Chatelroll, Pointsman take Vernon, Tioga features
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Chatelroll (Howard Parker) captured the $7,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (Sept. 7).
Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) forged to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.4. He glided to the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Manverick (Howard Okusko Jr.) took over as they made the turn for home.
Chatelroll ($3.90), who is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by George Ducharme, was fourth after three-quarters. He went flying down the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.4. Manverick settled for second best with Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) coming up to finish third.
Chatelroll is a 3-year-old colt by Roll WIth Joe. It was his sixth win in 11 starts this season. He now owns eight career victories.
Parker and Ducharme also combined for a win with Charlotte Chaplin ($2.20) on the night. Leon Bailey drove three winners on Saturday. He got wins with Jamaican Cowboy ($7.90), Awesum Ace ($6.00), and Winery Hanover ($15.00). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone Jr. each drove two winners on the card. MacDonald trained and drove Lunar Stride ($6.00), and Sgt Papa Daddy ($2.10) to the winner's circle. Huckabone Jr. won with Regal Escape ($15,60), and Weapon To Win ($7.10).
At Tioga Downs, Vernon's sister track, Pointsman (Fern Paquet Jr.) charged late to win the $9,000 featured pace.
Spirit Shadow (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.3 and to the half in :56.2. Sporty Redhot (Wally Hennessey) took over on the backstretch and led to three-quarters in 1:24.3.
Pointsman ($7.30), who is owned by trainer Gaston Lareau, went three-wide as they made the turn for home. He went flying by in the stretch but had to hold off second place finisher Mac Andover (Corey Braden) to win in 1:54.0. Rockintouch (Mike Simons) finished third.
Pointsman is a 9-year-old gelding by Royal Mattjesty. It was his third win of the season and 25th victory of his career.
Miss Flora (Corey Braden) took the $9,000 featured trot. BJ Lorado (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:26). Miss Flora ($7.00), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault, was third after three-quarters. When they made the turn for home she looked like she was shot out of a cannon. She easily won in 1:54.4. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) was second with Beguin Dugoutier (Fern Paquet Jr.) finishing third.
Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her sixth win this season. She now owns 27 career victories.
Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He was first with Just Like Lloyd ($14.40), Campbellini ($3.70), Ascot Encounter A ($4.70), and Bazaar Bazaar ($4.40). (By John Horne/Vernon & Tioga)