Market Dynamics was certainly dynamic in leading gate-to-wire to win the $8,500 featured race Thursday night at Vernon Downs. Market Dynamics was sent immediately to the front by harness racing driver-trainer Rick Plano and was never really threatened through the one-mile pace. She set the fractions of 27.2 for the quarter, 56.1 for the half, and 1:23.4 for three-quarters. The final time for the mile was 1:51.4. Market Dynamics is owned by Mindy Findling Repko of Delray Beach, FL
The prohibitive favorite, Rocks N Bagels, looking to go five for five this season at Vernon Downs, was last up the backstretch and suffered a break at approximately the half-mile mark. She was never a factor after going off-stride and finished fifth and last. Love You Bye sat the pocket trip for the lion's share of the mile, but never really menaced the leader. Artic Byrd made a move on the far turn, but stalled in the stretch after getting alongside Love You Bye. Love You Bye ended up holding on for second place. The complete order of finish for the feature was: Market Dynamics, Love You Bye, Artic Byrd, Elleofnxample, and Rocks N Bagels.
Market Dynamics won as the longest shot on the board in the feature at 9-1, paying $21.80 to win. She was just one of several longshots to reach the Winner's Circle on Thursday night at Vernon Downs. The third race was won by gate-to-wire leader, Mass Appeal at 29-1, paying $61.50 to win. The sixth race was highlighted by MC Tbone Ida coming from off-the-pace to win at odds of 22-1 and paying $47.00 to win.
Racing resumes at Vernon Downs with a twelve-race program on Friday night that includes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The horse to watch is Precocious Beauty, who will be making her 2014 season debut, in the seventh race. The Friday program also includes the eliminations for the Empire Breeders' Classic with the Final to be held at Vernon Downs on June 8. Post time for the Friday program is 6:45pm.
by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity