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YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 25, 2019-Catch an Ace (Jason Bartlett, $6) rallied from third-over Monday night (March 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $58,000 'blanketed' final of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Though open to 3- and 4-year-old ladies (non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1st), no 'youngsters' qualified for the finale. Away fifth from post position No. 5, Catch an Ace watched as outside numbers Cabowabocuttie (Jordan Stratton) and Ghosttothepost (Yannick Gingras) both left hard. The pair looped 9-5 favorite Robyn Camden (Dexter Dunn), who was hung up three-wide early (outside the eventual winner) before settling in sixth. Cabowabocuttie seated Ghosttothepost, then led through intervals of a flat 28 seconds and :58.1. Odds on Ashley (Matt Kakaley) was the first to take the bait, moving from third. She towed Ella is Awesome (Joe Bongiorno) and Catch an Ace, while the hellish trip of Robyn Camden saw her fourth-over. Cabowabocuttie maintained her lead in and out of a 1:26.4 three-quarters, about the time Catch an Ace went three-deep around Ella is Awesome. The lead remained unchanged off the final turn, with Cabowabocuttie owning a length-and-three-quarter advantage. The lass would give way-grudgingly-in the scrum to the line. Catch an Ace picked off a stubborn Odds on Ashley by a head in 1:56 with Robyn Camden widest of all, the circuitous route ending with her finishing third, beaten just a neck. Cabowabocuttie and Ghosttothepost rounded out the payees....the first four finishers separated by that neck, while the quintet of payees were divided by a length-and-three-quarters. Ella is Awesome, Bye Hanover (George Brennan) Parkin' in Heaven (Tyler Buter) completed the order. "I thought I was in a bad spot," Bartlett said. "Fortunately, they came back to us. "I mean, she can leave, but I did not want cut the mile. She needs a helmet to chase. I figured we were going to win by a bit more, but she started running out in the lane. I was wondering what was going on, but she found the line." photo -Katy Gazzini For second choice Catch an Ace, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Jeffrey Williamson and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts (career 14-for-26, $135,094). The exacta paid $20, the triple returned $52 and the superfecta paid $217.50. Owner and trainer combined (with driver Stratton) to sweep the 2017 Petticoat with Cousin Mary. A $30,000 series consolation was an 11¾-length route by odds-on She's Pukka N (Mark MacDonald, $2.70) in a life-best 1:54.1. Tuesday night (March 26th) offers the $60,200 tribute to Teddy Roosevelt affectionately known as the final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series.   By Frank Drucker Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 23, 2019 - Saturday night's (March 23rd) night second round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series didn't do a whole lot to establish a clear harness racing favorite, though some of the contenders did indeed state their cases. Another happy half-dozen, $50,000, Free-For-All groups were contested, with a pair of repeaters leading the way. Here's the succinct story, not necessarily in chronological order... Second division - Odds-on Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, $3.50)-from post position No. 5--'ran down' loose leader Gokudo Hanover (George Brennan), prevailing first-up by a head in 1:52.1. The 13-1 latter had open lengths through intervals of -:26.4, :56.1 and 1:24. Rock the Nite (Mark MacDonald), More the Better N (Scott Zeron) and Major Crocker A (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder, while an amiss Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) lost touch from a pole-sitting pocket and finished sixth. For Rodeo Rock, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his third win in as many seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $22.60, the triple returned $201 and the superfecta paid $459.50. "I was hoping Scotty (Zeron, with More the Better N would pull from third, but he was happy where he was and just had to go on with it," McCarthy said. "It was a long way (from fifth) in the wind, but he was actually more comfortable tonight than in last week's race." Fourth division - After wiring his opening-leg rivals at 9-1, favored Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $4.10) had a more acquaintances at the windows. From post No. 3, it couldn't have been less simple (:28, :57.4, 1:26, 1:53.3), going the distance by 3¼ lengths. Polester Lochton Luck A (Matt Kakaley), as the 29-1 outsider, and three-hole sitting Bellow's Binge (Jason Bartlett) finished the tickets, while Always at My Place (Brennan) and Bettor Memories (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the remainder. For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenberg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his fifth win in eight'19 tries (2-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $49, the triple returned $136 and the superfecta paid $1,379. "I thought he should have been the favorite last week," Holland said "He's very handy and I'm not surprised he's stepped up in this series." JJ Flynn First division - A week after Western Fame (Dube) traversed the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season, he was 15-cents-on-the-dollar to do it again. JJ Flynn (Brennan, $43) was not impressed. After Western Fame led through early fractions of :27.1 and :56.2, JJ Flynn moved-with purpose-from post No. 4. He hooked Western Fame by the 1:24 three-quarters, fighting him off from there. The final margin was three-quarters of a length in a sharp 1:51.3. Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) was a pocket third, with Ballerat Boomerang (Joe Bongiorno) and Lyons Steel (MacDonald) also making appearance fees. For fourth choice JJ Flynn, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III, he's now 6-for-8 this season (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $119.50, the triple returned $191 and the superfecta paid $362.50. Third division - Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno) saw his quest for the series two-fer implode from pole-sitting Endeavor (Tetrick, $4.90) pulled from third and rolled right past. The former offered early foot (:27.3, :57.1), but was backpedaling buy the 1:25 three-quarters. Endeavor, meanwhile, opened a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, eventually winning by 2¼ lengths in 1:52.4. Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) was a loose-second-up second, with a trapped Dr. J Hanover (McCarthy), Nocturnal Bluechip (Zeron) and the fading 11-10 fave Anythingforlove A settling for the minors. For second choice Endeavor, a 6-year-old American Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Cullipher and Pollack Racing, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $24.40, the triple returned $149.50 and the superfecta paid $530. Fifth division - The Downtown Bus (Zeron, $17.20) took the always-popular fourth-over route to redemption, snapping 11-10 choice Beckham's Z Tam (Tetrick) by a head in 1:53.1. The closers, from post Nos. 5 and 3, respectively, had numbers to chase after Sam's a Champ A (MacDonald) set a contested pace (:26.1, :55.3, 1:23.4) after getting stung early and softened by a first-up The Wall (Bongiorno). Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett) was an outkicked third, with The Wall and Whittaker N (Holland) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For fifth choice The Downtown Bus, a 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 1-for-2 this season/series. The exacta paid $90.50, the triple returned $196.50 and the superfecta paid $540. Sixth division - A two-speed number, where second choice Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, $6.10) edged past just-over-even-money I'marocnrollegend N (Brennan) in 1:53.1. Pocketed from post No. 4, 'L A' earned a 40th career win, the margin three-quarters of a length. Don Domingo N (Stratton) was a ground-saving third, with I'm Some Graduate (Kakaley) and Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) earning the remainder of available coinage. For Somewhere in L A, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was his second win in five seasonal efforts (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $126.50 and the superfecta paid $572. The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 31-1 rank outsider New Heaven (Stratton, $64) in a season's-best 1:55.3.     Yonkers Raceway     George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series     2019           March 24, 2019                     Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    1   Ideal Jimmy 50 50       50 150.0 2   Rodeo Rock 50 50       50 150.0 3   Somewhere In L A 25 50       50 125.0 4   Western Fame 50 25       50 125.0 5   Endeavor 8 50       50 108.0 6   JJ Flynn 8 50       50 108.0 7   More The Better N 50 8       50 108.0 8   The Wall 50 8       50 108.0 9   Anythingforlove A 50 5       50 105.0 10   Imarocnrollegend N 25 25       50 100.0 11   The Downtown Bus 0 50       50 100.0 12   Duplicated N 25 12       50 87.0 13   Gokudo Hanover 12 25       50 87.0 14   Beckhams Z Tam 8 25       50 83.0 15   Control Tower 0 25       50 75.0 16   Lockton Luck A 0 25       50 75.0 17   Mach Doro A 25 0       50 75.0 18   Mac's Jackpot 25 0       50 75.0 19   Somebaddude 25 0       50 75.0 20   Rodeo Romeo 12 12       50 74.0 21   Bellows Binge 8 12       50 70.0 22   Don Domingo N 5 12       50 67.0 23   Ballerat Boomerang 5 8       50 63.0 24   I'm Some Graduate 5 8       50 63.0 25   Lyons Steel 8 5       50 63.0 26   Bettors Fire N 12 0       50 62.0 27   Dr J Hanover 0 12       50 62.0 28   Luciano N 12 0       50 62.0 29   Mach It So 12 0       50 62.0 30   Micky Gee N 12 0       50 62.0 31   Rock The Nite 0 12       50 62.0 32   Always At My Place 0 8       50 58.0 33   Bettor Memories 0 5       50 55.0 34   Mar Nien A 0 5       50 55.0 35   Pacing Major N 5 0       50 55.0 36   Rockathon 5 0       50 55.0 37   Sams A Champ A 5 0       50 55.0 38   Whittaker N 0 5       50 55.0 39   Bit Of A Legend N 0 0       50 50.0 40   Nocturnal Bluechip   8       25 33.0 41   Rockin Ron 8         25 33.0 42   Major Crocker A   5       25 30.0 43   Christen Me N 0         25 25.0 44   Cruise Patrol 0         25 25.0 45   Military Master A 0         25 25.0 46   Weona Sizzler A 0         25 25.0 47   Windcong Leo 0         25 25.0 48   Funknwaffles           0 0.0     ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total          $45,000 $41,000 $0 $0 $0 $280,000 $366,000                   $200,000                 Total $566,000 Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 22, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw the second of five harness racing preliminary rounds go Friday night (March 22nd). Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, one fewer than a week ago. Here's the basics... First division - A wide-early Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $6)-from post position No. 7-worked around 3-2 favorite Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick), then held that one off through the lane in equal halves (:27.2, :57, 1:25.2, 1:54). Third went to second-over Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), with Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) and Bettorb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For second choice Don't Think Twice A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Armbro Operative co-owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris, Arrhythmic, Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $76 and the superfecta paid $235.50. (Don't Think Twice A) is just so handy and smart, a perfect horse for Yonkers," Bartlett said. "Drive her any way you want to." Second division - Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $4.10) became the first lass to 'double date' in the Matchmaker. Leapfrogging her seven inside rivals, the just-over-even-money favorite had no issues (:27.3, :56.3, 1:25.1, 1:53.3) en route to a three-length win. First leader Twinkle (Scott Zeron) could not match strides from the pocket, but saved second. Medusa (Jim Marohn Jr.), Bettor's Up (Tetrick) and Write Me a Song (Stratton) rounded out the payees. "She's a mare with a lot of class," Callahan said, "I mean, you can leave with her six weeks in a row, then duck her. When the new owners were thinking about buying her, they asked me what I'd thought, since I'd driven her. "I told them she might not be the best mare in the country, but she enjoys her work and she's honest." For Apple Bottom Jeans, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her fourth win in six seasonal starts (2-for-2 in series). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $8.70, the triple returned $98.50 and the superfecta paid $400.50. Third division - Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, $6.50), who was snapped at the wire as an odd-on choice a week ago, turned the tables here. Second-over from post No. 5, she nailed 3-4 fave Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan) by a going-away length in 1:53.4. The latter, looking to repeat, walked early (:28, :58), then threw down a :27.3 third quarter (1:25.3) trying to lose her rivals. It did not work. Gold Orchid N (Bartlett), Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) and Camera Lady (Kakaley) came away with the remainder. For second choice Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her escort, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her second win in four '19 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $35 and the superfecta paid $85.50. Fourth division - Feelin' Red Hot (Brennan, $13.20), from post No. 4, went the distance (:27.4, :57.4, 1:24.2, 1:53.1) to whip a stacked field. Pole-sitting Obvious Blue Chip (Zeron), at 46-1, photoed a three-move Seaswift Joy N (Marohn Jt.) for secomd, while 1-2 choice Shartin N (Tetrick) was a brutal-trip fourth, with Delightfulmemphisn (Bartlett) fifth. Seaswift Joy N also had also sorta of fun. Leaving first into a five-hole, then moving into a three-hole ahead of Delightfulmemphisn. Approaching the half, those two were both off the cones, with Shartin N, already in the throes of a rotten, eight-hole sojourn, forced wide. While all that was happening, Feelin' Red Hot was employing the 'shortest distance between two points' theory. She had three lengths in and out the final turns before winning by 2¼ lengths. For fourth choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old Feelin' Friskie ma'am co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 4-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $263, the triple returned $1,288 and the superfecta paid $5,036. Saturday evening's (March 23rd) second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features six, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 22, 2019-The two richest local races of 2019 to date go next Monday and Tuesday (March 25th and 26th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the finals of the Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series,. Monday night's $58,000 finale of the Petticoat is listed as the eighth race. Though both series were open to 3- and 4-year-olds with limited resumes, only the 'elder' lasses qualified for the final of the Petticoat. Ellis is Awesome (Joe Bongiorno, post 1), Odds on Ashley (Matt Kakaley, post 4), Robyn Camden (Dexter Dunn, post 6) and Cabowabocuttie (Jordan Stratton, post 7) all come in having won twice in three preliminary-leg tries. The latter pair won their races in succession entering the final. Robyn Camden, a daughter of Art Professor owned (as Enzed Racing Stable) and trained by Nifty Norman, has been solid all season, with four wins (all here) and three seconds in seven tries ($52,500). Cabowabocuttie, a Big Jim miss co-owned by (trainer Ricky Bucci) and Blue Meadow Farm, three down a series-best 1:54 effort two starts ago. She enters with three (local) wins in nine '19 tries ($42,480). photo     -Jonathan Paredes Parkin' in Heaven (Tyler Buter, post 2), Bye Hanover (George Brennen, post 3), Catch an Ace (Jason Bartlett, post 5) and Ghosttothepost (Yannick Gingras, post 8) round out the octet. A $30,000 series consolation was carded as the sixth race. Tuesday night, the $60,200 tribute to Teddy Roosevelt affectionately known as the Sagamore Hill listed as the sixth race. What to do with Sharp Action Money (Driver TBA, post 7)? His three series starts were open-length win as odds-on favorite, open-length win as odds-on favorite and open-length lead as odds-on favorite...before jumping it off. The 4-year-old Sportswriter gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and RTC Stables, has those two wins in six seasonal starts. He did carry a big stick, earning more than $110,000 as 3-year-old. Sharp Action Money is coupled with Cheese Melt (Gingras, post 1). The 4-year-old Bettorthancheddar gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, had a win, a second and a third in his three series legs. Co-owner (as Allard Racing) and trainer Rene Allard also sends a paired entry in the form of Prologue (Jim Marohn Jr., post 4) and Western Beachboy (Brennan, post 6). The latter, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, threw it down a week ago, a down-the-road, nearly-10-length win in a life-best 1:52. On Accident (Stratton, post 2) was the beneficiary-to the tune of 45-1-of Sharp Action Money's transgression in his last start. The lone 3-year-old in either final, the Well Said gelding broke his maiden in this series as a 16-1 pole proposition. Frank Chick owns and Kevin Lare trains. The roster is completed by Yeahnah (Troy Beyer, post 3), Declan Seelster (Bongiorno, post 5) and Bettor Than Spring (Kakaley, post 8). A $30,000 series consolation goes as the eighth race (Tuesday's changes shall be made tonight).   BY FRANK DRUCKER,  Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 16, 2019 - Saturday night's (March 16th) opening round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series offered a fair amount of form and a fair amount of 'huh?' among the Free-For-Allers, A half-dozen, $50,000 groups were contested in succession. Here's the 'wrap' sheet... First division  Say this much for Dan Dube...he appreciates timing. Approaching his latest driving milestone for a while, Dube coordinated it just right, stylishly winning Saturday night's (March 16th) opener of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. His open-length romp with favored Western Fame ($4.40) not only served as the 9,000th win of his career, but threw down the Free-For-All series gauntlet as the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season. From post position No. 4 Western Fame gave nothing else a shot through intervals of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.1. The two-length lead off the final turn became 5¾ lengths at the wire, helped by his fast feet and a scattering behind after a nasty break by Windsong Leo (George Brennan). Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) avoided the happenstance to end up second, with Mach it So (Brent Holland), Lyons Steel (Mark MacDonald) and Don Domingo N (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal co-owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple returned $110 and the superfecta paid $967. The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, was the main driver of Horses of the Year Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). His career purse earnings exceed $119 million. :"He (Western Fame) was ready for this mile," Dube said. "I thought he'd race well. I heard something behind me (field scattering), but I was in front by a few lengths so I wasn't worried about it. "I'm obviously happy to get to this (9,000) number. When I came down from Canada, I never thought I'd have the success I've had." Second division Odds-on Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno, $2.70)-from post No. 3-who'd been doing his damage up front, sat pocketed to the returning Rockin' Ron (Kakaley). The latter led through intervals of :27.4, 57.2 and 1:25.1, with his stalker pulling early. Anythingforlove A finally dispatched the leader, then held off Somebaddude (Andy McCarthy) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4. Luciano A (Brennan) was third, with a tiring Rockin' Ron and Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For Anythingforlove A, a 7-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Wish Me Luck Stables and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.80, the triple returned $45 and the superfecta paid $228. "I was happy to sit behind Rockin' Ron," Joe Bongiorno said. "(Anythingforlove A) can't be on the lead every week against these horses, so if I could get him an easier trip, I did." Third division Pole-sitting Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $20) went the distance (:27.4, 57.2, 1:24.4; 1:52.4) while 3-10 favorite Beckham's Z Tam (Tim Tetrick) never seemed comfortable, winding up a non-factor fourth. 