Vernon Downs will roll on with its second weekend of live harness racing action from Vernon, New York beginning on Friday, April 23rd at 6:55 pm. An eleven race card has been drawn for Friday night with co-feature events slated as race 8 (Fillies & Mares Class A Handicap Pace) and race 9 (Class A Trot).
Howard Okusko Jr. and Jessica Okusko will send out Bet The Ranch in the fillies and mares pace looking for two wins in a row after last week's 1:56 pocket riding victory. However, the powerful Jeffrey Long Stable ships in from Delaware with Infinite Desire who has already won three races in 2010, and banked just shy of $34,000. Bet the Ranch and Howard Okusko Jr. have been given the nod as the 9-5 morning line favorite over last week's bridesmaid Chantal hall (Jimmy Whittemore), but Infinite Desire cannot be overlooked at 6-1 on the morning line with Greg Merton.
The Okusko stable will also send out Unshakeable in the co-featured Class A trot in the ninth race who will also be looking for two in a row. Last week the 5-year old son of Andover Hall-Sister Sammy used a first over grind to nail John Paul's Legacy (Angus Mac Donald) on the wire in 1:57.1. Sharpshootennorris (Josh Marks) has been made the 9-5 morning line favorite after getting pinned in last week down the stretch. Tracy Brainard trains the 7-year old son of Earl-Our Royal Gem, who is winless in 2010, but tallied ten wins in 2009.
Vernon will host a twelve race card on Saturday, April 24th featured by the sixth race Class A Open Pace with a field of seven, post time on Saturday is 6:55 pm.
Vernon Downs will host "Facebook Friday" on Friday, April 23rd and "Myspace Saturday" on Saturday, April 24th. For more information please visit us online at www.vernondowns.com.