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Shaqline Stars In New York Sire Stakes

Published: May 15, 2015 10:38 pm ET

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After edging clear of her eight rivals in a :27.4 third quarter, Brixton Medical's Shaqline ($5.30) narrowly held off a valiant stand-side charge from Barn Doll to take her $41,300 New York Sire Stakes event at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 15) evening.

The fastest of 27 three-year-old trotting fillies split into three divisions, Shaqline protected the early lead from a host of other leavers, including Nunkeri (Jim Meittinis), Northern Obsession (John Cummings Jr.), and Miss Bville J (Mike Simons). After establishing the lead through a :28 first quarter, the Credit Winner-Vivica Hall filly managed to keep the first-over Northern Obsession at bay enough to catch a :30.2 second-quarter breather before accelerating clear on the backstretch. While widening her margin to three and a half lengths on the far turn, Jeff Gregory angled Barn Doll three-wide off the cover of a stalled Northern Obsession, charging after Shaqline upon cornering. Despite that late threat, Jim Morrill Jr. was able to encourage Shaqline to hold sway, prevailing in 1:55.1 by the scantest of margins. Frou Frou (Mark MacDonald) sustained her third-over rally to narrowly take third over Northern Obsession.

Jimmy Takter trains Shaqline, whose career bankroll eclipses the $145,000 mark with her fourth career win.

In earlier New York Sire Stakes action, Magic City ($22.40) rallied from off cover to just defeat 3-5 favourite Allerage Belle in a 1:56.2 score. Co-owner and trainer Jeff Gregory handled the driving duties aboard the Conway Hall-Beach Magic filly. Lindy Land ($20.40) earned a pillar-to-post 1:56.3 victory in rein to Mark MacDonald, holding clear of a chasing Zanna Blu for the entirety of the journey. Frank Antonacci trains the daughter of Crazed-Nanas Best.

Live racing continues at Tioga Downs on Saturday evening (May 16), with post time at 6:15 p.m. The New York Sire Stakes picks up on Sunday afternoon (May 17), with three-year-old pacing colts and geldings headlining the 10-race card. In The Arsenal, a six-time winner at two and top 2015 North America Cup contender, has been installed the 3-5 morning line favourite in Sunday's fifth race, a $31,050 Sire Stakes division. Brian Sears is slated to drive the Kelvin Harrison trainee. The week concludes with a special Monday evening (May 18) card, with post time at 6:15 p.m.

(With files from Tioga Downs)


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