Saturday's (Oct. 5) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Vernon Downs, Colonial Downs and Saratoga Harness.
Track record-holder JK Panache turned in a brilliant performance while posting a sizzling 1:49.4 win-clocking in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured second race at Vernon Downs. Former Vernon provisional driving champ Truman Gale did the teaming in Saturday’s second race as JK Panache blazed through mile-cutting splits of :25.2, :54 and 1:22.3 en route to a neck triumph over No Monkeys Allowed. It marked the sixth local win, the eighth season’s score and the 16th lifetime victory for the speedy son of Art Major-Paris Hanover, who is shared in ownership by former Vernon multiple training champ Dave Dewhurst and Philip K. Hale. It was the fourth time the career-winner of $158,386 has beaten the 1:50 speed-barrier this season, including a 1:49.1 track record performance for 4-year-old pacing geldings here on June 22. “He’s not a very big horse, but he’s got a huge heart,” explained trainer Dewhurst after the race. “I’ve had several chances to sell him, but my kids love him. They call him 'licky', because he likes to lick their faces when they’re around him. He’s just a nice, fast little horse.” Dewhurst earned his 31st conditioning credit after JK Panache’s win, and is presently tied with Roman Lopez, for second place on the 74-program meeting’s training chart.
Indescribable won his second straight and had his fifth consecutive impressive outing in Saturday’s featured $4,250 conditioned pace at Colonial Downs. Owner/trainer Gerald Longo, who had been in the sulky for all three of Indescribable’s Colonial starts, opted to have leading driver Cory Braden drive Saturday. The move paid off as the 6-year-old Cole Muffler gelding wired the field in a new life mark of 1:50.3. Braden’s charge triggered quarter panels of :25.3, :54.2 and 1:23 before crossing 2-1/4 lengths ahead of runner-up Sharp Shuttle. He earned his eighth win of the season and 17th lifetime victory.
Arthur overcame a difficult journey to win the Open Pace at Saratoga on Saturday night. Stephane Bouchard piloted the 4-year-old for trainer Lou Pena and after coming away fourth, moved first-over approaching the half. Bet On Roulette (Wally Hennessey), the Open winner two weeks ago, dug in on the front-end before giving in late to the pressure of a tenacious Arthur (Modern Art). The first win in the local Open for Arthur came in 1:53.1 and at odds of 7-1. Bet On Roulette held strong for second while the favorite BJ’s Guy (Bruce Aldrich Jr) earned the show spot in the $15,000 feature. The win was one of three on the card for Bouchard.