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Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the harness racing featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Saturday (April 27). American Passport (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took the lead and put up all the early fractions (:28.0, :57.0, 1:25.0). Skip Jive ($5.10) was eighth after three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, he would fly to the front and hold off a late charge by second place finisher Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:55.0. This Baby Rocks (Denny Bucceri) was third best. Skip Jive is a 6-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his first win of 2019 and 17th career victory. Mister Lucky Star (Roman Lopez) goes gate to wire to easily win the second division of Robert E. Keller Trotting Series ($4,000) in 1:59.4. Irish Kate (Claude Huckabone III) was second with Little Dave (Angus MacDonald) finished third. The second division from leg two of the Keller series was postponed last night (April 26). It was run on Saturday as a non-betting race. Mister Lucky Star is a 4-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab. Trained by Lopez for owners, Joan Ellafrits and Lynn Wilson, he is two for two in 2019. John MacDonald drove four winners on Saturday. His wins were with Jnr Express ($3.00), Jet Rock ($2.50), Sometimes Said ($9.70), and Rockme Socks Off ($4.90). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (May 3) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

Tataria (Claude Huckabone III) takes featured fillies and mares pace ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (April 26). The harness racing race card was cancelled after four races due to inclement weather. Tataria ($11.60) jumped out of the gate and went right to the lead. She took them to a first quarter in :27.1 and to the half in :58.1. Rock My World (Leon Bailey) brushed and rushed from fifth to first, taking them to three-quarters in 1:27.1. Tataria, who is owned by the Joe Pavia Jr. Stable Inc. and trained by Melissa Beckwith, wasn't done yet. She rallied back to take the lead at the top of the stretch and cruised home to win in 1:54.4. Rock My World had to settle for second. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) Finished third. Tataria is a 7-year-old mare by Four Starzz Shark. She won for the second time this season. She now owns 24 career victories. Barn Beast (Claude Huckabone Jr.) breezes to easy win in the second leg, first division of Robert E. Keller Trotting Series ($4,000). Barn Beast ($2.10) would take control just before the three-quarter mark. She flew down the stretch to get a new lifetime mark of 1:59.3. Royal Trumpery (Angus MacDonald) came up to finish second. Massive Impressive (Ronald Harp) was third best. Barn Beast is a 3-year-old colt by Credit Winner. She is owned by Purple Haze Stables with Nancy Pratt and trainer Steven Pratt. It was her second win this season. She now has three lifetime wins. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (April 27) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For More information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver John MacDonald made the first Saturday (April 20) of the 2019 Vernon Downs season a memorable one. MacDonald starting out by winning the first race with long shot Pearlameri ($34.40). His second win came in the Anthony Farina Pacing Series ($4000) with Gia's Surreal ($2.10). The 3-year-old filly by So Surreal won by over six lengths in 1:53.3. Finishing second was Regal Escape (Truman Gale). Joe's Life (Leon Bailey) was third Best. His last four wins came with Ponyta Boy ($9.40), KJ Erich ($4.50), Connie Keeper ($6.00), and Studio City ($6.70). Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) charges late to capture the featured pace ($6,000). Winds Of Change (John MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:26.0, :55.4, 1:25.2). Card Knock Life (Josh Kinney) would take the lead at the top of the stretch. Electrofire ($16.00), who is owned and trained by Lappe, found an opening on the inside and went to the lead and hang on to beat second place finisher Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:53.2. Card Knock Life settled for third. Electrofire is a 12-year-old horse by Electric Stena. It was his first win of 2019. He now owns 48 career victories. Electrofire Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (April 26) with a post time of 6:10 pm. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

