Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Night was a Vacation Day at Vernon Downs

The favorite Vacation Day overcame a parked-out journey to record a 1:55.4 victory in Friday night's $10,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs.

Leaving from post five in a field of six, Vacation Day ($3.60) took the overland route from fourth at the quarter, closed from third in the stretch and overcame the pace-setting Scorpion Moon by a head in the week's Open-1 trotting contest.

The hard-fought score was the third locally this season, the fourth on the campaign and the 12th all-time for the 5-year-old son of Dream Vacation-Shutter Hanover, who is closing in on $130,000 in lifetime earnings.

Rick Plano did the steering for trainer Jamie Paquet, who owns the black gelding along with the In Front Racing stable.

The winner missed his career win mark by two-ticks of the timer.

Five of Friday's first-place finishers became two-time winners at the 38-program meeting, while seven earned fresh speed marks.

DOWNS DOINGS - Vernon's "Back to the Track" weekend continues with Saturday's 10-race program, which contains a beach towel giveaway (while supplies last), and a handicap contest, in which the winner will earn a trip to the Little Brown Jug stakes race for 3-year-old pacer in the fall at Delaware, Ohio... Saturday's line-up, which will include three non-betting, exhibition pony races for representatives of the Harness Horse Youth Foundation's summer camp at the Downs, will begin at 6:20 p.m... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.