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On February 27, 2012, harness racing Driver Doug McNair, appealed the Judges' Ruling SB43990, dated February 24, 2012, wherein he was fined $300 andgiven a driving suspension of 5 days for striking the shaft of the race bike with his whip in race 4 at Woodbine Raceway on February 16, 2012, in violation of Rule 22.23.03(d) of the Rules of standardbred Racing.

The Josh Marks (Rome, New York) trained Dry Gulch was the only horse to record a sub 1:51 mile at the Mohawk harness racing meeting in Ontario tonight (Tuesday September 6). The 4-year-old gelding stopped the clock in 1:50.2 in the eighth of 11 races.

Scorpion Moon made his return to Batavia Downs Casino a winning one when he scored a hard fought harness racing victory in the featured $9,000 Preferred trot, Friday night (Sept. 24), at Batavia Downs Casino.

Slimsplace came within 3/5ths-of-a-second of the track record for 3-year-old filly pacers with her 1:52 victory in Thursday night's (September 16) $11,000 sixth harness race at Vernon Downs.

Leading harness racing driver Josh Marks went from scheduled onlooker to five-race winner during Monday afternoon's special make-up program at Vernon Downs. Not programmed for any event on Monday's 12-race card at the start of the day, Marks suddenly found himself catch-driving in 11 events, including the day's $10,000 featured ninth contest with track record-holder Stonebridge Wish.

Sundowner Bob secured a harness racing training double for owner Scott West and a triple for leading driver Josh Marks with a 1:56.1 triumph in Saturday night's $11,000 featured seventh race at Vernon Downs.

Newcomer Slimsplace had to bob and weave her way through the homestretch before coming away with a 1:54.3 decision in Thursday night's (July 29) $9,000 featured eighth harness racing event at Vernon Downs.

The Upstate New York Chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association was proud to present their monthly awards to the best horse, trainer, and harness racing driver for the month of May at Vernon Downs and Tioga Downs this past Sunday (6-20).

Stonebridge Wish and driver Josh Marks captured the sixth race feature on a sunny harness racing afternoon at Tioga Downs. Stonebridge Wish cruised through early fractions of 27.1, 56 and 1:24 before sprinting home in 27.3 to stop the timer in 1:51.3.

The favorite Stonebridge Wish paced the mile distance in a blistering 1:49.4 to capture Saturday night's $5,100 eighth race and equal the fastest harness racing mile in the 57-year history of Vernon Downs.

Josh Marks earned his 1,000th harness racing career victory while driving Brick to a 1:55.2 tally in Friday night's $8,100 featured seventh race at Vernon Downs.

Friday's qualifiers, held on a perfect morning, included the very first two-year-old starter of the 2010 harness racing season at Vernon and quite an impressive performance it was.

Arbeedo found another gear in the final furlong and used it to gain a 1:53.3 harness racing victory in tonight's (Thursday June 3) $9,100 featured sixth race at Vernon Downs. With Josh Marks driving for trainer Tracy Brainard, Arbeedo drafted behind the pace-setter, Pickmeamerigold, to the half, reached in :57 seconds.

Josh Marks put on another driving clinic at Vernon Downs on Saturday night, winning six of the track's 10 races, including the $9,100 featured sixth session with the harness racing veteran trotter Sharpshootennorris.

Leading driver Josh Marks, who last night tied a track single program record with seven victories (in nine races), battled back with four scores during Friday's 10-race harness racing card, including a 1:56.3 triumph with Sharpshootennorris in the evening's $9,100 featured sixth session.

Harness racing driver Josh Marks tied a record for most wins on a single Vernon Downs program with seven scores on Thursday night (May 20), including a 1:53.3 victory with Arbeedo in the $8,100 featured sixth race.Driver Jim Morrill, Jr. established Vernon's all-time single program record in 2008.

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