Friday, October 12, 2012
Glam Cam dominates Thursday feature
Glam Cam secured a convincing 1:52.4 victory in Thursday night's $11,000 feature, while driver Roman Lopez collected four first-place finishes during the 80th program of 2012 at Vernon Downs.
Trainer Brian Connor was at the controls for owner Robert J. Lovett in Thursday's third race as Glam Cam ($10.80) sat second to the pace-setting favorite Steuben Ruthless through the first two splits (:55.2), then took charge on the backstretch and played catch-me-if-you can from there, romping to a 3-1/4 length triumph in the weekend's top clash for female pacers.
Thursday's tally was the second in a row, sixth this season and 16th all-time for the 6-year-old bay daughter of Camotion-Cr Charisma, who has earned $108,093 during her productive career.
Connor also collected a 1:54.2 tally behind the Sarah Osmeloski-owned and conditioned pacer I Am So Glad in Thursday's eighth event, chalking up his 11th two-win performance of the current campaign here.
Driver Lopez enhanced his fifth-place spot on the meet's dash-winning chart by capturing the evening's Second (Scarlet Spurs, in 1:58.1), fifth (Abriella, in 1:53.2), sixth (Cruising West, in 1:55) and ninth (Save Your Best, in 1:53.4) races to conclude his initial four-win performance of the meet.
Leading reinsman Rick Plano posted two victories during Thursday's 12-race card, raising his driving count to 135 and his meet-topping training total to 69.
DOWNS DOINGS—Truman Gale (driving HD Reanna) and Joe Nassimos (Lovely Kiss) were involved in a mid-race pacing mishap in Thursday's 11th event that resulted in both drivers, and HD Reanna, hitting the stonedust track. Neither driver appeared to be seriously injured, while HD Reanna, who made the break that started the accident, was taken off the track in a horse ambulance. No report on her condition was available as this was written…The incident resulted in the first pari-mutuel victory for Sakra's Ideal, who won the 11th event for the M5 Racing Stable in 1:57.3…Gale, last season's top provisional driver here, had finished first in Thursday's fourth race with his pacer Bam's Hottie (1:54.1)…Friday night's 12-race line-up, which features a $24,200 championship final of the Late Bloomer Series for 3 and 4-year-old trotters (race nine) and the week's $11,000 Open trot (event one), will begin at 6:55 p.m…There are currently just 10 more live programs slated for 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.