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Tracking from the pocket before unleashing a lethal stretch kick, Kelly Hope's Rocks N Bagels ($5.10) proved a dominant 1:50.4 winner in Friday (April 18) night's $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 harness racing event for distaff pacers at Vernon Downs.   The six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover mare drafted behind the pacesetting Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) before angling out in upper stretch, drawing clear for an 8-1/2 length win over a late-gaining Got the Munchies (John Macdonald). Rocks N Bagels turned in a :26.2 final quarter as part of a :53.4 last half in rein to Aaron Byron for trainer Jordan Hope.   The featured trotting event of the evening was an $8,000 Miracle Mile 2 event as well, with Jerry Clark's Jaipur ($4.30) kicking cover for a neck win over House Money (Roman Lopez) in 1:53.4 for driver Fern Paquet, Jr. and trainer Jamie Paquet.   The Catherine Burton trotting series kicked off as well with four $4,000 first-round divisions. Ray Schnittker trainees Indira Blue Chip (1:56.1) and Corsair Hall (1:57.2) prevailed in their splits, while Driving Miss Crazy (1:55.4) and Keystone Sadie (1:57.1) also proved victorious.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a thirteen-race Saturday card, and first post slated for 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) returned to the winner’s circle on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Coming into the $16,050 Open, Mr Web Page had gone two for three at the Spa, with a pair of fast closing victories to his credit. Trained by Roman Lopez, Mr Web Page has been piloted by Stephane Bouchard in all of his local tries and on Friday night got the best trip that he’s gotten since coming to town. Riding the coattails of leader Easy Strength (Jim Devaux) from the get-go, Mr Web Page reeled in that rival with relative ease in the stretch before drawing away to win in 1:57.3 over a track labeled “good.” The race’s 7-5 favorite, Mr Web Page won for the fifth time in just fourteen starts on the season. Longshot Cash Poor (Austin Siegelman) closed well for second while Easy Strength, last week’s Open winner, had to settle for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) went from last to first to secure a win in the local Open for the second time in as many tries at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Roman Lopez-trained five year old won his local debut two weeks ago and was back in town following a second place finish at Vernon Downs in his previous race. Stephane Bouchard sat patiently in last with Mr Web Page while the fractions were fast in the early going. Moving three wide around the final turn, Mr Web Page swooped the group and drew away late to win in 1:58.3 to move his record in $15,000 Spa Opens to two-for-two. Lightly raced in 2013, Mr Web Page has now finished first or second in seven of his last eight starts. Slugfest (Phil Fluet) was the Open’s runner up for the second consecutive Friday night while Victom AS (Harry Landy) closed for third. Mr Web Page returned a solid $9.60 to win. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 6:45pm. by MIke Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

VERNON, NY—Well Built, Skates N Plates, JK Molly, Bikini So Teeny and Bakersfield were all divisional winners in Friday night’s $88,844 John Simpson Memorial stakes for 2-year-olds at Vernon Downs. The favorite Well Built captured the $14,396 opening division of the Simpson stake for male members of the trotting persuasion with a strong-striding 1:59.3 victory in Friday’s first race. Jim Meittinis did the steering for trainer Chris Ryder as the bay colt rallied from third at the quarter into the top spot before the half, and then remained in charge en route to a 1-1/4 length score over the second-choice, Resolve. It was the second win, coupled with a trio of second-place finishes in nine starts for the strong son of Muscle Hill-Working Girl, who has earned nearly $36,900 this season for co-owner Ryder and his partner Robert Mondillo. In the $14,396 second division of the freshman colt and gelding trot, race three, Skates N Plates front-ended his way to a 1:56.3 score over the crowd’s choice, Starsaboveallerage, who