Sunday, May 15, 2011

Talented Trotters Jezzy, Ice Machine Shine in Simpson Stakes


The talented trotters Jezzy and Ice Machine lived up to their top billing in Saturday night's $143,432 John Simpson Memorial Stakes action at Vernon Downs.

The highly-regarded Jezzy, who never finished worse than second in 11 freshman starts, delivered a career best 1:57.2 victory in Saturday's $24,670 ninth race of The Elma for 3-year-old trotting fillies, while Ice Machine, fresh off a 1:57.3 score in the prestigious, $160,850 Dexter Cup final at New Jersey's Freehold Raceway last Saturday, remained unbeaten after four current outings while dropping his speed-mark to 1:55.2 in the $23,47410th contest, final flight of The Ayres for sophomore male high-steppers.

Jezzy ($2.40), shared in ownership by Jeff Gural, Theodore Gewertz, Jerry Silva and trainer-driver Ray Schnittker, took control of the fifth Simpson division past the half and scurried on to a ¾-length triumph in her season's debut.

The gifted daughter of Credit Winner-Ladylind now sports a record of 11 wins, a second-place finish and earnings of more than $275,400 after 12 career outings.

Ice Machine ($3.60) also took charge of the sixth and final Simpson set after the half, and then powered on to a 1-1/4 length tally for trainer-driver Charlie Norris and owner Robert Key.

The homebred son of Muscles Yankee-Icy Pleasure currently owns six wins and earnings of $137,813 following 14 lifetime appearances.

Saturday's other Simpson divisional winners in the filly flights were Madam Stacey (1:57.2), with trainer Trond Smedshammer steering for owner August Fredrik Miedel, and Some Girls (1:57.2), with part-owner and trainer Gates Brunet driving for the Gewertz, Michael Rosenthal and Jean Brunet partnership.

The other male Simpson clashes were won by Spectator K (1:56.1), with trainer Norris teaming for owner Key, and Charlie De Vie (1:56.1), with trainer Chris Ryder piloting for the Joie De Vie Farm.

On the pacing front, the tough, speedy veteran Stonebridge Wish captured the week's $10,000 Open-1 contest in 1:50.4 with Jack Rice doing the honors for owner and trainer Tracy Brainard in Saturday's 11th event.

DOWNS DOINGS - Norris and Stephane Bouchard earned driving doubles during Saturday's 12-race program... Madam Stacey and Spectator K also chalked up fresh win marks with their Simpson scores... Charlie De Vie is now unbeaten in two tries on the current campaign... Vernon will offer live racing at 7:05 Thursday-Saturday nights next week... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season and its casino can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com, and on Facebook.