|Senor Grande was 1 of 3 wins for Rick Plano|
Saturday, August 31, 2013
Plano posts 10th driving triple of the season on Friday night
Defending dash and training champion Rick Plano guided the pacer Senor Grande to a 1:52.2 clocking in Friday night's eight race en route to his 101st victory of the 57-program meeting at Vernon Downs.
Plano also finished first with the pacer Guitar's Tiki Bars (1:55.2) and the trotter Hello I’m Johnny (1:58.2) while earning his meet-leading 10th driving triple of the season. He currently leads in driving victories (101) and training tallies with 40.
Piloting the Saratoga invader Senor Grande for owner and trainer Brad Irvine, Plano kept the 3-year-old gelding on the lead throughout and secured a comfortable six-length triumph. The time was a career-fastest win clocking for the slick-striding bay son of Art Major-World's Sweetheart, who now sports a 3-2-2 summary line and purse-earnings of $15,274 after 12 starts in this his first season of competition.
Two-win performances were also turned in by drivers John MacDonald, Brian Connor and trainer Ronald MacDonald during Friday's 11-race program.