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Vernon Downs played host to a July fourth harness racing spectacular on Saturday. It featured three Empire Breeder Classic races for sophomore trotters (colts & geldings had two divisions). Also on hand was two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. These five races combined for over half a million dollars in purse money. Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears) captures the $207,250 EBC final for 3-year-old trotting fillies. A wild start saw No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) took the top spot right after the first quarter but that was short lived as Hypnotic AM ($3.60) took control as they went to the top of the back stretch. Southwind Fern (Jim Morrill Jr.) was parked outside first over and put on slight pressure as Hypnotic AM hit the half first in :56.1. The field was two by two following Hypnotic AM as they charged around the final turn hitting three-quarters in 1:25.4. Hypnotic AM led as they made the turn for home. Love A Good Story was trapped in the box and finally got free as they reached the stretch but Hypnotic AM was too strong and won in 1:53.4. Love A Good Story settled for second. No Mas Drama finally got free in the stretch as well and finished third.   Hypnotic AM is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander. She is now two for two in 2020 with nine wins in 11 lifetime starts. Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) goes three-wide to gain upset victory in $97,750 first division of  the EBC for sophomore trotting colts & geldings. Hobbs ($17.20) went straight to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2.  Barn Holden (Jim Morrill Jr.) took over as they went around the clubhouse turn with Hobbs settling for the pocket.  Barn Holden hit the half first in :56.3.  Take the Credit (Ake Svanstedt) was the first to make a move on the backstretch going first-over from fourth.  The two battled all the way around the final turn with Take The Credit leading to three-quarters in 1:24.3.   Hobbs came out of the pocket and came at them three-wide as they reached the stretch.  As they headed to deep stretch Take The Credit muscled his way to the front.  Hobbs wore him down and went by just before the wire hitting a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3.  Take The Credit had to settle for second money with Barn Holden hanging on for third.   Hobbs is a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner. Owned by Runthetable Stables and trained by Jim Campbell, he won for the first time this season and the second time in his career. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) dominates the $97,750 second division of the EBC for 3-year-old colts & geldings. Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) battled for the early lead with Chaptiama taking over just before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. Chaptiama led to the half in :57.1 with Berkery J in the pocket and Third Shift ($2.90) sitting patiently in third. As they headed to three-quarters Ballcapsnbluejeans (Corey Callahan) came first up and flushed out Third Shift. Chaptiama still led as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.3. Third Shift moved into second and went a little wide as they made the turn for home. Berkey J tried to split the leaders but went off-stride. Third Shift had another gear and forged to the front and won by over five lengths in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Ballcapsnbluejeans came up to finish second with Sir Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) getting awarded third place.   Third Shift is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Owned by trainer Svanstedt and Melby Gard Inc. He is two for two in 2020 with five career wins. Easy To Please (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Test Of Faith (Jim Marohn Jr.) each take divisions of the NYSS for freshmen pacing fillies. Easy To Please (Roll With Joe-Lorrie Please) wins the $53,100 first division of the NYSS for 2-year-old pacing fillies. She would take over just before the half and never looked back to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. She is owned by trainer Michael Hall, Our Three Sons Stable, Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. She is now two for two in her young career. She paid $2.60 for the win. Test Of Faith (Art Major-Cannae Cammie) goes wire-to-wire to capture the $53,100 second division. Trained by Brett Pelling for owners Melvin Segal and Kentuckiana Racing Stable. He won in 1:52.2 in his first career start paying ($11.00) for the win. Vernon Downs returns to live racing Thursday (July 9) with a 13-race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.  

