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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

Western Tsunami (Western Hanover-Rons Girl) rallied past the competition to extend his winning streak to four in a row in the $6,500 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday night.   Donna's Scape (Chris Lems) was the early pacesetter through a quarter in 27.2 and a half in 57 seconds. Once the field made the top of the stretch, however, there was a host of challengers to the leader.   Western Tsunami had sat in mid-pack through the early stages, but got into the clear in the lane and charged past his rivals to win in a smart time of 1:52.3, courtesy of a well-timed drive by Roman Lopez. There was a dead-heat for the second position with Ashton Seelster (Gary Clark) and Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) involved.   The complete order of finish: Western Tsunami, Ashton Seelster and Moonlight Ransom (Dead-Heat), Whitemountainpower, Donna's Scape, Some Or Lis, Sovereign Wealth, Gallic Warrior, and Midas Blue Chip.   Western Tsunami is owned by Scott West of Vernon, New York and Katie Currie of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada. Scott West is also the trainer.   Claude Huckabone III was the driving star on the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs, winning three times. He scored in the third race with My Edward (Village Jolt-Undercover Woman), the fifth race with Pedro's Dream (Dream Away-Twinkie Lo), and the ninth race with Willies Big Mac (Whelan Willie-Mac's Only Iris).   Live racing will resume on Thursday night at Vernon Downs with a 10-race program. Post time on Thursday will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs     

War Hero (Ken Warkentin-Miss Gibbons) powered past Ilovemymommy in the stretch to win the $10,000 featured Open I Trot at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   War Hero (Frank Davis) followed the live cover of Ilovemymommy (Jimmy Whittemore), who surged to the lead past the half-mile mark and maintained control to the top of the stretch.   It was there that War Hero moved alongside and started to surge past in the lane to win in a time of 1:53.4. Mr. Web Page (Roman Lopez) had set the early fractions of 26.4 for the quarter and 56 seconds for the half, but had to work hard to get the lead after being caught three-wide around the first turn.   This hard labor ended up costing him dearly later on as he faded to finish last. My Revenuer (John Macdonald) rallied from last up the backstretch to close strongly and finish second. The complete order of finish was: War Hero, My Revenuer, Lucid Thoughts, Ilovemymommy, A Penny Earned, Out Of The Hat, and Mr. Web Page.   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 2014 Miss Vernon Downs Pageant takes place on Saturday with a top prize of $1,500. Contestants will compete in casual wear, swimsuit, formal wear, and an interview segment. Post time for the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs in 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 22, 2014--Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $200,200 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace. The event--for 2-year-oled fillies--was contested in nearly-quartered, $50,050 divisions. The dance team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras combined in three of the events...and won each of those. The first grouping was, as advertised, a Westchester waltz for odds-on Sassa Hanover ($2.10). In play from post position No. 5, she pocketed Bin N Heaven (Dough McNair), then strolled through relaxed rest stops of :29.1, :59 and 1:28. A :27.4 final quarter (life-best 1:55.4) saw her end up 2¾ lengths better than "Bin," who herself raced very well from an outside post. Third went to Vraka Hanover (Tim Tetrick). "Sassa," a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr, is 2-for-2 (both in NYSS). The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $12.80. With no show wagering, more than $19,000 of the $20,000-plus in the place pool was in support of Sassa Hanover. "I've been impressed since I baby-raced her," Gingras said. "Tonight was basically a training mile. You want to see manners and guts when they're just beginning, and she showed both." Trainer/driver also took down the third and fourth sub-sections with faves Band of Angels ($5) in a night's-fastest/life-best 1:54.4, and Bettor N Better ($2.70) in 1:56. "(Band