09/11/2017 10:55PM

Yonkers: Svanstedt doubles in New York Sire Stakes, including track record with Plunge Blue Chip

Mike Lizzi
Plunge Blue Chip opens up through the stretch on her way to winning her New York Sire Stakes contest

Plunge Blue Chip is now a perfect five-for-five in her career after a track record 1:56 2/5 mile in the first of three New York Sire Stakes divisions for 2-year-old filly trotters on Monday night at Yonkers Raceway.

Driven by trainer Ake Svanstedt in the $52,000 event, Plunge Blue Chip watched from third as Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) chopped out an opening quarter in 29 seconds and a half in 59 seconds.  Svanstedt made his move first-over past the half, and Plunge Blue Chip took control at the 1:28 1/5 three-quarters before she opened up at will around the final bend.  Through the stretch Plunge Blue Chip was only racing the clock as she went on to win by 9 3/4 lengths and lowered Barn Bella's track record for the division by a full second.  A Thing Goin On (Brett Miller) was the second-place finisher, and Sevenbuyeleven (Jordan Stratton) took third.

Plunge Blue Chip was scratched sick from the last round of sire stakes action for this group at Monticello Raceway, but Svanstedt noted that the time away wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

“She had a cough (reason for Monticello NYSS scratch), and the time off before this race helped her,” Svanstedt said.

A daughter of Muscle Mass, Plunge Blue Chip, who has also set track records at Buffalo Raceway and Tioga Downs this season, is owned by Svanstedt and breeder Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc.  Plunge Blue Chip, who has earned $80,083, was a $42,000 Harrisburg buy and is the second foal out of the Donato Hanover mare Dunk The Donato.  Dunk The Donato's dam Irene's Lucky Lady (Winky's Pine) is a half-sister to $3.5 million earner Mr. Muscleman.  Plunge Blue Chip was the 1-9 favorite and paid $2.30 to win.

Svanstedt would also win the next $52,000 split with Lucky Ava in 1:59 2/5.  Starting from post five in the field of six, Lucky Ava showed the way through stations of 30 1/5, 1:00 3/5, and 1:29 4/5, then held on under Svanstedt's stretch urging to score by three-parts of a length over pocket-sitting Setntheworldonfire (Andrew McCarthy).  White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald) finished third after a first-over attempt in the final quarter.

Svanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. own Lucky Ava, a daughter of Lucky Chucky.  Also bred by Little E LLC., Lucky Ava has a record of 4-1-0 from seven starts and has put away $72,816.  Lucky Ava's dam is the Cantab Hall mare Ava Marion, a half-sister to trio of six-figure earners, including stakes winner Great Success ($400,205).  Lucky Ava was sent off as the 4-5 public choice and returned $3.80 to win.

Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) completed the chalky sire stakes splits with a 1:58 tally as the 4-5 favorite in the final $53,000 flight.  Despite starting from the outside post seven, driver Marcus Miller had Supergirl Riley on top at the 28 second opening quarter, and after a 58 1/5 half and a 1:28 4/5 three-quarters, Supergirl Riley trotted a 29 1/5 final panel to score by 2 1/4 lengths over Svanstedt trainee Fury Road (McCarthy).  Lucky Rainbow (Sears) checked in third.

The victorious filly by Muscle Mass, who has won four times from seven starts and banked $85,799, 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 paid $3.90 to win.

--Svanstedt quote courtesy of Yonkers Raceway--