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Plainville, MA --- In one of the closest photos of the year, 15-1 Bet You reigned supreme on the strength of a furious worst to first rush in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 14). Bet You (Jimmy Whittemore) got away eighth in the full field of pacers and watched while five horses led by Opus Blue Chip (Kevin Switzer) argued for the lead in a blistering :25.4 first quarter. As soon as they passed that station, Mach Doro A (Ron Cushing) who had also been parked out then took command. Immediately past the half, horses from the back came three-wide into contention with JK Will Power (Drew Monti) in the middle and Calvin B (Jay Randall) farthest out, pushing the pace up the backside. Bet You was now sixth in the breeze and behind a wall of horses as the field motored around the last turn. Whittemore tipped Bet You four-wide at the head of the stretch and had three more lengths to make up. He drew alongside JK Will Power and then both paced alongside Mach Doro A and all three hit the wire noses apart. When the photo came back, Bet You got the win just in front of JK Will Power and Mach Doro A, who dead-heated for place. It was the sixth win of the year for Bet You ($33.60) who has now earned $75,110 this year for owner Scott Dillon. Joe Nelson trains the winner. In the co-featured $12,000 upper-level condition pace, Tisadream N (Drew Monti) sat in the garden spot behind Vegas Dream (Kevin Switzer Jr.) through quarters of :26.2, :55.2 and 1:23.2 before Monti popped the plugs and the pocket to take the lead before the head of the stretch and then cruise home a wrapped-up 2-1/4 length winner in 1:51.4. It was the sixth win of the season for Tisadream N ($4.20) who has now earned $48,420 this year for owners Tony Gruppo and Tim Bojarski. Drew Monti and Jimmy Whittemore both had driving doubles to lead all drivers on Monday. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Thursday (Oct. 17) at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) each won $6000 co-features for pacers on Saturday (October 5) at Vernon Downs. Skip Jive ($13.80) charges late to win the first of the twin features. Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) went to the front and put up all the early numbers (:25.3, :54.2, :123.0). Skip Jive, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was fourth after three-quarters. He went to the front as they reached the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Jet Rock (Josh Kinney) to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.3. Sometimes Said held on for third. Skip Jive is a 6-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now has 20 career victories. Brookdale Bruiser ($13.80) captures the second of the two features. Brookdale Bruiser hit the first quarter in :27.0. Daliocity (Jeff Sorenson) went along side as they went around the first turn. The two were noses apart as they hit the half in :56.4. Brookdale Bruiser shook lose and led by a length as he hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, turned for home with the lead. He dug in and held off second place finisher Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:52.4. Sweet Deisel (Joe Nassimos) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his ninth win this season. He now has 17 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his other wins with JNM Express ($6.30), Quickcallblue Chip ($10.40), and Lunar Stride ($9.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 11) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 4). Hammer Time (John MacDonald) went straight to the front and hit the first quarter in :27.3. He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3. He led by three lengths as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Only Passing Thru ($7.00), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was third and eight lengths back at the three-quarters. Hammer Time led by two lengths as they reached the stretch. Only Passing Thru blew right on by to win easily by equaling a career best time of 1:54.2. Sky Crest (Sean McAleese) came up to finish second. Hammer Time settled for third. Only Passing Thru is 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his seventh win this season. He now owns 18 career victories. With just nine live racing dates left John MacDonald leads all drivers with 99 wins. Veteran reinsman Howard Parker has had a terrific season. He is currently in second with 76 trips to the winner's circle. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 73 driving wins. Leon Bailey is holding on t0 fourth place with 37 victories. Claude Huckabone Jr. and Claude Huckabone III are tied for fifth with 33 wins each. The trainers title is still wide open. Marissa Chadbourne leads with 39 wins. John MacDonald is just one behind with 38 tallies. Homer Hochstetler is third with 33 victories. Jessica Okusko is in fourth place with 30 wins in 94 starts. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 28 first place finishes. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 5) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs        

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) and Western Toro (John MacDonald) each scored victories in the pacing co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 25). Both raced for a purse of $5,000. In the first harness racing feature Golden Brit (Leon Bailey) controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1). Poisonous ($5.70), who is owned by Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadborne, was third after three-quarters. He went charging down the stretch to blow by and win in a seasonal best 1:53.2. E Z Noah (Terry Di Cicco) came up to finish second. Golden Brit Held on for third. Poisonous is a 7-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his second win this season. He now has 18 career Victories. In the second feature Winds Of Change (Josh Kinney) led to a first quarter of :26.3 and to the half in :55.4. Western Toro ($4.20), who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket just after the halfway mark. He cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.2 and won easily in 1:52.2. Banacek (Adam Capizano) was second best with Winds Of Change holding on for third money. Western Toro                                 -Fotowon photo Western Toro is a 10-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. He won for the second time this season and the 25th time in his career. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a special 14 race Memorial day matinee starting a 1:05 p.m. The feature races will be the Empire Breeders Classic finals for sophomore trotting fillies ($209,500) and 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings ($215,200). There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last as well as a live buglar For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

John MacDonald tied Jimmy Whittemore for first in driving wins on closing night at Vernon Downs (November 3). MacDonald drove Machmemackie to a win in the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind pace race. It was enough to tie him with Whittemore for first with 115 wins each. Truman Gale finished third with 58 victories while Claude Huckabone Jr finished fourth with 56 tallies. Leon Bailey used 50 wins to finish fifth on the list. A field of seven went one lap around the seven-eighths mile track going clockwise. Machmemackie ($3.30) led the group to the first quarter in :27.4. Great Soul (Josh Kinney) went first over around the first turn. As they reached the back stretch, Feelin Lucky (Truman Gale) went three wide and took a short lead hitting the half in :57.3. Machmemackie, who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, reclaimed the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:26.0. Second place finisher, The Royal Garden N (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but Machmemackie was too strong and won the seven-eighths mile race in 1:40.2. Giacodelight (Kyle DiBenedetto) finished third. Machmemackie is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this year and his 20th lifetime victory. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) wins featured pace ($7,500). Golden Gun ($5.50) went to the front and never looked back putting up all the numbers (:27.0, :56.1, 1:24.1, 1:53.2 ) to win his fourth straight feature at Vernon Downs. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) was second with Ponyta Boy (Leon Bailey) taking third money. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he picked up his seventh win this season and career victory number 31. Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) captures the 10 years or older "War Horse" race for pacers. Cascata (Truman Gale) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and kept the lead at the half mile mark in :58.3. Lucky Man ($4.20), who is owned by Patrick Laiso and Lappe (trainer), used a first over brush to take the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.0. When they hit the stretch the only battle left was for second place as Lucky Man won easily in 1:58.3. Dark Prince (John MacDonald) was second best with Mayflowermoonshine (Claude Huckabone III) getting the third spot. Lucky Man is a 13-year-old gelding by Camluck. It was his fifth win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 58 times in his career. Upto A Dream (Josh Kinney) wins the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind trot race. Upto A Dream ($8.60) charged to the front and put up all the fractions, hitting the first quarter in :28.3, the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:28.3 and finishing the seven-eighths mile in 1:43.4. Funny Photo (Joe Nassimos) finished second. Fox Valley Photog (Leon Bailey) was third. Upto A Dream is a 6-year-old gelding by Impel Hanover. Owned by Todd Santoro and trained by Gary Gibson, he picked up his fourth win of the year. He now has 16 career victories. John MacDonald captures the training title for the third straight year. "J-Mac" trained 65 winners. Jimmy Whittemore was second best with 37 wins. Homer Hochstetler (34), Truman Gale (30), and Robert Gale (27) rounded out the top five. Kabu wins horse of the year. Owned by the J P Stables and trained by John MacDonald, he won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs this season. The staff at Vernon Downs thanks all the fans and horse people for a great 2018 season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

Plainville, MA --- Jimmy Whittemore was all business at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Oct. 15) and came away with four winners on the card including capturing both of the $16,000 pacing co-features with Major Leaguer and Bamski. In the Winners-Over handicap, Major Leaguer got a perfect pocket trip behind Delightful Offer N (Ron Cushing) who came in on a four-race win streak. The pair sat one-two until the head of the stretch when Delightful Offer N drifted off the pylons, allowing Major Leaguer a clear shot up the pegs. Whittemore pushed him as hard as he could and Major Leaguer just got the lead in the shadow of the wire to win by a nose in 1:53. It was the eighth win of the year for Major Leaguer ($11.20) who now has a career single-season high $63,640 earned in 2018. Jimmy Whittemore owns and Dennis Whittemore trains Major Leaguer. Then in the 6-year-old and under conditioned event Whittemore sent Bamski off the wings and led every step of the way. When the race hit the three-quarters in 1:25.3 Whittemore gave Bamski his head and he paced away effortlessly, opening up a five-length margin of victory in 1:54.1. Bamski ($15.