VERNON, NY—Friday night’s “End of the Summer Showdown” program at Vernon Downs was one of speed and substance.
Intimidate captured the $214,000 Open Trot with a 1:51 performance that becomes the fastest mile by a trotter in the 60-year history of the track, and it serves as a new standard for 4-year-old geldings on the diagonal gait.
D’Orsay powered to a 1:52 triumph in her first U. S. A. start to win the $202,000 contest and become the swiftest 4-year-old trotting mare here ever.
The season’s standard for 2-year-old pacing fillies locally was lowered twice, finally settling on a 1:52.1 clocking by JK Molly.
I’m The Pied Piper sped to a 1:50.2 victory in the night’s $10,000 Open pace that missed the track mark for 4-year-old pacing horses by just two ticks of the timer.
Hall of Famer did the teaming behind Intimidate in Friday’s 11th event, closing from fourth in a :27.4 final quarter to catch and defeat the game Sevruga by ½-length. The time trimmed 1/5th-of-a-second off the previous all-time track trotting mark, set by the great San Pail in 2011. It was the fifth win in six current outings for the bay son of -Fabulous Tag, who is trained by and owned by Canadians Judith Farrow and Les Ecuries , Inc. The gifted gelding is now a career winner of more than $564,700.
One race earlier, D’Orsay, competing as part of a two-trotter
JK Molly improved her season’s summary line to 4-1-1 after a career-quickest 1:52.1 effort in Friday’s ninth race, second and final flight of a $106,124 New York Sires Stakes test for 2-year-old filly representatives of the lateral-gait. teamed the bay daughter of -Heather’s Western for noted trainer and the 3 Brothers Stable. The l-1/2-length tally improved the frisky filly’s career winnings to more than $111,200.
Friday’s first NYSS showdown was won by Sweetnsinful ( -Ali Badali), who reigned as the season’s swiftest frosh distaff sidewheeler locally for a few minutes after posting a career-fastest 1:52.2 score in the seventh race. did the steering for trainer , an owner along with his wife, Connie, and James B. Michels. The sprightly filly now sports a 3-2-0 performance line and winnings in excess of $106,700 after six official trips to the track.
Making just his second Vernon appearance in Friday’s second race, I’m The Pied Piper took the lead after the opening quarter and was never seriously challenged thereafter, winning by three-quarters of a length and authoring one of the faster miles of Vernon’s 60th anniversary season. It was the fourth season’s score and 12th lifetime win for the fast-stepping son of -Lisjune, who reached the $200,000 plateau in career earnings for the Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, JJK Stables and the Panhellenic Stable. Callahan did the chauffeuring for conditioner .
Friday’s stellar line-up also included three divisions of a $38,500 Excelsior series match-up for New York-bred first-year female pacers, the fastest of which was won by Spreester in 1:52.3. It was the second local tally for the bay daughter of -Rodeo Spree, who currently owns a 6-1-1 performance line after eight career outings. Frank Coppola, Jr. did the sulky-sitting for trainer and owner Kimberley Zabielski in the eighth event.
The evening’s other Excelsior series first-place finishers were Carlota Blue Chip ( -Bet Your Life), who earned her “maiden” 1:55.4 victory with piloting for trainer and Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables in race 12, and Hay Stacked ( -Monique’s Legacy), who scooted to a 1:56.3 win-mark and her second season’s score in the sixth session, with Callahan at the controls for conditioner , an owner along with Theodore Gewertz.
More than $584,000 in prize money was dispersed during Friday’s 61st racing program of 2013…
The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover hustled up his seventh score of the local campaign in Friday’s fourth race and is currently tied with fellow square-gaiter Ulay Boko and the pacer Hot Cowboy for most equine victories through Sept. 6…
The Downs will present a 13-race program starting at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night…
A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.