Thursday, July 19, 2012

Manningly breaks through with Open Trot win

Following a pair of second-place finishes and a third in three prior performances here this season, Manningly managed to secure his first Open trot tally in Wednesday night's feature at Vernon Downs.

Leaving from post three against five formidable rivals in Wednesday's $10,500 sixth race, Manningly ($5.90) rallied to the lead from third at the quarter and, once in charge, continued on to a 1-3/4 length tally over newcomer Man About Town. 

Chris Lems earned his seventh double at the 37-program meeting as the 6-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Balanced Action collected his third season's score and 16th lifetime victory.  Veteran Larry Rathbone conditions the career winner of more than $281,300 for the M&L Of Delaware, LLC stable.

Wednesday's $8,000 ninth race, a "Winners Over" trot went to Photosmart in a career-best 1:55.4 performance.  Owner/trainer Angus Mac Donald drove the 6-year-old gelding to his second current win and 15th lifetime triumph.

Driver Rick Plano prevailed in two of Wednesday's 10 races and increased his meet leading win total to 60.

DOWNS DOINGS—Plano leads in driving doubles at the meet with nine…The veteran pacing mare She Don't Know increased her current victory streak to three and became the meet's fifth four-time winning equine (third on the lateral gait) after a 1:54.3 showing in Wednesday's second session… Brookroad Knight's 1:53.4 track record performance (3-year-old trotting geldings) on July 11 marks the eighth track standard that has been altered at the Downs thus far this season, fourth on the diagonal gait…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at