The $10,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Saturday night was won by JK Panache, who was the longest shot on the board at 7-1 in the field of five.
JK Panache was driven to victory by. The favorite, You Bet Your Glass, set a strong pace through a half-mile, covering the quarter in 27.3 and the half in 56.3. However, it was at this point that JK Panache aggressively attacked from third position, where he had been through the half. JK Panache passed the leader and never looked back after taking the lead, posting a final time of 1:52.2 for the mile.
Moonlight Ransom, the second-longest shot on the board at 6-1, also rallied past the fading favorite to claim second position and the exacta paid $69. The complete order of finish for the feature was JK Panache, Moonlight Ransom, You Bet Your Glass, Restless Yankee, and Oozie's Bad Boy. JK Panache is owned by Philip Hale of New Hartford, NY and David Dewhurst of Clinton, NY. David Dewhurst is also the trainer.
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs