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HARRINGTON, Del. - Robert Winkelman's Paradise Lost ($4.20) benefited from a pocket trip to earn a narrow win in 1:54.2 in the featured $17,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway as one of five driving winners for Allan Davis. The 7-year-old Artsplace mare sat behind pacesetter Lloyd's Lady who left from her rail post position and set fractions of 28.4, 57.2 and 1:26.1 before Davis urged Paradise Lost to the outside to edge clear in deep stretch. Scootin For Joy closed ground late for third. With just two nights of racing in the books in Harrington's 2014 season, Davis has ten winners. Four-time defending driving champion Ross Wolfenden had two winners as did Eric Goodell, who won the daily doubl, Bret Brittingham and Mike Rossi. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

Harrington, DE --- Harrington Raceway’s 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night (April 21) with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening. Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season. There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of the leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races. The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the Pick-4 wager (races three-six). Cataway Racing Stable’s Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on February 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover. The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the Pick-4. Harrington’s signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept. 15 (final). Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2. Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor’s Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18. Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling 302.398.5920. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 19, 2014-Foiled Again lost Saturday night. Not exactly the stuff that breaks into regularly-scheduled programming, but rare enough. Harness racing's richest-ever performance added nothing to his $6.1 million bankroll, winding up a non-factor sixth in the third and final $50,000 division of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Starting outside his six rivals as the fifth and final preliminary round concluded, he and driver Yannick Gingras had Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) leave directly inside of him. "Foiled"-his place in next week's final already secure-took back to last and never reached contention. Meanwhile, stablemate Easy Again (George Brennan), leaving from post position No. 3, saved the souls, and the wallets, of the bridge jumpers. As on third of the 1-20 entry, Easy Again coasting through comfy fractions of :28.1. :57.3, 1:25.1 and 1:52.3 before winning by a couple of lengths. Mach it So, who left into a four-hole, was a solid, first-up second, with Mr. Hasani N (Eric Goodell) third. Foiled Again, racing from third-up behind a gapping entry partner Special Forces (Ron Pierce), beat only that one home. He wound up sixth, 7½ lengths behind Easy Again. For Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again ridgling co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Panhellenic Stables, he and his parimutuel partners returned the minimum $2.10. He is now 5-for-12 this season (3-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $4, with no triple wagering. "He was able to get away with cheap fractions," Brennan-who turns 47 Easter Sunday-said. "I figured that once Tim (Tetrick) left with Mach it So, Foiled Again might have to take back and it worked out." The evening's other two Levy events were won by P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $21.40) and Dancin' Yankee (Pierce, $5.90). The former, from post No. 6, left for a seat, wound up in a three-hole, then angled wide in and out of the final turn. He picked a dueling Clear Vision (Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson). The final margin was a length over Clear Vision in a life best-matching 1:51.1. For P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his second win in 11 '14 tries (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $32.40, with no triple wagering. "I love him," Bartlett said. "He can get a last eighth as well as anyone. When I made up ground in the last turn, I thought I had a shot." As for Dancin' Yankee, he negated his outside seven-hole at the start, rebuffed a quarter-move from Bettor's Edge (Gingras) and finished it off in 1:51...matching Foiled Again's effort of a week as the fastest mile of the series and locally this season. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter, with Bettor's Edge second and Texican N (Brian Sears) third. For Dancin' Yankee, a 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser co-owned by Baron Racing & Richard Lombardo and trained by Josh Green, he's now 6-for-11 this season (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $7.40. "He gets over the track very well and I left a lot in the tank for the final," Pierce said. (Note...final preliminary leg standings accompany this story, but the eight eligible finalists [and those for the consolation] shall be determined by the race office.) The $567,000 final of the Levy and the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker both go next Saturday night, with open draws taking place Tuesday afternoon. Also Saturday night, 67-1 bomber RU Ready to Rock (Jordan Stratton, $136.50) won a blanket photo in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, providing the largest win mutuel of the season to date. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 1, 2014-Favored Extreme Machine N (Eric Goodell) prevailed from loosest of pockets Tuesday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $67,400 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Teddy Roosevelt-approved series, for 3- and 4-year-old colts and geldings, culminated with Yonkers Raceway's richest race of the season to date. Extreme Machine N, as the 9-10 favorite, won the draw and watched as Artist Night (George Brennan) set sail on a mission. That mission included a 28-second opening quarter-mile and :55.3 half. All the while, Extreme Machine N was pacing just enough to make sure outside leavers Ashley's Husband (Jordan Derue) and A Stitch in Time (Ron Pierce) had no hole. Artist Night had five lengths at the wicked 1:22.4 three-quarters before Goodell asked his charge to close ranks. The margin was a length-and-a-half entering the lane, but the fractions were shockingly taking their toll. Extreme Machine N went by, getting the best of a three-hole-sitting Sir Michigan Z Tam by a half-length in a life-best 1:52.1. Artist Night held third, beaten a couple of lengths, with City Hall (Brian Sears) and Touchdown Mindale (Andy Miller) grabbing the remainder. Wilcox (Dan Dube), "Ashley" and A Stitch in Time rounded out the order. "I haven't seen the end to him yet," Goodell said. "I didn't want to be right on George's (Brennan, driving Artist Night) back, and even with those fractions, I was worried I waited too long. "In the (final) turn, he started to come back to me. (Extreme Machine N) steers a bit funny, and has a lot to learn, but the more experience he gets over here, he's just going to get better." For Extreme Machine N, a 4-year-old Down Under Mach Three gelding owned by Joseph Muscara and trained by Darren Cassar, he returned $3.90 for his third win as many seasonal/series/North American starts. The exacta paid $18, the triple returned $42.20 and the superfecta paid $104. A trio of series consolations, worth $25,000, $12,500 and $12,500, respectively, were won by I Dreamed a Dream (Pat Lachance, $14) in 1:54.2, Rolandale Buster (Dube, $8.20) in a life-best 1:54.4, and Artacus (catch-driver Miller, $38.20) in a life-best 1:54. Tuesday's Pick-5 pool, fortified with a $7,907.68 carryover and featuring a $25,000 guaranteed pool, induced $32,731 of fresh coin into the equation. The winning combination of 3/4/6/1/5 returned a tidy $16,228 to a pair of intelligent handicappers. 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, 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  

