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Tirade Hanover and Creditora became the fastest 2-year-old trotting gelding and
colt, respectively, during Friday night's $183,044 New York Sires
Stakes-sponsored program at Vernon Downs.
Tirade Hanover ($6.30) remained
undefeated after two freshman outings and lowered his speed badge to 1:57 with a
bold going effort in the quickest of four NYSS divisions, which totaled
$118,544, while Creditora ($11.40) claimed the 31-program meet's fastest frosh
colt trotting mark with a 1:57.2 come-from-behind effort in the final NYSS
Tirade Hanover wins in 1:57 with Howard Parker
Howard Parker piloted the
favorite Tirade Hanover in the seventh session, challenging for the lead from
the start, taking command before the half, and then striding boldly to a
two-length tally.The time clipped a
full second off the brown gelding's former speed mark, earned in an overnight
event at Pocono Downs on June 26.Tyler
Raymer conditions the son of Crazed-Teagarden Hanover for owners Leigh Nichol,
Stephen Moss, Harold and Helane Solomon.
Two races later, Creditora
advanced from fourth in the early going, challenged the pace-setting Explosive
Action (Parker) entering the homestretch, and then drew off in the final furlong
to win by a convincing
4-1/4 lengths.Trainer Trond Smedshammer did the teaming for
Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables as the brown son of Credit Winner-New
Royalty chalked up his season's pari-mutuel debut in the victory column.He had previously won a pair of qualifying
Creditora wins his debut with Trond Smedshammer
Friday's other NYSS segment
winners were Stirling Bullet (2:00.2) and Flyhawk Blacknight (1:59.2).
Portfolio, a bay son of Sand
Vic-Winbak Top driven by Stephane Bouchard for trainer Lee Dahn, an owner along
with Larry Dahn and Arlene Dahn, led throughout the 10th contest and
posted a 1:58 mile in the speediest of five flights in Friday's $64,500
Excelsior Series for NY-bred freshman male members of the diagonal gait.
The other Excelsior Series
victors were Columbia Lion (1:58.3), Bizzaro Lindy (2:00.3), Ruth-Like (2:01)
and Ashe's Cash (2:02.1).
Jim Morrill, Jr. and Bouchard
each recorded driving doubles, while Rick Plano earned a pair of training
credits during Friday's 12-race program.
DOWNS DOINGS—All 12 of Friday's
first-place finishers forged fresh lifetime speed marks…Morrill, Jr. has posted
22 wins in limited appearances at the track this season…The Downs will offer a
12-race card starting at 6:55 tomorrow night (July 7) to closed out its
Independence Week activities…Beginning July 11, Vernon will add Wednesday nights
(first post 6:55) to its live racing schedule for the remainder of July and
August...Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel,
racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.