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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

Roundtown Rocker (Jim Taggart Jr.) charges late to take the Tioga Downs featured harness racing pace ($9,000) on Saturday (May 18). Meadowbranch Ricky put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.0, 1:25.2). Roundtown Rocker ($14.20), who is trained by Rick Dane for owners Scott Dane and the Rock&Roll Stable, was third after three-quarters. He went flying in the stretch and wore down second place finisher Meadowbranch Ricky to win in a seasonal best time of 1:55.3. Jack Rules (Andy Santeramo) came up late to finish third. Roundtown Rocker is a 6-year-old gelding by Hard Rock N Roll. It was his second win this season. He now has 33 career victories. Jim Taggart Jr. had two more wins on the night. His other wins came with Soho Hanover ($9.00) and Six Bax ($6.00). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 13 race card on Sunday (May 19) starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) and Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) won their Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting fillies elimination races at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 17). Both races were for a purse of $12,500. In the first harness racing division Amal Hall ($4.30) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) then took over control and led to a half of :58.1 and to three-quarters in 1:27.2. Amal Hall, who is trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stable, Andy Miller Stable, and Dumain Heaven Farm, popped out of the pocket in the stretch and blew by to win in 1:56.4. Conway Kellyanne hung on for second. Pilgrims Lass (Mike Simons) finished third. Amal Hall is a three-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her first win in 2019. She now owns four career victories. In the second division, With Out A Doubt (Tyler Buter) charged out to the lead and led the way to a first quarter of :28.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($5.70), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, took over the lead on the back stretch. She led them to the half in :58.0. As she hit the three-quarter mark in 1:26.2, she would be joined by Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) as they made the turn for home. Quincy Blue Chip shook lose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:54.3. Winndevie held on for third. Quincy Blue Chip                                   -- Fotowon photo   Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her second win in 2019. She now has reached the winner's circle six times in her career. Here are the qualifiers for the EBC Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Memorial Day (May 27): Amal Hall, Conway Kellyanne, Pilgrims Lass, Sensibility, Quincy Blue Chip, Sweet Chapter, Winndevie, With Out A Doubt, and Gobi Princess. The alternate is Hanna Dreamgirl. The field is set for EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Post-Horse-Driver 1. Gettin Serious 2. Star Track Hanover 3. Skyway Kon Man 4. Whimzical Chapter 5. Gimpanzee 6. Mr Vicktor 7. Travel Winner 8. Cavill Hanover 9. Big Money Honey   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Tay Tay M (Renaldo Morales III) wins the featured Fillies & Mares Open 1 Pace ($12,000) on Friday (May 17) at Tioga Downs. HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) put up all the early numbers (:28.0, :56.4, 1:24.2) Tay Tay M ($20.60), who is trained by Kim Sears for owners Jay Sears and Richard Dunmire, rode in the pocket all the way to the stretch. She would go to the front and hold off the late charge by second place finisher, Velocity McSweets (Mike Merton) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.0. Northern Daily (Wally Hennesey) was third best. Tay Tay M is a 5-year-old mare by Six Of Diamonds. It was her third win this season. She now has 11 career victories. Mike Merton had three winners on the night. He got the wins with Lotus Seelster ($15.40), Gold Star Mysti ($9.30), and Marvelous Jet ($7.70). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 18) with an eight race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) wins the featured harness racing Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (May 12). Sir Pugsley (Drew Monti) went to the front and led to the first quarter in :26.3. Prairie Panther ($4.00)then took control as they went by the stands for the first time. He led the group to a half of :55.0 and three-quarters in 1:22.4. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he found another gear in the stretch to win by four lengths in 1:52.1. Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) came on late to finish second. Bettor's Edge (Howard Parker) was third best. Prairie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium. It was his fifth win in eight starts this season. He now has 26 career victories. Tyler Buter won three on the day. His other wins came with New World Order A ($6.30) and A Bettor Hat ($2.90). Drew Monti teamed up with trainer Joe Skowyra to win a pair on the day. They got their wins with Weekend Atnannies ($5.50) and The Spy ($10.40) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs

What's Goin On (Claude Huckabone III) took the Vernon Downs featured harness racing pace ($7,000) on Sunday (May 12). Seel The Deal N (Jennifer Lappe) went to the front and put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :58.3, 1:28.4). What's Goin On ($4.50), who is Trained by David Russo for owners Marissa and Joseph Russo, took the lead at the tap of the stretch. Heaven Rocks (Jimmy Whittemore) came flying late but What's Goin On dug in deep and would not be denied winning in 1:56.4. Heaven Rocks settled for second with I Am Golden (Ronald Harp) finishing third. What's Goin On is a 5-year-old gelding by Roll With Joe. It was his fifth win this season. He now has 15 career victories. Adam Capizzano, Claude Huckabone Jr., and Roman Lopez all had driving doubles. Capizzano won with Reuben Tune Ups ($17.40) and Sapient Hanover ($18.60). Huckabone Jr. came in first with American Jo Jo ($15.00) and Brookdale Bruiser ($4.30). Lopez got his wins with Release The Terror ($26.60) and Bay Rum ($3.00) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 17). They will feature the eliminations for the Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) for both 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings as well as 3-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) was victorious in the featured harness racing Open Trot Handicap ($12,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (May 11). Tag Up And Go ($7.40) went to the front and never looked back. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr. and Anthony Passafaro, he put up all the fractions (:27.3, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.1) to win gate-to-wire. Prairie Fortune (Jim Meittinis) charged late to finish second. Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) was third best. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was win number five on the season. He now owns 44 career wins. Truth And Liberty (Mike Simons) charges late to take the featured Fillies & Mares Open Pace ($12,000). January A (Mike Merton) took the lead to a quarter of :27.2. Hp Sissy (Jim Meittinis) took over and led them to a half of :55.0 and to three-quarters in 1:23.0. Truth And Liberty ($7.70), who is owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, was fifth at the top of the stretch. She came flying down the stretch to wear down second place finisher Hp Sissy to win in 1:55.2. Family Roll Call (Aaron Byron) finished third. Truth And Liberty is a 7-year-old mare by Total Truth. The win was her second in 2019. She now has 37 career victories. Truth And Liberty                                                 ---Photo by Fred Brown Mike Simons won two more on the night. He got his other wins with Oneida Blue Chip ($2.90), and Bob N Tony ($6.50). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 12) with an 11 race card starting at 1 p.m. All mothers will receive a free rose while supplies last. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com Photos by Fred Brown   John Horne for Tioga Downs

Angel Speak (Claude Huckabone III) charges late to capture the featured fillies and mares harness racing pace ($5,000) on Saturday (May 11) at Vernon Downs. Hope Hotspur (Ronald Harp) led to a first quarter in :28.3 and to the half in :58.4. Quick Trot (Josh Kinney) brushed first-over to take the lead at the three-quarter mark in 1:28.0. Angel Speak ($16.20), who is owned by the Brian Henkel Stable and trained by Huckabone III, was fifth at the three-quarter mark. She went three-wide in mid stretch and flew by at the wire to nip Hope Hotspur to win in 1:55.4. Quick Trot was in the photo as well but settled for third best. Angel Speak is a 6-year-old mare by Well Said. It was her second win this season. She now owns 13 career victories. Huckabone III and Howard Parker each had three driving wins on the night. Huckabone III got his other wins with Gimme The Cash ($8.60), and Yo Yo Mass ($21.00). Howard Parker went to the winner's circle with Gimmesomeroom ($5.20), Rosiemunn ($6.50), and She's Uncorked $26.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Mother's Day matinee (May 12). The 11 race card will start at 1:05 p.m. Free rose to each mother while supplies last. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs played host to two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 3-year-old colts and geldings on Friday (May 10). Both divisions raced for a purse of $58,700. Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer) charged late to win the first division. Star Track Hanover (Jimmy Whittemore) led the group to a first quarter in :27.0. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart Jr.) took over around the clubhouse turn and hit the half in :55.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Winnerup ($18.40) found himself fourth at the three-quarter marker. Owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Smedshammer, he hit the stretch like he had a rocket strapped to his back. He flew by to win by 10 lengths in a lifetime best of 1:53.1. Big Money (Tyler Buter) came up late to finish second. Chip Chip Conway held on for third. Winnerup is a 3-year-old colt by Credit winner. It was his second win this season. He now has three career victories. Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter) holds on to win the second division. Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer) took the lead and hit the first quarter in :29.1. Mr Vicktor ($5.80) , who is trained by G Buzzy Sholty for owners Joseph Lee, Diamond Pride LLC, and Sholty Racing LLC, grabbed the lead just before hitting the half in :58.2. He would be the first to three-quarters with a time of 1:26.2. Skyway Kon Man charged late but had to settle for second as Mr Viktor dug down deep and held on for the win in a career best of 1:55.1. Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) was third. Mr Viktor                                        --Fotowon photo Mr Vicktor is a 3-year-old colt by RC Royalty. He is a perfect three for three in 2019. He now has four career victories. Tyler Buter won four races on the night. His other wins came with Financial Impact ($33.80), RX For Success ($3.60), and Travel Winner ($3.80). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 11) with a nine race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There will be a special 11 race Mother's day card on Sunday (May 12). Sunday post time is 1:05 p.m. www.vernondowns.com   John Horne  for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs welcomes NYSS for sophomore trotting colts on Friday. Two harness racing divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings will race at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 10). In the first division ($58,700), JNR Express (John MacDonald) is the 3-1 morning line favorite. He is Trained by Jessica Okusko for owners James DeArmond and Russell Young. The colt by Conway Hall won the NYSS consolation final as a freshman. He is two for two in 2019. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Taggart) and Chapter Fashion (Mike Simons) are both at 7-2 morning line odds. Both raced in the NYSS freshman final a season ago. Chip Chip Conway (Conway Hall) is owned by Kenneth Weckstein and trainer Gary Messenger. The gelding is one for one this season with three career victories. Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven) is owned by Fashion Farms LLC and trained by Jim Campbell. He is a gelding with three career victories. He also is one for one this season. In the second division ($58,700) the morning line favorite at 2-1 is Skyway Kon Man (Trond Smedshammer). Winless in six career starts, the gelding by Conway Hall had an impressive third place finish in his last start at Freehold Raceway for the Dexter Cup Final ($118,950). He is owned by the Purple Haze Stables LLC and trained by Smedshammer. The second morning line choice at 3-1 is Mr Vicktor (Tyler Buter). He is trained by G. Buzzy Sholty for owners Joeseph Lee, Diamond Pride LLC, and Sholty Racing LLC. The colt by RC Royalty is three for four in his career including a perfect two for two start this season The nine race card on Friday starts at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernon Downs.com   John Horne for Vernon Downs

