YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 8. 2013--In-form A J Corbelli (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 4--his best starting venue the way the race was laid out--"A J" watched lone leaver American Rage (Brian Sears) work around pole-assignee Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). American Rage found early intervals of :27.1 and 56 seconds flat before Mr. Hasani N (Jason Bartlett) launched a seemingly-reluctant bid from third. A J Corbelli was behind that while, while tepid 3-1 favorite Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) was a bit wide as outer tier was a bit late in developing. American Rage continued to lead in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane, However, he was about to voted off the island. Mr. Hasani grinded by, but that one could not fend off A J Corbelli. Second-up to first home, prevailing by a half-length in 1:52.2...a season's-best and the fastest local mile of 2014. Third went to Lumberjack Willie, with a cone-skimming Clear Vision (George Brennan) and Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. American Rage faded to seventh, while Sapphire City wound up last among the octet. For A J Corbelli, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by (breeder) Anatolia Racing Stable & Michel Allard and trained by Rene Allard, he returned $15.20 (sixth choice) for his fifth win (fourth consecutive) in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $440. The season's highest win mutuel was also turned in Saturday night, when 51-1 Bettor Design (Bartlett, $105) was up on the money in the $15,000 fourth-race pace. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving--as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, she gave no one else a shot, including 6-5 favorite Economy Terror (Ron Pierce). That one moved from fifth before a :57.1 intermission. A :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4) widened the leader's advantage, as she opened a length-and-three-quarters into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then drew out, winning by 3Â¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:52.4. Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) rallied into second, with last week's winner, Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley), Summer Snow and Economy Terror rounded out the payees. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $128.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice DW's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He made the lead from Zooming (Tyler Buter) just after a :27.2 opening interval. From there, a cheap :58.2 intermission before Super Manning (Kakaley) engaged from sixth. ...and engage he did, hooking the leader in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters. Those two took their beef all the way to the line, with the margin--DW's NY Yank up a nose into the lane--was the same at the 1:55.4 wire. Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson) belated split those two to finish third, beaten a head, while Zooming and Fortunista (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his fifth win in as seven '14 tries (4-for-4 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, the triple returned $63.50 and the superfecta paid $158. 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. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 1, 2014--Three weeks out and first-up were no problem for Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley) Saturday night, as evidenced by winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Taking it all in early from post position No. 4, "Fat Man" watched as a three-wide Dancin' Yankee (Jason Bartlett) worked around Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission as Fat Man's Alley was commencing his first of March march from sixth. However, he was just pacing in place by the 1:24.1 three-quarters, as Dancin' Yankee took a length-and--a-half lead into the lane. It was off the final turn that Fat Man's Alley received the memo, and he went on by. The margin was a neck in 1:52.3, with Pan from Nantucket, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. American Rage (Brian Sears), the 19-10 favorite, was a non-factor seventh. For Fat Man's Alley, a 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $15.60 (sixth choice) for his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $77, with the triple returning $308.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), 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. