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First Call (Homer Hochstetler) captures the harness racing featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 28). First Call ($34.40) led to the first quarter in :27.1 and was first at the halfway point in :57.4. Spoiler Alert then took control just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.3. First Call, who is owned by Connie Hochstetler, Robert Buddig, and Allen Schwartz while trained by Homer Hochstetler, regained the lead at the top of the stretch. She held off the late charge by Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.1. Only Passing Thru settled for second money. If Not Why Not (Howard Parker) was third. First Call is a 4-year-old mare by Credit Winner. It was her second win this season. She now has 10 career victories. Michelle Miller drives her first parimutuel winner with Flyhawk El Fiero ($11.60). Girlslovepearls (Stanley Zombick Jr) controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.4, 1:28.2). Flyhawk El Fiero , who is owned by Lewis and Terry Miller and trained by Michael Miller, went first-over at the top of the stretch and charged to the front and held off Little Dave (Angus MacDonald) to win in a career best of 1:58.3. Little Dave settled for second. Girlslovepearls held on for third. It might have been her first victory but Michelle Miller drove like she had won a hundred races. Flyhawk El Fiero is a 3-year-old gelding by Conway Hall. It was his second win this season. He now has seven career victories. Flyhawk El Fiero Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 29) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Nicholas, NY - Tioga Downs and Vernon Downs will both celebrate America's Independence with live harness racing on Thursday, July 4.   Tioga will race a matinee card beginning at 1:00 pm. A New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters is the day's highlight along with Filly & Mare pacing races. The condition sheet is posted on the internet and the box closes at 9:00 am on Sunday, June 30. The Race Office may be reached at (607) 699-7688. There will be no Friday live card at Tioga this week, racing will resume on Saturday and Sunday.   Vernon will race an evening overnight card that begins at the standard post time of 6:10 pm. The box for this card will close at 9am on Saturday, June 29. The condition sheet is available here. Vernon will have racing on Friday and Saturday, constituting a 3 da live racing week. The Race Office number is (315) 829-6825.   Electronic entry is encouraged at both tracks.     Nick Salvi

Sgt Papa Daddy (John MacDonald) captures the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22). Sgt Papa Daddy ($4.20) charged out of the gate and led to a first quarter of :27.4. Bay Rum (Howard Parker) went first-over and took the lead before hitting the halfway mark in :56.0. He still led to three-quarters in 1:24.1. Sgt Papa Daddy, who is owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, moved to the outside at the top of the stretch. He would battle back and forth with Bay Rum down the stretch. Sgt Papa Daddy was too strong in deep stretch to win in 1:52.2. Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) came flying late to finish second. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) took third. Sgt Papa Daddy is a 5-year-old gelding by Rockin Image. It was win number six in 2019. He went to the winner's circle for the 26th time in his career. John MacDonald, Howard Parker, and Roman Lopez each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald got his other wins with Deaks Sweetie Pie ($4.20), and Northern Express ($2.90). Parker won with Ameriore ($5.20), Chatelroll ($3.20), and Golden Brit ($4.40). Lopez finished first with Quiet Heiress ($12.40), White Mountain Top ($13.00), and Samson J ($4.40). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Alex The Great (John MacDonald) takes the featured harness racing trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 21). Alex The Great ($5.40) jumped out of the gate and went to the lead with American JJ (Michael Miller) following in the pocket, as they hit the first quarter in :28.0. Alex The Great controlled the race to the half in :58.0 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Alex The Great, who is owned by Glenn Schnackeberg and Kellie Dickie while trained by Timothy Dickie, continued to lead as they reached the stretch. American JJ got out of the pocket and gave chase but Alex The Great was too strong to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.1. American JJ settled for second best. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third. Alex The Great is a 4-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. He won for the third time this season. It was career victory number nine. John MacDonald, Jimmy Whittemore, and Claude Huckabone Jr. each had driving doubles on the night. MacDonald got his other win with Cash Crazy Express ($2.70). Whittemore won with Princess Gazella ($3.30), and Love Live Laugh ($6.80). Huckabone Jr. teamed up with trainer Jeff Sorenson to win with Story Time Hanover ($12.00), and Heart Crusher ($9.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 22) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs

VERNON — Vernon Downs is among venues under consideration to host Woodstock 50, the half-centennial of the famous rock festival of the same name whose organizers say will happen this summer even after losing its original location. A spokesman for the resort, casino and harness racing track confirmed that Vernon Downs is in talks with organizers but stressed that Vernon Downs is only one of several possible venues. “Vernon is one of several venues being considered,” said Stephen Donnelly, who represents the resort. “Obviously given the proximity of the event in terms of the date and what have you — everybody’s looking for a decision to be made quickly. I don’t anticipate it’ll be a long time before we can give you more information,” Donnelly added. The event’s website acknowledges trouble but says the intention remains to put on the event. It gives the dates as Aug. 16-18. It was to be at Watkins Glen  International race track in Schuyler County, which hosted a major rock festival in 1973. But that plan fell apart after the festival’s principal investment company pulled out this spring. “Our intention holds firm. To deliver a world-class, once-in-a-lifetime festival to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Woodstock. To honor a cultural icon that changed the way we think about music and togetherness … and will do so again.” Attendees of Woodstock 99 dance in the mosh pit East stage in this file photo (Sentinel Photo by John Clifford) If Vernon Downs is selected and the festival happens, it would be the second time Oneida County has been the site of a commemoration of the original 1969 event in the Sullivan County community of Bethel. Woodstock 1999 was held at the former Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome over three days 20 years ago. The Woodstock 50 event lists a lineup of some 60 acts over three days, including Miley Cyrus, Santana, John Sebastian, Robert Plant, Chance the Rapper, Sturgill Simpson, Jay-Z, The Zombies and some 60 other acts, including some who performed at the original Woodstock. By David Hill Reprinted with permission of The Rome Sentinel

Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the harness racing featured Vernon Downs pace ($6,000) on Sunday (June 16). Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) led to a first quarter of :26.2. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) claimed the lead before hitting the Half in :55.3. Bay Rum ($4.50), who is owned by Glasser Racing and trained by Homer Hochstetler, made his move from third after the half. He controlled the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:24.0. He would have to hold off the late charge of Poisonous to secure his seventh straight win with a winning time of 1:53.1. Poisonous was second but place seventh for causing interference in the first turn. Electrofire was awarded second with Dream's Beachboy (Gates Brunet) being placed third. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his eighth win of 2019 and his 19th career victory. Howard Parker won four on the special Father's Day card. His other wins came with Hands Off Frank ($12.40), Golden Brit ($5.40), and Heaven's Storm $3.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 21) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs          

Spoiler Alert (Truman Gale) takes the featured harness racing trot ($5,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 15). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front and led to a first quarter in :28.2. Spoiler Alert ($6.00) took over as they went around the first turn. As Spoiler Alert headed for a half in :57.3, Bluffton (Homer Hochsetler) put on the pressure. Spoiler Alert , who is owned by Jeffrey Hayes and trained by Misty Carey, led to three-quarters in 1:26.1. Spoiler Alert opened up by two lengths in the stretch but Bluffton came charging late. Spoiler Alert would dig in deep and held on to win by a head in a seasonal best of 1:56.1. Bluffton had to settle for second. Schwarber (Claude Huckabone Jr.) finished third. Spoiler Alert is a 5-year-old gelding by Chapter Seven. It was his second win this season and career victory number nine. Gale had two winners on the night. His other win came with Under The Bus ($6.00). Leading driver John MacDonald drove three winners on the night. He finished first with Wild Damage Blues ($2.50), Jas Going Away ($6.40), and Bay Sky ($5.30). Vernon Downs returns to live racing for a special Father's Day matinee with a 10 race card on Sunday (June 16) with a post time of 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the featured trot ($7,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 14). Taco Tuesday (John MacDonald) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.1, 1:25.3). Only Passing Thru ($7.20), who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, was four lengths back in third after three-quarters. Only Passing Thru and Taco Tuesday slugged it out all the way down the stretch. Taco Tuesday dug in but Only Passing Thru had enough to go by to win in 1:54.4. Taco Tuesday had to settle for second best. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third. Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his sixth win this season. He has now reached the winner's circle 17 times in his career. John MacDonald, Jimmy Whittemore, and Jennifer Lappe all had driving doubles. MacDonald, who leads all drivers with 38 wins on the season got his victories with Come Get The Cash ($4.20), and Alex The Great ($4.60). Whittemore is the second leading driver with 25 tallies. He teamed up with leading trainer Marissa Chadbourne (14) for their second win of the night with Love Live Laugh ($5.40). Jennifer Lappe was trainer and driver for her two wins. She was first with Fox Valley Steffen ($5.40), and Sailer Eddie ($13.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 15) with a nine race card staring at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Bay Rum (Howard Parker) captured the harness rascing feature pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 8). Bay Rum ($3.30) took over the lead from Brookdale Bruiser before hitting the first quarter in :28.2. Bay Rum continued the lead into a half of :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Bay Rum, who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by Homer Hochstetler, got stronger in the stretch. Second place finisher Brookdale Bruiser came out the pocket and gave him a chase but Bay Rum was too strong and won in 1:52.4. Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) came on late to finish third. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old Gelding by Real Desire. He is a perfect six for six this season at Vernon Downs. It was his seventh win overall in 2019. He now owns 18 career victories. John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore each drove three winners on the night. MacDonald now leads all driver with 36 wins on the season. He came in first with Well Lets See ($9.10), Haydens Little Man ($7.30), and R Gauwitz Hanover ($2.90). Whittemore got his wins with Winding Hill ($8.70), Marvalous One ($26.60), and Ladyyouaregorgeous ($19.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 14) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Driver Howard Parker, trainer Kyle Spanola, and owner Michael Polansky teamed up to capture the twin featured trots ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 7). They accomplished the feat with Waiting On A Woman ($4.40) and If Not Why Not ($4.00). Majestic Sunset (Ben McNeil) put up all the early fractions in the first harness racing feature (:28.3, :57.2, 1:26.2). Waiting On A Woman sat in the pocket as they went around the track. He would go first-over and take the lead as they reached the stretch. Just when it looked like it would be an easy win, Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) and Majestic Fire (Dan Daley), came charging late. Waiting On A Woman would not be denied and hung on for the victory in a seasonal best of 1:55.3. Winning Princes would settle for second with Majestic Fire getting third money. Waiting On A Woman is a 11 gelding by Northern Bailey. He won for the second time this season. He now owns 69 career victories. In the second feature, Keystone Orion (John MacDonald) held a short lead but If Not Why Not would take over before hitting the first quarter in :28.4. If Not Why Not would control the rest of the race hitting the halfway point in :59.4 and three-quarters in 1:28.2. American JJ (Michael Miller) would attempt to run him down in the stretch, but If Not Why Not was too strong and won in 1:56.1. American JJ settled for second money with Keystone Orion finishing third. If Not Why Not          --Fotowon photo If Not Why Not is a 4-year-old horse by Muscle Mass. He won for the first time in 2019. He has now reached the winner's circle 12 times in his career. Jimmy Whittemore drove four winners on night. He got his wins with Racine Belle ($3.90), Sulky Queen ($7.90), Air Dynamic ($29.00), and Love Live Laugh ($7.50). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 8) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com .   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) takes the Vernon Downs featured harness racing trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 31). Taco Tuesday ($6.40) battled Shivered (John MacDonald) for the lead. He would take over as he hit the first quarter in (:29.4). He continued to lead hitting the half in 1:00 and controlling to three-quarters in 1:28.3. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, shook off Shivered as they reached the stretch. He then had to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) to win in 1:56.3. Winning Princess (Jennifer Lappe) was third best. Taco Tuesday is a 6-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. He won for the fourth time in 2019. He now has 22 career victories. Claude Huckabone Jr., Jennifer Lappe, Howard Parker, and Claude Huckabone III each had driving doubles on the night. Huckabone Jr. had his wins with All Heart I Am ($16.00) and Little Liza Jane ($9.40). Lappe finished first with Jokes Jet ($9.00) and Flamingo Pete ($35.40). Parker had his victories with Fox Valley Photog ($25.00) and Rosiemunn ($5.30). Huckabone III reached the winner's circle with Private Performanc ($3.40) and Some Royalty ($8.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (June 1) with a 13 race card that starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Gimapazee (Brian Sears) wins the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) final ($215,200) for sophomore trotting colts and geldings at Vernon Downs on a special Memorial Day matinee (May 27). He won his 3-year-old harness racing debut and is a perfect 10 for 10 in his career. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) went to the front and was followed in second by Cavill Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) with Gimpanzee ($2.10) in third. Mr Vicktor put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :57.3, 1:25.1). Gimapanzee, who is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant inc. and S R F Stable, went first over from third just before the final turn. He would be second after three-quarters and battle Mr Vicktor for the lead. He would take over in the stretch but Mr Vicktor would battle back gamely. Gimpanzee found another gear and put him away to win easily in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Mr Vicktor would settle for second as Travel Winner (Trevor Henry) came up to finish third. Gimpanzee is a 3-year-old colt by Chapter Seven. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) captures EBC final ($209,500) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) led the way to a first quarter of :27.3. Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) took over just after the first quarter. She would lead to the half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.40), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, went second over as they went around the final turn. She went three-wide at the top of the stretch and flew home to a win in 1:55.0. Sensibility (Scott Zeron) charged late to finish second. Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) was third. Quincy Blue Chip                                         --Fotowon photo Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. She picked up her third win of the season. She now owns seven career victories. St Somewhere (Matt Kakaley) and Zero Tolerance (David Miller) each won legs of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Both divisions raced for a purse of $58.700. In the first division St Somewhere ($10.00) came charging late to nip the late rush of second place finisher, Meghan Lynn (Joe Bongiorno) to win in 1:52.1. JK American Beauty (Scott Zeron) was third best. St Somewhere is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Burke Racing, P Collura, J&T Silva-Purnell&Libby, and Weaver Bruscemi. It was win number two of 2019. She now owns seven career victories. In the second division Zero Tolerance ($2.10) went flying in the stretch to overtake second place finisher DD Delicious (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:51.3. So Awesome (Brian Sears) picked up third money. Zero Tolerance is a 3-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip. She is trained by Joe Holloway for owners Val D'Or Farms and Theodore Gewertz. It was her second win this season and career win number nine. Zero Tolerance                                  -Fotowon photo David Miller won three more on the card. He got his other wins with Sports Column ($2.70), Gussy's Realdeal ($22.60), and Fool Me Again ($5.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 31) with 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) and Western Toro (John MacDonald) each scored victories in the pacing co-features at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 25). Both raced for a purse of $5,000. In the first harness racing feature Golden Brit (Leon Bailey) controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :58.0, 1:26.1). Poisonous ($5.70), who is owned by Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadborne, was third after three-quarters. He went charging down the stretch to blow by and win in a seasonal best 1:53.2. E Z Noah (Terry Di Cicco) came up to finish second. Golden Brit Held on for third. Poisonous is a 7-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his second win this season. He now has 18 career Victories. In the second feature Winds Of Change (Josh Kinney) led to a first quarter of :26.3 and to the half in :55.4. Western Toro ($4.20), who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket just after the halfway mark. He cruised to three-quarters in 1:24.2 and won easily in 1:52.2. Banacek (Adam Capizano) was second best with Winds Of Change holding on for third money. Western Toro                                 -Fotowon photo Western Toro is a 10-year-old gelding by Western Ideal. He won for the second time this season and the 25th time in his career. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a special 14 race Memorial day matinee starting a 1:05 p.m. The feature races will be the Empire Breeders Classic finals for sophomore trotting fillies ($209,500) and 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings ($215,200). There is an umbrella giveaway while supplies last as well as a live buglar For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Only Passing Thru (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the featured Vernon Downs trot ($7,000) on Friday (May 24). Only Passing Thru ($2.90) took the early lead and led them to a first quarter of :27.4. Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) took over the lead and was in front at the half (:57.2) and three-quarters in 1:27.1. Only Passing Thru, who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Marissa Chadbourne, sat in the pocket until the stretch. He would battle Taco Tuesday down the stretch and go by to win in 1:55.4. Taco Tuesday settled for second with Eyore Hanover (Homer Hochstetler) getting third money. Only Passing Thru is a 5-year-old horse by Muscle Hill. It was his fifth win of 2019. He now owns 16 career victories. Driver Jimmy Whittemore and trainer Marissa Chadbourne combined on another win on the evening. They got their other win with Love Live Laugh ($8.30). Leon Bailey won the late double on the night. His wins came with Tiger Boudoir ($6.00) and Southwind Vixen ($13.40). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 25) with a 10 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Marcus Melander trains the top three horses in the first Road to the Hambletonian rankings released this week by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer/analyst Ken Warkentin, and No. 1 makes his first harness racing start of the season Monday (May 27) in the $215,200 Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. Gimpanzee, who was 9-for-9 last year and took home the Dan Patch Award for best 2-year-old male trotter, will start from post five in the EBC for Melander and regular driver Brian Sears. Last year, Gimpanzee won seven times on the New York Sire Stakes circuit, including the $225,000 final, before capturing his elimination and the final of the Breeders Crown. "He's doing good," Melander said of Gimpanzee, the horse atop Warkentin's rankings, followed by stablemates Greenshoe and Green Manalishi S. "He's filled out nicely. He's not the biggest horse but we've been very happy with him all winter. He doesn't make any noise here at home, he just looks like a regular horse. He's nice and calm. I can't be more excited for his season to start." Gimpanzee, who earned $591,358 in purses last season for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, heads to the Empire Breeders Classic off a second-place finish by a head to 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in a qualifier on May 18 at The Meadowlands. The time of the mile was 1:53. The colt also qualified on May 4, winning in 1:55, and on April 27, when he was fifth in 1:58.3. "Hannelore Hanover just got him at the wire, but we were very happy with his last qualifier," Melander said. "The first qualifier we went with an open bridle and it was a windy day, so maybe that didn't look too impressive, but the last two qualifiers have been very good." Of the eight remaining horses in the EBC, four are eligible to Hambletonian: Gettin Serious, Star Track Hanover, Mr Vicktor, and Cavill Hanover. Lightly raced Mr Vicktor is 3-for-3 this year for trainer Buzzy Sholty and has won four of five career starts. Melander was uncertain of Gimpanzee's schedule beyond Monday. He would like his horses to have four or five starts heading to the $1 million Hambletonian, which is harness racing's top event for 3-year-old trotters and will be held Aug. 3 at The Meadowlands. "We'll see how he races on Monday and then we'll decide," Melander said. "He's fully staked so we can choose whatever we want to do." So far, only Greenshoe has made a start this season among Melander's highly regarded trio. Greenshoe won the preliminary round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters in 1:51.2 on May 17 at The Meadowlands. Last year, the colt won two of four races, including the NJSS final, despite going off stride in each start. Greenshoe                                  --Lisa photo "I know the horse is fast, so my only concern was that he was going to behave himself," Melander said. "It looked like he was behaving behind the gate and then in the race he looked perfect. He did a huge race and I couldn't be more happy with him. "He'll get this week off and we'll aim for the sire stakes final (on May 31). It's a long season and winning in (1):51, I don't think he needs another race between here and the final." Green Manalishi S, who won five of 10 races last season and never was worse than second, will qualify for the third time this year on Saturday at The Meadowlands. The colt went off stride in his most recent qualifier, May 18 at the Big M, after winning his first in 1:54.1. Green Manalishi S                                     --New Image Media "The track is normally very good at The Meadowlands, but it was loose and in the first turn it was just too loose for him and he made a break," Melander said. "He'll be qualifying again this Saturday and then he will race (June 2) at Pocono in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "He's been training down very good. We took a slow start with him because the first sire stakes was at The Meadows and I didn't want to go out there with him. We had a couple of months to prepare him and he feels very prepared. He grew a lot during the winter and filled out nicely. I think he will have a good season." Gimpanzee's start in the Empire Breeders Classic is expected at approximately 3:29 p.m. (EDT) Monday. The EBC for the male trotters is race nine and will be preceded by the Empire Breeders Classic for 3-year-old female trotters. For Monday's complete Vernon entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

Bay Rum (John MacDonald) wins the featured harness racing pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 18). Electrofire (Jennifer Lappe) charged to the front and put up all the early numbers (:27.1, :57.2, 1:26.1). Bay Rum ($5.40) , who is owned by Glasser Racing LLC. and trained by Homer Hochstetler, sat in the pocket until he reached the stretch. He would go right by to win in a seasonal best time of 1:53.2. Electrofire hung on for second with Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) earning third place money. Bay Rum is a 6-year-old gelding by Real Desire. It was his fourth win this season. He has 15 career victories. John MacDonald had four wins on the card. His other wins came with Haulin Oats ($7.10), Leviathan ($7.30), and Western Toro ($4.80). Claude Huckabone III trained and drove three winners on the night. His wins came with Gaius Crastinus ($5.80), Passa-Grille Beach ($35.60), and Redhot Romeo ($12.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 24) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

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