Friday, June 3, 2011

Fox Valley Sage Surges to Victory in Thursday Night Feature

Fox Valley Sage surged to a second straight score in Thursday night's $10,000 featured 10th race at Vernon Downs.

Fresh off a 2:01 tally at Yonkers Raceway on May 27, Fox Valley Sage ($11.60) rallied from second in the final strides to nip the oncoming Blueridge Betty (last week's winner in this fillies and mares Open pace) by a head in a 1:54.4 effort.

Hidden Touch, who led for most of the mile, was a tight third.

Trainer Ralph Andersen did the driving for owner Stephen Farrell, Jr. as the 7-year-old bay daughter of Richess Hanover-Pink Cadillac secured her 23rd lifetime victory and increased her all-time winnings to nearly $260,000.

With Frank Davis driving for trainer Deedra Johnson, the pacer Rosa Villa became the initial four-time winner at the Downs this season following a front-striding 1:57 outing in Thursday's fourth race, that tied her at three with fellow pacer P L Comestowin and the trotters Jezzy and The Kentuckian for the longest winning streak after 19 programs.

Donald Stockwell and Steven Guido own the 8-year-old mare, who has achieved 19 lifetime victories and $226,822 in official prize money.

Davis also delivered a 1:57.2 triumph with the pacer Acadiana in the ninth event that gave him a double during Thursday's 11-race program.

Second-leading driver Frank Milby (My Girl Lora and Mach Hula) also carded a pair of first-place finishes during the evening.

DOWNS DOINGS - Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore earned his 33rd local tally after directing Scott Miller's pacer Printing A Place to a 1:57.3 decision in Thursday's fifth event... The Downs will present a 12-race card, featuring the week's $10,000 Open-1 trot, starting at 7:05 tomorrow night... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season and its casino can be obtained at, and on Facebook.