VERNON, NY— The veteran Arch Madness began Saturday night’s 13-race agenda with style and substance, trotting to a 1:52.3 victory in the $10,000 Open contest, which proved to be the fastest mile by a diagonally-gaited performer after 54 current programs at Vernon Downs.
Trainer did the teaming in Saturday’s first race as Arch Madness rallied overland from fourth at the half, swept into the lead around the track’s final turn, and then on to a convincing 3-1/4-length triumph. It was the first win this season, but the 32nd all-time for the career-winner of nearly $3,930,000, who is owned by Marc Goldberg and the Willow Pond stable.
Saturday’s slate also featured seven Excelsior Series divisions in the $89,600 State Fair program for 2-year-olds, three for colt and gelding pacers and four for first-year male trotters.
With at the controls, Believeinthespirit ( ) forged his way to a strong-striding 1:53.2 tally in the 11th event, which equaled his lifetime mark and missed the season’s standard for freshman colt side-wheelers by one tick of the timer. (The 1:53.1 season’s standard for this class was set by Jet Airway last night.) It was the second win in succession for the bay youngster, who is trained by Ed Lohmeyer and owned by Lauren and Robert Tucker.
Saturday’s other 2-year-old colt pacing Excelsior Series winners were Great American ( ), who scored in 1:53.3 in the second race, with steering for co-owner/trainer and the Riverview Racing Stable, and Natural Leda (Bettor’s Delight), who earned a 1:55 speed badge with teaming for trainer and the Deena Rachel Frost, John D. Fielding and Rick D. Phillips ownership group in the eighth event.
Elegante Attire’s ( ) 1:57.4 score in the fifth race proved to be the swiftest score in Saturday’s freshman male trot. Trainer . drove for owners E. Carlyle Smith, , Jim Giannuzzi and Jeff Gural’s Little E, LLC ownership contingent.
Saturday’s other Excelsior Series trotting winners were the colts Royal Max ( ) in 1:59.1, Hallanet ( ) in 1:59.3, and Crazolo ( ) in 1:59.4.
Smedshammer secured three wins during the evening, two for Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables. Drivers Lems, Stark, and owners E. Carlyle Smith, and Jim Giannuzzi were the recipients of two tallies each.
First-time winners during Saturday’s card were the trotters Elegante Attire, Hallanet, Royal Max, Crazolo, plus the pacers Great American and Natural Leda…
A special Sunday program tomorrow night (Aug. 25) will feature the initial round of this season’s 7th-Annual All-Star Drivers’ Championship, as well as the $700,000 (est.) Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters. There will also be abobblehead doll giveaway, free drivers’ championship T-shirts (both items dispensed while supplies last), as well as an iPad and Laptop computer giveaway…
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.