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Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell's Card Knock Life ($42.60) cleared his five rivals and never looked back in Saturday (October 3) evening's $8,000 Open II Pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs, sprinting off late for a 20-1 upset in the featured event.   Trainer-driver Truman Gale left aggressively with the 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding, clearing Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, III) and Golden Gun (Tyler Freese) in the opening furlong.   Card Knock Life managed to rate a :56 first half mile before accelerating through the far turn, posting a :27.3 third sectional while edging clear of Sassy Hanover.   Meanwhile, Greg Merton commenced a first-over rally with odds-on favourite No Monkeys Allowed, slow to gain through the far turn but improving drastically upon turning for home.   Despite No Monkeys Allowed's late rally, Card Knock Life held clear by 1-3/4 lengths, driven to prevail in 1:51.1.   Fresh off his 3,000th career driving win, John MacDonald registered a grand slam on the evening's 11-race program. The Prince Edward Island native teamed up with Fox Valley Cadet ($4.10, 1:58.2), Shock N Rock ($2.60, 1:53.3), Tarport Andy ($5.30, 1:55), and HMS Firecracker ($14.00, 1:57.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an eight-race program on Wednesday (October 7) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- While Richard Keys's Big Chocolate overcame a loss of cover on the far turn to take Friday (October 2) evening's $7,000 top-level conditioned trot at Vernon Downs, a pair of harness racing war horses now with 117 wins and over $1.2 million in career earnings between them stole the show in a $4,000 claiming event.   The evening's ninth race featured a septet of claiming pacers, with I Scoot For Cash (Ben McNeil) wasting no time securing the pacesetting role in the initial stages. After sprinting clear of Team Edward (Truman Gale) and Majo Just Do It (Claude Huckabone, III), I Scoot For Cash backed down the tempo through a reasonable :56.4 first half mile while proven veterans Veal Marsala and My Fella kicked into gear from the back of the pack. Jimmy Whittemore angled Veal Marsala off the pegs on the backstretch to flush the cover of King of Kings (Frank Davis), while Fern Paquet, Jr. tipped My Fella third-over on approach to the far turn. As King of Kings worked to the lead a :29 third quarter, Veal Marsala kicked cover, striking the front in mid-stretch--but he wasn't home free. The 11-year-old Real Artist gelding subsequently staved off the late charge of 14-year-old My Fella, holding sway by a neck in 1:54.4 over fast going.   Dennis Whittemore owns and trains Veal Marsala, whose fourth consecutive victory brought him to 54 career wins and over $570,000 in career earnings. Runner-up My Fella remains a 63-time winner, having earned in excess of $660,000. Veal Marsala returned his backers $4.30 to win.   The younger Whittemore also prevailed in the evening's featured trot, establishing a second-over trip with Big Chocolate on the backstretch, tracking the cover of Yankee Manny (Chris Lems) in pursuit of Grey Ice (Dan Daley) through the far turn. Despite a loss of cover when Yankee Manny broke stride, Big Chocolate continued to make inroads, taking over from a beleaguered Grey Ice in upper stretch. Much like Veal Marsala would do just twenty minutes later, Big Chocolate dug in to stave off the beneficiary of his cover, Drinksforthehouse (Truman Gale), by three-quarters of a length, prevailing in 1:55.1.   Homer Hochstetler trains the 6-year-old Chocolatier entire who returned his backers $5.60 to win.   J A T O dominates again   Earlier in the evening's 10-race program, Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O scored his third open-length win in as many starts, capturing a $5,600 conditioned trot in 1:54.4 by 9-1/2 lengths over Proud Flag and Lucky Ten K. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 3-year-old Big Apple Deli colt, who tallied 19 wins on the New York fair circuit before making a remarkable transition to pari-mutuel racing. William Okusko handles the training duties of the 22-time winner.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 3) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Having won earlier on the harness racing card with Make It Kate ($14.00) and HMS Firecracker ($4.70), driver John MacDonald tallied his 3,000th career win in Wednesday (September 30) evening's sixth race at Vernon Downs, capturing the second-level conditioned pace for mares with the pacesetting I Saw Red ($5.80).   Beginning from the extreme inside in the field of nine, MacDonald sent the 4-year-old If I Can Dream mare up the pegs to secure the lead, forcing Shelby Lu (Dan Daley) in the pocket and setting sectionals of :28.2, :57.2, and 1:25.4 while uncontested. At the top of the stretch, Shelby Lu vacated the pocket to give chase, but I Saw Red responded, just holding sway by a neck in 1:55.3.   