VERNON — Brookdale Bruiser hung on to win the featured pace at Vernon Downs on Monday, Sept. 2.
Brookdale Bruiser jumped out of the gate and looked like he was going to win easily as they hit mid-stretch. Jet Rock (Howard Okusko Jr.) found an opening in the stretch and came flying up but Brookdale Bruiser braced for the late charge and held on to win by a quarter-length in 1:53. Jet Rock had to settle for second. Tempster Hanover finished third.
Brookdale Bruiser is owned by the J P Stables and trained by John MacDonald. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe.
It was his seventh win this season. He now has 15 career victories.
Young driver Dylan Huckabone-Miller won the first two races on the afternoon. The 18-year-old, who drove his first career winner a day after he graduated from high school, went from last to first with Nubble Light to win race one.
He took Dream Of Fortune to the winner’s circle in race two. It was his first career driving double. Both winners are trained by his father Claude Huckabone III. Joe Nassimos drove two winners on the afternoon as well. He got wins with Golden Brit and The Band K.
Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:10 p.m.
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