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YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 24, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with acceptable street cred--were won by a pocketed Set Me Up (George Brennan, $6) and a two-move Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $6.10). The week's fairer-sex feature was strictly a two-speed number, with slight 2-1 favorite Set Me Up--in play from post position No. 4--grabbbing the first lead before surrendering to Scandalous Hanover (Brian Sears). That one threw down early weigh stations of :28.1 and :58.1 as longshot Simple Saver N (Eric Carlson) tried it first-up. A brisk, :27.3 third quarter (1:25.4) dispatched that challenge as Scandalous Hanover owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Set Me Up edged in and edged past, winning by head-fought head in 1:54. Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) rallied well for third, with ground-savers Seafood Annie (Larry Stalbaum) and Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For Set Me Up, a 5-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her seventh win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.40, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $82. The week's marquee trot saw Melady's Monet, assigned post No, 7, left into a comfy three-hole. It was Andie Sophia (Dan Dube) leading through intervals of (:28.1, :57.4 and 1:26.2), with "Melady"--having taken out past the half--about to wear that one down. Melady's Monet secured the lead in and out of the final turn, then widened. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:54.4 Second went to Andie Sophia, with 7-5 choice Bambino Glide (Sears), Alternat Thursdays (Brennan) and Fortunista (Carlson) settling for the remainder. For second choice Melady's Monet, a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding trained by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, he's now 5-for-23 this season. The exacta paid $24.20, the triple returned $103.50 and the superfecta paid $535. Saturday's stakes-stuffed program includes the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview (1¼ miles), $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot. Those races comprise a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool and there's also a T-shirt giveaway [while supplies last]). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 23, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's stakes-stuffed Saturday night program has all the required-by-law ingredients. There's the more than $1.5 million in purses for the five features, a $20,000 guaranteed all-stakes-race Pick 5 pool...and the obligatory free t-shirt (while supplies last). First post for the baker's-dozen buffet is 7:10 PM, and a gentleman who figures to have say in the soiree is one David Miller. The Harness Hall of Famer (Class of 2013), he of the more than 11,100 career wins and $185 million in purses, has drives in four of the five events. Toward that end, he offered some insights... Race 5 - $500,000 YONKERS TROT NO. 60 (3-year-old colts/geldings) -- Revolve (post position No. 5) --"I've never driven him before. I spoke with Timmy (Tetrick, who drove him last week but opted for Don Dorado here) a bit last week, but with (elimination winners) Gural Hanover and Nuncio drawing inside (post Nos. 1 and 2), we're going to have a few breaks." Miller goes with a third Trot victory. Race 6 - $500,000 MESSENGER STAKES NO. 59 (3-year-old colts/geldings) --McWicked (head number 5, post position 4) -- "Just a very pleasant horse to get along with. He's held his form for just about the entire year, though I thought he was a bit flat at Delaware (OH). The last couple of weeks (a "Messenger prep" and last week's nine-to-get-rid-of-one elimination), the plan was just to race him conservatively get him ready for this race. I was very happy with his race last week (closing stoutly for third in a paceless event) and I expect him to race very well (Saturday). He's coming into it in good shape." (Note that McWicked becomes a seasonal millionaire with just about any payday here, while Miller has won this race three times, but has never won it here.) Race 7 -- $150,874 HUDSON FILLY TROT (3-year-olds) -- no drive. Race 8 -- $124,590 LADY MAUD (3-year-old pacing fillies) -- Fancy Desire (head number 6, post position 5) -- "I've never driven here before, either, but I've seen enough of her in Pennsylvania. I have driven for (trainer) Kevin (Carr) quite a bit, and I know she has talent. She won the Lynch (Pocono) and beat some good fillies. I'm not surprised George (Brennan, who drove both elim winners) stayed with Act Now (HN 3, PP 2), but I think that mine has a shot." Race 9 -- $250,000 INTERNATIONAL TROT PREVIEW (1¼ miles) -- Bee a Magician (post position 2) -- "Again, she's another I've never