Saturday, September 1, 2012
Do Me Honor Re-Rallies to take Friday feature
Do Me Honor staged a comeback in the final furlong to capture Friday night’s $11,000 Open contest for female pacers at Vernon Downs.
Assigned the outside seven post in Friday's featured ninth race, the favorite Do Me Honor ($4.20), challenged Southwest for the lead at the quarter, timed in :26.3, took command entering the backstretch and led through the half, timed in :55.2 and three-quarters, clocked in 1:23.3. The first time Vernon starter gave up the lead briefly to Glam Cam entering the stretch drive, but then re-energized and came on to earn a head decision over the fast-closing Southwest.
Do Me Honor, who has finished no worse than second in her last six starts (including three scores), picked up victory number seven this season and 12 lifetime. Trainer Tyler Raymer did the teaming for owner William Bercury as the determined 4-year-old daughter of Cheyenne Rei-Do Me Right equaled her 1:51.3 lifetime record and increased her career earnings to more than $175,300.
Brian Connor drove three winners during Friday's 12-race program, while Frank Davis and Roman Lopez each collected two first-place finishes during the track's 62nd program.
DOWNS DOINGS—Leading reinsman Rick Plano bumped his win total to 94 and his second-place training tally to 50 after a 1:52.3 tally behind the pacer Windows Online in Friday's second session…Provisional pilot Gary D. Gibson picked up his second victory of the meeting behind Josephine Hodge's pacer Guitars Tiki Bars (1:54) in race eight…Marvin Meyer's trotter Rothschild (Joe Nassimos steering for trainer Gary Bryant) earned his first career triumph after a 2:00.4 performance in Friday's 10th contest…Saturday's 12-race program, which includes the final of the track's Million Dollar Ball Drop promotion, will begin at 6:55 p.m…The Downs has a matinee program planned for 1:15 p.m. on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 3)…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.