Saturday, July 14, 2012

Skyway Major posts career-best mile on Friday

Skyway Major earned a 1:54.1 career-best record and posted his fourth victory of the season in Friday night's sixth race at Vernon Downs.

Making his first official appearance over Vernon's 7/8ths-mile oval, Skyway Major ($9.20) launched an overland rally from fourth at the quarter that placed him in the lead turning for home.  He drew off for a 4-1/2 length victory over the betting favorite Circus Dreamer.

Roman Lopez did the driving for trainer Sam Serianni as the slick-striding 4-year-old pacing son of Art Major-Allamerican Mona posted his seventh lifetime victory.  Donald Friedman and James Bernstein own the career-winner of more than $28,500.

Leading driver Rick Plano chalked up two victories during Friday's 11-race card, as did Greg Merton and Claude Huckabone, III.

DOWNS DOINGS—Raymond J, another talented son of Art Major, improved his sophomore record to 3-3-1 after seven starts with a 1:54.3 victory for driver Plano, trainer Bob Bloodgood and owner Ken Jacobs in Friday's fifth event…The trotter Majestic Splash (2:02.3) and pacer Artemax (1:55.4) each produced their initial career victories during Friday's program...Vernon will conclude its "Back To The Track" weekend promotion with Saturday night's 11-race card, that includes a handicapping contest in which some lucky fan will win a trip to the Little Brown Jug, the Standardbred sport's premier event for 3-year-old pacers.  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