VERNON — A rainy opening night of the 66th harness racing season at Vernon Downs saw a disqualification in the featured $7,000 trot run as the fifth event on the program. Only Passing Thru and driver Jimmy Whittemore were awarded first place due to a disqualification by Taco Tuesday, driven by Leon Bailey. Track officials reported there was a big opening crowd, although the official attendance was unavailable. Opening night featured a T-shirt and magnet giveaway, and a fireworks display was scheduled at the end of the racing program. With rain falling throughout most of the night, the track was rated “good” for the first four events on the 11-race card but was changed to “sloppy” for the last seven. In the featured event, Only Passing Thru made a three-wide move to challenge Taco Tuesday for the lead, and Taco Tuesday drifted wide causing interference. Taco Tuesday crossed the finish line first but was placed second for interference, with Warawee Preferred taking third. A 5-year-old owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marrissa Chadbourne, Only Passing Thru won for the third time in 10 starts this season, returning $3.90. He now has 14 career victories. He had a winning time of 1:56.4. Whittemore and Chadbourne combined for three wins on the night, also placing first with Blameitonthenight and Bold Fresh. Whittemore was the track’s driving co-champion in 2018 along with John MacDonald, with each collecting 115 wins. Mr Lucky Star and driver Roman Lopez rallied late to overtake favorite Barn Beast and driver Claude Huckabone Jr. to win the first division of the $4,000 Robert E. Keller Trotting Series in 1:56.1. The 4-year-old gelding is trained by Lopez for owners Joan Ellafrits and Lynn Wilson. It was his first win in two lifetime starts. Irish Kate and driver Claude Huckabone III went gate-to-wire to win the second division of the Keller Series in 2:02.2. The 4-year-old mare, owned by Donald Cosgrove and trained by Angus MacDonald, won for the first time this season and for the fifth time in her career. The Downs is back in action tonight with another 11-race card starting at 6:10. For more racing information, visit www.vernondowns.com  Reprinted with permission of The Rome Sentinel

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) was awarded first place due to a disqualification by Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) during the featured harness racing trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on opening night (4-19). It rained throughout the card but didn't dampen the spirits of the big opening day crowd. Warrawee Preferred (Jim Taggert Jr) charged to the front and put up all the opening fractions (:27.4, :59.0, 1:28.3). Taco Tuesday popped out of the pocket and took over the lead at the top of the stretch. Only Passing Thru ($3.90) made a three-wide move to challenge Taco Tuesday for the lead. Taco Tuesday drifted wide causing interference. Taco Tuesday crossed the finish line first but was placed second for interference. Warawee Preferred hung on to finish third. Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marrissa Chadbourne, he won for the third time in 10 starts this season. He now has 14 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore and Marrisa Chadbourne combined for three winners on the night. Their other wins came with Blameitonthenight ($2.30) and Bold Fresh ($21.20). Mr Lucky Star (Roman Lopez) came flying late to overtake the big favorite Barn Beast (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win the first division of the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series ($4,000) in 1:56.1. Mark C Adams (Truman Gale) was third best. Mr Lucky Star ($6.90) is a 4-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab. Trained by Lopez for owners Joan Ellafrits and Lynn Wilson. It was his first win in two lifetime starts. Mr Lucky Star Irish Kate (Claude Huckabone III) went gate-to-wire to win the second division Of The Robert E. Keller Trotting Series in 2:02.2. Massive Impressive (Rick Harp) made a late charge but fell short to settle for second. Little Dave (Angus MacDonald) finished third. Irish Kate ($3.60) is a 4-year-old mare by Conway Hall. Owned by Donald Cosgrove and trained by Angus MacDonald, she won for the first time this season. She now owns five career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (April 20) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 pm. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs is set to begin their 66th year of harness racing on Friday (April 19) with a post time of 6:10 pm. Opening night will feature a t-shirt and schedule magnet giveaway as well as a live bugler. Also the popular "That's My Driver" promotion. Five entries will be randomly selected following Race 2. All will have a chance to win up to $140. At the conclusion of the evening's racing will be a large fireworks display. Highlights for the season include "Derby Day" featuring the live showing of the Kentucky Derby on Saturday (May 4) with a special post time of 4:30 pm. Memorial Day (May 27) features The Empire Classic Finals for both 3-year-old filly trotters and 3-year-old trotting colts. Each Final is racing for a purse of $250,000 est. with a post time of 1:05 pm. The Zweig Memorial races will take place on Friday (August 17) featuring the Zweig 3-year-old Colt Trot ($370,000 est.) and 3-year-old Fillies Trot ($150,000 est.). In 2018 John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore landied in a flat footed tie for top driver. The two battled back and forth all year before ending with 115 wins each. MacDonald was once again top trainer at the Miracle Mile with 65 wins. He trained the 2018 horse of the year Kabu. Owned by the J P Stables, Kabu (Valley Victor), won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs in 2018. Vernon Downs is happy to welcome new race caller Rich Mattei. The 11 race card for Friday will feature Leg one of the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

