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John MacDonald tied Jimmy Whittemore for first in driving wins on closing night at Vernon Downs (November 3). MacDonald drove Machmemackie to a win in the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind pace race. It was enough to tie him with Whittemore for first with 115 wins each. Truman Gale finished third with 58 victories while Claude Huckabone Jr finished fourth with 56 tallies. Leon Bailey used 50 wins to finish fifth on the list. A field of seven went one lap around the seven-eighths mile track going clockwise. Machmemackie ($3.30) led the group to the first quarter in :27.4. Great Soul (Josh Kinney) went first over around the first turn. As they reached the back stretch, Feelin Lucky (Truman Gale) went three wide and took a short lead hitting the half in :57.3. Machmemackie, who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, reclaimed the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:26.0. Second place finisher, The Royal Garden N (Jimmy Whittemore) made a late charge but Machmemackie was too strong and won the seven-eighths mile race in 1:40.2. Giacodelight (Kyle DiBenedetto) finished third. Machmemackie is a 7-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his third win this year and his 20th lifetime victory. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) wins featured pace ($7,500). Golden Gun ($5.50) went to the front and never looked back putting up all the numbers (:27.0, :56.1, 1:24.1, 1:53.2 ) to win his fourth straight feature at Vernon Downs. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) was second with Ponyta Boy (Leon Bailey) taking third money. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he picked up his seventh win this season and career victory number 31. Lucky Man (Jennifer Lappe) captures the 10 years or older "War Horse" race for pacers. Cascata (Truman Gale) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :28.0 and kept the lead at the half mile mark in :58.3. Lucky Man ($4.20), who is owned by Patrick Laiso and Lappe (trainer), used a first over brush to take the lead before hitting three-quarters in 1:28.0. When they hit the stretch the only battle left was for second place as Lucky Man won easily in 1:58.3. Dark Prince (John MacDonald) was second best with Mayflowermoonshine (Claude Huckabone III) getting the third spot. Lucky Man is a 13-year-old gelding by Camluck. It was his fifth win this season. He now has reached the winner's circle 58 times in his career. Upto A Dream (Josh Kinney) wins the "Turn Back the Clock" rewind trot race. Upto A Dream ($8.60) charged to the front and put up all the fractions, hitting the first quarter in :28.3, the half in :58.2, three-quarters in 1:28.3 and finishing the seven-eighths mile in 1:43.4. Funny Photo (Joe Nassimos) finished second. Fox Valley Photog (Leon Bailey) was third. Upto A Dream is a 6-year-old gelding by Impel Hanover. Owned by Todd Santoro and trained by Gary Gibson, he picked up his fourth win of the year. He now has 16 career victories. John MacDonald captures the training title for the third straight year. "J-Mac" trained 65 winners. Jimmy Whittemore was second best with 37 wins. Homer Hochstetler (34), Truman Gale (30), and Robert Gale (27) rounded out the top five. Kabu wins horse of the year. Owned by the J P Stables and trained by John MacDonald, he won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs this season. The staff at Vernon Downs thanks all the fans and horse people for a great 2018 season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) captures the featured trot ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (November 2). Taco Tuesday ($3.30) charged right out to the lead putting up all the fractions to win gate-to-wire (:27.1, :55.3, 1:24.2, 1:54.2). Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) came up late to finish second. Kabu (John MacDonald) was third best. Taco Tuesday is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, he now has six wins on the season and 18 career victories. Mydelight Blue Chip (Ben McNeil) uses a late move to win the featured fillies and mares pace ($7,500). KJ's Caroline (Jeff Long) went straight to the front and led the group to the first quarter in :28.3. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) took over at the top of the back stretch and led them to the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. The big favorite Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) took a short lead as they reached the top of the stretch. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) went three wide and took over in mid stretch. Mydelight Bluechip ($20.20), who is owned by Ellen McNeil and trained by John McNeil III, came flying four wide to nip second place finisher Love Live Laugh in 1:55.1. Jaclyn Hanover settled for third. Mydelight Bluechip is a 6-year-old mare by Bettor's Delight. It was her seventh win in 2018 and he 16th career trip to the winner's circle. Claude Huckabone III and Leon Bailey each had three driving wins on the night. Huckabone III finished first with Kolbee's Star ($4.80), Heavenly War ($15.60), and Miss B ($29.80). Bailey got his other wins with Dry Creek Gin ($20.60) and Rockin Deo ($17,00). With one day of racing left the driver's win title is still undecided. Jimmy Whittemore has 115 driving wins and John MacDonald has 114 tallies. It won't be decided until tomorrow night. Saturday (November 3) is closing night at Vernon Downs. The 12 race card features a "War Horse" race as well as two "Turn Back the Clock" races. There will be a drawstring bag giveaway (While supplies last) and a live bugler. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Closing night at Vernon Downs is set for Saturday (November 3) at 6:10 p.m. The 12 race card features the "War Horse" race as well as two "Turn Back the Clock" rewind races. The "War Horse" race consists of seven pacers 10 years old and older. The seven horses have combined for 2104 starts, 296 wins, 293 seconds, 282 thirds, and $3,364,447 in lifetime earnings. The two "Turn Back the Clock" rewind races will feature one race with pacers and one race with trotters. They will run the length of the track (seven-eighths mile) going clockwise. Also on that night will be a drawstring bag giveaway (while supplies last) and a live bugler The top trainer and top driver of 2018 will be honored as well as the horse of the year. Once again the 12 race card on Saturday (November 3) starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns. by John Horne,  for Vernon Downs        

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 27). Golden Gun ($4.80) charged out to the lead and led them to the first quarter in :26.2. Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) followed in second with Card Knock life (Truman Gale) settling in the third hole. Golden Gun used a :28.2 second quarter to lead them to the half in :54.4. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he continued to control the pace as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. Card Knock Life went first-over as they reached the stretch and joined Oh My Joepa, as they both tried to chase down Golden Gun. Once they hit deep stretch the only race was for second best. Golden Gun hit the wire first to win in 1:52.0. Card Knock Life finished second with Oh My Joepa settling for third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his sixth win of the season. He now has 30 career victories. John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore continue to battle for the drivers win title. MacDonald won three win on the night. He got his wins with Caritas Easel ($6.80), Heza Rube ($9.80), and Napper Tandy ($2.90). Whittemore won two on the night. He got his victories with The Royal Garden N ($6.70) and Giacodelight ($2.40). With just two live racing cards left in the 2018 season, Jimmy Whittemore leads all drivers with 114 tallies. John MacDonald is second with 113 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday (November 2) and Saturday (November 3) for the last weekend of live racing for the 2018 season. Post time for both nights is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne,for Vernon Downs

John MacDonald guided Jaclyn Hanover to a victory in the featured fillies and mares pace ($7,500) and drove four more winners on the night at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 26). Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) jumped out to the early lead and controlled all the early fractions (:27.0, :56.4, 1:24.3). Jaclyn Hanover ($4.40) followed in the pocket almost the whole way around the oval. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she popped the pocket in deep stretch to overtake second place finisher, Mydelight Bluechip to win in 1:53.1. Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) was third. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her seventh win of the season and her 20th career victory. Walk The Floor takes the featured trot ($7,500) Walk The Floor ($17.60), Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore), and Kahoku (Ben McNeil) all battled for the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. Walk The Floor took control just before hitting the first quarter in :27.3. Pier Ho Exotic settled for the pocket trip as Walk The Floor led them to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.0. Walk The Floor, who is owned and trained by Angus MacDonald, dug down deep in the stretch and held off a late charge by the big favorite Kabu (John MacDonald), to win in 1:55.3. Kabu settled for second best. Pier Ho Exotic finished third. Walk The Floor is a 7-year-old gelding by Crazed. It was his third win of 2018. He now has 18 career victories. MacDonald's five wins put him just two victories behind leading driver Jimmy Whittemore. MacDonald got his other wins with Dry Creek Gin ($4.20), Truth Isalwaybest ($3.70), Late Shift ($6.10), and American Sweet Pea ($12.20). Whittemore had a driving double. He notched his wins with Executive Decision ($4.00) and Rockin Deo ($9.90). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 12 race card on Saturday (October 27) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) captures the featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 20). Golden Gun ($3.50) charged to the lead and led the pack to a first quarter of :26.1. All About Rusty (John MacDonald) went first-over and put on the pressure all the way through the backstretch. Go lden Gun, who is owned by the Wiz Kids Stable and trained by Jeff Sorenson, led to the half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Golden Gun shook loose at the top of the stretch and looked like he was going to win with ease. I Am Golden (Ron Harp) flew down the stretch like he had wings but he fell just short at the end to finish second. Golden gun hit the line first in 1:51.1. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished third. Golden Gun is an 8-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fifth win of the season. He now has 29 career victories. Josh Kinney and Leon Bailey each drove three winners on the night. Kinney's other wins came with Upto A Dream ($6.80) and Odds On Demi-Queue ($4.40). Bailey went to the winner's circle with Vegas Again ($7.60), Tarport Andy ($5.40), and Frappe' ($11.40). Round The Beach (John MacDonald) wins the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($2.80) bolted to the front and never looked back going gate-to-wire (:27.2, :57.0, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Owned and trained by MacDonald, she won by four lengths in the end for her third straight victory. Banacek (Adam Cappizano) charged late to finish second. Napper Tandy (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fifth win this season. She now has six career victories. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 26) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) captured the Vernon Downs featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (October 19). Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the lead before hitting the first quarter in :26.2. Jaclyn Hanover ($6.20) followed in the pocket as Love Live Laugh continued to control the pace hitting the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Jaclyn Hanover, who is owned and trained by MacDonald, popped out of the pocket in deep stretch and blew right by to win in 1:53.1 Love Live Laugh held on for second with Classic Can Dream (Jeff Long) picking up third money. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was her sixth win of the season and her 19th career victory. Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500). Golden Kronos (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped to the lead and led to a first quarter in :29.1 and to the half of :59.2. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) pulled out of the pocket and took over the lead just after the half. First Call hit the three-quarter mark first in 1:28.2. Kabu ($6.40) was last at the halfway point. Owned by the JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he went first-over around the final turn. As they reach the top of the stretch Kabu challenged First Call. First Call went on a break in mid-stretch. Kabu took over the lead and held off a late charge by second place finisher McKenzie's Star (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:57.1. Golden Kronos was third best. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He picked up his 11th win of the season. He now has 32 career victories. Jimmy Whittemore drives four winners on the night. Vernon Downs leading Driver Jimmy Whittemore picked up wins with Nashville Flash ($22.40), Miss B ($9.00), Pagasus Point ($8.60), and Escada De Vie ($4.30). He now has 109 wins and leads John MacDonald by five victories with five racing days left to go in the 2018 season. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 20) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) takes the harness racing featured pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13). Western Toro (John MacDonald) forged to the front and led the field to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :55.1. Golden Gun ($10.00) settled into fourth as they hit the first quarter. Owned by The Wiz Kids Stable LLC., and trained by Jeff Sorenson, he went first-over on the back stretch and joined Western Toro as they went side by side all around the final turn. Western Toro held a narrow lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:23.0. The two continued to trade blows all the way downs stretch. Golden Gun surged ahead in deep stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher I Am Golden (Ron Harp) to win in 1:51.4. Western Toro held on for third. Golden Gun is a 6-year-old gelding by Headmaster. It was his fourth win in 2018. He now has 28 career victories. Round The Beach (John MacDonald) cruises to easy win in the under feature pace ($6,000). Round The Beach ($3.00) fought for and took the lead and she never looked back getting an easy gate-to-wire victory. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she laid down all the fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:26.1, 1:53.3). Brimfield (Jimmy Whittemore) fired late to finish second. Banacek (Adam Capizano) got third money. Round The Beach is a 3-year-old filly by Somebeachsomewhere. It was her fourth with this season and her fifth career victory. John MacDonald, Claude Huckabone III, and Josh Kinney all had driving doubles on the night. "J Mac" got his wins with Dry Creek Gin ($7.30) and Round The Beach ($3.00). Huckabone III went to the winner's circle with Sea Harrier ($6.30) and Awesum Ace ($8.20). Besides Golden Gun, Kinney won with Cujo McBain ($39.60). Fox Valley Photog (Michelle Miller) easily wins RUS race. Fox Valley Photog went gate-to-wire to win the non-betting Racing Under Saddle race. Owned by Joe D'agostino with Phil Kadushin and trained by David Dewhurst, the 12-year-old gelding by Vaporize put up all the fractions (:30.4, 102.2, 1:33.2, 2:04.4). Iron Will (Heather Reese) finished second. Better To Be Lucky (Sietske Dijkhof) was third. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (October 19) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Taco Tuesday (Leon Bailey) easily takes the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 12). Taco Tuesday ($5.30) flew out of the gate and led to a first quarter in :27.1. Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) followed in the pocket second. Taco Tuesday, who is owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Don Hoover, easily took the group to the half in :55.4. As the field went around the last turn his lead got larger hitting three-quarters in 1:24.1. As he reached the top of the stretch it was apparent that the race was for second. Taco Tuesday won by nearly six lengths in the end hitting the mile in 1:54.1. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was second best with McKenzie's Star getting third money. Taco Tuesday is a 5-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his fifth win this year. He now has 17 career trips to the winner's circle. Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the top fillies and mares pace ($6,000). Blameitonthenight ($4.70) charged out of the gate and never looked back putting up all the fractions (:28.2, :57.4, 1:26.0, 1:54.0). Owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Whittemore, she withstood the late pressure from second place finisher Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) with a :28.0 last quarter to secure the win. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) finished third. Blameitonthenight is a 4-year-old mare by Mach Three. It was her fourth win of the season and the ninth victory of her career. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore won three on the night to give him 104 wins on the season. He got his wins with Pegasus Point ($7.30), Blameitonthenight ($4.70), and Star Flyer ($4.50). John MacDonald , who is currently second, drove his 100th winner of the season with Mean Leen ($3.30) Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 13) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) fires late to take the featured harness racing pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (October 6). Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) took control just before hitting the first quarter in :26.4. He led them to the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:24.3. I Am Golden ($11.60) was fifth and last at the first three markers. Tarport Andy (Leon Bailey) would be the first to put pressure on Oh My Joepa. I Am Golden watched this and went three-wide in mid-stretch. Owned by Paula Sarcone and trained by Harp, he would wear down second place finisher Oh My Joepa and get by just before the wire to win in 1:52.3. Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) finished third. I Am Golden is a 4-year-old gelding by Allthatgltrsisgold. It was his ninth win this season and the 14th victory for his career. MacDonald drives four and trains three winners on the night. John MacDonald drove and trained Round The Beach ($2.50), Machmemackie ($8.20), and Western Toro to victories. He also drove Deaks Sweetie Pie ($14.60) to a first place finish. With just eight racing days left in the 2018 season, Jimmy Whittemore leads all drivers with 101 wins. Defending champion John MacDonald is just two back with 99 wins. Truman Gale is third with 52 wins. Claude Huckabone III (44) and Leon Bailey (39) round off the top five. On the training side John MacDonald has a comfortable lead with 55 wins. Jimmy Whittemore is second best with 34 training victories. Homer Hochstetler occupies the spot with 30 trips to the winner's circle. Truman Gale is fourth with 28 tallies. Robert Gale is fifth with 25 wins. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 12) with a 6:10 postime. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

McKenzie's Star (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the first of two featured trot races ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (October 5). Hanrahan (Jeff Long) led to the first quarter in :27.3. Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) took over and led the group to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.2. McKenzie's Star ($9.70) was fifth after three-quarters. Owned by Allie Howard and trained by Joe Skowyra, she made a three-wide move in the stretch to run down second place finisher Gimme The Cash to score the victory in 1:56.0. Hanrahan was third best. McKenzie's Star is an 8-year-old mare by Donato Hanover. It was her fourth win of the season. She now has 32 career victories. John MacDonald had two other driving wins on the night. He got his other wins with Kissesfromheaven ($6.60) and Mean Leen ($9.70). If Not Why Not (Roman Lopez) takes the other featured trot ($6,000). Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) went to the front to hit the first quarter in :27.4. If Not Why Not ($8.50) took over by the top of the back stretch. Owned by Michael Polansky and trained by Margaret Spagnola, he led the way to the half in :57.4 and cruised to three-quarters in 1:27.1. Cash N Chrome looked poised to make a run at him in the stretch but If Not Why Not was too strong and won easily in a lifetime best of 1:56.0. Cash N Chrome settled for second money. Flamingo Pete (Jennifer Lappe) finished third. If Not Why Not is a 3-year-old colt by Muscle Mass. It was his second win this season and his seventh career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (October 6) with a 13 race card starting at 6:10. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs.

Poisonous (Jimmy Whittemore) captures the Vernon Downs harness racing featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (September 29). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) charged out to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.0, 1;23.4). Poisonous ($4.30) found himself sixth after three-quarters. Owned and trained by Whittemore, he would find an opening on the inside and sneak by them all in the stretch to win in 1:51.4. Card Knock Life (Truman Gale) finished second with Golden Gun settling for third money. Poisonous is a 6-year-old horse by Art Major. It was his fifth win in 2018. He would secure career victory number 16. John MacDonald drove four winners on the night. He got his wins with Electraluck ($7.30), Pink Gardenias ($11.40), Western Toro ($6.00), and Brookdale Bruiser ($2.30). He is second in wins with 92 on the season. Leading driver Jimmy Whittemore and Truman Gale both drove three winners on the night. Whittemore got his other two wins with Frappe' ($3.80) and Gracie G ($3.70). He now has 98 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Gale won with Vegas Again ($5.40), Painite ($5.80), and Roaddog Jess James ($3.40). He is third in wins with 49. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (October 5) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs      

Under The Bus (Truman Gale) charged late to win the harness racing featured fillies and mare pace ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 28). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) controlled the early fractions (:25.4, :55.0, 1:24.0). Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) popped the pocket at the top of the stretch to take a short lead. Under The Bus ($9.10), who is owned by Hossman LLC., and trained by Robert Gale , came flying in deep stretch to win her third straight victory with a time tonight of 1:52.4. A Wish For Wings (Fern Paquet Jr.) fired late to finish second. Angel Speak held on to take third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her sixth win of the season and her 10th career victory. Bluffton (Homer Hochstetler) captured the nights top trot race ($6,000). Tournamant (Jimmy Whittemore) jumped out of the gate to lead to a first quarter of :27.3. Bluffton ($7.10) took over on the backstretch hitting the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.3. Trained by Hochstetler for fellow owners Connie Hochstetler, Richard Buddig, and Alan Schwartz, he held off a late rush by second place finisher Cash N Chrome (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:55.2. If Not Why Not (Claude Huckabone Jr.) was third. Bluffton is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fifth career win in 13 lifetime starts. All his wins were this season. Hochstetler and Joe Nassimos had driver-trainer doubles on the night. Hochstetler's other win came with First Call ($10.40). Nassimos got his victories with Velocity Kelli ($3.20) and The Big Muscle ($2.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (September 29) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs        

Leading driver Mike Merton won five races to close out the 2018 season at Tioga Downs on Saturday (September 22). Merton had wins on the night with Lauxmont Capri ($2.80), Blueberry Heaven ($8.80), Ponyta Boy ($3.30), Haviture Way Honey ($4.10), and Frappe' ($6.50). "Magic Mike" had a great season and an amazing last two days by winning 12 races to pull down his first driving title at Tioga Downs with 82 wins. Jim Taggert Jr. was second with 62 wins. Aaron Byron was third with 59 victories. Jim Meittinis secured fourth position with 56 tallies. Mike SImons rounded out the top five drivers with 47 wins. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) captures the featured Open Pace ($13,000). Pretty Boy Swag (Mike Merton) led the group to a first quarter of :27.2. Dreams Beachboy ($7.20) took over as they headed by the stands for the first time. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Brunet, he controlled the way to a half in :55.3 and led to a three-quarter mark of 1:23.2. Pretty Boy Swag would try to get by but had to settle for second because Dreams Beachboy was too strong as he won in 1:51.4. Time Out I'm Tired (Matt Romano) finished third. Dreams Beachboy is a 6-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere. It was his fifth win of the season and 23rd win of his career Gary Messenger edges out Mike Deters to win top trainer. Gary Messenger won his second training title at Tioga Downs with 40 wins. Mike Deters finished second with 35 trips to the winners circle. Patti Harmon had a very strong meet with 26 wins to finish third. Joe Skowyra (25) and Gaston Lareau (19) rounded out the top five. BJ Lorado and K J's Caroline are top horses at Tioga Downs for 2018. BJ Lorado was the top trotter this season at Tioga Downs. Owned by Michael and Diane Norcross and trained by Marc Major, the 4-year-old gelding by Bo W won six times in 17 starts at Tioga this year. He earned $40,435 this season. The top pacer went to K J's Caroline. The 8-year-old mare by Roddy's Bags Again won five times in 17 starts and earned $39,165. She is owned by Scott Woogen and trained by Gary Messenger. The winner of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, that was part of the horseplay car giveaway promotion that ran all season long, was Andy Stromick. Tioga Downs would like to thank the horsemen and all the fans for making 2018 a very special year. See you on the first Saturday in May! For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) takes the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,500) on Saturday (September 22). Golden Gun (Josh Kinney) charged to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.0. Oh My Joepa ($5.30) took control just before hitting the half in :56.2. Owned and trained by MacDonald, he led to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Golden Gun popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and went charging late in deep stretch to fall short and finish second by a nose. Oh My Joepa won in a time of 1:53.2. I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) finished third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. It was his seventh win this season and career victory number 52. Kabu (John MacDonald) claims the featured trot ($6,500). Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) controlled the early fractions (:29.0, :57.4, 1:27.1). Kabu ($3.60) went first-over just before the three-quarter mark. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he wrestled the lead away from Sweet Ashley T in the stretch and had to hold off the late charge of runner-up Cantad Kid (Claude Huckabone Jr.) to win in 1:56.4. Sweet Ashley T settled for third best. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. It was his fourth win in a row and 10th of the season. He now owns 31 career victories. MacDonald had four driving wins on the nights as well as three training wins. His third driver -trainer combination victory came with Machmemackie ($6.30). His fourth driving win came with Ladyyouaregorgeous ($8.70). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 28). For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

2018 leading driver Mike Merton padded his lead with seven wins including both co-features at Tioga Downs on Friday (September 21). Coveredndiamonds N (Merton) wins Fillies & Mares Open Pace ($13,000). K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Coveredndiamonds N ($2.50) took over just after the quarter and led to the half in :57.0 and hit the three-quarter mark in 1:25.0. Trained by Rob Harmon for owners Seth Rosenberg Racing LLC., and Joel Kahan, she flew home in a last quarter of 27.0 to win going away in a lifetime best of 1:52.0. Northern Dali (Mike Simos) came up to finish second with K J's Caroline holding on for third. Coveredndiamonds N is a 5-year-old mare by American Ideal. It was her eighth win of the season and her 13th career victory. Kinetic King (Merton) charges late to capture Open Trot ($13,000).   Buff (Corey Braden) went right to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :57.1, 1:24.1).   Kinetic King ($9.10) was fifth after three-quarters. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Brian Kleinberg and Harmon Racing Stable LLC., he went three-wide at the top of the stretch and blew right by to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) finished second best with BJ Lorado (Aaron Byron) getting third money.   Kinetic King is an 8-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of 2018 and his 21st career victory.   Know as the "Magic Man" at Tioga Downs, Mike Merton had a magical night with seven wins. He got his five other wins with Rollingndiamonds ($4.30), Modern Mercury ($4.40), Persistent Bettor ($4.70), QB Kemp ($3.90), and Sweet Kix ($28.60). Tioga Downs returns for live racing for the last time in 2018 on Saturday (September 22). The 13 race card has a special post time of 5:30 p.m. with fireworks following racing. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

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