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Dover, DE - On a rainy warm November evening three harness racing divisions of two-year-old pacing fillies in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund Series at Dover Downs went forward on a very sloppy track. It was a muddy sweep for Winbak Farm stallion Roddy’s Bags Again. The first division was a non-wagering event won by Harrington final winner, STEALING BASES (Roddy’s Bags Again-End To End Hanover) in a new lifetime record of 1:56.3 by a 7 length margin for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King, Jr. The filly is owned and bred by Jo Ann Looney-King. Delmarvalousdesign was second followed by Kittyscribble in third. The second division followed as the first half of the Daily Double and produced the Maiden win of HEY HEY DBAY (Roddy’s Bags Again-Fat Lady Returns) in 1:57.1 for driver, Victor Kirby and trainer/co-owner Bryan Truitt. Co-owner James Magno is also the breeder or record. Rock’s Rose was second and Seboomook Beauty was third.   Final division went to LITTLEBAGOFTRICKS (Roddy’s Bags Again-Bit Of Trick) in a new lifetime record of 1:54.1 by 6T lengths for driver, Russell Foster and trainer/co-owner Josh Green. Co-owned by Charles Cochran of DE and Richard Lombardo of OH. Filly was bred by Green Racing, Inc. Adrianna was second followed by Tobago Time in third. Second leg of the series continues on Monday with the 2-year old pacing colts. Post Time 4:30. Major Occasion A celebrated with a victory in the Open Pace Wednesday night. Major Occasion A and Dexter Dunn left but had to wait for clearance as four horses all left for early positioning towards the quarter. Artrageous and Art Stafford Jr left alertly from the rail and forced tucks by Wishy Washy Girl and Major Occasion A. The quarter was in 26 flat.   Nearing the half, Soho Burning Love A pulled off the rail from sixth and induced Major Occasion A to move 1st up down the backstretch. The half mile was reached in 55.2.   Major Occasion A was able to clear a game Artrageous midway down the backstretch.  Pressure came quickly, from the three to five favorite Soho Burning Love A. The two favorites raced as a team and paced to the three quarters in 1:22.2.  The quarter was paced in 27 flat over a sloppy surface. However, in the deep stretch Major Occasion A dug in and fought hard.  Soho Burning Love A , who never before raced in the slop, met her match on this occasion. Major Occasion A won by a half length in 1:51.2 as the second choice in the wagering at 5 to 2. Major Occasion A ( Art Major) is owned by Enzed Racing Stable. R. Nifty Norman was the trainer. Soho Burning Love was a game second for driver Tim Tetrick. Moments Of Joy stayed on the rail and finished third.  Victor Kirby drove for trainer Bryan Truitt. Tim Tetrick scored with 5 victories over a sloppy track. There are 4 divisions of three olds in the Matron Stakes on Thursday at Dover Downs.   by Judy Davis-Wilson and Alex Kraszewski

Dover, DE — Amid cool and gusty winds, 2-year old harness racing pacing fillies contested the first leg of their Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund series on Tuesday (Nov. 12) at Dover Downs. The first division was all Roddy’s At It Again (Roddy’s Bags Again-Terro Franco N) despite being parked to the quarter in :28.3. After taking command, she never looked back and won by 11 lengths for driver Art Stafford Jr. and trainer Tim Torbert in 1:56.1. It was the first DSBF win for first-time horse owner Katie Killen of Felton. The second division saw the Harrington series winner The Lady Sheriff (Southwind Lynx-Sheriff Sale) get nosed out in 1:55.1 by Legacy Racing of DE Inc. and Sharon White’s homebred Vistamista (Powerful Mist-Yankee Vista). She is trained by Wayne Givens of Seaford and was driven by Milford native Victor Kirby. Round two will take place next Tuesday (Nov. 20). The final will be contested on Nov. 29 in conjunction with Dover’s signature event, the Hap Hansen Progress Pace, named for the late president of Brandywine Raceway. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund

