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Favourites Dominate NY Sire Stakes

Published: August 24, 2016 11:09 pm ET

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The favourites had their way in the New York Sire Stakes on Wednesday night (August 24) at Saratoga Casino Hotel.

Two-year-old trotting fillies took center stage on the Wednesday card competing in three $53,500 divisions of the stakes.

Barn Bella (sired by Conway Hall) was the evening’s fastest freshman filly as she scored a convincing 11-length victory in 1:58.1 for Jeff Gregory. The Steven Pratt-trained Barn Bella was her race’s 1-9 betting favourite as she dominated her competition en route to her fourth win of the season and third in a row in NY Sire Stakes action.

Sam Schillaci’s Mamora Bay (by Chapter Seven) had little difficulty scoring in her division of the NYSS on Wednesday as she trotted to a decisive eight-plus length victory in 1:58.2 highlighted by a final half of :57.4. Schillaci trains and drives the filly, who was the 1-9 betting favourite as she cruised to a first over victory, a win that was her fourth in six career/stakes starts as a freshman.

The final division of the $53,500 Sire Stakes wasn’t won by the favourite, but rather the public’s 2-1 second choice in the wagering as Amber Ella (by Chapter Seven) came on late to record her second straight win in NYSS competition. Hall of Famer John Campbell piloted Amber Ella for trainer Linda Toscano as the freshman filly took advantage of a break by the race’s big favourite Mighty Surf and trotted past the rest in the stretch to stop the timer in 1:59.4.

(With files from Saratoga)

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