Day At The Track

Let's Go Higher proves gutsy in Vernon distaff

07:59 PM 18 Jul 2015 NZST
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Let's Go Higher
Let's Go Higher
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Vernon, N.Y. -- After repelling a challenge from odds-on favorite Hot List through the far turn, Let's Go Higher ($5.80) dug in to stave off pocket rival The Filly Princess in Friday (July 17) evening's $10,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.
 
The 7-year-old Cole Muffler mare sprinted out to the lead through a :26.4 first quarter, rating a :30.1 breather on the backstretch before facing stern pressure on the far turn from Hot List (John MacDonald). After she was pushed to a :27.2 third quarter, Let's Go Higher edged clear in upper stretch--only to face a second threat. The Filly Princess (Frank Davis) found room to challenge from the pocket, but Let's Go Higher maintained a half-length advantage to the winning post, prevailing in 1:52.
 
Chris Lems drove Let's Go Higher for trainer Heidi Rohr and owner Jesse DeLong.
 
Live racing returns to Vernon on Saturday (July 18) evening. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.
 
by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
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