Sunday, May 13, 2012

He's Gorgeous lowers track record

He's Gorgeous lowers the track record Saturday night
Former New York Sire Stakes standout He's Gorgeous looked sharp during a 1:50 track record performance at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.

Competing in the $6,200 sixth race, He's Gorgeous ($5.80) led throughout, carving out splits of :26-flat, :54.4 and 1:22.2 before recording a decisive decision over the closest of his six rivals and equaling the career-best speed mark he set here last season.

It was the first win in six current appearances and the 23rd lifetime victory for the fleet-footed 5-year-old son of Art Major-So Ravishing, who clipped two-fifths-of-a-second off the previous Vernon standard for older pacing horses, which had been established by Pacinello last July 23.

Jack Rice drove for leading trainer Tracy Brainard as the bay battler increased his lifetime winnings to more than $733,300 for owner Kenneth Jacobs.

Mystical Valentine became the local season's fourth two-time winning pacer with his front-striding 1:51.2, neck victory over Diamond Stick Pin in Saturday's $9,500 Open contest.  Jimmy Whittemore sat in for trainer Dave Dewhurst in race nine as the gritty 6-year-old gelding secured his fourth season's score and his 25th lifetime tally.  Phillip Hale owns the career-winner of $340,147.

Two-win performances during Saturday's 12-race card were posted by drivers Whittemore, Kevin Switzer, Jr. Rick Plano, as well as by trainers Brainard and Dewhurst.

DOWNS DOINGS—Bill Bailey, who made a precautionary hospital visit following a racetrack accident here on Friday evening, was cleared to drive in two races during Saturday card…Oneida's Brandon Loomis earned his initial provisional driving victory at the meet with a 1:55.4 score behind the pacer Renier De Vie in Saturday's third event…Following eight programs, Chris Lems leads in driving victories with 17, while defending champ Brainard tops the training chart with eight first-place finishes…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at