VERNON, NY—The quick-striding pacer Don’t Blame Her, and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. shared the spotlight during Thursday night’s 11-race program at Vernon Downs.
Don’t Blame Her became a two-time winner at Vernon’s 69-program meeting with a 1:51.2 victory in the evening’s $10,000 Open for female pacers, while Paquet produced five wins during the card.
For the second week in a row, co-owner handled the lines behind Don’t Blame Her as the 10-year-old mare wired four fast-footed distaff rivals in Thursday’s second race, stopping the timer in 1:51.2, a mile that equaled her lifetime speed record and came within two-fifths of a second of Intimidate’s season’s standard for representatives of the diagonal gait at the Downs.
The impressive mile resulted in the second straight score, fifth this season and 56th all-time for the bay daughter of -Never My Fault, who is also registered to Barbara Bongiorno, and trained by . It was the 210th start for the career-earner of $780,982. She had obtained her win-mark at The Meadowlands last season.
Paquet captured the first, third, fourth, fifth and 10th events to tie , and at one for most wins by any driver during a single program at the track’s 60th anniversary meeting.
Three of Paquet’s victories (Mc Thunderstruck, Salome Marvel and Want More) were for owner/trainer John McNeil, III, who chalked up his initial training triple at the Downs this year.
charted his 13th double at the Downs in 2013 to take an 83-81 lead over in their battle for second place on this season’s dash-winning driving chart.
Wanda Polisseni’s 3-year-old trotting colt Winnerwind produced his initial pari-mutuel victory after trainerdrove the brown son of to a 1:59.1 personal-best mark in Thursday’s seventh session…
The Downs will present a 12-race card on Friday that will begin at 6:45 p.m…
A revised 2013, 88-program 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.