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Jewels Forreal (So Surreal) made an inauspicious local debut in the Fillies and Mares Open two weeks ago. The four year old caused interference with a rival in her first start against the top lady pacers at Saratoga Casino Hotel a couple weeks back. The Kyle Spagnola trainee avenged that disappointing first local start with a victory last week in the $12,500 Winners Over for fillies and mares when she scored in an impressive 1:53.2. On Thursday afternoon, with Frank Coppola Jr in the sulky, Jewels Forreal moved out to the early lead in the $15,000 Open and she never looked back. The public’s 6-5 betting favorite, Jewels Forreal never faced an anxious moment en route to her wire-to-wire win in 1:53, the fastest time for a distaffer at the Spa thus far this year. Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) sat the pocket to the winner and finished as the runner-up while Sally Fletcher A (Bruce Aldrich Jr) had to settle for third. Jewels Forreal, the daughter of back-to-back Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year (2007-2008) at Saratoga Dandy’s Jewel, enjoyed a six-figure campaign in 2018 behind five wins. The four year old already has two wins on her card in ’19 after the Thursday score in the feature. The exacta with the favorite on top paid $27.60 while the triple came back $86. Live racing resumes on Saturday evening at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post.   Mike Sardella

Veteran local trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return in style to the Spa on Sunday afternoon as the 2019 harness racing season got underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Kyle Spagnola-trained trotter has spent the majority of his career competing at Saratoga and on Sunday prevailed in the first Open of the season. Phil Fluet guided the 1-5 betting favorite out to the early lead in the $12,000 Open Trot and the veteran high-stepper never faced an anxious moment. Cash Me Out got the money, going coast-to-coast with relative ease, stopping the timer in 1:57.1 in the season's first feature at the Spa. Mandeville (Jimmy Devaux) finished second while Zagster (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out's win, which was the 38thin 164 career starts, boosts his lifetime earnings to just above the $995,000 mark. The 78th racing season is now underway at Saratoga Casino Hotel and features matinee race cards this week contested on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons starting at 12:00pm each day. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Stakes-winner Jewels Forreal makes her 2019 debut on Friday (Feb. 1) at The Meadowlands, and not only is it the pacer's first race of the season it is her first race for owner Bill Donovan and trainer Kyle Spagnola. Donovan bought Jewels Forreal nine days ago for $85,000 at the Tattersalls January Select Mixed Sale. A daughter of So Surreal out of Dandy's Jewel, the 4-year-old mare has won eight of 33 career races and hit the board a total of 24 times. Her top wins last year came in divisions of the Circle City Stakes and Tompkins-Geers Stakes and the elimination for the Lismore Pace. She was trained previously by Ron Burke and earned $181,473. Jewels Forreal enters Friday's race off a second-place finish to Go West Go Fast in a qualifier on Jan. 19 at the Meadowlands. She was timed in 1:53.3. She will start from post five in a seven-horse field with Yannick Gingras in the sulky. She is 8-1 on the morning line. Divas Image, a 6-year-old who won last season's Golden Girls at the Meadowlands, is the 2-1 favorite. "Her qualifier looked pretty good," Spagnola said about Jewels Forreal. "I don't know if she's going to be as tight as the rest of them, but she seems like a good horse. She's done everything I've asked of her." After winning her Circle City division in October at Hoosier Park, Jewel Forreal spent the remainder of her 2018 campaign at The Meadows, where she held her own against older foes in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicaps. In five races in that class, she posted one win, two seconds and a third. Spagnola plans to get Jewels Forreal two starts prior to the Feb. 15 deadline for stakes payments. She also could be pointed toward the Mares Open at Saratoga later this year. Jewels Forreal has won at least one race on each a half-mile, five-eighths-mile, and seven-eighths-mile track. Friday will mark her first race on a one-mile oval. Her career-best win time, 1:51, came at five-eighths-mile Tioga Downs in the Tompkins-Geers. "We'll see how she comes back as a 4-year-old," Spagnola said. "I'm sure if she steps her game up we would stake her to some things. I can get two starts in her before we really have to look at anything. I think in the next two weeks we'll be able to find out more before we have to make any decisions." Regardless of where she ends up racing, Spagnola is happy to have Jewels Forreal as an addition to his stable. Spagnola has about 20 horses at the moment. "I like these kind," Spagnola said. "She definitely acts like a racehorse." For Friday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

