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Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) wins the $6,000 harness racing featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 27). Golden Gun ($8.60) led to the first quarter in :26.2. Golden Brit (Howard Parker) took control just before the top of the back stretch. He led to the half in :55.3 and three-quarters 1:24.3. Golden Gun, who is owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, sat in the pocket trip. He went first-over just before the three-quarter mark and held off a late charge by Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:52.3. Skip Jive settled for second money. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. Golden Gun is a 9-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his second win this season and 34th career victory. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marissa Chadbourne combined for three winners on the night. They got their wins with Burkentine Hanover ($8.00), Winding Hill ($4.80), and Poisonous ($2.30). Homer Hochstetler got a driver-trainer double with Hongerholt Red ($4.70), and Bro ($2.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 1) with an 11 race card. The card features two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) takes the $7,000 harness racing featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 26). First Call ($6.80) took over the lead just before hitting the first quarter :27.1 as If Not Why Not (Howard Parker) settled for the pocket trip and would watch First Call hit the half in :56.2. Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move going first-over from third. First Call hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.1. First Call, who is trained by Homer Hochstetler for owners Connie Hochtetler, Robert Budding and Allen Schwartz, hit the stretch with a lot in the tank. She would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. If Not Why Not was third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season. She now owns 11 career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night. He finished first with Sapient Hanover ($6.20), Golden Dynamite ($10.00), Jennifer ($6.80), and Spoiler Alert ($5.50). Roman Lopez was trainer-driver for three winners. He got his wins with Sexy Wow ($2.30), Life On The Road ($6.40), Gettin Serious ($6.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Saturday (July 27). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings) and Third Shift (Jim Morrill Jr.) each won their harness racing division of the New York Sire Stakes for freshmen trotting colts & geldings at Vernon Downs on Thursday (July 25). Both divisions raced for a purse of $54,000. In the first division Barn Holden ($7.50) went to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.4. As they reached the top of the back stretch Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) went first over and got within a neck of the lead. Barn Holden held off the challenge and led to the half in :58.2 and was first to three-quarters in 1:26.3. Barn Holden, who is owned by Purple Haze Stables, Out In The Country Stable, Nancy Pratt, and trainer Steven Pratt, gave them all the slip in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.3. Hobbs (Jim Morrill Jr.) came up late to finish second. Berkery J held on to finish third. Barn Holden is a 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Barn Babe. It was his second win in four career starts. Third Shift ($4.50) comes flying late to win second division. Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) laid down all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.0, 1:26.0). Third Shift, who is owned by Melby Gard Inc. and trained by Ake Svanstedt, was fourth after three-quarters. Pocket sitter, Beerthirty K (Mike Simons) jumped out the the pocket and challenged Bourbon Express at mid-stretch. Third Shift went three wide and charged by just before hitting the mile in a lifetime best of 1:54.4. Beerthirty K had to settle for second best and Bourbon Express held on for third money. Third Shift Third Shift is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Overnight Command. It was his second win in three career starts. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Friday (July 26). Post time is at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

Vernon Downs welcomes two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (July 25). Both divisions race for a purse of $54,000. Berkery J (Jason Bartlett) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the first division. The 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Southwind Catlin is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme. He has one win in three starts in his career. He won a NYSS race at Yonkers. The second choice at 3-1 is the entry of Barn Holden (Kevin Cummings) and Bluffinner (Trond Smedshammer). Barn Holden is a 2-year-old colt by Conway Hall-Barn Babe. He is owned the Purple Haze Stables, Out In the Country Stable, Nancy Pratt, and trainer Steven Pratt. He got his only career victory in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers. Bluffinner is a 2-year cold by Credit Winner-Bluff. He is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer. It will be his first career race. The Ake Svanstedt trained entry of Third Shift (Jim Morrill Jr.) and R Herbie Blue Chip (Svanstedt) is the 2-1 morning line choice in the second division. Third Shift is a 2-year-old colt by Chapter Seven-Overnight Command, who is owned by Melby Gard Inc. He has a NYSS win at Tioga Downs. R Herbie Blue Chip is a 2-year-old colt by Here Comes Herbie-New Hampshire Girl. He is owned by Svanstedt, Blue Chip Bloodstock, and Herbert Burns III. The colt finished third his last time out. Bourbon Express (Jason Bartlett) is the second choice at 3-1. He is owned by trainer Jessica Okusko, Slavatore Vullo, and James De Armond. The 2-year-old colt by RC Royalty-Kasha has two wins in three career starts including a NYSS win at Buffalo. The 10 race card at Vernon Downs starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Sweet Deisel (Dan Daley) and Tempster Hanover (Howard Parker) each captured a $5,000 harness racing co-featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 20). In the first of two co-features it was Western Toro (John MacDonald) to the front controlling all the early fractions (:26.3, :57.0, 1:25.4). Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) popped out of the pocket and challenged Western Toro for the lead as they reached the stretch. Sweet Deisel ($25.40), who is trained by Dan Daley for owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, and Crawford Farms Racing, would go three-wide in the stretch. It would turn into a two horse race in deep stretch between Golden Gun and Sweet Deisel. In the end Sweet Deisel was too strong and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Golden Gun had to settle for second. Western Toro held on to finish third. Sweet Deisel is a 3-year-old gelding by Sweet Lou. It was his fourth win this season. He now has six career victories. Tempster Hanover ($14.20) romps in the second feature. Daliocity (Ben McNeil) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Tempster Hanover then zoomed right by hitting the half in :55.4 and three quarters in 1:24.0. He is owned by Riley Asher-Staulbaum and trained by Misty Carey. When they hit the stretch it was all over. The 9-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere won by five lengths in 1:51.3. Come Get The Cash (John MacDonald) came up late to finish a distant second. Rocknrollroyalty (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was third. Tempster Hanover won for the second time this season. He now has 29 career victories. Tempster Hanover Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Thursday (July 25). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

American JJ (Michael Miller) charges late to capture the $6,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 19). Spoiler Alert (Adam Cappizano) took control as they reached the first quarter in :27.3. Someway Same Hall (Howard Parker) then gained the lead before hitting the half in :56.3. He continued to lead to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Spoiler Alert regained the lead in the stretch. American JJ ($16.20), who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, was seventh at the half. He went to fifth after three-quarters. He flew down the stretch to blow right by and win in1:55.4. Tournament (Claude Huckabone III) finished second with Spoiler Alert settling for third. American JJ is a 6-year-old gelding by Jailhouse.. It was his fourth win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Howard Parker drove four winners on the night with John MacDonald taking three horses to the winner's circle. Parker won with Squee Hanover ($3.20), Irish Kate ($15.00), Fox Valley Photog ($14.80), and Painite ($18.00). MacDonald got his wins with Well Spoken Lady ($2.20), Northern Express ($5.70), and Nomad ($6.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Saturday (July 20) starting an hour later than usual at 7:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Shake That House (Brian Sears) did just that as he set the harness racing track record for 3-year-old pacing colts in 1:47.4 at Vernon Downs (July 18). It was during the $58,700 first of two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Major March (Jason Bartlett) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :26.1 and the half in :54.0. Shake that House ($2.30) went first over just before the half and zoomed right by to take over as they headed around the final turn. He hit three-quarters in 1:20.2. It was a :26.2 third quarter. Shake That House, who is is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable, made the turn for home and breezed to a last quarter of :27.2 to easily set the track record for sophomore colts in 1:47.4. He beat the mark of 1:48.4 that was set by Courtly Choice last season. He was just one-fifth of a second off the overall track record. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) finished second. Major March was third best. Shake That House is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was his sixth win of seven starts this season. He now has nine career victories. Trainer Chris Oakes swept both divisions of the NYSS as American Mercury (Tyler Buter) won the $59,800 second division. American Mercury ($2.90) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter. He controlled all the fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3, 1:49.4). He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chris Pompey, and Scott Bice. Second Place finisher World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) tried to make a run in the stretch but never got close to American Mercury. Magic Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) finished third.                                                                       --Fotowon photo                                               American Mercury is a 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal. He is five for seven this season. He now has seven career victories but none faster than tonight's 1:49.4. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 10 race card on Friday (July 19) with a special starting time of 7:10 p.m. Saturday (July 20) will also start at 7:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore pacing colts & geldings on Thursday (July 18). In the $58,700 first division the 2-1 morning line favorite is Shake That House (Brian Sears). He is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable. The 3-year-old colt by American Ideal is coming off an impressive win at Pocono Downs in the $500,000 Max Hempt Final. He is five for six this season including a win in the Saratoga leg of the NYSS. The second choice at 3-1 is Major March (Jason Bartlett). The 3-year-old colt by Art Major is owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by new hall of fame inductee Linda Toscano. He has three wins this season including NYSS wins at Monticello and Tioga Downs. American Mercury (Tyler Buter) is the 2-1 morning line favorite at the $59,800 second division. Chris Oakes trains the 3-year-old gelding by American Ideal for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chris Pompey, and Scott Bice. His four wins this season includes NYSS wins at Saratoga, Buffalo, And Yonkers. He owns six career victories. The Jenn Bongiorno trained Respect Our Flag (Brian Sears) is the 3-1 second choice. The 3-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe is owned by the Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos, and Dionisios Liberatos. He has three wins so far this season and has reached the winner's circle five times in his 15 career starts. The 10 race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.  

Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) captures the $6,000 featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 13). Golden Brit (Howard Parker) battled and took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) settled for the pocket trip. Golden Brit kept the lead as they hit the half in :55.2. Dreams Beachboy ($7.90), who is owned by Crawford Farms racing and trained by Brunet, went first over from third just before the halfway point. He then took over as they headed for the final turn. He led to three-quarters in 1:22.4 and glided home to win easily is a seasonal best of 1:51.3. Golden Brit finished in second. Golden Gun (Claude Huckabone Jr.) took home third money. Dreams Beachboy is 7-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. He won for the second time this season. He now has 27 career victories. Dreams Beachboy John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. His wins came with Intuitive Writer ($7.30), Haulin' Oats ($8.00), and Brookdale Bruiser ($5.20). Howard Parker and Irving Mauran each had two wins on the night. Parker won with Rebel Jet ($28.40), and Rocksapatriot ($3.30). Mauran teamed up with owner-trainer Barbara Stephenson to win with Somelucksomerock ($14.80), and Klondike Art ($16.10). Eddie captured the second annual wiener trot. He is owned by Jessica Cook. She won a $500 wagering voucher. Paisley finished second for owner Gina Greco, getting a $200 wagering voucher. Luna picked up the third place prize of a $100 wagering voucher for his owner Raymond. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 18) with a 10 race card featuring two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Majestic Fire (Dan Daley) wins the $7,000 featured harness racing trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 12). Waiting On A Woman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.4. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) controlled the way going to the half in :57.2. Waiting ON A Woman came flying by and took a four and a half lengths lead and hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:25.0. He started to tire making the turn for home. First Call then took back over control at the top of the stretch. Majestic Fire ($12.60), who is owned by Joshua Cukerstein and trained by Wayne Cukerstein, was fourth after three-quarters. He was far outside as First Call was far inside as the two fought it out in deep stretch. It was Majestic Fire just able to stick a nose in front to win at the wire in 1:55.3. First Call settled for second best. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. Majestic Fire is a 4-year-old gelding by Majestic Son. He won for the fourth time this season. He now owns 10 victories in his career. Jimmy Whittemore drove three winners on the night. He got his wins with Gimme The Cash ($5.20), Southeaster ($10.00), and Summer Chrome ($9.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 13) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. The Miracle Mile will feature the second annual wiener dog trot. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs    

Vernon Downs will present the second annual Wiener Dog Trot on Saturday (July 13) during live harness racing. There will be three heats of 10 dachshunds per heat. The top three finishers from each heat will qualify for the finals. The fastest wiener dog in the finals will win a $500 wagering voucher. Second place is good for a $200 wagering voucher. The third place finisher gets a $100 wagering voucher. The 10 live race card starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) takes the $7,000 harness racing featured pace at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 6). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.50) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. Cindy's Party Boy (Howard Parker) came first over from third to take over just before the top of the back stretch. He continued to lead to the half in :55.0 and still controlled the pace to three-quarters in 1:22.3. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, sat patiently in the pocket. As they reached the stretch he came out of the pocket and dueled with Cindy's Party Boy. Sgt Papa Daddy was too strong in deep stretch and won in a career best time of 1:50.3. Cindy's Party Boy settled for second. Legal Power (Chris Long) was third best. Sgt Papa Daddy is a 5-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was his seventh win this season. He now has 27 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Jessica Okusko teamed up for two wins on the night. Their wins came with Mancrush ($2.60) and Covered Bridge ($2.60). Howard Parker drove two winners on the night. His wins came with O'Brockoli ($10.60) and Golden Brit $2.70). Golden Brit, who is owned and trained by Mary Nelson, won his fourth straight race at Vernon Downs. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (July 11) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. It will be dollar day at Vernon Downs race track. Live racing programs, 10 ounce sodas, 10 ounce draft beers, hot dogs, and popcorn all available for a dollar each. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) wins the harness racing $6,000 featured trot at Vernon Downs on Friday (July 5). Scirocco Imsosmart (Homer Hochstetler) was first to the quarter in :27.0. He continued to lead to the half in :56.0. Gimme The Cash (John MacDonald) went first over and took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.2. Winning Princess ($6.20), who is owned and trained by Lappe, was fourth after three-quarters. She then came flying down the stretch and looked Gimme The Cash right in the eye and flew right by to win in a career best of 1:55.1. Spoiler Alert (Howard Parker) came charging late to finish second. Gimme The Cash had to settle for third. Winning Princess is a 6-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season. She now has 20 career victories. Truman Gale had a driving double on the night. He was first with Fire Storm K T ($11.60), and Bad I Am ($5.50). John MacDonald leads all Vernon Downs drivers in wins with 55. Jimmy Whittemore is currently in second with 35 tallies. Howard Parker is third with 31 wins. Claude Huckabone III occupies fourth place with 23 victories. Claude Huckabone Jr. rounds out the top five with 17 trips to the winner's circle this season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 6) with a nine race card staring at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs    

Rosiemunn (Howard Parker) wins the $6,000 featured fillies &mares harness racing pace on Thursday (July 4) at Vernon Downs. Beyonces Rockn (Jennifer Lappie) led to a first quarter in :26.4. Rosiemunn ($6.20) took over the top spot just after the quarter. She would then control the pace the rest of the way. She hit the halfway point in :56.3 and the three-quarter mark in 1:26.0. Rosiemunn, who is owned and trained by Kerin Warner, held off a late charge by Unusual Clarity (Joe Nassimos) and won in a lifetime best of 1:53.4. Unusual Clarity had to settle for second best. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) was third. Rosimunn is a 5-year-old mare by Dream Away. It was her fourth win this season. She now owns 11 career victories. Parker had two more wins on the night. His other victories came with Pudge's Pastime ($5.90), and Fox Valley Photog ($6.80). Jennifer Lappe and John MacDonald had driving doubles during the July Fourth performance. Lappe won with Jokes Jet ($19.00), and Flamingo Pete ($8.20). MacDonald was first with Ladyboss ($4.20), and Lucid Thoughts ($6.20). The big crowd enjoyed a large display of fireworks after racing. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 5) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs will be racing on Thursdays for the next seven weeks starting this Thursday (July4 ) through Thursday (August 15) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. The nine race card on the Fourth of July will be followed by a large display of fireworks. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.        

Cindy's Party Boy (Howard Parker) wins the harness racing featured pace ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 29). The big favorite Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) went to the front and went to the first quarter in :27.1. Cindy's Party Boy ($9.10) went first over and took the lead before hitting the half in :55.2. As they went around the final turn he would still control the pace hitting three-quarters in 1:22.3 with Sgt Papa Daddy still following in the pocket. Cindy's Party Boy, who is owned by the Scarlett Stables and trained by Patti Harmon, led into the stretch and cruised to a win in a lifetime best of 1:49.4. Sgt Papa Daddy held for second with Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) getting third money. Cindy's Party Boy is an 8-year-old gelding by Amercian Ideal. It was his third win this season and his eighth career victory. Howard Parker had two more driving wins on the evening. He once again teamed up with Harmon and the Scarlett Stables for a win with Beach Bum ($9.70). His third win came with Golden Brit ($7.10). Dylan Huckabone-Miller wins first parimutuel race at Vernon Downs. Dylan Huckabone-Miller It was a heck of a last two days for Huckabone-Miller. On Friday the 18-year-old graduated from high school and on Saturday he captured his first parimutuel race by charging late in the stretch to win with Im On Schedule ($4.90) in 1:57.0. Huckabone Miller is the son of Harness driver Claude Huckabone III and Casey Miller. It was a great site and the first of many wins for the future star. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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