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Met's Hall (Andy Miller) wins exciting Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot ($350,000) for3-year-olds at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 17). Met's Hall ($27.60) went straight to the lead from the eight hole. He took the first quarter in :26.4. SIx Pack (Ake Svanstedt) followed in the pocket with Manchego (Yannick Gingras) following along in third. Andy Miller slowed the second quarter to a crawl of :30.1. Met's Hall hit the half in :57.0. Six Pack would pull the pocket just before the half. The two would then battle nose to nose and wheel to wheel all around the final turn. Neither horse would give an inch as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.2. Manchego, who was the only filly in the race, sat in third watching the other two battle it out around the turn. She then went three-wide at the top of the stretch. In an amazing stretch drive, Met's Hall would dig in and get ready for the late charge from Manchego. In the end Met's Hall would win by a nose in a personal best time of 1:52.0. Magnificent as she was, Manchego had to settle for second best. The gutsy Six Pack would finish third. Met's Hall is a three-year-old colt by Cantab Hall. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Stoy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc. It was his second win in six starts this season. He now owns seven career victories. Super Girl Riley (Marcus Miller) shocks field in Zweig Memorial Fillies Trot ($180,000) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The big favorite Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) carved out all the early fractions (:28.0, :57.2, 1:26.3). Basquiat (Yannick Gingras) followed in the pocket before going on a break at the three-quarter pole. Perfect Summer K (David Miller) would then inherit second. Super Girl Riley ($17.20) would then come first-over from third in the stretch. She would then rundown Plunge Blue Chip to win the mile in a career best of 1:54.3. Plunge Blue Chip had to settle for second money. Perfect Summer K finished third. Owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, Harvey Eisman and trained by Erv Miller, the 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass won for the second time in 2018. It was her sixth career victory. Zephyr Kronos (Yannick Gingras) wins the Zweig Memorial Consolation Trot ($80,000) for 3-year-old trotters. After Missle Hill led them to a first quarter of :27.0, Zephyr Kronos ($3.50) took control of the rest of the race (:56.2, 1:24.4, 1:52.0). Zephyr Kronos, who is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld, Perry Soderberg, and Christina Takter, held off onelast late charge from second place finisher Missle Hill. Mississippi Storm (Tim Tetrick) was third best. Zephyr Kronos is a 3-year-old colt by Ready Cash. He won for the fifth time this season and his career. None faster than tonight. Zero Tolerance won the first division ($52,500) of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. Zero Tolerance is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz, the 2-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar flew in the stretch to win 1:51.3. So Aweome (Tim Tetrick) finished second with St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) getting third money. Zero Tolerence ($3.60) is now four for five in her career. Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) wins the second division ($53,500) of the NYSS. Money Shot Hanover ($5.40) out dueled JK American Beauty (Yannick Gingras) in the stretch to win in 1:53.0. Brooklyn Lilacs (Jim Morrill Jr) was third. Money Shot Hanover is a 2-year-old filly by Art Major-Marinade Hanover. Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Frost, and trainer Mark Harder, she won for the first time in five starts Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 18) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John HOrne, for Vernon Downs

Oh No Three Oh (Jeff Long) charges in the stretch to win featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16). Kabu (John MacDonald) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.0, 1:25.4). Oh No Three Oh ($4.70) found himself in fourth after three-quarters . Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew by just before the wire to win in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) came up to finish second. Kabu held on to be third best. Oh No Three Oh is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his third win of the season and his 35th career victory. Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) wins the fillies and mares pace feature ($6,500). It's A Miracle (Truman Gale) led the way to all the early fractions (:28.1, :56.4, 1:24.3). Jaclyn Hanover ($3.70) sat in the pocket all the way to the stretch. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she popped the pocket and ran down It's A Miracle and held off the late charge of second place finisher, Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) to win in 1:52.4. It's A Miracle held for third. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her fourth win this season and career win number 17. MacDonald and Michael Miller each had driving doubles. MacDonald got his other win with Choke Hold ($9.10). Miller went to the winner's circle with Ex Crown ($4.50) and American JJ ($19.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 17) featuring the Dr. Harry M. Zwieg Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies ($180,000) as well as the Zweig Memorial elgible for all 3-year-olds trotters ($350,000). There will also be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies. Post time for the 10 race card is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

The public's faith in 3-year-old female trotter Manchego wavered ever so slightly earlier this month in the Hambletonian Oaks, when for the first time in her career she was not the favorite, but she looked to restore confidence with her stakes-record 1:50 win in the event. Now, she will try to bolster her status by taking on the boys in Friday's $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot at Vernon Downs in upstate New York. Manchego is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the Zweig, where she will face a field of eight male rivals. Manchego, who has won 17 of 19 career races, will start from post No. 2 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. She will try to become the first filly since Moni Maker in 1996 to win an open division of the Zweig. The card also includes the $180,000 fillies-only division of the Zweig, which features stakes-winner and world-record-holder Plunge Blue Chip and Frank Zanzuccki Trot winner Basquiat. In addition, there is an $80,000 Zweig consolation division for the colts. Racing begins at 6:10 p.m. (EDT). Prior to wins in her Oaks elimination and the final, Manchego saw her career-opening 15-race victory streak snapped when she went off stride in the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on June 30 and got beat by a nose by Plunge Blue Chip in her world-record 1:49.4 mile on July 14 at The Meadowlands. The 2017 Dan Patch Award-winner also saw a streak of 20 consecutive appearances in the sport's Top 10 dating back to last season come to an end. She returned to the Top 10 following her win in the Oaks. "She showed up (in the Hambletonian Oaks) and she was huge," said Barry Guariglia, whose Black Horse Racing is among Manchego's owners with John Fielding and Herb Liverman. "I thought the elim and the final was what she's all about. If you take a step back and look at the disappointment when she made that break in the Beal, there are no other blemishes to speak of. I'm very pleased with her." Guariglia knew Manchego's win streak would come to an end at some point, and to see it happen when she made the break on the final turn of the Beal while challenging for the lead softened the blow. "I knew it would happen eventually," Guariglia said. "To do it that way was almost better because you had no shot instead of getting nosed out on the line. It wasn't for lack of ability." As for missing by a nose the honor of being the fastest 3-year-old trotter in harness racing history, Guariglia said, "That other filly went the race of her life. It happens. That's the only thing missing, that mark by a tick, but I've got a funny feeling somewhere down the road maybe we'll get a shot at it again." Manchego's connections bypassed the opportunity to race the boys in the Hambletonian, preferring instead to compete in the all-filly Oaks. It paid off, with Gingras and Takter teaming for their fifth consecutive win in the event. On Friday, Manchego will see a number of colts from the Hambletonian, including second-place finisher Met's Hall, Alarm Detector, Classichap, Evaluate, Fashionwoodchopper, Patent Leather, and Six Pack. The Hambletonian was won by another filly, Atlanta. She was not eligible to the Zweig. "It's one heat, so we thought we would try it again," Guariglia said about facing the boys, which Manchego also did in the Beal. "We'll see what happens. We drew well. It looks like a pretty competitive race. "I take every week as a challenge. You're kind of expected to win week to week, so it's a little bit harder maybe mentally. But I don't take anything or anybody for granted because it's a horserace." Guariglia, a financial advisor, has enjoyed harness racing for more than 40 years. He was at the Meadowlands Racetrack when it opened in 1976 and got into racehorse ownership at the age of 27. Winning the Oaks was a thrill. "I never won anything like the Oaks, never a race that big, on Hambo Day," Guariglia said. "That was a lot of fun. It was a little chaotic in the winner's circle but that's OK too. It was a nice crowd, a nice spot to be. "It's wonderful. It doesn't get any better." Following are the fields for the $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot and $180,000 Zweig filly division. The main event is race No. 9, with a planned 8:50 p.m. (EDT) post. It will be preceded by the filly race at 8:30. Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Open Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Patent Leather-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell-10/1 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 3-Evaluate-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander-10/1 4-Fashionwoodchopper-David Miller-Jim Campbell-6/1 5-Alarm Detector-Scott Zeron-Ben Baillargeon-8/1 6-Six Pack-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-7/2 7-Classichap-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-12/1 8-Met's Hall-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-9/2 9-Clive Bigsby-Corey Callahan-George Ducharme-8/1 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Filly Trot PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-The Russian Spy-Corey Callahan-Paul Kelley-8/1 2-Supergirl Riley-Marcus Miller-Erv Miller-9/2 3-Cherry Peep-Dan Daley-Dan Daley-10/1 4-Basquiat-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-7/2 5-Perfect Summer K-David Miller-Andrew Harris-6/1 6-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-5/2 7-A Gift For You-Scott Zeron-George Ducharme-8/1 8-Mooshka Stride-Tim Tetrick-Mark Harder-10/1 by Ken Weingartner, the USTA 

Vernon, NY - Rival filly trotters Manchego and Plunge Blue Chip, two of the season's top sophomores as well as the fastest 3-year-olds in the long history of the breed, will both race at Vernon Downs on Friday in the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot but, in a somewhat surprising development, not against one and other.   The connections of Manchego have picked up the mantle of Hambletonian winning filly Atlanta and entered their star filly into the $350,000 Open division (race 9) where she'll face eight colts.   Manchego (PP #2) deftly handled her competition in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks two weeks past with a tour de force 1:50 stakes record, marking the fifth consecutive winner of that race for the trainer/driver team of Jimmy Takter and Yannick Gingras. She is the highest money earner in the Zweig field with $362,222 in seasonal earnings and over $1.2 million career for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman.   She'll meet a solid group of colts led by Hambletonian final second place finisher Met's Hall (Andy Miller) and the Hambo favorite Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) whose magical mystery tour trip in his elimination heat resulted in his elimination.   Plunge Blue Chip (Svanstedt) will certainly have the favorite's target on her back in the surprisingly light group of eight in the Zweig Filly race (race 8). She became the fastest 3-year-old trotter ever with her epic 1:49.4 nose win over Manchego in the Del Miller stakes a month ago, followed up by a third in the Hambletonian Oaks final. She races for the partnership of Svanstedt Stable, Blue Chip Bloodstock, Thomas Andersson and Rick Zeron.   The Zweig also fields a nine colt $80,000 second tier division and the all stakes card is completed by New York Sires Stakes events for freshman filly pacers.   It's a grand program that will begin at 6:10 pm on Friday. Entries for the entire card may be seen here.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs      

Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (August 11). MacDonald wins four races on the card. JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Lyons Johnny ($3.20) then took over leading the group to a :56.2 half mile and three -quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:52.0. Third best was Gypsey Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Lyons Johnny is a 10-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 43 career wins. MacDonald had a quadruple double as driver-trainer. His other wins came with Stonebridge Frosty ($4.30), Weapon To Win (($8.30), and Kabu ($6.10). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) 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

Oh My Joepa and harness racing driver John MacDonald captured win number 50 during the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (August 4). Oh My Joepa ($6.10) took the lead just before the first quarter and put down all the fractions (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Owned and trained by MacDonald, he got pressured in the stretch from Gypsy Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Gypsy Leather looked prime to go by but Oh My Joepa dug down deep and as he has done in many of his victories, he gutted it out in deep stretch and finished first. Gypsy Leather settled for second money with Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. It was his fourth win in a row and his fifth win this season. MacDonald had two more winners on the night. He added wins with Wish Granted ($6.90) and Lucid Thoughts ($4.80). Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) charges late to capture featured trot ($6,000). Bloodstockshalltab ($3.90) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Walk The Floor (Angus MacDonald) took over and hit the half first in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.2. Walk The Floor seemed to have the race in hand but Bloodstockshalltab kept coming in the stretch and finally went by just before the wire, winning in 1:54.3. Walk The Floor settled for second with Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) finishing third. Bloodstockshalltab is an 8-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Diane WHittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, he won for the sixth time this season and the 34th time in his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 9) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) 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

Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 28). Commentary (Mike Merton) led the way to the first quarter in :27.3. Hanrahan (Dan Daley) then took control hitting the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Bloodstockshalltab ($7.40) who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, wrestled the lead away from Hanrahan in deep stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher, Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) to win in 1:56.0. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Bloodstockshalltab is an 8-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his fifth win this season and it was career victory number 33. Whittemore had a triple triple on the night with two more driving and training wins. His other two wins came with Pier Ho Exotic ($7.80) and Serious Major ($5.50). Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) breezes to third straight win in featured pace ($6,000). Oh My Joepa ($9.00) went gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions (:28.0, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.1). KJ Erich (Jeff Long) finished second with JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. Owned and trained by MacDonald, he won for the fourth time this season and he nabbed career win number 49. Veteran horseman Jay Sears piloted Star Flyer (Cantab Hall) to a victory on the night as well. The 76 year-old Sears drove like he was a youngster in getting the 4-year-old mare her first win this season in 1:58.4. Star Flyer ($11.00) is trained by Ray Van Dreason and owned by Sears and David Fishman Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a nine race card on Thursday (August 2). For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) easily wins the the Vernon Downs featured trot ($5,500) on Thursday (July 26). It's Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in :28.1. First Call ($6.20) who is trained by Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, went first over from third and blew right by and controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.0). Its Chocolate Time finished second with Deaks Sweetie Pie (Adam Capizzano) getting third money. First Call is a 3-year-old filly by credit winner. She won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career. Pinky The Intern (Leon Cable) Is victorious in the Vernon Amateur Driver Club race ($3,500). Famous C (Vladimir Melnichenko) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:28.2) Pinky The Intern ($3.70) followed in the pocket all the way until just after three-quarters. Owned by Anthony Chiniara and trained by Cable, she popped out of the pocket and flew right by to win in 1:58.1. Son of Liberty (Homer Hochstetler) was a distant second with Little Big Rigs (Tony Ciuffeltelli) finishing third. Pinky The Intern is a 6-year-old mare by Pilgrims Taj. It was her second straight win and her 14th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 28) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday due to Wynonna and the Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) hangs on to capture the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (July 21). Oh My Joepa ($8.20) laid down all the fractions going gate-to-wire (:26.3, :56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.2).  However it was not easy.  Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) was third after three quarters and gave everything he had battling all the way down the stretch losing by a nose at the wire.  JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) finished third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover.  Owned and trained by MacDonald, he won for the third time this season and for the 48th time in his career.  MacDonald had a triple double on the night, by driving and training three winners.  The other wins came with Weapon To Win ($8.40) and Kabu ($3.10). Adam Capizano had two wins on the night with big long shot Dark Prince ($101.50), as well as Banacek ($38.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (July 26) with a post time of 6:10 p.m..  There will be no live racing on Friday (July 27) due to Wynonna and The Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Spoiler Alert ($12.20) led them to a first quarter in :27.4. Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) then took over before the hitting the half in :56.3 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.2. Spoiler Alert came out of the pocket to win in 1:55.1. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) came up late to finish second. Sweet Ashley T (Howard Okusko Jr.) was third best. Spoiler Alert is a 4-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. He is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey. It was win number seven for the season as well as his career. Adam Cappizano, John MacDonald and Ben McNeil all had driving doubles on the night. Cappizano won with Haloman ($14.60) and Pudge's Pastime ($21.00). MacDonald got his wins with If I Must ($2.20) and Drea's Good Powow ($16.40). McNeil reached the winner's circle with Cascata ($39.60) and Some Royalty ($5.