On Monday, August 8, freshman trotting fillies will visit Monticello Raceway for the fifth leg of the seven-leg New York Sire Stakes series. Total purses for the ladies exceed $140,000. Two heats of NYSS will compete for $52,500 for each division. There will also be two legs of the Excelsior A class worth $15,000 and one Excelsior B Class worth $6,400.
The fourth race features the first heat of NYSS with six contestants. Bourbon On Ice (PP2) has been installed the 5/2 morning line favourite for trainer-driver John Stark Jr. She was sharp in a qualifying, where she scored in a four-length wire-to-wire 2:00 win. She also has a pair of second-place performances in this company. El Mission Goddess (PP5) has banked over $35,000 in the young season. She won a NYSS event in her second lifetime start at Buffalo Raceway in 2:01.4, and will be driven by regular pilot Jim Marohn Jr.
The second heat, worth $53,500, is a seven-horse field. Defiant Lady (PP6) is looking to shed her role as a bridesmaid for trainer Dave Dewhurst. The offspring of Devious Man has finished second three times this season. Jason Bartlett will drive. Jigger Of Gin will be hampered by the outside Post 7. She has dominated the Excelsior A class with two wins and two place performances. This will be her first start in the class for trainer-driver Phil Fluet. Woolco broke her maiden in her last start out at Yonkers, where she toured the oval in 1:59.3 in a NYSS win. She is owned by Robert Krivelin of Goshen, N.Y. and will be driven by Tyler Buter.
The track record for two-year-old trotting fillies is 1:57.3, set by Lima Novelty in August of 2017. First post time for the 10-race card is 12:10 p.m.