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Jenny Lake (Leon Bailey) rolls to an easy win in the $5,200 featured harness racing  trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 25). The 2020 Vernon Downs Horse of the Year, Jenny Lake ($2.40) jumped right to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. She was followed in the pocket by American JJ (Michael Miller) and she used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :56.3. She trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.4. As they made the turn for home Amercican JJ gave everything he had but Jenny Lake found another gear and was much the best as she equaled her lifetime best of 1:54.1. Amercan JJ put in a valiant effort but had to settle for second best. Haveitalltogether (Chris Long) finished third.   Jenny Lake is a 4-year-old mare by RC Royalty. She is trained by Paul Minckler for owners Ed Namiotka Jr. and Carol Namiotka. It was her eighth win this season all at Vernon Downs. She now has 15 career victories. Leading driver Leon Bailey had a driving double on the card. He got his other win with the Kerin Warner trained Bet Big On Blue ($5.90). With Just one night of racing left, Kerin Warner leads all trainer with 19 wins. George Ducharme is second best with 17 tallies. Claude Huckabone III is just three back with 16 victories. David Dewhurst is fourth with 15 wins. Jennifer Lappe, and Brandy Wine are tied for fifth with 14 wins each. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with closing night for the 2020 season on Saturday (September 26) starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Golden Gun takes the $3,600 pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 29).  Golden Gun ($19.80) squeezed in between horses and took the lead with a lap remaining and led to the first quarter in :26.3.  He used a :28.4 second quarter to hit the half first in :55.2.  Rise Up Now (Leon Bailey) followed in the pocket as Juxlivin My Dream (Chris Long) was the first to make a move going first-over but could not gain much.  Golden Gun led to three-quarters in 1:23.3.  As they made the turn for home Rise Up Now popped out of the pocket but was just spinning his wheels.  Chatelroll (Truman Gale) found an opening in deep stretch and came charging late but Golden Gun held firm and won in 1:52.4.  Chatelroll had to settle for second.  Clouseau Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) came up to finish third.  Golden Gun is a 10-year-old gelding by Headmaster.  He is owned by the Wiz Kids Stables and trained by Sorenson.  It was win number two of 2020.  He now owns 37 career victories.  Truman Gale, Chris Long, and Josh Kinney each had driving the doubles on the night.  Gale won with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($17.60) and Mama’s Gift ($5.10).  Long got wins with Wishyou’dtellme ($10.20) and Johnnysfirecracker ($16.40).  Kinney reach the winner’s circle with Rocknroll Captain ($11.40) and Star Track Hanover ($32.20).  As we head to the last weekend of racing Leon Bailey pulled ahead with 44 wins to lead all drivers in victories.  He leads Vernon Downs legend John MacDonald by just one race.  Kerin Warner got a victory and leads all trainers with 18 victories just one ahead of George Ducharme.  Just two live racing dates left at Vernon Downs this season.  They will race on Friday (September 25) and Saturday (Saturday 26) starting at 3:00 p.m.  For more information go to www.vernondowns.com     John Horne for Vernon Downs

American JJ (Michael Miller) captures the $4,400 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 18). Spoiler Alert (McGwire Sowers) went right to the front and led to the first quarter in :28.3. Warrawee Preferred (Leon Bailey) came first-up from third and took control as they reached the top of the backstretch. Spoiler Alert made a break and American JJ ($11.80) inherited the pocket as Warrawee Preferred led to the half in :58.0. He would continue to lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.3. As they made the turn for home American JJ popped out of the pocket and battled for the lead. American JJ took the lead as they reached mid-stretch and rolled to victory holding off a late charge by second place finisher Volare (Dylan-Huckabone Miller) in 1:56.4. Pound Sterling (Brett Crawford) finished third.   American JJ is a 7-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse. Owned by Lewis and Lisa Miller and also trained by Michael Miller. It was his sixth win of the season and 23rd career victory. Leon Bailey had a driving double while Dan Daley had a training-driving double. Bailey got his wins with Umberto ($2.20) and Some Royalty ($9.00). Daley won with Torre Pines ($2.40) and Lady Jeter ($3.20). With his two wins Leon Bailey is tied with John MacDonald as top driver with 43 trips to the winner's circle. Howard Parker (30), Jimmy Whittemore (24), Brett Crawford (13), and Jennifer Lappe (13) round out the top five. The trainers title remains wide open with only three racing dates left in the season. Kerin Warner and George Ducharme are tied for first with 17 tallies each. Claude Huckabone III is third with 15 victories. David Dewhurst and Brandy Wine are tied for fourth with 14 wins each. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 19) starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Lightfootedlegend (Renaldo Morales III) steals the $7,000 open harness racing trot at Tioga Downs on closing night Saturday (September 5). Lightfootedlegend ($16.00) went to the lead from his outside post and led the group to the first quarter in :27.2. Prairie Fortune (Wally Hennessey) took command as they went by the stands for the first time. He led the way to the half in :57.2. Bj Lorado (Jim Meittinis) was the first to make a move going first-over from third. Prairie Fortune remained in command as he hit three-quarters first in 1:26.1. As they made the turn for home it looked like Prairie Fortune was going to roll to victory but Lightfootedlegend had other ideas as he slid through an opening on the inside to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Prairie Fortune had to settle for second best. Clarion Hall (Mike Merton) came up to get third money. Lightfootedlegend is a 5-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab. He is owned by David Linker and trained by Dale Gilmour. It was his third win of the season. He now owns eight career victories. Leading driver Walley Hennessey drove four winners on closing night. Renaldo Morales drove three winners on the card. Joe Skowyra had a training hat trick with three winners. Wall Hennessey won his second straight diving title with 90 wins. Mike Merton ended up second with 71 tallies. Corey Braden (26), Tyler Buter (24), and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (22) rounded out the top five. Rob Harmon nailed down the trainer's title with 44 wins. Gaston Lareau was second with 34 victories. Joe "Scooter" Skowyra was third with 32 trips to the winner's circle. Jim McDonald (27) and Mike Deters (26) rounded out the top five. Tioga Downs would like to thank all the fans, horsemen, and horsewomen for a successful season even through these are tough times. We look forward to 2021. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne for Tioga Downs

Haveitalltogether (Chris Long) and Notwithoutafight (John MacDonald) each capture $3,600 harness racing features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 12). In the featured trot, Haveitalltogether ($7.30) charged right out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.4. Stache (Alessandro Spano) came first-up and took over as they headed to the backstretch and led to the half in :57.2. Haveitalltogether made a move first-over from third as Stache continued to lead and hit three-quarters first in 1:27.1. As they made the turn for home Stache and Haveitalltogether were shoulder to shoulder. The two of them dueled down the stretch with Haveitalltogether taking full control in deep stretch to win in a seasonal best in 1:56.1. Stache held on for second. Nanuet (John MacDonald) came up to finish third. Haveitalltogether is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Mark Taylor, Toby Russ, Jennifer Russ, and trainer Robyn Mangiardi. It was his second win of the season and his 12th career victory. Notwithoutafight ($2.90) flies late to take the featured pace. Golden Gun (Jeff Sorenson) went to the front and laid down the early fractions. He hit the first quarter in :27.1. He used a :29.3 second quarter to hit the half first in :56.4. Rise Up Now (Leon Bailey) came first-over and came after Golden Gun. Golden Gun hit three-quarters first in 1:25.2. As they made the turn for home Notwithoutafight was fourth and took off down the stretch. He went three-wide to blow right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Golden Gun held on for second. Clouseau Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) came up late to finish third. Notwithoutafight is a 4-year-old gelding by Art Major. He is owned by Ross Bonafield and trained by Brandy Wine. It was his third win of 2020. He now has five career wins. Notwithoutafight                                             --Fotowon photo MacDonald drove three winners on the day. Truman Gale and Brett Crawford each drove two winners on the card. Brandy Wine had a training double. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 18) starting at 3:00 p.m. by John Horne for Vernon Downs