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 21) with a 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Atlanta (Scott Zeron) won the second of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore harness racing trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 19). Repentance (Jim Morrill Jr.) was first to the quarter in 27.0. Atlanta ($2.10) who is trained by Rick Zeron, stormed to the front just after the quarter and controlled the race the rest of the way (:57.0, 1:26.4, 1:53.4). Her win in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) was never in doubt. Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt) was second best with Repentance getting third money. Atlanta is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven and is owned by the team of Rick Zeron, Crawford Farms, Howard Taylor, Holland Racing Stable, and Bradley Grant. She is now five for five this season and nine for fourteen in her career. Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) holds off Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) to win the NYSS first division ($60,200). Ciao Dolce led to a first quarter in :27.3. Lima Novelty ($3.00) went first-over from fourth and brushed by to take the lead before hitting the half in :57.0. She continued to lead, hitting three-quarters in 1:26.1. Ciao Dolce followed in the pocket until mid stretch. She would go first over and battle down the rest of the stretch but Lima Novelty dug in and held on to win in 1:54.1. Ciao Dolce settled for second while Tribute To Seven (Matt Kakaley) fired late to finish third. Lima Novelty is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. Owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, she won for the fourth time this season and the eighth time in her career. Scott Zeron won three on the night as he added a win with the Russian Spy ($4.40). Matt Kakaley visited the winner's circle three times on the night as well. He got his wins with Talkoholic ($48.00), Byway ($10.20), and White Cheetah ($5.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 20) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will have a Double Draw Monday (7/23) for Thursday (7/26) & Saturday (7/28). The box closes at 9am. Thursday driver changes due Tuesday 10 am Saturday driver changes due Thursday 10 am   There is no racing on Friday (7/27) because of the Wynonna and the Big Noise concert.   Qualifiers will be on Thursday (7/26) instead of the usual Friday because of concert. Entry box closes 10 am on Wednesday.   For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (July 19). Including the anticipated return of Atlanta the track record holder for all trotters at the Miracle Mile. Atlanta (Scott Zeron) will compete in the second division of the NYSS ($61,300) and is installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite. The last time the 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven took to the track at Vernon she won the $238,613 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final. She trotted the fastest mile ever at Vernon Downs in a time of 1:50.3, easily beating Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass) by four and a half lengths. That is significant because Plunge Blue Chip just posted a world record time of 1:49.4 for 3-year-old trotters of either sex at the Meadowlands on Saturday (July 1$) in the second of two Del Miller Memorial races ($128,500). Atlanta who istrained by Rick Zeron for owners Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant, is four for four as a sophomore. Her last time out she won a leg of the NYYS ($40,600) at Tioga Downs where she once again easily beat Plunge Blue Chip, setting the track record for 3-year-old fillies in 1:52.2. Her toughest competitor will be 3-1 morning line second choice, Lucky Ava (Ake Svanstedt). She is part of the Svanstedt trained entry along with Fury Road (Dan Dube). Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky) is owned by Savanstedt, Little E LLC., and Van Camp Trotting Corp. She has four wins in seven starts so far this season. She has won NYSS races at Yonkers ($42,975), Monticello ($30,450), and Buffalo ($29,250). In the first division of the NYSS ($60,200), the Morning line favorite is Lima Novelty (Scott Zeron) at 2-1. A 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven, she is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. She has three wins in 2018. She has won the Mary Reynolds Stakes ($66,200) at the Meadowlands and a NYSS race at Buffalo ($30,450). The second Morning line choice in the second division is Ciao Dolce (Ake Svanstedt) at 3-1. She is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. Owned by Kjell Anderson and trained by Svanstedt. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($29,850) and Buffalo ($29,850). The nine race card starts at Venon Downs starts on Thursday (July 19) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

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