Plainville, Mass. — The $2.5 million (estimated) Massachusetts Sire Stakes kicked off the 2022 season on Sunday afternoon (September 25), with 3-year-olds continuing in five divisions at Plainridge Park.
Thirteen fillies were split into two $32,500 events while all other divisions completed a $65,000 race each.
First filly pace went to Wolverina, who led at each station for rider Nick Graffam and finished her mile with a snappy :27.4 closing field to lead by 1-1/4 lengths over Believe Its Lindy (Bruce Ranger) and Shakeitoffscarlet ( Kevin Switzer Jr.) in 1:53.4, a new life mark by a full second.
It was the ninth straight win this year for Wolverina ($3.20), a Cheyenne Hollywood-Terri I Fra filly co-owned by William Arnold and breed trainer Mike Graffam.
In the second filly pace division, Dude’s sweet bet went sharply from post seven to John MacDonald, taking the lead and extending it at every station over the mile. On the downside, filly The Man-Sweet Bettor by The Dude extended her lead to 5-1/2 lengths and timed the timer in 1:53.1, her personal best.
Dudes Sweet Bet ($2.80) is owned by Sal Vullo, Chris Lems and James DeArmond and coached by Jessica Okusko. Triple C Stable and Chris Lems bred the winning filly.
The 3-year-old pace man had a full eight to follow, with red hot Treacherous Tom again finding the winning circle for driver Bruce Ranger. Captaintreacherous-Kate Is Well Said’s son took the lead, and while Use Yah Blinkah (Jim Hardy) stayed close from second place to fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.3, was no match for Treacherous Tom, who strode home unchallenged by 5-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4.
It was the seventh win in just nine starts this year for Treacherous Tom ($2.80) and owners Tom and Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the razor-sharp gelding bred by Fashion Farms.
At the trot, Stamped By Lindy beat his male competitors with a good performance in a close finish. Yannick Gingras clocked the Stamped By Lindy mile by fractions of 28.4, 59.1 and 1:28.1 and went down the stretch two lengths up, but good late work from Strongerwithlindy (Steve Smith) put it there Leading late under pressure. But despite the tough challenge, Stamped By Lindy finished the job and won in 1:57 by a three-quarter length.
Trained by Paul Kelley, Stamped By Lindy ($4.40) is owned by Terrance Smith and Neil Goldstein. Lindy Farms of Connecticut bred the son of Muscle Hill native Lindy.
Finally, Just Liv Broadway won her first competition in an impressive manner in the class of trotting fillies. Just Liv Broadway (Luke Hanners) was knocked out by the unaffordable 1-9 favorite Dancin On The Wall (Yannick Gingras) and took a clear lead after Dancin On The Wall broke before the eighth pole. From there, Just Liv Broadway went her own way, with Wonderwall Lindy (Jay Randall) trailing close behind. After getting three quarters in 1:27.1, Wonderwall Lindy continued the attack, but Just Liv Broadway responded and opened 2-1/4 lengths on the wire to win in 1:56.2.
It was the seventh win of the year for Just Liv Broadway ($19.00), owned and bred by Michael E. Eaton and Bob McHugh. Mike Eaton trains EL Titan-Black Broadway filly.
Live racing resumes Monday afternoon (September 26) at Plainridge Park and the map features the 2-year Massachusetts Sire Stakes divisions competing in the first round of their series. Free full race programs of past performances for all live race days can be downloaded from the track’s website.