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HARRINGTON, Del. – As the 2013 Harrington Raceway meet comes to a close, three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) $100,000 finals remain. Driver George Dennis will look to complete a sweep of the pacing finals tonight after winning Monday’s final with filly I’m Won Rum Wiser, he drives the favorite in the colts and geldings final, Karen Walls’ Elite Awards (5/2). The David Rearic-trainee won both of his eliminations impressively, including an early showdown with the other standout among the division, Winbak Farm’s Hawker in the 2nd leg. Elite Awards drew post four in the eight horse field, while Hawker will start from post eight for driver/trainer Jeff Fout. The race is slated 10th on the 15 race card tonight. Tomorrow will feature two $100,000 trotting finals. The fillies will be the first of the two as the program’s eighth race. It’s a fairly evenly matched division that features several elimination winners including Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl (4-1, Ross Wolfenden), Art Stafford Jr. and Wyatt Starkey’s Overnight Hit (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.), Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner’s Kelsey’s Commando (2-1, Victor Kirby) and Bryan Truitt’s Way Over Paid (3/1, Truitt) . The colt trotting final will go postward as the 10th race and should be equally competitive. Multiple elimination round winners in the field include Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (3-1, Jim Morand), Carlo Poliseno’s Briefs or Boxers (8-1, Poliseno), Syl King’s Whichwayrightrleft (6-1, Wolfenden), Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (5-1, Fout), Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz (10-1, Stafford Jr.) and Winbak Farm’s Call Me Hal (5/2, Kirby). Meanwhile, there’s a heated race for the driving title as three-time defending driving champion Wolfenden has a slim lead (139 wins) over George Dennis (137) and Allan Davis (136). The training title has been wrapped up by Joe Hundertpfund Jr., who will score his first ever training title, as he currently has an insurmountable lead with 48 wins. Wayne Givens is in second with 33, while Les Givens is in third with 31. Last year’s title was shared by the Givens’ brothers. Harrington will end its 67th year of live racing on Thursday October 24. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

VERNON, NY—The fleet-footed pacer Sheer Brilliance displayed his superiority for the second straight week while winning Saturday night’s $12,000 Open contest at Vernon Downs. Following up on a 1:50.2 victory in this top-flight class here last Saturday, the favorite Sheer Brilliance was steered to the front at the star of the seventh race by catch-driver Claude Huckabone, III and he remained there through intervals of :26.3, :53.4 and 1:22 over a rain-soaked “good” track. He defeated the second wagering choice, JK Panache, by a head in a 1:50.4 performance. Saturday’s score was the ninth this season and the 43rd all-time for the 6-year-old bay son of Blissful Hall-High Roller Ash, who has earned $503,365 during his productive career. The gritty gelding is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long. In Saturday’s 11th event, Bushwacker turned in a bold-striding 1:53.3, front-ending triumph for Jimmy Whittemore that resulted in his first career victory. The eye-opening performance became the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing gelding at the 80-program meeting, and it was just 3/5ths-of-a-second off the track’s record for this category that was established by Memory King in 2011. Chris Ryder conditions the bay son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk, who is owned by the Henderson Farms. Huckabone, III delivered three tallies during Saturday’s 13-race card as did Whittemore. Driver Chris Lems chalked up his meet-leading 21st driving double of the local campaign. DOWNS DOINGS Whittemore, a three-time Vernon driving champion, increased his win output at the meet to 95 and gained a three-win lead over Roman Lopez in their battle for second place on the current race-winning chart… Trainer Dave Dewhurst picked up a 1:55.2 win from the pacer Dick N Ben in race nine and currently has a 34-32 advantage over Lopez in the chase for second-place in the 2013 conditioning category… The Chris Ryder-trained trotter Well Built also earned his initial pari-mutuel triumph after a 1:56.2 mile in Saturday’s third race…The Downs will offer live racing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week… On Friday (Oct. 25) Vernon will host the season’s $400,000 (est.) championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic… Only eight racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.  

