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Fox Valley Hoss, coming off a near-miss last week; and Mystic Ruler and King Of The Crop, one-two in a solid heat at most recent asking, are among the major players in Saturday night's wide-open harness racing pacing feature at Cal Expo Harness. There will be 11 races under the Watch and Wager LLC banner with things getting underway at 6:10 p.m. Fox Valley Hoss is a 6-year-old son of Sportsmaster who is campaigned by Shane Bertrand and Doug Flores, and hails from the Richard Bertrand shedrow. A 1:52 4/5 victor here last year, he has captured two of his nine starts this season and came within a neck of pulling off a 14-1 upset in last week's appearance under these conditions with Luke Plano at the helm. King Of The Crop likewise just missed to a game Mystic Ruler as the 4-5 favorite in his most recent trip to the post while leading until very late in the game. He races for Don and Barbara Arnstine and Tyler Wiseman with Steve Wiseman training. A lifetime winner of 29 of his 166 starts, King Of The Crop recorded his career standard of 1:50 4/5 three years ago at Pompano Park and will be looking to add to a $212,000 bank account this weekend. Mystic Ruler will look to an encore in the main event while gunning for his fourth win from his last five trips to the post. The 8-year-old Canadian-bred is owned by Qks Racing and takes his lessons from Quentin Schneider. California Rock rolling for Wilkinson Trainer Junior Wilkinson continues to be a sharpshooter at this session, greeting 11 of his last 26 starters in the winner's circle, and California Rock has been a big part of that impressive batting average. A 4-year-old pacing son of Rockin Image, California Rock is owned by Billie Schwartz, Ivan Axelrod, Richard O'Neill and Wilkinson and has been a gem of consistency at this session with Luke Plano giving direction. California Rock has made seven trips to the charmed enclosure since the meet got underway, with his biggest win coming in the Bob Gordon Final back on January 3. In that affair, he brushed to command on the backside and took complete control of things for Plano, coming home with three lengths to spare while lowering his career standard to 1:53 3/5 in the process. Last week saw the hard-hitting performer getting the job done as the odds-on favorite for the second time in a row, igniting when it counted to prevail by two and a quarter-lengths in a 1:54 tour. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness          

DAYTON, OH. - After a six week absence, Allbeastnobeauty returned to the Hollywood Dayton Raceway win circle with a convincing 1:51 harness racing tally in the weekly $16,500 feature for female pacers on Friday (Dec. 20).   Aaron Merriman guided the four-year-old Sportsmaster mare to her seventh seasonal score and 23rd in her 65 race career, this one her second fastest ever...just one-fifth of a second off her record established in mid-September at Dayton.   Sent speeding off the wings of the gate, Allbeastnobeauty reached the quarter mile marker in :26.3, the half in :55.2 and the three quarter station in 1:22.3 before tacking on a final :28.2 panel to hold off the charge of even money favorite Mildrix (Brett Miller). Eliza Dushku N (Mike Oosting) closed well after over a month vacation from the races to grab the show dough.   Christi Noble conditions Allbeastnobeauty, who paid $5.60 to win, for the partnership of Tessa Roland and Eim Racing.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty, the 2018 Illinois sophomore harness racing pacing filly of the year, has continued her winning ways in 2019. After winning a dozen heats and earning $101,047 last year, the now four-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster has notched a half dozen victories so far this season and added $81,460 to her career coffers. On Friday (Nov. 8) she was a repeat winner in Hollywood Dayton Raceway's $17,000 weekly distaff feature, triumphing over Mildrix (Brett Miller) and Gone Girl (Tyler Smith) in 1:51.4. Red hot trainer-driver Dan Noble, who is sporting a Universal Trainer Rating System average near .500 for the first 43 days of the Dayton meet, changed tactics and fired Allbeastnobeauty directly to the front for the first time in ten starts. After tripping the first quarter beam in :27.3, she continued to show the way to the half in :56.3 and the three quarter station in 1:23.4. A closing panel in :28 is all it took to hold the classy field at bay and secure the second consecutive triumph for owners Eim Racing and Tessa Roland. The winner has three wins, a pair of place finishes and a third in seven starts during the current Hollywood Dayton session. She paid $5.60 to win. Coupled with 19-1 longshot Mildrix the exacta kicked back $65.60; while the 50-cent trifecta was worth $94.60. Racing resumes at Hollywood Dayton on Saturday night with a powerful 14-race program chasing total purses of $150,500. Post time is 6:15 p.m. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty, the 2018 Illinois sophomore harness racing pacing filly of the year, continued her winning ways at Hollywood Dayton Raceway on Friday (Nov. 8), scoring her second straight victory in the featured weekly $17,000 Mares Open.   The four-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster won a dozen races and $101,047 racing primarily in Illinois last season and now has added a half dozen races and another $81,460 to her resume in Ohio this year.   Red hot trainer-driver Dan Noble, who is sporting a near-.500 Universal Training System average at the current Dayton meet, changed strategies with Allbeastnobeauty and fired her directly to the front for the first time in her last ten starts. Following an opening panel in :27.3, she coasted through middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:23.4 before finishing her task with a :28 final panel to secure the 1:51.4 score.   The 19-1 longshot Mildrix (Brett Miller) was runnerup with Gone Girl (Tyler Smith) securing the show dough. Allbeastnobeauty paid $5.60 to win, the $2 exacta returned $65.60 and a 50-cent trifecta kicked back $94.60. Eim Racing and Tessa Roland of New York own Allbeastnobeauty.   Racing resumes Saturday night at Hollywood Dayton with a powerful 14-race program chasing total purses of $150,500. Post time is 6:15 p.m.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 1, 2019-- A pocketed Write Me a Song (George Brennan, $6.10) picked off harness racing favored I'mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno) nearing the wire Friday night (Nov. 1st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from post position No. 5, Write Me a Song stuffed Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) in behind before yielding to 7-5 choice I'mprincessgemma A. All that transpired before a 27-second flat opening quarter-mile. It was a rated :56.1 intermission when Tequila Monday made her second move, advancing from third toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters. That lass stalled soon after, with I'mprincessgemma A taking a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Write Me a Song edged by, however, the final margin three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4. 'Gemma' held second, with ground-savers Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Angel's Pride (Brent Holland), along with Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) coming away with the small change. For second choice Write Me a Song, a 4-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, it was her ninth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.40, the triple returned $121 and the superfecta paid $694. Note the Raceway shall open for simulcasting Saturday (Nov. 2nd) at 11:30 AM in advance of Aqueduct's first post of 12 Noon as well as Day Two of Breeders' Cup from Santa Anita (first post 1 PM ET). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Nov. 2nd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,961.94 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

DAYTON, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty has hit the board in all of her six starts this harness racing meet at Hollywood Dayton Raceway, but hadn't found the winner's circle following the weekly $17,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace until Friday (November 1).   Trainer-driver Dan Noble left the gate aggressively with the 4-year-old daughter of Sportsmaster, quarter-moving to the front just past the :26.4 opening panel, then pressing through :55.1 and 1:23 subsequent timing stations before holding off fast-closing Knockout Queen (Jeremy Smith) and Colorful Sky (Aaron Merriman) in 1:52.   It was the fifth win of the year for Allbeastnobeauty and raised her seasonal bounty to $72,960 for owners Eim Racing and Tessa Roland.   From Hollywood Dayton Raceway

