Monday, May 24, 2010

Marks ties Vernon track record

Friday, May 21, 2010 - by Jim Moran, for Vernon Downs

Vernon, NY --- Driver Josh Marks tied a record for most wins on a single Vernon Downs program with seven scores on Thursday night (May 20), including a 1:53.3 victory with Arbeedo in the $8,100 featured sixth race.

Driver Jim Morrill, Jr. established Vernon’s all-time single program record in 2008.

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Arbeedo was one of seven winners on the Thursday Vernon program for driver Josh Marks.

Starting out fifth in her Downs debut, Arbeedo was given an overland journey by the 27-year-old reinsman. She closed from second in the final quarter to earn a head triumph in the evening’s top Miracle Mile test for female pacers.

It was the sixth career score for the 4-year-old daughter of Artsplace-Shoobeedobeedo, who is owned by trainer Tracy Brainard and Andrew Herzog.

Marks began his victory binge behind the trotter Neon Dream (1:59) in Thursday’s first race. He won the third race with the trotter Study Hall (1:59.3), the fifth with the trotter Frosty Flirt (1:56.3), the seventh with the pacer Pounne De Luxe (1:53.4), the eighth with the trotter Justice Wyoming (1:58.3) -- equaling his current previous single program high here -- and the last with the pacer Honey’s Luck (1:54.3).

Marks, the track’s top dash-winning driver in 2008 with 114 first-place finishes, raised his current victory total to 33 after 12 current programs.

Leading conditioner Brainard, who chalked up a single season record 101 training victories here in 2008, has 15 wins through May 20.