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Harness racing driver John MacDonald continues hot streak winning six at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 15). Skyflex (Chris Lems) wins trot feature ($9,500). After many lead changes Skyflex (Federal Flex) would hold on late to win to win the featured trot. After many lead changes early he would take control at the top of the stretch but would have to withstand the late charge by Painite (Truman Gale). Skyflex ($4.60), who is owned by S. Oppenheimer, Glasser Racing and Robert Cooper Stables, while trained by Homer Hochstetler, would win sixth time this season and 12th time in his career with a mile in 1:55.1. Painite settled for second while Pinky The Intern (John MacDonald) finished third. MacDonald is coming off a weekend when he won 18 races at the miracle mile. He would win tonight with Frisky Joe ($3.80), Savin Rock ($4.90), Stirling Electra ($5.90), Fuzzylegsandall ($5.20), Bye Bye Michelle ($2.10), and Too Cool To Fool ($4.80). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 16) with a post time of 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Just when you thought John MacDonald's season at Vernon Downs couldn't get any better. The leading harness racing driver would win six races on Thursday, five races on Friday and seven races on Saturday (September 9). His first four wins on Saturday were with Coopers Beach ($2.10), All Steinam ($2.90) Engagedatlexington ($4.80), and Shootin Tyme ($4.20). His last three victories were with Aloneinspades ($2.90), Fuzzylegsandall, and Arizona Captor ($5.60) Golden Gun (Bret Crawford) would win the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. Golden Gun (Headmaster) would charge to the lead and go gate to wire putting up the time of :26.3, :55.3, 1:23.0, 1:50.4. Golden Gun ($32.60), who is owned by the The Wiz Kids Stable and Trained by Misty Carey, survived a late rush by Dragon Fever (John MacDonald) to win fourth time this year and the 24th time in his career. Dragon Fever finished second with betting favorite Dreams Beachboy (Chris Lems) finishing third Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 14) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver Andy Miller would win both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (September 7). Miller would win the first division with Tito (Muscle Mass - Stonebridge Encore). Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, he would lead the colt to a gate-to-wire victory. The 2 year-old would put up all the fractions :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:28.4, 1:57.1. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) would make a run at the big favorite, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) would finish third. Tito ($3,80) would win for the second time in eight starts. The 1:57.1 was his fastest. The freshman trotter won his first race his last time out, taking a leg of the NYSS at Batavia Downs on August 27. In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), Miller would guide Don (Credit Winner- Angostura) to an easy win. He would go right to the lead and never look back, controlling all the fractions, :28.0, :58.4, 1:27.2, 1:56.1. The 2 year-old colt is owned by the Andy Miller Stable with Little E LLC and trained by Julie Miller. Long shot Rich Uncle (Jimmy Whittemore), would give a late chase and finish second. Seven Iron (John MacDonald) was third best. Don ($4.20) would get his second win in five starts. He previously won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 31st. Leading driver John MacDonald continued to dominate at the miracle mile with 6 more wins. MacDonald would get victories with Drea's Good Powow ($3.70), Helpisontheway ($13.80), If Not Why Not ($2.80), I Saw Red ($3.90), Stirling Electra ($3.30), and Three Handbags ($5.00). He now has 110 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Pop I (John MacDonald) would win the Vernon Downs featured trot ($9,000) on Saturday (September 2). Pop I (Andover Hall), who is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy, would put up all the early fractions :27.0, :56.0, 1:25.1. Sweet Ashley T (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the lead at the top of the stretch. The two trotters would battle back and forth all the way down the stretch. In the end it was the 7 year-old gelding, Pop I ($5.20) the winner in 1:54.2. He would win for the fourth time this season and the 28th time in his career. Sweet Ashley T had to settle for second. Waiting On A Woman would come up for third. MacDonald would add three more wins on the night. His victories were with Miss Ruby ($2.20), Thundercrest ($4.90) and Mac's Black Hat ($4.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Labor day (September 4) matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs leading harness racing driver John MacDonald, would continue to dominate at the miracle mile with six wins on Friday (August 25). Pop I (John MacDonald) would capture the featured trot ($7,500), by going gate-to wire and setting all the fractions, :27.4, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:55.1. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second. Twice Too Nice (Brett Crawford) came up to get third. Pop I (Andover Hall) is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy. The 7 year-old would pay $5.20 for the victory. He won for the third time this season and the 27th time in his career. MacDonald's other wins came with Aerial Flight ($3.70), Miss Ruby ($5.30), Ozymandias ($9.00), Pinky The Intern ($6.20), and Thundercrest ($6.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday night (August 26) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Batavia, NY---The Canadian owned, central New York based All Charged Up has been plying her trade in western New York for three-weeks now and on Wednesday evening (Aug. 16), she just captured her second straight $9,000 mares harness racing Open Handicap pacing feature at Batavia Downs. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) left, but yielded to Little Santamonica (Larry Stalbaum) who wanted the front and got her way. From there she did all the heavy lifting, setting fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25.1. At that station MacDonald started to roll All Charged Up to the outside and the mare paced right around the leader. She had command before they hit the stretch and then paced away to an easy five-length victory in 1:53.1, which was only one-fifth of a second off the track record for aged pacing mares (Xenia Hanover 1:53, 2013). It was the 25th lifetime win for All Charged Up ($4.40) and it pushed her career earnings total to $236,532 for owner J P Stables. The 6-year-old daughter of Ponder is trained by "The Prime Minister" John MacDonald. MacDonald doubled his fun by winning the co-featured $8,000 Mares Open II pace with Drea's Good Powow. Getting a similar two-hole trip, Drea's Good Powow sat behind Voltina (Kevin Cummings) until the top of the stretch when he pulled her and paced right by to win by a length in 1:55.2. It was the second win in three starts for Drea's Good Powow ($3.80) and the second win of the night for owner J P Stables and trainer/driver MacDonald. The biggest win mutual of the meet so far was realized in the eighth race on the card. Ray Fisher Jr. took advantage of a fast :55.3 half and swooped the field from worst to first with Canthelpbutwin at 54-1. When the dust had settled from the tote board being blown up, the win price displayed was $101.50 for a $2 wager. That prompted a $2 "7-2" Exacta that paid $1,129, a $2 "7-2-all" Trifecta that paid $1,646 and a $1 "7-2-all-all" Superfecta that returned $464.50. John MacDonald wasn't the only horseman to capture two driving and training wins on the night. Shawn McDonough and Larry Stalbaum also attained the same achievement. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday with post time at 6 p.m. The early Pick-5 on Friday starts with a $1,500 pool and goes as races one through five.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Batavia, NY---After just missing off a perfect two-hole trip last week in the top distaff pace, All Charged Up bounced back and got the job done in winning the $9,500 harness racing fillies and mares Open Handicap at Batavia Downs on Wednesday afternoon (Aug. 9). All Charged Up (John Macdonald) hit the pylons early and let the unsuspecting Jolt Of Jo (Dave McNeight III) dictate the quarters. Taking on the challenge, Jolt Of Jo then went in :28 and :57.3 before the sleeping giant, All Charged Up pulled first over past the stands. The race proceeded up the backside with All charged Up advancing on Jolt Of Jo and eventually taking command with only a quarter of a mile to go. She cleared the front in the final bend and paced away down the lane to open up a two-length advantage, coasting home to a wrapped-up win in 1:54.3, which was a new seasonal mark. It was the first win in only her fifth start of the season for the late-starting All Charged Up ($3.10) and owner J P Stables. John Macdonald also trains the winner. In the co-featured $8,500 Mares Open II, Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) made easy work of seven foes as she went gate to wire without much effort in 1:55.3, which was also a new seasonal mark for the winner. Susie's Delight ($6.90) is owned by the Swift Racing Stable and is trained by Ryan Swift. Ray Fisher Jr. found himself being photographed four times on Wednesday as he shooed home Mintiliscious (1:55.1, $3.60), Sin City Shark (1:55.3, $3.90), John's Jesse Bird (1:58.2, $3.40) and the aforementioned Susie's Delight. Jim Morrill Jr. and Larry Stalbaum both chimed in with driving doubles while trainer Maria Rice registered two winners as well. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Aug. 11) with post time set at 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take the Vernon Downs featured pace ($7,500) on Saturday night (August 5). Harness racing driver John MacDonald would win three more on the night giving him 13 for the last three nights at Vernon. Golden Gun (Shawn McDonough) would take them to the first quarter in :27.0. After that it was all Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover), owned and trained by MacDonald, the 9 year-old gelding would follow with fractions of :56.0, 1:23.4, 1:52.0 to win by three lengths. Appolo Seelster (Truman Gale) would come up late to finish second best. Calvin B (Bret Crawford) was third. Oh My Joepa ($3.20) would win for the 12th time this season and for the 43rd time in his career. MacDonald would also would win with Forever Effie ($4.30), Blended Whiskey ($3.10), and All Stienam ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (August 10) with an 11 race card starting a 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs        

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would take the harness racing featured Fillies and Mares Pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (August 3). MacDonald wins six of the nine races. Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) would leave right out of the gate and control all the early fractions of the featured rae,:27.3, :57.0, 1:24.4. Happy Heart (Claude Huckabone III), would follow the whole way from the pocket. She would come out of the pocket and take over just before the top of the stretch. Drea's Good Powow (Squaw's Fella), who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, would go three wide in the stretch and blow right by to win in 1:52.1. Happy Heart (Woodstock) would finish second with Love You Bye (McArdle) hanging on for third. Drea's Good Powow ($3.00) won for the fourth time this season and the 23rd time in her career. Leading driver John MacDonald would win five more on the day. His next win was with Strike A Chord ($5.00), followed by Paltrow Blue Chip ($5.40). MacDonald would then guide Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky-Classical Ginny) to her first career victory in 1:58.2, paying $3.00. Win five was with Miss Ruby ($3.00). His sixth win was with Always Flash-N ($2.80) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 4) starting at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Leading driver, John MacDonald wins four on the Saturday night. Oh My Joepa (MacDonald) goes gate-to-wire and barely hangs on to take Vernon Downs harness racing feature on (July 15). Owned, trained, and driven by John MacDonald, Oh My Joepa (Rock N Roll Heaven) would put up the fractions :26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1, 1:52.0. Oh My Joepa ($3.40) won for the third straight time but it wasn't easy as Golden Gun (Ed Waishes) came flying late but finished second by a neck. Apollo Seelster (Truman Gale) was third. John MacDonald, who has 58 wins on the season first won with 2 year-old Manverick (American Ideal-Desirable Cindy). Manverick ($5.40) won in his first career start. MacDonald also won with Coopers Beach ($4.40) and Ring Leda ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday starting at 6:45 p.m. John Horne for Vernon Downs

John MacDonald had the hot hands scoring five winners at Vernon Downs Saturday night. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would win the Vernon Downs feature pace ($7,500) at the miracle mile on Saturday (July 8). MacDonald would add that with four other wins to go to the winner's circle five times. During the feature,Golden Gun (W. Bart Dalious), would take charge and put up the early fractions :26.1, 56.2, 125.1. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would sit in the pocket going around the Oval at the miracle mile. It was Apollo Seelster (Andy Gardner), who would make the first move going first-over to take a slight lead. Oh My Joepa ($7.00) would make his move wearing down Apollo Seelster (second) to get the narrow win during race nine. Golden Gun would hold for third. MacDonald would take big longshot Dewey Take Credit ($71.00) to a victory in race six. He would win race seven with Dragon Fever ($15.00). In race 11 he took Three Handbags ($5.20) to victory lane. In race 13 he would charge late with Cooper Beach ($4.00) to get his fifth win. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday night (July 13) with a 9 race card starting at 6:45 pm. For more infromation please go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Oh My Joepa takes the harness racing featured pace ($7,500) on Tuesday night (July 4) at Vernon Downs. Before the feature started the big favorite Golden Gun (Justin Huckabone) went off stride. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take full advantage and charge, out to the lead. The 9 year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover would put up all the fractions :27.4, :57.0, 1:24.1, 1:52.0 Rock N Row (Truman Gale),who was the longest shot in the field followed the winner for the entire race. Oh My Joepa ($10.80) who is also owned trained by MacDonald would win for the eighth time this season and the 39th time in 180 starts. Rock N Row would make a late charge but finish second by a length. Modern Gesture (Jimmy Wittemore) would finish third. MacDonald would also capture the nightcap steering Cam's Lucky Sam (Camluck) to a win in 1:51.0. Life Up Front (Chris Lems) would finish second with Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Cam's Lucky Sam would pay $4.90 for the victory Jimmy Whittemore and Josh Kinney had driving doubles as well. Whittemore won with Apollo Seelster ($6.10) and Captain Dragon ($32.00). Kinney went to the winner's circle with Samson J ($4.80) and Allamerican Improv ($8.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday with a nine race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) has been a picture of consistency this season. The nine year old harness racing trotter hit the board in twelve of his fifteen starts this season heading into his try in the $14,500 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Shawn Gray piloted the John Macdonald trainee and got away in the two-hole behind Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) who won the Open just two weeks ago. Cincinnati Miss carved out the fractions and after checking in at three quarters in 1:26 extended her lead around the final turn. Longshot Lucid Thoughts then gathered a head of steam and came charging hard in the stretch. The veteran high-stepper reeled in Cincinnati Miss in the final strides before stopping the timer in 1:55.1, a time that matched the effort from trotting mare Charmed Life on April 23rd as the fastest of the season for a trotter at Saratoga. Cincinnati Miss was the runner-up while the favored Boli (Wally Hennessey) was late on the scene to earn the show spot. Lucid Thoughts paid a hefty $33.40 to win in the upset while the exacta and triple came back $178 and $310, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Vernon Downs leading harness racing driver John MacDonald, would add four more to his total on Saturday night (June 10). Starting in race one MacDonald would take Cam's Lucky Sam ($3.40) to victory going gate-to-wire in 1:52.3. JD's Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) finished second. NBA Pick (Justin Huckabone) was third. In race number eight, MacDonald would guide Fox Valley Cadet ($4.20) from fourth to first in the stretch. Sambestmckee (Jimmy Wittemore) would be nipped at the wire to finish second. Sucrose Hanover (Truman Gale) finished third. In the featured Ninth race, MacDonald would take Oh My Joepa ($6.90), gate-to-wire in 1:51.1. MacDonald owns and trains the 9 year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. Apollo Seelster (Jimmy Wittemore) was second. Rock N Row (Truman Gale) captured third. MacDonald's final win would come in race 11. He would lead Stirling Ensign ($8.70) to a gate-to-wire victory as well in 1:54.0. Golden Britt (Joe Nassimos) finished second). McDan (Justin Huckabone) was third. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 16) at 6:45 P.M. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) wins the Fillies and Mares feature ($7,500) on Thursday night (June 8). The harness racing 7 year-old Squaws Fella mare found herself last, eight lengths back behind early front runner Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) after the first-quarter. Drea's Good Powow ($2.90) who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald would make a first-over move just before the half. She would then blow right by and take over at the top of the stretch and win in 1:52.2. The Filly Princess (Jimmy Wittemore) would charge late and finish second. Looney Dune would hang on to finish third. A big day at Vernon Downs tomorrow night (June 9). The miracle mile will host two Empire Breeders Classic Elimination heats for 3 year-old trotting colts. Also featured on this great Friday night is three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. The 13 race card starts at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

The Filly Princess (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing fillies and mares featured pace at Vernon Downs on Friday Night (June 2). The race favorite Keene Olivia (Chris Lems) jumped out of the gate in front at first three fractions of (27.3), (57.3), (125.0). The Filly Princess ($11.40) would ride the pocket the entire way until the top of the stretch. The 9 year-old Bettors Delight mare would pull out the pocket and wear down Keene Olivia in the stretch to get the win in 1:53.3. Charging late was Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) to get second. Keene Olivia would hang on for third. Coming in to this weekend Chris Lems and John MacDonald lead all drivers with 19 wins apiece. They are expected to battle for the driver championship all year round. On the trainers side Andy Gardner, Angus MacDonald and Jimmy Wittemore each have six wins to lead all trainers early. Vernon Downs returns to action Saturday at 6:45 pm. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

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