Jimmy Whittemore captures four at Vernon

03:57 AM 18 Aug 2012 NZST
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The pacer Nuke's Flash and trotter Cedarridgetag were co-feature race winner on Friday (Aug. 17) at Vernon Downs, while defending harness racing driving champ Jimmy Whittemore captured four of the evening's 10 races.

Whittemore did the teaming for part-owner and trainer Kenneth Dawson in Friday's sixth session as Nuke's Flash ($5.10) rallied from third in the final quarter to gain a three-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. It was the fourth tally this season and the seventh all-time for the 4-year-old son of Memphis Flash-Nukie Naybor, who is shared in ownership by Annette Dawson.

With Whittemore doing the steering in the seventh event, Cedarridgetag ($9.00) drafted along in second until the stretch showdown and then passed the pace-setting Whimzical Britt in the final stride to earn a neck decision in a career-best 1:56.2 performance. Trainer Scott West and Katie Currie own the 4-year-old son of Tagliabue-T W Linda, who now sports three current tallies and five lifetime scores.

Whittemore's other wins came behind the pacer Thisthatntheother (1:58) in race eight and the trotter Forrest County (1:58) in Friday's 10th event. It marked the 28-year-old driver's second four-win outing at the 55-program meeting.

Driver Brian Connor collected a pair of first-place finishes during Friday's card to chalk up his sixth double at the meet.

DOWNS DOINGS

The sophomore pacer Jack Bauer (1:57.4), 2-year-old filly pacer Thisthatntheother and freshman filly trotter Con Air Crown (1:59.1 all earned their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday's program...

Leading driver Rick Plano posted his 90th win of the meet behind the pacer Timewell (1:54.1) in Friday's fourth race...

After a 1:57.1 victory with the trotter Thatsssomebracciola (1:57.1) in race three, driver Howard Okusko, Jr. needs just three tallies to achieve the 2,000-win mark...

Saturday's 10-race line-up will begin at 6:55 p.m...

Additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com

Jim MORAN 

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