Gettin Serious wins $4,800 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 2). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the front and led to the quarter in :27.4. Gettin Serious ($4.10) took control on the back stretch for driver Roman Lopez and was first to the half in :56.3. Five Towns (Howard Parker) went first-over and tried to put pressure on Gettin Serious but couldn't get by. Gettin Serious led to three-quarters in 1:25.2. As they turned for home Gettin Serious found another gear and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:55.1. Sweet Royalty (Jimmy Whittemore) showed late trot and came up to finish second. Five Towns had to settle for third. Gettin Serious is a 4-year-old horse by Crazed, is co-owned by trainer Roman Lopez with Mitchell Frair. It was his second win of 2020. He now has nine career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night while Leon Bailey steered three to the winner's circle. Parker won with Step Forward ($22.60), Pudge's Pastime ($5.60), East To Cincy ($6.00), and Fox Valley Photog ($5.20). Bailey got his wins with The Band K ($7.20), Jenny Lake ($4.60), and Sweet Sofie T ($18.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 4) starting at 1:10 p.m. The "Miracle Mile" will feature the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for trotters with a combined purse for the three races of over $400,000. Also on Hand will be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host three Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) races for 3-year-old trotters on Saturday (July 4) at 1 p.m. There will be two divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Both divisions will race for a purse of $97,750. In the first division, the Steven Pratt trained Barn Holden (Jim Morrill Jr) looks to be the horse to beat. In a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) last week the colt by Conway Hall faded in the stretch to finish third after leading most of the race. He has two wins in 2020 and five career victories with earnings of over $135,000. His main rival will be the Julie Miller trained Book Seven (Andy Miller). The Chapter Seven colt is one for one in 2020 with a lifetime best mark of 1:56.3 last week at Tioga. He has six lifetime wins and has earned over $85,000 in his career Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) and Berkery J (Scott Zeron) are set to face off in the second division of the EBC, Both are coming off of NYSS wins at Vernon Downs last week. Third Shift (Chapter Seven) won the ($225,000) NYSS final for freshmen colts & geldings. He looked real sharp in his 2020 debut last week winning in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Trained by Svanstedt, he has earned over $210,000 including four career wins. Berkery J (Chapter Seven) came flying late to win last week in a lifetime best time of (1:54.2) in his first start of 2020. The George Ducharme trained colt has four career wins and earnings of over $176,000. Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) should be their main competition. Trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, the colt came charging late to finish a close second to Berkery J at Tioga. She has two lifetime victories and nearly $200,000 in earnings. 11 fillies will square off in the $207,250 EBC for sophomore filly trotters. Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears) is the top money earner in the group with nearly $500,000 in the bank. Marcus Melander trains the filly by Chapter Seven. As a freshman she finished first in the $225,000 NYSS final and a decent third place finish in the Breeders Crown. She is one for one in 2020 with an impressive NYSS win at Tioga Downs last week. She is eight for ten in her career. Senorita Rita (Scott Zeron) will be making her 3-year-old debut. She had a sensational freshman season with wins in the $475,000 Goldsmith Maid final and the $251,000 Kindergarten Classic final (both at the Meadowlands). Linda Toscano trains the filly by Chapter Seven. She has six career wins and earnings of over $410,000. Morning line favorite, Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) is coming off a lifetime best of 1:53.0 in her 3-year-old debut at Tioga Downs last week in a leg of the NYSS. The sophomore filly by Chapter Seven is trained by Julie Miller. She has eights career wins and has amassed over $260,000 in her career. There will also be two divisions of the NYSS for freshman pacing fillies. Both divisions will race for a purse of $53.100. Post time for the 15-race card on Saturday (July 4) is 1:10 p.m. Vernon Downs will race on Thursdays and Saturdays for the rest of July at 4 p.m. They will race on Friday (July 10) with a 4 p.m. post time as well. For more information go to www.vernondowns. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs            

