Saturday, May 7, 2011
Frosty Flirt Returns a Winner in Trotting Feature
Frosty Flirt and The Kentuckian captured Friday night's top trotting tests at Vernon Downs.
Making her season's debut, Frosty Flirt ($4.20) won Friday's $10,000 featured ninth race, the week's Open contest, while The Kentuckian ($4.00) notched his second win in succession with a 1:55.1 decision in the $6,000 seventh session.
Frank Milby drove both first-place finishers for trainer Tracy Brainard.
The favorite Frosty Flirt, owned by Brainard, closed from fifth in the final furlong and eked out a neck victory over Unshakeable.
The 1:56.2 clocking resulted in the 11th lifetime win for the 4-year-old mare, who increased her career earnings to more than $243,000.
The Kentuckian, a 1:56.1 winner in his last outing here on April 29, used front striding tactics to record a career-best 1:55.1 triumph, fastest on the diagonal gait during Friday's 10-race program.
Owned by the Foulk Stables, the quick-footed 4-year-old gelding, now sports six career wins and all-time earnings of $32,550.
Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won with the trotters Neon Dream (1:56.2), Corregidore (1:59.2), Valley Crown (2:00.3) and Wild Goose Lodge (1:58) to chalk up his second four-win performance at the eight night meeting.
DOWNS DOINGS - The Kentuckian's time was just 3/5ths-of-a-second off the fastest trotting mile of the meet, established by Scorpion Moon on April 15... Friday's swiftest mile was a life's-best 1:53.4 clocking by Robert Gale's 4-year-old pacing mare By All Means in race 10, which made Truman Gale the track's top provisional pilot with three victories... Starting at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, The Downs will simulcast all of the races from Churchill Downs, including the famed Kentucky Derby at approximately 6:24 p.m. Vernon's live 12-race Saturday card will begin at 7 p.m...Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season and its casino can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com and by liking us on Facebook.