There were six participants in Sunday's feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the track's top trotters slugged it out for their share of a $20,000 purse. Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) continued his march towards the $1 million mark in lifetime earnings on Sunday as he went coast-to-coast in the Open Trot. Driver Mark Beckwith moved the seven year old out to the early lead and Cash Me Out faced no formidable challenge while cruising through a soft middle-half. After checking in at three quarters in 1:27.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left to trot away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:56 for his fifth victory of the season, four of which have come in the Saratoga Open. The race's favorite Wings Of Royalty (Shawn Gray) got the pocket trip behind the eventual winner and wound up as the runner-up while Piercewave Hanover (Jordan Derue) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out, a former star of the New York Sire Stakes, continues to be one of the track's top trotters on a year-in, year-out basis and now has lifetime earnings of over $950,000. Kyle Spagnola trains Cash Me Out for the Traylor Racing Stable of Ballston Spa, NY. The race's 2-1 second-choice in the wagering on Sunday, Cash Me Out paid $6.30 to win and led an exacta and triple that returned $10.80 and $32.60, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Fans of racing under saddle (RUS) have taken notice of 'new' rider Sietske Dijkhof and her horse No Recess which has raced on the RUS MidAtlantic and RUS New York circuits this past season as the team went a perfect three for three this year including a sparkling 1:59 mark at Meadowlands Racing and Gaming. What also drew the attention of fans was the two victories No Recess had 'in sulky' during the period the horse was racing under saddle, earning two of the three sulky victories for the year as of the time this article was written. We talked to Sietske and her boyfriend, trainer Kyle Spagnola about No Recess and the improvement seen in No Recess while doing double duty. First, Dijkhof is no new rider. Born and raised in the Netherlands, Sietske has been around Standardbreds from birth as her parents used to be trainers. When her parents left the game, she continued working in the industry. Loving riding, the connection with the horse, as well as the speed involved in monte (the European term for RUS) racing she became a rider back home. So, while it may appear a new rider has appeared in the RUS universe, it is really a reconnection of old friends. How did Dijkhof and Spagnola make the decision to use No Recess? After Spagnola Racing LLC acquired the trotter, it was noticed the nine-year-old altered son of Rich Boy-Riann Photo (SJ's Photo) had raced back in 2016 under saddle, learning his lessons from rider Michelle Crawford and finishing third in his only purse start at Ocean Downs behind RUS favorites Mr Protab and Highway Marcus. After a couple of rides, it was decided to give No Recess another go under saddle, especially since he is not a horse inclined to make breaks. After two RUS qualifiers between pari-mutuel starts, it was time to make their first purse start at Batavia Downs Gaming where No Recess won by a length. Subsequent victories at Saratoga (four lengths) and the Meadowlands (ten lengths) proved their faith in the horse well deserved. "Yes, I do believe it helps him mentally", says Dijkhof when asked if racing No Recess under saddle has helped his sulky career," he seems to enjoy the races under saddle and doing something else makes the nine-year-old gelding happier". As for training the horse to race under saddle, surprisingly the trotter doesn't train for the races. Being a veteran, No Recess knows the game. Racing every week, one way of another, keeps the horse sharp. Skipping the Rosecroft race due to the distance the horse would have to travel, Sietske wished there were more RUS races available either in a circuit or as overnight events. "I wish there were more races right now, so he could do both and keep his mind 'fresh'. There has been some discussion as to whether RUS should be expanded to allow pacers to race under saddle. As of now, there has been no movement on the contentious issue but as far as this rider is concerned, she takes the attitude of 'bring it on', the more races under saddle the better. Of course, racing in non-betting races is one thing, but what about having RUS on the wagering card. We asked Kyle Spagnola whether he would race horses in his stable in RUS events if there was wagering and he has no problem with entering horses in