J-Huck wins five including Open Trot at Vernon Downs


VERNON — Justin Huckabone added five more driving wins and three training wins at Vernon Downs on Saturday.

Huckabone steered Credit List ($4.20) to a victory in the $7000 Open Trot. The horse and driver were the first to the quarter in 28.1 seconds. Meadowbranch Rickey (Mike Merton) took over and led to the half in 57.2 seconds. Credit List came first up as they went around the final turn but Meadowbranch Rickey still had a short lead and led to three-quarters in 1:27.

As they made the turn for home it was all Credit List, winning easily in a seasonal best of 1:55.4. Spoiler Alert (Frank Affrunti) came up to finish second. Joxter (Dan Daley) finished third.

Credit List is a 7-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. He is trained by Huckabone for owner Jonathan Applebaum. It was his second win this season. He now owns 25 career victories.

Huckabone was just the driver for wins with Bet Big On Blue ($3.90) and Major Steel ($10.40). He was driver-trainer for wins with Da Boogie Man ($6.50) and Wind Blast ($2.70).

Chatelroll and driver Frank Affrunti charged to a late to win the $7,000 Open Pace.

Lyons Pegasus (Justin Huckabone) led to the first quarter in 26.2 seconds. Golden Gun (Jeff Sorenson) was along side as they went around the first turn. He wrestled the lead away just before hitting the half first in 54.3 seconds. Northern Rein (Chris Long) was the next to make a move and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4.

Chatelroll ($4.50) blew right on by to win in 1:51.4. Northern Rein had to settle for second. Frontier Rollo (Josh Kinney) was third.

Chatelroll is a 6-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. He is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by George Ducharme. He is one for one in 2022. He now has 22 career wins.

Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday with a post time of 6:05 p.m. For more information, go to www.vernondowns.com.


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