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Vernon, N.Y. -- Over sloppy going and amid windy conditions, the California-bred Little Santamonica ($9.40) parried a stiff first-over challenge from Pancakes (Jimmy Whittemore) en route to a 1:54.3 harness racing victory in Wednesday (October 28) evening's featured $7,000 top-level conditioned pace for mares at Vernon Downs.   Frank Davis sent the 7-year-old Little Steven mare right to the front from the extreme outside, crossing and clearing all six rivals through a :27.1 initial quarter. On the backstretch, Little Santamonica slowed the pace a bit, but was joined by 4.6-1 fourth choice Pancakes near the completion of a :56.4 half. The two dueled for the entirety of a :28.4 third sectional, but Little Santamonica maintained the upper hand, edging clear off the corner. Pocket rival and lukewarm 2.4-1 favourite Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) chased stoutly to hold second as Pancakes faded through the stretch, but she could only close to within 1-1/4 lengths of Little Santamonica.   Owner Jordan Hope also handles the training duties of Little Santamonica.   Leading driver John MacDonald kept his spot atop the standings intact with four wins on the evening's 10-race card, prevailing with Peanutbutternhoney ($34.60, 1:57), Northern Beauty ($2.30, 1:55), E R Rhonda ($2.40, 1:55.2), and Socks and Shuzy ($6.20, 1:57.1).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 30) evening, with the first of 10 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Both aided by live cover through the far turn, Asset Management ($11.80) and Table Games ($22.40) charged past 8-5 favourite The Filly Princess in the final yards of Friday (August 28) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned distaff pace at Vernon Downs--and they hit the line together for a shared harness racing victory.   As The Filly Princess mounted a first-over rally into a soft :57.2 half mile, Table Games chased second-over from the back of the pack, and Asset Management angled third-over on approach to the far turn after she was briefly shuffled to last. With clear sailing on the far turn and the live cover of The Filly Princess cutting into Purity's lead through a 1:25.4 three-quarter sectional, the eventual joint winners kicked cover at head-stretch, both storming home to a dead-heat 1:53.2 win. Mid-stretch leader The Filly Princess gave way in the final yards, only defeated by half a length.   Dan Daley drove Asset Management, a 7-year-old Western Hanover mare, for trainer Allie Berube and owners J & M Racing, while Frank Davis handled the driving duties of Table Games for trainer Paul Minckler and owner Edmund Namiotka, Jr.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 29) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

After reeling off three straight sub-:27 quarters, JK Panache ($5.20) not only had amassed a comfortable margin over his four rivals, but he tied Fireyourguns's 1:47.3 all-age pacing record at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs in Sunday (July 19) afternoon's $10,000 Open Pace.   Assigned the outside post in a field of five, JK Panache and driver Frank Davis vaulted clear of his four rivals through a sensible enough :26.3 initial quarter, subsequently using an eye-popping :53.2 middle half to bottom out the field.   After reaching three-quarters in 1:20, the leaders of the second flight began to tire, and 3-5 favorite Burkentine Hanover (Fern Paquet, Jr.) kicked cover to rally late.   He only could get to within 7-3/4 lengths of JK Panache, whose front-end 1:47.3 mile was simply too much for his competition.   That'll Be the Rei (Greg Merton) stayed on for third after a mild bid in upper stretch, while Ideal Fashion (Jimmy Whittemore) and Fiftyshadesdarker (John MacDonald) tailed off after giving futile chase through the middle stages of the race.   Trainer David Dewhurst co-owns JK Panache with Philip Hale.   Greg Merton led all drivers with four wins on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon on Friday (July 24) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- After sustaining an early push to the lead, The Filly Princess ($5.90) held off a late charge from her pocket rival to take Friday (June 26) evening's harness racing $10,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   After Express Jet (John MacDonald) split Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) to establish the early lead in a :27.4 first quarter, Frank Davis charged to the front with The Filly Princess. The 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare caught a :58.2 middle half breather, digging in off the far turn to stave off a late charge from pocket rival Express Jet. The Filly Princess prevailed by half a length, holding firm for a 1:53.3 triumph. Tiger Boudoir stayed on off a ground-saving trip to take third.   Andy Gardner trains The Filly Princess for Standardbred Ventures, Inc.   Davis scored a driving double on the evening's 10-race program, as did Joe Nassimos.   Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 27) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Despite getting away last in a field of five, The Filly Princess ($21.00) sustained a first-over push to the lead and held clear for an upset harness racing win in Friday (June 12) evening's $10,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   Frank Davis took the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare off a contested pace, which saw Keene Olivia (Chris Lems) work to clear Purity (John MacDonald) through a blistering 25.4 first quarter before yielding.   As Purity reclaimed the lead on the backstretch, The Filly Princess commenced her first-over rally, steadily making up ground through the third quarter.   The Filly Princess turned up the pressure after Purity hit three-quarters in 1:23.1, advancing to a joint lead at the top of the stretch.   As The Filly Princess took a narrow lead with an eighth of a mile to go, Purity hopped in the air, going off stride and losing all chance. Meanwhile, The Filly Princess held clear of a late challenge from Keene Olivia to prevail in 1:51.3 over sloppy going, while Artic Byrd (Truman Gale) finished third.   Andy Gardner trains The Filly Princess for Standardbred Ventures, Inc.   Live racing returns at Vernon on Saturday (June 13) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- For Table Games ($14.80) and Jitterbug ($10.20), the pocket was the place to be at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 5) evening, as they both scored minor upsets after tracking the pace-setting favorites in their respective featured events on the evening's 12-race harness racing card.   Eight distaff pacers contested a $5500 purse in the co-featured eighth race, with 3-2 favorite Janie Bay (Greg Merton) handling the pace-setting duties after she cleared from post 7. While able to rate a :57.4 middle half, she ultimately was softened up by first-over pressure from Sweet Bettor (Chris Lems) before Table Games made her move from the pocket in mid-stretch. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight mare stormed to the fore, just holding off a late bid from Kardashian (Truman Gale) in 1:53.1. Frank Davis drove Table Games for owner Edmund Namiotka, Jr. and trainer Paul Minckler.   The tenth race saw seven trotters vie for a $5100 purse, with Jitterbug ceding the lead to 6-5 favorite Sweet Thing (John MacDonald) on the backstretch after clearing from post 5 through a :27.4 initial quarter. Sweet Thing faced no challengers through the far turn, before Brett Crawford angled Jitterbug out of the pocket in mid-stretch to give chase. The 4-year-old Kadabra entire trotted right past, edging clear by 1-1/4 lengths to prevail in 1:54.1. Jackie Rousse trains the victorious Jitterbug for owner Janie Martin.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 6) evening, headlined by a pair of $61,300 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First post for the 14-race program is 7:10 p.m. Eastern time, just after the simulcast of the 147th Belmont Stakes.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) returned to the Vernon Downs Winner's Circle after the $6,500 feature harness racing event on Saturday night. He had won two straight before finishing third last Saturday night.   Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) sat in mid-pack throughout the early stages while You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) set the pace through a quarter of 27.3 seconds and a half-mile in 56.3 seconds. Oh My Joepa was able to catch some live cover from Western Tsunami (Roman Lopez) as the field moved on to the final turn. In fact, Western Tsunami took the lead as they paced past three-quarters in 1:25.   That lead lasted into the stretch, but then Oh My Joepa rallied past on the outside and strode away to win handily in 1:53.1. Martial Bliss (Joe Nassimos), who had been sent aggressively at the start before settling into a pocket trip behind You Bet Your Glass, closed smartly to finish second. Melvyn (Truman Gale) trailed early on, but was another sharp closer at the end and finished third.   The complete order of finish was: Oh My Joepa, Martial Bliss, Melvyn, Western Tsunami, The Green Knight, Dragon Fever, Cabbie's Delight, and You Bet Your Glass.   Oh My Joepa is owned and trained by Michael Deters of Coconut Creek, Florida.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 12-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Driver Chris Lems, who will be representing Vernon Downs in the Drivers' Championship Race For The Cup on Friday, August 29 at Vernon, was the driving star of the Saturday night program with four victories.   Lems' first two winners were favorites in the wagering, Tarport Andy in the opener and King Of Kings in the third. He then scored back-to-back winners later in the evening with a front-running score from Credit To Elgin in the ninth and a strong closing drive in the tenth with High Mileage.   The $6,500 feature race on Saturday night was won by Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion), who has now won two of the last three starts at Vernon Downs.   Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) sat toward the tail end of the field through the first quarter of a mile before making a strong first-over move to the front. From there, he led the rest of the way, building up a four-length lead as the horses made the top of the stretch. Western Tsunami (Roman Lopez) closed strongly in the stretch to get second and Market Force (Jimmy Whittemore) also finished well to end up third.   