Friday, May 13, 2011

Simpson Stakes Highlight Vernon Downs' Saturday 12-race card

Vernon Downs will play host to its first Grand Circuit stakes of the season as the John Simpson Stakes head to Vernon, New York on Saturday, May 14.

Three divisions for 3-year old colt and gelding trotters and three divisions for 3-year old filly trotters have been slated by Race Secretary Scott Warren.

Leading the way for the ladies is 2010 New York Sire Stakes runner-up, Jezzy from the Ray Schnittker Stable.

The 3-year old daughter of Credit Winner-Ladylind is owned in partnership by Ray Schnittker, Jerry Silva, Jeff Gural, and Theodore Gewertz.

Jezzy won 10 of 11 starts last year as a freshman and earned $263,138 competing mostly on the New York Sire Stakes circuit; she did take her freshman mark at The Meadowlands in a division of the Historic Series races in 1:57.3.

Ray Schnittker will drive Jezzy on Saturday and will start from post position number seven in the third and final division slated for race number nine.

Highlighting the three divisions for the colt and gelding trotters is Dexter Cup Champion, Ice Machine.

Charlie Norris ships into Vernon Downs after taking home the lion's share of the $160,850 purse from the Dexter Cup at Freehold last Saturday.

The homebred son of Muscles Yankee-Icy Pleasure is owned by Robert Key of Leechburg, Pa and is currently three for three in 2011.

Ice Machine and Charlie Norris have been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite and will start from post position number eight in the third and final division for the boys slated for race number 10 on the 12-race card.

Vernon Downs continues its weekend of live racing action on Friday with a post time of 7:05 pm and continues racing Saturday night at 7:05 pm.

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