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Love Live Laugh wins Vernon Downs feature

02:38 PM 08 Sep 2018 NZST
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Love Live Laugh and driver Jimmy Whittemore
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Namje and driver Gates Brunet
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Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 7).

Love Live Laugh ($9.90) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:25.2, 1:53.1) Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, the race was still close after three-quarters but when she drove down the stretch she turned it into a laugh-er. Calbay (Dan Harvey) was a distant second. Jaclyn Hanover was third best.

Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her eighth win of the season and career victory number 35. Jimmy Whittemore drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Hanrahan ($4.80) and Lets Go Get Em ($14.40).

Namje (Gates Brunet) captures the trot feature ($6,000).

Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went right to the front and controlled the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.1).

Namje ($5.80) was third after three-quarters. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:56.3. Deak's Cici Barr (Truman Gale) finished second. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third best.

Namje is a 3-year-old gelding by Lucky Chucky. He won for the seventh time this season and his career.

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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