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Texican N (Eric Carlson $19.20) and Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) each went from pocket to paydirt on Saturday night, winning at the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Texican N, from post position No. 3 in the weekly featured pace, found himself sequestered in the two-hole behind Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton). That one led through intervals of :27.1, 57.1 and 1:25.1, with P H Supercam (Bartlett) making a second move. It was "Moe" taking a short lead into the lane, with he and P H Supercam slugging it out. That left Texican N waiting his turn, and he dove inside to win a three-way scrum. The margin, over win-the-battle-lose-the-war P H Supercam, was a head in a season's-best 1:52.4, with Rock on Moe third, beaten a half-length. The small change went to McErlean (Tyler Buter) The Real One (Pat Lachance). For fifth choice Texican N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his third win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $104, with the triple returning $409.50. As for odds-on "Melady," he just shows up here for holidays. Last seen in Westchester Halloween Night, he was a solid winner here in the week's marquee trot. Leaving from post No. 6 (in one notch after an inside scratch), the 3-5 choice made the lead before yielding to Luminosity (George Brennan). Subsections of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:26 (weak, first-over company in the form of Tweet Me [Tyler Buter]) gave Luminosity a length lead in and out of the final turn. However, he couldn't stave off a pylon-diving Melady's Money, who edged away by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55. Take My Picture (Mark MacDonald), E R Ellie (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 6-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, it was his seventh win in 15 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices paid $7.10, the triple returned $32.40 and the superfecta paid $174. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday night's gimmick--already with a $10,000 guaranteed pool--begins with a carryover of $2,881.61 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway ended the first half of  the 2015 harness racing year with its largest win payoff of the season. It was big balloons, or gros ballons for the French audience Tuesday afternoon, when 72-1 Jesse's Story ($146) overcame post position No. 12 in the second tier to win the $21,000, eighth-race trot. Jordan Stratton, or Jordan Stratton for the French audience, did the honors as "Jesse" won the mile-and-one-quarter event in 2:28.3. The 5-year-old daughter of Jailhouse Jesse is trained by Mike Forte for Rags to Riches of PA. She defeated 3-2 favorite Dreamsteeler (Jason Bartlett) by a neck, with 18-1 Time Will Tell All (Tyler Buter) third. In addition to the biggest win mutuel of the season (Hypnotist's $136.50, also driven by Stratton, was the previous target), this race produced the largest exacta ($1,394) and what would have been the largest triple had it required all three finishers to cash. As it turned it, the 12-2-all combo returned $14,021. Not surprisingly, the Tuesday Pick 5 went unclaimed, so Thursday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,984.48 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After a dark Wednesday (Viva Canada Day), the Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 30, 2015-Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, beginning with Monday's (July 6) harness racing program. Nearly every class is hiked substantially. The increase now brings the three weekly Opens/Open Handicaps (Trot, Pace, Filly and Mare Pace) to $48,000 (from the present $42,000), while the popular Open Handicap for 4-year-olds pacers goes for $35,000 (from $25,000). Young horses also benefit, as in non-winners of two parimutuels or $20,000 (purse now $20,000, up from $15,000), non-winners of four PMs or $40,000 (purse now $25,000, up from $17,000) and non-winners of six PMs or $60,000 (purse now $30,000, up from $20,500). Only the $12,500 and $20,000 claimers remain at their present purse levels. "We are pleased to again offer a pure increase," Raceway Vice President and COO Bob Galterio said. "It continues our commitment to presenting the finest harness product possible, and we encourage all horsemen and fans to see for themselves. "We understand that there are any number of tracks currently open, but between the increased overnight purses and our tremendous stakes program, Yonkers remains unquestionably the best place to race." For more information, or to obtain a condition sheet, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. The Raceway's live schedule remains Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 27, 2015--If your favorite harness racing driver is Dan Dube and your favorite number is four, congratulations and go collect. Dube went "four-th" Saturday night, winning both halves of Yonkers Raceway's soggy $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Great Vintage ($6.20) had nary an anxious moment in the weekly pacing feature, working around a returning P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and strolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2 and 1:53.2. Great Vintage whipped 19-10 choice P H Supercam--out four weeks prior to this start--by a couple of lengths. Texican N (Eric Carlson) was a three-hole third, with Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and a tough-trip All Bets Off (George Brennan) settling for the remainder. For second choice Great Vintage, a 7-year-old son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and a pair of Gorans (Anderberg and Falk) it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $62.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice Daylon Miracle--in one notch after an inside scratch--duplicate the down-the-road (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27, 1:56.4) MO of Great Vintage. Daylon Miracle held off a second move of outside assignee Luminosity (Brennan) by a length-and-a-half, with Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Rock of Cashel (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur owned (as Allard Racing) and trained by Rene Allard, it was her eighth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.20, the triple returned $47.80 and the superfecta paid $165.50. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 26, 2015-Cinamony (George Brennan, $11.40) eschewed an early seat and went the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. A week after hitting town and matching the track record for her weight class, Cinamony-ordered outside all but one of her eight rivals-was an early third before working around Hot List (Brian Sears) Cinamony, who scorched the Westchester earth to the tune of 1:51.3 last Friday, didn't have to go nearly as fast here (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:53). She held off a two-move effort from eight-hole assigned Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), whipping the slight 2-1 choice by a length-and-a-quarter. Hot List saved the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a first-up For the Ladies N (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, with the triple returning $190.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 20, 2015 - Eight-holers The Real One (drawn) and Luminosity (assigned) both overcame their imposts Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-features. The Real One (Pat Lachance, $37.80) prevailed in the $75,000 Open Handicap Pace, which doubled as the Marvin Kaufman Memorial. It was The Real One catching a live ride behind Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett, five winners during the 12-race card), then storming by. The Real One defeated a tough-trip-but-resurgent Domethatagain (Dan Dube) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.3, with Flem N Em N, Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and Sky is the Limit (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. The 13-10 choice, MrErlean (Tyler Buter), broke early--bothering Domethatagain--and finished sixth. For seventh choice The Real One, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his fourth win (second consecutive) in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $238, with the triple returning $889. The race was named for Marvin Kaufman, a longtime standardbred owner and SOA of New York director who passed away in January. He family and friends were on hand to make the winner's circle presentation. Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.90), as the 7-5 fave, made it four win in his last five tries, handily taking the $42,000 marquee trot in 1:55.3. Rock of Cashel (Goodell) was second-up and second home, beaten a length-and-a-half, with Somebody AS (Dube), E R Ellie (Stratton) and Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald) completing the cashers. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his eighth win in 18 '15 tries. The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $212. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 19, 2015 - Pocket-sitting Tipitina (Jason Bartlett, $10.40) beat pace-setting Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Jonsie Jones made the lead, working around Tipitina before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The latter, assigned post position No. 2, has moved past pole-sitting Magic Starlight (George Brennan) at the outset. "Jonsie" found a :55.4 intermission before getting token, first-up advances from Watch Dali (Jordan Stratton). That meek move didn't do much for a second-over 8-5 choice For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) going toward a 1:23.2 three-quarters. Jonsie Jones owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but Tipitina edged out and by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. For the Ladies N rallied into third, while Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Magic Starlight settled for the remainder. For third choice Tipitina, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Rags to Riches of PA and trained by Mike Forte, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $177.50. Special Friday props to the invading lass Cinamony (Brennan, $6.50), whose snappy 1:51.3 effort in the $25,000, fifth-race pace matched (Rocklamation, Venus Delight) the track record for 4-year-old mares. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,598.52 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - It's taken two decades, but the International Trot, one of harness racing's elite events, is returning. Yonkers Raceway, which last hosted the spectacle in 1995 (won by Sweden's His Majesty), is bringing it back, complete with a million-dollar purse. It's scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, and the seven-figure purse would be Yonkers' second-ever million-dollar race (2007 Art Rooney Pace, won by Southwind Lynx). The return of the International Trot has been discussed for years, gaining momentum with the success of last season's International Trot Preview. That race, contested at a mile-and-a-quarter, was won by Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) in a world-record 2:24.4. Here's what has been finalized so far...  - purse ($1 million)  - distance (1¼ miles)  - horses invited (10) --purse distribution (same as all events), winner-50 percent, 2nd-25 percent, 3rd-12 percent, 4th-8 percent, 5th-5 percent (non-cashing overseas entrants receive $37,500 via a purse supplement, while non-cashing North American entrants receive $10,000). "It's our pleasure to bring back the International Trot," Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney said. "It's been a signature New York race since it debuted at Roosevelt Raceway back in 1959. We took over the race after Roosevelt closed, and it was very well received. "With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here. We have had tremendous cooperation from our horsemen, and all of us are looking forward to it." Again, many of the details of the International Trot (invitees, post time, etc.) have yet to be finalized, so updates shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 15, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway hosted the ladies Monday night, specifically the $166,375 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $55,125, $56,125 and $55,125, comprised the event. Band of Angels (Yannick Gingras, $2.80) won both the draw and the endorsement of the electorate, holding sway (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) in the opening event. She defeated pocket-sitting Bettorhaveanother (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half-length, with Divine Caroline (Dave Miller) third. For Band of Angels, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, it was her second (NYSS) win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $15.40. The seven-horse field nearly finished in odds-ascending order, had 27-1 My Little Delight (sixth) been able to get past 37-1 Bosser's Joy for fifth. It was essentially the same MO in the second division, as pole-sitting, odds-on fave Not Before Eight (Scott Zeron, $3.50) was a handy victress. Away third early, she worked around last season's frosh champ, Mosquito Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then led the lasses for the remainder (:57.2, 1:27, 1:55.1), swatting "Mosquito" by a length-and-a-half. First leader Luck Be a Lindy (Mark MacDonald) was third. For Not Before Eight, a Bettor's Delight miss (unraced at 2) trained by Steve Elliott for owner Ernest Hartman, she's 6-for-9 this season and a perfect 6-for-6 here (first five wins in overnight). The exacta (two choices in order) paid $5.90, with the triple returning $17.40. Zeron and Elliott doubled their sire stakes pleasure in the final NYSS event when Rock Me Gently ($35.20)-from post position No. 6-rallied from third over. They did so after a front-end battle between 7-10 fave Bettor N Better (Gingras), She's Heavenly (George Brennan) and a first-up Hipnumberone (Greg Merton). Those three prompted the pace (:27.1, :55.4, 1:24.4), setting it up for someone to pick 'em off. It was Rock Me Gently and 46-1 rank outsider Nippy W Hanover (John Campbell) closing from the back in a pedestrian (:30.1) final quarter, with the former whipping the latter by a length. Third went to Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears). For sixth choice Rock Me Gently, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by Old Block Stables, Fra Stable and Kenneth Klein, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $786, with the triple returning $2,551. The Raceway's five-program-per-week schedule is now back in vogue, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 (a "French-centric" Tuesday this week). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway-and a healthy harness racing Pick 5-both returned Saturday night. Buoyed by a $25,569.51 carryover and a $60,000 guaranteed pool, $58,454.62 was invested with confidence, leaving a total pool (after takeout) of $69,410.53. The winning combination of 1 (Backstreet Hanover), 1 (Orillia Joe), 4 (Fort Knox), 5 (Rock on Moe) and 6 (Lorenzo Dream) returned $623.75 for every 50-cent winning ticket. Note that to spice things up, the first two races in the sequence were both contested with 10 horses at an added (1¼ miles and 1 1/16 miles, respectively) distance. Saturday's $42,000 tri-features were won by... --(Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace)--Alhambra (catch-driver Jason Bartlett, $10.40) in 1:53.3; --(Open Pace)--The Real One (Pat Lachance, $4.90) in 1:51.2; --Open Handicap Trot-Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter, $6) in 2:26 (again, 1¼ miles). Special Saturday props to the Hilltop Helper, a free handicapping sheet compiled and distributed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. The certified expert sniffed out the winning Pick 5 numbers with a mere $36 investment. New York Sire Stakes visit downstate Monday night, with Yonkers hosting the $166,375 Art Watson Pace (three divisions) for 3-year-old fillies. The Raceway's five-program-per-week schedule is now back in vogue, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 (a "French-centric" Tuesday this week). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - The Belmont Stakes was all well and good, but now the real fun is about to get underway. Yonkers Raceway returns from a harness racing hiatus Saturday night (June 13), with first post at 7:10 PM, and with a first......a $60,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool. When last we left live racing June 2, the Pick 5 went unclaimed, with a tidy carryover of $25,569.51 all dressed up with no place to go. That carrot figures to attract whole lot of lettuce, so Saturday's "welcome back" wager shall offer a $60,000 guaranteed pool. To add some intrigue, the first two races in the sequence are both added-distance events-a 1¼-mile trot and a 1 1/16 mile-pace, each with 10 starters. If Saturday's dowry goes unclaimed, Monday's (June 15) Pick 5 guaranteed pool would be $100,000. If the current carryover remains in effect until Tuesday (June 16), the guarantee would swell to $125,000. (Note that if the Pick 5 is hit Saturday, Monday's guaranteed pool reverts to the usual $10,000). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprised of races 7 through 11 every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case the last two programs), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Program pages for Saturday's Pick 5 shall be available no later than Thursday afternoon. After Saturday's card, the Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule returns Monday night, June 15. First post every Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday is at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 6, 2015--While American Pharoah hasn't visited Yonkers Raceway--yet--Yonkers Raceway visited American Pharoah. Well, not technically. However, Yonkers' crack track photographer, Mike Lizzi, was at Belmont Park Saturday (clearly, NYRA has to tighten up its lax credential requirements) as "Pharoah" ended the 37-year-old drought and became thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. "Incredible race," Lizzi said. "I'm glad to have witnessed it." What accompanies are a handful of Lizzi's pictures, with more to come in the coming days. A reminder that the Raceway remains on hiatus for live racing and evening simulcasting until next Saturday, June 13. Afternoon simulcasting continues daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 4, 2015--There are any number of places to watch American Pharoah's quest to complete the elusive Triple Crown, but only one that offers $20 in incentives to do so. Saturday afternoon (June 6), Empire City/Yonkers Raceway is presenting a Belmont Stakes Viewing Party in the Empire Terrace restaurant. The restaurant is located on the casino's second floor, overlooking the racing surface. The party runs from 4-8 PM, with free admission and no RSVP required. Racing fans can enjoy live music with food and drink specials, plus wager on Belmont Park (first post is 11:35 AM) as well other leading simulcast tracks while watching the races on 80" televisions. As an added bonus, guests who bring the newspaper advertisement (running in local papers Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6) to a promotions booth between 10 AM-6 PM receive a $10 race bet and $10 in casino free play. Post time for the 147th running of the Belmont is 6:50 PM, as American Pharoah tries to end a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 2, 2015--Buoyed by a carryover of $9,051.50, Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday afternoon Pick 5 found a harness racing audience. Some $22,023 of fresh money was thrown into the till, creating a total pool (after takeout) in excess of $25,000. What made the wager even harder to handicap was the entire quintet of races were "French" trots, as in added distance (1¼ miles) and overflow fields (twelve, eleven [after a scratch] and three tens, respectively). The Pick 5 began with the $54,800 Open Handicap Trot, won by Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald, $12.20). The former New York Sire stakes champ survived a sustained wide bid to edge Il Mago (Scott Zeron) by a neck in 2:28.1 for the extra acreage. It was 6-5 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan) leading to the lane before fading to third. When the soggy dirt settled, the combination of 1-2-8-10-2 resulted in the Pick 5 pot going unclaimed for the second consecutive card. That means the sumptuous sum of $25,569.51 gets hermetically sealed, then carried over to the next live racing program of Saturday, June 13. Also Tuesday, a Spanish-American Friendship Trot saw the hosts perhaps get a bit too friendly, as the Spaniards finished 1-2-3. The $13,000 event was won by Jaume Riera and Amalfi Coast ($10.40) in 2:00.3. That tandem defeated Movement (Bernardo Cirer) by three-quarters of a length, with Sweet Ben (Miquel Capo) third. As mentioned above, the Raceway now goes on hiatus, with live racing and evening simulcasting returning a week from Saturday. Afternoon simulcasting is offered daily, including this Saturday's (June 6) Belmont Stakes (first post 11:35 AM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 30, 2015 - After a $7,500 farm buyback (In the Arsenal) won the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace Saturday night, the harness racing bargain-basement theme continued. Purrfect Bags (Vic Kirby, $24.60), who sold for all of $2,000, rolling through the lane, winning Yonkers Raceway's $117,724 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Unraced parimtuelly for 52 days and with three qualifiers lead into her local debut, Purrfect Bags-from post No. 5-watched as Totally Rusty (Jason Bartlett), the only $15,000 supplemental entrant into this race, made the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. That one's wagering partner, Strut My Stuff (Jordan Stratton) was settled, as Sassa Hanover (George Brennan), the 2-5 choice, received her marching orders. "Sass" found the front, setting a spiffy :55.3 half when Bedroomconfessions (Brian Sears) moved from fourth. Purrfect Bags-from post No. 5-was behind her in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sassa Hanover had a couple of lengths turning for home, but Purrfect Bags was launched. She went up and over the leader, widening to win by two lengths in a season's-best 1:52.3. Sassa Hanover was second, with Bedroomconfessions third. Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty settled for the minor moolah, while Special Package (Dave Miller) was outrun. For third choice Purrfect Bags, a daughter of Roddy's Bags Again owned by JoAnn Looney-King and trained her husband, Jim King Jr., it was her third win in four '15 tries (career 10-for-12, earnings of $205,612). The exacta paid $48.80, with no triple wagering due to the abbreviated number (five) of wagering interests. "(Trainer) Jim) (King Jr.) had her very sharp," Kirby said. "She really only had to pace about an eighth of a mile, and when I asked her, she just put her butt down and took off. "Her last race (statebred final at Dover) was all my fault. I drove her very badly. She has a burst of speed, I'm just glad to have a chance to drive her and tonight was definitely worth the trip." "When I bought her (for $2,000), my husband wasn't very pleased, Ms. King-who won this race a season ago as trainer of Tyra--said. "She the same as Tyra. Both are very fast and both try very hard." Frank Drucker

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