Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Gimme The Loot wins C.K.G. Billings Series Trot at Vernon Downs


Gimme The Loot and Robert Krivelin

Gimme The Loot and driver Robert Krivelin gained a victory in the non-betting C.K.G. Billings Series leg for amateur drivers of trotters; JK Panache and The Triple Lindy captured the top pari-mutuel pace and trot, respectively; Gary P. Clark emerged as the track's leading provisional pilot, while Jimmy Whittemore posted four first-place finishes for the second straight evening during Saturday's 14-race program at Vernon Downs.

Racing for the first time in 2013, Gimme The Loot logged a 1:59.4 triumph in the Billing contest that took place prior to Saturday's 65th betting card.  The spunky 8-year-old gelding raced at or near the lead throughout and closed from second in the stretch to defeat Northmedo Wine Guy, and driver Matt Zuccarello, by three-quarters of a length.  Thomas Di Bartolo conditions the career-winner of $190,948 for owner Alessandro Spano.

JK Panache, a two-time track record-setter at the Downs this season, powered his way to a 1:51.3 score in Saturday's $8,000 seventh race, earning his fifth local tally, seventh season's score and 15th lifetime victory.
Whittemore did the teaming for trainer Dave Dewhurst, an owner of the 4-year-old pacing gelding along with Philip K. Hale.

The Triple Lindy became a two-time winner at the meet with a 1:54.1 career-best clocking in the $7,000 10th event.  Brian Mattison urged the 5-year-old trotting gelding into the lead entering the final quarter, and the brown son of Credit Winner held on to secure his 11th lifetime victory for owner and trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Stephen G. Michaels, Jim Winske and William B. Weaver, III.

Part-owner Clark (with Fay E. Clark) steered the 4-year-old pacing mare New York Kitty to a 1:54.1 triumph in Saturday's $4,000 eighth event that gave the 46-year-old horseman a 3-2 lead over Josh Kinney and Justin Huckabone in this year's provisional drivers' derby at the track.

Whittemore, a three-time former Vernon dash-winning champion, enjoyed his fifth four-win outing of the track's 60th anniversary season, while hiking his three night victory total for the weekend to nine.  The 29-year-old teamster currently sits third on this season's race-winning chart with 77 first-place finishes.

Leading driver (117 wins) and trainer (46 tallies) Rick Plano won two races during Saturday's pari-mutuel card, as did Mattison, Kelley and driver/trainer Claude Huckabone, III.

DOWNS DOINGS—The Downs will continue its Thursday-Saturday live racing schedule next week, with first post time at 6:45 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.