of Angels) was able to rate (:29, :58.2, 1:27.4), but a '27' last quarter here for a 2-year-old is something," Gingras said. The daughter of Rock N' Roll Heaven defeated One Hot Majorette (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length, with Ameritime (Brent Holland) third. "I thought Bettor N Better may have a behind the other two (Sassa Hannover and Band of Angels) early, but she's catching up fast. I would have been just as happy sitting behind Timmy (Tetrick, driving Zip Code Envy), but it worked out with me cutting the mile. Bettor N Better, a Bettor's Delight lass, was a length better than a first-up Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears) in life-best effort, with Zip Code Envy third. All three of the Burke/Gingras winners are 2-for-2 to begin their careers, with NYSS wins here and Monticello. Newly-minted Harness Hall of Famer Dave Miller and an off-the-pace Bettor Be Steppin' ($16.80) won the second NYSS event in a maiden-breaking 1:56.4. Starting from post No. 6, she held off 58-1 My Little Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a neck in battle of closers, with Bullville Maggie (Gingras) third. Even-money choice She's Heavenly (Mike Lachance) brushed to the lead, met pressure from Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore), then faded to last. "She was zigging and zagging a bit late," Miller said of Bettor B Steppin'. "It was her first start on a half, and the last turn may have come up a bit quicker than she was ready for." The daughter of Bettor's Delight, trained by Joe Holloway, New York Sire Stakes continue Thursday night, with the $217,000 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts/geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Three-year-old pacing fillies were featured on Saturday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway as part of the New York Sire Stakes. Locally-based Spreester (American Ideal) scored a victory in her division of the $59,100 Sire Stakes behind a late surge with driver Jim Morrill Jr in the sulky. Spreester continued her terrific stakes season behind the 1:53.2 seasonal best victory on Saturday night. The fastest winner of the three "big time" Sire Stakes races was Major Dancer (Art Major). Making her NY debut, the Casie Coleman-trained pacer came charging hard late before drawing away to win in 1:53.1 with Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey in the sulky. The upset of the three stakes races came when Ken Doll J (Bettor's Delight) survived a first over journey to prevail in 1:55.2 with Jimmy Whittemore in the bike. Ken Doll J was dismissed at odds of 9-1 for her first win of 2014. Sire Stakes action returns to the Spa on Wednesday evening when three year old trotting fillies take center stage. Live racing resumes on Tuesday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Driver Jimmy Whittemore wasted no time Thursday night capturing three of the first four races and in doing so notched career win 1,000. In Race 1 Whittemore guided Love You Bye to a last to first victory in 1:52:2. The 5 year old McArdle-Cam’s Genious mare is owned by Jimmy Whittemore and trained by his father Dennis Whittemore. Love You Bye is closing in on $200,000 in career earnings. Race 3 saw Campbell Muscles (Muscles Yankee-Millennium Chip) score her first career win and give Jimmy a driving double and career win 999. Campbell Muscles scored by 3 ¼ lengths in 2:00 for owner-trainer Scott West.   Misty Major went wire to wire in Race 4 to give Jimmy Whittemore his 1,000th career driving win. Misty Major (Major In Art-Lady Artemise) tied her career mark 1:54:3 and is conditioned by Angus Mac Donald and owned by E J Treadway. Jimmy Whittemore, a native of Norway, Maine is a three time driving champion at the Miracle Mile and currently sits fourth in the Vernon Downs driver’s standings. By Scott Warren, for Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Mother Nature definitely was a major factor in Sunday afternoon's New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers but the heavy rains didn't stop Our Hot Majorette, Bin N Heaven and Bossers Joy from registering victories over the sloppy track.   Bin N Heaven posted the fastest time of the three $36,566 divisions with a 1:59.4 time. Our Hot Majorette and Bossers Joy each lit up the tote board in the other two legs. Mike Saftic managed to hang on at the wire to score a $23.60 win while Bossers Joy and Brent Holland took the final division and returned $80.00 for the victory.   The heavy rain made the track a sloppy mess but Bin N Heaven, entering her race a perfect 2-for-2 in qualifiers including 1:56.3 at Mohawk, found the wet going to her liking. Taking over the lead just before the three-quarter marker, Bin N Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Binions) paced away from the field and beat Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by 2-1/4 lengths while Fan Mail (Mark MacDonald) finished in third.   "There we no problems at all," McNail said of Bin N Heaven's trip. "She was push button. She went when we needed to go. Those were great fractions considering the weather."   Owned by Frank Bellino and trained by Tony O-Sullivan, it was the first pari-mutuel win in Bin N Heaven's first start.   Our Hot Majorette (Art Major-She's So Hot) showed plenty of heart in the lane and took the opening leg with a head victory over Amertime (MacDonald) in what can only be described as a monsoon rainstorm. Ameritime cut the mile with 31., 1:03 and 1:34.3 but stop Our Hot Majorette in a ding-dong battle down the lane. The heavily-favored Sheeztoughenough (Morrill Jr.) took the show position.   "Wow," was the first comment of driver Mike Saftic when he returned to the winner's circle. "That was a great trip for her in here. I really couldn't see too much though. That was sure an adventurous trip."   Our Hot Majorette is owned Miller Farms and is trained by Eric Adams.   Bossers Joy (Art Major-Esther's Joy) enjoyed the frolic in the wet going and rallied for an impressive head victory over Crucial Moment (Jimmy Whittemore) in the final division. Mydelight Bluechip (Chris Lems) rounded out the top three.   Hitting the half-mile 11-1/4 lengths behind the leaders, Bossers Joy used a slow and steady journey on the outside to snatch the win, getting up in the shadow of the wire for the upset victory.   "She really whipped around the track," Holland said of the last half mile by Bossers Joy. "There were no issues. She raced well." Holland, who tripled on the card, added with a laugh, "We finally got the lead when we wanted it...at the wire."   Bossers Joy is owned by Francis Azur and is conditioned by Kevin McDermott.   In the $12,700 Excelsior A Series, Holland took two divisions with by steering Bugatti Beauty ($24.00) to a 2:03.2 decision and Jag Out ($3.00) to a 2:02.3 win. Hey Kobe ($6.50) won the other leg for driver John Plutino in 2:02.3.   The Excelsior B Series, worth $6,600, went to Delightful Plan ($4.80) with Jeff Gregory in the sulky. They covered the mile in 2:05.2.   The final week of racing for the 2014 season begins on Wednesday night with a 10-race card program set for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, race replays, results and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway      

I Do Hanover (Shark Gesture-I'm Married) withstood a stout challenge from favored Tell Us More to win the $8,000 featured Open II pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. Firethorn (John Macdonald) was the one who set a strong pace of 26.4 for the quarter, 57.4 for the half, and 1:24.3 for three-quarters. However, those fast fractions ended up costing the pacesetter in the stretch, as he faded out to finish last.   I Do Hanover was moved aggressively first-over by driver Truman Gale past the half-mile marker and ended up drawing on even terms with Firethorn as the field entered the stretch. Tell Us More (Roman Lopez) followed the solid cover from I Do Hanover and rolled into contention as the field moved through the stretch. I Do Hanover held on to first position all the way to the wire to win in 1:52.2, scoring a minor upset at 6-1 over the favorite, who had to settle for second. Moonlight Ransom (Jimmy Whittemore) had been third in the early stages and ended up getting shuffled back to fifth with all the action in the outer flow on the far turn. Moonlight Ransom was able to re-rally in the stretch and get up for third.   The complete order of finish was: I Do Hanover, Tell Us More, Moonlight Ransom, Some Or Lis, You Bet Your Glass, Unicorn Hanover, Gallic Warrior, and Firethorn. I Do Hanover is owned by Philip Hale and David Dewhurst of New York, with Dewhurst doubling as the trainer.   The win in the feature event made it a natural hat trick of wins for driver Truman Gale during the Saturday program. Gale won the fifth race with 8-1 shot, American Bull, in a time of 1:53.1, and followed with a score in the sixth driving Where U At to another upset win at 7-1. Gale also serves as the trainer of first two winners in the sequence of three.   Live racing will resume at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 9-race program. First post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's plenty to see and do at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 13) when the popular 'Back To The Track' promotion takes place along with a 13-race program featuring the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old pacing fillies. The action gets underway at 1:05 p.m.   The 'Back To The Track' day, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association and Buffalo Raceway, features harness racing bingo, free programs, sno-cones, cotton candy, pony rides and t-shirts. It's a great day of activities for those of all ages.   There will be plenty of action on the Hamburg half-mile oval as well with three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, slated as the second, fourth and sixth races, along with three $12,700 legs of the Excelsior Class A series.   The young ladies will be gunning for the divisional track record of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse (2011) and Summertime Lea (2012). A total of six track marks have been either broken or tied at Buffalo Raceway this season so hang onto your hats.   The first division of the Sire Stakes features Sheeztoughenough (Art Dealer-Sheezadiamondealer) who'll score from the two post with Jim Morrill Jr. Installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite, Sheeztoughenough's last outing was a beauty with a 1:55 win at Mohawk in a $11,280 conditioned pace.   The main threat should come from Ameritime (American Ideal-L'Charm) who enters with two straight victories. She scored in a Excelsior A Class race with a 1:58 mark at Monticello and captured a fillies and mares maiden conditioned race at Tioga in 1:58. Mark MacDonald will get the call on the 7-2 second choice.   The remainder of the field includes My Little Delight (Jeff Gregory), Mo Molly Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings), Our Hot Majorette (Mike Saftic) and Heavens Legacy (Brent Holland).   The inside posts are the place to look in the second division as favorites will start from there. Mosquito Blue Chip gets the two hole for Morrill Jr. and is the 2-1 favorite. She comes to town after finishing a solid second at Monticello on July 4 in a $27,750 Sires Stakes race.   Lurking on the rail is Bin N Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Binions) with Doug McNair in the bike. She was won both her qualifiers including a 1:56.3 at Mohawk Raceway back on June 29 and is the 3-1 second pick.   Others in the division include Amazing Phrasing (Jim Mettinis), Float On By (Saftic), Fan Mail (MacDonald) and Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore).   The final leg has Neverhaditsogood (Art Major-Indulge Me) who finished second behind Bettor N Bettor in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on July 4. She finished 2-3/4 lengths back. McNair will be at the controls for Neverhaditsogood, who'll score from the four post.   The main threat could come from the rail-sitting Bullville Maggie with MacDonald set to go in the sulky. Bullville Maggie finished third in a $27,250 at Monticello on July 4 and was 6-1/2 lengths. She was straddled with the seven post, however, so the inside draw here could make a huge difference.   Also in the race as Mydelight Bluechip (Chirs Lems), Crucial Moment (Whittemore), Bachata Hanover (Morrill Jr.), Bussers Joy (Holland) and Yes You Can (Saftic).   After Sunday, it will be closing week at Buffalo Raceway with just four cards remaining. The racing schedule shows a 5 p.m. post on Wednesday while Friday and Saturdays will start at 6:40 p.m. Next Sunday is closing day with a 1:05 p.m. matinee slated.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

House Money (Angus Hall-Emmamzaing) received an excellent drive from trainer-driver Roman Lopez to score a victory in the $9,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Friday night.   House Money actually sat the pocket trip behind early leader War Hero (Frank Davis), who set fractions of 28 seconds for the quarter, 57.3 for the half, and 1:25.4 for three-quarters. House Money then commenced a rally at the inside and challenged War Hero in the stretch, going past and winning by two lengths in a time of 1:54.1   War Hero suffered a break deep in the stretch, so while he crossed the line fourth, he was disqualified for violating the breaking rule and placed sixth. Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore) sat fifth in the field of six during the early stages of the race and then moved nicely through the lane to get second. Pollux Blue Chip (Claude Huckabone III) finished third. The complete order of finish was: House Money, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, A Penny Earned, My Revenuer, and War Hero. House Money is owned by Mitchell Frair and Thomas and Kimberley Frarey of Sherrill, New York.   Jimmy Whittemore might have been the runner-up in the feature race, but he scored three victories on the evening as he continues to close in on 1,000 career victories. With the three wins on Friday night, Whittemore is currently at 997 lifetime wins.   He was in the sulky for Don't Miss A Tweet in the first race, Ilovemymommy in the second race, and Funny Photo in the seventh race. Whittemore has drives in nine of the ten races scheduled for the Saturday night program at Vernon Downs, so it is conceivable that he reached the milestone of 1,000 wins before the end of the weekend.   Live racing at Vernon Downs will resume on Saturday night at 6:45pm. The seventh race is the featured event, an Open II Pace with a purse of $8,000. by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Artic Byrd (Art Major-Tundra Bird) rallied past the heavily favored De Vin Girl to score a win in the $8,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Thursday night.   De Vin Girl (Rick Plano) was sent off at 1-9 by the bettors and led throughout the first three-quarters of a mile, setting solid fractions of 26.4 for the quarter, 55.1 for the half, and 1:23.4 for three-quarters. However, Artic Byrd (Truman Gale) managed to stay right with De Vin Girl during the early part of the race and was in prime position to overtake the leader as the field entered the stretch.   Artic Byrd produced a sustained drive through the stretch and made the lead with an eighth of a mile remaining, eventually winning in a final time of 1:52. Artic Byrd now has a two-race win streak at Vernon Downs. She is owned by Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell of Poland, New York. Truman Gale doubles as the trainer. The complete order of finish was: Artic Byrd, De Vins Girl, Upfront Secret, Always Flash-n, and Asset Management.   The win in the feature race was part of an excellent start to the program for driver Truman Gale. He won the first race with Campanile Hanover in gate-to-wire fashion in 1:52.4 and followed that with the win in the feature. Gale then completed the hat trick with favored Blue Skies Craze in the third race, winning in 2:00.1. Jimmy Whittemore also picked up a win on Thursday night with That's My Dream in the sixth race to continue his march to 1,000 lifetime victories. Whittemore currently has 994 wins for his career.   Live racing will continue at Vernon Downs on Friday night with a 9-race program. The eighth race is the $9,000 feature race, an Open I Trot. The 5-2 morning line favorite is A Penny Earned, who is trying to earn his fourth win of the season at Vernon Downs and his second in a row after winning on July 5. Post time is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs  

The Sunday card at Vernon Downs featured a wild six-horse photo finish in the fifth race. The photo ended up being won by Steuben Ruthless, sent off at 9-1 and driven by Rick Plano. R Blue Moon Rising was second and Team Edward finished third. There was a dead heat for the fourth position between the favorite, Market Force, and Willies Big Mac. Dragon's Breath finished off the photo in sixth. The win was the second straight for Steuben Ruthless at Vernon Downs. The final time was 1:54.2, credited to each of the horses in the photo. Steuben Ruthless is owned by David Fisher of Vernon, New York, and trained by Mary Fisher. The 1-4 favorite, Tell Us More (Tell All-Liberated Leah), scored a convincing win in the $8,000 feature race at Vernon Downs on Sunday afternoon. Tell Us More (Roman Lopez) moved into the lead entering the first turn and ended up leading at every quarter mile mark. The fractions were very solid, 27 seconds for the quarter, 56.2 for the half, 1:24.3 for three quarters, and a final time of 1:52. Gallic Warrior (Rick Plano) finished second after sitting third throughout the early stages. You Bet Your Glass (Frank Davis) made a nice first-over move entering the final turn, but ended up getting caught outside through the stretch and had to settle for third. The complete order of finish was: Tell Us More, Gallic Warrior, You Bet Your Glass, Some Or Lis, Donna's Scape, Firethorn. Buckeye Baddler was a scratch (lame). Tell Us More is owned by Michael Casalino Jr. of Freehold, New Jersey and trained by Jordan Hope.   Driver Jimmy Whittemore continues to close in on milestone win 1,000. He had two winners on the Sunday program at Vernon Downs to increase his career win total to 993. Whittemore won the second race with Party With Artie and the sixth race with I Do Hanover.   Live racing resumes on Thursday night at Vernon Downs with a 9-race program. Post time will be 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, Vernon Downs Publicity  

Ilovemymommy (Inquirer-Alpine Goal) got back to the Winner's Circle at Vernon Downs on Friday night in the $8,000 feature race after being unable to pick up a victory thus far in June.   The win on Friday ends a three-race losing streak for the mare. Ilovemymommy (Jimmy Whittemore) settled in third after Canadian Sunset (Roman Lopez) forged to the front at the start and set the pace through the opening quarter of 26.4. Ilovemymommy then moved to the outside as the field entered the backstretch and made an aggressive move to the front, taking control of the race and never relinquishing it. She remained in front through a half mile of 56.4 and three quarters in 1:26.   Painite (Frank Davis) made a valiant try first-over entering the far turn, but didn't threaten the leader and was passed late in the stretch by Long Island Tea (Chris Lems) for second.   The complete order of finish was: Ilovemymommy, Long Island Tea, Painite, Alarming Quick, MC Tiny's Hope, Stell R Time, and Canadian Justice. The final time for the mile was 1:54.2. Ilovemymommy is owned by Karen Smith of Brushton, New York and trained by Andy Gardner.   The win in the feature by driver Jimmy Whittemore was one of two victories on the night for him. Whittemore is now just nine victories away from 1,000 in his career.   Live racing at Vernon Downs resumes on Saturday night with an 11-race program. The second race is the feature with a purse of $7,200. The 9-5 morning-live favorite in the field of six is I Do Hanover, who has won his last two starts in June at Vernon Downs. Post time for the Saturday program is 6:45pm.   by Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs

Mr. Web Page (Muscles Yankee-India Hall) scored his second win in three starts in the month of June at Vernon Downs in the $10,000 Friday feature race.   Both of Mr. Web Page's wins have come at the Open I trotting level and both have come with trainer-driver Roman Lopez in the bike. Lopez sent Mr. Web Page right to the front at the start but had to sit the pocket trip after War Hero (Howard Okusko Jr.) rolled up to take the lead before the field made it to the backstretch.   War Hero then proceeded to dictate matters until the field made it to the stretch. At this point, he drifted away from the inside, which allowed Mr. Web Page plenty of space to rally up for a victory by a head in 1:54.4.   A Penny Earned (Chris Lems), who was sent off as the favorite in the race, followed Mr. Web Page up the inside to claim third place from Evil Urges (Jimmy Whittemore). Evil Urges actually attacked to the outside of War Hero after the half-mile mark, but his effort stalled and he had to settle for fourth.   The complete order of finish for the Friday feature was: Mr. Web Page, War Hero, A Penny Earned, Evil Urges, Pollux Blue Chip, My Revenuer, Naughty Not Nice. The fractions were 28.2 for the quarter, 58 seconds for the half and 1:26.1 for three-quarters. Mr. Web Page is owned by Helping Hands Stables of Woodburn, Indiana.   By Michael Chamberlain, for Vernon Downs  

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The last time Sweetnsinful was at Buffalo Raceway, it was on July 12, 2013 in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. It was a day many will never forget as she was involved in one of the most horrific accidents ever seen at the Hamburg half-mile oval.   This season she returned and this time was involved in a race many will remember for better reasons.   Sweetnsinful came out swinging and absolutely destroyed the 3-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:54.1 clocking to highlight the two $60,200 division of the New York Sires Stakes at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 18). Besides the 3-year-old filly standard, it was the fastest mile ever by any pacing filly or mare over the track.   The time smashed the all-time 3-year-old filly pacing mark of 1:55 set by New Album in 2011 and the all-aged female record of 1:54.2 registered earlier this season by Majic Laughter.   "She was involved in that bad accident last year as a two-year-old. I was worried she might remember that," winning driver Jimmy Whittemore said of Sweetnsinful. "But she just flew around the track tonight. She's a really nice filly."   Sitting third at the half, Whittemore sent Sweetnsinful ($13.00) first over and never looked back when getting the lead just before the three-quarter pole. Spreester (Jim McNeight) tried in vain in the stretch to get past Sweetnsinful but the 28.0 final panel was too much. The margin of victory was 1-1/4 lengths. Anegada (Jack Flanigen) managed to get the show spot.   Sweetnsinful (American Ideal-Ali Badali) is owed by Connie and Homer Hochstetler and is trained by Homer Hochstetler. It was her first win in three starts in 2014 and fifth in 12 lifetime starts. She has now earned $32,536 this year and $252,533 lifetime.   In the $60,200 first division, Blush Hanover ($3.10) and driver Jim Morrill Jr. got up in the shadow of the wire and snatched the victory away from front-running Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) by a head in 1:55.1. Barefoot Beauty had posted the fractions of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:25.4.   Blush Hanover began the first-over trip just before the half mile marker and used a steady grind get into contention at the three-quarter pole. From there, it was a classic stretch battle with Blush Hanover and Morrill Jr. just squeaking by Barefoot Beauty to record the win. Just Add Vodka (Kevin Cummings) rallied late for third.   "She was very good," Morrill Jr. said of Blush Hanover. "She was nice and in control all the way. She fought hard right to the end."   It was the fourth win in seven career starts for Blush Hanover (Art Major-Brissonte Hanover), all coming in 2014. She is owned by Stake Your Claim Stable, Seth Coen and George Derocker with Linda Toscano the trainer. Blush Hanover's seasonal and lifetime bankroll is now at $70,442.   In the $12,800 Excelsior A division, Whimsies (Ray Fisher Jr.) went the mile in 1:58 and returned $24.80.   Mark McDonald made his first trip ever to Buffalo Raceway and found the winner's circle in his first attempt by driving Anty Entity to an $11.60 victory. They covered the mile in 1:57.4 in the the first division of the $6.500 Excelsior Series B classification. The second division saw Raye With An E post a $48.80 victory in 2:00.4 for David McNeight III.   In the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, You're Too Funny (Jim Morrill Jr.) scored the $7.20 win in 1:55.   By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway        

Sustaining a first-over bid, Prairie Jaguar ($18.00) wore down Fireyourguns before kicking clear to a 1:50.4 win over a late-closing JK Panache in Sunday (June 15) afternoon's $14,000 Open 1 Handicap Pace at Tioga Downs.   The six-year-old Spy Hard gelding commenced his bid after Fireyourguns (Aaron Byron) was used to clear the lead at a :54.4 half mile, pushing steadily to keep the pace hot on the approach to the far turn. With 300 yards to go, the two were level, and Jim Marohn, Jr. kicked clear with Prairie Jaguar at head-stretch.   As Fireyourguns faded through the stretch, the late threat came in the form of JK Panache (Rick Plano), who fanned wide off Prairie Jaguar's live cover, closing to within 1-3/4 lengths for second honors. The Ladies Man (Corey Braden) made a late bid for third.   Trainer Mike Deters co-owns Prairie Jaguar with Laurie Lee Poulin.   Three $12,500 first-round divisions of the Nichols True Value late-closing series for pacers were contested on the undercard, with Moonlight Ransom (1:53.3, Jimmy Whittemore), Real Illusion (1:53.0, Brandon Simpson), and Agood Time to Rock (1:53.1, Jim Marohn, Jr.) all proving victorious.   Live racing resumes at Tioga on Saturday (June 21) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:15 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs

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