Friday, August 23, 2013

Consistent Elleofnxample wins Thursday's Fillies and Mares Open Pace

Elleofnxample takes the Thursday feature
The purse-earning pacer Elleofnxample unleashed her patented late charge and came away with a 1:53.2 triumph in Thursday night’s $10,000 feature for Open female pacers at Vernon Downs.

Todd Frocione, 49-year-old son of Syracuse owner Lon Frocione, did the teaming in Thursday’s ninth race as Elleofnxample started out sixth among the seven distaffers. 

As the pace-setter, Abbey Road Hanover rolled through splits of :27, :56 and 1:24.1 over a rain-dampened "good" track, Elleofnxample began her scenic rally around the final bend, advancing to third entering the last furlong.  The 7-year-old mare closed in a :28.2 final quarter to pass and defeat the mile-cutter (who finished third), and the on-rushing challenger, Love You Bye, who ended up three-quarters of a length back in second.

Thursday's tally was the fourth locally and fifth this season for the Tony Mondi-conditioned daughter of N Xample-Fairline Hanover, who currently sports 26 lifetime victories and earnings of more than $250,600.  

Thursday's fastest win was a 1:53.1 showing by the 5-year-old pacing mare Southwind Lavanda, who captured the evening’s first event, with Jimmy Whittemore teaming for trainer/part-owner James Healey and the Stephane Bouchard stable.

John MacDonald won three of Thursday's 12 races, while Whittemore, along with driver Chris Lems and trainer Leopold Sawyers, were each credited with a pair of first-place finishes during the track's 52nd program of 2013.

DOWNS DOINGS—The MacDonald-steered pacer Gramjesty earned his first pari-mutuel victory after a 1:56.3 effort in Thursday's 12th race.  Chip Zombick conditions the 3-year-old gelding for owners Michael Pozefsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein…The Downs begins two straight nights of State Fair racing for New York-bred freshmen tomorrow (Aug. 23), with filly trotters and pacers displaying their talents on Friday, while the male Standardbreds take over the spotlight on Saturday evening; first post at 6:45 each night…A special program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first round of this season’s 7th-Annual All-Star Drivers’ Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters.  There will also be a Corey Callahan bobblehead doll giveaway,  free drivers' championship T-shirts (both items dispensed while supplies last), as well as an iPad and laptop computer giveaway…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 www.vernondowns.com.