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One was an upset winner and one had the race won when he
entered. That's the story for Bettor B Lucky who lived up to her name when she
upset the heavily favored Takter entry of American Jewel and Romantic Moment to
win the filly division of the Empire Breeders Classic.
Heston Blue Chip, undefeated
in NYSS action this year, continued his dominance while breaking his own track record
to win the colt final.
Bettor B Lucky (near) just gets up to win at 18-
Bettor B Lucky, the 3-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight-Hornby
Lucky, left from post 2 with driver Jim Morrill, Jr. and secured the 3 hole
behind the favored Takter entry of American Jewel and Romantic Moment. The race
seemed to go American Jewel's way while she cruised thru fractions of 26.2, 56,
The first over challenger Handsoffmycookie never advanced past 4th
on the outside which allowed the front 3 to separate a little and battle it out
late. Halfway around the last turn Romantic Moment tipped out from the 2 hole
trip to challenge stable mate American Jewel while the Ron Burke trained 18-1
shot Bettor B Lucky tipped off that cover.
American Jewel tired late and
Romantic Moment and Bettor B Lucky dueled to the wire with Bettor B Lucky
coming out on top in 1:50, a new lifetime mark. Romantic Moment finished 2nd while
stable mate American Jewel ended up third.
Heston Blue Chip continued his supremacy of New York bred pacers
with a dominating win. Sent forward from post position 2, driver Tim Tetrick
moved the Linda Toscano trained 3-year-old to the front in 26.4.
Heston Blue Chip sets a new track record in EBC win
the field past the half in 55 Tetrick stepped on the gas and Heston Blue Chip responded
with a 26.2 3rd panel to trip the ¾ pole in 1:21.2. First over challenger
Breakin The Law was able to get to the wheel of Tetrick at the ¾ pole but he
would get no closer as Heston Blue Chip proceeded to open up on the field
winning by a handy 3 ¼ lengths in a new 3-year-old track record and lifetime
mark of 1:48.4.
Breakin The Law hung on for 2nd while Bet On The Law
After the race, Tetrick said, "He's super to drive and
has a ton of speed. He's a tough horse and when you get him in gear he can go a
The $30,000 American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip yearling has
been a blessing for owner Ken Jacobs.
"I bought this horse from Bluechip. I
make a couple trips there a year to look over the yearlings and this was the
one I picked out. I was glad to win this race. Jeff (Gural) has done so much
for racing and Tioga is the marquee place for racing as far as I’m concerned,"
said Ken Jacobs.
Also on Sunday's card were 3 EBC undercard races. The 1st
of 2 colt divisions was won by Fireyourguns (Morrill) in a new lifetime mark of
1:51. The 2nd division was won by Ideal Griff (Morrill) in 1:52.2. The
filly final also had an upset winner with 31-1 Abrokenart Hanover (Morrill)
taking it in 1:54.2.
Jim Morrill, Jr., the king of the NYSS, won five races on
the card including 4 of the 5 Empire Breeders Classic races.
Tioga returns to action Monday night with a special 6pm
post. Four divisions of NYSS 2-year-old colt trotters take the stage as well as
six divisions of the Excelsior series.