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Americanprimtime) captured the Open Pace ($13,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 15). It was one of five winners on the night for harness racing driver Mike Merton. Americanprimetime ($3.00) went straight to the front covering the first quarter in :26.3 with Dull Roar (Jim Meittinis) following in second. Owned by the Rock&Roll Stable Inc. and trained by Rick Dane, Americanprimetime led to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. He found another gear in the stretch to win in 1:50.3. Gillys Boy (Mike Simons) came up to get second. Dull Roar held for third, Americanprimetime is a 6-year-old horse by American Ideal. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 27. BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) cruises to Open Trot ($13,000) win. BJ Lorado ($19.00) charged out of the gate and went straight to the front. After hitting the first quarter in :27.1, he used a second quarter of :29.2 to hit the half in :56.3. He got some pressure from Buff (Corey Braden) as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. Trained by Marc Major for owners Michael and Diane Norcross, BJ Lorado was too strong in the stretch as he won easily in 1:55.1. Buff settled for second with Fox Valley Iliad (Larry Stalbaum) getting third money. BJ Lorado is a 4-year-old gelding by Bo W. It was his eighth win this season and his 12th trip to the winner's circle in his career. Leading driver Mike Merton won five on the night giving him 70 for the year. His other four wins came with Mikado Blue Chip ($15.80), R M Blackhawk ($6.20), Jacksrluckytoo ($5.10), and Onhishonor Hanover ($13.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21). Closing night for 2018 is on Saturday night (September 22) with a special start time of 5:30 p.m. Fireworks follows the live racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) takes the harness racing featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 15). Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) went to the front and covered all the early fractions (:26.4, :55.4, 1:24.2). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) followed in second. He took over at the top of the stretch and looked like he was poised to win. I am Golden($16.20), who is owned by Paula Sarcone and trained by Harp, squeezed in between Card Knock Life and Golden Gun to win in 1:52.0. Golden Gun held on to finish second best. Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) moved up to get third place. I Am Golden is a 4-year-old gelding by Allthatgltrsisgold. It was his eighth win in 2018. He now has 13 career wins. Truman Gale trained and drove three winners on Saturday night. He got his wins with Painite ($4.30), Roaddog Jess James ($2.50), and Tundra ($3.10). Jimmy Whittemore added three driving wins on the night. His wins came with Secret Love ($2.30), My Delight ($2.10), and Jake G's Champion ($3.90). He leads all drivers with 90 wins on the season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 14). Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) stormed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2). Kabu ($3.10) followed in second. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he popped the pocket and flew down the stretch holding off the late charge of second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash held on for third. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He won for the ninth time this season and the 30th time in his career. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) wins featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) led to way to all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3). Under The Bus ($19.60) followed in second all the way to the stretch. Owned by Hossman LLC. and trained by Robert Gale. She wore down second place finisher Jaclyn Hanover in the long Vernon Downs stretch to pick up the victory by equaling her lifetime best of 1:51.4. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took home third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fourth win in 2018. It was career victory number eight. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 15) 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

Tioga Downs played host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic for both 2-year-old pacers and trotters on Friday (September 14). All classes raced for a purse of $10,000. Cloud Nine Fashion remains unbeaten with Kindergarten Classic win in the second division for trotting fillies. Amanda Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) led the field to a first quarter in :28.3. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker) took her turn taking the lead with a lap to go. She led them to the half in 58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. Cloud Nine Fashion ($3.30) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by Fashion Farms LLC. and trained by Jim Campbell, she took over in the stretched and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Jezzys Legacy held on for second. Amanda Blue Chip was third best. Cloud Nine Fashion is a filly by Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine. She is now a perfect five for five in her career. Starita (Tim Tetrick) wins first division of the Kindergarten Classic for trotting fillies. Princess Deo (Troy Beyer) led to a first quarter of :28.2 Starita ($3.00) took over with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, she controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1 1:56.0). Second place finisher Big Weezy (David Miller) and Princess Deo (third) both came at her in the stretch but Starita was too tough. Starita is a filly by Trixton-Morningstar. She captured her third career victory in eight lifetime starts. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) fires late to win Kindergarten Classic for pacing colts and geldings. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Mountain High (David Miller) took control and led to a half of :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Cub Fan ($4.40) was fourth at the top of the stretch. Owned by Michael Anderson and trained by Erv Miller, he came charging down the stretch to win in 1:54.0. Southwind Ozzi (Mike Simons) came up late to finish second. Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick) took third money. Cub Fan is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. It was his second win in five career starts. Cantab Fashion (Mike Simons) easily wins the Kindergarten Classic for trotting colts and geldings. Sheena's Boy (Ake Svanstedt) took the group to a first quarter in :28.3. Cantab Fashion ($5.80) took over and never looked back putting up all the rest of the fractions (:58.1, 1:26.0, 1:54.2). Battenberg (David Miller) finished second with entry mate Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter) getting third. Cantab Fashion is a colt by Cantab Hall-Defiant Donato. He now has three wins in four career starts. Trainer Jim Campbell and owner Fashion Farms LLC. teamed up for their second win of the night. Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller) wins non-betting Kindergarten Classic for pacing fillies. Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.0 1:24.2). Michelon's Filly followed in the pocket all the way until she got to the stretch. Trained by Erv Miller for owners Ronald Michelon and Michael Anderson, she flew by in late stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Alkippie settled for second. Under The Hood (Tyler Buter) was third best. Michelon's Filly is a filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album. It was her third win in seven lifetime starts. Leading driver Mike Merton won four on the night to give him 65 wins on the season. He now leads by eight races with three more cards to go. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 15) at 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes freshman pacers and trotters for a leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday (September 14). All classes will race for a purse of $10,000. A non-betting race for the Kindergarten Classic will feature a field of four pacing fillies. The Linda Toscano trained Alkippe (Tim Tetrick) should be the one to beat. The filly by Sweet Lou-Capelo Rose has two wins in five lifetime starts. Her main rival should be Michelon's Filly (Marcus Miller). Trained by Erv Miller, the filly by Captaintreacherous-New Album is two for six lifetime. Starita (Tim Tetrick) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the the first of two divisions for trotting fillies. Trained by Joe Holloway, the filly by Trixton-Morning Star was fourth in the Jim Doherty final ($357,450) at the Meadowlands. She won a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,250) at Tioga Downs her last time out. The second morning line choice is the R, Nifty Norman trained entry of Antonia (Mike Simons) and Big Weezy (David Miller) at 2-1. Antonia is a filly by Donato Hanover-Tactical Caviar. She is two for five this season. Big Weezy is a filly by Trixton-Keepsake Hanover. Her only trip to the winner's circle came at Tioga Downs when she won a Tompkins Memorial race ($29,250) The second division for trotting fillies features the Jim Campbell trained duo of Cloud Nine Fashion (Tim Tetrick) and Fashion Rachel (David Miller). Cloud Nine Fashion (Muscle Hill-I'm On Cloud Nine) is a perfect four for four in her career. She captured a Reynolds Memorial race ($37,750) at Tioga Downs her last time out. Fashion Rachel (Possess The Will-Raising Rachel) has won three times and finished second three times in six career races. They are the morning line favorites at 7-5. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is the John Butenschoen trained Stella Jane (Tyler Buter). The filly by Crazed-Naughty Nana won a leg of the Kindergarten Classic at the Meadowlands for her only lifetime win in seven starts. In the Kindergaton Classic race for pacing colts & geldings, the 8-5 morning line choice is a trio trained by Erv Miller. Cub Fan (Tyler Buter) is a gelding by So Surreal-Pardon. He is one for four in his career. Sweet Troy (Atlee Bender) is a gelding by Sweet Lou-Magestic Blue Chip. He has three seconds and two thirds in six lifetime starts. Cole On The Beach (Marcus Miller) is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Talkative. He will make his first career start on Friday. The seocnd choice at 5-2 is Escapetothebeach (Tim Tetrick). Tony Alagna trains the colt by Somebeachsomewhere-Shelliscape. He has two seconds and a third in six lifetime starts. The morning line favorite for the Kindergarten Classic featuring trotting colts & geldings is the entry of Battenberg (Marcus Miller) and Caesars Crazy (Tyler Buter). Battenberg (Trixton-Coffeecake Hanover) is trained by Joe Holloway. He has a win and a second in three starts. Caesars Crazy (Muscle Hill-Crazy Grigio) is trained by John Butenschoen. He is one for one is his young career. The second choice at 3-1 is the Ron Burke trained Cheap Tricks (Mike Merton). The gelding by Trixton-Maud Blue Chip has two seconds and a third in five lifetime starts. The Firday (September 14) card starts with the non-betting race at 6p.m. The 13 race card to follows starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Mike Simons drove six winners on the night including the featured pace ($13,000) with Stormont Czar A at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 8). Stormont Czar A ($2.60) cruised to the lead and went gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:22.3, 1:50.4) Trained by Amber Buter for owners Oldford Racing LLC., and Tyler Buter, he got pressured around the final turn by Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet). Stormont Czar found another gear when he reached the stretch and won with ease. Shady City (Larry Stalbaum) came flying late to finish second. Dreams Beachboy settled for third best. Stormont Czar A is an 8-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win of the season and the 23rd time he reached the winner's circle in his career. Simons added 5 more wins. His other wins came with Fritzie Pic Up Man ($7.70), Sam's Escape ($6.00), Always A Tiger ($46.80), Dash Of Danger ($4.30), and Thespywholovedme ($4.00). The drivers wins title is still wide open with four full racing cards left. Mike Merton leads all drivers with 61 wins. Aaron Byron and Jim Taggart Jr are tied for second with 57 wins each. Jim Mettinis is fourth with 51 victories. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 wins. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 14) with a post time of 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs              

John MacDonald had five driving wins and four training wins at Vernon Downs (September 8). He would win both features on the night. MacDonald won the featured trot ($6,500) with Kabu. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:26.1). Kabu ($4.20) was fourth after three-quarters. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he charged down the stretch to beat second place finisher Southwind Cruze (Leon Bailey) in 1:55.1. Finishing third was Cantad Kid (Claude Huckabone). Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. It was his eighth win of the season and career victory number 29. Oh My Joepa who is owned, trained, and driven by MacDonald, won the featured pace ($6,500). Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey) took the group to a first quarter in :26.1. Oh My Joepa ($2.50) then took over to lead to a half of :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Card Knock Life followed in the pocket until the stretch but had to settle for second as Oh My Joepa gutted out a win in 1:54.4. I am Golden (Ronald Harp) was third best. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. He won for the sixth time in 2018. It was his 51st career win. MacDonald also drove and trained Girllovepearls ($2.60) and Stonebridge Frosty($4.70) to victories. He also piloted Fox Valley Photog ($4.90) to a win as well. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 14). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

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

Dream Together came flying down the stretch to capture the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility ($40,000) on (Friday September 7). NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) passed Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. then took the pack to the half in in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1, Dream Together ($9.70) went three-wide around the last turn. Looking like she was shot out of a cannon she blew right by second place finisher NF Happenstance to win going away in 1:52.3. Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) was third best. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, she captured her third win in a row and fourth of the season. It was her 12th career victory. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr.) wins the Open Trot Handicap ($13,000). Warrawee Preferred ($16.00) charged right to the front and never looked back covering all of the fractions (:28.2, :58.0, 1:27.0, 1:56.1). Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, as he reached the top of the stretch the only race left was for second. That went to Zoraze (Mike Simons). Finishing third was Oh No Three O (Jeff Long). Warrrawee Preferred is a 7-year-old gelding by Federal Flex. It was his sixth win this season and career victory number 37. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) takes the Fillies and Mares Open Pace ($13,000). Heavenly Bet (Tom Jackson) took the lead just before the first quarter. She controlled all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.1, 1:23.1). Culinary Delight N ($7.30) followed patiently in the pocket. Owned and trained by Stalbaum, she popped out of the pocket in the stretch and zoomed by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0.. Heavenly Bet held on for second. Truth And Liberty (Mike SImons) charged late to finish third. Culinary Delight N is an 8-year-old mare by Lis Mara. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Mike Merton added three wins to his total on the night. He got his wins with Addie Rose ($11.60), Carson Hill ($6.20), and Lo Hold A Moonbean ($4.10) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Dream Together (Rick Zeron) will lead a field of seven in Leg Four of The Miss Versatility ($40,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 7). The last time Dream Together (Muscle Hill) raced at Tioga Downs it was the Joie De Vie ($141,000). The race was promoted as the first matchup between trotting heavyweights,Hannelore Hanover and Ariana G. Owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais, Dream Together charged late down the stretch and stole the show to win in 1:53.1. he 4-year-old mare is the 5-2 morning line favuld be the second morning line choice, the Ake Svanstedt trained Ice Attraction (Simon Allard) at 7-2. Owned by Little E LLC., Svanstedt, Douglass Sipple, Mal & Janet Burroughs, she won the third leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga Downs (August 1). The 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill has 10 career victories. The rest of the field includes Celebrity Ruth (Jim Meittinis) at 4-1, NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) at 9-2. Millionaire, Caprice Hill (Mike Simons) is the fifth morning line choice at 5-1. The two longshots are Pink Pistol (Aaron Byron) at 8-1 and The Erm (Charlie Norris) at 10-1. The 13 race card on Friday (September 7) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Sir Ziggy's Z Tam (Mike Simons) takes the Open Pace 1 ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (September 3). Seel The Deal N (Austin Siegalman) controlled all the early fractions (:27.0 :55.4, 1:22.2). Sir Ziggy's Z Tam ($29,60) was fifth after the three-quarters. Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by J D Perrin, he squeezed through a small opening at the pylons to sneak by and get the win in 1:51.3. Seel The Deal N held on for second money, Dreams Beachboy (Gates Bruntet finished third best. Sir Ziggy's Z Tam is a 10 year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his ninth win in 12 starts this season. It was his 36th career victory. Simons won two more on the day. His other wins came with City Hall ($3.40) and You Said It ($2.60). Time Out I'm Tired (Aaron Byron) captured the Open Pace II ($10,000). Time Out I'm Tired ($20.20) went gate-to-wire (:26.4, :55.4, 1:23.2 1:51.3). Trained by Joe Skowyra for owners William Mears and Janine McIlvane, he gutted out a great stretch drive with second place finisher Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton). Finishing third was Spirit Shadow (Fen Paquet Jr.). Time Out I'm Tired is a 6-year-old horse by Artiscape. It was his third win this season and career victory number 17. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 7) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) captured the first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings. Both divisions raced for a purse of $56,500. Reigning Deo (Jim Morril Jr.) took the lead hitting the first quarter in :26.2. The favorite, Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) took over before hitting the half in :55.0. He continued to lead hitting the three-quarter mark in 1:23.2. Melodies Major ($11.40) was fifth after three-quarters. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford. He cam flying down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.3. Artie's Ideal moved up to take second with Jack Nation finishing third. Melodies Major is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious. It was the fifth win of his young career. All wins were legs of the NYSS. Buter won two more races on the card. His other wins came with Shake That House ($3.40) and (Rollonhighway ($3.30) Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) easily wins the second division of the NYSS. Hickfromfrenchlick ($3.70) fired right to the front and went gate-to-wire controlling all the fractions (:27.1, :56.0, 1:23.2 1:51.3). Owned by Nolamaura Racing LLC., Thomas Spatorico, and trainer Schnittker, he would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Chatelroll (Scott Zeron) to get a lifetime best mark. Jet Rock (John MacDonald) finished third.   Hickfromfrenchlick is a 2-year-old colt by So Surreal-My Girls A Star. He has now won four out of five races in his career.   Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 7) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

