VERNON, NY—The purse-earning pacer Elleofnxample unleashed her patented late charge and came away with a 1:53.2 triumph in Thursday night’s $10,000 feature for Open female pacers at Vernon Downs.
Todd Frocione, 49-year-old son of Syracuse owner Lon Frocione, did the teaming in Thursday’s ninth race as Elleofnxample started out sixth among the seven distaffers.
As the pace-setter, Abbey Road Hanover rolled through splits of :27, :56 and 1:24.1 over a rain-dampened “good” track, Elleofnxample began her scenic rally around the final bend, advancing to third entering the last furlong. The 7-year-old mare closed in a :28.2 final quarter to pass and defeat the mile-cutter (who finished third), and the on-rushing challenger, Bye, who ended up three-quarters of a length back in second.
Thursday’s tally was the fourth locally and fifth this season for the -conditioned daughter of N Xample-Fairline Hanover, who currently sports 26 lifetime victories and earnings of more than $250,600.
Thursday’s fastest win was a 1:53.1 showing by the 5-year-old pacing mare Southwind Lavanda, who captured the evening’s first event, with teaming for trainer/part-owner James Healey and the stable.
won three of Thursday’s 12 races, while Whittemore, along with driver and trainer , were each credited with a pair of first-place finishes during the track’s 52nd program of 2013.
The MacDonald-steered pacer Gramjesty earned his first pari-mutuel victory after a 1:56.3 effort in Thursday’s 12th race. Chip Zombick conditions the 3-year-old gelding for owners Michael Pozefsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein…
The Downs begins two straight nights of State Fair racing for New York-bred freshmen tomorrow (Aug. 23), with filly trotters and pacers displaying their talents on Friday, while the male Standardbreds take over the spotlight on Saturday evening; first post at 6:45 each night…
A special program on Sunday, Aug. 25 will feature the first 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.