Sunday, July 11, 2010

West is Best at Vernon on Saturday Night

Armbro Doyle unleashed a strong stretch kick that carried him to a one-length victory over the favorite, John Paul’s Legacy, in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.

Remaining in fifth until the top of the stretch, Armbro Doyle responded eagerly to the urgings of catch-driver Chuck Connor, Jr. in a :29.1 final split to post a 1:57.2 triumph in the weekend’s Miracle Mile-1 trotting test.

He paid $20.40 to win.

The fast-closing tally was the second this season and 17th all-time for the 7-year-old son of King Conch-Accompaniment, who is owned and trained by Scott West.

West also harnessed the first-place finishing high-steppers Cool Touch (1:58.2) and Sundowner Bob (1:55.4) to complete an owner and trainer hat-trick during Saturday’s 11-race program.

Drivers Jack Rice and Rick Plano also chalked up a pair of wins during the 34th program of Vernon’s 57th season.

Prior to the pari-mutuel program Constance Finnerty (CD’s Miss M), Abbey D’Agostino (Jandi Tuff As Sky) and Brooke Metzel (Justaway) were divisional winners in non-betting exhibition races that concluded the Harness Racing Youth League’s five day summer camp at the Downs.

DOWNS DOINGS-The Downs will present a make-up, 11-race program at 1:15 p.m. this coming Monday (July 12). The track will also offer live racing at 6:55 Thursday-Saturday nights (July 15-17