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YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 9, 2020--Post positions have been drawn for the opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and MGM Borgata Pacing Series. Friday night (March 13th) offers three, $40,000 Matchmaker divisions (races 2, 4 and 6) for the premier mares...and it didn't take long for Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, post 1) and Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy, post 5) to get acquainted, both drawing into the first grouping. The two-time defending series champ---and current Horse of the Year--Shartin N returns to town for her first visit since winning last season's finale, included in a 42-for-57, $2.1 million career resume. The 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Tintin in America began her season with a 1:50 flat win at Dover. 'Ally' also wasted no time getting her picture taken in 2020, a 1:49.4 effort across the river. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight enters with 26 wins in 73 career starts ($1.8 million). Friday night's second division includes last season's Matchmaker runner-up, Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, post 4) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, post 6). Both ladies find their way back from Delaware for this series, having finished third (Apple Bottom Jeans) and fourth (Bettor Joy N), respectively, to Shartin N a week ago. The final Matchmaker get-together is led by Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 2), a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight miss fresh off a 10-win, $263,000 2019 season. Saturday night (March 14th) finds four consecutively-contested, $50,000 Borgata (nee George Morton Levy Memorial) divisions, going as races 5 through 8. The opening event of Free-For-All lads features the rock-solid None Bettor A (Tetrick, post 2) meeting up with Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, post 4) and millionaire-in-waiting Sintra (George Brennan, post 7). The second division is led by the series champ of a year ago, Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 7). The 7-year-old son of Western Ideal won seven races and in excess of $704,000 last season. Saturday night's third Borgata event includes weekly Local Open Handicap standout Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, post 4), Trump Nation (Brennan, post 6) and Lyons Steel (Pat Lachance, post 7). The fourth and final grouping goes through the red-hot Backstreet Shadow (Tetrick, post 2), who eyes a fifth consecutive victory, the first four all down at Dover. Both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Borgata offer five preliminary rounds leading to finals set for Saturday night, Apr. 18th. Early program pages for the Friday/Saturday series races accompany this release. Changes shall be made Tuesday night (March 10th). For the fields for the Matchmaker For the fields for the MGM Borgata Pacing Series by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

RYONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 7, 2020--Down-the-roaders I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan, $6) and Elysium Lindy (Dan Dube, $27.40) proved best Saturday night (March 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. I'm Some Graduate, from assigned post position No. 5 in the adult-table pace, had few issues in maintaining his current form. He worked around pole-sitting I'marocknrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno), then finished what he started (:27.1; :57, 1:24.2; 1:52.2) after a weak, first-over attempt by Tremendous Play (Jason Bartlett). 'Legend" chased in vain, beaten a couple of lengths, with Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) a non-threatening third.   Luciano N (Austin Siegelman) and Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For I'm Some Graduate, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Larry Karr, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts (fourth in last five tries). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18, with the triple returning $68. Elysium Lindy also went the distance in a strange week's marquee trot. From the pole, he was seemingly content to sit behind Weslynn Dancer (Bartlett)...until the latter "wanted to go back to the paddock or something," Bartlett said. At any rate, after two-moving to the lead, Weslynn Dancer found herself out in the air, serving as a fortuitous 'pick' for Elysium Lindy. That one was more than accepting of the largesse, completing his appointed rounds (:27.1; 56.4; 1:25.1; 1:55) a length in front of cone-skimming Mostinterestingman (Siegelman). Third went to Stormy Kromer (catch-driver Bongiorno), with even-money choice Melady's Monet (Brennan) fourth after having to go wide early around Weslynn Dancer.   Arabella's Cadet (Stratton) picked off the final envelope, ahead of the self-imposed grief of Weslynn Dancer. For fifth choice Elysium Lindy, a 7-year-old Cantab Hall gelding owned Panic Stable and trained by Andrew Harris, it was his fourth win in eight '20 tries The exacta paid $178.50, with the triple returning $713. From Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 6, 2020 -- Season-debuting Gold Orchid N (George Brennan, $11) could not have mapped it out any better Friday night (March 6th), winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy $37,000 filly and mare harness racing Preferred Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 2, Gold Orchid N saw Ba Ba Ba Banana (Matt Kakaley) set sail through snappy early intervals of :26.4 and :55.4. Diamondtoothgertie (catch-driver Joe Bongiorno) moved from third, with Gold Orchid N along for the lift. 'Gertie' engaged Ba Ba Ba Banana in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, with the leader giving way readily soon thereafter. That didn't help tepid 2-1 choice Itty Bitty (Dan Dube), trapped in behind. Diamondtoothgertie ended up winning the battle, but losing the war as Gold Orchid N rolled right by. The final margin was a widening 3¼ lengths in 1:53.2. Diamondtoothgertie did save second over Lady Dela Renta A (Jason Bartlett), with Sandy Win (Austin Siegelman) and Itty Bitty settling for the small envelopes. For fourth choice Gold Orchid N, a now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamq LLC and trained by Mark Harder, she's off a seven-win, $120,000 season in 2019. The exacta paid $96, the triple returned $286 and the superfecta paid $1,954 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $97.70). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 3, 2020--Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday evening (March 3rd) program produced not only a season-high handle total, but the largest Tuesday figure in recent memory. The dozen races saw $1,091,119 wagered, including the largest on-track count of the season. While Tuesday represented a 2020 standard, it was by no means an isolated occurrence. The past few handle figures... Tue., March 3rd $1,091,119 Mon,, March 2nd $931,276 Sat., Feb. 29th $814,092 Fri,. Feb. 28th $994,517 four-program total $3,831,004 (avg. $957,751) The Raceway's five-program-per-week schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:05 PM. March is flush with series competition, including M Life Rewards Ladies (Mondays), Gents (Tuesdays), Blue Chip Matchmaker (Fridays, beginning the 13th) and MGM Borgata Pacing Series (formerly George Morton Levy Memorial, Saturdays, beginning the 14th). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 3, 2020--Those of a certain demographic might remember the name 'Whelan' doing very good things at metropolitan New York-area harness racing tracks. The 'Whelan' in question is Walter, and back in 1987, Walter Whelan teamed with then 4-year-old Armbro Emerson to take down both the Breeders Crown at Roosevelt Raceway and Yonkers Raceway's William Haughton Memorial. Those and other stakes wins highlighted a $1.4 million racing resume ('87 Pacer of the Year) which, along with a prolific stallion career, earned 'Emerson' a 2006 induction into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. All of the above is a roundabout way of saying that Walter Whelan, the father/trainer, and Michael Whelan, the son/driver, are invading Yonkers Tuesday night (March 3rd), bringing with them Ohare Hanover for the opening round of the M Life Rewards Gents Pacing Series. The event (nee the Sagamore Hill) is open to 3- and 4-year-old lads who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $50,000 through this past Dec. 1st. Welcome Ohare Hanover, a 4-year-old Russell Hanover gelding who drew position No. 6 in the first, $20,000 division...conveniently carded as the first of a dozen races (first post 7:05 PM). The $8,000 Goshen (NY) yearling purchase left a good impression up north, breaking his maiden in his 16th career start at Mohawk (1:55) late last month while taking a whole lot of back-half air. For the 42-year-old escort, who is set to make his local driving debut, there's some promise with his charge. "The last few starts, it's clicked for (Ohare Hanover)," Mike Whelan said. "I mean, he was never bad, just mentally immature. "We tried him in the Snowshoe Series (Mohawk) in January, but he drew badly both times and the races had no pace. Undaunted, father, son and the rest of the Whelans ("It's a family operation, to be sure," Mike Whelan said) had scoped out a trip stateside. "(Ohare Hanover) had no problem getting around the half (-mile track) at Flamboro. He's quick-gaited and we think the small ovals may suit him better, though we weren't disappointed how he raced in Toronto." Unfortunately for Team Whelan, their four-legged friend has a big bully right next door. Semi Tough (Matt Kakaley, post 7) makes his 2020 purse debut off a $205,000 season in '19, which ended with handy overnights wins (at odds of 1-10 and 1-20) here. The open stakes-placed 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding has earned just under a half-million-dollars. "Ideally, I would have preferred to draw better, have the option to sit with him and hopefully make a few dollars, but this is good test for him," Mike Whelan said. Tuesday's other 'Gent' divisions are races 3,4 and 5. The series offer three preliminary legs leading to a $50,000 (added) finale Tuesday night, March 24th. Yonkers Raceway’s Monday evening (March 2nd) Pick 5 wager began with a carryover of $4,148.77 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. Those two fun factoids led to $33,154 of fresh investing. The sequential phrase that pays was… 2-Reigning Bills (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) 1-My Spirit Soars (Brent Holland, $23.20) 5-Canbec Kingkazimir (George Brennan, $4.80) 6-Followyourdestiny (Bartlett, $7.20) 7-Ari Allstar (Brennan, $20.40) …returning $1,813.25 for every correct half-a-bucket ticket. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager (5 through 9). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 1, 2020-- The name may have changed, but the song remains the same. Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series has been rechristened the MGM Borgata Pacing Series, but it continues to attract harness racing's best Free-For-Allers around. Race secretary Bob Miecuna has unveiled a list of 46 such candidates for the six-week sojourn, which begins Saturday night, March 14th. As usual, it's a five-week run of preliminary legs, with each prelim race worth $50,000. The top eight point earners through the legs (according to the conditions of the event) qualify for the $200,000 (added) final Saturday night, Apr. 18th. One needn't look any further than last season's $664,000 finale, where five foes from that octet are back to try the series again. Defending champion Western Fame and runner-up Rodo Rock, along with Ideal Jimmy (fourth), The Wall (fifth) and The Downtown Bus (sixth) are among the in-to-go's. Western Fame's romp (1:50.4) in the Levy highlighted a $704,000-plus season for the now-7-year-old son of Western Ideal. He and his cronies from 2019 are not alone. Names such as... --2018 Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation), --millionaire-in-waiting Sintra (4-for-4 at Mohawk to begin his season), --This is the Plan, who took down the half-million-dollar Ben Franklin (Pocono) a season ago, --Wiggle It Jiggleit, the fan favorite who's on the comeback trail as he approaches the $4 million career earnings plateau enliven the event. ...and lest we forget about the Down Unders, of which there are 17, 13 from New Zealand and four from Australia. None Bettor A, who took down last season's Battle of Lake Erie (Northfield) and was a season-debuting 1:50.4 winner across the river--edging Trump Nation and Rodeo Rock--appears as potent as any of those friendly interlopers. Now for the ladies and the Blue Chip Matchmaker. It's the same month-and-a-half scrum as the MGM Borgata, only with $40,000 per event and Friday night affairs beginning March 13th. The $125,000 added final also goes Saturday night, Apr. 18th. Which brings us seamlessly to Shartin N, leading lass of the 27 mares who paid in. Fresh off her Horse of the Year coronation, the now 7-year-old double-millionairess has her sights set upon a winning a third consecutive Matchmaker. It's not as if Shartin N needs to take any track size with her, but she has won eight of her 10 Westchester work nights...all in Matchmaker competition (finals worth $402,600 in 2019 and $373,000 in '18). The Matchmaker figures to be the first 2020 renewal of Shartin N and Caviart Ally, the latter never have previously raced in this event. 'Ally's lone local tries were a pair of thirds in the 2017 Lismore (elim and final). She begins her 6-year-old season with career earnings in excess of $1.8 million. The list of eligibles for both the MGM Borgata (No. 33) and Blue Chip Matchmaker (12th edition) accompany this release, with the opening draws set for Monday afternoon, March 9th. MGM Borgat (No. 33) Blue Chip Matchmaker (12th edition) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 29, 2020--Even-money Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $4) and a repeating Tookadiveoffdipper (Eric Goodell, $19) held on and held sway Saturday night (Feb. 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 co-features. There wasn't any Leap Night leaping per se, but both Lean Hanover and Tookadiveoffdipper did vault over their respective rivals early. Lean Hanover, from post position No. 3 in the blind-draw marquee trot, worked around Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman) before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. It was between a pokey :58.4 intermission and 1:27 three-quarters that Elysium Lindy (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. He ended up pestering Lean Hanover for the duration, though the favorite did last by a scant nose in 1:56.1. Elysium Lindy drifted late and that did have no favors, while Mostinterestingman was third, beaten a neck. Certify (Jordan Stratton) and Photo Bomber (George Brennan) came away with the lesser envelopes, while a returning Tight Lines (Dan Dube) found himself devoid of trot, last among the half-dozen. For Lean Hanover, a 7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned by P C Wellwood Enterprises & Karen Carroll and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.40, with the triple returning $58. Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace saw Tookadiveoffdipper--a week after wiring his foes at 17-1--do it again, albeit at a shorter price. From post No. 6--same as last Saturday--'Dipper' finished what he started (:27.1, :57, 1:25, 1:53.4). He was a head in front of a two-move Ostro Hanover (Dube) and a half-length in front of a last-to-third Jack's Legend N (Bartlett). Italian Delight N (Siegelman) and Micky Gee N (Stratton) rounded out the payees, while tepid 2-1 choice Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) pulled pocket and backpedaled to sixth.                                                                                           --Besjon Doda photo For fifth choice Tookadiveoffdipper, a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned by Jane & Mark Cross and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., it was his fourth win in seven '20 tries. The exacta paid $78.50, with the triple returning $359.50.   By Frank Drucker, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 28, 2020-- Prohibitive favorite Snobbytown (George Brennan, $3.20) held off Sandy Win (Austin Siegelman) through the lane Friday night (Feb. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Snobbytown, from post position No. 2, wasted no time making the lead. The people's preference worked around polester Ba Ba Ba Banana (Matt Kakaley) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was after a :56.4 intermission when Sandy Win took out of fourth, with Kaitlyn N in tow. Sandy Win went back inside as Ba Ba Ba Banana hit the skids, while Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett)--perched outside that one--inexplicably jumped it off. As that was transpiring in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, Snobbytown owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She then held off a stubborn 'Sandy' by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Itty Bitty (Dan Dube), Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) and 'Banana' settled for the small change, ahead of the imploding Kaitlyn N among the half-dozen.   For Snobbytown, a 4-year-old daughter of Non Hill High co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, & Jason Melillo, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13, with the triple returning $65.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 24, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Tuesday night's (Feb. 25th) Pick 5 wager begins with a $8,398.22 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool after a 41-1 long shot Monday evening sent the Pick 5 onto another night. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. If the sequence was not hit (as was the case Monday night [Feb. 24th] after Grand Master [Austin Siegelman, $84] won the last leg, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.   As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 remains a 50-cent base wager (5 through 9). Tuesday night's Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 22, 2020--The next time Melady's Monet (George Brennan, $3.90) throws in a bad race would probably be the first time Melady's Monet throws in a bad race. It was harness racing career win No 63 (in start No. 207) for 'Melady' Saturday night (Feb. 22nd), taking down Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. Melady's Monet--the odds-on favorite from assigned post position No. 7--left around both Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube). Once on the point, Melady's Monet finished what he started (:27.2, :57.3, 1:26, season's-best 1:54.3). Pappy Go Go (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from last among those trotting, but tired. Meanwhile, Melady's Monet owned a pair of lengths in and out of the final turn, then whipped Lean Hanover by a length. Third went to Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman), with Smalltownthrowdown and Money Maven (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees.   For Melady's Monet, an 11-year-old homebred Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Hermann Heitmann, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (career earnings in excess of $1.63 million). The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $101.50. Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace saw outsider Tookadiveoffdipper (Jordan Stratton, $37.80) beat both the gate and his half-dozen rivals. From post No. 6, Tookadiveoffdipper left to immediate command, well before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Season-debuting Mac's Jackpot (Holland), as the 19-10 second choice, was able to get into a chasmic pocket. It was an antsy two-hole that 'Mac' tried to vacate between a :56.2 intermission and 1:24 three-quarters. However, Tookadiveoffdipper stood his ground, taking a length-and-a-three-quarter lead into the lane. He held Mac's Jackpot at bay, the final margin a half-length in a '20-best 1:52.2. San Domino A (Dube), the 17-10 choice was a belated third, with Jack's Legend N (Bartlett) and Rockapelo (Brennan) settling for the smaller envelopes.   For sixth choice Tookadiveoffdipper, a 6-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned by Jane &Mark Cross and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr., it was his third win in six '20 tries. The exacta paid $92, the triple returned $433 and the superfecta paid $850. Saturday props as well to 12-year-old, $1.4 million number Great Vintage (Holland $8.30), who earned his 53rd career win in the $22,000, fourth-race pace (1:53.1). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 15, 2020 -- Favored Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $3.70) and Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.50) both lasted on the lead Saturday night (Feb. 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Swansea, without a sub-par performance in forever, won the post position Nos.6-thru-8 draw in the week's marquee trot. He didn't squander it, working around Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) and leading through early intervals of 28 seconds and a :58.2 intermission. It was Melady's Monet (George Brennan), who had found a four-hole seat, then moving again. 'Melady' engaged Swansea toward a 1:26.1 three-quarters, but in all fairness did not get that close at first. Hill of a Horse (Brent Holland) was lurking wide from second-over when he misbehaved. Meanwhile, Swansea opened a pair of lengths in and out of the turn...and would need it. Swansea was tested late by a resurgent Melady's Monet before holding sway by a head in 1:54.4. Arabella's Cadet (Jordan Stratton) closed for third, with Barry Black (Joe Bongiorno) and Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the minors. For Swansea, a 5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico and Dana Parham, it was his third win in five seasonal starts (career 23-for-50). The exacta paid $17, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returned $57.50. Swansea Ostro Hanover disposed of his rivals in the weekly adult-table pace. From post No. 5, he vaulted over Tookadiveoffdipper (Stratton) and finished what he started (:27.2; :56.3; 1:24, season's-best 1:51.4). Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett) saved to the lane, then closed well for second. Ostro Hanover, who owned a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane, prevailed by a diminishing half-length. Tookadiveoffdipper, wide-down-the-backside Trump Nation (Brennan) and a returning-to-town Harambe Deo (Marohn Jr.) came away with the small envelopes, while 17-10 choice Italian Delight N (Holland) came first-up and faded to sixth. For third choice Ostro Hanover, a 5-year-old Betterthancheddar gelding co-owned by Go Fast, B&I and VIP Internet Stables & Kapildeo Singh and trained by Rene Allard, it was his second win in three '20 tries. The exacta paid $21.80, with the triple returned $111.50 and the superfecta paid $433. Ostro Hanover Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 14, 2020--I'mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno, $6.20) was both widest and fastest Friday night (Feb. 14th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sandy Win (Eric Goodell) fronted the fray, doing so through early intervals of :27.1 and :56.3. Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.), who had left into a three-hole as the 19-10 favorite, made a second move to go after the leader. Western New York standout HP Sissy (Dan Dube) tried to match strides with 'Robyn," but gapped. It was Sandy Win maintaining her advantage in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, Meanwhile, I'mprincessgemma A, away last from outside her five (after a scratch) rivals, was saving ground by the pylons and slipping out down the backside right behind Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton). Shady Win owned a length lead off the final turn, but was about to get swallowed up. 'Gemma,' fifth entering the lane, launched past everyone. She widened to win by 2¾ lengths in 1:53.4. Shady Win did hold off the rest to and save second, with Robyn Camden and Betterb Chevron N inseparable for third. Wishy Washy Girl (Brent Holland) picked off the final pay envelope, while 'Sissy' backpedaled to last among the half-dozen in a rare poor effort.   For season-debuting third choice I'mprincessgemma A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Village Jolt co-owned by her chauffeur, trainer Jennifer Bongiorno, Steve Manzi and Wish Me Luck Stables, she entered off an eight-win, $100,000 season in 2019. The exacta paid $19.80, the triples returned $34.20 (Betterb Chevron N third) and $23.40 (Robyn Camden third) and the superfectas paid $60 (Betterb Chevron N third) and $49.60 (Robyn Camden third). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Feb. 15th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,899.15 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 5 through 9 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. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 10, 2019--The deadline for nomination is fast approaching with some of Yonkers Raceway's more popular harness racing stakes and series closing this Saturday (Feb. 15th). Nominations close for the Mlife Reward Pacing Series, Ladies (formerly the Petticoat) and Gents (formerly the Sagamore Hill). The respective series are open to 3- and 4-year-olds who were non-winners of four races and or $50,000 through this past Dec. 1st. This Saturday, the nominations also close for the big boys and big girls. The Borgata Pacing Series (formerly the George Morton Levy Memorial) and Blue Chip Matchmaker annually attract the best Free-for-Allers around. Nomination blanks for all of the above accompany this release and are also available in the nightly racing program, the Raceway's website (www.empirecitycasino.com/racing/) and selected harness print and on-line publications. https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-M-Life-Series-Nomination.pdf https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/2020-MGM-Borgata-Pacing-Series-Nomination.pdf https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/Blue-Chip-Matchmaker-Nomination.pdf For further information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 10, 2020--The second Monday of the month (Feb. 10th) resulted in another admirable Yonkers Raceway harness racing handle. A week after the single-season high ($1,025,349) figure, a total of $982,740 was wagered. The soggy dozen-race card included wins by P L Munson (Renaldo Morales III, $6) in the $16,000, sixth-race pace (1:54.3) and Weona Sizzler A (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) in the $14,500, 10th-race pace (1:54.2). Monday night began the Raceway's $7,500 guarantee Pick 5 pools, which continue each Monday and Tuesday. A total of $11,256 was invested, returning $272.25 for every correct (2/3/3/4/5) combination. Yonkers' Pick 5 remains a 50-cent base wager (races 5 through 9). The Raceway's live schedule continues every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with first post at 7:05 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 8, 2019 -- Popular propositions Jack's Legend N (Jason Bartlett, $3.60) and Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $2.70) did not disappoint Saturday night (Feb. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. Jack's Legend N took down the weekly adult-table pace in first-over fashion. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), he saw Tookadiveoffdipper (Brent Holland) pocket Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :26.2 and :55.3. Jack's Legend N then moved from third, assaulting in earnest at the 1:23.3 three-quarters. Tookadiveoffdipper gave way gradually in and out of the final turn, with Jack's Legend N grinding by. The latter edged away, whipping Ostro Hanover by a length-and-a-half in a season's-best 1:51.4. San Domino A (George Brennan) loomed but flattened, finishing third, with Tookadiveoffdipper and Bettor Memories (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Jack's Legend N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca and James & Barbara Boese, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.80, with the triple returning $46.40. Jack's Legend N The week's marquee trot offered minimal suspense, with Swansea--from post No. 4 (also in one place after a scratch)--taking it the distance (:28, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:54.3). His job was made much easier after Yes (Holland) was totally devoid of trot and Eye ofa Tiger AS (Bartlett) broke. Swansea whipped Melady's Monet (Brennan) by a length, with newly-minted millionaire Smalltownthrowdown (Dube) third. Eye ofa Tiger AS crossed the line fourth, but flipped placings with Yes after the former's extended transgression. For Swansea, a 5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico and Dana Parham, it was his second win in four '20 trues. The exacta paid $13.60, with the triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated number starters. Swansea Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 7, 2019-- A last-to-first Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $4.90) picked off her four harness racing rivals Friday night (Feb. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching from the outside post position in the quintet, favored Kaitlyn N was at the rear as Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) led through early intervals of :27.3 and :57.2. Pole-sitter Wishy Washy Girl (Joe Bongiorno) was pocketed and Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) eventually moved first-up from fourth. The later engaged the leader in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with a second-over Kaitlyn N getting dragged into contention. The people's preference then moved widest and fastest through the lane, prevailing by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.4.   A reserved Sandy Win (Eric Goodell) did get into second, with Wishy Washy Girl, Itty Bitty and Feelin' Red Hot rounding out the order of finishers/payees. For Kaitlyn N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca and James & Barbara Boese, it was a winning seasonal debut. The exacta paid $25.20, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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