Mike Merton drives four winners including the $6,000 featured harness racing pace with Real Lucky N at Tioga Downs on Sunday (September 6).  In the feature, Devisser (Renaldo Morales III) took the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.4.  Real Lucky N ($3.90) took over as they went by the stands for the first time.  He led to the half in :56.4.  Rockntouch (Brandon Parker) came first-over and put on pressure all the way down the backstretch.  Real Lucky N led to three-quarters in 1:24.3.    As they made the turn for home Real Lucky N shook loose and won going away in a lifetime best of 1:52.3.  Rockntouch held on to finish second.  Mac Anover (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took third.  Real Lucky N is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire.  He is owned and trained by Rob Harmon.  It was his fourth win this season.  He now has 26 career victories.  Merton’s other win came with Whip N Neigh Neigh ($54.50), Majoring Artist ($44.40), and Lofty Beach ($3.70).  With just two live racing dates left in 2020, Wally Hennessey leads all drivers with 84 wins.  Mike Merton is second with 68 tallies.  Corey Braden (26), Tyler Buter (24), and Bruce Aldrich Jr. (21) round out the top five.  Rob Harmon trained three winners on the program and leads all trainers with 42 victories.  Gaston Lareau is second with 32 trips to the winner’s circle.  Joe Skowyra is third on the list with 29 wins.  Mike Deters (26) and Jim McDonald (25) round out the top five.  Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 11) and will feature the New York Excelsior A finals.  Post time is 3 p.m.  For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com    John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Leading harness racing driver, Wally Hennessey drives the winners of both $6,000 co-features at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 5). Tay Tay M ($3.20) takes the featured fillies & mares pace. Tay Tay M charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2. She would slow things down with a :29.2 second quarter hitting the half in :56.4. Persistent Better (Bruce Aldrich) was the first to make a move going first-over from third getting to within a length as Tay Tay M took them to three-quarters in 1:24.4. As they made the turn for home Gigi From Figi (Mike Merton) made a three-wide bid but Tay Tay M found another gear down the stretch cruising to an easy win in 1:53.3. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) finished second with Grant Me This (Jim Meittinis) taking third.   Tay Tay M is a 6-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. She is owned by Richard Dunmire and trainer Kim Sears. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She now has 18 career victories. Prairie Fortune ($4.90) dominates the featured trot. Prairie Fortune forged to the front but Choochoocharlie (Phil Fluet) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0. Prairie Fortune would re-take the top spot with a circuit to go. He was first to the half in :57.4. Clarion Hall (Mike Merton) came first-up and challenged from second. Prairie Fortune led to three-quarters in 1:26.3. As they went around the final turn, Prairie Fortune started to skip away. As they reached the stretch it would be a battle for second. Prairie Fortune breezed to the win in 1:55.3. Clarion Hall held on for second. Uncle Hanover (Corey Braden) finished third.   Prairie Fortune is an 8-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He is owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 62 career victories. Mike Merton drove four winners on the card. He got his wins with Post Time Terror ($18.20), Queen Me Again ($16.00), Quick Deal ($3.20), and Runhappy Ten ($3.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (September 6) with a 10-race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

"Lightening" Leon Bailey had a harness racing career day driving five horses to the winner's circle at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 5). He got his wins with So Diva ($28.00) in race one. His second win came in race four with The Blazing Truth ($7.80). He would finish first in race seven, nine, and ten with Intuitive Writer ($5.90), Rise Up Now ($17.20), and Bet Big On Blue ($6.40). "I sure felt like I could do no wrong today!" Bailey said. Clouseau Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) captures the $3,600 featured pace. Daliocity (Chris Long) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.2. Golden Gun (Jeff Sorenson) was parked first-over and challenged Daliocity down the backstretch. Daliocity held a slight lead hitting the half first in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:25.2. As they made the turn for home the race was wide open. Rockaholic (Evan Hoagland) took a slight lead as they reached the stretch. Then Bringer Of Rain (John Macdonald) came four-deep and looked like he was going to emerge as the winner. However, Clouseau Hanover ($4.40), who was eighth after three-quarters, slipped through an opening as they were five across the track. He flew right on by second place finisher Bringer Of Rain to win in 1:54.2. Rockaholic held on for third.   