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Under The Bus (Truman Gale) charged late to win the harness racing featured fillies and mare pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 28). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) controlled the early fractions (:25.4, :55.0, 1:24.0). Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch to take a short lead. Under The Bus ($9.10), who is owned by Hossman LLC., and trained by Robert Gale , came flying in deep stretch to win her third straight victory with a time tonight of 1:52.4. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) fired late to finish second. Angel Speak held on to take third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her sixth win of the season and her 10th career victory. Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) captured the nights top trot race ($6,000). Tournamant (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to lead to a first quarter of :27.3. Bluffton ($7.10) took over on the backstretch hitting the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. Trained by Hochstetler for fellow owners Connie Hochstetler, Richard Buddig, and Alan Schwartz, he held off a late rush by second place finisher Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:55.2. If Not Why Not (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was third. Bluffton is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fifth career win in 13 lifetime starts. All his wins were this season. Hochstetler and Joe Nassimos had driver-trainer doubles on the night. Hochstetler's other win came with First Call ($10.40). Nassimos got his victories with Velocity Kelli ($3.20) and The Big Muscle ($2.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 29) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs        

Under The Bus (Truman Gale) captured the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 21). Under The Bus ($12.80) charged to the front and led gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions (:27.1, :57.2, 1:25.4, 1:53.4). Owned by Hossman LLC and trained by Robert Gale, she held off second place finisher, Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) and late charging third place finisher, Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) to win her second straight race. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fifth win this season and her 19th career victory. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won three on the night. He got his wins with Hanrahan ($4.90), Star Flyer ($6.00), and Come Monday ($11.40). John MacDonald and Leon Bailey each drove two winners on the night. MacDonald got his wins with Pink Gardenias ($10.20) and Agood Time To Rock ($2.60). Bailey went to the winner's circle with Ms Casey Mac ($31.40) and Southwind Vixon ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 22) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 14). Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) stormed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2). Kabu ($3.10) followed in second. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he popped the pocket and flew down the stretch holding off the late charge of second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash held on for third. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He won for the ninth time this season and the 30th time in his career. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) wins featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) led to way to all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3). Under The Bus ($19.60) followed in second all the way to the stretch. Owned by Hossman LLC. and trained by Robert Gale. She wore down second place finisher Jaclyn Hanover in the long Vernon Downs stretch to pick up the victory by equaling her lifetime best of 1:51.4. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took home third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fourth win in 2018. It was career victory number eight. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 15) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Frisky Joe (Truman Gale)Took the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 8). Whittemore wins four. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) went to the front and carved all the early fractions (:27.4, :58.0, 1:27.0). Muscles Jared (Jimmy Whittemore) went first-over just before the first quarter. The two battled all the way down the backstretch and to the three-quarter pole. Muscles Jared finally took control at the top of the stretch. Frisky Joe ($27.60) was sixth after three-quarters and flew like he was shot out of a cannon and dueled second place finisher Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) in deep stretch to win in 1:56.1. Icanflylikeanangel (Roman Lopez) finished third. Frisky Joe is an 11-year-old gelding by Frisky Fighter. Owned by Morgan Carney and trained by Michael Miller, he won for the third time this season and the 36th time in his career. Jimmy Whittemore won four on the night. His wins were with Bloodstockshalltab ($4.20), Pier Ho Exotic ($6.00), Blameitonthenight ($4.30), and Pudge's Pastime ($12.80). Whittemore is the leading driver so far this season with 29 wins. Second is three time defending drivers champion, John MacDonald with 21 wins. Truman Gale finds himself in third place with 16 trips to the winner's circle. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12 race card on Saturday (June 9), starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Painite with harness racing driver Truman Gale in the sulky wins the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 6). Pop I (John MacDonald) would control all the early fractions :27.1, :56.4 1:25.0. in the stretch it would be a wide open finish that was five wide going to the wire. Painite (Plesac) somehow squeezed through the smallest of openings and just nipped Pop I (second). The Big Muscle (Joe Nassimos) finished third. Painite ($19.60) won in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Owned by Donn Lewandrowski with Gail Farreill and trained by Gale, the 8 year-old mare would record her third win on the season and would get her 22nd career victory. Gale would also get a victory with Party Jammer ($9.30). Chris Lems would win three on the night. He went into the winner's circle with Stick With Me Kid ($2.70), Manattack ($3.20), and Fuzzylegsandall ($26.20). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (October 7) with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Optima Kemp with harness racing driver Truman Gale in the bike would capture the Thursday featured trot ($6,100) at Vernon Downs (September 21). Optima Kemp (Manofmanymissions) would fly from his outside post and go gate-to-wire putting up the fractions :28.2, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:56.1. Owned by Sergis Racing Stable and trained by Sam Sergi, the 4 year-old mare would be followed by Miss Ruby (John MacDonald) the whole way, turning it on in the stretch to win in a lifetime best time. Miss Ruby settled for second while Foxy Swan (Atlee Bender) would get third. Optima Kemp ($4.80) would win for the sixth time this season while racking up 10 lifetime wins. Truman Gale would get a driving double on the night. He would also win with E R Rhonda (Moon Beam) in 1:53.2 while paying $8.30. Claude Huckabone III would win two as well. Getting victories with long shots Treewood ($69.50), and Private Performanc ($18.80). Leading driver John MacDonald was held to just one win on the night after getting 30 wins in the last five racing dates at the miracle mile. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (9-22) featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes. The 12 race card begins at 6:45p.m. For more information please go John Horne for Vernon Downs

Tataria (Truman Gale) beats four other mares to win the Fillies and Mares harness racing feature ($7,500) on Friday night (June 16). Owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith, the 5 year-old mare by Four Starzzz Shark would ride the pocket seat following It's A Miracle (Chris Lems). Tataria ($8.10) would come out of the pocket and easily overtake It's A Miracle (second) to win in 1:52.2. Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) was third best. Chris Lems had three wins on the night. "Lemsy" would win race one taking Escada De Vie ($5.70) past E R Rhonda (Truman Gale) in the stretch to win in 1:53.2. Race four he guided Wine Photo to an easy six length win in 1:57.0. Lems would win his third race of the night during race five. He would take Billie Blue ($2.90) to a gate-to-wire victory just holding off the late charging New Scent (Jimmy Wittemore) in 1:55.4. Vernon is back Saturday night with an 11 race card starting at 6:45. They will welcome Ostrich and Camel racing as well (6-17). On Sunday they will have a special Father's day matinee starting at 1:05 p.m. They will feature the Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year fillies and their counterpart colts. They will also feature New York Sire Stakes for 3 year-old colts. For more information go to John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. - Harness racing drivers Truman Gale and Fern Paquet, Jr. each captured three of Saturday (October 29) evening's 12 races at Vernon Downs. The 27-year-old Gale began his hat trick