by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity
Rocks N Bagels (Rocknroll Hanover-Plant A Kiss) returned to her winning ways in the Thursday night feature at Vernon Downs with a purse of $9,500. Her last time out on May 29 was a disappointing fifth-place finish, but on Thursday, after trailing through the first half-mile, she rallied from last to score her fifth win in six starts at Vernon Downs this season. Rocks N Bagels (Aaron Byron) posted a final time of 1:52.2, but Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) set the early fractions of 26.1 for the quarter and 55.1 for the half. Market Dynamics (Rick Plano) made the first challenge to the leader and actually led into the stretch after three quarters in 1:24. Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.) attacked Market Dynamics after a first-over trip around the far turn, but Rocks N Bagels just charged past everyone in the lane to win going away. Rocks N Bagels is owned by Kelly Dawn Hope on Vernon, New York and trained by Jordan Hope. The complete order of finish for the Thursday feature was: Rocks N Bagels, Asset Management, Artic Byrd, Market Dynamics, and Love You Bye.
Live racing at Vernon Downs will resume on Friday night at 6:45pm with a 9-race program. The featured race on Friday is the 7th race, an Open Trot with a purse of $10,000. The 7-2 morning line favorite in that feature race is A Penny Earned, who drew post position number five.