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Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the harness rascing feature pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 8). Bay Rum ($3.30) took over the lead from Brookdale Bruiser before hitting the first quarter in :28.2. Bay Rum continued the lead into a half of :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Bay Rum, who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by Homer Hochstetler, got stronger in the stretch. Second place finisher Brookdale Bruiser came out the pocket and gave him a chase but Bay Rum was too strong and won in 1:52.4. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) came on late to finish third. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old Gelding by Real Desire. He is a perfect six for six this season at Vernon Downs. It was his seventh win overall in 2019. He now owns 18 career victories. John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald now leads all driver with 36 wins on the season. He came in first with Well Lets See ($9.10), Haydens Little Man ($7.30), and R Gauwitz Hanover ($2.90). Whittemore got his wins with Winding Hill ($8.70), Marvalous One ($26.60), and Ladyyouaregorgeous ($19.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 14) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Driver Howard Parker, trainer Kyle Spanola, and owner Michael Polansky teamed up to capture the twin featured trots ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 7). They accomplished the feat with Waiting On A Woman ($4.40) and If Not Why Not ($4.00). Majestic Sunset (Ben McNeil) put up all the early fractions in the first harness racing feature (:28.3, :57.2, 1:26.2). Waiting On A Woman sat in the pocket as they went around the track. He would go first-over and take the lead as they reached the stretch. Just when it looked like it would be an easy win, Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) and Majestic Fire (Dan Daley), came charging late. Waiting On A Woman would not be denied and hung on for the victory in a seasonal best of 1:55.3. Winning Princes would settle for second with Majestic Fire getting third money. Waiting On A Woman is a 11 gelding by Northern Bailey. He won for the second time this season. He now owns 69 career victories. In the second feature, Keystone Orion (John MacDonald) held a short lead but If Not Why Not would take over before hitting the first quarter in :28.4. If Not Why Not would control the rest of the race hitting the halfway point in :59.4 and three-quarters in 1:28.2. American JJ (Michael Miller) would attempt to run him down in the stretch, but If Not Why Not was too strong and won in 1:56.1. American JJ settled for second money with Keystone Orion finishing third. If Not Why Not          --Fotowon photo If Not Why Not is a 4-year-old horse by Muscle Mass. He won for the first time in 2019. He has now reached the winner's circle 12 times in his career. Jimmy Whittemore drove four winners on night. He got his wins with Racine Belle ($3.90), Sulky Queen ($7.90), Air Dynamic ($29.00), and Love Live Laugh ($7.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Rebellious (Tyler Buter) captures the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 2). Rebellious ($4.90) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.3.  He continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Rebellious, who is owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, was joined in the stretch by Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey).  The two would battle all the way down the stretch.  Ideal Feeling came hard but Rebellious dug in and held on to win in 1:52.1.  Ideal Feeling had to settle for second.  Rockntouch (Mike Simons) finished third. Rebellious is a 5-year-old gelding by Mach Three.  It was his fourth win of 2019.  He now has 23 career victories. Tyler Buter drove three winners on the day.  He teamed up again with trainer Mike Deters getting a win with Hulking ($18.60).  His other win came with Tangled Mind ($28.60). There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Friday (June 7) because of the Chubby Checker concert.  Live racing returns on Saturday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m.  There will be afternoon racing on both Sunday (June 9) and Monday (June 10) with a post time of 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the harness racing featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 1). Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to take the early lead. Bettor's Edge ($4.00) went first-over to take control before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. Bettor's Edge, who is owned by Robert Santagata and trainer Lappe, led to the half in :55.1. He continued to control the pace hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4. As they hit the stretch Major Leaguer went to the outside and Calvin B (John MacDonald) went to the inside. Bettor's Edge was too strong and would not be denied and won with a seasonal best of 1:50.1. Major Leaguer settled for second with Calvin B getting third. Bettor's Edge is a 10 year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his second win this season. He now owns 45 career victories. John MacDonald had four winners on the night. He led the Homer Hochstetler trained Bay Rum ($2.40) to his fifth consecutive victory. His other wins came with Brookdale Bruiser ($6.40), Western Toro ($3.10), and Haulin Oats ($4.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 7) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) takes the Vernon Downs featured harness racing trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 31). Taco Tuesday ($6.40) battled Shivered (John MacDonald) for the lead. He would take over as he hit the first quarter in (:29.4). He continued to lead hitting the half in 1:00 and controlling to three-quarters in 1:28.3. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, shook off Shivered as they reached the stretch. He then had to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:56.3. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) was third best. Taco Tuesday is a 6-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. He won for the fourth time in 2019. He now has 22 career victories. Claude Huckabone Jr., Jennifer Lappe, Howard Parker, and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles on the night. Huckabone Jr. had his wins with All Heart I Am ($16.00) and Little Liza Jane ($9.40). Lappe finished first with Jokes Jet ($9.00) and Flamingo Pete ($35.40). Parker had his victories with Fox Valley Photog ($25.00) and Rosiemunn ($5.30). Huckabone III reached the winner's circle with Private Performanc ($3.40) and Some Royalty ($8.