Dayton, OH. - Allbeastnobeauty set a track record for 4-year-old pacing mares on Friday night at Hollywood Dayton Raceway. The daughter of Sportsmaster scorched the newly reconditioned five-eighths mile oval in 1:50.4 for trainer-driver Dan Noble, clipping a tick off the old standard of 1:51 set by Carol's Z Tam in 2018. It was the 20th career triumph for Allbeastnobeauty, who benefitted from quick early fractions set by runner up Suddenly Royal (Jim Pantaleano). Destiny Hanover (Brett Miller) finished third. The winner, owned by Elm Racing and Tessa Roland, paid $12.20. Earlier on the card, Western's Last Gun, a 2-year-old son of Gunthatwonthewest, made his pari-mutuel debut a successful one. After 10 wins in 11 Ohio county fair trials, the gray colt lowered his record to 1:55.3 for owner-trainer Kent Wilcox and driver Scott Cisco. Cutline: Western's Last Gun continued his impressive freshman season with his 11th win in 12 starts this year. From Hollywood Dayton Raceway    

Batavia, NY --- As the weather gets colder, she keeps getting bolder. Sportsmuffler continued to dominate the local harness racing distaff colony by winning the $10,400 fillies and mares Open handicap pace with little effort on a cold night at Batavia Downs on Monday (Dec.5). Driver Billy Davis Jr. left three-wide with the 1-5 Sportsmuffler and out-dueled Kaitlyn Rae (Mike Caprio) to the catbird seat from where she dictated the rest of the race this night. With no challengers for three-quarters of the mile, Sportsmuffler got to that station in 1:26.4 when Caprio pulled the pocket-sitting Kaitlyn Rae to take their best shot. But try as they might, their best was no match for the streaking Sportsmuffler who after a tap and a swish from Davis, paced away to a two-length victory in 1:55.4. Sportsmuffler ($2.40) has now won five out of the last eight top class mares races in as many starts at Batavia. She has also matched her 2017 career-best total of wins, scoring her 11th this year and has reached a new single-season high for earnings of $74,506 for owner Rose Campbell. Steve Kiblin is the trainer of the Sportsmaster progeny. Davis had a stellar night in the bike besides winning the feature. He also won two other races on the card of eight giving him a Hat Trick for the evening. Davis has been on a roll the past couple of weeks and as such, is now in the conversation for leading dash driver of the meet. With Wednesday's three wins Davis now has 97 for the session, only 10 behind the leading Drew Monti (107) and five behind second place Kevin Cummings (102). With four nights left in the meet, Davis has a legitimate shot of making up the shortfall and taking the 2018 driver race to a photo finish. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday (Dec. 7) with post time set for 6 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Columbus, MN - Twenty year old harness racing driver Jesse Yoder picked up his first Pari-Mutuel win on Sunday night (Aug. 5) at Running Aces, steering long shot Fox Valley Ruby ($33.60) to her second win in 28 starts this season.   Jesse Yoder is the younger brother of James (J.D.) Yoder, who is in his second season as a full-time driver at the Minnesota track. Jesse picked up his very first race win just one month ago at the Cannon Falls, MN fair on the fourth of July.   He has just recently started his pari-mutuel driving career, and he found the winner's circle in just his 26th trip to the gate. His path to victory lane came with a patient drive on Fox Valley Ruby, getting her away in good order from post one to be a close third throughout, and saving ground every inch of the mile, finding room in the passing lane and surging right at the wire to get a nose in front in 1:56.   Fox Valley Ruby is an 8 year old pacing mare by Sportsmaster, and she is owned by Judith Schneiderman and also owned and trained by Lloyd Schneiderman.   Place At The Beach (Dean Magee) picked up another sharp win on Sunday, for her third straight victory and sixth win in her last 7 starts, as she held on by a neck at the wire in 1:54.1 in the $9,000 Mares Claiming Handicap pace.   Dean Magee sent her away quickly from post six in the seven horse affair, and she easily established control, posting solid fractions of 27.3, 57.3 and 1:25.3 while saving just enough in the tank to hold off a furious late charge from Cenalta Diamond (Lemoyne Svendsen).   Place At The Beach ($6.80) is an 8 year old Minnesota-Sired mare by Place To Be, she is owned by Peg Hoffman, and trained by Gerald Longo. She now has 10 wins in 29 starts this season, and seasonal earnings of $37,792.   Dean Magee led the Sunday program with 3 driving wins, while James (J.D.) Yoder picked up a driving double.   Live Racing returns to Running Aces on Tuesday night (Aug. 7) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT and a carryover in the 20 cent Pick-5 Jackpot wager of $9,701.63.   photo attachment: 20 year old driver Jesse Yoder guided Fox Valley Ruby (#1) to victory along the inside for his first career Pari-Mutuel win.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces

  HAMBURG, NY --- Driver Drew Monti gave Sportsmuffler ($4.60) a perfect tour around the Buffalo Raceway half mile oval and that trip paid off in a well deserved victory in the $10,000 Open I-II Pace for the ladies on a steamy Wednesday night (May 30).   In taking the featured event, it kicked off a great evening for Monti as he finished the card with five winners.   At the start, Sgt Molly Pitcher (Jim Morrill Jr.) was parked out to the opening marker by Susie's Delight (Ray Fisher Jr.) and that first split of :28.1 eventually would take the starch out of the pace setter in the end.   In the meantime, Sportsmuffler was able to latch onto the first over cover of Quicksilvercandy A (Shawn McDonough) through a half of :59.0. Down the backstretch the final time, Monti couldn't wait any longer to make his move as he tipped Sportsmuffler three-wide and zoomed to the lead at the top of the stretch.   There were no worries for Sportsmuffler in the drive to the wire as she paced away to a 1-1/2 win over Susie's Delight in a seasonal best of 1:54.3. Aritzia Hanover (Billy Davis Jr.) took the show spot.   Owned by Rose Campbell and trained by Steve Kiblin, it was the third victory in eight starts this year for Sportsmuffler (Sportsmaster-Whatifthere'smore). The 6-year-mare has put $21,053 in the bank this year and $233,908 lifetime.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with an 8-race program set for 5 p.m. There's a $1,183 carryover in the Pick-5 which begins in the second race.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

Vernon, N.Y. -- Employing a tracking trip through much of the mile, Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($12.20) reached late to nose out even-money favorite All Charged Up in Thursday (August 4) evening's harness racing  featured $8,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   Jimmy Whittemore floated forward with the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare to take third in the initial stages, drafting behind Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) and Super Soph (Chris Lems) through early splits of :26.2 and :55.3. On the far turn, Southern Girl found herself locked in, as All Charged Up (John MacDonald) commenced a first-over rally on approach to the quarter pole. Whittemore worked Southern Girl second-over upon cornering, and the pair ultimately swung three-wide as All Charged Up took command at the eighth pole. Southern Girl dueled strongly off cover to prevail by a hard-fought nose in 1:51. Looney Dune, the early pacesetter, was a worn-down third.   Homer Hochstetler trains Southern Girl, now an 11-time winner.   The evening's sub-featured $5,500 Miracle Mile pace for distaffers saw Embassy Seelster ($2.70) control all the terms and edge clear to a two-length victory over Jinxy's Delight in 1:51.2. Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 6-year-old Modern Art mare for trainer Allie Berube.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 5) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($5.90) battled resolutely to capture Thursday (July 28) evening's $5,500 featured Miracle Mile event for harness racing distaff pacers at Vernon Downs, digging deep once headed off the far turn en route to a 1:51.4 victory.   Fern Paquet, Jr. cleared to the lead with the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare in the opening stages, out-sprinting Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) through a :27.2 first quarter before relaxing the pace just a bit up the backstretch. Southern Girl was forced to accelerate on the far turn by the first-over The Filly Princess (Truman Gale)--the two dueled through a :27.1 third quarter with The Filly Princess working a head in front on approach to the home straight. Southern Girl responded in kind, forcefully repelling The Filly Princess in upper stretch and holding clear of a stand-side push from Jinxy's Delight (John MacDonald) by 1-1/2 lengths. The Filly Princess faded to third.   Homer Hochstetler trains Southern Girl, who scored her fifth win on the season and the tenth of her career.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (July 29) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

