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Vernon Downs played host to three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday (August 30). Hidden Cove (Marcus Miller) wins the $34,866 first division of the NYSS. Cash Roll (Jim Morrill Jr.) went to the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.2. Hidden Cove ($9.20) took over the lead as they went around the first turn. She led to the half in :57.3. As they headed for the final turn JK Finendandy came first-over and battled Hidden Cove all around the turn. Hidden Cove led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Hidden Cove, who is owned by trainer Erv Miller, George Golemes, D R Van Witzenburg, and Louis WIllinger, led as they made the turn for home. Second place finisher JK Finendandy gave one last run at Hidden Cove but Hidden Cove dug in and won in a lifetime best of 1:52.4. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) came charging late to finish third. Hidden cove is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Sun N Sand. It was her second win in eight career starts. Coconut Beach (Markus Miller) is upset winner in the $34,866 second division. Hen Party (Matt Kakaley) went striaght to the lead hitting the first quarter in :27.1. She hit the half first in :56.4. Tipperary Hill (John MacDonald) pressured her around the last turn. Hen Party still led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Coconut Beach ($45.80), who is owned by Happy Hour Racing and trained by Erv Miller, sat patiently in the pocket. She pulled out of the pocket in mid-stretch and blew right by to win her first career race in 1:54.0. Roll With Angel (Scott Zeron) came up to finish second. Han Party held on to finish third. Coconut Beach is a 2-year-old filly by Art Major-Gold Beach. Trainer Erv Miller and driver Marcus Miller combined to win two of the three division of the NYSS. Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) captures the $35,566 third division. The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron) took them to a first quarter of :27.1. Merga Hanover ($2.90) used a brush to go from fourth to first. She led to the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Merga Hanover, who is trianed by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, W J Donovan, Thomas and Scott Dillon, led as they made the turn for home. The Fun Marshall went all out in the stretch but Merga Hanover was too strong as she won in a career best of 1:53.1. The Fun Marshall had to settle for second money with Bolt Of Beauty (Marcus Milller) finishing third. Merga Hanover is a 2-year-old filly by American Ideal-Magic Starlight. It was her sixth win in seven career starts. Matt Kakaley drove four winners on the night. His other wins came with Cloud Nine Fashion ($3.20), Lookatmyart ($3.80), and Dee Dee Kay ($4.10). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 31) 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 welcomes three harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Friday (August 30).Total purses are just over $103,000. In the $34,866 first division, the 9-5 morning line favorite is JK Finendandy (Matt Kakaley). The 2-year-old by American Ideal-JK Fine Art is still searching for her first career victory. Owned by 3 Brothers Stables and trained by Nancy Johanson, she was second in the $64,900 Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs in her last start. The second morning line choice at 2-1 is Ladyboss (John MacDonald). The filly by American Ideal-Shes A Pansation is owned by M&L Of Delaware LLC. and trained by Jessica Okusko. She has won four times in her six career starts. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) is the 9-5 morning line favorite in the $34,866 second division. John Berger trains the filly by Art Major-Just A Glimpse for ownners Theresa Donnelly and Fernando Amesti Jr. She is two for seven in her career by winning NYSS races at Yonkers and Saratoga. The second choice at 2-1 is the Ron Burke trained Hen Party (Matt Kakaley). The filly by Roll With Joe-My Lady Day is owned by W J Donovan. She has a win, a second, and four third place finishes in her seven career starts. The top morning choice in the $35,566 third division is Merga Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at 2-1. The filly by American Ideal-Magic Starlight is trained by Ron Burke for owners Joe Sbrocco, W J Donovan, Scott and Thomas Dillon. She has won four NYSS legs as part of her five career victories in six starts. Merga Honover has captured NYSS wins at Batavia, Saratoga, and twice at Yonkers. Her toughest rival is So Rude (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 3-1. The filly by So Surreal-I Am A Snob is trained by Scott DiDomenico for owners Geoffrey Lyons, Glen Goller, and Abraham Basen. She has won two legs of the NYSS in six career starts. So Rude clained her victories at Monticello and Tioga Downs. The 11 race card starts at 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

