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The favorite Eagle Hilarious went from last to first before winning Thursday night's $10,000 featured first race at Vernon Downs in 1:53. Leaving from the outside sixth spot against five quick-footed rivals in the week's harness racing feature for female pacers, Eagle Hilarious ($5.20) advanced patiently from last at the quarter. The 7-year-old mare was fifth entering the stretch and then closed rapidly from fourth in the final sixteenth (final split in :27.1) to defeat the mile-cutting By All Means by a neck.

He might be only 16 but New York High School Student Justin Huckabone has started his lifetime quest to make a name for himself in harness racing. The son of veteran horseman Claude Huckabone, Jr. and brother of driver-trainer Claude Huckabone, III, set out on his career with a second and a third on his very first day at qualifying trials at Vernon Downs last weekend (June 11).

Eagle Hilarious took to Vernon Downs' 7/8ths-mile-track in speedy and impressive fashion, posting a 1:52.3 career-best harness racing triumph in Thursday night's (June 16) $6,000 featured ninth event.

The Saratoga ship-in Russ N Us finished like a whirlwind to capture Friday night's $10,000 harness racing featured tenth race at Vernon Downs.

PW Ivory Grin and Vacation Day shared the spotlight during Friday night's harness racing program at Vernon Downs. PW Ivory Grin ($119.50) gained a career-best 1:54.4 upset victory in the season's final Miracle Mile-1 test for female pacers, while Vacation Day ($55.00) delivered a 1:56 triumph in the last MM-1 trotting clash of Vernon's 57th season.

Touch Of The Past won the $10,800 featured eight event, while 36-year-old local harness racing horseman Claude Huckabone, III achieved his 2,000th career driving victory during Saturday night's 10-race program at Vernon Downs.

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