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Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won six races including five of the eight New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations ran at Vernon Downs on Sunday (September 15). All divisions raced for a purse of $40,000. Here are all the NYSS consolations in the order they raced. Gobi Princess (Bartlett) much the best in the race for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Avalonia (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :27.1 and to the half in :57.0. Gobi Princess ($2.80) took control just after the half and was first to three-quarters in 1:54.4. Gobi Princess, who is owned by Knuttson Trotting Inc. and trained by Annette Lorentzon, turned for home with the lead. Avalonia tried to comeback but Gobi Princess was too strong and won easily in 1:54.1. Avalonia was second best. Amanda Blue Chip (Tyler Buter) finished third. Gobi Princess is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass. It was her third win this season. She now has four career victories. Heavens Challenge (Bartlett) charges late to nip Boogie Roll (Joe Bongirono) in the sophomore pacing fillies consolation. Boogie Roll led the three horse field to a first quarter of :27.1 and half of :57.1. Heavens Challenge ($3.70), who is trained by Chris Height for owners James Slendrom, Jeffrey Levine, and Joe Cornacchia, led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Boogie Roll rallied back and took the lead back as they reached the stretch. Heavens Challenge made one more charge and won by a nose in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Boogie Roll had to settle for second best. Heavens Challenge is a 3-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was her third win this season and seventh career victory. Genius Ma(n (Bartlett) too smart in consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Always On The Hunt (Ray Schnittker) went to the lead and put up all the early fractions (:26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1). The first to give him a challenge was stablemate Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) as the two went side by side. Genius Man ($3.40), who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Ron Michelon and Daniel Plouffe, went second-over third as they made the turn for home. He held off a late charge by second place finisher Ideal Artillery (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Teton Sunset was third best. Genius Man is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover. It was his second win in eight career starts. Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) sneaks by late to capture NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Coconut Beach (Bartlett) was first to the quarter in :27.1. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) took control on the backstretch and led to the half in :57.0 and to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Dragon Roll ($11.40), who is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz, went first-over at three-quarters. She wrestled the lead away in deep stretch and held off the late charge of Hen Party (Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Hen Party had to settle for second. Fashion Hill held on for third. Dragon Roll is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe- Little Miss Dragon. It was her second career victory in six starts. Brady Bunch (Bartlett) easily wins NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) led to the first quarter in :26.4. Brady Bunch ($3.80) then blew right by to take them to a half of :56.1. He then used a :29 third quarter to hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. Brady Bunch, who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Michael Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran, had a lot in the tank as they reached the stretch. He breezed to an easy victory in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Skyway Kon Man (Tyler Buter) came up late to finish second. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third. Brady Bunch is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win of the season and of his career. Bro (Tyler Buter) is upset winner in the consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings. Bro ($22.80) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) then went to the front as they headed for the backstretch. Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.) then would take his turn and led to the half in :55.1. As they headed for the final turn Bro went to the front again and led to three-quarters in 1:22.2. Bro, who is trained by Homer Hochtetler for owners Jay Hochstetler and Finkelberg Racing LLC, was strong as they turned for home. He breezed down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Respect Our Flag was second best. Chatelroll (Howard Parker) finished third. Bro is a 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven. He was winless as a freshmen and now has won four wins as a sophomore. Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett) scores in the NYSS consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Discus Hanover ($6.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. He continued to lead to the half in :58.2. Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr) took over and led to three-quarters in 1:28.0. All Rise (Tyler Buter) took a short lead in the stretch. Discus Hanover, who is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Phillip Hale, squeezed through an opening on the inside. Praying Ruby (Matt Kakaley) made a late three wide move but Discus Hanover was not to be denied and won in 1:57.0. Praying Ruby had to settle for second money. All Rise held on to finish third. Discus Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames. It was his 11th straight win in 14 starts. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) wins NYSS consolation for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) was first to the quarter in :27.2 and first to the half in :57.0. No Mas Drama ($4.40) took the lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.3, No Mas Drama, who is trained by Jenn Bongiorno for owners J And T Silva Stables, Joe Bongiorno, James DiScala Jr. and Eleven Star Stable, went toe to toe with Flotus in the stretch. She would take the lead and hold on after a late charge by second place finisher Charlotte Chaplin to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Flotus held on for third. No Mas Drama is a 2-year-old filly by Muscles Yankee-Massive Drama. It was her second career win in eight career starts. Bartlett's sixth win came of the night came with JDS Brent N Sheree ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 20) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Dragin The Wagon takes the $9,000 featured harness racing trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 14). Dragin The Wagon ($7.90) went to the quarter in :26.4. He used a :29.2 second quarter to hit the half first in :56.1. He trotted to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Dragin The Wagon, who is owned by Cary Cantelon and trained by Jeffrey Byron, led they way as they made the turn for home. Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) came charging late but Dragin The Wagon dug in and won in 1:54.4. Campbellini was second best as Bequin Dugoutier F (Fern Paquet Jr) finished third. Dragin The Wagon is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his fourth win this season. He now has won 49 times in his career. Lauxmont Capri (Jim Taggert Jr.) captures the first of two $9,000 featured pace races. Rockintouch (Mike SImons) led to the first quarter in :26.2. Fritzie Pic Up Man (Fern Paquet Jr.) took control before hitting the half in :54.2. Jay Jay (Wally Hennessey) took his turn and led to three-quarters in 1:22.2. Lauxmont Capri ($44.00), who is trained by Gary Messenger for owners Scott Woogen and Brenda Messenger, was sixth after three-quarters. He came flying down the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.1. Rockintouch came up late to finish second. Jay Jay held on for third. Lauxmont Capri is a 9-year-old gelding by Red River Hanover. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now has 35 career wins. Lauxmont Capri Pointsman (Fern Paquet Jr.) wins the second $9,000 featured pace. Sometimes Said (Jim Taggart Jr.) put up all the early numbers (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.0). Poitsman ($5.80), who is owned and trained by Gaston Lareau, was third as they made the turn for wire. He battled second place finisher Believe This Bob (Mike Simons) in deep stretch to win in 1:53.2. Mac Andover (Corey Braden) was third best. Pointsman is a 9-year-old gelding by Royal Mattjesty. It was his fifth victory of the season. He now owns 26 career wins. Pointsman Jim Taggart Jr. and trainer Gary Messenger combined for three wins on the night. Their other wins came with Six Bax ($75.00), and KJ Erich ($7.20). Aaron Byron drove three winners on Saturday. His other victories came with Grey Ice ($26.20), and Jett Star ($6.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 20) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Hammer Time (John MacDonald) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing trot on Saturday (September 14). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead. She led to the first quarter in :28.0 and controlled to the half in :57.1. She still easily led the race hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Hammer Time ($8.00), who is trained by Harry Landy and owned by Glat Kosher Racing, was third as they made the turn for home. Hammer Time and First Call fought all the way down the stretch. Hammer Time wore her out in the end winning in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. First Call had to settle for second with Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) getting third money. Hammer Time is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his third win this season. He now has 10 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night and leads all drivers with 90 wins. His other wins came with Hennessey ($12.00), Lady Rapidash ($6.90), and Kitty Hoyne ($2.20). Danny Gill gets training wins number 1500 and 1501. Gill picked up his 1500th training victory with Awesum Ace ($24.00), who won in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. The 5-year-old gelding by United Ace is owned by Adam Friedland and was piloted by Leon Bailey. Gill won 1501 with All About Rusty (Howard Parker). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Sunday (September 15) 11 race card. They will feature the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for all eight classifications. There will also be a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway while supplies last. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Tioga Downs played host to the third leg of the Kindergarten Series Classic for 2-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters on Friday (September 13). All races were for a purse of $10,000. Captain Barbosa (Andrew McCarthy) cruises to victory in the Kindergarten race for pacing colts & geldings. Keystone Dash (Wally Hennessey) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Play The Ponies (David Miller) took control before hitting the half in :57.2. Captain Barbosa made his move on the backstretch and led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Captain Barbosa, who is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Robert Leblanc, David Anderson, and Alagnafrankinthegym Stable, led by four lengths as they made the turn for home. He easily won in 1:52.2. Blank Stare (Jim Taggert Jr.) finished second with Ideal Perception (Matt Kakaley) getting third money. Captain Barbosa is a 2-year-old colt by Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty. It was his first career victory. All Rise (Fern Paquet Jr.) takes a victory in the Kindergarten series for trotting colts & geldings. Coventry Hall (Wally Hennessey) put up all the early fractions (:28.3, :59.0, 1:27.3). All Rise, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig and Allen Schwartz, took over as they made the turn for home. He would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Oversized (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:57.3. Coventry Hall held on for third. All Rise is a 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Berdine Hanover. It was his second career win in eight starts. Winter Olympics (Wally Hennessy) is much the best in the Kindergarten series race for trotting fillies. Winter Olympics flew out of the gate and led to the first quarter in :28.2. She used a :30.2 second quarter to lead to the half in :58.4. She they hit three-quarters in 1:27.2. Winter Olympics , who is owned and trained by Ake Svanstedt, got slight pressure by second place finisher Allswell Hanover (Matt Kakaley) as they went around the final turn. Winter Olympics had plenty left in the tank as they reached the stretch. She won in a lifetime best of 1:56.2. Ready To Rock (David Miller) finished third. Winter Olympics is a 2-year-old filly Muscle Mass-Olympic Dreams. It was her second win in four lifetime starts. Anthem (David Miller) comes flying late to win the Kindergarten race for pacing fillies. JK Finendandy (Matt Kakaley) put up all the early numbers (:27.4, :57.2, 1:25.2). Love For Sail (Andrew McCarthy) took control as they reached the stretch. Anthem, who is owned by Cool Cat Racing and trained by R. Nifty Norman, was third in the three horse field. She went flying down the stretch and went by them both to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Love For Sail was second best. Anthem is a 2-year-old filly by Sweet Low-Monkeys Can Sing. It was her second career win in seven lifetime starts. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) is a gate-to-wire winner in the $11,000 fillies & mares open 1. Truth And Liberty ($8.10) got the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. She was still the best hitting the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.2. Truth And Liberty, who is trained by Simons and owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables, held off a late charge by second place finisher Gold Star Mysti to win in 1:53.0. Gigi From Fiji (Wally Hennessey) was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her ninth win this season. She now has 44 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He picked up wins with Move Over Sis ($3.10), Starcasim ($8.70), Prairie Easter ($2.90), and Crius N Rock ($11.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) scored a harness racing victory in the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 13). Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Bluffton ($6.50) took over the lead as they reached the backstretch putting Bold Fresh to the pocket seat. Bluffton led to the half in :57.2 and to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Bluffton, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, led as they made the turn for home. He would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Multitaskr Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:56.0, Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) finished third. Bluffton is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win this season and 10th career victory. Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) captures $5,000 trot. Pittstop Emerald (Claude Huckabone III) fired out of the gate and led to the quarter in :27.0 and to the half in :57.2. Aces And Eights ($18.40) went first-over from third and flew right by to take control hitting three-quarters first in 1:25.3. Aces And Eights, who is owned by Jeffrey Epstein and trained by Daley, turned for home and cruised to a victory in 1:54.2. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) finished second with Sailer Eddie (Jennifer Lappe) getting third best. Aces And Eights is a 5-year-old gelding by RC Royalty. It was his third win this season. He now owns nine career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will play host to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for freshmen and sophomore harness racing pacers and trotters on Sunday (September 15). Purse for all eight NYSS races is $40,000. The 6-5 morning line favorite for the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting fillies is Gobi Princess (Jason Bartlett). The filly by Muscle Mass is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Anette Lorentzon. She has two wins this season including a win in the Continental Victory Stakes at the Meadowlands (August 2). In the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies the 6-5 morning line favorite is Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter). The filly by Art Major is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. She is winless so far in 2019 but has three career wins including a lifetime best mark of 1:53.0 at Vernon as a freshman. The top choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen pacing colts & geldings is the Erv Miller trained Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover is owned by Ronald Michelon and Daniel Plouffe. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in seven career starts. The Chris Ryder trained entry of Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) and Turnthefrownaround (Joe Bongiorno) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Dragon Roll (Roll With Joe-Little Miss Dragon) is owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. She has a victory in five career starts. Turnthefrownaround (Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout) is owned by Craig Henderson. She won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs for his lone career win. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings is the Erv Miller Trained Brady Bunch (Jason Bartlett). The gelding by Muscle Mass is owned by Mary Jane Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran. He has three wins and two second in five starts this season. The NYSS consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings features the 5-2 morning line favorite Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.). The gelding by American Ideal is trained by Jessica Okusko for owners David Smith and James Gianuzzi. He has three wins this season plus an impressive third place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga. The 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old colts & geldings is Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. He has won his last seven races including a victory in the New York County Fair final his last time out. He is now 10 for 13 in his career. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen trotting fillies. The filly by RC Royalty-Miss Fidget has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight career starts. She is owned by trainer Starks Jr., David Smith, James and Daniel Gianuzzi. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Tioga Downs plays host to a leg of the Kindergarten Classic on Friday (September 13). They will feature freshmen harness racing pacers and trotters in four non-betting races. Each will race for a purse of $10,000. The first of the Kindergarten races features 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Trainer Tony Alagna will send two time winner Ideal Perception (Matt Kakaley) as well as Captain Barbosa (Andrew McCarthy) to the starting gate. Ideal Perception (American Ideal-Southwind Siren) has won two New York Excelsior A series races in his six lifetime starts. Captain Barbossa is a colt by Captaintreacherous-Swinging Beauty. He has won over $45,000 in his career with four seconds and a third in eight career starts. The second Kindergarten race is for freshmen trotting colts and geldings. The John Butenschoen trained Swipe Right (Mike Simons) has won two races in seven starts in 2019. He is a colt by Explosive Matter-Online Exclusive. Overised (Matt Kakaley) is the other two time winner in the field. Trained by George Ducharme, he is a colt by Explosive Matter-Afterimage. He is going for his third straight victory. The third Kindergarten race features 2-year-old trotting fillies. Winter Olympics (Wally Hennessey) looks to be the horse to beat. The filly by Muscle Mass-Olympic Dreams won a leg of the Ontario Sire Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9th. Trained by Ake Svanstedt, she also has a second place finish in just three lifetime starts. Her lifetime earnings are over $35,000. The last of four Kindergarten races features freshmen pacing fillies. The three horse field includes the Nancy Johansson trained Love For Sail (Captaintreacherous-West Side Glory) and JK Finendandy (American Ideal-JK Fine). Love For Sail (Andrew McCarthy) has a win, a second, and a third in four lifetime starts. JL Finendandy (Matt Kakaley) has two seconds in four career starts. They will take on the R. Nifty Norman trained Anthem (David Miller). The filly by Sweet Lou-Monkeys Can Sing has a win, two seconds, and a third in just six starts. The four non-betting races will be mixed in with the 13 pari-mutuel races on Friday. The Kindergarten 2 year old colt pace will take place in between pari-mutuel races one and two. The Kindergarten colt trot will be between pari-mutuel races two and three. The Kindergarten filly trot will run in between pari-mutuel races three and four. The Kindergarten filly pace will take place between pari-mutuel races four and five. Post time for this exciting card is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs                          

Chatelroll and harness racing driver Howard Parker, captures the $7,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 7). Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr) forged to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.4. He glided to the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Manverick (Howard Okusko Jr.) took over as they made the turn for home. Chatelroll ($3.90), who is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by George Ducharme, was fourth after three-quarters. He went flying down the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.4. Manverick settled for second best with Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) coming up to finish third. Chatelroll is a 3-year-old colt by Roll WIth Joe. It was his sixth win in 11 starts this season. He now owns eight career victories. Parker and Ducharme also combined for a win with Charlotte Chaplin ($2.20) on the night. Leon Bailey drove three winners on Saturday. He got wins with Jamaican Cowboy ($7.90), Awesum Ace ($6.00), and Winery Hanover ($15.00). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone Jr. each drove two winners on the card. MacDonald trained and drove Lunar Stride ($6.00), and Sgt Papa Daddy ($2.10) to the winner's circle. Huckabone Jr. won with Regal Escape ($15,60), and Weapon To Win ($7.