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 22, 2014-It was "new barn, old result" for Domethatagain (Ron Pierce) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, the 13-10 choice watched as invading Texican N (Matt Kakaley) made the lead around pole-sitting, defending champ Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell). Texican N made the lead before a 28-second opening quarter-mile and seemed comfy going toward the half. Domethatagain was out and moving when Texican N apparently jumped a shadow on the track. Regardless, he bolted inside the cones as Domethatagain found the front just after a :57.2 intermission. That left "Nantucket" pocketed and Money Twitch A (Jordan Stratton) first-up. Domethatagain maintained his advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The people's preference widened to a couple of lengths at the wire, which he found in 1:52.4...matching a season's-best. The feature win was one of five for Pierce on the 12-race card. Pan from Nantucket was a loose-pocket second, with American Rage (Brian Sears), P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Domethatagain, a 5-year-old statebred son of Bettor's Delight now co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, he returned $4.70 for his third (consecutive) win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.80, with the triple returning $63. The handle of $1,026,419 was the fifth-highest total of the season. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), 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. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 21, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of "good" Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who were up to the assignment--were won by pocket-sitters Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) and Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson, $4.40). In play early from post position No. 4, Ideal in Vegas made the first lead. She then relinquished it to an out-a-long-way Economy Terror (Ron Pierce) well after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. However, "Carol" only offered cursory pressure in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Economy Terror, as the 9-5 favorite, maintained the lead entering the lane, but the first portion of the race would prove her undoing. Ideal in Vegas ducked in and easily went by. She defeated a third-over Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) by a half-length in a season's-best 1:54.4. Third went to Lorrie Please (Carlson), with a tiring Economy Terror and Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. For second choice Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Anthony Mannino for owner Shore Thing Stables, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $82.50, with the triple returning $360.50. The week's marquee trot saw Calchip's Brute (Pierce) leave quickly, working around pole-sitting, lone lass Backstreet Hanover--she the 9-5 favorite--before a :28.2 opening two furlongs. Meanwhile, eight-hole assignee Zooming (Tyler Buter) also left, but found no room at the inn. It was Calchip's Brute getting a :58.1 intermission and 1:27.1 three-quarters, with a stubborn Zooming sitting out there and Turtle Express (Sears) slipping out to race second-over. The leader remained so in and out of the final turn, but Backstreet Hanover was waiting. She edged in inside, getting the jump in a fast-closing Justa Rebel (Stratton) and winning by a neck in 1:56.4. Third went to Calchip's Brute who did win his private battle with Zooming. A season-debuting Bastille (Larry Stalbaum) earned the final pay envelope. For Backstreet Hanover, a 5-year-old Andover Hall lass owned by David Hamm and trained by Allan Johnson, it was her second win in as four '14 tries The exacta paid $88.50, the triple returned $333 and the superfecta paid $2,603. 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. Frank Drucker
"My theory on that is it's not really kicking. Like you said, it's nudging or urging -- one way or the other." During Friday's In The Sulky pre-race card show from the Meadowlands Racetrack, driver Tim Tetrick was asked about "kicking" a horse by The Meadowlands' Sam McKee. Tetrick was one of two drivers fined for using his foot to urge a horse last year at The Red Mile -- the other being Brian Sears while driving Vegas Vacation -- during Grand Circuit racing. Tetrick clarifies that the action is not a kick but merely a brush of the foot to the horse's hock and "it definitely does not hurt the animal." "At the time, everybody's trying to urge them and make a great race...instead of everybody talking about the 'kicking' in that race I think we should have seen how two great champion three-year-olds were fighting it out down the lane. 'Captain' was passed at the seven-eighths, he fought back and fought that other horse off. Was it the 'kicking' or not, or the nudging? He just fought in and did what he had to do." Tetrick also talks about his second hip replacement, going to the Elitlopp with Market Share, the configuration of the New Meadowlands race surface and the renovations to the track's amenities.
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 15, 2014--Season-debuting Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) worked out the perfect trip Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 3, Pan from Nantucket was away fourth as Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a wind-restricted 57-second intermission, the n even-money favorite P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) moved from third down the backside. Pan from Nantucket was right in behind. The leading "Willie" was about to drop anchor in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with P H Supercam taking a length lead into the lane. However, he could not close the sale. Pan from Nantucket edged by, as did a charging 32-1 rank outsider American Rage (Brian Sears). The former did whip the latter by a head in 1:54.2, with P H Supercam fading to third, beaten a neck. Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan) settled for the minor moolah. For Pan from Nantucket, a 6-year-old No Pan Intended gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable and trained by Jose Godinez, he returned $29.60 (sixth choice) for his 25th career victory. The exacta paid $572, with the tripe returning $2,351. No one hit Saturday's Pick 5 wager, so Monday's gimmick--with a built-in $10,000 guaranteed pool--begins with a carryover of $2,642.80. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), 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. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 24, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Opens--a blind draw Pace for the ladies and a handicapped Trot for all with the requisite resume--were won by a first-up Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett, $20.60) and another first-up Cowgirl Hall (George Brennan, $6.30). After pole-sitting Keeper's Destiny (Brian Sears) strung out both slight 2-1 choice Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) and 24-1 shot Mandy's Mattjesty (Brennan), it was "Mandy" taking over. She made the lead passing a 28-second flat opening quarter-mile, then found a :57.2 intermission. Carol's Desire--starting from post position No. 3--moved from fifth, with Stage it Right (Mark MacDonald) on his tail. Mandy's Mattjesty maintained the lead in and out of a 1:26.1 three-quarters, with a length advantage entering the lane. However, her fan club would be leaving soon. Carol's Desire continued her grind, eventually holding off Stage it Right by a nose in 1:55.3. Third went to an angled-out Keeper's Destiny, with a seam-squeezing Ideal in Vegas (Matt Kakaley) and "Mandy" rounding out the payees. For fifth choice Carol's Desire, a 4-year-old daughter of Real Desire co-owned by Richard J. Banca and M T Wallet Enterprises and trained by Rich Banca, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $169.50, with the triple returning $770. The week's marquee trot saw last week's winner, Zooming (Tyler Buter), in play early. He worked around Lorenzo's Dream (Goodell), finding early intervals of :28.4 and :59. As for Cowgirl Hall, she left into a five-hole from post No. 7. "Cowgirl," the 2-1 fave as the lone lass, then took up the chase. She engaged Zooming by the1:28.2 three-quarters in and old-fashioned match race. Zooming fought the tough fight, but it was ladies first. Cowgirl Hall prevailed over Zooming by a neck in 1:56.4, with Lorenzo Dream, War Cry Hall (Bartlett) and Likeabatoutahell (Sears) settling for the small change. For fifth choice Cowgirl Hall, a 5-year-old daughter of Cash Hall co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Jack Piatt and Michael Rosenthal, it was her third win in as many '14 tries (5-for-5 since the barn change) . The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $25.60, the triple returned $137.50 and the superfecta paid $593. Friday night's handle for the dozen races was $1,232,873, a single-program high thus far in 2014. 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. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 20, 2014--Not surprisingly, a double-carryover more than doubled the interest for Yonkers Raceway's Monday night Pick 5. Since no one took down the wager either Friday or Saturday, Monday night's dowry--buoyed by the two-program carryover of $10,368.68--featured a $25,000 guaranteed pool. A shipment of $32,105 in fresh money came in, and with just one winning favorite in the sequence, the payoff was more than sociably acceptable. The winning combination of... 2-Grecale As (George Brennan, $8.10) 3-Wednesday's Whim (Brennan, $6.10) 5-Hobe Sound (Brian Sears, $3.30) 2-Great Soul (Eric Carlson, $28.20) 1-That Man of Mine (Jordan Stratton, $43.40) ...returned a rather robust $5,741.25 for every four bits. 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 both Friday and Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. The Pick 5 offers a $10,000 "regular" guaranteed pool 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. 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 now available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all RSVP'd in time--were won by odds-on favorite Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, $3.80) and second-up Zooming (Tyler Buter, $14.60). As the 9-10 favorite, Economy Terror--from post position No. 7--was the line leaver. She easily worked around pole-sitting palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a cheap (:57.1) half before Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) moved from sixth. That one provided just mild prompting in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Economy Terror widening to 2Â¼ lengths turning for home. The final margin was a length in 1:54. Ramalama fought the good fight and was the best of the rest, with Palm Patrol, last week's winner, Ideal in Vegas (Brian Sears) and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For millionairess Economy Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.10, with the triple returning $55.50. The week's marquee trot had some early happenstance, as Super Manning (Kakaley), then slight 2-1 favorite Likeabatoutahell (Sears) both did the dance of the doomed. Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) had made the lead, with early intervals of :27.4 and 57.4. Son of Nordic (George Brennan) was pocketed, while Bob N Tony (MacDonald) was away third. War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) offered a stern challenge uncovered from fourth, with Zooming--from post No. 7--behind that one. Lorenzo Dream maintained and short advantage in and out of a 1:26.4 three-quarters, but his longshot intruder would not go away. War Cry Hall would win the battle against the leader early in the lane, but Zooming was going by. He whipped his tow going away, the final margin a length-and-half in 1:55.4 Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) closed to grab the bottom of the ticket, with Bob N Tony and a tiring "Lorenzo" settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Zooming, a 6-year-old Classic Photo gelding co-owned his driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, it was his first win in a pair of '14 tries. The exacta paid $132.50, the triple returned $640 and the superfecta paid $7,703. 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. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
Major awards time for the recently completed 2013 season continues. The Delaware Standardbred Owners (DSOA) led off the local awards program (Friday Jan. 10) with Allan Davis winner of its prestigious James Case "Horizon" award for his upward accent in wins and money won by horses he had driven during the season. Coming up on Feb. 9, Canada hands out its top seasonal awards at The O'Brien Awards, 'Black Tie," awards-dinner. --------------------------------- The prestigious "Dan Patch Awards," featuring the top horse and human awards for the just completed 2013 season will be presented at the annual U.S. Harness Writers Association awards-dinner. This year, for the third time in less than two decades, the event is being held at Dover Downs on Sunday, Feb. 23. The gala night headlines the naming of the 2013 Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year, Trotter of the Year, and all award-winning divisional champion horses and individual standouts of the recent season. A pair of locals are among the award winners, Dover Downs leading driver for the past four seasons, Corey Callahan, winner of the "Rising Star" award and for USHWA president and current treasurer, Judy Davis-Wilson, is the USHWAn of the Year winner. For ticket information and the roster of honorees, visit the www.ushwa.org website. ----------------------------------- At age 72, driver Walter Layfield Jr. is on a renaissance. For more than five decades, Layfield has driven horses. He has been virtually inactive for several years, but recently, he has hooked up with trainer Richard Lewis and its been a successful combination. Layfield has driven more than a dozen Lewis trained horses and has posted four winners, several in sparkling wire-to-wire performances. ------------------------------------ While Layfield has shown what a 'senior citizen' can do at 72, Youthful Tyler Davis is winning races at age 21. His dad is Allan Davis, second in the current driver standings, and his grandfather is Eddie Davis, the all-time leading race winning driver in the Middle Atlantic region. The third generation driver, Davis, won his third race of the season last Wednesday (1/8) piloting a 32-1 longshot Color Me Royal in a $9,000 trot, --------------------------------------- Again this season, Corey Callahan is off to another big start winning races in 2014. Callahan finished fourth in the sport last year is currently the leader of all drivers in the sport.. Callahan who led the Dover Downs 2013-14 standings for the fourth consecutive meet, currently has a meet-leading total to 118 wins. Allan Davis is runner-up with 62 wins. Ross Wolfenden is third in the standings with 59 wins. Vic Kirby is fourth winning 53 and Tony Morgan completes the top five with 46 winners. ------------------------------------ There is a dead-heat at the top of the leading trainer standings. Wayne Givens and Dylan Davis both have haltered 31 winners. Trish Foulk is third with 26 while Joe Hundertpfund and Les Givens have 22 winners each to tie for fourth place. ---------------------------------- On the national scene, Dave Palone, was named winner of the HTA Driver of the Year award. It's the seventh time Palone has won or shared the honor based on wins, money won and UDR (similar to a battling average) percentage, On the point tabulation, Palone had a rating of 85.5, Yannick Gingras is runner-up at 83.5; Tim Tetrick is third - 83.5. Brian Sears, fourth, - 80.5 and George Napolitano, fifth - 64 points. Other local favorites include Corey Callahan, seventh - 42, Ron Pierce 10th-38.5 and Chris Page #25 in the standings with 14 points. ----------------------------------- by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs
Tucson, AZ --- Dave Palone, the 51-year-old Waynesburg, Pa., native is Harness Tracks of America’s Driver of the Year, the formidable achievement that remains the most difficult award in the sport of harness racing to win. It is the seventh time Palone has won the title! The evidence of the accomplishment is clear in the fact that of the 3,156 drivers who competed for purses in North America in 2013, only six were able to finish in the top 10 in money won, races won and UDR in-the-money percentage. Under the HTA formula, points are awarded on the basis of 25 for first down to one for 25th in the standings in money won, races won, and UDR, with a 25-point bonus for finishing in the top 25 in all three categories. Palone’s 2013 Driver of the Year trophy will be presented as part of the United States Harness Writers' 2014 Dan Patch Awards Banquet Night of Champions, on Sunday (Feb. 23) at Dover Downs in Dover, Dela. Here are the complete standings for 2013 for the top 25 drivers in North America: Drivers--Wins (Rank)--Earnings (Rank)--UDR (Rank)--Bonus--Total Points Dave Palone--645 (2T)--$6,128,869 (12)--.385 (3)--25--85.5 Yannick Gingras--537 (8T)--$14,231,476 (2)--.367 (8)--25--84.5 Tim Tetrick--582 (5)--$16,164,822 (1)--.320 (13T)--25--83.5 Brian Sears--507 (12T)--$13,737,691 (3)--.368 (7)--25--80.5 George Napolitano Jr.--551 (7)--$6,068,813 (14)--.315 (18)--25--64 George Brennan--450 (14)--$9,134,699 (7)--.311 (20T)--25--61.5 Corey Callahan--619 (4)--$9,708,323 (6)--.281--(unranked)--42 Ronnie Wrenn Jr.--714 (1)--$2,480,373 (unranked)--.361 (10)--41 Trevor Henry--529 (10)--$2,458,956 (unranked)--.392 (2)--40 Ron Pierce--537 (8T)--$11,550,300 (5)--.281 (unranked)--38.5 Michael Oosting--511 (11)--$3,535,283 (unranked)--.373 (5)--36 Jim Morrill, Jr.--343 (unranked)--$6,116,760 (13)--.383 (4)--35 Bruce Aldrich, Jr.--645 (2T)--$2,764,419 (unranked)--.316 (17)--32.5 Matt Kakaley--446 (15)--$7,527,717 (8)--.287 (unranked)--29 David Miller--388 (22)--$12,230,914 (4)--.268 (unranked)--26 Winston Campbell--321 (unranked)--$835,983 (unranked)--.416 (1)--25 Aaron Merriman--568 (6)--$4,165,510 (24)--.292 (unranked)--22 Bruce Ranger--254 (unranked)--$1,216,733 (unranked)--.369 (6)--20 Jason Bartlett--362 (24)--$7,136,699 (9)--.260 (unranked)--19 Jim Marohn Jr.--390 (21)--$1,762,040 (unranked)--.331 (12)--19 Jody Jamieson--352 (unranked)--$6,300,192 (11)--.307 (23T)--17 Andy Miller--354 (25)--$7,122,058 (10)--.254 (unranked)--17 Luke Plano--262 (unranked)--$765,014 (unranked)--.363 (9)--17 Heath Campbell--202 (unranked)--$817,779 (unranked)--.349 (11)--15 Chris Page--428 (16)--$2,478,072 (unranked)--.308 (22)--14