MacDonald, a 33-year-old native of Charlottetown, PEI, has amassed 123 driving wins so far this year en route to the the 3,000-win plateau. His career single-season mark came in 2009, where he won 411 of 1706 races in Ontario and the Maritime provinces. He currently ranks second in the Vernon Downs standings, trailing just Chris Lems with two months remaining in the 2015 meet.   Looney Dune dominates in featured distaff   The evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace saw Looney Dune ($4.10) repel a challenge from the first-over Summer Snow (Lems) on the far turn and subsequently draw clear of pocket rival Express Jet (MacDonald) by 4-1/2 lengths for a 1:52.1 victory. Ben McNeil drove the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare for owner Ellen McNeil and trainer John McNeil, III.   Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Friday (October 2) evening, with the first of 10 races due off at 6:45 p.m.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Taking advantage of a pocket trip off a pressured third quarter, Hold On Tightly ($12.60) slid through an opening at the pegs to just take Friday (September 25) evening's harness racing featured $7,000 upper-level conditioned trot at Vernon Downs.   Greg Merton left with the 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding and was able to duck into the pocket to track pacesetter Keystone Thomas (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :28.1 initial quarter. On the backstretch, Keystone Thomas faced pressure from the first-over Yankee Manny (Chris Lems), and the latter would go on to force a :28.3 third quarter while gaining to within half a length.   As the pace picked up, Hold On Tightly found himself boxed by A Lister (John MacDonald) on approach to the top of the stretch, and Fleetwood Hall (Roman Lopez) was gearing up for a four-wide stretch bid. Keystone Thomas eventually dismissed Yankee Manny in upper stretch, but was engulfed in the final yards not only by Fleetwood Hall, but also by Hold On Tightly, who found a seam up the inside to just prevail in 1:55.4. Runner-up Fleetwood Hall just missed by a nose, while Keystone Thomas checked in a gamely beaten third.   Edgar "Sparky" Clarke trains Hold On Tightly for Timothy Lopez.   Chris Lems led all drivers with three wins on the 11-race program.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 26) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

Despite mild traffic trouble on the far turn, Looney Dune ($9.50) demonstrated a powerful late kick en route to her 2-1/2 length win in Wednesday (September 23) evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   Ben McNeil settled the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare just off pacesetters Express Jet (John MacDonald) and Table Games (Frank Davis) through a :26.4 initial quarter, tracking while in the clear through a softer 29.4 second quarter--but soon finding herself mired in traffic as the outer flow developed.   After she was shuffled on the far turn, Looney Dune swung four-wide at the top of the stretch, working out around the second-over Asset Management (Dan Daley) before commencing her slingshot move to the lead in mid-stretch.   Looney Dune drew off for a 1:53 score over Asset Management and Table Games, while longtime pacesetter Express Jet was worn down by the pressure of Aritzia Hanover (Chris Lems) through the far turn.   John McNeil, III trains Looney Dune for owner Ellen McNeil.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 25) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Vernon, N.Y. -- Employing a first-over bid through the far turn, Barn Girl ($2.20) delivered as the prohibitive harness racing favourite in her $45,000 New York Excelsior Series final, one of four to headline Saturday (September 19) evening's program at Vernon Downs.   The 3-year-old trotting daughter of Cash Hall and Turquoise Sweetie earned her 14th career win in the first Excelsior event of the evening, angling first-over just as Miss B'ville J (Jim Morrill, Jr.) took the lead through a :57.3 half. Barn Girl progressed steadily through the far turn, making ground in the second flight through a :28.2 third quarter before collaring Miss B'ville J in deep stretch for a 1:54.2 triumph. Jeff Gregory drove Barn Girl for trainer Howard Okusko, Sr. and owners Steven Pratt, Nancy Pratt, and the Out in the Country Stable.   Andy Ray ($9.10) took top honours among 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings in their Excelsior final, placed second-over by Andy Miller behind the live cover of 4-5 faavourite Crazshana (Trond Smedshammer) before kicking cover to narrowly prevail in 1:54.1. Erv Miller trains the gelded son of Crazed and Crown N Lindy for Paymaq Racing, Ronald Michelon, and Harvey Eisman.   