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Sheer Talent Leads Vernon Opener

Published: June 10, 2020 8:57 pm ET

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Sheer Talent ($13.20) won the $4,800 distaff pacing feature on Wednesday's (June 10) opening night card at Vernon Downs.

Under The Bus (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the front and put up fractions of :26.2, :56.3 and 1:26.2 while Sheer Talent sat in the pocket. In the stretch, Fern Paquet Jr. eased her out of the pocket, and they blew right by to win in 1:53.1. Under The Bus had to settle for second, and Ladyboss (Wally Hennessey) finished third.

Sheer Talent, a six-year-old Badlands Hanover mare owned by Bill Reepmeyer and trained by Bruce Lauer, now owns 13 career victories.

Howard Parker drove three winners on the night; Jimmy Whittemore, Fern Paquet Jr and Joe Nassimos all had driving doubles.

Vernon Downs enjoyed an opening night handle of $353,784.

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 11), with a 12-race card starting at 4 p.m.

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