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Card Knock Life takes Vernon feature in 1:51.4

September 01, 2018

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Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey) won the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 1). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) led them to all the early markers (:27, :55.4, 1:24). Card Knock Life ($33.40) followed in the pocket until just before the three-quarter mark. Trained by Truman Gale for owners Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell, he popped out of the pocket and fired home for the victory in a seasonal best 1:51.4. Golden Gun held for second. Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) was third best.

Card Knock Life is an 8-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was win number three this season and career victory number 24.

Bailey had two more driving wins on the night. His other wins came with Automatic Art ($6.30) and Williams Wish ($10.60).

Kabu (John MacDonald) charged late to capture the $6,500 trot feature. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) put up all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.2, 1:25.3). Kabu ($10.80) was fourth at the three-quarter pole. Owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he came flying down the stretch, winning in a career best time of 1:54.1. Bloodstockshall (Jimmy Whittemore) was second best with Southwind Cruze (Leon Bailey) getting third.

Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor.  It was his seventh win this season and the 28th victory of his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Monday (Sept. 3) with two division of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The 11-race card starts at 1:05 p.m. (Vernon)
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