under saddle races, but he indicated it would be hard to persuade owners to enter horses in non-wagering events at the current purse levels. "Owners want to make money and win races. At the level [purses] it is right now, people are not going to invest in horses for RUS when they can race for much more money in the bike", Spagnola said. Getting trainers to enter horses in RUS with the current purse structure is difficult as there are more profitable races to compete in. But if purses increase he feels trainers will support RUS. No doubt the caliber of horses entering would be higher. So, what is more difficult, racing in the bike or under a rider? Kyle's take? "I think it's easier if they are gaited well enough to do it [RUS] because they don't have to pull the bike and they don't have to ride as wide". Since racing under saddle appears to be easier, participating in RUS is a great way to extend a horse's career, possibly helping with future horse shortages. Yes, groups like RUS MidAtlantic have challenges to move on to the next level to get wagering on RUS races and promote interest in standardbreds and harness racing. Perhaps it is best said by Spagnola. "Overseas there are a lot of racing under saddle events and it seems like people are excited about it". By Allan Schott, for RUS MidAtlantic

The veteran harness racing trotter Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) has been a winning machine throughout what has been an illustrious career. Cash Me Out romped in his return to the track two weeks ago while competing in a condition race and subsequently was back into the $14,500 Open Trot on Sunday afternoon. Leading driver Billy Dobson piloted Cash Me Out and wasted no time cruising the odds-on favorite out to the early lead.  A Saratoga regular throughout his career, Cash Me Out coasted to a wire-to-wire score on Sunday to register his first victory in the Open Trot this season. The win time of 1:55.1 matched the mark he set while prevailing in his previous start. Entranced (Dan Cappello Jr) made his debut in the Open Trot on Sunday and closed sharply up the inside to finish second. Tropical Storm Bi (Phil Fluet), who won the previous installment of the Open at Saratoga, was assigned the outside post this week and still came from the back of the pack to earn the show spot. Cash Me Out was the public's 3-5 betting favorite as he won for the 33rdtime in his career. The veteran trotter now has lifetime earnings of more than $890,000. The exacta and triple in Sunday's Open paid $16.80 and $137.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a matinee kicking off at 12:15pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Hightstown, NJ --- Over the years, Waiting On A Woman has proved himself a tough harness racing horse. It’s not a surprise because he’s been that way since the day he was born. He needed to be just to survive. The fastest Maritime-bred trotter of all time nearly died after being born in April 2008 at the Prince Edward Island farm of father-and-son breeders Dave and Mitch Tierney. He battled through multiple bouts of colic and sickness before finally turning the corner and embarking on a career that has seen him win 62 races and $501,844 in purses. “It was pretty touch-and-go for the first 10 days or so,” Mitch Tierney said. “He was so sick; we almost lost him a handful of times. He ended up pulling through and the rest is history. “From day one it wasn’t easy and straight through he’s been tough. He’s like nothing I’ve ever seen before. All he wants to do is win, and he’s done his fair share of it.” Waiting On A Woman gets his next chance to add to his win total Friday (Feb. 2) at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The 10-year-old gelding competes in the eighth race, a $20,000 conditioned trot, which is the second of three races that will be shown from 9-10 p.m. on SNY (SportsNet New York) as part of “Meadowlands Harness Live.” Tierney trained Waiting On A Woman at ages 2 and 3, when he set track records regularly on his way to Maritimes stardom. The horse has raced in the U.S. for the past five years and is now owned by New York’s Michael Polansky, but retains a strong fan following north of the border. “He’s pretty popular still, even at 10 years old,” Tierney said. “We watch the entries every week and when he’s in-to-go there’s a bunch of us that watch every start. There’s a lot of pride watching him, especially with the way he’s still racing at 10 years old. He’s put together eight solid, solid years.” Waiting On A Woman, a son of Northern Bailey out of Southwind Faith, was named by Tierney after a Brad Paisley song. The horse’s nickname is Charlie, which was bestowed on him by one of Tierney’s young cousins when he was a yearling. The nickname has remained with Waiting On A Woman wherever he’s called home. “It fits,” said Kyle Spagnola, who has trained Waiting On A Woman since the summer of 