Winndevie journeyed first-over and out-trotted her three-year-old filly foes to win her $657,895 divisional Breeders Crown championship on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.
Driver Brian Sears was aboard the Trond Smedshammer trainee and earned his 31st victory in Breeders Crown competition.
After a recall due to an out-of-place pylon, Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry (Simon Allard) fired off the gate from mid-field with Only Take Cash (Trevor Henry) leaving from post nine and clearing to command by the :26.2 first quarter mark. At that point, When Dovescry quickly moved back out for the retake with elimination winner The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) hot on her heels.
The Ice Dutchess touched down on the front approaching the :56.3 half-mile mark and she opened up a couple lengths on the way to three-quarters in 1:25.3 while Sears sent Winndevie after the front-striding filly.
The Ice Dutchess came under attack down the stretch with When Dovescry slipping past her on the inside and Winndevie surging by the outside to score the victory by three-quarters of a length in a career-best clocking of 1:53 flat. Only Take Cash was a pylon-skimming fourth.
Sent postward as the 3-2 favourite after a strong :26.1 closing effort to finish third in last week’s elimination, Winndevie returned $5 to win.
“There was a lot to like about her last week — she came flying home,” said Sears, who picked up the mount on Winndevie for the elimination. “I really didn’t race her too hard, but I was really happy with the way she raced and she drew a decent post [six] and I liked the way things were setting up early in the race so it worked out.
“She’s an honest filly and, like I said, she came home big last week, and she did the same tonight.”
The Credit Winner-Vida De Vie filly, a top contender in the New York Sire Stakes program, stepped up her game to win at the elite level for Smedshammer and Purple Haze Stables.
“I had eight [Breeders Crown wins] before and it’s been a few years but I’m so happy for Wanda [Polisseni of Purple Haze Stables], she deserves it more than anybody,” said Smedshammer.
“It’s a little bit unreal. We thought we had a chance. We knew we had a great filly and she had a great campaign in New York, but to pull it off on a night like this, that’s special.”
Winndevie now boasts a dozen wins on her resume and has hit the board in 20 of her 21 starts for nearly $870,000 in purses.
Goddess De Vie took the first of two splits for trotters thanks to her come-from-behind score for Team McNair.
The daughter of E L Titan-On Broadway De Vie got away fourth before making a first-over move on the on the way to the half. She worked her way to the lead at the three-quarter pole and then used a :28.1 closing panel to win by a head over 1-2 favourite Princesspartypants in 1:57.2.
Doug McNair mapped out the winning trip with the Gregg McNair trainee who is owned by Hall of Famer Ian Fleming of Londesborough, Ont. The win improved her record to 3-2-0 from nine attempts and the $8,500 payday pushed her career earnings over $40,000. She’ll look for the series sweep in next week’s final.
Coco Beach De Vie bounced back from a disappointing effort in Round 1 of the series for the tandem of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Daryl Roberts.
The daughter of Sunshine Beach-Beach Girl De Vie overcame early interference to win in rallying fashion over race favourite Saulsbrook Raven, who came up a mere half-length short in 1:54.4. Better Days Ahead closed from far back to finish third.
The filly, who is owned by Estate Of Walter W Parkinson, Ruth Ann Parkinson and Rachel Roberts, has manufactured a 2-1-0 record in the first nine starts of her career. She’s closing in on $30,000 in lifetime earnings.
Winndevie traveled to Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday to compete in Breeders Crown eliminations. For the third straight race Winndevie had to overcome post eight to qualify for the final. The three year old Credit Winner-Vida De Vie filly sat last most of the mile and things looked out of reach entering the stretch. When the field straightened for home driver Brian Sears put the hammer down and Winndevie flew home with a 26.1 last quarter for a third place finish and a spot in the $500,000 final.
Friday night witnessed an impressive performance for Shellie De Vie. Leaving from post three the four year old daughter of Bettors Delight-Beach Girl De Vie sat sixth to the quarter but was on the move down the backstretch. Coming first over she was fifth at the half and second at three quarters. Shellie was on top hitting the stretch and used a 27.4 last quarter to seal the victory in 1:51.3 pushing her career earnings over $105,000.
Goddess De Vie was a popular winner in the first trotting division for Team McNair and owner Ian Fleming of Londesborough, Ont.
