|A Fool For Mark wins Saturday's feature|
Sunday, May 19, 2013
A Fool For Mark scores in Saturday Feature
The swift-striding pacer A Fool For Mark turned a pocket-sitting trip into a breezy 1:51.4 victory that proved to be the fastest score on Saturday night at Vernon Downs.
Facing seven speedy foes in Saturday's $6,000 sixth event, A Fool For Mark settled in behind rotating leaders Checkinthebox (at the quarter) and The Bruiser (at the half) before taking charge of the "Winners Over" contest approaching the three-quarter mile mark and upsetting the favorite, Special Strides, by 1-1/2 lengths.
Although it was the initial Vernon victory in 2013, it marked the eighth score in 16 current starts for the 7-year-old son of Western Ideal-I'm No Fool, who gained his 25th lifetime tally and raised his career earnings to $86,186. John MacDonald did the teaming for owner and trainer Dustin Ingraham.
The first-place finish was one of two during Saturday's 12-race card for MacDonald, a newcomer to the Downs this season. Two-win performances were also turned in by drivers Chris Lems, Roman Lopez and Howard Okusko, Jr., as well as trainer Jessica Okusko.