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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 25, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for harness racing Free-For-Allers continued Saturday night, with another quartet of $50,000 divisions. Second choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $4.40) enjoyed his off-the-pace antics so much in Round 1, he parlayed the performance this time around. From post position No. 3 in the third division, he was fourth as Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) cleared his six inside rivals with the aplomb of a hurdler. After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and moving toward a 56-second intermission, even-money fave Provocativeprincen (Jordan Stratton) moved from third. It appeared Bartlett was fighting with his charge to let Stratton and his ride go, but the latter duo could not seize the initiative. Somewhere in L A then threw in a :27.1 backside number (1:23.1) to dispose of Provocativeprincen, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. As this was transpiring, Missile J was closing ranks. He rallied from fourth in the lane, beating a solid 'L A' by a length in 1:51.3. Third went to 51-1 P H Supercam (Brett Miller), with 98-1 Texas Terror N (Mack MacDonald) and Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. Provocativeprincen backpedaled to last, his first blemish after a 4-for-4 start to his U-S career. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his sixth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40.60, with the triple returning $505. Saturday night's first Levy grouping was a private stretch battle between 3-2 choice Bettor's Edge (Miller) and an uncovered Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube). The latter whipped the pace-setting (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24) former by half-length in 1:51.3. First leader Dr. J Hanover (Scott Zeron) held third-beaten 3½ lengths-with Santa Fe Beachboy (Stratton) and Burning N (Ron Cushing) settling for the remainder. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr and VIP Internet Stable, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30, with the triple returning $185. The evening's second series soiree had slight 7-5 choice Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras, $4.90) take it the distance from the pole while matching (1:51.1) the fastest local mile of the season. Defending series champ Bit of a Legend N (Stratton) actually poked about a neck in front entering the lane from first-up, but a resurgent 'Ron' won by three-quarters of a length. Soto (Matt Kakaley) was a pocket third, with Mach it So (Tetrick) and Guantanamo Bay (Miller) settling for the minors. For Rockin' Ron, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables, he's now 3-for-5 to begin the season. The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $25. "I was worried on the final turn and wanted to save something for the stretch," Gingras said. "I had Bit of a Legend N challenging and Soto in the pocket. He's very easy on himself and he can really sprint home." The second round's final foray offered a 12-1 upset as Melmerby Beach (Bartlett, $26.60) pick off both 3-10 shot All Bets Off (Kakaley) and second choice Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick). The former set seemingly-sensible fractions (:28, 57, 1:24), but gave way readily in the lane. Melmerby Beach, apparently not bothered by a 27-second third quarter, defeated 'Wakizashi' by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52, with All Bets Off beaten three lengths. Artistic Major (Zeron) and Great Vintage (MacDonald) wound up with the leftovers. For third choice Melmerby Beach, a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere owned and trained by Ettore Annunziata, it was his first win in three '17 starts. The exacta paid $132, the triple returned $237.50 and the superfecta paid $464. "He's had his moments," Bartlett said of Melmerby Beach. "I remember last season when he beat Foiled again in this series last season. I was surprised the leaders came back to me, but my horse finished very well." YONKERS' MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $5,300 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening's (March 27) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $5,351.51. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races...if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 24, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 2 Friday night (March 24th), with another trio of $40,000 divisions for top-flight harness racing pacing mares. The opening event saw Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley, $25) get encouraged to leave the gate, then trip out from the pocket to pick off Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) at the wire in 1:54. Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno), as the just-over-even-money favorite, was third. From post position No. 5, Empress Deo left to an immediate lead, then relented to pole-sitting Shesjustadelight N at a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 half, series-debuting Sandbetweenurtoes (Brett Miller) tried it first-up from fifth. She didn't threaten as 'Delight' led comfortably in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters, up a length-and-a-quarter entering the lane. A week ago, it was Empress Deo cutting the fractions and Shesjustadelight N beating her from behind. It was turnabout and fair play this time around, with Empress Deo ducking inside and getting the decision by a head. Diva's Image was beaten a length, with Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Sandbetweenurtoes rounding out the payees. For fourth choice Empress Deo, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Legacy Racing of Delaware and trained by Wayne Givens, it was her first win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $146. Friday night's second Matchmaker grouping saw Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $6.80) win both the draw and the race (1:53.2). Giving it up early to Wrangler Magic (Dube), Mackenzie A then played a game of Ladies Leapfrog, making the lead just after a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. It was an equally-time second substation (:56.4 intermission), then Betabcool N (Mark MacDonald) moved from fifth. Mackenzie A was comfy through a 1:24.4 three-quarters as the miss opened a couple of lengths into the lane. She held off a good effort from Wrangler Magic, winning by a half-length. Betabcool N held third, with a from-last, 79-1 Medusa (Kakaley) and a never-in-it, 9-10 fave Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) settling for the minors. For Mackenzie A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by Harry von Knoblauch & Ellen Kinser and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her first win in four seasonal/North American starts. The exacta paid $36.40, with the triple returning $205. The second round's final foray offered the fastest female, as it did a week ago. This time, it was odds-on Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $2.90) giving nothing else a shot (:27.3, :57, 1:25.2, 1:52.3). Leaving from the pylons, Bedroomconfessions toured the terrain with the ease of a qualifier. She stuffed Krispy Apple (Miller) in behind at the outset, then did as she pleased. The lead was three lengths in and out of the final turn and 3¼ lengths at the wire. Regil Elektra (Bartlett) was a solid, two-move second, with Kiwis Sell a Bit N (Stratton) and Change the Rulz N (George Brennan) earning the rest of the reward money. For Bedroomconfessions, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her third win in six '17 starts. The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $12.40. "She's a big horse, but she gets around a half (-mile track) so well," Zeron said. "They never tried her much on the small tracks before this season, but she's faster in these turns then she is in the straightaway. "The race couldn't have been easier. Everyone else was happy to line up behind us. Never showed her the whip, never pulled the plugs." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 24, 2017 - A pair of series finals share next week's harness racing marquee, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $61,000 Petticoat (Monday night, March 27) and $61,800 Sagamore Hill (Tuesday night, March 28). The series were open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. As luck-and the open draw-would have it, Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) partakes of the pylons as she goes after Petticoat series sweep in Monday's eighth race. The 4-year-old daughter of Camluck, Ontario-owned by Jeffrey Richardson and trained by Andrew Harris, was a sharp, two-move winner a week ago (series- and life-best 1:54.1) after a pair of solid, open-length winners. "She knows where the wire is," Stratton said of the lass who's 6-for-8 this season "She's surprised, me, but in a good way." Northern Soiree (Matt Kakaley, post 8) was the only other multiple-prelim winner, though she obviously needed better help with the pills. The 4-year-old Western Ideal miss, with four wins in eight seasonal starts, is owned by Seth Rosenberg Racing and trained by Scott Blackler. A Crafty Lady (Dan Dube, post 7), after missing the opening round of this series, drilled her foes last week. The 4-year-old Mach Three miss is owned by Bob Hamather and trained by Rene Allard. Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald, post 2), Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras, post 3), Real Diva (George Brennan, post 4), Rei's Star Cross (Jim Marohn Jr., post 5) and St. Kitts (Jason Bartlett, post 6) round out the field. Tuesday night's finale of the Sagamore Hill, going as the sixth race, is a showdown among the troika of Prejudice (Stratton, post 1), Never Say Never N (Bartlett, post 2) and Awesomeness (Scott Zeron, post 5). While each swept their pair of series legs (one round was snowed out), Awesomeness may have been a bit more visually impressive than the other pair. The 4-year-old Mach Three gelding, owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Aaron Lambert, wired his foes (at 1-20) to begin this series, then won first-up a week ago in (1:53.3) "He's apparently been good from Day One," Zeron said. "There's no bottom to him, he seems to get over the track well and he's very simple to drive." Awesomeness enters Tuesday with six consecutive wins (all at odds-on), including a sweep of Woodbine's Snowshoe Series. The remainder of the Tribute to Teddy Roosevelt includes Sure Fired Bet (Gingras, post 3), Ideal Son (Brennan, post 4), Wishawasagigolo (Dube, post 6, coupled with Prejudice), Artmagic (Brent Holland, post 7) and Stirling Escort (Kakaley, post 8). Each series also includes its respective $30,000 consolation.     RACE 8 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - March 27, 2017  Conditions: PETTICOAT SERIES FINAL 3&4 YEAR OLD FILLIES & MARES  Gait: Pace     Purse: $61,000     Class: PETTIFINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2017 North America YTD  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Cousin Mary   8   6   1   0   1:54.1H   $67000   Jordan Stratton  Andrew Harris 9-5           2  Angels Rockn Pink L  3   1   1   0   1:56.1H   $16000   Mark Macdonald  John Butenschoen 7-1           3  Vintage Babe   9   5   2   2   1:52.2F   $49010   Yannick Gingras  Edwin Gannon Jr 5-2           4  Real Diva L  9   4   1   2   1:54.3F   $37530   George Brennan  Ron Burke 7-1           5  Rei`s Star Cross   7   2   2   2   1:55.0H   $28175   Jim Marohn Jr  Rob Harmon 10-1           6  St Kitts L  3   1   1   1   1:55.2H   $17400   Jason Bartlett  Richard Banca 6-1           7  A Crafty Lady L  7   3   1   1   1:55.2H   $23075   Daniel Dube  Rene Allard 15-1           8  Northern Soiree L  8   4   2   1   1:56.0H   $55250   Matt Kakaley  Scott Blackler 20-1           AE1  Family Roll Call L  7   0   3   1   -   $20000   Daniel Dube  Chris Ryder         RACE 6 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - March 28, 2017  Conditions: SAGAMORE HILL SERIES FINAL 3&4 YO C,H&G **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $61,800     Class: SAGAFINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2017 North America YTD  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Prejudice L  8   3   1   1   1:53.0H   $41850   Jordan Stratton  Joseph De Carlo             2  Never Say Never N   FOR: 0 0-0-0 $-   4   4   0   0   1:54.0H   $37000(i)   Jason Bartlett  Heidi Rohr             3  Sure Fired Bet L  6   1   0   0   1:54.2H   $12884   Yannick Gingras  Andrew Harris             4  Ideal Son   3   1   0   0   1:54.3H   $11210   George Brennan  Tom Fanning             5  Awesomeness   7   6   1   0   1:50.3S   $59404   Scott Zeron  Aaron Lambert             6  Wishiwasagigolo L  5   0   2   1   -   $13650   Daniel Dube  Joseph De Carlo             7  Artmagic L  6   2   2   0   1:54.1H   $32500   Brent Holland  Jeffrey Bamond Jr.             8  Stirling Escort L  7   1   3   1   1:54.1H   $36230   Matt Kakaley  Linda Kakaley             AE1  Dakota Jack L  9   4   2   0   1:53.4H   $49800   Daniel Dube  Matias Ruiz     YONKERS’ FRIDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $4,400 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (March 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,467.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races…if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10).  It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway and its ADW portal, Empire City Bets, are offering advance wagering for Saturday's (March 25) Dubai World Cup program. Beginning Friday (March 24), the Raceway shall accept wagers for the last four races (see schedule below) of the World Cup program. Those same four races, culminated by the $10 million Cup (featuring Arrogate), are available for in-house wagering Saturday, with selected mutuel windows opening at 10 AM (and free coffee). Empire City Bets is offering advance wagering for the entire World Cup program, again beginning Friday. Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for details. The entire roster of races includes...   Race Post Time Dubai Post Time UK Post Time ET Race 1 Godolphin Mile (Group 1) 3:45pm 11:45am 7:45am Race 2 Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Arabian) 4:15pm 12:15pm 8:15am Race 3 Dubai Gold Cup (Group 1) 4:50pm 12:50pm 8:50am Race 4 UAE Derby (Group 2) 5:25pm 1:25pm 9:25am Race 5 Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1) 6:00pm 2:00pm 10:00am Race 6 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1) 6:35pm 2:35pm 10:35am Race 7 Dubai Turf (Group 1) 7:30pm 3:30pm 11:30am Race 8 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) 8:05pm 4:05pm 12:05pm Race 9 Dubai World Cup (Group 1) 8:45pm 4:45pm 12:45pm Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Mothers love all their children (in theory), but Tuesday night's happiest harness racing mom had to be Cheyenne Adrienne. Suffice to say no other two- or four-legged mommy had their offspring find Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle not once, but twice. Throw in the fun factoid they're full brothers, and you certainly have some dinner-table conversation. Boogiewoogiebrian (Jordan Stratton, $10) won a blanket photo, first-up by a head in the $14,500, third-race pace (1:55) for a first win of the season. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Rob Harmon. Not to be outdone, big brother (by one year) Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Stratton, $12) won the $14,500 eight race, also first-up (1:55.4), also by a head. It was also 'Rocky's' first win of the season for the Robbie Siegelman- trained, Barry Rubinstein Farms-owned homebred. Cheyenne Adrienne couldn't quite complete the always-tricky maternal hat trick however, as half-brother (and 4-5 favorite) Cheyenne Jeffrey (Jason Bartlett) faded to third in the $16,500, 11th-race finale. 'Jeffrey' is a 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for Siegelman/Rubenstein. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 19, 2017-Aggressive (Mark MacDonald, $9.80) angled off the cones and was up at the wire Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Trot. Starting from the pylons in the field of nine (the infamous 10-hole was scratched). Aggressive minded his manners as the lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller) left over Lady's Dude (George Brennan), and wasn't in too much of a hurry (:29.1, :59). Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), as the slight 7-2 favorite from the second tier, then offered some mild heat. The one came first-up from fifth toward a 1:28.1 three-quarters, but never serious challenged, Allerage Star had the lead at the 1:57 milepost, with a length-and-a-half advantage in and out of the final turn. It was about the juncture when Aggressive extricated himself from the cones. He and Lady's Dude-who appeared to duck into the passing lane a lap earlier-provided Allerage Star with unwanted company from both flanks. Lady's Dude did so again this time, but was outgamed by Aggressive, who earned the schnoz decision in 2:27.1 for the mile-and-one-quarter. Allerage Star was third, beaten a neck, with a traffic-troubled Luck O the Irish (Jordan Stratton) and Hemi Seelster rounding out the payees. The five payees were separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. For third choice Aggressive, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $1,535. This was the final Sunday card until the end of May, and also the last 'New York, New York Double' until then (when Aqueduct becomes Belmont). Sunday's winning combination of 1-Lakeside Sunset (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 7-Not Afraid (Yonkers' 6th race) paid $20 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,745. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 18, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night, with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $5) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position No. 2, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with 78-1 Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22, with the triple returning $76.50. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube, $38.60) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth (from post No. 2), he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with 62-1 shot Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For fifth choice Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $232, with the triple returning $3,014. The evening's third series soiree has Provocativeprincen (Stratton, $5.70)-from post No. 2-prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Brett Miller), then outgamed a pocketed, 8-5 fave Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach it So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and 77-1 Texas Terror N (MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. For second choice Provocativeprincen, an 8-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, he's now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $62.50. "He's done nothing wrong since I've sat behind him," Stratton said,. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley, $14) from the pocket was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit of a Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post No. 3, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit of a Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere in L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and a Always at My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $198. "He's just a versatile horse," Kakaley said. "I would have been happy either cutting the mile or sitting second. It may have been different had Bit of a Legend N been first-up, but my horse was very good." The Saturday night Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover in excess of $3,100, was taken down by one bettor. A winning combination of 2/3/8/7/3 returned $13,468.25 for that 50-cent wager. Reminder that Sunday's live all-trot 'French' card begins at 12:30 PM, the final Sunday card until the end of May. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for high-end pacing mares began Friday night, with a trio of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, along came American Girl (Tim Tetrick), who eschewed a three-hole only to get hung for her troubles by Empress Deo. It was a :55.2 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with American Girl eventually backing away. While that was transpiring, Shesjustadelight N was enjoying the show, awaiting her close-up. Empress Deo owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the fave was ready. Shesjustadelight N edged inside, defeating the Empress by a length-and-a-three-quarters. Change the Rulz N (Scott Zeron) rallied for third at 48-1, with 110-1 shot Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it.." For Shesjustadelight N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver & Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $109.50 "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said of his lass. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it." Friday night's second Matchmaker grouping saw another odds-on number, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) prevail, though not without some angst. Away third from post position No. 2, Mach it a Par quarter-moved around Bedroomconfessions (Zeron), taking over right a :28.1 first two furlongs, There were very soft fractions after that (:57.3, 1:26), with Betabcool N (MacDonald) trying it first-up from fourth. Mach it a Par owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, then was all out to hold off Bedroomconfession by a nose in 1:53.2. Betabcool N held for a credible third, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) ad Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) settling for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.10, with the triple returning $16.20. The first round's final foray offered the fast female, as Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $8.40) lasted on the lead in a season's-best 1:52.4. From post No. 3, she hooved her way (:28.2, :57.1, 1:24.3). Regil Elektra had a length lead into the lane, then whipped a crisp rally of 22-1 Hidden Land by a half-length. Third went to a pocketed Lispatty (MacDonald), with a first-up Medusa (Kakaley) and Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) grabbing the minors. Nike Franco N (Tetrick), locally debuting as the 9-10 favorite, gapped second-over and wound up seventh. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her third win in six '17 starts. The exacta paid $133.50, with the triple returning $374. "The open draws are so big in these series, and both (Mach it a Par and Regil Elektra) had good posts, so I had to leave with them," Bartlett said. "Mach it a Par isn't a front-end sort of mare, but I thought she was good in the last quarter when she had to be. "Regil Elektra won the Open Handicap here last Friday when it was cold, and she was there again." The Matchmaker (as well as the Saturday night-beginning George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series) offer five preliminary rounds, leading to a finale, set for Saturday, Apr. 22nd . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017--Yonkers Raceway's sixth Sunday program of the season goes this weekend (March 19th) at 12:30 PM, with races 3 (post time 1:20 PM) through 9 (post time 4:20 PM) as the 'French' trots. The 11th-race finale is set for 5 PM. It's the final Sunday until late May. The 'New York, New York Double' continues, featuring the third race from Aqueduct (post time 2:20 PM) and the sixth from Yonkers (post time 2:50 PM). Program pages for this wager ($1 minimum, 18½ percent takeout) accompany this release. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 13, 2017 - The harness racing adults come out to play this weekend, featuring opening rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night (March 17) finds three, $40,000 Matchmaker melees (races 4,5 and 6), comprised of 24 of the best pacing mares in training. Saturday night (March 18) offers four, $50,000 Levy groupings (races 5 through 8), including Bit of a Legend N. The defending series champ drew post position No. 2 in the final division, with Jordan Stratton driving for owner Harry von Knoblauch and trainer Peter Tritton. A total of 31 leading Free-For-Allers declared their intentions for the first series go-round. Matchmaker Series George Morton Levy Both series include five preliminary rounds leading to their respective (Saturday, Apr. 22) finals Reminder again that in advance of the late-winter blizzard, Yonkers has cancelled live racing (and simulcasting) for Tuesday (March 14). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 12, 2017 - A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Tim Tetrick, $7.50) proved best Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Open Trot. At the outset, Here Comes Herbie-from post position No. 3-found himself in behind Springbank San N (Jordan Stratton) as that one led through early intervals of :28.2 and :58.3. Lady's Dude (George Brennan), as the 17-10 favorite, then moved from third. That one engaged 'Sam' in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) gapped a bit from second-over. Springbank Sam N had the lead off the final turn for the third consecutive start, and he failed to win for the third consecutive start. He did however, send 'Herbie' into the passing lane, where he whipped a rallying In Secret (Matt Kakaley) by a neck in 1:56.3. Lady's Dude held third, with a ground-saving Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) and B Yoyo settling for the remainder. Springbank Sam N faded to seventh among the octet. The feature went as the opener of an all-trot, 11-race card, seven of which carried the 'French' theme (overflow fields and the mile-and-one-quarter distance) For second choice Red Hot Herbie, a 7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $110.50, with the triple returning $697. Since no one took down Sunday afternoon’s Pick 5, Monday night’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,025.27 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). This installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ resulted in a combination of 8-Two Term Max (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 10-Defi Normand (Yonkers’ 6th race), which paid $82 for each correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,736. A reminder there is also racing next Sunday (March 19th), with first post at 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 11, 2017 - A closing Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron, $11.80) tagged Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from post position No. 3, Guantanamo Bay saw Vegas Vacation (Jordan Stratton) work his way to the lead right at a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, 25-1 outsider Sports Bettor (Brent Holland) made his second move, out from third. That didn't do much for those behind him, forcing 7-5 choice Blood Brother-who himself had been used earlier-wide by the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Guantanamo Bay, from third-up, was gapping down the backside. It was Blood Brother taking a short lead off the final turn, but he wouldn't be able to close the sale as Guantanamo Bay rallied from fifth. That one made up more than three lengths, winning by a nose in a brisk 1:53.4. Vegas Vacation, Soto (Matt Kakaley) and a season-debuting Melmerby Beach (Tim Tetrick) rounded out the payees. For third choice Guantanamo Bay, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Daniel Renaud for co-owners Brian & Ira Wallach and Leonard Sorge, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $37.80, with the triple returning $183. A reminder there is racing next two Sundays (March 12th and 19th), with first post each afternoon at 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 10, 2017 - Odds-on Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) held off Change the Rulz N (George Brennan) in a two-speed, inside number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Winning the post positions 2-through-6 draw, Regil Elektra was stung a bit by the lass to her left, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile After a :57.3 intermission, 39-1 outsider Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) tried it first-up from fourth. That move did nothing to advance the cause of those behind her as Regil Elektra led in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters. The fave owned a length-and-a-quarter lead entering the lane, then held off an edging-out Change the Rulz N by a neck in 1:54.4. Third went to a ground-saving Know It All (Eric Abbatiello), with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and locally-debuting American Girl (Scott Zeron) settling for the minors. For Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $207.50. YONKERS' SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,600 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening's (March 11) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,676.81. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races...if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). 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, March 10, 2017- Yonkers Raceway has announced its next harness racing purse increase, beginning the week of Sunday, March 19th. It's an across-the-board increase for all overnight events, ranging from $3,000-$5,000. The bump moves the purse range $14,500 to $55,000 (currently $11,500 to $50,000). Purses for the 'French' trots are scaled differently. A copy of next week's condition sheet accompanies this release. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Note that these figures are subject to change. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 9, 2017 - Defending champion Bit of a Legend N leads 40 Free-For-All nominees into Yonkers Raceway's 2017 edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The harness racing event again honors the Hall-of-Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The five weeks of preliminaries begin next Saturday, March, 18th, with each race in each leg worth $50,000. Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight, swept through the series a season ago. He won the $609,000 final (1:51, matching stakes record) a week after his scintillating, dead-heat with Wiggle It Jiggleit (world-record 'heater' of 1:51.2). Peter Tritton trains and Jordan Stratton drives for owner Harry von Knoblauch. Other notable eligibles (alphabetically) include...All Bets Off, Bettor's Edge, Caviart Luca, Mach it So, McWicked, Missile J, Provocativeprincen, Rockin' Ron, Soto, Take it Back Terry, Vegas Vacation and Wakizashi Hanover. The Levy's companion event, the ladies-only Blue Chip Matchmaker, seduced 28 of the best distaffers in training. Among the fast femmes (alphabetically) are...Bedroomconfessions, Devil Child, Krispy Apple, Mach it a Par and Sell a Bit N. The '17 edition was guaranteed a new leading lady after Yagonnakissmeornot, last season's victress, has begun her second career as a broodmare. That series, also with five prelim legs (at $40,000 per race), begins Friday night, March 17th. Finals (and consolations) for both the Levy and Matchmaker are set for Saturday night, Apr. 22(purses TBA). A complete list of eligibles accompany this release.   2017 BLUE CHIP MATCHMAKER       Mare FFA Pacing Series         $1,000,000 Estimated         Late Closing Series at Yonkers Raceway       Featuring Breedings to 'American Ideal' 'Art Major'       'Bettor's Delight'   ' Roll With Joe' ,         Shadow Play' & 'Sunshine Beach'                 1st  Preliminary  - Friday, March 17, 2017 - $40,000     2nd  Preliminary - Friday, March 24, 2017 - $40,000     3rd Preliminary - Friday, March 31, 2017- $40,000     4th  Preliminary - Friday, April 7, 2017- $40,000       5th Preliminary - Friday, April 14, 2017 - $40,000     Final  - Saturday, April 22, 2017- $125,000 A       Consolation - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - $75,000 G               Name of Horse Sire Dam Age           1  Al Raza N Gotta Go Collect Al Zahra 7 2  American Girl Art's Chip L Dees Lourdes 8 3  Bedroom Confessions American Ideal Turnoffthelights 5 4  Betabcool N Bettors Delight Cool Sandy 7 5  Change the Rulz N Changeover Victoria Rulz 6 6  Delightful Dragon Bettors Delight Little Miss Dragon 6 7  Devil Child American Ideal Kattimon 5 8  Diva's Image Bettors Delight Rocknroll Diva 4 9  Empress Deo Rocknrollhanover Little Miss K 6 10  For the Ladies N Jeremes Jet For the Don 8 11  Givemeyourheart Badlands Hanover Artists Flower 4 12  Hidden Land Badlands Hanover Armbro O'Casey 6 13  Krispy Apple Western Ideal Apple Krisp 9 14  Lispatty McArdle Lisbella 4 15  Lyons River Pride Somebeachsomewhere Mississippi River 4 16  Mach it a Par Mach Three Taylorlane Action 7 17  Mackenzie A Rocknrollheaven Kept for Pleasure 5 18  Medusa Bettors Delight Mythical 6 19  Nike Franco N McArdle Nearea Franco 7 20  Purrfect Bags Roddy's Bags Again Purrfectly Bad 5 21  Quick Draft A Art Major Quick Comment 7 22  Regil Elektra Mach Three Top Time Notcher 7 23  Sail to the Beach Somebeachsomewhere Sail Away 4 24  Sandbetweenurtoes Somebeachsomewhere Als Girl 6 25  Sellabit N Julius Caesar Nomorenuki 7 26  She's Just  A Delight N Bettors Delight Love the Look 7 27  Tessa Seelster Shadow Play Titania Seelster 5 28  Wrangler Magic Mach Three JA EL Shamrock 5                       **SUBJECT TO ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS & OMISSIONS****     2017 George Morton Levy Memorial Pace     Open FFA Pacing Series       $1,500,000 Estimated                 Late Closing Series at Yonkers Raceway               1st Preliminary - Saturday, March 18, 2017 - $50,000 Ea.   2nd Preliminary - Saturday, March 25, 2017 - $50,000 Ea.   3rd Preliminary - Saturday, April 1, 2017- $50,000 Ea.     4th Preliminary - Saturday, April 8, 2017 - $50,000 Ea.     5th Preliminary - Saturday, April 15, 2017 - $50,000 Ea.     Consolation - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - $100,000 G     Final - Saturday, April 22, 2017 - $200,000 A               Name of Horse Sire Dam Age           1  All Bets Off Bettor's Delight Armbro Penelope 6 2  Always at my Place Always a Virgin Best Place 6 3  Americanprimetime American Ideal Prime Xample A 5 4  Anwar Hanover Well Said Allamerican Nadia 5 5  Arque Hanover Rocknrollheaven A Pippin Hanover 5 6  Artistic Major Art Major Western Dancer 5 7  Bettor's Edge Bettor's Delight Spring Wind 8 8  Bit of a Legend N Bettor's Delight Soky's Legend 8 9  Blood Brother Somebeachsomewhere Blood Diamond 5 10  Burning N Mach Three Sparks Under Fire 7 11  Caviart Luca Somebeachsomewhere Caviart  Sierra 6 12  Classic American N American Ideal Classic Vicolo 7 13  Clear Vision Western Hanover Artistic Vision 8 14  Cooperstown Four Starzzz Shark American Charm 5 15  Dr J Hanover Somebeachsomewhere So Perfect 4 16  Dreamoutloud N Bettor's Delight Nothinbutadreamer 10 17  First Class Horse Western Terror Susurrus Hanover 5 18  Great Vintage American Ideal Arts Vintage 9 19  Guantanamo Bay Somebeachsomewhere Up Front Gal 5 20  Jeneral Patton Art Major Time N Again 6 21  Keystone Velocity Western Hanover Venus Killean 9 22  Long Live Rock Rocknrollhanover Perfect Gesture 8 23  Mach it So Mach Three Beach Dancer 7 24  Matt American Allmericannative Mattadorable 6 25  McArdles Lightning McArdle Winning Venture 5 26  McWicked McArdle Western Sahara 6 27  Melmerby Beach Somebeachsomewhere DB Bluechip 6 28  Missile J American Ideal Cantor's Daughter 4 29  Our Sky Major N Art Major Sky Beauty 7 30  PH Supercam Milliondollarcam Callwood Ivy 10 31  Provocative Prince N Grinfromeartoear Catherine Zeta 7 32  Rockin Ron Real Desire I'm All A Roan 5 33  Santa Fe Beachboy Somebeachsomewhere Santa Fe Yankee 7 34  Somewhere in LA Somebeachsomewhere West of LA 6 35  Soto Rocknrollheaven Incredible Beauty 5 36  Take it Bacl Terry Western Terror Second Symphony 8 37  TE Kawau N Bettor's Delight Haylin Express 7 38  Texas Terror N Western Terror Alicia Maree 9 39  Vegas Vacation Bettor's Delight Don't you Smile 7 40  Wakizashi Hanover Dragon Again Western Gesture 5             ***SUBJECT TO TO ADDITIONS, CORRECTIONS AND OMISSIONS*** Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, March 8, 2017-- For everything that's happened during Yonkers Raceway's storied century-plus harness racing history, this Sunday afternoon (March 12) offers something never before seen in Westchester. Surmised by the author and confirmed (+/- the acceptable margin of error) by track legends Bob (OUTP) Miecuna and stat savant Fred Opper, Yonkers is presenting its first-ever all trot program. Eleven races (first post 12:30 PM), eleven trots, including seven (races 3 through 9) of the 'French' theme, featuring overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The card begins with the $50,000 Open, a blind-draw get-together including Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, post 7), Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton, post 2) and lone lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller, post 8), who finished 1-2-3 in last week's handicapped event. Sunday's matinee card also features the return of the 'New York, New York Double,' with the third race from Aqueduct (post time 2:20 PM) and the sixth from Yonkers (post time 2:55 PM). Program pages for this wager shall be sent when available. Going off-topic for a moment, everyone on this side of the river is deeply saddened to learn of Sam McKee's passing. He was as good and good-natured a person as anyone would hope to meet. Frank Drucker

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