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VERNON, NY—Defending dash-winning and training champion Rick Plano was on top of his game again at Vernon Downs on Friday night, posting four first-place finishes, including a 1:54.4 score with his trotter She’s All In during the $8,000 featured ninth event. Competing as the crowd’s favorite from post five in Friday’s ninth race, She’s All In drafted along in second behind the pace-setting second choice, Manningly, until the final furlong, where she found racing room in the pylon path and accelerated to a 1-1/4-length victory over the on-rushing Dreamanotherdream. Manningly ended up third. Friday’s victory was the fourth locally, the sixth this season and 15th overall for the 4-year-old daughter of Revenue S-Simply Royal, who raised her lifetime earnings up to more than $110,000. Plano’s other tallies were with his wife’s (Maryann) trotter Ulay Boko in the third race, the Jeffrey Long-conditioned trotter Isabella Gal in the fifth session, and Lon Frocione’s trotter Naughty Not Nice in the eighth event, bumping his win-total after 70 programs to 127 and his conditioning count to 50. After Ulay Boko tied fellow trotter Ziegler Hanover at eight for most wins by an equine performer at the meet in Friday’s third event, Ziegler Hanover hustled up his ninth first-place finish during the track’s 60th anniversary season in the sixth session. It was the second win in succession, the sixth in the last seven starts, and the 26th all-time for the steady-striding 8-year-old son of Andover Hall-Xqsmwa, who raised his career earnings to nearly $260,000 for owner Regina Dewhurst. Chris Lems did the steering for trainer Dave Dewhurst. Truman Gale, a former provisional driving champion here, captured the first, second and 12th races of the evening to record his third triple at the meet. DOWNS DOINGS Owner/trainer Ron Abbott steered his 3-year-old trotter Scottish Rite to a 1:56 victory in Friday’s 10th event, which became the colt’s initial pari-mutuel triumph… Vernon will present at 13-race card starting at 6:45 on Saturday night, a program that will include a $500 Fall Fever Handicapping Contest on races 1-10 and a $10,000 Open pace in race two… 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—The quick-striding pacer Don’t Blame Her, and driver Fern Paquet, Jr. shared the spotlight during Thursday night’s 11-race program at Vernon Downs. Don’t Blame Her became a two-time winner at Vernon’s 69-program meeting with a 1:51.2 victory in the evening’s $10,000 Open for female pacers, while Paquet produced five wins during the card. For the second week in a row, co-owner Joe Bongiorno handled the lines behind Don’t Blame Her as the 10-year-old mare wired four fast-footed distaff rivals in Thursday’s second race, stopping the timer in 1:51.2, a mile that equaled her lifetime speed record and came within two-fifths of a second of Intimidate’s season’s standard for representatives of the diagonal gait at the Downs. The impressive mile resulted in the second straight score, fifth this season and 56th all-time for the bay daughter of Village Connection-Never My Fault, who is also registered to Barbara Bongiorno, and trained by Brad Irvine. It was the 210th start for the career-earner of $780,982. She had obtained her win-mark at The Meadowlands last season. Paquet captured the first, third, fourth, fifth and 10th events to tie Rick Plano, Roman Lopez and Chris Lems at one for most wins by any driver during a single program at the track’s 60th anniversary meeting. Three of Paquet’s victories (Mc Thunderstruck, Salome Marvel and Want More) were for owner/trainer John McNeil, III, who chalked up his initial training triple at the Downs this year. Jimmy Whittemore charted his 13th double at the Downs in 2013 to take an 83-81 lead over Roman Lopez in their battle for second place on this season’s dash-winning driving chart. DOWNS DOINGS Wanda Polisseni’s 3-year-old trotting colt Winnerwind produced his initial pari-mutuel victory after trainer Dan Daley drove the brown son of Credit Winner to a 1:59.1 personal-best mark in Thursday’s seventh session… The Downs will present a 12-race card on Friday that will begin 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

HARRINGTON, Del. - Eric Foster's Stirling Charisma (Eddie Davis Jr., $21.60) broke the 2-year-old trotting filly track record Thursday at Harrington Raceway. Trained by her owner, the Majestic Son filly received a pocket trip behind pacesetter Irish Sport throughout and edged clear in deep stretch for a win in 2:00.2. The previous mark was held by Wonderous Hanover (2:01), set in 2011. It was the second career win in seven starts for Stirling Charisma. Jim Morand had the hot hand with four driving wins to close out the week. Matthew Sparacino  