Kerford Road A (Mike Merton) swooped late to capture the $8,000 open pace at Tioga Downs on Tuesday (June 30). The open pace had plenty of harness racing action. Jins Shark (Jim Taggart jr) grabbed the early lead and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Harry Terror (Wally Hennessey) took a short lead right after the quarter. With a circuit to go Mister Daytona N (Mike Simons) became the next pacer to lead. He was first to the half in :55.2. Mac Andover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over on the back stretch and led to three-quarters in 1:22.4. Kerford Road A ($4.20) was fifth after three-quarters and fourth as they reached the stretch. The 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsowewhere came flying down the stretch like a rocket and blew right on by to win going away in 1:52.1. Mister Daytona N finished second. Harry Terror came up to take third.   The Australian bred Kerford Road A made his US debut a winning one. He is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Winners Circle Racing, and John Campagnuolo. He now has 14 career victories. Red Hot Mike Merton won four more on the night. His other wins came with Barrys Shelby, Catcha Lefty A, Fritzie Pic Up Man, and Too Much Duncan. It's A Herbie smoked the field in $8,000 open trot. My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead but went off-stride. Karets (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took command and led to the first quarter in :28.0. It's A Herbie ($2.90) was parked as they headed for the stands and forged ahead with a lap to go. He used a :28.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. He contiuned to be well in control as he hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. As he made the turn for home he made it a one horse race breezing to a lifetime best of 1:52.2. The only thing in doubt was for minor spoils. Beguin Dugotier F (Coredy Braden) came up to take second money. Uncle Hanover (Kyle DiBennedetto) finished third.   It's A Herbie is a 4-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie. He is owned and trained by Yoder. The gelding won for the second time this season. He now has 12 career victoies in 24 lifetime starts. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July4) with a 4 p.m. start time. They will race on Sunday (July 5) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Shecouldbegood N ((Mike Merton) out dueled Gold Star Mysti (Cory Braden) to capture the $8,000 Fillies & Mares Open Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs on Monday (June 29). Persistent Bettor (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Gold Star Mysti went first-up and took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. She took them to the half in :56.0. Shecouldbegood N ($7.40) made her move down the back stretch and the duel began. The two mare went side by side by side as Gold Star Mysti hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made they turn for home the two mares were followed by the big favorite Prairie Cougar (Wally Hennessey) who tried to find an opening between them. Gold Star Mysti and Shecouldbegood N continued to go stride for stride all the way down the stretch. Shecouldbegood N gave one last lunge to win in 1:53.2. Gold Star Mysti had to settle for second. Prairie Cougar finished third.   Shecouldbegood N is a 7-year-old mare by Well Said. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Lawrence Kittenplan, William VanWie, and Bianchi Services. Mike Merton drove two more winners on the day. His other wins came with Standing Respect ($6.60), and Post Time Terror ($9.40). Live racing returns on Tuesday (June 30) with a 13 race card starting at 4 p.m. There is no racing on Friday (July 3). Tioga Downs will race (pending regulatory approval) on Saturday (July 4) at 4:00PM and Sunday (July 5) at 1:00PM. The schedule will then follow a Friday & Saturday at 4:00PM and Sunday at 1:00PM for the balance of the month of July. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com<http://www.tiogadowns.com>.   by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs played host to three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore pacing colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 28). Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) rockets past Splash Brother (Tyler Buter) to take the $38,233 first division. Major Betts ($10.20) jumped out of the gate and went to the front and led to a first quarter in :26.1.  The big favorite Splash Brother went first-over from third and took over the lead with a circuit to go.  He led to the half in :53.0 with Major Betts following in the pocket.  As they made the move down the backstretch it was Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) to make the first move going first-over from third.  He couldn’t make any traction and actually fell back as Splash Brother hit three-quarters first in 1:21.0. As they made the turn for home it was evident that it was going to be a two-horse race.  