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Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) captures the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 11). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She use a second quarter of :29.4 to lead to a half of :57.3. Majestic Fire ($6.40) started to make his move as they headed for the half. He got to within a half length as First Call was first to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Majestic Fire, who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, went side by side with First Call all the way down the stretch. Majestic Fire muscled on by just before hitting the wire in 1:55.2. First Call had to settle for second. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) was third best. Majestice Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. It was his eighth win this season. He now has 14 career victories. Jennifer Lappe was trainer-driver for three winners on the night. She won with Here Comes Numbers ($17.60), Super Betcha ($5.60), and Multitaskr Hanover ($9.00). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles. MacDonald won with Lunar Stride ($10.40), and Kabu ($12.20). Huckabone III went to the winner's circle with Frisky Joe ($10.40), and Art Angel Baby ($10.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 12) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

As live racing comes to a close for the 2019 season at Vernon Downs on Saturday (November 2), Samantha Winiavski will have completed her first year as Regional Marketing Manager of Racing for both Vernon and Tioga Downs. The 24 year-old graduate of Mansfield University first started as a promotions attendant at Tioga Downs in the spring of 2018. "When I started out as a promotions attendant I knew nothing about harness racing but I was willing to take on this learning curve," said Winiavski. "When this opportunity came up last November I just couldn't pass it up." Winiavski reports directly to Jason Settlemoir, who sits on the American Racing and Entertainment (Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs) Board of Directors and has overseen racing at the New York properties since January of 2006 as the Regional Vice President of Racing and COO and General Manager of the New Meadowlands Racetrack. " I am so proud of Sam, she has handled everything I have thrown at her and ran with it," Settlemoir said. "She continues to impress with her professionalism and her ability to learn quickly." Winiavski is in charge of marketing and live race promotions. She would like to thank Settlemoir, Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment and former Director of Racing, Jason Bluhm. "I was fresh out of college when I first started working for this company," she said. "For them to have faith in me at such a young age really means the world to me." Winiavski is originally from Lindenhurst, Long Island but now resides in Troy, PA. She spends most of her days at Tioga Downs but does frequent Vernon Downs as well by John Horne, for Tioga and Vernon Downs              

Brett Risi has been named the Regional Operations Manager at Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs. The announcement was made on Wednesday by Jason Settlemoir, the Regional Vice President for Racing at Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs, and The Meadowlands. Risi, 26, is originally from Ilion, NY, and has been the track handicapper at Tioga and Vernon since 2017. "You could see his enthusiasm since day one," said Settlemoir. "He has flourished in that position and is ready to step up and tackle his new endeavor." Risi, who will report directly to Settlemoir, will have new duties that include the overseeing of racing and simulcasts. Risi began attending races at Vernon Downs at the age of eight. By the age of 15, he was attending races weekly with his father, Vincent, and his brother, Ryan. He became a devoted fan of harness racing and wanted to learn more about the sport. At the announcement, Risi thanked Jeff Gural, chairman of American Racing and Entertainment, and Settlemoir for the opportunity. "I want to thank Jason Settlemoir for being my mentor and being somebody I look up to in the industry, [someone] who has led me in growing into a role like this," said Risi. "He is not only my friend but a teacher and coach who I could never thank enough for the opportunity of a lifetime." Risi also made mention of his family. "My brother and father would pick me up when I was down. They told me to keep my head up and my time would come." Additionally, Risi thanked his girlfriend, Jaci, and his stepson, Lucas. "Jaci always told me to never give up my dream." Risi will begin his new job immediately and will spend time at both Tioga Dows and Vernon Downs. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs                

Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) each won $6000 co-features for pacers on Saturday (October 5) at Vernon Downs. Skip Jive ($13.80) charges late to win the first of the twin features. Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) went to the front and put up all the early numbers (:25.3, :54.2, :123.0). Skip Jive, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was fourth after three-quarters. He went to the front as they reached the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Jet Rock (Josh Kinney) to win in a seasonal best of 1:51.3. Sometimes Said held on for third. Skip Jive is a 6-year-old gelding by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his fourth win in 2019. He now has 20 career victories. Brookdale Bruiser ($13.80) captures the second of the two features. Brookdale Bruiser hit the first quarter in :27.0. Daliocity (Jeff Sorenson) went along side as they went around the first turn. The two were noses apart as they hit the half in :56.4. Brookdale Bruiser shook lose and led by a length as he hit three-quarters in 1:25.4. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, turned for home with the lead. He dug in and held off second place finisher Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:52.4. Sweet Deisel (Joe Nassimos) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his ninth win this season. He now has 17 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his other wins with JNM Express ($6.30), Quickcallblue Chip ($10.40), and Lunar Stride ($9.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 11) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 4). Hammer Time (John MacDonald) went straight to the front and hit the first quarter in :27.3. He used a :28.0 second quarter to hit the half in :55.3. He led by three lengths as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Only Passing Thru ($7.00), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was third and eight lengths back at the three-quarters. Hammer Time led by two lengths as they reached the stretch. Only Passing Thru blew right on by to win easily by equaling a career best time of 1:54.2. Sky Crest (Sean McAleese) came up to finish second. Hammer Time settled for third. Only Passing Thru is 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his seventh win this season. He now owns 18 career victories. With just nine live racing dates left John MacDonald leads all drivers with 99 wins. Veteran reinsman Howard Parker has had a terrific season. He is currently in second with 76 trips to the winner's circle. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 73 driving wins. Leon Bailey is holding on t0 fourth place with 37 victories. Claude Huckabone Jr. and Claude Huckabone III are tied for fifth with 33 wins each. The trainers title is still wide open. Marissa Chadbourne leads with 39 wins. John MacDonald is just one behind with 38 tallies. Homer Hochstetler is third with 33 victories. Jessica Okusko is in fourth place with 30 wins in 94 starts. Claude Huckabone III is fifth with 28 first place finishes. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 5) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs        

Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) and Brookdale Bruiser (John MacDonald) each capture their respective harness racing $6,000 co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 28). Sweet Deisel ($12.40) comes flying late to grab the first $6,000 featured pace. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.1. He maintained the lead at the halfway mark in :55.0. Sometimes Said (John MacDonald) hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:23.1. Sweet Deisel, who is trained by Dan Daley for owners Ann Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, and Crawford Farms Racing. was eighth at the half mile mark. He was seventh after three-quarters. The gelding weaved through the field in deep stretch and snuck by Golden Gun to win with a new lifetime best mile of 1:53.0. Golden Gun was second best with Golden Brit (Howard Parker) getting third money. Sweet Deisel is a 3-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. It was his fifth win this season and ninth career victory. Brookdale Bruiser ($13.60) pops the pocket in the stretch to win the second $6,000 featured pace. Daliocity (Howard Parker) controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:25.4). Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, followed until they reached the stretch. He looked like a rocket in deep stretch blowing by to win in 1:53.4. Daliocity had to settle for second. Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his eighth win of 2019. He now owns 16 career victories. MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He got his other wins with Jenny Lake ($18.20), and Lyons Johnny ($6.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 6) with a starting time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) takes the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 27). Spoiler Alert ($6.40) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :26.4. Arch Credit (Kyle DiBenedetto) took over and led the way to the half in :57.0. He continued to control the race by hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2. Spoiler Alert, who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, sat patient in the pocket as they made the turn for home. Arch Credit still the lead as they reached the stretch but Spoiler Alert would wear him down and go on by to win in 1:56.0. Arch Credit had to settle for second. American JJ (Michael Miller) finished third. Spoiler Alert is a 5-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 13 career victories. Art Angel Baby (Claude Huckabone III) captures the $6,000 featured fillies & mares pace. Talbot Chanel (John MacDonald) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions as eshe hit the first quarter in :27.1. She used a :28.4 second quarter to lead to the half in :56.0 and led to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Art Angel Baby ($7.00), who is owned by Chad Lennon and trained by Huckabone III, went to the lead in the stretch. She would have to hold off a late charge by second place finisher Classic Can Dream (Kyle DiBenedetto) to win in 1:53.1. Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) picked up third place money. Art Angel Baby is a 6-year-old mare by Sagebrush. It was her fifth win this season. She has 22 career victories. Leon Baily drove three winners on the evening. His other wins came with Try For Art ($33.00), and Brooklets Caleigh ($6.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 28) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 21). First Call ($5.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.4. She would lead to the half in :57.1. Rose Run Sydney (John MacDonald) went first over and put on the pressure. First Call lead was down to a half length at the three-quarter pole. First Call, who is Trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, shook loose as they made the turn for home. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but had to settle for second as First Call won easily in 1:54.3. Spoiler Alert (Leon Bailey) got third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her seventh win this season. She now has 15 career victories. John MacDonald and Dylan Huckabone-Miller each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald teamed up with trainer Jessica Okusko to win with Jackie's Express ($2.20), and Hennessey ($4.20). Huckabone-Miller teamed up with trainer Claude Huckabone III to get victories with Nubble Light ($7.70), and Private Performanc ($5.10). Both pacers were owned by Go Where The Money Is Stable. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Painite (Leon Bailey) charges late to take the $5,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 20). East To Cincy (John MacDonald) went to the front and put up all the early numbers (:27.4, :58.0, 1:27.3). Haveitalltogether (Chris Long) got the lead in deep stretch. Painite ($21.20), who is trained by Bailey for owners Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell, looked like she was shot out of a cannon. Just when it looked like Haveitalltogether was going to win, Painite snuck by to win in 1:57.0. Haveitalltogether had to settle for second. East To Cincy was third best. Painite is a 10-year-old mare by Plesac. It was her fourth win this season. It was the 31st victory of her career. Art Angel Baby (Claude Huckabone III) captures the $5,000 featured fillies & mares pace. Talbot Chanel (John MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions (:26.0, :54.4, 1:23.4). She had the lead as they turned for home. Art Angel Baby ($11.00), who is owned by Chad Lennon and trained by Huckabone III, was fourth after three-quarters. She would wear down second place finisher Talbot Chanel to win in 1:53.1. Best American Chic finished third. Art Angel Baby is a 6-year-old mare by Sagebush. It was her fourth win of the season and 21st win of her career. What a night for owners Donn Lewandrowski and Gail Farrell as the teamed up with trainer-driver Leon Bailey to win three straight races. Their other two wins came with Artic Belle ($12.20), and Tiger Boudoir ($29.40). Claude Huckabone III and Chris Long both had driving doubles on the night. Huckabone III got his other win with Heavenly Way ($14.60). Long went to the winner's circle with Dream On A Roll ($10.60), and Story Time Hanover ($5.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 21) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won six races including five of the eight New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations ran at Vernon Downs on Sunday (September 15). All divisions raced for a purse of $40,000. Here are all the NYSS consolations in the order they raced. Gobi Princess (Bartlett) much the best in the race for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Avalonia (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :27.1 and to the half in :57.0. Gobi Princess ($2.80) took control just after the half and was first to three-quarters in 1:54.4. Gobi Princess, who is owned by Knuttson Trotting Inc. and trained by Annette Lorentzon, turned for home with the lead. Avalonia tried to comeback but Gobi Princess was too strong and won easily in 1:54.1. Avalonia was second best. Amanda Blue Chip (Tyler Buter) finished third. Gobi Princess is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass. It was her third win this season. She now has four career victories. Heavens Challenge (Bartlett) charges late to nip Boogie Roll (Joe Bongirono) in the sophomore pacing fillies consolation. Boogie Roll led the three horse field to a first quarter of :27.1 and half of :57.1. Heavens Challenge ($3.70), who is trained by Chris Height for owners James Slendrom, Jeffrey Levine, and Joe Cornacchia, led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Boogie Roll rallied back and took the lead back as they reached the stretch. Heavens Challenge made one more charge and won by a nose in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Boogie Roll had to settle for second best. Heavens Challenge is a 3-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was her third win this season and seventh career victory. Genius Ma(n (Bartlett) too smart in consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Always On The Hunt (Ray Schnittker) went to the lead and put up all the early fractions (:26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1). The first to give him a challenge was stablemate Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) as the two went side by side. Genius Man ($3.40), who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Ron Michelon and Daniel Plouffe, went second-over third as they made the turn for home. He held off a late charge by second place finisher Ideal Artillery (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Teton Sunset was third best. Genius Man is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover. It was his second win in eight career starts. Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) sneaks by late to capture NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Coconut Beach (Bartlett) was first to the quarter in :27.1. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) took control on the backstretch and led to the half in :57.0 and to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Dragon Roll ($11.40), who is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz, went first-over at three-quarters. She wrestled the lead away in deep stretch and held off the late charge of Hen Party (Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Hen Party had to settle for second. Fashion Hill held on for third. Dragon Roll is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe- Little Miss Dragon. It was her second career victory in six starts. Brady Bunch (Bartlett) easily wins NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) led to the first quarter in :26.4. Brady Bunch ($3.80) then blew right by to take them to a half of :56.1. He then used a :29 third quarter to hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. Brady Bunch, who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Michael Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran, had a lot in the tank as they reached the stretch. He breezed to an easy victory in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Skyway Kon Man (Tyler Buter) came up late to finish second. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third. Brady Bunch is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win of the season and of his career. Bro (Tyler Buter) is upset winner in the consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings. Bro ($22.80) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) then went to the front as they headed for the backstretch. Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.) then would take his turn and led to the half in :55.1. As they headed for the final turn Bro went to the front again and led to three-quarters in 1:22.2. Bro, who is trained by Homer Hochtetler for owners Jay Hochstetler and Finkelberg Racing LLC, was strong as they turned for home. He breezed down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Respect Our Flag was second best. Chatelroll (Howard Parker) finished third. Bro is a 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven. He was winless as a freshmen and now has won four wins as a sophomore. Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett) scores in the NYSS consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Discus Hanover ($6.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. He continued to lead to the half in :58.2. Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr) took over and led to three-quarters in 1:28.0. All Rise (Tyler Buter) took a short lead in the stretch. Discus Hanover, who is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Phillip Hale, squeezed through an opening on the inside. Praying Ruby (Matt Kakaley) made a late three wide move but Discus Hanover was not to be denied and won in 1:57.0. Praying Ruby had to settle for second money. All Rise held on to finish third. Discus Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames. It was his 11th straight win in 14 starts. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) wins NYSS consolation for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) was first to the quarter in :27.2 and first to the half in :57.0. No Mas Drama ($4.40) took the lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.3, No Mas Drama, who is trained by Jenn Bongiorno for owners J And T Silva Stables, Joe Bongiorno, James DiScala Jr. and Eleven Star Stable, went toe to toe with Flotus in the stretch. She would take the lead and hold on after a late charge by second place finisher Charlotte Chaplin to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Flotus held on for third. No Mas Drama is a 2-year-old filly by Muscles Yankee-Massive Drama. It was her second career win in eight career starts. Bartlett's sixth win came of the night came with JDS Brent N Sheree ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 20) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

Hammer Time (John MacDonald) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing trot on Saturday (September 14). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) flew out of the gate and went right to the lead. She led to the first quarter in :28.0 and controlled to the half in :57.1. She still easily led the race hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. Hammer Time ($8.00), who is trained by Harry Landy and owned by Glat Kosher Racing, was third as they made the turn for home. Hammer Time and First Call fought all the way down the stretch. Hammer Time wore her out in the end winning in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. First Call had to settle for second with Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) getting third money. Hammer Time is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his third win this season. He now has 10 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night and leads all drivers with 90 wins. His other wins came with Hennessey ($12.00), Lady Rapidash ($6.90), and Kitty Hoyne ($2.20). Danny Gill gets training wins number 1500 and 1501. Gill picked up his 1500th training victory with Awesum Ace ($24.00), who won in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. The 5-year-old gelding by United Ace is owned by Adam Friedland and was piloted by Leon Bailey. Gill won 1501 with All About Rusty (Howard Parker). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Sunday (September 15) 11 race card. They will feature the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for all eight classifications. There will also be a long sleeve t-shirt giveaway while supplies last. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) scored a harness racing victory in the $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 13). Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.2. Bluffton ($6.50) took over the lead as they reached the backstretch putting Bold Fresh to the pocket seat. Bluffton led to the half in :57.2 and to three-quarters in 1:27.0. Bluffton, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, led as they made the turn for home. He would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Multitaskr Hanover (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:56.0, Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) finished third. Bluffton is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win this season and 10th career victory. Aces And Eights (Dan Daley) captures $5,000 trot. Pittstop Emerald (Claude Huckabone III) fired out of the gate and led to the quarter in :27.0 and to the half in :57.2. Aces And Eights ($18.40) went first-over from third and flew right by to take control hitting three-quarters first in 1:25.3. Aces And Eights, who is owned by Jeffrey Epstein and trained by Daley, turned for home and cruised to a victory in 1:54.2. Simple Kaos (Jimmy Whittemore) finished second with Sailer Eddie (Jennifer Lappe) getting third best. Aces And Eights is a 5-year-old gelding by RC Royalty. It was his third win this season. He now owns nine career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 14) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will play host to the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations for freshmen and sophomore harness racing pacers and trotters on Sunday (September 15). Purse for all eight NYSS races is $40,000. The 6-5 morning line favorite for the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting fillies is Gobi Princess (Jason Bartlett). The filly by Muscle Mass is owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc. and trained by Anette Lorentzon. She has two wins this season including a win in the Continental Victory Stakes at the Meadowlands (August 2). In the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old pacing fillies the 6-5 morning line favorite is Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter). The filly by Art Major is owned by trainer Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost. She is winless so far in 2019 but has three career wins including a lifetime best mark of 1:53.0 at Vernon as a freshman. The top choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen pacing colts & geldings is the Erv Miller trained Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) at 2-1. The colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover is owned by Ronald Michelon and Daniel Plouffe. He has a win, two seconds, and a third in seven career starts. The Chris Ryder trained entry of Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) and Turnthefrownaround (Joe Bongiorno) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Dragon Roll (Roll With Joe-Little Miss Dragon) is owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz. She has a victory in five career starts. Turnthefrownaround (Roll With Joe-Knockout Pout) is owned by Craig Henderson. She won a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs for his lone career win. The 5-2 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings is the Erv Miller Trained Brady Bunch (Jason Bartlett). The gelding by Muscle Mass is owned by Mary Jane Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran. He has three wins and two second in five starts this season. The NYSS consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings features the 5-2 morning line favorite Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.). The gelding by American Ideal is trained by Jessica Okusko for owners David Smith and James Gianuzzi. He has three wins this season plus an impressive third place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Tioga. The 9-5 morning line favorite in the NYSS consolation for 2-year-old colts & geldings is Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett). The colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Philip Hale. He has won his last seven races including a victory in the New York County Fair final his last time out. He is now 10 for 13 in his career. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) is the 5-2 morning line choice in the NYSS consolation for freshmen trotting fillies. The filly by RC Royalty-Miss Fidget has two wins, two seconds, and two thirds in eight career starts. She is owned by trainer Starks Jr., David Smith, James and Daniel Gianuzzi. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Chatelroll and harness racing driver Howard Parker, captures the $7,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 7). Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr) forged to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.4. He glided to the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.4. Manverick (Howard Okusko Jr.) took over as they made the turn for home. Chatelroll ($3.90), who is owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by George Ducharme, was fourth after three-quarters. He went flying down the stretch and blew right by to win in 1:52.4. Manverick settled for second best with Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) coming up to finish third. Chatelroll is a 3-year-old colt by Roll WIth Joe. It was his sixth win in 11 starts this season. He now owns eight career victories. Parker and Ducharme also combined for a win with Charlotte Chaplin ($2.20) on the night. Leon Bailey drove three winners on Saturday. He got wins with Jamaican Cowboy ($7.90), Awesum Ace ($6.00), and Winery Hanover ($15.00). John MacDonald and Claude Huckabone Jr. each drove two winners on the card. MacDonald trained and drove Lunar Stride ($6.00), and Sgt Papa Daddy ($2.10) to the winner's circle. Huckabone Jr. won with Regal Escape ($15,60), and Weapon To Win ($7.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 13) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) wins the $7,000 harness racing featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 7). American JJ (Michael Miller) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.2 and to the half in :57.3. First Call ($5.30) came first over just before the half. She battled American JJ shoulder to shoulder all the way around the final turn. First Call led by a head as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.2. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz, continued to battle as they made the turn for home. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) found an opening on the inside as Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) came flying late on the outside. First call gutted it out and got the win in 1:55.0. Only Passing Thru finished second with Winning Princess getting third money. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her sixth win this season. She now has 14 career victories. Hochstetler, Claude Huckabone Jr., and Howard Parker each drove two winners on the night. Hochstetler got his other win with Bluffton ($6.30). Huckabone Jr. won with All Heart I Am ($3.50), and Ideal Delight ($17.60). Parker had victories with The Fixer ($2.80), and Expo ($11.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Brookdale Bruiser hangs on to win the $6,000 featured harness racing pace at Vernon Downs on Monday (September 2). Brookdale Bruiser ($3.40) jumped out of the gate and hit the first quarter in :27.1. He controlled the pace to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.0. Brookdale Bruiser, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, turned for home in front. He looked like he was going to win easily as they hit mid-stretch. Jet Rock (Howard Okusko Jr.) found an opening in the stretch and came flying like a rocket. Brookdale Bruiser braced for the late charge and held on to win by a quarter-length in 1:53.0. Jet Rock had to settle for second. Tempster Hanover finished third. Brookdale Bruiser is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Young rising star Dylan Huckabone-Miller won the first two races on the afternoon. The 18-year-old, who drove his first career winner a day after he graduated from high school, went from last to first with Nubble Light ($6.10) to win race one. He took Dream Of Fortune ($3.60) to the winner's circle in race two. It was his first career driving double. Both winners are trained by his father Claude Huckabone III. Joe Nassimos drove two winners on the afternoon as well. He got wins with Golden Brit ($3.90), and The Band K ($7.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 6) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne

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