|Sheer Brilliance wins the Open Pace again|
Monday, October 21, 2013
Sheer Brilliance goes back-to-back in the Open Pace
The fleet-footed pacer Sheer Brilliance displayed his superiority for the second straight week while winning Saturday night's $12,000 Open contest at Vernon Downs.
Following up on a 1:50.2 victory in this top-flight class here last Saturday, the favorite Sheer Brilliance was steered to the front at the star of the seventh race by catch-driver Claude Huckabone, III and he remained there through intervals of :26.3, :53.4 and 1:22 over a rain-soaked "good" track. He defeated the second wagering choice, JK Panache, by a head in a 1:50.4 performance.
Saturday's score was the ninth this season and the 43rd all-time for the 6-year-old bay son of Blissful Hall-High Roller Ash, who has earned $503,365 during his productive career. The gritty gelding is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long.
In Saturday's 11th event, Bushwacker turned in a bold-striding 1:53.3, front-ending triumph for Jimmy Whittemore that resulted in his first career victory. The eye-opening performance became the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing gelding at the 80-program meeting, and it was just 3/5ths-of-a-second off the track's record for this category that was established by Memory King in 2011. Chris Ryder conditions the bay son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk, who is owned by the Henderson Farms.
Huckabone, III delivered three tallies during Saturday's 13-race card as did Whittemore. Driver Chris Lems chalked up his meet-leading 21st driving double of the local campaign.