Leon Bailey drives five winners at Vernon
September 05, 2020
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"Lightening" Leon Bailey had a career day driving five horses to the winner's circle at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5).
He got his wins with So Diva ($28.00) in race one. His second win came in race four with The Blazing Truth ($7.80). He would finish first in race seven, nine, and ten with Intuitive Writer ($5.90), Rise Up Now ($17.20), and Bet Big On Blue ($6.40).
Clouseau Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) captures the $3,600 featured pace.
Daliocity (Chris Long) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.2. Golden Gun (Jeff Sorenson) was parked first-over and challenged Daliocity down the backstretch. Daliocity held a slight lead hitting the half first in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:25.2.
As they made the turn for home the race was wide open. Rockaholic (Evan Hoagland) took a slight lead as they reached the stretch. Then Bringer Of Rain (John Macdonald) came four-deep and looked like he was going to emerge as the winner. However, Clouseau Hanover ($4.40), who was eighth after three-quarters, slipped through an opening as they were five across the track. He flew right on by second place finisher Bringer Of Rain to win in 1:54.2. Rockaholic held on for third.
Lappe and Truman Gale each had driving doubles on the night.
Clouseau Hanover is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. Lappe trains and co-owns with Robert Santagata. He is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was his second win this season. He now has 19 career victories.
John MacDonald is leading all drivers with 39 wins so far this season. With his five wins Leon Bailey is only two back in second with 37 victories. Howard Parker (30), Jimmy Whittemore (24), and Roman Lopez (12) round out the top five.
The trainers title remains wide open. George Ducharme and Kerin Warner (who had two winners on the card) are tied with 15 wins each. David Dewhurst is third with 14 victories. Claude Huckabone III is just two back with 13 tallies. Paul Minckler, and Brandy Wine are close behind with 12 wins each.
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 11) starting at 3:00 p.m.
For more information go to www.vernondowns.com