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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    

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

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

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

John MacDonald drove his 4000th career harness racing winner at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 24). John MacDonald from Pompano Beach, FL, came into Saturday night needing just one victory to reach 4000 driving wins for his career. He didn't waste anytime as he drove Temple Door ($3.00) to victory in the first race of the evening. Temple Door is owned and trained by MacDonald. He did stop there he won three more on the night. His other wins came with Heavens Storm ($4.30), Brookdale Bruiser ($4.70), and Sapient Hanover ($7.70). Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the $9,000 featured pace. Bettor's Edge ($2.90) charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :25.3. He kept the fast pace going as he used a :27.4 second quarter to hit the half in :53.2. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) followed in the pocket and watched as Bettor's Edge led to three-quarters in 1:21.0. Bettor's Edge, who is owned by trainer Lappe with Robert Santagata, withstood the late charge of second place finisher Dreams Beachboy to win in a seasonal best of 1:50.0. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr. finished third. Bettor's Edge is a 10-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win this season and his 46th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 30) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) takes the Vernon Downs featured harness racing trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 31). Taco Tuesday ($6.40) battled Shivered (John MacDonald) for the lead. He would take over as he hit the first quarter in (:29.4). He continued to lead hitting the half in 1:00 and controlling to three-quarters in 1:28.3. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, shook off Shivered as they reached the stretch. He then had to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:56.3. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) was third best. Taco Tuesday is a 6-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. He won for the fourth time in 2019. He now has 22 career victories. Claude Huckabone Jr., Jennifer Lappe, Howard Parker, and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles on the night. Huckabone Jr. had his wins with All Heart I Am ($16.00) and Little Liza Jane ($9.40). Lappe finished first with Jokes Jet ($9.00) and Flamingo Pete ($35.40). Parker had his victories with Fox Valley Photog ($25.00) and Rosiemunn ($5.30). Huckabone III reached the winner's circle with Private Performanc ($3.40) and Some Royalty ($8.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) and Western Toro (John MacDonald) each scored victories in the pacing co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 25). Both raced for a purse of $5,000. In the first harness racing feature Golden Brit (Leon Bailey) controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1). Poisonous ($5.70), who is owned by Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadborne, was third after three-quarters. He went charging down the stretch to blow by and win in a seasonal best 1:53.2. E Z Noah (Terry Di Cicco) came up to finish second. Golden Brit Held on for third. Poisonous is a 7-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his second win this season. He now has 18 career Victories. In the second feature Winds Of Change (Josh Kinney) led to a first quarter of :26.3 and to the half in :55.4. Western Toro ($4.20), who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket just after the halfway mark. He cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.2 and won easily in 1:52.2. Banacek (Adam Capizano) was second best with Winds Of Change holding on for third money. Western Toro                                 -Fotowon photo Western Toro is a 10-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. He won for the second time this season and the 25th time in his career. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a special 14 race Memorial day matinee starting a 1:05 p.m. The feature races will be the Empire Breeders Classic finals for sophomore trotting fillies ($209,500) and 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings ($215,200). There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last as well as a live buglar For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Bay Rum (John MacDonald) wins the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 18). Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) charged to the front and put up all the early numbers (:27.1, :57.2, 1:26.1). Bay Rum ($5.40) , who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC. and trained by Homer Hochstetler, sat in the pocket until he reached the stretch. He would go right by to win in a seasonal best time of 1:53.2. Electrofire hung on for second with Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) earning third place money. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his fourth win this season. He has 15 career victories. John MacDonald had four wins on the card. His other wins came with Haulin Oats ($7.10), Leviathan ($7.30), and Western Toro ($4.80). Claude Huckabone III trained and drove three winners on the night. His wins came with Gaius Crastinus ($5.80), Passa-Grille Beach ($35.60), and Redhot Romeo ($12.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 24) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs welcomes NYSS for sophomore trotting colts on Friday. Two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will race at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 10). In the first division ($58,700), JNR Express (John MacDonald) is the 3-1 morning line favorite. He is Trained by Jessica Okusko for owners James DeArmond and Russell Young. The colt by Conway Hall won the NYSS consolation final as a freshman. He is two for two in 2019. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart) and Chapter Fashion (Mike Simons) are both at 7-2 morning line odds. Both raced in the NYSS freshman final a season ago. Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) is owned by Kenneth Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger. The gelding is one for one this season with three career victories. Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven) is owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell. He is a gelding with three career victories. He also is one for one this season. In the second division ($58,700) the morning line favorite at 2-1 is Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer). Winless in six career starts, the gelding by Conway Hall had an impressive third place finish in his last start at Freehold Raceway for the Dexter Cup Final ($118,950). He is owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Smedshammer. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter). He is trained by G. Buzzy Sholty for owners Joeseph Lee, Diamond Pride LLC, and Sholty Racing LLC. The colt by RC Royalty is three for four in his career including a perfect two for two start this season The nine race card on Friday starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernon Downs.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver John MacDonald made the first Saturday (April 20) of the 2019 Vernon Downs season a memorable one. MacDonald starting out by winning the first race with long shot Pearlameri ($34.40). His second win came in the Anthony Farina Pacing Series ($4000) with Gia's Surreal ($2.10). The 3-year-old filly by So Surreal won by over six lengths in 1:53.3. Finishing second was Regal Escape (Truman Gale). Joe's Life (Leon Bailey) was third Best. His last four wins came with Ponyta Boy ($9.40), KJ Erich ($4.50), Connie Keeper ($6.00), and Studio City ($6.70). Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) charges late to capture the featured pace ($6,000). Winds Of Change (John MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:26.0, :55.4, 1:25.2). Card Knock Life (Josh Kinney) would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Electrofire ($16.00), who is owned and trained by Lappe, found an opening on the inside and went to the lead and hang on to beat second place finisher Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:53.2. Card Knock Life settled for third. Electrofire is a 12-year-old horse by Electric Stena. It was his first win of 2019. He now owns 48 career victories. Electrofire Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (April 26) with a post time of 6:10 pm. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Round The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) has been nothing shy of sensational since being acquired by owner-trainer John Macdonald at the beginning of October. The three year old filly went three-for-three at Vernon Downs with Macdonald in the sulky before coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel towards the end of last month. Jay Randall picked up the drive and sat behind Round The Beach as she scored convincingly in 1:53.4 in her Spa debut. The filly secured her sixth consecutive victory last weekend when her trainer piloted the rising star to victory despite a step up in class. This Friday night, Round The Beach was vaulted into the Fillies and Mares Open for the first time and was tasked with taking on some terrific mares. Randall was aggressive in the early going and moved Round The Beach to the top in a first quarter clocked in 27.2. The filly traveled unopposed throughout the middle half and after checking in at three quarters in 1:25.1 stepped on the gas when met with the challenge of pocket-sitter Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Meanwhile, the race's odds-on favorite Seventimesavirgin (Billy Dobson) began working closer while trying to pull off a last-to-first move in the feature. Round The Beach again proved up to the task as she extended her win streak to seven since the move to the Macdonald barn, wiring the field in 1:54.1 in the $18,000 Friday feature. Round The Beach, who paid $9.30 in her Open score, kept reinsman Jay Randall red hot. The Saratoga veteran piloted four winners on Thursday afternoon and has had a terrific 2018 as a whole. Betabcool N was the runner-up in the feature while the favored Seventimesavirgin had to settle for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