VERNON, NY—Northern Companion rallied in the homestretch to catch and defeat the pace-setting favorite Sheer Brilliance in Saturday night’s $10,000 Open pace at Vernon Downs. With trainer Robert Hoffman at the controls in Saturday’s featured second race, Northern Companion advanced from fifth in the early going to second entering the final furlong, and then kept digging until he had completed his objective, posting a 1:52.3 win over a rain-soaked “sloppy” track and a head triumph over the fan-favorite. It was the fifth local score, the 10th this season and the 30th all-time for the 5-year-old son of Cambest-Smoke It Out, who is owned by Dorothy Zarza. The hard-earned tally lifted the bay gelding’s lifetime earnings to more than $171,000. Hoffman also finished first with the Leopold Sawyers-owned and trained pacer GPS Legacy in Saturday’s 10th event to secure his second two-win outing at the 68-program meeting. Canadian-horseman John Macdonald delivered three first-place finishes during Saturday’s 13-race program, while driver Claude Huckabone, III, trainer Edgar Clarke and his owners, Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas, also enjoyed two trips to the winner’s circle during the soggy evening. DOWNS DOINGS Driver Jimmy Whittemore guided the Ray Van Dreason-conditioned pacer Moonlight Ranson to a 1:52.2 triumph in Saturday’s seventh session for owners Gus and Alan J. Johnston that produced his 81st win at the meet, and moved the 29-year-old horseman into a second-place tie on the track’s current dash-winning chart with Roman Lopez… Harris Obrien’s 4-year-old trotter Smokin’ Barrie collected his first pari-mutuel victory after Huckabone, III, sitting in for trainer Dennis Lacey, guided the 4-year-old gelding to a 2:01 tally in Saturday’s third event… Vernon will continue to offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next weekend, with first post time at 6:45 each evening… A revised 2013 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—The $1.8 million career-winning trotter Check Me Out made her appearance at Vernon Downs a notable one in Friday’s $10,000 Open contest, finishing first in 1:54. Co-owner, trainer and driver Ray Schnittker was in the sulky as the fan favorite idled in third to the quarter (timed in :27.2), accelerated to the lead at the half (:55.2) and then dominated from there, defeating She’s All In, the nearest of her five foes by 1-1/4 lengths. Friday’s ninth-race tally was the second this season and the 27th all-time for the productive 4-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi, who is also registered to Steve Jones. Check Me Out’s dominating performance increased her official career earnings to $1,878,545. She secured her 1:51.2 record at the Lexington “Red Mile” last year. The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover used a quick-striding late rally to captured Friday’s 11th race in 1:55, and become the winningest equine performer of the track’s 60th anniversary season. Chris Lems did the driving for former Downs conditioning champ Dave Dewhurst, as the 8-year-old horse rallied three-wide from fourth in the final quarter to defeat the Tioga Downs-shipper What About Brian by less than a length, chalking up his eighth local success of the 67-program campaign. Having recorded five first-place finish in his last six starts, the steady-striding son of Andover Hall currently has an 8-7 edge over fellow trotter Ulay Boko and the pacer Hot Cowboy. Three-time Downs’ sulky champ Jimmy Whittemore attained his sixth driving triple of the meet on Friday and moved to within one victory (81-80) of Roman Lopez on the track’s current dash-winning chart. Leading reinsman Rick Plano (122 wins) posted his 19th double of the meet and is tied with Chris Lems in that category with 19 each as of Sept. 20. Driver Fern Paquet, Jr. also tallied twice during Friday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Cary Grady’s 3-year-old pacer Jude Hall (1:54),and the Melvin Robert Fuchs-owned 2-year-old sidewheeler Prince Ajani (1:57.4) each earned their initial pari-mutuel victories during Friday’s program... Live racing continues with a 13-event agenda on Saturday, that offers a $10,000 Open pace in race two. First post will be at 6:45 p.m… A revised 2013 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—The productive pacing mare Don’t Blame Her unleashed a strong stretch kick to win her Vernon Downs debut in 1:52 during Thursday night’s $10,000 featured eighth event. Saratoga regular Joe Bongiorno did the teaming for trainer Brad Irvine in Thursday’s Open for female proponents of the lateral gait as Don’t Blame Her rallied from fourth at the half and closed from second in a :27.2 final quarter to defeat the on-rushing Xenia Hanover by a head. Thursday’s tally was the fourth this season and the 55th all-time for the 10-year-old daughter of Village Connection-Never My Fault, a career-winner of nearly $776,000 that is owned by Robert F. and Barbara Bongiorno. Leading driver Rick Plano continued his productive ways during Thursday’s 11-race card. The 61-year-old horseman collected three first-place finishes that bumped his total at the 66-program meet to 120. One of his scores was a 1:58.2 mile behind the 2-year-old pacing filly Purty Hanover in the fourth race that became her “maiden” victory. The Donato Hanover-offspring now sports a 1-1-1 performance line after four pari-mutuel starts for trainer David Mcginnis and owners Cully Mcginnis and Alan Hyatt. DOWNS DOINGS Roman Lopez, Plano’s main rival in this year’s dash-winning derby, earned his 80th victory after teaming the Joseph Duh-owned-and-trained pacer Another Judy to a 1:55 score in Thursday’s 10th event… Live racing continues with 12 races on Friday, including a $10,000 Open trot in race nine, and a 13-event program on Saturday, that offers a $10,000 Open pace in race two. First post each night will be at 6:45 p.m… A revised 2013 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— Gimme The Loot and driver Robert Krivelin gained a victory in the non-betting C.K.G. Billings Series leg for amateur drivers of trotters; JK Panache and The Triple Lindy captured the top pari-mutuel pace and trot, respectively; Gary P. Clark emerged as the track’s leading provisional pilot, while Jimmy Whittemore posted four first-place finishes for the second straight evening during Saturday’s 14-race program at Vernon Downs. Racing for the first time in 2013, Gimme The Loot logged a 1:59.4 triumph in the Billing contest that took place prior to Saturday’s 65th betting card. The spunky 8-year-old gelding raced at or near the lead throughout and closed from second in the stretch to defeat Northmedo Wine Guy, and driver Matt Zuccarello, by three-quarters of a length. Thomas Di Bartolo conditions the career-winner of $190,948 for owner Alessandro Spano. JK Panache, a two-time track record-setter at the Downs this season, powered his way to a 1:51.3 score in Saturday’s $8,000 seventh race, earning his fifth local tally, seventh season’s score and 15th lifetime victory. Whittemore did the teaming for trainer Dave Dewhurst, an owner of the 4-year-old pacing gelding along with Philip K. Hale. The Triple Lindy became a two-time winner at the meet with a 1:54.1 career-best clocking in the $7,000 10th event. Brian Mattison urged the 5-year-old trotting gelding into the lead entering the final quarter, and the brown son of Credit Winner held on to secure his 11th lifetime victory for owner and trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Stephen G. Michaels, Jim Winske and William B. Weaver, III. Part-owner Clark (with Fay E. Clark) steered the 4-year-old pacing mare New York Kitty to a 1:54.1 triumph in Saturday’s $4,000 eighth event that gave the 46-year-old horseman a 3-2 lead over Josh Kinney and Justin Huckabone in this year’s provisional drivers’ derby at the track. Whittemore, a three-time former Vernon dash-winning champion, enjoyed his fifth four-win outing of the track’s 60th anniversary season, while hiking his three night victory total for the weekend to nine. The 29-year-old teamster currently sits third on this season’s race-winning chart with 77 first-place finishes. Leading driver (117 wins) and trainer (46 tallies) Rick Plano won two races during Saturday’s pari-mutuel card, as did Mattison, Kelley and driver/trainer Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS—The Downs will continue its Thursday-Saturday live racing schedule next week, with first post time at 6:45 p.m…A revised 2013 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—Drivers Jimmy Whittemore and Rick Plano enjoyed hot outings during a rather chilly Friday at Vernon Downs, winning seven of the evening’s 10 races. Whittemore, a three-time Vernon driving kingpin, captured four races for the fourth time during the track’s 60th anniversary season. One of his first-place finishes was behind Bettor In Jeans, who delivered his first pari-mutuel victory with a hard-fought 1:56.2 photo-finish decision (over the gritty Stoney’s storminway) in Friday’s ninth race, that established him as the fastest 2-year-old pacing gelding at the 64-program meeting. The determined youngster’s success gives the bay son of Bettor’s Delight -Heatherjeankilllean a 1-1-2 summary line after six lifetime starts. Vernon veteran Keith Cluff conditions the promising prospect for the Morrisville College Foundation. Plano, the track’s driving and training leader for the second straight season, piloted three winners during the evening, including a 1:55 career-best tally behind the 5-year-old trotting mare Here Comes Annie in Friday’s seventh session. Owner Andy Gardner trains the bay daughter of Here Comes Herbie-Anne Pancroft, who became a two-time winner at the meet. Plano also directed the 2-year-old pacing filly Aritzia Hanover to a 1:57.4 “maiden” victory in Friday’s second race for trainer Sam Serianni, and the Ed Namiotka, Jr., Ken Jacobs, and Slo-Downs Stable ownership group. DOWNS DOINGS Through Sept. 13, Plano leads in driving wins with 115 and training tallies with 44… Owner/trainer (along with his wife Diane) Ron Harp has driven four winners in the past three programs at the Downs, including the trotter Crazy Over You in Friday’s third race… The Downs will present a 13-race card starting at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night (Sept. 14)… A revised 2013 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—The favorite Maud Blue Chip continued her winning ways with a career-best 1:58 performance in a division of Thursday night’s $109,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old filly trotters at Vernon Downs. Competing against eight eager rivals over a rain-affected good track in Thursday’s ninth race, Maud Blue Chip rallied from fourth at the half to become a challenging second entering the final quarter. With Tyler Buter doing the teaming for trainer Chuck Sylvester, the steady-striding brown filly turned on the speed in the stretch and defeated Market Rally by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the Third Straight NYSS score, and the fourth win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in six starts for the quick-footed daughter of Credit Winner-Queen of the Moor, who increased her winnings to $126,639 for owners Melvin Hartman, David H. Mc Duffee and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Thursday’s other NYSS winner was Exotic Form, a representative of the Dan Dailey Stable entry, who also closed late to post a 1:58.2 lifetime-fastest tally in the sixth session. Claude Huckabone, III was at the controls for Daley as the opportunistic bay filly overtook the favorite, Gammy’s Girl, in the final furlong and secured a three-quarter length score, her second NYSS win in succession and third (coupled with a second-place finish and a third) in seven official outings. The fast and fit daughter of Malabar Man-Form Fitting increased her earnings to $103,045 for the Winbak Farm. Thursday’s 12-race program also included three divisions of a $38,200 Excelsior Series contest for state-bred frosh-filly high-steppers. The winners were Ski To The Max (Conway Hall-Enjoy The Sun) in 1:59.3 for driver and trainer Gates Brunet and the Theodore Gewertz, Y. Jean Brunet and Deborah Brunet ownership contingent; Emiliana (Cash Hall-Monalisa Can) in 1:59.3 with Chris Long teaming for trainer Jim Graham and owner Lisa Wyatt, and Holly’s Lightning (Conway Hall-Indigo Sakra) in 2:00.2 for driver/trainer Sam Schillaci and owner Greg Martin. The crowd’s choice Billmar Scooter, making just her second local appearance, delivered a 1:51.2 triumph in Thursday’s $10,000 second race, the week’s Open distaff pace. The hard-hitting 8-year-old mare rallied from fourth in the final quarter to defeat Love You Bye, last week’s victor in this class, by two lengths. It was the fifth current victory and 38th all-time for the bay daughter of Keystone Raider-Its Scooter Time, who is owned by driver Tyler Buter, trained by Amber Buter and owned by the Oldford Farms. In addition to Tyler Buter’s driving double, reinsman Chris Lems collected his meet-leading 19th two-win credit during the track’s 63rd program of 2013. DOWNS DOINGS The Peter Carney-conditioned trotter Rattle On (2:02.1) and Holly’s Lightning (2:00.2) each earned their first pari-mutuel victories during Thursday’s card… The Downs will present a 10-race program starting at 6:45 on Friday night… A revised 2013 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. - Chris Giaccio and Victor Kirby's Can Do ($8.80, Kirby) notched his Third Straight win Wednesday in the $19,000 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway. The current 4-year-old track record holder, Can Do, sat a pocket trip throughout behind pacesetter Spunky Jack and surged by in mid-stretch for the win. World Cup closed ground late for second while Awsome Valley was third. Can Do is also trained by co-owner/driver Kirby. He recorded his sixth win of the year. Allan Davis, Ross Wolfenden, Jim Morand and Kirby each had driving doubles. by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Foiled Again's bid for a third Bobby Quillen Memorial title at Harrington Raceway just got a little tougher. The 9-year-old champion pacer drew post eight Tuesday afternoon in the 7th Annual $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final to be held Monday September 16. The Dragon Again gelding had an auspicious return to Delaware and registered his 71st career win in his elimination with a 1:49.4 score. Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), the richest pacer of all-time with winnings in excess of $5.3 million, had his elimination win trumped only by his stablemate Clear Vision, who left flames over the Harrington half-mile with a track record-equaling 1:49.2 victory in his division. Clear Vision (Brett Miller) will start from post three. Clear Vision and Foiled Again will be joined by another Ron Burke-trainee, Escape the News (pp 7) in the final. The Quillen will go postward as the 10th race on a 13-race program that will feature a $7,500 guaranteed pick four pool beginning in race three. Here's a look at the draw for the Quillen field with final driver changes still pending until noon on Wednesday. $223,500 Bobby Quillen Memorial Final 1 - Mel Mara (Corey Callahan) 5/1 2 - Sapphire City (Ross Wolfenden) 6/1 3 - Clear Vision (Brett Miller) 2/1 4 - Mcerlean (Jim Morand) 8/1 5 - Dynamic Youth (Corey Callahan) 10/1 6 - Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) 4/1 7 - Escape the News (Matt Kakaley) 12/1 8 - Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) 5/2 by Matt Sparacino for Harrington Raceway  

VERNON, NY—The trotter Manningly and pacer Oh My Joepa were co-feature race winners, while leading driver and trainer Rick Plano continued his victorious ways during Saturday night’s 13-race program at Vernon Downs. With Howard Okusko, Jr. doing the steering for his wife, trainer Jessica Okusko, in Saturday’s $8,000 seventh session, the favorite Manningly advanced from fourth in a :28.4 final quarter to earn a half-length tally in 1:54.2. The fast-closing effort resulted in the third current score and 20th lifetime triumph for the 7-year-old son of Yankee Glide-Balanced Action, who is owned by the M&L Of Delaware, LLC contingent. In the $8,000 eighth event, Oh My Joepa bullied his way through splits of :26.1, :53.4 and 1:21.4 to upset the crowd’s choice, Vroom Hanover, in a 1:51 performance, that produced his sixth season’s score and 11th lifetime victory. Claude Huckabone, Jr. drove for trainer Michael Deters and owner Paul Parenteau. Plano picked up three driving victories and a pair of conditioning credits during the card to hike his top teaming count to 112 and his leading training total to 44 after 62 current local programs. The 61-year-old reinsman produced seven driving wins and four training tallies during the three night weekend. Driver, owner (with his wife, Diane) and trainer Ron Harp finished first with the trotters Crazy Over You (2:00) and Victoria Hall (1:59.3) to secure his first driving double of the track’s 60th anniversary season. DOWNS DOINGS Plano, the track’s defending dash and conditioning champ, also recorded three second-place finishes and a third during the evening… The 3-year-old filly Crazy Over You, owned by the Harps and Michael James Ball, obtained her “maiden” win in Saturday’s third race… The Downs will offer live racing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next weekend, with the Sept. 12 slate featuring a New York Sires Stake for 2-year-old trotting fillies… A revised 2013 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—Friday night’s “End of the Summer Showdown” program at Vernon Downs was one of speed and substance. Intimidate captured the $214,000 Credit Winner Open Trot with a 1:51 performance that becomes the fastest mile by a trotter in the 60-year history of the track, and it serves as a new standard for 4-year-old geldings on the diagonal gait. D’Orsay powered to a 1:52 triumph in her first U. S. A. start to win the $202,000 Muscle Hill contest and become the swiftest 4-year-old trotting mare here ever. The season’s standard for 2-year-old pacing fillies locally was lowered twice, finally settling on a 1:52.1 clocking by JK Molly. I’m The Pied Piper sped to a 1:50.2 victory in the night’s $10,000 Open pace that missed the track mark for 4-year-old pacing horses by just two ticks of the timer. Hall of Famer Ron Pierce did the teaming behind Intimidate in Friday’s 11th event, closing from fourth in a :27.4 final quarter to catch and defeat the game Sevruga by ½-length. The time trimmed 1/5th-of-a-second off the previous all-time track trotting mark, set by the great San Pail in 2011. It was the fifth win in six current outings for the bay son of Justice Hall-Fabulous Tag, who is trained by Luc Blais and owned by Canadians Judith Farrow and Les Ecuries Luc Blais, Inc. The gifted gelding is now a career winner of more than $564,700. One race earlier, D’Orsay, competing as part of a two-trotter Jonas Czernyson stable entry, led early, caught a breather in second-place during