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g>Vernon, NY — Vernon Downs welcomes two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (July 18).

In the $58,700 first division the 2-1 morning line favorite is Shake That House (Brian Sears). He is trained by Chris Oakes for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Alan Johnston, and Northfork Racing Stable. The American Ideal colt is coming off an impressive win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in the $500,000 Max Hempt final. He is five for six this season including a win in the Saratoga leg of the NYSS.

The second choice at 3-1 is Major March (Jason Bartlett). The Art Major colt is owned by Bay Pond Racing Stable and trained by Linda Toscano. He has three wins this season including NYSS legs at Monticello and Tioga Downs.


American Mercury (Tyler Buter) is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the $59,800 second division. Chris Oakes trains the American Ideal gelding for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Northfork Racing Stable, Chuck Pompey, and Scott Bice. His four wins this season includes NYSS legs at Saratoga, Buffalo, and Yonkers. He owns six career victories.

The Jenn Bongiorno trained Respect Our Flag (Brian Sears) is the 3-1 second choice. The Roll With Joe gelding is owned by Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos, and Dionisios Liberatos. He has three wins so far this season and has reached the winner’s circle five times in his 15 career starts.

The 10-race card starts at 6:10 p.m.