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Pompano Beach, FL...April 24, 2018...Second Sister, catch-driven by John MacDonald, sizzled over the Pompano Park oval on Monday night (April 23), stopping the harness racing timer in 1:54.2 in the Open II Handicap Trot. The six year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, leaving from the outside post in the bulky nine horse field with a trailer, forged her way to the front a stride or two before the :28 opening panel and then tacked on subsequent fractions of :57.2 and 1:25.4 before her :28.3 finale soundly put the finishing touches on her victory. Diamond Dagger, handled by Dave Ingraham, was second, almost six lengths away while Modern Mercury, with Wally Hennessey in her sulky, was another neck back in third. Vicki All and Celebrity Artemis also earned minor awards in the classy field. Driver MacDonald, catch-driving the mare after regular driver Jim Meittinis chose to drive stable mate Prairie Diamonds, had high praise for Second Sister remarking, "Well, this is a very fast mare and a pleasure to drive. I thought I might have a tougher time trying to make the lead but we got there easier than I thought. Once we got to the front, we didn't really have much pressure and she did this all on her own. She was very impressive and her manners were impeccable." With regard to Johnny Mac's last statement, trainer Mike Deters said, "She (Second Sister) was bred a short time ago to Cantab Hall and, since then, she's been very happy and very calm. This mile was tremendous and, overcoming this type of competition and the outside post, was very impressive. I am very proud of her." Deters trains the mare for owner Jerold Hawks. Second Sister, who won her last start in 1:55.3 over a track labeled "good," extended her streak to two with the win and now sports a 4-1-3 scorecard in 12 starts, good for earnings of $35,750 this semester and $399,049 lifetime. Off as the second choice at 2 to 1, Second Sister paid $6.60 to her many faithful. Racing continues on Tuesday night with Boli and Prairie Fortune locking horns in the featured Open Trot. Thundercrest, Celebrity Eventsy, Overnight Shipper, Entranced,Jack Rules and War Cry Hall complete the talented $2 million field. IN the "better for the bettor" department, there is a $4,281 carryover in the tracks Pick-6, which begins in race three. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

John MacDonald has won three straight driving championships at Vernon Downs. He will begin his Quest for four in a row as Vernon Downs opens for live harness racing on Friday (April 20) starting at 6:10 pm. MacDonald won 185 races last season. His main competition the last three years came from Chris Lems, who was runner-up all three years. Lems will be on hand opening day but will only be there part time this season. Also returning is another former track champion, Jimmy Whittemore, who was third with 82 wins a year ago. Truman Gale (54) and Leon Bailey (30) round out the top five from last year. MacDonald will go for his third straight training title. He trained 57 winners in 2017. Andy Gardner returns to take another crack at the training title. He was just six wins behind MacDonald last season. Opening day features free t-shirts and schedule magnets while they last. Fireworks will follow the 11 race card. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...February 20, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by trainer John MacDonald, used a high voltage performance from first stride to last in winning Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (February 19). The game seven year-old daughter of Ponder wired together fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before a solid :28 finale left her s length to the good of Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Ubettorbeturlife, with Dave Ingraham in her sulky, was next, five lengths away. Strings and Embassy Seelster completed the classy quintet. As the wings folded, both Wild Wanda and All Charged Up left sharply with the latter out-sprinting the former and clearing around the opening turn. From there, the issue turned out to be never in doubt as All Charged Up electrified her foes right to the wire. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald related, "I was a little concerned--not that she made the top early because she likes to do that--but because she then likes to yield and sit in the pocket. But she's sharp right now, so, once in a while, I guess it's OK to try wiring. She's very tough right now. She has been very good to me, that's for sure. All Charged Up won for the fourth time in six starts this semester, good for $25,630 for trainer MacDonald's J P Stables. The win was also a milestone of sorts for All Charged Up as this win--her 36th career-wise--vaulted her lifetime bankroll over the $300,000 plateau--$300,712 to be precise. Off as the 3 to 2 second choice, All Charged Up returned $5.00 to win. In other action on Monday night, Galarina, with Andy Santeramo in the bike, scored a handy 1:53.3 win for her fifth win of the year in seven starts. The seven year-old daughter of Dali, also trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Tom Santeramo, sent her 2018 bounty to $21,225 and $144,826 lifetime. Also, American Sniper, making only his second career start made a sharp early move to the front and led the rest of the way in scoring a 1:56.3 win for Bryce Fenn. The mile was highlighted by a :56.3 final half. Owned and trained by Bryan Lawrence, the sophomore son of Western Terror was one of three 2 to 1 propositions on the tote board and, as third choice, returned $6.80 to win. Tuesday night's card features a pair of carryovers--one in the PIck-6 and the other in a blossoming Super Hi-5, which now has a carryover of $228,609. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...February 13, 2018...All Charged Up, perfectly handled by harness racing trainer John MacDonald, used a late power surge to take top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for Mares on Monday night (February 12) in 1:52.3. The seven year-old daughter of Ponder bolted through along the pylons once they straightened away for home to score by a length over Wild Wanda, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr. Ubetterbeturlife, with Brett Miller making a rare Florida appearance, finished third while Strings finished fourth. Embassy Seelster picked up the nickel in the classy sextet of ladies. As the Hummer Starting Gate left the station, Wild Wanda and All Charged Up both left with alacrity with the latter taking command early before quickly yielding to Wild Wanda at the opening station in :27.2. A well rated second panel left Wild Wanda with the lead half way through in :56.4 with the pace then quickening on the backside as Wild Wanda tried to shake loose from her foes. With three quarters on the board in 1:24.3, Wild Wanda turned for home with a 1 1/2 length lead but drifted out a bit allowing All Charged Up to surge on through along the pylons to score the win--her third of the year in five starts. In a post-race interview, driver John MacDonald said, "my mare (All Charged Up) lives up to her name when the wings fold. She likes to join the party early and tonight was no exception. It was kind of a blessing when Ricky's (Macomber) mare made that early move because my mare likes the cover. In the lane, the inside opened up a bit and she pounced on the opportunity. Lots of traffic last week, not so bad this week! That's the story in a nutshell." All Charged Up, owned by J P Stables, now has 35 career wins in 124 starts, good for lifetime bounty of $295,212. As the slight favorite at 3 to 2, All Charged Up paid $5.00 to her many faithful. A pair of $7,500 co-features for mares also highlighted the Monday program with Galarina and Iced Out annexing those. Galarina, a seven year-old daughter of Dali, enjoyed a picture perfect journey from trainer Andy Santeramo to score in 1:52.4--her winning margin 1 1/2 lengths over Northern Dali, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. Drea's Good Powow as third for John MacDonald after a first over bid around the final bend while Metro Glide rallied from last to finish fourth. Layer Cake earned the minor award in the septet. Galarina is now four-for-six this semester with earnings of $17,425 for owners Ron Ruggles and Tom Santeramo. She paid $5.00 as second choice in the betting. Iced Out, driven by Ricky Macomber, Jr., found some room turning for home and, first, mowed by the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Fox Valley Hermia (George Napolitano, Jr.) and then held off the late surging Sue's Night Out (Wally Hennessey) to score in 1:53.2 for her first win of the year in five starts. This eight year-old daughter of Western Ideal, trained by Eric Beach for Little Bapa, was off as the longest proposition on the tote-board at 68 to 1 and returned $138.20 to win. The Iced Out-Sue's Night Out exacta (3-7) paid $832.20 and proved to be the end of anyone enjoying a Pick-6 win, which now has a carryover going into the Tuesday program. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a carryover in the Super Hi-5 finale ballooning to $185,469. Post time is set for 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Pompano Beach, FL...January 16, 2018...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, used an electrifying charge from the pocket turning for home and scored a 1:54.1 win in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Monday night (January 15). The rugged seven year-old daughter of Ponder now has 10 wins in 20 starts since returning from injury several months ago. This time, All Charged Up charged past the 1 to 5 tote-board favorite, Wild Wanda, handled by Ricky Macomber, Jr., to score by a length. Islay, driven by Joe Sanzeri, was third, 2 3/4 lengths away while Sue's Night Out and Machin Marley completed the classy quintet. As the Silver Bullet starting gate left the station, All Charged Up, leaving from post four, showed her usual surge leaving before yielding around the initial turn to Wild Wanda, starting from post five. The