The 2019 harness racing season will offer a new perspective as the Jim Moran broadcast booth will feature a "new voice" as - "The Natural", Rich Mattei will proceed the efforts of Scott Warren at the Central New York oval for the majority of the season. Mattei, 27, currently resides in Morristown, New Jersey with his girlfriend Joelle and has merited much respect within the industry in recent years. He has held numerous responsibilities throughout east coast tracks some of which include, working the teletimer, charting races, photo finish photography and even assistant race secretary. However, his calling within the sport certainly has been calling and announcing the races. His start began at an early age when he would try his hand at calling race replays from Monmouth Park and eventually garnered the attention of Ellen Harvey while at one of Tom Durkin's race announcing workshops. Through this connection, he proceeded to develop his craft while calling the baby races at Gaitway and ended up taking an opportunity via Kelly Putaski and Pete Szymanski at Ocean Downs calling races. It was during his first call at Ocean Downs where Mattei inherited his coveted moniker "The Natural" from Mike Bozich. Mattei states, "Bozich gave me a high five and said "You're a natural"; so he has been calling me that ever since and it has stuck throughout the industry." In recent years, Mattei has become a familiar voice and face as he has assisted in handicapping for the Post Time with Mike and Mike radio show during live remotes, as well as handicapping the Meadowlands card on TVG - compliments to Dave Brower - and covering the Harrah's Philadelphia Pick 5 and best bet preview on Facebook live. Mattei credits numerous individuals within the industry and is "very grateful towards Scott Warren, Jason Settlemoir and Jeff Gural, for giving me this opportunity to accomplish my true goal in life as being an announcer." From Labor Day weekend until the conclusion of the 2019 racing season multiple voices of the industry will be heard at the "Miracle Mile" including Director of Racing Scott Warren, USHWA Rising Star of the Year winner Ray Cotolo, Tioga Downs announcer John Horne, and who knows who else may step into the Jim Moran broadcast booth.   John Horne for Vernon Downs    

John MacDonald tied Jimmy Whittemore for first in driving wins on closing night at Vernon Downs (November 3). MacDonald drove Machmemackie to a win in the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind pace race. It was enough to tie him with Whittemore for first with 115 wins each. Truman Gale finished third with 58 victories while Claude Huckabone Jr finished fourth with 56 tallies. Leon Bailey used 50 wins to finish fifth on the list. A field of seven went one lap around the seven-eighths mile track going clockwise. Machmemackie ($3.30) led the group to the first quarter in :27.4. Great Soul (Josh Kinney) went first over around the first turn. As they reached the back stretch, Feelin Lucky (Truman Gale) went three wide and took a short lead hitting the half in :57.3. Machmemackie, who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, reclaimed the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:26.0. Second place finisher, The Royal Garden N (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but Machmemackie was too strong and won the seven-eighths mile race in 1:40.2. Giacodelight (Kyle DiBenedetto) finished third. Machmemackie is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this year and his 20th lifetime victory. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) wins featured pace ($7,500). Golden Gun ($5.50) went to the front and never looked back putting up all the numbers (:27.0, :56.1, 1:24.1, 1:53.2 ) to win his fourth straight feature at Vernon Downs. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) was second with Ponyta Boy (Leon Bailey) taking third money. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he picked up his seventh win this season and career victory number 31. Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) captures the 10 years or older "War Horse" race for pacers. Cascata (Truman Gale) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and kept the lead at the half mile mark in :58.3. Lucky Man ($4.20), who is owned by Patrick Laiso and Lappe (trainer), used a first over brush to take the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.0. When they hit the stretch the only battle left was for second place as Lucky Man won easily in 1:58.3. Dark Prince (John MacDonald) was second best with Mayflowermoonshine (Claude Huckabone III) getting the third spot. Lucky Man is a 13-year-old gelding by Camluck. It was his fifth win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 58 times in his career. Upto A Dream (Josh Kinney) wins the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind trot race. Upto A Dream ($8.60) charged to the front and