Sunday, September 16, 2012

Whittemore wins four on rainy Friday night

The pacer Some Or Lis logged the fastest mile of a mostly rainy evening, while top drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Rick Plano captured seven of Friday's 13 races at Vernon Downs.

Competing over a good track in Friday's eighth event, Some Or Lis ($17.40) went right to the front from the eight post position and wired his eight rivals in 1:53.3.

The hard-charging, determined effort resulted in the third straight score and seventh lifetime win for the 3-year-old son of Lis Mara-Grabbersome, currently a career earner of more than $40,400 for owner and trainer Richard Dow.

The tally was one of four during the program for second-leading driver Whittemore, who also secured four scores here on Thursday evening.  His fourth four-win outing of the track's 59th season raised his current Vernon win output to 78.

Plano, the track's leading reinsman with 108 first-place finishes, including three on Friday and four this week, also collected a pair of training tallies to tie Tracy Brainard at 56 for most conditioning credits after 69 programs.

Also posting two-win outings on Friday were trainers Peter Carney and Gates Brunet.

DOWNS DOINGS—Plano's triple was his meet-leading 12th of the local campaign...The 3-year-old pacing filly Kelly Blue Chip earned her initial pari-mutuel victory following a 1:56.4 performance for driver Truman Gale, trainer Sean Campbell and the Curran Racing Stable in Friday's second race…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, that'll begin at 6:55 p.m…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at