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Fly Jesse Fly equaled Northfield Park's harness racing track record for five-and-up trotting geldings when he won the $19,000 Open Trot in 1:53.2 on Sunday (September 2). The mark was previous held by both Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) in 2016 and Cimeronken (Aaron Merriman) in 2018. Jim Otto of Jefferson, Ohio trains and co-owns the trotter with Robert Sidley of Painesville, Ohio. Chris Lems was in the sulky for the winning drive. Fly Jesse Fly (Jailhouse Jesse-Flying Rae-Pegasus Spur) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :26.4, :55.3, 1:24 and 1:53.2, besting his competition by 2 ¼-lengths. Fly Jesse Fly now has six wins in 21 starts this year. Sunday's victory represents his 21st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $410,445. He returned $10.00 to win. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

Dreams Beachboy with harness racing driver Chris Lems in the sulky would be victorious in the Vernon Downs featured pace ($9,000) on Saturday (October 21). Dreams Beachboy (Somebeachsomewhere), who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Gates Brunet, would takes over just before three-quarters. the 5 year-old gelding found another gear and won by four lengths in 1:50.1. Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) finished second with Let Foal Around (Harry Landy) getting third. Dreams Beachboy ($6,10), won for the sixth time this year while picking up career win number 18. Lems would also get wins with Galows Nightmare($12.80), and Maceiver ($5.40) Fox Valley Cadet (Leon Bailey) would win for the fifth straight time at the Miracle Mile. Owned and trained by Harris O'Brien, the 5 year-old blew them away in the stretch winning by five lengths in 1:52.4 and paying $4.10 for the victory. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (October 26), with leg number five of the Kindergarten Classic, featuring all 2 year-old classes. The 10 race card starts at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Gimme The Cash (Chris Lems) wins the harness racing featured trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs Saturday night (October 14). Lems wins four on the night. Gimme The Cash (Cash Hall) sprinted to the front right out of the gate, playing catch me if you can. Owned by William Ballard Mdacs and trained by Angus Mac Donald, the 6 year-old mare would put up all the fractions, :28.3, :58.0, 1:27.1, 1:56.0. ABC Crown Me Queen (John MacDonald) would follow in the pocket the whole way but had no answer in the stretch finishing third. Ulysses Bi (Truman Gale) came up late to finish second. Gimme The Cash ($2.90) picked up win number four on the season and career victory number 17. Lems would win three others on the night. First win came with Mansome ($2.90). His second victory was with Stubble Trouble ($5.80). His last win came after the feature with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($11.20). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Sunday night (October 15). It features eight Excelsior "A" finals for a combined purse of $360,000. All part of a 14 race card that starts at 6:45. For more information go www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) wins the fillies and mares harness racing featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 13). Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) would put up all the fractions, :27.1, :57.0, 1:25.2, 1:53.1. Owned by Melissa Beckwith with Thomas Mc Tygue and trained by Andy Gardner, the 7 year-old mare would hold off the charge by the big favorite Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) and Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore). Those two would end up in a dead heat for second. Bye Bye Michelle ($7.10) would win for the seventh time this season and for the 32nd time in her career.   Lems would win two more on the night. He would win with Give Angel Credit (Credit Winner) in 1:55.3, paying $32.60. His other victory came with Fox Valley Photog (Vaporize) getting the mile in 1:57.3 while paying $11.20.   Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (October 14) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45 p.m.   For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs          

Calvin B (Chris Lems) would capture the harness racing featured Open Pace ($11,400) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 7). The favorite Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take the lead just before the first quarter. Putting up early fractions :26.1, :55.3. Calvin B (Bettor's Delight), who is owned by Delores Smiel and trained by Heidi Rohr, went first over and took control just before three-quarters. He would put them away in the stretch to win in 1:50.0. Geez Joe (Atlee Bender) would charge late and come up to finish second. Dreams Beachboy (Jimmy Whittemore) would take third. Calvin B ($10.80) would win for the seventh time this season and won for the 28th time in his career. Lems would also get a win with Mac's Black Hat ($4.60). Leading driver John MacDonald would win three on the night. He got victories with Cam's Lucky Sam ($2.60), A Fool For Mark ($2.80), and Yule Love It ($10.00). Live Action returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 13) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

