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Harness racing mare Dream Together (Bob McClure) charged late in the strech to steal the Joie De Vie ($141,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 12). Ariana G (Tim Tetrick) put up the first quarter time of :26.4. Yannick Gingras then charged out from third with the big favorite Hannelore Hanover. She had to put a little extra effort to get by. She led them to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. As they reached the top of the stretch Ariana G tried to find racing room by found none. Barn-mates Dream Together ($29.60) and Emoticon Hanover (Dan Dube) came flying down the stretch together. Both mares are owned by Determination and trained by Luc Blais. Both would duel late in the stretch with Dream Together getting the upper hand to win in 1:53.1. Emoticon Hanover, who set a world record in this race a year ago, settled for second best. Hannelore Hanover hung on for third. Dream Together is a 4-year-old mare by Muscle Hill. She got a major upset victory for the second week in a row. She used late speed to win the Steele Memorial last week at the Meadowlands as well . It was her third win this season and 11th career victory. Will Take Charge (Tim Tetrick) sets track record in the Crawford Open Trot ($186,000). I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) led the field to a first quarter of :27.1. Will Take Charge ($3.50) brushed by as they went by the stands for the first time. He would lead them to a half in :56.1. He increased his lead on the back stretch. He hit three-quarters in 1:23.3. Owned Mac T Nichol and trained by Jeffrey Gillis, once he reached the top of the stretch, everyone knew the race was over. He cruised home in a last quarter of :27.4 and set the track record for aged geldings with a time of 1:51.2. I Know My Chip followed to finish second. JL Cruze (Brett Miller) was third best. Will Take Charge is a 5-year-old gelding by Kadabra. He won for the eighth time this season and he captured career victory number 20. Favorites, Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill jr.) and Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) won Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) eliminations for 3-year-old pacing fillies. In the first EBC elimination, Ms Cheesman (John MacDonald) led to the first quarter in :27.0. Then Alexis Faith ($2.80) charged by to take over, hitting the half in :56.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.3. Trained by Casie Coleman for owners West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, Robert Darrow, and Kevin McKinlay, she held off a late run by Pueblo Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) to win in 1:52.0. Second Place finisher Pueblo Blue Chip, third place finisher Painted Lady (Tim Tetrick), and fourth place finisher Ms Cheeseman, all qualified for next weeks final. Alexis Faith is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her third win this season and ninth win in her career. In the second EBC elimination, I'm Trigger Happy (Jim Marohn Jr.) charged out to lead to a first quarter in :27.1. Youaremycandygirl ($2.10) was fourth after the first quarter. Gingras said go and she flew by before the second turn. Owned by W J Donovan, and trained by Ron Burke, she then controlled all the rest of the fractions (:56.2, 1:23.2, 1:51.0). In the order that finished after Youaremycandygirl is the rest of the qualifiers, I'm Trigger Happy, Believe In Me (David Miller), Solitary (Andy Miller), Majorette Angie (Drew Monti). Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She won for the fifth time this season and for the 14th time in her career. Here is the starting order for the EBC final for pacing fillies for an estimated $250,000 next week. (1) Alexis Faith, (2) Majorette Angie, (3) Solitary, (4) Pueblo Blue Chip, (5) I'm Trigger Happy, (6) Youaremycandygirl, (7) Painted Lady, (8) Believe In Me, (9) Ms Cheesman. American History (Yannick Gingras) and Courtly Choice (David Miller) won EBC eliminations on the boys side for 3-year-old pacers. In the first elimination for pacing colts and geldings, Hitman Hill (Brett Miller) went to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :57.2, 1:23.4). Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz, and American History Racing, American History ($3.30) made his move just before the three-quarters. He took over at the top of the stretch and won in 1:51.1. Here are the rest of the qualifiers in the order then finished starting with the second place, Hitman Hill, Heavenly Sound (Jim Marohn Jr.), Ghost Dance (Scott Zeron). American History is a 3-year-old colt by American Ideal. It was win number four this season. He now has seven career victories. In the second EBC elimination, Ideal Feeling (Tim Tetrick) went to a first quarter lead in :27.0. Courtly Choice ($2.20) buzzed by and never looked back, covering all the rest of the fractions (:55.0, 1:21.2, 1:49.0). Trained by Blake Macintosh for owners Hutt Racing Stable, Mac&Heim Stables, Daniel Plouffe, and Touch Stone Farms, he was followed by the rest of the qualifiers in the order they finished. Ideal Feeling, Real Surreal (Jame MacDonald), Keystone Tenacious (Mark MacDonald), Mach N Cheese (Jim Marohn Jr.). Courtly Choice is 3-year-old colt by Art Major. It was his seventh win this season and ninth career victory. Here is the starting order for the estimated $250,000 EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. (1) Heavenly Sound, (2) Keystone Tenacious, (3) American History, (4) Mac N Cheese, (5) Courtly Choice, (6) Hitman Hill, (7) Ideal Feeling, (8) Ghost Dance, (9) Real Surreal. It will be run next Sunday (August 19). Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Friday (August 17) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (August 11). MacDonald wins four races on the card. JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Lyons Johnny ($3.20) then took over leading the group to a :56.2 half mile and three -quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:52.0. Third best was Gypsey Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Lyons Johnny is a 10-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 43 career wins. MacDonald had a quadruple double as driver-trainer. His other wins came with Stonebridge Frosty ($4.30), Weapon To Win (($8.30), and Kabu ($6.10). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Tioga Downs played host to four Geers Stakes races and four Arthur Tompkins Memorial races for harness racing freshman pacers and trotters of both sexes on Friday (August 10). In the second division of the Geers Stake ($30,000) for freshman pacing fillies, Zero Tolerance (David Miller) took over after Tyler Buter took Money Shot Hanover (purse only) to a first quarter in :27.4. Zero Tolerance ($2.80) put up all the rest of the fractions (:56.3, 1:24.2 1:52.1). Money Shot Hanover held for second. JK American Beauty was third. Zero Tolerance is a 2-year-old filly by Heston Blue Chip-Feelinglikeastar. Her win was just one-fifth off the track record for freshman pacing fillies set last year by Youaremycandygirl in 1:52.0. She is now three for four in her career. In the first division of the Geers Stake ($29,500) for freshman pacing fillies, Surreality (So Surreal-Beat That) came up late to win in 1:54.3. Driven by Corey Callahan, she paid $22.20 for the win. Cub Fan (So Surreal-Pardon) won the the first division of the Geers Stakes ($25,200) for freshman pacing colts and geldings. Marcus Miller drove him to victory in 1:54.3 paying $40.80 for the win. The second division ($25,200) went to Flameproof Hanover (Captaintrecherous-Fashion Ecstasy). Driven by Tim Tetrick, he covered the mile in 1:54.2 paying $5.30. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,750) for 2-year-old trotting fillies, Evident Beauty (Trixton-Stuck By Lindy) shocked the field flying in the stretch to get the win in 1:58.0. Driven by David Miller she won her first lifetime start paying $23.60. In the second division it was Big Weezy (Trixton-Keepsake Hanover) reaching the winner's circle with David Miller in command. She scored the mile in 1:59.2 paying $5.00. In the first division of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial ($28,650) for freshman colts and geldings, Tim Tetrick guided Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven-New Hampshire Girl) to a victory in 1:56.1. He paid $2.80 for the win. In the second division ($29,150), Ray Schnittker drove Alternative Fact (Trixton-Myth) to a gate to wire victory in 1:55.3. He paid $31.60 for the win. Marcus Miller added three more wins to go with his win with Cub Fan, giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Lo Hold A Moonbean ($3.20), Mandolin Hanover ($51.50) and Mean Leen ($6.70) Live racing returns on Saturday (August 11) with 13 races on hand. Also the first annual wiener dog races will take place. 30 dachshunds will vie for a first place prize of a $500 wagering voucher. The wiener races will be ran in between the live horse race. Post Time is 6:15. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) with a 12 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Its Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($5,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 10). Namje (Gates Brunet) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Its Chocolate Time then took control leading to the half in :57.1 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Trained by Patti Harmon for owners Joel Kahan and Harmon Racing Stable, he just cruised in the stretch to win in 1:56.2. Some Royalty (Claude Huckabone III) came charging late to finish second. Bluffton (Jay Hochstetler) was third. Its Chocolate Time is a 6-year-old gelding by Chocolatier. It was his third win this season and ninth victory in his career. Dangerousprecedent (Whittemore) was victorious in the fillies and mares feature ($5,500). Dangerousprecedent ($5.30) put up all the numbers winning from gate-to-wire (:27.0, :56.0, 1:23.4 1:52.3). Surreal Feeling (John MacDonald) finished second. Bad Medicine (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Dangerousprecedent is a 5-year-old mare by Western Terror. Owned by David Glazer with Prince Lee Acres and trained by Jim Nickerson. It was her third win this season and ninth time she visited the winner's circle in her career. Vernon Downs leading driver Jimmy Whittemore added two more wins on the card giving him four wins on the night. His other wins came with Budget Buster ($3.60) and Love Live Laugh ($5.30) Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (August 11) 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

Freshman harness racing pacers and trotters take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 10) in the Geers Stake and Arthur Tompkins Memorial races. The Geers Stakes featuring two divisions of 2-year-old pacing fillies as well as their counterpart colts and geldings. The morning line favorite in the first division of the Geers Stake ($29,500) for pacing fillies is Simone (American Ideal-Ritascape) at 6-5. She is trained and driven by Homer Hochstetler. The top choice in the second division ($30.000) for pacing fillies is the Mark Harder trained entry of Crazy Cute (Art Major-Crazy Luv) and Money Shot Hanover (Art Major-Marinade). Andy Miller drives Crazy Cute and Tyler Buter drives Money Shot Hanover. In the first division of the Geers Stake ($25,200) for freshman pacing colts and geldings, Goldberg (Mr Wiggles-Chausettes Blanche) is the morning line choice at 2-1. He is trained by Brenda Teague and driven by Montrell Teague. In the second division ($25,200) for pacing colts and geldings, the morning line favorite is the Nik Drennan entry of Rockme Rollme (Roacknroll Dance-Promysquous Lady) and Onemilebridge (American Ideal-Aria J) at 2-1. Dave Miller drives Rockme Rollme. Onemilebridge is driven by Andy Miller. The Arthur Tompkins Memorial races features two divisions of 2-year-old trotting fillies and 2-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Golden Tracks (Trixton-Golden Goose) is the morning line favorite in the first division ($28,750) of the trotting fillies at 8-5. She is trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt. In the second division ($29,250) for trotting fillies the morning line favorite is Big Weezy (Trixton-Keepsake Hanover) at 2-1. Big Weezy is trained by R. Nofty Norman and driven by David Miller. The morning line favorite for the first division ($28,650) of the Arthur Tompkins Memorial for colts and geldings is Chapter Fashion (Chapter Seven-New Hampshire Girl) at 9-5. He is trained by Jim Campbell and driven by Tim Tetrick. In the second division ($29,150) for colts and gelding the 5-2 morning line favorite is Brady Bunch (Muscle Mass-Miss Fidget). Brady Bunch is trained by Erv Miller and driven by Marcus Miller. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 10) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs        

Dee's Rocketman (Andy Santeramo) takes the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5). Dee's Rocketman ($9.70) went right to the front and hit the first quarter in :28.3. Dreams Beachboy (Gates Brunet) took over as they went by the stands the first time. He led to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Dee's Rocketman was patient in the loose pocket. Owned by Joe Martinelli Sr. and trained by Mickey Mc Nichol, he flew down the stretch to win in 1:50.4, equaling his lifetime best. Dreams Beachboy held for second with Dash Of Danger (Corey Braden) getting third money. Dee's Rocketman is a 6-year-old ridgling by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 21. Trainer Mike Deters wins four races on the day Deters got three wins with driver Jim Meittinis, Ideal Feeling ($3.60), Doo Wop Hanover ($6.00), and Winyard Hanover ($4.20). His fourth win was with Hurricane Howard ($25.00) and driver Mike Merton. The drivers win title continues to be wide open. Jim Meittinis leads all driver with 44 wins this season. Mike Merton is second with 42 wins. Aaron Byron is third with 40 wins. Jim Taggart Jr. is fourth with 39 wins. Andy Santeramo occupies the fifth spot with 33 wins. Gary Messenger leads all trainers with 28 wins so far this season. His top rival is defending champion Mike Deters with 26 victories. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 10) featuring the Tompkins Geers racing series for freshman trotters and pacers. Post time is 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Truth And Liberty with harness racing driver Mike Simons in the bike wins the Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 4). Gigi From Fiji (Jim Meittinis) led the group to a first quarter of :28.1 and the half of :57.4. Truth And Liberty ($3.50) went first over down the backstretch and took the lead just before hitting three-quarters in 1:25.1. Owned by Fairy Horsemother Stables and trained by Simons, she would hold off a late rush by second place finisher Milky Way Rae (Aaron Byron) to win in 1:53.1. Gigi From Fiji was third best. Truth And Liberty is a 6-year-old mare by Total Truth. It was her fourth win in 2018 and it was career victory number 32. Barrys Gift (Aaron Byron) wins fifth straight. Barrys Gift ($3.80) went gate-to-wire in capturing her fifth consecutive victory putting up all the numbers (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.1, 1:55.3). Lexus Rocky (Andy Santeramo) finished second with Legend Field (Corey Braden) taking third. Barrys Gift is 5-year-old mare by Northern Kid. She is owned by Exceed Stables LLC. and trained by Tony Dinges. It was her fifth win of the season and of her career. Aaron Byron and Mike Merton each drove three winners on the night. Byron's other wins came with Bashful Strike ($8.30) and Rose Run Rudi ($8.90). Merton went to the winner's circle with KJ's Caroline ($2.70), Commentary ($4.20), and Freddie Mac ($7.40) Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Sunday (August 5) with a 13 race card starting at 1:00 p.m. For More information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

Oh My Joepa and harness racing driver John MacDonald captured win number 50 during the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (August 4). Oh My Joepa ($6.10) took the lead just before the first quarter and put down all the fractions (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Owned and trained by MacDonald, he got pressured in the stretch from Gypsy Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Gypsy Leather looked prime to go by but Oh My Joepa dug down deep and as he has done in many of his victories, he gutted it out in deep stretch and finished first. Gypsy Leather settled for second money with Serious Major (Jimmy Whittemore) finishing third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. It was his fourth win in a row and his fifth win this season. MacDonald had two more winners on the night. He added wins with Wish Granted ($6.90) and Lucid Thoughts ($4.80). Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) charges late to capture featured trot ($6,000). Bloodstockshalltab ($3.90) led to the first quarter in :27.2. Walk The Floor (Angus MacDonald) took over and hit the half first in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:25.2. Walk The Floor seemed to have the race in hand but Bloodstockshalltab kept coming in the stretch and finally went by just before the wire, winning in 1:54.3. Walk The Floor settled for second with Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) finishing third. Bloodstockshalltab is an 8-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. Owned by Diane WHittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, he won for the sixth time this season and the 34th time in his career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (August 9) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old trotting fillies took center stage at a soggy Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). In the first division of the NYSS ($35,866, Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) nips Amal Hall (Marcus Miller) in an exciting stretch drive. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Rick Zeron) led them to a first quarter of :30.1, Amal Hall then took control leading them to a half of 1:00.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.2. Winndevie ($3.50) made her move at the half . Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, she took over second before the three-quarter. Winndevie and Amal Hall then matched strides around the last turn and all the way down the stretch with neither filly giving an inch. Winndevie made one last lunge to capture the mile in a lifetime best of 1:58.0. Amal Hall had to settle for second best with Qiss Me Blue Chip taking third. Winndevie is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie. She is now a perfect four for four in her young career. Meittinis drove two more winners on the night. His other wins came with Persistent Bettor ($6.00) and Royalpine Princess ($3.50). Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) charges late to win the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford) led to a first quarter in :28.3. Sweet Chapter (Rick Zeron) blew by just after the first quarter and easily led the group to the half in :57.4 and was the first one to three-quarters in 1:26.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($3.00) was six lengths back after three-quarters. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she just flew down the stretch to win in 1:56.1. With Out A Doubt (Marcus Miller) came on late to finish second with Thanks For Leaving (Jeff Gregory) finishing third. Quincy Blue Chip is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse. It was her third win in four career starts. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) was impressive in NYSS debut, winning the third division ($36,566). Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) controlled the first half of the race (:28.1, :58.3). Woodside Charm ($3.30) followed in the pocket until the middle of the backstretch. Owned and trained by Yoder, she brushed to the lead hitting three-quarters in 1:26.2 and breezed in the stretch winning in 1:55.2. She was just 1/5 of a second off the track record . Stella Jane (Jim Morrill Jr.) finished second. Sensibility (Mike Simons) was third best. Woodside Charm is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. She is now two for two in her career. Tioga Downs returns to live racing with a 13 race card on Saturday (August 4) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) wins the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($4,500) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 2). Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) put up all the early fractions (:27.4, :56.3, 1:25.0). Love Live Laugh ($11..20) was fourth just before three-quarters. Owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, she went three wide in the stretch and wrestled the lead away from Dangerousprecedent to win in 1:53.0. Heart Crusher (Josh Kinney) came flying late to finish second. Dangerousprecedent held on to get the third spot. Love Live Laugh is an 8-year-old mare by Hi Ho Silverheel's. It was her sixth win this season and the 33rd win of her career. Whittemore also drove Parkhill Horton ($6.00) to a victory. Whittemore leads all Vernon drivers with 63 wins so far this season. Jay Hochstetler and Leon Bailey each had driving doubles as well. Hochstetler's wins came with Video Chic ($4.60) and Son Of Liberty ($7.90). Bailey picked up victories with Ms Casey Mac ($16.60) and Southwind Vixen ($3.50). There will be no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 3). Live racing returns on Saturday (August 4) 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

Three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old harness racing trotting fillies take center stage at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3). Unbeaten Winndevie (Jim Meittinis) is the morning line favorite in the first division of the NYSS ($35,866) at 8-5. Owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, all her wins were legs of the NYSS. The 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Vida De Vie, got her wins at Monticello ($26,750), Yonkers ($38,700), and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The 2-1 second choice is Amal Hall (Marcus Miller). Trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stables, Dumain Haven Farm, and Andy Miller Stables Inc., she has two wins and two seconds in her four starts. She is a 2-year-old filly by Credit Winner-Arabella Hall. She has won NYSS races at Monticello ($27,250) and Buffalo ($35,166). Amal Hall lost by a neck to Winndevie the last time out at Batavia Downs. In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 2-1. The 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Sirenuse, has two wins and a second in three starts. Owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, she has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). The second choice at 3-1 is Liquorstoreblues (Kim Crawford). Owned by Paul and trainer Shawn Warner, she has one win, two seconds, and two thirds in five lifetime starts. Liquorstoreblues is a 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Blueridge Yankee. In the third division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line favorite is Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder) at 9-5. Owned and trained by Yoder, she won in a romp in her only career start at Hoosier Park. She is a 2-year-old filly by Chapter Seven-Fireworks Hanover. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) is the 2-1 second morning line choice. The 2-year-old filly by Conway Hall-Pacific Centerfold, has NYSS wins at Yonkers ($39,400) and Batavia Downs ($36,567). She is trained by Charlie Norris for owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms Inc., and G&B Racing . The 12 race card at Tioga Downs on Friday (August 3) starts at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs  

Tioga Downs hosted three harness racing divisions of the NewYork Sire Stakes (NYSS) for freshman pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (7-29). In the third division of the NYSS ($35,866), Melodies Major (Tyler Buter) won for the fourth time in four lifetime starts. Melodies Major ($2.50) jumped out of the gate took the lead and never looked back (:27.2, :57.0, 1:24.3, 1:53.1). Owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he easily held off a charge from Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best mark. Jack Nation was second best to Melodies Major for the third time in four starts. Rockin Jimmy Brown (Marcus Miller) was third. Melodies Major is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious. All four of his wins have been in legs of the NYSS. In the first division of the NYSS (36,566), Major Blake (Tim Tetrick) was much the best. Major Blacke ($6.50) put in the fastest mile of the day. Owned by Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke and trainer Sam Schillaci, he made every split a winning one (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.0, 1:51.4). Hickfromfrenchlick (Ray Schnittker) followed all the way to finish second. Reigning Deo (David Miller) was third best. Major Blake is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life. He put in the fastest mile of his life. He now has two wins and one second in his career. His second place finish came to Melodies Major. Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) was upset winner in the second division of the NYSS ($36,566). In the most exciting race of the three, Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) laid down all the early fractions (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.3). Arties Ideal ($12.00) was third at the half, went first over just before the three-quarter mark and ran down Buddy Hill in a great stretch drive to win in 1:54.1. Buddy Hill had to settle for second money while Jet Rock (Mike Simons) finished third. Arties Ideal is a 2year-old colt by American Ideal-Midnight Art. Owned by Bay Pond racing Stable and trained by Erv Miller, he was a winner in his first lifetime start. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (August 3) at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Bloodstockshalltab (Jimmy Whittemore) took the featured trot ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday (July 28). Commentary (Mike Merton) led the way to the first quarter in :27.3. Hanrahan (Dan Daley) then took control hitting the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:26.1. Bloodstockshalltab ($7.40) who is owned by Diane Whittemore and trained by Jimmy Whittemore, wrestled the lead away from Hanrahan in deep stretch and held off the late charge of second place finisher, Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) to win in 1:56.0. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) was third best. Bloodstockshalltab is an 8-year-old gelding by Cantab Hall. It was his fifth win this season and it was career victory number 33. Whittemore had a triple triple on the night with two more driving and training wins. His other two wins came with Pier Ho Exotic ($7.80) and Serious Major ($5.50). Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) breezes to third straight win in featured pace ($6,000). Oh My Joepa ($9.00) went gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions (:28.0, :56.3, 1:24.1, 1:52.1). KJ Erich (Jeff Long) finished second with JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. Owned and trained by MacDonald, he won for the fourth time this season and he nabbed career win number 49. Veteran horseman Jay Sears piloted Star Flyer (Cantab Hall) to a victory on the night as well. The 76 year-old Sears drove like he was a youngster in getting the 4-year-old mare her first win this season in 1:58.4. Star Flyer ($11.00) is trained by Ray Van Dreason and owned by Sears and David Fishman Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a nine race card on Thursday (August 2). For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Tioga Downs welcomes three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 2-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Sunday (July 29) at 1 p.m. In the first division of the NYSS ($36,566), Major Blake (Tim Tetrick) is the morning line favorite at 5-2. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Bet Your Life is owned by Matthew Bencic, Howard Berke and trainer Sam Schillaci. He has a win and a second in two starts. His win was in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers ($53,000) The second morning line choice in the first division is the Ron Burke trained Bicorne Hanover (Matt Kakaley) at 3-1. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Martin and Switala. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Boldnbrash Hanover won a leg of the NYSS his last time out at Buffalo ($53,500). In the second division of the NYSS ($36,566), the morning line top choice is Buddy Hill (Scott Zeron) at 5-2. Owned by Tom Hill and trained by Chris Ryder, he has a win and a third in three career starts. He is a 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Lessofit Hanover. The second morning line choice is World On Edge (Matt Kakaley) at 3-1. Ron Burke trains this 2-year-old colt by Roll With Joe-Inanotherworld for owners Joe Di Scala, J&T Silva - Purnell & Libby, Andrew Sorella and Burke Racing Stable. World On Edge is one for three with a win in a leg of the NYSS at Yonkers ($53,000). In the final division of the NYSS ($35,866) the big morning line favorite at 9-5 is Melodies Major (Tyler Buter). Owned by Marin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is undefeated, three for three in his young career. The 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Hilarious has captured legs of the NYSS at Yonkers ($52,000), Monticello ($54,500), and Buffalo ($53,500). The second morning line choice is the Blake Macintosh trained Jack Nation (Jim Morrill Jr.) at 5-2. Owned by Macintosh, Hutt Racing Stable, Ridgeway Racing Stable with Ozzie & Reg Stables, he has one win and two seconds in three starts. Jack Nation is a 2-year-old colt by American Ideal-Ladyjack. His win was a NYSS win at Monticello ($55,500). He has finished second twice to Melodies Major. The 13 race card at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 29) starts at 1 p.m. One Hand Keg Stand wins F & M feature Friday One Hand Keg Stand  (Jeff Long) charges late to capture Fillies & Mares Open 4 ($6,800) at Tioga Downs Friday (7-27-18). Juice Hanover (Matt Romano) led, hitting the first quarter in :27.1.  SInspirational (Aaron Byron) then took over hitting the half in :56.3.  It was then Gold Star Aurora taking them to three-quarters in 1:25.0.  She looked like the winner at the top of the stretch. One Hand Keg Stand ($15.00) was ninth at the halfway point and seventh at the three-quarter mark.  Owned by Robert Fleming and trainer Timothy Miller Jr, she looked like a rocket ship in the stretch flying by them all in 1:55.1.  Goldstar Rockette (Corey Braden) also fired late to finish second.  Juice Hanover was third best. One Hand Keg Stand is a 4-year-old mare by Lislea.  It was her fifth win this season and career victory number nine. Outsidecourt (Jim Taggart Jr.) is upset winner in top trot race ($6,800).   Vicki All (Mickey Mc Nichol) controlled all the early fractions (:28.1, :58.1, 1:27.2).   Outsidecourt ($55.00) was fifth after three-quarters.  Owned by P&J Stables and trained by Gary Messenger, she went three wide battling Barn Star (Jim Meittnis) and Vicki All from mid-stretch.  She lunged at the finish line to win by a head in 1:56.4.  Barn Star managed to finish second with Vicki All settling for third.   Outside Court is a 5-year-old mare by Conway Court.  It was her second win this season and career victory number 17.   Barrys Gift (Aaron Byron) won her fourth straight at Tioga Downs.  The 5-year-old mare by Northern Kid is trained by Tony Dinges for owner Exceed Stables.  She had now wins until this year, she is four for four this season. No live racing on Saturday (July 28) due to Wynonna and The Big Noise concert.  Live racing returns to Tioga Downs with a 13 race card featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes on Sunday (July 29) at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

First Call (Homer Hochstetler) easily wins the the Vernon Downs featured trot ($5,500) on Thursday (July 26). It's Chocolate Time (Jimmy Whittemore) went to the lead and led to a first quarter in :28.1. First Call ($6.20) who is trained by Hochstetler for owners Robert Buddig, Allen Schwartz, and Connie Hochstetler, went first over from third and blew right by and controlled all the rest of the fractions (:57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.0). Its Chocolate Time finished second with Deaks Sweetie Pie (Adam Capizzano) getting third money. First Call is a 3-year-old filly by credit winner. She won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time in her career. Pinky The Intern (Leon Cable) Is victorious in the Vernon Amateur Driver Club race ($3,500). Famous C (Vladimir Melnichenko) put up all the early fractions (:27.3, :57.2, 1:28.2) Pinky The Intern ($3.70) followed in the pocket all the way until just after three-quarters. Owned by Anthony Chiniara and trained by Cable, she popped out of the pocket and flew right by to win in 1:58.1. Son of Liberty (Homer Hochstetler) was a distant second with Little Big Rigs (Tony Ciuffeltelli) finishing third. Pinky The Intern is a 6-year-old mare by Pilgrims Taj. It was her second straight win and her 14th career victory. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (July 28) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. There is no live racing on Friday due to Wynonna and the Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

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