You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) had gone off-stride at the start and still managed to finish fourth. A Fool For Mark crossed the finish line fifth, but was disqualified for interference with multiple horses at the three-quarter mile mark and placed last. The fractions were 26.4 for the quarter, 55.4 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters, and a final time of 1:51.   The complete order of finish was: Oh My Joepa, Western Tsunami, Market Force, You Bet Your Glass, Fearless Chip, Martial Bliss, and A Fool For Mark.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 10-race program. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) emerged victorious from a three-horse stretch battle to score a harness racing victory in the feature $9,000 Open I trot on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   The complexion of the race changed immediately as A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) broke stride as the gate opened. He ended up trailing throughout. Surface Tension (Dan Daley) inherited the early lead and was quite tenacious in front, turning away an early challenge from Pop I (John Macdonald) and then holding Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) at bay until the field made the stretch.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the useful cover from Evil Urges and moved up while trotting three-wide in the lane, passing Evil Urges in deep stretch to get up and win in 1:54.2.   It was a minor upset as War Hero went off at 5-1 in the field of six, paying $12 to win. The fractions were 28 seconds for the quarter, 57.1 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, Evil Urges, Surface Tension, Pop I, My Revenuer, and A Penny Earned.   War Hero is owned by Howard Gill of Pine Bush, New York and trained by Jessica Okusko.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 9-race program.   The Racing Under Saddle series will also continue on Saturday, as six horses will go to the gate in the second leg. The featured pari-mutuel race will be the seventh race with a purse of $6,500. The morning line choice is Axiom Hanover, who will be driven by Chris Lems.   Post time on Saturday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) made a move on the far turn of the $6,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday night and rode that move all the way to the harness racing winner's Circle.   A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) took the lead at the outset and carried the field through the first quarter in 26.2 seconds and the half in 54.4. After setting a fast pace, A Fool For Mark was passed by You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis), who took control once the field was past the half-mile and led to the three-quarter mark in 1:23. Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) made the aggressive first-over move to challenge the leader on the far turn, taking over once the field made the turn for home. Cabbie's Delight (Jimmy Whittemore) followed the live cover from the eventual winner, but could never get past Oh My Joepa, who posted a time of 1:51.1 for the mile. Cabbie's Delight had to settle for second and A Fool For Mark came on once again to get up for third.   The complete order of finish was: Oh My Joepa, Cabbie's Delight, A Fool For Mark, You Bet Your Glass, Redneck Outlaw, Dutch Richman, and Firethorn. Oh My Joepa is owned and trained by Michael Deters of Coconut Creek, Florida.   The driving star of the night at Vernon Downs was Jimmy Whittemore, who posted a natural hat trick of winners in the middle of the 11-race program. Whittemore went gate-to-wire in the fourth race with favored Moonlight Ransom (Artiscape-Windsun Caprice). He then followed with an excellent drive to bring Team Edward (Bettor's Delight-Tarport Julie) up the inside in the stretch to win the fifth race. Whittemore wrapped up the threesome with a win in the sixth race driving Market Force (Rocknroll Hanover-Endless Dreams).   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 9-race program. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) powered past Ilovemymommy in the stretch to win the $10,000 featured Open I Trot at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the live cover of Ilovemymommy (Jimmy Whittemore), who surged to the lead past the half-mile mark and maintained control to the top of the stretch.   It was there that War Hero moved alongside and started to surge past in the lane to win in a time of 1:53.4. Mr. Web Page (Roman Lopez) had set the early fractions of 26.4 for the quarter and 56 seconds for the half, but had to work hard to get the lead after being caught three-wide around the first turn.   This hard labor ended up costing him dearly later on as he faded to finish last. My Revenuer (John Macdonald) rallied from last up the backstretch to close strongly and finish second. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, My Revenuer, Lucid Thoughts, Ilovemymommy, A Penny Earned, Out Of The Hat, and Mr. Web Page.   War Hero is owned by Howard Gill of Pine Bush, New York and trained by Jessica Okusko.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 9-race program. The 2014 Miss Vernon Downs Pageant takes place on Saturday with a top prize of $1,500. Contestants will compete in casual wear, swimsuit, formal wear, and an interview segment. Post time for the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs    

