You Bet Your Glass won the $8,000 feature race on Sunday night at Vernon Downs. The early fractions for the one-mile pace were testing, to say the least. There was a three-wide pace battle between the harness racing favorite, Firethorn, and two moderate longshots, Some Or Lis and Red Hot Yankee.
It seemed that each wanted to dictate the early issue and as a result the opening quarter was posted in 24.4 seconds. This scorching pace ended up costing each of those pacers in the long run. Some Or Lis and Red Hot Yankee were not factors in the race following the opening half-mile of 53.2 seconds. Firethorn held the lead as the field approached the top of the stretch, but then You Bet Your Glass and driver Frank Davis made the winning move and went to the front.
You Bet Your Glass ended up scoring by two lengths in a fast final time of 1:50.1. Firethorn ended up also getting passed by a 23-1 shot, Unicorn Hanover, for the place position.
You Bet Your Glass is owned by William Williams Jr. of Vernon Center, New York and Arnold Marks of Perth, Ontario, Canada. Marks is also the trainer of the 11-year-old gelding.
The complete order of finish for the Sunday feature is as follows: You Bet Your Glass, Unicorn Hanover, Firethorn, I Do Hanover, Touch Of The Past, Red Hot Yankee, Whitemountainpower, Some Or Lis.
Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 10-race program. Post time is scheduled for 6:45pm
by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity
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