YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 28, 2014 -- Let's invoke the only two words a harness racing handicapper really wants to hear. Free Money.
Since no one took down Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night Pick 5--complete with its $10,000 guarantee and $2,700-plus carryover--the entire pool (minus takeout) of $9,381 and change gets rolled over. That two-day carryover turns into a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Monday night's (June 30) program.
The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday/Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.
The Pick 5 regularly offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (though it is indeed 25-large this Monday) every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those "guarantee" days available for perusal at www.yonkersraceway.com.
As for Saturday night, Pancetta (, $26) went from first-up to first home, winning the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in 1:52.4. He defeated a second-over Take it Back Terry ( ) by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4...matching a season's-best effort. Life Up Front ( ) was third, while P H Supercam ( ) was a belated fifth as the 7-5 choice. Bartlett did win five races on the dozen-race card.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.