finished a half-length back in second. It was the first career triumph for the bay son of Revenue S-Pleasure Skate, who now spots a 1-2-1 summary line and earnings of $26,233 in 13 outings for owner Robert J. Key. Chris Lems did the teaming for trainer Paul Reid. JK Molly, who owns the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing filly here in 2013 on the strength of a 1:52.1 performance back on Sept. 6, secured her second Vernon victory and improved her performance line to 5-1-2 after 10 trips to the track following a 1:54 score in Friday’s $26,766 fifth contest. The tomboy filly advanced from second into the lead early in the mile and continued on to a front-ending 1:54 tally over the favorite, Ideal Helen. Roman Lopez did the piloting for trainer Ron Burke as the daughter of Art Major-Heather’s Western raised here career winnings to $128,766 for the 3 Brothers Stables. Fourth choice in the wagering, Bikini So Teeny turned in a career-best 1:56.4 showing in race seven, the $27,366 filly trot. Trainer Charlie Norris was at the controls as the daughter of Yankee Glide-Momsgotitgoinon gained the upper hoof going to the half and continued on to record a head triumph over the second-choice, Ruby. The favorite, Annie’s List, ended up third. It marked the maiden victory for the bay filly, who also displays a pair of second-place finishes, a third and winnings of $29,149 after 11 starts for owners Carrie Norris, Neal Goldman and Harold “Bud” Coughlin. In the $27,591 2-year-old male pace, race 10, the crowd’s pick, Bakersfield, raced like he was the best, and then proved it with a gate-to-wire 1:54 victory. Andy Miller did the honors for trainer Jimmy Takter as the quick-striding son of American Ideal-Ride The Skies dominated through splits of :28.4, :58.2 and 1:26.4 en route to a 1-1/4 length tally over second choice Beat The Drum. It was the third tally, coupled with a second and two third in 11 tries for the career-winner of more than $51,100, who is shared in ownership by the Brittany Farms, Joe Sbrocco and John Fodera. In Friday’s $12,000 ninth race, the week’s Open trot, newcomer Picture This rallied from third entering the stretch drive and came on in a :28.4 final quarter to defeat The Triple Lindy by a neck. The fast-closing finish resulted in the fifth season’s score and the sixth lifetime win for the career-winner of more than $305,700, who is owned by Leonard Buckner. The win behind Picture This gave trainer and driver Norris a triple during Friday’s 12-race program. Chris Lems logged his meet-leading 23rd double of Vernon’s 85-card campaign, while two win performances were also registered by Roman Lopez, and trainer/driver Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS The Regina Dewhurst-owned trotter Ziegler Hanover recorded his meet-leading 10th victory after a 1:57.2 outing in Friday’s sixth session. Lems drove for trainer Dave Dewhurst, who is currently second on the season’s conditioning chart with 35 tallies… The winningest pacer at the meet is Hot Cowboy with seven scores… The Downs will offer simulcast wagering on the remaining 2013 Breeders Cup thoroughbred championship races on Saturday afternoon (1:15 p.m. post time)… Saturday night’s 13-race live program, which features a $12,000 Open pace in the seventh event, will get underway with a special 6 p.m. post time… Only three live racing dates remain during the track’s 60th anniversary season that continues through Nov. 9… Vernon’s program for Friday, Nov. 8 will start at 6:45 p.m., but the card for Saturday, Nov. 9 will begin at 6 p.m…. 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  

The John F. Simpson Memorial stakes, a Grand Circuit event for two year old pacers and trotters makes a stop at Vernon Downs on the evening of Friday, November 1. The freshman trotting colts start the show in races one and three dubbed the "Super Bowl", with a pair of five horse fields each for a purse of $13,271. Trainer Chris Ryder has a Muscle Hill contender in each division and has an ownership position in both. Well Built has had a consistent if unspectacular campaign and broke maiden in a Vernon overnight event just last week. Jim Meittinis is listed to drive the colt on Friday evening for Ryder and partner Robert Mondillo. Muscle On In is the more accomplished of