Vivid Photo, Armbro Dancer score
August 17, 2007
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Vivid Photo lowered the all-time track trotting record at Vernon Downs to 1:52.1, and Armbro Dancer trimmed two-fifths of a second off the track\'s overall 54-year-old pacing yardstick with her 1:50.1 score, in stakes action on Thursday night.
The 2005 Hambletonian winner, Vivid Photo lowered Vernon’s all-age trotting standard by winning the $154,000 Credit Winner challenge, while Armbro Dancer\'s electrifying 1:50.1 effort came in the $124,000 Artiscape contest.
Part-owner, trainer Roger Hammer drove Vivid Photo to the victory over the track rated \"good\" due to a late afternoon thunderstorm. They took control of the mile after a :26.2 opening quarter, then powered on to a 5-1/4 length victory. It was the fourth score in nine starts this year for Vivid Photo.
The time not only eclipsed Enough Talk’s 1:53.3 (4-year-old mare’s) former all-age record, but it also demolished the 1:55.1 mark for aged trotting geldings. Todd Schadel also shares ownership of Vivid Photo, a 5-year-old son of S J’s Photo, who now sports career winnings of more than $2.5 million.
In a post-race winner’s circle interview following the exciting effort, Hammer said that first-place money was his top priority, not the track record. “I was definitely going for the money, but I got the track record, too,” Hammer exclaimed. “Vivid Photo is a good horse. He shrugs off his aches and pains and gives you his best effort every time he hits the track. I had a good hold on him to the quarter, but he wanted to trot on, so I let him and he came home strong. I couldn’t be more pleased.”
In a similar mile, Armbro Dancer flashed up to first following a :27 opening panel and held sway the rest of the way en route a 3-1/4 length triumph in the eighth event, her third straight score and fourth in nine current appearances. Fresh from a career-best 1:49.3 victory in the $212,200 Golden Girls Pace at the Meadowlands in late July, the 4-year-old daughter of Blissful Hall raised her lifetime earnings to $780,907 for owner Louie Camara.
Armbro Dancer bettered Vernon’s former 1:50.3 all-age standard, established by the then 3-year-old Oye Vay in 1996, and it shattered the 1:51.2 mark for 4-year-old mares, set by Bunny Lake in 2002.
Ron Pierce drove Armbro Dancer to the victory. “(Trainer) Jimmy (Takter) has done a great job getting Armbro Dancer back in top flight form,” Pierce pointed out. “She’s really sharp right now, and seems to be getting better with every start.”
The Credit Winner Trot was sponsored by Blue Chip Farms, while the Artiscape Pace was backed by Brittany Farms and the Artiscape Syndicate. (Vernon Downs)