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Plano Wins Six Saturday At Vernon

Published: October 14, 2012 12:46 am ET

Last Comment: October 14, 2012 8:19 pm ET | 1 Comment(s) | Jump to Comments

Leading driver and trainer Rick Plano, plus the pacer Pacinello, were standout performers during Saturday night’s 13-race program at Vernon Downs.

Plano, who completed the three-night weekend with 10 first-place finishes -- six of them during Saturday’s program -- piloted the favourite Pacinello ($5) to a front-striding 1:50.4 victory in Saturday’s $11,000 fifth race feature.

Facing six select rivals in the week’s Open Handicap for proponents of the lateral gait, Pacinello provided splits of :26.1, :55.1, and 1:23.2 on a cold and damp central New York evening before defeating the fast-closing Restless Yankee by one length.

The bold-going tally marked the fourth win locally in 2012 for the quick-footed six-year-old son of Little Steven-Princess Kiara, his fifth this season and his 32nd all-time. The lifetime winner of $335,735 is owned by the D&E Racing Inc. contingent.

Plano went on to secure five additional scores during Saturday’s slate, including a 1:52.3 victory with his wife’s (Maryann) pacer Hay Goodlooking in the program’s sixth session, the $6,000 Winner’s Over Pace.

Plano also won with the pacers Dutchtreat Hanover (1:53.2), Special Strides (1:52), Split Ticket (1:55) and Jazz Band (1:51.4) to tie noted reinsmen Tim Tetrick and Jim Morrill Jr. at six for most wins on a single program at the seven-month meet.

Plano also finished in a dead-heat for win with the pacer Nukes Flash in Saturday’s fourth race, but was found guilty of a Eurorail violation (getting a sulky wheel inside of a pylon in the final turn) and placed to second by the judges in a 1:54.1 mile that went to the Brian Connor-steered Sodys Tufftrifecta.

With eight programs remaining in the track’s 59th season, the 60-year-old Frankfort-native tops all drivers with 142 first-place finishes, and all trainers with 74 tallies. He is the current leader in driving doubles (17), triples (15), four-win cards (five) and tied with Morrill Jr. at two in five-victory performances. He’s also tops in “2:00” drives with 141.

Connor collected his fourth driving triple of the meet on Saturday, while driver Tyler Freese chalked up a pair of first-place finishes during the track’s 82nd program.

(Vernon Downs)

October 14, 2012 - 8:19 pmWay to go RP!!!

Tim Twaddle SAID...

Way to go RP!!!

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