09/02/2017 10:00PM

Saratoga Harness: Lima Novelty quickest in New York Sire Stakes

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Melissa Simser-Iovino
Coming off a track record effort at Monticello, Lima Novelty nearly picked up another one Saturday at Saratoga Harness

Lima Novelty, Supergirl Riley, and Fury Road had chalk players smiling after the three $53,500 New York Sire Stakes splits for 2-year-old filly trotters on Saturday night at Saratoga Harness.

Driven by Frank Coppola Jr., Lima Novelty took the lead just past the 28 4/5 opening quarter in the first section and went on to win by two lengths in 1:57 3/5, just missing the track record by a fifth of a second.  Bonamassa (Jim Devaux) was up from fifth to second in the final panel, and Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) came in third.

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 $69,383 to go with her four-for-four 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 2-5 favorite, Lima Novelty paid $2.90 to win.

In the next division Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) was dispatched at 1-5 and didn't disappoint, scoring in 1:58.  She fronted her four rivals through panels of 29, 1:00 1/5, and 1:29 3/5, then trotted home in 28 2/5 to defeat Natalie Hanover (Wally Hennessey) by 3 3/4 lengths.  Setntheworldonfire (Andrew McCarthy) took third.

Supergirl Riley, a filly by Muscle Mass who has won half of her six starts and put away $59,299, is owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, and Harvey Eisman and trained by Erv Miller.  Taken out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $32,000, Supergirl Riley, bred by Brittany Farms, is out of the Cantab Hall mare Crown Laurel, making her a full sister to multiple Ontario Sires Stakes winner Muscle Hustle ($198,568).  She returned $2.50 to win.

The final flight went to 4-5 choice Fury Road (McCarthy) in 1:58 4/5.  She wrestled the lead away from Missus Mia Wallace (Chris Lems) at the 28 2/5 first quarter, and after a 59 1/5 half and a 1:28 4/5 three-quarters, a 30 second final kicker was enough to get her home a neck to the good over 44-1 Cherry Peep (Dan Daley).  Good Luck Ginny (Devaux) was the third-place finisher.

Ake Svanstedt trains Fury Road, another daughter of Muscle Mass, for owner Knutsson Trotting Inc.  Fury Road, a $60,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, now has a trio of wins from six career tries, and she has banked $71,620.  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).