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Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) takes the $8,000 Billy Bailey Memorial featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on closing night (November 2) for the 2019 season. CR Blazin Beauty (John MacDonald) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :28.0. He was first to the half in :57.1 and to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Only Passing Thru ($6.80), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadborne, was third at three-quarters. As they went to the stretch CR Blazin Beauty continued to lead. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) popped out of the pocket and took the lead in deep stretch. Only Passing Thru went three wide and charged late to nip second place finisher Spoiler alert in 1:55.2. CR Blazin Beauty settled for third. Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his eighth win of the season. He now has 19 career victories. Marissa Chadbourne ties John MacDonald for training title. Chadbourne tied MacDonald with her win with Only Passing Thru. They each ended up with 50 wins. Jennifer Lappe was trainer-driver for three winners on the night. She finished third for training title with 38 wins. Homer Hochstetler was fourth with 35 victories. Claude Huckabone III was fifth best with 35 training wins. Leon Bailey drove four winners on closing night. His wins came with Painite ($5.30), Hands Off Frank ($5.60), Awesome Ace ($13.40) and with Mister Livan N ($11.20), who captured the "Turn Back The Clock" rewind race for pacers. Lucky Man (Lappe) captured the Gary Bryant Memorial Race paying $11.20. The "Turn Back The Clock" rewind trot went to She's Uncorked ($4.60). She was driven by John MacDonald. John MacDonald wins his fifth straight driving title with 121 tallies. Jimmy Whittemore finished in second with 91 victories. Howard Parker's 84 wins was good for third place. Leon Bailey was fourth with 52 trips to the winner's circle. Jennifer Lappe and Claude Huckabone III tied for fifth with 38 wins. Brookdale Bruiser was named the pacer of the meet. The 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe had 10 wins in 16 starts at the miracle mile. During the season he was owned by the JP Stables and trained by John MacDonald. Vernon Downs would like to thank the fans and horsemen for a great season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Kabu charges late to capture the $6,900 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (November 1). Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :29.1. She used a :30.2 second quarter to hit the half in :59.3. Gettin Serious (Roman Lopez) was the first to challenge. Jenny Lake maintained the lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:28.2. Kabu ($9.40), who is owned by the JP Stables and trained and driven by John MacDonald, was fifth after three-quarters. He looked like he was shot out of a cannon as he went by in deep stretch to win in 1:57.3. Jenny Lake had to settle for second. Getting Serious finished third. Kabu is an 8-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 39 career victories. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the $6,900 featured fillies and mares pace. Classic Can Dream (John MacDonald) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :28.0. She continued to lead to the half in :58.2. Ask Queenie (Leon Bailey) took a short lead and hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. She then went on a break. Classic Can Dream reclaimed the lead as they made the turn for home. Love Live Laugh ($7.40), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chairborne, popped out of the pocket and blew on by to win in 1:55.1. Classic Can Dream had to settle for second money. Unusual Clarity (Josh Kinney) was third best. Love Live Laugh is a 9-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her eighth win this season. She now owns 43 wins in her career. Jimmy Whittemore drove four winners on the night. Two more were with trainer Marissa Chadbourne. Their other wins were with Pammy Jo ($12.80), and Blameitonthenight ($6.20). His other win came with trainer Kerin Warner with Pearlameri ($30.20). Warner trained three winners on the night herself. Her other wins came with Letsgetintotrouble ($7.70), and So It Goes Hanover ($26.20). With one night of racing left John MacDonald leads Marissa Chadbourne by just one win for the trainer's title. First Call was awarded top trotter of the meet. She had seven wins this season at Vernon Downs. The 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz. Vernon Downs returns to live racing for closing night on Saturday (November 2). There will be a Vernon Downs tumbler giveaway (while supplies last) as well as a live bugler. They will also feature two "Turn Back the Clock" rewind races as well. The 13 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

The Vernon Downs 2019 live racing season comes to a close on Saturday (November 2). The 13 race card features two "Turn Back The Clock" rewind races. The two traditional closing night races will feature one race with pacers and one race with trotters. They will race the length of the track (seven-eighths mile) going clockwise. Also on this night will be a Vernon Downs tumbler giveaway (while supplies last) as well as a live bugler. The top trainer and top driver of 2019 will be honored on closing night. Last season John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore ended in a flat footed tie for the dashing title. MacDonald has already wrapped up the title for this year. It is the fifth straight year he has won outright or tied for the title. The 2019 training title is still undecided. MacDonald leads Marissa Chadbourne by three going into Friday night (November 1). Chadbourne will be sending seven to the starting gate on Friday and three more on Saturday. So she still has a chance to walk away with the title. Vernon Down will announce their top trotter and pacer of the meet during closing weekend. The last weekend of live racing for 2019 at the miracle mile starts with a 13 race card on Friday (November 1) at 6:10 p.m. The closing night card (November 2) begins at 6:10 as well. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) takes the $6,000 featured harness racing pace on Saturday (October 26). Sometimes Said ($5.40) went right to the front and flew to the first quarter in :25.4. He used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :55.0. As they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0 his lead was three lengths. Sometimes Said, who is owned by Ken Weckstein and trained by Gary Messenger, found even another gear as the reached the stretch. Second place finisher Bay Rum (Howard Parker) made a late bid but never got close as Sometimes Said won in 1:52.0. Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) was third best. Sometimes Said is an 8-year-old gelding by Well Said. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 22 career victories. John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He now leads all drivers with 116 wins. Howard Parker and Jimmy Whittemore are tied for second with 85 victories. Leon Bailey is forth with 46 tallies. Claude Huckabone Jr and Claude Huckabone III are tied for fifth with 37 wins each. The trainers title is still undecided. John MacDonald leads with 49 training wins. Marissa Chadbourne is just three behind with 46 trips to the winner's circle. Homer Hochtetler and Jennifer Lappe are tied for third with 35 wins a piece. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 32 training victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (November 1) and Saturday (November 2). It will be closing weekend at the Miracle Mile for the 2019 season. Post time for both nights is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

American JJ (Michael Miller) takes the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 25). Ace And Eights (Dan Daley) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.3 and to the half in :55.4. Jenny Lake (Howard Okusco Jr.) went first-over and put heavy pressure on Aces And Eights. Aces And Eights led to three-quarters in 1:25.0. American JJ ($8.30), who is trained by Michael Miller for owners Lewis and Terry Miller, was fourth at the three-quarter mark. He then went three wide and blew right on by to win in 1:55.3. Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) came charging late to finish second. Multitaskr Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) was third. American JJ is a 6-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 17 career victories. Art Angel Baby (Claude Huckabone III) captures the $6,000 featured fillies and mares pace. Beyonces Rockn (Jennifer Lappe) controlled all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.0, 1:25.3). Unusual Clarity (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead in the stretch. Art Angel Baby ($6.00), who is owned by Chad Lennon and trained by Huckabone III, was last at the half mile marker. She was fifth at three-quarters. She would battle Unusual Clarity all the way down the stretch. The mare got by just before hitting the mile in 1:53.4. Unusual Clarity had to settle for second money. Classic Can Dream (John MacDonald) finished third. Art Angel Baby is a 6-year-old mare by Sagebrush. It was her seventh win in 2019. She now has 24 career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 26) with a 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There will be free pumpkins along with free apple cider and donuts available while supplies last. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 19). Brookdale Bruiser ($6.70) went to the front and hit the first quarter in :26.1. He slowed down the second quarter hitting the half in :56.1. The gelding led to three-quarters in 1:25.2. Sometimes Said (Leon Bailey) followed all the way to three-quarters. He came out of the pocket and went after Brookdale Bruiser. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, had plenty left in the tank as they made the turn for home. He would win easily in 1:52.3. Sometimes Said had to settle for second. Golden Brit (Howard Parker) would receive third money. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his 11th win this season. He now owns 19 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drove four winners on the evening. He got his wins with Nanuet ($18.80), Grave Dancer ($13.00), The Royal Garden N ($23.80), and American Sweet Pea ($6.10). John MacDonald drove three winners. He got his other victories with Lady Rapidash ($16.00), and Fridaynightflight ($12.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (10-25) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) takes the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 18). Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) took early control hitting the quarter in :27.4. He would use a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :57.0. Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) went first over just before Only Passing threw hit three-quarters in 1:25.2. Spoiler Alert ($8.50), who is owned by Jeff Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, followed in third as they made the turn for home. He came flying in the stretch to win in 1:54.4. Majestic Fire finished second. Only Passing Thru had to settle for third money. Spoiler Alert is a 6-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 14 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marrisa Chadbourne combined for three wins on the night. They finished first with Love Live Laugh ($34.80), Blameitonthenight ($14.60), and JL Wonder Woman ($3.80). With five live racing days left John MacDonald leads all drivers with 108 wins. Howard Parker is currently sitting in second place with 82 victories. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 78 trips to the winner's circle. Leon Bailey is fourth with 43 tallies. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 36 wins. John MacDonald also leads all trainers in wins. He currently has 44 victories. Marissa Chadbourne is just one behind with 43 first place finishes. Jennifer Lappe is third with 34 wins. Homer Hochstetler is fourth with 33 tallies. Jessica Okusko rounds out the top five with 31 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12 race card on Saturday (October 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne ,for Vernon Downs        

Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) captures the $6,000 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 12). Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20) battled early with Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey). Brookdale Bruiser cleared and hit the first quarter first in :27.1. He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4. Tempster Hanover (Justin Huckabone) came first-over and got to within half a length as Brookdale Bruiser hit three-quarters in 1:24.4. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, made the turn for home and breezed to an easy win in 1:53.1. Tempster Hanover was second best. Bay Rum (Howard Parker) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll WIth Joe. It was his 10th win in 2019. He now owns 18 career victories. Howard Parker drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Sometimes Said ($4.40), Napper Tandy ($3.30), and Golden Brit ($5.60). John MacDonald, Jennifer Lappe, and Claude Huckabone Jr, each had driving doubles. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 18) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) captures the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 11). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She use a second quarter of :29.4 to lead to a half of :57.3. Majestic Fire ($6.40) started to make his move as they headed for the half. He got to within a half length as First Call was first to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Majestic Fire, who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, went side by side with First Call all the way down the stretch. Majestic Fire muscled on by just before hitting the wire in 1:55.2. First Call had to settle for second. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) was third best. Majestice Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. It was his eighth win this season. He now has 14 career victories. Jennifer Lappe was trainer-driver for three winners on the night. She won with Here Comes Numbers ($17.60), Super Betcha ($5.60), and Multitaskr Hanover ($9.00). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles. MacDonald won with Lunar Stride ($10.40), and Kabu ($12.20). Huckabone III went to the winner's circle with Frisky Joe ($10.40), and Art Angel Baby ($10.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 12) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

As live racing comes to a close for the 2019 season at Vernon Downs on Saturday (November 2), Samantha Winiavski will have completed her first year as Regional Marketing Manager of Racing for both Vernon and Tioga Downs. The 24 year-old graduate of Mansfield University first started as a promotions attendant at Tioga Downs in the spring of 2018. "When I started out as a promotions attendant I knew nothing about harness racing but I was willing to take on this learning curve," said Winiavski. "When this opportunity came up last November I just couldn't pass it up." Winiavski reports directly to Jason Settlemoir, who sits on the American Racing and Entertainment (Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs) Board of Directors and has overseen racing at the New York properties since January of 2006 as the Regional Vice President of Racing and COO and General Manager of the New Meadowlands Racetrack. " I am so proud of Sam, she has handled everything I have thrown at her and ran with it," Settlemoir said. "She continues to impress with her professionalism and her ability to learn quickly." Winiavski is in charge of marketing and live race promotions. She would like to thank Settlemoir, Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment and former Director of Racing, Jason Bluhm. "I was fresh out of college when I first started working for this company," she said. "For them to have faith in me at such a young age really means the world to me." Winiavski is originally from Lindenhurst, Long Island but now resides in Troy, PA. She spends most of her days at Tioga Downs but does frequent Vernon Downs as well by John Horne, for Tioga and Vernon Downs              

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) each won $6000 co-features for pacers on Saturday (October 5) at Vernon Downs. Skip Jive ($13.80) charges late to win the first of the twin features. Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) went to the front and put up all the early numbers (:25.3, :54.2, :123.0). Skip Jive, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was fourth after three-quarters. He went to the front as they reached the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Jet Rock (Josh Kinney) to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.3. Sometimes Said held on for third. Skip Jive is a 6-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now has 20 career victories. Brookdale Bruiser ($13.80) captures the second of the two features. Brookdale Bruiser hit the first quarter in :27.0. Daliocity (Jeff Sorenson) went along side as they went around the first turn. The two were noses apart as they hit the half in :56.4. Brookdale Bruiser shook lose and led by a length as he hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, turned for home with the lead. He dug in and held off second place finisher Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:52.4. Sweet Deisel (Joe Nassimos) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his ninth win this season. He now has 17 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his other wins with JNM Express ($6.30), Quickcallblue Chip ($10.40), and Lunar Stride ($9.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 11) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 4). Hammer Time (John MacDonald) went straight to the front and hit the first quarter in :27.3. He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3. He led by three lengths as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Only Passing Thru ($7.00), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was third and eight lengths back at the three-quarters. Hammer Time led by two lengths as they reached the stretch. Only Passing Thru blew right on by to win easily by equaling a career best time of 1:54.2. Sky Crest (Sean McAleese) came up to finish second. Hammer Time settled for third. Only Passing Thru is 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his seventh win this season. He now owns 18 career victories. With just nine live racing dates left John MacDonald leads all drivers with 99 wins. Veteran reinsman Howard Parker has had a terrific season. He is currently in second with 76 trips to the winner's circle. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 73 driving wins. Leon Bailey is holding on t0 fourth place with 37 victories. Claude Huckabone Jr. and Claude Huckabone III are tied for fifth with 33 wins each. The trainers title is still wide open. Marissa Chadbourne leads with 39 wins. John MacDonald is just one behind with 38 tallies. Homer Hochstetler is third with 33 victories. Jessica Okusko is in fourth place with 30 wins in 94 starts. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 28 first place finishes. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 5) 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        

Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) each capture their respective harness racing $6,000 co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 28). Sweet Deisel ($12.40) comes flying late to grab the first $6,000 featured pace. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.1. He maintained the lead at the halfway mark in :55.0. Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:23.1. Sweet Deisel, who is trained by Dan Daley for owners Ann Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, and Crawford Farms Racing. was eighth at the half mile mark. He was seventh after three-quarters. The gelding weaved through the field in deep stretch and snuck by Golden Gun to win with a new lifetime best mile of 1:53.0. Golden Gun was second best with Golden Brit (Howard Parker) getting third money. Sweet Deisel is a 3-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. It was his fifth win this season and ninth career victory. Brookdale Bruiser ($13.60) pops the pocket in the stretch to win the second $6,000 featured pace. Daliocity (Howard Parker) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:25.4). Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, followed until they reached the stretch. He looked like a rocket in deep stretch blowing by to win in 1:53.4. Daliocity had to settle for second. Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his eighth win of 2019. He now owns 16 career victories. MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He got his other wins with Jenny Lake ($18.20), and Lyons Johnny ($6.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 6) with a starting time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) takes the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 27). Spoiler Alert ($6.40) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.4. Arch Credit (Kyle DiBenedetto) took over and led the way to the half in :57.0. He continued to control the race by hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2. Spoiler Alert, who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, sat patient in the pocket as they made the turn for home. Arch Credit still the lead as they reached the stretch but Spoiler Alert would wear him down and go on by to win in 1:56.0. Arch Credit had to settle for second. American JJ (Michael Miller) finished third. Spoiler Alert is a 5-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 13 career victories. Art Angel Baby (Claude Huckabone III) captures the $6,000 featured fillies & mares pace. Talbot Chanel (John MacDonald) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions as eshe hit the first quarter in :27.1. She used a :28.4 second quarter to lead to the half in :56.0 and led to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Art Angel Baby ($7.00), who is owned by Chad Lennon and trained by Huckabone III, went to the lead in the stretch. She would have to hold off a late charge by second place finisher Classic Can Dream (Kyle DiBenedetto) to win in 1:53.1. Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) picked up third place money. Art Angel Baby is a 6-year-old mare by Sagebrush. It was her fifth win this season. She has 22 career victories. Leon Baily drove three winners on the evening. His other wins came with Try For Art ($33.00), and Brooklets Caleigh ($6.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 28) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Miss Flora (Corey Braden) takes the featured $11,000 open trot on closing night (September 21) at Tioga Downs. Beguin Dugoutier F (FernPaquet Jr.) was first to the first quarter in :27.2. Prarie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) took over and led to the half in :55.4. Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) was next to the front leading to three-quarters in 1:25.0. BJ Lorado (Michael Merton) had the lead at the top of the stretch. Miss Flora ($17.20), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault, blew right by to win in 1:54.4. Beguin Dugoutier F finished second. BJ Lorado was third best. Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 28 career victories. Aaron Byron drove four winners on closing night. He combined for three of those wins with trainer Jeff Byron. They got wins with Big Bad Bill (17.40), Neat ($6.60), and Andreios Kardia ($17.40). His other win came with Jett Star ($3.10). Wally Hennessey is top driver of 2019 with 136 wins. Mike Merton was second best with 77 trips to the winner's circle. Mike Simons (54), Jim Taggart Jr. (44), and Fern Paquet Jr. (43), round out the top five.                                                                                                     --Fred Brown photo Mike Deters wins the training title with 42 victories. Joe Skowyra was second with 37 tallies. Patti Harmon used 34 wins to be third. Rick Dane Jr. (28) was fourth with Gary Messenger (27) was fifth best. Prairie Fortune is top trotter with six wins in 13 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory is owned by trainer Mike Deters and Laurie Poulin. Top pacer honors went to Americanprimetime with five wins in 12 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old horse by American Ideal is owned by Rock And Roll Stable Inc, and trained by Rick Dane Jr. Truth And Liberty is the top mare pacer with nine wins in 15 starts at Tioga. The 7-year-old mare by Total Truth is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Mike Simons Kim Wahila wins the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback in the horseplay car giveaway. Tioga Downs wants to thank all horsemen and fans on a very successful season. Fireworks followed the last night of racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 21). First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She would lead to the half in :57.1. Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure. First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole. First Call, who is Trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, shook loose as they made the turn for home. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but had to settle for second as First Call won easily in 1:54.3. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) got third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 15 career victories. John MacDonald and Dylan Huckabone-Miller each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald teamed up with trainer Jessica Okusko to win with Jackie's Express ($2.20), and Hennessey ($4.20). Huckabone-Miller teamed up with trainer Claude Huckabone III to get victories with Nubble Light ($7.70), and Private Performanc ($5.10). Both pacers were owned by Go Where The Money Is Stable. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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