Friday, May 28, 2010

Empire Breeders Classic Finals for Trotters Set for Monday at Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host the rich finals of the 2010 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) as part of a Memorial Day matinee card with a post time of 1:15 PM.

Colts and Geldings Division
The $235,900 EBC Final for sophomore trotting colts is led by Ray Schnittker’s entry of Big Stick Lindy and Shaq Is Back.

Those two were last week’s elimination winners, with Big Stick Lindy scoring the faster 1:55.4 victory and Shaq benefitting from the disqualification of Whata Winner to be placed first in 1:57.1.

A full field of nine competes in this, the sixth race on the day.

The Schnittker entry is favored on the morning line at 5-2. Schnittker will also drive Shaq is Back while Tim Tetrick comes in to drive Big Stick Lindy.

Whata Winner (Jim Doherty) is second choice at 7-2 with Stimulus (Daniel Dube) the third choice at 9-2.

Filly Division
The EBC fillies will chase a $234,900 prize and Impressive Kemp has emerged as a clear cut favorite in this test.

She has won both of her seasonal starts right here at Vernon and has yet to flare a nostril in the process.

Ron Pierce will drive for trainer Noel Daley.

Southwind Samurai is the other elim winner and leads the competition as the 5-2 morning line favorite. Pat Berry drives for trainer Bjorn Noren.

The Monday card is a strong one with five divisions of the Miracle Mile class pacers supporting the stakes.