07/10/2016 4:29PM

Tioga Downs: Fad Finance downs Non Stick in New York Sire Stakes

Fred J. Brown
Fad Finance picked up her first career top-level New York Sire Stakes win on Sunday at Tioga Downs

Fad Finance handed defending New York Sire Stakes champion Non Stick just the second loss of her career in the first of three $40,600 New York Sire Stakes divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday afternoon at Tioga Downs.  Heavy favorites Swinging Royalty and Open Access won the other two splits.

Driven by Jim Morrill Jr., Fad Finance cleared Earn Your Wings (Jason Bartlett) past the 27 4/5 opening quarter, then hit the half in 56 2/5, and the three-quarters in 1:25.  Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt) tried her luck first over out of third before three-quarters, but her bid stalled before she could even get next to Fad Finance.

In the stretch Fad Finance continued to trot clear of her rivals, and she would go on to prevail by two lengths over Earn Your Wings.  Gin And Lindy (Scott Zeron) finished third, and Non Stick had to settle for fourth, the first time she had failed to hit the board in 11 career starts.

Trond Smedshammer trains Fad Finance, a daughter of Credit Winner, for owners Purple Haze Stables LLC., Marc Goldberg, and Rojan Stables.  She has now won six times from 13 career tries, and she has earned $99,888.  Fad Finance paid $7.20 to win.

3-5 choice Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) was in front at every call in the next New York Sire Stakes section, posting fractions of 28 3/5, 58 1/5, and 1:26 3/5 on her way to a 1:56 2/5 verdict.  She beat runner-up Straight A Student (Mark MacDonald) by a length and a half, with Time To Talk (Morrill Jr.) back in third.

A filly by RC Royalty, Swinging Royalty is trained by George Ducharme, who also co-owns with Jim Winske, Stephen Michaels, and W.J. Donovan.  This was her fourth victory from 17 trips behind the gate, and she has banked $134,980.  She returned $3.20.

The final New York Sire Stakes flight saw Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) on top at the 27 4/5 opening panel, but Goosebump Hanover (Morrill Jr.) was poised on the outside at that time, and she took the lead as they raced in front of the stands for the first time.  Goosebump Hanover got to the half in 56 2/5, and then 3-5 favorite Open Access (Matt Kakaley) made a first-over bid out of third. 

Open Access got a half-length in front at the 1:26 three-quarters, but Goosebump Hanover fought back on the inside around the final bend, and actually got back in front as they raced into the stretch.  Open Access was tenacious on the outside, though, and she would go back around Goosebump Hanover.  Monarchs Sequel (Mark MacDonald) offered a late try from off-the-pace, but it fell short as Open Access got to the wire three-quarters of a length to the good in 1:56.  Lindylicious (Scott Zeron) checked in third.

Robert Baggitt Jr. trains Open Access, a filly by Credit Winner, for owner/breeder Fair Winds Farm Inc.  Open Access was winless in three starts as a 2-year-old, but ran her sophomore record to 9-4-2-1, and she has now earned $87,323 lifetime.  She paid $3.40 for the victory.