Sunday, September 9, 2012

Pacinello sizzles in Saturday feature

Pacinello, a former record-holder at Vernon Downs, turned in a hot 1:51.1 pacing performance on a rather chilly (low 60-degree temperatures) Saturday to seize the evening's $8,400 featured pace.

Trainer Rick Plano did the teaming in Saturday's sixth race as the fleet-footed Pacinello raced like he was the best, and proved it with a front-striding, 2-1/2 length victory over No Monkeys Allowed, the closest of his six competitors.

It was the fourth score this season and the 31st all-time for the 6-year-old son of Little Steven-Princess Kiara, who raised his career bankroll to $327,485 for the D&E Racing Stable.

Defending Downs driving champ Jimmy Whittemore collected three Vernon victories for the sixth time at the local meeting during Saturday's 12-race card, while current driving kingpin Plano posted a pair of first-place finishes, as did visiting driver Greg Merton.  

DOWNS DOINGS—Pacinello held the Vernon record for aged pacing horses on the basis of his 1:50.2 mile in July of 2011…Plano's double raised his meet-leading driving win total to 104 after 67 programs, and his training count to 54.  He currently leads in two-win outings at the meet with 14…Vernon will offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week…The Downs will continue to offer afternoon and evening simulcasts at the track only on live racing dates.  All Sunday through Wednesday simulcasts will be held in the hotel's simulcast facility…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.