Saturday's (July 12) edition of Racing Roundup features results stories from Vernon Downs, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Buffalo Raceway and Tioga Downs.
I Do Hanover does it at Vernon
Vernon, NY---I Do Hanover (Shark Gesture-I'm Married) withstood a stout challenge from favored Tell Us More to win the $8,000 featured Open II pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.
|I Do Hanover (6) beat Tell Us More to win the Vernon feature in 1:52.2.|
Firethorn (John MacDonald) was the one who set a strong pace of 26.4 for the quarter, 57.4 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters. However, those fast fractions ended up costing the pacesetter in the stretch, as he faded to finish last.
I Do Hanover was moved aggressively first-over by driver Truman Gale past the half-mile marker and ended up drawing on even terms with Firethorn as the field entered the stretch. Tell Us More (Roman Lopez) followed the solid cover from I Do Hanover and rolled into contention as the field moved through the stretch. I Do Hanover held on to first position all the way to the wire to win in 1:52.2, scoring a minor upset at 6-1 over the favorite, who had to settle for second. Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) had been third in the early stages and ended up getting shuffled back to fifth with all the action in the outer flow on the far turn. Moonlight Ransom was able to re-rally in the stretch and get up for third.
The complete order of finish was: I Do Hanover, Tell Us More, Moonlight Ransom, Some Or Lis, You Bet Your Glass, Unicorn Hanover, Gallic Warrior, and Firethorn. I Do Hanover is owned by Philip Hale and David Dewhurst of New York, with Dewhurst doubling as the trainer.
The win in the feature event made it a natural hat trick of wins for driver Truman Gale during the Saturday program. Gale won the fifth race with 8-1 shot, American Bull, in a time of 1:53.1, and followed with a score in the sixth driving Where U At to another upset win at 7-1. Gale also serves as the trainer of first two winners in the sequence of three.
Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a nine-race program. First post time is 6:45 p.m.
Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs
Dancin Yankee (Yankee Cruiser – Dancewiththebest) returned to Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs after his victory in the Invitational Pace on Sun Stakes Saturday, and made another trip to the Hanover Shoe Farms Winner’s Circle. The 6-year-old, trained by Amber Buter and driven by Tyler Buter, left from post 7, taking the lead just past the quarter, and never looked back. With fractions of 26.4, 54.4, and 1:22.3, Dancin Yankee tripped the timer in 1:49 for the Preferred Handicap, winning by 1 ¾ lengths. Abelard Hanover finished second, followed by Digital Z Tam. The win is the 12th this season in 19 starts for Dancin Yankee, who paid $3 to win, and topped an Exacta of $14.80. He now has earnings of nearly $300,000 this season. Baron Racing Stable and Richard Lombardo own the horse.
In a conditioned event earlier in the card, Scott Rocks (Rocknroll Hanover – Plant A Kiss) equaled the national season’s mark for 4-year-old pacing geldings on a five-eighths-mile track with a 1:48.3 mile.
Racing resumes at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Sunday with a Post Time of 6:30 p.m.
Western Alumni had a pair of second-place finishes the past two weeks in the $10,500 Open Pace at Buffalo Raceway, but Saturday night (July 12) he got a chance to pose in the winner's circle once again after holding off Rock N Roll Legend by a half length in 1:55.1 over the fast track. Driver Jim McNeight and Western Alumni played give-and-go with Big Unit to the opening quarter marker and managed to set the pace with times of 28.3, 58 and 1:26.4. Best Ears made a bobble around the clubhouse turn the final time and scattered the field somewhat, leaving the front-running Western Alumni to battle Big Unit (Drew Monti) and Rock N Roll Legend (Kevin Cummings) to duke it out the last quarter mile. Through the stretch, a determined Western Alumni managed to hold the off the pair thanks to the urging of McNeight. Rock N Roll Legend finished in second with Big Unit taking the show spot. Western Alumni (Western Hanover-Countryview Miss) is owned by North Creek Racing LLC and is trained by Jerry Nugent Jr. It was his fifth win in 20 starts in 2014 and upped the 6-year-old gelding's earnings to $43,260 and $185,379 lifetime.
Racing will continue on Sunday afternoon with a 1:05 p.m. post. It's 'Back To The Track' at Buffalo Raceway with free programs, t-shirts, sno-cones, cotton candy and pony rides. The New York Sire Stakes is also in town with the 2-year-old pacing fillies taking to the track.
While Aaron Byron scored a Saturday (July 12) night grand slam at Tioga Downs, he could only muster second honors in the evening's featured $14,000 Miracle Mile 1 Trot, as I Love New York ($18.40) dug in through the stretch to narrowly prevail. The 6-year-old Broadway Hall entire brushed to the lead after Obrigado (Aaron Byron) pushed clear in a 28.4 first quarter, rating a 57.4 middle half before facing pressure on the far turn. With 300 yards to go, I Love New York dug in to turn aside the first-over Stitch in Time (Jim Marohn, Jr.), and dug in late to stave off an inside rally from Obrigado, prevailing narrowly in 1:55.2. Trainer-driver Bruce Clarke co-owns I Love New York with John Coffey and Patricia Waldeck. While I Love New York took top trotting honors on the night, Aaron Byron took top driving honors, teaming up with Muscles to Spare (1:57.3), B L Class Act (1:55.3), Joann's Princess (1:57), and Clearwater Hanover (1:55.1) for his quartet of wins on the card.