The Last Chapter (Mike Simons) takes the Tioga Downs featured trot ($10,000) on Saturday (September 3). BJ Lorado (Jim Mettinis) jumped out to the lead and hit the first quarter in :28.2. The Last Chapter ($4.10) went first-over from third and took the lead with five-eighths of a mile left. Trained by Ed Hart for owners Richard Gutnick, Joe Lozito Jr., and T L P Stable, he hit the half first in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. BJ Lorado would climb out of the pocket at the top of the stretch but didn't have any charge left. Second place finisher Vicki All (Corey Braden) found racing room late in the stretch but fell short as The Last Chapter won in 1:55.0. BJ Loarado settled for third. The Last Chapter is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was the sixth win of the season and his 10th career victory. Simons drives four winners on the night. His other wins came with Eldorado Of Gold S ($3.80), S J Better Days ($4.10), Stormont Dundas ($8.60). Gary Messenger and Mike Deters continue to battle it out for the trainer's wins title. Messenger is in first with 34 wins. Deters is second best just two behind with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 19 trips to the winner's circle. Patti Harmon is fourth with 18 wins. Tony Dinges and Marc Major are tied for fifth with 15 victories. No live racing on Sunday (September 20) at Tioga Downs due to Michael Bolton concert. Live racing returns for a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 2). The 12 race card starts at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts & geldings, in a special Labor Day matinee on Monday (September 3). Both divisions will race for a purse of $56,500. The first division features three time winner Major Blake (Jason Bartlett) as the 5-2 morning line choice. Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke, and trainer Sam Schillaci own the colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He has paced his way to NYSS wins at Yonkers ($53,000) on June 26, Tioga Downs ($36,566) on July 29, and again at Yonkers ($52,000) on August 24. The second morning line choice in the first division is the Brett Pelling trained Reigning Deo (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 7-2. The colt by Rock N Roll Heaven-Little Miss K is owned by Deo Volente Farms, Pelling Racing, and S Gordon. Reigning Deo is two for four with a NYSS win at Saratoga ($81,750). The first division will also include four time NYSS winner Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) at 9-2. Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is a colt by Art Major-Hilarious. He got his wins at Yonkers ($52,000), Monticello ($54,500), Buffalo ($53,500), and Tioga Downs ($35,866). In the second division, the morning line favorite is Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) at 5-2. The colt by So Surreal-My Girl's A Star is owned by Nolamaura Racing LLC., Thomas Spatorico, and trainer Schnittker. He has three wins in four starts including a big win in the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace ($100,000) on July 14th at Yonkers Raceway. The Second morning line choice is the Erv Miller trained Cub Fan (Marcus Miller). The gelding by So Surreal-Pardon is owned by Michael Anderson. Cub Fan is one for three in his young career. His victory was a Geers Stakes ($25,200) win at Tioga Downs. The 11 race card at Vernon Downs on Monday (September 3) starts at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Ms Cheesman (Howard Okusko Jr) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (August 31). Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.3 and then to a half of :56.0. Ms Cheesman ($7.70) followed in the pocket. Owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Jessica Okusko, she popped out of the pocket just before they hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. She took over and just cruised down the stretch to win in 1:53.0. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second. Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) got third money. Ms Cheesman is a 3-year-old filly by Betterthancheddar. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 6. The veteran Jay Sears wins another at Vernon Downs. In 10 drives this season, Sears has four wins and one second this season. For anyone that is a a great record. What is amazing is that Sears is 76 years old. The lovable driver is racing like he is a youngster. He guided Star Flyer ($10.60) to a gate-to-wire victory in a lifetime best of 1:58.1. Star Flyer is a 4-year-old mare by Cantab Hall. She is co-owned by Sears with David Fishman and trained by Ray Van Dreason. It was her fourth win in 11 starts this season. It was career victory number five. How can you not root for Sears? If you love harness racing all you can do is smile! Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 1) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges laet to win the featured fillies and mares pace ($11,000) on Friday (August 31). Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:26.3, :56.2, 1:23.4). Truth And Liberty ($4.30), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother and trained by Simons, was fifth at the halfway point. Second best at three-quarters, she flew down the stretch and held off a late rush by second place finisher Gina Grace N (Larry Stalbaum) to win in 1:52.2. K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fifth win this season and career victory number 33. Mike Simons had a driving double on the night. His other win came with Talkoholic ($9.10) The drivers win title is still up for grabs for 2018. Mike Merton has a slight led with 54 wins. Jimmy Taggart Jr. is second best with 53 wins. Aaron Byron is tied with Jim Meittinis for third with 51 wins each. Andy Santeramo is fifth with 46 times to the winner's circle. The top drivers win title has been nip and tuck the whole season. Each of the top four drivers have had the lead at one point over the last two weeks. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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