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 11, 2014--Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) picked off favored Bettor's Edge (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned post position No. 2, he worked out a pocket trip behind 2-5 choice Bettor's Edge. That one threw down intervals of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:25.2. All the while, he was pestered by a fumbly-gaited, but persistent, longshot Eddie Sweat (Jason Bartlett). Bettor's Edge eventually dismissed that one, taking a length lead into the lane. However, Dream Out Loud N was just minding his business. He angled out and easily went by, the margin a couple of lengths in 1:53.3. Bettor's Edge held second, with Dallenbach Hanover (Brian Sears), Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) and Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For Dream Out Loud N, a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Joe Muscara and trained by Darren Cassar, he returned $18 (third choice) for a season-debuting victory. The exacta paid $38.20, with the triple returning $106.50. 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. Frank Drucker
Jason Bartlett has come a long way since driving Gerry’s Beauty to a first-place finish at the Windsor Fair in Maine in the late summer of 1998. The Windsor native and former basketball star made the decision to move into big-time harness racing in 2007 at Yonkers Raceway. Bartlett, 32, recently posted his 5,000thcareer victory behind Box Car Johnnie at the New York track. He was typically low key about reaching a milestone few drivers have achieved. “To tell you the truth I don’t even look at my numbers,” he said. “Purses I’ve won kind of matters.” He has won nearly $54 million in purses in hiscareer, approximately $50 million since arriving at Yonkers. He recorded one of his biggest paydays this year when he won the Messenger Stakes with its purse of $530,000. Drivers are generally awarded five percent of the purse. Bartlett, who won three track championships at Yonkers from 2008-10, finished third this season with winnings totaling $7.7 million, which placed him ninth in the country. He’s had to bear down more than ever since arriving at Yonkers because there are more good drivers there than when he arrived, including Brian Sears and George Brennan, two of the top five in the country. In winning his 5,000th race, Bartlett topped Brennan and odds-on favorite Pembroke Alec Bush by a length and a half in 1 minute, 53 seconds. Bartlett’s horse was trained by Alicia Gray, wife of driver and trainer Shawn Gray. “It was kind of neat I got my 5,000th (on their horse) since they’re both from Maine,” Bartlett said. Bartlett grew up around horses in Windsor at the barn of his grandfather, Dick Bartlett. Jason’s athletic ability would show up on the track, but first manifested itself on the basketball court at Erskine Academy and later at the Southern Maine Community College. “He’s very athletic,” Dick Bartlett said. “He always was kind of a natural.” The elder Bartlett said his grandson thinks races out in advance and while they’re happening instead of just going out there and driving. “Jason tends to business pretty good,” Dick said. “He takes it seriously.” Bartlett, who has twice been selected for the World Driving Championships, races five days a week at Yonkers and at least one other day at Pocono Raceway. He and his wife Kristen and sons Kobe and Karter live in Goshen, N.Y., about an hour’s drive from Yonkers. He’s owned and trained horses in the past but has no immediate plans to give up driving. “I still love it,” he said. “I make a living out of something I love.” Story by Gary Hawkins reprinted with permission by http://www.kjonline.com
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 26, 2013--To the surprise of no one in particular, Brian Sears and Ron Burke left town with Yonkers Raceway's 2013 titles as leading driver and trainer, respectively. The 231-program meet (pared down by seven weather cancellations), which ran from Jan .11-Dec. 21, saw Sears--who turns 45 next month--claim his first Westchester title in his first full-fledged Yonkers season. He won 471 races from 2,034 starts (23.2 percent), 44 more victories than two-time defending champ George Brennan (427 wins), Jason Bartlett (337), Dan Dube (226) and Jordan Stratton (217) rounded out the leading quintet. Sears' $8,736,133 in purses also led the legion. The 44-year-old Burke, as part of a record-setting, $22-milllion purse season, earned his first-ever local training title. He won 176 races from his local-high 723 starters (24.3 percent), taking a season-long scrum with Rene Allard (140 winners, 24.5 percent). Gilberto Garcia-Herrera (114), PJ Fraley (108) and Scott DiDomenico (90) completed the first five. Burke's $4,233,573 in purses was about $1.8 million more than runner-up Fraley's figure. The Raceway's 2014 live schedule begins Monday, Jan 6, pending NYS Gaming Commission approval. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
Here is quite a unique holiday YouTube salute to Yonkers Raceway's king, the White Knight, Brian Sears.