Friday, August 26, 2011

Glorious Winner Goes Fastest in Late Closer Series

Glorious Winner recorded the fastest mile, while Small Bills and Cash Poor continued their recent success in divisions of Thursday night's $49,400 New York Sires Stakes-sponsored late-closing contest for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs.

With LeWayne Miller steering for trainer Erv Miller in Thursday's $12,300 sixth race, Glorious Winner rallied from fifth in the early going and closed from second in the homestretch to secure his seventh season's score (fourth against late-closing opponents) and a 1:57 lifetime mark, that cut a full second off his previous win record.

The bay son of Credit Winner-Fox Valley Flan is owned by his breeders, the Tanah Merah Farms.

Small Bills collected his third straight late-closing victory and fourth this season when Stephane Bouchard directed the bay son of Cash Hall-Mini Shuttle to a lifetime-best 1:57.2 triumph in Thursday's $12,400 eighth event.

Dave Jannone conditions the four-time career winner for owners Michelle C. and Albert C. Crawford.

Trainer John Stark, Jr. picked up a driving double during Thursday's 10-race program after steering Cash Poor to his second win in succession, and a 1:58 speed-mark in the $12,300 ninth race.

It marked the second season's score and eighth lifetime win for the bay son of Cash Hall-Meadow Gal, who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables.

Miller was also in the sulky, catch-driving for trainer and part-owner Kimberly Burris, as Mystical Mikel prevailed with a 1:59 effort in the evening's $12,400 fourth event.

It was the second late-closing win locally, third tally this season and fourth all-time for the bay son of Conway Hall-Fancy Crown, who is also shared in ownership by Joseph Budney.

Harlem Rockturne recorded her third win in a row with a 1:53.2 career-best showing in Thursday's $10,000 fifth race, the week's Open test for female pacers.

Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore drove for his dad, trainer and owner Dennis Whittemore, as the 4-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Capericorn chalked up her second straight win in this top "overnight" class, sixth in 2011 and seventh all-time.

The veteran pacing mare Rosa Ville became the meet's winningest equine following a 1:55.4 score for driver and trainer Frank Davis in Thursday's 10th event.

It was the seventh local score this season and the 22nd lifetime triumph for the chestnut daughter of The Panderosa-Retrieve Almahurst, who is owned by Brian Green.

DOWNS DOINGS - Stark's other tally was with his sister's (Laurie) trained pacer Fortune Fantasy in Thursday's third event... Friday's 12-race card, that begins at 6:55 p.m., features six $10,000 divisions in the opening round of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotters (three for males and a like number for females), plus this week's $10,000 Open-1 trot... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.