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Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore pacing colts & geldings on Thursday (July 18). In the $58,700 first division the 2-1 morning line favorite is Shake That House (Brian Sears). He is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal is coming off an impressive win at Pocono Downs in the $500,000 Max Hempt Final. He is five for six this season including a win in the Saratoga leg of the NYSS. The second choice at 3-1 is Major March (Jason Bartlett). The 3-year-old colt by Art Major is owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by new hall of fame inductee Linda Toscano. He has three wins this season including NYSS wins at Monticello and Tioga Downs. American Mercury (Tyler Buter) is the 2-1 morning line favorite at the $59,800 second division. Chris Oakes trains the 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chris Pompey, and Scott Bice. His four wins this season includes NYSS wins at Saratoga, Buffalo, And Yonkers. He owns six career victories. The Jenn Bongiorno trained Respect Our Flag (Brian Sears) is the 3-1 second choice. The 3-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe is owned by the Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos, and Dionisios Liberatos. He has three wins so far this season and has reached the winner's circle five times in his 15 career starts. The 10 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) captures the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 13). Golden Brit (Howard Parker) battled and took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) settled for the pocket trip. Golden Brit kept the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. Dreams Beachboy ($7.90), who is owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Brunet, went first over from third just before the halfway point. He then took over as they headed for the final turn. He led to three-quarters in 1:22.4 and glided home to win easily is a seasonal best of 1:51.3. Golden Brit finished in second. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took home third money. Dreams Beachboy is 7-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. He won for the second time this season. He now has 27 career victories. Dreams Beachboy John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. His wins came with Intuitive Writer ($7.30), Haulin' Oats ($8.00), and Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20). Howard Parker and Irving Mauran each had two wins on the night. Parker won with Rebel Jet ($28.40), and Rocksapatriot ($3.30). Mauran teamed up with owner-trainer Barbara Stephenson to win with Somelucksomerock ($14.80), and Klondike Art ($16.10). Eddie captured the second annual wiener trot. He is owned by Jessica Cook. She won a $500 wagering voucher. Paisley finished second for owner Gina Greco, getting a $200 wagering voucher. Luna picked up the third place prize of a $100 wagering voucher for his owner Raymond. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 18) with a 10 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 12). Waiting On A Woman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.4. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) controlled the way going to the half in :57.2. Waiting ON A Woman came flying by and took a four and a half lengths lead and hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:25.0. He started to tire making the turn for home. First Call then took back over control at the top of the stretch. Majestic Fire ($12.60), who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, was fourth after three-quarters. He was far outside as First Call was far inside as the two fought it out in deep stretch. It was Majestic Fire just able to stick a nose in front to win at the wire in 1:55.3. First Call settled for second best. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. Majestic Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. He won for the fourth time this season. He now owns 10 victories in his career. Jimmy Whittemore drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with Gimme The Cash ($5.20), Southeaster ($10.00), and Summer Chrome ($9.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 13) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. The Miracle Mile will feature the second annual wiener dog trot. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs    

Vernon Downs will present the second annual Wiener Dog Trot on Saturday (July 13) during live harness racing. There will be three heats of 10 dachshunds per heat. The top three finishers from each heat will qualify for the finals. The fastest wiener dog in the finals will win a $500 wagering voucher. Second place is good for a $200 wagering voucher. The third place finisher gets a $100 wagering voucher. The 10 live race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) takes the $7,000 harness racing featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 6). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.50) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. Cindy's Party Boy (Howard Parker) came first over from third to take over just before the top of the back stretch. He continued to lead to the half in :55.0 and still controlled the pace to three-quarters in 1:22.3. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, sat patiently in the pocket. As they reached the stretch he came out of the pocket and dueled with Cindy's Party Boy. Sgt Papa Daddy was too strong in deep stretch and won in a career best time of 1:50.3. Cindy's Party Boy settled for second. Legal Power (Chris Long) was third best. Sgt Papa Daddy is a 5-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 27 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Jessica Okusko teamed up for two wins on the night. Their wins came with Mancrush ($2.60) and Covered Bridge ($2.60). Howard Parker drove two winners on the night. His wins came with O'Brockoli ($10.60) and Golden Brit $2.70). Golden Brit, who is owned and trained by Mary Nelson, won his fourth straight race at Vernon Downs. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 11) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. It will be dollar day at Vernon Downs race track. Live racing programs, 10 ounce sodas, 10 ounce draft beers, hot dogs, and popcorn all available for a dollar each. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) wins the harness racing $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 5). Scirocco Imsosmart (Homer Hochstetler) was first to the quarter in :27.0. He continued to lead to the half in :56.0. Gimme The Cash (John MacDonald) went first over and took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.2. Winning Princess ($6.20), who is owned and trained by Lappe, was fourth after three-quarters. She then came flying down the stretch and looked Gimme The Cash right in the eye and flew right by to win in a career best of 1:55.1. Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) came charging late to finish second. Gimme The Cash had to settle for third. Winning Princess is a 6-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season. She now has 20 career victories. Truman Gale had a driving double on the night. He was first with Fire Storm K T ($11.60), and Bad I Am ($5.50). John MacDonald leads all Vernon Downs drivers in wins with 55. Jimmy Whittemore is currently in second with 35 tallies. Howard Parker is third with 31 wins. Claude Huckabone III occupies fourth place with 23 victories. Claude Huckabone Jr. rounds out the top five with 17 trips to the winner's circle this season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 6) with a nine race card staring at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs    

