Friday, October 26, 2012

High Speed Life upsets Thursday night feature

High Speed Life wired six select foes to capture Thursday night's $11,000 Open for female pacers at Vernon Downs.

With trainer Roman Lopez doing the driving in Thursday's featured first race, High Speed Life ($23.40) beat back an early challenge from Windows On Line (Rick Plano piloting) before taking command and cruising to a 2-1/2 length tally over her chief and only challenger.

Thursday's triumph was the sixth locally, the ninth this year and 30th all-time for the speedy 6-year-old daughter of Lease On Life-Nano, who is owned by Lopez and Mitchell A. Frair.  She's now a career-winner of $507,780.

Trainer Lopez went on to record a 1:55.3 victory behind the Brian Earl Doolittle-owned pacer Cruising West in race nine, chalking up his 10th driving double of the track's 59th season.

Leading driver Rick Plano also posted a pair of first-place finishes during the track's 86th program, as did driver Jonathan Roberts and trainer Tracy Brainard.

DOWNS DOINGS—The late-blooming 3-year-old pacer R U For Me improved her summary line to 6-1-1 after nine career outings following a 1:54.1 score for driver Howard Okusko, Jr. in Thursday's fifth event.  Eric Felter conditions the steady-striding filly for owners Joseph Bien and Kathryn Wood…The 2-year-old trotter I'm A Pop Star (2:00.1) and 3-year-old pacer P L Finest (1:56) each earned their initial pari-mutuel victories during Thursday's 12-race card…The win by P L Finest resulted in the fourth provisional driving tally for trainer Leslie Hale…Friday night's (Oct. 26) 11-race line-up includes the $202,500 final of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old filly trotters in race six, and the $206,000 championship clash in the KCS for freshman male members of the diagonal gait in race seven.  An $8,500 junior Open trot is also slated for race eight.  Friday's first post will be at 6:55 p.m…Just four more live racing cards remain during the track's 90-card campaign…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at