Firethorn () was a gate-to-wire winner in the $8,000 feature race on Saturday night at Vernon Downs.
The 8-year-old gelding went directly to the lead at the start and carved out solid fractions of 27.4 for the quarter, 57 seconds for the half, and 1:23.3 for three-quarters. Firethorn received a momentary challenge from Stonebridge Master (), but he stalled entering the far turn and eventually faded to finish last.
Firethorn then built up a healthy four-length lead at the top of the stretch and appeared to be home free. However, Moonlight Ransom () was angled out in the lane and charged up to eliminate most of Firethorn's lead, finishing second by just a length.
The final time for the mile was 1:51.3. Firethorn is owned by JP Stables of Winchester, Ontario, Canada and trained by the driver,. The complete order of finish for the fifth race was Firethorn, Moonlight Ransom, Oozie's Bad Boy, I Do Hanover, Whitemountainpower, and Stonebridge Master. Some Or Lis was a scratch (Sick).