Rosiemunn (Howard Parker) wins the $6,000 featured fillies &mares harness racing pace on Thursday (July 4) at Vernon Downs. Beyonces Rockn (Jennifer Lappie) led to a first quarter in :26.4. Rosiemunn ($6.20) took over the top spot just after the quarter. She would then control the pace the rest of the way. She hit the halfway point in :56.3 and the three-quarter mark in 1:26.0. Rosiemunn, who is owned and trained by Kerin Warner, held off a late charge by Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. Unusual Clarity had to settle for second best. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) was third. Rosimunn is a 5-year-old mare by Dream Away. It was her fourth win this season. She now owns 11 career victories. Parker had two more wins on the night. His other victories came with Pudge's Pastime ($5.90), and Fox Valley Photog ($6.80). Jennifer Lappe and John MacDonald had driving doubles during the July Fourth performance. Lappe won with Jokes Jet ($19.00), and Flamingo Pete ($8.20). MacDonald was first with Ladyboss ($4.20), and Lucid Thoughts ($6.20). The big crowd enjoyed a large display of fireworks after racing. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 5) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will be racing on Thursdays for the next seven weeks starting this Thursday (July4 ) through Thursday (August 15) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. The nine race card on the Fourth of July will be followed by a large display of fireworks. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.        

Cindy's Party Boy (Howard Parker) wins the harness racing featured pace ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 29). The big favorite Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) went to the front and went to the first quarter in :27.1. Cindy's Party Boy ($9.10) went first over and took the lead before hitting the half in :55.2. As they went around the final turn he would still control the pace hitting three-quarters in 1:22.3 with Sgt Papa Daddy still following in the pocket. Cindy's Party Boy, who is owned by the Scarlett Stables and trained by Patti Harmon, led into the stretch and cruised to a win in a lifetime best of 1:49.4. Sgt Papa Daddy held for second with Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) getting third money. Cindy's Party Boy is an 8-year-old gelding by Amercian Ideal. It was his third win this season and his eighth career victory. Howard Parker had two more driving wins on the evening. He once again teamed up with Harmon and the Scarlett Stables for a win with Beach Bum ($9.70). His third win came with Golden Brit ($7.10). Dylan Huckabone-Miller wins first parimutuel race at Vernon Downs. Dylan Huckabone-Miller It was a heck of a last two days for Huckabone-Miller. On Friday the 18-year-old graduated from high school and on Saturday he captured his first parimutuel race by charging late in the stretch to win with Im On Schedule ($4.90) in 1:57.0. Huckabone Miller is the son of Harness driver Claude Huckabone III and Casey Miller. It was a great site and the first of many wins for the future star. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) captures the harness racing featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 28). First Call ($34.40) led to the first quarter in :27.1 and was first at the halfway point in :57.4. Spoiler Alert then took control just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. First Call, who is owned by Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz while trained by Homer Hochstetler, regained the lead at the top of the stretch. She held off the late charge by Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Only Passing Thru settled for second money. If Not Why Not (Howard Parker) was third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her second win this season. She now has 10 career victories. Michelle Miller drives her first parimutuel winner with Flyhawk El Fiero ($11.60). Girlslovepearls (Stanley Zombick Jr) controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.4, 1:28.2). Flyhawk El Fiero , who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, went first-over at the top of the stretch and charged to the front and held off Little Dave (Angus MacDonald) to win in a career best of 1:58.3. Little Dave settled for second. Girlslovepearls held on for third. It might have been her first victory but Michelle Miller drove like she had won a hundred races. Flyhawk El Fiero is a 3-year-old gelding by Conway Hall. It was his second win this season. He now has seven career victories. Flyhawk El Fiero Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 29) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will both celebrate America's Independence with live harness racing on Thursday, July 4.   Tioga will race a matinee card beginning at 1:00 pm. A New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters is the day's highlight along with Filly & Mare pacing races. The condition sheet is posted on the internet and the box closes at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 30. The Race Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688. There will be no Friday live card at Tioga this week, racing will resume on Saturday and Sunday.   Vernon will race an evening overnight card that begins at the standard post time of 6:10 pm. The box for this card will close at 9am on Saturday, June 29. The condition sheet is available here. Vernon will have racing on Friday and Saturday, constituting a 3 da live racing week. The Race Office number is (315) 829-6825.   Electronic entry is encouraged at both tracks.     Nick Salvi

Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captures the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4. Bay Rum (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, moved to the outside at the top of the stretch. He would battle back and forth with Bay Rum down the stretch. Sgt Papa Daddy was too strong in deep stretch to win in 1:52.2. Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) came flying late to finish second. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) took third. Sgt Papa Daddy is a 5-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was win number six in 2019. He went to the winner's circle for the 26th time in his career. John MacDonald, Howard Parker, and Roman Lopez each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald got his other wins with Deaks Sweetie Pie ($4.20), and Northern Express ($2.90). Parker won with Ameriore ($5.20), Chatelroll ($3.20), and Golden Brit ($4.40). Lopez finished first with Quiet Heiress ($12.40), White Mountain Top ($13.00), and Samson J ($4.40). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Alex The Great (John MacDonald) takes the featured harness racing trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 21). Alex The Great ($5.40) jumped out of the gate and went to the lead with American JJ (Michael Miller) following in the pocket, as they hit the first quarter in :28.0. Alex The Great controlled the race to the half in :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Alex The Great, who is owned by Glenn Schnackeberg and Kellie Dickie while trained by Timothy Dickie, continued to lead as they reached the stretch. American JJ got out of the pocket and gave chase but Alex The Great was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.1. American JJ settled for second best. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third. Alex The Great is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the third time this season. It was career victory number nine. John MacDonald, Jimmy Whittemore, and Claude Huckabone Jr. each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald got his other win with Cash Crazy Express ($2.70). Whittemore won with Princess Gazella ($3.30), and Love Live Laugh ($6.80). Huckabone Jr. teamed up with trainer Jeff Sorenson to win with Story Time Hanover ($12.00), and Heart Crusher ($9.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 22) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs

VERNON — Vernon Downs is among venues under consideration to host Woodstock 50, the half-centennial of the famous rock festival of the same name whose organizers say will happen this summer even after losing its original location. A spokesman for the resort, casino and harness racing track confirmed that Vernon Downs is in talks with organizers but stressed that Vernon Downs is only one of several possible venues. “Vernon is one of several venues being considered,” said Stephen Donnelly, who represents the resort. “Obviously given the proximity of the event in terms of the date and what have you — everybody’s looking for a decision to be made quickly. I don’t anticipate it’ll be a long time before we can give you more information,” Donnelly added. The event’s website acknowledges trouble but says the intention remains to put on the event. It gives the dates as Aug. 16-18. It was to be at Watkins Glen  International race track in Schuyler County, which hosted a major rock festival in 1973. But that plan fell apart after the festival’s principal investment company pulled out this spring. “Our intention holds firm. To deliver a world-class, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness … and will do so again.” Attendees of Woodstock 99 dance in the mosh pit East stage in this file photo (Sentinel Photo by John Clifford) If Vernon Downs is selected and the festival happens, it would be the second time Oneida County has been the site of a commemoration of the original 1969 event in the Sullivan County community of Bethel. Woodstock 1999 was held at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome over three days 20 years ago. The Woodstock 50 event lists a lineup of some 60 acts over three days, including Miley Cyrus, Santana, John Sebastian, Robert Plant, Chance the Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, Jay-Z, The Zombies and some 60 other acts, including some who performed at the original Woodstock. By David Hill Reprinted with permission of The Rome Sentinel

Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the harness racing featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Sunday (June 16). Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) led to a first quarter of :26.2. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) claimed the lead before hitting the Half in :55.3. Bay Rum ($4.50), who is owned by Glasser Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, made his move from third after the half. He controlled the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. He would have to hold off the late charge of Poisonous to secure his seventh straight win with a winning time of 1:53.1. Poisonous was second but place seventh for causing interference in the first turn. Electrofire was awarded second with Dream's Beachboy (Gates Brunet) being placed third. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his eighth win of 2019 and his 19th career victory. Howard Parker won four on the special Father's Day card. His other wins came with Hands Off Frank ($12.40), Golden Brit ($5.40), and Heaven's Storm $3.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs          

Spoiler Alert (Truman Gale) takes the featured harness racing trot ($5,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 15). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Spoiler Alert ($6.00) took over as they went around the first turn. As Spoiler Alert headed for a half in :57.3, Bluffton (Homer Hochsetler) put on the pressure. Spoiler Alert , who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, led to three-quarters in 1:26.1. Spoiler Alert opened up by two lengths in the stretch but Bluffton came charging late. Spoiler Alert would dig in deep and held on to win by a head in a seasonal best of 1:56.1. Bluffton had to settle for second. Schwarber (Claude Huckabone Jr.) finished third. Spoiler Alert is a 5-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his second win this season and career victory number nine. Gale had two winners on the night. His other win came with Under The Bus ($6.00). Leading driver John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Wild Damage Blues ($2.50), Jas Going Away ($6.40), and Bay Sky ($5.30). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Father's Day matinee with a 10 race card on Sunday (June 16) with a post time of 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

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