HARRINGTON, DE - Three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund divisions for harness racing pacing fillies were contested Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The 15-race program was dominated by driver Victor Kirby who recorded one of his five wins in the first $20,000 DSBF division, as Jason and Tim Skinner's In And Out Again ($4.40, Kirby) was a 1:59 winner over Miss Giggles and Little Miss Pat T. The Roddy's Bags Again filly overcame some traffic issues throughout the mile to score an easy win, the first of her career for trainer and co-owner Jason Skinner. The second division saw a repeat elim winner in George Teague and K&R Racing's The Lady Sheriff ($5.40, Montrell Teague), who prevailed in 1:56.4 over Vista Mista and Lynx's Lazy Lady. Trained by Clyde Francis, it was the second win in four career starts for the daughter of Southwind Lynx. Teague drove the final divisional winner for his aunt Brenda Teague as Anneke ($7) notched her first career victory over Roddy's At It Again and Golden Wigglet in 1:56.1. The Southwind Lynx filly saved ground throughout and emerged down the passing lane late for the win for her owner/trainer. The top eight point earners will return to compete in a $100,000 final on October 3, when all DSBF 2-year-old finals will be contested. In the $15,000 Mares Open, Kaitlyn N ($3.20, Art Stafford Jr.) continued to assert herself as a top mare on the circuit, with her third straight triumph in 1:52.1 for trainer and co/owner Josh Parker. Nanticoke Racing and Barry Spedden are also partners on the 5-year-old American Ideal mare who is approaching $100,000 in seasonal earnings. Artrageous was second with On Your Six third. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

HARRINGTON, DE  - Freshman pacing colts and geldings completed their second Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) leg in a pair of $20,000 divisions Monday at Harrington Raceway. Jo Ann Looney-King's Chillaxin Away ($12.20, Victor Kirby) prevailed in the first division in 1:54.3. The Roddy's Bags Again gelding out-kicked pacesetter Dashiki, who finished second, after a big move to the lead approaching three quarters. Son Of A Lynx was third. George Teague Jr.'s Keepmywiglegametyt ($5.40, Jim Morand) was a 1:58.3 winner in the second split over Numbered Account and Mr. Big Wig. The Mr. Wiggles colt notched his second lifetime win and completed a sweep of his eliminations for trainer Clyde Francis. In the overnight feature, the $15,000 Open Pace, Options Are A Dream ($6, Ross Wolfenden) was a wire-to-wire winner in 1:51.3 over Slick Tony and Q's Cruise. Trained by Wolfenden for owner David Banks, it was the 8th win of the year for the 5-year-old son of If I Can Dream. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

HARRINGTON, DE - George Leager's Slick Tony ($3.60, Russell Foster), was a 1:53.4 winner in the first leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) stakes for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings Monday at Harrington Raceway. In the first of two divisions, Transitioning Joy came away with the early lead from his rail post position with Evolution Tour in the pocket. Favorite Slick Tony settled in third early before a first over grind to three-quarters where he would go toe-to-toe with Transitioning Joy through the stretch in a game battle in which the former prevailed narrowly. Evolution Tour was third. It was the 12th win in 16 career starts for the son of No Spin Zone who is trained by his owner. The second DSBF split featured a field of six with Don Marine's Cinder Block pursuing a sixth straight win. That win streak would come to an end, courtesy of a huge first over brush and crush by Bay Pond Racing's America First ($10, Jeff Fout), who was a 1:55 winner. The Roddy's Bags Again colt made an aggressive charge at the front runners near the three-quarters and drew away from the field. GWT rallied for second while Cinder Block, the early leader, faded to third. Trained by Fout, it was the third career win for America First. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) wins the featured fillies and mare pace ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (June 8). Driving grand slam for Mike Simons. Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) controlled the first half of the race with a first quarter in :26.4 and the half in :55.4. K J's Caroline ($5.10) , who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, charged to the front to hit the three-quarters in 1:23.2. She took off in the stretch to win easily and equal her career best time of 1:51.2. Gigi From Fiji (Jim Meittinis) came up to finish second. Northen Dali (Corey Braden) was third. K J's Caroline is an 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again. She won her fourth race this season. She captured career win number 42. Tioga Downs top driver of 2017, Mike Simons won four on the night. He won with Chilicheatum ($5.90), Winning Shadow ($4.00), Eldorado Of Gold S ($4.00), and Truth Isalwaysbest ($16.80). Gary Messenger had three training wins on the night. Along with K J's Caroline, he had wins with Connie Keeper ($15.60) and Six Bax ($15.80). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 9) with a 13 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs    