Ryder's pair, having won the Harold Dancer Memorial and NJ Futurity at Freehold this fall. He has earned more than $60,000 for the partnership of Ryder and Mondillo along with Max Wernick. Chris will drive this one from post four in the abbreviated field. Trotting fillies go for $25,716 in race seven, named for the grand dame Davidia Hanover where Ruby looks like the one to beat. She is an Explosive Matter filly trained by Erv Miller for Patrick Quaid and James Bafia who comes to the Simpson off a solid fourth in the Breeders Crown final. Meittinis catches the drive on her from the advantageous post two. The "Bret Hanover" (race ten) is comprised of six pacing colts and geldings racing for $25,341. Beat The Drum is a Tell All colt who's won a few stakes this summer, including the Tompkins-Geers at Tioga Downs and took a 1:53- record winning a NJSS leg at The Meadowlands. He's made just shy of $90,000 for trainer Staffan Lind who owns him in partnership with Bender Sweden, Inc.  Jim Meittinis has the drive on this morning line choice as well. The filly pace, christened the "Razzle Hanover", boasts a competitive field of six with JK Molly and Ideal Helen the most accomplished. JK Molly was a factor all summer in the NYSS program, earning over $115,000 and took a fast 1:52.1 mark right here at Vernon in early September for owners the 3 Brothers Stable. Ron Burke trains and Roman Lopez has the drive on the Art Major lass. Ideal Helen has had a successful season in the Garden State with seven wins and nearly $120,000 earned for owner/breeder D. R. Van Witzenberg. She counts the Review Stakes, NJ Futurity and Babic Filly Stake among her conquests while in the care of Erv Miller. Chris Lems will plot her course from the outside. Post time is 6:45pm at Vernon on Friday. The season is winding down with just one more weekend of live racing to go. Visit the Vernon website for further information. by Nick Salvi for Vernon Downs

VERNON, NY—Restless Yankee was a 1:50.4 upset winner in Saturday night’s $12,000 Open pacing feature at Vernon Downs. The favorite, track record-holder JK Panache, took the early lead in Saturday’s second session, while second choice Sheer Brilliance, winner in the last two Open events here, settled into the pocket. Driver and trainer Chris Lems kept Restless Yankee in fourth place past the three quarters in 1:22.4. As the top choices wore each other down entering the stretch charge, Restless Yankee came on in a :27.1 final panel to secure the score, defeating runner-up Western Tsunami by a head. It marked the third local tally, seventh season’s score and the 47th lifetime victory for the 6-year-old son of Relentless Yankee-Towner’s Love Dove, who is owned by Robert J. and Ryan J. Lems. The gritty gelding is currently a career winner of nearly $242,000. Lems also finished first with the Ryan J. Lems-owned pacer Ding Dong Boy (1:53.2) in Saturday’s fourth event to record his meet-leading 22nd driving double. Two-win performances were also turned in by Roman Lopez, Truman Gale and Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS Provisional pilot James Clouser, Jr. earned his initial Vernon victory behind TM Valley Storm (1:56.4) in Saturday’s 11th event. The sophomore gelding is owned by Leonard Segall… Vernon will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week. First post on Thursday and Friday will be 6:45 p.m., while Saturday’s start will be at 6 p.m… The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Cup championship thoroughbred competition on both Friday and Saturday afternoons… Only five 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  

VERNON, NY—The fleet-footed pacer Sheer Brilliance displayed his superiority for the second straight week while winning Saturday night’s $12,000 Open contest at Vernon Downs. Following up on a 1:50.2 victory in this top-flight class here last Saturday, the favorite Sheer Brilliance was steered to the front at the star of the seventh race by catch-driver Claude Huckabone, III and he remained there through intervals of :26.3, :53.4 and 1:22 over a rain-soaked “good” track. He defeated the second wagering choice, JK Panache, by a head in a 1:50.4 performance. Saturday’s score was the ninth this season and the 43rd all-time for the 6-year-old bay son of Blissful Hall-High