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Round The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) has been nothing shy of sensational since being acquired by owner-trainer John Macdonald at the beginning of October. The three year old filly went three-for-three at Vernon Downs with Macdonald in the sulky before coming to Saratoga Casino Hotel towards the end of last month. Jay Randall picked up the drive and sat behind Round The Beach as she scored convincingly in 1:53.4 in her Spa debut. The filly secured her sixth consecutive victory last weekend when her trainer piloted the rising star to victory despite a step up in class. This Friday night, Round The Beach was vaulted into the Fillies and Mares Open for the first time and was tasked with taking on some terrific mares. Randall was aggressive in the early going and moved Round The Beach to the top in a first quarter clocked in 27.2. The filly traveled unopposed throughout the middle half and after checking in at three quarters in 1:25.1 stepped on the gas when met with the challenge of pocket-sitter Betabcool N (Bruce Aldrich Jr). Meanwhile, the race's odds-on favorite Seventimesavirgin (Billy Dobson) began working closer while trying to pull off a last-to-first move in the feature. Round The Beach again proved up to the task as she extended her win streak to seven since the move to the Macdonald barn, wiring the field in 1:54.1 in the $18,000 Friday feature. Round The Beach, who paid $9.30 in her Open score, kept reinsman Jay Randall red hot. The Saratoga veteran piloted four winners on Thursday afternoon and has had a terrific 2018 as a whole. Betabcool N was the runner-up in the feature while the favored Seventimesavirgin had to settle for third. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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          

The John MacDonald-Jay Randall combination has been red hot at Saratoga Casino Hotel and on Friday night, the combo went two-for-two. MacDonald sent pacing fillies Round The Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) and Tatiana Seelster (Mach Three) to town and for the second consecutive Friday evening went two-for-two with that pair of lady pacers. Round The Beach went coast to coast in a conditional race that was contested for a purse of $8,000 to extend her win streak to five since being acquired by Macdonald in October. The heavily favored filly had little difficulty cruising to the score in 1:54.3 over a sloppy track at the Spa. The mile was the fastest of the night, roughly a second and a half faster than the evening's feature for distaffers. Tatiana Seelster also went wire-to-wire with Randall in the sulky as the three year old overcame a monster move from a rival who nearly cleared the favored filly around the final turn before a late rally saw her draw clear before scoring in 1:56.3. Tatiana Seelster, another recent addition to MacDonald's barn, won for the fifth time in six starts since joining her new stable in September. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

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

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  

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.

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

Kabu (John MacDonald) captures the featured trot ($6,500) at Vernon Downs on Friday (September 14). Gimme The Cash (Claude Huckabone III) stormed to the front and controlled all the early fractions (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2). Kabu ($3.10) followed in second. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he popped the pocket and flew down the stretch holding off the late charge of second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore) in 1:54.2. Gimme The Cash held on for third. Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. He won for the ninth time this season and the 30th time in his career. Under The Bus (Truman Gale) wins featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500). Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) led to way to all the early fractions (:26.4, :56.0, 1:23.3). Under The Bus ($19.60) followed in second all the way to the stretch. Owned by Hossman LLC. and trained by Robert Gale. She wore down second place finisher Jaclyn Hanover in the long Vernon Downs stretch to pick up the victory by equaling her lifetime best of 1:51.4. Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took home third money. Under The Bus is a 4-year-old mare by Art Major. It was her fourth win in 2018. It was career victory number eight. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Saturday (September 15) 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

John MacDonald had five driving wins and four training wins at Vernon Downs (September 8). He would win both features on the night. MacDonald won the featured trot ($6,500) with Kabu. Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:26.1). Kabu ($4.20) was fourth after three-quarters. Owned by JP Stables and trained by MacDonald, he charged down the stretch to beat second place finisher Southwind Cruze (Leon Bailey) in 1:55.1. Finishing third was Cantad Kid (Claude Huckabone). Kabu is a 7-year-old gelding by Valley Victor. It was his eighth win of the season and career victory number 29. Oh My Joepa who is owned, trained, and driven by MacDonald, won the featured pace ($6,500). Card Knock Life (Leon Bailey) took the group to a first quarter in :26.1. Oh My Joepa ($2.50) then took over to lead to a half of :54.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.1. Card Knock Life followed in the pocket until the stretch but had to settle for second as Oh My Joepa gutted out a win in 1:54.4. I am Golden (Ronald Harp) was third best. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover. He won for the sixth time in 2018. It was his 51st career win. MacDonald also drove and trained Girllovepearls ($2.60) and Stonebridge Frosty($4.70) to victories. He also piloted Fox Valley Photog ($4.90) to a win as well. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 14). Post time is 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs  

Jaclyn Hanover (John MacDonald) charges late to capture the featured fillies and mares pace ($6,500) on Friday (August 24). It's A Miracle (Leon Bailey) went out and led them to a first quarter in 27.0. Dangerousprecedent (Claude Huckabone III) took control taking them to a half of :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Jaclyn Hanover ($2.60) found herself fifth after the three quarter mark. Owned and trained by MacDonald, she would pass them all and win in 1:52.1 Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) came up to finish second with Dangerousprecedent settling for third best. Jaclyn Hanover is a 6-year-old mare by Dragon Again. It was win number five of the season and career victory number 18. John MacDonald had a driving double. He got his other win with Anja ($3.90) Oh No Three O (Jeff Long) wins exciting trot feature ($6,500). Walk The Floor (Claude Huckabone III) controlled all the early fractions (:28.2, :57.3, 1:26.1). He would open up by three in the stretch. Oh No Three O ($3.40) third after three-quarters took up the chase. Owned by Charlene Long and trained by Paul Long, Oh No Three O wore down Walk The Floor and held off the late rush by Kabu (John MacDonald) to win in 1:55.0. Walk The Floor and Kabu finished in a dead heat for second. Oh No Three O is an 11-year-old gelding by Ken Warkentin. It was his fourth win of the season and career victory number 36. Vernon Downs returns to live racing with an 11 race card on Friday (August 24) For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon 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

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) hangs on to capture the Vernon Downs featured pace ($6,000) on Saturday (July 21). Oh My Joepa ($8.20) laid down all the fractions going gate-to-wire (:26.3, :56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.2).  However it was not easy.  Skip Jive (Jimmy Whittemore) was third after three quarters and gave everything he had battling all the way down the stretch losing by a nose at the wire.  JDs Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) finished third. Oh My Joepa is a 10-year-old gelding by Rocknroll Hanover.  Owned and trained by MacDonald, he won for the third time this season and for the 48th time in his career.  MacDonald had a triple double on the night, by driving and training three winners.  The other wins came with Weapon To Win ($8.40) and Kabu ($3.10). Adam Capizano had two wins on the night with big long shot Dark Prince ($101.50), as well as Banacek ($38.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (July 26) with a post time of 6:10 p.m..  There will be no live racing on Friday (July 27) due to Wynonna and The Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Vernon Downs featured three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies, on Thursday (July 12). All three divisions raced for a purse of $39,900 each. Ms Cheesman (John MacDonald) takes the first division. The favorite Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) took over the lead just before the first quarter mark. She controlled all the early fractions (:26.2, :55.0, 1:24.2). Ms Cheesman ($9.50) followed in the pocket trip for the first three-quarters of the mile. Owned by Bay Pond Racing and trained by Jessica Okusko, she would go first-over at the top of the stretch and blow right by to win in a lifetime best time of 1:52.2. Presto Blue Chip (Drew Monti) charged late to finish second. Checkered Past (Jim Morrill Jr) was third best. Ms Cheesman is a 3-year-old filly by Betterthancheddar. It was her fourth win this season and it was career victory number five. Pueblo Blue Chip (Matt Kakaley) edges Ubettergo Go (Mark MacDonald) in the second division of the NYSS. Betterthanbrie (Josert Fonseca) charged to the front and led the group to a first quarter of :28.0. Ubettergo Go went to the lead just after the quarter. She would lead them to a half of :56.4 and to three-quarters in 1:25.0. Pueblo Blue Chip ($5.20) went first over from third just before the three-quarter pole. Trained by Ron Burke for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., Menary Racing Inc., and Michael Guerrero, she would trade blows with Ubettergo Go all the way down the stretch. Halfway down the stretch they were joined by third place finisher Azreal As It Gets (John MacDonald). Pueblo Blue Chip used one last lunge to win in a lifetime best mark of 1:52.2. Ubettergo Go had to settle for second. Pueblo Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. It was her third win in four starts of 2018. She nailed down career victory number four. Dance Blue (Josert Fonseca) is an upset winner in the third division. Apothic (Mark MacDonald) led the group to a first quarter time of :27.0. The lead was short lived as Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) took over and led to the halfway point in :55.4. Dance Blue ($17.60) took control just after the half and led them to three-quarters in 1:23.1. Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners Marvin Katz, Sam Goldband, and Goran Anderberg, she breezed home in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:51.2. Jewels Forreal was second best with Apothic finishing third. Dance Blue is a 3-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven. She secured her second win of her season and her career. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday with a 13 race card starting at 6:10. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs          

Roll With Sparky won the Tioga Downs Fillies and Mares Open Handicap ($10,000) on a special July fourth harness racing matinee. Roll With Sparky ($3.80) went to the lead and controlled all the fractions (:27.1, :57.0, 1:24.0, 1:52.1). Miss Irish Rose A (Larry Stalbaum) followed the whole way. She would make a run at the lead in the stretch but Roll With Sparky had plenty in the tank to win with ease. Miss Irish Rose A finished second. K J's Caroline (Mike Merton) was third best. Roll With Sparky is a 4-year-old mare by Roll With Joe. Trained and driven by John MacDonald for owners James Graham, Lee Winters, and Paul Tandlmeyer, it was her fourth win this season and 16th career victory. MC Attagirl (Fern Paquet Jr.) wins seventh in a row with a victory in the Fillies And Mares Open 3 ($7,900). MC Attagirl ($10.80) went to the lead and controlled the early fractions (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.4). Checkered Past (Jim Meittinis) pressured her all around the last turn taking the lead at the top of the stretch. MC Attagirl answered back by pulling away in deep stretch to win in 1:52.4. Rockin Desire came up to finish second. Calbay (Dan Harvey) picked up third place. MC Attagirl is a 4 year-old mare by Proper Respect. Owned and trained by Edgar Clarke, she now has eight wins on the season. It was the 10th time she reached the winner's circle in her career. Tioga Downs will have no racing on Friday (July 6). Live racing returns on Saturday (July 7) with an 11 race card starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Foundonabeach (John MacDonald) takes the Vernon Downs Open Trot ($9,000) on Saturday night (June 16). Foundonabeach ($3.80) darted to the front and controlled all the fractions (:29.0, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.1). Owned by Karma Racing Inc. and trained by MacDonald, he had to hold off a late rush by second place finisher Pier Ho Exotic (Jimmy Whittemore). Sweet Ashley T (Homer Hochstetler) finished third. Foundoanabeach is a 7-year-old gelding by Equinox Bi. It was win number eight on the season and number 24 for his career. MacDonald also won on the night with Lucid Thoughts ($3.50). Claude Huckabone III and Jimmy Whittemore each had two wins on the night as well. Huckabone III reached the finish line with Winkys Gal $4.30 and Gimme the Cash ($6.10). Whittemore won with Golden Kronos ($5.80) and Bloodstockhalltab ($6.20). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a special Father's Day Matinee (June 17) featuring 10 races with a post time at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Roll With Sparky (John MacDonald) wins the featured fillies and mares pace ($8,000) on Friday night (June 15) at Vernon Downs. Mydelight Bluechip (Ben McNeil) led the group into a first quarter of :27.3. Roll With Sparky ($6.80) who is owned by James Graham, Lee Winters with Paul Tandlmayer and trained by MacDonald, took over the lead just before the half and put up all the rest of the numbers (:56.2, 1:24.1, 1:52.2). Blameitonthenight (Jimmy Whittemore) came charging late in the stretch but had to settle for second. Delilah De Vie (Claude Huckabone Jr. was third. Roll With Sparky is a 4-year-old mare by Roll With Joe. It was her second win of the season and career victory number 12. MacDonald also won on the night with Drea's Good Powow ($6.20). Claude Huckabone III also had two wins on the night. He won with Heart Crusher ($6.80) and Marquesa Seelster ($5.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing with a nine race card on Saturday (6-16) starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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