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Lucid Thoughts (Cash Hall) has spent much of 2017 finishing second and third. The John Macdonald trainee had hit the board in nine of his eleven harness racing seasonal tries but was winless as he drew the rail for Sunday's Winners Over trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Lucid Thoughts was part of a significant three-horse speed duel in the early stages of the $14,000 Sunday feature but Macdonald would not relinquish the lead. Parking out a pair of rivals, the 8-5 co-favorite Lucid Thoughts went to the half in 55.3 but looked none the worse for the wear in the race's second lap as he cruised to his first win of the year, a victory that came in 1:55.2. Photo King (Jay Randall) sat just off the early speed and was the runner-up while Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) closed for third. While Lucid Thoughts was co-favored, the exotics paid well in the Sunday feature with an exacta of $51.50 and a triple that returned $449. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee that kicks off at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Scibbereen (John MacDonald) wins Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (May 20). Scibbereen ($8.60) who is trained by Kyle Spagnola was fourth after three-quarters passing Nostrovia (Wade Tomaszewski)in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. American JJ (Michael Miller) would be placed first to capture the the Robert Keller series final when Pipe Dream Express (Jimmy Wittemore) caused interference in the stretch and was placed second. American JJ ($4.00) is also trained by Miller. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (May 26) at 6:45pm For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.      

Pompano Beach, FL...March 14, 2017...Sooo Handsome, bred, owned, trained and driven by Rick Plano, pulled off a minor upset at Pompano Park on Tuesday night (March 14), squeaking by the favored Prairie Fortune, with John MacDonald in the bike, in the final stride for a nose victory in 1:55.3. The four year-old gelded son of Cash Hall, second to Prairie Fortune one week ago, turned the tables on that 1 to 2 favorite by gaining a good early spot, taking up the chase on the backside and wearing Prairie Fortune down in the very last stride. Massive Lightning, driven by Mickey McNichol, rallied to finish third, though 2 ¾ lengths away, with Explosive Muscles, last half way through the mile, fourth. Massacaia picked up the nickel in the septet of classy trotters. As the outset, it was Celebrity Maserati leaving with alacrity with Sooo Handsome, leaving from the coveted post five, away well to settle in the garden spot. Diamond Dagger, the only mare in the field, was on the prowl from third with Massacaia next, Massive Lightning fifth, Explosive Muscles sixth and Prairie Fortune, handicapped with the outside post, trailing. With an opening quarter in :27.2, Celebrity Maserati was gliding along on the lead with Sooo Handsome still second and Massacaia next as Diamond Dagger was now fourth and hung out to dry like wet laundry. At the :56.2 half, Prairie Fortune was on the move from the back of the pack and, once they straightened away for the journey up the backside, MacDonald sent Prairie Jaguar on a double-bubble binge that took him to the front past the third station in 1:25.3. Meanwhile, Sooo Handsome was able to wend his way to the outside but was still two lengths away turning for home. In the lane, Prairie Fortune was trying desperately to protect the lead with Sooo Handsome gnawing away with every stride, finally claiming the top prize in the very last stride. After the race, driver Rick Plano said, "This horse tends to be a little lazy leaving but, with the five post here winning at such a high rate (24.6%), and everyone else leaving from that post, I thought I'd try and leave a little, too. "I wasn't going to get by the '2' horse (Celebrity Maserati), so it was kind of a blessing to settle into second. On the backstretch, John's (MacDonald) horse (Prairie Fortune) was brushing very hard, so when he went by us, I was fortunate that I had a chance to pull and try and follow him. "I didn't know if I could catch him in the lane and, at the wire, I still didn't know if I got him. "Guess that's what they have a photo finish camera for. "This horse (Sooo Handsome) can be very good when he's in the mood and, tonight, he was in the mood!" Sooo Handsome won for the third time in 10 starts this semester, good for $21,000 in bounty. Lifetime, the four year-old now boasts $56,680 