John MacDonald drove his 4000th career harness racing winner at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 24). John MacDonald from Pompano Beach, FL, came into Saturday night needing just one victory to reach 4000 driving wins for his career. He didn't waste anytime as he drove Temple Door ($3.00) to victory in the first race of the evening. Temple Door is owned and trained by MacDonald. He did stop there he won three more on the night. His other wins came with Heavens Storm ($4.30), Brookdale Bruiser ($4.70), and Sapient Hanover ($7.70). Bettor's Edge (Jennifer Lappe) wins the $9,000 featured pace. Bettor's Edge ($2.90) charged right to the front and led to the first quarter in :25.3. He kept the fast pace going as he used a :27.4 second quarter to hit the half in :53.2. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) followed in the pocket and watched as Bettor's Edge led to three-quarters in 1:21.0. Bettor's Edge, who is owned by trainer Lappe with Robert Santagata, withstood the late charge of second place finisher Dreams Beachboy to win in a seasonal best of 1:50.0. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr. finished third. Bettor's Edge is a 10-year-old gelding by Bettor's Delight. It was his third win this season and his 46th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 30) starting 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 harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 23). Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) grabbed the early lead. First Call ($5.10) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter in 28.2. Only Passing Thru had to settle for the pocket trip and watched as First Call went to the half first in :58.2. First Call continued to lead hitting three-quarters in 1:27.1. Only Passing Thru popped out the pocket as they made the turn for home. The two trotters slugged it out all the way down the stretch. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, dug in and would not be denied winning in 1:55.2. Only Passing Thru had to settle for second. American JJ (Michael Miller) finished third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season. She now has won 13 times in her career. Jimmy Whittemore drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with Gracie G ($35.60), Bold Fresh ($9.40), and Southwind Vixen ($10.00). Gates Brunet was driver-trainer for two wins. He got his wins with Meghan C ($12.60), and Michelle Christine ($2.50). Ben McNeil drove two winners on the night. He came in first with Jersey Boy ($8.90), and Gimmesomeroom ($3.70). Vernon Downs returns to Live racing on Saturday (August 24) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

Greenshoe (Brian Sears) wins the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old harness racing trotters at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 17). Front runner Marseille (Ake Svanstedt) jumped out to the lead and led to the first quarter in :27.1. Don't Let'em (Yannick Gingras) followed in second with Brian Sears content to put Greenshoe ($2.30) in the third spot. Marseille led to the half in :56.3. After the half Greenshoe made his move going first-over as they headed for the final turn. Marseille lead was just a head as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. Greenshoe, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc., Morten Langli, Hans Backe, and Lars Granqvist, blew right by as they made the turn for home. He looked like a rocket in the stretch as he won by six lengths in the end. The Melander trained Green Manalishi S (Tim Tetrick) came up to finish second. Marseille held on for third. Greenshoe is a 3-year-old colt by Father Patrick. It was his sixth win in eight starts this season. He now has eight career victories. The Ice Dutchess (Yannick Gingras) captures the $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Starita (Dexter Dunn) jumped to the front out of the gate. The Ice Dutchess ($5.80) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. She continued to lead hitting the half in :56.2. Evident Beauty (David Miller) would be the first one to make a move going around the final turn but couldn't get to The Ice Dutchess who led the way to three-quarters in 1:25.1. The Ice Dutchess, who is owned by Coyote Wynd Farms and trained by Nancy Johanson, just breezed in the stretch. Evident Beauty gave one last charge in deep stretch but it was The Ice Dutchess winning in 1:52.4. Starita held on to finish third. The Ice Dutchess is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Hill. It was her fourth win this season. She now owns nine career victories. American Rebel (Tyler Buter) wins the $53,000 first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshmen pacing colts & geldings. Major Betts (Dexter Dunn) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Cigars And Port (Tim Tetrick) would soon take control and led to the half in :56.4 and to three-quarters in 1:26.2. American Rebel ($7.90), who is trained by Patti Harmon for the Harmon Racing Stable and Robert Robinson, went first over as they made the turn for home. As the hit mid-stretch Major Betts found an opening on the inside and battled American Rebel in deep stretch. American Rebel was too strong in the end to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. Major Betts earned second money with Cigars And Port settling for third best. American Rebel is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Restive Hanover. It was his fourth career victory. Freedom Warrior (David Miller) wins the $54,000 second division of the NYSS. Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) led to first quarter in :27.0. Stable mate Splash Brother (Tim Tetrick) then took over and led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.4. Freedom Warrior ($6.10), who is owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare, went first over just before three-quarters. He went to the front as they reached the stretch and held off the late charge by second place finisher Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.3. Hurrikanekingjames (Yannick Gingras) fired late to finish third. Freedom Warrior is a 2-year-old gelding by American Ideal. It was his second win in six lifetime starts. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 23) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) wins the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 16). First Call (Homer Hochstetler) went to the first quarter in :26.3. She was pressured all the way around the first turn by Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker). First Call finally shook off Spoiler Alert as she was first to the half in :54.4. Majestic Fire ($3.40) was fifth at the half and came first over as First Call hit three-quarters in 1:25.0. Majestic Fire, who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, went to the front in the stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) to win in 1:54.3. First Call held on for third. Majestic Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. It was his sixth win this season. He now owns 12 career victories. Gates Brunet drove two winners on the night. He trained and drove Gracie Lane ($6.70) to her first lifetime victory His other win came with the R. Nifty Norman trained Spoiled Princess ($2.30). Miriam Toland the 74-year-old phenom proved once again she can mix it up with the guys as she took Fleetwood Hall to victory in the mud and the rain. Fleetwood Hall ($12.40) was parked for over half the race and gutted out a win holding off a late charge by Lugar (Jimmy Whittemore). Toland works out daily and is fit as a forty year-old. It is a pleasure to watch her perform on the racetrack. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 17) featuring the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit stakes. There will also be two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old pacing colts and gelding as well as a $5,000 guaranteed pick four. Free Zweig hats with a purchase of a live Vernon Downs program while supplies last. The 12 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) captures the $6,000 featured fillies and mares harness racing pace on Thursday (August 15). Dangerousprecedent (John MacDonald) charge to the front and led to the first quarter in :27.1. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) happily followed in the pocket as Dangerousprecedent led to the half in :56.3. Unusual Clarity ($2.50) made his move and took over before hitting the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Unusual Clarity, who is own by Nicholas Gibides and trained by Paul Minckler, led as they made the turn for home. Love Leve Laugh went first -over in the stretch but Unusual Clarity was too strong and won in 1:52.4. Love Live Laugh held on for second with Dangerousprecedent getting third money. Unusaul Clarity is a 4-year-old mare by Betterthancheddar. It was her ninth win this season. She now has 14 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore and Jennifer Lappe each drove two winners on the night. Whittemore won with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($16.80), and Blameitonthenight ($3.30). Lappe was trainer-driver for wins with Beyonces Rockn ($11.60), and Multitaskr Hanover ($11.20). John MacDonald leads all drivers with 76 winsat Vernon Downs this season. He is only three wins from 4000. Howard Parker is second with 64 winning drives. Jimmy Whittemore is third in wins with 54. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 16) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

After giving Hanna Dreamgirl the opportunity to boost her confidence, owner Ken Jacobs and trainer George Ducharme will give the filly the chance to reestablish herself on the Grand Circuit. Hanna Dreamgirl will bring a three-race win streak to Saturday's (Aug. 17) $135,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old female trotters at Vernon Downs. All three of the filly's recent victories came in the New York Excelsior "A" Series, which is the tier beneath the state's top sire stakes level. In the start prior to her win streak, Hanna Dreamgirl finished 10th in a division of the Reynolds Memorial. She had not won a New York Sire Stakes division since her 2019 debut in early May. Last year, while in the stable of trainer Linda Toscano, she had a win in each the NYSS and Kindergarten Classic Series and finished third in the James Doherty Memorial. She also picked up checks in the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. "Ken wanted to drop her down (to the Excelsior Series) and I fully agreed," Ducharme said. "She was just chasing along in the sire stakes and was losing interest. She needed that (change). It seems to have really pumped her attitude up. "This is going to be a pretty good jump for her, but Ken was willing to take the chance and see how she does back in the company we thought she would be able to go with." The Zweig's main event for fillies includes Evident Beauty, whose four wins this year include a division of the Delvin Miller Memorial and the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, as well as Reynolds Memorial division winner Starita and Continentalvictory division winner The Ice Dutchess. Jacobs purchased Hanna Dreamgirl, then named Empress Crown, for $125,000 at the 2017 Lexington Selected Sale. The filly is by Chapter Seven is out of Shipps Empress. For her career, Hanna Dreamgirl has won seven of 24 races, hit the board a total of 15 times, and earned $176,972. "We should get a better read on whether she can go forward the rest of the year after Saturday," Ducharme said. "Against the competition she's been in, it's hard to tell where she is, but right now she seems mentally more prepared than she was even a month ago. "I really believe a lot of it with these horses is mental. They get chasing every week and they get discouraged. She seems better around the barn and on the track. She seems happier." Hanna Dreamgirl is eligible to several stakes in the coming months, including the Hudson Filly Trot, Bluegrass, Kentucky Filly Futurity, and Breeders Crown. "She is a good solid gaited filly and you can leave with her or you can race her from behind," said Ducharme, who trained Hanna Dreamgirl in Florida during the winter. "The biggest thing is can she make this next step up to go with the top fillies. If we can get her turned around, there is plenty of money left in the fall for her. That was our goal." Racing begins at 6:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Vernon Downs. The card also includes the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old male trotters, featuring Hambletonian runner-up Greenshoe and his stablemate Green Manalishi S. Beal Memorial winner Marseille also is part of the nine-horse field. For complete Saturday entries for Vernon Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Vernon, NY - Vernon Downs will host the $330,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial trot for 3-year-old colts and its $135,000 filly companion Grand Circuit harness racing stakes on Saturday, August 18.   The Zweig (race 9) has drawn the two Hambletonian elimination winners in Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S, both of whom reside in the Marcus Melander stable.   Green Manalishi S (PP#2 Tim Tetrick) has won half of his six starts this season for owner Anders Strom's Courant, Inc. including a 1:50.3 career best when his prevailed after a long uncovered bid in his Hambo elim. He made his way to the front in the final, eventually succumbing to winner Forbidden Trade.   The enigmatic Greenshoe (PP#6 Brian Sears) came into the Hambletonian as the heavy favorite. He won his elim in 1:50.2 and looked for all intents and purposes to be the final winner despite an eventful trip when he trotted boldly up to Forbidden Trade mid-stretch, but did not go by. Greenshoe has amassed $586,500 in seasonal earnings for Courant, Hans Backe, Lars Granqvist and Morten Langli.   The $135,000 Filly Zweig (race 8) is a very strong and competitive field led by NJSS final winner Evident Beauty (Dave Miller). She's won four of seven and is leading money winner in the field at over $200,000 this season for owners Mel Hartman, Little E, LLC and R A W Equine. Nifty Norman trains the filly.   Both of the Zweig races will be housed in a stakes barn where they must be checked in by 8:00pm on Friday evening. Call the Racing Office at (315) 829-6825 for details.   The NYSS for 2-year-old pacing colts supports the feature with a pair of divisions racing for a purse of more than $50,000.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs

Vernon NY - The 2019 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial colt trot has drawn 10 horses (9 to race with the 10th horse to have his 3-year-old payments refunded) that include several of the harness racing sophomore trotting division headliners.   Among those entered are the potent Marcus Melander pair of Hambletonian first heat winners Greenshoe and and Green Manalishi S along with Beal Memorial winner Marseille. They will compete in a single division of the stake to be raced at Vernon Downs on Saturday, August 18.   The companion filly stake drew 14 including NJSS final winner Evident Beauty and 2018 Jim Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess. There is the possibility of a consolation race to accommodate the fillies that will not draw into the main event.   Further details and the draw for post positions will be available later this afternoon.   Saturday card will also include New York Sires Stakes for the 2-year-old colt pacers.   by Nick Salvi, for Vernon Downs            

Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) takes the featured $7,000 pace on Saturday (August 10) at Vernon Downs. Dreams Beachboy ($8.00) charged to the front and led the seven horses to a first quarter of :26.2. He would use a :28.0 second quarter to lead to a half of :54.2. Seel The Deal N (Jennifer Lappe) went first-over from third to get to within a half length as Dreams Beachboy got to the three-quarter mark in 1:22.2. Dreams Beachboy, who is owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, had plenty left in the tank as they turned for home. He would breeze in the stretch to win in a seasonal best time of 1:50.3. Nito Glistening (Brett Crawford) came up to claim second. Golden Gun (John MacDonald) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 7-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. It was his fourth win in nine starts this season. He now owns 29 career victories. Howard Parker and John MacDonald each drove three winners on the night. Parker got his wins with Frisky Joe ($3.90), Daliocity ($4.30), and Music Matters ($2.50). MacDonald got his victories with Brookdale Bruiser ($2.10), Down On Mainstreet ($7.20), and Sapient Hanover ($33.40). MacDonald is now just three wins shy of 4000 victories for his career, Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Thursday (August 15) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) comes flying late to win the featured $6,000 fillies and mares pace at Vernon Downs on Wednesday (August 7). Traffic Jam (Howard Parker) went to the front just before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. Her lead was two lengths as she hit the half in :55.0. She was still in control when hitting three-quarters in 1:24.0. Unusual Clarity ($9.70), who is owned by Nicholas Gibides and trained by Paul Minckler, was fifth at the half. She found herself in fourth after three-quarters. It looked like Traffic Jam was going to cruise to an easy victory but Unusaul Clarity found another gear and went by Traffic Jam just before the finish. She equaled her lifetime best of 1:52.3. Traffic Jam had to settle for second with Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Unusual Clarity is a 4-year-old mare by Betterthancheddar. It was her eighth win this season. She now owns 13 career victories. Vernon leading driver John MacDonald had two wins on the night to give him 71 victories this season. Howard Parker is second with 58 tallies. Jimmy Whittemore is third with 51 wins. Claude Huckabone III has 26 wins so far this season for fourth place. His dad Claude Huckabone Jr. rounds out the top five with 22 trips to the winner's circle. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 8) featuring New York Sire stakes for sophomore trotting fillies. The 11 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will host a $118,000 leg of the of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday (August 8). There is only one division racing on Thursday but the field is loaded. It features last year's 2-year-old trotting filly of the year Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder). The Chapter Seven filly is owned and trained by Yoder and listed as the 5-2 morning line favorite She was a perfect seven for seven as a freshman including a brilliant win in the $600,000 Breeders Crown a season ago. She has only raced once as a sophomore suffering her only career loss in The $40,000 Start Destroyer Stakes at Hoosier Park on June 26th. She was second to Grand Swan (Swan For All). She looks for her first win as a 3-year-old on Thursday. Her stiffest competition looks to be the Richard Banca trained Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.). The filly by Chapter Seven has six wins as a sophomore including a victory in the $209,500 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) at Vernon Downs in May. Quincy Blue Chip, who is owned by Banca along with Barbara and James Boese, comes into Thursday with 10 career trips to the winner's circle. She is listed as the second choice at 7-2. Also in this strong field is last year's $225,000 2-year-old NYSS Final winner Winndevie (Jason Bartlett). Trond Smedshammer trains the filly by Credit Winner for the Purple Haze Stables. She was six for seven as a freshman with her only loss coming to Woodside Charm during a leg of the NYSS last season at Saratoga. She has two wins in her seven starts this season getting NYSS wins at Yonkers and Buffalo. She is at 8-1 on the morning line. Other top contenders in the field include the George Ducharme trained Sensibility (Tyler Buter). She is listed at 9-2. At 6-1 is Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley), who is trained by Blake Macintosh. The 11 race card will start at 6:10 p.m. There is no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 9) because of theCrystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs                  

Howard Parker gets five driving wins during the 10 race card at Vernon Downs on Saturday (August 3). One of Parker's wins came with Tempster Hanover ($4.80) in the $5,000 co-featured pace. Tempster Hanover took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.0. He controlled the pace hitting the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by Riley Asher-Stalbaum and trained by Misty Carey, he would get minor pressure by second place finisher Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) at the top of the stretch. Tempster Hanover had plenty in the tank to win in 1:52.2. Burkentine Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore finished third. Tempster Hanover is a 9-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. It was win three of 2019. He now owns 30 career victories. Parker's other wins came with Box Of Gifts ($2.90), Wind Damage Blues ($4.40), Hands Off Frank ($3.70), Fox Valley Photog ($6.50). Heavens Storm (Claude Huckabone Jr.) captured the other $5,000 feature. Heavens Storm ($4.20) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :29.3. Marvalous One (Jimmy Whittemore) then took control and led to the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:27.1. Heavens Storm, who is owned by Gordon Swift and trained by Jeff Sorenson, went first over and went by second place finisher Marvalous One to win in 1:56.1. Northern Rein (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Heavens Storm is a 5-year-old horse by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his third win this season . He now owns seven career victories. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Wednesday (August 7) at 6:10 p.m. with a nine race card and featuring the first day of "Corntastic". There will be no live racing on Friday (August 9) because of the Crystal Gayle and Lee Greenwood concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne for Vernon Downs.

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) takes the $7,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 2). Alex The Great (John MacDonald) went to the lead and controlled all the early fractions (:26.4, :57.0, 1:26.3). First Call ($7.10), who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Connie Hochstetler, and Allen Schwartz, went first over just before the three-quarter mark. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) found an opening by the pylons but First Call was not to be denied and she won in 1:55.3. Only Passing Thru finished second. Bill's Man (John Butenschoen) came on late to finish third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. She won for the fourth time this season and now owns 12 career victories. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He combined with trainer Jody Weidman for wins with Mr French ($42.20), and East To Cincy ($5.30). His other two wins came with Expo ($4.60), and Gimme The Cash ($14.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 3) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne, for for Vernon Downs

Love A Good Story (Andy Miller) remains unbeaten after winning the $53,000 first division of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 1). Charlotte Chaplin (Howard Parker) led to a first quarter of :29.1. Love A Good Story ($5.20) took the lead at the top of the back stretch and led to the half in :59.4. Reba Blue Chip (Verlin Yoder) came flying on the outside from fifth and went along side Love A Good Story all around the final turn. Love A Good Story still led to three-quarters in 1:28.4. Love A Good Story, who is trained by Julie Miller for owners Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe, still had a slight lead at the top of the stretch. Reba Blue Chip veered out a little bit in mid-stretch but would give one large charge but fell just short as Love A Good Story hit the line first in 1:56.0. Reba Blue Chip settled for second best. Charlotte Chaplin finished third. Love A Good Story is a filly by Chapter Seven-Celebrity Lovin. She is now a perfect five for five in her young career. Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) hangs on to win the $52,000 second division of the NYSS. Seventimesalady ($2.70) led C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) by a nose as they hit the first quarter in :27.0. C Me Hyde took over but it was short lived as Seventimesalady re-claimed the lead and hit the half in :56.1. Munster (Kasper Foget) put on the pressure and battled Seventimesalady around the final turn. Seventimesalady led to three-quarters in 1:27.4. Seventimesalady, who his owned by trainer Svanstedt, Little E LLC., and Knutsson Trotting Inc., shook lose at the top of the stretch. She wasn't out of the woods yet as Without A Warning (Scott Zeron) came flying late but Seventimesalday held on to win by a nose in a lifetime best of 1:56.4. Without A Warning held to settle for second. Hushabye (Tyler Buter) finished third. Seventimesalady is a filly by Chapter Seven-Ava Marion. It was her second win in four career starts. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 2) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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