On Saturday July 12, at new Meadowlands, Orange Bigi (6f SJ's Caviar-Emerald City-Donerail) qualified in 2:01 for Sofia Fredlund and trainer Joe Hanney. The same day, at Saratoga Harness, a monte/RUS exhibition was staged that drew an eight horse field. The top two finishers were a nose apart in the 2:04.4h contest with Jessie Say More (4g Jailhouse Jessie-Need We Say More-Super Ben Joe) securing the victory for Michelle Crawford and trainer Frank Davis. Tymal Oh So Nice with Heather Reese aboard was second with Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner third, ten lengths back. Action continues Sunday July 13th at Ocean Downs with a three horse field battling for a $6,000 purse. The field consists of CJ's Crown (Caroline Green), Flowing James (Tara Hynes) and Truth In Action (Karen Isbell). In Ontario, at Clinton Raceway, their monte event is the first on the regular card with pari-mutuel wagering. Five trotters will contest this event for a purse of $2,200 and it's race #2 on the afternoon program. The field includes Charlie Tuna (B. Kennedy), Twin B Excalibur (E. Harms), Dayplanner (M. Valstad), Radical Dreamer (S. Town) and Shipps Xceptional (J. Fenwick). On Monday July 14 the NY RUS Series continues at Waterloo. Race #5 is a three-horse monte event for a purse of $530 with the field consisting of Kash Now (Michelle Miller), Striking Mystery (Jennifer Lowrey) and John-michael (tba). Rapid Strategy (9g King Conch-Rapid Sahbra-Master Willie) with owner/trainer Lindsey Blackler aboard in this 2:08k score July 5 at Goshen Historic Track on Hall of Fame day. Admirable Hanover and Jennifer Conner finished second. www.monteamerica.com by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

House Money (Angus Hall-Emmamzaing) received an excellent drive from trainer-driver Roman Lopez to score a victory in the $9,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   House Money actually sat the pocket trip behind early leader War Hero (Frank Davis), who set fractions of 28 seconds for the quarter, 57.3 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. House Money then commenced a rally at the inside and challenged War Hero in the stretch, going past and winning by two lengths in a time of 1:54.1   War Hero suffered a break deep in the stretch, so while he crossed the line fourth, he was disqualified for violating the breaking rule and placed sixth. Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) sat fifth in the field of six during the early stages of the race and then moved nicely through the lane to get second. Pollux Blue Chip (Claude Huckabone III) finished third. The complete order of finish was: House Money, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, A Penny Earned, My Revenuer, and War Hero. House Money is owned by Mitchell Frair and Thomas and Kimberley Frarey of Sherrill, New York.   Jimmy Whittemore might have been the runner-up in the feature race, but he scored three victories on the evening as he continues to close in on 1,000 career victories. With the three wins on Friday night, Whittemore is currently at 997 lifetime wins.   He was in the sulky for Don't Miss A Tweet in the first race, Ilovemymommy in the second race, and Funny Photo in the seventh race. Whittemore has drives in nine of the ten races scheduled for the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs, so it is conceivable that he reached the milestone of 1,000 wins before the end of the weekend.   Live racing at Vernon Downs will resume on Saturday night at 6:45pm. The seventh race is the featured event, an Open II Pace with a purse of $8,000. by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

The Sunday card at Vernon Downs featured a wild six-horse photo finish in the fifth race. The photo ended up being won by Steuben Ruthless, sent off at 9-1 and driven by Rick Plano. R Blue Moon Rising was second and Team Edward finished third. There was a dead heat for the fourth position between the favorite, Market Force, and Willies Big Mac. Dragon's Breath finished off the photo in sixth. The win was the second straight for Steuben Ruthless at Vernon Downs. The final time was 1:54.2, credited to each of the horses in the photo. Steuben Ruthless is owned by David Fisher of Vernon, New York, and trained by Mary Fisher. The 1-4 favorite, Tell Us More (Tell All-Liberated Leah), scored a convincing win in the $8,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Sunday afternoon. Tell Us More (Roman Lopez) moved into the lead entering the first turn and ended up leading at every quarter mile mark. The fractions were very solid, 27 seconds for the quarter, 56.2 for the half, 1:24.3 for three quarters, and a final time of 1:52. Gallic Warrior (Rick Plano) finished second after sitting third throughout the early stages. You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) made a nice first-over move entering the final turn, but ended up getting caught outside through the stretch and had to settle for third. The complete order of finish was: Tell Us More, Gallic Warrior, You Bet Your Glass, Some Or Lis, Donna's Scape, Firethorn. Buckeye Baddler was a scratch (lame). Tell Us More is owned by Michael Casalino Jr. of Freehold, New Jersey and trained by Jordan Hope.   