the middle portion of the mile, and then rallied in the final stages of the contest to defeat the pace-setting Beatgoeson Hanover by three lengths, and secure her fourth victory in 10 current outings. It resulted in the seventh career victory for the bay daughter of Yankee Glide-Danae, now an earner of $302,085 for the Consus Racing Stable. It was one of three victories during Friday’s 12-race card for driver Corey Callahan. JK Molly improved her season’s summary line to 4-1-1 after a career-quickest 1:52.1 effort in Friday’s ninth race, second and final flight of a $106,124 New York Sires Stakes test for 2-year-old filly representatives of the lateral-gait. Tim Tetrick teamed the bay daughter of Art Major-Heather’s Western for noted trainer Linda Toscano and the 3 Brothers Stable. The l-1/2-length tally improved the frisky filly’s career winnings to more than $111,200. Friday’s first NYSS showdown was won by Sweetnsinful (American Ideal-Ali Badali), who reigned as the season’s swiftest frosh distaff sidewheeler locally for a few minutes after posting a career-fastest 1:52.2 score in the seventh race. Jimmy Whittemore did the steering for trainer Homer Hochstetler, an owner along with his wife, Connie, and James B. Michels. The sprightly filly now sports a 3-2-0 performance line and winnings in excess of $106,700 after six official trips to the track. Making just his second Vernon appearance in Friday’s second race, I’m The Pied Piper took the lead after the opening quarter and was never seriously challenged thereafter, winning by three-quarters of a length and authoring one of the faster miles of Vernon’s 60th anniversary season. It was the fourth season’s score and 12th lifetime win for the fast-stepping son of Western Ideal-Lisjune, who reached the $200,000 plateau in career earnings for the Ron Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, JJK Stables and the Panhellenic Stable. Callahan did the chauffeuring for conditioner Ron Burke. Friday’s stellar line-up also included three divisions of a $38,500 Excelsior series match-up for New York-bred first-year female pacers, the fastest of which was won by Spreester in 1:52.3. It was the second local tally for the bay daughter of American Ideal-Rodeo Spree, who currently owns a 6-1-1 performance line after eight career outings. Frank Coppola, Jr. did the sulky-sitting for trainer Paul Zabielski and owner Kimberley Zabielski in the eighth event. The evening’s other Excelsior series first-place finishers were Carlota Blue Chip (American Ideal-Bet Your Life), who earned her “maiden” 1:55.4 victory with Rick Plano piloting for trainer Trond Smedshammer and Wanda Polisseni’s Purple Haze Stables in race 12, and Hay Stacked (Art Major-Monique’s Legacy), who scooted to a 1:56.3 win-mark and her second season’s score in the sixth session, with Callahan at the controls for conditioner Ray Schnittker, an owner along with Theodore Gewertz. DOWNS DOINGS More than $584,000 in prize money was dispersed during Friday’s 61st racing program of 2013… The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover hustled up his seventh score of the local campaign in Friday’s fourth race and is currently tied with fellow square-gaiter Ulay Boko and the pacer Hot Cowboy for most equine victories through Sept. 6… The Downs will present a 13-race program starting at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday night… A revised 2013 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—Nuncio re-did the track record for 2-year-old trotting colts, while Goddess became the fastest 2-year-old trotting filly of 2013 at Vernon Downs in divisions of Thursday night’s $144,600 W. N. Reynolds Memorial Stake for fledgling representatives of the diagonal gait. Competing in the second division of Thursday’s $78,600 W. N. Reynolds Memorial (“The Judge Moore”) for freshmen male square-gaiters, Nuncio rallied from fourth at the half to earn a 1:54.3 victory in the ninth race, lowering the previous standard for his class, set by Lukas Hall on Aug. 8, by two ticks of the timer. Trainer Jim Oscarsson was in the sulky as the fast-closing son of Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle secured his third win, to go with a pair of second-place finishes, after five season’s starts. The lifetime-fastest mile increased the bay colt’s career earnings to more than $108,900. Thursday’s other division of The Judge Moore was won by Exodus Hanover in 1:55.2, with Canadian Rick Zeron doing the steering for trainer Steve Elliott, an owner along with the Old Block Stable, Kenneth Klein and the Estate of Angelo Frassetto. The front-striding career-fastest mile by the bay son of Andover Hall-Exotic Destination improved the colt’s record to six wins and a third in eight outings and his earnings to $128,455. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Kelley in the fifth event, second division of Thursday’s $66,000 Reynolds (“The Meda”) clash for first-year female high-steppers, as Goddess used a speed spurt in the final strides to pass the pace-setting Keepsake Hanover and win by one-quarter-of-a-length in 1:56.2, eclipsing the previous 2013 mark of Thoughtfilly by 1-and-1/5th seconds. It was the second score, to go with a third-place finish, in four starts for the winner of $22,700, who is shared in ownership by Joe Sbrocco, William B. Weaver, III and the Kelley Racing Stable. The other “Meda” 2-year-old filly flight went to Chivaree Hanover who carved out a career-best 1:58.2 mile with Rick Plano piloting for trainer and owner R. Gregg McNair. The bay daughter of Muscle Hill-Celebrity Nike currently sports a 2-1-1 summary line and winnings in excess of $44,000 after five official trips to the racetrack. The Truman Gale-guided pacer Artic Byrd produced the evening’s fastest mile, a 1:53 showing in Thursday’s $7,000 10th event for owners Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell. Plano, Vernon’s top driver and trainer for the second straight season, picked up three sulky scores and two conditioning credits during Thursday’s 12-race card, while Gale also earned a “hat-trick,” and Lems a driving double. DOWNS DOINGS After 60 current programs, Plano tops the track’s standings with 108 driving wins and 42 training credits… Lems, presently third on the race-winning list, leads Plano in driving doubles at the meet, 18-17… Tomorrow night (Sept. 6) marks the “End of the Sumer Showdown” program at Vernon, with the track presenting its premier events for older representatives of the diagonal gait, the $200,000 Credit Winner Open Trot and the $200,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot… Friday’s slate, which starts at 6:45 p.m., will also include a rich New York Sires Stakes contest for 2-year-old filly pacers., a car giveaway, and a fireworks show following the 12-race… A revised 2013 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— A Penny Earned posted a career-fastest 1:53.1 Open trot victory; Hot Cowboy became the winningest pacer at the 59-program meeting, and Jimmy Whittemore chalked up four driving tallies during Monday’s special 10-race matinee program at Vernon Downs. With multiple Downs race-winning champ Whittemore handling the lines in Monday’s $10,000 eighth event, A Penny Earned idled in fifth place to the half, timed in :56 seconds, then scooted three-wide around the final bend and flashed home in a :28.1 final quarter to secure an impressive seven-length triumph. Improving his win-mark by one tick of the timer, the 4-year-old bay son of Conway Hal-Penny Dream collected his fourth current victory and 12th lifetime tally, while hiking his career purse earnings to more than $242,000 for trainer George Ducharme, an owner along with New Englanders Nicola Oliva, Alfred Ross and Paul Fontaine. Whittemore also finished first with the first-time race-winning trotter Don’t Miss A Tweet (1:58.2), the diagonally-gaited Leah’s Ex (1:55) and pacer Katelyn’s Scott (1:52) to register his third four-win outing of the track’s 60th anniversary season. Hot Cowboy, a consistent 6-year-old campaigner owned and trained by Truman Gale, roared home in a :27.4 last quarter to win Monday’s fifth event in 152.3. The solid score was his seventh at the meeting and made him the winningest pacer of 2013 here to date. It also tied him with the trotter Ulay Boko for most equine triumphs through Sept. 2. Second-leading reinsman and conditioner Roman Lopez logged a pair of first-place driving finishes during the bright, sunny afternoon, while Truman Gale gained a pair of training tallies. DOWNS DOINGS A Penny Earned is a stablemate of the standout trotter Royalty For Life in the Downs-based Ducharme stable… The 2-year-old filly trotter Don’t Miss A Tweet is trained by veteran Homer Hochstetler and owned by Connie J. Hochstetler and Robert Buddig… The Downs will offer live racing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday this weekend… On Friday, Sept. 6, Vernon will present its premier events for older representatives of the diagonal gait, the $200,000 Credit Winner Open Trot and the $200,000 Muscle Hill Mare Trot… Friday’s slate will also include a rich New York Sires Stakes contest for 2-year-old filly pacers.… A revised 2013 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  

