07/07/2017 10:26PM

Vernon Downs: MacDonald, MacIntosh double in New York Sire Stakes

Ubettergo Go was the second New York Sire Stakes winner for driver Mark MacDonald and trainer Blake MacIntosh

Trainer Blake MacIntosh and driver Mark MacDonald joined forces to win two of the four New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies that were held on Friday night at Vernon Downs.

They would strike first in the opening $27,750 flight when 10-1 shot Twin B Peaches rallied with a 27 1/5 final quarter to go from third at the 1:24 1/5 three-quarters to a quarter-length victory over even-money choice Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) in a 1:52 mile.  All On Top Hanover (Marcus Miller) was another half-length back in third.  That was the fastest of the four splits and just two-fifths of a second off See You At Peelers's track record.

Twin B Peaches is a filly from the first crop of Betterthancheddar owned by Onaroll Stable, Touch Stone Farms, Ozzie Mackay, and Reginald Petitpas.  Twin B Peaches, who was bred by Twinbrook Limited and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale, is now two-for-two in her young career with $16,185 banked.  She is the 14th foal out of the Beach Towel mare Beach Bound, making her a sister to a half-dozen six-figure earners, including Twin B Hollister ($461,492).  She paid $23.60 to win.

Ubettergo Go was the other winner for the MacDonald/MacIntosh tandem, taking the third $27,750 split in 1:53.  She led through stations of 26 4/5, 57 3/5, and 1:26 2/5, then sprinted home in 26 3/5 to win by four lengths over Line Dancer (Brett Miller).  Step Beyond (Matt Kakaley) checked in third.

MacIntosh also co-owns the victorious 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, was making her career debut after finishing first and second in two baby races at Mohawk.  U Bettergo Go, who was sent off at 7-2 and returned $9.80 to win, is the third foal out of the Bettor's Delight mare Ubetterthink Think ($776,999). 

MacDonald also had the lead in the second $28,250 section with Dance Blue, putting up splits of 27 4/5, 57, and 1:24 4/5.  She broke stride early in the stretch, though, allowing pocket-sitter Walk From Heaven (Brett Miller) to get room to challenge Let's Fall In Love (Matt Kakaley), who had been first-over.  Walk From Heaven would grab the lead from that foe, then hold on through the remainder of the lane to prevail by a length in 1:53 2/5.  Classy Chris (Jim Morrill Jr.) rallied up the inside to finish second and Let's Fall In Love wound up third.

It was a 17-1 upset for Walk From Heaven, a Rock N Roll Heaven filly trained by Kevin Lare for owner Frank Chick.  Walk From Heaven, who was making her first pari-mutuel start after a fourth and a second in a pair of qualifiers at Harrah's Philadelphia, was bred by Martinez Equine and fetched $10,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.  She is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Walk Of Shame, a half-sister to the likes of Lord Terror ($370,285).  She paid $37.80 to win.

Betterthangraduate (Morrill Jr.) rounded out the stakes winners for the night, grabbing the $28,250 nightcap in 1:55.  She made multiple moves in the event, taking over the lead past the 27 second opening quarter, releasing Silk Reed (Tyler Buter) to the top before the 57 1/5 half, coming back out on that rival turning for home to regain the top spot, and keeping Speedo Miss (Marcus Miller) at bay to score by half a length.  Lulu De Vie (MacDonald) took third.

Another 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, was bred by KDM Stables Corp. and was a $52,000 buy at the Standardbred Horse Sale.  Betterthangraduate, who was part of a 1-5 Burke entry and returned $2.70 to win, is the third foal out of the Western Hanover mare Western Graduate ($1,305,072).