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Sheer Talent nabs opening night feature at Vernon

June 10, 2020

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Sheer Talent (Fern Paquet Jr.) won the $4800 featured fillies & mares pace at Vernon Downs on opening night (June 10) after Under The Bus (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the front and put up all the early fractions (:26.2, :56.3, 1:26.2).

Sheer Talent ($13.20), who is owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer, sat in the pocket the whole way until they reached the stretch. She eased out of the pocket and blew right on by to win in a seasonal best of 1:53.1. Under The Bus had to settle for second while Ladyboss (Wally Hennessey) got third money.

Sheer Talent is a 6-year-old mare by Badlands Hanover. It was her third win this season and 13th of her career.

Howard Parker drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Tournament ($6.50), Double Dealing ($4.00), and Rosiemunn ($3.60).  

Jimmy Whittemore, Fern Paquet Jr, and Joe Nassimos all had driving doubles. Whittemore won with Love Live Laugh ($4.40), Cheek Please ($12.60),  Paquet's other win came with A Lister ($17.40).  Nassmos got wins with Angel Magic ($9.00), and Give Angel Credit ($153.00).

Vernon Downs had a first night handle of $353,784, the best in a very long time. Vernon Downs would like to thank everyone who participated.

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 11) with a 12-race card starting at 4p.m.

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