Saturday, May 12, 2012

Yankee Manny posts fastest trotting mile of young season

Frank Davis and Yankee Manny win their second straight
The steady-striding Yankee Manny turned in the fastest trotting mile of the season at Vernon Downs with his 1:54.2 triumph in Friday night's $9,500 featured sixth race.

Trainer Frank Davis was at the controls as Yankee Manny ($5.20) survived a parked out journey and still had enough left in reserve to defeat the pace-setting Love U Overandover by 1-1/4 lengths at the conclusion of this week's Open test for representatives of the diagonal gait.

It marked second win in succession in this top class for the 6-year-old son of Yankee-Glide-Yankee Minuet, who also sports a second place finish after three Vernon ventures thus far this season.  It was the 23rd lifetime win for the $123,822-career earner, who is owned by Brian Green.

The time resulted in a new win-mark for the speedy gelding and it trimmed one-fifth-of-a-second off the previous current trotting standard that had been shared by Yankee Manny and Aruba Vacation.

The seven-night meet's leading reinsman Chris Lems, and two-time defending driving champ Jimmy Whittemore each recorded doubles during Friday's 11-race program.

DOWNS DOINGS—Drivers Bill Bailey (behind Edit Away) and Truman Gale (Sir Westside Z Tam) were involved in an unusual accident on the track while preparing for Friday's ninth race.  Bailey was taken to an area hospital for a possible back injury, while Gale didn't appear to be seriously hurt.  There was no post-race report available on the condition of the pacers involved…Yankee Manny and fellow trotter Photo Master (1:58.3) joined Ziegler Hanover as multiple winning trotters after seven local programs…The trotters World Cup (2:00.1) and pacer Flashy Trick (1:58) each earned their "maiden" victories on Friday night…The Downs will present a 12-race card at 6:55 on Saturday night that will include the week's $9,500 Open pace (race nine)…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at