Day At The Track

Grand Slam for John MacDonald at Vernon

04:18 AM 09 Aug 2020 NZST
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Calvin B, harness racing Brookdale Bruiser, harness racing
Calvin B and driver Mitchell Cushing
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Brookdale Bruiser and driver John MacDonald
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Calvin B (Mitchell Cushing) takes the $4.400 harness racing featured pace and John MacDonald gets a grand slam at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 8)

In the feature Rock On Moe (Dan Daley) went to the front but Calvin B ($18.00) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. Twinsburg (Howard Parker) then took over heading for the backstretch and led to the half in :56.0. Calvin B made his move as Twinsburg hit three-quarters first in 1:24.0.

Calvin B went to the front as they reached the stretch. Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) came three-wide in deep stretch but Calvin B was too strong and won in 1:52.0. Twinsburg held on to finish second with Sgt Papa Daddy claiming third best.


Calvin B is a 10-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. He is owned by Delores Smiel and trained by Jimmy Nickerson. It was his first win in 2020. He now has 45 lifetime victories.

John MacDonald got his wins with Feelin Lucky ($16.40), Winery Hanover ($8.60), Notwithoutafight ($2.50) and Brookdale Bruiser ($5.70).

Howard Parker leads all drivers with 26 wins. Jimmy Whittemore is second with 24 driving victories. John MacDonald finds himself in third place with 21 tallies. Leon Bailey (19) and Roman Lopez (12) round out the top five.

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 14) at 3 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Vernon Downs


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