Deweycheatumnhowe heads five-horse Vernon open on Friday
August 12, 2008
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Hambletonian champion Deweycheatumnhowe will make his first start since winning the $1.5 million trotting classic Aug. 2 at the Meadowlands in a five-horse $30,000 Open Trot Friday nght at Vernon Downs. Trainer, driver and co-owner Ray Schnittker said following Dewey\'s Hambo victory he was hoping to get a start for the 3-year-old trotter at Tioga at the request of track owner Jeff Gural, using the race as a prep for the upcoming World Trotting Derby Aug. 30 at Du Quoin, Ill.
Deweycheatumnhowe and his $1-million 2008 bankroll will start from the outside post five in the race, which is on the same card as the $135,000 Conway Hall for older mare trotters and the $123,500 Artiscape for older mare pacers. First post is 6:55 p.m., with the night also featuring a special Brian Sears bobblehead giveaway, while supplies last.
Here is the field for the Open Trot for 3 and 4 year olds:
PP Horse (driver)
1 Stars And Sites (Bruce Clarke)
2 Unshakeable (Howard Okusko)
3 Forever Bachelor (Luke Plano)
4 Summertime Yankee (Jim Raymer)
5 Deweycheatumnhowe (Ray Schnittker)