Three-time winners at VD
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A trio of trotters became three-time winners at Vernon Downs on Thursday night, including Scorpion Moon, who captured the week’s Open handicap test.
The track’s leading dash-winner Josh Marks did the teaming for trainer Tracy Brainard in the $8,500 featured ninth race as Scorpion Moon steamed to a front-striding 1:58.4 triumph on a rain soaked track labeled \"sloppy.\" It was the third straight local tally for the 6-year-old gelding, who defeated Theater Production by two lengths. The bay son of Armbro Scorpion has now posted five wins and banked $22,635 in 11 current appearances for owner Gerard Stuchbury.
Rio Bravo Hall, owned by the Purple Haze Stables, became the meet’s first three-time winning high-stepper with a 1:59.4 tally in Thursday’s $3,675 seventh race, and then Angie Blue Chip, registered to Fred Monteleone and Sal Promuto, became the second member of the diagonal gait to turn the trick in the $4,725 eighth event.
Devil’s Delight (Ruel “Dude” Goodblood Jr. driving) delivered the fastest mile of the night, a 1:55.4 pacing performance for trainer Jim Graham and his ownership partners Ron Viola and Dave Venniro in Thursday’s $4,725 10th test.