Day At The Track

Brennan ties Bartlett on closing night

01:14 PM 18 Dec 2019 NZDT
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Ginger Tree Marty, harness racing
Ginger Tree Marty, one of four winners for driver George Brennan
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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 17, 2019--Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2019 calendar Tuesday night (Dec. 17th) with a season-long harness racing dead-heat.

George Brennan won four of the closing-night's 11 races--all with wagering favorites--and in doing so caught the idle Jason Bartlett with 427 local wins.

Historians were trying to determine if there had been a leading-driver deadlock previously, but couldn't swear either way to that oddity.

As for Brennan, he won Tuesday's $17,000, second-race trot with DW's NY Yank ($2.70) in 1:58.4, Showmeyourguns ($2.90) in the $14,500, seventh-race trot (1:58.3), Jet Rock ($4.50) in the $12,500, ninth-race pace (1:55.1) and Westchester-debuting Ginger Tree Marty ($3.70) in the $15.750, 10th-race pace (1:55.2).

Brennan's chance to have the big chair all to himself was thwarted when Lord of Misrule was a never-threatening fourth in the $17,000 pacing finale.

Yonkers' final 2019 leaderboard story shall be sent in the coming days.

The Raceway's 2020 season is scheduled to begin Monday night, Jan. 6th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.

by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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