with 11 wins in 37 career starts. As the second choice at 9 to 2, Sooo Handsome paid $11.80 to win. In the $10,000 Open 2 Trot, it was San Handicap victorious for Ricky Macomber, Jr. in 1:55.4. The four year-old altered son of Swan For All scored a one length victory over My Revenuer (Bryce Fenn) with Tater Twister (Mike Simons) third after cutting panels of :27.3, :57 and 1:26 for faltering ever-so-slightly in the final stages of the mile. Modern Mercury, closing fastest of all, finished fourth after dawdling at the back of the back of the pack until the stretch call. Fleetwood Hall picked up the final award in the field of seven. Swan Handicap, away in good order and settling in third as Tater Twister put up all the early numbers, pulled on the backside and went a game first over journey, pulling on even terms with the leader once they straightened away for home and then on to victory--his second of the year in 10 starts. Trained by Jamie Macomber for owner Matthew Rheinheimer, Swan Handicap won for the 10th time in his career stretching 43 starts. He's now banked 79,159 lifetime---18,640 this year. As the 3 to 2 favorite, Swan Handicap paid $5.00 to win. Racing continues on Wednesday night with Godiva Seelster looking for a repeat victory in the $11,000 Open Pace for Mares. The seven year-old daughter of Camluck, with 40 career victories in her grand career, will have Wally Hennessey in the bike and is listed as the 3 to 2 morning line favorite. Misssomebeach Blue, OK Heavenly, Goldstar Rockette, Jets Are On and Sweet Bet complete the talented field of ladies. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry, for Pompano Park  

Pompano Beach, FL...March 6, 2017...Prairie Fortune, driven by John MacDonald, made a sweeping and devastating three deep move around the final turn and went on to score a handy two length harness racing  victory in 1:55.2 in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (March 6). The win--his second in a row--came at the expense of Sooo Handsome, handled by Rick Plano. The early leader, Boli, with Wally Hennessey in the bike, was third after cutting through much of the mile on this windy night while Swan Handicap finished fourth. Modern Mercury picked up the minor award in the septet. At the outset, Boli pushed the wings of the Hummer Starting Gate out of the way and blasted his way to the front and, with the stiff headwind up to 30 m.p.h., rambled over to the opening marker in :29.2. With the tailwind now coming into play, the pace picked up a bit during the second quarter and, with Diamond Dagger on the attack, Boli kept that challenger at bay by reaching the half in :57.4. At this point, Prairie Fortune, beginning from post seven, wended his way second over into fourth and anxious to strike. Heading into the final turn and a few strides short of the 1:26.4 third station, Boli was in the process of extinguishing the challenge of Diamond Dagger but had no answer for Prairie Fortune, who was on a "double-bubble" attack, sweeping into the lead turning for home and unchallenged thereafter for the handy win. After the race, driver John MacDonald said, "I really don't have too much to say. He's sharp right now, feeling his oats and he can really cover some ground when he gets room to roam. It was windy out there tonight, but that doesn't seem to bother him. Nothing does! He knows what he's supposed to do and he just does it! Give the horse all the credit. He just took me for the ride tonight!" Prairie Fortune is now 2-for-3 this year and 29-for-53 in the win column career-wise for trainer Mike Deters, who co-owns with breeder Laurie Lee Poulin. He's banked $216,545 career-wise. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Prairie Fortune paid $3.40 to his multitude of backers. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a pair of trotting features--the first featuring a well matched field of eight in the $10,000 Open 2 Trot and the second the Open Trot for mares only. Southwind Stryker is the 9 to 5 morning line favorite in the first feature and will have Wally Hennessey in the bike while Divination looks for her second straight win in the "ladies only" feature. She is 5 to 2 morning line favorite and will have owner-trainer-driver John MacDonald handling her lines. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park              

Pompano Beach, FL...February 27, 2017...Prairie Fortune, driven by John MacDonald, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open 1 Trot on Monday night (February 27), scoring a handy win in 1:53.3, just one tick off of his lifetime best performance.   The Florida bred 5 year-old gelded son of Arapa Victory pinned a 1½ length defeat on the late charging Massacaia, handled by Tom Jackson, with Explosive Muscles, with Dave Ingraham in the bike and in the garden spot much of the way, next, just a neck further back.   The pacesetting Diamond Dagger finished fourth after cutting fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:24.4.   Prairie Fortune was away in good order mid-pack and pulled mid-way around turn two to begin chewing away at the leader. On the backside, Prairie Fortune ducked back in before tilting out again heading into the final turn.   As the field straightened away, Prairie Fortune muscled his way past the leader and easily held off the two most serious pursuers to score the handy win.   Commenting after the race, driver John MacDonald lamented, "He sure is a nice horse. He can grind away forever.   "Tonight, I took him out going to the half but ducked back in on the backstretch when Jason's mare (Diamond Dagger) seemed to have some steam left.   "I was pretty confident once we moved on even terms turning for home and he was strong to the line."   In getting his initial win of the season in just two starts, Prairie Fortune won for the 28th time in his 52nd career start, sending his lifetime earnings $210,545 for Laurie Poulin, who co-owns with trainer Mike Deters.   As the even money choice on the tote-board, Prairie Fortune returned $4.20 to his multitude of followers.   The $10,000 Open 2 Trot went to Celebrity Maserati, under the guidance of Marcello Spano, in 1:54.2.   This seven year-old son of Andover Hall, making only his 30th lifetime start, went a brave first over journey on the backside and proved the best by a length over Kabu, driven by Tom Jackson.   Southwind Stryker, handled by Wally Hennessey, finished third, this after a miscue leaving and spotting the field several lengths.   Pocket Trip was fourth while Stache picked up the nickel. Gold Savage completed the order of finish after sawing through panels of :27.4, :56.3 and 1:25.2.   The clocking was the fastest for the winner since a 1:53 win at Pocono Downs as a 2013 three year-old, the year he won $138,402 and claimed the crown in the prestigious Dexter Cup.   Celebrity Maserati pushed his seasonal scorecard to 2-2-0 in four starts to send his 2017 earnings to $12,375. Lifetime, he's banked $174,032.   As the 2 to 1 second choice, Celebrity Maserati returned $6.40 to win.   Racing continues on Tuesday night with a septet of trotting mares in action in the feature.   Modern Mercury has been installed as the 8 to 5 morning line favorite and trainer Rob Harmon has hired George Napolitano, Jr. to take the lines back of this four year-old daughter of Donato Hanover.   Total Freedom, She's All In, Celebrity Artemis, M T Ur Pockets, Serendipitious and Bad Angel complete the talented field.   In the "better for the bettor" department, Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 finale carryover has ballooned to $21,509 for Tuesday night's card. There also a $10,000 guaranteed pool for the Pick-4, contested on races six through nine.   Post time is set for 7:20 p.m.   by John Berry for Pompano Park

Vernon, N.Y. -- Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger's Lauxmont Capri ($10.20) pounced from the pocket to capture Saturday (November 5) evening's featured $7,900 Miracle Mile pacing event at Vernon Downs, and John MacDonald sewed up top harness racing trainer and driver honors for the 2016 season, which came to an end with a 12-race card.   The 6-year-old Red River Hanover gelding drafted behind 9-5 favorite Skip Jive (Jay Randall) through splits of :25.4, :54.2, and 1:23.1 before making his move just before cornering for home. Once Mike Merton moved Lauxmont Capri off the pegs, he pressed immediately and collared Skip Jive at the eighth pole, accelerating away and repelling a late bid from Modern Gesture (Truman Gale) to prevail by a length in 1:51.4. Skip Jive faded to third.   Gary Messenger trains 20-time winner Lauxmont Capri.   John MacDonald's 197 driving wins and 54 training wins through the season earned him top honors in both categories. MacDonald finished the meet 48 wins clear of the second-best driver Chris Lems and five clear of training runner-up Andy Gardner.   In the annual "Turn Back the Clock Rewind Race", contested clockwise over seven-eighths of a mile, Avogadro Hanover ($8.20) slid up the pegs after tracking a contested pace, reaching the lead in the last sixteenth of a mile and completing the single circuit in 1:40.3, a neck better than Ton of Luck (Merton) and the collared pacesetter Bring Them Home (Justin Huckabone).   