Vernon, NY — Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) and Tempster Hanover (Howard Parker) each captured the $5,000 co-featured pacing events at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 20).
In the first of two co-features it was Western Toro (John MacDonald) to the front controlling all the early fractions (:26.3, :57.0, 1:25.4). Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) popped out of the pocket and challenged Western Toro for the lead as they reached the stretch.
Sweet Deisel ($25.40), who is trained by Dan Daley for owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, and Crawford Farms Racing, would go three-wide in the stretch. It would turn into a two-horse race in deep stretch between Golden Gun and Sweet Deisel. In the end, Sweet Deisel was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Golden Gun had to settle for second. Western Toro held on to finish third.
Sweet Deisel is a 3-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. It was his fourth win this season and his sixth career win.
Tempster Hanover ($14.20) romped in the second feature.
Daliocity (Ben McNeil) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Tempster Hanover then zoomed right by hitting the half in :55.4 and three quarters in 1:24.0. He is owned by Riley Asher-Staulbaum and trained by Misty Carey. When they hit the stretch it was all over. The 9-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere won by five lengths in 1:51.3. Come Get The Cash (John MacDonald) came up late to finish a distant second. Rocknrollroyalty (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was third.
Tempster Hanover won for the second time this season and now has 29 career victories.
Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (July 25). Post time is 6:10 p.m.
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