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Two Hopefuls Score at Vernon June 25, 2010

Posted by Frank Cotolo on Friday, July 02, 2010 10:16 PM
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On June 25 at Vernon Downs, two Hambletonian hopefuls added win money to their accounts and kept their "classic" dreams alive with wins in divisions of the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS).

All in all, the five lucrative state-bred divisions presented just 10 colts (one a gelding) looking for berths in the big battle this August. 
                 Whata Winner
                     Whata Winner produced the fastest divisional 
                            tally in Friday’s $156,410 New York Sires Stake.

                              Fotowon Photo


The first hopeful that won was a gelding; Whata Winner at 2-1. "Winner" came back from a few losses in state-bred action. What helped him last night was a second-over trip; he took command nearing the wire.

The other hopeful in the field was Stimulus, the 2-1 favorite; he finished fifth. Stimulus went for the front early and stayed there until Blacktuxwhitesocks, not a hopeful, came up to challenge, tiring Stimulus.

The other hopeful winner was Boztheman at 7-2. "Boz" was first over and took the lead by 4 lengths; they started to catch him in the final steps but Boz held on by 1 length.

Another hopeful in this field was Womanizer at 12-1; he was ninth. Womanizer had no pace or strength at all.

In the first division, two of nine were hopefuls. One was Celebrity Bluechip at 1-2. "Bluechip" took the lead at the half and was caught and held second. The other hopeful was Takecareofbizness at 14-1. "Bizness" had the lead but was caught and showed nothing after that.

In the second division, all three hopefuls were in the top four; none of them won. The horse that was second was Big Stick Lindy at 2-1. "Lindy" got caught at the end and finished second. Third was Carnegie as the even-money favorite. Carnegie showed no movement until the end as he got up for third. Fourth was Waldorf Hall at 42-1. "Waldorf" was scratched from the NYSS at Buffalo and worked from first over then got cover second over and was closing well.

In the third division one hopeful raced. That hopeful was Shaq Is Back as the 3-5 favorite; he finished second. "Shaq" went for the front, led all the way and lost it at the wire.
 
 


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