STICKNEY, IL - A fourteen race Sunday card at Hawthorne featured three divisions of leg three of the Incredible Finale Stakes. The Incredible Finale is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. A storm prior to races left the track sloppy to open the card as race three was the first division of the Incredible Finale. Favored at off time was Gabe Henry. Moving to the early lead was Fox Valley Sparty through the quarter in :29. Sork moved early on the backside to take over for driver Kyle Husted through a half in :57.4. On the turn, Sork was challenged again by Fox Valley Sparty through three quarters in 1:27.4. In the stretch, Fox Valley Sparty and Dale Hiteman were challenged by Gabe Henry and Todd Warren as Gabe Henry went on to a length and a half score. Fox Valley Jeter closed late for second while Fox Valley Sparty finished third. Final time for the mile over the sloppy going was 1:57.1. Owned by Carol Graham and trained by Thomas Graham, the colt by Henry Clay returned $3.60, $2.40, and $2.20. Fox Valley Jeter paid $3.20 and $2.20 while Fox Valley Sparty paid $3.00 to show. The second division of leg three of the Incredible Finale had Sporty Redhot as a heavy post time favorite for driver Todd Warren. Sent for the lead was Sporty Redhot but Spirited Encounter beat him to the lead through the quarter in :29.1. On the backside, Spirited Encounter maintained his lead through the half in :58. On the turn, Sporty Redhot ranged up to challenge through three quarters in 1:27. In the stretch, Sporty Redhot gained the lead but had to hold off the move of multiple horses and held on to win by a length. Fox Valley Reggie finished second while Fox Valley Inferno was third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.4. Owned by Alan Beals and trained by Kim Roth, the gelding by Sportsmaster remained undefeated from three lifetime starts and returned $2.80, $2.40, and $2.10. Fox Valley Reggie paid $16.60 and $6.60 while Fox Valley Inferno returned $2.40 to show. Race seven was the third division of the Incredible Finale as the track was upgraded to good. Sullivan took the wagering action and was sent off as the favorite. Making the early lead was Uptown Sleaze while pressed by Fox Valley Nemitz through the quarter in :29.2. On the backstretch Fox Valley Nemitz was pushed by Sullivan through the half in :59.1. In the turn, Casey Leonard and Sullivan assumed command, covering three quarters in 1:27.4. In the lane, Sullivan was all out but Fox Valley Nemitz and Dale Hiteman came back to catch him nearing the wire. Uptown Sleaze held third. Final time for the mile was 1:57.3. Owned by Fox Valley Standardbreds and trained by Joel Smith, the gelding by Richess Hanover paid $9.60, $3.00, and $2.20. Sullivan returned $3.20 and $2.60 while Uptown Sleaze paid $2.40 to show. Jim Miller

STICKNEY, IL - On a beautiful Friday evening at Hawthorne, four divisions of leg one of the Incredible Tillie Stakes took place. The Incredible Tillie is for Illinois-bred harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. The card kicked off with the first division as a field of nine lined up behind the starting car. Sent away as the favorite was Princess Sage (Sagebrush) off a debut victory and near miss in her second start. Leaving for the lead was Princess Sage as she cleared the lead in :29.2 for driver Freddie Patton, Jr. Following a half in :58.4, Princess Sage held firm on the front end. Into the lane after three quarters in 1:28.1, Princess Sage led but was challenged by Sheadealer. Late stretch, Princess Sage dug in gamely and prevailed by a quarter of a length. Sheadealer was second, Dandy's Dududidudu finished third. Final time for the mile was 1:56.4. Owned by Keli Jo Bell and Freddie Patton, Jr. and trained by Freddie Patton, Jr., Princess Sage returned $3.60, $2.60, and $2.40 as the 4-5 favorite. Sheadealer paid $8.80 and $4.00 while Dandy's Dududidudu returned $3.00 to show. Race three on Friday night was the second division in the Incredible Tillie as Lili Von Shtupp was a late scratch. Moving early in the second division was the 1-5 favorite Filly Forty and Jamaica Patton through the opening quarter in :29.4 and half in 1:00.4. Filly Forty led the field into the lane through three quarters in 1:30.3 and was all out. Mid-stretch, Kyle Husted and Razzleme Dazzleme (Sagebrush) tipped out for the drive and wore down Filly Forty on the wire. Razzleme