VERNON, NY—Ocean’s Motion obtained her first win of the season with an impressive 1:55.1 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 Open feature for female pacers at Vernon Downs. Competing for only the 12th time this season, Ocean’s Motion had veteran Chuck Connor, Jr. at the controls as she left from the outside five post position in Thursday’s 11th event. Racing over a rain-soaked, sloppy track, the 6-year-old mare took her time building up speed. She rallied from fifth at the quarter to fourth at the half, shot to the front around the final bend and then showed her heels to the small but select field in the stretch, winning by an eased up 4-1/4 lengths. The stout effort resulted in the 22nd lifetime victory for the daughter of Camotion-Cr Charisma, who raised her career bankroll to more than $335,700. Janice Connor (Chuck’s wife) conditions the bay battler for owner Robert J. Lovett. Fans witnessed the second dead-heat for win at Vernon’s 81-program meeting after the pacers Rocha’s Hanover and Sunshine Patriot tied at the top following a 1:54.2 mile in Thursday’s seventh session. The win by Rocha’s Hanover was her second at the meet for trainer Robert C. Gale and owners Scott Hay and Scott Miller. Driver Truman Gale earned three wins during Thursday’s 12-race card. Sunshine Patriot’s score was also her second of the season at the Downs. Joe Bongiorno did the teaming for trainer Brad Irvine and owners Kim and Jordan Myers. Bongiorno also won with the pacer Inittowinafortune (1:52.3 in the ninth event) to secure his first driving double at the Downs this season. Robert C. Gale collected his second win of the evening after Truman Gale won the eighth race with Upfrontandpersonal (1:56.4) for owner Ross Bonafield. DOWNS DOINGS Truman Gale’s other win was behind the Judy Lanpher-trained pacer Sinspirational (1:53.1) in Thursday’s third race. Lanpher owns the 5-year-old mare along with her daughter, Connie, and Larry T. Lanpher…. Tomorrow night; Vernon will host the $433,500 championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic for 2-year-old trotters. Friday’s 12-race program will begin at 6:45 p.m.… Only seven live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… A revised 2013, 88-program racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran
All Spirit and harness racing driver Jimmy Marohn Jr. enjoyed their continued success in the featured fillies and mares $16,000 Miracle Mile 1 on Friday night at Tioga Downs.
All Spirit won for the 3rd time this season in the harness racing mares top pacing class, the Miracle Mile 1, this one in a front-stepping 1:52.2.
All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. got back to business on Friday night capturing the $16,000 fillies and mares open pace.
The 7-year old pacing mare All Spirit felt right back at home on Friday night at Tioga Downs when she visited one of her favorite spots, the harness racing winner's circle.
All Spirit (Jimmy Marohn Jr.) rebounded on Friday night (September 7) to capture the featured $16,500 fillies and mares open pace at Tioga Downs coming off of a disappointing ninth place finish three weeks ago. Leaving from harness racing post position number one, Marohn eased All Spirit away in fourth as High Speed Life (Roman Lopez) and Runaway Tray (Fern Paquet Jr.) were having an early disagreement through fractions of 26.1.
All Spirit and Jimmy Marohn Jr. made it a repeat harness racing performance in the $16,500 fillies and mares open pace on Friday night at Tioga Downs. Leaving from post position number three in a field of seven, Marohn left and tucked in second as the field headed past an opening quarter in 26.3.