Bailey and MacDonald each win five at Vernon

Vernon Downs, NY – Drivers Leon Bailey and John MacDonald each took five horses to the winner’s circle at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 22).

The two leading drivers went at it last night, like it was a heavyweight fight. John MacDonald won the first three races of the night getting wins with Nanuet, Milleniums Girl and Pondameri. Leon Bailey then countered winning races five, six, and eight with Mittnage A Trois, Lepanto and Bet Big On Blue.

MacDonald then won races 10 and 11 with Night Star, and Vodka N Cran. Bailey then won the featured 12th with Scrub Hanover and ended the night winning race 15 with Aces Or Bettor.

Scrub Hanover charges late to capture the $7,500 featured pace

Scrub Hanover rallied late to capture the $7,500 featured pace Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Fotowon photos.

Snap Call (John MacDonald) went to the front and led to the quarter in :27.2. He slowed things down with a :29.3 second quarter to be first to the half in :57. He continued on the point to three-quarters in 1:25.4.

As they made the turn for home, Major Leaguer (Jimmy Whittemore) popped the pocket and went all out after the leader. Scrub Hanover ($7.40) then came three-wide like he was wearing a propeller. He blew right on by to win easily in 1:53.1. Old Pal (Truman Gale) came up to finish second. Le Massif (Steeven Genois) was third best.

Scrub Hanover is a 9-year-old gelding by Well Said. He is owned by Howard Ouriel and trained by James Rothfuss. It was his third win this season. He now has 15 career victories.

Poe won the Corgi race final with Nova getting second and Anika finishing third.

Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (June 28) at 4 p.m.

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