VERNON, NY—Lightning Force, Cee Bee Yes, Trixton and Yoga were all divisional winners in Friday night’s fifth and final preliminary leg of the $40,000 Kindergarten Classic barnstorming series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. Lightning Force set a Vernon record for 2-year-old trotting geldings with his 1:55 victory in the first male contest, Cee Bee Yes produced the fastest mile by a frosh filly high-stepper at the meet with her 1:55 performance in race 11, while Trixton and Yoga, both representatives of the Jimmy Takter stable, earned first-place finishes in 1:54.4 and 1:55.3, respectively. Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell guided Lightning Force to his first career win and a 1:55 record in Friday’s fourth race. The quick-striding son of Muscle Hill-Lightning Flower rallied from fifth in the early going to third at the half. The bay battler kept on rolling until he gained the lead in the final turn and continued on to a one-length score over the favorite, Odds On Amethyst. It marked the eighth career start for the winner of $34,085, who is conditioned by Randy Beeckman and owned by the Miller’s Stable, Inc. The crowd’s choice Cee Bee Yes improved her season’s summary line to 4-3-1 after 10 starts with a front-striding 1:55 mile, which missed the track record by just two ticks of the timer, but went down as the fastest showing by a representative of her age, sex and gait at the 79-program meeting. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller, as the bay daughter of Muscles Yankee-Enbeecee gained a fresh win-mark and hiked her winnings to $173,785. Trixton completed a driving double for Takter with his strong-striding, ¾-length tally over second choice Outburst and top pick Sumatra in Friday’s sixth session. The 1:54.4 life’s-best clocking, which missed the Vernon record for freshman colt trotters (Nuncio in 1:54.3 earlier in the meet) by one tick of the timer, led to the fourth win in seven trips to the track for the bay son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El, who has earned $53,687 for owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical AB. The crowd’s choice Yoga turned a pocket-sitting trip from Takter into a 1:55.3 victory in Friday’s second session. The neck triumph over the pace-setting Bikini So Teeny gave the brown daughter of Muscles Yankee-Sugarcane Yankee her fifth win in seven starts. The steady-going filly has returned $37,750 to owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding thus far this year. Friday’s $12,000 Open trot was won by newcomer Bound For Fame, the wagering choice, who rallied in the final furlong to nip Walltocousins by a head in a 1:53.4 ninth-race effort. David Miller, sitting in for trainer David Duspiva, earned his fourth win of the evening as he steered the speedy 6-year-old son of S J’s Photo-Bewitching Karen to a new win-mark, his eighth season score and 18th lifetime victory. The fast-closing effort pushed the gritty gelding’s career earnings past the $301,000 plateau for owners Mark Allen Goldberg and the Rags To Riches Stable of Pennsylvania. Driver Andy Miller posted twin tallies during the program, as did trainers Deedra Johnson and R. Nifty Norman. DOWNS DOINGS—Chris Lems, who collected three wins during Friday’s 12-race card, took a 33-32 lead over Roman Lopez in the battle for second place on this year’s training chart…Saturday night’s 13-race program, which includes a $12,000 Open pace in race seven, will begin at 6:45 p.m…Vernon will also offer simulcast wagering on tomorrow night’s $6 million Breeders Crown championship program from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Downs starting at 5 p.m…The Downs will play host to this season’s $400,000 (est.) championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic next Friday (Oct. 25)…Only nine racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9…A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs

VERNON, NY—Let’s Go Higher increased her winning streak to five with a dominating 1:50.4 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 featured Open for female pacers at Vernon Downs. With Shawn T. Gray doing the steering for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday’s second session, the favorite Let’s Go Higher was on the iron from the start, stomping out fractions of :26, :54.2 and 1:22.2 en route to a six-length score over last week’s winner in this class, Don’t Blame Her. It was the fourth local score, the 12th season’s tally and the 21st all-time victory for the steady-striding 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler-Ten Speed, who earned her 1:50.3 record here on Aug. 8. The Jesse J. De Long-owned mare is currently a career-winner of more than $265,000. Ten-time track driving champ Howard Okusko, Jr. charted his fourth triple of the 78-program meeting, winning with the trotters Oldmanandthesea (1:59), Oaklea Tyson (1:58) and pacer Winbak Your Kash (1:55). His wife, former Downs conditioning champ Jessica Okusko, is the trainer of Oldmanandthesea and Winbak Your Kash. Veteran horseman Angus Mac Donald (66) enjoyed a driving win, My Future Ex (2:00.3), and two training tallies during Thursday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Roman Lopez and Jimmy Whittemore each earned one victory during Thursday’s action, and remained tied for second-place on the track’s driving chart with 92 wins each… The pacer Campanile Hanover and trotter DL Cruiser each extended their winning streaks to three during the program... Tomorrow night, the track will host the fifth and final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters. Filly flights will be featured in Friday’s second and 11th events, while male divisions will be contested in the fourth and sixth races. A $12,000 Open Trot is also slated as the evening’s ninth event. First post is at 6:45 p.m… The Downs will also present the annual event’s $400,000 championship final the following Friday, Oct. 25… Only 10 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisional eliminations of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing colts went postward on the 15-race Harrington Raceway program Tuesday. The final division featured a showdown of two local pacing heavyweights and previous elimination winners, Hawker and Elite Awards, who had previously not met in their limited previous on-track performances with eight total starts combined between the pair. When the dust settled, the showdown was as advertised as Karen Walls' Elite Awards ($4.20, George Dennis) came away victorious in 1:55, equaling the track record for 2-year-old pacing geldings (Shaving Mug). The Powerful Toy gelding, sat behind slight favorite Hawker, who set fractions of 29, 57.4 and 1:27. Elite Awards gathered momentum and tipped to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch for a half-length win over a game Hawker. It was the third win in four lifetime starts for Elite Awards and trainer David Rearic. Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo ($2.40, Vince Copeland) was a popular winner in an earlier division. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding blew by the leaders late to prevail by three lengths over a late charging Bohemia. It was the second career win for "Carlo", who is also trained by his driver Copeland. The remaining division was held off the wagering program, as Daryl Bier, Christina Haislip and Charles Dombeck's Solace (Bier) held off Above The Storm in a tight photo finish in 1:56.4. It was the first career win in three lifetime starts for Solace and trainer/driver Bier. The top eight point-getters in the DSBF 2-year-old colt and gelding ranks will return to compete in the $100,000 final on October 22. In the overnight feature Tuesday, North State Street Stable's Monochromatic ($3.20, Corey Callahan) notched her 45th career win in 1:53 for trainer Dylan Davis. Drivers Jim Morand, George Dennis and Ross Wolfenden each had three winners on the card. By Matt Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 2-year-old stakes will complete its second leg this week, beginning with three divisions of filly pacers Monday. One early non-wagering event will be conducted before the betting card starts at 5:30 p.m., featuring undefeated pacer I'm Won Rum Wiser for owners George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable. The Headmaster-sired filly has won both of her previous starts, including a 1:58.4 win in the first leg of DSBF action last week. Trained by George Dennis, she will head a six horse field from post five. The early non-wagering event will be conducted at 4:50 p.m. On the wagering card, two divisions will go postward, as Del Cote-trained Treasure Valley (2-1, Corey Callahan) looks to build on a third place finish last week from post two in the first division, slated 4th on the 15 race program. The partnership of Henry Farragalli, T P Johnson, and Joe Thomson share ownership of the filly. An impressive winner last week, Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah (2-1, Allan Davis) is