Bossers Joy each lit up the tote board in the other two legs. Mike Saftic managed to hang on at the wire to score a $23.60 win with Our Hot Majorette while Bossers Joy and Brent Holland took the final division and returned $80.00 for the victory.
The heavy rain made the track a sloppy mess, but Bin N Heaven, entering her race a perfect 2-for-2 in qualifiers including 1:56.3 at Mohawk, found the wet going to her liking. Taking over the lead just before the three-quarter marker, Bin N Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Binions) paced away from the field and beat Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 2-1/4 lengths while Fan Mail (Mark MacDonald) finished in third.
"There we no problems at all," McNail said of Bin N Heaven's trip. "She was push-button. She went when we needed to go. Those were great fractions considering the weather."
Owned by Frank Bellino and trained by Tony OSullivan, it was the first pari-mutuel win in Bin N Heaven's first start.
|Our Hot Majorette (5) edged Ameritime to win in 2:03.1.|
Our Hot Majorette (Art Major-She's So Hot) showed plenty of heart in the lane and took the opening leg with a head victory over Ameritime (MacDonald) in what can only be described as a monsoon rainstorm in 2:03.1. Ameritime cut the mile with 31.1, 1:03 and 1:34.3 fractions, but could not stop Our Hot Majorette in a ding-dong battle down the lane. The heavily favored Sheeztoughenough (Morrill Jr.) took the show position.
"Wow," was the first comment of driver Mike Saftic when he returned to the winner's circle. "That was a great trip for her in here. I really couldn't see too much though. That was sure an adventurous trip."
Our Hot Majorette is owned Miller Farms and is trained by Eric Adams.
Bossers Joy (Art Major-Esther's Joy) enjoyed the frolic in the wet going and rallied for an impressive head victory over Crucial Moment (Jimmy Whittemore) in the final division in 2:01.1. Mydelight Bluechip (Chris Lems) rounded out the top three.
Hitting the half-mile 11-1/4 lengths behind the leaders, Bossers Joy used a slow and steady journey on the outside to snatch the win, getting up in the shadow of the wire for the upset victory.
"She really whipped around the track," Holland said of the last half mile by Bossers Joy. "There were no issues. She raced well." Holland, who tripled on the card, added with a laugh, "We finally got the lead when we wanted it: at the wire."
|Bossers Joy paid $80 to win her NYSS split in 2:01.1.|
Bossers Joy is owned by Francis Azur and is conditioned by Kevin McDermott.
In the $12,700 Excelsior A Series, Holland took two divisions with by steering Bugatti Beauty ($24.00) to a 2:03.2 decision and Jag Out ($3.00) to a 2:02.3 win. Hey Kobe ($6.50) won the other leg for driver John Plutino in 2:02.3.
The Excelsior B Series, worth $6,600, went to Delightful Plan ($4.80) with Jeff Gregory in the sulky. They covered the mile in 2:05.2.
The final week of racing for the 2014 season begins on Wednesday night with a 10-race card program set for 5 p.m.
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