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YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 12, 2019-Yonkers Raceway has pushed up its entry box closing this Friday (Aug. 16th) to 9 AM, instead of the usual 3:30 PM. It's the box for the Thursday (Aug. 22nd) program, which includes the New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. With live racing cancelled Friday night to accommodate a Kool & the Gang concert, the race office shall have morning hours only. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 10, 2019--Funny thing about Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $2.70). Whenever he's invaded Yonkers Raceway, the end result is not a fair fight. Such was the case again Saturday night (Aug. 10th), when Six Pack drilled seven outclassed foes in the co-featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot. Making short work an assigned eight-hole, Six Pack left around Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett), t hen made even shorter work of the teletimer. Never threatened at any point, he widened at every (:28, 57.2, 1:25, 1:53.1) point. The result was... a-matching the all-age trot track record, set by Svanstedt’s filly Plunge Blue Chip last September, and b- 6¼-length win over Lord Cromwell (Austin Siegelman), and c-a fifth consecutive win here, and d-the fastest local trot mile of the season, and e-a new track record for his weight class. For the record, New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third, with Eye ofa Tiger AS and Such an Angel (Eric Goodell) settling for the small change. Six Pack, a 4-year-old $1.5 million statebred son of Muscle Mass co-owned by his driver/trainer, Little E LLC, Knuttson Trotting. Stall Kalmer and Lars Berg, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (career 17-for-30). The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $173 and the superfecta paid $1,122. Not lost on Svanstedt was throwing down a gauntlet in the hopes of getting an invitation to October's million-dollar International Trot. "We wanted to see him back on a short track and he handled it well," Svanstedt said. "He's not been lucky in a many of his races this season. That's the biggest difference in him as a 4-year-old. "The owners wanted to enter him (tonight). We're hoping he's asked to race in the International." The weekly $46,000 adult-table pace was won by a down-the-road Scott Rocks (Goodell, $4.80) in 1:51.3. The 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding went up and over $995,000 in career earnings after a 57th lifetime win. For his part, Goodell won four of the night's last seven races. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 9, 2019-Pocketed favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) gave the harness racing public what it wanted Friday night (Aug. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The board spoke her name and Alexa's Power raced as if she knew it. Making the first lead from post position No. 4, she then deferred to raging, eight-hole-assigned Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the lass who had won her previous three tries threw down a :55.4 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters. However, she could not shake either Alexa's Power or Dibaba N (Eric Goodell). A bit cooler at the windows this time around, Feelin' Red Hot was a bit shorter on the track. Alexa's Power collared the leader early in the lane, going by to whip Dibaba N by three-quarters of a length in a season's-best 1:51.1. Feelin' Red Hot easily held third, with Annabeth (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Betterb Chevron N (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For Alexa's Power, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Jeff & Michael Snyder and trained by Jim Campbell, it was her third win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $202 and the superfecta paid $974. Friday night's Pick 5, who began with a $7,500 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $26,812 of new coin into the gimmick. It was a 5/4/5/5/3 winning combination returning $107.62 for each correct half-a-buck wager. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 6, 2019- Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 6th) hosted the $153,200 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A $75,900 non-bettor and a wagering-carded $77,300 division comprised the event. The before-the-program bandwagon was led by American Rebel (Tyler Buter). Making the first lead from post position No. 2, American Rebel then deferred to Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley). The latter needed just about the entire :28.1 opening quarter-mile to get there. However, American Rebel was none too thrilled about the pocket, so he extricated himself right at the :57.2 intermission. American Rebel had few issues from there (1:25.4, life-best 1:54), getting minimal grief from a first-up Cigars and Port (Ray Schnittker) before widening in the lane. The final margin over Groovy Joe was two lengths, with Cigars and Port hanging around for third. For American Rebel, a son of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Robert Robinson, it was his third win in seven seasonal/career starts. "He was really great today," Buter said. "I knew if I had him in front, they wouldn't catch us." The evening's wagering sire stakes event saw a scattered gathering between those that either broke or puled up. Meanwhile, Freedom Warrior (Dan Dube, $14.40) found his way out of the maiden ranks by pacing a mile...and a few extra steps. From post No. 6, he was away fourth, ahead of some