|The Evictor (Marcus Miller) wins Friday's Open Trot|
Saturday, April 27, 2013
The Evictor Highlights Driving Double for Marcus Miller on Friday Night
The Evictor made fast work of seven high-stepping Open rivals, while Hold On Tightly became the first three-time winner of the season at Vernon Downs on Friday night (April 26).
With Marcus Miller doing the teaming for trainer John Butenschoen in race 10, The Evictor took over from Yankee Manny in the stretch drive and powered to an impressive 1:54.3 victory, fastest trotting mile of the five-program season at the central New York 7/8ths-mile harness track.
The quick-striding score was the first locally, the second this season and the 14th overall for the 5-year-old son of Valley Victory, a career earner of more than $473,000 who is shared in ownership by William C. Wiswell and Jean Goehlen.
Hold On Tightly continued his first-place fetish with a sparkling 1:57.1 tally for trainer and driver Roman Lopez in race nine, fourth and final qualifying division in the second leg of the new Catherine Burton Memorial Trotting Series. It was a career-best performance for the 4-year-old son of Cash Hall, who is registered to Richard Thurlow, and the swiftest series score to date.
Henry Wilson began the program with a Burton Series double, scoring with Majestic Won (1:58.1) in the opener and Beautiful Babe (1:58.4) in Friday's second session. Both square-gaiters are owned by Joan Rae Ellafrits and Lynn Wilson.
Defending dash and training champ Rick Plano piloted Frisky Girl to a 1:59.1 maiden-breaking victory in Friday's s other Burton donnybrook. Peter Carney conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Frisky Fighter for Anne Wheeler and Dr. Robert Keller.
In addition to driver/trainer Wilson, Plano produced his second four-win outing here in 2013 during Friday's 13-race card, while Miller also won with the Jenny Melander-owned and trained trotter Don Dinero (1:58.4) in the evening's 11th event. It was the first career tally for the 7-year-old son of Revenue S.
DOWNS DOINGS—The Burton Series will conclude with a championship clash next Saturday night (May 4)…Plano's four-bagger came in races five through eight…The Downs began its new Showdown Handicapping Contest on Friday night…Saturday's 13-race card, which features an Open Pace and two divisions in the second and final round of the Anthony Farina Memorial Pacing Series, will also offer the "Spring Fever Handicapping Contest." First post is at 6:45 p.m…The Downs will continue Friday and Saturday evening racing through May 4. Thursday nights will be added starting May 9…Vernon's 90-card campaign continues through November 2…A complete racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.