The 2017 season at Vernon Downs is slated to begin in April; fans and horsemen alike are advised to consult www.vernondowns.com through the winter for updates.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - Drivers John MacDonald and Fern Paquet, Jr. each captured four of Saturday (October 22) evening's ten races at Vernon Downs, with MacDonald also copping top honors in the harness racing featured $7,900 upper level pacing event with odds-on favorite Flying Cowboy ($3.50). Despite chilly and rainy conditions, Flying Cowboy wasted no time securing the early lead, clearing from his assigned outside post to control early sectionals of :28.1 and :57.2. The 6-year-old Brandon's Cowboy gelding faced his stiffest challenge on the far turn--when Cheyenne Reider (Truman Gale) briefly headed him during a :27.1 third quarter--but he responded beautifully under pressure. Flying Cowboy kicked away to defeat Cheyenne Reider by 3-1/4 lengths in 1:53.1, while Bondi Hanover (Chris Lems) rallied mildly to take third. Joe Skowyra trains Flying Cowboy for owner Wade Wyatt. While "The Prime Minister" took top honors in the night's feature, Paquet would help give trainer Jordan Hope a double on the night, partnering with Hurrikane Bud K ($6.30, 1:54.1) and Flashy Trick ($5.70, 1:53.3). The penultimate week of racing at Vernon Downs offers Friday (October 28) and Saturday (October 29) programs, with post time each evening scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- JK Panache ($2.20) made every yard a winning one in Saturday (October 15) evening's featured $9,900 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs, drawing clear easily by 4-1/4 lengths in his 1:49.3 victory and giving John MacDonald one of his four driving wins on the 11-race harness racing card.   The 7-year-old Art Major gelding had no trouble clearing his three rivals, sprinting to the fore through a :26 first quarter before leading pocket rival St Lads Moonwalk (Truman Gale) through middle sectionals of :54 and 1:22.2. JK Panache began edging clear at the head of the home straight, leaving an all-out St Lads Moonwalk well behind and evading a late bid from Calvin B (Greg Merton), who emerged from last off the far turn to take the runner-up spot. St Lads Moonwalk was a laboring third, while Some Kinda Beach (Mike Merton) faded to fourth.   Dave Dewhurst co-owns 45-time winner JK Panache with Philip Hale.   In addition to his featured win, MacDonald teamed up with Pramatic Life ($2.10, 1:53.3), Charmbo Curiosity ($3.70, 1:53), and Big Cal ($2.80, 1:54) to complete his grand slam.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a nine-race card on Thursday (October 20) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- J A T O, the 4-year-old harness racing gelding who climbed rapidly from lower-level non-winners races to the Open ranks at Vernon Downs last fall, suffered his first defeat at the Miracle Mile in Friday (October 14) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot.   Despite a strong early push to the fore through a :27.3 initial quarter mile and a pressure-free :58.3 middle half, J A T O (Chris Lems) would ultimately be upended by pocket rival Waiting On a Woman ($3.10), who made his move off the pegs in mid-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length at the end of a 1:54.3 mile over fast going. J A T O held the runner-up spot, while Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales) sustained gradual uncovered gains to take third.   Waiting On a Woman was availed a clear trip throughout by local leading driver John MacDonald, lacking for racing room at no point in the mile. The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding captured his 56th career win for owner Michael Polansky and trainer Kyle Spagnola.   In the evening's sub-featured $7,900 distaff trot, Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig's Sweet Thing ($4.30) made every yard a winning one, holding sway of My Lucky Word for a 1:55 score. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 4-year-old Chocolatier mare for one of his three wins on the evening's 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 15) with an 11-race card; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Leading driver John MacDonald notched a five-bagger on Thursday (October 6) evening's eight-race harness racing card at Vernon Downs, sweeping the back half of the program.   