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to capture the harness racing featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (May 31). Well Said Maria (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.2, 1:25.0). Truth And Liberty ($7.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was eighth after the first quarter and nine lengths back. She still found herself in seventh at the half and fifth after three-quarters. As she hit the stretch she looked like she sprouted wings. She zoomed by to win in 1:53.3. Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) was second best with Well Said Maria hanging on for third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fourth win of the season. She now owns 39 career victories. Mike Simons, Fern Paquet Jr., and Wally Hennessey all had driving doubles on the card. Simons other win came with Boogie Roll ($14.20). Paquet Jr. got his wins with Windsun Brooklyn ($13.20) and Tipp City ($3.20). Hennessey reached the winner's circle with Celebrity Lover ($3.90) and Odds On Cheddar ($3.10). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Gimapazee (Brian Sears) wins the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($215,200) for sophomore trotting colts and geldings at Vernon Downs on a special Memorial Day matinee (May 27). He won his 3-year-old harness racing debut and is a perfect 10 for 10 in his career. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) went to the front and was followed in second by Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) with Gimpanzee ($2.10) in third. Mr Vicktor put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :57.3, 1:25.1). Gimapanzee, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant inc. and S R F Stable, went first over from third just before the final turn. He would be second after three-quarters and battle Mr Vicktor for the lead. He would take over in the stretch but Mr Vicktor would battle back gamely. Gimpanzee found another gear and put him away to win easily in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Mr Vicktor would settle for second as Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) came up to finish third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) captures EBC final ($209,500) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) led the way to a first quarter of :27.3. Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) took over just after the first quarter. She would lead to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.40), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, went second over as they went around the final turn. She went three-wide at the top of the stretch and flew home to a win in 1:55.0. Sensibility (Scott Zeron) charged late to finish second. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) was third. Quincy Blue Chip                                         --Fotowon photo Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season. She now owns seven career victories. St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) and Zero Tolerance (David Miller) each won legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Both divisions raced for a purse of $58.700. In the first division St Somewhere ($10.00) came charging late to nip the late rush of second place finisher, Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) to win in 1:52.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) was third best. St Somewhere is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. It was win number two of 2019. She now owns seven career victories. In the second division Zero Tolerance ($2.10) went flying in the stretch to overtake second place finisher DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:51.3. So Awesome (Brian Sears) picked up third money. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. She is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. It was her second win this season and career win number nine. Zero Tolerance                                  -Fotowon photo David Miller won three more on the card. He got his other wins with Sports Column ($2.70), Gussy's Realdeal ($22.60), and Fool Me Again ($5.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Americanprimetime (Drew Monti) charges late to capture the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 26). Dakota Jack (Mike Simons) went to lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.3. Ideal Feeling (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half of :54.4. and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Americanprimetime ($16.60), who is owned by the Rock&Roll Stable and trained by Rick Dane, went second-over on the back stretch. He then made a three-wide move going around the final turn. He took over in mid-stretch and survived a late rush by second place finisher Prairie Panther (Jim Taggart Jr.) to win in a seasonal best of 1:50.2. Ideal Feeling held for third. Americanprimetime is a 7-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his fourth win this season. He now owns 32 career victories. Drew Monti and Andy Santeramo each drove three winners on the day. Monti got his others wins with Weekend Atnannies ($9.30) and Freak On A Leash ($7.60). Santeramo reached the winner's circle with Stick With Cramer ($16.60), Rozewood ($12.80), and Rock Icon ($5.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Wally Hennessey drives five winners at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 25). Hennessey got his wins with Groovey Kid ($4.90), Crazy Every Time ($2.60), Itsnoproblemman ($2.10), Soho Hanover ($3.90), and Music Is Art ($2.30). Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) wins featured trot ($12,000). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) carved out all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.4). Freddie Mac ($5.20), who is trained by Patti Harmon for the ADV Racing Stable LLC., sat in the pocket all the way until the stretch. He would pop out and go right by to win in 1:54.0. Dragin The Wagon held on for second. Boli (Wally Hennesey) finished third. Freddie Mac is a 5-year-old horse by Cornaro Dasolo. It was win number four in 2019. He now has 14 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 26) with a 10 race card starting at a special post time of 6:15 p.m. There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last. Fireworks follows live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga 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.

