FROSH FILLY FESTIVITIES IN $156,900 NYSS HUGH GRANT TROT
Four divisions-worth $38,700, $39,400, $39,400 and $39,400, respectively-comprised the event.
The opening division saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third.
Somermusic'chapter was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early.
For Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she's now won both of her career starts. The exacta paid $7.50, the triple retuned $16 and the superfecta paid $41.80.
She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right," Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season.
The evening's second grouping had favored Safe Word (Jeff Gregory, $5.20) barely last on the lead (30.1, 1:01.3, 1:31.3, maiden-breaking 2:00.4). From post No. 3, she held sway by a diminishing head.
With Out a Doubt (Miller) sat a loose pocket, moved inside and missed. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) was third, with Exotic Diamond (George Brennan) fifth-placed-fourth after another's lane transgression.
For Safe Word, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by her driver/trainer, William Richardson, Martin Garey & Henry Wieseneck, it was first win in a pair of career tries. The exacta paid $49, the triple retuned $214.50 and the superfecta paid $340.50.
"I really like her, Gregory said. She's getting better every week."
The evening's third get-together saw four of the seven lasses blow up in the first turn.
The two wagering choices were unscathed, however, as Quincy Blue Chip (Brian Sears, $4.30) went the distance (31.2, 1:02.1, 1:32.2, first purse-start 2:01).
From post No. 5, she worked around Sensibility (Zeron), then whipped her by a length-and-a-half.
Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick), one of early jumpers, recovered well to challenge first-up. She did tire to third, however, with Pittstop Beki (Daley) fourth.
For Quincy Blue Chip, a homebred daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her aforementioned initial race for money. The exacta paid $12.80, the triple retuned $43.40 and the superfecta paid $399.50.
The evening's final foray, another one dotted with dancers, authored the lone surprise. It was 19-1 Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $40.20) finished what she started (29.4, 58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58.1) in a night's fastest/first career win.
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