Day At The Track

JK Panache takes Vernon feature

04:07 PM 20 Aug 2017 NZST
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John MacDonald and Dragon Fever
John MacDonald and Dragon Fever
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JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs.

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3.

JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third.

JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins.

The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose.

Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win.

His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80).

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m.

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