|Love You Bye (near) wins with Jimmy Whittemore|
Friday, August 30, 2013
Love You Bye loves the winner's circle in Thursday feature
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 www.vernondowns.com.