Pebble Creek was victorious in the $6,000 Fillies and Mares Open Pace on Friday (July 10) in Northfield Park's tenth race. She is trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. for owner Debbie Bird of Harwood, Ont. Morgan called upon Wyatt Irvine to drive the 6-year-old pacing mare.
Pebble Creek (Modern Art-Hayser Creek-Threefold) started from post five. Irvine fired her off the gate and she led at every call, posting fractions of :27.1, :55.4, 1:24.4 and 1:53.4. She appeared to be giving way in the stretch, but dug in late and bested her competition by a head.
Pebble Creek now has 13 career wins and earnings of $143,845.She returned $5.60 to win.
In action at Tioga Downs, All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. enjoyed their continued success in the featured fillies and mares $16,000 Miracle Mile 1 on Friday night. Leaving from post position number one in a field of six, Marohn settled in second as Queen Of Royalty (Greg Merton) took the field through an opening quarter in :27.3. As the field passed the stands for the first time, Marohn moved All Spirit to the front and controlled the middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.
Around the final turn, Queen Of Royalty edged to the outside to offer some pressure to the leader in the stretch, but when Marohn asked for more All Spirit held tough to win in 1:53. Fair Voltage (Fern Paquet Jr.) had pace late in the mile and stayed along the pylons to finish third.
Judy Lanpher trains the 7-year old daughter of Bettor's Delight – Spirit Of Ivy for Larry Lanpher of Winter Park, Fla. The win was the fourth of the year in nine seasonal outings for All Spirit, with all four wins being recorded at Tioga Downs.
Aaron Byron and Jim Marohn Jr. each posted driving triples on the night's eleven race card. Greg Merton currently leads in the driver standings with forty four wins, Jim Marohn Jr. sits second with forty two, and Aaron Byron rounds out the top three with thirty six driving victories.
At Vernon Downs Friday night, Client Nine made fast work of six skilled trotting rivals with a career-best 1:54.4 victory in the featured race.
An outside choice in the week's Open-2 contest, Client Nine when right to the lead from the word "go” and laid down splits of :27, :56 and 1:25.1 en route to a one length victory over the pocket-sitting Glorious Winner. The gritty 5-year-old gelding rewarded his backers with a $26.00 win payoff.
Although it was the first local tally this term, it marked the fifth season's score and the 11th all-time triumph for the bay son of Yankee Glide-Gillie, who is owned by trainer Dave Dewhurst and Philip K. Hale.
Client Nine's first-place finish was one of four during Friday's 12-race card by Chris Lems, who became one of only four reinsmen to have accumulated four victories on a single program at the 35-program meeting. The 26-year-old horseman currently ranks third on the track's dashes-won chart with 48 victories.
Other multiple winners during Friday's card were trainer and driver Gates Brunet, driver Truman Gale, trainer Howard Okusko, Sr. and owners Theodore Gewertz, Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet, each with two tallies. (Northfield Park, Tioga Downs & Vernon Downs)