Day At The Track

Vernon Downs feature to First Call

12:09 PM 22 Sep 2019 NZST
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First Call, harness racing
First Call and driver Homer Hochstetler
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First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 21).

First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She would lead to the half in :57.1. Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure. First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole.

First Call, who is Trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, shook loose as they made the turn for home. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but had to settle for second as First Call won easily in 1:54.3. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) got third money.

First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 15 career victories.

John MacDonald and Dylan Huckabone-Miller each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald teamed up with trainer Jessica Okusko to win with Jackie's Express ($2.20), and Hennessey ($4.20). Huckabone-Miller teamed up with trainer Claude Huckabone III to get victories with Nubble Light ($7.70), and Private Performanc ($5.10). Both pacers were owned by Go Where The Money Is Stable.

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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