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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 16, 2019- George Brennan was the man of the hour Saturday night (Feb. 16th), taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. It was a second-up-to-first-home Don Domingo N ($5.80) in the week's adult pace. From post position No. 5, he watched as just-over-even-money favorite Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) lead through cheapy subsections of :28.2, 58.3 and 1:26.3. Hitching a lift behind season-debuting Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett), Don Domingo N-in the his first Open 'Cap start-did get within range. Bettor's Fire N owned a length lead into the lane, but 'Don' ran him down, in a manner of speaking He picked off the leader, winning by a neck in 1:54.2. Somewhere in L A was a credible third, with Our Zak Whitby A (Dan Dube) and a '19-starting Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For second choice Don Domingo N, a 7-year-old Down Under American Ideal gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in six seasonal/U-S starts. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $80 and the superfecta paid $240. The weekly trotting feature was not for the squeamish, reduced to a field of five after Melady's Monet came up ill and two of the starters came up breaking. What resulted was a two-speed, two-favorite, soft-fractions number and DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.50) beating Smalltownthrowdown (Dube) by a length-and-a-quarter (:29, :59.3. 1:27.4, 1:56.1), matching a season's-best effort. Fearless Man (Bartlett) and Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) flipped positions after the former was deemed to have interfered with the latter. Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) brought up the quintet rear. For DW's NY Yank, a 10-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.60, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to short staffing. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 15, 2019-A first-up Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett, $17) prevailed Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post griposition No. 4, Delightfulmemphisn watched Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley) lead through early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, Delightfulmemphisn left the cones after intermission, as first pacing in place toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters. She picked it up after that, though Kaitlyn N owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, that lass was about to wear out here welcome. Delightfulmemphisn surged by, whipping a second-over Itty Bitty (Jim Marohn Jr.) by a length in 1:53. Sally Fletcher A (Joe Bongiorno), Kaitlyn N and Empress Deo (George Brennan) settled for the lesser loot, with 1-2 favorite Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) last among the half-dozen at every point of the mile. For fifth choice Delightfulmemphisn, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Enzed Racing Stable and trained by Nifty Norman, it was her fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $135, the triple returned $685 and the superfecta paid $1,983. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 12, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's first seasonal deadline for series nominations is right around the corner. Blue Chip Matchmaker, George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, Petticoat and Sagamore Hill Pacing Series all close this Friday (Feb. 15th). Forms are available in the nightly racing program, on-line at www.empirecitycasino.com/racing/nomination-blanks/ and through selected harness publications/websites. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Monticello Raceway

Maureen D. Ryan, 75, wife of Yonkers Raceway's long-time track superintendent, Ed Ryan, passed away peacefully last Wednesday (Feb. 6th), surrounded by family at her daughter's home in Boca Raton, FL. Mrs. Ryan was predeceased by her parents, Daniel and Theresa (Bartletta) Carmody, and her sister, Eileen Carmody. She was born Feb. 26th, 1943, in Hoboken, NJ, where she was raised. Mrs. Ryan graduated from Sacred Heart Academy. While spending summers in Monmouth Beach with her family, she met her future husband. They were married in 1964, moving permanently to Monmouth Beach the following year. Maureen Ryan was known for her gracious spirit and beautiful heart. She had an unforgettable smile and an enthusiasm for life that touched everyone in her presence. A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, nothing was more important in her life than her family. She was one of a kind, whose light, laughter, and love continue to guide us forever. In addition to her husband of 54 years, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Erin Ryan and Nancy Segall of FL, Kelly and Felipe Benedit of Monmouth Beach, Kathrine and Philip Sciortino of Monmouth Beach, Tara and Ralph Beltran of OH and Edward and Elsa Ryan of Monmouth Beach, and all seven of her beloved grandchildren, Katelyn, Lauren, Philip, Thomas, Padraic, Isabel and Juliana. Visitation will take place Friday (Feb. 15th) from 4-8 PM at the John E. Day Funeral Home, 85 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ 07701. A Mass of Christian burial takes place Saturday (Feb. 16th) at 10 AM at Church of the Precious Blood in Monmouth Beach, followed by interment at Mt. Olivet (Middletown, NJ). In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Maureen Ryan's memory to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Family and friends may visit Mrs. Ryan's memorial website at www.johnedayfuneralhome.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 11, 2019-Ahead of what's predicted to be treacherous weather in the New York metropolitan area, Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live program for Tuesday evening (Feb. 12th). It's the third cancellation of 2019. Evening simulcasting has also been cancelled, with no afternoon simulcasting scheduled. After this evening's (Monday, Feb. 11th) program-in progress as of this writing-live racing is set to resume Thursday evening (Feb. 14st), with Valentine's Night first post of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 9, 2019 -- DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.60), as the harness racing wagering favorite, held off Melady's Monet (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night (Feb. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. Awa third from assigned post position No. 5, DW's NY Yank saw Mostinterestingman (Jason Bartlett) lead though intervals of :27.4, :58 and 1:26.3. Having taken out of third before the three-quarters, 'DW' began to close the gap. With Mostinterestingman leading by a length-and-a-quarter in and out of the final turn, DW's NY Yank did eventually collar him late in the lane. He then found the line in time, whipping a from-seventh Melady's Monet by a nose in 1:56.1. Third went to Mostinterestingman, with Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) and Chestnut Schofield (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. For DW's NY Yank, a 10-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $36.80 and the superfecta paid $188. The Saturday feature was one of Brennen's four wins during the dozen-race card. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 8, 2019-In a race where half the field was comprised of New Zealand-breds, Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $42.40) led a 1-2-3 Kiwi harness racing finish Friday night (Feb. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The start of the feature was delayed as pole-given Amateur Hour (George Brennan) essentially refused. The seven other lasses left without her, with a three-wide Nerida Franco N (Dan Dube) getting around 3-10 choice Delishka N (Brent Holland) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission and going toward a 1:26 three-quarters, it was an antsy Delishka N extricating herself from the pocket, though not without having to work for it. She took a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but company was coming. From assigned post position No. 4, Shezza GNP N, working from third-over, closed to outgame Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley) by a nose in 1:56. Delishka N tired to the bottom of the ticket, with Ella Michelle A (Joe Bongiorno) and a recovering Amateur Hour completing the cashers. For seventh choice Shezza GNP N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Art Major owned (as Tritton Inc.) and trained by Peter Tritton, it was a winning seasonal debut. The exacta paid $344, the triple returned $1,626 and the superfecta paid $4,760. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Feb. 9th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,225.93 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 7 through 11 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. by Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY,-  Monday, February 4, 2019--Yonkers Raceway posted its largest harness racing handle of the new season Monday night (Feb. 4th), with a total of $1,072,833 wagered during the dozen-race card. Jordan Stratton won four races, the last of which was an un-Stratton-esque 21-1, last-to-first Captain Deo ($45.20) in the $20,000, 10th-race pace. That bombardier enhanced the evening's Pick 5 wager, which returned $1,167.25 for every correct (4/3/1/7/4) half-a-buck ticket by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 2, 2019 - Rockathon (Jordan Stratton, $10.80) and Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley, $33.80) divided the distinction Saturday night (Feb. 2nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $44,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Rockathon seated his adult-table pacing elders, including just-over-even-money favorite Air Strike (Brent Holland). After early intervals of :27.2 and :56.1, Air Strike took out of third, mildly engaging by a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Rockathon owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but a stubborn Air Strike wound not go quietly into the night. He did sustain the bid, but missed a half-length in 1:53.2. Betttor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) rolled from last to grab third, with a pocketed Our Zak Whitby A (George Brennan) and a tough-trip Christen Me N (Kakakey) settling for the remainder. For third choice Rockathon, a 4-year-old Pet Rock gelding co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Blue Meadow Farm, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, the triple returned $494 and the superfecta paid $3,065. The marquee trot saw 3-10 choice Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) get stung early by Mostinterestingman (Troy Beyer) through a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a :29.2 next substation (:56.4 intermission), but the damage had been done. Weslynn Dancer-from assigned post position No. 4-and Melady's Monet (Stratton) began to advance from the back, getting some inroads in and out of a 1:25.3. Smalltownthrowdown took a length-and-a-quarter lead off the final turn, but was tiring. Lone lass Weslynn Dancer went by, as did 'Melady,' with the former prevailing by a short nose in the fastest local trot mile of the season. Smalltownthrowdown faded to third, with Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) and Mostinterestingman flipping the final two envelopes after an interference placement. For fourth choice Weslynn Dancer, a 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe co-owned by Barbara & James Boese and trained by Richard Banca, it was her first win in three '19 tries. The exacta paid $121.50, the triple returned $316.50 and the superfecta paid $3,133. Weslynn Dancer Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 1, 2019 - Odds-on harness racing fave Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) methodically wore down one rival, then held off another Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 3, Betterb Chevron N saw Delishka N (Brent Holland) leapfrog around Shez Sugarsweet A (Ron Cushing), paying a :26.4 opening quarter-mile privilege for the lead. Aldine Hanover (Jason Bartlett) also left, but backed away into a three-hole. It was a rated :30.2 second substation (:57.1 half) before Betterb Chevron N began her advance. She closed in moving toward the 1:25.4 three-quarters, putting Delishka N away early in the lane. Aldine Hanover found room too late, with Betterb Chevron N lasting by a half-length in 1:54. Delishka N saved the bottom of the ticket, with Amateur Hour (George Brennan) and Shez Sugarsweet A rounding out the payees. For Betterb Chevron N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her third win in as many seasonal/U-S starts. The exacta paid $10.20, the triple returned $27 and the superfecta paid $75. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, January 31, 2019-Empire City Bets, the ADW portal of Yonkers Raceway, is beginning the new month by again offering some of its more popular wagering promotions. The promos, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, include... Sign-up Bonus-New Empire City Bets (ECB) members can get a sign-up match bonus up to $100, providing he/she wagers that 'matchable' amount within seven days of opening the account. Exacta Mondays-ECB customers who make a specific two-horse, $3 exacta box ($6 wager) for Yonkers' second race only are eligible. The credit-whether the wager wins or loses-shall be posted to the customer's account the next morning (one credit per customer per Monday). Triple/Trifecta Tuesdays-ECB customers who make a specific three-horse, $1 triple/trifecta box ($6 wager) for Yonkers' second race only are eligible. The credit-losing wagers only-shall be posted to the customer's account the next morning (one credit per customer per Tuesday). The Raceway's live schedule remains Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, with first post at 6:50 PM. Empire City Bets continues to offer an eight-percent reward for all Yonkers' wagers, save for place and show. For complete rules, regulations, promotional expiration dates and/or other information, please visit www.empirecitybets.com by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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

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