Saturday, May 25, 2013

To Tell The Truth leads all the way to win Friday's feature

To Tell The Truth (Rick Plano) wins Friday's feature

To Tell The Truth dispatched six speed-minded pacing rivals with ease en route to a 1:53.4 victory in Friday night's $6,000 featured eighth event at Vernon Downs.

Leading driver Rick Plano did the piloting over a track labeled good on a chilly central New York evening as To Tell The Truth left the gate with speed and spirit, continued on the front-end throughout and defeated Steuben Ruthless by nearly three lengths.

Friday's first-place finish was the second in succession, the third in 11 season's starts and the 10th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Tell All-Living With Art, who increased her career bankroll to $35,376 for owner Maryann Plano (Rick's wife).

With the victory, Plano increased his current driving advantage to 26-24 over Roman Lopez and tied him at 13 atop the track's training chart.

Drivers Chris Lems and Truman Gale each recorded doubles during Friday's nine-race program.

DOWNS DOINGS— Friday's first-place finishers To Tell The Truth and Bettor's Choice tied Artic Byrd at three for most pacing victories at the 12-night meet…The trotter Hold On Tightly is the winningest equine at the Downs this season with five scores...The pacers Doctor Of Speed (2:00.2) and Lis Rain (2:00) each recorded their initial career victories during Friday's program…The Downs will offer a nine-race card starting at 6:45 tomorrow night and the same number of pari-mutuel events during a special Memorial Day matinee program that will begin at 1:15 on Monday afternoon …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