Saturday, September 3, 2011

Superstar trotter San Pail wins $218,000 Credit Winner in track record performance

Track record performances were produced by San Pail and Upside Hanover during Friday night's $691,300 End Of The Summer Showdown program at Vernon Downs.

San Pail, the top-ranked trotter in North America, extended his winning streak to three with a 1:51.1 victory in Friday's $218,000 Credit Winner Open trot, while Upside Hanover earned her second career victory and a 1:56.1 record in a division of the $72,600 Acorn (Historic Series) Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies.

Following Action-Broadway's 1:54.2 triumph in the evening's $164,000 Muscle Hill aged mare trot, San Pail rallied from fifth in the early going and closed from third in the final furlong to defeat the fast-striding Lucky Jim by a neck in Friday's eighth event.

The tight tally improved his season's summary to 10 wins and a pair of second-place finishes in 12 starts, and it trimmed 1/5th-of-a-second off the former track standard for aged trotting geldings, which, ironically, was established by Lucky Jim last year.

Randy Waples drove San Pail for co-owner/trainer Rodney Hughes and his partner Glenn Van Camp as the 7-year-old son of San Pellegrino-Village Beauty collected his 45th career win credit and increased his lifetime earnings to more than $2,465,600.

Action-Broadway's victory gave former Downs three-time driving champion Brian Sears four wins during Friday's nine-race card.

The fast-closing, head triumph marked the 10th this season and the 19th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall-Photo With Molly, who is conditioned by Virgil Morgan, Jr., and owned by Kenneth Sommer.

The win over the pace-setting Autumn Escapade increased her career bankroll to $743,310.

With Sears steering for trainer Robert Krivelin and the Hero Stables, Upside Hanover (Muscles Yankee-Up Front Laura) headed, and then passed the front-striding Aldebaran Malibu in the final quarter and cut 3/5ths-of-a-second off the former track standard for frosh female proponents of the diagonal gait, which had been established by Seducedbychocolate in 2010.

Local trainer Gates Brunet urged Cowgirl Hall (Cash Hall-Centerfold Hall) on to a front-ending 1:57 score in the second Acorn Stake division for owners Theodore Gewertz, Michael Rosenthal, Jean Brunet and Debora Brunet (Gate's wife).

Friday's other Historic Series winners included Mcerlean (Mcardle-Igottwowordsforyou), in 1:53 in the Goshen Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, with Tim Tetrick teaming for trainer John Berger and owners Barbara Berger and John Siena; American Gangster (Andover Hall-Four Starz Lindy), in 1:55.3 in the E. H. Harriman Cup for freshman male trotters, with Sears sitting in for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Vincent J. Tudisco, Matt V. Tudisco and the Hauser Brothers Racing Enterprises; and Blackjack Princess (Cam's Card Shark-Happy Doris), in 1:54.2 in the Debutante Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers, with Sears steering for trainer Mark Ford and owner Robert O. Di Nozzi.

Versado captured the week's $10,000 Open pace in 1:51, with Tetrick driving for trainer Ron Burke and owners Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold, Weaver Bruscemi, LLC and the Burke Racing Stables, while the $10,000 Open trot went to A Crown For Lindy, in 1:56 with Tetrick teaming for trainer Frank Antonacci and the Lindy Racing Stable.

Tetrick ended the evening with three driving victories.

DOWNS DOINGS - American Gangster's time was just 1/5th-of-a-second off the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts... Versado's clocking was just 2/5ths-of-a-second off the track mark for 4-year-old pacing geldings... Action-Broadway's 1:54.2 triumph bettered the track standard for aged trotting mares, but fell 1-and- 2/5ths-seconds shy of the Vernon mark for 4-year-old trotting mares, set by Southwind Wasabi in 2010... A Crown For Lindy's 1:56 tally was just 4/5ths-of-a-second off the Downs record for aged trotting horses, currently shared by Fight Cheer (2009) and John Paul's Legacy (2010)... Rich Hilts won the 2011 Toyota Corolla automobile in Friday's Horse Play Car Giveaway promotion... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.