Day At The Track

Southern Girl resolute in Vernon distaff

04:31 PM 29 Jul 2016 NZST
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Homer Hochstetler
Homer Hochstetler
Vernon, N.Y. -- Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($5.90) battled resolutely to capture Thursday (July 28) evening's $5,500 featured Miracle Mile event for harness racing distaff pacers at Vernon Downs, digging deep once headed off the far turn en route to a 1:51.4 victory.
Fern Paquet, Jr. cleared to the lead with the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare in the opening stages, out-sprinting Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) through a :27.2 first quarter before relaxing the pace just a bit up the backstretch. Southern Girl was forced to accelerate on the far turn by the first-over The Filly Princess (Truman Gale)--the two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter with The Filly Princess working a head in front on approach to the home straight. Southern Girl responded in kind, forcefully repelling The Filly Princess in upper stretch and holding clear of a stand-side push from Jinxy's Delight (John MacDonald) by 1-1/2 lengths. The Filly Princess faded to third.
Homer Hochstetler trains Southern Girl, who scored her fifth win on the season and the tenth of her career.
Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (July 29) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.
by James Witherite, Vernon Downs
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