My Cousin Vinnie snapped a 46-race losing streak dating back to October 30. 2016, overcoming a first-over journey for driver George Napolitano Jr. to win in 1:57.1. The six-year-old Yankee Glide gelding defeated three older horses, three contemporaries, and two relative yutes by 2½ lengths for trainer Karen Fread and Fread Stables LLC. My Cousin Vinnie wasn’t totally unproductive during his winless skein – he had four seconds and seven thirds, and earned $28,073 between victories.
Two $30,000 contests in the Great Northeast Open Series (GNOS) promise excellent racing at The Downs on Sunday evening. In the mares pace, Shartin N looks to rebound from a fourth-place finish in the Golden Girls Pace as she takes on Diva’s Image, who was a 31-1 upsetter in the Golden Girls, and Tequila Monday, a 1:49.4 winner in series competition last week at Philly. In the open trot, Homicide Hunter is the likely choice as he looks to extend his current win streak of five, which includes three GNOS events.