Saturday, September 28, 2013

Plano wins 4 including feature with She's All In


Rick Plano and She's All In

Defending dash-winning and training champion Rick Plano was on top of his game again at Vernon Downs on Friday night, posting four first-place finishes, including a 1:54.4 score with his trotter She's All In during the $8,000 featured ninth event.

Competing as the crowd's favorite from post five in Friday's ninth race, She's All In drafted along in second behind the pace-setting second choice, Manningly, until the final furlong, where she found racing room in the pylon patch and accelerated to a 1-1/4-length victory over the on-rushing Dreamanotherdream.  Manningly ended up third.

Friday's victory was the fourth locally, the sixth this season and 15th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Simply Royal, who raised her lifetime earnings up to more than $110,000.

Plano's other tallies were with his wife's (Maryann) trotter Ulay Boko in the third race, the Jeffrey Long-conditioned trotter Isabella Gal in the fifth session, and Lon Frocione's trotter Naughty Not Nice in the eighth event, bumping his win-total after 70 programs to 127 and his conditioning count to 50.

After Ulay Boko tied fellow trotter Ziegler Hanover at eight for most wins by an equine performer at the meet in Friday's third event, Ziegler Hanover hustled up his ninth first-place finish during the track's 60th anniversary season in the sixth session.  It was the second win in succession, the sixth in the last seven starts, and the 26th all-time for the steady-striding 8-year-old son of Andover Hall-Xqsmwa, who raised his career earnings to nearly $260,000 for owner Regina Dewhurst.  Chris Lems did the steering for trainer Dave Dewhurst.

Truman Gale, a former provisional driving champion here, captured the first, second and 12th races of the evening to record his third triple at the meet. 

DOWNS DOINGS—Owner/trainer Ron Abbott steered his 3-year-old trotter Scottish Rite to a 1:56 victory in Friday's 10th event, which became the colt's initial pari-mutuel triumph…Vernon will present at 13-race card starting at 6:45 on Saturday night, a program that will include a $500 Fall Fever Handicapping Contest on races 1-10 and  a $10,000 Open pace in race two…A revised 2013, 88-program 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.