Friday, August 30, 2013

Love You Bye loves the winner's circle in Thursday feature

Love You Bye (near) wins with Jimmy Whittemore

Relative newcomer Love You Bye helped driver Jimmy Whittemore attain a driving triple at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with her 1:54.2 triumph in the week's $10,000 Open for female pacers.

Making just her second starts over Vernon's 7/8ths-mile oval in Thursday's ninth race, the favorite Love You Bye, second in this class in her Downs debut last week, stayed close to the pace-setting Abbey Road Hanover throughout the mile test.  Second entering the stretch drive, the scrappy 4-year-old mare was passed by the on-rushing Elleofnxample entering the final furlong, but the maneuverable bay daughter of McArdle-Cam's Genious forged through slim racing room in the inside pylon path and ended up defeating both of her main challengers by 3/4ths-of-a-length.

Trained by Vernon veteran Ray Van Dreason for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard A. Taylor, Love You Bye earned her fourth victory of 2013 and ninth all-time tally, while hiking her lifetime winnings to nearly $143,800. 

Whittemore, a multiple former Downs driving champ, also scored with the pacers Make It Kate (1:52.1) and KJ's Jakee (1:55.3) to record his 4th driving triple of the 56-program meeting.

Also enjoying two-win evenings during Thursday's 10-race card were leading trainer Rick Plano and driver Chris Lems.  

DOWNS DOINGS—The win by KJ's Jakee in Thursday's final event was his initial pari-mutuel victory for trainer Keith Cluff and the Morrisville College Foundation, Inc…Vernon's weekend will continue with an 11-race card on Friday, and a 10-event slate on Saturday; first post at 6:45 both evenings…In addition, there will be a special 12-race matinee program on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) starting at 1:15 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