Saturday, August 18, 2012

Whittemore wins four on Friday night

The pacer Nuke's Flash and trotter Cedarridgetag were co-feature race winner on Friday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs, while defending driving champ Jimmy Whittemore captured four of the evening's 10 races.

Whittemore did the teaming for part-owner and trainer Kenneth Dawson in Friday's sixth session as Nuke's Flash ($5.10) rallied from third in the final quarter to gain a three-quarter length victory in 1:54.4.  It was the fourth tally this season and the seventh all-time for the 4-year-old son of Memphis Flash-Nukie Naybor, who is shared in ownership by Annette Dawson.

With Whittemore doing the steering in the seventh event, Cedarridgetag ($9.00) drafted along in second until the stretch showdown and then passed the pace-setting Whimzical Britt in the final stride to earn a neck decision in a career-best 1:56.2 performance.  Trainer Scott West and Katie Currie own the 4-year-old son of Tagliabue-T W Linda, who now sports three current tallies and five lifetime scores.

Whittemore's other wins came behind the pacer Thisthatntheother (1:58) in race eight and the trotter Forrest County (1:58) in Friday's 10th event.  It marked the 28-year-old driver's second four-win outing at the 55-program meeting.

Driver Brian Connor collected a pair of first-place finishes during Friday's card to chalk up his sixth double at the meet.    

DOWNS DOINGS—The sophomore pacer Jack Bauer (1:57.4), 2-year-old filly pacer Thisthatntheother and freshman filly trotter Con Air Crown (1:59.1 all earned their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday's program…Leading driver Rick Plano posted his 90th win of the meet behind the pacer Timewell (1:54.1) in Friday's fourth race…After a 1:57.1 victory with the trotter Thatsssomebracciola (1:57.1) in race three, driver Howard Okusko, Jr. needs just three tallies to achieve the 2,000-win mark…Saturday's 10-race line-up will begin at 6:55 p.m… Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at