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) wins the filly and mares featured harness racing pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 24). Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) led to a first quarter of :27.1. HP Sissy (Wally Hennessey) took over as they went by the stands for the first time before hitting the half in :56.2. Truth And Liberty ($5.10), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, battled HP Sissy all the way around the final turn. Truth And Liberty had a short lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.4. HP Sissy would battle back to re-claim the lead at the top of the stretch. Truth And Liberty finally shook loose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Velocity McSweets to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.4. Northern Dali (Jim Meittinis) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her third win this season and her 37th career victory. Mike SImons also trained and drove Oneida Blue Chip ($5.80) to a victory on the night. Driver Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger combined for two wins during the card. They got their wins with Filly Forty ($6.40) and Classic Can Dream ($8.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured Vernon Downs trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 24). Only Passing Thru ($2.90) took the early lead and led them to a first quarter of :27.4. Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) took over the lead and was in front at the half (:57.2) and three-quarters in 1:27.1. Only Passing Thru, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, sat in the pocket until the stretch. He would battle Taco Tuesday down the stretch and go by to win in 1:55.4. Taco Tuesday settled for second with Eyore Hanover (Homer Hochstetler) getting third money. Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his fifth win of 2019. He now owns 16 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marissa Chadbourne combined on another win on the evening. They got their other win with Love Live Laugh ($8.30). Leon Bailey won the late double on the night. His wins came with Tiger Boudoir ($6.00) and Southwind Vixen ($13.40). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Deetzy (Shawn Gray) glides to an easy harness racing win at the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) on Sunday (May 19). Americanprimetime (Mike Merton) grabbed the lead just before hitting the first quarter mark in :26.2. The lead was short lived as Deetzy ($4.10) took over as the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Deetzy led to the half in :54.1. New World Order (Tyler Buter) put on some pressure just before Deetzy hit the three-quarter mark in 1:22.1. Deetzy is trained by Jimmy Nickerson and owned by the Holland Racing Stable. He shook loose in the stretch to win in 1:50.1. Americanprimetime was second best with Dakota Jack (Mike Simons) getting third money. Deetzy is a 7-year-old gelding by Jerome's Jet. It was his third win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 26 times in his career. Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) charges late to capture the Open Handicap Trot ($12,000). Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) went to the front and carved out all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.0, 1:25.1). Tag Up And Go ($2.40), who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, was fourth heading into the stretch. He looked like he put on wings as he out-dueled second place finisher Golden Son (Mike Simons) to win in 1:54.2. Prairie Fortune held on to finish third. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. He has six wins this season including the last four in a row. The gelding now owns 45 career victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 24) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Bay Rum (John MacDonald) wins the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 18). Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) charged to the front and put up all the early numbers (:27.1, :57.2, 1:26.1). Bay Rum ($5.40) , who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC. and trained by Homer Hochstetler, sat in the pocket until he reached the stretch. He would go right by to win in a seasonal best time of 1:53.2. Electrofire hung on for second with Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) earning third place money. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his fourth win this season. He has 15 career victories. John MacDonald had four wins on the card. His other wins came with Haulin Oats ($7.10), Leviathan ($7.30), and Western Toro ($4.80). Claude Huckabone III trained and drove three winners on the night. His wins came with Gaius Crastinus ($5.80), Passa-Grille Beach ($35.60), and Redhot Romeo ($12.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 24) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Roundtown Rocker (Jim Taggart Jr.) charges late to take the Tioga Downs featured harness racing pace ($9,000) on Saturday (May 18). Meadowbranch Ricky put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.0, 1:25.2). Roundtown Rocker ($14.20), who is trained by Rick Dane for owners Scott Dane and the Rock&Roll Stable, was third after three-quarters. He went flying in the stretch and wore down second place finisher Meadowbranch Ricky to win in a seasonal best time of 1:55.3. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) came up late to finish third. Roundtown Rocker is a 6-year-old gelding by Hard Rock N Roll. It was his second win this season. He now has 33 career victories. Jim Taggart Jr. had two more wins on the night. His other wins came with Soho Hanover ($9.00) and Six Bax ($6.00). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 13 race card on Sunday (May 19) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) and Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) won their Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting fillies elimination races at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 17). Both races were for a purse of $12,500. In the first harness racing division Amal Hall ($4.30) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) then took over control and led to a half of :58.1 and to three-quarters in 1:27.2. Amal Hall, who is trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stable, Andy Miller Stable, and Dumain Heaven Farm, popped out of the pocket in the stretch and blew by to win in 1:56.4. Conway Kellyanne hung on for second. Pilgrims Lass (Mike Simons) finished third. Amal Hall is a three-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her first win in 2019. She now owns four career victories. In the second division, With Out A Doubt (Tyler Buter) charged out to the lead and led the way to a first quarter of :28.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($5.70), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, took over the lead on the back stretch. She led them to the half in :58.0. As she hit the three-quarter mark in 1:26.2, she would be joined by Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) as they made the turn for home. Quincy Blue Chip shook lose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:54.3. Winndevie held on for third. Quincy Blue Chip                                   -- Fotowon photo   Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her second win in 2019. She now has reached the winner's circle six times in her career. Here are the qualifiers for the EBC Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Memorial Day (May 27): Amal Hall, Conway Kellyanne, Pilgrims Lass, Sensibility, Quincy Blue Chip, Sweet Chapter, Winndevie, With Out A Doubt, and Gobi Princess. The alternate is Hanna Dreamgirl. The field is set for EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Post-Horse-Driver 1. Gettin Serious 2. Star Track Hanover 3. Skyway Kon Man 4. Whimzical Chapter 5. Gimpanzee 6. Mr Vicktor 7. Travel Winner 8. Cavill Hanover 9. Big Money Honey   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

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