2015. “I don’t know if you can explain it. But if a horse ever looked like a Charlie, he’s a Charlie.” Waiting On A Woman is a big horse with a long stride when he walks, which adds to him getting attention. “He’s very tall,” Spagnola said. “His withers are over my head and I’m 6-foot. He’s one of the bigger ones I’ve ever seen. His legs are so long, he’s got this cool little walk to him. A lot of people notice that.” Of course, a lot of people simply notice winning. Waiting On A Woman, who set his career mark of 1:52.2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 2014 and equaled it at the Meadowlands in 2015, has won 62 of 188 lifetime starts for a nearly 33-percent victory rate. Spagnola gave Waiting On A Woman a three-month layoff, which ended in December, to freshen up for racing at the Meadowlands. He has two wins and a second in five starts since his return. “He’s a warhorse,” Spagnola said. “He’s had his problems, but you give him his time and he comes right back. He tries his heart out and he’s got a really cool personality. He’s a complete gentleman in everything he does. He just loves the game.” Racing begins at 6:35 p.m. Friday at the Meadowlands. For complete entries, click here.   by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

YONKERS, N.Y. – Although he’s established himself as one of the top open trotters in New York over the past few years, 7-year-old trotter Cash Me Out is still in search of an elusive harness racing victory in the Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway. He connected in a local Preferred May 28, 2017 and has finished second in the local Open five times, including losses by a neck, head, and nose. “He’s won the Open at the Meadowlands a couple times, a bunch of Opens at Saratoga. I’ve had a bunch of seconds, but just haven’t got it done yet at Yonkers,” trainer Kyle Spagnola said. “It just hasn’t worked out yet. There’s always been one that’s either gotten a good trip or one that’s just laid over the field, a lot of excuses, but hopefully it happens one of these days.” Cash Me Out will get another chance to post his first Yonkers Open win Sunday (January 21) when he faces eight rivals in the $50,000 feature. Carded as race 1 on the program, the 1¼ mile trot also features Dog Gone Lucky, Tight Lines, and Melady’s Monet. First post time on the French Sunday is 11:30 a.m. Owner Traylor Racing sent Cash Me Out to Spagnola in July 2015. By then, the son of Cash Hall had already established himself as a top horse in New York. He won or placed in four New York Sire Stakes legs as a 2-year-old and finished third in the final and at 3, he won or placed in another five Sire Stakes divisions for Mickey and Cheryl McGivern. “The McGivern’s did very well with him as a 2- and 3-year-old in the Sire Stakes program. That definitely got him started up the ladder with the money and he turned out to be a good racehorse,” Spagnola said. “He was one of the first horses I got for (Traylor Racing). That was definitely an exciting phone call to get. He was kind of off his game, he wasn’t really sharp when I got him, I don’t know why. He came back around.” Although he is an easy horse to drive, Spagnola admits Cash Me Out isn’t one to turn your back on in the barn. “He’s actually kind of a bully in the barn, thinks he’s tough. You’ve got to be a little careful around him,” he said. “He just tries to kick and bite you. I don’t think he means it, but he can intimidate you, anyway. Jogging him, he’s the nicest horse to jog. He’s very easy on the track, he’s pretty easy to drive. Cash Hall’s all kind of have a little attitude. Unless you have a carrot, he’s got his ears back.” Cash Me Out won 11 of 37 races for Spagnola in 2016 and 10 of 30 in 2017, earning $196,850 and $196,840 in each year, respectively. Although he narrowly missed achieving his goal of $200,000 in earnings in a single season, Cash Me Out has become one of Spagnola’s best horses to date, sporting career earnings of $851,839. “My goal the last two years was to get him over $200,000. I’ve come up short by a few thousand bucks the last two years. The Yonkers money definitely helps,” Spagnola said. “He means a lot to me. It was a privilege to get him and if everybody had one of him in the barn, it makes it a lot easier.” Cash Me Out brought Spagnola to the biggest race of the young trainer’s career last fall. After finishing second beaten a nose in the Open Trot October 7, he received an invitation to the $250,000 Harry Harvey Trot on the International Trot undercard. Although bettors dismissed him at odds of 33/1, Cash Me Out still earned a fourth-place check. “I kind of had a feeling, just going by the money and the horses who were still racing that time of year who could get around a half. I kind of had a feeling he might get invited,” Spagnola said. “They actually called me the night before the draw and they invited me. He finished second and