Dazzleme prevailed by a length and a quarter over Filly Forty in 1:58.4. My Kind of Dance finished third. Owned by Derek and Amy Jacobus and trained by Nick Prather, Razzleme Dazzleme returned $11.60, $3.00, and $2.60. Filly Forty came back $2.10 and $2.10 while My Kind Of Dance paid $3.00 to show. Race five on Friday was the third division in the Incredible Tillie with a full field of ten to line up. Hope Hotspur was sent away as the heavy favorite at 1-2. Leaving for the lead was Do You Dare through the quarter in :30. Moving early to the lead was the favorite Hope Hotspur and Casey Leonard, leading the field through a half in 1:00.4. On the turn, Pinstripe Pants moved to challenge and take command, covering three quarters in 1:29.4. In the lane, Pinstripe Pants led, but Hope Hotspur came back to lead late before Dale Hiteman and Fox Valley Dandy (Sportsmaster) exploded onto the scene, winning at 27-1. Hope Hotspur was second, Fox Valley Maya finished third. Final time was 1:58.1. Owned by Hugh Lake and Susan Lacey and trained by Ray Hanna, Fox Valley Dandy returned $57.00, $11.60, and $4.20. Hope Hotspur returned $2.60 and $2.20. Fox Valley Maya came back $3.20 to show. The final division of the Incredible Tillie had a field of nine lined up as Jump Right Up (Ideal Towne) was sent away as the 1-5 choice. My Mona Me got away quickly and led through the quarter in :29.4. Moving to the lead early was Da Blue Jay as she led the field into the turn after a half in 1:00.0. On the far turn, Jump Right Up and Todd Warren made their move to challenge through three quarters in 1:29. Leading late, Jump Right Up won by two and a half lengths, stopping the clock in 1:58. My Mona Me was second while Rockin Ashley got up for third. Owned by Quaid Racing, LLC and Cynthia Kay Willis and trained by Nelson Willis, Jump Right Up returned $2.60, $2.10 and $2.10. My Mona Me paid $6.40 and $3.40 while Rockin Ashley paid $4.20 to show. Jim Miller

Vernon, N.Y. -- Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($9.00) earned her fourth win in five starts in the harness racing featured $7,500 Mares Miracle Mile Pace on Thursday (June 23) evening at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems wasted no time with the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare, posting a :26.4 first quarter to clear Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) and Looney Dune (Ben McNeil). Southern Girl controlled the pace through middle splits of :56.3 and 1:25, beginning to accelerate clear of her five rivals with a quarter mile remaining. She was kept to task as she sped up through a :27.2 closing frame, amassing enough clearance in upper stretch to hold clear of the late-rallying odds-on favorite All Charged Up (John MacDonald) by 1-3/4 lengths for a 1:52.2 win. The Filly Princess (Andy Gardner) held third after sustaining mild first-over gains.   Homer Hochstetler trains Southern Girl, now a nine-time winner. For Lems, the featured win was one of three on the nine-race card, as he also teamed up with Patton ($2.80, 1:59.3) and Royal Promise ($7.00, 1:59).   No one hit the 50¢ Pick 5, resulting in a carryover of $578.25 to Friday's (June 24) card. The first of 11 races at the Miracle Mile is slated for 6:45 p.m.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Connie Hochstetler's Southern Girl ($12.80) is back in form, having earned her third win in four starts in Friday (June 17) evening's harness racing $7,500 top-level Miracle Mile distaff pace at Vernon Downs.   John MacDonald sent the 4-year-old Sportsmaster mare directly to the front, sprinting clear of Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) before rating a :56.1 first half. On approach to the far turn, Southern Girl accelerated, forcing the first-over Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) and the pocket-sitting Looney Dune to chase a :27.1 third quarter. They nearly collared Southern Girl in the end, but the pacesetter dug in to narrowly hold sway in 1:52.1, staving off a resurgent Looney Dune by a neck in the end. Love Live Laugh stayed on for third as the 6-5 favorite.   Homer Hochstetler trains Southern Girl, who earned her eighth career win.   For MacDonald, the featured win was one of three on the night. Jimmy Whittemore also notched a driving hat trick on the 11-race card.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 18) evening, with first post at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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