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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      

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 4, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier proving ground for Open Mare pacers. Three soggy $40,000 divisions went postward.   The first event saw former New York Sire Stakes standout Summertime Lea (George Brennan, $2.40, part of odds-on entry) take it the house (:29.2, :58.4, 1:26.4, 1:55.1). Leaving from post position No. 3, she went around pole-sitting Ramalama (Matt Kakaley), then was pestered a stubborn, first-up Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson). The former held the latter at bay, winning by three-quarters of a length. Ramalama, the winner's wagering buddy Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) and Regil Elektra (Ron Pierce) completed the cashers. For "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. The exacta paid $34.20, with the triple returning $74.20. "She obviously can leave the gate, which works to her advantage," Brennan said. "When she won (the first week), it was her first start of the season and you never know what to expect, but she has impressed me." Like Summertime Lea, Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) notched a second series victory. Away alertly from post No. 4, she leaped over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), then laid down the law through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3. "Yagonna" widened to a pair of lengths into the lane before winning by that same margin. Angel's Delight-she also twice a winner in the Matchmaker and making a first start for new connections-rallied into second from a loose three-hole, with Krispy Apple, Charisma Hanover (Gingras) and Feeling You (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For tepid wagering favorite Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 5-for-9 this season (career earnings just under $400,000) The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $520. The third division went to a solid, two-move Anndrovette (Tetrick, $7.40). Caught wide after starting outside her seven rivals, she found a four-hole as 11-10 choice Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for the lead (:28, :57.4). Anndrovette caught a break down the backside when pocket-sitting longshot Cheyenne Miriam (Brennan) began to tire. That allowed the double-millionairess an impromptu rest stop by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. "Vegas" owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but Anndrovette ducked in and went by. The margin was a half-length in 1:55.3. Royal Cee Cee N (Pierce), Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) and Cheyenne Miriam grabbed the minor moolah. "It's taken her a couple of starts to get her winning attitude back, but I never lost faith," Tetrick said. "I was able to get a breather with her, the other mare (Ideal in Vegas) tired a bit and mine is just so big and strong." For second choice Anndrovette, a 7-year-old daughter of Riverboat King trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her first win in three season/series starts. The exacta paid $30.60, the triple returned $95 and the superfecta paid $520. Friday's $38,000 Open Trot was won by a cone-skimming Backstreet Hanover (Carlson, $37), who beat the boys in 1:57.2 The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 14, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who sent in the box tops--were won by a pocket-sitting Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $5) and an come-from-behind Super Manning (Matt Kakaley, $6.70). Royal Cee Cee N, who became a career millionairess with a second-place finish a week ago, was in play early this night from post position No. 3. As the 3-2 favorite, she made the first lead before yielding the right of way to Cocoa Beach (Ron Pierce). "Cocoa" set tepid fractions of a flat 28 seconds and :58.1 before inside assignee Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) moved from fourth. She put forth just mild pressure going toward a 1:26.1 three-quarters, with Cocoa Beach taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Despite the cheapy intervals, she couldn't stall the lass on her back, as Royal Cee Cee N ducked in and went by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4 (:27.3 final quarter). Fashion Mystery held third, with Krispy Apple and Ramalama completing the cashers. For Royal Cee Cee N, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $17, with the triple returning $116. The week's marquee trot saw slight 2-1 fave Super Manning-off the gate and solidly second in last week's edition-unhurried this week from post No. 6. He watched as Tall Cotton (George Brennan) left over his seven inside rivals. After early sub-sections of :28 and :58 (with pocket-sitter Lorenzo Dream [Sears] edging out, then going back in), Traverse Seelster (Pierce) moved from fifth. That one disposed of the leader, with Calchip's Brute (Jordan Stratton) second-up and Super Manning plying his craft from third-over. It was "Traverse" owning a short-lived lead at the 1:26.1 three-quarters, but-and everyone else-were about to be inhaled. Super Manning swung wide and busted the race wide open. He was up a length in and out of the final turn, then widened to 3¼ lengths in 1:54.4...fastest trot mile of the season. Lone lass Backstreet Hanover (Carlson) was able to get into second, with Calchip's Brute, Zooming (Tyler Buter) and Traverse Seelster settling for the small change. For Super Manning, a 6-year-old Diamond Goal homebred owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was her first win in five '14 starts. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $413 and the superfecta paid $1,908. Friday night props to former New York Sire Stakes champ Coraggioso ($3.40), who returned downstate with a convincing victory (1:56.1) in the $17,500, ninth-race trot. The now-5-year-old son of Conway Hall, co-owned by breeders Tom Durkin and Joe Spadaro, is now 16-for-37 in his career. He defeated Where to Hanover, owned by always-welcome Yonkers co-host Gary (Man About Town) Machiz, by a length-and-a-half. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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 3¼ 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, 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  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 10, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's Monday Pick 5 attracted more than the usual interest. A $10,000 guaranteed pool began with a $4,039.56 carryover and ended with $16,887 of new money. The winning combination of 3/2/3/8/5 returned a generous $1,415.50 for every half-a-buck. 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, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. The Pick 5 offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those days available for perusal at www.yonkersraceway.com. The bombardiers were out for the evening's third race, where 7-1 Cam Funny (Austin Siegelman, $17.40), 67-1 Art's B (Eric Carlson), 24-1 Stone of Magic (Larry Stalbaum) and 2-1 Cicely Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) comprised the first quartet. The exacta returned $365, the triple paid $32,178 and the superfecta returned $12,816. The latter two wagers, based on $2 payouts, were worth $16,089 ($1 ticket) and $640.80 (10-cent ticket), respectively. 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  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 8, 2014--Tepid 2-1 favorite Domethatagain (Ron Pierce, four winners on the 12-race card) bumped up the ladder and enjoyed it Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 6, Domethatagain retook from another leaver, Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) right at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile.. A wind-compromised 31-second next quarter (:58.3 half) worked to the advantage of the leader as Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) tried it from fourth. Domethatagain maintained his mandate in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. He finished it off on a non-speed-favoring night, winning by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.2. Second went to Sapphire City, with "Willie," a crisp-late Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley) and Escape the News (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. For Domethatagain, a 5-year-old statebred son of Bettor's Delight trained by Erv Miller for co-owners Mystical Marker Farms, Paymaq Racing and Peggy Hood, he returned $6.30 for his second (consecutive) win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $98.50, with the triple returning $438. No one took down Saturday's 50-cent Pick 5, so Monday's wager--which already has a $10,000 guaranteed pool--comes complete with a $4,039.56 carryover. 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 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who sent in their proofs of purchase--were won by odds-on favorite Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $2.90) and a repeating DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.40). Starting from post position No. 4--the best she could have hoped for the way the race was laid out--Ramalama settled third as Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made an immediate lead around pole-sitting Simple Saver N (Tyler Buter). After cheapy fractions of :29.3 and :59.4, Ramalama was out and advancing. The people's choice engaged "Lorrie" in and out of a 1:28 three-quarters, and they were throwing it down through the lane. The fave had to work for it, but she did prevail, edging past Lorrie Please by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Simple Saver N, Magic Starlight N (Brennan)--who gapped the winner down the backside--and Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For Ramalama, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by David Duspiva for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, it was her first win (along with three seconds) in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $116. The week's marquee trot--reduced to seven when inside number Likeabatoutahell was ill--was a two-speed number involving the two outside assignees. It was DW's NY Yank-from post No. 7--taking over from Zooming (Buter) just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. A soft :59-second intermission, then pressure from a first-up Bob N Tony (Ron Pierce). The leader remained so going past a 1:28.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead out of the final turn. Zooming ducked inside but missed, beaten a head in 1:57. Backstreet Hanover (Carlson) was a closing third, with Lorenzo Dream (Kakaley) and Bob N Tony settling for the remainder For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his third win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $44.60 and the superfecta (four wagering favorites in order) paid $140. A special Friday salute to noted bon vivant--and occasional Saturday TV co-host--Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Stratton, $5.10) delivered the goods in the $15,000, fifth-race trot. Where to Hanover negotiated the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:05.3, then immediately demanded a raise from his owner. 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  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 1, 2014--Money Twitch A (Eric Carlson) kept the form spree going Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $33,000 Open Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Money Twitch A saw both Muscle Beachboy (Eric Goodell) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum) take early shots. When they settled, it was 1-2 favorite Hypnotic Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett)--who won the draw--quarter-moving from third. "Hypnotic", unseen here since December of 2012, made the lead after a cheap, 28-second opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, invading Dovuto Hanover (Ron Pierce) edged from fourth, but he was essentially pacing in place. Meanwhile, Hypnotic Blue Chip seemed in control at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. The people's choice owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane...before the wheels (figuratively) fell off the sulky. Dovuto Hanover found a new life, helping the cause of a second-up Money Twitch A and a third-over Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley). They fanned out wide and wider, with Money Twitch A schnozzing Fat Man's Alley in 1:53. Third went to Dovuto Hanover, with a tiring Hypnotic Blue Chip and Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minor spoils. For Money Twitch A, a 9-year-old Down Under Life Sign gelding owned by William Emmons and trained by Heidi Rohr, he returned $18 (fourth choice) for his third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65, with the triple returning $302.50. The feature race was about the only thing Pierce did not win, since he left with six victories on the dozen-race card (eight in his rare, two-night Westchester stay). Saturday's 12-race handle was $1,105,830, a second consecutive seven-figure night and third of 2014. By Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 31, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all qualified participants--were won by Economy Terror (Ron Pierce,$15.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $5.50). Ordered behind the eight-ball, Economy Terror--a winner in her last effort two weeks ago--saw a whole lot of action take place in front of her. A wide-early Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made the first lead, going past Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) after a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. "Sue" was hard to handle in the two-hole, so she played leapfrog on the lead. No sooner did that happen than last week's winner, Carol's Desire (Dan Dube), took her turn on the lead. "Carol" found a :56.1 intermission, leaving tepid 5-2 favorite Magic Starlight (Brennan) first-up and Economy Terror right on her back,. The battle was in full swing in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Carol's Desire owning a scant lead. However, Economy Terror rolled wide and by, whipping a from-last Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53.3. Rockaround Sue, Little Santamonica (Jordan Stratton) and Lorrie Please came away with the minor spoils. For fourth choice Economy Terror, a millionairess (and then some) 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror trained by Chris Oakes for co-owners Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor and Edwin Gold, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $290.50 The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number. It was 8-5 choice D W's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He worked around Calchip's Brute (Pierce), setting soft Earl intervals of :28.1 and :58.3. War Cry Hall (Bartlett) tried it first-up from a long way back, offering minimal objections at the 1:28 three-quarters. The leader remained so, taking a length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. He won by that margin in 1:56.4. It was Calchip's Brute holding off Zooming (Tyler Buter) for second, with Facing Justice (Dube) and Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his second win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $85 and the superfecta paid $591. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

DOVER, Del.----Traverse Seelster had to take the long route on the way to his second straight $20,000 Open/Handicap trot win on a chilly Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Dover Downs. Corey Callahan pulled Traverse Seelster to the outside in front of the grandstand and steadily moved on the outside chasing the leader, Modern Family and Daryl Bier, who had a big lead heading to the final turn. Callahan was able to duck in second for a short stretch before coming out to challenge Modern Family in a stretch duel which resulted in Traverse Seelster getting up to win by half-a-length in 1:53. Keith Pippi owns the Ontario-bred Angus Hall-Tavelin Lavec gelding who won for the 23rd time in his career while building up $435,009 bankroll. Modern Family held on for second. Awsome Valley and Tony Morgan closed well to finish third. In a $15,500 Winners-Over trot, Backstreet Hanover made his first appearance at the track a winning one. Eric Carlson drove the Allan Johnson-trained six-year-old Andover Hall-Bye Bye Kerry mare to an impressive 1:54.1 triumph. The win for the David Hamm-owned lass was her third in the last four trips and fourth in her last six starts. A 16-race winner, Backstreet Hanover has now won $290,950 lifetime. Spunky Jack (Roger Plante) was the show finisher. Pounce Hanover game driver Vic Kirby his fourth victory scoring a 1:54 victory in a $15,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over trot. Kirby also trains the winner for ownership partners Mike Hill and Chris Giaccio. Ideal Revenue (Mike Rossi) closed strongly for second in front of Ashes Cash (Wolfenden). Since the four-year-old altered son of Majestic Son-Playwood Donerail, Pouncer Hanover has come into the Kirby Stable; he has three wins and three seconds in six races. Former Dover Downs champion Tim Tetrick celebrated getting an OK from his doctor to return driving by watching Line Item, a trotter he owns with trainer Jim King, make the winner's circle in an $11,500 4&5-Year-Old trot after a 1:56 victory. Vic Kirby led all drivers with four wins, Corey Callahan, Ross Wolfenden, owner-trainer Joe Hundertfund had three winners. Trainer Leigh Raymer had a double. Special Forces returns in $30,000 Pace Special Forces beat Rock On Moe by a nose to win last week’s $30,000 Preferred/Handicap pace. They return Thursday along with Nova Artist and Dancin Yankee in the feature. Sunshine Superman and All Stienam are fresh from wins last time and meet in the $27,500 Delaware Special on another top card, on Jan 30 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. The sport’s 2014 leading driver Corey Callahan will again drive Special Forces for William Robinson, Mike Mallett and Country Club Enterprises who became the first sub 1:50 winner of the year a week ago. JLRL’s Rock On Moe, with George Dennis, overlooked at 17-1 closed to within a nose of victory, while local favorite Nova Artist, is a five-time winner this meet driven by Allan Davis for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The rest of the highly competitive field is made up of Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Steve Iaquinta’s Adventure Bound and driver Ron Pierce, who must overcome starting from outside post 8, Harry von Knoblauch’s Texican N teamed with Ross Wolfenden. A Cool Card, handled by Trace Tetrick, leaves from the rail for owners Ken Duffy, Shim Racing, Paymaq Racing and Mystical Marker Farms with Trevor Stafford’s Bigtown Hero and Art Stafford, alongside. Sunshine Superman, owned, trained and driven by Toby Lynch returns after a powerful wire-to-wire win last week in the $28,500 Delaware Special. J,J&M Stable and Green Racing’s All Stienam (Chris Page) steps up after consecutive Open pace wins, while Full Of Sand (Callahan) racing for Brit Evans and Foulk Stables, from post 1 and Robin and Jay Breasure’s People  Are Crazy (Pierce), directly behind in post 9, second tier, were both second-place finishers in their last outings. The rest of the field is: Heavenly Way’s Jeremy’s Successor (Trace Tetrick), Kovach Stable’s Feel Like A Fool (George Dennis), Max Walton and Greg Papaleo’s Mustang Art (Ron Pierce) and Legacy Racing and Reg Hazzard’s Papa Ray (Ross Wolfenden). A strong undercard features an $18,000 Open, three $15,000 Winners-Over and a $25,000-$30,000 Claiming Handicap pace on the 15-race program. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 25, 2014--Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) made amends Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. The race took on a different description early as 7-5 favorite Bettor's Edge (George Brennan) jumped it off early. Those who minded their manners were led by last week's pocket winner, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). That one worked around Sapphire City--who left from post position No. 3--before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. A cheapy, 29-second next interval (:56.1 half) before Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. He just sat out there though another 29-second sub-station (1:25.1 three-quarters). It was "Willie" taking a two-length lead into the lane, but he could not close the seal, Sapphire City, fading on the lead at 7-10 a week ago, closed ranks and went by, as did a stubborn Fat Man's Alley. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:54, with Lumberjack Willie, Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) and Money Twitch A (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Sapphire City, a 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Jordan Sklut and Centaur Stables, he returned $13.40 (third choice) for his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54.50, with the triple returning $228. Special Saturday props to rank outsider Nathan Feelsgood (Carlson), who authored a 46-1 upset in the $17,500, ninth-race pace at 46-1. The $95.50 win mutuel was a season-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

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