early misbehavers. He was then wide down the backside the first time around another non-conformist. Freedom Warrior and driver Dan Dube collar Splash Brother before the wire (Mike Lizzi photo) Freedom Warrior had a loose target to chase in the presence of Splash Brother (Brent Holland), with that one going right along though intervals of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24.4. The pursuer steadily closed ranks, getting past his rival late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. It was about a dozen lengths back a tiring 11-10 choice Save Me a Dance (Jason Bartlett), while 45-1 outsider R Maddy Blue Chip (Kakaley) was fourth For fourth choice Freedom Warrior, an American Ideal gelding owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare, it was that first win in five '19/life starts. The exacta paid $55.50, the triple returned $146 and there was no superfecta wagering (coupled entry in the race). "He's a very fast horse," Dube said, adding, "You have to be careful with him." New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Thursday night (Aug. 22nd), with the Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 3, 2019--A two-move There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell, $22.80) and a cone-skimming Control Tower (Joe Bongiorno, $60.50) muddled the mutuels Saturday night (Aug. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $46,000 Open Handicaps. From post position No. 4 in the week's marquee trot, There'sademoninme left, then found himself in a three-hole behind Lord Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) and Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman). The former led through intervals of :27.4 and :57.2. There'sademoninme was out and moving, engaging the leader by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. He hooked Lord Cromwell in and out of the final turn, then ground that rival into submission. There'sademoninme then widened, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.1. I'm the Muscle (Dan Dube) arrived late, snapping Lord Cromwell for second, with 2-5 choice Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) and Money Maven (Brent Holland) grabbing the remainder. Note that eight-holer Will Take Charge threw in steps right before the start, making his job that much more difficult. For fifth choice There'sdemoninme, an 8-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by Thomas Lazzaro, Michael Casalino Jr. & Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis, it was his eighth win in 19 seasonal starts (and 40th career victory). The exacta paid $147, the triple returned $765 and the superfecta paid $2,468. The weekly adult-table pace saw Dr. J Hanover (Holland) roll through subsections of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:23.3. Owning a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, he just failed to close the sale. In a race where the first four finishers were separated by a neck, it was loosely-pocket, polester Control Tower finding room closest to the pylons. He picked off the Good Doctor by a nostril in 1:52. Our Max Phactor N (Bartlett) and 1-2 fave I'm Some Graduate (Brennan) completed the close quartet, with The Real One (Pat Lachance)--beaten only a half-length--settling for the smallest pay envelope For seventh choice Control Tower, an 8-year-old Panspacificflight gelding owned by Dynasty Racing and trained by Nick Surick, it was his fifth win in 24 '19 tries. The exacta paid $155, the triple returned $518 and the superfecta (the good ol' 1-2-3-4) paid $1,159. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 2, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Aug. 2nd) hosted the $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. A trio of $51,300 races comprised the event. The first division saw Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett, $5.80), as the lone leaver make her five rivals pay (:29, :59.2, 1:28.1, career-best 1:56.1). From post position No. 5, Racine Bell opened three lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by that same margin. Rapunzel Blue Chip (George Brennan) as a loose-pocket second, with 11-10 favorite Dragon Roll (Jordan Stratton) a non-threatening, first-up third. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) was fourth. For second choice Racine Bell, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned by Chris & Dale Lawton and trained by Dave Dewhurst, it was her third win in six seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $378. The evening's second sire stakes rendition saw another down-the-road dominatrix in Merga Hanover (Brennan, $4.30). From post No. 3, the public choice held So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) at bay by a head after spongy intervals of :29.1, :59.1, 1:27.4 and 1:56. Movie Town (Buter) was a three-hole third, with Wannashakeyourtree (Bartlett) fourth. For Merga Hanover, an American Ideal ma'am co-owned by Thomas & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan, it was her third win in four seasonal/career tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $8.20, the triple paid $31 and the superfecta paid $82. Form didn't hold in the third and final statebred division as 1-2 choice Turnthefrownaround (Bartlett) jumped it off by the half while sitting third. Of those that remained pacing as required, a maiden-no-longer Tipperary Hill (Buter, $59) outgamed Cash Roll (Stratton) by a head in 1:56.3. The latter had taken over from first leader Chuppah On (Harry Landy), putting up subsections of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2. Meanwhile, pole-sitting Tipperary Hill improved a position when the favorite jumped, then engaged the leader through the final turn before prevailing. Roll with Angel (Dan Dube) and Chuppah On rounded out the gimmick finishers. For sixth choice Tipperary Hill, an Art Major miss co-owned by David Smith, James De Armond, James & Daniel Giannuzzi and trained by Jessica Okusko, it was a first board finish in three '19/life starts. The exacta paid $144.50, the triple paid $584 and the superfecta paid $2,859. As an aside and according to our esteemed photographer, Daniel Giannuzzi was more than mildly enthused with Tipperary Hill's longshot win. He was hoping for the same with Sweet Chapter in Saturday's (Aug. 3rd) Hambletonian Oaks. Friday night's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was a hat trick for Feelin' Red Hot (Brennan, $2.90). New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Tuesday night (Aug. 6th), with the $153,200 Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 29, 2019-Long-time Yonkers Raceway racing secretary Steve Starr is retiring, effective Wednesday (July 31st). Starr has been 'putting together' Yonkers races since early 1976 after serving an apprenticeship under both Ed Parker and Richard O'Donnell. Of course, at that time, New York-area racing alternated, with three-month stays at Roosevelt Raceway and Yonkers. Before leaving and turning over the big chair to assistant Bob Miecuna, Starr looked back. "When I first started, we had classified racing, A, B, C, and paper eligibility, so the race office had more control," he said. "It was in the early 1990's that we went to condition racing. "It became easier. The horses classify themselves and you don't have to be as observant." Ask Starr about his favorite horsemen and you get names such as Buddy Gilmour ('Straight shooter. Would give you the shirt off his back and the shoes off his feet.'), Lucien Fontaine and Ted Wing ('Professionals'). "I didn't have a problem with anyone as long as they were good to talk to and had nothing to hide," he said. "Maybe it's me, but I think the horsemen worked harder back then. Today, there seem to be three times as many trainers, owners and drivers, so we see a lot more people." Starr spoke fondly of the Rooneys, whose ownership of the Raceway essentially spanned his time as racing secretary. "I can't say enough good things about (former YR president) Tim (Rooney), (former general manager) Bob (Galterio) and the family. They allowed me to do my job, paid me a good salary and I was able to get married and raise my own family. "I guess the best thing I could say is that I enjoyed my job and was 100 percent ready to go to work every day," Starr said. "I know people who make a lot of money and are good at their jobs, but hate it. I have no regrets. As for the immediate future, "Spending time with the children and grandchildren. "I owe my wife (Denise) a lot of vacations, so we're going to travel," Starr said. "By car. I don't like to fly." Flying wasn't needed when Starr's visited the winner's circle, where Yonkers' horsemen and racing officials stopped by and wished him well. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 27, 2019 - Winnerup (Trond Smedshammer, $5.80) and Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller, $2.20) proved best Saturday night (July 27th), dividing Yonkers Raceway $170,500 New York Sire Stakes Milt Taylor Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $85,250 races comprised the event. Winnerup, who has been his own worst enemy more than once this season, was a good boy here. From post position No. 5, he worked it out from second-over. Cavill Hanover (Dan Dube), as the 3-4 favorite, could not stand the prosperity of soft (:28.1; 57.2) fractions. He was rolled over by Lucky Weekend (George Brennan) right around the 1:26.1 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Winnerup was waiting his turn before taking over. He widened through the lane, whipping his tow by 4¼ widening lengths in 1:55.1. Horns for Three (Miller) was third at 116-1, with Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley)-trapped behind the stopping leader-and Chip Chip Conway (Jason Bartlett) picking off the minors. Cavill Hanover tired to sixth, beating a pair of breakers. For second choice Winnerup, a son of Credit Winner owned by Purple Haze Stables and trained by his driver, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $25.60, the triple returned $325 and the superfecta paid $2,295. The evening's second sire stakes rendition saw a determined Livinonthedash-essentially gifted a win when Winnerup jumped it off the first time this division came here-need no such largesse now. From post No. 5, he sat out there as maiden Skyway Kon Man (Smedshammer) decided to park everyone. 'Everyone' included Jason's Camden (Bartlett) and a three-deep Our White Knight (Jim Marohn Jr.) After intervals of :28.2; 56.4 and 1:26.4, the leader tired early in the lane. While this way going on, Livinonthedash went widest and closed fastest. He defeated an out-the-mile Jason's Camden by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:56.2. Refi (Jordan Stratton), Skyway Con Man and Powerscourt (Mickey McGivern) settled for the small envelopes. Livinonthedash For Livinonthedash, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned by (trainer) Erv Miller, David Prushnok and Tangie Massey, it was his seventh win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $5.70, the triple paid $60 and the superfecta paid $167.50. Saturday night's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps were won by... -- (Trot) Eye ofa Tiger AS (Bartlett, $54) in life-best-matching 1:54.2; -- (Pace) The Real One (Pat Lachance, $8.10) in 1:51.3, a 50th career victory. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Friday night (Aug. 2nd ), with the Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. Click here for full results of tonight's program Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 26, 2019 - Favored Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $4.10) gave nothing else a shot-again-Friday night (July 26th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. It was not much more than a summer rerun, with Feelin' Red Hot hurdling over her half-dozen inside foes to make the lead in the first turn. From there, it was stealing money (:27.2, :55.4, 1:23, 1:51.2, a tick better than what was last week's season-best effort). Eclipse Me N (Dan Dube) offered a weak, first-up bid from fourth. Feelin' Red Hot opened 3½ lengths off the final turn, belying the final margin of a couple of lengths. Annabeth (Austin Siegelman) saved second as the 43-1 polester, with Twinkle (Brent Holland), a drifting Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Eclipse Me N rounding out the payees. For Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her ninth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $73, the triple returned $327 and the superfecta paid $1,198. For the results of tonights program click here. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 25, 2019 - This under "Best Laid Plans"... Monday afternoon (July 22nd), down at Harrah's Philly, Pat Lachance won his 2,000th career race as a harness racing driver. That evening, Yonkers Raceway was dutifully prepared to present him with the appropriate congratulatory signage. However, it rained buckets. Alas, Lachance was not a Yonkers' participant Tuesday night (July 23rd) and the Raceway was idle Wednesday night (July 24th). Order was restored Thursday night (July 25th), with Lachance summarily recognized for his latest achievement. Lachance, son of Hall of Famer-and perennial Yonkers' driving champ, Michel-remains a throwback, with about 25 horses currently in training. The 43-year-old native of Montreal has more than 1,500 training wins to his credit. "I'm happy to reach the number," Lachance said. "The fact that so many of the winners came from the barn makes it even better." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 24, 2019--Yonkers Raceway has made a change to its live harness racing schedule. The card of Friday, Aug. 16th has been eliminated, replaced by Friday, Oct. 11th (usual first post 6:50 PM). The cancellation is to accommodate a Kool & the Gang concert taking place on the track apron. The schedule amendments have been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell, $8.30) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) both went the distance Saturday night (July 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $46,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. From post position No. 4 in the weekly pacing feature, Scott Rocks had to work around 95-1 pole-assigned Great Vintage (Troy Beyer). He did, making the lead right at a :26.2 opening quarter-mile. The longshot leaver forced slight 5-2 favorite Caviart Luca (George Brennan) to take a three-hole before that one made a second move. Caviart Luca went after Scott Rocks from a :55.3 intermission to a 1:22.4 three-quarters, with The Real One (Pat Lachance) second-over. Scott Rocks owned a length-and-three-quarter leader into the lane, then closed the sale. He defeated The Real One by three-quarters of a length, with Caviart Luca third. A belated eight-holer Micky Gee N (Stratton) and Proven Desire (Jim Marohn Jr.) picked off the remainder. For fourth choice Scott Rocks, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54, the triple paid $147.50 and the superfecta paid $585. Will Take Charge did his bidding from post No. 7 in the week's marque trot. Out into the second turn, he eventually went past In Secret (Brennan) after that one's :27.3 opening quarter. Will Take Charge From there, intervals of :56.3, 1:25.4 and a season-best-matching 1:54 made it fairly simple. The final margin over In Secret was a length-and-three-quarters, with 13-10 choice Melady's Monet (Goodell) a never-in-it third. New Heaven (Marohn Jr.) and Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) settled for the smaller envelopes. For second choice Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his fourth win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta paid $31, the triple paid $133 and the superfecta paid $245.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019--Favored Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan $5.80) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (July 19th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. As she did a week ago, Feelin' Red Hot went up and over her inside harness racing foes. In this case, that was all six of 'em, as assigned eight-holer Betterb Chevron N came up ill. Feelin' Red Hot worked around Twinkle (Brent Holland), rating things much more realistically (:27.2, :56.1, 1:23.1) than last week before taking off. She opened three lengths at the three-quarters and five lengths of the final turn before whipping Twinkle by a half-dozen in a season's-best 1:51.3. Third went to Annabeth (Mark MacDonald), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. For Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, the triple returned $372 and the superfecta paid $1,631. Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, the Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019-Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, Yonkers Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual. This post-time alteration is for one night only.   For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 16, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (July 16th) hosted the humid $156,600 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies. Three, $52,200 races comprised the event. There wasn't much out of the ordinary in the first division. Death-and-taxes Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.20) sat off some ambitious fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.4), before moving to the lead and drawing off. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), she whipped I'lldotitmyself (Scott Zeron) by 3¾ lengths in 1:57.2. C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) and Seeking Royalty (Jordan Stratton), 1-2 through those quick early intervals, wound up third and fourth, respectively. For Love a Good Story, a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables & Kentuckiana Racing Stable and trained by Julie Miller, it was her third (NYSS) win in as many seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $80,50 the superfecta paid $573. "She's just so good," driver Miller said. "She made it look easy." Love a Good Story                                  --Mike Lizzi photo Tuesday night's second sire stakes rendition saw a determined Munster (Stratton, $5.80) hold off a second pocket-pull of Sorprese (Dan Daley). From post No. 5, the former went the distance (:28.4, :58.1, 1:27.3, maiden-breaking 1:57.4), defeating that rival by a length-and-three-quarters. Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) was third as the 6-5 favorite, with Olympic Glory (Andy Miller) rounding out the gimmick numbers. "It was the first time I'd driven her, but she showed she could leave, so I left," Stratton said. "Then she dug in." For second choice Munster, a Chapter Seven miss trained by Per Engblom for co-owners Black Horse Racing and Wiesman Farms, it was that first win in a pair of season/life tries. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $199.50 and the superfecta paid $2,422. It took until the final statebred soiree for the gauntlet to be thrown down. Odds-on HypnoticAM (Brian Sears, $2.70) vaulted up and over her six inside rivals--the outside foe was scratched--then had her way in a gapped-out group (:28, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final distance between Hypnotic AM and bridesmaid Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald) was 5¾ lengths, while the time was a new track record for the her weight class (Plunge Blue Chip-1:56.2 in '17). Destiny Blue Chip (Svanstedt, part of entry) was third, For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's started out 2-for-2 after another blowout NYSS win (in identical times). The exacta paid $24.20, the triple returned $50 and no superfecta wagering due to the presence of a coupled entry. "Those Melanders do a helluva job," Sears said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Saturday night (July 27th), with the Milt Taylor Trot for 3-year-old colts/geldings (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 13, 2019 -- Columbo (Eric Goodell, $6.70), sans the rumpled raincoat, was the fastest frosh Saturday night (July 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $120,250 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race again honored the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms. From post position No. 4, Columbo had designs on leaving, but was caught wide early as the inside threesome all had the same idea. Hunter Hill (Tyler Buter), as the 9-5 favorite, eventually worked around American Rebel (Pat Lachance), making the lead before a non-stressed, 29-second opening quarter-mile. They weren't going much (:57.4) to the half, either, when Columbo took out of fourth. He began to engage Hunter Hill after a 1:26.2 three-quarters, with Save Me a Dance (Jason Bartlett) working from second-over. Hunter Hill was grudgingly giving up the ghost in and out of the final turn as Columbo put him away. The latter then held off Save Me a Dance to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. A from-last, eight-hole Manticore (Jim Marohn Jr.) closed crisply for third at 36-1, with a tiring Hunter Hill and American Rebel settling for the smaller envelopes. Level Up (Mark MacDonald), Han Solo (George Brennan) and a misbehaving-early lone gelding Freedom Warrior (Jordan Stratton) completed the order. For third choice Columbo, a son of Sweet Lou owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was his second win in as many season/career tries. He did take down the fastest of last week's three eliminations in 1:54. The exacta here paid $15.60, the triple paid $163.50 and the superfecta paid $468.50. "You never know how these races with 2-year-olds are going to unfold," Goodell said. "Before anything, you want to get around the first turn "I thought about moving when Tyler (Buter, driving Hunter Hill) did, and I thought I made a mistake when I didn't," Goodell said. "When I did go with him, he was acting sort of goofy, sort of wanting to make friends with the other horses. He didn't really seem to get it until late. "I think he can move forward from here." Saturday night's pair of $46,000 Open/Open Handicaps were won by... --(Open Pace), Scott Rocks (Buter, $7) in a life-best 1:51.2; --(Open Handicap Trot), Cromwell (Bartlett, $12.20) in 1:53.3, fastest local trot mile of the season. Frank Drucker

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