latter took the field through an opening panel of :28 and, with no threats initially looming, lolly-gagged over to the half in :58. Speed-wise, things began to heat up on the backside as Wild Wanda sped her third panel in :28.1 but still unable to shake away from All Charged Up, second and on the helmet around that final bend. Turning for home, All Charged Up left the coziness of her pocket and used that electrifying charge and surged to the front once they straightened away. In a post race interview, driver John MacDonald, who also trains the "gallant" mare for J P Stables, remarked, "She's just a gallant mare and she has come back better than ever since her injury, which kept her out of action for many months. "Tonight, she got a great trip. I was a bit concerned seeing that Ricky's (Macomber) got to the half rather cheaply, but my mare seemed to be ready anytime I asked her." The victory--the 33rd in All Charged Up's career measuring 121 starts, sent her lifetime bankroll to $283,332 to go along with her 1:51.2 mark at Vernon Downs a couple of seasons back. Second choice on the board, All Charged Up paid $7.40 to win. In other Pompano action on Monday night, Galarina, an $8,000 claim just weeks ago, took the $7,500 condition/optional $20,000 claiming event for Andy Santeramo in 1:54.3, dodging raindrops all the way. This seven year-old daughter of Dali took command from the get-go, yielded--briefly--regained control three-eighths into the mile, was headed at mid-stretch, and came back in the final few yards to score a narrow over another daughter of Dali, Northern Dail, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. Major Master Piece, driven by John MacDonald, was third with Embassy Seelster next. River Rising, last throughout much of the mile, closed fastest of all on the sloppy track to pick up the nickel in the field of six. Galarina, an 11 race winner last semester, kept her record for 2018 perfect at 2-for-2 and now has career bounty of $131,101. Trained by Santeramo for owners Ron Ruggles and Thomas Santeramo, Galarina was off as third choice in the betting at 5 to 1 and paid $12.00 to win. Racing continues on Saturday night with the Italian-American Friendship Challenge on tap in a weekend competition featuring visiting Italian drivers Roberto Giannoni, Daniele Orsini, Giorgio Sandi and Gian Luca De Venta. The Super Hi-5 carryover for Saturday is at a season high and over $83,000. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park          

Pompano Beach, FL...December 27, 2017...All Charged Up, driven by John MacDonald, took home top honors in Pompano Park's $11,000 Open Handicap Pace for harness racing mares on Tuesday night (December 26), covering the distance in 1:53.3. The six year-old daughter of Ponder got picture perfect handling in scoring the half length decision over Northern Dali, catch-driven by Rick Plano. Wild Wands, making her seasonal Debut at Pompano Park, finished a very fast closing third, just a length off the winner. Sue's Night Out finished fourth while Galarina picked up the nickel in the classy octet. At the outset, All Charged Up, leaving from post seven, left with alacrity and took command at the first quarter from Galarina (Andy Santeramo) in :27.2--but not for long. Just past that opening station, Galarina forged back to the front with All Charged Up on the helmet of the leader through subsequent fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.4. At this stage, Galarina continued to show the way with pressure being applied by Machin Marley on the outside with All Charged Up chilly along the pylons patiently awaiting for a seam and Wild Wands, last early, on a double-bubble binge which took her flying four wide and just a couple of lengths away. Once they straightened away, All Charged Up did find that seam , charged up to take command from Galarina before holding Northern Dali and Wild Wanda safe on the wire. In a post race interview, trainer-driver John MacDonald related, "She got another great trip tonight. When Ricky's (Macomber) mare (Wild Wanda from post 8) didn't leave, that helped my cause a lot because I knew I'd be seven or eight lengths up on her early--and that turned out to be the difference. "My mare likes to race off the helmet anyhow and, once Andy (Santeramo) re-took, I got that helmet trip. "All Charged Up has been through a lot since she was injured and had to go through several months of rehab to try and make it back to the track. Not only did she make it back, she's seems better than ever now." Owned by J P Stables, All Charged Up won for the ninth time in 18 seasonal starts to push be 2017 earnings to $51,660. The win also vaulted her career bankroll over the $275,000 plateau--$275,082 to be precise. As the lukewarm 8 to 5 favorite, All Charged Up paid $5.40 to her many faithful. MacDonald also won three other events on the card giving him a grand slam on the Tuesday night card. Major Master Piece ($3.80), Always A Tiger ($8.80) and Iced Out ($14.40) also reached the winner's circle for MacDonald sending his yearly total to 306. Racing continues of Wednesday Night with a special Thursday night card also on the agenda. Pompano Park's Super Hi-5 swelled over the $25,000 on Tuesday night--$25.082.20 to be precise. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

Pompano Beach, FL...November 21, 2017...All Charged Up, with harness racing driver John MacDonald handling her lines, squeaked by the narrowly favored Gold Star Mysti (James Yoder) in the final stride to capture Pompano Park's $10,000 Open Pace for mares on Monday night (November 20), stopping the timer in 1:53.2. Drea's Good Powow (Andy Santeramo) finished third, 5 1/2 lengths away, while Goldstar Rockette and A Wish For Wings completed the order of finish in the classy quintet. All Charged Up, a six year-old daughter of Ponder, also trained by MacDonald, ditched her usual "early speed" tactics on this night, leaving the early speed duel to Goldstar Rockette and A Wish For Wings with the latter taking command at the opening station in :28.1 and continuing on to a half in :56.2 with Drea's Good Powow third followed by Gold Star Mysti and All Charged Up, some five lengths off the lead. On the backside, Gold Star Mysti began her sprint forward with All Charged Up following in her hoof prints. By the time they reached the third station (1:25.2) Gold Star Mysti was alongside the leader with All Charged Up second over and ready to roll widest of all turning for home. In the lane, Gold Star Mysti took command with All Charged Up surging through her final quarter in :27.3 to nudge by at the wire. In a post race interview, a surprised John MacDonald said, "You know, I thought she (All Charged Up) might be a little short this week because she had been off for about three weeks. She does like to leave, yes, but I was content to let her follow J.D.'s (Yoder) mare (Gold Star Mysti) because she has won from off the pace before. She does anything you ask. "I wasn't sure if we could beat them tonight but, again, she's a rugged mare that doesn't train too much and gives everything she's got. She's got a great attitude. Owned by the J P Stables, All Charged Up won for the seventh time in only 15 starts this year, good for $40,660. Career-wise, the brave mare now has 30 wins and $264,082 to go along with her 1:51.2s mark over the larger Vernon Downs oval. Off as the 6 to 5 second choice in the betting, All Charged Up returned $4.40 to her multitude of followers. Racing continues on Tuesday night with a Super Hi-5 carryover of $15,630 awaiting. Post time is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park    

Harness racing trainer/ driver  John MacDonald put an exclamation point on his 2017 season at Vernon Downs durng closing night (November 4) with six driving wins and three training wins on the night. MacDonald was top driver with 185 wins on the season and top trainer with 57 wins on the year. He was also owner and trainer of Oh My Joepa, who won horse of the year honors with nine wins. MacDonald's six driving wins on the night came with Always Flash-N ($3.10), Forty Carrotss ($9.30), Major Master Piece ($5.70), Talk To Me Courage N ($9.50), Hurricane Howard ($5.00), and Sucrose Hanover ($3.30). His got his training victories with Major Master Piece, Hurricane Howard, and Sucrose Hanover. Arsenic (Chris Lems) wins the featured pace ($7,500). Golden Gun (Brett Crawford) put up all the early fractions :26.4, :56.0, 1:24.0. Arsenic (Bettor's Delight), who is owned by Scott Dillon and trained by Heidi Rohr, would battle Golden Gun (second) all the way down the stretch nipping him at the wire in 1:52.0. Love To Roll (MacDonald) finished third. Arsenic ($4.90) entered the winner's circle for the fifth time this season while gathering up career win number 13. Vernon Downs management and staff would like to thank all the horsemen and fans for a great 2017 season. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Pompano Beach, FL...October 31, 2017...All Charged Up, catch-driven by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors in Pompano Park's pacing feature for mares on Monday night, covering the standard distance in 1:54.3. The six year-old daughter of Ponder, trained by John MacDonald for his JP Stables, took command at the :27.3 opening marker and then produced a well rated second panel of :29.4 before two straight :28.3 subsequent quarters led to the final clocking--her final margin on the line a half length over the late charging Goldstar Rockette (Bryce Fenn). Red Hot Hill (Andy Santeramo) finished third while A Wish For Wings closed fastest of all to finish fourth. Dee's Golden Joy picked up the nickel in the sextet over Stirling Electra, who loomed boldly around the final bend before faltering in the lane. In a post-race interview, catch-driver Wally Hennessey remarked, "This is the first time I drove this mare but I know how tough she is because she beat my great mare (Godiva Seelster) the last time we were together in a race a couple of weeks ago. "This mare (All charged Up) is tough as nails and she dug in late, as she always does. She's a quality mare, all right." All Charged Up now is 6-for-14 this year, good for earnings of $35,660. The win, incidentally, was the fourth straight for All Charged Up, who now has 29 career wins in 114 starts with earnings of $259,082 to go along with her Vernon Downs mark of 1:51.2. Off at 1 to 5 on the Pompano tote-board, All Charged Up paid $2.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with the finals of the Sunshine State Stakes for three year-olds. Sponsored by the Florida Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association, each of the four final for sophomore Florida breds carries a purse of $12,000. Post time for the pari-mutuel card is 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park        

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) captured the harness racing featured Fillies and Mares pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Thursday (October 19). Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) would control all the early fractions :26.4, :55.2, 1:23.3. Drea's Good Powow (Squaw's Fella), who is owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, would sit patiently in second almost the whole way. The 7 year-old mare would pounce out of the pocket in mid-stretch and blow right by to get the win in 1:51.3. Bye Bye Michelle would hang on for second with Graceful Vision (Atlee Bender) would finish third. Drea's Powow ($4.90) would get her eighth win of the year. She now has 27 career victories. MacDonald, who is Vernon's leading driver would win five of the eight races on the night. His other wins came with Yule Love It ($3.90), I Saw Red ($4.70), Axios ($3.20), and Rockin Show ($5.60). Live racing returns to live racing on Friday (October 20) with a 10 race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Oh My Joepa (John MacDonald) was victorious in the Vernon Downs Open Pace ($11,400), on Saturday (September 30). MacDonald goes to the harness racing winner circle five more times on the night. Mister Daytona (Fern Paquet Jr.) would jump out to the lead and carve out all early fractions, :27. 3, :56.2, 1:23.4. Oh My Joepa (Rocknroll Hanover) would follow in the pocket trip all the way to the stretch. Owned and trained by MacDonald as well, the 9 year-old waited patiently and then came out of the pocket and blew right by to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.3. Mister Daytona hung on to finish second as Golden Gun (Brett Crawford) finished third. Oh My Joepa ($10.00) would win for the 14th time this year and the 45th time in his career. MacDonald's other wins came with Hurricane Howard ($3.70), Cam's Lucky Sam ($3.10), A Fool For Mark ($3.20), Apollo Seelster ($7.50). After race three tonight Vernon Downs honored long time starting gate driver Mike Finley, who lost his battle with cancer earlier this year. Finley was honored by drivers, trainers, owners, fellow employees, fans, family and friends. Finley was loved by everyone who knew him. Vernon Downs will never be the same without him. The Mike Finley Memorial race was won by Tundra with driver Truman Gale. Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Thursday (October 5) with a nine race card starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com. John Horne for Vernon Downs

Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald) would take the harness racing fillies and mares featured pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 29). Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) would lead the way to a first quarter in :27.0, Bye Bye Michelle (Chris Lems) would then controll the way all the way to the stretch. Drea's Good Powow (Sqauw's Fella) would charge late in the stretch and just get by at the wire in 1:53.4. Owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, the 7 year-old mare, would pay $5.60 for the victory. It was her seventh win this season and her 26th career victory. Bye Bye Michelle would hang on for second and Love Live Laugh would get third. MacDonald would win three more on the night. He picked up his other wins with Napper Tandy ($4.20), Celebrity Stimulus ($6.00), Steuben Magic Ride ($5.10). Skyflex (Chirs Lems) would take the trot feature ($7,500). Six Bax (Jim Taggart Jr.) would lead to the first quarter in ;27.0. Mc Tiny's Hope (Ben McNeil) would then take the lead and hit the half in :56.2. It was then Landonfitz (Jimmy Whittemore) who would takeover and hit three-quarters in 1:25.3. Skyflex (Federal Flex) would go on a break after the start and would find himself last.all the way through three-quarters. Owned by Oppenheimer, Glasser Racing and Cooper Stables while trained by Homer Hochstetler, the four year old gelding would make a five wide move and go from last to first to win in 1:55.2. The Big Muscle (Joe Nassimos) would take second with Thundercrest (John MacDonald finishing third. Skyflex ($3.30), would win for the seventh time this season and would grab career win number 13. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Saturday (September 30). The 10 race card begins at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs.        

Love Live Laugh (Jimmy Whittemore) took the harness racing featured fillies and mares pace ($9,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (September 16). Love Live Laugh (Hi Ho Silverheel's) would go gate-to-wire putting up all the fractions :28.0, :57.2, 1:24.3, 1:53.0. Owned and trained by Dennis Whittemore, the 7 year-old mare would hold off a late charge by second place finisher Drea's Good Powow (John MacDonald). Tiger Boudoir (Truman Gale) was third. Love Live Laugh ($7.70) won her fourth race of the season and got career victory number 26. It was Deja Vu for John MacDonald. He won six races last yesterday and six more tonight. He got wins tonight with Steuben Magic Ride ($30.20), Silver Arrow ($2.10), Major Starlight ($4.40), Machmemackie ($2.80), On The Big Swing ($2.70), and A Fool For Mark ($3.00). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 21) starting at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

Harness racing driver John MacDonald continues hot streak winning six at Vernon Downs on Friday night (September 15). Skyflex (Chris Lems) wins trot feature ($9,500). After many lead changes Skyflex (Federal Flex) would hold on late to win to win the featured trot. After many lead changes early he would take control at the top of the stretch but would have to withstand the late charge by Painite (Truman Gale). Skyflex ($4.60), who is owned by S. Oppenheimer, Glasser Racing and Robert Cooper Stables, while trained by Homer Hochstetler, would win sixth time this season and 12th time in his career with a mile in 1:55.1. Painite settled for second while Pinky The Intern (John MacDonald) finished third. MacDonald is coming off a weekend when he won 18 races at the miracle mile. He would win tonight with Frisky Joe ($3.80), Savin Rock ($4.90), Stirling Electra ($5.90), Fuzzylegsandall ($5.20), Bye Bye Michelle ($2.10), and Too Cool To Fool ($4.80). Vernon Downs returns to live action on Saturday (September 16) with a post time of 6:45 p.m. For more information please go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Just when you thought John MacDonald's season at Vernon Downs couldn't get any better. The leading harness racing driver would win six races on Thursday, five races on Friday and seven races on Saturday (September 9). His first four wins on Saturday were with Coopers Beach ($2.10), All Steinam ($2.90) Engagedatlexington ($4.80), and Shootin Tyme ($4.20). His last three victories were with Aloneinspades ($2.90), Fuzzylegsandall, and Arizona Captor ($5.60) Golden Gun (Bret Crawford) would win the featured pace ($7,500) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night. Golden Gun (Headmaster) would charge to the lead and go gate to wire putting up the time of :26.3, :55.3, 1:23.0, 1:50.4. Golden Gun ($32.60), who is owned by the The Wiz Kids Stable and Trained by Misty Carey, survived a late rush by Dragon Fever (John MacDonald) to win fourth time this year and the 24th time in his career. Dragon Fever finished second with betting favorite Dreams Beachboy (Chris Lems) finishing third Vernon Downs returns to live action on Thursday (September 14) at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs

Harness racing driver Andy Miller would win both divisions of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on Thursday night (September 7). Miller would win the first division with Tito (Muscle Mass - Stonebridge Encore). Owned by Anthony Lombardi, George Golemes, and Louis Willinger, while trained by Erv Miller, he would lead the colt to a gate-to-wire victory. The 2 year-old would put up all the fractions :28.4, 1:00.1, 1:28.4, 1:57.1. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) would make a run at the big favorite, but had to settle for the runner-up spot. Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford) would finish third. Tito ($3,80) would win for the second time in eight starts. The 1:57.1 was his fastest. The freshman trotter won his first race his last time out, taking a leg of the NYSS at Batavia Downs on August 27. In the second division of the NYSS ($54,500), Miller would guide Don (Credit Winner- Angostura) to an easy win. He would go right to the lead and never look back, controlling all the fractions, :28.0, :58.4, 1:27.2, 1:56.1. The 2 year-old colt is owned by the Andy Miller Stable with Little E LLC and trained by Julie Miller. Long shot Rich Uncle (Jimmy Whittemore), would give a late chase and finish second. Seven Iron (John MacDonald) was third best. Don ($4.20) would get his second win in five starts. He previously won a leg of the NYSS at Monticello Raceway on July 31st. Leading driver John MacDonald continued to dominate at the miracle mile with 6 more wins. MacDonald would get victories with Drea's Good Powow ($3.70), Helpisontheway ($13.80), If Not Why Not ($2.80), I Saw Red ($3.90), Stirling Electra ($3.30), and Three Handbags ($5.00). He now has 110 wins at Vernon Downs this season. Vernon Downs returns to live action on Friday at 6:45 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com John Horne for Vernon Downs  

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