Doug McNair left for position from Post 8 and sat fifth on the outside early while Royal Peach led the group past the first-half fractions of :28.4 and :59.2. Mybella Angel came first-over in the backstretch and showed a short lead while racing past the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1. Goddess De Vie was second over and driving for McNair. Goddess De Vie then kicked home in :28.3 and shot up the inside to win by a length over Mybella Angel in 1:58.1.
Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, Goddess De Vie now boasts a 2-2-0 record from eight tries this season. The $8,500 payday boosted her overall cash stash to $33,746.
Making her first start since the NYSS final Winndevie visited the Meadowlands. Leaving from post eight with, trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer in the sulky, the three year old daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie sat patiently sixth to the half. She began to move and sat fourth by top of the stretch and came home in 28.1 to finish the mile in 1:53.3, a new lifetime mark. Winndevie has now banked $534,682 for owner Purple Haze Stable.
After a strong winning performance to start the month at Yonkers, Shellie De Vie came right back with a gutsy 1:53.4 score. With regular driver Gregory Merton in the bike the Bettors Delight – Beach Girl De Vie mare left sharply and followed the favorite. By three quarters it was a three horse race with Shellie sitting third but shook loose in the stretch to collar the leader for the win. The Paul Fusco trained mare is just shy of $100,000 lifetime.
Perth Angel De Vie jogged to a convincing victory and life mark in Tuesday’s Keystone Classic for two-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadows.
Perth Angel De Vie hadn’t seen the front in her last six outings, but in the Keystone Classic she reached the point early with a bonus — the half in a ‘slowish’ :59 worked out by driver Bryce Brocklehurst.
“A cheap half like that definitely helped,” he said. “I felt pretty good about things then. As long as she felt good on the gate, I wanted her to be up close. I think that’s probably it for her this year.”
The daughter of Explosive Matter-Dream Angel prevailed in a life’s mark 1:56.4. She finished three and a half lengths better than Cocktails N Dreams.
Harold Brocklehurst conditions the winner for Double R Farms, David Obley and Richard Williams.
Jody Jamieson piloted Coco Beach De Vie to her 1:57 win in the second division for trainer Daryl Roberts and owners Walter and Ruth Ann Parkinson of Lucan and Rachel Roberts of Dorchester, ON. The win was the Sunshine Beach daughter’s first and Jamieson said she is finally delivering on the promise she showed when he drove her in qualifying action in June.
“Daryl has been really patient with her,” said Jamieson. “She was real quick in June and needed most of July to learn to handle the speed. Tonight she raced tough and rewarded Daryl for his patience.”
From post five, Winndevie had no issues through splits of :28.1, :58, 1:26.2 and 1:55, and the final margin was 4-1/2 lengths. Runner-up Sweet Chapter finished more than seven lengths ahead of Gobi Princess (Jordan Stratton).
For Winndevie, a Credit Winner filly owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was her fourth win in 10 seasonal tries.
Woodbine Mohawk Park was the site of Goddess De Vie getting her first win of 2019. The two year filly by EL Titan out of On Broadway De Vie was racing against a full field of two year olds. Leaving from post 7 the filly was able to get away quickly and settle into the two hole. Doug Mcnair had the filly sitting a perfect trip and came out at the top of the stretch. But it took a swift 27.2 last quarter to overcome the determined pacesetter, stopping the timer in 1:58.1.
Winndevie (Jason Bartlett) captured the $118,800 New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday Aug. 8. Winndevie ($15.40), who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and is trained by Trond Smedshammer, was fourth at the halfway mark. She then went first-over heading around the last turn. She then joined Woodside Charm as they hit three-quarters. When they reached the stretch it was all Winndevie as she powered home to win in a lifetime best of 1:54. Winndevie is a filly by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie. It was her third win this season and her ninth career victory.
Two year old Vinny De Vie broke through at Pocono for Burke Racing. With David Miller in the bike Vinny left from post 1 and sat third to the half. Making his move Miller pulled first over by three quarters and brushed home in a crisp 28.2 to finish the mile in 1:57f.
Several divisions of the PA Stallion Stakes were held at Harrah’s Philadelphia. Trainer Harold Brocklhurst had his filly ready and Perth Angel De Vie did not disappoint. David Miller drove the Explosive Matter miss aggressively taking control from the start. Never really challenged Perth Angel cruised home in 1:57.3 with a 28.2 last quarter.
