Friday, October 4, 2013

Let's Go Higher tops Thursday's feature

Let's Go Higher and Shawn Gray

The quick-footed Let's Go Higher topped four fast and fit female foes in Thursday night's $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs.

With Shawn Gray doing the driving for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday's second race, the favorite Let's Go Higher, the field's top money-winner in her last five outings, went right to the front and prevailed by 2-1/2 lengths over the pocket-sitting, second choice, Don't Blame Her, a winner in this event in her last two starts.

The first-place finish was the third in succession and the 10th this season for the 5-year-old daughter of former track favorite Cole Muffler and out of the Abercrombie-mare Ten Speed, owned by Jesse J. De Long.  The career-winner of more than $240,500 now sports 19 career victories, the fastest in 1:50.3 here on July 11.

Roman Lopez, the track's second-leading driver (86 victories) and trainer (31) this year, logged a double during the track's 72nd program, while Fern Paquet, Jr. and Truman Gale also delivered twin tallies during Thursday's 12-race card.

DOWNS DOINGS—Rick Plano, Vernon's leading driver (130 wins) and conditioner (51) has departed the Downs to begin a fall-winter-spring campaign at Florida's Pompano Park…Vernon will present an 11-race program on Friday night, including an $8,000 featured trot in race seven.  First post will be at 6:45…Only 16 racing dates remain during the track's 60th racing season that continues through Nov. 9…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