Vernon, NY – Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) captured the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (Oct. 11).
First Call (Homer Hochstetler) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She used a second quarter of :29.4 to lead to a half of :57.3. Majestic Fire ($6.40) started to make his move as they headed for the half. He got to within a half length as First Call was first to three-quarters in 1:27.
Majestic Fire, who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, went side-by-side with First Call all the way down the stretch. Majestic Fire muscled on hitting the wire in 1:55.2. First Call had to settle for second. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) was third best.
Majestic Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. It was his eighth win this season. He now has 14 career victories.
Jennifer Lappe was trainer-driver for three winners on the night. She won with Here Comes Numbers ($17.60), Super Betcha ($5.60), and Multitaskr Hanover ($9). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles. MacDonald won with Lunar Stride ($10.40), and Kabu ($12.20). Huckabone III went to the winner’s circle with Frisky Joe ($10.20), and Art Angel Baby ($10.80).
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (Oct. 12) with a 13-race card starting at 6:10 p.m.
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