Major Betts popped out of the pocket as they reached the stretch and blew right on but to win in 1:49.4.  Splash Brother had to settle for second money.  Groovy Joe held on to finish third. Major Betts is a 3-year-old colt by Art Major.  He is owned by Joe Jannuzzelli, Deena Frost, and trainer Mark Harder.  It was a win in his first start of 2020.  He now has five career victories. Blank Stare (Corey Callahan) holds firm to win the $38,233 second division. Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) went straight to the lead but Blank Stare ($3.50) would go by him just after Genius man hit the first quarter in :27.0.  Blank Stare led to the half in :55.3.  Reagan Blue Chip (Brian Sears) went first-up and put on the pressure and actually held the lead briefly before Blank Stare reclaimed the front hitting three-quarters in 1:22.3. Blank Stare and Reagan Blue Chip battled all the way down the stretch but in the end Blank Stare was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:50.1.  Regan Blue Chip was second with Genius Man claiming third. Blank Stare is a 3-year-old gelding by Bolt The Duer.  He is trained by John Butenschoen for owners Harmony Oaks Racing Stable, James Crawford IV, and In Over My Head Stable.  It was his second win this season and he now owns five career wins. JK Last Chance captures the $38,934 third division. Cigars And Port (Wally Hennessey) took control early and led to the first quarter in :26.2 and to the half in :55.0.  Save Me A Dance (Jason Bartlett) came first over and took charge just after Cigars And Port hit three-quarters in 1:22.3. JK Last Chance ($14.80) was sixth at the half and found himself second-over fourth after three-quarters.  He went along side Save Me A Dance as they made the turn for home.  JK Last chance skipped away in deep stretch to win easily in a life time best of 1:50.4.  Save Me A Dance was second best.  Ideal Perception finished third. JK Last Chance is a 3-year-old gelding by So Surreal and is owned and trained by Jim McDonald.  He did not race as a 2-year-old.  The gelding is two for two as a sophomore. Wally Hennessey drove five winner on the night.  Along with sire stakes winner JK Last Chance he finished first with Mr Dunnigans ($2.20), Cashallic ($2.60), Queen Me Again ($11.60), and Steuben Warlock ($8.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Monday (June 29) with a 13-race card stating at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com<http://www.tiogadowns.com/>   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Tioga Downs will welcome three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (June 28). In the $38,233 first division the horse to beat is the Ray Schnittker trained Splash Brother (Tyler Buter). The 3-year-old gelding by So Surreal is two for two this season after being winless as a freshman. He put in an eye popping 1:48.2 mile his last time out at the Meadowlands. His main rivals will be Major Betts (Dextor Dunn) and Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley). Major Betts (Art Major), who is trained by Mark Harder, will make his 2020 debut on Sunday. He has four wins and has earned over $130,000. Blake Macintosh trains Groovy Joe (Roll With Joe). The 3-year-colt is winless in two starts as a sophomore after seven wins and 10 starts as a freshman. He has earned over $230,000 in his career. The top choice in the $38,233 second division is the John Buteschoen trained Blank Stare (Corey Callahan). The Roll With Joe gelding has four career victories and has amassed over $50,000 in earnings. He is one for one in 2020 with an easy win at Pocono Downs. Always On The Hunt (Mark MacDonald is one for one in 2020 and should be a top rival after earning a win at Tioga Downs last Sunday. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal is trained by Ray Scnittker and has two lifetime wins. Reagan Blue Chip (Brian Sears) should a top contender. The 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal did not race as a feshman but is one for three with two seconds in 2020. He is trained by Casie Coleman Herlichy. Freedom Warrior (Dexter Dunn) has five career wins and earnings of nearly $150,000). The gelding is trained by Kevin Lare. The top contenders in the $38,934 third division appears to be JK Last Chance (Wally Hennessey), Ideal Perception (Brian Sears), Cigars And Ports (Mark MacDonald) American Rebel (Tyler Buter),and Save Me A Dance (Jason Bartlett). This appears to be the most competitive of the three divisions. JK Last Chance (So Surreal) had an impressive win at Tioga Downs last Sunday in his first career start. Jim McDonald trains the gelding. Ideal Perception (American Ideal) is trained by Casie Coleman Herlichy. He is winless in 2020 but had four wins as a freshman. He has earned over $60,000 in his career. Cigars And Ports (So Surreal) is the top money earner in this