K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) comes out of the clouds to win the fillies and mares feature ($9,000) at Tioga Downs on Friday night (June 1), as Merton has five winners. Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) led the group into a first quarter of :26.4. Ask Queenie (Jim Taggart Jr.) then took over before hitting the half in :55.3. She would hit the three quarter mark in 1:23.4. It looked like a two horse race in the stretch between Ask Queenie and Milky Way Rae. K J's Caroline ($15.80) was last of all after three-quarters. Owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, she swooped by them all in the stretch to win by a nose with Ask Queenie settling for second. Milky Way Rae was third. K J's Caroline is an 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again. It was her third win of the season and her 41st trip to the winner's circle. Merton won four more races on the night. He got wins with Commentary ($3.60), Sailer Eddie ($10.60), Sandy Sue ($7.30), and Rusty's Flying ($10,60). For Rusty's Flying (Artiscape) it was her fifth straight win. Owned and trained by Monica Banco, she is four for four at Tioga Downs this season. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (June 2) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15. For more information go to by John Horne, for Tioga Downs.  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($5.20, Victor Kirby) notched a 1:54.3 win over a sloppy racetrack Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in the featured $17,500 Mares Open. Nerida Franco N, the 2-1 second wagering choice led the field of eight through fractions of 27.2, 56.3 and 1:25.3 before Terror At Night collared the tiring pacesetter and assumed command. The lead was short lived, however, as Purrfect Bags charged by in the stretch to prevail. Terror At Night was second with Miss Me Yet third. It was the 28th career win for Purrfect Bags, a 5-year-old daughter of Roddys Bags Again. Matthew Sparacino

K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) was just too tough in Tioga Downs Fillies and Mares feature on Friday night (July 21). The 7 year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again would come firing out of the gate and control the race from the start. K J's Caroline ($5.30), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger would put up the fractions of :27.3, :55.3, 1:24.0, 151:4, to go gate-to-wire. Gweneeee J (Jim Meittinis) would go after her but fall short and finish second. Iaquinta (Tom Jackson) would take the show position. Mike SImons still has huge lead in the driver standings. He would add one win to up his total to 50 wins on the season. Mike Merton is in second with 32 wins. Jim Taggart is third with 30 tallies. Tom Jackson is fourth with 28 wins. Jim Meittinis would win two on the night giving him 27 for the season.. Trainers standings continue to be wide open. Mike Deters and Tony Dinges are tied for first with 17 wins. Patti Harmon finds herself in third, tied with Gary Messenger with 14 wins a piece. Dave McGinnis has 13 wins on the season which lands him in 5th Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 22) at 6:50p.m. Fireworks will follow racing. For more information please go to John Horne for Tioga Downs.

HARRINGTON, Del. - The opening round of Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) action for harness racing 3-year-old pacers at Harrington Raceway commenced Monday with three $20,000 divisions. The final division was the fastest as Only Money Inc. and Jason Skinner's Bags To Riches ($2.40, Tim Tetrick) broke the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts with a 1:51.4 victory over Hallie's Comet and Almost Cut My Hair. The Roddy's Bags Again colt never had an anxious moment in his wire-to-wire score for trainer Skinner. The prior mark was 1:52.2, shared by Windfall Blue Chip, Superbad Hanover and Metropolitan. George Teague Jr.'s Daiymir ($2.20, Montrell Teague) was a decisive 1:52.3 winner in the first division. A son of Mr. Wiggles, Daiymir maintained a comfortable lead throughout for a dominating win for trainer Clyde Francis. His stablemate, Henry The Dragon, finished second with Kaaya third. Tina Clark and Brian Clark's Automatic Dragon was a front end winner in the second division with a 1:52.2 score over River's Crest and Stay In Your Place. The Art Director gelding notched his sixth career win for trainer Bobby Clark. In the overnight feature, the $17,500 Open Pace, Major Uptrend ($7.20, Tony Morgan) was an impressive 1:49.3 winner for owner Crissman Inc. and Niss Allen Inc. Trained by Tim Crissman, it was the fastest mile of the meet. DSBF action will continue on the Tuesday program with three $20,0000 divisions for pacing fillies, with four divisions of trotters closing out the week on Wednesday. The top eight point earners from the two elimination legs will return to compete in $100,000 final events on July 27 during the Delaware State Fair. Matthew Sparacino  

