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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 26, 2019 -- Down-the-road numbers Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $6.10) and Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing, $4.70) went, um, down the road Saturday night (Jan. 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $44,000 Open Handicaps. From position No. 4, in the week's marquee trot, Smalltownthrowdown seated Wings of Royalty (Jordan Stratton) and 8-5 choice Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) in behind, then completed his rounds (:27.4, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:55.3). It was the fastest local trot mile of the early season. The margin was a comfy length-and-a-half over Wings of Royalty, with Andy Ray--after a second move--DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) and Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minor moolah. For second choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 6-year-old statebred Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, VIP Internet Stable and Yves Sarazin, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26, the triple returned $66 and the superfecta paid $273.50. Smalltownthrowdown The adult-table pace saw favored Bettor's Fire N--from assigned post No. 2--stuff Air Strike (Brent Holland) in behind early, then take it the distance (:27.1, 57.1, 1:25.1, 1:53.1). Air Strike tried him from the pocket, but missed a length. Third went to a ground-saving, 80-1 rank outsider Techtor Hanover (Stratton), with Aston Hill Dave (Tyler Buter) and Great Vintage (Jim Marohn Jr.) rounding out the payees. For Bettor's Fire N, an 11-year-old Bettor's Delight Down Under gelding co-owned by his driver, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi, it was his first win in a pair of '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $16.40, the triple returned $215.50 and the superfecta paid $1,674. The winner was a closing, eight-hole third at 62-1 in his last try. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 25, 2019 - Odds-on harness racing fave Aldine Hanover (Jason Bartlett, $3.40) finished what she started Friday night (Jan. 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Returning from Dover and winning the 3-thru-6 draw, Aldine Hanover stepped about polester Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), making the lead just before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a 57-second intermission, the other formful Delaware interloper, Delishka N (Brent Holland), was at it again, moving from an early-acquired four-hole. Aldine Hanover needed a :27.3 third quarter (1:24.3) to keep that foe at hoof's distance, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. The gang closed ranks behind her, but Aldine Hanover held sway, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4. Shez Sugarsweet A grabbed second, with Clear Idea (Matt Kakaley), Delishka N and Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) rounding out the payees. For Aldine Hanover, a 4-year-old daughter of A Rocknroll Dance owned by Claim to Fame LLC and trained by Michael Hall, it was her second win in four seasonal starts (board-certified in 13 of last 14 tries). The exacta paid $23.20, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $275. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 21, 2019 - Due to the brutal cold and subsequent humane (and human) concerns about transporting and racing the two- and four-legged, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live harness racing program for this evening (Monday, Jan. 21st). It's the second consecutive cancellation of 2019. Evening simulcasting has also been cancelled, with the afternoon version already having been scrapped after Aqueduct cancelled its program. Live racing is scheduled to resume Tuesday night (Jan. 22st), with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. The Pick 5 carryover in excess of $3,500 and $15,000 guaranteed pool now move to Tuesday evening. Program pages shall be sent separately. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 18, 2019 - Ella Michelle A (Joe Bongiorno, $7.70) won the draw for the inner half of the gate, then left the other lasses at her mercy Friday night (Jan. 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Ella Michelle A stuffed both Amateur Hour (Brent Holland) and Clear Idea (Matt Kakaley) in behind, while 3-2 favorite Itty Bitty (Jason Bartlett) was forced to retreat after she, too, tried leaving. Meanwhile, Ella Michelle A had an issue (:27.4, :57, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), with Clear Idea faltering after a weak second move. Ella Michelle A had a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by three. Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) offered late lane pace to get second, with a tough-trip Itty Bitty, 53-1 rank outsider Made of Jewels AS (Troy Beyer) and Amateur Hour settling for the minors. For second choice Ella Michelle A, a now-8-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned and trained by Chris Scicluna, it was a winning seasonal debut. The exacta paid $89.50, the triple returned $324.50 and the superfecta paid $2,896.  YONKERS CANCELS SATURDAY LIVE RACING, EVENING SIMULCASTING Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tomorrow (Saturday, Jan. 19th), due to the impending snow and ice storm. It’s the first cancellation of 2019. Afternoon simulcasting is available until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday night (Jan. 21st), with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 12, 2019 - Fresh off a five-win performance the previous evening, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett's Saturday night (Jan. 12th) saw him take down both of Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Opens. Bartlett did it with a pair of fours. Bellows Binge ($19.40)-from post position No. 4-closed from third-over in the weekly featured pace, snapping Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley) at the wire in 1:54. Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) grabbed third as the 62-1 rank outsider in a race that set up for the come-from-behind set when polester Run Oneover N (George Brennan) took no early prisoners. He stuffed 3-2 favorite Air Strike (Brent Holland) and Sicily (Jim Marohn Jr.) in behind, paying a :25.3 price for the privilege. After a :56.3 intermission, Sicily was out and moving again, engaging Run Oneover N in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters. Rune Oneover N was about to wear out his welcome early in the lane as Christen Me N moved from second-over. He made the lead late, but could not stall Bellow Binge. The latter whipped the former by a scant nose, while Aston Hill Dave (Tyler Buter) and Sicily chased home Bettor's Fire N for the minors For fifth choice Bellow's Binge, a now-5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned and trained by Richard Banca, it was his first start in the Open/Open Handicap. The exacta paid $56.50, the triple returned $5,271 and the superfecta paid $14,357 (base $2 payout). Bellow's Binge outside number 4 (Chris Brokate Photo) Bartlett and pocket-sitting fave Andy Ray ($4)-from post No. 4--stalked Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) throws intervals of :27.4, 57.3 and 1:26.2, then eased past by a length in 1:55.4. Third went to closing Mostinterestingman (Troy Beyer), with Royal Bachelor (Marohn Jr.), with Thisguysonfire (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For Andy Ray, a now-7-year-old Crazed gelding owned by Yinson Quezada and trained by Anette Lorentzon, his career cash went up and over a half-million dollars. The exacta paid $22.60, the triple returned $73.50 and the superfecta paid $426. Andy Ray (Chris Brokate Photo) Props also to millionaires Melady's Monet and Great Vintage, the trotter and pace who put up career wins No. 53 and 48, respectively, during the Saturday card. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 11, 2019 - Favored Itty Bitty with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the sulky gave nothing else a shot Friday night (Jan. 11th), handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 3, Itty Bitty retook from Wishy Washy Girl (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Shen then opened more nighttime daylight at every subsequent interval (:58.1, 1:26.1, 1:55), as in two lengths (half), 2½ lengths (three-quarters), 4½ lengths (stretch) and 5¼ lengths (finish). Clear Idea (Matt Kakaley) was a best-of-the-rest second, with Dude'salady (Jim Marohn Jr.), Amateur Hour (Brent Holland) and Culinary Delight N (Larry Stalbaum) rounding out the payees. For Itty Bitty, a now-5-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin co-owned (as A. Harris Racing) by (trainer) Andrew Harris, J. Robert Darrow and Evan Katz, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.20, the triple returned $156.50 and the superfecta paid $582. Bartlett won half of the evening's 10 races.  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,200 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Jan. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,257.15 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 7, 2019 -- Yannick Gingras was so giddy Yonkers Raceway began its 2019 season Monday night (Jan. 7th), he popped in and reached a harness racing driving milestone. Career win No.7,000. It took until the finale and odds-on fave Prologue ($2.90) lasting on the lead to get Monsieur Gingras to the Promised Land, doing so by a diminishing nose in 1:53.2 Gingras, who began the dozen-race dossier needing three wins to reach the plateau, made short work of the $7.50 early daily double, escorting romping public choices Roll with Jeff ($4.80) in the $13,000, first-race pace (1:56.1) and ABC Muscles Boy ($2.80) in the $10,000, second-race trot (1:58). He then forced the rank and file to wait around until last call before receiving his gold star. "I'm not a numbers guys in that regard. I had no idea that the (7,000) number was upcoming until right before Christmas when someone mentioned it to me." The 39-year-old Gingras, a native of Greenfield Center, PQ, has career earnings in excess of $169 million and more big-money wins than can listed here without writing this in missive in installments. "To have it happen it here (Yonkers) where it all started for me coming down from Canada makes it special," Gingras said. Gingras counts his win with Foiled Again in the 2009 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series here as one of his personal highlights. "I don't know what else to say about him. He would get ready to begin his year in the Levy every season...just made for the half-mile (oval). "In the last few years, I've been concentrating more on the stakes races," Gingras said. "I had less drives (1,705) and had less wins (330) in 2018 than in about 15 years. This season, I'm committing to overnight racing, Yonkers Mondays and Thursdays, Meadowlands Fridays and Saturdays. "Winning never gets tiresome. As Cat Manzi said to me, 'You're only one win away from happiness.' " And the sign. Don't forget about the sign. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, January 2, 2019 Yonkers Raceway's 2019 racing season begins this Monday night (Jan. 7th), with a dozen races at the usual first post of 6:50 PM. The Raceway's 234-program docket offers a Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday schedule (nearly exclusively at 6:50 PM), with the seasonal schedule accompanying this release. As always, all dates are pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. A reminder that the next two days have morning draws... --Thursday, Jan. 3rd (draw for Tuesday, Jan. 8th)-- --Friday, Jan. 4th (draw for the Thursday, Jan. 10th)--. The entry box closes each day at 9 AM. The usual afternoon box closing/draw schedule returns Monday (Jan. 7th), with a double draw for Friday and Saturday (Jan. 11th and 12th). A current condition sheet is available at www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 20, 2018 -- To the surprise of very few, Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard were Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing 2018 driver and trainer, respectively. The 237-program season (one postponement), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 16th), saw Bartlett roll along to an eighth local title. The 37-year-old Bartlett, originally from Augusta, ME, was both the winningest (485) and busiest (2,328) driver, winning at a 20.8 percent clip. His $8.8 million in purses also led the list. Jordan Stratton was again second, this time with 371 wins and $7.3 million in purses, with the top five win list completed by George Brennan (345), Jim Marohn Jr. (167) and Brent Holland (164). Allard, a 31-year-old Quebecois now operating out of Matamoras, PA, took down the Westchester prize for the second time in the last three seasons. He sent out 178 winners from 843 starters (21.1 percent winning percentage), leading in purses ($3.55 million). Scott DiDomenico (160 wins), Richard Banca (141) Ron Burke (113) and Jennifer Bongiorno (71) completed the first quintet among wins. The Raceway's 234-program, 2019 season is set to begin Monday night (Jan. 7th), with a first post of 6:50 PM, A complete schedule accompanies this release, with all dates pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 16, 2018 -- Yonkers Raceway put the 2018 harness racing to bed Sunday afternoon (Dec. 16th) with DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $13.80) winning the featured--and 'sloppy'--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The week's marquee was at the flat mile, one race before the seven added-distance 'French' events. From post position No. 4, the eventual winner went down the road (:28.1, :58, 1:27, 1:56.3). Along the way, another leaver, Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman) jumped it off, outside assigned NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) was wide early and out the mile and 6-5 favorite Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) left the cones and retreated soon thereafter. Down the backside, Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) made a looming move, but couldn't sustain it, She did, however, photo a pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) for second as DW's NY Yank finished it off by a length-and-a-half. NF Happenstance and Royal Bachelor (Jim Marohn Jr.) picked off the remainder. For fourth choice DW's NY Yank, a 9-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97.50, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,192 Sunday's final foray incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-Hattie L (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 3-Dynamic Edge (Yonkers' 4th race), returning $41.25 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,058. The Raceway's 2019 season is set to begin Monday night, Jan. 7th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. There are no Sunday matinees scheduled. During the hiatus, afternoon simulcasting is available more often than not. Please visit www.empirecitycasino.com for a current schedule. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 15, 2018 -- A night after Brent Holland won four races, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett did him one better. Bartlett took down half of Yonkers Raceway's 10-race Saturday night (Dec. 14th) card, including the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with a two-moving Bettor Memories ($11). Away third from post position No. 6, Bettor Memories saw 8-5 fave Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) lead through early intervals of :26.3 and :56.1. Bettor Memories was out to engage approaching the 1:24.1 three-quarters, taking over early in the lane. Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), who protected the pocket at the outset, slid out with dead aim, but could not reach. Bettor Memories prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. The Real One (Jordan Stratton) snapped a tiring Gokudo Hanover for third, with Caviart Luca (George Brennan) picking off the final pay envelope For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 5-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his sixth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $293.50. Saturday night's Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $2,200 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $17,696 of new investments. After takeout, that left an approximate pool of $15,530, with each correct 50-cent wager (6/7/3/6/2) returning $1,194.50. The Raceway wraps its 2018 season with a 'French' Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM). The 'New York, New York Double' goes as Aqueduct's first race (post time 12:20 PM) and Yonkers' fourth race (post time 1 PM).  YONKERS’ SUNDAY PICK 5 FEATURES SEASON-ENDING MANDATORY PAYOUT Yonkers Raceway wraps its 2018 live season with a ‘French’ Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM) and a mandatory Pick 5 payout. Since no pool can be carried over from one year to another (per New York State Gaming Commission rules), Sunday’s gimmick is going to pay out to the ticket(s) with the highest number of winners. It’s a 50-cent base wager comprised of races 7 through 11, with program pages accompanying this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 14, 2018 -- Brent Holland threw down the gauntlet entering Yonkers Raceway final weekend of the season, winning four races during Friday night's (Dec. 14th) 10-race harness racing card. The Holland highlight reel began rather innocently when even-money Lone Raider ($4) went the distance in the $18,750, fourth-race claiming handicap pace (1:53.3). He then broke out the bombardier, with 38-1 Amateur Hour ($79.50) closing from sixth off the final turn to snap 22-1 Ella Michelle A (Eric Goodell) in the $29,000, sixth-race pace (1:54.2). Those two prices combined for a $721 exacta, $2,691 triple and $19,040 superfecta (base $2 payout). Holland came right back in the $23,000, seventh-race pace, again closing from sixth, this time with All About Madi ($8.30) in 1:54.1. It was the 25th career win for the 5-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy, owned and trained by Brittany Robertson. Tired of those come-from-behind tactics, Holland and Vague Traces ($10.20) finished what he started in the $23,000 pacing finale (1:53.3). The Raceway wraps its 2018 season Saturday night (Dec. 15th, first post 6:50 PM) before a 'French' Sunday matinee (Dec. 16th, first post 11:45 AM).  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,200 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE    A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 15h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,258.31 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 11, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's season-ending Sunday harness racing matinee this weekend (Dec. 16th) shall offer a first post of 11:45 AM. Races 4 through 10 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 4th - 1 PM 5th - 1:30 PM 6th - 2 PM 7th - 2:30 PM 8th - 3 PM 9th - 3:30 PM 10th - 4 PM Post time for the finale is 4 PM, 4:25 PM or 4:45 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn later Tuesday afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). The Raceway's 2019 season is scheduled to begin Monday night, Jan. 7th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 8, 2018-Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the harness racing adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed-from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) backed away. Gokudo Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but could not stall his intruder. Weona Sizzler A rolled right by, widening to win by that length in a life-best 1:52.1. Gokudo Hanover saved second, with Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Voracity (Tyler Buter) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Weona Sizzler A, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Harmon Racing) by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Seth Rosenberg Racing, it was his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts (five wins and three seconds in eight North American tries). The exacta paid $25.40, the triple returned $131.50 and the superfecta paid $646. There is no Sunday matinee this time around, the final one wrapping the season Dec. 16th, with first post the ever-popular TBA. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 7, 2018 - Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night (Dec. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel's Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed as Angel's Pride laid down early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds. It was a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.4) to dispose of Keystone Wanda's uncovered bid from fourth, but 'Monica' was ready. She vacated the cones early, about to polish off much a better trip than the self-inflicted, horrid sojourn of a week ago. Monica Gallagher rolled by, widening to 2¾ lengths over Angel's Pride in 1:53.3. Pole-assigned Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) was a three-hole third, with Delightfulmemphisn (Dan Dube) and Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned and D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her 10th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $147.50 and the superfecta paid $794. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,700 CARRYOVER, 15G GUARANTEE  A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 8h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,735.44 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Saturday’s Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway has announced its 234 harness racing program, 2019 live schedule. Here are the highlights... ---there are four fewer programs than in 2018 ---first racing program of 2019 is Monday night, Jan 7th ---there are no Sunday matinees ---racing goes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through May 25th ---post time remains at 6:50 PM ---there's a hiatus from May 26th through June 6th, inclusive ---five-night-per-week schedule returns Friday, June 7th through final day of season, Tuesday, Dec. 17th ---there's no live racing Friday, Oct. 11th, with International Trot matinee Saturday, Oct. 12th (post time TBA) ---there's no live racing Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 28th, 29th and 30th. Please be advised that this schedule is tentative and as always, all dates and above information are pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Updates shall be provided as available. Frank Drucker

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