group with over $190,000 in the bank. Trained by Ray Schniitker, he won the NYSS final as a freshman. The colt has three career victories. American Rebel (American Ideal) is trained by Rob Harmon. The colt had five wins as a freshman including a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 at Tioga Downs. He owns five wins and earnings of over $140,000. Save Me A Dance (Heston Blue Chip) is coming off an impressive win in his 3-year-old debut at the Meadowlands. He has four career wins and has earned over $110,000 in his career. The colt is trained by Andrew Harris. The 13-race card on Sunday (June 28) starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Fashionwoodchopper (Claude Huckabone III) takes the $5,600 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 25). Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) broke sharp and took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Warrawee Preferred then went on by to take them to a first quarter of :26.4. He then used a :29.2 second quarter to take them to the half in :56.1. Fashionwoodchopper ($6.10) was the first to make a move going first-over from fifth. Warrawee Preferred continued to lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Spoiler Alert remained in the pocket second but Fashionwoodchopper made it to third. As they reached the stretch Fashionwoodchopper took over second and blew right on by in deep stretch to win in 1:55.0. If Not Why Not (Brett Crawford) was fifth after three-quarters and somehow found an opening by weaving through traffic to come up to take second. Warrawee Preferred had to settle for third. Fashionwoodchopper is a 5-year-old gelding by Donato Hanover. He is owned by Howard Jacobs and trained by Huckabone III. It was his first win of 2020. He now has reached the winner's circle 11 times in his career. Claude Huckabone III, Howard Parker, Leon Bailey, and Jimmy Taggart Jr all had driving doubles. Huckabone III's other win came with Keystone Magneto ($36.20). Parker's victories came with Kellyurthegreatest ($12.40), and Golden Brit $5.80. Bailey finished first with Jenny Lake ($3.60), and Ulysses Bi ($8.30). Taggart Jr. combined with trainer Kerin Warner for wins with Londaonfitz ($12.40), and Roll With Joy ($6.30). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 2) with a post time of 4:00 p.m. (time change). On Saturday (July 4) "The Miracle Mile" will feature the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for 3-year-old trotters. New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies will make their debut that day as well. Post time for July fourth is 1:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Vernon Downs hosted two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Wednesday (June 24). Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) is impressive winner in the $59,000 first division of the NYSS. Take The Credit (Andy Miller) took the early lead but Bluffinner (Trond Smedshammer) found the front before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. He was followed by the coupled entry of Take The Credit and Third Shift ($2.80) as they hit the half in :58.2. Third Shift would make his move as they headed for the last turn going first over from third. He would get a clear lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2. He would just pour it on in the stretch winning it with ease in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Take The Credit came up to finish second. Ballcapnbluejeans (Mark MacDonald) fired late to take Third money. Third Shift is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Owned by Melby Gard Inc., and trainer Svanstedt. He was a winner in his first start of 2020. He now has four career wins. Bekery J (Scott Zeron) charges late to capture $58,000 second division of the NYSS. At the start they would be five wide as they went by the stands for the first time. Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) worked his way clear to lead to a first quarter of :28.1. Barn Holden took over right after the quarter and led to the half in :56.4. He would remain in control as he started to open up as he hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Berkey J ($13.60) made his move from third as they made the turn for home. He took over at mid- stretch and held off a late surge from second place finisher, Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Barn Holden settled for third. Bekery J is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. He is owned by Kenneth Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme. He is one for one in 2020. He now owns four career victories. Vernon Downs return to live racing on Thursday (June 25) with a 13-race card at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