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing owner Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($9.80, Ross Wolfenden) recorded her 27th career win Tuesday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53 in the $15,000 Mares Open. Arts Jem assumed the early lead in a contested opening quarter in 27.2 seconds while Purrfect Bags (Roddy's Bags Again) challenged and eventually cleared the former as the field of six reached the half-mile mark in 55.2 seconds. Through three-quarters in 1:24.3, Hostess Lisa maintained a fierce first over charge but was unable to get to Purrfect Bags who was a half-length winner. Hostess Lisa was second with Arts Jem third. A former Harrington horse of the meet, Purrfect Bags is trained by Jim King Jr. It was one of three wins on the program for Wolfenden. On the undercard, Louis Catana and Vince Bradley's Matinee Dragon ($19, Allan Davis) prevailed in a $10,000 conditioned pace for mare pacers in 1:52.4. It was the 24th career win for the 7-year-old daughter of the late stallion Dragon Again. Bradley had an owner/trainer double. Matthew Sparacino    

DOVER, Del--- Lunar Phase, last week a 40-1 longshot winner, now the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Three-Year-Old Filly Pace harness racing champion winning the $100,000 Delaware-sired title at Dover Downs. Art Stafford Jr., trains, drives and co-owns Lunar Phase with Wyatt Starkey, enjoyed a 2-hole trip behind race favorite Vic Kirby-driven Logan's Girl, who had a three-race win streak at race time. In the stretch, Stafford pulled out and overtook the leader to score a lifetime fastest 1:52.1 victory. "She was underdeveloped last year and only raced five times with one win, but she came back stronger this year." said Stafford, The daughter of Roddy's Bags Again-Blue Moon Artist was bred by Dr. Bill Moffett. Logan's Girl went the biggest mile of her career and finished second. Diva Demands (Corey Callahan) edged Free Flight Fran (Ross Wolfenden) for third place. Spanish Dream was scratched. The $20,000 DSBF consolation was all Westwood Roddylee driven by Tim Tetrick, a wire-to-wire 1:54.1 winner or trainer Jason Skinner and breeder-owner Joel and Dianne Halpern. The win was the first of 2017 for the Roddy's Bags Again-Lee's Best homebred. It was her fifth win lifetime bringing her bankroll to $60,460. In the $20,000 Mares Open Handicap, Montrell Teague who won four races sent Apple Bottom Jeans right to the front from post 7 and was in charge the rest of a 1:51 mile to score her fourth win of the year and 12th lifetime in 29 starts with 10 seconds, extending her total purse earnings to $365,824 for KDK Standardbreds. Shine N Simmer (Callahan) was a strong second with 23-1 In The Shadows (Tony Morgan) third. The third of four $100,000 DSBF Finals is set for Wednesday headed by Spoonful, Love Is Blind and Willow Mill Anna in an eight horse field. Tough Mac leaves from the outside meeting Gural Hanover, Wind Of The North, Celebrity Pegasus, Market Share and Streamsong, in a powerhouse field of sic in the $20,000 Open Handicap trot. Montrell Teague led the driver totals with four winners, Corey Callahan, Tony Morgan, trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague had two wins each.   $100,000 DSBF FILLY TROTS; TOUGH MAC IN TOP TROT WEDNESDAY DOVER, Del. ---Spoonful and Luv Is Blind lead a field of eight filly trotters in the $100,000 Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) Final on Wednesday, April 12 at Dover Downs. First post is 4:30 p.m. Spoonful, completed her freshman season winning the DSBF $100,000 final at Dover last November and has won both her $20,000 preliminaries for owners Delbert Cain and Nanticoke Racing with Jim Morand driving. Luv Is Blind won a $20,000 prelim in 2:00 with Vic Kirby piloting a wire-to-wire victory for Steve Moss and Hal and Helene Solomon. She finished second behind Spoonful last week. and Willow Mill Stable’s Willow Mill Anna was a 33-1 upset winner last week with Donnie Long driving. The other starters are: Cinbrew Ent., Chambers, and LBL Hrs Racing’s Gogh Cinorita, who has raced well, with a second and a third for Ross Wolfenden. Bob Shahan’s Ohtobetheone piloted by Tony Morgan, has raced well. The rest of the field includes Faith On The Hill, owned by Emerson, Zack and Dawn Amiss, from the rail with Mist Stable’s Black Magic Mist  and Art Stafford Jr., alongside. Don Marine’s Political Energy steered by Corey Callahan, had inside posts in prelims now is post 7. There is also a $20,000 DSBF consolation Mike Casalino’s Tough Mac (Callahan) drew the outside in the final $20,000 Open Handicap trot. The Dylan Davis-trainee has won five features already this year. Little E, Panhalenic Stables, Weaver Bruscemi and Burke Racing’s Gural Hanover (Tony Morgan), Daryl Bier and Joann Dombeck’s Wind Of The North (Kirby), Celebrity Pegasus (Stafford Jr.) racing for ken Wood, Bill Dittmar, Steve Iaquinta an Minisink Farms will be tough contenders. Not to be excluded is 2012 Hanmbletonian winner Market Share (Tetrick), owned by Richard Gutnick, Bill Blueberry Augustine and TLP Stable and Streamsong (Jonathan Roberts), a winner of two of his last three from the rail. Wednesday and Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. The 2016-2017 meet comes to an end Thursday, April 13. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant’s acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Top harness and thoroughbred races are featured in the Racing and Sports Book daily for 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. Marv Bachrad