the one to beat in the second division (8th race). The Wayne Givens-trainee was a two length winner in her elimination a week ago and drew post six. The pacing colts do battle Tuesday with an additional three divisions. Just like the fillies, one will be contested off the wagering program. The headliner has to be the 8th race which will feature a showdown between the two most impressive colts so far in the DE program, Winbak Farm's Hawker (8/5, Jeff Fout) and Karen Walls' Elite Awards (2-1, George Dennis). Both colts have two previous wins and have not raced against each other previously. Hawker, a son of the first crop of Artzina, had a 1:56.4 triumph in his division last week while Powerful Toy gelding Elite Awards, came from off the pace to score a five length win in 1:56.3. Hawker drew the pole, while Elite Awards, will start from post two. In the remaining betting division on the program, a wide open field of seven goes postward in the 4th race. No divisional winners are in the field but Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (5/2, Vince Copeland) was installed as the morning line favorite after a runner-up finish to Elite Awards last week. The Copeland-trainee, "Carlo" drew post two. In the early non-betting division at 4:50 p.m., Lloyd Gilmour's Above The Storm (Victor Kirby) drew the rail and was a divisional winner last week, heading a field of seven Tuesday for trainer Jim Coughlin. Wednesday is trot day as five divisions will be in action, starting in the 2nd race on the 15-race program. Bryan Truitt's Way Over Paid (2-1, Truitt) will look to atone for a break last week at odds-on from post two. Truitt also trains and drives the son of Great George Two. Elimination winner Kelsey's Commando (3-1, Kirby), owned by Richard Lombardo, JJ&M Stable and Pam Wagner, drew post seven for trainer Gary Green. The second filly division will go postward as the 4th race, as Betty Chambers' Canterbury Girl (2-1, Ross Wolfenden) will look to sweep her eliminations after a 2:06.3 triumph last week. Three colt divisions will commence beginning in race 6. The field is void of previous eliminations winners but Carlo Poliseno's Briefs or Boxers (2-1, Poliseno) is the early choice after a third place finish last week. Poliseno also trains and drives the Political Briefing gelding. Winbak Farm's Call Me Hal (2-1, Jeff Fout) will look to build on a runner up performance last week in the second division for trainer/driver Fout. In the final division (10th race), three elimination winners will square off, headed by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson's LG's Pride (2-1, Jim Morand) who was victorious via a wire-to-wire effort last week for trainer Les Givens in 2:04.2. Winbak Farm's Winbak Charles M (3-1, Fout) also won his division last week in 2:05.2. Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler's Bosston Bnz (6-1, Art Stafford Jr.) was an upset winner in his elimination and is among the field of six. The $100,000 DSBF finals will be conducted on closing week at Harrington Raceway from October 21-23.   by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

VERNON, NY—The favorite Sheer Brilliance lived up to his top billing with a seamless 1:50.2 showing to capture Saturday night’s $10,000 Open pace at Vernon Downs. Leaving from the outside five post position in race two, Sheer Brilliance flashed by splits of :25.1, :53 and 1:21.4 while beating back all challenges, and cruised to a 1-1/4 length triumph over JK Panache, last week’s winner in this top-flight class. Saturday’s sizzler secured the third local victory, the eighth season’s score and 42nd lifetime triumph for the 8-year-old son of Blissfull Hall-High Roller Ash, who is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long. Aaron Byron did the teaming as the gritty gelding bumped his career winnings to $497,365. Byron also finished first with the pacer Mister Hill in race seven to earn his first multiple win night at the 77-program meeting. Former Canadian driving champ (Rideau Carleton) John Macdonald delivered three winners during the 13-race program, as did Chris Lems and Fern Paquet, Jr., while trainer James Clouser, Jr. harnessed a pair of first-place finishers. DOWNS DOINGS Paquet, who has been racing regularly at Vernon since its sister track, Tioga Downs, closed, has spurted to 29 driving victories, including seven during the weekend… One of his Saturday scores was behind the pacer Dana Boko (1:58.1), which was the 3-year-old filly’s first pari-mutuel victory… The Downs will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45… Next Friday (Oct. 18), the track will host the fifth and final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters. It will also present the event’s $400,000 championship final the following Friday, Oct. 25… Only 11 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

