Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Restless Yankee upsets the Saturday feature
Restless Yankee was a 1:50.4 upset winner in Saturday night's $12,000 Open pacing feature at Vernon Downs.
The favorite, track record-holder JK Panache, took the early lead in Saturday's second session, while second choice Sheer Brilliance, winner in the last two Open events here, settled into the pocket. Driver and trainer Chris Lems kept Restless Yankee in fourth place past the three quarters in 1:22.4.
As the top choices wore each other down entering the stretch charge, Restless Yankee came on in a :27.1 final panel to secure the score, defeating runner-up Western Tsunami by a head.
It marked the third local tally, seventh season's score and the 47th lifetime victory for the 6-year-old son of Relentless Yankee-Towner's Love Dove, who is owned by Robert J. and Ryan J. Lems. The gritty gelding is currently a career winner of nearly $242,000.
Lems also finished first with the Ryan J. Lems-owned pacer Ding Dong Boy (1:53.2) in Saturday's fourth event to record his meet-leading 22nd driving double. Two-win performances were also turned in by Roman Lopez, Truman Gale and Claude Huckabone, III.
DOWNS DOINGS—Provisional pilot James Clouser, Jr. earned his initial Vernon victory behind TM Valley Storm (1:56.4) in Saturday's 11th event. The sophomore gelding is owned by Leonard Segall…Vernon will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week. First post on Thursday and Friday will be 6:45 p.m., while Saturday's start will be at 6 p.m…The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Cup championship thoroughbred competition on both Friday and Saturday afternoons…Only five live racing dates remain during the track's 60th anniversary 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 www.vernondowns.com.