Driver Jimmy Whittemore continues to close in on milestone win 1,000. He had two winners on the Sunday program at Vernon Downs to increase his career win total to 993. Whittemore won the second race with Party With Artie and the sixth race with I Do Hanover.   Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Vernon Downs with a 9-race program. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity  

Some Or Lis (Lis Mara-Grabbersome) was the longest shot on the board in the $7,200 feature race at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, but that did not prevent him from storming past the entire field to score an upset harness racing win in 1:51.4.   The early stages of the race featured a speed duel between You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) and I Do Hanover (Chris Lems), who was parked on the outside for the majority of the mile. Those two set some fast fractions early on, covering a quarter in 25.4 and a half in 53.4. That early speed ended up being the undoing of the duo, both of whom finished out of the top three. After hitting three quarters of a mile in 1:22.4, You Bet Your Glass and I Do Hanover faded in the stretch and Some Or Lis (Claude Huckabone III) came all the way from last in the field of six at the top of the stretch to win at 20-1.   The second-longest shot in the field, The Green Knight (John Macdonald) at 14-1, finished second. The exacta ended up paying $240 with the two longshots comprising it. Buckeye Baddler (Truman Gale) sat behind the early speed battle in third position and started to rally through on the inside in the stretch as the leaders fell back, but the closers also passed him by and he had to settle for third.   The complete order of finish was: Some Or Lis, The Green Knight, Buckeye Baddler, I Do Hanover, You Bet Your Glass, and Stonebridge Master. Some Or Lis is owned by Richard Dow of Holland Patent, New York and trained by Stephen Marsh.   The driving star of the night was John Macdonald who scored three victories and three seconds on the 11-race program. He was a winner with Bandini in the 1st race, MacKenzie's Bliss in the 7th race, and That's Ideal in the 9th race. He was second with The Green Knight in the 2nd race, Beignet in the 8th race, and Tactical Attack in the 11th race.   No live racing on Thursday with a concert being held by Jerrod Niemann and Love & Theft. The concert benefits The Food Bank of Central New York. Tickets are available for $15 and the Chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, Jeff Gural, will be personally donating $10 for every ticket sold to the Food Bank of Central New York with a goal of raising $100,000 to benefit the Food Bank.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday, July 4 with a 6:45pm post time. The Friday program will feature the first leg of the Racing Under Saddle Series. There will be a special July 4th Fireworks Display following the conclusion of the live racing program.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity    

Ilovemymommy (Inquirer-Alpine Goal) got back to the Winner's Circle at Vernon Downs on Friday night in the $8,000 feature race after being unable to pick up a victory thus far in June.   The win on Friday ends a three-race losing streak for the mare. Ilovemymommy (Jimmy Whittemore) settled in third after Canadian Sunset (Roman Lopez) forged to the front at the start and set the pace through the opening quarter of 26.4. Ilovemymommy then moved to the outside as the field entered the backstretch and made an aggressive move to the front, taking control of the race and never relinquishing it. She remained in front through a half mile of 56.4 and three quarters in 1:26.   Painite (Frank Davis) made a valiant try first-over entering the far turn, but didn't threaten the leader and was passed late in the stretch by Long Island Tea (Chris Lems) for second.   The complete order of finish was: Ilovemymommy, Long Island Tea, Painite, Alarming Quick, MC Tiny's Hope, Stell R Time, and Canadian Justice. The final time for the mile was 1:54.2. Ilovemymommy is owned by Karen Smith of Brushton, New York and trained by Andy Gardner.   The win in the feature by driver Jimmy Whittemore was one of two victories on the night for him. Whittemore is now just nine victories away from 1,000 in his career.   Live racing at Vernon Downs resumes on Saturday night with an 11-race program. The second race is the feature with a purse of $7,200. The 9-5 morning-live favorite in the field of six is I Do Hanover, who has won his last two starts in June at Vernon Downs. Post time for the Saturday program is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

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