Sunday, September 18, 2011

Track Record holder Pacinello wins second straight

Track record-holder Pacinello pulled off a comeback victory in Saturday night's $10,000 featured 10th race at Vernon Downs.

With Rick Plano as the pilot, Pacinello ($10.00) paced to the lead before the quarter, then got shuffled back into the pocket as the favorite, Riggins, took charge and led until the final furlong.

Pacinello, two lengths back entering the stretch drive, responded with a :26.3 final quarter to defeat the on-rushing Thanks For Stoppin' by two lengths in the week's Open-1 contest.

Riggins faded to third in the 1:51.2 mile.

Saturday's score was the second in succession, the seventh this season (fifth at the Downs) and 27th all-time for the 5-year-old son of Little Steven-Princess Kiara, who is owned by the D&E Racing stable.

The career-winner of more than $287,100 set a 1:50.2 Vernon standard for aged pacing horses back on July 23.

Plano finished up with three wins during Saturday's 12-race program, as did driver Fern Paquet, Jr.

Driver Claude Huckabone, III collected a pair of first-place finishes during the track's 66th racing card.

DOWNS DOINGS - Plano, who didn’t begin competing here until Vernon's 58th season was well underway, currently is fourth in driving victories with 42 and second in training tallies with 30... Maiden-breaking victories were produced during the evening by the 2-year-old trotting filly Painite (2:01.1, owned by trainer/driver Roman Lopez and his partners, Mitchell Frair and Michael Pozefsky, and Irwin Samelman's 2-year-old pacing colt Wild Shot Hanover (1:58)... The Downs will offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week. Thursday's program will feature New York Sire Stakes racing for 3-year-old filly trotter and 3-year-old male trotters... Additional information regarding the track's 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at, and on Facebook.