Monday, July 4, 2011

Franklin M Hanover Posts Fastest Time of the Night

Lewis Miller's Franklin M Hanover recorded the fastest mile during Saturday night's 10-race program at Vernon Downs.

With Claude Huckabone, Jr. doing the steering for trainer Wes Miller, Franklin M Hanover ($19.40) rallied from sixth in the early going and closed from fourth in the homestretch to defeat the on-coming Mystic Splendor by a head in Saturday's $6,000 first race trot.

The 1:56 clocking equaled the 6-year-old gelding's lifetime mark and enabled the son of SJ's Caviar-Fanciulla to become a two-time winner at the meet.

Wild Goose Lodge ($9.20) missed the fastest mile mark by one-tick of the timer in the $6,000 co-featured 10th event.

Frank Davis drove for trainer/part-owner Jaclyn Bailey as the 9-year-old son of SJ's Photo-Mystress Hanover turned a pocket trip into a head victory over the pace-setting Paco In The Sky.

It marked the third season's score and 19th lifetime tally for career winner of $98,176, who is shared in ownership by Woody Hoblitzell.

Driver Roman Lopez scored with the trotter Play Right and pacer Dick N Ben during Vernon's 32nd program to record his third double of the track's 58th campaign.

DOWNS DOINGS - Vernon will present a 10-race program on Monday (July 4) that will begin at 1:15 p.m... The Downs swill also offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next weekend... The top-ranked Standardbred See You At Peelers (unbeaten in 18 career starts) headlines a field of 3-year-old filly pacers for next Saturday's New York Sires Stakes feature at the Downs... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.