put up all the fractions, hitting the first quarter in :28.3, the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:28.3 and finishing the seven-eighths mile in 1:43.4. Funny Photo (Joe Nassimos) finished second. Fox Valley Photog (Leon Bailey) was third. Upto A Dream is a 6-year-old gelding by Impel Hanover. Owned by Todd Santoro and trained by Gary Gibson, he picked up his fourth win of the year. He now has 16 career victories. John MacDonald captures the training title for the third straight year. "J-Mac" trained 65 winners. Jimmy Whittemore was second best with 37 wins. Homer Hochstetler (34), Truman Gale (30), and Robert Gale (27) rounded out the top five. Kabu wins horse of the year. Owned by the J P Stables and trained by John MacDonald, he won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs this season. The staff at Vernon Downs thanks all the fans and horse people for a great 2018 season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) captures the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (November 2). Taco Tuesday ($3.30) charged right out to the lead putting up all the fractions to win gate-to-wire (:27.1, :55.3, 1:24.2, 1:54.2). Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) came up late to finish second. Kabu (John MacDonald) was third best. Taco Tuesday is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, he now has six wins on the season and 18 career victories. Mydelight Blue Chip (Ben McNeil) uses a late move to win the featured fillies and mares pace ($7,500). KJ's Caroline (Jeff Long) went straight to the front and led the group to the first quarter in :28.3. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) took over at the top of the back stretch and led them to the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. The big favorite Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) took a short lead as they reached the top of the stretch. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) went three wide and took over in mid stretch. Mydelight Bluechip ($20.20), who is owned by Ellen McNeil and trained by John McNeil III, came flying four wide to nip second place finisher Love Live Laugh in 1:55.1. Jaclyn Hanover settled for third. Mydelight Bluechip is a 6-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight. It was her seventh win in 2018 and he 16th career trip to the winner's circle. Claude Huckabone III and Leon Bailey each had three driving wins on the night. Huckabone III finished first with Kolbee's Star ($4.80), Heavenly War ($15.60), and Miss B ($29.80). Bailey got his other wins with Dry Creek Gin ($20.60) and Rockin Deo ($17,00). With one day of racing left the driver's win title is still undecided. Jimmy Whittemore has 115 driving wins and John MacDonald has 114 tallies. It won't be decided until tomorrow night. Saturday (November 3) is closing night at Vernon Downs. The 12 race card features a "War Horse" race as well as two "Turn Back the Clock" races. There will be a drawstring bag giveaway (While supplies last) and a live bugler. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Closing night at Vernon Downs is set for Saturday (November 3) at 6:10 p.m. The 12 race card features the "War Horse" race as well as two "Turn Back the Clock" rewind races. The "War Horse" race consists of seven pacers 10 years old and older. The seven horses have combined for 2104 starts, 296 wins, 293 seconds, 282 thirds, and $3,364,447 in lifetime earnings. The two "Turn Back the Clock" rewind races will feature one race with pacers and one race with trotters. They will run the length of the track (seven-eighths mile) going clockwise. Also on that night will be a drawstring bag giveaway (while supplies last) and a live bugler The top trainer and top driver of 2018 will be honored as well as the horse of the year. Once again the 12 race card on Saturday (November 3) starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns. by John Horne,  for Vernon Downs        

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 27). Golden Gun ($4.80) charged out to the lead and led them to the first quarter in :26.2. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) followed in second with Card Knock life (Truman Gale) settling in the third hole. Golden Gun used a :28.2 second quarter to lead them to the half in :54.4. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he continued to control the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. Card Knock Life went first-over as they reached the stretch and joined Oh My Joepa, as they both tried to chase down Golden Gun. Once they hit deep stretch the only race was for second best. Golden Gun hit the wire first to win in 1:52.0. Card Knock Life finished second with Oh My Joepa settling for third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his sixth win of the season. He now has 30 career victories. John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore continue to battle for the drivers win title. MacDonald won three win on the night. He got his wins with Caritas Easel ($6.80), Heza Rube ($9.80), and Napper Tandy ($2.90). Whittemore won two on the night. He got his victories with The Royal Garden N ($6.70) and Giacodelight ($2.40). With just two live racing cards left in the 2018 season, Jimmy Whittemore leads all drivers with 114 tallies. John MacDonald is second with 113 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (November 2) and Saturday (November 3) for the last weekend of live racing for the 2018 season. Post time for both nights is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne,for Vernon Downs

