Saturday, May 26, 2012

Archangel, New York Attitude Fastest in State Fair races


New York Attitude and Archangel tied at1:55 for fastest divisional mile honors during Friday night's $141,200 New York State Fair racing feature for 3-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs.

New York Attitude wins his division on 1:55
The favorite New York Attitude ($3.30) turned in his career-fastest clocking in Friday's seventh event, while Archangel ($2.20), also a crowd wagering choice, came within three-fifths of his career win mark with a convincing score in the ninth event.

With Fern Paquet, Jr. steering for trainer John Hallett, New York Attitude took control of his male division after the half-way mark and then bullied his way to a six-length tally, his second of 2012 and fifth all-time.  The gelded son of Cash Hall-Four Starz Nanny, currently a career-winner of more than $55,500, is owned by Michelle S. Hallett and L Michelle Oglesby.
Archangel destroys his division by 14 lengths in 1:55

Fresh from a career-best 1:54.2 New York Sire Stakes triumph at Tioga Downs on May 18, Archangel front-ended his way to a 14-length decision in his division with Jim Morrill, Jr. driving.  It was the fifth lifetime victory for the black son of Credit Winner-Michelle's Angel, who is shared in ownership by Alan C. Hainsworth, Clare Semer and trainer Peter Arrigenna.  He now sports career winnings of $166,426.

Friday's other male divisional winners were Brookroad Knight (1:56.2) and Gaelic and Garlic (1:57.2).

Filly flights were captured by Vixy (1:55.4), Lady Crown (1:56.1), Cowgirl Hall (1:56.4), Precious Metal (1:57.3), J'Omama (1:57.4), Bringing Up Lindy (1:58) and Pretend To Be Nice (1:58.2).

Bunny In The Bank won the week's $9,500 Open for female pacers in 1:51.3 with Morrill, Jr. steering for trainer/co-owner Tracy Brainard and Andrew Herzog in Friday's 10th contest.

Morrill, Jr. tied Tim Tetrick at six for most single-card wins at the 12-night meeting, while Brainard bagged a pair of victories, as did drivers Chris Lems, Wally Hennessey, trainer/driver Gates Brunet and trainer Deedra Johnson.    

DOWNS DOINGS—Precious Metal and Bringing Up Lindy earned their "maiden" victories on Friday night…Eight of Friday's 13 winners earned new win records, while another equaled her lifetime mark…The Downs will present a 10-race program starting at 6:55 tomorrow (May 26), that will include a hat giveaway (while supplies last), a new Favorite vs. The Field promotion and a fireworks show following the evening's last live event…The track will conclude its Memorial Day weekend with a 13-race card beginning at 1:15 on Monday (May 28)…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.