posted on 8/23/2013 11:51 am
The New York State Fair races make their annual appearance at
Vernon Downs this weekend with the freshman fillies racing on Friday evening. Three
divisions each of trotters and pacers will go postward for the Excelsior series
purses of $12,000 plus the entry fees for each.
is led by a pair of Conway Hall fillies, Thoughtfully from Brandon Simpson’s
barn and Trish from the Ed Lohmeyer stable. Trish has a pair of Excelsior wins
to her credit and starts from the outside post seven for owner Patty Hogan and
driver Roman Lopez. Thoughtfilly broke her maiden for Jimmy Morrill at Batavia
last week and he’s back aboard on Friday for owners Mystical Marker Farms,
Hood, and the Simpsons.
second trot division is race nine where Pazza is the favorite from post eight
for trainer/driver Gates Brunet. The Crazed filly has flashed speed despite
some inconsistencies in her brief career thus far for her owners Joe Spadaro
and the voice of NYRA, Tom Durkin.
race ten for the last of the trotting fillies and you’ll find a competitive
group of seven. Slice Slice Baby is a modest choice in her very first start for
trainer Erv Miller. This Conway Hall lass has but a pair of qualifiers to show
but starts from the rail for Charlie Norris. Paymaq Racing and Harvey Eisman
pacing fillies are three short fields in races four, five and six. Spreester is
9/5 on the morning line based on her penchant for winning. The American Ideal
filly has won four of six and over $25,000 this year for owner Kimberly
Zabielski and trainer Paul Zabielski. Frank Coppola, Jr is in for the drive.
Sweet Brown looks like the one to beat off her speedy past performance. She’s a
Bettor’s Delight owned and trained by the team of Tyler and Amber Buter with
Morrill scheduled to drive.
Beauty is the choice in race six. She’s an Art Major who has paced in the 1:54
range her last couple and comes into this race after facing Grand Circuit
fillies in the Eternal Camnation last week. Ron Waples is listed for trainer
Gregg McNair and owner Jim Avritt.
time for Friday is 6:45pm as Vernon kicks off State Fair week. Visit the Vernon
website for information on the planned activities.