The 3-year-old filly pace saw Matt Kakaley slid second-over with Hey Kobe ($5.40) to track a live B Stern through a :55.2 half, only to be left uncovered on the far turn and sustain a bid to a deep-stretch lead. The daughter of Bettor's Delight and American West was able to wear down B Stern through a :27 final quarter for a 1:51.2 triumph. Jean Drolet trains Hey Kobe for Stephen Schneider and William Siegel.   In the 3-year-old pace for colts and geldings, Masterson ($3.50, part of entry) emerged late from a tracking trip, drawing clear for a 1:50 win to extend his win streak to five. Tracy Brainard trains the gelded son of Bettor's Delight and Tug River Princess for Blue Chip Bloodstock, and Jim Morrill, Jr. was aboard for the winning drive.   Morrill also captured two of the evening's four $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolations, teaming up with Fashion Creditor (3-year-old colt trot, 1:53.2) and Penji Hanover (3-year-old colt pace, 1:49.4). Also victorious were My Lucky Word (3-year-old filly trot, 1:56.2, Corey Callahan) and Luck Be a Lindy (3-year-old filly pace, 1:51, Gregory).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (September 23) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- After rating a soft 1:00 middle half, Dayson ($3.10) kicked clear at will in upper stretch, keeping a career-long winning harness racing streak alive in Friday (September 18) evening's New York Sire Stakes races at Vernon Downs.   Twelve 2-year-old trotters, split into two equal divisions of six, vied for $107,000 in combined purses in the evening's co-featured events. Dayson, sent off the odds-on favourite in the second division (race 6), allowed Crown Point (Dan Daley) to vault clear in the initial furlong before making his move to the fore. Just having passed the winning post on the first occasion, Jeff Gregory floated the gelded son of Conway Hall and Nervey's Taurus clear, taking over through a :27.4 initial quarter before backing down a 1:00 middle half. Faced with a first-over challenge from Dog Gone Lucky (John Campbell) upon exiting the far turn, Dayson dug in at once, kicking clear upon cornering. While Dog Gone Lucky failed to sustain his bid, the second-over Allerage Echo (Chris Lems) gave late chase, only mustering a runner-up effort while 1-3/4 lengths in arrears of the undefeated Dayson's 1:55.2 mile.   Howard Okusko trains Dayson--now perfect through seven races--for Margaret and Amy Butler.   The earlier division saw Reve Royale ($3.50) make an early push to the lead, clearing Smalltownthrowdown (Daley) after a :28.3 initial quarter before rating a 1:00.2 middle half and subsequently holding off a stout challenge from his pocket rival for the length of the stretch to narrowly prevail in 1:57.1. Chris Lems drove the son of RC Royalty and Dream Street for trainer George Ducharme and owners Raymond Campbell, Jr., Paul Fontaine, and Alfred Ross.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 19) evening, with the first of 14 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time. The program features the $45,000 finals of the New York Excelsior Series for 3-year-olds, along with the $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolations for 3-year-olds.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- A dozen 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings square off in two $53,500 New York Sire Stakes events on Friday (September 18) evening at Vernon Downs, while top New York-sired 3-year-olds vie for their share of $380,000 in an octet of Excelsior finals and Sire Stakes consolations on the Saturday (September 19) program.   Friday's freshman card features undefeated Dayson, a winner six times in as many starts with a career bankroll of $155,862 and a mark of 1:56 taken at Tioga. The son of Conway Hall has been installed the 9-5 morning line favourite in his division, carded as race 6, and Jeff Gregory handles the driving duties for trainer Howard Okusko. Among the five rivals Dayson will face is Dog Gone Lucky (John Campbell), who proved a faster winner at Tioga earlier in the season with a 1:55.4 triumph.   Saturday's program features a quartet of Sire Stakes consolations for 3-year-olds, each with a purse of $50,000; and four Excelsior finals, each worth $45,000. Notable contenders on the evening's 14-race card include Fashion Creditor (NYSS colt trot, 1:52.3m, Jim Morrill, Jr.), Barn Girl (Excelsior filly trot, 1:56.1s, Jeff Gregory), Crazshana (Excelsior colt trot, 1:54.1s, Trond Smedshammer), and Gold Coast Muscle (Excelsior colt pace, 1:50.4f, Mike Simons).   The Saturday program at the Miracle Mile also includes the culmination of the Vernon Downs Racing Under Saddle series, featuring a field of five trotters to compete in a non-wagering event.   First post each night is 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs 

