Freshmen Filly Trotters Arrive On Wednesday

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- They may be young and inexperienced but the 2-year-old filly trotters that are entered in the New York Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (July 11) seem to have started off their careers in pretty good fashion.
There are 17 freshmen fillies that will be involved in three divisions worth $36,000 (approx.) each, With a combined 32 starts between them, the ladies have produced six victories, 10 second place finishes and a trio of thirds. 
With nine track records either being tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway thus far in 2018, the 2:00.0 mark for the 2-year-old filly trotters established last year by Plunge Blue Chip looks very vulnerable with warm, dry conditions expected.
The opening leg, scheduled as the first race, is certainly the stacked race. Amal Hall (Credit Winner-Arabella Hall) was installed as the 7-to-5 favorite with Andy Miller slated to drive. Amal Hall has a first and second place finish in her two career outings, both coming in the NYSS. She captured her bracket in 2:02 at Monticello on June 25 and was second at Yonkers Raceway on July 3, losing by 3/4 lengths in 1:58.2.
Sensibility (Muscle Mass-Twin B Sensation) looms as the main threat thanks to a pair of narrow second place finishes in Sire Stakes. Scott Zeron will steer Sensibility from the two post at 3-to-1.
Others involved include Lifetime Credit (John Stark Jr.), Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Blue Ribbon Gal (Jonathan Drury).
With Out A Doubt (Conway Hall-Queen Of More) headlines the second division which will go off as the back half of the early daily double. She lost by a mere head at Yonkers on July 3 to Safe Word. Miller will guide With Out A Doubt from the three hole as the 8-to-5 morning line pick.
Exotic Dream (Rc Royalty-Not A Diva) is the lone entrant that has a win thus far in her brief career. She picked that up in the Sire Stakes at Monticello Raceway on June 25, winning by a head in 2:05.3, making up nearly 12 lengths along the way.
The remainder of the field includes Gobi Princess (Zeron), Lindy In The Sky (Claude Huckabone Jr.), Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) and Royal Trumpery (Jeff Gregory).
The last leg is scheduled for fifth race and Safe Word gets the slight 2-to-1 nod with Gregory in the bike. Safe Word (Credit Winner-Fifty Shades) won her last outing by a head over With Out A Doubt in 2:00.4 in the Sire Stakes at Yonkers on July 3.
Hot Chapter (Chapter Seven-Some Like It Hot) drew the rail for Miller and is the 5-to-2 second choice. She has a second and third place finish in her two starts this season, both in NYSS competition.
The rest of the participants include It's My Party (Sam Schillaci), Pittstop Beki (Daley), Bit Coin (Drew Monti) and Liquorstoreblues (Morrill Jr.).
There's 14 races scheduled on the card which begins at 5 p.m. The Excelsior Series will feature a pair of $15,000 events in the "A" division while the "B" classification will have two races going for $6,600 apiece.
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