before they even showed the replay, Steve Starr called and asked if I wanted to race him there. Of course, I said yes.” Since the Harry Harvey Trot, Cash Me Out has put together an impressive string of top-three finishes, only missing the board once in his last nine starts. He enters this week’s Open Trot off a runner up finish in last week’s trotting feature, where Money Maven beat him a neck. Cash Me Out drew post nine and is 5/1 on the morning line. “I have a good post because he doesn’t need to be on the lead. Now, not having the passing lane, the two-hole really isn’t that good. I think he’ll get away probably fifth in there and try to be first- or second-over,” Spagnola said. “The passing lane definitely changes his racing style. Usually he can just leave and sit the two-hole. He really likes that trip. Now, with no passing lane, you either have to get lucky or be out real early. “I think you’re better off getting away fourth or fifth now with that racing style and the mile-and-a-quarter definitely makes it interesting,” he continued. “I think he likes the mile better, but he doesn’t seem to have too much trouble with the mile-and-a-quarter. It’s tougher on him, I think. I think it’s tougher on any horse, but I think he prefers a mile.” In addition to the Open Trot, Sunday’s card features six other French trots with overflow fields at the 1 ¼-mile distance. Click here for entries. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Last week's Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel saw harness racing rivals Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) and Up The Alley (Muscle Mass) hit the line at the same time. It was the first dead-heat in an Open thus far in 2017 at the Spa. In Tuesday's installment of the $18,000 Open, Cash Me Out and Up The Alley got away last and second to last as a speed duel ensued. After fractions of 27.3 and 55.2 were put up in the first half, Cash Me Out and Up The Alley made their moves. The Kyle Spagnola-trained Cash Me Out powered up first over and took over the lead with relative ease. Up The Alley followed that one's cover and as the front-runner tired, that tandem drew off from the field. Cash Me Out, who was driven by Billy Dobson, opened up a big lead around the final turn and wound up stopping the timer in 1:54 for his second consecutive score in the feature. Up The Alley (Dan Cappello Jr) came up second best and has now finished first or second in four consecutive tries in the Open. Longshot Tober (Brian Cross), who finished third behind the top tandem last week, did so once again on Tuesday night. Cash Me Out returned $6.50 to win in what was his sixth victory of the season. The exacta and triple came back $66 and $480.50, respectively. Cash Me Out is owned by the Traylor Racing Stable, LLC of Ballston Spa, NY. Their stable scored a pair of victories on the night as trotter Cash Poor (Jimmy Devaux) prevailed in the race following the Open on the Tuesday card. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a fifteen race card featuring NY Sire Stakes for three year old colt and gelding trotters. First post time is set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

It was a big afternoon on Monday at Saratoga Casino Hotel for harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola. The young conditioner entered the week in fifth in the trainer standings and added two wins to his total on the matinee card. Spagnola's Skibbereen (Real Desire) made his return from Vernon Downs where he prevailed in the $12,000 final of the Farina Series and wound up as the betting public's 3-5 favorite in the field of colts and geldings competing for a purse of $5,750 on Monday despite twice being a beaten favorite in his local starts. Skibbereen powered up around the final turn and cruised past the leader before drawing away to win in 1:58.3 with Frank Coppola Jr. in the sulky. Skibbereen joined trotter The Franchise (Billy Dobson) in recording a win on the Monday card for Spagnola who scored a training double and had a second and a pair of thirds with his trainees on the day while in the midst of another strong season at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm matinee when there will be a pick-5 carryover of $2,804. Mike Sardella

Scibbereen (John MacDonald) wins Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (May 20). Scibbereen ($8.60) who is trained by Kyle Spagnola was fourth after three-quarters passing Nostrovia (Wade Tomaszewski)in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. American JJ (Michael Miller) would be placed first to capture the the Robert Keller series final when Pipe Dream Express (Jimmy Wittemore) caused interference in the stretch and was placed second. American JJ ($4.00) is also trained by Miller. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (May 26) at 6:45pm For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.      