The Ron Burke trained Vinny De Vie was a recent winner at the Gaitway Farm 2yr old races. Matt Kakaly handled the son of Muscle Hill – So You De Vie. Sitting patiently the entire mile Vinny was tipped out at the head of the stretch to win in 1:59.4.
The tough trotting mare Billie Blue used a closing 28.0 second quarter to score for driver Anthony Napolitano. The recent 1:56f win pushes, the daughter of Conway Hall, career earnings to $150,000 for trainer Jake Huff.
The Downs at Pocono was the site of a new lifetime mark for Frankie Mullins. With Marcus Miller in the bike the Bruce Clarke trained trotter left quickly from post five to take the lead. On top at the quarter in a blistering 26.4 the son of Muscle Massive throttled down and was evenly rated the remainder of the race. Frankie Mullins pulled away in the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:54.4f.
Saturday night at Woodbine Thor De Vie toured the oval to new lifetime mark. With Sylvain Filion in the bike Thor left from post six and was second at the quarter. The four year old was out and moving on the backstretch and took control by the half. Thor was in hand entering the stretch and finished the mile with a 27.3 final panel. Donald Lindsey trains the altered son of So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie.
Saturday night witnessed the best Maryland sired three year old trotters take to the Rosecroft oval. The $70,000 final saw homebred Remarkable De Vie scorch the track in 1:53.4f for a new lifetime best. Sitting third most of the mile, driver Tony Morgan let him loose before the stretch and powered home with a 27.4 final quarter. Syl King Jr trains Remarkable for owner Steven Mullen.
After winning a week earlier in 1:55.2f Lulu De Vie came right back to take another one in 1:55.3f. Driver Shawn Gray left from post 4 and settled Lulu in fourth before tipping out approaching three quarters. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was on top turning for home and pulled away to win by four lengths. Jamie Gerard trains the mare for owner Barry Franklin.
Defending NYSS Filly champion Winndevie made her season debut in the first round of the NYSS three year old filly division at Yonkers. With trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer in the bike the filly left from post five and settled in the two. trip. On a track turned sloppy, just prior to the start, the daughter of Credit Winner managed to get past a stubborn pace setter to win in 1:59.1h. It was her eighth win innine lifetime starts for owner Purple Haze Stable.
Delilah De Vie has been one of the top pacing mares at Monticello in recent years and the daughter of Art Major proved it Monday. Jim Taggart Jr left from post 5 and settled Delilah in for a perfect two hole trip. Top of the stretch she tipped out and finished the mile in 1:55.4h. Gary Messenger has trained the mare her entire racing career.
Fresh off his 1:56.2h victory the week prior, Bowdie De Vie returned to the winners circle with a 1:56.1h triumph. With Eric Goodell in the bike Bowdie was on top at the half and held off a late charge to win by a head. It was the fourth win of the year for the Jeff Hochstetler trained gelding.
Having recently posted a 1:51.3 mile at the Meadowlands, with a last quarter of 26.3, Youcaniknow took to Pocono Downs for another try. Leaving from post 9 the five year old managed to get away third for driver Matt Kakaley. The Ake Svanstedt gelded son of Roll With Joe was out and moving at three quarterrts and on top entering the stretch. Digging in tough he held off a late charge to win by a neck in 1:53.4f
The reigning NYSS Excelsior A two year champion was at Saratoga to take her first win of the season. With regular driver John Stark Jr in the bike the three year old daughter of Credit Winner led every step in a well measured 1:58.2h mile. Maureen Saling trains the filly for owner Robert Messing.
Beaches De Vie took a new lifetime best with a win at Dover Downs for trainer Donald Brittingham. Beaches left from post 6 and driver Bret Brittingham had the son of Art Major sitting fourth but moving before the half. Second at three quarters he hit the stretch and pushed past the leader to win for the fourth time in 2019. The new record also brought his lifetime earning just below $200,000.
Chucky De Vie took a new lifetime mark of 1:55 in the Simpson Stake, with Eric Carlson in the bike. Carlson worked out a second-over trip from last, tipped wide at headstretch, and came his last quarter in :28 to win a four-across-the-track finish by a half-length with the Charlie De Vie colt for trainer Hermann Heitmann and the ownership of Joie De Vie Farm and Paul Nigito.
