Friday, July 20, 2012

Glam Cam comes through as favorite in Thursday feature

The hard-charging pacer Glam Cam didn't disappoint her backers in Thursday night's featured first race at Vernon Downs, posting a 1:52.3 victory.

Going off as the favorite in Thursday's $10,500 Open for laterally-gaited females, Glam Cam ($3.00) gathered momentum from fourth at the quarter before sweeping into the lead with fast and frisky move approaching the three-quarter mile mark. 

With veteran trainer Chuck Connor, Jr. at the controls, the 6-year-old daughter of Camotion-Cr Charisma opened up a six-length advantage entering the final furlong, and then coasted to a two-length triumph.  It marked the second Vernon victory this season, the fourth in 2012 and her 14th all-time tally.  Robert J. Lovett owns the career winner of $90,878, who came within three ticks of the timer of her lifetime speed mark.

It was one of two tallies during Thursday's nine-race program for Connor, Jr., who has earned three wins in five local appearances this season.  The 57-year-old horseman currently ranks third on Vernon's all-time list for "two-minute" driving miles with 822.

Driver Rick Plano also piloted a pair of first-place finishers during the track's 38th program, raising his meet leading total to 62.   

DOWNS DOINGS—Plano leads in two-win programs at the Downs this year with 10…The Homer Hochstetler trained and driven 2-year-old colt trotter Semper Fit notched his second pari-mutuel victory in succession with a bold striding 1:58 performance in Thursday's sixth session…Wilbur Hammond, Jr.'s 3-year-old colt trotter Rockway earned his first career victory with a neck decision over Sweet Sally in the evening's fifth race…The Downs will hold its annual Diamond Dig promotion as part of Friday's 10-race program that will get underway at 6:55 p.m…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at