Lems, Ducharme team up to win Vernon features
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Chris Lems won both trotting features on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Let's would win the first of two features, piloting Muscles Jared ($2.20) and destroying the rest of the field. The 3 year-old gelding by Muscle Massive who is owned by Al Ross and trained by George Ducharme would win by nine lengths in 1:54. Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham would finish second. Williams Wish (Joe Nassimos) was third.Lems and Ducharme would team up again for the other feature ($5,100) with Patton ($3.00). Patton (Conway Hall, who is owned by Ducharme, Fontaine, and Ross, would charge to the front just after the half. The 3-year-gelding would win in 1:54.1. Dewey's Breeze (Dan Daley) was second while Lone Valley Sam (John MacDonald) captured third.
A big day of racing during Father's day Sunday (June 18) at Vernon Downs at 1:05 p.m. The Miracle Mile's day will feature two Empire Breeders Classic Finals for 3 year-old trotters. Also featured is four divisions of the New York Breeders Cup for 3 year-old pacers.
The Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year-old trotting fillies will compete for a purse of $228,250. The morning line favorite is Barn Bella (Conway Hall) at (5-2). Celebrity Ruth (Archangel) is at (4-1).
The Empire Breeders Classic Final for the 3 year-old trotting colts for $252,000 will feature Devious Man (Credit Winner) as the (5-2) favorite. Bill's Man (Credit Winner) is the second choice at (7-2).
13 races in all scheduled for the Father's Day afternoon. (Vernon)