Roller Ash, who has earned $503,365 during his productive career. The gritty gelding is owned by trainer Jeffrey Long and J. Paul Long. In Saturday’s 11th event, Bushwacker turned in a bold-striding 1:53.3, front-ending triumph for Jimmy Whittemore that resulted in his first career victory. The eye-opening performance became the fastest mile by a 2-year-old pacing gelding at the 80-program meeting, and it was just 3/5ths-of-a-second off the track’s record for this category that was established by Memory King in 2011. Chris Ryder conditions the bay son of Rocknroll Hanover-Dolphins Can Talk, who is owned by the Henderson Farms. Huckabone, III delivered three tallies during Saturday’s 13-race card as did Whittemore. Driver Chris Lems chalked up his meet-leading 21st driving double of the local campaign. DOWNS DOINGS Whittemore, a three-time Vernon driving champion, increased his win output at the meet to 95 and gained a three-win lead over Roman Lopez in their battle for second place on the current race-winning chart… Trainer Dave Dewhurst picked up a 1:55.2 win from the pacer Dick N Ben in race nine and currently has a 34-32 advantage over Lopez in the chase for second-place in the 2013 conditioning category… The Chris Ryder-trained trotter Well Built also earned his initial pari-mutuel triumph after a 1:56.2 mile in Saturday’s third race…The Downs will offer live racing at 6:45 p.m. Thursday-Saturday next week… On Friday (Oct. 25) Vernon will host the season’s $400,000 (est.) championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic… Only eight 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.  

VERNON, NY—Lightning Force, Cee Bee Yes, Trixton and Yoga were all divisional winners in Friday night’s fifth and final preliminary leg of the $40,000 Kindergarten Classic barnstorming series for 2-year-old trotters at Vernon Downs. Lightning Force set a Vernon record for 2-year-old trotting geldings with his 1:55 victory in the first male contest, Cee Bee Yes produced the fastest mile by a frosh filly high-stepper at the meet with her 1:55 performance in race 11, while Trixton and Yoga, both representatives of the Jimmy Takter stable, earned first-place finishes in 1:54.4 and 1:55.3, respectively. Hall Of Fame driver John Campbell guided Lightning Force to his first career win and a 1:55 record in Friday’s fourth race. The quick-striding son of Muscle Hill-Lightning Flower rallied from fifth in the early going to third at the half. The bay battler kept on rolling until he gained the lead in the final turn and continued on to a one-length score over the favorite, Odds On Amethyst. It marked the eighth career start for the winner of $34,085, who is conditioned by Randy Beeckman and owned by the Miller’s Stable, Inc. The crowd’s choice Cee Bee Yes improved her season’s summary line to 4-3-1 after 10 starts with a front-striding 1:55 mile, which missed the track record by just two ticks of the timer, but went down as the fastest showing by a representative of her age, sex and gait at the 79-program meeting. Andy Miller drove for trainer Julie Miller, as the bay daughter of Muscles Yankee-Enbeecee gained a fresh win-mark and hiked her winnings to $173,785. Trixton completed a driving double for Takter with his strong-striding, ¾-length tally over second choice Outburst and top pick Sumatra in Friday’s sixth session. The 1:54.4 life’s-best clocking, which missed the Vernon record for freshman colt trotters (Nuncio in 1:54.3 earlier in the meet) by one tick of the timer, led to the fourth win in seven trips to the track for the bay son of Muscle Hill-Emilie Cas El, who has earned $53,687 for owners Christina Takter and Brixton Medical AB. The crowd’s choice Yoga turned a pocket-sitting trip from Takter into a 1:55.3 victory in Friday’s second session. The neck triumph over the pace-setting Bikini So Teeny gave the brown daughter of Muscles Yankee-Sugarcane Yankee her fifth win in seven starts. The steady-going filly has returned $37,750 to owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding thus far this year. Friday’s $12,000 Open trot was won by newcomer Bound For Fame, the wagering choice, who rallied in the final furlong to nip Walltocousins by a head in a 1:53.4 ninth-race effort. David Miller, sitting in for trainer David Duspiva, earned