The 34-year-old Prince Edward Island native extended his advantage over Chris Lems in the seasonal table to 40 wins, taking his first win of the night in a $3,600 trotting event with Empirestateofmind ($5.70, 2:01.1), a 2-year-old daughter of Cantab Hall and Spectacularstarlet he also trains for owner Ross Bonafield. MacDonald would subsequently team up with Chip Chip Page ($4.70, 1:58), Andro Madi ($4.90, 1:53.3), I Saw Red ($7.90, 1:54.4), and Incredible Gambler ($12.80, 1:56.3) to cap his driving quintuple.   Lems accounted for two winners on the evening, including the featured $9,100 top-level distaff pace, which he won with Super Soph ($3.70). Lems secured the pocket with the 6-year-old Admirals Galley mare early on, angled off the pegs with five-sixteenths to go, and dueled down pacesetter Southern Girl (Fern Paquet, Jr.) by way of a :26.1 closing sectional to prevail in 1:54.1 for owner Mark Wamp and trainer Jackie Rousse.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 10-race card on Friday (October 7) evening; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Scott Woogen's K J's Caroline ($6.00) parried all comers in Thursday (September 22) night's $11,000 Mares Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs, and leading harness racing driver John MacDonald tallied another five wins on the evening's 10-race program.   K J's Caroline, debuting for trainer Paul Long on arrival from Tioga Downs, made her move to the fore on the clubhouse turn after settling close to a spritely early pace. Roman Lopez brushed the 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare to the fore to clear Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) upon reaching the back of the course, subsequently bracing for heavy pressure from the first-over Yes You Can (Ben McNeil) on the far turn. After enduring a :27.2 third quarter, K J's Caroline edged away, driven out to fend off a late charge from Bettorhaveanother--who found clearance to vacate the pegs in the final eighth--by half a length in 1:51.2. Southern Girl (Fern Paquet, Jr.) mounted a belated rally to take third.   While a Vernon newcomer took top equine honors for the evening, the "Prime Minister" continued his reign at Vernon Downs with a five-win night. MacDonald paired up with The Filly Princess ($5.80, 1:52.2), I Saw Red ($5.40, 1:53.4), Cheyenne Patti ($9.00, 1:55), E R Rhonda ($3.70, 1:54.2), and Tempus Seelster ($3.50, 1:51.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 23) evening; post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Jinxy's Delight ($9.50) made all the pace in Thursday (September 8) evening's featured $9,100 top-level Miracle Mile distaff pacing event at Vernon Downs, capping a driving grand slam for John MacDonald on the evening's nine-race harness racing card.   MacDonald, who also owns and trains the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, wasted no time achieving the lead, clearing Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) before reaching the first turn through a :27.4 first quarter. Jinxy's Delight would face no threats to speak of through the middle half, only facing mild first-over pressure from Pancakes (Truman Gale) off the far turn before edging clear. While Jinxy's Delight had no trouble parrying the challenge of Pancakes, she was fully extended in deep stretch to stave off the late bids of Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) by a scant nose in 1:53.1.   MacDonald also accounted for three odds-on winners on the evening, prevailing with his own trainee Hailey Hanover ($2.40, 1:54.3) as well as Andy Gardner trainee Always Flash-n ($3.30, 1:53.2) and Heidi Rohr trainee Racsan Cyndee ($2.60, 1:55.2).   Byron Pineda's Shortest Distance ($19.00) scored her 93rd career victory in the sub-featured $6,100 distaff pace, pouncing from the pocket for a 1:52.3 score with Fern Paquet, Jr. aboard. Rita Polese trains the 11-year-old Park Place mare.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 9) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Batavia, NY --- Vernon Downs invaders All Charged Up and her harness racing trainer/driver John MacDonald have made Batavia Downs their second home now that they've won their second straight $10,000 fillies and mares Open pace on Wednesday night (Sept. 7). MacDonald fired right to the front when the gate released the field and All Charged Up took complete control of the race. With the field in single file behind her and no one pulling the right line, MacDonald was on top grabbing both as he slowed the pace to 1:00.1 at the half. From there the race was over. The Filly Princess (Kevin Cummings) eventually did come first over past the half and brought My Tallia Ideal (Dave McNeight III) with her in tow. They advanced towards the leader who had sped the third panel up to :28.1, but All Charged Up was steady and paced away in a :28 flat closing quarter to win by almost three lengths in 1:56.2. It was the tenth win of the year for All Charged Up ($4.30) and it padded her already stout bankroll to $79,144 for owner J P Stables. Mark Whitcroft won three races on the card while Chris Lems and Truman Gale won two apiece. Trainer Sally Cartier also sent two horses to the winner's enclosure. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Sept. 9) with the first post set for 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Vernon, N.Y. -- After Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald notched five victories on Wednesday night's card, current runner-up Chris Lems posted a natural grand slam to start off Thursday (August 11) evening's nine-race harness racing program--taking the featured $7,500 Miracle Mile trot with My Lucky Word ($7.00) as part of the sequence.   Lems sent the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky mare to a clear lead in the compact field of four, controlling the terms through easy splits of :28.1, :57.2, and 1:26.3 before posting a :27.4 closing quarter to evade a late push from even-money favorite Twice Too Nice (John MacDonald), who stalked intently from the pocket. My Lucky Word prevailed by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.2 for her 13th career win. Dave Dewhurst trains My Lucky Word for owner Philip Hale.   Lems also teamed up with Cascata ($6.10, 1:53), Patton ($3.70, 1:57.3), and Illusionsndreams ($9.20, 1:57.3) to lead all drivers on the night.   Claude Huckabone, III posted a training and driving double, upending odds-on favorites with Act of Valor ($15.60, 1:56.3) and Wine Photo ($30.00, 1:54.4).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 13) evening, with post time set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite

The J P Stables' All Charged Up ($3.10) swung wide off a second-over trip to collar Bettorhaveanother in Wednesday (August 10) evening's harness racing featured $9,000 distaff pace at Vernon Downs.   Trainer-driver John MacDonald settled off the pace with the 5-year-old Ponder mare, sliding second-over to follow cover provided by Keene Olivia (Claude Huckabone, III) with seven-sixteenths of the one-mile journey to go. All Charged Up swung three-wide off the far turn, sustaining her bid after pacesetter Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) repelled a stiff challenge from Keene Olivia. All Charged Up would claim her 19th career win just outside the sixteenth pole, reeling in Bettorhaveanother and drawing away to prevail by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.4 over fast going. Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) mounted strong belated gains to just miss the runner-up spot.   For leading driver John MacDonald, the featured win was one of five on the nine-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 11) evening, with first post set for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Nichols, N.Y. -- The J P Stables' All Charged Up ($6.50) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip in Friday (July 15) evening's featured $11,000 Mares Open 1 Pace at Tioga Downs, reeling in pacesetter K J's Caroline in the last yards of a 1:53.1 mile.   Fresh off a top-level win at Vernon off a similar tracking trip, the 5-year-old Ponder mare kept close from the outset via her inside draw, pursuing the uncontested K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart, Jr.) through splits of :27.4, :57.2, and 1:25.2.  He paid $6.50 to win.   Despite K J's Caroline's best efforts to evade her foes on the far turn, All Charged Up worked to the fore in deep stretch, putting three-quarters of a length on K J's Caroline in the final 70 yards. Mydelight Bluechip (Kyle DiBenedetto) chased stoutly to just miss second off her ground-saving trip.   Tom Jackson handled the driving duties of All Charged Up for Vernon-based trainer John MacDonald. All Charged Up paid $6.50 to win as the wagering favorite.   Mike Simons led all drivers with three wins on the nine-race card. The hat trick gives Simons a 35-33 lead over Scott Coulter in the Tioga driver standings.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Saturday (July 16) evening, with a $391.02 carryover in the 50¢ Pick 5. Post time is slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

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