Thursday, August 23, 2012

Dreamanotherdream by a nose in Wednesday night feature

Dreamanotherdream became a reality for the fifth time this year at Vernon Downs, winning out over newcomer Petty Hanover and Mr. Avalanche in a tight eighth race photo finish on the final Wednesday program of the track's 59th season.

After Mr. Avalanche led the seven-trotter field into the homestretch, Dreamanotherdream pounced on the leader and took charge, while, at the same time Petty Hanover hustled up from third in a closing rush.  In the three-horse blanket photo that ensued, Dreamanotherdream prevailed in 1:56.2.
Dreamanotherdream (#3) wins a tight photo in Wednesday's feature

Brian Connor did the teaming for trainer Edgar Clarke and owner Dennis Goyette as the 6-year-old son of Dream Vacation-Another Choice earned his 21th all-time victory and raised his career winnings to more than $109,500.

Wednesday's fastest mile was a 1:53.1 career-best performance by the 5-year-old pacer Excellence In Arts during the eighth event with Jimmy Whittemore steering for trainer/part-owner Ron Miller and his partner, Leo Lashomb.

Defending champ Whittemore won two of Wednesday's 10 races, as did driver Fern Paquet, Jr.    

DOWNS DOINGS—Dreamanotherdream joined four other trotters and a pair of pacers in a tie for second in total equine victories at the 57-program meeting.  The trotter My Buddy Hall Lee and pacer Mia's Star are currently tied at six for most Standardbred scores at the track in 2012…The Downs has been offering live Wednesday programs since July 4…Next Wednesday, Vernon will present a concert by "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen and his E-Street band at the track.  It's a leg of the noted singer's current Wrecking Ball Tour…Tomorrow night's 12-race card will begin at 6:55…Vernon will present its initial $50,000 leg of the 6th-annual Driving Championship at 1:15 p.m. this Sunday (Aug. 26).  Dave Palone is the early points-leader after the first round of the event that was held at The Meadowlands racetrack in New Jersey on Aug. 17…There is also a matinee program planned for 1:15 p.m. on Labor Day (Sept. 3)… Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at