MacDonald, Whittemore tie with 115 Vernon Downs wins

Published Nov 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

VERNON — John MacDonald and Jimmy Whittemore finished the Vernon Downs racing season tied for driving wins.

MacDonald drove Machmemackie to a win in the “Turn Back the Clock” rewind pace race during Saturday’s season-ending program, leaving him tied with Whittemore for first with 115 wins each. 

Truman Gale finished third with 58 victories while Claude Huckabone Jr. finished fourth with 56 tallies. Leon Bailey used 50 wins to finish fifth on the list.

MacDonald captured the training title for the third straight year, having trained 65 winners. Whittemore was second-best with 37 wins. 

Homer Hochstetler (34), Truman Gale (30) and Robert Gale (27) rounded out the top five.

Kabu was honored as the horse of the year. 

Owned by the J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he won eight of his 18 starts at Vernon Downs this season.