Medusa stays perfect in Farina final at Vernon

02:56 AM 04 May 2014 NZST
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Medusa and driver Chris Lems win the Anthony Farina Pacing Series final
Photo by Fotowon
In similar fashion to her first three victories, William Donovan's Medusa ($2.70) brushed to the fore on the backstretch and pulled clear en route to a 1:51.2 victory in the $13,300 Anthony Farina Pacing Series final on Saturday (May 3) evening at Vernon Downs.
 
The three-year-old Bettor's Delight filly came away in fourth as Stony Brook (John Macdonald) set the initial pace, blazing through a :26.2 first quarter before yielding to Medusa on the backstretch. Medusa would not be caught, opening up at the top of the stretch and holding clear of Stony Brook for a three-length victory. Team Edward (Truman Gale) stayed on to be third off a ground-saving trip.
 
The Paul Kelley-trained Medusa remains undefeated after the victory.
 
The $14,100 Catherine Burton Trotting Series final went to Gewertz, Brunet, and Brunet's Wild and Crazy Guy ($2.40, Truman Gale). Part of a six-horse entry, Wild and Crazy Guy snuck through up the pegs off a pocket trip for a half-length win over the three-wide Keystone Trevor (Rick Plano) in 1:55.4, with Driving Miss Crazy (Gaetan Brunet) holding third after enduring a first-over trip.
 
Racing resumes at Vernon on Thursday evening, with the first of ten races heading to the gate at 6:45 p.m. EDT.
 
by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs
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