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Dan Daley shown with wife, Ann-Mari and Racing Secretary Scott Warren
Veteran driver Dan Daley earned his 1,000th-career victory, while Hay
Goodlooking achieved his initial local Open pacing triumph of the season during
Saturday night's 12-race program at Vernon Downs.
Daley, who makes Vernon his
summer home along with his wife, Ann-Mari and family, guided the 10-year-old
trotter Bacon Hill Scott ($4.60) to a front-striding 1:57.1 triumph in
Saturday's fifth race to reach the prestigious plateau.It was fitting that his 1000th win
should come behind a representative of the diagonal gait, as the 53-year-old
horseman is widely recognized throughout the Standardbred sport as a top trainer
Saturday's score by Bacon Hill
Scott was his second this year and 36th all-time.The solid son of Sir Taurus is owned by
Jennifer Signor and trained by Jason Signor.
Hay Goodlooking wins Saturday's feature
After four consecutive
second-place finishes in top tier pacing competition here, Maryann Plano's Hay
Goodlooking ($9.20) finally gained a trip to the winner's circle following the
$9,500 featured ninth race.Rick Plano,
the 20-program meeting's second-leading driver and trainer, put the gritty
6-year-old gelding on the lead off the starting gate and kept him there past the
half, reached in :55.3.After being
fronted by three-time local Open winner Diamond Stick Pin past the 5/8ths pole,
the bay son of Art Major-Monique's Legacy staged a furious comeback in the final
furlong that enabled him to best Diamond Stick Pin by a half-length.The 1:51.1 clocking resulted in a fresh
win-mark for the career-winner of $448,594, who secured his 30th
It was one of three first-place
finishes during the program for Plano, who ended the evening with 30 driving
scores (four less than current leader Chris Lems) and 18 training tallies (nine
off the mark achieved by training pace-setter Tracy Brainard).
Frank Davis also chalked up a
pair of driving wins during the Saturday's card.
DOWNS DOINGS—With Davis driving, the
Lonny Hale owned and trained pacer Miracle Freeluck became the meet's initial
four-time winning equine following a 1:52.2 effort in Saturday's seventh session
that equaled his lifetime mark…The 4-year-old trotting mare Tender Loving earned
her maiden victory after a 1:59 showing in race three. Plano drove for
owner/trainer Brainard…The Downs will offer live racing at 6:55 p.m
Thursday-Saturday next week...Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its
casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.