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Hot Shot Blue Chip Upsets Chapter Seven, Mister Herbie in Credit Winner
Hot Shot Blue Chip recorded the fastest
trotting mile of the season during Friday's "End of Summer Showdown" night
at Vernon Downs.
Hot Shot Blue Chip turned in a career-best
1:51.2 performance in the $200,000 Credit Winner Open trot that was the fastest trotting mile of the season at Vernon Downs, and it came within one tick of the
timer of the 59-year-old Vernon standard for the diagonal gait, that was set by
San Pail last year.
Hot Shot Blue Chip finishes fastest to win $200,000 Credit Winner
Other notable winners during Friday's 10-race
pari-mutuel program were Beatgoeson Hanover, who won the $191,000 Muscle Hill
aged mare trot in 1:54, Canary Island, who equaled the season's swiftest
clocking by a 2-year-old filly pacer with her 1:52.2 tally in the $64,600
Debutante Stake, and Jocelyn Lavigne, who rode the trotter My Irish Molly to a
2:02.2 victory in a non-betting, racing under saddle exhibition event during the
track's 66th program.
Corey Callahan, making his Downs debut, sat
in for trainer Jonas Czernyson as Hot Shot Blue Chip rallied from third in the
early going, challenged for the lead in the final furlong and trotted on to a
head victory over the favorite Chapter Seven.
"With a four-horse field, I knew we'd get our
shot," said Callahan following the sixth race."My horse was tight and ready to race
coming off his 1:52.3 victory at Pocono Downs on September 3, so I was content
to stay in third until the final turn.Things worked out well, as I was able to pass Chapter Seven in the
stretch and keep my horse alive to the finish."
The sensational score was the third this
season and the 19th all-time for the Thomas Dillon-owned 6-year-old
son of Revenue S-Hustle N Muscle, who lifted his career winning to
Beatgoeson Hanover upsets $191,000 Muscle Hill
Two races later, Trond Smedshammer guided
Beatgoeson Hanover to an upset victory in the Muscle Hill contest.Racing fifth at the half-way mark, the
4-year-old mare took to the outside, rallied up to fourth entering the
homestretch, and then powered on (last quarter in :27.4) to a three-quarter
length decision over Four Damsals.The mile-cutting favorite Cedar Dove finished sixth.
"Things worked out well for her and me,"
Smedshammer told Jason Settlemoir and the crowd in the winner's circle. "I let her follow advancing horses into
the top of the stretch, and she just took over from there."
Friday's first-place finish for the bay
daughter of Andover Hall-Beat The Wheel was the fifth this term and
18th all-time.R. "Nifty" Norman conditions the career winner of $898,660 for owner Neven N.
Botica.The time was four-fifths of
a second off her lifetime win record.
Canary Island, leaving from the outside four
post in race three, was first to the quarter, got shuffled back to third
entering the payoff patch, and then rallied in the final sixteenth for a
career-best effort, that tied Summertime Lea at 1:52.2 for the fastest mile by a
first-year filly on the lateral gait at this point in the track's
Jamieson piloted the bay daughter of Somebeachsomewhere-Duck Duck Goose as she
collected her second score in nine starts for trainer Rick Zeron and the Rick
Zeron and Hutt Racing stables.
"She displayed the most pop in the stretch
and it served her well tonight," observed Jamieson after the evening's third
A field of nine women riders went to the
starting gate for the racing under saddle exhibition trotting race following
Friday's second pari-mutuel event.Jocelyn Lavigne, a regular trainer with two victories at the Downs this
season, and her charge, My Irish Molly, took over the top spot from Mr. Go (Tara
Hynes up) after the quarter and they continued on to a head triumph over the
fast-closing, but off-stride Sundowner Bob (ridden by Katie Currie).It marked the first win this season for the 7-year-old mare, who is owned
by Donn Lewandrowski.
Driver Chris Lems logged three wins during
Friday's card, including the ninth and 10th events, to earn his ninth
triple of the meet. Noted reinsman
Tim Tetrick posted his second double of the local season, while trainer Edgar
Clarke also made two visits to Vernon's winner's circle during the evening.
DOWNS DOINGS—Whispur, who recorded his
sixth score of the meet with Tetrick teaming for owner/trainer Tracy Brainard in
Friday's fifth event, tied fellow trotter My Buddy Hall Lee and the pacers
Steuben Ruthless and Mia's Star for most equine victories at the five-month-old
meet…Five of Friday's 10 first-place finishers earned fresh speed marks…Leading
driver Rick Plano (102 victories) guided the sophomore pacing filly R U For Me
to a 1:55 "maiden" victory in Friday's first race…After Sundowner Bob was
disqualified and placed to fifth by the judges for being off-stride in the
stretch, First Tail U See and rider Ashley Eldred were moved up to the runner-up
slot in the racing under saddle trotting exhibition event…Saturday night's
12-race Vernon card will begin at 6:55…Additional information regarding Vernon
Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.