Saturday, August 11, 2012

Maxnifizent looks good in Friday night feature

Maxnifizent looked splendid while recording a 1:52.4 pacing score in Friday night's sixth race at Vernon Downs.

With Jimmy Whittemore steering for trainer David Jannone, Maxnifizent ($9.50) turned in a seamless, front-striding victory for owners Michelle C. and Albert C. Crawford.  It was the second victory in 11 starts for the 3-year-old son of American Ideal-Tuffenuff Mindale, who has also compiled a pair of second-place finishes and a third in his first season of pari-mutuel competition.

The 2-year-old colt trotter Shaolin Master ($37.40) also looked superb while charting her first career victory in Friday's third event.  LeWayne Miller drove for trainer Erv Miller and the Tanah Merah Farms as the homebred son of American Ideal-Shadow Baby stopped the timer in 1:57.3 to earn an impressive win-record and come within one-fifth-of-a-second of the Vernon’s season's standard for his age, sex and gait, established by Creditora in a New York Sire Stakes contest on July 6.

Leading driver Rick Plano and his son, Luke, captured five of Friday's 12 races.  Rick tied Chris Lems at eight for the local season's high in triples, while Luke logged his third double of the 51-program campaign.

The Millers, LeWayne and Erv, also earned a pair of win credits for the Tanah Merah Farms during Friday's card, as did trainers Rick Plano and Deedra Johnson.   

DOWNS DOINGS—Rick Plano's win behind Caiden's Colt in race 12 was his 82nd of the meeting, and 5,995th of his productive career…Provisional driver Gary Clark earned his first sulky score in the United States with the trotter Uffra Girl in Friday's second race.  He reportedly has previously posted wins in the United Kingdom.  Clark and his wife, Fay, own the 10-year-old daughter of Johnnie Walker N…The 3-year-old pacer Smashing Gesture recorded his initial lifetime tally with a 1:58.2 effort for the Millers and the Tanah Merah contingent in race 11… Saturday's 12-race card will begin at 6:55 p.m and feature three divisions of a lucrative New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters, five flights of an Excelsior Series contest for NY-breds of the same category, and the week's $11,000 Open pace… Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at