Vernon Downs pacer scores second open victory in row

VERNON — The pacer Diamond Stick Pin was a repeat winner in Saturday night’s $9,500 open feature at Vernon Downs.

With Claude Huckabone III steering for trainer Jessica Okusko, Diamond Stick Pin rallied from last place in the early going of the night’s sixth race by driving hard from fourth at the top of the stretch to nip the leading Restless Yankee by a nose in the 1:51.4 mile.

The win improved Diamond Stick Pin’s current record to three victories in seven starts and was the pacer’s 22nd lifetime tally.

The first-place finish was one of two on the evening for Huckabone, who also won with the Kenneth Daniels-owned pacer One More Day in race one.

Veteran reinsman Rick Plano, last season’s runner-up on both the driving and training charts at the Downs, also collected four wins during Saturday’s 12-race card. The 60-year-old Frankfort native won with the pacers Devil’s Bargain, Dynamic Rayzer, Joba Jovi and trotter Neon Dream.

Racing resumes at the Downs on Thursday at 6:55 p.m.