Sunday, September 2, 2012

Plano wins 4, Stir Me Up wins feature on Saturday night

Stir Me Up and Cedarridgetag were co-feature race winners on the diagonal gait during Saturday night's 12-race program at Vernon Downs.

Stir Me Up moved into the lead from fourth at the quarter in race six and continued to cut out the mile from there, winning easily in 1:55.1, to snare his second score in succession, fifth at the 63-program meeting and seventh overall.  Tyler Raymer held the reins as the 4-year-old son of Classic Photo-Dirty Martini earned his second Vernon victory of 2012 and increased his career earnings to $43,780 for owner Vito Cucci.

Two races later, Cedarridgetag carved out a front-striding 1:56.4 triumph for driver Jimmy Whittemore, trainer/part-owner Scott West and Katie Currie.  The neck victory over Franklin M Hanover was the second in succession, fourth at the meet and sixth overall for the 4-year-old son of Tagliabue-T W Linda, who increased his lifetime bankroll to $32,923.   

Saturday's swiftest mile was a 1:52.3 pacing performance in race five, which helped Whittemore attain his meet-leading 13th driving double.  Dave Jannone conditions the 3-year-old son of American Ideal-Tuffenuff for owners Michelle C. and Albert C. Crawford.

Driver Rick Plano picked up four tallies during the night to raise his meet-leading total of first-place finishes to 98.  Brian Connor, who earned three wins here on Friday, secured his eighth double at the Downs on Saturday.  

DOWNS DOINGS—After capturing Saturday's opener with Tough Touch, Plano closed out the program with first-place finishes in Saturday's last three races.  It marked the fourth time this season that the 60-year-old Frankfort, NY-native has won four Vernon races on a single program.  He currently trails only top trainer Tracy Brainard, 52-50, on the track's conditioning chart…The Downs will present a special Labor Day matinee program at 1:15 p.m. on Monday (Sept. 3).  Vernon will also offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at