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Intimidate lowers all-time track record with 1:51 win in $214,000 Credit Winner Trot
night's "End of the Summer Showdown" program at Vernon Downs was one of speed
captured the $214,000 Credit Winner Open Trot with a 1:51 performance that
becomes the fastest mile by a trotter in the 60-year history of the track, and
it serves as a new standard for 4-year-old geldings on the diagonal gait.
Intimidate explodes through a narrow opening
powered to a 1:52 triumph to win the $202,000
Muscle Hill contest and become the swiftest 4-year-old trotting mare here ever.
season's standard for 2-year-old pacing fillies locally was lowered twice,
finally settling on a 1:52.1 clocking by JK Molly.
Pied Piper sped to a 1:50.2 victory in the night's $10,000 Open pace that
missed the track mark for 4-year-old pacing horses by just two ticks of the
Famer Ron Pierce did the teaming behind Intimidate in Friday's 11th
event, closing from fourth in a :27.4 final quarter to catch and defeat the
game Sevruga by ½-length.The time
trimmed 1/5th-of-a-second off the previous all-time track trotting
mark, set by the great San Pail in 2011.It was the fifth win in six current outings for the bay son of Justice
Hall-Fabulous Tag, who is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Canadians Judith
Farrow and Les Ecuries Luc Blais, Inc.The gifted gelding is now a career winner of more than $564,700.
earlier, D'Orsay, competing as part of a two-trotter Jonas Czernyson stable
entry, led early, caught a breather in second-place during the middle portion
of the mile, and then rallied in the final stages of the contest to defeat the
pace-setting Beatgoeson Hanover by three lengths, and secure her fourth victory
in 10 current outings.It resulted in
the seventh career victory for the bay daughter of Yankee Glide-Danae, now an
earner of $302,085 for the Consus Racing Stable.It was one of three victories during Friday's
12-race card for driver Corey Callahan.
D'Orsay cruises with Corey Callahan
improved her season's summary line to 4-1-1 after a career-quickest 1:52.1
effort in Friday's ninth race, second and final flight of a $106,124 New York
Sires Stakes test for 2-year-old filly representatives of the
lateral-gait.Tim Tetrick teamed the bay
daughter of Art Major-Heather's Western for noted trainer Linda Toscano and the
3 Brothers Stable.The l-1/2-length
tally improved the frisky filly's career winnings to more than $111,200.
first NYSS showdown was won by Sweetnsinful (American Ideal-Ali Badali), who
reigned as the season's swiftest frosh distaff sidewheeler locally for a few
minutes after posting a career-fastest 1:52.2 score in the seventh race.Jimmy Whittemore did the steering for trainer
Homer Hochstetler, an owner along with his wife, Connie, and James B.
Michels.The sprightly filly now sports
a 3-2-0 performance line and winnings in excess of $106,700 after six official
trips to the track.
just his second Vernon appearance in Friday's second race, I'm The Pied Piper
took the lead after the opening quarter and was never seriously challenged
thereafter, winning by three-quarters of a length and authoring one of the
faster miles of Vernon's 60th anniversary season.It was the fourth season's score and 12th
lifetime win for the fast-stepping son of Western Ideal-Lisjune, who reached
the $200,000 plateau in career earnings for the Ron Burke Racing Stable, Weaver
Bruscemi, JJK Stables and the Panhellenic Stable.Callahan did the chauffeuring for conditioner
stellar line-up also included three divisions of a $38,500 Excelsior series
match-up for New York-bred first-year female pacers, the fastest of which was
won by Spreester in 1:52.3.It was the
second local tally for the bay daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree, who
currently owns a 6-1-1 performance line after eight career outings.Frank Coppola, Jr. did the sulky-sitting for
trainer Paul Zabielski and owner Kimberley Zabielski in the eighth event.
evening's other Excelsior series first-place finishers were Carlota Blue Chip
(American Ideal-Bet Your Life),who
earned her "maiden" 1:55.4 victory with Rick Plano piloting for trainer Trond
Smedshammer and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables in race 12, and Hay
Stacked (Art Major-Monique's Legacy), who scooted to a 1:56.3 win-mark and her
second season's score in the sixth session, with Callahan at the controls for
conditioner Ray Schnittker, an owner along with Theodore Gewertz.
DOINGS—More than $584,000 in prize money was dispersed
during Friday's 61st racing program of 2013…The Regina
Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover hustled up his seventh score of the
local campaign in Friday's fourth race and is currently tied with fellow
square-gaiter Ulay Boko and the pacer Hot Cowboy for most equine victories
through Sept. 6…The Downs will present a 13-race program starting at 6:45 p.m.
on Saturday night…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.