JK Panache and harness racing driver Chris Lems go gate to wire to win the $7,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 26). JK Panache (Art Major) would charge out of the gate and control all the times, :27.1, :56.0, 1:23.2, 1:51.0. The 7 year-old who is owned by Phiilip Hale and Trainer David Dewhurst, would be tough in the stretch holding off the late charge of Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald). Oh My Joepa would finish second with Calvin B (Truman Gale) finishing third. JK Panache ($3.10) would win for the seventh time this season. He would notch his 53rd win. Truman Gale and Jimmy Whittemore would each win a couple on the night. Gale would first win with The Time To Win ($2.90). Winning easily by six lengths in 1:54.4. His second win was with Stonebridge Bonus ($11.60) in 1:54.0. Whittemore went to the winners circle with Skip Jive ($12.20), who won in 1:52.4. His second win was with Arsenal ($5.80) in 1:52.3 Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

It's A Miracle (Chris Lems) wins the harness racing Fillies and Mares Open ($9500) at Tioga Downs on Thursday (August 24). All Charged Up (John MacDonald) would jump out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :26.3. It's A Miracle (Always A Virgin) who is owned by Victor Finochiarro and trained by Jordon Hope, would go first over and blow right by to take over and control all the rest of the fractions :56.1, 1:24.4, 1:52.1. All Charged Up (Ponder) would finish second. Regal Roxy (Shawn McDonough) gets third. It's A Miracle ($6.90) would win for the ninth time this season. The 7 year-old mare would win for the 31st time in her career. "Lemsy" would win two others on the night. His first win was with the second time starter Lady Dudette (Bettor's Delight-Luxury Goods). The freshman filly would win in 1:56.2 and pay 3.20. His other win was with Teezer Bree ($21.00). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 25) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third. JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins. The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose. Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win. His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs        

It's A Miracle (Chris Lems) goes gate-to-wire to capture the harness racing fillies and mares Open Pace ($9,500) on Thursday night (August 17) at Vernon Downs. It's A Miracle (Always A Virgin) would charge out to the front and never look back. Owned by Victor Finocchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, she would put up the fractions :25.4, :54.3, 1:23.1, 1:51.1. The betting favorite , Tataria (Truman Gale), would follow the whole way. She would come out of the pocket but could not gain and settled for second. Better Said (Leon Bailey)would finish third. It's A Miracle ($5.30) would win for the seventh time this season and get her 30th career win. Chris Lems would win three more on the night. He would win with She'snobeachboy (Dave Panione), who would fire late to win in 1:53.3 and pay $8.60. "Lemsy" would win his second of the night with first time starter, the 2 year-old Waitin On Katie (Art Major-Catch Me Katie), in 1:58.3. She would pay $10.60 for the victory. His last win was with Nower Power (Power Play), who would hit the finish line in 1:57.4. Paying $6.90 for the victory. Vernon Downs returns on Friday (August 18) for their biggest night of the season. The 12 race card features the Zweig Memorial for 3 year-old trotting fillies ($135,000) and the Zweig Memorial for sophomore colt trotters ($320,000). Also on the card is three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing colts. Starting time is 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

The last time Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty) raced at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the George Ducharme trainee got away last in a mile that would be trotted in 1:54 by Ron Burke's Gural Hanover. In that start, Wings Of Royalty made a brief break approaching the half but still ended up finishing fourth after a late surge. Following that start, the five year old trotter finished second in a track record performance by Gural Hanover at Plainridge before competing in and making a break in the $303,050 Cashman Memorial Trot at the Meadowlands. On Tuesday night, it was back to the Spa for Wings Of Royalty who would be the 6-5 betting favorite in the $18,000 Open Trot. Chris Lems was in to drive the talented trotter who was moved out to the early lead. Behind matching halves of 57 seconds, Wings Of Royalty stopped the timer in 1:54 matching Gural Hanover's effort as the fastest of the year for any trotter at Saratoga. The time also serves as a new track record for an aged trotting horse at the Spa. Up The Alley (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket and finished second in the Open while last week's Open winner Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. Wings Of Royalty has now earned over $628,000 in 53 lifetime starts by way of 17 career victories. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with NY Sire Stakes action featured. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