driven before, and I was so happy to get a chance (Miller is her first driver not named Brian Sears or Rick Zeron). I love the draw, because I'm not sure how much early movement there's going to be and she should be close. Sure, the added distance is a concern with a mare going against older males, but not as much on a half as it would be on a big track for her." Please be advised that program pages for Saturday's Pick 5 (50-cent base) wager are now available for perusal at www.yonkersraceway.com. Yonkers Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 21, 2014—All together now…”The pills are alive with the sound of stakes draws…” Post positions have been procured for Yonkers Raceway’s stakes-stuffed Saturday night program, which features more than $1.5 million in purses for the five features, a $20,000 guaranteed all-stakes-race Pick 5 pool and a free t-shirt (while supplies last).  First post for the baker’s-dozen buffet is 7:10 PM. Race 5 – $500,000 YONKERS TROT NO. 60 (3-year-old colts/geldings) approximate post time 8:50 PM, with approx. 20-25 minutes between these races 1-Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) 2-Nuncio (John Campbell) 3-Expressive Action (Jason Bartlett) 4-Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) 5-Resolve (Tim Tetrick) 6-King City (George Brennan) 7-Journey (Dan Dube) 8-Don Dorado (Tetrick also listed) Race 6 – $500,000 MESSENGER STAKES 1-Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) 2-National Debt (Bartlett) 3-Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller) 4-McWicked (Dave Miller) 5-Luck Be Withyou (Tetrick) 6-e-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) 7-Western Conquest (Brent Holland) 8-e-Forty Five Red (Brennan) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 7 – $150,874 HUDSON FILLY TROT  1-Highest Peak (Ake Svanstedt) 2-e-Market Rally (Morrill Jr.) 3-Mistresswithmuscle (Driver TBA) 4-e-Avalacious (MacDonald) 5-Bambino Supreme (Brennan) 6-Yoga (Brett Miller) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 8 – $124,590 LADY MAUD  1-Do Your Job (Eric Carlson) 2-Act Now (Brennan) 3-Scandalicious (Dube) 4-Anagada (Campbell) 5-Fancy Desire (Brennan also listed) 6-Tyra (Tetrick) 7-e-Beautiful Lady (Kakaley) 8-e-A La Notte Hanover (Kakaley also listed) e-Ron Burke owner/trainer entry Race 9 – $250,000 INTERNATIONAL TROT PREVIEW (1¼ miles) 1-Commander Crowe (Orjan Kihlstrom) 2-Bee a Magician (Dave Miller) 3-Archangel (Kakaley) 4-Obrigado (Bartlett) 5-Arch Madness (Trond Smedshammer) 6-Sebastian K (Ake Svanstedt) 7-Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) 8-Not Afraid (Brett Miller) Program changes are to be made Wednesday morning. Please be advised that program pages Saturday’s Pick 5 (50-cent base) shall be available for perusal no later than Wednesday afternoon at www.yonkersraceway.com. As always, the guaranteed pool is a joint venture of the Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the US Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program.      Yonkers Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.  by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 20, 2014-If more than $1.5 million in stakes money up for grabs Saturday night isn't enough incentive to watch and wager, Yonkers Raceway has added a bit more. There is a $20,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool, comprised of all the featured events, as in the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview, $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot. Please be advised that the order of the races is TBA as of this writing (open draw for all is Tuesday afternoon), and the Pick 5 (for this night only) may be moved from its customary slot of races 5 through 9. It does remain a 50-cent base wager with no consolation payoff. Program pages shall be available for perusal no later than Wednesday afternoon at www.yonkersraceway.com. "Saturday is going to be the best race card anywhere. We're very proud Yonkers Raceway is hosting these classic events, and we invite everyone to see these world-class pacers and trotters," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. As always, the guaranteed pool is a joint venture of the Raceway, the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. Yonkers Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 19, 2014--Yonkers Raceway has announced the octet of world-class trotters for this Saturday night's (Oct. 25th) International Trot Preview. The race, at one-and-one-quarter miles for a purse of $250,000, is a precursor to next season's return--after a two-decade hiatus--of the International Trot. The eight on the gate for the Preview are (alphabetically) Archangel, Arch Madness, reigning Harness Horse of the Year Bee a Magician, Commander Crowe, Market Share, Natural Herbie, Not Afraid and Sebastian K. the world's fastest trotter. Here's a quick cheat sheet... ARCHANGEL--A 5-year-old statebred son of Credit Winner with more than $1.1 million on account, he's the 2012 Yonkers Trot winner (track-record for 3YO colts [1:54.1]). After a year in the breeding shed, he returned for new trainer Ron Burke and took a life-best 1:50 effort earlier this season. Archangel is co-owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm (Alan Hainsworth) and Clare Semer. ARCH MADNESS--The 10-year-old Balanced Image gelding is a millionaire four times over for co-owners Marc Goldberg & Willow Pond LLC and trainer Trond Smedshammer. Arch Madness served notice that he's back in business this past Friday night, with an 11-length romp in a track-record 2:00.3 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. BEE A MAGICIAN--2013's Harness Horse of the Year on the strength of a perfect 17-for-17 season, this 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra is defending the honor of the fairer sex here. Thrice a winner (with six seconds) in a dozen starts this season, Bee A Magician's lone local appearance was an effortless track-record (4YO mares) 1:55 in Open event in late August. The lass, a career $2.5 million earner, is trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. COMMANDER CROWE--One of Europe's preeminent trotters, the 11-year-old Juliano Star gelding joins Arch Madness in the $4 million earnings club. His 60 career victories include the Elitlopp in 2012 and, more recently, Sweden's Ã…by Stora Pris invitational. This is his U.S. debut and third North American start, the first two of a pair of thirds in Breeders Crowns (2011 & '12). "Commander" is trained by Fabrice Souloy for owner Snogarps Gard AB (Barbro Wihlborg, Ulf Wihlborg & Joakim Wihlborg). MARKET SHARE--This 5-year-old son of Revenue S is approaching $3.5 million in lifetime loot. His resume includes wins in a pair of seven-figure events, the 2012 Hambletonian and that season's Canadian Trotting Derby. A season ago, it was the Breeders Crown. Maple Leaf Trot and TVG Free-For-All and American-National. In 2014, the Maxie Lee (Harrah's Philly) has been his biggest win to date. Market Share's lone local appearance was a third-place effort (to Archangel) in the 2012 Yonkers Trot. Linda Toscano trains for co-owners Richard Gutnick, Bill Augustine and T L P Stable. NATURAL HERBIE--A 4-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding has gone from being the scourge of Indiana to one of North America's best trotters. A .500 hitter (11-for-22) this season and a shade better (23-for-45, $624,851) for his career, "Herbie" whipped Invitational class horses in the Vincennes (Meadowlands, life-best 1:51.4) and Noble Memorial (Scioto) for owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder. NOT AFRAID--If there's not a law that says a high-end trotting event can't be held without a representative of Jimmy Takter present, perhaps there ought to be. This 5-year-old S J's Caviar gelding is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg. He's a six-time winner each of the last two seasons with career earnings in excess of $400,000. Not Afraid defeated Arch Madness in a Pocono Preferred event earlier this month. However, this is certainly a step up the social circle from the crowd Not Afraid saw the last time he was here, going winless in five tries against overnighters in the first half of 2013. SEBASTIAN K--When your business card reads "World's Fastest Trotter," do you need any other references? The 8-year-old son of Korean, trained and driven by Ake Svanstedt for owner Knutsson Trotting (Michael Knutsson and Tristan Sjoberg), has taken the continent by storm in 2014. Eight wins and two seconds in 11 starts ($663,853), with his stunning 1:49 effort in a late June Pocono Invitational rewriting all the record books. A pair of stakes wins at the Meadowlands and one a Vernon are also included. His European prowess unquestioned (nearly $2.3 million in earnings), Sebastian K, as well as Commander Crowe, add to the tremendous list of overseas horses who have, ahem, "taken their talents to Westchester." This Saturday night's (Oct. 25) five stakes finals...$500,000 Yonkers Trot, $500,000 Messenger Stakes, $250,000 International Trot Preview, $150,854 Lady Maud and $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot shall be "open drawn" Tuesday afternoon. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 17, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for any trotter with letters of reference-were won by a down-the-road Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.90) and a storming-home Obrigado (Brian Sears, $10.80). The week's fairer-sex feature was strictly a two-speed number, with odds-on Krispy Apple leaving around Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton). The people's preference sent pokey early fractions (:28, :57.2) before Summertime Lea (George Brennan) tried her luck with a second move. "Lea" second came close in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters as Krispy Apple opened a couple of lengths entering the lane. She held sway, defeating Robin Cruiser by a length-and-a-half in 1:53.2. Coffee Addict, Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Campanile (Austin Siegelman) rounded out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 6-year-old millionaress daughter of Western Ideal trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her third win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.40, with the triple returning $70.50. The week's marquee trot saw last week's winner-and this week's eight-hole assignee-Somebody AS (Dan Dube) intent on the lead. He found it, vaulting over 8-5 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan) right a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, Melady's Monet (Bartlett) moved from fourth...and move his did. "Melady" went right up and over a stopping leader, opening nighttime daylight by the 1:25.3 three-quarters. Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland), given a perfect tow, was losing ground, while DW's NY Yank was shuffled out. Melady's Monet, widening to two lengths off the final turn, looked home, but Obrigado never received the memo. Eighth at the half and seventh turning for home, Obrigado did something unheard of. He made up 7¼ lengths to snap the Melady's Money by a head in 1:55. "Lorenzo," Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter) and "DW" came away with the minor awards. For third choice Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 9-for-20 this season (30-for-43 lifetime). The exacta paid $80, the triple returned $325 and the superfecta paid $2,148. Note that since no one went home with Friday night's Pick 5, Saturday's gimmick begins with a $3,060.97 carryover (50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9). Saturday night features two eliminations for Yonkers Trot No. 60 and one for Messenger Stakes No. 59. Also, a tribute to recently-retired Cat Manzi, who shall make the sixth race presentation, then autograph photos for fans. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 15, 2014-To successfully salute Catello Manzi's career, one would need a vast vocabulary as well as a gaggle of gold stars. Manzi and his harness racing achievements shall be recognized by Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Oct. 18), appreciated by friends, fans and competitors. Take in the Catman's career numbers for a second...more than 91,000 drives, a figure unmatched by any jockey or driver. Then, there are the 14,800 wins and $158 million in purses. Let those figures sink in. For four decades, he was among the elite drivers everywhere he hung his hat, from Monticello to Liberty Bell to Freehold to Garden State Park to the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway. Of course, there are the highlights from a Hall of Fame career...as in a trio of Yonkers Trots, a North America Cup, a Meadowlands Pace, a William Haughton Memorial, three Hudson Filly Trots, a division of the Lady Maud and the richest Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace ever. Throw a Driver of the Year award into the mix and you see why the affable Catman found himself in some rare air. It's fair to say his harness racing resume shall never be duplicated. Manzi retired earlier this season and Saturday night, the Raceway pays tribute to an unmatched career and the gentleman behind it. Congratulations, Cat. (Note...Yonkers is 'forcing' Manzi to sing for his supper, as Cat makes the presentation for Saturday night's sixth race Open Handicap Pace, then signs autographed photos directly outside the winner's circle). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (trio of stakes eliminations) at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 14, 2014-A total of sixteen 3-year-old colts and geldings, led by Kentucky Futurity winner Nuncio, have been entered for Yonkers Raceway's Yonkers Trot, final jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The number, which also includes New York Sire Stakes champ-and $30,000 supplemental entrant---Gural Hanover-necessitated a pair of eliminations this Saturday night. The Trot offers a total purse of $580,000, with each of this weekend's elims going for $40,000 each. The first four finishers in each qualify the final. First elim (alphabetical, not in post position order)--Datsyuk (Charlie Norris), E L Titan (Ron Pierce), Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald), Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.), Hillustrious (Dave Miller), King City (Dave Miller also listed), Muscles and Spice (Brett Miller), Resolve (Corey Callahan). Second elim (alphabetical, not in post position order)-Amped Up Hanover (Matt Kakaley), DD's Hitman (Ake Svanstedt), Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick), Expressive Action (Jason Bartlett), Journey (Dan Dube), Nuncio (John Campbell), Skates N' Plates (George Brennan), Way Outta Here (Dave Miller) Speaking of Triple Crowns, the pacing version of same wraps up with the $540,000 Messenger Stakes, which saw nine 3-year-old pacers enter. Leading the way are stakes winning All Bets Off (Art Rooney, NYSS, Millstein), Lyonssomewhere (Cane) and McWicked (Hempt, Adios, PA Sire Stakes) This Saturday night, there's a $40,000 "musical chairs" elim, with all but one horse returning for the $500,000 final. The nine, again alphabetically, are...All Bets Off (Kakaley), Double Your Bet (Kakaley also listed), Forty Five Red (Brennan), Luck Be Withyou (Tetrick), Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller), McWicked (Dave Miller), National Debt (Brett Miller also listed), Stevensville (Tetrick also listed),Western Conquest (Brent Holland). This is the 60th edition of Yonkers Raceway's premier trotting event, while it's Messenger No. 59. The distaff companion stakes to the Trot and the Messenger-the $124,590 Hudson Filly and $190,854 Lady Maud-attracted six and 11 ladies, respectively. The Hudson is a single-dash finale, while the Maud offers two $20,000 elims this Saturday to extract the eight finalists. All four stakes finals, plus the $250,000, mile-and-one-quarter International Trot Preview, are scheduled for Saturday night, Oct. 25. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 11, 2014- P H Supercam and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett,continued his form festival Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Floating out from post position No. 7, P H Supercam found a five-hole as Texican N (Eric Carlson) made the first lead. He then gave it up to extended move from 7-5 fave Bigtown Hero (Brian Sears). That one grabbed the advantage just after a :2.72 opening quarter-mile, then widened by a :55.2 intermission. P H Supercam then made his second move, going after the leader by the 1:23.4 three-quarters. In and out of the final, turn, Bigtown Hero was done. P H Supercam opened a comfy margin, then held off the late surge of Pancetta (Jordan Stratton) by a diminishing head in 1:51.4. Texican N, Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) and Fameous Western (Larry Stalbaum) rounded out the payees. For second choice P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his 10th win (third consecutive) in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $31,40, with the triple returning $146.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the sixth annual Fall Harvest Festival, which again spotlighted the thriving relationship between harness racing and agriculture throughout New York State. All the popular Festival sights, sounds and tastes were there, including live music, pony rides, New York State craft beers, face painting and a pumpkin patch. Also on the docket was the Legislators' Challenge, where a dozen of the state's elected officials slugged out in the sulky (or double-seated jog cart, as the case may be). The three, four-horse divisions were won by... --State Senator Martin Malave Dilan (D-Brooklyn), driving (with some nominal assistance from Jason Bartlett) Critical Acclaim in 2:13.3; --Repeat "Challenge" Assembly Member Andrew Garbarino (R-Bayport), driving (again, with Bartlett there for some reason), Sarno in 2:13.3; --State Senator Phil Boyle (R-Bayshore), driving (with Jordan Stratton as his GPS) Show Me Up in a night's-fastest 2:11.3. With all due respect to those who left with Legislators' Challenge bragging rights, the biggest winner was breast cancer awareness and research. Yonkers Raceway, in conjunction with the North America Amateur Drivers Association, donated $15,000 to the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC. "We were excited to be invited and, obviously, overjoyed with the donation," Linda Tantawi, CEO of Komen Greater NYC said. "It's so important to get tested. Seventy percent of women who develop breast cancer have no family history of the disease." To keep with the theme of the evening, drivers carried pink whips, pink horseshoes were given away and pink blankets-sponsored by a dozen of the Raceway's leading trainers-were presented to all the winning horses (a salute to trainer Monica Banca for her role as "blanket point person"). For more information, please visit www.komennyc.org. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 10, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters with valid working papers--were won by a inside-routing Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $12.80) and a down-the-road favorite Somebody AS (Dan Dube, $4.10). Rockaround Sue, in no early hurry from post position No. 5, waited her turn as last week's victress, Coffee Addict (Dube), set early intervals of :27.2 and :56.4. Set Me Up (George Brennan), as the 2-1 favorite, was offering just mild, first-over grief in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton), meanwhile, going wide from second-up. Coffee Addict owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane before "Sue" closed from fifth deep in the passing lane. She picked off the leader by a head in 1:54, while Robin Cruiser, Seafood Annie (Greg Merton) and Campanile (Tyler Buter) came away with the small change. For fourth choice Rockaround Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover trained by PJ Fraley for co-owners Bamond Racing and Silva Stables, it was her fourth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $100, with the triple returning $408. The week's marquee trot was a three-speed number, with Fort Valley AS, New York Sire Stakes soph winner Gural Hanover (Brennan) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) departed 1-2-3 and finished that same way. Somebody AS, from post No. 4, never had an anxious moment (:28.2, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:54.2). Last week's runner-up whipped the statebred champ by 3¾ lengths. It was "Lorenzo," The Triple Lindy (Carlson) and Traverse Seelster (Buter) settling for the remainder. For "Somebody," a 5-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, he's now 5-for-18 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $17.60, the triple returned $120 and the superfecta paid $503 Saturday night features the sixth annual Fall Harvest Festival, trackside from 4-8 PM. Also, the Legislators' Challenge-a trio of non-wagering events with New York State elected officials-beginning at 5:30 PM. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 8, 2014--Yonkers Raceway has a simple four-word, 15-letter request for everyone attending the sixth annual harness racing Fall Harvest Festival, set for this Saturday night (Oct. 11). "Have Fun. Wear Pink." All the popular Festival sights, sounds and tastes are back... ...live music, pony rides, New York State craft beers, exciting harness racing (including the Legislators' Challenge), face painting, a pumpkin patch and so much more in a fun, family atmosphere. Now, the reason for the request. Empire City, Yonkers Raceway, its horsemen and the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) have once again joined in the fight against breast cancer. A donation of $10 shall be made (with a maximum gift of $15,000) to the Susan G. Komen Greater NYC Chapter for every Fall Harvest Festival guest who wears the color du jour. In keeping with the theme, pink horseshoes shall be given away on the apron (while supplies last), all the drivers that evening are carrying pink whips and the winning horses receive pink blankets, sponsored (alphabetically) by Team Allard, Richard Banca, Amber Buter, Rick Dane Jr., Scott DiDomenico, Mark Ford, Allan Johnson, Peter Pellegrino, Jody Riedel, Brittany Robertson, Nick Surick and Anita Vallee. Representatives from the Komen organization are also going to be on hand to answer questions, provide informational materials and accept an oversized donation check in the winner's circle at 6:30 PM. Need some extra incentive to help a worthy cause? The first 1,500 Empire Club members who visit a promotions booth that day receive a free, $2 exacta box ticket on one of that evening's live races. The Fall Harvest Festival takes place trackside from 4 PM-8 PM, with the first Legislators' Challenge races set for 5:30 PM. Post time for the live racing card is the usual 7:10 PM. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 7, 2014--After winning the first five Yonkers Raceway races Tuesday night, most everyone watching or at the track thought that a record could have been broken as driver Jason Bartlett was on a tear. But after five straight wins, Bartlett's streak came to an abrupt halt with the final total for the evening was just that...a quintet. The winners were... 1st race--Taillight Hanover ($7.20) in 1:54; 2nd race--Moliere Hanvoer ($14.20) in 1:54.1; 3rd race--the trotter Ima Que T ($3.50) in 1:57; 4th race--Bettor Believe It ($4.50) in 1:54.1; 5th race--Greystone Cash ($3.10) in 1:55. Bartlett's subsequent starts finished eighth (after a break), second, eighth, third, third, eighth (another break) and eighth again. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 7, 2014-A reminder from Yonkers Raceway regarding its upcoming live schedule. The Raceway is conducting a half-dozen Sunday matinee cards-from November 9th through December 14th, inclusive-as part of a new wagering relationship with the French parimutuel agencies. The races are to be televised and wagered on through much of Europe. First post of these trotting-dominated programs is scheduled for 11 AM ET, with more information regarding field sizes and race distances as it becomes available. Please be advised that these six Sunday cards replace five Tuesday evenings (Nov. 11th thru Dec. 9th, inclusive) on the Raceway's live schedule. IN (matinees) OUT (evening cards) Sun., 11/9 Tue,, 11/11 Sun., 11/16 Tue,, 11/18 Sun., 11/23 Tue,, 11/25 Sun., 11/30 Tue,, 12/2 Sun., 12/7 Tue,, 12/9 Sun., 12/14 (none, 12/14 is last program of season) Until that schedule change, the Raceway's five-night-per-week live docket continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 6, 2014-The most significant political race of the season is on the horizon, and it's not a gubernatorial debate. A dozen elected officials - members of the New York State Assembly and Senate from Westchester, Long Island and New York's five boroughs - will go behind the starting gate at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway in the annual Legislators' Challenge Pace this Saturday (Oct. 11th). As part of the Sixth Annual Fall Harvest Festival, the heated political battle over the historic half-mile Yonkers oval consists of participants literally take the driver's seat and competing against each other in three non-wagering harness races, with some help from professional harness drivers. Post time is 5:30 PM. Here's the lineup for the Sixth Annual Legislators' Challenge Pace; New York State Assembly: Michael Benedetto (District 82, Bronx), Michael DenDekker (District 34, Queens); Andrew Garbarino (District 7, Bayport), Francisco Moya (District 39, Queens), J. Gary Pretlow (District 89, Mt. Vernon), Andrew Raia (District 12, Northport), Joseph Saladino (District 9, Massapequa Park), Michaelle Solages (District 22, Valley Stream), Keith Wright (District 70, Manhattan); New York State Senate: Martin Malave Dilan (District 18, Brooklyn), Ruth Hassell-Thompson (District 36, Bronx/Westchester), and Kevin Parker (District 21, Brooklyn). "The Legislators' Challenge Pace has become a much-anticipated annual event among racing fans, residents statewide, and of course, our incredibly competitive state legislators," said Tim Rooney, Jr., general counsel at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. "But for us, this is just a fun-filled way to remind the elected officials and residents who support us, that not only have we contributed over $2 billion to the state's education funds, we've also helped revitalize the horse racing and agricultural industries across the state." Empire City's sixth annual Fall Harvest Festival is a free, family-fun event held on the track apron and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. The event takes place trackside Saturday (Oct. 11) from 4-8 PM The community event includes pony rides, face painting, a pumpkin patch, musical entertainment and more. Those over age 21 will enjoy this year's newly added Beer Garden offering a large selection of New York State craft beer, along with a Wing Tent that will tempt attendees with a variety of recipes and flavors. Festival goers will be able to vote for their favorite wing flavor and the winning recipe will be featured on the menu of the trackside restaurant, Empire Terrace. Of course, a full card of harness races is also part of the evening with the first post time at 7:10 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 4, 2014-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $18.40) sat, sat, and sat again Saturday night, before eventually angling out and winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside his seven foes after winning this race a week ago, P H Supercam watched as Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) paid a :26.2 opening quarter-mile price to get around pole-assignee The Real One (Pat Lachance). Dream Out Loud N then hung 6-5 choice Easy Again (George Brennan) through a :55.2 intermission. Moving toward the 1:23.3 three-quarters, the leader was tiring and the people' choice stopped. Casimir Jitterbug (Dan Dube) went wide, while a parade of ponies extricated themselves from the cones. First The Real One, then Fameous Western (Larry Stalbaum) and finally a ground-saving P H Supercam, who had advanced taking the inside route. That one widened to win by a couple of lengths in 1:52. Second went to a last-over Pancetta (Eric Carlson), with Fameous Western, The Real One and Casimir Jitterbug rounding out the payees. For fifth choice P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his ninth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, with the triple returning $602 A $25,000 Open Handicap Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings--leading to the Messenger Stakes here later this month--was won by All Bets Off (Brennan, $3.60). That one defeated over a fast-closing McWicked (Bartlett) in 1:52.4. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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