My Tweed Heart (Manhardt) scored her first win in the local harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night. Making just her second start at the Spa, the Kyle Spagnola-trained four year old had to work hard every step of the way on Friday night as she was pressured throughout the mile. My Tweed Heart put up sizzling fractions of 27.1 and 55 in the first half while parking out last week's Open winner Little Santamonica. The race's favorite Her Own Land (Mark Beckwith) made a three-wide move and drew alongside My Tweed Heart before those two had a tug of war throughout the final quarter of the mile paced in 1:53.2. My Tweed Heart held on to win by a neck and returned $7.00 to win in the $13,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The exacta with the favorite second paid $15.20 while the triple with Albany Girl (Stephane Bouchard) third came back $46.80. My Tweed Heart was driven to victory by Frank Coppola Jr. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) went coast to coast in the Sunday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The longtime top-flight highstepper secured his second victory of the year in the Open Trot as driver Jimmy Devaux moved him out to the early lead. Cash Me Out went the distance on the engine on a beautiful Sunday afternoon in the Spa City. The Kyle Spagnola trainee earned just shy of $200,000 last year and has picked up right where he left off in '17. The six year old trotter got the best of his rivals in the $16,000 Open on Sunday and did so at odds of 3-5. Cincinnati Miss (Frank Coppola Jr) finished second while Ulster (Dan Cappello Jr) earned the show spot. The exacta paid $16 while the triple came back $62. Cash Me Out, who stopped the timer in 1:55.4 in his Sunday score, is owned by Traylor Racing LLC of Ballston Spa. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

Cash Me Out (Cash Hall) made his return a winning one at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sunday afternoon. A red hot Kyle Spagnola stable sent its prized six year old out to compete in the $12,000 Open Trot on Sunday off a qualifier two weeks ago and a scratch last week. Jimmy Devaux was aggressive at the start with Cash Me Out who moved out to the lead in a first quarter of 28 seconds flat. Despite putting up a quick half of 57.3, Cash Me Out had plenty left for the final lap and drew away from his rivals in the field of six before stopping the timer in 1:55.3, the fastest trotting mile of the year thus far at Saratoga. Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) was the runner-up in his first crack at the Open this year while longshot Lucid Thoughts (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Cash Me Out was the 9-5 second choice in the betting and led an exacta and triple that paid $36.40 and $174, respectively. Cash Me Out, who is owned by Traylor Racing LLC, was a nominee for Trotter of the Year last year after a $196,000+ season by way of eleven wins and twelve seconds. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) overcame post 8 to win Sunday's feature trot at Saratoga for harness racing trainer Kyle Spagnola. The time for the mile was 1:56.3   Racing resumes on Thursday with a 4pm post time.   Mike Sardella  

Vernon, N.Y. -- J A T O, the 4-year-old harness racing gelding who climbed rapidly from lower-level non-winners races to the Open ranks at Vernon Downs last fall, suffered his first defeat at the Miracle Mile in Friday (October 14) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot.   Despite a strong early push to the fore through a :27.3 initial quarter mile and a pressure-free :58.3 middle half, J A T O (Chris Lems) would ultimately be upended by pocket rival Waiting On a Woman ($3.10), who made his move off the pegs in mid-stretch and edged away to prevail by a length at the end of a 1:54.3 mile over fast going. J A T O held the runner-up spot, while Its Payday Friday (Ronnie Morales) sustained gradual uncovered gains to take third.   Waiting On a Woman was availed a clear trip throughout by local leading driver John MacDonald, lacking for racing room at no point in the mile. The 8-year-old Northern Bailey gelding captured his 56th career win for owner Michael Polansky and trainer Kyle Spagnola.   In the evening's sub-featured $7,900 distaff trot, Homer Hochstetler and Robert Buddig's Sweet Thing ($4.30) made every yard a winning one, holding sway of My Lucky Word for a 1:55 score. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 4-year-old Chocolatier mare for one of his three wins on the evening's 10-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 15) with an 11-race card; post time is 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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