Friday, September 14, 2012

Steuben Ruthless wins 4th in a row

The pacer Steuben Ruthless extended her scoring streak to four in Thursday night's $7,000 featured seventh session, and became the winningest equine performer of the season at Vernon Downs.

Luke Plano did the teaming for trainer Mary Fisher as Steuben Ruthless ($4.70), the crowd's wagering choice, drafted along in fourth to the half, then began an overland journey from third in the far turn that enabled her to overtake the pace-setting Glam Cam in the final furlong and post a 2-1/4 length tally in a career-best time of 1:52. 

While picking up his 16th win at the meet, and giving Fisher her ninth training tally, Plano piloted the 3-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ruthless Jen to her seventh local triumph of 2012, one more than the pacer Mia's Star, and the trotters My Buddy Hall Lee and Whispur.

Still owned by her breeder, the Steuben Farms, the bay filly's four consecutive wins is tops among proponents of the lateral gait at the Downs after 68 programs, but two shy of the season's high, established by the trotter My Buddy Hall Lee on July 4. She's now a career winner of more than $27,300.

Defending dash champ Jimmy Whittemore chalked up four wins during Thursday's 12-race program, including first-place finishes in races two-four, while driver Frank Davis secured his 11th double of the meet after capturing the evening's last two events.  

DOWNS DOINGS—Driver Rick Plano raised his meet-leading win total to 105 following a 1:56.4 score behind the Tony Mondi-trained, Lon Frocione-owned trotter Dream Ticket in Thursday's fifth event…Two-year-old winners during Thursday's program were River Rising (Riverboat King-Ashlee Lyn) in 1:54.2 with Whittemore steering for owner/trainer Andy Gardner in race six, and Matriarch Hanover (Andover Hall-Mayday Hanover) in 1:58.4 with Claude Huckabone, Jr. driving for trainer Doug Miller and owner William Weaver, III in race 10…Friday's 13-race card will begin at 6:55 p.m…The Downs will offer a New York Sire Stake for 2-year-old male pacers and an $11,000 Open contest during Saturday's 13-race card…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at