Hamburg, NY – What a way to start your racing career. A victory in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old pacer fillies, a nice first place finish of $26,750 and a place in the Buffalo Raceway record books. It was quite a debut for Vivians Dream at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday June 22, to say the least.
The hot and steamy afternoon was like a dream come true for Vivians Dream ($7.90) as she won her $53,500 split with an impressive 3-3/4 victory over Beantown Babe in 1:54.4. Her time easily erased the former mark of 1:55.2 shared by A Girl That Twirls and April Angel in a stalemate on July 7, 2021 at the NYSS for freshman fillies.
While pilot Jim Morrill Jr. and trainer Cory Mumford appreciated the effort put in by Vivians Dream, the tandem was not yet complete. Doing Marvelous swept the duo by winning the $54,500 bracket of the Sire Stakes with a lead victory over Seafood Beauty in 1:58.4.
The afternoon was cut short, however, as heavy rain and lightning forced officials to cancel the last five events. But fortunately all the Sire Stakes and Excelsior races took place before the bad weather arrived.
Vivians Dream, starting from the inside, knew how to take control very early. As favorite B On The Hunt struggled to negotiate the first corner on a bye attempt, Vivians Dream took to the seas with gaps of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:26.4 on the lightning fast lane.
There was little drama in the lane as Vivians Dream (American Ideal-Sports Chic) threw a final panel of :28.0 to crush the hopes of the rest of the field. Beantown Babe (Marcus Miller) was second and Alabama Hannah (Tyler Buter) was third.
Vivians Dream, who entered the rest after two impressive qualifying wins at Harrington, is owned by Forrest Bartlett.
Doing Marvelous ($3.10) was nothing short of marvelous and held on to beat Seafood Beauty (Jordan Stratton) by a head.
Bama Breeze looked like the one to beat after posting spreads of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:28.1. But those fractions turned out to be too ambitious as she got tired of her legs on the stretch. Doing Marvelous in the meantime was able to swallow up the four-length disadvantage she had going into the final panel and held off a seafood beauty in charge. Turn On The Charm (Bruce Clarke) finished third.
Owned by Frank E. Chick, Doing Marvelous (Bolt The Duer-Marvalous Joy) has now earned $30,175 on the season. It was his first win in two appearances in 2022.
In the $15,000 Excelsior A series, Flippin Awesome (Drew Monti) came back from a dozen lengths at the half-mile marker to take the $30.40 win over Southwind Rye in 2:01.
Surr’ La Faire (Wade Tomaszewski) won the $6,400 Excelsior B race without bets with a 2:04.4 triumph.
The races will resume on Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. with a 10-race schedule.
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