07/03/2006 11:00PM

Finger Lakes: Davila sweeps stakes

Stephanie Van Minos / Tom Cooley
Sweet Sweet wins the $50,000 Arctic Queen Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares at Finger Lakes on July 4th.

Jockey John Davila Jr. swept the co-featured stakes at Finger Lakes with a pair of heavily favored shippers from downstate New York.

Sweet Sweet ($3.70), who had been running competitively against open company at Belmont and Aqueduct, coasted to a two-length victory in the $50,000 Arctic Queen Handicap for New York-bred fillies and mares.

Trained by Mike Hushion, Sweet Sweet had to battle for the lead briefly with She'stenontop, but easily pulled away to a 1 1/2-length lead by the time she raced a half-mile in 44.91 seconds, and no one threatened her in the stretch. Sweet Sweet covered the six furlongs in 1:11.32.

One race later, Davila and trainer Bruce Levine teamed up to take the $50,000 Niagara for statebred 3-year-old fillies with the Belmont-based Doll Baby ($4.70), just holding off Stand by the Phone by a neck. The winning time for six furlongs was 1:11.80.