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Favorites rule in NYSS at Yonkers
Tuesday, August 14, 2018 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- The first-season statebred lasses hit town Monday night (Aug. 13), plying Yonkers Raceway’s $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies.

‘Twas a night for the favorites over the sloppy surface.

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Winndevie made it five-for-five in the opening $52,000 event.

Perfect plebe Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.40) made it five-for-five in the opening $52,000 event, putting away leading (:29.1, 1:00.3, 1:30.3) Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) late. Winndevie, from post position No. 3, then whipped that rival by a couple of lengths in 1:59. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick) was third.

Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie owned by Purple Haze Stable and trained by her driver, has won both of her local tries. The exacta paid $6.30, the triple returned $10.60 and the superfecta (Hot Chapter-Andy Miller) paid $23.80.

“I don’t know what else to say? She’s five-for-five,” Smedshammer said.


The evening’s $53,000 second division saw Amal Hall (Miller, $2.60) -- from post No. 4 -- settle early, move to the lead before the half, then barely hold off With Out A Doubt (Tim Tetrick) by a desperate nose (:28.4, :59.3, 1:28.4, life-best 1:58.4). Thanks For Leaving (catch-driver Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third, with Blue Prayer (Dan Daley) fourth.

Amal Hall, a Credit Winner-Arabella Hall miss co-owned by her driver, Gty Stable and Dumain Haven Farm and trained by Julie Miller, has won three (with three seconds) in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $5.80, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $10.60 and the superfecta paid $41.80.

“She’s just a handy, half-mile (track) horse who does her job,” Miller the driver said.

The final $52,000 sire stakes division saw the original six-pack pared to a barbershop quartet, as two of the ladies came up ill. Pole-sitting Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $2.90) had no issues at all (:29.1, :59.1, 1:29.4, 2:00.1). She disposed of a pocket Julamay Mass (Miller) by 1-1/2 lengths, while an out-the-mile Sweet Chapter (Mark MacDonald) was third. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) lagged, broke and was a distanced fourth.

Conway Kellyanne, a daughter of Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold, trained by her driver for co-owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing, has now won three of her five seasonal efforts. The exacta paid $13, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to the short field. When first/last seen here, Conway Kellyane won at a $40.20 mutuel.

“She going to stay with the sire stakes,” Charlie Norris said. “She fits in with them.”

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