Friday, May 27, 2011

Empire Breeders' Classic Finals on tap Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs


In the $283,475 final of the Empire Breeders' Classic for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters, Dejarmbro and I’m The Answer, who will be coupled in Monday's wagering, have been made the 9-5 morning line favorites in race number six.

The two Credit Winner sophomores both established new lifetime marks in last week's eliminations with trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer for Purple Haze Stables.

With Smedshammer driving Dejarmbro in the final on Monday afternoon, Brian Sears has been called upon to drive I'm The Answer, who posted the fastest elimination with a 1:54.3 first-over score.

Below is the field for Monday's Final
Race 6
$283,475 Empire Breeders’ Classic Final
3-year-old colt and gelding trotters

# PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER

1 2 Dejarmbro Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer

1A 3 I’m The Answer Brian Sears Trond Smedshammer

2 4 All In Tad Ray Schnittker Ray Schnittker

2A 8 Whitewater Rapids Jeff Gregory Ray Schnittker

2B 9 Wheels Tim Tetrick Ray Schnittker

3 1 Evil Urges Jimmy Whittemore Homer Hochstetler

4 5 Surface Tension Dan Daley Dan Daley

5 6 Keenan Chris Lems Larry Remmen

6 7 Whatever It Takes Andy Miller Julie Miller

In the $238,225 final for 3-year-old filly trotters, a three-horse Gewertz/Schnittker-owned entry has been made the 2-1 morning line favorite and will include Jezzy, Epona Blue Chip, and Some Girls.

Last week, Jezzy used a pocket trip to notch her second win of the year in a new lifetime best of 1:56.1.

However, with the Schnittker entry, Tim Tetrick has been given the mount on Jezzy for Monday's final.

Below is the field:
Race 9
$238,225 Empire Breeders’ Classic Final
3-year-old filly trotters:

# PP HORSE DRIVER TRAINER

1 3 Jezzy Tim Tetrick Ray Schnittker

1A 5 Epona Blue Chip Ray Schnittker Ray Schnittker

1B 9 Some Girls Brian Sears Gates Brunet

2 1 Temper Of Will Jimmy Whittemore Trond Smedshammer

3 2 Em El Cash Trond Smedshammer Trond Smedshammer

4 4 Four Damsals Jeff Gregory George Ducharme

5 6 Imageofasweetday John Stark Jr. John Stark Jr.

6 7 Leah’s Ex Angus Mac Donald Angus Mac Donald

7 8 Miss Sue V Andy Miller Paul Kelley

The rich finals will be contested on a special race day for Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th) with an afternoon post time of 1:15 pm.

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