DOVER, Del.--- The photo-finish camera was needed to determine Purrfect Bags (1:52.2) winner of the harness racing $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at Dover Downs. After 28-1 shot Elliesjet N (Jonathan Roberts) flew away from the gate to take the lead and continued to lead seven rivals until mid-stretch when both Purrfect Bags (Victor Kirby) and Empress Deo (Allan Davis) zoomed down the lane side-by-side until Purrfect Bags pocked her nose in front at the wire to determine the outcome of the week's top distaff event. The Purrfect Bags victory, her 9th of the season in 19 starts with 3 seconds and 3 thirds, for owner JoAnn Looney-King, avenged an odds-on favorite loss last week. Tim Tetrick drove the Roddy's Bags Again-Purrfectly Bad four-year-old conditioned by meet leading trainer Jim King. She has now won $129,195 this year and $499,542 lifetime. Empress Deo and Elliesjet N were noses apart in second and third place. In a pair of $15,500 sub female sub-features, Enhance Your Mind got up for driver Kirby, the current meet leader, and owner-trainer Bryan Truitt in 1:52 in the first of the Winners-Over 3,4&5-Year-Old pace with Terror At Night (Jim Morand) and Arts Jem (Tetrick) right behind. The other section went to David Banks and Layfield Horses' Salulita in 1:52.4. Tony Morgan drove the Somebeachsomewhere-Fresh Idea 3-year-old to her sixth win of the year coming from off the pace. Janie Bay (Gingras) was second. Dublin Rose (Corey Callahan) finished third. Vic Kirby and Yannick Gingras had a trio of wins, while Vince Copeland and Ross Wolfenden, had two winners each. STRONG FIELDS IN $20,000 OPEN, TWO $15,500 TROTS TOP WEDNESDAY Joe and Laurie Davino’s Take My Picture a sharp $1-million winner drew inside post 2 in the $20,000 Open/Handicap trot the Wednesday, Nov. 30 feature race. Muscerene was an impressive winner last week. The Berrys, trainer Traci and driver Pat Berry, have had recent success with consistant trottter Glenferrie Dreamer owned by JCraparotta&PBerry Stables. Callam Stable’s Spunky Jack and Roger Plante can never be overlooked. Tag Up And Go with Tony Morgan will be tough starting from the rail.David Miller’s War Cry Hall has been a consistant top class regular the last two seasons. Two horses with outside post can not be overlooked, Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis Theresademoninme, handled by Jonathan Roberts and from the outside, CC Racing’s Il Mago with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Two $15,500 Winners-Over trots head the undercard. Uva Hanover (Morgan), fresh from a win last time.Ken Wood, Bill  Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms’ Celebrity Pegasus (Art Stafford Jr.), Frost Free Hanover, Go Byem, I Like My Boss, Steel Reserve and Arnold, all have winning credentials in one division while Nebraska Jack (Berry), Gillie The Kid (Tetrick) and Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) head the other section. Weekday post time for Monday through Thursday racing is 4:30 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays are dark days. Parking and admission are free. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant acclaimed Buffet and for the 4-star Dover Downs Hotel. Call 302-674-4600. Marv Bachrad

