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Vernon Stakes Score For Barn Bella

Published: August 10, 2017 10:45 pm ET

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Barn Bella triumphed in a $117,600 leg of New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday evening.

Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) would charge out to the early lead, but Jeff Gregory and Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27, :56.2, 1:26, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and stay close.

Once they got to the top of the stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella ($2.30), but she put it in another gear and win in the end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn, Jr.) would finish third.

Barn Bella has now won 10 of the 11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS) after going on a break.

Jimmy Whittemore would win three races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB ($8.20) and Love Live Laugh ($8.10).

Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday evening with a 10-race card starting at 6:45 p.m. Corntastic weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday.

(Vernon Downs)

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