It’s A Herbie (Verlin Yoder) went from first to last in the final eighth of a mile to capture the $8,000 Open Handicap trot at Tioga Downs on Tuesday (June 23). Prairie Fortune (Jim Taggert Jr.) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2.  Joey Pro (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) followed Prairie Fortune to the half in :56.3 and to three-quarters in 1:24.4. It’s A Herbie ($4.60) was still last as they went around the paddock turn.  Joey Pro popped out the pocket and made the first move as they reached the stretch.  He was joined by a late charging My Lindy Winner (Mike Merton) as they went three across the track.  It’s A Herbie looked like he had wings as he went four wide  in the stretch and used a last quarter of :27.3 to get a lifetime best mark of 1:53.3 to win easily.  Joey Pro had to settle for second.  My Lindy Winner finished third. It’s A Herbie is a 4-year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie.  Owned and trained by Yoder, he got his first win of 2020.  He now has 11 career victories. Dustin Ingraham trained three winners on the card.  He won with Canale Hanover ($6.30), Thundercrest ($10.80), and A Fool For Mark ($3.60). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Monday (June 28) starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com<http://www.tiogadowns.com/>   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Mike Merton drives five harness racing winners including the $6,700 featured fillies & mares pace with Shecouldbegood N at Tioga Downs on Monday (June 22). Prairie Westerngal (Corey Braden) led to a first quarter in :26.4. Persistent Bettor (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took over the lead as they went by the stands for the first time and led to the half in :56.2. Shecouldbegood N ($5.40) went first-over as they raced down the backstretch and she took over as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. As they made their way down the stretch and Northern Dali (Wally Hennessey) went to outside and Persistent Bettor snuck in the inside as they went three across the track. In the end Shecouldbegood N was strongest of them all and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Northern Dali had to settle for second best. Persistent Bettor finished third. Shecouldbegood N is 7-year-old mare by Well Said. She is trained by Rob Harmon for owners Harmon Racing Stable, Bianchi Services, Lawrence Kittenplan, and William VanWie. It was her third win this season and her 16th career victory. Shecouldbegood N Merton's other wins came with Keystone Steam ($3.20), Post Time Terror ($3.50), Goldstar Rockette ($4.90), and Marvalous Jet ($4.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13-race card on Tuesday (June 23). For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing trotting colts & geldings on Wednesday (June 24). The $59,000 first division features last year 2-year-old NYSS final winner, Third Shift (Chapter Seven). The colt won three times in eight starts as a freshmen including a lifetime best mark at Vernon Downs of 1:54.4. He has earned over $210,000 in his career and will make his 3-year-old debut on Wednesday. His top rivals include four time winners Sky Castles (Jason Bartlett) and Bourbon Express (Tyler Buter), who will make their first starts of 2020. Sky Castles (Conway Hall) is trained by Andrew Harris. He has amassed almost $114,000 in career earnings. Jessica Okusko trains sophomore gelding Bourbon Express (RC Royalty). He has earned over $130,000 in his career. In the $58,000 second division, the coupled entry of Barn Holden (Andy Miller) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) will be tough to beat. Barn Holden (Conway Hall) is two for two this season with both wins at Vernon. Trained by Steven Pratt, she has five career wins and almost $130,000 in earnings. Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) finished second in the NYSS final last season. Trained by Smedshammer, he will make his 3-year-old debut after two wins and over 180,000 earned in 2019. Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) should be their main competition. Berkery J (Chapter Seven) won three times and almost $150,000 for trainer George Ducharme. Beerthirty K (Credit Winner) is trained by John Berger. He was one for eight and earned just short of $100,000 as a freshman. They both start their sophomore seasons at Vernon on Wednesday. The 15-race card on Wednesday (June 24) starts at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) goes gate to wire to win the $164,000 Roll With Joe Open Pace (sponsored by Blue Chip Farms) at Tioga Downs during a great harness racing stakes day on Sunday (June 21). Backstreet Shadow ($10,00) went right to the front and took them to a first quarter of :26.2. He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :54.2. Non Better A (Andrew McCarthy) came first-over and put pressure on Backstreet Shadow all the way down the backstretch. Backstreet Shadow hit three-quarters first in 1:21.1. As they hit the stretch