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Vegas Vacation and Sunfire Blue Chip capture Empire Breeders Classic eliminations
Vegas Vacation wins with Brian Sears
Tioga Downs held the Empire Breeders' Classic eliminations
for 3-year-old pacing colts on Sunday afternoon.
Vegas Vacation and Sunfire
Blue Chip each captured their respective $12,500 divisions sent off by the
betting public as the heavy favorites.
In the first division, Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) got away
third as Odds On Equuleus (John Campbell) took the field by the opening quarter
in 26.4. Campbell
then got away with a second quarter breather of 28.4 to reach the half mile
mark of the race in 55.3. At the half, Sears sent Vegas Vacation first over and
at the three quarter mile mark he was head to head with Odds On Equuleus by
three quarters in 1:22.2.
Around the final turn, Vegas Vacation eased away from
the leader to draw clear in the stretch and win by two and a half lengths on
cruise control in 1:49.2.
"We had sort of an eased first up trip today and he finished
very strong on the end of the mile. He is a major contender in the division
this year, and he will get one of the big ones this year," said winning driver
Brian Sears following the victory.
Sunfire Blue Chip and Yannick Gingras
In the second division, Sunfire Blue Chip fresh off of his
Adios victory, quickly left the gate from post position number four and was in
control by the quarter in 27.3. The duo then put up fractions of 55 and 1:23.2
before easily pacing clear of the field to win by a length and a quarter in
1:50.2. Jimmy Takter trains the 3-year-old son of American Ideal – Shot Togo
Bluechip, who has won six of 10 seasonal starts good for more than $370,000 in
"He won real easy today and we saved a good bit for the
final next week so I was really happy with him today," said winning driver
Yannick Gingras following the victory. "He has been getting better all year
long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone else going into the second half of the
season, including Captaintreacherous."
Qualifying for next week's $257,250 Empire Breeders' Classic
final were: Vegas Vacation, Sir Cary's Z Tam, Doctor Butch, Odds On Equuleus,
Sunfire Blue Chip, Captive Audience, Bet The Moon, Olde Time Hockey, and
drawing the last spot from the fifth place finishers was Source Of Pride, Swift
As A Shadow will be AE1 for the final.
Tioga Downs continues live racing action on Friday, August 9th
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