Friday, June 4, 2010

Fast Freshman Sighting at Vernon Downs

Friday's Vernon Downs qualifiers, held on a perfect June 4 morning, included the track's very first 2-year-old starter of the 2010 season and quite an impressive performance it was.

Dapper Denzil, a son of Red River Hanover, faced a field of older horses in his career debut for owner/trainer Arnie Marks with the meet's leading driver (and son of the trainer) Josh Marks at the controls.

Reserved in fourth, nearly 10 lengths off a half in :57.4, Dapper Denzil was moved a measured first over to be second, well in hand while falling just 1-1/2 lengths short in 1:56.1 (individually timed in 1:56.2). The winner was Speculative Edge, who was making his sophomore debut for Dan Daley after a successful season on the NYSS circuit in 2009.

Charts for the Friday Q's are available at