07/16/2017 2:23PM

Buffalo Raceway: Rookie filly pacers meet in New York Sire Stakes

Steve Ross
Betterthangraduate won the fastest of the three New York Sire Stakes tests on Sunday at Buffalo Raceway

Another Lawsuit, U Bettergo Go, and Betterthangraduate were the winners of the trio of $36,566 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly pacers that were staged on Sunday afternoon at Buffalo Raceway.

Driven by Jim Morrill Jr., Another Lawsuit won the first split in 1:57 3/5.  She followed Kim's The Best (Jody Jamieson) from the two-hole through panels of 28 3/5, 59 2/5, and 1:28 3/5, then out-kicked the pace-setter in the lane to prevail by a neck.  Sand Artist (Marcus Miller) checked in third.

The victorious American Ideal filly is trained by Nicholas Devita for owner/breeder Carl Sackheim.  This was her first win in her second start, and she has now earned $20,503.  Another Lawsuit is the third foal out of the Artsplace mare Court Stenographer, making her a half-sister to Another Daily Copy (Somebeachsomewhere, $301,843).  She was sent off at 6-1 and paid $14.00 to win.

Ubettergo Go (Jamieson) won in the first round of sire stakes action for the group on July 7 at Vernon, and she did so again today, halting the clock in 1:57 2/5.  She cleared to command just past the 29 3/5 opening quarter and would go on to reach the half in 59 4/5 and the three-quarters in 1:29 2/5.  Pocket-sitter American Myth (Dan Rawlings) angled out and attempted to challenge in the lane, but Ubettergo Go kicked on to win by a pair of lengths.  Pleasant Beauty (M. Miller) took third.

Trainer Blake MacIntosh also co-owns Ubettergo Go, a daughter of Art Major, with partners Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas, and Ozzie Mackay.  Ubettergo Go, a $13,000 Harrisburg buy who was bred by Concord Stud Farm LLC. and Birnam Wood Farms, has put away $32,158 from her two New York Sire Stakes tallies.  U Bettergo Go, who was sent off at 1-9 and returned $2.10 to win, is the third foal out of the Bettor's Delight mare Ubetterthink Think ($776,999).

Morrill Jr. was slated to drive Betterthangraduate in the final New York Sire Stakes tilt, but he was involved in an accident in race four that forced him off the remainder of his drives for the day.  The accident occured when Easy Spreezey (Larry Stalbaum) choked and fell while in the two-hole and Morrill Jr. and his charge Tell Me A Joke couldn't avoid her.  Reports from the track were that Morrill Jr. walked back to the paddock, while Stalbaum was transported from the facility by ambulance.  Both horses involved got back to their feet and returned to the paddock.

With Morrill Jr. not available, Chris Lems picked up the drive on Betterthangraduate, and he would guide her to a 1:57 1/5 score.  She was the leader on the outside at the 29 2/5 first quarter, then cleared and went on to click off the half in 59 2/5.  Race favorite Twin B Peaches (Jamieson) got to within a length of the leader from first-over at the 1:28 2/5 three-quarters, but Betterthangraduate drew away from her past that marker en route to a 3 1/2 length triumph.  Princess Dalia gave Marcus Miller his third third-place finish.

A daughter of Betterthancheddar, Betterthangraduate is trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Silva Purnel & Libby, Phillip Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  Betterthangraduate, who was second in an overnight race at Pocono in her career debut and then also won in New York Sire Stakes competition at Vernon, was bred by KDM Stables Corp. and was a $52,000 buy at the Standardbred Horse Sale.  Betterthangraduate, who was the 2-1 second choice and paid $6.40 to win, is the third foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate ($1,305,072).