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Lems, Ducharme team up to win Vernon features

June 17, 2017

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Chris Lems won both trotting features on Saturday night at Vernon Downs. Let's  would win the first of two features, piloting Muscles Jared ($2.20) and destroying the rest of the field.  The 3 year-old gelding by Muscle Massive who is owned by Al Ross and trained by George Ducharme would win by nine lengths in 1:54. Thundercrest (Dustin Ingraham would finish second.  Williams Wish (Joe Nassimos) was third.

Lems and Ducharme would team up again for the other feature ($5,100) with Patton ($3.00).  Patton (Conway Hall, who is owned by Ducharme, Fontaine, and Ross, would charge to the front just after the half. The 3-year-gelding would win in 1:54.1.  Dewey's Breeze (Dan Daley) was second while Lone Valley Sam (John MacDonald) captured third.

A big day of racing during Father's day Sunday (June 18) at Vernon Downs at 1:05 p.m. The Miracle Mile's day will feature two Empire Breeders Classic Finals for 3 year-old trotters.  Also featured is four divisions of the New York Breeders Cup for 3 year-old pacers.

The Empire Breeders Classic Final for 3 year-old trotting fillies will compete for a purse of $228,250.  The morning line favorite is Barn Bella (Conway Hall) at (5-2).  Celebrity Ruth (Archangel) is at (4-1).

The Empire Breeders Classic Final for the 3 year-old trotting colts for $252,000 will feature Devious Man (Credit Winner) as the (5-2) favorite.  Bill's Man (Credit Winner) is the second choice at (7-2).

13 races in all scheduled for the Father's Day afternoon. (Vernon)

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