'Beckham' was away second, not wanting to take the lead while losing pocket contact down the backside. "Tim (Tetrick) said the horse just sort of fell asleep in the pocket and he probably should have put him on the front and let him pace," trainer Bruce Saunders said. "He seemed fine, but we're going to scope him anyway." Mac's Jackpot (Kakaley) closed for second, beaten a length at 38-1, with Micky Gee N (Scott Zeron), Beckham's Z Tam and Sam's a Champ A (Jim Marohn Jr.) earning the minors. For third choice Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenberg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his fourth win in seven '19 tries. The exacta paid $373, the triple returned $2,388 and the superfecta paid $5,031. Fourth division "He's the reason I came here tonight." Such was the pre-race assessment of driver McCarthy, who launched Rodeo Rock ($4.40) from second-over to win handily. From post No. 4, Rodeo Rock watched 9-10 polester Duplicated N (Tetrick) take over from longshot Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett), then lead through soft (and flat) intervals of :28 and :57 before a 1:24.4 three-quarters. Rodeo Rock worked from behind I'm Some Graduate (Kakaley), then went wide after his target. Duplicated N owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, but Rodeo Rock picked him off. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:52.4, with Rodeo Romeo, JJ Flyin' (Brennan) and I'm Some Graduate coming away with the smaller envelopes. For second choice Rodeo Rock, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his second win in as many seasonal efforts. The exacta paid $7.80, the triple returned $82.50 and the superfecta paid $473. Rodeo Rock Fifth division Just-over-even-money favorite I'marocnrollegend N (Kakaley) literally and figuratively hit The Wall (Bongiorno, $41.60). Winning the draw and sitting a three-hole through fractions of :26.3; 56.3 and 1:24.2, The Wall waited for a first-up Always at My Place (Brennan) to retreat before hanging a sharp right turn for clearance. The Wall won a three-horse scrum by a head in a season's-best 1:53, with I'marocnrollegend N second and a pocketed Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) third. Endeavor (Tetrick) and Rockathon (Stratton) also made coinage. For rank outsider (sixth choice) The Wall, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding owned by J L Benson Stables and trained by Nick Surick, he's now 2-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $92.50, the triple returned $325.50 and the superfecta paid $2,230. "They were getting out of there quickly, so I had no choice but to be third," Bongiorno said. I wasn't going to come first-up and I was fortunate when (Always at My Place) tired to have room. This horse had had some bad draws and been in some bad spots, so it was good to save ground for once." Sixth division A gritty (though not Philadelphia Flyer Gritty) first-up effort by favored More the Better N (Zeron, $4.70). After pole-sitting Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) rebuffed quarter-move advances of Gokudo Hanover (Brennan), the former led through early substations of :27.1 and :56.4. From post No. 3, More the Better N hooked Mar Nien A through a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.3), eventually putting that one away early in the lane. More the Better N held off a crisply-rallying Mach Doro A (Cushing) by a neck in 1:53.2. Gokudo Hanover, Bellow's Binge (Bartlett) and Ballerat Boomerang (Tetrick) fell into line for the remainder, while Mar Nien A backpedaled to last among the octet. For More the Better N, a 6-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, it was his first win in a trio of '19 tries. The exacta paid $45.40, the triple returned $257.50 and the superfecta paid $862. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by a down-the-road Eye Ofa Tiger AS (Bartlett, $7.60) in 1:56. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 16, 2019 -- Say this much for harness racing driver Dan Dube...he appreciates timing. Approaching his latest driving milestone for a while, Dube coordinated it just right, stylishly winning Saturday night's (March 16th) opener of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. His open-length romp with favored Western Ace ($4.40) not only served as the 9,000th win of his career, but threw down the Free-For-All series gauntlet as the fastest local mile (1:51.1) of the season. From post position No. 4 in the first of a half-dozen, $50,000 divisions, Western Ace gave nothing else a shot through intervals of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:24.1. The two-length lead off the final turn became 5¾ lengths at the wire, helped by his fast feet and a scattering behind after a nasty break by Windsong Leo (George Brennan). Somewhere in L A avoid the happenstance to end us second, with Mach it So (Brent Holland), Lyons Steel (Mark MacDonald) and Don Domingo N (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal co-owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, the triple returned $110 and the superfecta paid $967. Western Fame The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, was the main driver of Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). His career purse earnings exceed $119 million. :"He (Western Fame) was ready for this mile," Dube said. "I thought he'd race well. I heard something behind me (field scattering), but I was in front by a few lengths so I wasn't worried about it. "I'm obviously happy to get to this (9,000) number. When I came down from Canada, I never thought I'd have the success I've had." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 15, 2019 -- Beware the Ides of March (Friday the 15th), provided you weren't mesmerized by the start of Yonkers Raceway's harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker. Five, $40,000 groupings were consecutively contested, featuring the best pacing mares around. Here's the skinny... First division Odds-on Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan, $3.90)--from post position No. 2--took over from lone leaver Twinkle (Scott Zeron) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then held sway (:57.2, 1:24.4, life-best 1:52.3). Twinkle tried the winner inside through the lane, but missed a length. Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton) was a non-threatening third, with Newborn Sassy (Tin Tetrick) and Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the minors. For Ideal Lifestyle A, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Western Ideal owned and trained by Tahnee Camilleri, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.40, the triple returned $40.60 and the superfecta paid $153.50. Ideal Lifestyle A Second division With the rain teeming down, a first-up--from post No. 4--Delightmemphisn (Jason Bartlett, $6.60) snapped 2-5 choice Bettor Joy N (Tetrick) at the (1:53) wire. First leader Magic Forces (Brenan) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Freakonomics (Zeron) and Sell a Bit N (Stratton) picking off the final pay envelopes. Bettor Joy N had laid down early intervals of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.2, but just faltered by a short nose. For second choice Delightfulmemphisn, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Enzed Racing and trained by Nifty Norman, it was her fifth win in eight '19 tries. The exacta paid $11.40, the triple returned $24.80 and the superfecta paid $57. Third division Rain continued and so did formful results. It was a down-the-road--from post No. 3--Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $2.60) winning as she pleased (:28.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). Rockstar Angel A (Zeron) chased from a loose pocket, beaten 3½ lengths. A weak, first-up Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald), Bettor's Up (Bartlett) and Lakeisha Hall (Brennan) were the other payees. For Apple Bottom Jeans, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.20, the triple returned $52.50 and the superfecta paid $160.50. Fourth division More precipitation, more predictable performances. From post No. 6, Favored Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., $5.50) eschewed an early three-hole, then completed her wet rounds (:26.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, life-best 1:52.1). Feelin' Red Hot (Brennan) took a shot from the pocket, but missed by three-quarters of a length. For Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her third win in five '19 efforts (3-for-3 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $15.60, the triple returned $87 and the superfecta paid $339. Seaswift Joy N Fifth division ....and the theme continued. Defending series champ Shartin N (Tetrick, $2.20), began her purse season by fooling very few. From post No. 2, she found herself away third before finding front. From there (:27.4, :56, 1:24.3, 1:52.2), she was a puny parimutuel proposition. Don't Think Twice A (Bartlett) made first lead, yielded and missed, beaten a half-length. Bettorb Chevron N (Stratton) closed for third, with Dude'salady (Marohn Jr.) and Mach it a Par (Brennan) settling for the small change. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old Tintin in America Kiwi lass, co-owned by her chauffer, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she comes off a 19-for-24, million-dollar season. The exacta paid $5.60, the superfecta returned $10.40 and the superfecta paid $34.40. Saturday evening's (March 16th) opener of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features six, $50,000 divisions (races 4 through 9) for the Free-For-All gentlemen folks. Earlier Friday evening, Dan Dube knocked an item off the to-do list, getting career win No. 8,999 with Rural Art ($6.30) in the $20,000, third-race pace (1:54.4, updates if necessary) Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 14, 2019 - Slowly but surely, harness racing Dan Dube is inching toward his latest milestone. Favored An the Thunderolls ($5.30) was a Yonkers Raceway off-the-pace winner in Thursday night's (March 14th) $10,000, thrd-race pace (1:56.3), giving Dube an 8,998th career driving victory. The Quebec-born Dube, turning 50 this June, has career purses in excess of $119 million...not to mention a congratulatory sign waiting for him. For the third consecutive night, the Raceway parachuted past the million-dollar handle plateau, as the dozen races attracted a total of $1,172,527. It was the fifth seven-figure program of the season. A reminder that this Friday and Saturday evenings (March 15th and 16th) begin the Blue Chip Matchmaker (five divisions) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (six divisions), respectively. The lasses go for $40,000 per race, while the lads chase $50,000 each. The finalized program pages for those races accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 12, 2019 -- Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday night (March 12th) harness racing storylines included Sharp Action Money and wagering money. Sharp Action Money (Yannick Gingras, $2.60) drilled his foes in the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series, making him the only perfect participant with the prelims two-thirds complete. The 4-year-old Sportswriter gelding, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and RTC Stables, has turned in a pair of odds-on, down-the-the-road open-length performances. For the second consecutive night, the Raceway vaulted over the million-dollar handle plateau, as the dozen races attracted a total of $1,037,444. It was the fourth 'carded million' of the season. A reminder that this Friday and Saturday evenings (March 15th and 16th) begin the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Friday, five divisions) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (Saturday, six divisions), respectively. The lasses go for $40,000 per race, while the lads chase $50,000 each. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 11, 2019 -- He's called a pair of historic thoroughbred champions and countless Breeders' Cups, but the career of Larry Collmus was officially made when calling a harness racing race at Yonkers Raceway Monday night (March 11th). That's because the popular voice of the New York Racing Association and the Triple Crown stopped by Yonkers Raceway to see how the other half lives. Collmus, a friend of Yonkers' track announcer John Hernan, visited the booth and, by his own admission, "called my first harness race in about five years." We can't swear Miss You N's handy, third-race romp as an odds-on favorite is going to make anyone forget either American Pharoah or Justify, but Collmus handled the pacers with expected aplomb. "It was a lot of fun," Collmus said after he watched a subsequent race inside the starting car. "I've been a fan of harness racing from my time in California and I really enjoy it." Monday night's dozen-race handle was $1,016,636, Yonkers' second consecutive million-dollar Monday and third seven-figure session of the season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 11, 2019 - The big girls and big boys come to play this weekend, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the opening round of both the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night (March 15th) finds four, $40,000 divisions of the Matchmaker for leading pacing mares, going consecutively as races five through nine. Defending series champ begins her 6-year-old season with post position No. 2 in the final event. Tim Tetrick takes his usual seat for co-owners himself, Richard Pollucci and Jo Ann Looney-King. Keeping it in the family, Jim King Jr. trains the lass, fresh off an 19-for-24, million-dollar season. Saturday evening (March 16th), the Levy does the Matchmaker one better, with six, $50,000 groupings (races 4 through 9) for the Free-For-All folks. Double-millionaire 10-year-old Bit of a Legend N, the 2016 Levy winner, begins this season's marathon from behind the eight-ball in the third division. Jordan Stratton again does the honors for owner Von Knoblauch Stables and trainer Peter Tritton. Each series offers five prelim rounds leading to the finales, both set for Saturday night, Apr. 20th . For The Matchmaker entries click on this link. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 11, 2019 - Nominations for Yonkers Raceway / Standardbred Owners Association for New York close this Friday (March 15th). The harness racing series, which begins Tuesday night, Apr. 2nd, is open to 3-year-olds and up who are/were non-winners of six parimutuel races or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1st. There's the 'carrot' of a potential $10,000 bonus paid by the SOA, with details in the form. The nomination form is right here, jusy click on this link.. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 9, 2019 - Locally-debuting Sam's a Champ A (Jim Marohn Jr., $7.60) and locally-needs-no-introduction Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $9) earned the harness racing  glory Saturday night (March 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Sam's a Champ A stalked 9-10 choice Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) though spongy intervals of :28, 57.2 and 1:25 in the week's adult pace, then rolled right by. 