Vernon, NY — Discus Hanover (Truman Gale) and Northern Rein (Steeven Genois) won the co-featured $7,700 Open events at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 21).
Discus Hanover ($10.40) took advantage of a perfect trip to win the $7,700 Open Trot.
Credit List (Justin Huckabone) went straight to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2 as Discus Hanover tucked in the pocket. Credit List used a :30.1 second quarter to breeze to the half :57.3. Bourbon Express (Howard Okusko Jr.) was the first to make a move, going first-over around the final turn, but Credit List shook him off and maintained the lead to three-quarters in 1:26.4. As they reached the stretch, Discus Hanover popped the pocket, and the race was on. Discus Hanover blew right on by and won easily in 1:55.1. Jenny Lake (Steeven Genois) came up to get second; Credit List had to settle for third.
Discus Hanover is a 5-year-old gelding by Credit Winner owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst. It was his first win this season and 29th of his career.
Northern Rein ($7.60) won the $7,700 Open Pace.
Wind Blast (Justin Huckabone) put up early fractions of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:25.3. As they made the turn for home, Northern Rein made his move first-over and wore down second place finisher Wind Blast to win in a seasonal best of 1:52.3. Golden Gun (Barton Dalious) came charging late to finish a close third.
Northern Rein is a 7-year-old gelding by American Ideal owned by New York Standardbreds and trained by Kerin Warner. It was his third win this season and his 14th career victory.
Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 27) with a post time of 6:05 p.m. For more information, go to www.vernondowns.com.