Lems wins 5 on Vernon opener
May 06, 2017
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Chris Lems celebrated Cinco de Mayo with five driving wins during Vernon Downs' Opening Night, including the top distaff class with Ontario-owned Tempus Seelster.Lems started the season with a win right off the bat in race one. He drove the favorite, Gimme The Cash, past front-stepping Pegasus Point (Truman Gale) at the top of the stretch. Gimme The Cash ($2.30) trotted away to win by four lengths in 1:55.2 ahead of Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil) for trainer Angus MacDonald.
Lems then captured race four with the Jordan Hope-trained pacer Its A Miracle ($4.60) in 1:55 and race five with pacer New Leaf ($6), who went three-wide in the stretch to win by two lengths in 1:58.3 for the Homer Hochstetler stable. The hot harness driver also won race seven with the David Dewhurst-trained trotter My Lucky Word ($3.80) in 1:55.1.
Race eight was the featured fillies and mares pace, with a purse of $7,300. "Lemsy" capped off Cinco de Mayo winning for a fifth time with Tempus ($2.90). Of course he was wearing the number five. Purple N Gold (John MacDonald) took the lead from post four, hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Tempus Seelster then surged to the lead after sitting third by passing both Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) and Purple N Gold. She never looked back from there, capturing the main event in 1:52.1 over the "good" track. The four-year-old Big Jim mare is owned by the Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ont., and trained by Tony Dinges. Purple N Gold held on for second with Looney Dune third.