Day At The Track

MacDonald bags four winners at Vernon Downs

04:31 PM 05 Sep 2015 NZST
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John MacDonald - Won four on Friday night at Vernon Downs
John MacDonald - Won four on Friday night at Vernon Downs

Driver John MacDonald scored a grand slam on Friday (September 4) evening's 11-race program at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, capturing the evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace with odds-on favourite Pancakes ($3.00) among three other wins.

MacDonald sent Pancakes straight to the lead through a :26.3 initial quarter, subsequently rating a :57.4 middle half while uncontested.
The 4-year-old Sand Shooter mare worked clear of her seven rivals in upper stretch, dismissing pocket rival Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and holding clear of a late-rallying Table Games (Frank Davis) for a two-length 1:52 triumph.
Heidi Rohr trains Pancakes for owner Dolores Smiel.
MacDonald also teamed up with Kyler's Valentine ($4.50, 1:54), HMS Firecracker ($13.00, 1:56), and Elettrizzante ($5.20, 1:59.2) to complete his driving grand slam.
Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.
James Witherite
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