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Calvin B (Chris Lems) takes the Open Pace ($11,400) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 23). Harness racing driver John MacDonald adds five more wins to continue his spectacular season. Golden Gun would fire out to take the lead and put up the early fractions :26.2, :54.4, 1:22.0. Calvin B (Bettor's Delight) who is owned by Dolores Smiel and trained by Heidi Rohr would go first over and take over at the top of the stretch and play catch me if you can by holding off Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald), to win in 1:50. Oh My Joepa was second best with Andreios Kardia (Fern Paquet Jr.) finishing third. Calvin B ($5.40) would win for the sixth time this season and get the 27th victory in his career. All Charged Up (John MacDonald) wins the fillies and mares feature ($9,000). All Charged Up (Ponder) would charge out to the lead and would put up all the fractions :26.1, :54.1, 1:24.1, 1:54.1. Walk Two Moons (Claude Huckabone III) would apply pressure all the way through three-quarters but would die out in the stretch. All Charged Up ($2.90), who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, found yet another gear to pull away by sixth lengths in the end to capture her fourth race of the season. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) would take second and Dw'sblissfulthinkn (Chris Lems) got third. Vernon leading driver, John MacDonald would also get victories with A Lister ($3.70), Apollo Seelster ($3.30), Joe Joe Joe ($2.80), and On The Big Swing ($2.10). Garlandsandpearls ($8.30), with driver Dein Spriggs would win the CKG Billings amateur race. Toss Cartwright (Peter Kleinhans) finished second with Jelectric (Bob Davis) getting third. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 28) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Vernon, NY -- Two nights ago the Billings Amateur Driver Series was at Batavia Downs and tonight, Saturday Sept. 23 ,seven members of the granddaddy of all amateur harness racing organizations were in Vernon NY for an eastern region trot over the swift oval at Vernon Downs. Taking advantage of the pole position Dein "the Dream" Spriggs hustled Garlandandpearls away quickly to avoid the confusion caused by breaking horses at the start of the race and they led the way by the first quarter and they had three lengths on their competitors as the timer flashed :28.2. With the field in 'Indian file' (order) behind him Spriggs was able to give his trotter a breather and they passed the halfway point in a relatively soft :59.3. But from there the pace quickened and Garlandandpearls seemed easily in command as he led Toss Cartwright and driver Peter "Enough Talk" Kleinhans by the third stanza in 1:29. Around the final turn Spriggs trotter braced for a challenge from Kleinhan's charge but Garlandandpearls was up to the task,kept Toss Cartwright at bay and went on to a length victory in a 1:57.3 clocking. Third place, some eight lengths behind the winner, was "Buffalo Bob" Davis with Jelectric, who was stymied at the beginning of the race. (By the way one of Davis' other horses, Sand Bellini, won the first race on the card with professional driver Chris Lems at the controls.) Sent off as second choice in the wagering Garlandandpeals paid $8.30 for win. The veteran 6-year-old Futile Qwest gelding is trained by Patti Harmon. Spriggs was National Amateur Driver of the Year twice (2004 & 2005),and seems the be in the hunt for that title again this year as he currently sports a .501UDR with 14 wins in 33 seasonal drives. Next up in Billings action will be Midwest region trot at the Red Mile in Lexington, Ky.on September 28. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

Harness racing driver Mark MacDonald would pilot Atlanta to a track record for freshman trotting fillies by capturing the first division of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) and getting his 6,000th career driving victory at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 22). Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) remained undefeated winning the second division. Fury Road (Chris Lems) would lead the first division ($55,500) trotters into the first quarter in 28.3. It was short-lived when Atlanta (Chapter Seven - Hemi Blue Chip) claimed the top spot just before the top of the back stretch. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor, and Brad Grant while trained by Zeron, she would be joined by the first-over by Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller) just before the three-quarter marker. The two fillies would then have an epic battle all the way down the stretch. Atlanta ($7.50) would dig down deep to hold off the heavy pressure from Supergirl Riley (Muscle Mass - Crown Royal), to set the track record in 1:54.0, while getting her fifth career win. All this making win number 6000 even sweeter for MacDonald. MacDonald would later on add win 6001 with Padua Hanover ($3.60). Supergirl Riley had to settle for second with Perfect Summer K (jimmy Whittemore) getting third. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass - Dunk The Donato) would get her sixth win in six starts taking the second division ($56,500). Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) would grab the early lead but Plunge Blue Chip ($2.10), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trainer, driver Svanstedt, would take over before the first quarter and put up all the fractions :28.3, :58.0, 1:27.2, 1:55.0. The 2 year-old filly was in complete control and would get a career best time beating her top rival Lima Novelty (Jason Bartlett), who came on late to finish second three lengths back. Big Checkmate hung on for third. Chris Lems would win four on the night. He got victories with Give Angel Credit ($7.50), Sweet Thing ($2.10), Dreams Beach Boy ($3.30), and In The Clear ($5.10). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 23) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.    

Optima Kemp with harness racing driver Truman Gale in the bike would capture the Thursday featured trot ($6,100) at Vernon Downs (September 21). Optima Kemp (Manofmanymissions) would fly from his outside post and go gate-to-wire putting up the fractions :28.2, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:56.1. Owned by Sergis Racing Stable and trained by Sam Sergi, the 4 year-old mare would be followed by Miss Ruby (John MacDonald) the whole way, turning it on in the stretch to win in a lifetime best time. Miss Ruby settled for second while Foxy Swan (Atlee Bender) would get third. Optima Kemp ($4.80) would win for the sixth time this season while racking up 10 lifetime wins. Truman Gale would get a driving double on the night. He would also win with E R Rhonda (Moon Beam) in 1:53.2 while paying $8.30. Claude Huckabone III would win two as well. Getting victories with long shots Treewood ($69.50), and Private Performanc ($18.80). Leading driver John MacDonald was held to just one win on the night after getting 30 wins in the last five racing dates at the miracle mile. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (9-22) featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. The 12 race card begins at 6:45p.m. For more information please go www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for harness racing 2 year -old filly trotters take center stage at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 22). In the first division ($55,500) the morning line favorite at 2-1 is Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller). The 2 year-old by Muscle Mass - Crown Laurel, is owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, and Harvey Eisman, while trained by Erv Miller. She has captured three legs of the NYSS with wins at Yonkers (7-18), Saratoga (9-2), and again at Yonkers (9-11). The top competition is the Ake Svanstedt trained entry of Fury Road (Chris Lems) and Lucky Ava (Svanstedt), who are the morning line second choice at 3-1. Fury Road (Muscle Mass - Bar Ballad) is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. She has captured three legs of the NYSS with wins at Batavia (7-26), Monticello (8-21), and Saratoga (9-2). She was second to Supergirl Riley her last time out at Yonkers. Lucky Ava (Lucky Chucky - Ava Marion) is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E LLC, and Van Camp Trotting Corp. The 2 year-old has four NYSS victories with wins at Buffalo (6-30), Batavia (7-26), and two victories at Yonkers (7-18 and 9-11). In the second division ($56,500), undefeated Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) is the morning line favorite at 2-1. She is part of another Svanstedt trained entry along with Natalie Hanover (Marcus Miller). Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass - Dunk The Donato) is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc. and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. She is five for five, winning all of her NYSS starts. She has wins at Buffalo (6-30), Batavia (7-26), Tioga Downs (8-13), and two at Yonkers (7-18 and 9-21). The top rival is Lima Novelty (Jason Bartlett), who is part of the Linda Toscano trained entry with Sevenbuyeleven (John MacDonald), at 3-1. Lima Novelty (Chapter Seven - No Pictures Please) is owned by Kenneth Jacobs. The freshman filly is four for four in NYSS races. She has scored victories at Buffalo (6-30), Yonkers (7-18), Monticello (8-21), and Saratoga (9-2). The only blemish on her record was during the Peaceful Way eliminations at Mohawk (9-11) when she went on a break and finished ninth. Post time for the 12 race card at Vernon Downs is 6:50. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (September 16). Love Live Laugh (Hi Ho Silverheel's) would go gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions :28.0, :57.2, 1:24.3, 1:53.0. Owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, the 7 year-old mare would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald). Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) was third. Love Live Laugh ($7.70) won her fourth race of the season and got career victory number 26. It was Deja Vu for John MacDonald. He won six races last yesterday and six more tonight. He got wins tonight with Steuben Magic Ride ($30.20), Silver Arrow ($2.10), Major Starlight ($4.40), Machmemackie ($2.80), On The Big Swing ($2.70), and A Fool For Mark ($3.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 21) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Harness racing driver John MacDonald continues hot streak winning six at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 15). Skyflex (Chris Lems) wins trot feature ($9,500). After many lead changes Skyflex (Federal Flex) would hold on late to win to win the featured trot. After many lead changes early he would take control at the top of the stretch but would have to withstand the late charge by Painite (Truman Gale). Skyflex ($4.60), who is owned by S. Oppenheimer, Glasser Racing and Robert Cooper Stables, while trained by Homer Hochstetler, would win sixth time this season and 12th time in his career with a mile in 1:55.1. Painite settled for second while Pinky The Intern (John MacDonald) finished third. MacDonald is coming off a weekend when he won 18 races at the miracle mile. He would win tonight with Frisky Joe ($3.80), Savin Rock ($4.90), Stirling Electra ($5.90), Fuzzylegsandall ($5.20), Bye Bye Michelle ($2.10), and Too Cool To Fool ($4.80). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 16) with a post time of 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Just when you thought John MacDonald's season at Vernon Downs couldn't get any better. The leading harness racing driver would win six races on Thursday, five races on Friday and seven races on Saturday (September 9). His first four wins on Saturday were with Coopers Beach ($2.10), All Steinam ($2.90) Engagedatlexington ($4.80), and Shootin Tyme ($4.20). His last three victories were with Aloneinspades ($2.90), Fuzzylegsandall, and Arizona Captor ($5.60) Golden Gun (Bret Crawford) would win the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. Golden Gun (Headmaster) would charge to the lead and go gate to wire putting up the time of :26.3, :55.3, 1:23.0, 1:50.4. Golden Gun ($32.60), who is owned by the The Wiz Kids Stable and Trained by Misty Carey, survived a late rush by Dragon Fever (John MacDonald) to win fourth time this year and the 24th time in his career. Dragon Fever finished second with betting favorite Dreams Beachboy (Chris Lems) finishing third Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 14) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Winding Hill wins feature and harness racing driver John MacDonald wins five at Vernon Downs Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) won the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 8). Pop I (John MacDonald) would take the lead at the head of the stretch. Winding Hill (Here Comes Herbie) would slug it out with him going all the way down the stretch. Owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, the 6 year-old gelding would win by a head in the end. Pop I (Andover Hall) would settle for second as The Big Muscle (Joe Nassimos) got third. Winding Hill ($5.20) won for the sixth time this season and the 26th time in his career winning in 1:54.4. The red hot John MacDonald who had won six races last night would win five more tonight. He won with Thundercrest ($3.40), Miss Ruby ($2.60), The Russian Spy ($8.30), Skyflex ($14.00), and Pinky The Intern ($9.70). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 9). For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver Andy Miller would win both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (September 7). Miller would win the first division with Tito (Muscle Mass - Stonebridge Encore). Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, he would lead the colt to a gate-to-wire victory. The 2 year-old would put up all the fractions :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:28.4, 1:57.1. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) would make a run at the big favorite, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) would finish third. Tito ($3,80) would win for the second time in eight starts. The 1:57.1 was his fastest. The freshman trotter won his first race his last time out, taking a leg of the NYSS at Batavia Downs on August 27. In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), Miller would guide Don (Credit Winner- Angostura) to an easy win. He would go right to the lead and never look back, controlling all the fractions, :28.0, :58.4, 1:27.2, 1:56.1. The 2 year-old colt is owned by the Andy Miller Stable with Little E LLC and trained by Julie Miller. Long shot Rich Uncle (Jimmy Whittemore), would give a late chase and finish second. Seven Iron (John MacDonald) was third best. Don ($4.20) would get his second win in five starts. He previously won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 31st. Leading driver John MacDonald continued to dominate at the miracle mile with 6 more wins. MacDonald would get victories with Drea's Good Powow ($3.70), Helpisontheway ($13.80), If Not Why Not ($2.80), I Saw Red ($3.90), Stirling Electra ($3.30), and Three Handbags ($5.00). He now has 110 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Harness racing freshman trotting colts invade Vernon Downs on Thursday (September 7), featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS). In the first division seven trotters will race for a purse of $54,500. The morning-line favorite is Tito (Muscle Mass-Stonebridge Encore), who is driven by Andy Miller, was put at 2-1. Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, the 2 year-old got his first win last time out during a leg of the NYSS ($53,500) at Batavia Downs. At 3-1 the second choice is Ronnie Goldstein (Muscle Mass-Barbara Goldstein), who is still searching for his first NYSS win. Last time out at Batavia Downs he went on a break at the start and still finished second. He is owned by Steven Goldstein while trained and driven by Kim Crawford. The third choice is The Veteran (Muscle Mass-Tequilla Slammer), who is owned by W. Donovan, J Winske and trainer George Ducharme at the morning-line odds of 9-2. The Veteran (Chris Lems) has a NYSS victory for a purse of $27,250 earlier this season at Monticello. In the second division ($54,500), Perlucky (Lucky Chucky-Paper Girl), is the morning-line favorite at 2-1. The 2 year-old, who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables while trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer, is coming off a NYSS win at Saratoga ($53,500). Seven Iron (Chapter Seven-Beyond Blue) is the second choice at 3-1. Owned by Kenneth Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano, he won his only race during a leg of the Kindergarten Classic ($10,000) at the Meadowlands. The 2 year-old will be driven by John MacDonald. The morning-line third choice is My Lindy Winner (Credit Winner-My Lady Lindy), at 9-2. The 2 year-old has won a leg of the NYSS ($53,500) at Saratoga. My Lindy Winner (Jim Morrill Jr.) is owned by V J Laurenzo, H A Taylor, and T A Lazzaro, while trained by Tracy Brainard. The 13 race card at Vernon Downs begins Thursday (September 7) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Artful Way and harness racing driver Brett Crawford takes the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($11,400) on Monday (September 4). Artful Way (Artistic Fella), would jump out to the lead and go gate-to-wire. The 5 year-old, who is owned by the Kellogg Racing Stables and trained by Jackie Greene, would put up all the fractions :25.3, :53.4, 1:21.1, 1:49.0. JK Panache (Jimmy Whittemore) would follow the whole way to finish second. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take third. Artful Way ($3.50) would win for the ninth time this year and for the 29th time in his career. Leading driver John MacDonald would win four on Monday afternoon. MacDonald won with Manverick ($3.10), Mayflowermoonshine ($3.40), Dragon Fever ($6.40), and Coopers Beach ($2.60) Vernon Downs returns for live racing on Thursday (September 7), featuring the New York Sire Stakes for Freshman trotting colts. Post time is 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Pop I (John MacDonald) would win the Vernon Downs featured trot ($9,000) on Saturday (September 2). Pop I (Andover Hall), who is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy, would put up all the early fractions :27.0, :56.0, 1:25.1. Sweet Ashley T (Jimmy Whittemore) would take the lead at the top of the stretch. The two trotters would battle back and forth all the way down the stretch. In the end it was the 7 year-old gelding, Pop I ($5.20) the winner in 1:54.2. He would win for the fourth time this season and the 28th time in his career. Sweet Ashley T had to settle for second. Waiting On A Woman would come up for third. MacDonald would add three more wins on the night. His victories were with Miss Ruby ($2.20), Thundercrest ($4.90) and Mac's Black Hat ($4.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Labor day (September 4) matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Big long shot Miss Dollar Mam (Stanley Zombick Jr.) wins the harness racing featured Fillies and Mares pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 2). Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) would put up all the early fractions :27.0, :56.3, 1:25.3. Miss Dollar Mam (Million Dollar Cam) would be seventh after three quarters but would charge from last to first to win in 1:55.0, Owned by Tabitha Zombick and trained by Zombick Jr., the 7 year-old mare would pay $48.60 for her 37th career victory. Major Millie (Leon Bailey) and Uno Cincuento (Josh Kinney) would finish in a dead heat for second Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 3) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

JK Panache and harness racing driver Chris Lems go gate to wire to win the $7,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 26). JK Panache (Art Major) would charge out of the gate and control all the times, :27.1, :56.0, 1:23.2, 1:51.0. The 7 year-old who is owned by Phiilip Hale and Trainer David Dewhurst, would be tough in the stretch holding off the late charge of Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald). Oh My Joepa would finish second with Calvin B (Truman Gale) finishing third. JK Panache ($3.10) would win for the seventh time this season. He would notch his 53rd win. Truman Gale and Jimmy Whittemore would each win a couple on the night. Gale would first win with The Time To Win ($2.90). Winning easily by six lengths in 1:54.4. His second win was with Stonebridge Bonus ($11.60) in 1:54.0. Whittemore went to the winners circle with Skip Jive ($12.20), who won in 1:52.4. His second win was with Arsenal ($5.80) in 1:52.3 Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 31) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs leading harness racing driver John MacDonald, would continue to dominate at the miracle mile with six wins on Friday (August 25). Pop I (John MacDonald) would capture the featured trot ($7,500), by going gate-to wire and setting all the fractions, :27.4, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:55.1. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) would finish second. Twice Too Nice (Brett Crawford) came up to get third. Pop I (Andover Hall) is owned by Glat Kosher Racing and trained by Harry Landy. The 7 year-old would pay $5.20 for the victory. He won for the third time this season and the 27th time in his career. MacDonald's other wins came with Aerial Flight ($3.70), Miss Ruby ($5.30), Ozymandias ($9.00), Pinky The Intern ($6.20), and Thundercrest ($6.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday night (August 26) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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