Sunday, September 4, 2011

Sir Prize Hall Trots to Saturday Night Feature Win

The veteran trotter Sir Prize Hall benefited from a pocket trip en route to a 1:57 victory in Saturday night's $5,500 featured 10th race at Vernon Downs.

Chris Lems did the steering for trainer Jessica Okusko as Sir Prize Hall ($9.70) drafted along behind the leader Paco In The Sky until the top of the stretch, and then rallied in pay dirt to record a head victory over the fast-closing Ivanhoe Diamant.

Brilliant Thunder finished third.

Saturday's score was the second in a row, fourth this season and 19th all-time for the 6-year-old son of Conway Hall-Prize Chip.

Conrad Zurich owns the career winner of more than $172,200, who achieved his 1:56.2 record here in 2009.

Veteran reinsman Rick Plano and former local provisional champ Leon Bailey each posted three wins during Saturday's 12-race card, while driver Frank Milby and trainer Dan Daley were each credited with a pair of first-place finishes.

Current leading provisional driver Truman Gale achieved his 17th score during the track's 59th program.

DOWNS DOINGS - The freshman pacing colt No Foreign Xchange (Allamerican Ingot-Allamerican Fancy) earned his first career victory after Brian Connor steered him to a 1:56 decision in the evening's eighth event for trainer Janice Connor (Brian's mom) and owner John Stronka... Vernon will present an 11-race program at 1:15 p.m. on Monday (Labor Day), Sept. 5... The Downs will also offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday nights next weekend... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.