Lappe and Truman Gale each had driving doubles on the night. Clouseau Hanover is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. Lappe trains and co-owns with Robert Santagata. He is a 6-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was his second win this season. He now has 19 career victories. John MacDonald is leading all drivers with 39 wins so far this season. With his five wins Leon Bailey is only two back in second with 37 victories. Howard Parker (30), Jimmy Whittemore (24), and Roman Lopez (12) round out the top five. The trainers title remains wide open. George Ducharme and Kerin Warner (who had two winners on the card) are tied with 15 wins each. David Dewhurst is third with 14 victories. Claude Huckabone III is just two back with 13 tallies. Paul Minckler, and Brandy Wine are close behind with 12 wins each. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 11) starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs played host for two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore harness racing trotting colts & geldings on Friday (September 4). Barn Holden (Mark MacDonald) holds on to win the $55,000 first division. Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) jumped out to the early lead but Barn Holden ($6.10) went by and took over with a lap to go. He hit the first quarter first in :27.3. He used a :29.1 second quarter to hit the half in :56.4. He would cruise to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Hobbs would make his move popping out of the pocket as they made the turn for home. Barn Holden dug in as Hobbs tried to get closer. Sky Castles (Scott Zeron) came three-wide in deep stretch. Hobbs gave one last lunge and Sky Castle a late surge but in the end Barn Holden held on to win by a nose in 1:54.2. Hobbs got second with Sky Castles taking third.   Barn Holden is a 3-year-old colt by Conway Hall. He is Owned by Nancy Pratt, Out In The Country Stables, Purple Haze Stables, and trainer Steven Pratt. It was his fourth win this season and seventh career victory. Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer) captures the $56,000 second division. Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) went straight to the front with Berkery J (Scott Zeron) following in second. Third Shift led to the first quarter in :28.3. They remained in single file with no change in the order as Third Shift led to the half in :57.2. As they headed for three-quarters things would change drastically. Third Shift went on a break just as Berkey J was making his move first-over. Third Shift was first to three-quarters in 1:26.1 but he caused interference to Berkey J causing him to go on a break. As they reached the stretch Beerthirty K (Tyler Buter) inherited the lead but right away Chaptiama challenged him. The two sophomores began to slug in out all the way down the stretch with Chaptiama emerging as the winner in 1:55.2. Beerthirty K had to settle for second. Third Shift finished third but was placed fifth for interference. Altus Hanover (John MacDonald) was awarded third money.   Chaptiama is a 3-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. He is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. It was his fourth win in 2020. He now has six career victories. Jason Bartlett and Leon Bailey each drove two winners on the card. Bartlett got his wins with Discus Hanover ($2.20) and Grosseto As ($152.00). Bailey went to the winner's circle with The Big Bankroll ($9.40) and Jenny Lake ($5.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 5) with a 13-race card starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New Yorks Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing trotting colts & geldings on Friday (September 4).   The Jim Campbell trained Hobbs (Jason Bartlett) is the horse to beat in the $55,000 first division. The gelding by Credit Winner has won four straight races including three legs of the NYSS and a division of the $97,750 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC). He has five lifetime wins and has over $260,000 in the bank.   His chief rival will be the Steven Pratt trained Barn Holden (Mark MacDonald). The colt by Conway Hall has three wins in eight starts this season. He has six career wins and has amassed nearly $200,000 lifetime.   Third Shift (Ake Svanstedt) is the favorite in the $56,000 second division. Svanstedt also trains the Chapter Seven colt. His two wins this season were in a leg of the NYSS and a division of the $97,750 EBC both at Vernon Downs. He has five lifetime wins and career earnings of over $320,000.   His main threats will be Berkery J (Scott Zeron) and Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer).   Berkery J (Chapter Seven) is trained by George Ducharme. His only win this season was a NYSS win at Vernon Downs. He has four career wins and won over $220,000 lifetime.   