Maureen Salino’s Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner) won the 2-year-old filly trot final, prevailing in 1:59.2 with John Stark Jr. in the sulky while Anette Lorentzon trainee Labadee As (Conway Hall) scored in the 2-year-old colt and gelding Final in 1:57.3. Labadee As was driven to victory by Brian Sears.
The Ed Hart-trained Thor De Vie (So Surreal) lengthened his win streak to four when he scored on the front end to give reinsman Jason Bartlett two wins on the day. Thor De Vie held off the late bid from Imstaynalive (Bruce Aldrich Jr) to prevail in 1:53.4.
Rosecroft Raceway played host to the Maryland Sire Stakes for 2yr old trotting colts. Remarkable De Vie started from post 6 and shot out to take control at the quarter. From there the son of Charlie De Vie, kept on the engine and was never headed en route to a 1:59.2f victoy for driver Allan Davis and trainer Syl King Jr. Next up will be the MDSS finals where Remarkable will be one of the favorites.
Yonkers Raceway hosted the NYSS Night of Champions and Joie De Vie bred Winndevie captured the two year old filly trot crown. Leaving from post 3, in the $225,000 final, “Winny” got off to a slow start sitting fourth at the first panel before starting to move. At the half she was sitting third,on the outside, stalking the leader. Trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer had her second at three quarter pole and even at the top of the stretch before wearing down the pacesetter to win by a length in 1:58h. The win closed out her NY season with a record of 7-6-1 and earning of $227,878 for the Purple Haze Stable.
The Joie De Vie bred Billie Blue put in a nice mile to win at Pocono Downs in 1:55.1f. Leaving from post 6 George Napolitano Jr had Billie outside early sitting second at the quarter. But she soon rolled on taking charge of the race. With a final panel in 28.4 the Conway Hall mare finished well within herself, increasing her career earnings to $122,566.
Thor De Vie continues to impress with his third consecutive victory at Yonkers. This time in a $26,000 conditioned event Thor used the same strategy in his previous wins. Leaving from post 5 George Brennan launched the 3 yr old to an opening quarter of 27.3. He controlled the race from there and hitting the stretch he had to gamely fight off the challenge of betting favorite Odds On Delray. Thor won by a head in 1:52.2h for trainer Eddie Hart.
Now in the Richard Banca stable, Shellie De Vie raced an impressive mile Monday night. With Brian Sears in the bike, Shellie opened with a 27.3 quarter and never looked back. She carved out comfortable fractions en route to a 1:53.3h victory for owners Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro.
The NYSS for 3yr old pacers returned to Yonkers Raceway Wednesday night. Thor De Vie continued his winning ways with a dominant wire to wire performance. With Jason Bartlett in the sulky Thor opened up with a 27.3 first quarter and was in control from there. He used another 27.3 third quarter to pull away and cruise home to a 4 and half length win in 1:52.2h. Jim Graham trains the So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie colt.
Thor De Vie took to the front and never looked back for a comfortable victory in an Excelsior A division at Yonkers Raceway. Jason Bartlett drove the So Surreal – Pebblebeach De Vie 3yr old, leaving quickly to wrestle control to an opening quarter of 27.1. From there he was on cruise control and the Eddie Hart trained gelding finished off the competition in 1:53.2. The win pushed his earnings over $100,000 and sits second in Excelsior A points.
Vernon Downs was the site of the latest round of NYSS action for 2yr old trotting fillies. As she has done in three previous starts the Maureen Salino trained Lifetime Credit took control for an easy win. With John Stark Jr in the bike the Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie filly got every call winning wire to wire in 1:58. She now sits atop the point standings in the Excelsior A division and surpasses $40,000 in earnings this year.
The first-season statebred lasses hit town Monday night (Aug. 13), plying Yonkers Raceway’s $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies.
Perfect plebe Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.40) made it five-for-five in the opening $52,000 event, putting away leading (:29.1, 1:00.3, 1:30.3) Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) late. Winndevie, from post position No. 3, then whipped that rival by a couple of lengths in 1:59. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick) was third.
Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie owned by Purple Haze Stable and trained by her driver, has won both of her local tries. The exacta paid $6.30, the triple returned $10.60 and the superfecta (Hot Chapter-Andy Miller) paid $23.80.
“I don’t know what else to say? She’s five-for-five,” Smedshammer.
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Joie De Vie’s second winner of the evening was Lifetime Credit By Credit Winner–Mariah De Vie. She went wire to wire in 2.00.0 for driver John Stark jr. It was her second straight Excelsior series triumph. Trainer Maureen Salino and owner Robert Messing.