VERNON, NY—Track record-holder A Penny Earned raced aggressively on the front end throughout Friday night’s $10,000 Open trot, and defeated the favorite, Mr. Web Page, in a 1:55 performance at Vernon Downs. With Chris Lems handling the lines in Friday’s second session, A Penny Earned flashed to the front off the starting gate and cut fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:26.3. He had enough effort and energy left at the end of the mile contest to hold off the fast-closing newcomer Mr. Web Page by a neck. The determined effort by the bay battler resulted in his fifth local win, which includes a sparkling 1:53.1 all-time local standard for 4-year-old trotting horses on Sept. 2. It also marked the sixth season’s score and the 14th lifetime tally for the speedy son of Conway Hall-Penny Dream, who is shared in ownership by trainer George Ducharme (of Royalty For Life fame), as well as fellow New Englanders Alfred Ross, Paul Fontaine and Nicola Oliva. His career bankroll now stands at $256,126. Roman Lopez posted three victories during Friday’s 12-race program, while Jimmy Whittemore snared one score. They finished the track’s 76th program tied at 91 for second place on the 2013 season’s dash-winning chart. Drivers John Macdonald, Fern Paquet, Jr. and trainer John McNeil, III also secured a pair of first-place finishes during the evening. DOWNS DOINGS—Vernon owner and trainer Art Conte received a welcomed 52nd birthday present from his trotter Hitontheflipside (MacDonald driving), who won Friday’s 11th event in 1:57.4…The Vernon-based Royalty For Life, one of the sport’s top sophomore trotting standouts this season, who captured the prestigious Hambletonian stake, as well as several other major events during the current campaign…Saturday night’s 13-race card, which includes a $10,000 Open pace in race two, will begin at 6:45 p.m…The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Crown elimination races from Pennsylvania’s Mohegan Sun racetrack at Pocono Downs on Saturday evening…Only 12 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9…A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

VERNON, NY—The productive pacer Don’t Blame Her returned to her winning ways during Thursday night’s $10,000 Open feature for female representatives of the lateral gain after a sizzling 1:52 performance at Vernon Downs. Part-owner Joe Bongiorno did the steering in Thursday’s sixth session as the favorite Don’t Blame Her accelerated into the lead from third following the opening quarter, and remained on the front end to the finish, defeating Love You Bye, the closest of her five foes, by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the third Open victory in the last four outings here for the quick-footed bay daughter of Village Connection-Never My Fault, who is also owned by Barbara Bongiorno, and trained by Brad Irvine. It marked the sixth season’s score and 57th lifetime tally for the career-earner of more than $787,100 who tied her 1:51.2 career win-mark here on Sept. 26. Jimmy Whittemore and Fern Paquet, Jr. each recorded driving doubles during the track’s 75th program of 2013. DOWNS DOINGS—Whittemore, a three-time track driving champion, took over sole possession of second place on the meet’s driving chart with his two-win performance. He entered the program tied with Roman Lopez, each with 88 wins…Lopez was also shuffled back to third place on the track’s conditioning chart after former training champ Dave Dewhurst earned his 32nd local win with the pacer Kyler’s Valentine in Thursday’s first event. He and Lopez had started the night with 31 current training tallies each…Friday’s 12-race card, which includes a $10,000 Open trot in event two, will begin at 6:45 p.m…Vernon will offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Crown elimination races from Pennsylvania’s Mohegan Sun racetrack at Pocono Downs this Friday and Saturday nights…Only 13 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9…A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

