Day At The Track

Chris Lems wins five at Vernon Downs

04:08 PM 02 Jul 2017 NZST
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It's A Miracle Wind Of The North
It's A Miracle
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Wind Of The North
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Harness racing driver Chris Lems would win the first four races at Vernon Downs Saturday night, then he won the nightcap to win five out of nine on the first day of July.

Lems would win the opener with Stick With Me Kid ($2.40). Stick With Me Kid would win gate-to-wire winning by six lengths in 1:53.1.

Lems would then win the co-feature, Fillies and Mares Open ($9,500) with It's A Miracle ($13.60). The 7-year-old mare by Always A Virgin who is owned by Victor Finncchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, would take the lead before the half. Tataria (Truman Gale) would take over the lead at the top of the stretch and Drea's Good Powow (John Macdonald) would make it three across the track. Somehow It's A Miracle would battle back and win at the wire in 1:51.0. Tataria was second with Drea's Good Powow gettin third.

"Lemsy" would win his thrid straight with Neon Lights ($3.60) easily in 1:56.2. He would then capture his fourth in a row guiding Lipstick Taser ($4.00) to victory in 1:51.3. Lems would have to wait until race nine to capture his fifth driving Vodka And Lindy ($2.30) to an easy gate-to-wire win in 1:56.1.

Wind Of The North (Jeff Long) would win the co-featured Trot ($9,500) on Saturday night. Sweet Thing (Chris Lems) would take charge after the first quarter and lead to the stretch. Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) would go first over and battle Sweet Thing in mid-stretch. Somehow Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall) who is owned by Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck while trained by Long squeezed through to win in 1:53.0. Wind Of The North paid $3.00 for the win. Sweet Thing finished second with Prairie Fortune getting third.

Vernon Downs returns with racing on Tuesday (July 4) at 6 p.m. ending with fireworks.

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John Horne

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