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YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 3, 2020 -- As harness racing speedy imports go, Blackwell Ruby IR has had no problem learning the rules of our roads. The 5-year-old Irish homebred daughter of Kikikolt (Western Hanover - Katies Lucky Cam - Cam Fella) goes after a fourth consecutive victory Tuesday night (Feb. 4th), looming a short price from the pole in Yonkers Raceway's $16,000, second-race pace. Blackwell Ruby IR stepped up the restricted class ladder and summarily dusted her last set of foes by 4¼ lengths a couple of weeks ago...accentuated by a :27.3 kicker. "It wasn't as if she went by some tired horses," driver Jim Marohn Jr. said of the Jan. 21st effort. "She not big, but she is very gritty with high speed. She tended to be a bit warm, though." Sentiments of driver echoed sentiments of trainer, Irishman Robert Cleary. "When we first started with her, all she wanted to do was leave a hundred (miles an hour)," Cleary said. "I knew something about her. My friends back home held her in high regard. She was pacing in (1):58 on what would be considered a fair track here and she was beating some nice older horses...great-gaited. "I began training her with some decent aged horses and she's learning to stay behind them," Cleary said. Blackwell Ruby IR, whose life-best 1:52.3 Meadowlands effort began this current run, has license to be a good one. Blackwell Ruby IR A Harrah's Philly nose shy of going 5-for-5 to begin her North American career, 'Ruby' has a family tree that--according to the U.S Trotting Association's Anne Chunko--includes Kikikatie ($1.2 million-plus) and the half-million-dollar earning Katie Said. Our heroine, who has been sent off at odds of 2-5 or less in all stateside tries, was given last week off for good reason. Her owner, Gavin Murdock, is in town from Belfast and plans a Yonkers Raceway visit Tuesday. Blackwell Ruby IR is going to 'inform' Cleary of her upcoming schedule. "Once she races through these restricted conditions, she's going to get a break before she goes against the older mares." The chauffeur is convinced. "I wouldn't put it past her," Marohn Jr. said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 3, 2020 -- The first harness racing Monday of the month (Feb. 3rd) resulted in a Yonkers Raceway single-season high handle. The dozen-race card attracted $1,025,349 through the windows, electronic or otherwise. Needless to say, more than a few of those dollars found their way to 1-20 favorite Globaldomination N (Jordan Stratton, $2.10), who won the $18,000, third-race pace in a life-best 1:53. The 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding, owned by Von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, has three wins and two seconds in five seasonal starts ($33,500). Beginning next Monday (Feb. 10th), Yonkers shall have a $7,500 guarantee included in its Monday and Tuesday Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). Globaldomination N Frank Drucker    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 1, 2020 -- Bettor Memories ($21) with harness racing driver Eric Goodell in the sulky  did it the hard way Saturday night (Feb. 1st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace with a first-up foray. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bettor Memories saw reformed claimer--and 7-10 favorite--Keystone Phoenix (Dan Dube) lead through seemingly-soft 'flat' intervals of :27 and :56. Bettor Memories then moved from fifth, making up significant ground into a :27.4 third quarter (1:23.4). Keystone Phoenix was about to wear out his welcome in and out of the final turn. Bettor Memories went by, closing the sale in 1:52...equal 56-second halves. San Domino A (Jordan Stratton) stalked the winner but missed a head, with a trapped Trump Nation (George Brennan) extricating himself from the pocket to grab third. Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett) and a tiring Keystone Phoenix settled for the remainder. Bettor Memories For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his second (consecutive) win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $85.50, the triple returned $294 and the superfecta paid $1,640. Saturday night's $27,000 trotting feature was a down-the-the-road display by favored Will Take Charge (Stratton, $5.50) in 1:55.2. Will Take Charge (Georgia Panagi Photo) The Raceway's live schedule continues with a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday first post of 7:05 PM, as usual. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 31, 2020--Odds-on choice Snobbytown (George Brennan, $2.60) fooled no one Friday night (Jan. 31st), airing in Yonkers Raceway's $27,000, month-end pacing feature for the ladies. There wasn't much to it, as Snobbytown--from post position No. 5--left for an immediate lead. She worked around polester Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, with the rest of the ladies arranged in numerical order. From there, Snobbytown effortlessly closed the sale (:57, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), the final margin over Wishy Washy Girl a widening 4¼ lengths. Milliondollargem A (Jordan Stratton), Sandy's Beach (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Ambro Courage N (Austin Siegelman) settling for the remainder.   For Snobbytown, a 4-year-old daughter of Nob Hill High co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, and Jason Melillo, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.20, with the triple returning $58.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 -- Birch Island Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $136) and her 67-1 self charged from next-to-last Tuesday night (Jan. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $18,000, 10th-race harness racing pace in rather surprising fashion. From post position No. 7, 'Betty' closed widest and fastest, nipping 11-10 favorite Betcha Baby (Brent Holland) by a neck in 1:55. Sezana N (Eric Goodell) was third, with Take Abit of Life (Matt Kakaley) fourth. For seventh choice Birch Island Betty, a 5-year-old daughter of Big Jim co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Carmen Carson, it was her first win a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $471, with the triple returning $2,135 and the superfecta paid $13,106 (base $2 payout). The $2 multi-race payouts ending with Birch Island Betty were $6,035 (Pick 3) and $10,200 (Pick 4), respectively. Earlier in the evening, the Pick 5 wager easily surpassed its $15,000 guaranteed pool when $19,503 was added to a carryover in excess of $4,400. The winning combination of 4/1/6/2/3 returned $1,810 for each correct half-a-buck wager, which concluded a race before 'Betty' threw down her gauntlet. Total handle for the dozen-race card was a season-high $918,830. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 25, 2020 -- Millionaire-in-waiting Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $28.20) parlayed from the pocket Saturday night (Jan. 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. In the game from assigned post position No. 3, Smalltownthrowdown sat behind Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) as that one made the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and after a nasty break by Yes (Brent Holland). It was between a :58.1 intermission and 1:27 three-quarters when 7-10 favorite Melady's Monet (George Brennan) commenced and concluded a weak, first-over bid. With the fave done, Now's the Moment opened a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn. However, he couldn't close the sale as Smalltownthrowdown edged out and by. The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:56, with eight-holer Swansea (Austin Siegelman) closing for third. Melady's Monet and Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the minors. For fifth choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 7-year-old statebred Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin, VIP Internet Stable and Bruce Soulsby, it was his second win in three seasonal starts (career 28-for-85, $998,223). The exacta paid $142.50, the triple returned $947 and the superfecta paid $3,015. Allard didn't do much wrong, winning with four of his six Saturday starters. The week's marquee pace, a $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace, was won by a down-the-road (:27.3, :57.3, 1:25.2, 1:53.2) Tookadiveoffdipper (Jordan Stratton, $16). Tookadiveoffdipper Smalltownthrowdown Tookadiveoffdipper Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 24, 2020 -- A season-debuting Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr., $11) proved best Friday night (Jan. 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Filly and Mare harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5, Robyn Camden was able to plotz into a early pocket after 11-10 favorite Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) made a nasty break. From there, Robyn Camden was stalking Cay's Blessing (Jason Bartlett) through the latter fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3. It was an antsy two-hole for 'Robyn,' who edged out early to take her shot. Robyn Camden did go by mid-lane, the final margin a half-length in 1:54.2. Rockin' the Boys A (Jordan Stratton) was a three-hole third, with Made of Jewels AS (Eric Goodell) fourth around the oval. Misbehavers She's Pukka N (Dan Dube) and the aforementioned Feelin' Red Hot were fifth and last among the half-dozen. For fourth choice Robyn Camden, a now-5-year-old daughter of Art Professor owned by James O'Sullivan and trained by Rene Allard, she's off a 14-win, $192,000 season in 2019. The exacta paid $50, with the triple returning $178. Robyn Camden The Raceway's mutuel windows open at 11 AM Saturday (Jan. 25th) for Gulfstream Park's Pegasus Day program, with first post of 11:30 AM. The $3 million Pegasus World Cup and $1 million Pegasus World Cup Turf go as races 11 and 12, respectively. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 21, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Thursday night's (Jan. 23rd) harness racing Pick 5 wager begins with a $6,092.67 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. Yonkers Raceway is offering advance wagering for Gulfstream Park’s entire Pegasus World Cup card of this Saturday (Jan. 25th). Advance wagering begins Friday (Jan. 24th), when mutuel windows open at 12 Noon. Post time for the Saturday Gulfstream program is 11:30 AM, with the $1 million World Cup Turf (11th race) and $3 million World Cup (12th race) going at 4:49 PM and 5:34 PM, respectively.  Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 18, 2020-- Harness racing favorite Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :58.4 intermission before sharp interloper Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. The invader was quite good this night, but Swansea had too many things (cheap lead, comfy teletimer) working to his advantage. After a 1:27.2 three-quarters, he had two lengths in and out of the final turn. Swansea closed the sale, handily widening to 3½ lengths in 1:56.3. Now's the Moment served notice holding second, with Yes (Brent Holland), Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change after never factoring. Mostinterestingman backpedaled to sixth.   For Swansea, a now-5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (career 21-for-47). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $78.50. Special Saturday props to season-debuting Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $8.70), wiring his foes in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (1:54). Also, the venerable 11-year-old gelding Melady's Monet (Brennan, $3) made it 62-for-203 with his 1:55.2 win in the $27,000, second-race trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2020--Itty Bitty (Dan Dube., $8.10) was the best after two moves Friday night (Jan 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 5, Itty Bitty watched as 3-5 favorite Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) leapfrogged her quintet of inside rivals. After early intervals of :27 and :57, Itty Bitty was out and moving toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters. She then engaged the leader in and out of the final turn, with the people's preference empty through the lane. Itty Bitty was able to close the sale, the final margin over two-hole Cay's Blessing (Jason Bartlett) a neck in 1:54.2. Made of Jewels AS (Eric Goodell), Renaissance Lady K (Jordan Stratton) and Feelin' Red Hot settling for the minors. Tipp City (Brent Holland) was outrun.   For second choice Itty Bitty, a now-6-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski and John Schmucker, it was a successful seasonal debut for a 24th career victory. The exacta paid $51, with the triple returning $181 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 11, 2020--It was a change of tactic for the harness racing trotter Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night (Jan 11th), serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover--from assigned post position No. 4--made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The latter put up intervals of :27.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3, with minimal first-up grief from just-over-even-money favorite Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). Swansea owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was unable to stall the pocket sitter. Lean Hanover edged out and by, the margin a head in 1:55.1. Hill of a Horse (Brent Holland) rallied for third, with Trotting Grace (Matt Kakaley) and Obrigado (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. Will Take Charge backpedaled to last among the half-dozen.   For third choice Lean Hanover, a now-7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned by Wellwood Enterprises & Karen Carroll, it was a successful seasonal debut for an 18th career victory. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $406 and the superfecta paid $723. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 7, 2020--Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday night (Jan. 7th) harness racing Pick 5 wager had some old money and some new shooters. A $4,751.30 carryover and a $15,000 guaranteed pool resulted in $22,253 of fresh investments. The sequence proved rather formful until 18-1 shot Be Best (Brent Holland, $38.80) rallied to win the concluding leg going away in 1:54.4. The winning combination of 6/3/1/1/5 returned $586.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager. As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. A night after Jim Marohn Jr. won four races to begin the Raceway's 2020 season, Jason Bartlett did him one better, with five winners during the dozen-race card. Note the Raceway's usual five-program-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) has returned, though with a new first post of 7:05 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 6, 2020--Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet. Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers' dozen-race opener. He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a tick off his life-best effort. Whomever was left standing after that race then had to unearth 28-1 shot Sir Machalot (Cory Stratton, $59) in the next race. For some good measure, 18-1 Milliondollar Wave (Austin Siegelman, $39.20) won the final leg. It wasn't surprising that the sequence went unclaimed, meaning Tuesday evening's (Jan. 7th) gimmick starts with $4,751.30 carryover and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 3, 2020—Yonkers Raceway has announced its 2020 harness racing stakes schedule, featuring a slew of name changes and a pair of cancellations from previous seasons. The renamed stakes/series races reflect the Raceway’s inclusion in the MGM Resorts portfolio, highlighting some of MGM’s other properties as well as its customer loyalty rewards program. The names (old and new) are as such… STAKES/SERIES NAME (OLD)   STAKES/SERIES NAME (NEW) DATE OF FINAL *-Petticoat Pacing Series *-M life Ladies March 23   *-Sagamore Hill Pacing Series *-M life Gents March 24   *-Blue Chip Matchmaker *-Same April 18   *-George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series *-MGM Borgata Pacing Series April 18     *Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series   *-Same   April 21     Art Rooney Pace   Cancelled   N/A   Lismore Cancelled N/A   *-Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace *-MGM Springfield Stakes July 11     Yonkers Trot   MGM Yonkers Trot   Sept. 5     Hudson Filly Trot   New York New York Mile   Sept. 5     Messenger Stakes   MGM Grand Messenger Stakes   Sept. 5   Lady Maud   Park MGM Pace   Sept. 5   Harry Harvey Invitational Trot Bellagio Classic Invitational Trot Sept. 12     Dan Rooney Invitational Pace   Aria Invitational Pace   Sept. 12     Yonkers International Trot   MGM Yonkers International Trot   Sept. 12     New York Night of Champions   New York Day of Champions by MGM Resorts (matinee card)   Sept. 12             *-nomination blanks for these stakes/series available at empirecitycasino.com/racing/nomination-blanks The calendar also includes the usual 16 visits (two per division for 2- and 3-year-olds) of the New York Sire Stakes leading to the aforementioned Day of Champions. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, January 2, 2020--Yonkers Raceway begins its 237-card 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th). It was a full entry box which greeted race secretary Bob Miecuna for the opening double draw, as in 150 entrants for Monday and 130 for Tuesday night (Jan. 7th). Both nights feature a dozen races, with 22 of the 24 races offering standing-room-only eight-horse fields. A reminder that Friday's (Jan. 3rd) draw for Thursday (Jan. 9th) has the entry box for closing at 9 AM sharp. A condition sheet can be found at empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf, with the new first post of 7:05 PM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, January 1, 2020--Yonkers Raceway is gearing up for its 2020 harness racing season opener with three morning draws over a two-day period. Thursday (Jan. 2nd) has the box for Monday and Tuesday nights (Jan. 6th and 7th), while Friday (Jan. 3rd) draws for Thursday (Jan. 9th). Entry box for both days closes at 9 AM sharp. A condition sheet can be found at empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf The five-program-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) returns, however note the new first post of 7:05 PM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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