his fourth win of the evening as he steered the speedy 6-year-old son of S J’s Photo-Bewitching Karen to a new win-mark, his eighth season score and 18th lifetime victory. The fast-closing effort pushed the gritty gelding’s career earnings past the $301,000 plateau for owners Mark Allen Goldberg and the Rags To Riches Stable of Pennsylvania. Driver Andy Miller posted twin tallies during the program, as did trainers Deedra Johnson and R. Nifty Norman. DOWNS DOINGS—Chris Lems, who collected three wins during Friday’s 12-race card, took a 33-32 lead over Roman Lopez in the battle for second place on this year’s training chart…Saturday night’s 13-race program, which includes a $12,000 Open pace in race seven, will begin at 6:45 p.m…Vernon will also offer simulcast wagering on tomorrow night’s $6 million Breeders Crown championship program from Pennsylvania’s Pocono Downs starting at 5 p.m…The Downs will play host to this season’s $400,000 (est.) championship finals of the Kindergarten Classic next Friday (Oct. 25)…Only nine 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. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs

Mr Web Page (Muscles Yankee) became the sixth different horse to win the Open Trot in as many weeks at Saratoga on Friday night. The Roman Lopez trainee made his local debut in the $15,000 feature off of strong miles at Batavia and Vernon Downs in his previous two starts. Stephane Bouchard piloted Mr Web Page and moved the 3-2 favorite three wide off of cover and tracked down front running Victory Tax (Shawn Gray) before drawing clear late to win in 1:56.4. Victory Tax held on for second while last week’s Open winner Count Speed (Wally Hennessey) closed for third. Live racing continues at Saratoga at 6:45 pm on Saturday night. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway  

VERNON, NY—Let’s Go Higher increased her winning streak to five with a dominating 1:50.4 performance in Thursday night’s $12,000 featured Open for female pacers at Vernon Downs. With Shawn T. Gray doing the steering for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday’s second session, the favorite Let’s Go Higher was on the iron from the start, stomping out fractions of :26, :54.2 and 1:22.2 en route to a six-length score over last week’s winner in this class, Don’t Blame Her. It was the fourth local score, the 12th season’s tally and the 21st all-time victory for the steady-striding 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler-Ten Speed, who earned her 1:50.3 record here on Aug. 8. The Jesse J. De Long-owned mare is currently a career-winner of more than $265,000. Ten-time track driving champ Howard Okusko, Jr. charted his fourth triple of the 78-program meeting, winning with the trotters Oldmanandthesea (1:59), Oaklea Tyson (1:58) and pacer Winbak Your Kash (1:55). His wife, former Downs conditioning champ Jessica Okusko, is the trainer of Oldmanandthesea and Winbak Your Kash. Veteran horseman Angus Mac Donald (66) enjoyed a driving win, My Future Ex (2:00.3), and two training tallies during Thursday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Roman Lopez and Jimmy Whittemore each earned one victory during Thursday’s action, and remained tied for second-place on the track’s driving chart with 92 wins each… The pacer Campanile Hanover and trotter DL Cruiser each extended their winning streaks to three during the program... Tomorrow night, the track will host the fifth and final preliminary leg of the Kindergarten Classic Series for 2-year-old trotters. Filly flights will be featured in Friday’s second and 11th events, while male divisions will be contested in the fourth and sixth races. A $12,000 Open Trot is also slated as the evening’s ninth event. First post is at 6:45 p.m… The Downs will also present the annual event’s $400,000 championship final the following Friday, Oct. 25… Only 10 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

