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Denver Dolly splashes to Vernon win

October 01, 2010

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Denver Dolly overcame driving rain and a sloppy track to deliver a career-best 1:56.4 victory in Thursday night's second division of a $39,400 New York Sires Stake late-closing contest for 2-year-old male pacers at Vernon Downs.

Snapping a string of three consecutive second-place finishes in the third event, Denver Dolly ($5.80) gained the lead in the final turn and raced on to a solid score, his second of the season for owner Alfred Ross.  Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the bay son of Artiscape-Denverlove for trainer George Ducharme.

Thursday's other late-closing flights went to A Major Haze (Art Major-Dorothy's Jate), in 1:57.4 for driver Brian Mattison, trainer Paul Kelly and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, and Mosee Terror (Western Terror-Shimmer), in 1:58.1 for driver Chris Lems, trainer Paul Reid and the Bulletproof Enterprises.

Penny Pincher won Thursday's $9,000 seventh race, the week's top Miracle Mile test for female pacers, with a late-closing 1:56.1 effort.  Howard Okusko, Jr. did the teaming for trainer Jim Perry and Ohio owners William J. and Jack M. Heinz.  It was the 5-year-old mare's fifth season's score and 13th all-time.

Holly Cordisco's Pickmeamerigold claimed fastest-mile-of-the-night honors with a 1:53.4 performance in Thursday's $6,000 ninth race, the evening's MM-3 event.  Defending driving champ Jimmy Whittemore, sitting in for trainer Joe Cordisco, completed his 15th double during the track’s 70th program, guiding the 4-year-old mare to her seventh win in 2010.

DOWNS DOINGS-The 7-year-old pacing mare Miss Robin's Magic, owned by Myron Ekstein, Michael and William Pozefsky, went over the $100,000 mark in career earnings with her 1:58.3 victory for trainer and driver Chip Zombick in Thursday's 10th event. All three of Mosee Terror's wins have come in NY late-closing competition…Rodney Freese's pacing mare Prettyasapageant (Tyler Freese driving) extended her current winning streak to three with a 1:58.4 score in Thursday's fourth race…Friday's 10-race card, which features the weekend's top MM trotting events, will begin at 6:55 p.m…Additional information regarding the track's 2010 season and its casino can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.

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