The five victories tied Lems with and for most driving victories on a single Vernon program through July 27.
The 26-year-old horseman started his brilliant evening with a front-striding, 1:53 Preferred victory behind the
Following a win behind his pacer Mackenzie’s Bliss in race seven, Lems urged the laterally-gaited speedster JK Panache on to an exciting 1:51.3 victory (good track) in Saturday’s 10th event. It marked the fastest mile of the rainy night, and the sixth season’s score for the track record-holder (4-year-old geldings), who is owned by trainer Dave Dewhurst and Philip K. Hale.
Lems completed his awesome evening with victories behind Linda Manzi’s pacer Touch Of The Past (1:53.2) in race 11, and the John Minckler-leased-and-trained side-wheeler Speed Skater (1:56) in race 12.
In addition to Lems’s heroics, leading pilot Plano picked up two win-credits, as did driver John Mac Donald and trainer Dewhurst.
Plano, who leads in driving doubles at the meet with 14, teamed the Maurice Bazinet-owned-and-conditioned pacer Ideally Magic to a 1:52 triumph in Saturday’s second race that tied the 11-year-old gelding with fellow side-wheeler Canaco Star and the trotters Hold On Tightly, Don Dinero, Ulay Boko and Glorious Winner at five for most equine wins after 42 programs…
The Downs will offer live racing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week…
A prestigious New York Sires Stake for 3-year-old filly trotters is slated for Aug. 2, while the track will offer simulcast wagering on the Aug. 3 Hambletonian program…
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.