Sunday, August 19, 2012

No Monkeys Allowed takes Saturday feature

No Monkeys Allowed disposed of six swift-striding rivals to prevail in Saturday night's featured eighth event at Vernon Downs.

After getting shuffled back to fifth in the early going, No Monkeys Allowed ($8.10) began an overland journey that enabled him to pass Checkinthebox in the final stride and eke out a head victory in 1:53.

Brian Connor did the teaming for trainer Edgar Clarke as the game-going 5-year-old gelding secured his second score since July 28, his sixth tally of the season and 14th all-time.  Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas co-own the bay son of Rocknroll Hanover-Weeping Wanabe, who increased his career bankroll to $183,290.

Paul Suchow steered the pacer One More Day to a 1:58 triumph in Saturday's $2,800 fourth race, a leg of the GSY Amateur Series, while Anthony Verruso urged Sam's Honeybee to a fast-closing, neck verdict over Gate Keeper (driven by Vladimir Melnichenko) in the evening's $4,000 seventh session, a leg of the barnstorming C.K.G. Billing Series for amateur drivers of trotters.

Driver Frank Davis, currently fifth on Vernon's dashes-won chart, earned his initial triple of the 56-program meeting, finishing first with the Lonny Hale-trained pacers Miracle Freeluck (1:54.4), Stettin Hanover (1:54.2), and Mach My Word (1:52.3), who is conditioned by Scott West.

DOWNS DOINGS—Vernon will offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday next week, and present its initial $50,000 leg of the 6th-annual Driving Championship at 1:15 p.m. on 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