 HARRINGTON, Del. – Five $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) divisions for 2-year-old trotters were contested on the Wednesday Harrington Raceway program.   Two early non-wagering contests started the program with Winbak Farm’s Winbak Charles M (Jeff Fout) prevailing in the first division for colts in 2:05.4. The CR Commando gelding notched his first win in his first lifetime start for trainer/driver Fout.  The second non wagering division was also for colts, one of three divisions on the program, and featured a strong performance by Nanticoke Racing, Henry Faragalli and TP Johnson’s LG’s Pride (Jim Morand) who was the fastest 2-year-old of the night with a 2:04.2 triumph. The CR Commando colt improved to 2-for-2 lifetime for trainer Les Givens.  Rain and wind picked up through the night and made for sloppy conditions for the remaining three divisions on the program.  The first filly division went to Betty Chambers’ Canterbury Girl ($5.40, Ross Wolfenden) who was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:06.3. A daughter of Political Briefing, the Bonnie Chambers-trainee never had an anxious moment in her front end score.  Gary Green-trainee Kelsey’s Commando ($4, Victor Kirby) took the second filly division in 2:07.1 with a fierce rally late. The CR Commando filly earned her first win in her third lifetime start.  The final colt division saw an upset as Art Stafford Jr. and Eli Beiler’s Bosston Bnz ($22.80, Art Stafford Jr.) put forth a big charge in the stretch to prevail in 2:07.1. A gelded son of Don Boss Vita, it was his first career start for trainer/driver/co-owner Stafford Jr.  In the overnight feature, Rojan Stables, LA Express Stables, Allan Kaplan and Howard Taylor’s He’s Spooky ($4.20, Jon Roberts) recorded his third consecutive win for trainer Doug Lewis. The Cantab Hall stallion made the lead immediately from post seven and never looked back in his open length score in 1:57. It was his ninth win of the season.  Ross Wolfenden and Jon Roberts each had three winners on the program. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Three $20,000 divisions of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies were contested on the Harrington Raceway program on Monday. George and Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser ($4.20, George Dennis) was the fastest winner with a 1:58.4 triumph from post seven in the third division. Trained by co-owner Dennis, the Headmaster-sired filly was able to grab the early lead before yielding to favorite Crushed Again. I'm Won Rum Wiser would reclaim the lead at the top of the stretch to prevail by a length. Hen's Playmate was third. It was the second win in two lifetime starts for I'm Won Rum Wiser. Garnet O'Marrow's Seboomook Fool Yah ($2.40, Allan Davis) was a well-backed winner in the second division as the daughter of Gamblers Dream cruised to a two-length win over Mom Mom's Little C in 2:00.3. Treasure Valley was third. Trained by Wayne Givens, it was the second career win in four lifetime starts for Sebomook Fool Yah. The first division, which was contested off the wagering program, was won by Kim and Shayna Dashiell's Heart of Steel (Jim Morand), who also won in 2:00.3. Aggie's Dream was second with Reflected Art third. Heart of Steel, sired by Artzina, was trained by Doug Lewis. In the overnight feature on the program, Dandee Racing and Lightning 5 Racing Stable's Mojo Terror ($3.80, Eric Carlson) notched his seventh win of the year with a 1:53 victory in the $19,000 Open. Earlier on the program, Elizabeth and Bret Brittingham's Raritan Bay won his eighth consecutive race for trainer Don Brittingham with a 1:54.4 score. Allan Davis and Eric Carlson each had three driving winners on the 15-race program. George Dennis, Tony Morgan and Corey Callahan each had a driving double.   Matt Sparacino

VERNON, NY—Track record-holder JK Panache turned in a brilliant performance while posting a sizzling 1:49.4 win-clocking in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured second race at Vernon Downs. Former Vernon provisional driving champ Truman Gale did the teaming in Saturday’s second race as JK Panache blazed through mile-cutting splits of :25.2, :54-flat and 1:22.3 en route to a neck triumph over No Monkeys Allowed. It marked the sixth local win, the eighth season’s score and the 16th lifetime victory for the speedy son of Art Major-Paris Hanover, who is shared in ownership by former Vernon multiple training champ Dave Dewhurst and Philip K. Hale. It was the fourth time the career-winner of $158,386 has beaten the 1:50 speed-barrier this season, including a 1:49.1 track record performance for 4-year-old pacing geldings here on June 22. “He’s not a very