Marks scores four at Vernon
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Josh Marks scored four times during Thursday night’s 12-race program at Vernon Downs, including a 1:51.4 triumph behind Marietta Hall in the week’s top Miracle Mile class for female pacers.
Although the fast-paced mile marked Marietta Hall’s first local victory, it was the seventh season’s score for the 4-year-old mare, who is conditioned by the meet’s leading race-winning trainer Tracy Brainard and owned by the Bulletproof Enterprises. The time was one second off the track record for her age, sex and gait and two-fifths of a second off her lifetime mark, earned earlier this year at the Meadowlands.
While recording his third four-win outing of the meet, Marks closed to within 10 tallies of dash-winning leader Jimmy Whittemore, 63-53.
Marks also directed the veteran trotting mare Hanger Pride N to a 1:59.4 decision in Thursday’s 11th event, which made her the winningest equine after 54 current programs. The fast-closing triumph was the fourth in succession and seventh this season at Vernon Downs for owner-trainer Brainard, one more than the pacers Artachebythenumber, Basilio Blue Chip and Caroline Star.
Marks also won with the trotter Jaffah’s Victory, in 1:58.1 for owner-trainer Dave Dewhurst, and with Cindy Blue Chip, in 1:56.1 for trainer Mary Fisher and the Two Peas In A Pod stable.
Share The Credit became the first 2-year-old trotting winner at the meet after driver-trainer Brian Allen steered the son of Credit Winner-Makinyen to a 2:01.1 maiden breaking victory in Thursday’s first race for owner Diane Gilligan.
DOWNS DOINGS—The Downs will present its richest program of the season tomorrow night, a 12-race pari-mutuel card featuring the $133,500 final of the Conway Hall trotting series; the $123,500 final of The Artiscape pacing series; a special $30,000 Open trot, showcasing the talents of recent Hambletonian winner Deweycheatumnhowe, unbeaten in 15 lifetime starts--five this year; three Kindergarten Classic races, one a non-betting event at 6:30 p.m., plus the week’s top Miracle Mile clashes for both trotters and pacers. A Brian Sears bobble-head doll giveaway will get things started at 5 p.m., and the track’s three-time former percentage driving champion (1991-93) will be available from then until approximately 6:15 p.m. to greet fans and sign autographs. (Vernon)