HARRINGTON, Del. - Richard Polluci's Nike Franco N ($4, Tim Tetrick) won her North American harness racing debut Tuesday with a 1:53 effort in the featured $17,700 Fillies and Mares Open at Harrington Raceway. The 6-year-old McArdle mare came to the states with an impressive resume “down under” and did not disappoint in her local debut with a powerful second-over surge that saw her grab the lead near the top of the stretch and draw off from her rivals. Miss Me Yet was second, while Mcarma finished third. The winner was trained by Jo Ann Looney-King, who was in the winner's circle approximately an hour earlier for the exploits of another mare in her stable. After the third race, King's Purrfect Bags was awarded Horse of the Meet by the United States Harness Writers Association's Delaware Valley Chapter. The Roddy's Bags Again mare is trained by the husband/wife team of Jim King Jr. and Looney-King and was the highest overnight money earner at the Harrington meet with nearly $65,000. She won six races at the meet. King also won the ninth race with End To End Hanover ($4) in 1:54.2. In the third and fourth races, trainer and co-owner Vincent Bradley had consecutive mares win while establishing new lifetime marks. In The Shadows ($3, Tony Morgan, 1:53.3) and Matinee Dragon ($6, Allan Davis, 1:52.1) both authored new personal bests for Bradley and co-owner Louis Catana. Matthew Sparacino

HARRINGTON, Del. - Jo Ann Looney-King's Purrfect Bags ($2.40, Victor Kirby) was a repeat harness racing winner in Tuesday's $16,500 Filly and Mare Open at Harrington Raceway in 1:54. Springforth, the 3-to-1 second choice, set all the fractions in the compact five horse field, but could not hold off a fierce late charge in the three-path by race favorite Purrfect Bags who hit the wire first, a head better than Springforth. Miss Me Yet was third. Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again, registered her 24th career win for her owner/trainer King. The win also pushed Purrfect Bags over $106,000 in seasonal earnings. Tony Morgan had four wins on the program. Kirby, Montrell Teague and Allan Davis each had a double. Matthew Sparacino  

Vernon, N.Y. - The most drastic change of tactics possible proved no issue for K J's Caroline ($4.80), who once again was best among the top distaffers at Vernon Downs in Thursday (September 29) evening's featured harness racing $9,900 Mares Open pacing event. The 6-year-old Roddy's Bags Again mare, who typically plays a big role in the pacesetting duties, dropped to last immediately, sitting well off pacesetter Yes You Can (Truman Gale) through a strong yet even pace of :27.4, :56, and 1:24. Roman Lopez angled K J's Caroline off the pegs with five-sixteenths to go, and the pair made immediate headway before they were carried to the four-path off the far turn by Southern Girl (Fern Paquet, Jr.), who angled to the three-path out of third just upon cornering for home. K J's Caroline would sustain her bid through a :27.1 individually-timed closing sectional to just collar Southern Girl by a neck in 1:52.1. Yes You Can gave way under duress in deep stretch, but narrowly held third from Bettorhaveanother (Brett Derue). For K J's Caroline, the second straight Vernon win was her seventh of the year and the 30th of her career. Paul Long handles the training duties for owner-breeder Scott Woogen. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 30) evening with an 11-race card due to commence at 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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