VERNON, NY—Track record-holder A Penny Earned raced aggressively on the front end throughout Friday night’s $10,000 Open trot, and defeated the favorite, Mr. Web Page, in a 1:55 performance at Vernon Downs. With Chris Lems handling the lines in Friday’s second session, A Penny Earned flashed to the front off the starting gate and cut fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:26.3. He had enough effort and energy left at the end of the mile contest to hold off the fast-closing newcomer Mr. Web Page by a neck. The determined effort by the bay battler resulted in his fifth local win, which includes a sparkling 1:53.1 all-time local standard for 4-year-old trotting horses on Sept. 2. It also marked the sixth season’s score and the 14th lifetime tally for the speedy son of Conway Hall-Penny Dream, who is shared in ownership by trainer George Ducharme (of Royalty For Life fame), as well as fellow New Englanders Alfred Ross, Paul Fontaine and Nicola Oliva. His career bankroll now stands at $256,126. Roman Lopez posted three victories during Friday’s 12-race program, while Jimmy Whittemore snared one score. They finished the track’s 76th program tied at 91 for second place on the 2013 season’s dash-winning chart. Drivers John Macdonald, Fern Paquet, Jr. and trainer John McNeil, III also secured a pair of first-place finishes during the evening. DOWNS DOINGS—Vernon owner and trainer Art Conte received a welcomed 52nd birthday present from his trotter Hitontheflipside (MacDonald driving), who won Friday’s 11th event in 1:57.4…The Vernon-based Royalty For Life, one of the sport’s top sophomore trotting standouts this season, who captured the prestigious Hambletonian stake, as well as several other major events during the current campaign…Saturday night’s 13-race card, which includes a $10,000 Open pace in race two, will begin at 6:45 p.m…The Downs will also offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Crown elimination races from Pennsylvania’s Mohegan Sun racetrack at Pocono Downs on Saturday evening…Only 12 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. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

VERNON, NY—The productive pacer Don’t Blame Her returned to her winning ways during Thursday night’s $10,000 Open feature for female representatives of the lateral gain after a sizzling 1:52 performance at Vernon Downs. Part-owner Joe Bongiorno did the steering in Thursday’s sixth session as the favorite Don’t Blame Her accelerated into the lead from third following the opening quarter, and remained on the front end to the finish, defeating Love You Bye, the closest of her five foes, by 1-3/4 lengths. It was the third Open victory in the last four outings here for the quick-footed bay daughter of Village Connection-Never My Fault, who is also owned by Barbara Bongiorno, and trained by Brad Irvine. It marked the sixth season’s score and 57th lifetime tally for the career-earner of more than $787,100 who tied her 1:51.2 career win-mark here on Sept. 26. Jimmy Whittemore and Fern Paquet, Jr. each recorded driving doubles during the track’s 75th program of 2013. DOWNS DOINGS—Whittemore, a three-time track driving champion, took over sole possession of second place on the meet’s driving chart with his two-win performance. He entered the program tied with Roman Lopez, each with 88 wins…Lopez was also shuffled back to third place on the track’s conditioning chart after former training champ Dave Dewhurst earned his 32nd local win with the pacer Kyler’s Valentine in Thursday’s first event. He and Lopez had started the night with 31 current training tallies each…Friday’s 12-race card, which includes a $10,000 Open trot in event two, will begin at 6:45 p.m…Vernon will offer simulcast wagering on the 2013 Breeders Crown elimination races from Pennsylvania’s Mohegan Sun racetrack at Pocono Downs this Friday and Saturday nights…Only 13 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. by Jim Moran for Vernon Downs  

BATAVIA, N.Y. --- Foiled Again only had to battle three others in the 11th Annual $50,000 Robert J. Kane Memorial Pace on Saturday night (Oct. 5) at Batavia Downs but a bigger field probably wouldn't have made much of a difference as harness racing's all-time richest pacer cruised to a 1-1/4 length victory over Heston Blue Chip in 1:52 over a fast track.    The Kane Pace, named in honor of Western Regional Off-Track Betting's late chairman of the Board, Robert J. Kane, had a field of seven scheduled to go to the post but the scratches of Sheer Brilliance, Steelhead Hanover and Great Vintage made it a compact field of four.   