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Leading driver, John MacDonald wins four on the Saturday night. Oh My Joepa (MacDonald) goes gate-to-wire and barely hangs on to take Vernon Downs harness racing feature on (July 15). Owned, trained, and driven by John MacDonald, Oh My Joepa (Rock N Roll Heaven) would put up the fractions :26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1, 1:52.0. Oh My Joepa ($3.40) won for the third straight time but it wasn't easy as Golden Gun (Ed Waishes) came flying late but finished second by a neck. Apollo Seelster (Truman Gale) was third. John MacDonald, who has 58 wins on the season first won with 2 year-old Manverick (American Ideal-Desirable Cindy). Manverick ($5.40) won in his first career start. MacDonald also won with Coopers Beach ($4.40) and Ring Leda ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday starting at 6:45 p.m. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Wings of Royalty (Chris Lems) wins the Trot feature ($9,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday night. Owned by Raymond Campbell and trained by George Ducharme, WIngs Of Royalty (Rc Royalty) would fly out of the gate and control all the fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:52.4. The 7 year-old horse would pay $2.70 for the win. Winning for the 17th time in his career. Winding Hill (Jimmy Wittemore was second with Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) getting third. John MacDonald and Chris Lems continue to slug it out for driver title. MacDonald was shutout tonight but leads with 54 wins for the season. Chris Lems added three wins to his total tonight. He also won with Mittnage A Trois ($4.00) and Gimme The Cash ($3.70) . That gives him 52 for the seasom. Jimmy Wittemore is a distant 3rd with 28. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) captures Thursday night Fillies and Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) at Vernon Downs. Girlofyourdreams (W Bart Dalious) would take command early and hit the first quarter in :26.0. Wanna Rock N Roll (Shawn McDonough) would take a short lead but Girlofyourdreams would re-take the lead all and lead all the way to the top of the stretch. Love Live Laugh (Ho Silverheel's) who is owned by Jimmy Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, would go second over and charge for the front in the stretch. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) would re-shuffle and go five wide in mid stretch. Love Live Laugh ($8.70) got the jump and that was enough for the 7 year-old mare to win in 1:53.3. Charged up would settle for second. Simple Saver N (Leon Baily) would finish third. Jimmy Whittermore would win two more on the card. He would win with Fitzmagic ($6.70) and Love You Bye ($4.80). Leading driver John MacDonald would also win three to give him 54 on the season. MacDonald would win with Gimmesomeroom ($3.90), Major Millie ($2.70) and Divination $6.20). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (July 14) with an eight race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com.  

John MacDonald had the hot hands scoring five winners at Vernon Downs Saturday night. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would win the Vernon Downs feature pace ($7,500) at the miracle mile on Saturday (July 8). MacDonald would add that with four other wins to go to the winner's circle five times. During the feature,Golden Gun (W. Bart Dalious), would take charge and put up the early fractions :26.1, 56.2, 125.1. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would sit in the pocket going around the Oval at the miracle mile. It was Apollo Seelster (Andy Gardner), who would make the first move going first-over to take a slight lead. Oh My Joepa ($7.00) would make his move wearing down Apollo Seelster (second) to get the narrow win during race nine. Golden Gun would hold for third. MacDonald would take big longshot Dewey Take Credit ($71.00) to a victory in race six. He would win race seven with Dragon Fever ($15.00). In race 11 he took Three Handbags ($5.20) to victory lane. In race 13 he would charge late with Cooper Beach ($4.00) to get his fifth win. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday night (July 13) with a 9 race card starting at 6:45 pm. For more infromation please go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Four divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing freshman filly pacers were on hand at Vernon Downs on Friday night (July 7). Twin B Peaches (Mark MacDonald) come on late to get an upset win during the first division of the NYSS ($27,750) for freshman pacing fillies. All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex)) who was driven by Marcus Miller went to the front. However, Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date) who was driven by Jimmy Marohn Jr, would take over before the half. As they went to the top of the stretch the two favorites would duke it out. Twin B Peaches (Betterthancheddar-Beach Bound) who is owned by Onaroll Stable, Touch Stone Farms, Ozzie Mackay and Reginald Petipas, would watch from third then fire out at mid-stretch and go by to take the victory at the wire. Twin B Peaches ($23.60), who is trained by Blake Macintosh, would win in 1:52.0. Hurrikane Shorty finished second best while All On Top Hanover got third. The second division NYSS ($28,250) for the 2 year-old fillies would go to another long shot, Walk From Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Walk Of Shame). Owned by Frank Chick, while trained by Kevin Lare and piloted by Brett Miller, she would follow the lead of Dance Blue (Rock N Roll Heaven-Tessa Hanover). Dance Blue (Mark MacDonald) would put up the fractions of :27.4, :57.0, 1:24.4, but would go off stride just before the top of the stretch. This would leave an opening for Walk From Heaven ($37.80) and she would hold off the late charge of Classy Chris (Art Major-Rocknroll Wishes) to win in 1:53.2. Classy Chris (Jim Morrill Jr.) would finish second. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) who was driven by Matt Kakaley finished third. The third division NYSS ($27,750) went to Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think). Owned by Blake Macintosh (trainer), Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie Mackay, while driven by Mark MacDonald, Ubettergo Go ($9.80), went gate-to-wire in 1:53.0 putting all the rest away with a :26.3 last quarter. Line Dancer (Art Major-Burning Beaches), who was driven by Brett Miller finished second. Matt Kakaley drove Step Beyond (Art Major-Apogee Hanover) to a third place finish. The Final Division NYSS ($28,250) went to the big favorite Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Graduate) who was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. She would follow early leader Silk Reed (Rock N Roll Heaven-Fantasy Jet) who was driven by Tyler Buter all the way to the Stretch. Betterthangraduate ($2.70) who is owned by Burke Racing, Silva Pernel & Libby, with P Collura & Weaver Bruscemi, and trained by Ron Burke, would hold off a late charge by Speedo Miss (Roll With Joe-String Bikini) to win in 1:55.0. Speedo Miss (Marcus Miller) got second. Mark MacDonald steered Lulu De Vie (Rock N Roll Heaven-Jetta Blue Chip) to third place. Vernon Downs returns to action Saturday (July 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Ella Christina (Marcus Johansson) sneaks through on the inside to capture the Filly and Mares harness racing feature ($5,000) on Thursday night at Vernon Downs (July 6). Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) would jump out to the lead right out of the gate. The 7 year-old would put up the early fractions of :27.2, :56.1, 1:24.1. Love You Bye (Jimmy Wittemore) would hold the pocket trip going for most of the circuit coming out of the pocket to lead at the top of the stretch. That is when Ella Christina (Western Ideal), who is owned and trained by Nancy Johansson, would make her move sneaking by on the pylons while slipping by to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Love you by would take second with Tiger Boudoir holding on for third. Barn Sis (Cole Wimmer) would be a winner in her second career start. The 2 year-old by Credit Winner - Baby I'm Bad, would use a late move to nip first time starter Stella Agnes (Deweycheatumnhowe-Stella Hall) in 2:02. Barn Sis ($7.10) is owned by Morrisville Col Fdn Inc. and trained by Keith Cluff. Stella Agnes would finish second and Poe Epic (Joe Nassimos) would get second. Four division of the New York SIre Stakes for 2 year-old pacing fillies will be on center stage when Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Friday (July 7). The 10 race card will begin at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to ww.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Four divisions of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for the harness racing 2 year-old pacing fillies take center stage at The Miracle Mile on Friday night. The first race of the four NYSS ($27,750) races, looks like it good be a duel between two very sharp horse coming out of recent Meadowlands races. The morning line favorite at 5-2 is Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major / Speed Date) is coming out of a huge performance on June 30th, winning by three lengths in 1:52.3) Hurrikane Shorty is owned by Little E LLC, Settlemoir, Geiger and Stolz. She is trained by Kevin McDermott and driven by Jim Marohn Jr. Her main rival at 7-2 is All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar / Allamerican), She put up a huge effort vs the highly regarded Rainbow Room, a two year old by champion Somebeachsomwhere and world champion Rainbow Blue June 23rd. All On Top Hanover who is Crawford Farms, Miller, Michelon and Golemes and trained by Erv Miller, was fourth at the three-quarter mark and came flying home in :25.3 to fall short of Rainbow Room by a little over a length. The second NYSS ($28,250) race features Dance Blue (Rock N Roll Heaven / Tessa Hanover), who is owned by Katz, Goldband, and Anderberg while trained by Jimmy Takter and driven by Mark MacDonald. She was second to Hurrikane Shorty at the Meadowlands and is the morning line favorite at 5-2. The second choice is Azzeal As It Gets (So Surreal / Vanite Semalu), who is owned by Our Horse Cents and Stable 45, is at 7-2. Azzeal is trained by Ake Svandstedt and driven by Jim Marohn Jr. The third NYSS ($27,750) race of baby fillies will feature Line Dancer (Art Major / Burning Beaches) who is the morning line favorite at 5-2. Owned by Frank Chick and trained by Tony Hall the 2 year-old put down two decent races at Pocono Downs. Line Dancer is piloted by Brett Miller. The second choice is Solitary (American Ideal Lonesome Day) is trained by Ross Corghan and driven by Jim Marohn. Solitary, who is owned by Let it Ride Stables and Dana Parham is at 7-2. In race number four the joint entry of Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar / Western Graduate) and Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal / Sweet Lady), are at 5-2. Both fillies are trained by Ron Burke. Betterthangraduate is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Colluri and Brucemi will have driver Jim Morrill Jr. She fell just short in her one start at Pocono Downs, Youaremycandygirl is owned by W J Donovan and driven by Matt Kakaley. She has ran two very good qualifiers. Their main competition looks to be the 7-2 morning line choice of Silk Reed (Rock N Roll Heaven / Fantasy Jet). She is owned by Schneider, Siegel, and Lieberman while trained by Jean Drolet. She was a winner in her debut at Pocono Downs. Tyler Buter holds the reins for the 2 year-old Silk Reed. Post time for the 10 race card at Venon Downs (July 7) is 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne

Oh My Joepa takes the harness racing featured pace ($7,500) on Tuesday night (July 4) at Vernon Downs. Before the feature started the big favorite Golden Gun (Justin Huckabone) went off stride. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take full advantage and charge, out to the lead. The 9 year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover would put up all the fractions :27.4, :57.0, 1:24.1, 1:52.0 Rock N Row (Truman Gale),who was the longest shot in the field followed the winner for the entire race. Oh My Joepa ($10.80) who is also owned trained by MacDonald would win for the eighth time this season and the 39th time in 180 starts. Rock N Row would make a late charge but finish second by a length. Modern Gesture (Jimmy Wittemore) would finish third. MacDonald would also capture the nightcap steering Cam's Lucky Sam (Camluck) to a win in 1:51.0. Life Up Front (Chris Lems) would finish second with Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Cam's Lucky Sam would pay $4.90 for the victory Jimmy Whittemore and Josh Kinney had driving doubles as well. Whittemore won with Apollo Seelster ($6.10) and Captain Dragon ($32.00). Kinney went to the winner's circle with Samson J ($4.80) and Allamerican Improv ($8.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday with a nine race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Harness racing driver Chris Lems would win the first four races at Vernon Downs Saturday night, then he won the nightcap to win five out of nine on the first day of July. Lems would win the opener with Stick With Me Kid ($2.40). Stick With Me Kid would win gate-to-wire winning by six lengths in 1:53.1. Lems would then win the co-feature, Fillies and Mares Open ($9,500) with It's A Miracle ($13.60). The 7-year-old mare by Always A Virgin who is owned by Victor Finncchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, would take the lead before the half. Tataria (Truman Gale) would take over the lead at the top of the stretch and Drea's Good Powow (John Macdonald) would make it three across the track. Somehow It's A Miracle would battle back and win at the wire in 1:51.0. Tataria was second with Drea's Good Powow gettin third. "Lemsy" would win his thrid straight with Neon Lights ($3.60) easily in 1:56.2. He would then capture his fourth in a row guiding Lipstick Taser ($4.00) to victory in 1:51.3. Lems would have to wait until race nine to capture his fifth driving Vodka And Lindy ($2.30) to an easy gate-to-wire win in 1:56.1. Wind Of The North (Jeff Long) would win the co-featured Trot ($9,500) on Saturday night. Sweet Thing (Chris Lems) would take charge after the first quarter and lead to the stretch. Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) would go first over and battle Sweet Thing in mid-stretch. Somehow Wind Of The North (Cantab Hall) who is owned by Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck while trained by Long squeezed through to win in 1:53.0. Wind Of The North paid $3.00 for the win. Sweet Thing finished second with Prairie Fortune getting third. Vernon Downs returns with racing on Tuesday (July 4) at 6 p.m. ending with fireworks. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne

Miriam Toland the 72-year-old harness racing owner, trainer, and driver took command of Fleetwood Hall ($39.80) to go from last to first at Vernon Downs Thursday night. The 7-year-old Deweycheatumnhow gelding found himself already behind by 12 lengths after the first quarter. ABC Crown ((Joe Nassimos) would charge out to the early lead and set the early fractions of :27.0, :56.3, 1:26.3. The African (John MacDonald) rode in the pocket and looked poised to takeover after the top of the stretch and would take a short lead in deep stretch. Then came the late charge by Fleetwood Hall who looked like a speeding bullet in deep stretch to go by and just nip The African (second) at the wire in 1:57.0. ABC Crown held on for third. For Toland it was her first win this season at Vernon Downs, holding the reins like a thirty year-old, she proudly strolled Fleetwood Hall into the winners circle. Is harness driving a young mans sport? Not on this night! Earlier in the night Special Princess (John MacDonald) would win in her debut. The 2-year-old Art Major filly charged to the front right out of the gate. Owned by 4 for 3 Stable and trained by Donna Reidel, Special Princess ($11.40), would put up fractions of :28.1, :59, 1:27.1, 1:56.0 while going gate-to-wire. Hayleighs Hat (Ben McNeil) would be second best and Bonita Island (Truman Gale) would finish third. Truman Gale would get a couple winners on this night. Gale would win race number one with Tea Party Tempest ($12.40) winning in 1:54.1. Gale would capture the last race of the night with Southwind Vixon ($6.80) in 1:55.0 There will be no racing Friday night (6/30) because of a 38 Special concert at Vernon Downs. The miracle mile will return to live action on Saturday (7-1) with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

The Meadowlands - In an effort to make conforming with The Meadowlands Out Of Competition (OOC) testing requirements easier and less expensive, arrangements have been made for harness racing trainers to stable horses coming from outside the established 150 mile radius in the Vernon Downs barn area for that period of time.   There will be no charge for stalls and a discounted hotel rate of $20 per night at the Vernon Downs hotel (which includes free continental breakfast during the week) will be available to horsemen with OOC horses.   The Vernon track surface is among the best and qualifiers will be held on Friday, July 9 for those who need a race.   Trainers will still need to notify Brice or The Meadowlands Racing Office of the location of their horses beginning Monday, July 3.   To accept this option, please call the Vernon Downs racing office at (315) 829-6825 or Brice Cote at (609) 558-5062.   Nick Salvi  

Modern Gesture (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the Pace Feature ($7,500) at the miracle mile on Saturday (June 24). The 7-year-old harness racing  gelding by Artiscape would charge late in the stretch to overtake Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald). Oh My Joepa would go right to the front and set fractions of 27.0, :55.3, 1:24.1. Modern Gesture ($4.30) who is owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Richard Dow would be second at the top of the stretch and wear down Oh My Joepa (second) in the stretch to win by a head in 1:51.3. Big Game (Josh Kinney) finished third. Justin Huckabone wins four races at Vernon Downs tonight. Huackabone would capture race two with Jojo Joves ($4.60), going gate-to-wire by six lengths in 1:54.2. He would win his second during race four with McDan ($5.90) in 1:54.2. Huckabone's third win came in race 10 with Makeoutlikeapandit ($5.40) would hold off a late charge by Sea Harrier (Claude Huckabone III) by a nose in 1:53.1. Race 12 would be win number four for Huckabone with L Dees Broadway ($3.50). L Dees Broadway would battle Double Your Money (Truman Gale) all the way down the stretch and win by a head in 2:01.2. Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Thursday (June 29) with an eight race card starting at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne For Vernon Downs.  

Chris Lems would rack up four wins on Friday including the Fillies & Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) with Little Santamonica (Little Steven). Owned by Courtney Crawford and trained by Jordan Hope, the 9-year-old mare would go gate-to-wire in 1:51.1. Little Santamonica ($2.80) never had a tense moment as she won her 53rd career victory. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would follow the whole way to finish second. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) was a distant third. Lems would begin the night getting the first race victory with 2-year-old first time starter Clive Bigsby (Muscle Mass). Clive Bigsby ($3.80) would take over right before the top of the stretch and win easily by four lengths in 1:58.1. Missus Mia Wallace (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second with Ladydini (Howard Okusko Jr,.) getting third. "Lemsy" would also get a win driving Without A Clue ($18.20) going gate to wire in 1:54.4, just holding off the late charge by Jersey Boy (Ben McNeil). Walk The Floor (Angus Mac Donald) was third. Lems got his other win during race number eight with He's Gone ($3.80) running past Atoastandcaviar (John MacDonald) in 1:55.1. Jackson's Gold (Jimmy Wittemore) was third. Vernon Downs returns to live racing Saturday night (June 24) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Reigning New York champions Devious Man and Barn Bella demonstrated why they possess the harness racing crowns in their divisions with extremely impressive victories in their Empire Breeders Classic finals, worth $252,000 and $228,250, respectively on Sunday (June 18) afternoon at Vernon Downs. In fact, Barn Bella equaled champion Check Me Out's track standard of 1:51.3, while Devious Man was just off world champion and Hambletonian winner Market Share's record of 1:52.1 with a 1:52.2 mile. Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory) was the first to make her appearance in race eight. The daughter of Conway Hall-Bravissima, who is co-owned by Purple Haze Stables, her trainer Steve Pratt and Nancy Pratt, had not tasted defeat since last July and was vying for her 10th consecutive triumph. Leaving from post position nine, the 1-9 favorite and Gregory were content to sit in third while allowing Ostrich Bay (Scott Zeron) to cut the first quarter of the mile, which went in a swift :26.2. Shortly before the half-mile pole, the duo decided it was time to strike the front and pulled to make their move. The filly clicked off fractions of :55.2 and 1:24 and appeared to be firmly in command of the field of 10. David Miller and Celebrity Ruth (5-2), however, had their own plan on who would be in the winner's circle. Miller pulled his charge from third heading into the final turn and his filly had a full head of steam. She nearly drew alongside Barn Bella for a the briefest of instants before that rival assumed command in the blink of an eye to quickly place two lengths between herself and her closest pursuer. From there on in it was never in doubt, as Barn Bella strode beautifully to the wire still two lengths ahead of her colleagues. Celebrity Ruth trotted gamely for her second place finish and Sunshine Delight (Brett Miller) closely mildly for third. With the victory, which was the third fastest trotting mile of the season for 3-year-olds behind champions Ariana G (1:51.1) and Walner (1:51.2), Barn Bella is now a perfect six-for six this year and improved her record to 15-12-0. She has banked more than $350,000 during her career. "Oh she ranks up there for sure (with the greatest horses Gregory has driven)," said her pilot in the winner's circle. "She is limited to what she is eligible to, but she is pretty much paid up to everything in New York, so she won't be able to go against the big girls, but with what she is doing here, she is sure making us happy."   Barn Bella paid $3.10 to win, while Celebrity Ruth offered $3.70 and Sunshine Delight provided $2.70 to her supporters.   Not to be outdone by a member of the fairer sex, Devious Man supplied his own statement victory to ponder if his dam, Miss Garland, may earn the lofty distinction of foaling two Hambletonian victors in race nine, as this Credit Winner colt is a half-sibling to Vivid Photo.   