Monday’s (Sept. 2) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Vernon Downs and Harrington Raceway.
A Penny Earned wins Vernon Open Trot
Vernon, NY --- A Penny Earned posted a career-fastest 1:53.1 Open Trot victory; Hot Cowboy became the winningest pacer at the 59-program meeting; and Jimmy Whittemore chalked up four driving tallies during Monday’s special 10-race matinee program at Vernon Downs.
|A Penny Earned posted a career-fastest 1:53.1 Open Trot victory on Monday at Vernon Downs.|
With multiple Downs race-winning champ Whittemore handling the lines in Monday’s $10,000 eighth event, A Penny Earned idled in fifth place to the half, timed in :56, then scooted three-wide around the final bend and flashed home in a :28.1 final quarter to secure an impressive seven length triumph.
Improving his win-mark by one tick of the timer, the 4-year-old bay son of Conway Hall-Penny Dream collected his fourth current victory and 12th lifetime tally, while hiking his career purse earnings to $242,126 for trainer George Ducharme, an owner along with New Englanders Nicola Oliva, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine.
Whittemore also finished first with the first-time race-winning trotter Don’t Miss A Tweet (1:58.2), the diagonally-gaited Leah’s Ex (1:55) and pacer Katelyn’s Scott (1:52) to register his third four-win outing of the track’s 60th anniversary season.
Hot Cowboy, a consistent 6-year-old campaigner owned and trained by Truman Gale, roared home in a :27.4 last quarter to win Monday’s fifth event in 1:52.3. The solid score was his seventh at the meeting and made him the winningest pacer of 2013 here to date. It also tied him with the trotter Ulay Boko for most equine triumphs through Sept. 2.
Second-leading reinsman and conditioner Roman Lopez logged a pair of first-place driving finishes during the bright, sunny afternoon, while Truman Gale gained a pair of training tallies.
-- Jim Moran
Dandee Racing Stable and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($2.40, Eric Carlson) bested an abbreviated field in Monday's $19,000 Open Pace at Harrington Raceway. After two scheduled starters were scratched, just four horses lined up behind the starting gate for the weekly feature for male pacers. Mojo Terror, a 5-year-old Western Terror gelding, held off all comers in a front stepping win over Mcerlean and Charger. Mcerlean battled the pacesetting favorite Mojo Terror gamely first over but was unable to deny him his fourth win of the year by a half-length for trainer Doug Lewis. Victor Kirby had three wins on the program. Allan Davis and Jim Morand each had driving doubles.