Camshaft Hanover storm's through stretch

07:10 AM 02 Nov 2008 NZDT
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The favorite Camshaft Hanover stormed through the stretch to capture Saturday night's featured ninth race at Vernon Downs. Fern Paquet, Jr. completed a driving double during the evening after steering Camshaft Hanover to a one-length tally in the week's top division of the Miracle Mile pacing class.

It marked the second win in a row and sixth season's score for the 3-year-old son of Artiscape, who is trained by Vernon veteran Bill Andrews and owned by F Ian Smith. His career earnings are $66,615.

Paquet's two-win outing began with a 1:54.3 outing behind the pacer Artful Sky in the previous race. Trained by Jamie Paquet, the 5-year-old gelding has snared six scores this season for owners Christopher Gehm and Wayne Lockwood.

Up and coming provisional driver Leon Bailey recorded his first career double at the Downs, winning with the pacers Christopher Paul, in 1:57.1 for trainer Adam Wahl and owner Geoffrey Zimmer, and Cash In Your Chips, in 1:54.2 for owners Patricia and Thomas Tarry.

Dave Offenberg teamed Double Strength to a fast-closing 2:00.4 series score in the opening division of Saturday's C. K. G. Billings leg for amateur drivers of trotters, while Harry Pozefsky piloted Stormont Wok to a front-striding 1:59.2 triumph in the second $4,000 flight.

DOWNS DOINGS

Jason Settlemoir, Vernon's vice-president of racing and simulcasting, and his wife, Lori, welcomed Travis Martin Settlemoir into the world at 2 p.m. last Friday (Oct. 31). The couple's Halloween treat checked in at seven pounds and 19.5 inches in length...

Cash In Your Chips became the 10th claim of Vernon's 88-program campaign when he was haltered for $4,000 by owner-trainer Tracy Brainard after Saturday's 10th event...

With eight wins at the meet, Bailey, 22-year-old son of Vernon veteran Bill Bailey, ranks second to Chris Lems (30 victories) in the meet's provisional driver standings...

Pozefsky, who owns a qualifying-fair license, visited Vernon's winner's circle for the first time as a reinsman following his impressive Billings performance...

Vernon will complete its 90-card campaign with live racing next Friday (Nov. 7) and Saturday (Nov. 8) nights, with first post at 6:55 ...

The track's weeklong afternoon and evening simulcasts begin at 11 a. m. daily, while its video gaming facility is open from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. Sundays through Thursdays, and from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

More information can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.

Jim Moran

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