Stirling Cadet best in Vernon opening feature
April 23, 2016
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After a quick pace did him in the week prior at Saratoga, Stirling Cadet ($4.90) found a change in venue and the cut back to a mile welcome, as he turned in a dominating 1:53.2 effort in Friday evening's featured $9,000 Open Trot on Vernon Downs's inaugural program of 2016.
Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time with the 5-year-old Conway Hall gelding, seizing command from Pocket Trip (Fern Paquet Jr.) through a :28.1 initial quarter. After a :56.3 middle half, Stirling Cadet edged clear of his five rivals while in hand, amassing 6 1/2 lengths of separation before he reached the winning post. Pocket Trip held sway for second, while A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) made a mild bid off the far turn to capture third.
Jackie Rousse trains 22-time winner Stirling Cadet for the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC and Janie Martin.
The featured win capped a treble for Whittemore on the 12-race card. Chris Lems also recorded three driving wins on the evening. Angus MacDonald led all trainers with two wins. (Vernon Downs)