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YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 17, 2019--Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $8.30) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (May 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was a two-speed number as 7-5 choice Twinkle (Brent Holland) stuffed Feelin' Red Hot in behind before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The leader remained so through a :56.4 intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with token pressure from Delightfulmemphisn (Jim Marohn Jr.). The early foot--from post position No. 7--would serve the pursuer well. Twinkle owned a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out of the final turn, but Feelin' Red Hot edged out and edged by. The lass, who was quite good in the preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker before a poor effort in the final, prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Delightfulmemphisn continued well for third, with a closing Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minors. For third choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 15 seasonal starts (career 25-for-90). The exacta paid $23.20, the triple returned $64.50 and the superfecta paid $403. It was one of Brennan's five winners during the dozen-race program. Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 10 AM Saturday (May 18th) in advance of Pimlico's Preakness Day first post of 10:30 AM.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 11, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night (May 11th) soiree saw a pair of odds-on entities take advantage of generous getaways in the $44,000 harness racing co-features, plus a visit from the Reynolds Memorial crowd. The weekly adult-table pace had Levy Series standout Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $3.60) drill his rivals. From post position No. 3 (inside one notch after the scheduled pole-sitter came up ill), he hung Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), then toyed with 'em (:26.4, :54.4; 1:23, life-best 1:51.1). The final margin was an unasked 4¾ lengths. Major Crocker A (Dan Dube), the new polester, just held off a stubborn Pacing Major N for second, with Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett) and JJ Flynn (Austin Siegelman) closing for the minors. For Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.30, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $18.40 and the superfecta paid $91.50. The week's marquee trot had a methodical Will Take Charge (Siegelman, $3.10) turn in the fastest local mile (1:54) of the season. From post No. 3, he eschewed an early move to the lead, then tracked down In Secret (George Brennan) after that one's subsections of :27.1, :56.3 and 1:25. Will Take Charge did just that early in the lane, drawing out to win by a couple of lengths. A loosely-covered Top Flight Angel (catch-driver Dube) did grab second, with In Secret, Swansea (Joe Bongiorno) and Sumatra (Stratton) picking off the remainder. For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by trainer Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his first win in five '19 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10.40, the triple returned $40.60 and the superfecta paid $190. Also Saturday night, the $92,100 W.N. Reynolds Pace offered two divisions each for the 3-year-old girls and boys. A gingerly-handled Queen of the Pride (Stratton, $2.30) was advertised in her $22,050 event, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:54. The daughter of McArdle, owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, is now 4-for-5 this season. As Time Goes By (catch-driver Stratton, $13) went by tiring odds-on fave Art Lecture (Brennan) in a life-best 1:54.3, winning her $21,550 event. The Captaintreacherous miss is trained Julie Miller for co-owners Willow Oak Ranch and Andy Miller Stable. The colt and gelding groupings, each worth $24,250, were won by... --Wager on Me (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners George and Tina Dennis Racing,North State Street Stable/trainer Joe Columbo/driver Bartlett; 1:54.2/$6.90; --American Admiral (by American Ideal); co-owners William and James Fleming/trainer Andrew Harris/driver Jim Marohn Jr.; 1:54.3/$11.20. Seventy-cents-on-the-dollar faves in each colts/gelding event--World on Edge (Brennan) and Mo Mas Amor (Bartlett)--each threw in steps and were last and did not finish, respectively.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

Osterc will take his first steps on the Hambletonian trail Saturday (May 4) when he faces seven foes in the $118,950 Dexter Cup for 3-year-old male trotters at Freehold Raceway. Osterc, last season's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, is making his 2019 harness racing debut after sitting out last week's Dexter elimination thanks to a bye he received for being the field's top money-earner. The Dexter Cup is the traditional first stakes race on the road to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Osterc is among five Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the final, along with elimination winner Whirl Winds K, Cavill Hanover, HL Revadon, and Jason's Camden. Osterc will start the Dexter Cup from post No. 6 on Freehold's half-mile oval. Yannick Gingras will drive the colt for trainer Per Engblom and breeder-owners Christina Takter and Goran Falk. Osterc qualified twice ahead of Saturday's start, winning in 1:55 on April 6 at The Meadowlands and finishing second behind pacer Albergo Hanover on April 19 at Freehold. Osterc was timed in 1:56.4. "I was very pleased with that last qualifier," Engblom said. "He was plugs in and strong in that mile. I'm hoping he can go forward from there." Osterc, a son of Cantab Hall-Oh Oh Hereshecomes, won five of seven races last year and earned $226,401. Four of his victories came in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes series, including the final. The remaining win came in a conditioned race. Engblom said he decided