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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 16, 2018-It's not surprising that International Trot Day brought with it some off-the-beaten path Yonkers Raceway looks. Accordingly, we asked the Raceway's three photographers from Saturday (Oct. 13th) afternoon-Katy Gazzini, Mike Lizzi and Jelena Gerga-to go through their handiwork and pick out some shots to share. 1-Brian Sears (in Courant colors, lessee of winner Cruzado Dela Noche) and Raceway president Tim Rooney with the International Trot trophy  2-The 10 International Trot drivers (upper [l-r], Alessandro Gocciadoro [Arazi Boko, Italy], Jason Bartlett [Up and Quick, France], Wim Paal [Ringostarr Treb, Italy], Yannick Gingras [Ariana G, U-S], Flemming Jensen [Slide So Easy, Denmark], Tim Tetrick [Will Take Charge, Canada], Goran Antonsen [Lionel, Norway], lower [l-r], Scott Zeron [Marion Marauder, Canada], Johan Untersteiner [Pastore Bob, Sweden], Brian Sears [Cruzado Dela Noche, Sweden]) Gazzini pix (note picture was with Bartlett and Sears in 'regular' colors)  3-The brothers Tim and Trace Tetrick, the latter in what was his first Westchester appearance since 2013 to drive Endeavor in the Dan Rooney Invitational  4-It was a different-looking Jason Bartlett warming up France's Up and Quick  5-The Harry Harvey Invitational Trot had grandson Shawn Harvey presenting to Warrawee Roo  6-The International Trot drivers and presiding judge George Karam had a pre-race 'rules of the road' meeting  7-Wim Paal speaking with Equidia's (French Horse Racing TV) Kristin Odegard  8-Apron was the place to be as race approached  9- Cruzado Dela Noche beats Lionel to win the Yonkers International Trot 10-Adam Strom with Cruzado Dela Noche by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 12, 2018-Yonkers Raceway does not have a turf course-the last anyone checked-but that didn't stop some of the participants for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. France's Up and Quick (with caretaker Angelique Beaufils) and Lionel from Norway (with caretaker Per Pergenius) took to the track's infield Friday (Oct. 12th) for a stroll and a bite, respectively. They, along with the other eight entrants, were to be in the Raceway paddock by 1 PM Friday in preparation for the 40th International. The detention rules and regulations were as directed by, and administered through, the New York State Gaming Commission. Saturday's race schedule... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot (races 7 through 10 simulcast to French-hubbed audience) Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM (races 11 and 12 simulcast to the a 'Down Under' audience) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 9, 2018- Draw the $1 million Yonkers International Trot by day, offer up the season-high exacta by night. When a third-over, 31-1 Prejudice (Jim Marohn Jr., $65) rolled past a first-up, 49-1 Big Turn On (Troy Beyer) in Tuesday's (Oct. 9th) $14,750, sixth-race pace, it blew up the tote board (note...no tote boards were actually harmed at the conclusion of this race). The result was a $2,143 exacta, Yonkers Raceway's highest of the season. Throw in 38-1 Mach On (Joe Bongiorno) and the triple returned $4,695, a neck separating the first three finishers. Prejudice, who entered all of 1-for-24 this season, turned in a season's-best 1:55 effort. The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding is Delaware co-owned by William Sartin & Mark Salerno and trained by Joe DeCarlo. Tonight at Yonkers Raceway the French-American Friendship Races began and will be followed by events at Monticello Raceway tomorrow (Wednesday) and at the Meadowlands on Friday. At the Hilltop oval it was Ladies Night in the first America v France Friendship Race when the USA's Monica Banca scored a one-length triumph with Life Well Lived in 1:58.3 while second place went to Delcrest Massey ,driven by France's Sandrine Oyer, and the ladies had bragging rights after they finished one-two. When the starter said go France's Jerome Malliard sent Ladys Big Stormont to the lead and they were quickly joined by the USA's Joe Faraldo with Tough Get Going and the two trotters raced side by side past the quarter in :28.3 and by the half in :57.4. But when they headed up the backside both horses showed the fatigue of the swift early fractions. It was there that Monica Banca moved Life Well Lived off the pylons and they trotted around Tough Get Going and up alongside Ladys Big Stormont and the two raced head to head past the third stanza in 1:28.1 and around the final turn before Life Well Lived cleared. Then as the leader headed for paydirt France's Sandrine Oyer had Delcrest Massey on Banca's back but that was as far as fthey could go and they had to settle for second money of the $17,500 purse. Third place went to Drazzmatazz, driven by France's Jean Marc Freyssenge. The race tonight certainly showed off the talents of the two ladies who were among the eight drivers who participated in the first Friendship event on American soil. Life Well Lived is owned by Bob Burgess and trained by Carmine Auciello. The 4-year-old Muscle Mass gelding paid $16.40. With four races still to go France leads the USA 22-20 by Frank Drucker and John Manzi, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 8, 2018-It wasn't quite the same as Christopher Columbus landing in the new world, but right around 9:30 Monday morning (Oct. 8th), an oversized horse trailer discovered Yonkers Raceway. The contents of said trailer were six overseas trotters set to compete in Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The three stallions-Lionel (Norway), Ringostarr Treb (Italy) and Up and Quick (France)-set up shop in the Raceway's Old Glory Building-getting the lay of the land. Video can be seen at... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p8opx31ub8zsm2w/AAB3SLVB3MkRZIxXn7ChuvHDa?dl=0 The three geldings-Arazi Boko (Italy), Pastore Bob (Sweden) and Slide So Easy (Denmark)-said good-bye to their friends and were headed to New Jersey farms. All 10 of the participants in the 40th International-the others being Ariana G (United States), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Marion Marauder (Canada) and Will Take Charge (Canada)-are due at the Raceway by 9 AM Friday (Oct. 12th) The mile-and-a-quarter trotting classic is augmented by a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, giveaways, contests, international-themed food and drink, live music, etc. There's also a special all-stakes Pick 4 wager with Yonkers (races 7 and 8) and Belmont (Pebbles and Floral Park). Note the change from the original race layout, with the Dan Rooney Invitational---led by Bit of a Legend N, Lazarus N and McWicked-moved from the sixth race to race 11. None of the previously-sent post times have changed... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM The Saturday card shall be drawn Monday afternoon, save for the International, which is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9th) at a midtown luncheon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 6, 2018 -- Off-the-pace entities Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.60) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $12.40) prevailed Saturday night (Oct. 6th), annexing Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Odds-on Bit of a Legend N survived a back-half battle with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) in the week's marquee pace, putting that one away late in 1:51.1. Away third from post position No. 4, he saw that foe lead through early intervals of :26.4 and :55.4. First-up Bit of Legend N hooked Great Vintage in and out of a 1:23 three-quarters, the pair racing in tandem in and out of the final turn. Bit of a Legend N edged away in the late lane, the margin a half-length. American Boy N (Brent Holland) was third, with Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) and Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) picking off the remainder. For Bit of a Legend N, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 19 seasonal starts (career 46-for-138) The exacta paid $19.60, the triple returned $56.50 and the superfecta paid $352.50. The week's featured trot saw pole-assigned DW's NY Yank go wide down the backside around an out-the-mile NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.). Everyone was chasing Gruden (Stratton), who was parked past a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then pressured through a 55.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters. Gruden was done soon thereafter, with NF Happenstance and DW's NY Yank both going by. The latter then finished it off, whipping a belated 3-4 fave Yes Mickey (Jason Bartlett) by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.1. Andy Ray (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third as the 36-1 outsider, with a tough-trip NF Happenstance and an unlucky Top Flight Angel (Dube) settling for the remainder. For third 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 fifth in 20 '18 tries (career 51-for-173) The exacta paid $43, the triple returned $305 and the superfecta paid $1,639. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 5, 2018-Six overseas trotters have arrived in New York in advance of next Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The half-dozen, who flew from Belgium, found their way to John F. Kennedy International Airport and the ARK's on-site quarantine facilities. No worse for wear are Arazi Boko (Italy), Lionel (Norway), Pastore Bob (Sweden), Ringostarr Treb (Italy). Slide So Easy (Denmark) and Up and Quick (France). Some, if not all, of the six are expected at the Raceway early Monday morning (Oct. 8th) to begin their training for the 40th International. The mile-and-a-quarter trotting classic is augmented by a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, giveaways, contests, international-themed food and drink, live music, etc. There's also a special all-stakes Pick 4 wager with Yonkers and Belmont. Further details and photo/video shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 5, 2018- A first-up Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr., $12.20) held sway Friday night (Oct. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Showing no inclination to leave at all from assigned post position No. 2, Keystone Wanda in fact left a chasmic hole for Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) to plotz in front of her. They, and everyone else, saw pole-assigned, 6-5 choice Frost Damage Blues (Jordan Stratton) lead through early intervals of :27.2 and :56.2. The seemed comfy when Keystone Wanda moved from third, engaging the leader in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Despite that bring just a 28-second third substation, the leader was in trouble. It was Keystone Wanda-in her 200th career start-going by early in the lane as Agent Q (Eric Goodell) was doing her third from third-over. The former whipped the latter by a diminishing head in 1:53. Lispatty, stuck behind a stopping leader, did get third, with a second-over Magic Forces (George Brennan) and Medusa (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. Frost Damage Blues backpedaled to last among the octet. For Keystone Wanda, a third-choice, 8-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned (and Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, it was her seventh win in 29 seasonal starts The exacta paid $37, the triple returned $309 and the superfecta paid $1,387. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 5, 2018-If the best trotters in the world competing for a boatload of money doesn't quite do it for you, let's talk food and drink. The menu for Yonkers Raceway's International Trot program Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th, offers something for everyone. It begins with a beer garden at the track apron, as in 16 specialty craft lagers celebrating the international flavor of the event, not to mention Oktoberfest. The beer garden's array of edibles include everything from burgers to chicken wings to bier bratwurst and Bavarian jumbo pretzels. All apron food/drink purchases are made via prepaid tickets, purchased at the site. Tickets are priced at 10 for $10, 20 for $18 and 25 for $20 (tax included for each package). Unlimited beer samplings are $50, plus taxes and fees. The Nerds are also on hand, performing at 12 Noon-4 PM The Empire Terrace is open for lunch, starting at 12 Noon. Reservations are required and may be made at (914) 457-2457. Saturday's race schedule is as such... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot Race 11 - 5 PM Race 12 - 5:20 PM Note that races 7 and 8 are included in a special Pick 4 with Belmont Park, and post tines for the those stakes ($200,000 Pebbles and $100,000 Floral Park) and program pages shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-age track-record-holder returned to town Thursday night (Oct. 4) and promptly hit a number. The Real One (Jason Bartlett), whose life-best 1:50 back in November of 2016 remains Westchester's fastest-ever effort, finished second in Thursday's $23,000, 12th-race finale. Though faltering late in the lane as the 1-2 favorite, the runner-up finish and subsequent $5,750 pay envelope pushed his career account to $1,001,738. After 174 starts, the resume reads 45 wins, 31 seconds and 26 thirds. The 8-year-old Mach gelding is owned by Helene Filion and trained by Pat Lachance. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. won four of the evening's dozen races, including Prairie Panther ($21,80) in the last of the night. by Frank Druicker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 4, 2018- The fact that Marion Marauder found himself invited to participate in the 40th International Trot was unrelated to any new North American harness racing trade agreement. He's just pretty good. Three million dollars takes care of a lot of tariffs on any side of the border. The million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino goes Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th (first post 1 PM), and you couldn't legally assemble a field of 10 world-class trotters without including Marion Marauder. "He's made that money for a reason," driver Scott Zeron said. Actually, any number of reasons. "He's always resilient, has never thrown out a bad race, does his job, can take air and knows where the finish line is." The Great White North won three of the first dozen Internationals (Tie Silk-1962, mares Armbro Flight-1966 and Fresh Yankee-1970), but it's been a long time waiting for a fourth. "I wasn't even born when those happened," the 29-year-old Zeron said (Some of us were. Just sayin'). (Author's aside...The late addition of Will Take Charge gives Canada two legitimate chances in this International) Marion Marauder, a 5-year-old son of Muscle Hill, is Canada-driven, Canada co-owned (Marion Wellwood & grandson Devin Keeling) and Canada co-trained (Devin's parents, Mike Keeling & Paula Wellwood, with Paula listed as stateside trainer). "I have a great rapport with Paula and Mike," Zeron said. "They're laid back and love their animals." Despite bleeding all that Canadian, Marion Marauder had not once been in the penalty box. "I've never had to use him hard, go down to the half in 54 seconds or some crazy number," Zeron "His schedule (the International is just Marion Marauder's 11th race of the season) has always been planned to give