Briefly headed by odds-on favourite Asset Management in mid-stretch, Express Jet ($6.50) battled back in the final yards to just prevail in Wednesday (September 16) evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   The 6-year-old Jereme's Jet mare controlled the terms from the outset, uncontested through the first six furlongs in 1:27.1 before facing a challenge from the first-over Asset Management (Dan Daley).   In upper stretch, Express Jet briefly was headed, but she fought back gamely to not only reclaim the lead, but to also stave off pocket rival Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore), who chased valiantly in third once availed room, missing by just a half length.   Trainer John MacDonald was in the bike behind Express Jet, a 1:54.4 winner over good going.   MacDonald earned four other driving wins on the evening's 10-race program, teaming up with Kyler's Valentine ($6.50, 1:54.2), The African ($4.40, 1:59.1), I Saw Red ($3.60, 1:54.4), and Winbak Heavenly ($2.40, 1:52.1).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 14-race program on Friday (September 18) evening, featuring New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Following the live cover of Oh My Joepa off the far turn, No Monkeys Allowed ($7.40) vaulted to a two-length harness racing victory in Saturday (September 12) evening's featured $7,000 top-level conditioned pace at Vernon Downs.   Mike Merton settled the 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding into midfield, 5-1/4 lengths off pacesetter Lilys Real Boy (Dan Daley) through a :26 initial quarter. Upon exiting the far turn, No Monkeys Allowed advanced nearer the front flight while tracking the cover of Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald), kicking to the fore in upper stretch. No Monkeys Allowed drew off to a 1:52 victory by way of a :27.2 final quarter, edging clear of Oh My Joepa while 6-5 favourite Gratias Deo (Chris Lems) could only muster a third-place finish despite having the winner's cover to follow.   Edgar "Sparky" Clarke trains No Monkeys Allowed for owner Robert Orr.   The win in the featured event was one of three on the 11-race card for Merton, who teamed up with another Clarke trainee in Wheels Ah Smokin ($14.00, 1:58.1) along with Rob Harmon trainee Nathan Feelsgood ($8.50, 1:52.3).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (September 16) evening. Post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- While steady rain in the Southern Tier made for sloppy going by the end of Saturday (September 12) evening's 10-race harness racing card, the spirits of those backing Jim Marohn, Jr. were anything but dampened by his six-win performance on the Closing Night program at Tioga Downs.   The "Mighty Mite Part Two" reeled off five wins in the first six races, teaming up with Take Charge Karl ($3.50, 1:55.2), Smellthecolornine ($5.50, 1:54.4), Race Me Rocky ($15.00, 1:54.2), Bugger Bruiser ($17.80, 1:52.1), and Ruthless Ace ($5.50, 1:55.1).   In the closing race of the season, a co-featured $14,000 Open Trot, Marohn wasted no time taking charge with Swishnflick ($6.10), sprinting clear of Lutetium (Corey Braden) early on and edging away from a first-over challenge by B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) at the top of the stretch. The 5-year-old Kadabra mare beat the boys by four lengths in 1:55 over sloppy going, with Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) emerging from traffic to just nab Lutetium for second.   Arthur Green trains Swishnflick for owner Kenneth Westerside.   The other featured event on the evening's card, a $14,000 Mares Open Pace, saw Arodasi ($9.90) sustain a first-over move out of midfield, working clear of pacesetter and odds-on favourite Icommandmyspirit (Cummings) in mid-stretch while holding sway of pocket rival Southwind Trini (Marohn) for a 1:53.2 victory. Mike Simons handled the driving duties of the 6-year-old Western Terror mare for owner-trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. and co-owners Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, and the AGC Stables.   Seasonal champions acknowledged   With the 61-program season at Tioga Downs in the books, Mike Simons was crowned the leading driver, amassing 82 wins on the meet over Jim Marohn, Jr.'s 76. The race for leading trainer went to Gary Messenger, harnessing 32 winners over Ronnie Morales, III's 28.   Mach It a Par was named Pacer of the Year, having reeled off six wins at Tioga in 10 starts, rallying from off the pace to be a formidable force in top distaff events. Dan Clements owns the mare, while Ronnie Morales, III handled the training duties. Bourbon Bay took Trotter of the Year honors, breaking the track record for trotters on Opening Night with a front-end 1:52.1 mile and not looking back, earning seven wins in 12 local starts on the season. John Cummings, Jr. leases the gelding, with Megan Wilson training.   