The Smedshammer trained Chaptiama (Chapter Seven) has three NYSS wins this year. He boasts five lifetime wins and over $300,000 in winnings.   The 13-race card starts at 3 p.m.   For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Dee’s Red Delicious (Corey Callahan) takes the $104,400 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 30).  The morning line harness racing favorite Ahundreddollarbill (Jason Bartlett) went on a break right at the start.  Credit Con (Tyler Buter) went to the front with Sevenshadesofgrey (Mike Merton) challenging early.  As the headed for the quarter, Sevenshadesofgrey went off-stride.  Credit Con led to the first quarter in :28.2.  Credit Con used a :30.3 second quarter to hit the half in :59.0.  Dee’s Red Delicious ($3.20) made his move first-over down the backstretch as Unwritten Chapter (Wally Hennessey) followed second-over.  Dee’s Red Delicious took over the lead as they headed for the final turn hitting three-quarters first in 1:27.2.  As they made the turn for home Unwritten Chapter went all out on the chase and started to inch closer.  Dee’s Red Delicious found another gear and won going away in 1:56.2.  Unwritten Chapter had to settle for second.  Steel (Andy Miller) came up to finish third.  Dee’s Red Delicious is a 2-year-old gelding by Credit Winner-Apple Plush.  He is owned by Joseph Martinelli and trained by Bruce Saunders.  It was his third win in six lifetime starts.  Jason Bartlett drove three winners on the card.  He combined with trainer Claude Huckabone III to get wins with Sunny Days ($19.20) and I love My Country ($7.00).  His other victory came with Barn Hall ($2.50).  Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 5).  Post time is 3 p.m.  For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com    John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Leading harness racing driver John MacDonald continued to be red hot as he drove four winners including Brookdale Bruiser in the $4,400 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 29). In the feature, Wind Blast (Josh Kinney) charged to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.4. He continued to push the pace using a :28.1 second quarter to hit the half in :55.0. Brookdale Bruiser sat patiently in the pocket the whole trip as Wind Blast led to three-quarters in 1:22.4. As they made the turn for home Brookdale Bruiser popped out of the pocket and took control in the stretch. Sofer (Leon Bailey) came charging three-wide but Brookdale Bruiser dug in and won in 1:53.0. Sofer settled for second. Yamaka came charging late to finish third.   Brookdale Bruiser is a 6-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. He is owned by the JP Stables and trained by Brandy Wine. It was his fifth win of 2020. He now has 25 career victories. John MacDonald leads all drivers with 37 wins. Howard Parker and Leon Bailey are tied for second with 30 trips to the winner's circle. Jimmy Whittemore (24) and Roman Lopez (12) round out the top five. The training title remains very tight. George Ducharme and Kerin Warner are tied for the top spot with 13 wins a piece. David Dewhurst, Claude Huckabone III, and Brandy Wine are all just one back with 12 victories each. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 4) starting at 3:00 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing drivers Wally Hennessey and Mike Merton continued their dominance at Tioga Downs with five driving wins a piece on Saturday (August 29). Among his five wins, Hennessy captured the $6,500 featured fillies & mares' pace with Tay Tay M ($5.00). In the feature, Tay Tay M charged right out to the front from her outside post and led to the first quarter in :27.2. She probably won the race by slowing things down using a :30.2 second quarter as she hit the half first in :57.4. Gold Star Mysti (Corey Braden) came first-up to challenge as they reached the backstretch and harassed Tay Tay M all the way to three-quarters. Tay Tay M was the first to get there in 1:25.4. As they made the turn for home Tay Tay M was too strong down the stretch and she won it easily in 1:54.1. Gold Star Mysti had to settle for second with Coveredndiamonds N (Mike Merton) coming up to finish third.   