Saturday, June 16, 2012

Yankee Manny slow to start, but fastest to finish

It took a while, but the favorite Yankee Manny finally lived up to expectations in Friday night's $9,500 Open trot at Vernon Downs.

Trainer Frank Davis drove in Friday's featured ninth race as Yankee Manny ($5.70) got away last as the event's second betting choice, Aruba Vacation, took the six-horse field to the three-quarter-mile mark in 1:26.1. 

Yankee Manny wins Friday's Open Trot
Advancing overland to third entering the stretch, Yankee Manny shifted into another gear in the final furlong and motored to a 1-1/2 length victory over the on-rushing Manningly. 

Friday's 1:55 score marked the third at the meet, fifth this season and 24th all-time for Brian Green's 6-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Yankee Minuet, who raised his career bankroll to more than $132,300.   

Drivers Rick Plano and Frank Milby each posted a pair of first-place finishes during Friday's 11-race card.

DOWNS DOINGS—Michael Miller's 1:56.4 tally behind the trotter Franklin M Hanover in Friday's 10th event was his third at the 22-program meeting, tying him with Josh Kinney for most provisional driving victories…Chalking up maiden wins on Friday were the pacers Debt Of Honor (1:54), Film Critic (1:56.2) and trotter Tarport Lauren  (1:58.4)…Saturday's 12-card program, that includes 10 pacing events, will feature four races in the track's first-annual Father & Son Drivers' Challenge.  First post will be at 6:55 p.m...Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at