Prairie Panther (Tyler Buter) takes the featured Open Handicap Pace ($12,000) at Tioga Downs harness racing on Sunday (May 5). Americanprimetime (Greg Merton) went to the lead from his outside post and put up all the early fractions (:27.1, :56.3, 1:24.0). Prairie Panther ($5.70), who is owned bu Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters) road in the pocket seat the whole way.  He went first-over at the top of the stretch and wore down second place finisher Americanprimetime to win in 1:51.1. Finishing third was Owosso Flash (Fern Paquet Jr.) Priarie Panther is a 5-year-old gelding by Royal Millennium.  He is now four for seven in 2019.  It was career victory number 25. Buter had a driving triple on the day.  His other wins came with Seel The Deal N ($8.40) and Race Me Villa ($5.80). Father and son, Mike Simons and Shawn Simons each had a win on the card.  Mike took All About Rusty ($13.40) to the winner's circle.  Shawn got his win with Wildcat Hilton ($3.40). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (May 11) with a post time at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com   John Horne for Tioga Downs.

Mr Lucky Star and harness racing driver Roman Lopez win the Robert E. Keller Trotting Series Final ($12,700) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (May 5). Barn Beast (Claude Huckabone Jr.) controlled the early fractions (:29.1, :59.4, 1:28.4). Mr. Lucky Star ($2.80), who is owned by Joan Ellafrits with Lynn Wilson and trained by Lopez, shot out of the pocket and flew right by to win by over five lengths in 1:57.4. Barn Beast held on for second with Irish Kate (Claude Huckabone III) getting third. Mr Lucky Star is a 4-year-old gelding by Mr. Cantab. He is now three for three this season after no wins in his career coming into 2019. Joe's Life (Leon Bailey) is an upset winner in Anthony Farina Pacing Series Final ($11,600). The big favorite Gia's Surreal (John MacDonald) put down all the early numbers (:28.3, :57.1, 1:25.4). Joe's Life ($33.60), who is owned by Rocco Stebbins and trained by Joe Skowyra, wore down a fading Gia's Surreal in the stretch to win in a career best 1:55.3. Irish Art (Howard Parker) came up to claim second with Gia's Surreal settling for third. Joe's Life Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (May 10) at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Prarie Fortune wins the Tioga Downs harness racing featured Open Handicap Trot ($12,000) on Saturday (May 4). Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) led them to a first quarter of :27.1. Taco Tuesday (Jim Taggart Jr.) then dashed by to lead them to a half of :55.3 and a three-quarter mark of 1:24.2. Prairie Fortune ($4.70) went first-over from third just before three-quarters. Owned by Laurie Poulin and trainer Mike Deters, he would charge to the front and hold off the late charge of second place finisher Freddie Mac (Mike Merton) to win in 1:53.4. Dragin The Wagon finished third. Prairie Fortune is a 7-year-old gelding by Arapa Victory. He won for the third time this season. and won for the 50th time in his career. Shutthefrontdoor (Fern Paquet Jr.) edges HP Sissy (Jim Meittinis) to claim the Fillies & Mares Open 1 Handicap ($12,000). HP Sissy led to a first quarter of :26.2 and the half in :56.0. Shutthefrontdoor went first over to stick a head in front while hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two horses looked like they were joined at the hip as the went around the final turn. HP Sissy regained a short lead as they reached the stretch. Shutthefrontdoor, who is trained by Guy Howard for owners Brianne Good and Richard Villenueve. surged enough in deep stretch to win in 1:53.3. HP Sissy was a stubborn second with K J's Caroline (Jim Taggart Jr.) getting third money. Shutthefrontdoor is an 8-year-old mare by Well Said. It was her first win of 2019 and her 24th career victory. Shutthefrontdoor The huge opening day crowd enjoyed a large display of Fireworks after racing concluded. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (May 5) with 10 race card and a special starting time of 1:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. John Horne for Tioga Downs

Bold Fresh (Jimmy Whittemore) charges late to win the featured harness racing  trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 3). Keystone Orion (John MacDonald) laid down all the early fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:26.3). Bold Fresh ($9.50), who is owned and trained by Marrisa Chadbourne, was third after the three-quarter mark and went flying in the stretch to win easily in 1:56.4. Keystone Orion held on to finish second. First Call (Homer Hochstetler) was third best. Bold Fresh is a 10-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall . It was his third straight win on the season. He now has 48 career victories. Whittemore won two more on the night. Whittemore's other victories came with Glory Jean ($7.80), and Air Dynamic ($6.20). Ben McNeil had a driving double. He notched his wins with Gimmesomeroom ($27.00), and Mydelight Bluechip ($7.20). Live racing returns on Saturday (May 4) as we celebrate "Derby Day" at Vernon Downs with a special post time of 4:30 p.m. There will be a Derby Hat Contest. The Registration is at 4 p.m. with the Judging taking place after race four. There will also be two derby dream bets. Two lucky contestants will get a chance to bet $500 each to win on any horse in the Kentucky Derby and get to keep all of their winnings. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs.

Tioga Downs will open the 2019 season on Saturday (May 4) with a nine race harness racing card and a special post time of 5:30 p.m. Mike Merton, the 2018 top driver with 82 wins, returns to defend his title. Jim Taggart Jr. was second in 2018 with 62 trips to the winner's circle. Aaron Byron was third best a season ago with 59 wins. Jim Meittinis was fourth with 56 victories. Mike Simons was fifth in the standings with 47 wins. Gary Messenger was top dog in the trainer standings. He won 40 times a year ago. Mike Deters was second with 35 tallies. Patty Harmon (26), Joe Skowyra (25), and Gaston Lareau (19) round out the top five. Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season on Saturday with "Derby Day". The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways as well as a live bugler. The day will also include a chance for two contestants to get a $500 dream bet. They will be able to bet $500 to win on any horse in the 2019 Kentucky Derby. They will get to keep any winnings. The evening will end with a large fireworks display. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Tioga Downs will begin their 14th season of harness racing with a live card on "Derby Day", Saturday (May 4), with a special post time of 5:00 p.m. The celebration will include a Derby Hat contest, t-shirt and magnet giveaways. The day will also include a $1000 Derby Dream Bet Promotion. The two Dream Bet winners will receive $500 to wager on any horse in the Kentucky Derby. They will take home any winnings. The Kentucky Derby will be shown live on our large Tote board screen as well as on TV's all around Tioga Downs. A spectacular fireworks display will follow live racing. Tioga Downs will once again be the home to some of the best harness horses in the country. On Sunday, June 9th Tioga will feature a leg of The Graduate Series ($75,000), for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. On Sunday, August 11th the five-eighths mile track in Nichols, NY, will feature the Empire Breeders Classic eliminations, with races for both 3-year-old fillies and colts. Also featured on the card it the Joie De Vie Open Mare Trot ($175,000), as well as the Crawford Farms Open Trot ($175,000). In the 2017 version of the Joie De Vie, Emoticon Hanover set a world record for 4-year-old trotting mares on a five-eighths mile track with a time of 1:50.2. She owns the overall Tioga Downs track record for all trotters as well. On Sunday, August 18th Tioga Downs will feature the Empire Breeders Classic finals with both 3-year-old pacing fillies and colts, each racing for a purse of $250,000 (Est.). Also on that day will be the Roll With Joe Open Pace ($175,000), and the Artiscape Open Mare Pace ($175,000). For more information go to www.tiogadowns .com John Horne for Tioga Downs.

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