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Scorpion Moon wins Vernon feature

November 12, 2011

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The veteran trotter Scorpion Moon earned his 79th career victory with a 2:00 triumph in Friday night’s $8,000 featured race at Vernon Downs.

Claude Huckabone III did the teaming for trainer Tracy Brainard as the favorite Scorpion Moon ($5.30) rallied from last at the half to fifth at the three-quarter marker. Competing over a track rated “good” due to persistent snow and rain, the 10-year-old gelding closed from second in the stretch to catch and pass the pacesetting fourth wagering choice, Unshakeable, by one length at the finish

Friday’s tight tally was the third this season (all at the Downs) for the son of Armbro Scorpion-Angie’s Nugget, who is shared in ownership by Brainard and Andrew Herzog.  The gritty bay battler is currently a career winner of more than $867,500.

 Two-time defending driving champion Jimmy Whittemore delivered his ninth triple of the 87-program meeting, while top trainer Brainard, along with owner Herzog, scored twice during Friday’s 10-race card. Huckabone and Joe Nassimos also posted twin driving victories.   

 DOWNS DOINGS—With three programs remaining in the track’s 58th season, Whittemore has 107 driving victories, while Brainard, seeking her second conditioning crown in a row and third overall, has 54 first-place credits…Top provision driver Truman Gale hiked his win total at the meet to 19 after a score behind Greg Robinson’s trotter Enlightened in Friday’s second race. The victory tied the 9-year-old gelding with Canouan and DL Cruiser at six for most local trotting tallies thus far in 2011. (Vernon Downs)
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