in the second race, a $3,900 second-level Miracle Mile event, with Card Knock Life ($8.90, 1:52.2), trained by his wife Jocelyn. Team "Night Train" would team up again in the fifth, a $3,600 maiden event, with Springhouse Mojo ($5.20, 1:56.1), who drew off to a convincing 11-1/4 length victory after making all the pace. Gale concluded his driving triple with Dave Dewhurst trainee Pantheon Hanover ($9.50, 1:54.1), who recovered from a break to circle the seventh-race field and just prevail in the $4,300 third-level pacing event from third-over. Paquet, a winner of over 2,800 races in his career, teamed up with trainer Joe Skowyra to take the $3,100 sixth event with Rockavellian ($6.70, 1:54.2) before holding sway in the $3,300 first-level distaff ninth race for a narrow front-end win with Paul Minckler trainee Table Games ($6.00, 1:55.3). Paquet concluded his hat trick in the $3,500 first-level eleventh, pulling the pocket and vaulting forward with Jordan Hope trainee Ultra Shok N ($4.80, 1:53.4). The evening's featured event, a $6,700 pace, saw Damon Blue Chip ($11.60) rally off cover and edge away to a 1:53.4 score for trainer-driver John MacDonald. The J P Stables own the 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding. Closing weekend at Vernon Downs kicks off Friday (November 4) evening, with post time slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($24.60) took full advantage of a clear pocket trip in Saturday's $7,500 top-level harness racing Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs, upsetting odds-on pacesetter Lucid Thoughts in 1:54.4.   Truman Gale secured the pocket from the outset with the 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding, yielding to Lucid Thoughts (John MacDonald) and drafting cozily through splits of :27.3, :56.4, and 1:25.3. Just above the eighth pole, Parkhill Horton vacated the pegs, reeled in Lucid Thoughts, and edged away to a 1-1/2 length victory while driven. Lucid Thoughts held second, while Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) sustained a mild bid off the far turn to capture third.   Trainer Robert Gale co-owns Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit.   The "New York Night Train" also took the evening's sub-featured $5,500 Miracle Mile trotting event in upset fashion with 15-1 longshot Painite ($33.60). Jocelyn Gale--Truman's wife--handles the training duties of the 7-year-old Plesac mare, who rallied down the grandstand side off a third-over trip to just collar 8-5 favorite Gaelic and Garlic (Claude Huckabone, III) in 1:55.1.   A 14-race Sunday evening card completes the racing week at Vernon Downs, with the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotters sharing center stage with the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Despite odds-on favorite Dude's the Man making his best effort to sustain his bid after losing cover, the stakes winner could not reel in JK Panache ($9.70), who flaunted a strong late turn of foot despite pressure in Saturday (July 16) evening's featured $9,000 Open/Preferred Pace at Vernon Downs.   Truman Gale used a bold middle move with JK Panache to achieve control after a :55.1 half mile, forging clear with three-eighths to go after tracking from third in the early stages. Upon assuming the lead, JK Panache faced stiff pressure from Dude's the Man (Chris Lems) for the entirety of the far turn.   After sustaining that threat through a :27 third quarter, JK Panache opened up under a drive, sprinting off by 3-1/2 lengths for a 1:49.3 triumph. Titus Seelster (Jimmy Whittemore) was all-out to claim second in the last yards over a beleaguered Dude's the Man.   Trainer David Dewhurst shares ownership of 39-time winner JK Panache with Philip Hale.   For Gale, the win was one of two on the evening. John MacDonald's natural hat trick with Avogadro Hanover ($4.20, 1:54), Dancin Thea ($10.80, 1:57.3), and Forty Carrots ($5.00, 1:52.4) earned him top driving honors on the 10-race card.   Live racing returns to the Miracle Mile on Thursday (July 21) evening, with an all-stakes 12-race program featuring a $792.58 Pick 5 carryover and New York-sired 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