In The Clear (Chris Lems) rallies to take the Vernon Downs harness racing featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday Night (July 29). The big favorite Dreams Beachboy (John MacDonald) would take the early lead and hit the first quarter in :26.0. Big Game (Josh Kinney) would give a lot of lot of pressure forcing a :53.3 half. After they burned each other out, Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:22.0. In The Clear (Western Ideal), who is owned by Victor Finocchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, would then go on by and take over at the top of the stretch and hold off the late charge of Tundra (Truman Gale) to win in 1:51.1. Tundra (Cam's Card Shark) would have to settle for second best. Skip Jive (Rock N Roll Heaven) was third. In The Clear ($8.90) would win for the fifth time this season and winning for the 17th time in his career with a lifetime best of 1:51.1. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a nine race card on Thursday (August 3) at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Little Santamonica with harness racing driver Chris Lems in the bike takes the Fillies and Mares featured pace ($9,500) on Saturday night (July 22) at Vernon Downs. The 9 year-old Little Steven mare, who is owned by Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordan Hope, went right to the front and put up the fractions of :26.4, :56.1, 124:2, 151.0 to go gate-to-wire. Tataria (Truman Gale) would follow the leader all the way around the track. Little Santamonica ($4.70) looked vulnerable at the top of the stretch, when Tataria (second) came out of the pocket and charged at him. Little Santamonica was just too tough in the stretch coming home in :26.3. She would win for the ninth time this season and post her 54th career victory. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) finished third. Chris Lems who is second only to John Macdonald in driving wins, would also get a gate-to-wire win with Mac's Black Hat ($4.80). Lems now has 56 wins on the season. MacDonald, who has 64 wins, would match him with two wins on the night. Macdonald would first lead Coopers Beach ($3.20) to the winner's circle. His second win was with Fox Valley Photog ($2.70). Vernon Downs returns to action on Thursday, with an eight race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- In what looked to be a showdown between three previous winners in the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old filly pacers, Betterthangraduate turned it into a blow out by destroying her competition in 1:57.1, the fastest of the three $36,000 (approx.) harness racing divisions at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 16).   Betterthangraduate had to battle Walk From Heaven and Twin B Peaches who each had successful debuts in Vernon Down on July 7. But only one was going to come out with bragging rights and that was Betterthangraduate (Chris Lems) who easily beat Twin B Peaches by a comfortable 3-1/2 lengths.   In the other two legs ,Ubettergo Go was sent off at 1-to-9 odds and she responded like a heavy favorite should by romping to an easy two length victory over American Myth in 1:57.2 while Another Lawsuit got a perfect trip and pounced on the opportunity late to nip the pace-setting Kim's The Best by a neck in 1:57.3.   Fresh off a 1:55 victory in the Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs, Betterthangraduate made it two straight victories with a gate-to-wire journey around the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval. With fractions of 29.2, 59.2 and 1:28.2, Bettergraduate only received a minor challenge in the last panel from Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) but it wasn't nearly enough. Princess Dalia (Marcus Miller) took the show position.   Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) has now won twice in three career starts for trainer Ron Burke, putting $35,658 in the bank. She is co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Silva Purnel & Libby, Pete Collura and Weaver Bruscemi.   Ubettergo Go is also undefeated in her two New York Sire Stakes races. She had no issues in trouncing the field that was scratched down to five due as Classy Chris and Azreal As It Gets were excused due to illness.   With fractions of 29.8, 59.4 and 1:29.4, Ubettergo Go ($2.10) breezed to the wire while American Myth (Dan Rawlings) and Pleasant Beauty (Marcus Miller) finished in second and third respectively.   Co-owned by trainer Blake MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) increased her seasonal bankroll to $31,858.   Another Lawsuit (Jim Morrill Jr.) sprung a $14.00 surprise in the opening division as she made a last gasp effort from the pocket to push past the pace-setting Kim's The Best. Sand Artist (Marcus Miller) took the third place check.   Owned by Carl Stackheim and trained by Nicholas DeVita, it was the first win in two starts for Another Lawsuit (American Ideal-Court Stenographer).   In the Excelsior A Series, KJ's Bekah zoomed around the track in 1:58.2 to register the $3.00 victory for Jamieson to highlight the three $15,000 classifications. Never Walk Alone produced a huge $66.50 upset in 2:00.0 with Chris Lems in the sulky while KJ's Justine (Brett Miller) notched a popular $2.30 decision in 2:00.1.   Jericho Diva (Monti) produced the fastest time in the Excelsior B Series with a 1:58.2 time and returned $2.70 for the win. Surreal Feeling uncorked a $22.00 shocker in 2:00.2 for Marcus Miller while Pasta Blue Chip (Jamieson) took the final $6,600 bracket with a 2:00.1 trip that returned $3.50.   Jamieson finished the afternoon with three wins with Lems, Monti and Marcus Miller getting doubles. Toscano and MacIntosh had a pair of training victories.   There was a mishap during the Excelsior A Series, the fourth race on the card. Drivers Larry Stalbaum and Morrill Jr. were involved with both being taken off their remaining rides on the card. Only Stalbaum was taken to the Erie County Medical Center to be evaluated. The filly pacers Eazy Spreezy and Tell Me A Joke both appeared to be uninjured.   The final week of the 2017 season will begin on Wednesday night with 10 races scheduled. There's a $882 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) wins the Trot feature ($9,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, WIngs Of Royalty (Rc Royalty) would fly out of the gate and control all the fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.4. The 7 year-old horse would pay $2.70 for the win. Winning for the 17th time in his career. Winding Hill (Jimmy Wittemore was second with Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) getting third. John MacDonald and Chris Lems continue to slug it out for driver title. MacDonald was shutout tonight but leads with 54 wins for the season. Chris Lems added three wins to his total tonight. He also won with Mittnage A Trois ($4.00) and Gimme The Cash ($3.70) . That gives him 52 for the seasom. Jimmy Wittemore is a distant 3rd with 28. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne

Harness racing driver Chris Lems would win the first four races at Vernon Downs Saturday night, then he won the nightcap to win five out of nine on the first day of July. Lems would win the opener with Stick With Me Kid ($2.40). Stick With Me Kid would win gate-to-wire winning by six lengths in 1:53.1. Lems would then win the co-feature, Fillies and Mares Open ($9,500) with It's A Miracle ($13.60). The 7-year-old mare by Always A Virgin who is owned by Victor Finncchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, would take the lead before the half. Tataria (Truman Gale) would take over the lead at the top of the stretch and Drea's Good Powow (John Macdonald) would make it three across the track. Somehow It's A Miracle would battle back and win at the wire in 1:51.0. Tataria was second with Drea's Good Powow gettin third. "Lemsy" would win his thrid straight with Neon Lights ($3.60) easily in 1:56.2. He would then capture his fourth in a row guiding Lipstick Taser ($4.00) to victory in 1:51.3. Lems would have to wait until race nine to capture his fifth driving Vodka And Lindy ($2.30) to an easy gate-to-wire win in 1:56.1. Wind Of The North (Jeff Long) would win the co-featured Trot ($9,500) on Saturday night. Sweet Thing (Chris Lems) would take charge after the first quarter and lead to the stretch. Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) would go first over and battle Sweet Thing in mid-stretch. Somehow Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall) who is owned by Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck while trained by Long squeezed through to win in 1:53.0. Wind Of The North paid $3.00 for the win. Sweet Thing finished second with Prairie Fortune getting third. Vernon Downs returns with racing on Tuesday (July 4) at 6 p.m. ending with fireworks. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne

Chris Lems would rack up four wins on Friday including the Fillies & Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) with Little Santamonica (Little Steven). Owned by Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordan Hope, the 9-year-old mare would go gate-to-wire in 1:51.1. Little Santamonica ($2.80) never had a tense moment as she won her 53rd career victory. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would follow the whole way to finish second. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) was a distant third. Lems would begin the night getting the first race victory with 2-year-old first time starter Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass). Clive Bigsby ($3.80) would take over right before the top of the stretch and win easily by four lengths in 1:58.1. Missus Mia Wallace (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second with Ladydini (Howard Okusko Jr,.) getting third. "Lemsy" would also get a win driving Without A Clue ($18.20) going gate to wire in 1:54.4, just holding off the late charge by Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil). Walk The Floor (Angus Mac Donald) was third. Lems got his other win during race number eight with He's Gone ($3.80) running past Atoastandcaviar (John MacDonald) in 1:55.1. Jackson's Gold (Jimmy Wittemore) was third. Vernon Downs returns to live racing Saturday night (June 24) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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