Leon Bailey wins four including feature at Vernon

Vernon, NY — Leading driver Leon Bailey kept rolling along at Vernon Downs as he drove four more winners, including the $7,000 Open Trot with Jenny Lake, on Saturday (June 5).

Jenny Lake hung on to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. Fotowon photo.

Lucky June Bug (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :26.3 and would use a :29.2 second quarter to hit the half in :56. Jenny Lake made her move first over from third as they went around the final turn. Lucky June Bug still led to three-quarters in 1:24.3.

Jenny Lake battled with Lucky June Bug as they went down the stretch. She shook lose in deep stretch but had to brace for a late charge from second place finisher Credit List (Justin Huckabone) and third place finisher Majestic Fire (Alek Chartrand). Jenny Lake ($3.40) hung on to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4.

Jenny Lake is a 5-year-old mare by RC Royalty. She is owned by Carol Namiotka and Ed Namiotka Jr. while trained by Paul Minckler. She is two-for-two in 2021 and now has 19 career victories.

Bailey’s other wins came with Explosive Jet ($5.80), Heavens Storm ($3.70) and Jackie’s Express ($5.50).

Truman Gale drove three winners on the card. He got his wins with One After Nine ($7.80), Bet Big On Blue ($36.20) and Buckys Brat ($22.20).

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 11). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.

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