06/21/2015 4:53PM

Vernon: Favorites impress in EBC Finals

Happy connections greet Jeff Gregory and Barn Doll in the winner's circle.

Barn Doll surely didn’t disappoint her backers as the prohibitive favorite crushed her competition in the Empire Breeders Classic Final for three-year-old filly trotters on Sunday afternoon at Vernon Downs.

Sent off as the 1/5 favorite, Barn Doll, with Jeff Gregory in tow, left alertly and took a brief pit stop in third before brushing to command before the half. Once assuming the front end Barn Doll drew off as she pleased through a 1:24 three-quarter clocking and was totally in hand to the wire in 1:52 1/5, equaling her life mark, set last week in her EBC elimination. The final margin of victory was 6 1/4 lengths.

Lock Down Lindy, part of a three-horse mutuel entry, chased in vain to be second best with Tim Tetrick. Jewels In Hock rallied nicely under Hall of Famer John Campbell’s guidance to be third but that filly had too far to come.

Owned by Steven and Nancy Pratt as well as Purple Haze Stables LLC, the Steven Pratt-trained Barn Doll made it 11 wins in 14 lifetime starts and pushed her career earnings close to $400,000. The filly paid $2.70 to win.

Trainer Ron Burke stole the show in the lucrative Empire Breeders Classic Final for three-year-old colt trotters. Not only did his entry of Crazy Wow and Habitat take the top two spots, they totally dominated this field and were both well clear of their competition at the wire.

Off the gate Habitat made his way to the front in a :26 4/5 opening split and soon released entrymate Crazy Wow, who had to navigate a second-tier starting spot. Crazy Wow cruised to a :55 3/5 half and 1:23 3/5 three-quarter clocking staying well clear of pressure. The trotting colt, who has had some breaking issues recently, looked silky-smooth crossing the wire 6 1/2 lengths ahead in 1:51 1/5 over a track downgraded to “good”, a personal best and new track record for 3-year-old trotting colts.

Habitat was a clear second, with Fashion Creditor third and Workout Wonder fourth.

Owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Jt 45 and J&T Silva Stables LLC and driven by Yannick Gingras, Crazy Wow made it eight wins in 15 lifetime starts and sent his career earnings to $410,795. The entry paid $2.30 to win.

Earlier on the card the Terence McClory-trained Fireyourguns set a Vernon Downs track record in the Open I handicap. Driven by Jim Morrill, Jr. the 6-year-old gelding pacer blazed the way through insane fractions of :25 3/5, :52 2/5, 1:19 1/5 en route to a 1:47 3/5 clocking .

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