Saturday, June 18, 2011

He's Gorgeous Looks Good in Saturday Night Feature

Track record-holder He's Gorgeous performed with speed and determination while winning Saturday night's $10,000 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs in 1:50.3.

Making his second local start since setting a 1:50 Vernon standard for 4-year-old pacing horses on May 7, He's Gorgeous ($3.80) followed Mystical Valentine and Daley Deposit Only to the quarter (paced in :26.1), took the lead after the half (reached in :54.3), led by more than a length entering the stretch (three-quarter time was 1:22.3), and then out-battled Mystical Valentine to the finish of the week's Open-1 contest.

The head triumph was the second at the Downs in 2011, fourth this season and 21st overall for the speedy bay son of Art Major-So Ravishing, who has returned more than $714,000 to his owner Ken Jacobs.

Jack Rice did the teaming for the track's top trainer Tracy Brainard, who posted her 39th win credit at the 27-card meeting.

The Howard Okusko, Sr.-conditioned pacer Touch Of The Past prevailed in the week's $8,000 Open-2 test, scoring in 1:52.3 for driver Joe Nassimos, and owners Linda Manzi and Paul Tandlmayer, in race six.

Frank Milby, who ended the week trailing only two-time defending champion Jimmy Whittemore, 46-34, atop Vernon's driver standings, earned his second triple of the meet after scores behind J T Arturo (1:55.3) and Pro Bono Frank (1:53.4) in the Early Double, and then Dragon My Wagon (1:52.3) in the fourth event.

DOWNS DOINGS - The 12-year-old battler J T Arturo, owned by trainer Dave Dewhurst and Anthony R. Farina, recorded his 68th career victory in Saturday's opener... Leading provisional driver Truman Gale secured his eighth win of the meet after directing the Robert Gale-owned-and-trained pacer Mr. Express to a 1:54.3 tally in Saturday's eighth event... Vernon will offer live racing at 7:05 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next weekend... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.