John MacDonald guided Jaclyn Hanover to a victory in the featured fillies and mares pace ($7,500) and drove four more winners on the night at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 26). Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) jumped out to the early lead and controlled all the early fractions (:27.0, :56.4, 1:24.3). Jaclyn Hanover ($4.40) followed in the pocket almost the whole way around the oval. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she popped the pocket in deep stretch to overtake second place finisher, Mydelight Bluechip to win in 1:53.1. Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) was third. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her seventh win of the season and her 20th career victory. Walk The Floor takes the featured trot ($7,500) Walk The Floor ($17.60), Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore), and Kahoku (Ben McNeil) all battled for the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Walk The Floor took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. Pier Ho Exotic settled for the pocket trip as Walk The Floor led them to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Walk The Floor, who is owned and trained by Angus MacDonald, dug down deep in the stretch and held off a late charge by the big favorite Kabu (John MacDonald), to win in 1:55.3. Kabu settled for second best. Pier Ho Exotic finished third. Walk The Floor is a 7-year-old gelding by Crazed. It was his third win of 2018. He now has 18 career victories. MacDonald's five wins put him just two victories behind leading driver Jimmy Whittemore. MacDonald got his other wins with Dry Creek Gin ($4.20), Truth Isalwaybest ($3.70), Late Shift ($6.10), and American Sweet Pea ($12.20). Whittemore had a driving double. He notched his wins with Executive Decision ($4.00) and Rockin Deo ($9.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12 race card on Saturday (October 27) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) captures the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 20). Golden Gun ($3.50) charged to the lead and led the pack to a first quarter of :26.1. All About Rusty (John MacDonald) went first-over and put on the pressure all the way through the backstretch. Go lden Gun, who is owned by the Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, led to the half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Golden Gun shook loose at the top of the stretch and looked like he was going to win with ease. I Am Golden (Ron Harp) flew down the stretch like he had wings but he fell just short at the end to finish second. Golden gun hit the line first in 1:51.1. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fifth win of the season. He now has 29 career victories. Josh Kinney and Leon Bailey each drove three winners on the night. Kinney's other wins came with Upto A Dream ($6.80) and Odds On Demi-Queue ($4.40). Bailey went to the winner's circle with Vegas Again ($7.60), Tarport Andy ($5.40), and Frappe' ($11.40). Round The Beach (John MacDonald) wins the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($2.80) bolted to the front and never looked back going gate-to-wire (:27.2, :57.0, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Owned and trained by MacDonald, she won by four lengths in the end for her third straight victory. Banacek (Adam Cappizano) charged late to finish second. Napper Tandy (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fifth win this season. She now has six career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 26) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) captured the Vernon Downs featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (October 19). Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. Jaclyn Hanover ($6.20) followed in the pocket as Love Live Laugh continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Jaclyn Hanover, who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket in deep stretch and blew right by to win in 1:53.1 Love Live Laugh held on for second with Classic Can Dream (Jeff Long) picking up third money. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her sixth win of the season and her 19th career victory. Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500). Golden Kronos (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the lead and led to a first quarter in :29.1 and to the half of :59.2. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) pulled out of the pocket and took over the lead just after the half. First Call hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:28.2. Kabu ($6.40) was last at the halfway point. Owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he went first-over around the final turn. As they reach the top of the stretch Kabu challenged First Call. First Call went on a break in mid-stretch. Kabu took over the lead and held off a late charge by second place finisher McKenzie's Star (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:57.1. Golden Kronos was third best. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He picked up his 11th win of the season. He now has 32 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drives four winners on the night. Vernon Downs leading Driver Jimmy Whittemore picked up wins with Nashville Flash ($22.40), Miss B ($9.00), Pagasus Point ($8.60), and Escada De Vie ($4.30). He now has 109 wins and leads John MacDonald by five victories with five racing days left to go in the 2018 season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 20) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the harness racing featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13). Western Toro (John MacDonald) forged to the front and led the field to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :55.1. Golden Gun ($10.00) settled into fourth as they hit the first quarter. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable LLC., and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he went first-over on the back stretch and joined Western Toro as they went side by side all around the final turn. Western Toro held a narrow lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. The two continued to trade blows all the way downs stretch. Golden Gun surged ahead in deep stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher I Am Golden (Ron Harp) to win in 1:51.4. Western Toro held on for third. Golden Gun is a 6-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fourth win in 2018. He now has 28 career victories. Round The Beach (John MacDonald) cruises to easy win in the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($3.00) fought for and took the lead and she never looked back getting an easy gate-to-wire victory. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she laid down all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:53.3). Brimfield (Jimmy Whittemore) fired late to finish second. Banacek (Adam Capizano) got third money. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fourth with this season and her fifth career victory. John MacDonald, Claude Huckabone III, and Josh Kinney all had driving doubles on the night. "J Mac" got his wins with Dry Creek Gin ($7.30) and Round The Beach ($3.00). Huckabone III went to the winner's circle with Sea Harrier ($6.30) and Awesum Ace ($8.20). Besides Golden Gun, Kinney won with Cujo McBain ($39.60). Fox Valley Photog (Michelle Miller) easily wins RUS race. Fox Valley Photog went gate-to-wire to win the non-betting Racing Under Saddle race. Owned by Joe D'agostino with Phil Kadushin and trained by David Dewhurst, the 12-year-old gelding by Vaporize put up all the fractions (:30.4, 102.2, 1:33.2, 2:04.4). Iron Will (Heather Reese) finished second. Better To Be Lucky (Sietske Dijkhof) was third. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 19) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) easily takes the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 12). Taco Tuesday ($5.30) flew out of the gate and led to a first quarter in :27.1. Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) followed in the pocket second. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, easily took the group to the half in :55.4. As the field went around the last turn his lead got larger hitting three-quarters in 1:24.1. As he reached the top of the stretch it was apparent that the race was for second. Taco Tuesday won by nearly six lengths in the end hitting the mile in 1:54.1. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was second best with McKenzie's Star getting third money. Taco Tuesday is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his fifth win this year. He now has 17 career trips to the winner's circle. Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the top fillies and mares pace ($6,000). Blameitonthenight ($4.70) charged out of the gate and never looked back putting up all the fractions (:28.2, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.0). Owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Whittemore, she withstood the late pressure from second place finisher Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) with a :28.0 last quarter to secure the win. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) finished third. Blameitonthenight is a 4-year-old mare by Mach Three. It was her fourth win of the season and the ninth victory of her career. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won three on the night to give him 104 wins on the season. He got his wins with Pegasus Point ($7.30), Blameitonthenight ($4.70), and Star Flyer ($4.50). John MacDonald , who is currently second, drove his 100th winner of the season with Mean Leen ($3.30) Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

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