Friday, July 19, 2013

Abbey Road Hanover turns in lifetime mark in Thursday F&M Open Win

Abbey Road Hanover

Following a pair of speedy practice miles, Abbey Road Hanover looked razor sharp in posting a 1:51 career-fastest victory in Thursday night's $10,000 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs.

Vernon qualifying scores in 1:57.2 and 1:55.1 enabled Abbey Road Hanover to get in tip-top shape for Thursday's female Open pace.  With Rick Plano piloting for trainer Edgar Clarke, Abbey Road Hanover cut splits of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before being headed by the pocket-sitting Little Santamonica entering the final sixteenth.  The battling bay mare then slipped into another gear and accelerated to a three-quarter length triumph over her main challenger.

While it was her first local tally of 2013, the comeback score resulted in the fifth season's win (Four others at Florida's Pompano Park) and the 12th lifetime tally for the quick-footed daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Allamerica Coed, who is owned by Florida's Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas.  The hard-fought tally raised her career winnings to more than $138,000.

The talented trotter Pazza posted the first pari-mutual victory by a 2-year-old at the 37-card meeting, rallying late to begin her racing career with a 2:01 triumph in Thursday's eighth event.  Trainer Gates Brunet did the driving for owners Joseph A. Spadaro and noted NYRA announcer Tom Durkin.

Leading pilot Rick Plano pushed his victory total to 71 and tied fellow reinsman Chris Lems at 12 for most driving doubles at the meet during the evening, while his chief rival, Roman Lopez, also produced a pair of first-place finishes, as did former Downs champ Jimmy Whittemore.

DOWNS DOINGS The 3-year-old trotter Makes Me Crazy (1:57.3) and sophomore pacer Cam Faire (1:56) also earned their initial pari-mutual victories during Thursday's 12-race program…Lopez tied trainer Jocelyn Lavigne at 22 for second place on this year's conditioning win-chart following his victory behind Cam Faire in Thursday's fifth event...Plano leads in training tallies with 27…Friday's 12-race card, that features a $10,000 Open-1 trot in race 10, will begin at 6:45 p.m…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