Day At The Track

Parkhill Horton springs 11-1 upset in trot

02:31 PM 24 Jul 2016 NZST
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Truman Gale
Truman Gale
Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($24.60) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip in Saturday's $7,500 top-level harness racing Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs, upsetting odds-on pacesetter Lucid Thoughts in 1:54.4.
Truman Gale secured the pocket from the outset with the 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding, yielding to Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) and drafting cozily through splits of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.3. Just above the eighth pole, Parkhill Horton vacated the pegs, reeled in Lucid Thoughts, and edged away to a 1-1/2 length victory while driven. Lucid Thoughts held second, while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) sustained a mild bid off the far turn to capture third.
Trainer Robert Gale co-owns Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit.
The "New York Night Train" also took the evening's sub-featured $5,500 Miracle Mile trotting event in upset fashion with 15-1 longshot Painite ($33.60). Jocelyn Gale--Truman's wife--handles the training duties of the 7-year-old Plesac mare, who rallied down the grandstand side off a third-over trip to just collar 8-5 favorite Gaelic and Garlic (Claude Huckabone, III) in 1:55.1.
A 14-race Sunday evening card completes the racing week at Vernon Downs, with the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters sharing center stage with the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.
by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
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