A field of six lined up for the $9,500 featured one-mile pace on Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs, but in the end, it was the story of just one horse, JK Panache by an impressive ten and three-quarter lengths.
The five-year-old gelding powered to the front right away and never really had a challenge in a gate-to-wire victory in a time of 1:49.2. That time is just 2/5 of a second off the track record for Aged Geldings pacing one mile, held by Pontiac Luck and set in 2013.
JK Panache was speedy right from the outset, setting come-and-get-me fractions of 26 seconds for the quarter, 53.2 for the half, and 1:20.4 for three-quarters. Firethorn settled in second after the start, but never made any headway on the leader throughout the race. However, he remained second all the way around the racetrack and backed up the exacta, which paid $24.60.
The complete order of finish for the Monday feature race was JK Panache, Firethorn, You Bet Your Glass, Red Hot Yankee, Stonebridge Master, and Moonlight Ransom.
JK Panache was driven to victory by
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs