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Vernon, N.Y. -- Calvin B ($3.40) did not disappoint at odds-on in Saturday (September 24) evening's featured $9,100 top-level Miracle Mile pacing handicap at Vernon Downs, sustaining a first-over press to circle the harness racing field for a 1:51.4 triumph.   Chris Lems settled the 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding at the back of the quintet early before angling off the pegs with just less than five-eighths of the mile remaining. Calvin B advanced the instant he was switched first-over, working into a pressing role with three-eighths to go and dueling down pacesetter Major War (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in mid-stretch. Calvin B would accelerate clear while driven and evade a late charge from Modern Gesture (Claude Huckabone, III), who worked around the tiring pacesetter to save second off his pocket trip. No Monkeys Allowed (Truman Gale) mounted belated gains from the back to take third.   Calvin B prevailed by three-quarters of a length in the end for owner Dolores Smiel and trainer Heidi Rohr. His seventh seasonal win increased his career tally to 21.   In the $5,000 C.K.G. Billings event for amateur drivers, owner-trainer-driver Tony Ciuffetelli sprung a double-digit upset with Aventure ($23.60), rallying belatedly off live cover to narrowly collar 6-5 favorite Rocket Master (Hannah Miller) in 1:57. The 5-year-old Muscle Mass gelding earned the 15th win of his career.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (September 29) evening; first post is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, NY -- Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O ($3.80) seized control of the terms early and never looked back on his way to a third consecutive victory in Friday (September 23) evening's featured $10,500 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems put the 4-year-old Conway Hall gelding in play from the outset, pushing clear of My Lucky Word (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Gimme the Cash (Claude Huckabone, III) through a :28.3 first quarter before easing the tempo on the backstretch.   With five-sixteenths of the mile to go, 22-1 longshot Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) mounted a first-over challenge, working to within a length of J A T O at the completion of a :58.4 middle half but leveling off at head-stretch. J A T O maintained control comfortably while hand-driven through the straight, keeping Oh No Three O a length at bay for a 1:55.2 score.   Prairie Fortune (Mike Deters) showed mild staying power off second-over cover to save third on debut from Tioga.   Howard Okusko trains J A T O, who remains undefeated at Vernon Downs by way of his 31st career triumph.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 24) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs Racing

Vernon, N.Y. -- Scott Woogen's K J's Caroline ($6.00) parried all comers in Thursday (September 22) night's $11,000 Mares Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Pace at Vernon Downs, and leading harness racing driver John MacDonald tallied another five wins on the evening's 10-race program.   K J's Caroline, debuting for trainer Paul Long on arrival from Tioga Downs, made her move to the fore on the clubhouse turn after settling close to a spritely early pace. Roman Lopez brushed the 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare to the fore to clear Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) upon reaching the back of the course, subsequently bracing for heavy pressure from the first-over Yes You Can (Ben McNeil) on the far turn. After enduring a :27.2 third quarter, K J's Caroline edged away, driven out to fend off a late charge from Bettorhaveanother--who found clearance to vacate the pegs in the final eighth--by half a length in 1:51.2. Southern Girl (Fern Paquet, Jr.) mounted a belated rally to take third.   While a Vernon newcomer took top equine honors for the evening, the "Prime Minister" continued his reign at Vernon Downs with a five-win night. MacDonald paired up with The Filly Princess ($5.80, 1:52.2), I Saw Red ($5.40, 1:53.4), Cheyenne Patti ($9.00, 1:55), E R Rhonda ($3.70, 1:54.2), and Tempus Seelster ($3.50, 1:51.2).   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 23) evening; post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- New York-sired 3-year-olds were in the spotlight on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as a quartet of $45,000 Excelsior Series finals and a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events headlined the 15-race harness racing card.   Helene Filion's Endeavor ($11.60, part of entry) sprung a mild upset in the $45,000 Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings (race 10), yielding and retaking at race's midpoint to overpower odds-on favorite Fresh Cut (Marcus Miller) before drawing clear to a 7-1/4 length over the mildly rallying Brigadoon (Matt Kakaley) and Acting Out (Fern Paquet, Jr.) in 1:49.3. John MacDonald drove the American Ideal gelding for trainer Pat Lachance. Fresh Cut faded to finish sixth following his early push forward to clear after a sizzling :25 first quarter.   In the Excelsior for trotting colts and geldings (race 9), Just For Today ($9.50) sustained steady first-over gains to wear down odds-on Credevie (Jim Morrill, Jr.) in deep stretch, posting a 1:54.2 win in rein to Matt Kakaley. Paul Kelley trains the Credit WInner colt for the Patricia Stable, Joe Sbrocco, and the Hatfield Stables.   Wendy's Girl ($3.90) brushed from midfield on the first turn to seize command and edge clear in the straight to beat her distaff Excelsior (race 4) trotting foes by a widening four lengths, posting a 1:54.3 mile time to defeat the John Stark-trained pair of Hullaba Lulu (MacDonald) and LTs Sandie (Stark). Morrill drove Wendy's Girl, a daughter of Lucky Chucky, for trainer Tracy Brainard and owners Howard Taylor and Ed Gold   Ghost Runner ($2.90) was tops among Excelsior pacing fillies (race 8), controlling the pace and edging clear by 4-1/4 lengths to best stablemate Rolling Going Gone (Morrill) in 1:51.1. Erv Miller trains both fillies, and Marcus Miller was aboard the victorious daughter of Art Major for the partnership of Leaf, MacKenzie, Fielding, and Jackson.   In her $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation (race 5), 3-year-old trotting filly Zette Starlet ($57.00) posted a major upset via a pocket trip, collaring Sweet Ashley T in 1:54.4. Charlie Norris drove the Credit Winner filly for owner-trainer Cozette McAvoy.   Major Millie ($26.80, MacDonald) similarly upset in the 3-year-old filly pace (race 6), emerging late to best second-over Rock Me Baby by a length in 1:51.2 after clearing, yielding, and ending up shuffled into midfield through the far turn. Steve Elliott trains the Art Major filly for the S S G Stables.   Rock N Roll Heaven gelding JK Heaven Sent ($5.30, MacDonald) pounced from the pocket to take the Sire Stakes consolation for pacing colts and geldings (race 11), finding room in upper stretch and drawing clear of Nox Vegas Bluechip by three lengths in 1:50.3 for trainer Gilberto Garcia-Herrera and owners Michi Abday and Barbara and Donald Arnstine.   In the colt-and-gelding trot consolation (race 12), Royal Bachelor ($8.60) carried a first-over move off the far turn to reel in Thats a Bad Boy by a length in 1:55.1. Trainer Dan Daley drove the RC Royalty gelding for owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford, IV, and Michael White.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (September 22) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - Margaret and Amy Butler's J A T O ($2.60) kept his perfect Vernon Downs harness racing record intact in the featured $9,900 Miracle Mile/Open Handicap Trot on Friday (September 16) evening, pressing into the far turn and edging clear in the straight to a decisive 1:54 triumph. The 4-year-old Big Apple Deli gelding came away last in the compact field of five, only commencing his rally upon reaching the backstretch after My Lucky Word (Fern Paquet, Jr.) seized command from Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) after a :27.1 first quarter. J A T O advanced first-over to within a length of My Lucky Word through a :57.1 half and proceeded to intensify the pressure on the far turn before edging clear at head-stretch. J A T O wore down My Lucky Word drew off to a two-length victory over pocket rival Lucid Thoughts, while Gimme the Cash (Claude Huckabone, III) stayed on for third off a live second-over journey. Chris Lems drove the 30-time winner for trainer Howard Okusko. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 17), with the first of 15 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Empire Breeders Classic winner Fresh Cut lends a fair bit of star power to a stakes-laden 15-race harness racing program on Saturday (September 17) evening at Vernon Downs, as he has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite in his $45,000 Excelsior Series final for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings, carded as the night's tenth event.   Leading up to his 17-1 upset in the $240,475 Classic at Tioga on August 28, the son of American Ideal enjoyed success on the Excelsior circuit, winning four of eight such events across the Empire State this summer. He looks for a third straight win and the eleventh of his career in Saturday night's event just twelve days after a 1:51.2 victory in a $59,100 New York Sire Stakes event at the Miracle Mile, and Marcus Miller will once again handle the driving duties for the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trainer Erv Miller.   In the $45,000 Excelsior final for 3-year-old pacing fillies, carded as race eight, 12-time winner Rolling Going Gone has been installed the 5-2 early choice after eight wins and a runner-up finish in nine Excelsior events on the year. Jim Morrill, Jr. will drive the capably versatile Roll With Joe filly for owner Ross Bonafield and trainer Erv Miller. Morrill will also take the lines of the other two Excelsior morning line favorites, teaming up with Tracy Brainard trainee Wendy's Girl in the 3-year-old distaff trot (race four) and Trond Smedshammer trainee Credevie in the 3-year-old colt and gelding trot (race nine).   In addition to the Excelsior Series finals, a quartet of $50,000 New York Sire Stakes consolation events are scheduled on the Saturday Vernon card. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- After a narrow miss in last week's top-level distaff, the Kellogg Racing Stables, LLC's Bettorhaveanother ($5.20) controlled an easy pace and sprinted off to evade even-money harness racing favorite Jinxy's Delight in Thursday (September 15) evening's $9,900 Mares Miracle Mile/Open Pace at Vernon Downs.   Chris Lems sprinted to the fore with the 4-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, assuming command from Jinxy's Delight (John MacDonald) straight away through a sensible :28 first quarter. Bettorhaveanother would rate a :29.1 second-quarter breather before bracing for and parrying the first-over challenge of Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) on the far turn. Bettorhaveanother accelerated upon cornering for home, opening up to a 2-1/2 length mid-stretch lead, and holding sway by a length in 1:53 while driven out to the winning post. Jinxy's Delight stayed on well for the runner-up spot, while Southwind Trini (Claude Huckabone, III) posted belated gains to take third.   Jackie Rousse trains Bettorhaveanother, now a 13-time winner.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 16) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - Eugene Landy's Let's Foal Around ($17.80) earned his second win in as many starts for harness racing trainer-driver Harry Landy, pushing to the fore in the last 70 yards of Saturday (September 10) evening's $9,100 top-level Miracle Mile pacing event at Vernon Downs. The 5-year-old Admirals Galley gelding tracked a hot early pace, ceding early command to odds-on favorite Major War (Truman Gale) through a blistering :25.2 first quarter while All Stienam (John MacDonald) tracked from the pocket. Let's Foal Around enjoyed a clear stalking journey through middle splits of :55 and 1:22.3 before edging off the pegs on approach to the top of the stretch. Let's Foal Around made steady gains the length of the stretch under strong encouragement, sustaining his progress while carried three-wide by pocket rival All Stienam en route to a 1:50.2 score. In the end, Let's Foal Around earned his 16th career win by a length over All Stienam, while Major War was a worn-down third. Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Thursday (September 15) evening, with the first of nine races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - J A T O ($3.70) picked up right where he left off in his return to Vernon Downs, earning his seventh harness racing victory in as many career starts over the Miracle Mile in Friday (September 9) evening's featured $9,900 Miracle Mile/Open Trot. Chris Lems sent the 4-year-old Big Apple Deli gelding right to the front, clearing Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) with ease through a :27.4 first quarter before immediately pulling the tempo back. J A T O's stiffest challenge came on the far turn in the form when Pop I (Jay Randall) charged from last to press a :28 third quarter, but J A T O had no trouble parrying that challenge en route to a 1:54 victory over fast going. Lucid Thoughts, 2-1/4 lengths in arrears, saved second from the pocket, while Gimme the Cash (Claude Huckabone, III) made late gains to take third. Howard Okusko trains 29-time winner J A T O for Margaret and Amy Butler. In the sub-featured $7,900 Miracle Mile trotting event, My Lucky Word ($7.20) proved victorious, controlling all the terms and edging clear for a 1:54.2 triumph over Walk the Floor (Angus MacDonald) and Twice Too Nice (John MacDonald). Fern Paquet, Jr. drove the 4-year-old Lucky Chucky mare for owner Philip Hale and trainer Dave Dewhurst. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 10) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Vernon Downs has instituted a roughly 20 per cent purse increase over the last two weeks, according to director of harness racing Scott Warren.   "Due to fewer races being carded and a purse account surplus, we want to reward the horsemen who have been here the whole meet and supported our program week in and week out," said Warren.   Open events have been bumped up from $9,000 to $11,000, while first-level purses have increased from $2,500 to $3,100. Similar increases have been made across the entire condition sheet as well.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Jinxy's Delight ($9.50) made all the pace in Thursday (September 8) evening's featured $9,100 top-level Miracle Mile distaff pacing event at Vernon Downs, capping a driving grand slam for John MacDonald on the evening's nine-race harness racing card.   MacDonald, who also owns and trains the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare, wasted no time achieving the lead, clearing Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) before reaching the first turn through a :27.4 first quarter. Jinxy's Delight would face no threats to speak of through the middle half, only facing mild first-over pressure from Pancakes (Truman Gale) off the far turn before edging clear. While Jinxy's Delight had no trouble parrying the challenge of Pancakes, she was fully extended in deep stretch to stave off the late bids of Asset Management (Fern Paquet, Jr.) and Bettorhaveanother (Chris Lems) by a scant nose in 1:53.1.   MacDonald also accounted for three odds-on winners on the evening, prevailing with his own trainee Hailey Hanover ($2.40, 1:54.3) as well as Andy Gardner trainee Always Flash-n ($3.30, 1:53.2) and Heidi Rohr trainee Racsan Cyndee ($2.60, 1:55.2).   Byron Pineda's Shortest Distance ($19.00) scored her 93rd career victory in the sub-featured $6,100 distaff pace, pouncing from the pocket for a 1:52.3 score with Fern Paquet, Jr. aboard. Rita Polese trains the 11-year-old Park Place mare.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 9) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Marcus Miller swept the Labor Day (September 5) features at Vernon Downs, capturing both $59,100 New York Sire Stakes events for harness racing 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings with Bottom Deals ($9.80) and Fresh Cut ($5.70), both by American Ideal.   The eighth event of the day saw Bottom Deals take advantage of the pocket a fair bit longer than Fresh Cut before edging clear in mid-stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph, shaving two-fifths of a second off the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts previously held by Jeneral Patton and Tim Tetrick. Bottom Deals drafted behind 6-5 favorite Talk Show (Morrill) through splits of :26, :53.4, and 1:22, but had to wait until turning for home to make his move, where he split Talk Show and the first-over Tap Into Power (Dobson), who bore out off the corner. Bottom Deals sprinted off at first asking to defeat the late-rallying Fine Diamond (Kakaley) by 2-1/2 lengths; Talk Show was a reeled-in third. Linda Toscano trains Bottom Deals for CC Racing, LLC, the Camelot Stable, Inc., and John Cancelliere.   Just three races earlier, Fresh Cut did well to follow through after his Empire Breeders Classic triumph at Tioga, vacating the pocket on the clubhouse turn to take charge from Stolen Glimpse (Matt Kakaley) after a :27 first quarter. Fresh Cut enjoyed nearly complete control of the terms from that point on, shrugging off a mild first-over bid from Nox Vegas Bluechip (Billy Dobson) before successfully defending one final push from Stolen Glimpse. Fresh Cut prevailed by a length in 1:51.2 for the Bay Pond Racing Stable and trainer Erv Miller, Stolen Glimpse held second, and Roll Away Joe (Jim Morrill, Jr.) mounted mild gains off stalling cover to take third as part of an odds-on entry.   In addition to both Sire Stakes events on the 13-race card, Miller accounted for wins with Jet Airway ($3.40, 1:49.3), Endeavor ($2.80, 1:50.2), and Manswell ($21.20, 1:59.3).   Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Thursday (September 8) evening; first post is at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Pop I ($10.40) sustained steady first-over gains through the far turn and ultimately reeled in 3-5 favorite Rules of the Road in Saturday (September 3) evening's harness racing featured $9,000 Miracle Mile/Open Trot at Vernon Downs.   Greg Merton situated the 6-year-old Andover Hall gelding in midfield early on before a last-to-first brush from Rules of the Road (Chuck Connor, Jr.) relegated Pop I to fourth at the completion of a :57.1 half mile. Pop I was quick to reclaim ground, angling first-over on approach to the far turn and steadily gaining on approach to the top of the stretch. Despite Rules of the Road's best attempts to evade her competition after a :28.2 third quarter, Pop I collared her in mid-stretch and drew off to a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:55. Wine Photo (Roman Lopez) made a stand-side rally from last to claim second, while Rules of the Road faded to third.   Harry Landy trains Pop I for Glat Kosher Racing.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Labor Day (September 5). Monday's first race is slated for 1:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Harness racing favorites prevailed in all three New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 2) evening, with Barn Bella's ($3.50) 1:55.3 mile proving most impressive of any.   The daughter of Conway Hall and Bravissima sprinted clear at the outset of her $36,566 event, posting a :28.3 initial quarter before pulling back the pace and rebuffing a middle move from Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) through a :58.4 middle half. In similar fashion, Barn Bella would subsequently sprint off from an upper-stretch challenge from Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci), using a :28.1 closing sectional to put 3-1/4 lengths on runner-up Mamora Bay, while fading third-place finisher Maewegonow ultimately checked in twelve lengths in arrears. Jeff Gregory once again drove Barn Bella for trainer Steven Pratt, who shares ownership with Nancy Pratt and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, LLC.   Flyhawk Charm ($4.60) controlled nearly all the terms in her $35,866 Sire Stakes event, which ended up a virtual match race when all of her rivals save Nightflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) broke stride in the early stages. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Final Time set fractions of :28.1, :57.3, and 1:28.1 before she was headed by Nightflix Hanover in upper stretch. No less, despite decelerating late, Flyhawk Charm fought back and eked out a three-quarter length victory in 2:00.3. Chris Lems was aboard for co-owner/trainer Joseph Flynn and co-owner Edward Flynn.   Amber Ella ($4.10) was the other Sire Stakes winner on the evening, capturing her $36,566 division from off the pace. The daughter of Chapter Seven and Blushed latched onto the cover of Sunshine Delight (Chris Lems) through a 1:00.1 middle half, using a second-over trip before kicking to the fore in upper stretch. Amber Ella drew off by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:57.1 in rein to John Campbell as the pace collapsed. Heels On Wheels (Matt Kakaley) saved second from the pocket, while the first-over Sunshine Delight was an engulfed third. Linda Toscano trains Amber Ella for the Enviro Stables, Ltd. and Camelot Stable, Inc.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 3) evening, with post time scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- John Marvin, Jr.'s Jacksrluckytoo ($2.70) vaulted off cover to circle the harness racing field in Saturday's $8,000 Miracle Mile/Open Pace on Saturday (August 27) evening at Vernon Downs.   The 4-year-old He's All That gelding was in no hurry early on, settling to last in the field of five while Modern Gesture (John MacDonald) controlled early splits of :26 and :54.1. As Major War (Fern Paquet, Jr.) made first-over gains to push the pace, Jacksrluckytoo followed intently to slipstream cover through the far turn before making his authoritative push off cover to take the lead in upper stretch. Jacksrluckytoo drew off to a 2-3/4 length victory over the late-gaining No Monkeys Allowed (Truman Gale) in 1:49.3, while Major War was an engulfed third.   Greg Merton drove Jacksrluckytoo for trainer Patti Harmon.   John MacDonald led all drivers with four wins on the 13-race card, while Chris Lems notched a hat trick.   Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Friday (September 2) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Following wins in the Hambletonian Maturity, Fresh Yankee, and a Miss Versatility preliminary event, Hannelore Hanover ($2.90) had no trouble maintaining her dominance in the harness racing distaff trotting ranks on Friday (August 26) evening at Vernon Downs, posting a resounding 1:51.3 victory in the $170,000 Muscle Hill, the ninth event on a 12-race program.   Yannick Gingras had the 4-year-old Swan For All mare involved from the outset, working clear of 2015 Empire Breeders Classic winner Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) just after a :27.1 first quarter mile. Upon taking charge, Hannelore Hanover faced no threats whatsoever, rating a soft :29.4 second sectional before accelerating clear of the competition off the far turn. She used a :54.3 final half to put 3-3/4 lengths on the first-over Shake It Cerry (David Miller), who rallied to take second from the fully extended Barn Doll.   Ron Burke trains Hannelore Hanover for the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and Frank Baldachino. Hannelore Hanover captured the Vernon track record for 4-year-old trotting mares with her 1:51.3 score, topping Maven's performance in the 2014 Muscle Hill by two-fifths of a second.   Obrigado duels, defends his Crawford Farms title   In the $193,000 Crawford Farms for open trotters, carded as race ten, 2015 Crawford winner Obrigado ($14.80) proved successful in defending his crown, dueling with odds-on favorite Resolve (Åke Svanstedt) for nearly the final three-eighths of the mile en route to a 1:51.2 triumph in rein to Mark MacDonald. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding approached the first turn from second-over, drafting behind Resolve into a :26 first quarter before capturing the lead for himself in a backed-down :55.1 half mile. Just as Obrigado cleared, Resolve angled back off the pegs to re-engage, and the two dueled through the far turn. Despite being headed just above head-stretch, Obrigado dug deep to prevail, reclaiming the lead in the final 100 yards to narrowly beat Resolve. Flanagan Memory (Brian Sears) closed from last to take third, making massive gains down the grandstand side.   Trainer Paul Kelley shares in ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45.   Major Moe, Funknwaffles take freshman Sire Stakes splits   A pair of New York Sire Stakes events for 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings served as supporting events on the undercard.     Major Moe ($5.40) worked to earn his 1:52.4 victory in the $54,500 seventh race, making steady first-over gains on the far turn to reel in pacesetter Andy's Ideal before holding sway from Very Special Agent's late charge by half a length. Scott Zeron drove the son of Art Major and Maureen Rocks for trainer Chris Ryder.   Funknwaffles ($2.20) did not disappoint at odds-on in the $55,500 eighth event, keeping his undefeated record intact through six career races to date. The son of American Ideal and Hatsoff Hanover brushed to the fore before race's midpoint, evading Serious Major by two lengths in 1:52.3. Jim Morrill, Jr. drove Funknwaffles for trainer John Butenschoen.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 27) evening, with first post slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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