Sunday, June 5, 2011

Mystical Valentine Wins Again in Saturday Feature


The steady going pacer Mystical Valentine delivered a seamless 1:52.3 performance while winning Saturday night's $10,000 featured 10th race at Vernon Downs.

Frank Milby, steering for trainer Dave Dewhurst, sent Mystical Valentine ($6.90) to the front from the word "Go" and kept the 5-year-old bay gelding in command through splits of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26 en route to a 1-1/2 length tally in the week's Open-1 pace.

It was the second score in succession and the fourth at the 21-program meeting for the son of Dream Work-Sneakheravalentine, who is owned by Philip Hale.

The strong showing tied the career winner of 19 races and $282,277 at four with fellow sidewheelers Rosa Villa and Johnny Midnight for most equine tallies at the Downs thus far in 2011.

Milby and Dewhurst each earned doubles during the 11-race program, as they also got a first-place finish from the pacer What It Means (owned by the trainer and Hale) in Saturday's seventh session.

Other drivers picking up twin tallies during the program were Frank Davis (the pacers Lightning Prince & Art's Image), Chris Lems (the pacers Johnny Midnight & Banocariza) and Jimmy Whittemore (the pacers Shu Fu & Glen B).

DOWNS DOINGS - What It Means also won in the exact same time as his stablemate, 1:52.3, which turned out to be the fastest miles of the evening... Truman Gale moved into a five-all tie with Michael Miller for most wins by provisional drivers at the meet following his first-place finish behind the pacer Mr. Express in race two... Milby is tops in driving doubles at the meet with eight... Vernon will resume live harness racing at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday (June 9)... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season and its casino can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com, and on Facebook.