|No Monkeys Allowed wins 4th race in 2012 at Vernon|
Monday, October 22, 2012
No Monkeys Allowed captures Open Pace; Plano wins 6
No Monkeys Allowed was all business in winning the featured $11,000 Open pace, while Rick Plano posted victories in half of Saturday night's 12 races at Vernon Downs.
DOWNS DOINGS—Two of Plano's Saturday scores were training tallies, giving the 60-year-old horseman a 77-71 advantage over Tracy Brainard, the defending training champ, with five programs remaining in the track's 59th season, that continues at 6:55 p.m. Thursday –Saturday next week and on Nov. 2 and 3…Jim Morrill, Jr. leads in six-win outings at the meet with four, while Plano has done it twice and Tetrick once…The Vernon record for most wins on a single program is seven, shared by Morrill, Jr. (2008) and Josh Marks (2010)…Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.
Rallying from fourth in the early going, No Monkeys Allowed ($13.40) advanced to third entering the payoff patch, and then pounced on the leaders Western Tsunami (Jonathan Roberts driving) and Pacinello (Plano) in the final-sixteenth to earn a 1-1/4 length triumph in a career-best 1:50.3 performance.
Brian Connor drove for trainer Edgar Clarke in the evening's first race as the 5-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Weeping Wanabe earned his fourth tally at the 85-program meeting, his eighth win of 2012 and his 16 lifetime score. Robert J. Orr and Garry Jonas own the swift-footed gelding, who raised his lifetime earnings to $200,956.
Plano, the current leader in driving wins with 153 and training tallies with 77, procured first-place finishes in the third, fifth, ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th events to lift his victory count for the three-night weekend to 11. Saturday's six scores ties (Tim Tetrick and Jim Morrill, Jr.) for the most tallies by a teamster during the track's 59th season.
Trainer Clarke completed a double in the Early Double when the trotter Scarlet Spurs (Roman Lopez steering) secured a lifetime-best 1:58 victory in Saturday's second race for the Jamie Marra Racing contingent.