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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

The 2017 2-year-old filly pacer of the year, Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras), rebounded from a sixth place finish in her 2018 debut last week to win a leg of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Tioga Downs on Sunday (June 3). She won the third division of three divisions that ran Sunday afternoon. All three divisions competed for a purse of $40,600. Youaremycandygirl ($2.90) controlled the race from the start. She went to the first quarter in :27.4. Painted Lady (Scott Zeron) was content to follow her with a pocket trip. Youaremycandygirl led them to the half in :57.0 and three-quarters in 1:23.4. Painted Lady popped the pocket at the top of the stretch and pressured the leader. Gingras asked Youaremycandygirl for more in the stretch and she responded to win in 1:51.1. Painted Lady settled for second. Solitary (Marcus Miller) finished third. Youaremycandygirl is a 3-year-old filly by American Ideal. She is owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke. She is now one for two as a sophomore filly. She now has 10 wins in her career in just 13 starts. Tell Me A Joke (Jim Morrill Jr.) held on to win the the first division of the NYSS. Tell Me A Joke ($12.80) went right to the lead. The betting favorite I'm Trigger Happy (Scott Zeron) tried to challenge for the lead but backed off and settle for the pocket trip. Tell Me A Joke controlled all the fractions (:28.0, :57.1, 1:24.3, 1:53.2). As they reached the end of the backstretch Newsday (Jim Marohn Jr.) pressured Tell Me A Joke all the way around the final turn. As they reached the stretch I'm Trigger Happy was trapped in the pocket. She squeezed into an opening on the inside but it was too late and she had to settle for second. Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) charged late and fininished third. Tell Me A Joke is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. She is owned by H A Taylor, S J Taylor and Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. Trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her third career win. All her wins have come as a 3-year-old. Ubettergo Go (Mark MacDonald) very impressive in the second division of the NYSS. Ubettergo Go ($4.90) took the sophomore fillies in to the first quarter in :26.4. Hurrikane Shorty (Jim Marohn Jr.) followed in the pocket. After hitting the half in :55.1. Pelican Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) took up the chase first over and was second after Ubettergo Go hit three-quarters in 1:22.0. As they hit the top of the stretch it looked like the only one with a chance to beat Ubettergo Go was Wisdom Tree (Scott Zeron). MacDonald said go and Ubettergo Go simply flew in the stretch winning going away in an eye-popping career best time of 1:50.0. Wisdom Tree was second and Pelican Blue Chip held on for third. Ubettergo Go is a 3-year-old filly by Art Major. Owned Tony Basile, Reginald Pettipas, Ozzie Mackay and trainer Blake Macintosh, it was her second win this year and career victory number five. Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 8) starting at 6:15 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Defending three time Vernon Downs driver's champion John MacDonald, won five races on Saturday night (May 26). Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) captured the featured pace ($5,100). Redhot Romeo ($3.40) went to the front and never looked back. Owned and trained by Melissa Beckwith, he put up all the fractions (:26.4, :55.3, 1:24.0, 1:52.1). Danza (Raymond Vizzi) finished second and Stubble Trouble (Leon Bailey) took third. Redhot Romeo is a 4-year-old gelding by Shadow Play. He won for the fourth time this season and the fifth time for his career. The winning time of 1:52.1 is a lifetime best. MacDonald picked up his five wins with Southeaster ($2.20), Ben N Crosby ($2.30), Lucid Thoughts ($3.20), Weapon To Win ($4.40), and Fire On The Water ($29.00). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Memorial Day (May 28) featuring the $500,000 Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting finals at Vernon Downs. One field features sophomore fillies and the other one features sophomore colts. The supporting card includes consolations for both EBC finals and a $120,000 New York Sire Stakes races, divided into three divisions, it's the first battle of the year for the state bred 3-year-old colt pacers. Post time for the 13 race card is 1:05 p.m. For more information go to www,vernondowns.com. by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

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

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