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YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 13, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by the greatest of ease by odds-on favorite Coraggioso (Brian Sears, $3.10). In one notch after what figured to be his toughest challenger came up ill, Coraggioso-from post position No, 7-settled in fourth as invading Rossini (Jordan Stratton) slogged through flat sub-sections of 28 seconds and 58 seconds. Coraggioso eased out, gradually gaining on the leader in and out of a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Rossini was about to surrender to the people's choice early stretch and Coraggioso widened from there. The final margin was 2¾ lengths in 1:55.1. Awesome Valley (Eric Goodell) snatched second at 30-1, with Rossini, Tall cotton (George Brennan) and Hoorayforvacation (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For Coraggioso, a 5-year-old homebred/statebred son of Conway Hall co-owned by Tom Durkin & Joe Spadaro, and trained by Julie Miller, he returned $4 for his sixth win in 14 seasonal starts (20-for-45 in his career). The exacta paid $45.80, with the triple returning $192. Note that Saturday's Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9) shall offer a $10,000 guaranteed pool, spiced with a $2,223 carryover. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule is back in business, 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, Friday, May 30, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $38,000 Open Handicaps-for distaff pacers and any trotter with the street cred--were won by a pair of wagering favorites in millionairess Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) and 2012 Yonkers Trot champ Archangel (George Brennan). Ordered outside her seven rivals, Monkey on My Wheel-as the just-above-even-money favorite-settled in third as 32-1 rank outsider Fast and Feisty (Brent Holland) and Classy Lane Rose (Eric Goodell) played leapfrog on the lead. After a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and :57.1 intermission, Monkey on My Wheel was back on the case. She took out after Classy Lane Rose in out of a 1:25 three-quarters, tackling that one through the final turn. Monkey on My Wheel finally gained the upper hoof, then held off a passing lane Fast and Feisty by a scant nose in 1:53.4. Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) was third, with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) and Classy Lane Rose settling for the small change. For "Monkey," a 6-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three owned by Mac Nichol and trained by Casie Coleman, she returned $4.10 for her fifth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $64.50, with the triple returning $281.50. The week's marquee trot was strictly a two-speed number as 11-10 choice favorite Archangel-starting from post position No. 5-work around Tober (Holland). The mare Frau Blucher (Sears) settled third in her local debut. Early intervals of :27.1 and :56 left several gaps among the rest of the gang. Archangel held sway through a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a couple of lengths into the lane. He held Tober at bay, winning by a length in 1:54.3...matching the fastest local trot mile of the season. Lorenzo Dream (Dan Dube) rallied well to grab third-beaten 5¼ lengths--with Awesome Valley (Carlson) and Frau Blucher rounding out the payees. For Archangel, a 5-year-old (unraced last season) statebred son of Credit Winner co-owned by Clare Semer and Legendary Standard Farm and trained by Ron Burke, he returned $4.30 for his first win in four '14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.60, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $460.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule--along with evening simulcasting--goes on hiatus after Saturday's card, which includes the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-eyar-old colts/geldings) and $124,744 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies). Afternoon simulcasting remains available daily. Live racing/evening simulcasting returns Friday, June 13th. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Everything appears to be right on with All Bets Off as he heads into Saturday's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. All Bets Off, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Matt Kakaley, won his Rooney elimination last weekend by 2-1/2 lengths over Some Playa in 1:52.3. In his eight starts since joining the Burke Stable last September, All Bets Off has won five times and finished second on three occasions. He finished last season by winning the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, beating Stevensville by a half-length in a track-record 1:50. Stevensville also is in the Rooney, having won his elimination by 3-3/4 lengths over Gold Rocks in 1:53. All Bets Off will start the Rooney final from post four; Stevensville, with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Ray Schnittker, from post six. All Bets Off is the 7-5 morning line favorite. "He was very good," Burke said about All Bets Off's elimination win. "He's been super since we got him. We're trying to figure out how good he is and where he fits. This is a chance for us to see if he belongs in the group with the top 10 colts in the division. "But he's been pretty special since we got him." Burke owns All Bets Off with Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stable Corp. and Rosemary Shelswell. A resident of Ontario, Shelswell was part of the previous ownership group that purchased All Bets Off for $7,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. All Bets Off is a son of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Penelope, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit in the mid-1990s. For his career, All Bets Off has won six of 15 races, finished second five times, and earned $216,917. All Bets Off is not eligible to the North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace, but has the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Messenger Pace, Progress Pace and New York Sire Stakes on his schedule. This season, he had a win and a second against older horses before his victory in his Rooney elim. "He's done everything we've asked of him," Burke said. "He's got a good spot (for the Rooney final). He can do it both ways, so he should be good there." If luck counts for anything, trainer Tony Alagna should feel good heading into the Rooney final. He saw his Bondi Hanover and Gold Rocks draw posts two and three, respectively, and then found out his Maxi Bon, who was also-eligible, got the coveted post No. 1 when Thereisapaceforus scratched. Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover finished second and third behind Stevensville in their Rooney elim. Maxi Bon went off stride and finished fifth in his elim, which was won by All Bets Off. "Both (Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover) raced very well," Algana said. "Gold Rocks won the Babic at Freehold last year, so we knew he was a good half-mile horse. That was only Bondi Hanover's fourth lifetime start and he raced excellent. For a maiden to go against those horses and be third, we're very happy with him. "Maxi Bon is a fast horse that had some trouble in the last turn when he was out and going. We made some adjustments and he trained well (Wednesday)." Alagna said All Bets Off and Stevensville are the horses to beat. "Other than that, I think our horses are as competitive as anyone else's," Alagna said. "Gold Rocks, the half-mile track and five-eighths are going to be his thing. He's handy and you've got to use that to your advantage. I don't think the big track picks him up nearly as much. He's Meadowlands Pace eligible just in case he rises up, but we're going to concentrate on the smaller tracks." Following is the field in post order for the Art Rooney Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Maxi Bon, Daniel Dube, Tony Alagna; 2. Bondi Hanover, Jason Bartlett, Tony Alagna; 3. Gold Rocks, Eric Goodell, Tony Alagna; 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 5. Some Playa, George Brennan, Jennifer Sabot; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 7. Unlocked, Brent Holland, Erv Miller; 8. Ideal Fashion, Jordan Stratton, Jim Campbell. SOUTHWIND SILENCE HOPES TO MAKE NOISE IN LISMORE Ron Burke is happy with Southwind Silence as she prepares for Saturday's $124,744 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old filly pacers at Yonkers. Southwind Silence finished fourth in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in her seasonal debut at The Meadows on May 3, but bounced back last weekend to win her Lismore Pace elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Bettor Business in 1:54. Last year, Southwind Silence won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly pacers and also won a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. For her career, the daughter of Well Said-Southwind Solara has won four of 15 races, hit the board 13 times, and earned $391,211 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Joseph DiScala Jr. "She was a very good filly last year," Burke said. "I wasn't completely happy with her first start this year. It was alright, but she had to come first up and that doesn't usually work at The Meadows if you can't clear. (In her elimination) she seemed more like her normal self. "She seemed to handle the track well, and at Yonkers that's a big thing." Tyra, who was third in last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, also won a Lismore elimination. She beat Rusty's Bliss by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4 and is the 8-5 morning line choice in the final. Following is the field in post order for the Lismore Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Also Encouraging, Matt Kakaley, Casie Coleman; 2. It Was Fascination, Brent Holland, Tony Alagna; 3. Bettor Business, Daniel Dube, Scott DiDomenico; 4. Tyra, Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King; 5. Southwind Silence, George Brennan, Ron Burke; 6. Rusty's Bliss, Jason Bartlett, Douglas Lewis; 7. Gentlemens Delight, Marcus Johansson, Nancy Johansson; 8. Palm Beach, Eric Carlson, Douglas Lewis. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 23, 2014--Yonker Raceway's pair of Friday night $38,000 Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and either-gender trotters--were won by Little Santamonica (Jason Bartlett) and Coraggioso (Brian Sears). "Santamonica," the upstate scourge making her first local try since late March, floated out from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection) before taking back. She saw the two (7-5) wagering choices in favored Summertime Lea (George Brennan) and Shelliscape (Brian Sears) in play early with intervals of :27 and :55.3. Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) moved from fifth, with Little Santamonica on that one's tail. However, it remainder Shelliscape's race in and out of the 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length lead in and out of the final turn. Summertime Lea dove inside, but she wasn't the problem. It was Little Santamonica tipping wide and going by, whipping a game Virgin Nary by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. Shelliscape faded to third, with Summertime Lea and Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. For Little Santamonica, a 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven owned by Kelly Dawn Hope and trained by Jordan Hope, she returned $21.20 (fourth choice) for her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $139.50, with the triple returning $685. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite Coraggioso wide early from behind the eight-ball, but wrapped up late. He worked around Tober (Bartlett), then threw down the gauntlet to the tune of :28.1, :57.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55. The final margin was a drifting three-quarters of a length, but the final result was never up for debate. Tober chased and held second, with Awesome Valley (Brennan), Swishnflick (Larry Stalbaum) and Harbor Point (Eric Carlson) coming away with the remainder. For Coraggioso, a 5-year-old homebred/statebred son of Conway Hall co-owned by Tom Durkin & Joe Spadaro, and trained by Julie Miller, he returned $4 for his fifth win in 13 '14 tries (up and over $600,000 in career earnings). The exacta paid $16.60, the triple returned $86 and the superfecta paid $291. 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. Note that Saturday's card features eliminations for both the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-colts/geldings) and its companion event, the Lismore (3-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 17, 2014- Reformed harness racing claimer Digital Z Tam (Dan Dube) was well-placed off a wicked Saturday night speed duel. winning Yonkers Raceway $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned inside his five (after one defection) rivals, Digital Z Tam watched a spirited early floor show. Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), Heston Blue Chip (Larry Stalbaum) and Statesman N (Brent Holland) were all in the game. What resulted was a :26.1 opening quarter-mile and :54.1 intermission. After Heston Blue Chip's second move, Digital Z Tam took out of fourth. That one assaulted the leader in and out of a 1:23 three-quarters, grabbing the advantage early in the lane. Meanwhile, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), as the 9-10 choice, was racing at the back of the bus. He saved ground inside, then angled out third-over. However, Digital Z Tam had too many things working on his behalf. He widened to whip 56-1 rank outsider Malak Uswaad N (Jordan Stratton) by a couple of lengths in season's-best 1:51.3. P H Supercam settled for third, beaten 2½ lengths. For Digital Z Tam, a 10-year-old Cambest gelding owned and J M F Racing and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, he returned $29 (fourth choice) for his sixth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $369, with the triple returning $1,628. 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, Friday, May 16, 2014-Brian Sears used different tactics to produce the same result (ironically with the same payoff) Friday night, winning both of Yonkers Raceway $38,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Sears went down the soggy road with Fast and Feisty in the distaff derby. From post position No. 6, she splashed her way through intervals of :29.1, :58.2, 1:27.4 and 1:55.4. The final margin was three-quarters of a lengths over a stubborn, first-up Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance), with tepid 5-2 choice Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland) and Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees. For Fast sand Feisty, a 5-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native owned by Vincent Apolinario and trained Anthony Skultety Jr., she returned $10,20 (second choice) for her sixth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $83, with the triple returning $366. The week's marquee trot saw Lorenzo Dream-from post No. 7--launch a big move in and out of the final turn. He continued it through the lane, picking off the leading (:28.1, :57.1, 1:26.4) Itzaziam (Pat Berry) by a length-and-a-three-quarters in 1:57. First leader Tall Cotton (George Brennan), Fort Valley As (Dan Dube) and Blacktuxwhitesocks (Jordan Stratton) settled for the small change. Southwind Warsaw (Jason Bartlett) jumped it off as the 8-5 favorite, as did eight-hole assignee Super Manning (Kakaley). Sears ended with four winners on the 12-race card. For Lorenzo Dream, a 7-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, he returned $10.20 (second choice) for his fourth win in 14 '14 tries. The exacta paid $61.50, the triple returned $448.50 and the superfecta paid $1,698. by Frank Drucker, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 10, 2014-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), in his first start since winning the final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, was at it again Saturday night. He prevailed in Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside in what became a five-horse field, the 2-5 choice led every sub-section (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:52.1). The final margin a length-and-a-quarter over a solid, first-up Statesman N (Brent Holland), with Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) third. Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) and Valentino (Pat Berry) came away with the remainder. For P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by P J Fraley, he returned $2.80 for his fourth win (third consecutive) in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11, with triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated assemblage. Also of note Saturday, a $10,518 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager meant a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The "free money" attracted $21,565 of fresh money, and the winning combination of 5-(2,6)-3-4-6 returned $328.25 for every two quarters. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 9, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's rank outsider Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) and favored Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) were the toasts of the town Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Open Handicaps. Virgin Mary, given a perfect second-over sojourn in the distaff derby, picked off her tow, Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears). The margin was a neck in a moist 1:54. "Monkey," ordered behind the eight-ball after four wins and a second in her last five tries, settled in fourth. She saw Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), Cocoa Beach (Jordan Stratton) and Fast and Feisty (Dan Dube) all leave inside of her. After early intervals of :27.2 and :57.1, Monkey on My Wheel was out again, engaging Cocoa Beach in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Monkey on My Wheel put the leader her away soon after, opening to a length-and-a-half in the lane. However, Virgin Mary--hitching a ride from post position No. 2--did go on by. Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), slight 19-10 choice Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and Fast and Feisty completed the cashers. For "Mary," a 6-year-old Village Jolt homebred owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Shay, she returned an even $50 for her third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $298.50, with the triple returning $2,162. The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, with 13-10 choice Melady's Monet--from post No. 4--and Lorenzo Dream (Sears) lined up. The latter worked around the former (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2), with Bonus Trot Series champ Itzaziam (Pat Berry) moving from third. "Lorenzo," up by half-length in the out of the final turn, had the measure of Itzaziam, but not Melady's Monet. The latter ducked inside, whipping Lorenzo Dream by a half-length in a season's-best 1:56. Itzaziam held well for third despite the big class hike, with Fortunista (Carlson) and Ray Hall (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For "Melady," a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Taylor Gower, he returned $4.70 for his third win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $13.80, the triple returned $59.50 and the superfecta paid $224.50 Yonkers Raceway Free Money Alert...a $10,518.87 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager means a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Saturday night (50-cent base wager on races 5 thru 9, so go study). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 2, 2014-Lone lass Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter) eased from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot. The field was reduced to seven before the start when Tall Cotton came up ill, then effectively reduced by another when last week's winner, Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) jumped early as the slight second choice. That left Lorenzo Dream (Brian Sears) to cut out his own mile to the early tune of :28 and :58. Backstreet Hanover, leaving from post position No. 4 as the tepid 19-10 favorite, was content to pursue from the two-hole. With just mile pressure from longshot Fortunista (Eric Carlson), "Lorenzo" found a 1:27.2 three-quarters. He owned a length-and-a-half into the lane, but could not stave off "Backstreet" on his back. The ma'am went by, with the final margin three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Fort Valley As (Dan Dube), Blacktuxwhitesocks (Jordan Stratton) and Fortunista rounded out the payees. For Backstreet Hanover, a 6-year-old daughter of Andover Hall owned by David Hamm and trained by Allan Johnson, she returned $5.90 ( choice) for her fourth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, the triple returned $190.50 and the superfecta paid $761. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

P H Supercam and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett found vacant room along the rail and scooted by Foiled Again and held off Apprentice Hanover to win the $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Final Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. It was a sloppy and dull track after earlier rains that saw the richest harness racing event of 2014 in North America get off to a flying start with world champion Foiled Again and driver Yannick Gingras grabbed the early lead from Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) by the opening quarter mile in :27.2. They raced that way to the half mile in :56.2 but then in the backstretch it started to heat up as Bettor’s Edge (George Brennan) started up first-over with Dancin Yankee (Ron Pierce) second over to the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Then Pierce was not going to sit and moved Dancin Yankee three-wide around the final turn to try and mount a challenge. Coming down the stretch Yannick Gingras went after Foiled Again, hoping the 10-year-old could dig in one more time while Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) had fanned out four-wide but was gobbling up ground in the stretch. Sapphire City and Eric Carlson just sat in the pocket, apparently without any pace and did not try the passing lane so Jason Bartlett grabbed the golden opportunity, moved P H Supercam into the passing lane and came home a winner by a half length over Apprentice Hanover with Foiled Again a game third in 1:52.3. “He is such a great horse,” Said Jason Bartlett of P H Supercam. “You can just race him as the race unfolds. He can leave, he can come off the helmet, anything you just ask him to do. He was just so fast in the passing lane, he really kicked in. I thought I was sitting in a pretty good spot after the start of the race.” A seven-year-old gelded son of Million Dollar Cam, it was the fourth win this year for P H Supercam. He is trained by P J Fraley and is owned by the Bamond Racing Group of Brick, NJ. P H Supercam paid $6.40 to win. It was the richest Levy final in the history of the race and the richest Grand Circuit event of 2014 to date. It was tag-team Burke Racing Stable in the $100,000 Levy Consolation race as the entry of Clear Vision and Easy Again raced against each other down the stretch with Clear Vision and driver George Brennan getting the victory. Easy Again (Yannick Gingras) was the first to show with Word Power (Jody Jamieson) grabbing the two-hole garden spot to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. But the lead was short lived as Brennan came charging up on the outside with Clear Vision and they took command of the race well before the half mile pole in :57.2. They raced Indian-style until the backstretch when Rock On Moe (Ron Pierce) started up first-over but to no avail. Clear Vision led past the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and then it was a two-horse racing to the wire with Clear Vision holding off stablemate Easy Again for the victory in 1:53. Word Power was third. Owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Panhellenic Stable and J Koran, it was the second win this year for Clear Vision, a six-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover. Clear Vision paid the mandatory $2.10 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Trainer Joe Holloway is having a hellva day as his Somwherovrarainbow used the passing lane to her full advantage in capturing the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Farms Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway Saturday and earlier on the day his Always B Miki won the $49,015 Reynolds Memorial at the Meadowlands. The culmination of the harness racing  Grand Circuit event for older pacing mares saw Somwherovrarainbow and driver Brian Sears leave from the rail but was challenged right away by Yagonnakissmeornot and driver Daniel Dube. They took the lead away and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :27. They raced that way past the half in :55.4 and that is when the action heated up as Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) came first-over after the race leaders with Feeling You (Tyler Buter) grabbing the second over cover. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.4 Anndrovette kept charging on the outside but Yagonnakissmeornot and Dube would not give up the lead. As they came down the stretch, Yagonnakissmeornot still looked strong but everyone kept coming at her and Sears used the passing lane with Somwherovrarainbow to catch them at the wire to win by a length in in a speedy 1:52.3. Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) was third. Owned by Ted Gewertz of New York City and Diamond Creek Racing of Wellville, PA, it was the fourth win this year for Somwherovrarainbow, who is sired by Somebeachsomewhere. She went off at odds of 2-1 and paid $6.90 to win. The rains really picked up for the 8th race $75,000 Matchmaker Series Consolation event but the weather did not have any bearing on a great effort by 20-1 Fashion Mystery who upset the field. Leaving hard from post five, Fashion Mystery and driver Eric Carlson took the quick lead, then gave way to Ideal In Vegas (Jordan Stratton) and they raced that way in the heavy rain as late in the mile Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce) tried coming first-over in vain. Then as they turned for home, Eric Carlson tipped Fashion Mystery to the outside and they came after Ideal In Vegas, collared them in mid stretch, then Ideal In Vegas looked to start coming back but it was too late as Fashion Mystery went on to a half length triumph in 1:55.4. Ideal In Vegas was second with Let’s Go Higher (Jason Bartlett) third. Sired by Real Artist, it was the first win in nine starts for Fashion Mystery, who paid $43.80 to win.  She is trained and owned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera of Columbus, NJ. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 25, 2014-Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) took advantage of a late-race rest stop Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot. In no particular hurry from post position No. 5, Super Manning's job became easier when 8-5 choice Coraggioso (Brian Sears) jumped it off leaving and went off the course. That allowed eight-hole assignee DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) to work around 60-1 He'sgotlegs (Larry Stalbaum) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. The leader, a perfect 6-for-6 here this season entering this race, then rated a :57.4 intermission before Super Manning began his stroll from sixth. He was able to grab a breather when the longshot in the pocket dropped anchor before a 1:26.4 three-quarters. "DW" opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, with Super Manning again taking up the chase. He chased, then caught, the leader, wining by a measured neck in 1:55. Third-4½ lengths away--went to Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), with Blacktuxwhitesocks (Jordan Stratton) and Fortunista (Eric Carlson) coming away with the lesser pay envelopes. For second choice Super Manning, a 6-year-old Diamond Goal homebred owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, he returned $6.10 for his second win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.40, with the triple returning $63. Saturday night's million-dollar stakes program is led by North America's two richest races of the season to date, the Raceway's $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race) and the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (9th race). The field for the Levy (approximate post time 10:55 PM).... 1-Sapphire City (Eric Carlson, 15-1), 2-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, 5-1), 3-Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras, 3-5), 4-Texican N (Brian Sears, 20-1), 5-Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson, 8-1), 6-Bettor's Edge (George Brennan, 3-5), 7-Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce, 5-1), 8-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, 5-1). Note P H Supercam/Mach it So race as a Bamond Racing owned-P J Fraley trained entry, while Foiled Again/Bettor's Edge race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry. Foiled Again-subject of the night's T-shirt giveaway--and his $6.1 million career bankroll are going for a Levy title hat trick. The Matchmaker (approximate post 10:05 PM) goes as such...1-Somwherovarainbow (Sears, 9-6), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, 8-5), 3-Rocklamation (Gingras, 5-1), 4-Anndrovette (Tetrick, 3-1), 5-Krispy Apple (Bartlett, 3-1), 6-Feeling You (Tyler Buter, 10-1), 7-Angel's Delight (Brennan, 15-1), 8-Summertime Lea (Matt Kakaley, 5-1). Note Rocklamation/Summertime Lea race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry, while Anndrovette/Krispy Apple race as a Bamond Racing/Davino-owned, P J Fraley trained entry. A pair of series consolations, worth $100,000 (Levy) and $75,000 (Matchmaker), go as races 8 and 10, respectively. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Yannick Gingras knows a lot of eyes will be on Foiled Again as he attempts to win Saturday's $567,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship at Yonkers Raceway, but the driver is unfazed by any additional pressure that might bring. "It's fun," Gingras said. "He's become one of the fans' favorites and a lot of people are watching him. People appreciate him more now. Every race, he breaks his own record by adding to his earnings and hopefully he can keep doing it and make it a record that will be very hard to break. We just want him to keep adding (wins) to his resume. "As a driver, this is the kind of horse you want to drive. There's no pressure. I'm excited to race him." The 10-year-old Foiled Again is the richest harness racing horse in North American history, with $6.13 million in career earnings. He has been named the Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer each of the last three years, equaling Rambling Willie's record for the most honors in the division. In 2011, he was Pacer of the Year. Foiled Again, who has won 80 of 203 lifetime races, captured the Levy Series in 2009 and 2010. He was second by a neck to Razzle Dazzle last year and second by a head to stablemate Atochia in 2012. He finished third in 2011, beaten by a half-length. This year, Foiled Again competed in all five of the Levy's preliminary rounds, winning the first four times and finishing sixth from post seven last week. The setback ended a six-race win streak dating to last season, which was part of a span of 13 starts in which he posted 10 victories and three second-place finishes. "Last week it just didn't work out," Gingras said. "Everyone left inside of me and then (Special Forces) pulled first up and didn't go anywhere. (But) Foiled is fine and ready to go." Foiled Again, owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables, will start the final from post No. 3 as part of an entry with Bettor's Edge for trainer Ron Burke. Foiled Again drew post seven for the 2013 Levy final, post eight in 2012 and post six in 2011. "Finally after a few years he drew good," Gingras said. "And he didn't draw inside of post three this whole series, and was outside (of post five) three times. He was due for a good draw. "I'm really happy with him. He's in great form." In his fourth-round win on April 12, Foiled Again paced 1:51, which equaled his best mile ever at Yonkers. Foiled Again, who has won 30 of 44 lifetime starts at The Hilltop, also won in 1:51 during the preliminary round of the 2012 Levy. The Levy stakes record is 1:50.4, set by Silver Almahurst in 1993. The track record is 1:50.2, shared by Sapphire City, who also is a Levy finalist, and Fat Man's Alley. "I definitely like my spot," Gingras said. "(Foiled Again) just has that refuse-to-lose mentality right now." The field in post position order for the Levy final with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Sapphire City, Eric Carlson, Paul Blumenfeld; 2. P H Supercam, Jason Bartlett, P.J. Fraley; 3. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 4. Texican N, Brian Sears, Peter Tritton; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Bettor's Edge, George Brennan, Ron Burke; 7. Dancin Yankee, Ron Pierce, Josh Green; 8. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley. * P H Supercam and Mach It So will race as an entry (head numbers 1 and 1A, respectively). Foiled Again and Bettor's Edge will race as an entry (head numbers 2 and 2A, respectively). Finalists by wins in divisions of the series: Foiled Again (4), Mach It So (3), Bettor's Edge (3), Dancin Yankee (1), P H Supercam (1), Apprentice Hanover (1). Saturday's card at Yonkers also features the $371,400 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship for older female pacers, where Yagonnakissmeornot will try to cap a strong performance in the event. Yagonnakissmeornot finished the preliminary rounds with three consecutive wins and had four victories overall. She will start from post No. 2 for driver Daniel Dube and trainer Rene Allard. "She's been doing everything right," Dube said. "With an inside post, it should be good. But she can race anyway you want; she doesn't need a trip. She can do it the hard way." Last week, Yagonnakissmeornot started from post seven, used a first-over move at the halfway point and wore down leader Scandalous Hanover by the final turn en route to a one-length victory in 1:53.2. "I had to ask her a little on the backside, but at the wire she could have still done another lap," Dube said. "She can make the other (horses) tired. She can grind and keep going. She can kind of be on the lazy side, but if you ask for a little more, she gives you more." The Matchmaker field also includes defending series champ Feeling You and 2012 winner Rocklamation. Somwherovrarainbow, who was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer in 2012, starts from the rail. Rocklamation, who drew post three for the final, finished second by a head to Feeling You in her most recent start on April 11. "She's been really good," driver Yannick Gingras said about Rocklamation. "She can't do the dirty work, so post three should be a good spot. We've got the two best horses inside of us and we can see who is going to cut the mile and maybe get a good trip. She had a week off and she's usually very good when she's fresh." The field in post position order for the Matchmaker final with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Somwherovrarainbow, Brian Sears, Joe Holloway; 2. Yagonnakissmeornot, Daniel Dube, Rene Allard; 3. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 4. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 5. Krispy Apple, Jason Bartlett, P.J. Fraley; 6. Feeling You, Tyler Buter, Amber Buter; 7. Angels Delight, George Brennan, Ross Croghan; 8. Summertime Lea, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke. * Rocklamation and Summertime Lea will race as an entry (head numbers 1 and 1A, respectively). Anndrovette and Krispy Apple will race as an entry (head numbers 2 and 2A, respectively). Finalists by wins in divisions of the series: Yagonnakissmeornot (4), Somwherovrarainbow (2), Summertime Lea (2), Angels Delight (2), Anndrovette (1), Rocklamation (1), Feeling You (1). by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 22, 2014-Foiled Again landed post position No. 3 for Yonkers Raceway's $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Harness racing's richest-ever pacer ($6,130,968) eyes a third Levy title, having won this event consecutively in 2009 and 2010. Foiled Again won his first four prelims legs this time around before finishing a non-factor sixth this past Saturday. The 2014 final offers the highest purse in the history of the event-named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway--and serves as the richest North American race of the season to the date. The Levy goes as the 11th of Yonkers' 12 races, with approximate post time of 10:55 PM. The draw, with declared drivers...1-Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), 2-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), 3-Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), 4-Texican N (Brian Sears), 5-Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson), 6-Bettor's Edge (George Brennan), 7-Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce), 8-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick). Note P H Supercam/Mach it So race as a Bamond Racing owned-P J Fraley trained entry, while Foiled Again/Bettor's Edge race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry, while Special Forces is the also eligible. Also Saturday, the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (race 9, approximate post 10:05 PM) goes as such... 1-Somwherovarainbow (Sears), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), 3-Rocklamation (Gingras), 4-Anndrovette (Tetrick), 5-Krispy Apple (Bartlett), 6-Feeling You (Tyler Buter), 7-Angel's Delight (Brennan), 8-Summertime Lea (Matt Kakaley). Note Rocklamation/Summertime Lea race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry, while Anndrovette/Krispy Apple race as a Bamond Racing/Davino-owned, P J Fraley trained entry, while Ramalama is the also eligible. A pair of series consolations, worth $100,000 (Levy) and $75,000 (Matchmaker), go as races 8 and 10, respectively. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway      

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fourth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 11) in the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 12) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fourth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The Ron Burke Stable continued to dominate Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series this past Saturday night (April 5). Burke trained the winners in all but one of the evening's four $50,000 divisions. Leading the Burke brigade once again was Foiled Again, who remained unbeaten in three series starts. He and driver Yannick Gingras went the distance, though not without having to work for it. Drawing outside his six rivals, Foiled Again went around pole-sitting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) before a :27 opening quarter-mile. From there, the match race was on. After a :55.4 half, these two separated themselves from the overmatched quintet. Foiled Again found three-quarters in 1:24, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. Then, P H Supercam took his shot. He dove inside and closed ground, but could not reach. Foiled Again prevailed by a head in 1:52. Rock On Moe (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third as the 66-1 rank outsider. For Foiled Again, a 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,105,968 (79-for-201). Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Burke's other Levy winners were Easy Again in 1:53.1 and Bettor's Edge in 1:52.2. Like Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge is also a perfect three-for-three in the series and they share the points lead in the Levy with 225 each. Easy Again has a pair of series scores and is in fourth place with 187 points. Summertime Lea and Yagonnakissmeornot won their respective divisions this past Friday night (April 4) in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for mares, the second score for each in the series. Yagonnakissmeornot moved into a first place tie in the standings with Angel's Delight, each with 200 points. Summertime Lea is third at 187 points. Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, is now five-for-nine this season with career earnings just under $400,000. For Summertime Lea, a 4-year-old daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, it was her second win in three seasonal/series starts. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 96; 2. George Brennan - 94.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 58; 4. Daniel Dube - 30; 5. Brian Sears - 29. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 180.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 69; 3. Rene Allard - 30; 4t. Joe Holloway - 20; 4t. Kevin Carr - 20. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 55.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 46.3; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 46.3; 4. Brad Grant - 20.5; 5. Joe Pennacchio - 20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with the final preliminary leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy next weekend. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 26. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 5, 2014-The Ron Burke Stable ATM, officially named Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, continued with Round 3 Saturday night. Burke trained the winners in all but one of the evening's four, $50,000 divisions. Since the last (grouping) shall be first, let us begin where we usually do, with Foiled Again. He and driver Yannick Gingras went the distance, though not without having to work for it. Drawing outside his six rivals, Foiled Again quickly negated that nuisance. He went around pole-sitting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the match race was on. After a :55.4 half, these two separated themselves from the overmatched quintet. Foiled Again found three-quarters in 1:24, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Then, P H Supercam took his shot. He dove inside and close ground, but could not reach. Foiled Again prevailed by a head in 1:52. Rock On Moe (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third as the 66-1 rank outsider. For Foiled Again, a 10-year-old Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,105,968 (79-for-201). Burke co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Foiled Again, now 3-for-3 in this series and the season, returned the legal-minimum $2.10, with the exacta (two wagering choices) paid a season-low $3.10. Triple wagering was a no-no in all divisions due to limited wagering interests. "The first two weeks, he didn't have any pressure," Gingras said. "(Tonight), I wanted to air it out a bit. "Even so, he was loafing around until he heard (P H Supercam) coming. Then, he picked it up and he dug in. There was no way the other horse was going by me." Getting in the way of a Burke blitz was Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson). After a pair of seconds (one in a dead-heat) in this series, the Ontario contingent broke through. Leaving from post No. 3 in the third division, Apprentice Hanover was away third as Itrustyou (Gingras)-part of Burke's 1-2 favored entry-set sail through intervals of :26.4 and 56.3. Apprentice Hanover then moved to the leader, who offered just passive resistance. It was Apprentice Hanover grabbing the lead before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, leaving two-leg winner Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) first-up. The lead was two lengths turning for home, and Apprentice Hanover needed all of it. Mach it So moved to him but missed a neck in 1:52.4. Third went to rallying Clear Vision (George Brennan), part of the favored twosome. For Apprentice Hanover, a 4-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Brad Grant and trained by Ben Wallace, he returned $7.50 (third choice) for his sixth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.40. "He was a little funny in the first turn, same as he was in the last turn in the opening round," Jamieson said. "I thought it may have cost me early position. "It's always a challenge for a 4-year-old in this series. All the credit goes to Ben (Wallace). He managed him very well (in Canada). He wasn't getting tested up there, and was racing every other week. Going into this series, I wanted to make him work harder, because I knew he'd be taking on top horses." Saturday night's other Levy winners were... --Easy Again,r,5 (by Dragon Again); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 and Panhellenic Stbs/driver Brennan; 1:53.1/$2.40 (POE). --Bettor's Edge,g,5 (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,M1 Stb/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$2.20 (POE). As with Foiled Again, Bettor's Edge is 3-for-3 in this series. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway                     Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704 Phone: 914 457 2432 E-mail: FDrucker@YonkersRaceway.com      

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