Backstreet Shadow found another gear and made it look easy to win in 1:49.0. None Better A held on for second. The next big story of the race was the big favorite Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn). The 4-year-old had traffic problems from the start. He would break free with the fastest last quarter of the group (:27.1) but it was too little too late as he had to settle for third. Backstreet Shadow is a 5-year-old horse by Shadow Play. Ron Burke trains for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr, JT-Silva Purnell & Libby. It was his fifth win this season and 22nd career victory. Backstreet Shadow Workin Ona Mystery flies late to steal the $50,000 first division during first leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers. Aflame Hanover (Corey Callahan) led to the first quarter in :26.1. Century Farroh (Wally Hennessey) went out of the pocket and took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Century Farroh led them to the half in :54.3. Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) went first up and pressured Century Farroh all the way down the backstretch. Century Farroh still led as they hit three-quarters in 1:21.3. Workin Ona Mystery ($6.50) was sixth as they hit three quarters. He then made a four wide move and just nipped second place finisher, Century Farroh at the wire to win in 1:50.1 Aflame Hanover was third best. Workin Ona Mystery is a 4-year-old horse by Captaintreacherous He is trained by Brian Brown for owners Diamond Creek Racing, Stambaugh Leeman Stable, Alan Keith, and Wingfield Brothers LLC. It was his first win of 2020. He now has 10 career victories. Workin Ona Mystery Hurrikane Emperor (Mark MacDonald) hangs on to win $50,000 second division of the Graduate Series. Hurrikane Emperor worked his way to take the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.4 and was first to the half in :54.3. He used a :26.2 third quarter to be there first in 1:21.0. As they made the turn for home Captain Victorious (Yannick Gingras) popped out the pocket and charged after Hurrikane Emperor all the way down the stretch. Hurrikane Emperor, who is a 4-year-old horse by Hurrikane Kingcole, held firm to win in a lifetime best of 1:48.1. Captain Victorious settled for second best. Black Hole (Tim Tetrick) came up to finish third. Hurrikane Emperor won for second time this season. He now owns 12 career wins. Hurrikane Emperor Dancin Lou (Brian Sears) cruises to win in $50,000 third division of the Graduate Series. Wild WIld Western (Mike WIlder) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in a smoking :25.4. The lead was short lived as Brassy Hanover (Scott Zeron) took command. Dancin Lou ($3.40) came first over from fourth and took over with one lap to go. He took them to a half in :53.3. Brassy Hanover went first-over and put pressure all the way to three-quarter pole. Dancin Lou hit three-quarters in 1:21.1. He opened up in the stretch to get an easy win in equaling his lifetime best of 1:48.3. Covered Bridge (Yannick Gingras) fired late to finish second. Brassy Hanover held for third. Dancin Lou is a 4-year-old horse by Sweet Lou. He is owned by David Kryway and 1362313 Ontario LTD with trainer Tahnee Camilleri. It was his second win this season and 14th career victory. Dancin Lou New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) returned for its first races of 2020 with two divisions for 3-year-old trotting fillies Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) breezes to an easy win in the $55,000 first division of the NYSS for sophomore fillies. Love A Good Story ($2.50) went straight to the front and never look back putting up all the fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:25.1, 1:53.00. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiormo) tried to run her down but had to settle for second best. Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) got third money. Love A Good Story is a 3-year-old by Chapter Seven. She is trained by Julie MilLer for Owners Pinske Stable, Kentuckiana Racing Stable, and Daniel Plouffe. It was a win in her first start as a 3-year-old. She has eight career wins. Love A Good Story Hypnotic Am (Brian Sears) wins in her 3-year-old debut to take the second division of the NYSS. Sorprese (Dan Daley) led the field of five to a first quarter in :28.4. Hypnotic AM ($2.30), who won the NYSS final in 2019, took control as they went by the stands for the first time. He hit the half in :58.0. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) made a move from fourth and challenged for the lead but Hypnotic AM led to three-quarters in 1:26.0. Hypnotic Am, who is owned by Courant Inc. and trained by Marcus Melander, shook loose in the stretch to win easily in 1:54.2. Reba Blue Chip held for second. Munster (Andrew McCarthy) finished third. Hypnotic Am is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her eighth career victory in 10 starts. Hypnotic Am Tioga Downs had another great handle of $388,049. Live racing returns on Monday (June 22) with a 12-race card starting at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) holds on to win the harness racing $5,600 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Thursday (June 18). Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggart Jr) laid down all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.3, 1:25.4). Spoiler Alert ($20.40), who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, rode In the pocket all the way to the stretch. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) went outside and Spoiler Alert snuck inside as they went three across the track. Spoiler Alert came clear but had to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Fashionwoodchopper (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win in 1:54.2. Warrawee Preferred hung on to finish third. Spoiler Alert is a 6-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his first win in 2020. He now has 16 career wins. Sweet Diesel (Dan Dailey) captures the $5,600 featured pace. Golden Gun (Howard Parker) took the lead and hit the first quarter in :27.3. Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) took control as they went around the clubhouse turn. He led to a half of :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. Sweet Diesel, who is trained by Daley for owners Ann-Mari Daley, Crawford Farms Racing and James Crawford IV, was sixth at the halfway point. He then flew around the final turn and took the lead at they reached the stretch. The gelding used a last quarter of :27.2 to set a new lifetime mark of 1:52.3. Golden Gun finished second.. Hugh Hefner N (Fern Paquet Jr.) was third. Sweet Diesel is a 4-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. First win in his first start of 2020. He now has 10 career victories. Sweet Diesel Trainer Misty Carey and driver Leon Bailey combined for a double. Their other win came with Mr. Livan N ($3.50). Fern Paquet Jr. remained red hot with a driving double. His wins came with Ohio Larry ($6.50) and Celebrity Liberty ($6.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Wednesday (June 24) at 4 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) wins the harness racing $4,800 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Wednesday (June 17). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the first quarter in :27.1. Purpose Blue Chip ($2.10) took the lead right after the quarter. He used a :29.2 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. American JJ tried to keep up but Purpose Blue Chip cruised to three-quarters in 1:25.0. Purpose Blue Chip, who is trained by Daley for owners Ann-Mari Daley, Donald Brenner, and James Crawford IV, grabbed a three length lead as they reached the stretch. The battle was for second as Purpose Blue Chp won in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. The battle for place wnt to Getting Serious (Roman Lopez). Give Angel Credit ( Joe Nassimos) came up to get third. Purpose Blue Chip is a 5-year-old horse by Chapter Seven. He is two for two in 2020. He how has six career victories. Fern Paquet Jr. drove four winners on the night. He won with Rockin Party ($6.50), Racingtowardadream ($60.50). Hid other two wins came with The father-daughter combination of Celebrity Maserati ($4.50), and Celebrity Serena (by Celebrity Maserati ($6.00)). The pair were trained by Jennifer Sansone for Celebrity Farms. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12-race card on Thursday (June 18) starting at 4p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Compelling and harness racing driver Verlin Yoder takes the $8,000 Open Handicap Trot at Tioga Downs on Monday (June 15). BJ Lorado (Jim Meittinnis) went straight to the front followed by Beguin Dugoutier F (Fern Paquet Jr.). BJ Lorado controlled all the early fractions (:28.0, :56.4, 1:25.0). Compelling ($2.20), who is owned and trained by Yoder, sat back in third as they entered the final turn. She came first over as they made the turn for home. Beguin Dugoutier F squeezed in-between horses and they were three across the track in mid-stretch. Compelling was too strong and finished first in 1:53.4. Beguin Dugoutier F came through to get second. BJ Lorado had to settle for third. Compelling is a 6-year-old mare by Swan For All. It was her second win this season and 15th career victory. Wally Hennessey drove three winners and Jim McDonald trained three victories on the day. They combined for wins with Caviart Reagan ($4.00), and You Said It ($7.90). Hennessey also finished first with A Fool For Mark ($18.40). McDonald's other win came with Boinganator ($4.40). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 21) with a post time of 4 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

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