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Rounding out the Whittemore Grand Slam was Moonpie (1:57.1, $9.60) and Princess Kay (1:55.4, $3.20). The Massachusetts Sire Stakes have the week off but will return on Monday (Oct. 22) and Tuesday (Oct. 23) next week with the third leg for both 2- and 3-year-olds of both gaits and sexes. The finals will be held on Tuesday (Oct. 30). Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Oct. 16) with post time at 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the Vernon Downs harness racing featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (September 29). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) charged out to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.0, 1;23.4). Poisonous ($4.30) found himself sixth after three-quarters. Owned and trained by Whittemore, he would find an opening on the inside and sneak by them all in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished second with Golden Gun settling for third money. Poisonous is a 6-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his fifth win in 2018. He would secure career victory number 16. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his wins with Electraluck ($7.30), Pink Gardenias ($11.40), Western Toro ($6.00), and Brookdale Bruiser ($2.30). He is second in wins with 92 on the season. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore and Truman Gale both drove three winners on the night. Whittemore got his other two wins with Frappe' ($3.80) and Gracie G ($3.70). He now has 98 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Gale won with Vegas Again ($5.40), Painite ($5.80), and Roaddog Jess James ($3.40). He is third in wins with 49. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 5) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Plainville, MA --- Major Leaguer overcame an early deficit to go the mile of his life in the $16,000 Winners-Over pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 13). Quick Shot (Drew Campbell) took early command and flashed to the half in :54.1. At that point four horses were already out and moving with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) second-over in the pack. Bet You (Eddie Davis Jr.) was closest to the leader and forced a :27.3, 1:21.4 three-quarter time and looked like a contender at that point. As soon as they passed that station, Bet You stalled and Whittemore tipped Major Leaguer three wide around him and took dead-aim at Quick Shot, who still had a two-length advantage. Then under a methodic rocking hand drive, Major Leaguer made up the ground, wore down Quick Shot and hit the wire one-length ahead in 1:50.4, which was a new lifetime mark. Unraced at two, the now 4-year-old Major Leaguer ($16.20) scored his 23rd win in 44 lifetime starts for his driving owner, Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer Dennis Whittemore. The second fastest mile of the day was registered in a $13,000 non-winners event for the under 6-year-old group when Lucky Sport (Mitchell Cushing) went gate to wire to win by more than four lengths in 1:51, which was also a new lifetime mark. The win was the second in the last three Plainridge outings for Lucky Sport ($3.60) and the time knocked almost two full seconds of his previous best taken at Mohawk Raceway back in June of this year. Curran Racing and Adam Michael co-own Lucky Sport who is trained by Jim Nickerson. Several drivers had multiple wins on Thursday led by Mitchell Cushing with three and followed by Drew Campbell, Jimmy Whittemore and Wally Watson with two apiece. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Sept. 17) with a 2 p.m. post time. Monday's card features the $20,000 finals of the 2-year-old Open Late Closer series "The Wood End Light" on the trot and "The Nauset Light" on the pace. Several of the entries from this event are also eligible for the $1.3 million Massachusetts Sire Stakes that begin at Plainridge Park on Monday (Oct. 1). This will be one of their last tune-ups for that series and it should make these two races very interesting. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 7). Love Live Laugh ($9.90) went right to the front and controlled all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:25.2, 1:53.1) Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, the race was still close after three-quarters but when she drove down the stretch she turned it into a laugh-er. Calbay (Dan Harvey) was a distant second. Jaclyn Hanover was third best. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her eighth win of the season and career victory number 35. Jimmy Whittemore drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Hanrahan ($4.80) and Lets Go Get Em ($14.40). Namje (Gates Brunet) captures the trot feature ($6,000). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went right to the front and controlled the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.1). Namje ($5.80) was third after three-quarters. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, she charged down the stretch to win by three lengths in 1:56.3. Deak's Cici Barr (Truman Gale) finished second. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third best. Namje is a 3-year-old gelding by Lucky Chucky. He won for the seventh time this season and his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Plainville, MA --- The third leg of Plainridge Park's 2-year-old late closer series for both gaits highlighted the action on Labor Day Monday afternoon (Sept. 3) with big performances put in by both winners. The $15,000 Wood End Light Open for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Massachusetts-bred Simple Kaos (RC Royalty-Ksenia) who got away third initially before taking a commanding three-length lead by the half. Driver Jimmy Whittemore let out the lines and allowed his charge to ramble on to a six-length advantage by the 1:26.3 three-quarters before cruising home to a 10-length margin of victory in 1:56. It was the first lifetime win for Simple Kaos ($4.20) who is owned by Michelle Larson and George Ducharme, who also trains the winner. The $15,000 Nauset Light Open for 2-year-old pacers went to Elektra King (Rockin Image-Easy Miss) who led from gate to wire, fending off a challenge from Dancin Yin (Wally Watson) from the half past the three-quarters and then outpacing Bangor (Jimmy Whittemore) to the wire under heavy urging from driver Steve Smith to hang on and win by a neck in 1:56.3. Elektra King ($16.00) got her second lifetime win and a new lifetime mark for owner Mark Schullstrom and trainer Dawn Anderson. The final for both of these series will be held on Monday (Sept. 17) with a purse of $20,000 each. In the overnight featured $12,000 conditioned event, Moonlight Artist (Shawn Gray) blazed a trail down the road, leading every step of the way in a four-length victory in 1:51.4. Scoring his seventh win of the year, Moonlight Artist ($4.20) now has earned $55,456 for owner Andrew Adamczyk this year. Jaymes Mcassey trains the winner. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday (Sept. 4) at the new earlier post time of 2 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts    

Plainville, MA --- After only getting to third in his first attempt at the top class here, Major Leaguer hit a home run on Monday afternoon (Aug. 20) in the $16,000 Winners-Over pace at Plainridge Park. Some Attitude (Steve Nason) left hard but had a long road to the front before clearing in a swift :26.1. He took the field past the stands where Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) pulled first over to engage the leader up the back straight. The two were going toe to toe to the three quarters in 1:22.1 and then around the last turn. At that point Some Attitude checked out, but Quick Shot (Nick Graffam) and Moonlight Artist (Mitchell Cushing) tipped wide and joined the party. Major Leaguer still had the lead and he bravely kept it to the wire, beating his two rivals by a head in 1:51.1. The finish was so close, Quick Shot and Moonlight Artist finished in a dead-heat for second and both also paced in 1:51.1. It was the 22nd win in 42 lifetime starts for Major Leaguer ($4.00) who is owned by his driver and trained by Dennis Whittemore. Jimmy Whittemore also won the secondary feature with Bamski who took the $14,000 non-winners event for the 6-year-olds and under set. Bamski got away third early on but found himself on the point by the half and from there he never looked back. Bamski was pestered from the half on by the tenacious Cougar Bait (Wally Watson) but held that one off all the way to the wire to win by a neck in 1:52.3, which was a new lifetime mark. Bamski ($5.00) is owned by Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro and is trained by Monique Cohen. Mitchel Cushing had a driving Grand Slam on Monday, winning with Stimulus Plan (1:52.2, $7.00), Sunburst Cruze (1:54, $2.20), Calvin B (1:50.4, $2.20) and Burkentine Hanover (1:53, $5.40). In the 10 races Cushing drove in he only missed the board once and that gave him a sparkling universal driver rating (UDR) of .589. The quad score also moved Cushing (45) up one spot to fifth place in the dash driver standings at Plainridge Park for this meet behind Drew Campbell (105), Greg Merton (83), Shawn Gray (79) and Mike Stevenson (51). With no winning ticket in the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta wager on Monday, there will be a carry-over pool of $3,471 in the sixth race on Tuesday (Aug. 21) which is the next card of live racing art Plainridge Park. Post time for the first race is 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) won the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (August 18). Whittemore wins four. Skip Jive ($8.80) jumped out to the lead and never looked back. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, he put up all the fractions (:28.4, :55.0, 1:22.1, 1:50.3). He held off the late charging JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) to secure the victory. Weapon to win (John MacDonald) finished third. Skip Jive is a 5-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was win number five this season. He now has 16 career victories, none faster than tonight. Leading driver of the meet, Jimmy Whittemore, added four more wins to his total for the season. His other three wins came with Kerry B ($40.20), Muffin's Man ($8.80), and Serious Major ($4.60). Truman Gale added two wins on the night as well. He went to the winner's circle with Coopers Beach ($13.40) and Western Toro ($4.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 23) featuring two division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies. Post Time is 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Plainville, MA --- A relentless all-day rain wet down the track at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 13) but it didn't dilute the talent that would compete over that surface. Heading the list of eye-catching performances was Artful Way, who got used both early and late before closing sharply in the lane to capture the $18,000 Open Handicap pace. Artful Way (Steve Nason) left and took the lead, but he passed that off to Starznheaven (Greg Merton) by the quarter in lieu of a garden spot trip from there until the stretch. Positions remained the same until the half when Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) pulled first up with Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) on his back and started to push the issue. The top four were now in a tight pack pacing two in and two out, going up the backside and into the far turn before Thisjetsabookin faded giving Artful Way the opening he was waiting for. Starznheaven looked clear with a two-length advantage but Nason got Artful Way underway and had a full head of steam. With heavy urging from Nason, Artful Way continued to eat up ground all the way to the wire and won by a nose in 1:51.1. It was the 11th win in 24 starts for Artful Way ($6.20) and it pushed his annual income to $110,667 for owner Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Greene. There was a pair of undercard features whose winner's efforts defied the elements. The $15,000 Winners-Over pace was won by Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) who got a pocket trip behind One To Draw To (Shawn Gray) until the three-quarter pole where he tipped three-deep around the challenging UF Rockin Dragon (Greg Merton) and opened up a seven-length lead before cruising home a wrapped-up winner in 1:52. On the strength of his fourth win, Poisonous ($3.80) has now earned $35,820 in 2018 for owner Jimmy Whittemore and his trainer, Dennis Whittemore. In the other $15,000 condition pace for non-winners of nine races lifetime, Lear Seelster (Mitchell Cushing) got away sixth chasing a speedy :26.4 quarter before pulling second-over at the three-eighths, eventually going three-deep around the last turn to out-pace the front running Bamski (Jimmy Whittemore) under right-handed urging from Cushing to win in 1:53.1, which was a new lifetime mark for the winner. It was the fifth win of the year for Lear Seelster ($16.40) who has now earned $41,124 for owner David Glazer. Jim Nickerson trains the winning gelding. There was also a pair of 2-year-old late closer Open races on the card; one on each gait and both going for $12,500. In the Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers, Sylvia Trench (Always A Virgin-Miss Maverick) made her first Plainridge start a winning one, tripping out behind Fight Like Mike (Greg Merton) to a two-length victory in 1:57.1, which equaled her lifetime mark. Jim Hardy drove Sylvia Trench ($4.20) who is owned by Rosalie and Paul Vacca, who also trains the filly. In the Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters, Refi (Chapter Seven-Blazing Musclegirl) got away third, pulled first over and cleared the Massachusetts bred The Fixer (Trixton-Give You My Word) at the top of the stretch to win by a length in 2:01.4. Trained and driven by Domenico Cecere, Refi ($4.80) is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut and Robert Rudolf. The horses weren't the only ones putting up big numbers on Monday. Several horsemen had multiple winning efforts on the day as well. Driver Mitchell Cushing teamed up with trainer Jim Nickerson and together they added four wins to each of their dash victory totals for the year. That dynamic duo found the winner's circle with the aforementioned Leer Seelster along with Siskel (1:55.1, $3.80), Star Of Terror (1:54.1, $8.00) and Sunburst Cruze (1:53.1, $4.00). Driver Steve Nason also drove two winners for trainer Jackie Greene. There was no winner of the Wicked Hi-5 Pentafecta once again on Monday so there is a large carry over pool of $2,216.95 that will be available for the Wicked Hi-5 in the sixth race on Tuesday (Aug. 14) when live racing resumes at Plainridge Park at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Plainville, MA---Saratoga Raceway regular Artful Way left the friendly confines of the Spa this week in lieu of a New England road trip to race the best resident pacers in Massachusetts. And as he heads back to New York he'll be taking with him a souvenir photo of his win in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6). Riding a a two race win streak, Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) left like he owned the place to take the lead. Nestled in second for the ride was Artful Way (Jimmy Whittemore) and the rest of the field seated behind them. Thisjetsabookin paced to the half in :54.3 unfettered by his rivals until halfway up the backstretch when Starznheaven (Greg Merton) pulled from fourth and started to advance to the front. Starznheaven drew even with Thisjetsabookin at the three-quarters and went by him coming out of the last turn. But as soon as he did, Artful Way pulled from second and started to chase him down. Heading down the lane the two horses paced side by side with both drivers rocking and knocking. After battling for the last sixteenth of a mile, Artful Way finally got up on Starznheaven just before the wire and won by a head in 1:50.1. The time reflected his best work of the year. With his tenth win of the season in the books, Artful Way ($5.40) has eclipsed the century mark in earnings, boasting a bankroll of $101,667 in 2018 for owner Kellogg Racing Stable and trainer Jackie Greene. Whittemore did some damage in the secondary featured $12,000 conditioned pace with Tioga Downs regular Major Leaguer, who went gate to wire on the front end without issue to win by three in 1:51.1. Owned by his driver, Major Leaguer ($4.60) collected his fifth win of the year for trainer Dennis Whittemore. Whittemore completed a driving hat trick with Poisonous ($10.20) who led the entire race to win by six lengths in 1:51.2, which was a new seasonal mark. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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