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

Plainville, MA---Saratoga Raceway regular Artful Way left the friendly confines of the Spa this week in lieu of a New England road trip to race the best resident pacers in Massachusetts. And as he heads back to New York he'll be taking with him a souvenir photo of his win in the $16,000 Winners-Over Handicap at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon (Aug. 6). Riding a a two race win streak, Thisjetsabookin (Shawn Gray) left like he owned the place to take the lead. Nestled in second for the ride was Artful Way (Jimmy Whittemore) and the rest of the field seated behind them. Thisjetsabookin paced to the half in :54.3 unfettered by his rivals until halfway up the backstretch when Starznheaven (Greg Merton) pulled from fourth and started to advance to the front. Starznheaven drew even with Thisjetsabookin at the three-quarters and went by him coming out of the last turn. But as soon as he did, Artful Way pulled from second and started to chase him down. Heading down the lane the two horses paced side by side with both drivers rocking and knocking. After battling for the last sixteenth of a mile, Artful Way finally got up on Starznheaven just before the wire and won by a head in 1:50.1. The time reflected his best work of the year. With his tenth win of the season in the books, Artful Way ($5.40) has eclipsed the century mark in earnings, boasting a bankroll of $101,667 in 2018 for owner Kellogg Racing Stable and trainer Jackie Greene. Whittemore did some damage in the secondary featured $12,000 conditioned pace with Tioga Downs regular Major Leaguer, who went gate to wire on the front end without issue to win by three in 1:51.1. Owned by his driver, Major Leaguer ($4.60) collected his fifth win of the year for trainer Dennis Whittemore. Whittemore completed a driving hat trick with Poisonous ($10.20) who led the entire race to win by six lengths in 1:51.2, which was a new seasonal mark. Live racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 7) at 4 p.m. by Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts  

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Driver Jimmy Whittemore wins seven races at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 14), including the featured pace ($6,000). In the feature, Fire Within (George Harrison) led to a first quarter in :27.1. Fuzzylegsandall (Leon Bailey) would take control just before hitting the half in :57.2. Pantheon Hanover (Roman Lopez) then took them to the three-quarter mark in 1:25.2. Skip Jive ($7.10) went three wide at the top of the stretch and blew by to win in 1:53.3. Nubble Light (Claude Huckabone III) moved up to take second. Fuzzylegsandall hung on for third. Skip Jive is 5-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his fourth win this season and number 15 in his career. Whittemore's other wins came with Mister Marvelous ($2.90), Yankee DeVie ($16.60), Western Toro ($5.30), Coopers Beach ($14.40), Princess Gazella ($4.40), and Silver Arrow ($4.30). Paisley wins Wiener Dog Trot with a huge crowd on hand. Paisley who was owned by Gina Greco, easily won the race, winning a $500.00 wagering voucher. Finishing second and getting a $200 wagering voucher was Alvin. He is owned by Stephanie Jerominek. Bosefus, who is owned by Amy Findlay, won a $100.00 wagering voucher for finishing third. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 19) with a nine race card featuring New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting fillies featuring track record holder for all trotters, Atlanta . Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) takes the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($8,000) on Saturday night (July 7). Major Leaguer ($3.00) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in 26.3. Owned and trained by Whittemore, he would easily lead to the half in :55.3 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:23.3. Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) went first over and battled him the whole length of the stretch. Then big long-shot Gypsy Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.) fired late but fell short to the gutsy Major Leaguer, who finished the mile in 1:51.3. Gypsy Leather settled for second money. Redhot Romeo finished third. Major Leaguer is a 4-year-old gelding by Art Major. It was his fourth win of the season and his 20th career victory. Whittemore added two more driving wins to his total on the night. His other wins came with Royal Garden N ($4.80) and Skip Jive ($10.40). Leon Bailey and John MacDonald each had driving doubles. Bailey won with Alway Flash-N ($4.50) and Fuzzylegsandall ($7.40). MacDonald went to the winner's circle with Northern Express ($7.10) and Northeaster ($4.00). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (July12) at 6:10 p.m. The 10 race card features three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Western Toro (Jimmy Whittemore) captured the Vernon Downs featured pace ($3,500) on Wednesday (July 4). Gingertreefinnegan (John MacDonald) took over just before the first quarter and controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.2, 1:25.4). Western Toro ($20.00) made his move going first-over from third place heading for the three-quarter pole. Owned and trained by Robert Gale, he hit another gear and blew right by to easily win in 1:53.4. Release The Terror (Roman Lopez) fired late to finish second. Prince Aland (Truman Gale) was third best. Western Toro is a 9-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. It was his first win this season and career victory number 15. Dan Daley won a driving double with Muscle Up Hazel ($5.80) and Pegasus Point ($7.80). Driver John MacDonald and trainer Misty Carey combined to win a double as well. They got their wins with Sharkbite Mike ($3.10) and Big Game ($3.00). The large crowd was entertained to a large display of fireworks after racing. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 6) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Jimmy Whittemore won four races on Friday night (June 8) and four again on Saturday night (June 9) at Vernon Downs. Golden Brit (Adam Capizano) wins the featured pace ($5,100 Sapient Hanover (John MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions ($26.2, :54.2, 1:22.2).   Golden Brit ($39.80) followed patiently in the pocket until zooming by in the stretch to win easily in a lifetime best time of 1:51.3. Sapient Hanover held for second Shell I Be Bad (Truman Gale) finished third.   Golden Brit is a 5-year-old gelding by American Ideal. Owned and trained by Mary Nelson, he won for the first time this season and secured win number 11 for his career. Whittemore won as trainer and driver with Serious Major ($4.70), The Royal Garden N ($7.70) and Skip Jive ($9.60). His fourth driving win came with Get Torqed ($6.00). He now leads all driver at Vernon Downs with 33 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 15) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

I Win Hanover takes the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series Final ($12,200) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (May 5), in all harness racing driver Jimmy Whittemore wins five races on the night. Somedew Somedont (Howard Okusko Jr), took control of the Keller Final just after the first quarter. I Win Hanover ($8.50), went first over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by S. Leaf, D. Mackenzie, G. Fielding, and M. Termiskey, while trained by Tom Jackson, he blew right by in the stretch to win in 1:55.4. Somedew Somedont held on to finish second. Money For Nuthin finished third. I Win Hanover, a 3-year-old gelding by Credit Winner picked up his first win of the season and won for the third time in his career. Duckies Dynasty captures the Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final ($11,400). Duckies Dynasty (Whittemore) went first over and took control just after the first quarter. Owned by Share A Horse Inc. and trained by Harry Landy, he would never look back to win in 1:53.2. Cuz I'm Happy (Truman Gale), made a three wide bid late in the stretch but had to settle for second best. Back To Motown (John MacDonald) finished third. Duckies Dynasty ($3.10), is a 3-year-old gelding by Riverboat King. He won for the sixth time this season and career. Whittemore also picked up wins with Parkhill Horton ($6.00), Love Live Laugh ($9.20), and Major Leaguer ($4.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 11) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Harness racing driver Jimmy Whittemore won the co-trotting features ($6000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (October 27). Whittemore won the first feature with Pier Ho Exotic (Conway Hall). Aruba vacation (Dan Daley) would carve out all the early fractions, :27.4, :57.4, 1:26.4. Pier Ho Exotic ($3.40) who is owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, would ride in the pocket until the stretch blowing by to win in 1:55.1. Hanrahan (Jeff Long) fired late to finish second with Aruba Vacation held on for third. Pier Ho Exotic would get his fourth win on the season and win for the 13th time in his career. McKenzie's Star (Whittemore) would win the second feature. Manssive (John MacDonald) would charge out to the front and put up all the early fractions, :27.4 :57.1, 1:26.4. McKenzie's Star (Donato Hanover), who is owned by Allie Howard with Reuben Graber and trained by Joe Skowyra, would go first over and zoom on by after the three-quarter mark. The 7 year-old mare would win in 1:55.2. Stick With Me Kid (Chris Lems) would come up to finish second with American JJ (Michael Miller) getting third place. McKenzie's Star ($21.60) got her fifth win of the year and her 28th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live action with a 10 race card on Saturday (October 28) starting at 6:45 p.m. 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  

Plainville, MA--Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Dennis Whittemore brought game to Massachusetts on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 14) as their stable stars took the top two trots on the harness racing card at Plainridge Park. In the $14,000 Open trot Bloodstockshalltab led every step of the mile, taking advantage of no challengers early and going to the half in :57.1. Whittemore picked up the pace a bit in the second stanza as a mild bid from Tag Up And Go (Greg Merton) became evident moving to the three-quarters. At the top of the lane, Bloodstockshalltab was under steady urging from Whittemore and that prevented Tag Up And Go from getting any closer than a length, which was the margin of victory for Bloodstockshalltab when he crossed the wire in 1:55.2. It was the eighth win of the year for Bloodstockshalltab ($5.80) and the first Open win of the year for him as well. The 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by his trainer, Dennis Whittemore. And in the co-featured $10,000 conditioned trot, Winding Hill took to the pylons off the gate while Wind And A Prayer (Nick Graffam) took the group to the quarter in :27.3. But Whittemore came quick and rushed to the lead in front of the grandstand and then took control form there, opening up a two-length lead and trotting in hand for the rest of the mile. While clocking the back half in :57.3, Winding Hill opened up four down the lane while Whittemore sat chilly in the bike, winning in 1:54. It was the eighth win of the year for Winding Hill ($4.00), third win in a row and a new lifetime mark. The 6-year-old son of Here Comes Herbie is owned by Diane Whittemore. Greg Merton had a driving triple while Nick Graffam put two in the win column. And trainer Monique Cohen also had two conditioning tallies. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Sept. 15) with post time set for 2:30 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for the Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts

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

Parkhill Horton (Jimmy Whittemore) takes the trotting feature ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (August 11). Parkhill Horton (Oaklea Julian) would charge right out to the lead and go gate-to-wire, setting all the fractions, :26.3, :56.2, 1:26.1, 1:55.2. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) would come up to finish second with Ozymandias (Howard Okusko Jr.) getting third. Parkhill Horton ($16.20), who is owned Jeffrey Agan, David Adsit, and trainer Robert Gale would win for the third time this season and for the 20th time in his career. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races for the second straight night, He would also win with Jackson's Gold ($6.00) and Gingertree Finnegan ($3.50). Joe Nassimos would also win three times on the night. He would win with The Big Muscle ($6.20), CJ's Roll On Two ($64.50), and Funny Photo ($20.00 Vernon Downs returns to action Saturday night (August 12) at 6:45 p.m. Saturday is the final day of corntastic. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

WInding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured Open Trot on Friday night at Vernon Downs (7-21). The 6 year-old gelding by Here Comes Herbie, would go for the front and go gate-to wire, putting up all the fractions :27.3, :57.2, 1:25.3, 1:53:1. Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) would follow the entire way but could never get to Winding Hill ($7.20). Winding Hill, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Dennis Whittemore, would win for the fifth time season and get career win number 25. Lucid Thougts would get second, while Sweet Ashlsy T (Homer Hochstetler) would settle for third. Leading driver John MacDonald would win three times on the night, giving him 60 wins for the season. MacDonald would start off by leading Choke Hold ($9.60) to victory in 1:57.0. His second win of the night came with Purple And Gold ($4.90) in 1:53.4. MacDonald would get win number three guiding I Saw Red ($2.60) to first in 1:55.0. Racing returns to Vernon on Saturday night (7-22) with a 13 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs      

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.  

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.  

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