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, 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  

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

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 2¼ 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  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 10, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's first-of-the-season Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all knew the secret password--were won by favored Ideal in Vegas (catch-driver Jason Bartlett, $4.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $9.50). The murky distaff derby was pared to half-dozen when the bookenders--inside Sweet Hedge and outside Cocoa Beach--both came up ill. Then Ginger Spice N (Eric Goodell), who inherited the pole, jumped it off at the outset. The remaining quintet were led by even-money Ideal in Vegas. From what became post position No. 3, she two-moved around Palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum), then never had an anxious moment. Sub-stations of :28,2, :58.2 and 1:27.1 led to a length victory in 1:55.4. Magic Starlight (Brennan) skimmed the cones for second, with Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald), Palm Patrol and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Shore Thing Stables and trained by Anthony Mannino, her 2014 debut was her 19th career victory. The exacta paid $17.20, with the triple returning $37.80. The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, as DW's NY Yank, ordered behind the eight-ball, took over from Likeabatoutahell (Sears) before the a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. A 1:00.4 middle half (:59.2, 1:29.1) and no outer flow gave him a 2½ -length lead into the lane. Likeabatoutahell took his shot diving inside, but missed a head in 1:58.1. Zooming (Tyler Buter) rallied for a non-threatening third as the slight 3-1 choice, with War Cry Hall (Bartlett) and Lorenzo Dream (Goodell) completed the cashers. Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) broke early as the second choice. For fourth choice "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he went right past $300,000 in career earnings with this '14 first-out victory. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $38.20, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $575. 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, December 21, 2013--Last laurels of the season went to Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) Saturday night, who won Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. In the fray early from post position No. 3, Sapphire City, along with Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum), led the legions. They were 1-2-3 through early intervals of :27 and :55.2. Escape the News (George Brennan), as the 9-5 favorite, moved from fifth, but offered nothing toward a 1:23.1 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sapphire City owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held sway. He defeated the other leavers, Dream out Loud N and "Dallenbach," in 1:51.3. The margin over the former was a half-length, with Dallenbach Hanover, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Sapphire City, a 5-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he returned $6.30 (second choice) for his eighth win in 36 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $38.80, with the triple returning $555. The Raceway's 2014 live schedule begins Monday, Jan 6, pending NYS Gaming Commission approval. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 20, 2013--The password is "penultimate," as in next-to-last card of Yonkers Raceway's season. Friday night's $37,000 co-featured Opens--a blind-draw Pace for the ladies and a Handicap Trot who all with letters of recommendation--were won by people's preference Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $3.40) and a last-early (Kakaley again, $7.30). In play early from post position No. 2, Ramalama--as the 7-10 choice--worked around pole-sitting Blissful Romance (George Brennan), taking the lead after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Then, it was an elongated move by Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald), with that one's turn in the big chair. Economy Terror found a :55.1 intermission before Blissful Romance moved from third. She changed her mind, leaving Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton) first-up toward a 1:23.3 three-quarters. That one wasn't gaining, and Ramalama pulled an antsy pocket before the final turn. However, Economy Terror wouldn't go down without a fight. Ramalama did prevail, however, winning by a length in 1:52.1. Ideal in Vegas (Cat Manzi) was third--beaten fourth lengths--with Rock N Load and Sweet Hedge (Dan Dube) settling for the minor awards. For Ramalama, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by David Duspiva, it was her 10th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17, with the triple returning $53.50. The week's marquee trot had one similar element of last week's marquee trot...the implosion of all-age track record-holder Quick Dream (Brennan). This time around, that one, as the 9-10 favorite, was well-situated fourth early before doing the dance of the damned. It was Likeabatoutahell (Dube) two-moving around last week's winner, Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell), with intervals of :28, :56.3 and 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Super Manning-unhurried from post No. 6--was continuing a long backside move, engaging the leader in and out of the final turn. Super Manning edged away mid-stretch, widening to 2 3/4 lengths in 1:54.4. Third went to Justa Rebel (Stratton), with War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) and And Heez Perfect (MacDonald) rounding out the payees. For second-choice Super Manning, a 5-year-old homebred Diamond Goal gelding owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, it was his seventh win in 29 '13 tries. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $274.50 and the superfecta paid $1,415. The Raceway's live schedule concludes Saturday night, with the customary 7:10 PM first post. The 2014 season is scheduled to begin Monday, Jan 6, pending NYS Gaming Commission approval. Frank Drucker

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