Friday, June 14, 2013

Cash In Watsu posts $51.50 upset in Friday feature

Cash In Watsu upsets for Jimmy Whittemore

Cash In Watsu beat the chalk, and then some, with her speedy upset victory in Friday night's featured ninth race at Vernon Downs.

With Jimmy Whittemore sitting in for owner and trainer Darwin La Clair, Cash In Watsu got geared up from fourth in the early going and charged into contention entering the final quarter.  Just a half-length back entering the final furlong, the determined 5-year-old mare caught and passed the pace-setting Steuben Lone Pine to post a career-best 1:56.1 triumph.  With the ¾-length tally, the bay daughter of Cash Hall-Watsu made the tote-board shine with a $51.50 win payoff, and secured her second score of the 23-program meeting and 13th all-time victory.

The win gave Whittemore his third double of the track's 60th season. 

Driver John MacDonald made three trips to the Blue Chip Farms winner's circle during the 10-race card, while Truman Gale and trainer Lonny Hale each garnered a pair of first-place finishes.

DOWNS DOINGS—Defending driving and training champ Rick Plano picked up a win behind the Rick Papa- trained trotter Cashaholic in Friday's third race and currently owns a 40-39 advantage over Roman Lopez atop the track's dashes-won column.  Both horsemen remained tied at 18 on the current training chart...Due to a Gretchen Wilson concert at the track at 8 o'clock on Saturday night (June 15), the live program scheduled for that date has been shifted to Sunday, June 16 (Father's Day) at 1:15 p.m…All Saturday wagering (afternoon and evening) will take place in the hotel's Simulcast Center…A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at