John MacDonald tied Jimmy Whittemore for first in driving wins on closing night at Vernon Downs (November 3). MacDonald drove Machmemackie to a win in the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind pace race. It was enough to tie him with Whittemore for first with 115 wins each. Truman Gale finished third with 58 victories while Claude Huckabone Jr finished fourth with 56 tallies. Leon Bailey used 50 wins to finish fifth on the list. A field of seven went one lap around the seven-eighths mile track going clockwise. Machmemackie ($3.30) led the group to the first quarter in :27.4. Great Soul (Josh Kinney) went first over around the first turn. As they reached the back stretch, Feelin Lucky (Truman Gale) went three wide and took a short lead hitting the half in :57.3. Machmemackie, who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, reclaimed the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:26.0. Second place finisher, The Royal Garden N (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but Machmemackie was too strong and won the seven-eighths mile race in 1:40.2. Giacodelight (Kyle DiBenedetto) finished third. Machmemackie is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this year and his 20th lifetime victory. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) wins featured pace ($7,500). Golden Gun ($5.50) went to the front and never looked back putting up all the numbers (:27.0, :56.1, 1:24.1, 1:53.2 ) to win his fourth straight feature at Vernon Downs. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) was second with Ponyta Boy (Leon Bailey) taking third money. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he picked up his seventh win this season and career victory number 31. Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) captures the 10 years or older "War Horse" race for pacers. Cascata (Truman Gale) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and kept the lead at the half mile mark in :58.3. Lucky Man ($4.20), who is owned by Patrick Laiso and Lappe (trainer), used a first over brush to take the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.0. When they hit the stretch the only battle left was for second place as Lucky Man won easily in 1:58.3. Dark Prince (John MacDonald) was second best with Mayflowermoonshine (Claude Huckabone III) getting the third spot. Lucky Man is a 13-year-old gelding by Camluck. It was his fifth win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 58 times in his career. Upto A Dream (Josh Kinney) wins the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind trot race. Upto A Dream ($8.60) charged to the front and put up all the fractions, hitting the first quarter in :28.3, the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:28.3 and finishing the seven-eighths mile in 1:43.4. Funny Photo (Joe Nassimos) finished second. Fox Valley Photog (Leon Bailey) was third. Upto A Dream is a 6-year-old gelding by Impel Hanover. Owned by Todd Santoro and trained by Gary Gibson, he picked up his fourth win of the year. He now has 16 career victories. John MacDonald captures the training title for the third straight year. "J-Mac" trained 65 winners. Jimmy Whittemore was second best with 37 wins. Homer Hochstetler (34), Truman Gale (30), and Robert Gale (27) rounded out the top five. Kabu wins horse of the year. Owned by the J P Stables and trained by John MacDonald, he won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs this season. The staff at Vernon Downs thanks all the fans and horse people for a great 2018 season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

The John MacDonald-Jay Randall combination has been red hot at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Friday night, the combo went two-for-two. MacDonald sent pacing fillies Round The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) and Tatiana Seelster (Mach Three) to town and for the second consecutive Friday evening went two-for-two with that pair of lady pacers. Round The Beach went coast to coast in a conditional race that was contested for a purse of $8,000 to extend her win streak to five since being acquired by Macdonald in October. The heavily favored filly had little difficulty cruising to the score in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track at the Spa. The mile was the fastest of the night, roughly a second and a half faster than the evening's feature for distaffers. Tatiana Seelster also went wire-to-wire with Randall in the sulky as the three year old overcame a monster move from a rival who nearly cleared the favored filly around the final turn before a late rally saw her draw clear before scoring in 1:56.3. Tatiana Seelster, another recent addition to MacDonald's barn, won for the fifth time in six starts since joining her new stable in September. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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