by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity
Southwind Trini won the Thursday $9,500 feature at Vernon Downs with Jim Marohn Jr. in the bike. Southwind Trini settled in third behind a battle for the lead between Market Dynamics and Love You Bye entering the first turn. After a 26-second quarter mile, Southwind Trini moved to the outside and went to the front early in the backstretch. She then led the field the rest of the way, past the half in 55 seconds and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Artic Byrd made a challenge on the far turn, but after Marohn gave Southwind Trini mild urging at the top of the stretch, she pulled away and coasted to a three-length win in 1:51.4. Artic Byrd did outlast Market Dynamics for second. The remainder of the order was Asset Management, Upfront Secret, and Love You Bye.
Southwind Trini is owned by Karma Racing Inc. of Parkland, Florida and trained by Rob Harmon. It is interesting to note that the full set of connections also had the winner in the tenth and final race with Miss Sparta. These two victories made up the late Daily Double that paid $9.40
Live racing resumes on Friday night with a 10-race program starting at 6:45pm. Please note that the Saturday post time at Vernon Downs has been changed to 6pm, as opposed to the normal starting time of 6:45pm. Vernon Downs will be giving away commemorative California Chrome posters while supplies last on Saturday, as well as $2 win wagers. Both giveaways will start at 5pm on Saturday.