Monday, September 3, 2012

Plano wins his 100th of the season

Top driver Rick Plano posted his 100th win of the season at Vernon Downs following a 1:52.3 journey behind his wife's (Maryann) pacer Hay Goodlooking in Monday afternoon's featured ninth race.

Leaving from the outside seven post against five fast and fit rivals in the Labor Day headliner, Hay Goodlooking ($6.50) raced to the front and was never headed en route to a half-length decision over the crowd wagering choice, No Monkeys Allowed.

The win also provided Plano with his 13th double of Vernon's 64-program meeting, and his 52nd training tally.  The 60-year-old horseman is currently tied with defending driving champ Jimmy Whittemore for the lead in two-score outings at the Downs in 2012, and deadlocked at 52 with Tracy Brainard, last season's training titleist, atop the track's conditioning chart.

The game-going performance marked the second Vernon victory, fourth season's score and 31st lifetime win for the 6-year-old son of Art Major-Monique's Legacy, who increased his career bankroll to $460,689.

Drivers Joe Nassimos and Brian Connor also earned a pair of win credits during Monday's 11-race card.

DOWNS DOINGS—Plano and Connor each posted seven sulky scores during Vernon's Friday-Monday weekend…Trainer Whitney Bell Goodblood celebrated her birthday after a win from her pacing charge Dick N Ben in Monday's fourth event…Vernon will also offer live racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday this week…The Downs will present a Historic Series contest for 2-year-old male and female trotters on Sept. 6…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at