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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 23, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 23rd) hosted the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. It was the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, leading up to the Oct. 14th New York 'Day' of Champions. That afternoon, eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers' $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, comprised this event. The opening division saw Seven and Seven (George Brennan, $4.90) give nothing else a chance in 1:55. Making just his second sire stakes appearance of the season, Seven and Seven--from post position No. 4--took over from Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He continued leading through intervals of :57.2 and 1:26 before Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller). The pole-sitting, 3-4 favorite was in no particular hurry early and thus had way too much to do late. Seven and Seven opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, then finished it off by 2½ lengths. Top Flight Angel was a non-threatening second, with Eye ofa Tiger AS third. For second choice Seven and Seven, a Chapter Seven homebred (Mrs. Durand) Ontario co-owned by (trainer) Tom Durand, the missus, June, and Allan Smith, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. Durand had not started a horse locally in nearly four years, but made up for lost time Saturday (more about that in a bit). The exacta paid $9.30, with the triple returning $18.20. "I didn't know anything about him and drove him accordingly," Brennan said. "I did know that Tom would send them here with purpose." "We made a decision before the season to race him in Grand Circuit events," Durand said. "We didn't have much luck with that, so we tried him in the final sire stakes of the season. Maybe he can make the final." Saturday's second Sorentino division had even-money Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, $4)--whose early Yonkers Trot break did him--get the better trip and the bigger check here. Working it out second-over from post No. 3, he stalked Swell Chap (Brian Sears) after that one swallowed up early leader Zach's Zoomer (Miller). 'Zach' was done after fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.3. Swell Chap opened a length lead in and out of the final turn but couldn't stave off Guardian Angel AS. The latter prevailed by a hard-earned head in 1:56, with Icanflylikeanangel (Jordan Stratton) rallying for third after finding himself pocketed to a tiring leader. For Guardian Angel AS, a son of 2012 YR Trot winner Archangel trained by Anette Lorenzton for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, it was his eighth win in 15 '17 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.40, with the triple returning $43.60. Saturday's pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace--The Real One (Pat Lachance, $6.90) in 1:50.3, fastest local mile of the season; --Trot--Dia Monde (Brennan, $3.70) in 1:54.2. Durand's other starter also went down the road, matching the track record for 4-year-olds geldings. Between races, driver Mark MacDonald was feted with a congratulatory sign for his 6,000th win, the milestone reached the previous night at Vernon Downs. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Sept. 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a double carryover of $7,779.95. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday and Saturday nights), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 22, 2017 - All About Madi (Brian Sears, $11) made the lead and that was that Friday night (Sept. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In a race with not much speed, it was a two-speed number. 'Madi,' from post position No. 5, worked around pole-sitting Jag Out (George Brennan), grabbing the baton before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. She then rated a :30.1 next substation (:57.4 half). Call Me Queen Be (Jim Marohn Jr.) was away third at the 11-10 choice, but didn't get off the cones as Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) made her second move. That one towed HP Sissy (Dan Dube) into it going toward the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Off those intervals, All About Madi should have had something in reserve, and she did. Taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, 'Madi' held off Jag Out by a three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. 'Sissy' was third, with a from-last 47-1 outsider Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter) and 'Queen Be' settling for the remainder. For third choice All About Madi, a 4-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy owned and trained by Brittany Robertson, it was her eighth win (third consecutive) in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.80, with the triple returning $230.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,426.47. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 22, 2017 - It's a homecoming weekend of sorts, with Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel returning Saturday night (Sept. 23rd) as the harness racing conquering hero. He does so in the first division of Yonkers Raceway's $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, go as the fourth and fifth races in an event named for the one of the Raceway's long-time popular horse owners. As if we needed the assistance, Top Flight Angel won the draw, with the Mr. (Andy Miller) driving for the Mrs. (Julie Miller). The son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel grabbed the half-million-dollar Trot by a moist nose in 1:56.3. He then shuffled off to Batavia, airing in a NYSS event (1:54.3). For the season, the Legacy Standardbred (Alan Hainsworth) homebred has won four of his 13 starts ($362,016). Brian Sears, Top Flight Angel's Trot date, tries to beat him this time around with Stick with Me Kid. The Dewycheatumnhowe gelding, trained by George Ducharme, is also 4-for-13 this season. He starts at the opposite end of the seven-horse gate. Seven and Seven (George Brennan, post 4) is Ontario-based trainer Tom Durand's first local visit in since October of 2013. The homebred (Mrs. Durand) son of Chapter Seven has been trying open stakes company for much of the summer, though his lone win was a Tioga sire stakes event. Saturday's second Sorentino division includes Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, post 3). The Archangel colt has won half of his 14 '17 tries ($153,143), though that may be overshadowed by breaks in the finals of both the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot. Anette Lorenzton trains for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Swell Chap (Sears, post 4) has come to hand late in the summer, entering with consecutive NYSS wins (Saratoga and Batavia). The Son of Chapter Seven colt, trained by Todd Rooney, has hit the board in 11-of-13 starts this season ($157,451). Saturday is the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, after which the judges tabulate the scores to see who's good enough for the $1.8 million Oct. 14th New York 'Day' of Champions. The eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers' $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 21, 2017-- Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr., $7) and Hitman Hill (catch-driver Eric Goodell, $2.20) were the Empire's elite Thursday night (Sept. 21st), highlighting Yonkers Raceway's $157,600 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $78,800 divisions comprised the event. The opening group saw Paprike Blue Chip put in play from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch). Grabbing the first lead, he relented to 3-10 choice Casual Cool (Jason Bartlett). The odds-on number took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then rated a 57-second intermission and 1:26 three-quarters. Silver Arrow (Mark MacDonald) was loitering first-up while Casual Cool maintained a not-so-casually contested lead into the lane. The people's choice took Paprike Blue Chip to the passing lane, and pass he did. The second choice whipped the fave by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:55, with Silver Arrow photoing American Vision (Jordan Stratton) for third. For 'Paprike,' a Roll with Joe gelding, trained by John Butenschoen for co-owners Harmony Oaks & Crawford Racing and VIP Internet Stable, it was his fifth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $9.80, with the triple returning $22. "It's not hard to get along with him," Morrill Jr.--who has won three times with Paprike Blue Chip--said. "There's some class there." Thursday's second sire stakes event saw undefeated, pole-sitting Hitman Hill break in a new chauffeur after Brett Miller was unable to get here (from Delaware, OH) in time. As for Goodell's post-mortem, "He was rank and wild leaving the gate. Very talented, but he needs to control it." There were few stop signs early as My Delight (Brent Holland) made the first lead passing the :26.3 first subsection. Hitman Hill wanted no place in the pocket, making the lead and throwing it down (:55.2, 1:23.4). He owned a 'iffy' length-and-and-a-half lead into the lane, appearing there for the taking. However, in a slow (:29:3) final quarter, no one took it. Hitman Hill held off Topville Olympian (Morrill Jr.) by a head in 1:53.2, with Keystone Tenacious (Jim Marohn Jr.) third. For Hitman Hill, an American Ideal gelding co-owned by Tom Hill & North Fork Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, he's won all six of his career tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.30, with the triple returning $26.40. Special Thursday props to Marohn Jr., whose four victories were a personal local best. No props, at least not this night, for MacDonald, who remains at 5,999 career wins after going 0-for-9. MacDonald ventures to Vernon Downs Friday night (Sept. 22nd) for statebred frosh trotting fillies. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 18, 2017 -- Yonkers Raceway Monday night (Sept. 18th) hosted the $157,600 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race again honored the memory of 'Tootie,' the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. A pair of equally-parsed, $78,800 divisions comprised the event, which, as it turned out, was not for the squeamish. Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears), who entered the opener a perfect 4-for-4, exited have burned much money. Sent off as the 3-10 choice from post position No. 5, he was away third, only to break twice in the back half. The second- (Tito [Andy Miller]) and third-choice (My Lindy Winner [Jim Morrill Jr.]) also misbehaved, a problem not shared by Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $31). Going right down the road (:29, :59.4, 1:28.4, 1:57.3) from outside post No. 7, Six Pack never had any anxious moment. He opened 3½ lengths into the lane, then widened to defeat 49-1 shot Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) by 4¾ lengths. Tito recovered to finish third, while Fourth Dimension wound up a well-beaten sixth. For fifth choice Six Pack, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned (with Stall Kallmar, Little E LCC and Lars Berg) by his trainer/driver, it was his second win six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $353.50, with the triple returning $1,705. Monday evening's second Barasch division saw Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, $24.20) prevail from the pocket. From post No. 3, he made the first lead (after another leaver broke), then gave it up to 9-10 choice (Perlucky) just past a :29.2 opening quarter-mile. After a :59.1 intermission, Perlucky engaged the second move of second choice Don (Miller), toward the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Don then jumped it off, leaving Perlucky with 2¼-length lead in and out of the final turn. He couldn't finish it off, though, as Ronnie Goldstein surged by. The margin was a neck in a life-best 1:59.1. Seven Iron (Sears) was third. For fourth choice 'Ronnie,' a homebred son of Muscle Mass trained by his driver for owner Steven Goldstein, it was his second win in eight '17 tries. The exacta paid $66, with the triple returning $297. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Tuesday evening’s (Sept. 19th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,969.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Monday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 17, 2017 - The world-class harness racing field for the 2017 Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is rounding into shape. According to race secretary Steve Starr, the list of acceptances as of this writing (alphabetically, with country) are... Dreammoko (FRA) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Resolve is, of course, the defending champ (world-record 2:23.4), with Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten finishing second and fourth, respectively. When the race was reinstituted by Yonkers in 2015, Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten wound up fourth and seventh. The connections of Top Flight Angel, winner of the 63rd Yonkers Trot, had a standing invitation, but elected to go in the same day's $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes. Starr is going over the results of races this past weekend to finalize the 10-horse field contesting the $1 million, mile-and-a-quarter event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. The $3.3 million program, by far the richest in Yonkers' storied history, also includes the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals. First post for the 11-race card is 1 PM, with the layout as such... No.-Event Post time 1-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-International Trot 4:00 10-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. Additional info. surrounding the program shall be announced when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 16, 2017 - The Real One (Pat Lachance, $7.30) and In Secret (George Brennan, $4) were the names above the marquee Saturday night (Sept. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. All-age track record-holder The Real One prevailed from the second-over in the weekly pacing feature. From post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch), The Real One saw Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) lead through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:23.4. Slight 2-1 choice Theartofconfusion A provided enough of a tow to get The Real One in range. Orillia Joe did have a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but The Real One went right on by. He prevailed by a half-length in 1:51.4, a tick off his season's best. Mister Daytona A (Jordan Stratton) snatched second from the pocket, with Orillia Joe, Theartofconfusion A and Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) rounded out the payees. For second choice The Real One, a 7-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his fourth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.20, with the triple returning $138. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite In Secret-despite 20 days out-match his own fastest local mile (1:54.1) of the season. Away fourth from outside post No. 7 (he, too, in one notch after a scratch), In Secret engaged Buen Camino (Jason Bartlett) after that one put down subsections of :27, :57.1 and 1:25. Buen Camino owned a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out the final turn, but was unable to stall the people's preference. In Secret won by three-quarters of a length, with a second-up Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) second. Buen Camino, Money Maven (Brian Sears) and Kathanka (Holland) settled for the remainder. For In Secret, a 5-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 19 '17 tries. The exacta paid $21, the triple returned $72.50 and the superfecta paid $170.