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record-holder Coraggioso cruised to a convincing victory in Friday's $10,000
featured Open trot, while fellow high-stepper Hold On Tightly became the first
five-time winner at the current 10-night Vernon Downs meeting.
trainer Gates Brunet doing the teaming in Friday's ninth race, the favorite
Coraggioso raced like he was superior and proved it with a front-striding,
score over five top-trot rivals.It was
the second tally, coupled with a second-place finish, in three current
appearances and the 13th lifetime triumph for the quick-striding New
York Sires Stakes champion, who now sports career winnings of nearly
$519,000.Joseph Spadaro and noted
Throughbred announcer Tom Durkin own the 4-year-old son of Conway Hall-Electra
Hanover, who established a 1:53.4 standard for 4-year-old trotting horses here
on May 3.
races later, Hold On Tightly remained undefeated after five season's starts
when trainer Roman Lopez piloted the 4-year-old trotter to a solid 1:57.4
score.This is the initial racing season
for the bay son of Cash Hall-Keystone Fitting, who is owned by Richard B.
Hold On Tightly wins for the 5th time this season
Tightly's tally was one of three on the program for Lopez, who became the
meet's leading trainer with 12 victories.With a one-win lead over defending champ Rick Plano on the current
conditioning chart, the 53-year-old reinsman trails only Plano in the track's
driving derby, 24-21.
Vernon driving titleist Jimmy Whittemore picked up a pair of first-place
finishes during Friday's 12-race program.
DOWNS DOINGS—Lopez leads all drivers in triples at the meet with
five…The vastly improved Artic Byrd became the first three-time winning pacer
of the track's 60th campaign after a 1:53.2 tally for driver Truman
Gale, trainer Jocelyn Lavigne and owners Don Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell in
Friday's second race…The Joe Meylan-owned pacer Stony Brook earned his initial
career victory after a 1:58.3 victory for driver Chris Lems and trainer Eric
Felter in Friday's 12th event…Vernon will simulcast the entire card
from Maryland's Pimlico Race Course on Saturday, including the famed Preakness
Stake, which is slated for approximately 6:19 p.m.Vernon's live 12-race harness program will
follow at 6:45 p.m…Downs officials have announced that due to theEquineHerpes Virus (EHV-1) outbreak at the track, Vernon will continue with
just Friday and Saturday night live competition (first post 6:45 p.m.), at
least through May 25.A 1:15 Memorial
Day matinee card is planned for Monday, May 27…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.