In the 12th race of the evening, You can I know a gelded son of Roll with Joe–Pebblebeach De Vie rounded off the Joie De Vie trifecta, with a 1.52.4 three length victory for driver Daniel Dube and Trainer owner Ake Svanstedt.
In the $35,866 first division of the NYSS, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nipped Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive to remain undefeated in her career.
Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led the field through a first quarter of :30.1. Amal Hall then took control, leading the way to the half in 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2.
Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the midway mark and she took over second before the three-quarters.
Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to prevail in a lifetime-best of 1:58. Amal Hall had to settle for second with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third.
Winndevie is a two-year-old filly by Credit Winner out of Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four-for-four in her young career, racing exclusively in NYSS thus far.
The second Joie De Vie graduate to win for the night was Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie). She won her Excelsior division by eight lengths in 1.57.3 for owner Robert Messing, trainer Maureen Salino. John Stark JR driving.
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night (July 3) with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $156,900 Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old fillies.
The opening division ($38,700) saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third. Somermusic’chapter (Dan Daley) was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early.
Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner-Vida De Vie trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, has now won both of her career starts. “She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right,” Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season.
The final Sire Stakes dash of the afternoon, Andy Miller floated away from the gate with heavy fav EV’s Girl, only to make a miscue going to the ¼ pole, Blue Prayer and Dan Daley inherited the lead, taking the pack to the quarter in 31.3. Winndevie made her move past the ¼ pole, took the lead and was never headed as she trotted alone by open length’s through fractions of 1:03.1, 1:33.4 to win by 2 in 2:02.3, trotting her last quarter in 28.3. Winndevie (Credit Winner- Vida De Vie) is owned by Purple Haze Stables LLC.
Another Joie de Vie bred Lifetime Credit (Credit Winner – Mariah De Vie) won an excelsior division. She trotted the mile in 2:03.1 for driver John Stark Jr, trainer Maureen Salino and owner Robert Messing.
In the non-wagering race before the start of the card, Callahan won with Chucky De Vie in the MDSS final colt division in 1:55.1.
All eyes were on What That Is, who had won seven straight and set a new standard for geldings along the way. Brian Burton hustled him to the front through a contested :27.4 opening quarter. As they turned for home it became a sprint between the new leader, Chucky De Vie, and his main rival of late, Uncle Ike (Frank Milby), who finished second. The eventual winner has overcome some soreness issues this year and gave his best at the perfect time. Hermann Heitmann conditions Chucky De Vie for the Joie De Vie Farm and Paul Nigito. The winner posted a lifetime best 1:55.1.
Joie De Vie Farm and Winbak Farm’s Vic’s Winner took advantage of a pocket trip to nip On The Ropes by a neck in 1:57 in the $44,600 Dexter Cup elimination for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday at Freehold Raceway.
The Dexter Cup is the season’s first stakes race on the road to the Hambletonian, which is harness racing’s premier event for 3-year-old trotters. A total of 11 horses entered the Dexter Cup, one shy of the number necessary to divide the group into two elimination divisions. Therefore, three horses — Don, Maxus and Perlucky — received byes based on career earnings and advanced directly to the May 5 final at Freehold. Vic’s Winner was among the eight horses that competed Saturday for the remaining five spots in the Dexter Cup final.
Trained by Hermann Heitmann and driven by George Brennan, the son of Credit Winner-Victors Vicky took the lead at the opening quarter in :29.1 before yielding to On The Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) at the :58.2 half-mile marker. On The Ropes was still on top at the 1:28 three-quarter pole with Vic’s Winner now out and taking aim at the leader.
Vic’s Winner was just a nose back at the top of the stretch, then got up in the final strides for the neck triumph. Favored Lindy’s Big Bang (David Miller) wound up third, 1-1/4 lengths behind the winner. Fourth-place finisher Credicone (Trond Smedshammer) and fifth-place finisher Thrust Control (Tim Tetrick) also qualified for the May 5 final.
Vic’s Winner was winless in his first two career starts, but capped his 2017 campaign with back-to-back victories with Heitmann, who trained for Joie De Vie in the late 1990s and returned in August. This year, Vic’s Winner also has a second in a division of the Bobby Weiss Series and a first-place finish in a conditioned race. He has earned $45,860 lifetime.