Saturday, May 26, 2012

Love U Overandover takes Saturday night feature

The favored Love U Overandover used a late speed surge and the preferred pylon path to capture Saturday night's $7,600 featured trot at Vernon Downs.

With trainer John Duer in the sulky, Love U Overandover ($6.10) drafted along in fourth until the final quarter, then chose the inside route, while tossing in a :28-second closing kicker, to defeat the front-striding Ulay Boko by a length in Saturday's ninth event.

The 1:55.2 clocking proved to be a fresh win-mark for the 4-year-old daughter of Andover Hall-Love You Most, who is owned by her breeder, the Peninsula Farm of Lexington, KY.  The career winner of $145,335 became the 20th two-time winner at the 13-night meeting, while raising her lifetime tally total to eight.

Leading driver Chris Lems (26 scores) earned his third local double during Saturday's 10-race card, while driver Claude Huckabone, III came up with three first-place finishes and driver Kevin Switzer, Jr. two.

DOWNS DOINGS—Of Vernon's 20 two-time current winners, 10 have been on the trot (the leader is Ziegler Hanover with three) and a like number on the pace (the leader being Cheap N Easy with three)…
Vincent Rampe's trotter Wicked Schooner, as well as the pacer Maxnifizent, owned by Michelle C. and Albert C. Crawford, each earned their "maiden" victories during Saturday's competition…The Downs 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