Sunday, July 8, 2012
Mach My Word Wins Second Straight in Saturday Feature
Mach My Word and Stettin Hanover were winners in co-featured paces at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, July 7.
With Frank Davis catch-driving both first-place finishers, Mach My Word ($7.40) earned his second win in succession and third tally of 2012 with a 1:52 performance in Saturday's $6,500 seventh event, while Stettin Hanover ($5.00) followed suit with a 1:53.2 effort in the $6,500 ninth event, that also hiked his current win count to three.
Mach My Word came overland from fifth at the half to finish first by 2-1/2 lengths for trainer Scott West, who owns the 4-year-old son of Mach Three along with Tracy Brainard. It was the bay gelding's sixth lifetime tally.
The veteran Stettin Hanover also rallied from off the pace and closed from fourth in the final quarter to win by a half-length over Western Wild King. Former Vernon training champion Lonny Hale conditions the bay son of Artiscape for the Hale Storm Stable.
The victories enabled both Davis and Hale to obtain doubles during Saturday's 12-race card. Driver Joe Nassimos also won twice during the track's 32nd program.
Provisional driver Gary Minckler earned his first pari-mutuel victory after piloting the pacer Inconvenient Truth to a snappy 1:54.2 score in Saturday's $3,300 10th event. The 35-year-old teamster did the steering for trainer Tony Mondi and owner Lon Frocione as the 6-year-old son of Power Of Art secured his initial win of the season and 13th lifetime tally.
DOWNS DOINGS—Hale's other Saturday score came from the Leonard Hale-owned pacer Filthy Rich in race five…The 3-year-old trotter This Is It (2:00.3) and sophomore pacer Myartbelongstodaddy (1:56) each obtained their initial pari-mutuel victories on Saturday night…Through July 7, Rick Plano held a 51-48 advantage over Chris Lems in Vernon's driver standings, while defending champ Tracy Brainard led Plano 34-28 on the training side of the ledger…Beginning July 11, Vernon will add Wednesday nights (first post 6:55) to its live racing schedule for the remainder of July and August...Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.