'Sam' defeated a second-over Shnonucrzydiamnd A (Brent Holland) by three-quarters a length in a life-best 1:52.4. Bettor Memories gave it up and faded to third, with Nocturnal Bluechip (Dube) and I'marocnrollegend N (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For second choice Sam's a Champ A, a 7-year-old Down Under Dawn Ofa New Day gelding owned and trained by Tahnee Camilleri, it was his second win in a pair North American starts. The exacta paid $79.50, the triple returned $162.50 and the superfecta paid $984. Sam's a Champ A The weekly marquee trot saw hard-knocking Smalltownthrowdown-from assigned post position No. 5-just last (:28.3, :58.4, 1:27.1, 1:55.4) after cutting the mile. Melady's Monet (Jordan Stratton), as the 9-5 favorite, received his memo late, slightly gapping from second-up, then tallying to miss a nose. Blenheim (Joe Bongiorno), Mostinterestingman (Bartlett) and Buen Camino (Matt Kakaley) settled for the minor moolah. For third choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in six '19 tries. The exacta paid $28.20, the triple returned $123.50 and the superfecta paid $306.50. The season's fastest local mile-1:51.3--was turned in by a down-the-road fave Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno, $4.30) in the $35,000, ninth-race pace. A subsequent victory by Gratian Hanover ($7.10) a race later gave the Bongiornos---driver Joe and trainer Jennifer-six wins from as many Westchester weekend starters. Last but not last, it was the 25th career win for Smalltownthrowdown and No. 8,995 for Dube. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 8, 2019 - Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton, $43.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night (March 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was the final tune-up for many of these misses before the Blue Chip Matchmakers gets underway next Friday (March 15th). From post position No. 3, the lass with a north-of-the-border resume was away sixth. She saw Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) get stung by first-'19-try Twinkle (Dan Dube) through a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a :57.2 intermission before 8-5 favorite Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett), having already made one move, took out of fourth. She engaged Angel's Pride in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while the eventual heroine had slipped out to work from second-over. The diminishing lead for Angel's Pride was a length-and-a-quarter off the final turn, with 'Memphis' moving in. That lass would win the battle, but lose the war as Write Me a Song surged past by a proboscis in 1:54.1. Delightfulmemphisn, a dead-heat (for third) duo of Twinkle/Angel's Pride and Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. Those five were separated by just a length-and-a-half at the wire. For sixth choice Write Me a Song, a season-debuting 4-year-old daughter of Sportswriter owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her 11th win in 20 career starts. The exacta paid $213, the triples returned $506 (Twinkle third) and $634 (Angel's Pride third) and the superfectas paid $1,299 (Twinkle/Angel's Pride third and fourth) and $2,243.(Angel's Pride/Twinkle third and fourth). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Sagamore Hill Pacing Series began Tuesday night's (March 5th), with Yannick Gingras beating a path to the harness racing winner's circle. Gingras won three of the four, $20,000 divisions for 3- and 4-year-old gentlemen, including a maiden-breaker with 16-1 invading pole-sitter On Accident ($35.20). The 3-year-old Well Said gelding, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, won in 1:55.2. Gingras ended with five wins during the dozen-race card. For full results click on this link. After Monday night's (March 4th) million-dollar handle, Tuesday's wagering was certainly adequate--$978,048-if not quite seven figures. The Raceway's series continues next Monday and Tuesday evenings (March 11th and 12th), with the second round of the Petticoat and Sagamore Hill, respectively. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 4, 2019 - Four weeks to the night of Yonkers Raceway's first million-dollar night of 2019, the Raceway sashayed over seven figures once again. Monday night's (March 4th) dozen-race harness racing card saw total wagering of $1,001,439. Catch an Ace (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) tagged Pelican Blue Chip (Dan Dube) in 1:55.2, the fastest of four, $20,000 divisions in the opening round of the Petticoat Pacing Series for 3- and 4-year-old young ladies. The winner, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, is now 4-for-6 this season and 13-for-23 in her career. The boys take their turn Tuesday night (March 5th), with four, $20,000 events of their own in the beginning of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. A season-debuting Queenace Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) closed from seventh off the final turn, winning the $13,000, fifth-race pace (1:57.3) at a tidy 60-1. The $123.50 mutuel led exotics of $639 (exacta), $3,549 (triple) and $5,562 (superfecta). Frank Drucker

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