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3-year-old trotting colts take the spotlight at Vernon Downs on Friday night as the New York Sire Stakes return with two strong divisions as part of the 12-race harness racing program.   The first division is carded as the sixth race with a purse of $59,100, featuring a field of six. The 9-5 morning line favorite is Flyhawk El Durado, owned by Martin Scharf of Lawrence, New York. Flyhawk El Durado (Conway Hall-El Paso Gal) is currently working a three-race win streak entering Friday night. All of those wins have been in New York Sire Stakes races, two coming at Yonkers and one at Batavia.   The colt will be driven by Mark MacDonald and is trained by Mark Ford. Also of note in the first division is a horse named Lukas Hall. While Lukas Hall (Conway Hall-Goddess Of War) might be 10-1 on the morning line, his ownership tandem is worthy of an extra look. Former New York Jet wide receiver, Wayne Chrebet, is part owner with Little E LLC. Little E LLC represents Vernon Downs owner, Jeffrey Gural. Chrebet played 11 seasons with the Jets and is the team's 5th all-time leading receiver   While the first division is going to be excellent, the $59,100 second division of the New York Sire Stakes on Friday could produce something very special. The 9-5 morning line choice is Gural Hanover, who has won six consecutive New York Sire Stakes races at five different racetracks. Gural Hanover (Crazed-Givemearing). Given the name, it is easy to determine that Little E LLC of Jeffrey Gural is part of the ownership group, as well as Burke Racing Stable & Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Pennsylvania and Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York. Jim Morrill Jr. will be the driver and Ron Burke is the trainer.   However, Gural Hanover might not have a very easy time of it making that win streak a Lucky Seven. There appears to be strong competition from Zoey De Vie and Cash Me Out. Zoey De Vie (Conway Hall-Pauls Wink) is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line. He has a previous New York Sire Stakes win at Monticello on July 15. Mark MacDonald will drive for trainer Heidi Rohr. He is owned by Jesse and John De Long of Clinton, Wisconsin. Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) had a pair of New York Sire Stakes wins earlier this year at Saratoga and Buffalo in June. Cash Me Out is owned by Traylor Racing LLC of Ballston Spa, New York. Michael McGivern drives and Cheryl McGivern trains Cash Me Out.   The 12-race program on Friday also includes two divisions of the New York Excelsior "A" series, three divisions of the New York Excelsior "B" Series, and a $10,000 Open Trot. First post time on Friday night at Vernon Downs is 6:45pm. by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

NICHOLS, NY - When nine of North America's top harness racing drivers compete at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs later this month in the 8th Annual All-Star Drivers Championship, they'll be racing for more than just prize money and bragging rights. They'll also be raising money for the charity of their choice. All nine drivers will donate their 5% driving commission to charity. The amount will be matched by Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs plus the tracks' owner, Jeffrey Gural. Last year, more than $9,000 was donated. "This event is the premier driving tournament in the country with a first place prize of $25,000," said Jason Settlemoir, Vice President of Racing and Simulcast at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. "Anytime we can use this big stage to raise awareness and money for some great organizations, we're happy to do it." Defending champion Jimmy Marohn, Jr. will be donating his earnings to the Standardbred Retirement Foundation. Two-time champion Yannick Gingras and first-time participant Matt Kakaley will also support the SRF. Tim Tetrick and Scott Zeron will be competing on behalf of New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program. Corey Callahan has selected the Harness Horse Youth Foundation. Canadian representative Jody Jamieson will be donating to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Vernon Downs representative Chris Lems will be competing for locally based Sunshine Horses and David Miller has chosen to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Round 1 of the All-Star Drivers Championship takes place on August 29 at Vernon Downs and the final round moves to Tioga Downs on September 1. Both days will also feature a Jimmy Marohn, Jr. bobblehead giveaway, commemorative t-shirt giveaway and other fan-friendly promotions and contests. by Justin Horowitz, for Tioga & Vernon Downs  

Vernon, NY --- Jack B. Bailey, 81, Vernon Downs' all-time harness racing driving champion, died Aug. 16, 2014, after a long illness.    Vernon Downs has lost a talented, dynamic driver and a legendary horseman. It’s the end of an era for a Hall of Fame horseman who reigned supreme during the years 1959-1978 and ranked among the Standard bred sport’s leaders in races won, fast miles and money earnings. In addition to his Vernon success, Mr. Bailey who began his harness career at the Downs in 1955, captured his initial Vernon championship in 1959.  The North Carolina-native went on to win driving titles at Hollywood Park in California, Washington Park in Illinois and at New York’s Batavia Downs. He remains Vernon’s all-time driving champion with 16 titles (12 percentages and four dash-winning).  He established a Vernon season’s high standard of 205 victories in 1977, which still stands. He was a member of the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame and the Upstate New York Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers’ Association Hall of Fame, as well as a multiple nominee to the sport's Hall of Fame in Goshen. His favorite horse was the pacer Bye Bye Max, who stood at stud at the Bailey Farm in Vernon following his outstanding racing career. He also stood the successful pacer J J’s Biltmore at the farm. Although racetrack injuries shortened Mr. Bailey’s brilliant career, he still managed to record 3,323 driving victories (currently ranked 205 on the sport’s all-time list).  He retired from active competition in the early 1990s. Mr. Bailey is survived by his wife, Madeline; sons, Jim (Tammi), Bill (Ann), Jeffrey (Amy), daughter, Jaclyn; grandchildren, Sheena, Nicole, Sarah, Jack, Phoenix, Leon, Ian, Jamie, Jim, one sister, Nancy Myers and several great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Jack was predeceased by one son Jack L. and one daughter Deborah. Calling hours will be in Vernon at Malecki’s Funeral Home, 23 Front Street on Monday (Aug. 18) from 5-8 p.m., with burial on Tuesday (Aug. 19) at 11:30 a.m. in the area’s Maple Grove Cemetery. Jim Moran

On what turned into a rainy, sloppy night at Vernon Downs, Royalist was a front-running winner in Leg 2 of the Racing Under Saddle Series. Royalist (RC Royalty-Chocolatto Chip) was sent right to the front from the outside post by Michelle Crawford and the colt never looked back.   He led through fractions of 29.1 for the quarter, 1:02 for the half, and 1:33.1 for three-quarters. A challenge did materialize from Blue Boy Yankee (Kristina Smith), who pestered the leader throughout the final quarter mile, but could never quite get by. The final time for the mile was 2:04.3.   The complete order of finish was: Royalist, Blue Boy Yankee, John-Michael, Vassar Hall, My Irish Molly, and Kash Now. Royalist is owned by Raymond W.J. Campbell Jr. of Belchertown, Massachusetts and trained by George Ducharme.   The top point getters from the first two legs of the Racing Under Saddle Series at Vernon Downs will return for the $5,000 Final on August 29.   The featured pari-mutuel race of the Saturday evening at Vernon Downs was the $6,500 seventh race. The winner was Moonlight Ransom (Artiscape-Windsun Caprice), driven by John Macdonald. This was the second win in a week for Moonlight Ransom. In similar fashion to the win on August 9, Moonlight Ransom was a gate-to-wire winner. He led through snappy fractions over a sloppy track of 26.2 for the quarter, 56 seconds for the half, and 1:25.1 for three-quarters.   The final time was 1:53. Market Force (Jimmy Whittemore) was forced four-wide at the top of the stretch and still managed to charge through the lane and win a close photo for second place. Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) finished third.   The complete order of finish was: Moonlight Ransom, Market Force, Oh My Joepa, Whitemountainpower, You Bet Your Glass, A Fool For Mark, Axiom Hanover, and Dutch Richman.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with an 11-race program on Thursday night. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) emerged victorious from a three-horse stretch battle to score a harness racing victory in the feature $9,000 Open I trot on Friday night at Vernon Downs.   The complexion of the race changed immediately as A Penny Earned (Chris Lems) broke stride as the gate opened. He ended up trailing throughout. Surface Tension (Dan Daley) inherited the early lead and was quite tenacious in front, turning away an early challenge from Pop I (John Macdonald) and then holding Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) at bay until the field made the stretch.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the useful cover from Evil Urges and moved up while trotting three-wide in the lane, passing Evil Urges in deep stretch to get up and win in 1:54.2.   It was a minor upset as War Hero went off at 5-1 in the field of six, paying $12 to win. The fractions were 28 seconds for the quarter, 57.1 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, Evil Urges, Surface Tension, Pop I, My Revenuer, and A Penny Earned.   War Hero is owned by Howard Gill of Pine Bush, New York and trained by Jessica Okusko.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday night with a 9-race program.   The Racing Under Saddle series will also continue on Saturday, as six horses will go to the gate in the second leg. The featured pari-mutuel race will be the seventh race with a purse of $6,500. The morning line choice is Axiom Hanover, who will be driven by Chris Lems.   Post time on Saturday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Love You Bye (McArdle-Cam's Genious) made it four wins in the last five starts at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 feature pace Thursday night.   Ugly Betty (John Macdonald) led the way through an opening quarter of 27.3 after taking over early on. Upfront Secret (Chris Lems) was moved aggressively to the outside and surged to the front once the field moved past the half in 56.1.   Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) made the next attack as the field was on the far turn and rolled up alongside Upfront Secret to take the lead as field approached the top of the stretch. From there, she withstood strong challenges from Ugly Betty, who re-rallied up the inside, and Asset Management (Fern Paquet Jr.), who had charged up from the back of the pack, to win by nearly two lengths in the final time of 1:53.1.   The complete order of finish was: Love You Bye, Ugly Betty, Asset Management, Artic Byrd, Upfront Secret, and My Drag Queen. Love You Bye is owned by D. Jimmy Whittemore of Norway, Maine and trained by Dennis Whittemore.   The win by Love You Bye was just part of a nice three-win night for driver Jimmy Whittemore. He went gate-to-wire in the fourth race with Bugsy Malone (Cambest-Town Of Malone), pulled off an 8-1 upset with a come-from-behind score from Frosty Delight (Bettor's Delight-Frosty Valentine) in the sixth race, and then came through with Love You Bye in the featured eighth race.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs with a 9-race program on Friday night. The feature race on Friday night is the sixth race, a $9,000 Open I Trot, with a field of six. The 9-5 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who is trying extend his winning streak to three in this spot. Post time on Friday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Trainer Jody Weidman and driver Jay Randall teamed up for a pair of winners on the Tuesday card at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The Vernon Downs-based Weidman has always done well when he has brought members of his stable to the Spa over the last several years and tallied a trainer's double with conditional trotters Ozymandias (Crazed) and Bluebird Jamaican (Southwind Elian). Ozymandias was his race's 1-5 betting favorite as he dropped in class and had little trouble swooping the group to prevail in a seasonal best 1:58.4. Bluebird Jamaican overcame a first over journey to win a photo in 2:00. Each of the Weidman trainee's victories came in $4,000 conditional trotting races. Live racing continues on Wednesday night at Saratoga with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella  

August 10, 2014 - Perhaps with the Hambletonian in the rear view mirror the general opinion was it was time to swing for the fences in HANA Harness' Grand Circuit Handicapping Shoot-Out Contest sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, DRF Harness, Meadowlands Racing & Gaming, Northfield Park, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs, but whatever the reason, the Dan Patch Invitational leg of the handicapping contest turned into a survivor round. While Sweet Lou was an obvious key horse in the race, the handicappers for the most part were unable to construct a ticket which used both Bettor's Edge and streaking Carol's Comet in their exotic plays. As a result, the successful handicapper this past Friday was the handicapper who managed to get their head over the waterline. Three handicappers were successful in the effort with Brandon Valvo winning the week with a $50 net profit and regaining the overall lead ($2,774.50) from Bob Zanakis with a tenuous lead of $65.80. Other handicappers who managed to show positive results for the week were Earl Paulson ($30) and Brian McEvoy ($20). Obviously, the number of key wagers this week were minimal but Rusty Nash greatly reduced his potential deficit by wheeling Sweet Lou in the Superfecta for a dime investment ($33.60 total) and managed to collect $116.65. Earl Paulson managed his $30 profit with a $150 Win ticket on the race winner which paid $180 while weekly winner Brandon Valvo employed similar strategy by earning $50 with a $250 win ticket on the FFA pacer. Brian McEvoy managed his $20 profit with a combination of Win and Show wagers on the race winner. Bob Zanakis managed to stay close and within reach of the top spot by playing a $15 exacta partial wheel ($75) which grossed $193.50. The current standings are:   As of August 8, 2014 - Leg 21 Pos Handicapper Week Gain Net Profit Behind 1st Brandon Valvo $50.00 $2,774.50   2nd Bob Zanakis ($56.50) $2,708.70 $65.80 3rd Derick Giwner ($237.00) $98.77 $2,675.73 4th Earl Paulson $30.00 ($55.10) $2,829.60 5th Mark McKelvie ($240.00) ($124.00) $2,898.50 6th Brian McEvoy $20.00 ($165.00) $2,939.50 7th Ray Garnett ($248.00) ($622.15) $3,396.65 8th Josi Verlingieri ($235.00) ($1,272.10) $4,046.60 9th Gordon Waterstone ($250.00) ($1,400.30) $4,174.80 10th Ann Stepien ($238.00) ($1,509.11) $4,283.61 11th Rusty Nash ($45.35) ($1,642.63) $4,417.13 12th Garnet Barnsdale ($250.00) ($1,728.00) $4,502.50 13th Sally Hinckley ($250.00) ($1,888.00) $4,662.50 14th Dennis O'Hara ($250.00) ($2,583.70) $5,358.20 15th Ray Cotolo ($250.00) ($4,048.40) $6,822.90                                                                                 This coming weekend, the Challenge picks up the tempo with races at several tracks.  Friday evening the contest stops at Northfield Park for the inaugural $400,000(Est.) Carl Milstein Memorial for 3yo pacing colts.  The contest then moves north Saturday with the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Memorial at Saratoga Raceway before heading to the Canadian Maritimes for the popular $75,000 Gold Cup and Saucer at Red Shores Charlottetown.  Two year olds get their time in the spot light as well with Mohawk Raceway hosting the $215,000(Div.) Eternal Cammation for 2yo pacing fillies and the $245,000(Div.) Nassagaweya for 2yo pacers.  As always, the Grand Circuit Shoot-Out may be followed at http://hanaharnesscontest.blogspot.com.    Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator

Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover-Nittany Lion) made a move on the far turn of the $6,500 feature at Vernon Downs on Saturday night and rode that move all the way to the harness racing winner's Circle.   A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) took the lead at the outset and carried the field through the first quarter in 26.2 seconds and the half in 54.4. After setting a fast pace, A Fool For Mark was passed by You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis), who took control once the field was past the half-mile and led to the three-quarter mark in 1:23. Oh My Joepa (Claude Huckabone III) made the aggressive first-over move to challenge the leader on the far turn, taking over once the field made the turn for home. Cabbie's Delight (Jimmy Whittemore) followed the live cover from the eventual winner, but could never get past Oh My Joepa, who posted a time of 1:51.1 for the mile. Cabbie's Delight had to settle for second and A Fool For Mark came on once again to get up for third.   The complete order of finish was: Oh My Joepa, Cabbie's Delight, A Fool For Mark, You Bet Your Glass, Redneck Outlaw, Dutch Richman, and Firethorn. Oh My Joepa is owned and trained by Michael Deters of Coconut Creek, Florida.   The driving star of the night at Vernon Downs was Jimmy Whittemore, who posted a natural hat trick of winners in the middle of the 11-race program. Whittemore went gate-to-wire in the fourth race with favored Moonlight Ransom (Artiscape-Windsun Caprice). He then followed with an excellent drive to bring Team Edward (Bettor's Delight-Tarport Julie) up the inside in the stretch to win the fifth race. Whittemore wrapped up the threesome with a win in the sixth race driving Market Force (Rocknroll Hanover-Endless Dreams).   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Thursday night with a 9-race program. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

A Penny Earned (Conway Hall-Penny Dream) and Chris Lems seem to be a very strong pairing at Vernon Downs. They scored their third win in the last four times that Lems has driven the gelding on Friday night. A Penny Earned stormed to the lead as the field came off of the first turn and held on the rest of the way to score a victory in 1:54.4.   Jaipur (Fern Paquet Jr.) took the lead through the first quarter mile of 27.4 seconds and ended up sitting the pocket trip after A Penny Earned moved to the front. A Penny Earned led through the half in 57.2 seconds and three-quarters in 1:26. Jaipur did get flushed out as the field entered the stretch, but was never able to move past A Penny Earned. War Hero (Howard Okusko Jr.) made a first-over bid on the final turn, but his rally stalled in the stretch and he had to settle for third.   The complete order of finish was: A Penny Earned, Jaipur, War Hero, Pop I, My Revenuer, Pollux Blue Chip, Evil Urges, and Mr. Web Page.   Live racing resumes on Saturday night with an 11-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

The field for the 2014 Tioga / Vernon Drivers' Championship is taking form, with 2013 champion Jim Marohn, Jr. poised to defend his title against some of the top harness racing drivers across North America.   "We are excited to unveil a new format for this annual event," said Jason Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga and Vernon Downs. "With top drivers from circuits across North America taking part, we're truly showcasing some of the best drivers in the world."   In addition to Marohn, top Meadowlands drivers Yannick Gingras, David Miller, and Tim Tetrick return to the Drivers' Championship. Jody Jamieson, the winner of this event in 2011 as well as the 2011 World Driving Championship, will represent the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit. The aforementioned quintet will be joined by newcomers Chris Lems (Vernon Downs), Scott Zeron (top driver aged 25 or younger), and Matt Kakaley (Harrah's Philadelphia/Pocono Downs). Corey Callahan, who represented the USA in the 2011 World Driving Championship en route to a second-place finish, has been named the sponsor's exemption, and will complete the field of nine.   The Championship kicks off on Friday, August 29 at Vernon Downs, sharing the spotlight with the Zweig Memorial and Crawford Farms trotting events. The second round is slated for Monday, September 1 at Tioga Downs, as part of the Cane Pace program. As in past years, the overall winner will take home a $25,000 check, and the leader after the first round will win $10,000. Second place overall earns a driver $5,000, while third place $4,000. No driver will leave with less than $1,500 in the two-day Championship.   All nine drivers will also be competing for a charity of their choice, with their 5% commission from their Championship drives going directly to charity. Tioga and Vernon Downs will match each driver's charity commission, as will Jeff Gural.   The Drivers' Championship is made possible thanks to the following sponsors:   Allerage Farms,   the Binghamton Mets,   the Binghamton Senators,   Bow River Jewelry,   Bud Light,   Cameo Hills, Ltd.,   Capital OTB,   LP Ciminelli,   Climans Green Liang Architects, Inc.,   Community Press,   Coon & Sons,   L. V. Harkness & Co.,   Ferris, Finn Tack,   Global Graphics,   The Horseman and Fair World,   HUB International,   Lexington Selected Yearling Sale,   the Little Brown Jug,   Maine Source Food & Party Warehouse,   McCullagh Coffee Roasters,   Roberts Communications Network,   the Southern Tier Harness Horseman's Association,   Tioga Downs,   Tioga State Bank,   V.I.P. Structures,    Vernon Downs,   and Winner's Choice Racing Programs.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs Racing Media

There were three New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday night and Yannick Gingras came in to win two of them and drive the second-place finisher in the other. In all, Gingras posted four winners on the 14-race harness racing program to win top driver honors for the extended card.   Band Of Angels (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) won the $36,566 first division of the New York Sire Stakes. She moved to the lead as the field entered the backstretch and held that edge until Sawyer (David Miller) made a nice move to take over the top spot entering the far turn. However, Band Of Angels (Gingras) reclaimed the lead as the field moved into the stretch and moved away to a nice victory in 1:52.2. Band Of Angels has now won four consecutive New York Sire Stakes races at four different racetracks (Monticello, Yonkers, Saratoga, and Vernon), the last three with Gingras at the controls. Band Of Angels is owned by W.J. Donovan of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and is trained by Ron Burke.   There was a 9-1 upset in the $35,866 second division, as My Little Delight (Bettor's Delight-My Little Dragon) charged past Bettor N Better (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor Be Steppin (David Miller) in the stretch to get the victory in 1:52.3. My Little Delight (Mark MacDonald) got her first win in five lifetime starts in this spot and paid $21.60 in the process. Bettor Be Steppin was very stubborn throughout the stretch on the lead, only succumbing in the final strides, getting passed by both My Little Delight and Bettor N Better. My Little Delight is owned by Adam Victor & Son Stable LLC of New York, New York. Noel Daley is the trainer.   Yannick Gingras returned to the Winner's Circle in the $36,566 third division at the controls of Sassa Hanover (Rock N Roll Heaven-Sayo Hanover). Sassa Hanover went immediately to lead and never looked back, maintaining a strong edge throughout the race. She stretched her advantage to five lengths in the stretch before settling for a three-length win in 1:52.2. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) closed well in the stretch and finished second. Sassa Hanover matched the accomplishment of Band Of Angels, picking up four straight New York Sire Stakes wins at four different racetracks (Monticello, Yonkers, Saratoga, and Vernon). Sassa Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Pennsylvania and Panhellenic Stable Corporation of New York and Lawrence Karr of New Jersey. Ron Burke is the trainer.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 10-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity  

East Rutherford, New Jersey - While the featured race at The Meadowlands Saturday, August 2 was the million-dollar Hambletonian, the first race of day was one of the best, resulting in a photo finish. That race, the Harness Horse Youth Foundation final, saw three teens driving Trottingbreds at their standard half-mile distance.  Sophie Norton, 13, driving Royal Attire and assisted by Ron Pierce, got up at the wire to collar pacesetter Little Hicktown, who was driven by 14-year-old Lauren Permenter, assisted by HHYF Trustee Corey Callahan. Norton, of New Hartford, NY represented the HHYF Vernon Downs camp. Permenter, of Chesapeake City, MD represented the Harrington Raceway camp. Third place finisher Jennifer Mehlig, 14, represented the camp at Pocono Downs. She was assisted on the lines of LR Trixie by Tim Tetrick. Time for the half mile dash was 1:19.1 after an opening 38.1 first quarter. The race was the culmination of HHYF’s summer camp season, which covered eight states. A video of the HHYF race is posted on the HHYF website at www.hhyf.org/News.aspx. The Harness Horse Youth Foundation is a charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to providing young people and their families educational opportunities with  harness horses, in order to foster the next generation of participants and fans. The Foundation has been making a difference in young people’s lives since 1976, and its programs include interactive learning experiences with these versatile animals, scholarship programs, and creation and distribution of educational materials. For more information on opportunities through HHYF, or to support its mission, go to www.hhyf.org.  

Three separate divisions of the New York Sire Stakes produced plenty of fireworks at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. The biggest performance was a new track record for 2-year-old trotters of 1:54 for Crazy Wow in the third and final division with a purse of $36,566. Crazy Wow (Crazed-No Pan No Gain) went right to the front at the outset and cruised through fractions of 27.2 for a quarter and 58.1 for the half. Crazy Wow (Dan Rawlings) was actually headed by Eskimo Joe (Ray Schnittker) as the field approached the final turn, but quickly dispatched that challenge to retake the lead through three-quarters in 1:25.3. Crazy Wow stormed home to win by nine impressive lengths in that track record final time of 1:54. Drinksforthehouse (Chris Lems) finished second after Pier Ho Exotic (John Cummings Jr.) broke stride in the stretch. Eskimo Joe had to settle for the third spot. Crazy Wow is owned by Joseph Hess of New Milford, New Jersey and trained by Dan O'Mara. The 1:54 final time eclipses the previous mark of 1:54.3 by Nuncio, set in 2013. Nuncio very nearly made his own headlines on Saturday since he ended up as the runner-up in the 2014 Hambletonian Final at The Meadowlands.   The $37,266 first division was a story of survival for Insomniac (Crazed-Catch Some Zs). Insomniac (Mark Macdonald) took the lead immediately from the outside post position and led through a quarter of 28.4, a half of 59.1, and three-quarters in 1:29. The less than even-money favorite, Mambo Blue Chip (Jeff Gregory), attacked the longtime leader in the stretch, but could never get by Insomniac, who had plenty left in the tank after those conservative early fractions. Commentary (Mike Simons) rolled up strongly in the final strides to finish third at 32-1. Insomniac is owned by Paul Kelley of Gansevoort, New York and William Weaver III of Freehold, New Jersey. Paul Kelley is also the trainer.   Wings of Royalty (Rc Royalty-Sparkling Cider) was the winner of the $37,266 second division. Wings Of Royalty (Chris Lems) made a strong close through the stretch while three-wide to pass the pacesetting pair of Gabe The Bear Dean (Ray Schnittker) and Credit Creation (Jim Morrill Jr.) for a victory in 1:56. Credit Creation had taken the lead from the start and led most of the way around the racetrack, only being passed by Gabe The Bear Dean for just a quick moment before reassuming the advantage. His early fractions of 28.1 for the quarter, 58.3 for the half, and 1:27.4 for three-quarters were solid enough. Gabe The Bear Dean did get past Credit Creation for the second placing in the stretch, forcing Credit Creation to settle for third. Wings Of Royalty is owned by Raymond W.J. Campbell of Belchertown, Massachusetts and trained by George Ducharme.   Live racing will return to Vernon Downs with a 14-race program on Thursday night when the 2-year-old pacing fillies take their turn at center stage in the New York Sire Stakes. Post time for the Thursday program is 6:45pm.   Sophie Norton wins HHYF race on Hambletonian Day Sophie Norton of New Hartford, NY won the Harness Horse Youth Foundation race Saturday at Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. One kid was selected from Vernon Downs, Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, and Harrington Raceway to represent each track on Saturday. Hall of Fame driver Ron Pierce was the co-pilot in the two seat jog cart with Sophie Norton. It was second consecutive year that the representative from Vernon Downs won the HHYF race at The Meadowlands. This year the HHYF was at Vernon Downs July 14-18. The five day camp gave youngsters hands on experience with horses, opportunity to work with local horsemen at Vernon, and the thrill of a lifetime competing in an actual race. Harness Horse Association of Central New York sponsors each kid that participates in the camp. For more information about HHYF and having your kid participate in the 2015 camp visit www.hhyf.org by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity

Evil Urges (Cash Hall-Siren Hall) rode an aggressive move on the far turn to victory in the $10,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   The gelding, driven by Jimmy Whittemore, was first-over moving past the half-mile mark and moved alongside the leader, My Revenuer (John Macdonald), on the turn. Evil Urges assumed the lead at the top of the stretch and was able to withstand the charge of Jaipur (Fern Paquet Jr.), who had followed the live cover provided by the winner in the mid-section of the race. Pollux Blue Chip (Claude Huckabone III) split horses aggressively in the stretch to get up for third. My Revenuer faded out to last after setting the pace for the majority of the race. The fractional times were 27.4 for the quarter, 57.3 for the half, 1:26.1 for three-quarters, and a final time of 1:54.2   The complete order of finish was: Evil Urges, Jaipur, Pollux Blue Chip, Mr. Web Page, Lucid Thoughts, and My Revenuer. Ilovemymommy was a scratch (sick). Evil Urges is owned Homer Hochstetler of Crete, Illinois and Robert Buddig of Hinsdale, Illinois. Hochstetler doubles as the trainer.   The sixth race of the evening also featured an interesting development concerning the claim of Oaklea Tyson (Angus Hall-Bronx Bombshell). There were nineteen different claims put in on the gelding at the claiming price of $4,500. The winning claim was made by owner Tony Lioto of Syracuse, New York and trainer Barry Dodge. In addition to the nineteen claims on Oaklea Tyson, Majestic Lad (Majestic Victory-Bolero Crystal) was claimed out of the sixth race by owner-trainer Mary Beth Fisher of Vernon, New York.   Live racing will resume on Saturday night with a 13-race program that features three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts. All of the Sire Stakes races will be covered in the 50-cent minimum Pick Four on Races 6-9. There are also interesting connections on an entrant in the fifth race on the Saturday night program, part of the New York Excelsior "A" Series. Elettrizzante is co-owned by Tom Durkin, longtime voice of the New York Racing Association, and Joseph Spadaro of Saratoga Springs, New York. Post time on Saturday night is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity    

Table Games (Bettor's Delight-Macks Table) won the $4,700 feature race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night.   Long shot Kylers Valentine (Chris Lems) took the lead from the outside post position at the outset of the feature and led the way through the opening quarter of 27 seconds.   That lead was short-lived, however, as Air Miles Hanover (John Macdonald) assumed the lead past the half-mile mark, which was covered in 56.4. At this point, Table Games (Roman Lopez) moved smartly on the outside to grab the advantage on the final turn.   She led the way past three-quarters in 1:25. Table Games opened up a lead of two lengths through the stretch and held off a late charge from closer That's My Dream (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:53.3.   The less than even-money favorite in the race, Bad Girl Vegas, was never really a threat and ended up fifth after racing in mid-pack throughout the mile.   The complete order of finish was: Table Games, That's My Dream, Kylers Valentine, Steuben Ruthless, Bad Girl Vegas, Lady Alice, Air Miles Hanover, and Got The Munchies.   Table Games is owned by Samuel Serianni of Vernon, New York and Edmund Namiotka Jr. of Baldwinsville, New York. Serianni doubles as the trainer.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 10-race program. The first race is the feature, a $10,000 Open I Trot, with a field of seven. The 5-2 morning-line favorite is My Revenuer, scheduled to be driven by John Macdonald. My Revenuer has finished second in three of his last four starts at Vernon Downs. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

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