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Faves Dominate In Empire Breeders

Published: June 21, 2015 9:02 pm ET

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Both brushing to the fore and opening up at will on their respective rivals, Barn Doll and Crazy Wow proved dominant in a pair of Empire Breeders Classic events for New York-sired three-year-old trotters on Sunday afternoon at Vernon Downs.

The $248,275 Classic for fillies saw Zanna Blu (Yannick Gingras) stride to the early lead past her stablemate Allerage Belle (Jim Morrill, Jr.), with Barn Doll tracking that pair comfortably through a :28 initial quarter. Moving off the clubhouse turn, Jeff Gregory brushed to the fore with the 3-year-old Conway Hall filly, clearing Zanna Blu with no trouble before controlling a :56.2 half mile.

Barn Doll accelerated on the far turn through a :27.3 third sectional, leaving her eight rivals well in her wake after edging clear at head-stretch. She ultimately trounced the others, winning by 6-1/4 lengths in 1:52.1. Lock Down Lindy (Tim Tetrick) rallied down the center of the track to take second, while Jewels in Hock (John Campbell) kicked cover off the far turn to finish third.
Trainer Steven Pratt co-owns Barn Doll with Nancy Pratt and the Purple Haze Stables, LLC.

An overflow field of 11 three-year-old colts and geldings contested a $255,325 Classic event, with Crazy Wow overcoming a second-row start to obliterate both his competition and the previous track record for sophomore geldings. Yannick Gingras floated Crazy Wow second-over to follow entry mate Habitat (Jim Morrill, Jr.) to a :26.4 first quarter, continuing on without cover to clear the lead upon exiting the clubhouse turn. The Crazed gelding posted a :56.4 middle half and then edged clear of his entry mate in upper stretch, amassing a 6-1/2 length margin of victory in 1:51.1. Habitat held second, while Fashion Creditor (David Miller) rallied from a third-over trip to take third while well detached of the Ron Burke trainees.

The Our Horse Cents Stables, the JT 45 group, and the J&T Silva Stables, LLC own Crazy Wow, who knocked more than a second off Gym Tan Laundry's 1:52.3 mark for three-year-old trotting geldings, taken in 2012.

Earlier in the 14-race program, Fireyourguns ($2.90) set blistering fractions and held sway from a late-charging JK Panache (Yannick Gingras) to take the $10,000 Open Pace in a track record 1:47.3. The six-year-old American Ideal remains undefeated on the year in six starts, taking two-fifths of a second off his former mark with Jim Morrill, Jr. in the bike. Double millionaire Golden Receiver, reunited with 2011 World Driving Championship runner-up Corey Callahan, was all-out to chase the pacesetter, holding third.

Trainer Terence McClory co-owns Fireyourguns with Jennifer and Robert Lowe.

In addition to the pair of Empire Breeders Classic events and Fireyourguns' track record mile, three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squared off in a quartet of New York Sire Stakes events, offering a combined purse of $122,400. My Spirit Soars ($5.50, Jim Morrill, Jr., 1:49.3), National Seelster ($8.60, Andy Miller, 1:50.2), A Bettor Hat ($7.30, Morrill, 1:51.3) and Artistic Major ($8.50, Scott Zeron, 1:50.3) proved victorious in their respective races.

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday evening, with post time set for 6:45 p.m.

(Vernon Downs)


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