by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity
Table Games (Bettor's Delight-Macks Table) won the $4,700 feature race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night. Longshot Kylers Valentine (Chris Lems) took the lead from the outside post position at the outset of the feature and led the way through the opening quarter of 27 seconds. That lead was short-lived, however, as Air Miles Hanover (John Macdonald) assumed the lead past the half-mile mark, which was covered in 56.4. At this point, Table Games (Roman Lopez) moved smartly on the outside to grab the advantage on the final turn. She led the way past three-quarters in 1:25. Table Games opened up a lead of two lengths through the stretch and held off a late charge from closer That's My Dream (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:53.3. The less than even-money favorite in the race, Bad Girl Vegas, was never really a threat and ended up fifth after racing in mid-pack throughout the mile.
The complete order of finish was: Table Games, That's My Dream, Kylers Valentine, Steuben Ruthless, Bad Girl Vegas, Lady Alice, Air Miles Hanover, and Got The Munchies.
Table Games is owned by Samuel Serianni of Vernon, New York and Edmund Namiotka Jr. of Baldwinsville, New York. Serianni doubles as the trainer.
Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 10-race program. The first race is the feature, a $10,000 Open I Trot, with a field of seven. The 5-2 morning-line favorite is My Revenuer, scheduled to be driven by John Macdonald. My Revenuer has finished second in three of his last four starts at Vernon Downs. Post time is 6:45pm.