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 13) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Pointsman (Fern Paquet Jr.) charges late to win the $9,000 featured harness racing pace at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 7). Spirit Shadow (Mike Merton) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.3 and to the half in :56.2. Sporty Redhot (Wally Hennessey) took over on the backstretch and led to three-quarters in 1:24.3. Pointsman ($7.30), who is owned by trainer Gaston Lareau, went three-wide as they made the turn for home. He went flying by in the stretch but had to hold off second place finisher Mac Andover (Corey Braden) to win in 1:54.0. Rockintouch (Mike Simons) finished third. Pointsman is a 9-year-old gelding by Royal Mattjesty. It was his third win of the season and 25th victory of his career. Miss Flora (Corey Braden) captures the $9,000 featured trot. BJ Lorado (Mike Merton) put up all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:26.0). Miss Flora ($7.00), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault, was third after three-quarters. When they made the turn for home she looked like she was shot out of a cannon. She easily won in 1:54.4. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) was second with Beguin Dugoutier (Fern Paquet Jr.) finishing third. Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her sixth win this season. She now owns 27 career victories. Miss Flora Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He was first with Just Like Lloyd ($14.40), Campbellini ($3.70), Ascot Encounter A ($4.70), and Bazaar Bazaar ($4.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 13) with a post time of 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 harness racing featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 7). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2 and to the half in :57.3. First Call ($5.30) came first over just before the half. She battled American JJ shoulder to shoulder all the way around the final turn. First Call led by a head as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, continued to battle as they made the turn for home. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) found an opening on the inside as Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) came flying late on the outside. First call gutted it out and got the win in 1:55.0. Only Passing Thru finished second with Winning Princess getting third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her sixth win this season. She now has 14 career victories. Hochstetler, Claude Huckabone Jr., and Howard Parker each drove two winners on the night. Hochstetler got his other win with Bluffton ($6.30). Huckabone Jr. won with All Heart I Am ($3.50), and Ideal Delight ($17.60). Parker had victories with The Fixer ($2.80), and Expo ($11.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) 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      

Tioga Downs is offering new harness racing conditions for 2,3 and 4-year-olds on both gaits for September 13 & 14. The classes available are "Two & Three year olds NW2 EXT PM Races or $10,000 Lifetime, AE: 4 Year Old Maidens (Minimum 10 starts) for both pacers and trotters." The DOUBLE DRAW for Friday (September 13) and Saturday (September 14) is Tuesday (September 10). Must declare by 9 a.m. http://horsemen.ustrotting.com/conditionsheet.cfm?condition_sheet_id=73444 For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs will play host to the $40,000 fourth leg of the Miss Versatility on Friday (September 6). It features the last three harness racing winners of the Joie De Vie. The entry of Emoticon Hanover (Aaron Byron) and Dream Together (Wally Hennessey) are the 8-5 morning line favorites. Both entries are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais. Emotican Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Kadabra, She won the 2017 Joie De Vie in a track record as well as a world record time of 1:50.2. She still owns the world record for 4-year-old mares on a five-eighths mile track. The mare has 24 victories and has won more than $1,500,000 in her career. Dream Together (Muscle Hill) has 14 career victories She captured the 2018 Joie De Vie and was second in the 2019 Joie De Vie. The 5-year-old mare has won over $750,000 in her career. The toughest competition comes from the 9-5 second morning line choice Custom Cantab (Aaron Merriman). The 4-year-old mare by Mr Cantab won the 2019 version of the Joie De Vie. Included in her 17 career victories is a win in the $220,000 Indiana Sires Stakes Super Final as a sophomore. The mare has won over $900,000 lifetime.. The 12 race card at Tioga Downs starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs        

Tioga Downs welcomed two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings on Monday (9-2-19). Both divisions raced for a purse of $52,000. Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) captures the first division. Cigars And Port (Ray Schnittker) lead to the first quarter in :26.3. He continued to control the pace as they hit the half in :55.2. Groovy Joe ($3.20) made his move first-over from third and started to close in as Cigars And Port hit three-quarters first in 1:22.4. Groovy Joe, who is owned by trainer Blake Macintosh and Hutt Racing Stable, took over as they made the turn for home. Cigars And Port fought gamely but Groovy Joe was too strong and won in a lifetime bast of 1:52.0. Cigars And Port had to settle for second money. Save Me A Dance (Scott Zeron) finished third. Groovy Joe is a 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Chotat Milk. He has won seven of his nine career starts. American Rebel (Tyler Buter) is a gate-to-wire winner in the second division American Rebel ($4.80) led to the first quarter in :27.1. The betting favorite Freedom Warrior (Jim Morrill Jr.) went on a break as they went by the stands for the first time. American Rebel used a :29.3 second quarter to lead to the half in :56.4. He continued to control the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. American Rebel, who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Robert Robinson and The Harmon Stable, had plenty in the tank as they hit the stretch. Genius Man (Marcus Miller) made a late charge but had to settle for second as American Rebel won in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Splash Brother (Ray Schnittker) finished in third. American Rebel is 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Restive Hanover. It was career win number five in just nine starts. Wally Hennessey and Mike Simons each drove three winners on the day. Hennessey was first with Mr Dunnigans ($4.60), Sporty Redhot ($3.90), and Ascot Encounter A ($5.30). Simons got his wins with Surreal Sergeant ($28.80), Rockintouch ($12.80), and Road Untraveled ($3.