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 15, 2017- All About Madi (Brian Sears, $9.60) wedged into an early pocket and it served her well Friday night (Sept. 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare 'Open Handicap Pace'. In play from post position No. 3, 'Madi' had some company, including pole-assigned, 19-1 number Acefourtyfour Alex (Brent Holland) and 3-2 fave Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett). All About Madi used some discretion-along with a vacant two-hole-to take a seat, while Regil Elektra found herself hung to dry by the longshot from the inside. Intervals of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.4 finished off Regil Elektra, but Acefourtyfour Alex continued her advantage. She owned a length-and-quarter lead into the lane, but faltered late. All About Madi moved inside and whipped a ground-saving Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) by a neck in 1:53.2. The latter edged the pace-setter for second, with Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Venus Delight (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. Regil Elektra faded to sixth. For third choice All About Madi, a 4-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy owned and trained by Brittany Robertson, it was her seventh win in 24 seasonal starts (first try in local femme feature). The exacta paid $164, the triple returned $729 and the superfecta paid $5,787. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 16th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,484.90.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 14, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Sept. 14th) hosted the $167,500 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cipriani Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. A pair of equally-parses, $83,750 divisions comprised the event, named for the Raceway's longtime award-winning photographer...and two high-class lasses did not disappoint. The opening event saw Hudson Trot winner Celebrity Ruth (Jason Bartlett, $2.10) return the legal minimum to win after having the legal minimum amount of angst. From post position No. 5, she worked around Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci) before leading at every weigh station (:29.2, :59, 1:26.4, 1:55.3). The margin, 2¼ lengths entering the lane, was a wrapped-up length at the wire. Mamora Bay was a never-threatened second, four lengths in front of Maewegonow (Charlie Norris). For Celebrity Ruth, a daughter of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel owned White Birch Farm and trained by Trond Smedshammer, it was her seventh win in 13 seasonal/career tries (3-for-3 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid (local season-low) $3.50, with the triple returning $9.40. The second and final Cipriani division had to wait out a power issue (first-turn lights). When the wattage returned, Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, $2.40) saved her best for last. Unhurried from post No. 4 (in one notch after a scratch), Barn Bella watched as polester Ostrich Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) led through intervals of :29, :59.1 and 1:27.2. This Ostrich was not about to put her head in the sand, opening 2½ lengths off the final turn. Meanwhile 'Bella,' the defending sire stakes champion, was out briefly before setting fourth. She then moved with purpose from the half, eventually ducking into a vacant pocket before taking her shot at the leader. Barn Bella was relentless, finally wearing down her foe by a neck in 1:56.2. Chapter Too (Brian Sears) was third, beaten 6¾ lengths. For Barn Bella, a Conway Hall miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve & Nancy Pratt and Purple Haze Stables, it was her 11th win in 14 '17 tries (17-for-22 lifetime). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.30, with the triple cancelled due to the limited number of starts (five, after that defection). Neither the unexpected delay nor the fact his date was coming in off two breaks (Batavia and Tioga) was a concern to Gregory. "She just didn't handle Batavia,:" he said. "The turns there are just too flat for her. I didn't drive her at Tioga the start before, so I can't speak to that. Tonight, she seemed very relaxed and I just wasn't going to race her off her feet early. "I knew she had enough get-up, but the other filly (Ostrich Blue Chip) made us work for it." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 11, 2017-- Plunge Blue Chip and harness racing trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt, returned to town Monday night (Sept. 11th), having missed 29 days with a scratch-sick in between. She was quite healthy, which in turn made her rivals very ill. Perfect 'Plunge' expunged Barn Bella from Yonkers Raceway's track records, highlighting the $157,000 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions--at $52,000, $52,000 and $53,00, respectively--comprised the event, with the starlet also serving as the opening act. Away third from post position No. 2, Plunge Blue Chip watched as Perfect Summer K (Brian Sears) gave her backers an early (:29, :59) thrill. Moving toward the 1:28.1 three-quarters, 'Plunge' engaged the leader, who offered no resistance. Plunge Blue Chip slapped a six-pack of lengths entering the lane, gearing down to win by 9¾ lengths in that new Westchester standard of 1:56.2…a full second faster than ‘Bella’ from a season ago. A Thing Goin' On (Brett Miller) was second, with Sevenbuyeleven (Jordan Stratton) third. For Plunge Blue Chip, a Muscle Mass miss co-owned by her driver/trainer and (breeder) Blue Chip Bloodstock, she's now 5-for-5 to begin her career. The exacta paid $4.70, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $25.80. "She had a cough (reason for Monticello NYSS scratch) and the time off before this race helped her," Svanstedt said. Driver/trainer doubled-up in the second statebred soiree, but at least this was a fair fight. Lucky Ava, from post No. 5, went the distance (:30.1, 1:00.3, 1:29.4, life-best 1:59.2) She held off pocket-sitting Setntheworldonfire (Andy McCarthy) by three-quarters of a length. White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald) was a first-up third. For 'Ava,' a Lucky Chucky lass co-owned by Svanstedt, Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.80, with the triple returning $32 (the six starters finished in ascending wagering order). The final Quaglietta contest saw odds-on Supergirl Riley (Marcus Miller, $3.90) dispose of her six inside foes in a down-the-road (:28, :58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58), win-by-2¾-lengths efforts Fury Road (McCarthy) chased the winner around the oval, with Lucky Rainbow (Brian Sears) third. For 'Riley,' a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Erv Miller for co-owners Paymaq Racing, Harvey Eisman and George Golemes, it was her fourth win in seven '17 tries. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $59.50. This race completed a very popular all-odds-on Pick 5, which returned a season-low $22.12 for every correct 50-cent wager. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 11, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway is altering its live harness racing schedule to accommodate New York State's pre-race protocol for both the $1 million Yonkers International Trot and the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions. The afternoon card of Saturday, Oct. 14th (post time TBA) requires the paddock be used for the state-mandated, 30-hour detention. Thus, Friday the 13th has been cancelled (not the fears and phobias, just the races). The Raceway has added Thursday evening, Nov. 2nd, as a make-up program, with a usual first post of 7:10 PM. The changes to the schedule have been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. Additional information regarding the $3.3 million Yonkers International Trot/'Day' of Champions program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 9, 2017 - Odds-on Bit of a Legend N with harness racing driver Jordan Stratton in the bike was more than good enough Saturday night (Sept. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play early from assigned post position No. 6, Bit of Legend N stuffed Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) behind him, making the lead before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. He then engaged in out-and-out equine theft, 'stealing' a 30-second next substation (:56.4 half),. That made the job of ever every non-Kiwi in the race much tougher. Bit of Legend N finished his work night (1:25.1, 1:52.3), whipping Cooperstown (Greg Merton) by a unpressured length. Somewhere in L A, The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his sixth win in 20 '17 tries. The exacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $153.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday September 8, 2017- Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.70) overcame seven harness racing rivals and a scattering Friday night (Sept. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 5, 'Sassy' watched as Jag Out (George Brennan) leave around Lovineveryminute (Brent Holland), paying a :26.4, first-quarter privilege for the lead. In the second turn, the latter was attempting to leapfrog past the former when the pair locked wheels. That unscheduled bit of loveliness caused all the ladies in behind to alter their routes, with any number either breaking and/or going wide and 59-1 longshot trailer Betabcool N (Greg Merton) leaving the course. After the discourse, Newborn Sassy-one of the those breakers-righted the ship and moved to the lead, with Betabcool N taking the very abbreviated way back to the oval and into the pocket. The half was a an incident-slowed :58.1, after which 'Sassy' finished it off (1:26.1, 1:54.3). The margin was a length-and-a-half into the lane and a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. Betabcool N was second, with Princess Fabulosa (Eric Goodell), HP Sissy (Brian Sears) and Acefourtyfour Alex (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the remainder. After a lengthy inquiry, the judges made no placements, deeming Betabcool N should not be penalized for shortening her trip to avoid the impediments in front of her. For Newborn Sassy, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Jim King Jr. CC Racing LLC, it was her sixth win in 10 seasonal starts (career 4-for-5 here, including last season's Lady Maud). The exacta paid $199, the triple returned $807 and the superfecta paid $17,433 (base $2 payout). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 -- Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday night (Sept. 5th) harness racing program featured something rarely seen...even rarer when it happens again. Win dead-heats bookended the dozen-race card. The first race, a $6,600 New York-bred second level Excelsior pace, saw 28-1 shot Perfect Major (Marcus Miller) tag favored Project Rock (Jason Bartlett) at the wire in 1:56.1. Eleven races later, the $17,000 pacing finale had Western Rockstar A (Dan Dube) and Grand Master (Bartlett) hit the electronic line together in 1:54.2. Bartlett's pair of 'heaters' were included in his six-win night. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 5, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Sept. 5th) hosted the $166,499 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions-at $55,833, $55,833 and $54,833, respectively-comprised the 'sloppy' event. Tuesday's opening group saw favored Pointomygranson (Scott Zeron, $4.70) go the distance, holding off a closing-ranks Cultural Paradise (Brian Sears) by a neck. Pole-sitting Serious Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) was a best-of-the-rest, three-hole third. The winner, from post position No. 4, knocked off his appointed rounds (:26.4, :56.4, 1:25.1, 1:53.1) for a second consecutive (NYSS) victory after beginning the season 0-for-10. For Pointomygranson, an American Ideal gelding owned by Gold Standard Equine and trained by Chris Ryder, it was a life-best effort. The exacta paid $10.60, with the triple returning $41.60. The second statebred soiree offered the exact same, two-speed scenario in exact same (1:53.1) time. Fave Outkast Blue Chip (Morrill Jr., $4.60), from post No. 3, went the distance, this one after subsections of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:25. The margin was a drifting couple of lengths, with America's Sleet (Jason Bartlett) third. For Outkast Blue Chip, a Roll N Roll Heaven colt owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Buzzy Sholty, it was his fourth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.40, with the triple returning $34.80. The final Palatucci contest found In a Single Bound (Billy Dobson, $2.40) maintaining his solid form. A third down-the-road wagering choice in as many divisions, In a Single Bound-from post No. 2-left around Ideal Wheel (Zeron), then completed the task at hoof (:28, :57.1, 1:25.2, 1:53.2), In a Single Bound opened a length-and-a-half into the lane, then whipped Ideal Wheel by a half-length. Music is Art (Bartlett) closed from last among the quintet to grab third. For In a Single Bound, a Roll with Joe gelding co-owned by Dennis & Simone Noud and trained by Monica Krist, he's now 10-for-14 this season. The exacta paid $5, with no triple wagering offered due to the limited starters. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 3, 2017- 'Dewy Defeats Seven, None Named Truman'. Pole-assigned Dewycolorintheline and harness racing driver Mark MacDonald, held sway Sunday afternoon (Sept. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. With 'only' an eight-horse field, the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile. The field left without 7-5 favorite Taco Tuesday (Jordan Stratton), who broke before the start. A handful were put in play early, including P L Hercules (George Brennan), but that one danced himself into the penalty box prior the first quarter-mile. When the sorting was completed, Dewycolorintheline had taken over from Money Maven (Brent Holland) soon after a :28.4 opening two furlongs. It was a 1:00.1 intermission when 96-1 proposition Prime Power N (Steve Smith) gave his backers a thrill with a first-up effort. That one did hang around in and out of a 1:28.3 three-quarters before getting put away. Dewycolorintheline opened a length-and-a-half in the lane, then held off Money Maven late. The final margin was half-length in 1:57.2. Sumatra (Eric Goodell), Crazshana (Greg Merton) and Prime Power N rounded out the payees. For third choice Dewycolorintheline, a 7-year-old, 2013 Yonkers Trot-winning son of Deweycheatumnhowe co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker and Dewyolorintheline Stable, it was his fifth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $121.50, with the triple returning $627. Sunday's installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 3-Rich Daddy (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 1-Infinisti AS (Yonkers' 4th race) returning $13.50 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,2,74. Sunday matinees, along with the 'New York, New York Double,' return Oct. 29th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

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