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JK Panache with harness racing driver Chris Lems at the controls, wins the Saturday night (August 19) featured pace at Vernon Downs. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) would lead them to the first quarter in :26.3. Oh My Joepa (John Macdonald) would then takeover hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. JK Panache (Art Major), who is owned by Phillip Hale and trainer David Dewhurst, would make a late bid to fly right by to win in 1:52.2. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would hang on for second best. Energy Shakes (Jimmy Whittemore) would finish third. JK Panache ($5.10) won for the sixth time this year. The 8 year-old gelding now has 52 lifetime wins. The best race of the night featured the top two drivers. John MacDonald and Dragon Fever (Dragon Again) battled Chris Lems (Somebeachsomewhere) all the way down the stretch. In the end Dragon Fever ($9.80) would win by a nose. Chris Lems would win two other races on the night. He would win with Golden Brit (American Ideal), going gate-to-wire, holding off a late charge by McDan (Josh Kinney). Golden Brit paid $15.80 for the win. His third win of the night came with Pramatic Life ($17.80). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 24) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs        

Fashion Creditor (Mike Merton) would charge late and emerge with the harness racing victory during the Open Trot ($12,000) at Tioga Downs Friday night (August 18). Just after the race started the big favorite Barn Bella (Jim Taggart Jr.) would go on a break. Wind Of The North Jeff Long) would take advantage and lead into the first quarter in :27.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) would takeover before the half. He would control the fractions hitting the half in :56.0 and the three-quarters in 1:23.1. He would go on a break just after that. Fashion Creditor (Credit Winner) would take advantage of this going first over and charging down the stretch to out duel Wind Of The North (second) to win in 1:53.2. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) would come up for third. Fashion Creditor ($10.20), who is owned by Joseph Smith and trained by Tom Fanning would win for the fifth time this season and the 16th time in his career. KJ's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) would win the Fillies and Mares Open 1-2 Handicap ($10,000). K J's Caroline (Roddy's Bags Again) would lead to the first quarter in :26.3. However Godiva Seelster (Mickey McNichol) would take over right after the first quarter and lead all the way to the stretch. K J's Caroline ($10.20), who is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger, would ride in the pocket all the way to the top of the stretch. She would pull out and run down Godiva Seelster (second), to win by a head in 1:51.4. Classic Carpet (Mike Simons) would finish third. K J's Caroline would get her fifth win of the season and the 36th victory of her career. There is no racing at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 19) because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. Racing returns on Sunday (August 20) with a nine race card featuring the Empire Breeders Classic Finals for sophomore pacing colts & geldings ($263.100) and 3 year-old fillies ($257,850). Also the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($163,000) will be featured. Post time is 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs      

It's A Miracle (Chris Lems) goes gate-to-wire to capture the harness racing fillies and mares Open Pace ($9,500) on Thursday night (August 17) at Vernon Downs. It's A Miracle (Always A Virgin) would charge out to the front and never look back. Owned by Victor Finocchiaro and trained by Jordan Hope, she would put up the fractions :25.4, :54.3, 1:23.1, 1:51.1. The betting favorite , Tataria (Truman Gale), would follow the whole way. She would come out of the pocket but could not gain and settled for second. Better Said (Leon Bailey)would finish third. It's A Miracle ($5.30) would win for the seventh time this season and get her 30th career win. Chris Lems would win three more on the night. He would win with She'snobeachboy (Dave Panione), who would fire late to win in 1:53.3 and pay $8.60. "Lemsy" would win his second of the night with first time starter, the 2 year-old Waitin On Katie (Art Major-Catch Me Katie), in 1:58.3. She would pay $10.60 for the victory. His last win was with Nower Power (Power Play), who would hit the finish line in 1:57.4. Paying $6.90 for the victory. Vernon Downs returns on Friday (August 18) for their biggest night of the season. The 12 race card features the Zweig Memorial for 3 year-old trotting fillies ($135,000) and the Zweig Memorial for sophomore colt trotters ($320,000). Also on the card is three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for freshman pacing colts. Starting time is 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Andreios Kardia with harness racing driver Aaron Byron in the bike takes the Open 1 Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14). Marty Monkhouser A (Scott Coulter) would take the lead and control all the early fractions :27.1, :55.0, 1:22.3. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover), who is owned by Ina Madill and trained by Jeffrey Byron, would charge out first over and take the lead at the top of the stretch. Fireyourguns (Jim Meittinis), always likes to be on the lead but would use a different strategy on this night by coming from off the pace. He would battle Andreios Kardia ($5.00) all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia would win for the fourth time this season, getting a victory in 1:50.3. Fireyourguns (American Ideal) would settle for second with Time Out I'm Tired (Mike SImons) would finish third. John MacDonald, Scott Coulter, and Mike Merton would all win to apiece on the night. MacDonald won with Prince Adiran ($6.10) and Machmemackie ($3.20. Coulter got victories with Lyons Johnny ($25.40) and Spirit Shadow ($17.60). Merton won with Cabo Real ($5.10) ad Tyler ($4.10. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Friday (August 18) at6:50 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday because of the LeAnn Rimes concert. For more information please go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs    

The Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for sophomore colts and geldings pacers as well as their counterpart filly pacers, were at Tioga Downs on Sunday afternoon (August 13) as part of a 15 race harness racing card. On the card was three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman trotting fillies as well. In the first elimination for colts and geldings it was In A Single Bound (Chris Lems) who would come out on top. In A Single Bound (Roll With Joe) would lead to the first quarter in 27.3. The favorite Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley) would take over before the clubhouse turn He would control the the pace all the way to the top of the stretch. In A Single Bound ($5.70) who is owned by Dennis and Simone Noud, while trained by Monica Krist would pop out of the pocket and battle Miso Fast (Roll WIth Joe) all they way down the stretch. In A Single Bound would lunge out and win at the wire in 1:50.4. He would win for the eighth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Miso Fast would finish second and qualify for the finals. The third qualifier would br Outkast Blue Chip. In the second elimination, Art Scene (Brett Miller) would shock the 1-9 favorite Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) Geez Joe (Brian Sears) would lay down the first quarter time in :27.3. Funknwaffles (American Ideal) would then take control hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. That is when Art Scene (American Ideal) would make his move going first over. Art Scene ($33.20) who is owned by Brittany Farms, Alagna Racing, In The Gym Partners and American Art Stable would duel the favorite in the stretch to win by a neck at the wire in 1:51.2. Trained by Tony Alagna, the 3 year-old colt would win for just the second time in his career while setting a lifetime best mile. Funknwaffles would finish second to qualify for the final. Music Is Art (Tim Tetrick) would also qualify by finishing third. Heaven's Gait (David Miller) would win the third elimination by four legnths. Uffizi (Tim Tetrick) would carve out all the early fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:23.4. The 3 year-old would start to fizzle out at the top of the stretch. Chip Walther (Brian Sears) would then take over. The lead was short lived as Heaven's Gait (Rock N Roll Heaven), who is owned by John Cummins and trained by Nicholas Devita, would blow right by to win in 1:50.4. The winner paid $4.40 and won for ninth time in his career. Chp Walther (Art Major) would qualify by finishing second. Talent Soup (Brett Miller) would take third to qualify as well. On the Fillies side the first elimination went to Clear Idea (Mark MacDonald). Clear Idea (American Ideal), who is owned by Huff Racing and trainer Mark Macintosh, would go gate-to-wire with fractions of :27.1, :56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.0. She would win for the seventh straight time but it wasn't easy. Roaring To Go (Brett Miller) would sneak up on the inside and fall short by just a neck. Clear Idea ($3.10), would win for the 10th time in her career. Finishing second was Roaring To Go (Art Major). The other qualifiers were Obvious Blue Chip (Scott Zeron), who finished third, Gurl Band K (Tim Tetrick), fourth, and Ameraway (Corey Callahan) finished fifth and won the wild-card pick. The second elimination went to the favorite Tequilla Monday (Brian Sears). Tequilla Monday (American Ideal) would take over just after the first quarter and then cruise home to win in 1:51.0. She is owned by North Fork Racing Stable with Chuck Pompey and trained