Undefeated Rocks N Bagels scored her fourth victory this season at Vernon Downs on Friday Night, winning the $8,500 harness racing feature. However, she did not have an easy time of it at all in the one-mile pace, having to overcome being parked outside during the majority of the mile.
The early pacesetter wasBye, who took the lead almost immediately and dictated matters through solid opening fractions of 27.4 for the quarter, 56.2 for the half, and 1:24 for three-quarters. The pocket trip went to Market Dynamics, who waited patiently behind the leader before trying to make a move of her own at the top of the stretch. This move forced Rocks N Bagels to try and rally three-wide through the stretch, which she did behind a perfectly-timed drive from .
The final time for the mile was 1:52.1.Bye stubbornly held off Market Dynamics and persevered to finish second. The other finishers were Artic Byrd fourth and Got The Munchies fifth. Rocks N Bagels is owned by Kelly Dawn Hope of Vernon, NY and trained by Jordan Hope.
Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a nine-race program, starting at 6:45pm. There will be a fireworks display in honor of the Memorial Day holiday weekend following the conclusion of the live racing program.
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs