Day At The Track

John MacDonald gets his 4,000th career win

09:32 AM 25 Aug 2019 NZST
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Driver John MacDonald in honored in the winner's circle after scoring his 4,000th career win.
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John MacDonald drove his 4000th career harness racing winner at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 24).

John MacDonald from Pompano Beach, FL, came into Saturday night needing just one victory to reach 4000 driving wins for his career. He didn't waste anytime as he drove Temple Door ($3.00) to victory in the first race of the evening.

Temple Door is owned and trained by MacDonald. He did stop there he won three more on the night. His other wins came with Heavens Storm ($4.30), Brookdale Bruiser ($4.70), and Sapient Hanover ($7.70).

Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the $9,000 featured pace.

Bettor's Edge ($2.90) charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :25.3. He kept the fast pace going as he used a :27.4 second quarter to hit the half in :53.2. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) followed in the pocket and watched as Bettor's Edge led to three-quarters in 1:21.0.

Bettor's Edge, who is owned by trainer Lappe with Robert Santagata, withstood the late charge of second place finisher Dreams Beachboy to win in a seasonal best of 1:50.0. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr. finished third.

Bettor's Edge is a 10-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win this season and his 46th career victory.

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 30) starting at 6:10 p.m.

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by John Horne, for Vernon Downs




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