Thursday, October 18, 2012
Chief Karen makes a winning local debut
Newcomer Chief Karen made her Vernon Downs debut a winning one, while leading driver Rick Plano continued piling up the victories on Thursday night.
DOWNS DOINGS—Plano currently leads the local meeting in driving doubles with 17, triples with 15 as well as four-win outings….The central New York-native presently enjoys a 75-71 edge over defending champ Tracy Brainard in this season's training showdown… The Brainard owned and conditioned 2-year-old Our Ella earned her initial pari-mutuel victory following a 1:57.2 pacing performance for driver Jonathan Roberts in Thursday's second race…Friday night's 12-race card, which includes four $10,000 divisions in the fifth and final preliminary leg of this season's Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old trotters, will begin at 6:55…Seven programs remain in the track's 59th season, that continues through Nov. 3…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.
Shipping in from Yonkers Raceway, the favorite Chief Karen ($4.10) defeated six select rivals in Thursday's $11,000 featured ninth race, the week's Open pace, while Plano posted four first-place finishes during the 12-race program.
Driver Billy Dobson and trainer Heidi Rohr completed a two-win night after Chief Karen rallied from sixth place in the final turn, and then flashed through a final quarter in :28-second to secure a 1-3/4 length decision over Bay Girl (Plano piloting).
Thursday's impressive 1:52.1 performance resulted in the sixth season's score and 24th lifetime tally for the 6-year-old daughter of Camluck-In Your Dreams, who is shared in ownership by Adam T. Michael and the Curran Racing stable. The strong showing equaled her lifetime mark and hiked her career winnings to $350,770.
The Dobson-Rohr combination also clicked with the latter's pacer Mysticole Maggie (1:54) in Thursday's $6,000 seventh event.
Plano picked up four wins during a single Vernon program for the sixth time at the 83-program meeting. After finishing in front during the fifth (R U For Me), sixth (Western Slammer), eighth (Milliondollardesign) and 12th events (Chocolate Cookie), the 60-year-old reinsman raised his current Downs victory total to 146.