Racing will return to Tioga Downs in May of 2016. For updates on the 11th season of harness racing in the Southern Tier, visit   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Including his last-to-first victory in Friday (September 11) evening's featured $8,000 Open II Pace, Jimmy Whittemore captured five driving wins on the Patriot Day harness racing program at Vernon Downs.   After parlaying a pocket trip to victory in the opener with Try This ($5.90, 1:57), the Maine Native passed all four of his rivals in the feature with Big City Jewel ($3.80). Whittemore settled the 4-year-old Artiscape gelding at the back of the compact field, having no part of the pace while Card Knock Life (Frank Davis) controlled the terms through a rapid first six furlongs in 1:22. As Sassy Hanover (Claude Huckabone, Jr.) failed to fire from the pocket, Big City Jewel was carried three-wide off the far turn, chasing valiantly after Card Knock Life and ultimately prevailing in the final sixteenth of a 1:50.2 mile. Damon Blue Chip stayed on from a tracking trip to take third.   Homer Hochstetler trains Big City Jewel for Kristofer Heim.   Following his sweep of the early double, Whittemore teamed up with Veal Marsala ($4.70, 1:54.4), Ziegler Hanover ($4.50, 1:55.2), and The Grey Bullet ($4.10, 1:54.4) to round out his five-win evening.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 12) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- Having taken her past four wins from pacesetting and pocket trips, Non Stick ($3.70) demonstrated increased versatility in her $36,566 New York Sire Stakes win at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 11) evening, sustaining a first-over bid on the backstretch en route to her 1:57.1 harness racing victory.   Lucas Wallin eased the 2-year-old daughter of Lucky Chucky and Meucci Madness just off the pace, drafting behind Pampered Winner (Mark MacDonald) and Love Crazy Love (Jim Marohn, Jr.) through a soft :59 half mile before commencing a bid on the backstretch. Non Stick progressed steadily without the aid of cover, forcing a :28.4 third quarter before working to a clear lead off the far turn. After collaring Pampered Winner, Non Stick held off a late rally from Love Crazy Love, who emerged from the pocket in the final yards to miss by three-quarters of a length. Royal Surprise (Dan Daley) chased her cover to take third.   Trainer Ake Svanstedt co-owns Non Stick, now undefeated through five career races, with Little E, LLC.   Subsequent $36,566 New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies on the evening's 13-race program went to Posterity ($4.40) and Dizzy Broad ($2.70), both of whom pushed to the lead late to push their respective career win tallies to five.   Posterity, a daughter of Lucky Chucky and Vintage Chip, had no part of the early pace, saving ground on the backstretch to pass a parked and beleagured Zette Starlet (Bob Moran) before vacating the pegs and launching a strong bid on approach to the far turn. Posterity collared pacesetter Goosebump Hanover (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in upper stretch, drawing off to a 2-1/4 length win in 1:57 with trainer Charlie Norris handling the driving duties as well. Carrie Norris, Janine Zito, and Buck Sprinkle share ownership of Posterity.   Dizzy Broad likewise worked to the lead late in the mile, but took advantage of a pocket trip behind Franniegetyourgun (Mark MacDonald) before turning up the pressure with just over a quarter mile to go. The two dueled through the far turn, but Dizzy Broad kicked clear with less than a furlong to go, wearing down Franniegetyourgun and staving off an explosive late charge from Dazzling Dollars (Marohn) for a 1:56.4 score.   Jim Morrill, Jr. drove the Ron Burke-trained daughter of Broad Bahn and Portia for the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and Earl Smith.   The 2015 live racing season at Tioga Downs concludes on Saturday (September 12), with a 10-race card, car and television giveaways, and a fireworks spectacular on the docket. Post time is 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Linda Toscano trainees Cut and Paste ($2.10) and Soft Idea ($2.40) both achieved early leads and never looked back in their respective $31,894 Reynolds Stake divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday (September 10) evening at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, while Katies Rocker ($2.20, part of entry) was king among five 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in their lone $64,788 dash.   