Friday, May 4, 2012

Glam Cam Matches Fastest Mile of Young Season in Thursday Feature

The pacer Glam Cam equaled the fastest mile of the fledgling season, while the trotter Ziegler Hanover became the meet's initial two-time equine winner during Thursday night's 10-race program at Vernon Downs.

Competing in the sixth race, the week's $9,500 Open for females on the lateral gait, Glam Cam ($8.10) raced along in fifth while Harlem Rockturne took the select field to the half in :56.1.  Advancing to second in a :28.2 third stanza, the 6-year-old mare kicked home in :26.4 to earn top honors and a fresh lifetime speed mark.

Thursday's 1:52 tally was the third in seven season's starts and the 13th all-time for the bay daughter of Camotion-CR Charisma, who bumped her lifetime winnings to $73,383. 

Trainer Brian Connor drove for owner Robert Lovett as Glam Cam tied the meet's speed standard, set by the pacer Diamond Stick Pin last Saturday.

With the meet's top driver Chris Lems in the sulky, Ziegler Hanover ($4.20) closed from fourth in the final quarter to snare a 1:56.2 victory in Thursday's $5,200 opener, giving the 7-year-old horse his second score in three current outings.  Former Downs training champ Dave Dewhurst owns the career winner of $221,948 along with Anthony R. Farina.

Lems went on to record his third triple in three racing nights, while newcomer Kevin Switzer, Jr. also chalked up a driving "hat trick."

DOWNS DOINGS—Defending training champ Tracy Brainard secured two first-place finishes (She's Everything and Armbro Doyle), both teamed by Switzer…The track's current Thursday-Saturday schedule continues at 6:55 p.m. on Friday (May 4)…The Downs will simulcast all of Saturday's races from Churchill Downs, including the 138th Kentucky Derby, which is slated to go off at 6:24 p.m.  Vernon's 12-race live Saturday card will begin at 6:55 p.m.…Additional facts regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at