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Barn Bella Reaches In NY Sire Stakes

Published: July 20, 2017 6:59 pm ET

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The sensational filly Barn Bella (Conway Hall) was at it again on Thursday afternoon (July 20) at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

The Steven Pratt-trained filly was the 3-5 betting favourite in the $91,550 New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotters. Regular reinsman Jeff Gregory sat behind her as she looked to move her record to eight-for-nine in 2017. Gregory was patient with the odds-on favourite, sitting fourth while major danger Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) carved out the fractions. Barn Bella powered up first-over but never got too close to Celebrity Ruth until mid-stretch. At that point, the superstar filly surged past the leader to take over and win in 1:55. Celebrity Ruth had to settle for second while Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) earned the show spot in the featured trot for sophomore fillies.

Barn Bella (foreground) narrowly reaches for her eighth seasonal triumph (Melissa Simser-Iovino photo)

Barn Bella has now scored 14 victories in her 18 career starts en route to almost $430,000 in earnings.

Southwind Tesla (Chapter Seven) recorded her first New York Sire Stakes win on Thursday, as Jordan Stratton piloted the Rene Dion-trained filly to a wire-to-wire score in 1:55.2. The earnings from the win in Thursday’s $89,950 race more than doubled the career bankroll for the Ontario-based trotting filly.

Live racing continues on Friday night (July 21) with a 7:05 p.m. first post.

(Saratoga Casino Hotel)

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