The first division for pacing fillies, contested as race 3, saw Cut and Paste work clear of Twice an Angel (Matt Kakaley) in the initial stages, controlling the terms throughout her 1:54.3 triumph.   Jim Marohn, Jr. comfortably rated sectionals of :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26.2 with the daughter of Well Said, and Cut and Paste responded immediately to the late challenge of Twice and Angel to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths.   In the second division, carded as race 5, Soft Idea settled off early pacesetters JK Fannie (Kakaley) and Wine Snob (Mike Simons), drafting through a :28.1 initial quarter before brushing to the fore upon entering the home straight on the first occasion.   Once clear on the lead, Jim Morrill, Jr. rated a :57 middle half with the American Ideal filly.   Off the far turn, Soft Idea dug in to repel dual challengers JK Fannie and Wine Snob, both of which closed in from either side in a dead heat for second, three-quarters of a length behind the odds-on winner.   While pupils of Toscano took both filly divisions of the Reynolds, a Jim Campbell trainee prevailed in the lone split for colts and geldings.   Katies Rocker worked clear of his four rivals with no trouble at all, sprinting off through a :27.3 initial quarter before Simon Allard rated a :31 breather to race's midpoint.   On the backstretch, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding was nudged along by his entrymate Show the Fashion (Kakaley), but Katies Rocker proved far superior in the end.   The Fashion Farms homebred edged clear by 1-1/2 lengths, using a :55.1 back half mile to cap a 1:53.4 victory over Safensound Hanover (Morrill), who gave chase from the pocket once clear in the final sixteenth.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (September 11) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Twenty-one 2-year-old trotting fillies will contest three New York Sire Stakes events on Friday (September 11) evening's harness racing program at Tioga Downs, with Non Stick looking to keep her undefeated record intact.   Non Stick, one of a quartet of four-time winners on the program, has been installed as the 6-5 morning line favourite in the evening's fifth race, carrying a $36,566 purse.   The daughter of Lucky Chucky and Meucci Madness was recently a pillar-to-post winner at Yonkers, having taken her career mark of 1:56.3 at Vernon the week prior.   Lucas Wallin handles the driving duties for trainer Ake Svanstedt.   A pair of four-time winners square off in the second division, carded as race six on the 13-race card.   Posterity (9-5 ML) reeled off three straight wins before she was collared at Yonkers in her most recent race, edging clear for a 1:56 win at Vernon on August 14.   Trainer Charlie Norris will drive the daughter of Lucky Chucky and Vintage Chip.   She will have to contend with Ron Burke trainee Goosebump Hanover (7-5 ML), who comes in off three straight New York Sire Stakes victories, most recently holding sway narrowly for a 1:57.2 win at Saratoga.   Jim Morrill, Jr. is slated to drive the daughter of RC Royalty and Good Common Cents.   In the third and final division, programmed as the seventh event, Dizzy Broad (7-5 ML) seeks to extend her winning streak to three.   Ron Burke and Jim Morrill, Jr. once again team up with the daughter of Broad Bahn and Portia.   The penultimate program of the season at Tioga Downs is due to begin at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

Enjoying live cover from The Filly Princess through a :27.1 third quarter, J&M Racing's Asset Management ($14.00) drew off at will in the featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace on Wednesday (September 9) evening at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs.   Dan Daley angled the 7-year-old Western Hanover mare off the pegs near the end of a :57.4 half mile, following the cover of The Filly Princess (Chris Lems) while in pursuit of 11-1 pacesetter Kardashian (Aaron Byron).   Asset Management was towed up with the live cover of The Filly Princess on the far turn, continuing her bid after her cover took over through a 1:25 three-quarter sectional.   Off the turn, Asset Management struck the front and kicked clear at will, vaulting to a four-length advantage in the end of her 1:52.3 triumph.   Express Jet (John MacDonald) emerged from the pocket to save second, while The Filly Princess was an engulfed third.   Allie Berube trains Asset Management.   Daley scored a grand slam in the bike on the first Wednesday card of the season at the Miracle Mile, teaming up as well with Summer Scent ($3.20, 1:59), Fresh Squeezed ($5.10, 1:54.1), and Cherry Crown Jewel ($5.10, 1:58).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 11) evening, with post time at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   James Witherite

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