The oily-gaited Pacinello produced a track record, while Fred's Dream extended his winning streak to five in one of five late-closing divisions for New York-bred harness racing 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.
Competing in Saturday’s $10,000 ninth race, the week’s Open-1 contest, Pacinello ($19.20) took advantage of fast early fractions (a half in :55.2), rallied to the lead from third on the backstretch and rolled to a solid 1:50.2 score, that set a new Vernon standard for aged pacing horses. The previous 1:51.1 mark was set by Going To The Beach in 2002, and equaled by Diamond Stick Pin in this same event two weeks ago.
It was one of three tallies on Saturday’s 10-race card for driver Luke Plano, who did the teaming for his dad, trainer Rick Plano, and the D&E Racing Stable. The time equaled the 5-year-old horse’s lifetime mark, set last season at The Meadowlands.
Saturday’s score by the brown son of Little Steven-Princess Kiara was the second locally this season, the fourth on the current campaign and 24th all-time. He’s currently a career winner of more than $268,600.
Plano’s other winners came behind his day’s-trained pacers Shamderock (1:52) in the second session and Hay Goodlooking (1:51.2) in the seventh event.
Fred’s Dream kept his winning streak alive and lowered his speed mark to 1:57.3 in second flight of Saturday’s $61,700 New York Sires Stakes-sponsored test. The Bill Bailey-steered favorite sat in the pocket for most of the mile, then closed in the final furlong for a two-length tally, his second late-closing triumph during the month. Ann Yurenka conditions the son of-Minute Rice for Mary K. Apker.
Saturday’s other late-closing winners were Mystical Mikel (-Fancy Crown), in 1:57.4, with Lewayne Miller driving for trainer/part-owner Kimberly Burris and Joseph Budney; House On Fire ( -Housethatruthbuilt), in 1:58.4 with trainer Ray Schnittker steering for his ownership partner, the House On Fire Stable; Ridethewind Chrys ( -Malhana Glorious Winner Copperhead), in 1:57.3, with Frank Milby teaming for owner and trainer Jeffrey Rose), and ( -Fox Valley Flan), with Miller again in the sulky, this time for trainer Erv Miller and the Tanah Merah Farms.
DOWNS DOINGS — The tally by Ridethewind Chrys was his maiden-breaking victory…Like Fred’s Dream, Glorious Winner is also a five-time victor in 2011…
The track’s next NYSS event is slated for Thursday, Aug. 11…
Vernon will present live harness racing at 6:55 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week…
Additional information regarding the track’s 2011 season, its casino and newly-renovated hotel can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com, and on Facebook.
By Jim Moran