Foiled Again ($280) with Brett Miller in the sulky, reached the lead just before the quarter pole and set fractions of 27.0, 56.1 and 1:24.3 as Heston Blue Chip sat in the pocket. It became a two horse race down the stretch but Foiled Again was by far the best once again. He was never threatened in the lane by Heston Blue Chip despite the urging of driver Chris Page. Local pacers Fireyourguns (Mike Caprio) finished in third while Sportsman (John Cummings Jr.) took fourth. The final time was 1:52 which was well short of Batavia Downs' record of 1:51.1 set by AracacheHanover in 2011.   "He's just a pleasure to drive," reinsman Brett Miller said. "He's so professional, I knew a very good horse (Heston Blue Chip) was sitting behind me but he just went on about his business. He won pretty easy."    It was the second Foiled Again has been victorious in the Kane Memorial. He had previously won the event in 2009.   Trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place) now has earned $725,109 this season and $5,385,093 in his career. It was the seventh win of the season in 23 starts for the 9-year-old gelding whose next start will be in the Breeders Crown eliminations next week at Pocono Downs.   In the 6th Annual $10,000 Brian Schroeder Memorial Trot, Mr. Web Page (John Cummings Jr.) was much the best as he trotted to an impressive five-length victory over BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) in 1:56.0. Mystical Escapade (Shawn McDonough) took the show spot.   Mr. Web Page (Muscles Yankee-India Hall) came in from Hoosier Park with just seven starts under his belt this season. Trained by Roman Lopez, Mr.Web Page, a 5-year-old horse, had no trouble finding his way around the Batavia Downs' half-mile oval and increase his season bankroll to $22,072 and an impressive $365,248 lifetime.   The $10,000 Open Pace was captured by What The Sheik (Ray Fisher Jr.) in 1:54.3. Western Alumni (Ron Beback Jr.) took the show spot whileCashmandu (Kevin Cummings) finished third. The race was named in honor of Michael Scores, one of Western New York's most popular horses ever, who retired this season.    The racing will continue on Wednesday night with a 12-race card set for 6:30 p.m. For more information including race replays, upcoming promotions, schedule and statistics, go to http://bataviadowngaming.com/live-racing.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Batavia Downs

VERNON, NY—Track record-holder JK Panache turned in a brilliant performance while posting a sizzling 1:49.4 win-clocking in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured second race at Vernon Downs. Former Vernon provisional driving champ Truman Gale did the teaming in Saturday’s second race as JK Panache blazed through mile-cutting splits of :25.2, :54-flat and 1:22.3 en route to a neck triumph over No Monkeys Allowed. It marked the sixth local win, the eighth season’s score and the 16th lifetime victory for the speedy son of Art Major-Paris Hanover, who is shared in ownership by former Vernon multiple training champ Dave Dewhurst and Philip K. Hale. It was the fourth time the career-winner of $158,386 has beaten the 1:50 speed-barrier this season, including a 1:49.1 track record performance for 4-year-old pacing geldings here on June 22. “He’s not a very big horse, but he’s got a huge heart,” explained trainer Dewhurst after the race. “I’ve had several chances to sell him, but my kids love him. They call him 'licky', because he likes to lick their faces when they’re around him. He’s just a nice, fast little horse.” Dewhurst earned his 31st conditioning credit after JK Panache’s win, and is presently tied with Roman Lopez, for second place on the 74-program meeting’s training chart. John Macdonald, a former driving champ at Canada’s Rideau Carlton Raceway, recorded three wins during Saturday’s 11-race program, while reinsmen Jimmy Whittemore, Chris Lems and trainer Ronald MacDonald each registered a pair of first-place finishes during the evening. DOWNS DOINGS Whittemore’s win behind the Wayne Hughes-trained pacer Speedy Valentine in race 11 was his 88th of the Vernon season, tying him with Lopez for second place on the track’s 2013 driving list… The double by Lems is his 20th of the meeting, one more than Rick Plano, the present Vernon leader in races won (130) and training tallies (51), who recently shipped his stable to Florida’s Pompano Park for that track’s fall, winter and early-spring campaign… Fans attending Saturday’s card saw full-brothers Four One One and The Grey Bullet (each by Sealed N Delivered and out of Jammin Jenna) not only compete against each other in the third race, but both earning purse checks. The 11-year-old grey gelding Four One One, owned by Utica’s Robert Siemski, won the contest in 1:55, while his 8-year-old kid brother finished fourth for owner and trainer Hughes… The Downs will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45 p.m… Only 14 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

