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Vernon track mark for Gym Tan Laundry
Saturday, October 22, 2011 - by Jim Moran, for Vernon Downs

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Vernon, NY--Gym Tan Laundry turned in a track-record performance, while Vic Smith, Maven, American Saint and Bridge The Way continued to pay dividends to their owners during Friday night’s (Oct. 21) $50,000 leg of the Kindergarten Classic (KC) Series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs.

Gym Tan Laundry lopped one fifth of a second off the previous track standard for freshman trotting geldings with his 1:57.1 score in Friday’s second male division, while the colt Vic Smith continued his consistent ways with a 1:56.2 tally in the first male KC clash.

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Gym Tan Laundry set a track record of 1:56.2 in his Kindergarten Classic division at Vernon Downs.

Maven produced the fastest filly score of the KC’s fourth leg, a 1:57.4 triumph in the middle distaff division, while American Saint earned a 1:58.2 win record in the sixth race, and Bridge The Way lowered her speed standard to 1:58.4 in Friday’s first flight.

Gym Tan Laundry turned a two-hole trip into a career-best score, while improving his overall record to 3-2-1 after six starts in Friday’s fifth event. James Rattray did the steering for trainer Noel Daley and the Adam Victor and Son Stable as the bay son of Yankee Glide-Fresh Face improved on the Vernon mark for his age, sex and gait that had been established by Classic Conway on Sept. 24 of this year.

Vic Smith closed from third in the stretch to earn his sixth score in eight official appearances in Friday’s second race. Andy Miller drove the bay son of Yankee Glide-PJ Naomi for trainer Julie Miller and the Andy Miller Stable/Baron Racing Stable partnership.  The capable colt also sports a second-place finish and a third this season.

Maven’s come-from-behind triumph in race three improved her summary line to 7-1-1 following 10 trips to the track. Frank Milby did the teaming for trainer Jonas Czernyson as the bay daughter of Glidemaster-M Stewart hiked her winnings to more than $140,900 for owner W. J. Donovan.

Milby earned a double during the evening after piloting American Saint to her initial pari-mutual win. The bay daughter of Like A Prayer-Baby American has also produced three seconds and two thirds in nine outings for trainer Charlie Norris and owner Robert J. Key.

With Wim Paal sulky-sitting for trainer Henrik Lundell, Bridge The Way raced like she was the best, and proved it with a front-striding, maiden-breaking tally. The bay daughter of Conway Hall-Bridget Blue Chip-Credit Winner has also chalked up a second-place finish and a pair of thirds after six showings.

Red Light became a two-time winner at the 80-program meeting following a 1:55.3 victory in Friday’s $10,000 ninth event, the week’s Open trotting contest.  Claude Huckabone, III did the chauffeuring for top trainer Tracy Brainard and her partner, Andrew Herzog. It marked the fourth current tally and 11th lifetime win for the 4-year-old son of S J’s Photo-Miss Lovely, who increased his career bankroll to $170,141.

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