Friday, August 3, 2012

All About Kisses on Thursday night

It was All About Kisses in Thursday night's $11,000 Open contest for female pacers at Vernon Downs.

Trainer Chuck Connor, Jr. did the teaming in Thursday's featured eighth event, piloting the crowd favorite All About Kisses ($3.40) to a career-fastest 1:52.2 triumph.

The brown 4-year-old daughter of Pro Bono Best-Cheerful Outlook cut fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.1 en route to her fourth season's score and 16th lifetime victory.  Connor's wife, Janice, owns the career-winner of $290,536 along with Albert C. and Michelle C. Crawford.

Leading driver Rick Plano picked up his seventh triple of the 46-program meeting during Thursday's 10-race card, while raising his win count for the local campaign to 74.  His current all-time victory total of 5,987 leaves him just 13 scores shy of the prestigious 6,000 career-win mark.

Plano's Thursday win postings came behind the trotters Sweet Baby Jane (1:58.3) in the fifth race, Jam And Jelly (1:56.3) in the ninth event and the pacer Steuben Ruthless (1:53) in the evening's final contest.

DOWNS DOINGS—After guiding the pacer Linden Beauty to a 1:55.2 triumph, and earning his 32nd driving victory, in Thursday’s fourth race, Frank Davis was involved in a sixth-race mishap with his pacer Cheap N Easy in the night's sixth event.  Although the preliminary report was that he was not seriously injured, the 21-year-old horseman chose not to participate in the evening's ninth and 10th events…Michael Pozefsky's 3-year-old filly trotter Really Realy Sweet secured her first career victory after a 2:00.4 mile for trainer/driver Chip Zombick  in Thursday's third contest…Friday's 10-race card will begin at 6:55 p.m…The Downs will host a New York Sire Stakes-sponsored contest for 2-year-old filly pacers on Wednesday night, Aug. 8 and a NYSS contest for 3-year-old filly trotters on Saturday evening, Aug. 11… Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at