With Andy Miller at his customary position in the bike, Devious Man, the 4-5 public selection, left the gate from post six and followed leader Swell Chap (10-1, Brett Miller) behind splits of :26.2, :56.3 and 1:24.4 before Stick With Me Kid, (9-1) with Brian Sears at the lines pulled from the pocket. Devious Man exploded off that one's cover and in a flash, showed the eight other colts and geldings his heels at the top of the lane. Second choice Bill's Man (7-2, Corey Callahan) made a furious rally from eighth, but could come no closer than several lengths before the finish line. Stick With Me Kid held for third in a photo between he and Bill's Man.   Owned by Story Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable, Devious Man is now three-for-three in 2017 and 15-10-1-1 lifetime. Trained by Julie Miller, the colt's purse money is now approaching the $500,000 mark and his time of 1:52.3 is a lifetime best.   Devious Man paid $4.70 to those who wagered upon him and Bill's Man was $3.00 to place. Stick With Me Kid provided the sum of $3.50 to his backers.   When asked after the event what the future plans where the colt, Miller minced no words.   "He did that easy, but the fractions were not real strong, so when he came off cover he just trotted to the wire," he said. "I'm not sure if we are going to Pocono next week (for the Earl Beal Jr. Memorial), but pointing him towards the Hambletonian is the goal and hopefully we have some luck there."   Pacing colts compete in NYSS action In the first division ($30,450), Heavens Gait (David Miller) would win going away in the stretch by five lengths. The 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven would be fourth going around the last turn. Pointomygranson (Brett Miller) took the lead just after the first quarter and controlled the pace with :55.1 at the half and 1:22.2 after three-quarters. That is when Heavens Gait ($2.90) who is owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, looked like he was shot out of a cannon. Heavens Gait would fly right by taking a last quarter in :25.4 and finishing the mile in 1:49., which was a track record. Pointomygranson would finish second with Joe's Bid (Jim Morril Jr.) getting third. Owned by John Cummings, the Rock N Roll Heaven-Booya Beach colt is trained by Nicholas Devita and was the 1-9 favorite. In the second division ($30,450) American Wiggle (Scott Zeron) would shock the field with a late four-wide move. Manattack (Chris Lems) would set the early fractions :26.4, :56.0, 1:23.1. Music Is Art (John MacDonald) would take over at the top of the stretch and it looked like then the favorite Serious Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) was poised to take the victory American Wiggle ($74.00) would make his move. American Wiggle (American Ideal) who is owned by trainer Eve Bergeron with Geoffrey and Mary Howles would wear them all down in the stretch to win in 1:51.0. Serious Major would take second with Art Mojor finishing third. In the third division ($31,050) it was Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) winning rather easily. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by John Butenshoen ,took over just before the half. Funknwaffles ($2.20) would hit the half in :55.4, three-quarters in 1:24.2 and win in 1:51:0. Rock It Scott (John Campbell) would come late to finish second with Twin B Cowboy getting third. The win was the 2016 NYSS standout and Grand Circuit competitor's first of the season. Winning the fourth division race ($30,450), was In A Single Bound (Billy Dobson). Outkast Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.), would take the first quarter in :26.3. In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) was restless and took over the lead too take them to the half in :55.4. Owned by Dennis and Simone Noud while trained by Monica Krist, the 3-year-old would open up by four lengths after hitting three-quarters in 1:22.4. Talent Soup (Corey Callahan) would then take a charge at In A Single Bound ($6.00). In A Single Bound would win in 1:50.2 while Talent Soup would settle for second just a length short. Cultural Paradise (Brett Miller) finished third. Vernon Downs returns for action on Thursday (June 22) at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne of Vernon Downs and the USTA Communications Dept.      

