Keystone Tenacious, Dewey Arnold win co-feature races at Vernon Downs


VERNON — The winners of Saturday’s co-feature races at Vernon Downs were Keystone Tenacious (and driver Mike Merton) and Dewey Arnold (and driver Truman Gale).

Keystone Tenacious won the $7,000 Open Pace.

Northern Rein had a short lead but Lyons Pegasus took control just before hitting the first quarter first in 26.1 seconds. He used a 29-second second quarter and led to the half in 55.1 seconds. Northern Rein came first up and battled Lyons Pegasus around the final turn.  Lyons Pegasus had the lead to three-quarters in 1:24.

As they made the turn for home Northern Rein took a short-lived lead away but Keystone Tenacious came flying down the stretch and blew right on by and get the easy win in 1:51.2. Lyons Pegasus rallied back to get second. Northern Rein had to settle for third.

Keystone Tenacious is a 7-year-old gelding by So Surreal. He is trained by Keven Reynolds Jr. for owners Anthony Sromovski and Kevin Reynolds. It was his first win of 2022. He has 19 career victories.

Dewey Arnold wins $7,000 Open Trot for fourth in a row.

Credit List grabbed the early lead and led to the quarter in 27.2 seconds. Dewey Arnold made his move heading down the backstretch.  He led to the half in 56.2 seconds and to three-quarters in 1:25.4.

As they reached the stretch, he spent up to an easy win in a seasonal best of 1:54.1. Credit List held for second. Spoiler Alert received third money.

Dewey Arnold is a 4-year-old gelding by Deweycheatumnhowe. He is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst. It was his fourth win in a row. He now has reached the winner’s circle 18 times in his career.

Frank Affrunti had three driving wins and Jeff Sorenson had three training wins on the card.

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