|Artic Byrd wins the Fourth of July feature|
Thursday, July 4, 2013
Artic Byrd wins Independence Day feature
Artic Byrd continued her high-flying ways with a 1:52.1 come-from-behind victory in the featured event during Thursday's special July 4th -matinee program at Vernon Downs.
Competing in the 10th race, the week's $8,000 Open-2 contest for female pacers, the energetic Artic Byrd idled in fourth place as Abbey Road Hanover hustled to a :56-second half. The 5-year-old roan mare rallied from fifth in the final quarter and flew home from third in the stretch to equal her lifetime speed-mark with a ¾-length score over the mile-cutter. The favorite Little Santamonica finished third.
It was the fourth tally in 13 season's starts and the 12th lifetime score for the much-improved daughter of Art Major-Tundra Byrd, who is shared in ownership by Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell.
Artic Byrd's fast-closing (:27.4 final quarter) triumph was the third of the afternoon for driver Truman Gale and the second for trainer Jocelyn Lavigne, who was enjoying her birthday.
Chris Lems also logged a driving triple during Thursday's 11-race card, while John MacDonald captured two of the program's first three races, and trainer Edgar Clarke was credited with first-place finishes in events three and eight.