by Chris Oakes. Tequilla Monday ($2.70) would win for the sixth time this season and the 10th time in her career. The other qualifiers were American Sara (Scott Zeron) who finished second. Shepulledthegoalie (David Miller) finished third while Candlelight Dinner (Brett Miller) finished fourth. Also on the card was the NYSS freshman fillies. Undefeated Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) would set the track record for 2 year-old trotting fillies in the third division of the NYSS. Entry mate Fury Road (Mark MacDonald) would lead after a first quarter of :28.4. Plunge Blue Chip (Muscle Mass-Dunk The Donato) would take over as they went past the stands for the first time. She would then control the whole race after that with fractions of :58.2, 1:26.2, 1:55.1. She would eclipse the track record by a fifth of a second. Lucky Rainbow (David Miller) would finish second best while Atlanta (Rick Zeron) settle for third. Plunge Blue Chip ($3.20) is owned Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trainer Svanstedt. She is now four for four as a freshman trotter. In the first division of the NYSS, big long shot and first time starter Setntheworldonfire (Troy Beyer) would win in 1:57.1. Settintheworldonfire (Muscles Yankee-Gaelic) who is owned by Birdie Path Stables LTD. and trainer Noel Daley would make a three wide move in the stretch to nip A Gift For You (Tim Tetrick) at the wire. Settintheworldonfire would pay $130.00 for the win A Gift For You (Credit Winner-Soprano Hanover) would finish second. Big Checkmate (Donald Dupont) was third. The second division winner was White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald). After the big favorite Seven Carats (Tim Tetrick) went on a break, Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) would control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.4, 1:27.1. White Cheetah (Muscle Mass-Wheely Quick) would go three wide at the top of the stretch and looked like a cheetah as she blew by to win in 1:57.4. Perfect Summer K (Conway Hall-American Miss K) would finish second. Jackie Newlands (Scott Zeron) would get third. White Cheetah ($33.80) is owned by J Sbrocco, Stable 45 and trainer Paul Kelley. She would win for the first time in four starts. The horses were drawn for the EBC Finals. For the Colt and Geldings Final ($268,100). 1) In A SIngle Bound 2) Heaven's Gait 3) Art Scene 4) Miso Fast 5) Music Is Art 6) Chip Walther 7) Talent Soup 8) Outkast Blue Chip 9) Funknwaffles   For the Fillies Final ($262,850) 1) Tequilla Monday 2) Clear Idea 3) Obvious Bluechip 4) American Sara 5) Candlelight Dinner 6) Ameriway 7) Roaring To Go 8) Shepulledthegoalie 9) Gurl Band K Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Monday (August 14) witha 11 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Parkhill Horton (Jimmy Whittemore) takes the trotting feature ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (August 11). Parkhill Horton (Oaklea Julian) would charge right out to the lead and go gate-to-wire, setting all the fractions, :26.3, :56.2, 1:26.1, 1:55.2. Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) would come up to finish second with Ozymandias (Howard Okusko Jr.) getting third. Parkhill Horton ($16.20), who is owned Jeffrey Agan, David Adsit, and trainer Robert Gale would win for the third time this season and for the 20th time in his career. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races for the second straight night, He would also win with Jackson's Gold ($6.00) and Gingertree Finnegan ($3.50). Joe Nassimos would also win three times on the night. He would win with The Big Muscle ($6.20), CJ's Roll On Two ($64.50), and Funny Photo ($20.00 Vernon Downs returns to action Saturday night (August 12) at 6:45 p.m. Saturday is the final day of corntastic. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett). The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs. Less than a week ago Guardian Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the interference and was disqualified after finishing first Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems) would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best, winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Stick With Me Kid hung on for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third. The first division ($39,900) went to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1. Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven ($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. In the final division, Long shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to obey the breaking rule. Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60 for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third. Tioga Downs returns to live action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory), wins a leg of New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing 3 year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 10), for a purse of $117,600. It was the start of corntastic weekend at the Miracle Mile with free corn but but she was the "Bella" of the ball on this night. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett) would charge out to the early lead, but Barn Bella (Conway Hall) wouldn't wait and takeover before the quarter. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables with Nancy and trainer Steven Pratt, she would control all the fractions :27.0, :56.2, 1:26.0, 1:53.2. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), would follow and stay close. Once they got to the top of the stretch Celebrity Ruth (second) would attempt to make a run at Barn Bella ($2.30), but the 3 year-old filly would put it in another gear and win in the end by two lengths. Amber Ella (Jim Marohn Jr.) would finish third. Barn Bella has now won 10 of the 11 starts as a sophomore trotter. Her last time at Vernon Downs she won the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250). She has now captured five legs of the NYSS. Her only blemish was a fourth place finish at Buffalo (NYSS) after going on a break. Jimmy Whittemore would win three races on the card. He would win with Hustleonhome ($13.60), Northern BB ($8.20), and Love Live Laugh ($8.10). Racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (August 11) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45. Corntastic weekend continues at the Miracle Mile on both Friday and Saturday. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings, will be featured at Tioga Downs on Friday night (August 11). In the first division, the morning line favorite is Eye Of A Tiger As at 5-2. The 3 year-old gelding is owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, has five wins in eights starts this season. Eye Of A Tiger As (Chapter Seven), has won NYSS races at Buffalo ($60,200) and Monticello ($39,200). He lost by a neck in his last NYSS race at Yonkers ($56833). The second choice is Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller) at 3-1. Owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm and trained by Julie Miller, Top Flight Angel (Archangel) won a NYSS race at Yonkers ($55833) last time out. The 3 year-old colt went gate-to-wire to win by almost six lengths. The third choice in the first division is Seven And Seven at 4-1. Although the 3 year-old colt has yet to win as to win this season, he had four wins as a 2 year-old, including the William Wellwood Memorial ($266,000) at Mohawk. Seven And Seven (Chapter Seven) who is owned by Allen Smith with June and trainer, driver Thomas Durand, finished eighth at the Hambletonian eliminations last week at the Meadowlands. His best finish this season was third best at the Goodtimes Final ($183,230) at Mohawk. The second division is also a very competitive race. Trainer Anette Lorentzon with owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, also have the morning line favorite Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett) in this division at 2-1. He has five wins this season including a NYSS victory at Buffalo ($59,100) by eight lengths. Guadian Angel As (Archangel) placed eighth in the Hambletonian Final ($1,000,000) last week. The main rival will be second choice Stick With Me Kid (Chris Lems) at 5-2. The George Ducharme trained 3 year-old gelding is owned by Paul Fontaine, Ashlee Allyn, and Donna Bonno. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) has four wins as a sophomore trotter including a NYSS victory at Vernon Downs ($39,200). The third choice is Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) at 4-1. Owned by Jeffrey Snyder with Four Friends Stable LLC and trained by Per Henriksen, Another Chapter (Chapter Seven), is coming off a NYSS win at Yonkers ($56,833). The third division features 5-2 morning line favorite, Such An Angel (Mark MacDonald). Owned by Samuel Caruso Jr. with the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Paul Kelley. Such An Angel (Credit Winner) has just one win in six start as a 3 year-old but won four times as a freshman trotter. The Ron Burke trained Arch Credit (Jim Morril Jr.) is the second morning line choice at 3-1. Owned by Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Burke Racing Stable LLC, Arch Credit (Credit Winner) has one win, three seconds and a third this season. The third choice is Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) at 4-1. The 3 year-old colt is owned by Foge McKeever with Eldon Thompson and trained by Todd Rooney. Swell Chap (Chapter Seven) has won four times as a 3 year-old this season. Post time for the 11 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 11) is 6:50 p.m. John Horne for Tioga Downs  

Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory) is the 9-5 morning line favorite for New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) featuring harness racing sophomore trotting fillies on Thursday (August 10). Barn Bella (Conway Hall), is owned by the Purple Haze Stables, with Nancy and trainer Steve Pratt. She has won nine of ten starts in 2017. She has NYSS victories this year at Tioga Downs ($40,600), Monticello ($59,100), Saratoga ($91,550), and Yonkers ($85,250). Her biggest win this year was the Empire Breeders Classic ($228,250) at Vernon Downs on June 18. She would equal the track record for 3 year-old trotting fillies (1:51.3). This is her first trip back to the miracle mile since that big win. Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett), will be her top rival, as the 2-1 second choice. Celebrity Ruth (Archangel), has eight lifetime starts, all as a 3 year-old. Owned by White Birch Farm and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she has won four times with four seconds. She has NYSS wins at Tioga Downs ($40,600), Monticello ($59,100), and Yonkers ($85,250). She would finish second to Barn Bella at the Empire Breeders Classic and at Saratoga (NYSS). Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) is the third choice at 5-1. She has won two times as a three year-old, including a leg of the NYSS at Tioga Downs ($40,600). Maewegonow (Deweycheatumnhowe) is owned by Carrie Norris, G&B Racing, Acadia Farms and trained by Charlie Norris. Post time for the 11 race card at Vernon Downs is 6:45. It is also Corntastic weekend at the miracle mile, with free grilled corn on August 10-12 at the track. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Andreios Kardia and harness racing driver Aaron Byron win the Open Pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 6). Time Out I'm Tired (Jim Marohn Jr.) would fly out to lead and carve out all the early fractions :28.1, :56.2, 124.4. Andreios Kardia (Badlands Hanover) would climb out of the three hole and go first over, trading blows with Time Out I'm Tired (second), all the way down the stretch. Andreios Kardia ($4.60) would prevail in the end with a 1:52.0 mile. The 6 year-old gelding would win for the third time this season and getting career victory number 22. Dash Of Danger (Jim Meittinis) would finish third best. Vernon Downs leading driver John MacDonald would continue his great weekend. He had 13 victories in three days at Vernon. He would add two more at Tioga downs on Sunday. He would first take Machmemackie ($7.80) to victory after making a late move in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. "J-Mac" would win again in the last race of the afternoon leading Charmbro Curiosity ($12.20) to the winner's circle. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 11) at 6:50. The track from Nichols, NY, will welcome the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for sophomore trotting colts. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) would take the Vernon Downs featured pace ($7,500) on Saturday night (August 5). Harness racing driver John MacDonald would win three more on the night giving him 13 for the last three nights at Vernon. Golden Gun (Shawn McDonough) would take them to the first quarter in :27.0. After that it was all Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover), owned and trained by MacDonald, the 9 year-old gelding would follow with fractions of :56.0, 1:23.4, 1:52.0 to win by three lengths. Appolo Seelster (Truman Gale) would come up late to finish second best. Calvin B (Bret Crawford) was third. Oh My Joepa ($3.20) would win for the 12th time this season and for the 43rd time in his career. MacDonald would also would win with Forever Effie ($4.30), Blended Whiskey ($3.10), and All Stienam ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (August 10) with an 11 race card starting a 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs        

.Sweet Thing (Fern Paquet Jr.) drives late to capture the Tioga Downs Open Handicap Trot ($10,000), on Saturday night (August 5). After the big favorite Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) went off stride right after the start, Dragin The Wagon would take the early lead and control all the early fractions, :28.1, :57.1, 125:2. Winding Hill (Jimmy Whittemore) would make the first move breathing down the neck of Dragin the Wagon (Angus Hall), as they battled down the stretch. Sweet Thing (Chocolatier), who is owned by Robert Budding and trainer Homer Hochstetler, would somehow squeeze through to the two leaders to win in 1:54.2. Dragin The Wagon would hold on for second with Winding Hill (Here Comes Herbie) settling for third. Sweet Thing would win for the third fourth time this season and the 15th time in her career. Leading Driver, Mike SImons and leading trainer Mike Deters would each add two wins to their total. Simons who now has 61 wins on the season won with Ifya Start Me up ($6.60) and Vraka Hanover ($32.40). Deters now has 23 wins on the season. He teamed up with driver Jim Meittinis for victories with Prairie Cowgirl ($6.90) and Katch Kanna ($13.60). Tioga Downs returns to action Sunday afternoon (August 6) with a 10 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs  

The Big Muscle and harness racing trainer driver Joe Nassimos) would come flying late to steal the featured trot ($5,100) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (August 4). Gottalottacredit (John MacDonald) controlled all the early fractions :27.4, :58.1, 1:28.1, but would die out in the stretch. The Big Muscle (Muscle Mass) who is owned by Brian Bain and Pamela Miller and trained by Nassimos would end up in a blanket finish with She's Uncorked (Chris Lems) and Williams Wish (Leon Bailey). The Big Muscle ($8.80) would win by a neck in the end in 1:57.3. It was the fourth win of the season for the 5 year-old gelding. She's Uncorked, would settle for second and Williams Wish finished third. Leading driver John MacDonald followed up his six wins from Thursday night with three more wins on Friday. He would win with On The Tab ($3.80), Divination ($56.50), and Ozzymandias ($6.40). Vernon Downs returns with a 10 race card on Saturday (August 5) staring at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Ron Burke combined for two of the three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing fillies, Friday night (August 4) at Tioga Downs. All Divisions raced for $37,266. The first division (NYSS) looked like an exciting two horse race on paper and it didn't disappoint. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr) took the quick lead and hit the first quarter in 28.3. Youaremycandygirl (Matt Kakaley) would charge up and take over as they went by the stands for the first time. Youaremycandygirl (American Ideal-Sweet Lady Jane) who is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Burke, would control all the late fractions, :56.0, 1:23.0, 1:52.0. As they got to the stretch Hurrikane Shorty (Art Major-Speed Date), would take a run at it, drawing even in mid-stretch but Youaremycandygirl ($3.80), would battle back and set the track record for 2 year-old fillies at Tioga Downs. It was her second straight win. Michelle's Jazz (Roll With Joe-Michelle's Dream) would finish third for driver Tom Jackson In the second division (NYSS), Twin B Peaches (Jody Jamieson) would take them to the first quarter in :28.1. The favorite All On Top Hanover (Markus Miller), would then take over and lead all the way to the top of the stretch. Let's Fall In Love (Matt Kakaley) was sixth at the top of the stretch but she looked like she was shot out of a cannon and blew right by. The Same team would win again as the owner was W J Donovan and the trainer was Ron Burke. Let's Fall In Love (Rock N Roll Heaven-Time N Again) would run the mile in 1:55.0 and pay $32.20 for the win. Python Blue Chip (Roll With Joe-Fancy Creek Funny), driven by Jim Marohn Jr. would come up to finish second. All On Top Hanover (Betterthancheddar-Allamerican Apex) would hang on for third. The third division (NYSS) went to the undefeated Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). After Ubettergo Go (Jody Jamieson) led to the first quarter, Alexis Faith (American Ideal-Cannae Cammie) would forge to the front. Owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J Robert Darrow, Kevin McKinlay and trained by Casie Coleman, Alexis Faith ($3.00) would never relinquish the lead. She would win for the fourth time in Four starts with a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Ubettergo Go (Art Major-Ubetterthink Think) would follow in the pocket the whole way and tried a late charge but fell short to finish second. Betterthangraduate (Betterthancheddar-Western Grduate) came on late to finish third for driver Matt Kakaley. Tioga Downs returns to live action on Saturday (August 5) with a 10 race card starting at 6:50 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would take the harness racing featured Fillies and Mares Pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (August 3). MacDonald wins six of the nine races. Love You Bye (Jimmy Whittemore) would leave right out of the gate and control all the early fractions of the featured rae,:27.3, :57.0, 1:24.4. Happy Heart (Claude Huckabone III), would follow the whole way from the pocket. She would come out of the pocket and take over just before the top of the stretch. Drea's Good Powow (Squaw's Fella), who is owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, would go three wide in the stretch and blow right by to win in 1:52.1. Happy Heart (Woodstock) would finish second with Love You Bye (McArdle) hanging on for third. Drea's Good Powow ($3.00) won for the fourth time this season and the 23rd time in her career. Leading driver John MacDonald would win five more on the day. His next win was with Strike A Chord ($5.00), followed by Paltrow Blue Chip ($5.40). MacDonald would then guide Good Luck Ginny (Lucky Chucky-Classical Ginny) to her first career victory in 1:58.2, paying $3.00. Win five was with Miss Ruby ($3.00). His sixth win was with Always Flash-N ($2.80) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 4) starting at 6:45. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

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