Vernon, N.Y. -- Parkhill Horton ($12.20) made full use a pocket trip en route to his 1:56 triumph in Friday (July 15) evening's top-level $6,500 Miracle Mile Trot at Vernon Downs, pushing to the fore in mid-stretch and drawing clear to evade a pair of late challengers.   Truman Gale made an early push to secure the pocket with the 8-year-old Oaklea Julian gelding, tracking pacesetter Count Speed (John MacDonald) through fairly comfortable early sectionals of :29 and :58.2.   As Count Speed accelerated mildly through the far turn, Parkhill Horton stuck right with him before edging off the pegs with just over a quarter mile remaining.   The two dueled off the far turn, and Parkhill Horton pushed his head clear just inside the eighth pole, ultimately opening up to a two-length winning margin in 1:56.   Gimme the Cash (Angus MacDonald) split rivals late off a stalking trip to just take second over the mildly chasing Hallanet (Donald Dancer), while the worn-down Count Speed--while fourth--was barely nosed out for the runner-up spot.   Trainer Robert Gale shares ownership of 15-time winner Parkhill Horton with Jeffrey Agan and David Adsit.   Live racing continues at the Miracle Mile on Saturday (July 16) evening, with a 10-race card slated to commence at 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Vernon Downs

OK Heavenly ($26.80) sustained a first-over push through the far turn in Friday (May 27) evening's $8,000 Mares Open Pace at Vernon Downs, chasing down and reeling in odds-on pacesetter All Charged Up for a 1:50.2 victory.   Truman Gale settled OK Heavenly last but one in the field of five, having no part of the strenuous pace All Charged Up (John MacDonald) set. After early fractions of :26 and :54.2, All Charged up drew away from pocket rival Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) on the far turn. Love Live Laugh's failure to keep pace on the turn prompted a first-over bid from OK Heavenly, who gradually worked into second off the far turn. The 4-year-old Sportswriter mare sustained progress all the way to the winning post, collaring All Charged up in the final yards and besting her by half a length in the end. Little Santamonica (Frank Davis) escaped far-turn traffic trouble to save third.   Heidi Rohr trains OK Heavenly for the partnership of Steven Kouray, Donald DeLuca, and Peter Daratsos.   Jimmy Whittemore led all drivers with a hat trick, victorious with Gimme the Cash ($11.60, 1:52.4), Southern Girl ($14.40, 1:52), and My Future Ex ($9.00, 1:55.4).   Fillies contest Saturday Sire Stakes   Saturday (May 28) evening is headlined by a trio of New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting fillies, carded as races 5, 7, and 9 on the 11-race card. Meadowlands standout Stick of Butter (Francisco del Cid), 2015 2-year-old NYSS champion Non Stick (Mark MacDonald), and locally-based Swinging Royalty (Chris Lems) have all been installed as morning line favorites in their respective events. Post time is 6:45 p.m. EDT.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

With early afternoon rain showers and temperatures in the low 50s, it put Buffalo Raceway's half mile harness racing oval in the sloppy category. But the off going sure didn't bother Nutmegs Yankee one bit as she took a 1-3/4 length victory over Dontch Remember in the featured $9,000 pace for the mares on Wednesday evening (March 16).   Heavenly Place (David McNeight III) set the tempo off the pylons, putting up splits of 31.4, 1:02.4 and 1:32.4 and was breezing along smartly. But things were about to change in the last quarter mile.   Nutmegs Yankee (Truman Gale) who drafted along behind the pace-setter, was just waiting patiently for the passing lane to open up. And when it did, it was over. Nutmegs Yankee ($5.00) exploded past Heavenly Place and pulled away to the victory, winning in 2:01.2. Dontch Remember (Billy Davis Jr.) rallied for place position while Heavenly Place held on for third.   Owned by Mark Jakubik and trained by Angelo Nappo, Nutmegs Yankee (Real Desire-Salty Yankee) now has two victories on the campaign and pushed her seasonal earnings to $9,798. The 8-year-old mare increased her career winnings to $384,866.   Jennifer Falcone registered her first career training victory as Ugly Betty (Davis Jr.) won for her in the second race on the program. Ugly Betty ($6.40), who covered the mile in 1:58.3, is co-owned by Falcone and Margaret Payne.   Kirk Desmond and Russell Bratt conditioned a pair of winners.   Todd Cummings and Drew Monti each scored three victories in the bike and Billy Davis Jr. added a double.   Racing will continue on Friday night with an 11-race card slated for 5 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Kahoku made it a perfect 2-for-2 over the Buffalo Raceway half-mile harness racing oval on Friday evening (Feb. 26) by going gate-to-wire to effortlessly beat Justgottogetthere by 2-3/4 lengths in the featured $8,200 trot.   In his debut at Buffalo Raceway on February 19, Kahoku (Truman Gale) cruised to a two-length decision in 2:01.3 over a sloppy track. Now stepping up a notch, he had no issues once again in trotting away from his seven rivals by rolling to a 2:00.1 decision on the fast track.   Kahoku, who was racing at Northfield Park, had no trouble in setting the tempo from the pylons. He set steady fractions of 30.0, 1:00.1 and 1:30.0 and faced no opposition in the drive to the wire. It was a battle for the minor spoils with Justgottogetthere (Jim McNeight) rallying for second and Strong Hope (Jack Flanigen) taking third.   Trained by Mark Laidlaw and co-owned by Colleen Girdlestone and Michael Gentner, Kahoku (SJ's Caviar-Tags Goal) is an 8-year-old gelding that now has put $10,760 in the bank this season and $137,822 lifetime.   Gale celebrated his birthday with a pair of victories while Flanigen and Ronnie Wrenn Jr. doubled. Maria Rice had two training victories.   The best card of the season is on tap for Saturday night at Buffalo Raceway beginning at 6 p.m. There's $116,500 in purse money up for grabs with the $24,000 finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series set along with the $10,000 consolation and the $10,000 Open Pace to highlight the program.   For more information, including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

It's a good thing Buffalo Raceway's harness racing $10,000 Open Trot is raced at an even mile because an inch longer, the result probably would have been different for the front-running Lutetium on Friday evening (Feb. 19).   Leading nearly every step of the way, Lutetium (Truman Gale) found the wire just in the nick of time to hold off the hard-charging Cold Certified (Shawn McDonough) by a nose in 2:01.0 over the sloppy track.   Lutetium ($4.60) managed to open up a 12-length advantage over Cold Certified who sat fifth after the first quarter mile. He needed every bit of that as Cold Certified, the winner of the past two Open trots, made steady forward progress through the final three panels.   In the drive to the wire, Lutetium was begging for the wire while Cold Certified launched a vicious rally in deep stretch only to come up a nostril short. Northern Bullet (Ronnie Wrenn Jr.) was a mere neck behind in the blanket finish.   Owned by Colleen Girdlestone and trained by Mark Laidlaw, Lutetium (Credit Winner-Luby) has posted two victories in six seasonal starts, earning $14,750 in 2016. The 9-year-old gelding has bankrolled $371,367 lifetime.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr. tripled in his first appearance of the season at Buffalo Raceway while Jack Flanigen and Drew Monti each scored a pair of victories. Trainers Maria Rice and Laidlaw both doubled.   Racing will continue on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 13-race program scheduled. The feature will be the $10,000 Open Pace along with the semi-finals of the Niatross Knockout Claiming Series.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

Vernon, N.Y. -- Harness racing drivers Truman Gale and Claude Huckabone, III each registered a treble on Wednesday (October 21) evening's nine-race program at Vernon Downs, with Gale capturing the featured $5,500 conditioned distaff pace as well.   Gale kicked off his hat trick in the featured event, sustaining a first-over bid with Tiger Boudoir ($12.40) off the far turn en route to a narrow half-length victory over pocket rival Table Games (John MacDonald) in 1:52.4. Gale also trains the 5-year-old Western Terror mare for Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell.   The "New York Night Train" went on to take the evening's fifth event, also prevailing in first-over fashion. Cool Vicious ($3.40) prevailed at odds-on over 17-1 pacesetter Megaparfaite (MacDonald), just capturing the lead in the final yards of a 1:56 mile after dueling the length of the stretch. Trainer/driver Gale shares ownership of Cool Vicious with his wife Jocelyn.   The seventh race saw Gale team up with trainer Robert Gale and another odds-on favourite in E R Rhonda ($3.20). The 4-year-old kicked out from the pocket while exiting the far turn, edging clear for a 2-1/2 length victory over Make Magic (Huckabone, III) in 1:54.   Gale would be matched in his efforts on the night, as Claude Huckabone, III registered three wins of his own. His first came in the evening's third race, where he gave 1.2-1 favourite Summer Snow ($4.40) a second-over trip behind Drinkin N Dancin (Chris Lems), kicking cover at head-stretch to push clear of Escada de Vie (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:52.4.   "Huck Three" then went on to sweep the late double, scoring a pillar-to-post 1:55.1 win with Polished Perfection ($13.20) in the eighth and vaulting off cover with 2.2-1 favourite Aritzia Hanover ($6.40) for a 1:54.1 triumph in the last.   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 23) evening, with the first of 12 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

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