big horse, but he’s got a huge heart,” explained trainer Dewhurst after the race. “I’ve had several chances to sell him, but my kids love him. They call him 'licky', because he likes to lick their faces when they’re around him. He’s just a nice, fast little horse.” Dewhurst earned his 31st conditioning credit after JK Panache’s win, and is presently tied with Roman Lopez, for second place on the 74-program meeting’s training chart. John Macdonald, a former driving champ at Canada’s Rideau Carlton Raceway, recorded three wins during Saturday’s 11-race program, while reinsmen Jimmy Whittemore, Chris Lems and trainer Ronald MacDonald each registered a pair of first-place finishes during the evening. DOWNS DOINGS Whittemore’s win behind the Wayne Hughes-trained pacer Speedy Valentine in race 11 was his 88th of the Vernon season, tying him with Lopez for second place on the track’s 2013 driving list… The double by Lems is his 20th of the meeting, one more than Rick Plano, the present Vernon leader in races won (130) and training tallies (51), who recently shipped his stable to Florida’s Pompano Park for that track’s fall, winter and early-spring campaign… Fans attending Saturday’s card saw full-brothers Four One One and The Grey Bullet (each by Sealed N Delivered and out of Jammin Jenna) not only compete against each other in the third race, but both earning purse checks. The 11-year-old grey gelding Four One One, owned by Utica’s Robert Siemski, won the contest in 1:55, while his 8-year-old kid brother finished fourth for owner and trainer Hughes… The Downs will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45 p.m… Only 14 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

VERNON, NY—Grey Ice helped driver Fern Paquet, Jr. achieve a four-win performance while capturing Friday night’s $8,000 featured trot, and an American team defeated a German quartet, 107-101, in the sixth and final leg of a barnstorming amateur driving challenge during the 73rd program of the current campaign at Vernon Downs. Competing against six skilled rivals in Friday’s seventh session, Grey Ice advanced from fifth at the quarter to a challenging-second at the half, timed in :56.3. The 7-year-old gelding took charge entering the track’s final turn and remained on the front end to the finish, scoring in a career-fastest 1:54.3 clocking. He defeated Enrico AS, the closest of his rivals, by 1-1/4 lengths. Friday’s first-place finish was the second locally, the sixth this season and the 22nd overall for the grey son of The Icepan Cometh-The E Street Pan, who raised his career-earnings to $189,472. Paquet did the piloting for trainer Guy Howard and the Howard Stables. Paquet also finished first with the trotters Jaipur (1:57.2) in Friday’s third race, Step Up (1:57.2) in the eighth event and guided the sophomore pacer Hayuneverknow to a 1:56.4 initial pari-mutuel score in the evening’s 11th event. It marked his initial four-win outing of Vernon’s 60th anniversary season. Three-time Downs driving champ Jimmy Whittemore also posted a pair of victories during Friday’s 11-race card. Trailing 70-56 entering the first of two divisions of the Vernon leg, the German team got a 1:56.1 victory from Andreas “Andy” Schwarz, who steered the trotter Rompaway Brandon in Friday’s second race, helping to close the gap to 85-83 entering the evening’s fourth race. In the deciding dash of the “friendship competition,” Vladimir Melnichenko urged the trotter Extreme Yankee on to a fast-closing 1:59.4 triumph, which enabled the Americans to pull-out a 107-101 overall victory. Other members of the American team taking part in the Vernon competition were Bernard Boland, Simeon Hunsdon and George Bonomo, while rounding out the German squad were Peter Platzer, Martina Bredlau and Christoph Pellander. DOWNS DOINGS—German driver Andreas Schwarz set a world record of 229 amateur driving victories in 1999, that is still noted in the Guinness Book of Records…Vernon will present an 11-race program on Saturday (Oct. 5) that will include a $10,000 Open pace in race two. First post will be at 6:45 p.m. There will also be a “Spin To Win” promotion during the evening…Only 15 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th racing season that continues through Nov. 9…A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs

VERNON, NY—The quick-footed Let’s Go Higher topped four fast and fit female foes in Thursday night’s $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs. With Shawn Gray doing the driving for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday’s second race, the favorite Let’s Go Higher, the field’s top money-winner in her last five outings, went right to the front and prevailed by 2-1/2 lengths over the pocket-sitting, second choice, Don’t Blame Her, a winner in this event in her last two starts. The first-place finish was the third in succession and the 10th this season for the 5-year-old daughter of former track favorite Cole Muffler and out of the Abercrombie-mare Ten Speed, owned by Jesse J. De Long. The career-winner of more than $240,500 now sports 19 career victories, the fastest in 1:50.3 here on July 11. Roman Lopez, the track’s second-leading driver (86 victories) and trainer (31) this year, logged a double during the track’s 72nd program, while Fern Paquet, Jr. and Truman Gale also delivered twin tallies during Thursday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Rick Plano, Vernon’s leading driver (130 wins) and conditioner (51) has departed the Downs to begin a fall-winter-spring campaign at Florida’s Pompano Park… Vernon will present an 11-race program on Friday night, including an $8,000 featured trot in race seven. First post will be at 6:45…Only 16 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th racing season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jeff and David Clark's Ash Larue ($6, Jim Morand) scored her third straight win Tuesday in the $19,000 Mares Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:52.3. The Jeff Clark-trained 8-year-old Artiscape mare was sent for the lead early and never relinquished in her two length score over Mom's Toy and Scarlet Pandemic. It was the 31st career win for Ash Larue who surpassed $350,000 in career earnings. It was one of three driving wins for Morand, who also won three on Monday. Victor Kirby also had a three win night and Ross Wolfenden won two races. Also on the program were charitable events, dubbed the "Rickshaw Rumble," which featured a human as the horse pulling a sulky. Three divisions were contested of the popular annual charity which is organized by local TV personality Heather Vitale. All proceeds of the event go to benefit Horse Lovers United, a charitable organization that finds homes for retired horses who can no longer compete. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

VERNON, NY—Sheer Brilliance displayed his radiance with a bold-striding 1:51.2 victory in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs. Competing for the second time at Vernon since shipping in from Tioga Downs, Sheer Brilliance left from the assigned outside post position in Saturday’s second session and, after a brief battle for the early lead with Moonlight Ransom, took charge of the mile contest. Despite broken equipment, the gritty gelding continued on to a close decision over his early challenger. It was the third tally in the last four starts for the productive 8-year-old, his seventh season’s score and 41st lifetime win. The aggressive bay son of Blissful Hall-High Roller Ash raised his career earnings to more than $492,000. Claude Huckabee, III did the teaming for co-owner and trainer Jeffrey Long and his partner, J. Paul Long. Saturday’s fastest mile was a 1:51.1 performance by No Monkeys Allowed, who scrambled home from sixth in the final quarter to snare his second win in succession for owners Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas in the $8,000 seventh race. John Macdonald, who earned a double with the first-place finish, did the steering for trainer Edgar Clarke, who also recorded two victories during Saturday’s 13-race program, as did owners Orr and Jonas. Leading driver (130 wins) and trainer (51 tallies) Rick Plano picked up his meet-leading 15th triple during the track’s 71st program, while Roman Lopez also logged three wins and Fern Paquet, Jr. two. DOWNS DOINGS Paquet recorded eight wins during the three-night weekend, and Plano seven … One of Plano’s wins was behind Lon Frocione’s promising 2-year-old trotting filly Fashionableapple, who secured her “maiden” victory with a 1:57.4 showing in Saturday’s ninth race. Veteran Tony Mondi trains the bay daughter of Big Apple Deli-Fashionablefilly… The MacDonald, Clarke, Orr, Jonas contingent’s other triumph came from the pacer Yankees In Six, who chalked up his second straight score with a 1:52 tally in Saturday’s $6,000 fifth event... Vernon will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45 p.m.… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

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