Tay Tay M is a 6-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. She is owned by Richard Dunmire and trainer Kim Sears. It was her fourth win this season. She now has 17 career victories, Hennessey got his other wins with Prairie Midnight ($16.20), Weekend Atnannies ($3.40), Odds On Cheddar ($2.10), and Verdi D Em ($4.30). Merton got his five wins with Redemptionbluechip ($3.80), Real Lucky N ($2.70), Quick Deal ($10.00), Clarion Hall ($3.40), and A wish For Wings ($13.80). Rob Harmon trained three winners on the day and leads all trainers with 38 wins. Gaston Lareau is second with 32 victories. Joe Skowyra is third with 27 tallies. Mike Deters (25) and Jim McDonald (24) round out the top five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 30). The 13-race card features the $104,400 New York Sire Stakes 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Vernon Downs played host for two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Friday (August 28). Trainer Mark Harder sweeps both divisions. Southwind Petyr (Dexter Dunn) charges late to win the $51,300 first division. With unbeaten American Courage out of the race scratched sick, it was a wide-open affair. What About Bob (Troy Beyer) took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Southwind Petyr ($5.10) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) came flying first-over from fourth and took command and hit the half first in :56.2. Major Makover (Mark MacDonald) made a move first-over going around the final turn. Sauvignon Bluechip still had a slight lead as he hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. As they made the turn for home Major Makover came hard at Sauvignon Bluechip in the stretch. Southwind Petyr desperately needed racing room. He finally found an opening on the inside and squeezed right on by to win his first career race hitting the mile in 1:52.4. Major Makover finished second with Sauvignon Bluechip settling for third. Southwind Petyr is a colt by American Ideal-Southwind Paris. He is owned by Deena Frost, Wayne Carleton, Dean Lockhart, and trainer Harder. It was his first win in two career starts. Southwind Petyr King James Express (Jason Bartlett) captures the $50,400 second division. Make My Deo (Tyler Buter) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.0. The big favorite I'll Drink To That (Dexter Dunn) came first-up from third and took the lead hitting the first half on top in :55.1. I'll Drink To That looked strong hitting three-quarter first in 1:23.3. King James Express ($10.60) made his move from third as they reached the stretch. He came flying down the stretch like he was fired out of a cannon. He blew right on by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. I'll Drink To That held on to finish second. Stop Staring (Mark MacDonald) came up to finish third. King James Express is a gelding by Art Major-More Diamonds. Owners Carleton, Frost, and Harder once again teamed up as part of the NYSS sweep. He is now two for six in his career. King James Express Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 29) with a 13-race card starting at 3 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 2-year-old trotting colts & geldings on Sunday (August 30).   Eight freshmen trotters are set to race for $104,400. Ahundreddollarbill (Jason Bartlett) should be the horse to beat.   Trained by Dan Daley, he is a colt by Chapter Seven-Swinging Royalty.   The colt has pulled off back to back impressive NYSS wins at Saratoga and Vernon Downs.   He is two for four in his young career.   Special Prosecutor (Scott Zeron) and Dee's Red Delicious (Corey Callahan) should be his chief rivals.   The David Dewhurst trained Special Prosecutor (Chapter Seven-Valley Makayla) has two wins in five lifetime starts including a NYSS win at Yankers.   Dee's Red Delicious (Credit Winner-Apple Plush) already has a NYSS win at Tioga on July 26th.   The gelding trained by Bruce Saunders is two for five in his career.   The 13-race card starts at 1 p.m.   For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs              

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Friday (August 28). In the $51,300 first division all eyes will be on the unbeaten American Courage (Matt Kakaley). The colt by American Ideal-Nota Fool Bluechip is trained by Travis Alexander. So far he has been phenomenal with seven wins in seven starts. He has won four legs of the NYSS plus a big win in the $104,250 MGM Springfield Stakes Final (Yonkers Raceway). The David Dziengiel trained Sauvignon Bluechip (Tyler Buter) should be his toughest rival. The colt by Art Major-Some Girls Do picked up a NYSS victory at Yonkers in his last start. He has finished second to American Courage on two occasions. I'll Drink To That (Dexter Dunn) is the top choice in the $50,400 second division. The colt by American Ideal-Margarita Monday lost by just a half-length to American Courage in his last start. Trained by Chris Ryder, he picked up a NYSS win at Tioga Downs for his only lifetime victory in four lifetime starts. King James Express (Jason Bartlett) and Carrythetorchman (Marcus Miller) should be major contenders. King James Express (Art Major-More Diamonds) is trained by Mark Harder. The gelding has a NYSS win at Saratoga for his lone career victory. The Erv Miller trained Carrythetorchman is a colt by American Ideal-Kattimon. He has two wins in six career starts. The 15-race card starts at 3 p.m. For more information got www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

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