08/21/2017 3:27PM

Monticello: Lima Novelty establishes new track record in New York Sire Stakes competition

Geri Schwarz
Even though she hadn't started in over a month, Lima Novelty trotted to a track record clocking this afternoon

Lima Novelty has now won all three of her career starts after a 1:57 3/5 effort that demolished the Monticello Raceway track record for a 2-year-old trotting filly in New York Sire Stakes action on Monday afternoon.

The track record performance, which came in the $36,566 opening split, was aided by 1-5 favorite Supergirl Riley (Scott Zeron), who took over the lead from Girl Talk (Andrew McCarthy) just past the 29 second opening quarter.  Supergirl Riley would go on to reach the half in 58 2/5 and the three-quarters in 1:28 1/5, opening up a three-length gap on the field at the latter marker.  Meanwhile, Lima Novelty (Jason Bartlett) was in fourth for the first three-quarters of the mile and picked up a second-over trip from Natalie Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) before three-quarters.  Natalie Hanover was able to slide into the pocket ahead of a retreating Girl Talk right at three-quarters, though, leaving Lima Novelty first-over on the final turn.

Despite losing the cover, Lima Novelty continued her gain, and got to within about a length of Supergirl Riley as they turned for home.  The top two fillies raced side-by-side to the wire, with Lima Novelty just getting up late to score by a neck over the public choice.  Natalie Hanover held third.

The 1:57 3/5 clocking lowered the previous track record of 1:59 2/5 that was shared by Lady Riviera (2012) and Shaqline (2014).

A daughter of Chapter Seven, Lima Novelty is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano.  Jacobs privately purchased Lima Novelty, who has earnings of $42,633 to go with her three-for-three record, from previous owners Carl Jamieson and Dr. Robert Boyce after she won in New York Sire Stakes competition on June 30 at Buffalo Raceway.  Lima Novelty, who was bred by Steiner Stock Farm and Acadia Farms Inc. and sold for $19,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, is out of the S J's Photo mare No Pictures Please, a full sister to triple millionaire Vivid Photo.  The 5-1 third choice, Lima Novelty paid $13.60 to win.

The Bartlett, Toscano, and Jacobs triumverate also won the final $36,566 test with Sevenbuyeleven in 1:59 1/5.  Jackie Newlands (Zeron) showed the way through stations of 29 3/5, 1:00 1/5, and 1:29 3/5, but when she broke stride midway through the final turn, the lead went to first-over challenger Lucky Ava (Svanstedt), with Sevenbuyeleven moving three-wide in the lane to challenge the new leader after tracking her from second-over.  Lucky Ava and Sevenbuyeleven battled to the finish line, with Sevenbuyeleven going by in the shadow of the wire to tally by a head in 1:59 1/5.  Setntheworldonfire (McCarthy), the 7-5 favorite, came in third.

Sevenbuyeleven, another Chapter Seven filly, broke her maiden in her third trip behind the starting gate, and she now has a bankroll of $20,027.  A $50,000 Standardbred Horse Sale purchase, Sevenbuyeleven was bred by Millstream Inc. and is out of the Muscles Yankee mare Musclelini, a half-sister to the likes of Dreamaster (Victory Dream, $767,636).  Sevenbuyeleven was the 7-2 third choice and returned $9.50 to win.

The complexion of the second $37,266 tilt changed when undefeated Plunge Blue Chip was scratched due to sicknees.  Her entrymate Fury Road (Andrew McCarthy) was left in, but due to New York rules, she raced for purse money only.  McCarthy sent her right down the road, clicking off panels of 30 1/5, 1:01 1/5, and 1:31 3/5 on her way to a 1 1/2 length victory in 2:00 4/5.  Even-money choice Lucky Rainbow (Brian Sears) rallied off a second-over trip to finish as the runner-up, although she was first for pari-mutuel purposes and paid $4.20 to win, and White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald) took third after a first-over try.

Ake Svanstedt trains Fury Road, a filly by Muscle Mass, for owner Knutsson Trotting Inc.  Fury Road, a $60,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, now has a pair of wins from five career tries, and she has put away $44,870.  Fury Road was bred by Fair Winds Farm Inc. and is out of the Windsong's Legacy mare Bar Ballad, a half-sister to Bar Slide (Yankee Glide, $647,941).