Saturday’s speed splurge hit a low note in the sixth race after newcomer Pontiac Luck scorched Vernon’s 7/8ths-mile oval in 1:49, establishing a fresh track standard for aged pacing geldings and a career-fastest win clocking.  Plano was at the controls as the 7-year-old son of Northern Luck-Pontiac Queen led from start to finish and was unchallenged at the mile’s end.  The time trimmed 3/5ths-of-a-second off the former Vernon mark, set by A Fool For Mark back on June 22, and it came within 2/5ths-of-a-second of the fastest mile in the track’s 60-year history, a 1:48.3 showing by the pacer He’s Gorgeous in May of 2012.  It was the seventh season’s score and the 34th all-time tally for the career-winner of $317,437, who is trained by Ron Burke and registered to the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC.VERNON, NY—The sensational 2-year-old colt pacer He’s Watching convinced Vernon Downs fans that he is indeed something special after recording a blazing 1:50 victory in the opening division of Saturday night’s $107,925 New York Sires Stakes feature for freshman male members of the lateral gait. Being teamed for the first time by Jeff Gregory, and going off as the overwhelming favorite in Saturday’s third race, He’s Watching left the starting gate cautiously and was third after a :26.2 opening split. The bay son of American Ideal-Baberhood switched into another gear heading down the backstretch and was in control at the half in :54.2. Enjoying a two-length advantage after passing the third station in 1:22.4, the talented colt powered through a :27.1 final quarter to defeat the pocket-sitting Sir Sam’s Z-Tam by more than two lengths. The superb showing lowered the Vernon standard for freshman colt pacers by one full second, and equaled the clocking he displayed while setting a world record for his age, sex and gait over Tioga Downs’ 5/8sths-mile track on Aug. 9. The magical mile kept He’s Watching undefeated after five starts and improved his career winnings to more than $122,600 for trainer Dave Menary, an owner of the low-priced ($3,000) youngster along with Brad Grey and Michael Guerriero. Saturday’s other NYSS winners were Forty Five Red (If I Can Dream-Sakura Hanover) in 1:51.1 with Rick Plano piloting for trainer Ron Burke, the Burke Racing Stable and the Our Horse Cents Stable, and Big Boy Dreams (If I Can Dream-Stefani Blue Chip) in 1:51.3 with Cat Manzi doing the steering for trainer Arnie Marks and owner Dominick J. Rosato. Hall-of-Famer Manzi was behind Memorial Day J in race one, the opening segment of Saturday’s $37,900 Excelsior Series competition for NY-bred freshman male sidewheelers, and guided the bay son of Kenneth J-Sentra to a fast finishing 1:53.3 victory. The career-best clocking improved the swift-striding youngster’s summary line to 2-1-0 after six starts and his purse winnings to $14,035 for owner Ken Jacobs. The evening’s other Excelsior Series winners were Cabbie’s Delight (Bettor’s Delight-Get A Cab), in 1:53.4 with Gregory guiding for trainer Marks and owner Jacobs, and Sir ALTB Z-Tam (If I Can Dream-Mariah Blue Chip), in 1:55.3 with Gregory at the controls for trainer Pat Lachance, an owner of the first-time pari-mutuel winner along with the M&M Harness Racing stable and Ira Rosenblum. Saturday’s speed splurge hit a low note after newcomer Pontiac Luck scorched Vernon’s 7/8ths-mile oval in 1:49, establishing a fresh track standard for aged pacing geldings and a career-fastest win clocking. Plano was at the controls as the 7-year-old son of Northern Luck-Pontiac Queen led from start to finish and was unchallenged at the mile’s end. The time trimmed 1/5th-of-a-second off the former Vernon mark, set by JK Panache back on June 22, and it came within 2/5ths-of-a-second of the fastest mile in the track’s 60-year history, a 1:48.3 showing by the pacer He’s Gorgeous in May of 2012. It was the seventh season’s score and the 34th all-time tally for the career-winner of $317,437, who is trained by Ron Burke and registered to the Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, LLC. In addition to Gregory’s driving triple, Vernon’s leading driver for the second straight season, Plano, posted four first-place finishes for the seventh time at the 58-program meeting. Others recording multiple victories during Saturday’s 10-race program were driver Manzi (2 wins), trainers Marks (three tallies), Burke (three triumphs) and Edgar Clarke (two victories). The Burke Racing Stable enjoyed three scores during Saturday’s slate, while owners Jacobs and Weaver Bruscemi were the recipients of a pair of first-place finishes. DOWNS DOINGS...The previous 1:51 Vernon mark for freshman colt pacers was established by Schoolkids in August of 2008…The world record of 1:49 for this category was turned in by Sweet Lou in 2011...The Downs has scheduled a special 10-race matinee program on Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 2) starting at 1:15 p.m, which features a $10,000 Open trot in event eight.…A revised 2013 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  

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