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Sgt Papa Daddy Takes Vernon Feature

Published: June 23, 2019 12:08 am ET

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Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captured the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday, June 22.

Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4. Bay Rum went first over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1.

Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, moved to the outside at the top of the stretch. He battled back and forth with Bay Rum down the stretch but was too strong and overtook Bay Rum in deep stretch to win in 1:52.2. Skip Jive came flying late to finish second. Electrofire took third.

Sgt Papa Daddy is a five-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was win No. six in 2019. He went to the winner's circle for the 26th time in his career.

John MacDonald, Howard Parker, and Roman Lopez each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald got his other wins with Deaks Sweetie Pie ($4.20), and Northern Express ($2.90). Parker won with Ameriore ($5.20), Chatelroll ($3.20), and Golden Brit ($4.40). Lopez finished first with Quiet Heiress ($12.40), White Mountain Top ($13.00), and Samson J ($4.40).

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday, June 28 with a post time of 6:10 p.m.

(with files from Vernon Downs)

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