Saturday, June 1, 2013

Windows Online rallies to take Friday feature for leading driver Plano

The veteran pacing mare Windows Online played follow-the-leader in the featured $8,000 seventh session at Vernon Downs on Friday night, and the strategy paid off with a speedy 1:53.1 score.

Leading driver/trainer Rick Plano was in the sulky as Windows Online drafted along in the cat bird's spot behind the favorite High Speed Life until the stretch drive, then flashed to the front just before the finish to gain a neck triumph in the Open-2 contest for female representatives of the lateral gait.

Windows Online (#4) wins in 1:53.1
The slim score was the third locally, the sixth this season and the 21st all-time for the 6-year-old daughter of Royal Mattjesty-Don't Do Windows.  The career-earner of $175,932 is owned by John J. Darrah.

That first-place finish gave defending driving and training champ Plano his 32nd piloting win and 16th training tally of Vernon's 60th season.

Doubles were also recorded during Friday's 11-race card by driver John MacDonald, as well as trainers Scott West and Leopold Sawyers.

DOWNS DOINGS—Friday's fastest mile was a 1:52.2 sizzler by Kyler's Valentine in the $5,100 fourth race with Plano doing the teaming for trainer Dave Dewhurst and owners Anthony R. Farina and Bernard Colonna…Nine of Friday's first-place finishers earned new lifetime marks…After 15 programs, MacDonald and Chris Lems are tied for the lead in driving doubles with six each…Saturday's 13-race card will begin at 6:45 p.m…The Downs will also offer live racing at 1:15 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, with the 13-race program featuring elimination races for the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old trotters…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