Three year old pacing fillies were featured as part of New York Sire Stakes action on Tuesday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. There were two divisions for the state’s top sophomore fillies that went for purses of $90,050 and $88,450 on the fourteen race card and the favorites thrived. Zero Tolerance (Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar-Artiscape) continued her dominance in the Sire Stake ranks for three year old pacing fillies and wound up as a wrapped-up winner for Hall of Famer Dave Miller who was in town to drive for trainer Joe Holloway. Zero Tolerance was the 1-9 betting favorite in her division of the NYSS on Tuesday and she made it look easy. Miller moved her out to the early lead in the $90,050 event for sophomores and the talented mare cruised to an open length win in 1:53.4 over a track labeled ‘sloppy.’ JK American Beauty (Jordan Stratton) was the runner-up to the big favorite while Sulky Queen (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot. The victory was the fourth of the year for the super soph Zero Tolerance with all four scores coming in NY Sire Stakes action.
The other division of the NYSS for top pacing fillies went for a purse of $88,450 and saw So Awesome (So Surreal-Teddy Ballgirl-Kassa Branca) prevail. Tyler Buter piloted the Scott Di Domenico-trained filly who drew the rail for Tuesday’s tilt. After coasting through a first half in 57.4, So Awesome cruised home to score in 1:53.4. A Saratoga track record holder from last year’s local Sire Stakes try when she won in 1:53.3, So Awesome proved up to the task in her sophomore season local stakes score. Longshot Hurrikane Norakane (Jordan Stratton) came on for second while DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) finished third. So Awesome was the public’s 2-5 betting choice in what was her third win in ten starts in the ’19 campaign.
Live racing continues on Wednesday night with a first post time set for 7:05pm.
Photo: Melissa Simser-Iovino