Day At The Track

Skip Jive wins Vernon feature

03:10 PM 28 Apr 2019 NZST
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Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the harness racing featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Saturday (April 27).

American Passport (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took the lead and put up all the early fractions (:28.0, :57.0, 1:25.0).

Skip Jive ($5.10) was eighth after three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, he would fly to the front and hold off a late charge by second place finisher Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:55.0. This Baby Rocks (Denny Bucceri) was third best.

Skip Jive is a 6-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his first win of 2019 and 17th career victory.

Mister Lucky Star (Roman Lopez) goes gate to wire to easily win the second division of Robert E. Keller Trotting Series ($4,000) in 1:59.4. Irish Kate (Claude Huckabone III) was second with Little Dave (Angus MacDonald) finished third.

The second division from leg two of the Keller series was postponed last night (April 26). It was run on Saturday as a non-betting race.

Mister Lucky Star is a 4-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab. Trained by Lopez for owners, Joan Ellafrits and Lynn Wilson, he is two for two in 2019.

John MacDonald drove four winners on Saturday. His wins were with Jnr Express ($3.00), Jet Rock ($2.50), Sometimes Said ($9.70), and Rockme Socks Off ($4.90).

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 3) with a post time of 6:10 p.m.

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John Horne for Vernon Downs.


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