Harness racing driver Chris Lems wins both Trot features on Saturday night at Vernon Downs (June 17). Lems would win the first of two features piloting Muscles Jared ($2.20) and destroying the rest of the field. The 3 year-old gelding by Muscle Massive who is owned by Al Ross and trained by George Ducharme would win by nine lengths in 1:54.0. Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham would finish second. Williams Wish (Joe Nassimos) was third. Lems and Ducharme would team up again for the other feature ($5,100) with Patton ($3.00). Patton (Conway Hall) who is owned by Ducharme, Fontaine, and Ross would charge to the front just after the half. The three year gelding would win in 1:54.1. Dewey's Breeze (Dan Daley) was second while Lone Valley Sam (John MacDonald) captured third. A big day of racing during Father's day Sunday (June 18) at Vernon Downs at 1:05 p.m. The Miracle Mile's day will feature two Empire Breeders Classic Finals for 3 year-old trotters. Also featured is four divisions of the New York Breeders Cup for 3 year-old pacers. The Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year-old trotting fillies will compete for a purse of $228,250. The morning line favorite is Barn Bella (Conway Hall) at (5-2). Celebrity Ruth (Archangel) is at (4-1). The Empire Breeders Classic Final for the 3 year-old trotting colts for $252,000 will feature Devious Man (Credit Winner) as the (5-2) favorite. Bill's Man (Credit Winner) is the second choice at (7-2). 13 races in all scheduled for the Father's Day afternoon. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Vernon, NY - The rich harness racing finals of the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) a New York sired event for three-year-old trotters will be raced as a part of the Father's Day card on Sunday, June 18 at Vernon Downs.   Ten fillies will compete in the first of the pair of finals (race 8) for a purse of $228,250 with Barn Bella the obvious choice despite the disadvantage of starting from the far outside post nine. The Conway Hall lass has won ten straight races including the New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) Final at two dating back to last August for owner - trainer Floyd Pratt and partner Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables. Barn Bella has handled older open trotters on two occasions and won the first NYSS of the season while preparing for the EBC and beyond. Jeff Gregory will drive.   The $252,000 EBC colt final is the ninth race and promises to be a far more contentious affair. Devious Man (PP #5) is the defending NYSS champ and is off to a great start on his sophomore campaign for the husband - wife team of driver Andy and trainer Julie Miller. The son of Credit Winner has won both 2017 starts including last week's EBC elimination in 1:53.4 after a freshman campaign that saw him earn over $300,000 including a Grand Circuit win at The Red Mile. He is owned by Stroy Inc. and the Andy Miller Stable.   Competition comes directly from the left as Bill's Man (Corey Callahan) who took the other EBC elimination in 1:53 starts from post four. He's a very well bred colt on the improve for trainer John Butenschoen and owners William Wiswall and M & L of Delaware.   Lord Cromwell (PP #9) already has a Grand Circuit score on his sophomore card with a convincing win in last month's Dexter Cup. He was third in the Devious Man elim but has drawn poorly in the final for Hall of Fame driver John Campbell and Eddie Hart who trains the homebred for Carolyn Atherton.   Such An Angel was an impressive second to Bill's Man in his elimination closing from well back for driver Mark MacDonald. He was the NYSS division leader for much of the 2016 season and appears to be finding his best form again for trainer Paul Kelley who conditions the Credit Winner colt for Sam Caruso, Jr and Purple Haze Stables.   Swell Chap (PP #7) was the other second place finisher and has matured nicely from age two to three for trainer Todd Rooney. His two most recent starts are his best with a close second to the highly regarded colt Enterprise in a sires stake preceding last week's finish. Tim Tetrick has been enlisted for the drive on Sunday for owners Foge McKeever and Eldon Thompson.   The Empire Breeders Classic is funded in part by the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund and NY Harness Horse Breeders along with Vernon & Tioga Downs.   The supporting card is largely comprised of the NYSS for sophomore colt pacers which only increases the quality of the presentation.   Post time for the Sunday matinee is 1:05 p.m.   Nick Salvi

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