Friday, May 18, 2012

Bunny in the Bank is money in the bank on Thursday night


Bunny in the Bank wins Thursday's F&M Open Pace
Bunny In The Bank was money in the bank for her followers in Thursday night's $9,500 featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.

With Kevin Switzer, Jr. driving for part-owner and trainer Tracy Brainard, Bunny In The Bank ($6.60) raced as if she was the best, and then proved it with a front-ending three-quarter length victory over the on-rushing Ellleofnxample in the week's Open contest for female pacers.

Thursday's 1:51.3 triumph marked the first this season and the 20th all-time for the fleet-footed 6-year-old mare, who increased her career winning to $372,789.  The bay daughter of Astreos-Bunny Dearest is also owned by Andrew Herzog.

Jimmy Whittemore steered four winners during Thursday's 12-race card, joining Rick Plano as the only drivers to capture more than three events on a single program at the nine-night meeting.  Switzer and Brainard collected three wins each, while Frank Davis won both halves of the early double.

DOWNS DOINGS—Red Light's 1:54.4 victory in race eight was just two-fifths-of-a-second off the fastest trotting mile of the current meeting…The pacer Cheap N Easy and trotter Fox Valley Dolly each became two-time winners at the meet on Thursday…Whittemore's four first-place finishes tied him with Chris Lems at 17 atop the track's dash-winning driving chart…Brainard's three tallies propelled her to an 11-7 advantage over Dave Dewhurst and Plano in current training triumphs…The Downs has a 12-race card planned for Friday night and a 13-race program, including 10 events for New York-bred 3-year-old filly pacers on Saturday night.  First post time is 6:55 p.m….Vernon will also simulcast the Preakness Stake at approximately 6:20 on Saturday afternoon…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.