VERNON, NY—The quick-footed Let’s Go Higher topped four fast and fit female foes in Thursday night’s $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs. With Shawn Gray doing the driving for trainer Heidi Rohr in Thursday’s second race, the favorite Let’s Go Higher, the field’s top money-winner in her last five outings, went right to the front and prevailed by 2-1/2 lengths over the pocket-sitting, second choice, Don’t Blame Her, a winner in this event in her last two starts. The first-place finish was the third in succession and the 10th this season for the 5-year-old daughter of former track favorite Cole Muffler and out of the Abercrombie-mare Ten Speed, owned by Jesse J. De Long. The career-winner of more than $240,500 now sports 19 career victories, the fastest in 1:50.3 here on July 11. Roman Lopez, the track’s second-leading driver (86 victories) and trainer (31) this year, logged a double during the track’s 72nd program, while Fern Paquet, Jr. and Truman Gale also delivered twin tallies during Thursday’s 12-race card. DOWNS DOINGS Rick Plano, Vernon’s leading driver (130 wins) and conditioner (51) has departed the Downs to begin a fall-winter-spring campaign at Florida’s Pompano Park… Vernon will present an 11-race program on Friday night, including an $8,000 featured trot in race seven. First post will be at 6:45…Only 16 racing dates remain during the track’s 60th racing 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  

VERNON, NY—Sheer Brilliance displayed his radiance with a bold-striding 1:51.2 victory in Saturday night’s $10,000 featured Open pace at Vernon Downs. Competing for the second time at Vernon since shipping in from Tioga Downs, Sheer Brilliance left from the assigned outside post position in Saturday’s second session and, after a brief battle for the early lead with Moonlight Ransom, took charge of the mile contest. Despite broken equipment, the gritty gelding continued on to a close decision over his early challenger. It was the third tally in the last four starts for the productive 8-year-old, his seventh season’s score and 41st lifetime win. The aggressive bay son of Blissful Hall-High Roller Ash raised his career earnings to more than $492,000. Claude Huckabee, III did the teaming for co-owner and trainer Jeffrey Long and his partner, J. Paul Long. Saturday’s fastest mile was a 1:51.1 performance by No Monkeys Allowed, who scrambled home from sixth in the final quarter to snare his second win in succession for owners Robert J. Orr and Gary J. Jonas in the $8,000 seventh race. John Macdonald, who earned a double with the first-place finish, did the steering for trainer Edgar Clarke, who also recorded two victories during Saturday’s 13-race program, as did owners Orr and Jonas. Leading driver (130 wins) and trainer (51 tallies) Rick Plano picked up his meet-leading 15th triple during the track’s 71st program, while Roman Lopez also logged three wins and Fern Paquet, Jr. two. DOWNS DOINGS Paquet recorded eight wins during the three-night weekend, and Plano seven … One of Plano’s wins was behind Lon Frocione’s promising 2-year-old trotting filly Fashionableapple, who secured her “maiden” victory with a 1:57.4 showing in Saturday’s ninth race. Veteran Tony Mondi trains the bay daughter of Big Apple Deli-Fashionablefilly… The MacDonald, Clarke, Orr, Jonas contingent’s other triumph came from the pacer Yankees In Six, who chalked up his second straight score with a 1:52 tally in Saturday’s $6,000 fifth event... Vernon will offer live racing Thursday-Saturday next week, with first post at 6:45 p.m.… 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

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