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Only Passing Thru edges Taco Tuesday at Vernon

June 15, 2019

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Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captured the featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 14).
Taco Tuesday (John MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.1, 1:25.3). Only Passing Thru ($7.20), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was four lengths back in third after three-quarters. Only Passing Thru and Taco Tuesday slugged it out all the way down the stretch. Taco Tuesday dug in but Only Passing Thru had enough to go by to win in 1:54.4. Taco Tuesday had to settle for second best with First Call (Homer Hochstetler) third.
Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill.  It was his sixth win this season.  He has now reached the winner's circle 17 times in his career.
John MacDonald, Jimmy Whittemore, and Jennifer Lappe all had driving doubles.  MacDonald, who leads all drivers with 38 wins on the season got his victories with Come Get The Cash ($4.20), and Alex The Great ($4.60).  Whittemore is the second leading driver with 25 tallies.  He teamed up with leading trainer Marissa Chadbourne (14) for their second win of the night with Love Live Laugh ($5.40). Jennifer Lappe was trainer and driver for her two wins.  She was first with Fox Valley Steffen ($5.40), and Sailer Eddie ($13.20).
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 15) with a nine race card staring at 6:10 p.m. (Vernon)
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