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 6) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com.   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Brookdale Bruiser hangs on to win the $6,000 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Monday (September 2). Brookdale Bruiser ($3.40) jumped out of the gate and hit the first quarter in :27.1. He controlled the pace to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.0. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, turned for home in front. He looked like he was going to win easily as they hit mid-stretch. Jet Rock (Howard Okusko Jr.) found an opening in the stretch and came flying like a rocket. Brookdale Bruiser braced for the late charge and held on to win by a quarter-length in 1:53.0. Jet Rock had to settle for second. Tempster Hanover finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Young rising star Dylan Huckabone-Miller won the first two races on the afternoon. The 18-year-old, who drove his first career winner a day after he graduated from high school, went from last to first with Nubble Light ($6.10) to win race one. He took Dream Of Fortune ($3.60) to the winner's circle in race two. It was his first career driving double. Both winners are trained by his father Claude Huckabone III. Joe Nassimos drove two winners on the afternoon as well. He got wins with Golden Brit ($3.90), and The Band K ($7.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 6) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne

Miss Flora (Corey Braden) comes flying late to steal the $9,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Sunday (September 1). Campbellini (Wally Hennessey) took control right out of the gate. He put in a first quarter of :27.2 with the half in :56.4. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) came first-over on the backstretch and pressured Campbellini to the three-quarter mark in 1:24.3. Rose Run Rudi (Aaron Byron) squeezed through an opening in the stretch to sneak past Campbellini. Miss Flora ($13.60), who is owned and trained by Mario Dessureault. found an opening and went wide down the stretch. She looked like her tail was on fire as she came flying in deep stretch to nip second place finisher Rose Run Rudi in 1:54.2. Campbellini had to settle for third. Miss Flora is a 7-year-old mare by SJ's Caviar. It was her fifth win this season. She has 26 career victories. Wally Hennessey drove three winners on the day. He got wins with Rocknroll Captain ($5.20), Fashion Dragon ($5.10), and L Dees Courageous ($3.60). Mike Merton, Aaron Byron, and Mike Simons each had driving doubles on the afternoon. Merton had wins with Whip N Neigh Neigh ($6.70), and BJ Lorado ($4.40). Byron got his victories with Court's N Session ($13.60), and Phoenician ($13.80). Simons won the last two races of the day with Eldorado Of Gold S ($5.50), and Cayenne Victory ($2.60). Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a special Labor Day matinee (September 2) featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for pacing colt & geldings. The 12 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

American JJ (Michael D. Miller) wins the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 31). Sweet Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) went to the lead hitting the first quarter in :27.2. American JJ ($14.20) followed behind in the pocket and watched as Sweet Royalty hit the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. American JJ, who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller while trained by Michael D. Miller, popped out of the pocket as they made the turn for home. Sweet Royalty held tough in the stretch but American JJ kept coming at him. American JJ cleared in deep stretch and held off the late charge by second place finisher The Fixer (Howard Parker) to win in a lifetime best 1:55.2. Sweet Royalty had to settle for third. American JJ is a 6-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jesse. It was his fifth win of the season. He now owns 16 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and leading trainer Marissa Chadbourne combined for three winners on the night. They went to the winner's circle with Blameitonthenight ($4.40), Gracie G ($10.60), and Winding Hill ($5.80). Jay Jonza of Wahington Mills, NY won the 2019 Toyota Corolla in the Horseplay Car Giveaway contest. Patrons purchased rubber horses starting on opening day with all the money going to different local charities each month. If their horse was picked out of the horses that laned in the car they received an entry to win the car plus a wagering voucher. Tonight they picked out every entry until their was only one left. Jonza was all smiles when his name was picked. He is a regular at Vernon Downs and everyone said it couldn't have happened to a nicer guy. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special 10 race matinee on Labor Day Monday (September 2) starting at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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