It took an exciting stretch drive for Bye (-Cam's Genious) to pick up her third win in the last four starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 harness racing feature on Thursday night.
Bye () sat in mid-pack through the early stages of the race, as Seascape Hanover (Fern Paquet Jr.) set the early pace of 26.1 for the quarter and 54.4 for the half. It was at the half-mile mark that Ugly Betty () rallied up on the outside to take the lead, which she held through the three-quarter mark in 1:22.3.
Ugly Betty was in front into mid-stretch, at which point Seascape Hanover came back up the inside and Bye commenced to close down the outside. Bye managed to beat Seascape Hanover home to win in 1:52.1.
The complete order of finish was:Bye, Seascape Hanover, Ugly Betty, Park N Orchard, Table Games, Elleofnxample, Artic Byrd, and R U Ideal. Let's Go Higher had been a Judge's scratch. Bye is owned by D. of Norway, Maine and trained by Dennis Whittemore.
Live racing resumes on Friday night with an exciting 10-race program featuring $340,000 Zweig Memorial with Hambletonian runner-up Nuncio and betting favorite Father Patrick making up a very strong entry for trainer.
Sebastian K will also be racing at Vernon on Friday night in the $236,000 Crawford Farms Open Trot and he will be facing 2013 Horse Of The Year, Bee A Magician, who takes on the boys. Post time for racing on Friday night at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.
by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs