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Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 27). Golden Gun ($4.80) charged out to the lead and led them to the first quarter in :26.2. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) followed in second with Card Knock life (Truman Gale) settling in the third hole. Golden Gun used a :28.2 second quarter to lead them to the half in :54.4. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he continued to control the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. Card Knock Life went first-over as they reached the stretch and joined Oh My Joepa, as they both tried to chase down Golden Gun. Once they hit deep stretch the only race was for second best. Golden Gun hit the wire first to win in 1:52.0. Card Knock Life finished second with Oh My Joepa settling for third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his sixth win of the season. He now has 30 career victories. John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore continue to battle for the drivers win title. MacDonald won three win on the night. He got his wins with Caritas Easel ($6.80), Heza Rube ($9.80), and Napper Tandy ($2.90). Whittemore won two on the night. He got his victories with The Royal Garden N ($6.70) and Giacodelight ($2.40). With just two live racing cards left in the 2018 season, Jimmy Whittemore leads all drivers with 114 tallies. John MacDonald is second with 113 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (November 2) and Saturday (November 3) for the last weekend of live racing for the 2018 season. Post time for both nights is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne,for Vernon Downs

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) captures the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 20). Golden Gun ($3.50) charged to the lead and led the pack to a first quarter of :26.1. All About Rusty (John MacDonald) went first-over and put on the pressure all the way through the backstretch. Go lden Gun, who is owned by the Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, led to the half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Golden Gun shook loose at the top of the stretch and looked like he was going to win with ease. I Am Golden (Ron Harp) flew down the stretch like he had wings but he fell just short at the end to finish second. Golden gun hit the line first in 1:51.1. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fifth win of the season. He now has 29 career victories. Josh Kinney and Leon Bailey each drove three winners on the night. Kinney's other wins came with Upto A Dream ($6.80) and Odds On Demi-Queue ($4.40). Bailey went to the winner's circle with Vegas Again ($7.60), Tarport Andy ($5.40), and Frappe' ($11.40). Round The Beach (John MacDonald) wins the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($2.80) bolted to the front and never looked back going gate-to-wire (:27.2, :57.0, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Owned and trained by MacDonald, she won by four lengths in the end for her third straight victory. Banacek (Adam Cappizano) charged late to finish second. Napper Tandy (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fifth win this season. She now has six career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 26) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) holds off late charge by Jds Brent N Sheree to capture the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 25). Golden Gun ($82.00) went straight to the front controlling all the fractions (:27.0, :55.3, 1:23.3, 1:51.1). Jds Brent N Sheree followed the whole way until they reached the top of the stretch. The two would trade blows all the way down the stretch. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) went three wide to join the pair in deep stretch. When it looked like Jds Brent N Sheree would go by, Golden Gun dug down deep and found something extra to win by a nose at the line. Jds Brent N Sheree settled for second with Oh My Joepa getting third money. Golden Gun is owned by The Wiz Kids Stables and trained by Jeff Sorenson. He is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his third win in 2018. He now owns 27 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drove two winners on the night. He got his wins with Major Starlight ($2.50) and Release The Terror ($3.70). He still has the most driving wins on the season. After Saturday's racing he now leads all drivers with 77 wins. Three time defending driving wins champion John MacDonald is second with 67 wins. Claude Huckabone III is third with 36 wins. Truman Gale is in fourth 35 tallies. Leon Bailey rounds out the top five with 31 wins. MacDonald and Whittemore are also battling for the training wins title as well. MacDonald is in first with 35 wins with Whittemore second best getting 30 victories so far. Homer Hochstetler is third on the list with 24 wins. Misty Carey is fourth best with 22 tallies. Dan Daley has the fifth spot with 20 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time for the nine race card is 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- A pair of $6,500 upper-level conditioned events--one for trotters, one for pacers--headlined the Memorial Day (May 25) harness racing program at Vernon Downs, with Jersey Boy ($4.40) and UF Bettors Hanover ($16.40) proving best on their respective gaits.   The Turn N Burn Stable's Jersey Boy made an early push to the lead in the trotting feature, but was rebuffed by McKenzie's Star (Fern Paquet, Jr.) through a :27.3 first quarter. The two battled side-by-side for the majority of the race, until Jersey Boy pushed clear in the final eighth, drawing off by three lengths for a 1:54.4 triumph. My Buddy Hall Lee (Roman Lopez) stayed on from the pocket to take third.   Josh Kinney drove the 6-year-old Yankee Glide gelding for trainer Jessica Okusko.   UF Bettors Hanover ($16.40) sprung a mild upset in the afternoon's pacing feature, swinging three-wide off dueling leaders A Fool For Mark (Dustin Ingraham) and Lilys Real Boy (Fern Paquet, Jr.) en route to a 1-1/4 length win. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding sprinted clear of the late-closing Relentless Dreamer (Brian Connor) for a 1:51.4 victory in rein to Justin Huckabone.   Trainer Scott West co-owns UF Bettors Hanover with Katie Currie.   Live racing returns at Vernon on Friday (May 29) evening, with first post scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

VERNON, NY— Gimme The Loot and driver Robert Krivelin gained a victory in the non-betting C.K.G. Billings Series leg for amateur drivers of trotters; JK Panache and The Triple Lindy captured the top pari-mutuel pace and trot, respectively; Gary P. Clark emerged as the track’s leading provisional pilot, while Jimmy Whittemore posted four first-place finishes for the second straight evening during Saturday’s 14-race program at Vernon Downs. Racing for the first time in 2013, Gimme The Loot logged a 1:59.4 triumph in the Billing contest that took place prior to Saturday’s 65th betting card. The spunky 8-year-old gelding raced at or near the lead throughout and closed from second in the stretch to defeat Northmedo Wine Guy, and driver Matt Zuccarello, by three-quarters of a length. Thomas Di Bartolo conditions the career-winner of $190,948 for owner Alessandro Spano. JK Panache, a two-time track record-setter at the Downs this season, powered his way to a 1:51.3 score in Saturday’s $8,000 seventh race, earning his fifth local tally, seventh season’s score and 15th lifetime victory. Whittemore did the teaming for trainer Dave Dewhurst, an owner of the 4-year-old pacing gelding along with Philip K. Hale. The Triple Lindy became a two-time winner at the meet with a 1:54.1 career-best clocking in the $7,000 10th event. Brian Mattison urged the 5-year-old trotting gelding into the lead entering the final quarter, and the brown son of Credit Winner held on to secure his 11th lifetime victory for owner and trainer Paul Kelley and his partners Stephen G. Michaels, Jim Winske and William B. Weaver, III. Part-owner Clark (with Fay E. Clark) steered the 4-year-old pacing mare New York Kitty to a 1:54.1 triumph in Saturday’s $4,000 eighth event that gave the 46-year-old horseman a 3-2 lead over Josh Kinney and Justin Huckabone in this year’s provisional drivers’ derby at the track. Whittemore, a three-time former Vernon dash-winning champion, enjoyed his fifth four-win outing of the track’s 60th anniversary season, while hiking his three night victory total for the weekend to nine. The 29-year-old teamster currently sits third on this season’s race-winning chart with 77 first-place finishes. Leading driver (117 wins) and trainer (46 tallies) Rick Plano won two races during Saturday’s pari-mutuel card, as did Mattison, Kelley and driver/trainer Claude Huckabone, III. DOWNS DOINGS—The Downs will continue its Thursday-Saturday live racing schedule next week, with first post time at 6:45 p.m…A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com. Jim Moran

Seventy-eight Standardbreds were declared to start in Friday morning's initial qualifying session of the 60th harness racing season at Vernon Downs.

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