him time off between starts," Zeron said. "He purposely skipped (the) Dayton (Trotting Derby) and didn't go to Lexington because Paula and Mike were hoping Yonkers would invite him. In fact, Marion Marauder has made his $3,080,380 in only 48 career starts (20 wins, 15 seconds, 5 thirds), with six of those wins and four seconds this season ($544,680). His Westchester resume reads three wins-including the 2016 Yonkers Trot en route to the Trotting Triple Crown-and a pair of seconds in five starts. He's come away with a pay envelope in 45 of those 48 starts. Marion Marauder enters the International 22 days between races, the last a come-from-behind win in Hoosier's $200,000 Caesars Trotting Classic. A year ago, Marion Marauder was runner-up in the International, some 5½ lengths behind stakes- and world-record-setting Twister Bi's 2:22.1 frolic for the mile-and-a-quarter distance. "He (Marion Marauder) was very good, but the winner was amazing," Zeron said. Last season's race did provide some teachable moments for Zeron. "I've driven a lot of the added-distance overnight races here (Yonkers), but that race was completely different," Zeron said. "In the overnights, guys want to find the pylons as quickly as possible to save ground. In the International, with the best trotters coming over, those drivers aren't looking for any shortcuts. They don't mind sitting outside. They won't leave anything to chance as far as getting locked in. "Honestly, if Marion Marauder wins (the International), it wouldn't mean as much to me personally as it would for people to say he's the best trotter in the world. Not bad for the one originally named Marion Monopoly, who sold for $37,000 at Lexington (2014) and, according to Zeron, "was so mentally not there when he started out, he'd get to the gate and try to bite the horse next to him. "Then, he figured it out. "The horse deserves all the credit," Zeron said. "Me, Mike and Paula, we're just along for the ride." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway has announced post times for Saturday, Oct. 13th, International Trot program. Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot Race 11 - 5 PM Race 12 - 5:20 PM Note that races 7 and 8 are included in a special Pick 4 with Belmont Park, and post tines for the their stakes ($200,000 Pebbles and $100,000 Floral Park) shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 5, 2018- Those who wager through Empire City Bets are going to pleasantly rewarded for International Trot Day. With the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, Empire City Bets shall offer a-wait for it-15 percent rebate for all wagers (save for place and show) made during the entire Yonkers Raceway card of Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th. "It is our goal to showcase this day to everyone," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "Empire City Bets already offers the best rebates for our faithful Yonkers handicappers, so this is a way to reward them even more and invite all horseplayers to take a look at our terrific afternoon of racing." Please visit www.empirecitybets.com to sign up and for more information. The International Trot Day race schedule is as such... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot Race 11 - 5 PM Race 12 - 5:20 PM Note that races 7 and 8 are included in a special Pick 4 with Belmont Park, and post tines for the those stakes ($200,000 Pebbles and $100,000 Floral Park) and program pages shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 3, 2018-There has been a change in the cast of characters for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. Dreammoko, who was to represent the Netherlands, has been sidelined with a sore throat and won't make the trip. In his stead, the fleet Canadian Will Take Charge has been chosen. For Will Take Charge, it's the culmination of a career season. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding, owned by Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario, and trained by Jeff Gillis of Mississauga, Ont., has won nine of his 20 starts and $409,965. His 1:53.2 Yonkers win in mid-September matched the Raceway's track record for an aged trotting gelding, while his life-best 1:50.3 was taken on late May's $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational at Harrah's Philly. "I spoke with Jeff (Gillis) and he was tickled to death," race secretary Steve Starr said. "The horse showed his guts when he won here, and we're happy he's coming back for this race." Canada now has a pair of entrants in the International, with Will Take Charge joining last season's runner-up, triple-millionaire Marion Marauder. The 10 world-class trotters set to contest the mile-and-a-quarter 40th International are... Arazi Boko (Italy) Ariana G (United States) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) Will Take Charge (Canada) First post for the special matinee program-which also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot and $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace-is 1 PM. For more information, please visit the International Trot's dedicated site, www.internationaltrot.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 2, 2018-A schedule reminder from Yonkers Raceway concerning Friday night, Oct. 12th. It's a dark night-previously scheduled as such-as the Raceway prepares for the next day's million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. Again, post time for the Saturday, Oct. 13th, special matinee card is 1 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 1, 2018-You know the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, set for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th, is a big event when there's a freebie involved. Beginning that morning at 10 AM, the first 4,000 Empire Club members who visit a promotions booth shall receive a spiffy commemorative (and green) International Trot cap. The 10 world-class trotters set to contest the mile-and-a-quarter 40th International are... Arazi Boko (Italy) Ariana G (United States) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) First post for the special program-which also includes the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot and $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace-is 1 PM. Further details surrounding the event shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 29, 2018-Yonkers Raceway has announced that 4-year-old double millionairess Ariana G has been selected to represent the United States in the $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 13th. The Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld co-owned homebred daughter of Muscles Yankee comes off a track-record (1:52.1) effort in Friday night's (Sept. 27th) Dayton Trotting Derby. It was her fifth win in 11 seasonal starts and 26th in 37 career races ($2,367.709). The International would serve as the 11th venue where Ariana G has raced, though her first small-track try. Twice a Breeders Crown champ, twice a Dan Patch award winner and with a Hambletonian Oaks win leading a gaudy resume, her accomplishments are numerous. Now, she prepares to meet some of the world's best trotters. "I spoke with (trainer) Jimmy Takter earlier tonight to offer the invitation, and he immediately accepted," race secretary Steve Starr said. "As I said when we announced the nine foreign entrants, it should be a great race." The alphabetical field for the mile-and-a-quarter International Trot, with country of representation... Arazi Boko (Italy) Ariana G (United States) Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden) Dreammoko (Netherlands) Lionel (Norway) Marion Marauder (Canada) Pastore Bob (Sweden) Ringostarr Treb (Italy) Slide So Easy (Denmark) Up and Quick (France) Beginning in 1959 at Roosevelt Raceway, this is the 40th International Trot and fourth since it was brought back after two decades of dormancy. More information about the card (including post time) and surrounding promotions and activities shall be sent when available. YONKERS CO-FEATURES SATURDAY Two hard-knocking veterans who've made careers of winning did just that Saturday night (Sept. 29th), annexing Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Ladies first, so props to favored N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr. $4.10) for whipping five gelded gentlemen in the weekly trotting feature. Assigned outside all of them, she did her thing-leaving-then went the distance (:27.4, :58.2, 1:26.3, 1:55.4). Fashion Creditor (Brent Holland) was a sold second, closing to miss three-quarters of a length, with DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) tiring in the pocket and ending up third. Barry Black (Jordan Stratton) and Don Dream (Jason Bartlett) picked off the remainder, while a first-up Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) broke. For N F Happenstance, an 8-year-old daughter of S J's Caviar owned by James Moore III and trained by Carol Jamieson-Parker, it was her 10th win (with 10 seconds) in 26 seasonal starts (career 30-for-107) The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $104 and the superfecta paid $1,013. The week's marquee pace saw a gutty, two-move effort from Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $18). Nose-to-gate from assigned post position No. 5, he was stuffed in behind Doctor Butch (Bartlett). The Doctor found a :27.2 opening quarter-mile as 3-5 fave More The Better N (Eric Goodell) was about to move from third. More The Better N made the lead before a 56-second half, and soon after, Mach it So was back for more. That one engaged More The Better N after a 1:24 three-quarters, then put him away late the lane. Mach it So defeated a second-up Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Doctor Butch was third, with More The Better N fading to a money-burning fourth. Caviart Luca (Brennan) settled for the final pay envelope. For fourth choice Mach it So, an 8-year-old double millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his seventh win in 22 seasonal starts (career 47-for-142) The exacta paid $91, the triple returned $307.50 and the superfecta paid $789. Quillen Memorial winner Sunfire Blue Chip came up injured from his assigned eight-hole here. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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