to accept the bye and skip the Dexter elimination in the hopes of keeping Osterc fresh through the year. He has the first leg of the sire stakes on May 11. "This is just the beginning of the season," he said. "I'm hoping he is going to have a good season; I don't want to burn him out. We're going to start out in Pennsylvania and if he's good enough he has the Grand Circuit. "I'm very happy with the way he came back. He's going to make some money this year and hopefully we can get a little bit of luck down the road too. He's coming back a little stronger than I anticipated. He doesn't have the greatest of gaits maybe, but he is very honest and gives you what he's got. His two qualifiers were very good. Let's hope that's a good sign for this week." Whirl Winds K, who won the Dexter elimination by a nose over Cavill Hanover, will start the final from post four with George Brennan in the sulky for trainer Rich Gillock. The colt is owned by breeder Bob Key. He has won four of 13 career races and earned $54,965. Two of the victories came last year when Whirl Winds K was limited to four starts. "He had a few little issues and it just took a little while to get him squared away," Gillock said. "Before you knew it, it got to be October before he was able to keep going forward. "He's a nice horse, he just has to get a little better so he can go and be competitive in the bigger races. Hopefully he will. He's got a great attitude about him, so that's a big factor." Saturday's card at Freehold also includes the $66,000 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old female trotters. The race attracted a field of nine, including Hambletonian Oaks eligibles Rush Lane, Golden Tricks, and Presto Change O. The remainder of the group is Cardinale, Big Weezy, Magical Beliefs, Meadowbranch Vicki, Matterlei, and Atonement. Racing begins at 12:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Freehold. The Dexter Cup is race 10 and will be preceded by the Lady Suffolk. For the day's complete entries, click here. Following is the field for the $118,950 Dexter Cup. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Cotton To You-Andrew McCarthy-Lucas Wallin 2-HL Revadon-Dexter Dunn-Harry Landy 3-Jason's Camden-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 4-Whirl Winds K-George Brennan-Rich Gillock 5-Cavill Hanover-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 6-Osterc-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom 7-Big Money Honey-Joe Bongiorno-Travis Alexander 8-Skyway Kon Man-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer Hambletonian eligible: HL Revadon, Jason's Camden, Whirl Winds K, Cavill Hanover, Osterc.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 5, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fourth preliminary round conducted over Friday night's (Apr. 5th) 'sloppy' surface. Three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All  harness racing mares went at it, down one from a week ago. Here was the moist rundown... First division--The logical, two-speed number unfolded as such, with pole-sitting fave Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) retaking from second-choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), then holding that one off by a neck (:28.1, :58, 1:26.3, 1:55). Twinkle (Scott Zeron) was a three-hole, best-of-the-rest third, with Obvious Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) and Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the remainder. For Don't Think Twice A, a 6-year-old Down Under Armbro Operative ma'am co-owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris, Arrhythmic, Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, it was her second win in five seasonal starts (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $5.10, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $10 and the superfecta paid $41.20. Second division--After a lengthy delay for track maintenance, just-over-even-money choice Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, $4.10) read the memo just in time. Third-over behind a gapper from outside post position No. 7, Bettor Joy N saw polester Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan) battle with a two-moving Betterb Chevron N (Stratton) though intervals of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.2. The latter would eventually win the battle before Bettor Joy N swooped in through her lane, prevailing in 1:54.3. The final margin was a going-away length-and-a-quarter. Betterb Chevron N saved second, with Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley) closing from last to grab the bottom of the ticket. Bettor Joy N                                   -photos-Katy Gazzini Ideal Lifestyle A and Shezza GNP N (Austin Siegelman) picked off the remainder. For Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fourth win in five '19 tries (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.20, the triple returned $112.50 and the superfecta paid $274. Third division--This was the Shartin N group. Next. The defending series champ (Tetrick, $2.20) was--from post No. 4--the lone leaver, with a highly-predictable result (:28.3, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:54.2). The margin was a length. Shartin N                                    --photos-Katy Gazzini Second went a pole-protecting Kaitlyn N (Kakaley), while Medusa (Bartlett) sat third and wound up there. Sell a Bit N (Stratton) and a first-up Freakonomics (Zeron) settled for the smallest envelopes. Second choice Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.) could not get involved from behind the eight-ball. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old millionairess Down Under Tintin in America miss co-owned and trained by the same fine folks who bring you Bettor Joy N, it was her third win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $5.40, the triple returned $11.80 and the superfecta paid $107. Updated Matchmaker standings accompany this release (all three of Friday's winners are well-positioned to take next week's final prelim off, should their connections choose to go that route. The final is set for Saturday night, Apr. 20th [purse TBA]). Saturday evening's (Apr. 6th) fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features four, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 4, 2019-We're getting down to both the nitty and the gritty. This weekend, Yonkers Raceway hosts the fourth-or penultimate-rounds of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night (Apr. 5), the lasses go in three, $40,000 Matchmaker harness racing events, consecutively carded as races 7 through 9. The opening division cries out 'two-speed number' with pole-sitting Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, post 3). The former owns a Matchmaker win and pair of seconds, while the latter-just in time for the NHL playoffs-eyes a hat trick. The second event sees another three-peat wannabe in Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, post 7), starting outside her foes. Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan, post 1) has chased home Bettor Joy N the last couple of tries. The final Matchmaker grouping rolls through defending champion Shartin N (Tetrick, post 4) as the millionairess is looking for her third prelim victory. Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 8), yet another series two-fer, has won four of her five local starts. Saturday evening (Apr. 6th) fourth foray of the Levy was drawn and quartered into $50,000 divisions (races 5,7,8 and 10). The first get-together asks the musical question, 'Can Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton, post 2) do it again?' Fresh off last week's 67-1 stunner-and first board finish of the season-the Major hooks other round winners in Endeavor (Bartlett, post 3) and JJ Flynn (Tetrick, post 4). Saturday's second event fins More the Better N (Scott Zeron, post 6) in search of a third series win, but stuck with a first poor draw. Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno, post 1) was an opening-round winner and figures to cut this mile. The third group is led by Lyons Steel (Stratton, post 6), who threw down the fastest mile (1:50.4) of the local season a week ago. Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, post 8) won his first two series tries, but ran out of racetrack a week ago. The Downtown Bus (Zeron, post 4) and The Wall (Bongiorno, post 5) also have preliminary wins to their credit. Saturday night's final division is led by two-round winner Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 3), who convincingly whipped Dr. J Hanover (Tetrick, post 6) on the square when they opposed one another a week ago. Standings and finalized program pages accompany this release, with first post for both cards the usual 6:50 PM. https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bluechipstandings.pdf https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/levystandings.pdf   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 26, 2019-"Just the way I drew it up." Such was the tongue-in-cheek post mortem of driver George Brennan after Western Beachboy ($6.30) snapped favored Declan Seelster (Joe Bongiorno) at the wire Tuesday night (March 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $60,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Teddy Roosevelt-approved assemblage was open to 3- and 4-year-olds gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1st. A week after a scorched-earth, life-best (1:52), down-the-road effort, Western Beachboy won the finale from well off the pace. Away sixth from post position No. 6, Western Beachboy saw his coupled entrant, Prologue (Jim Marohn Jr.), lead through early substations of 27 seconds flat and :56.2. Prologue was noticeably off the cones by the intermission, causing 4-5 choice Declan Seelster to move wider during his hard challenge from fourth. Leader and stalker were inseparable through a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.4), with Cheese Melt (Yannick Gingras) loosely pocketed and Yeahnah (Troy Beyer) gapping from second-over. While this scenario unfolded, Western Beachboy was going three-deep down the backside, getting within shouting distance off the final turn. Soon thereafter, Declan Seelster was about to win the battle-putting away Prologue-but lose the war as Western Beachboy tagged him by a short nose in 1:53.1. Western Beachboy      - photo -Jonathan Paredes On Accident (Jordan Stratton) angled out, then back in late to grab third, with Prologue and Cheese Melt rounding out the payees. The order was completed by Yeahnah, a breaking-early Sharp Action Money (Jason Bartlett) and a never-in-it/did not finish Better than Spring (Matt Kakaley). Cheese Melt and Sharp Action Money were the other wagering entry. For second choice Western Beachboy, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Gilbert Short, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts ($61,300). The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $83. Per New York State rules, superfecta wagering was not offered due to the presence of coupled entries. "He was out a long way," Brennan said. "It was a very good effort. He used to always be locked on the left line, but he's become much easier to drive." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Trump That (Gingras, $2.50) in 1:54.3.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 16, 2019- George Brennan was the man of the hour Saturday night (Feb. 16th), taking both halves of Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. It was a second-up-to-first-home Don Domingo N ($5.80) in the week's adult pace. From post position No. 5, he watched as just-over-even-money favorite Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing) lead through cheapy subsections of :28.2, 58.3 and 1:26.3. Hitching a lift behind season-debuting Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett), Don Domingo N-in the his first Open 'Cap start-did get within range. Bettor's Fire N owned a length lead into the lane, but 'Don' ran him down, in a manner of speaking He picked off the leader, winning by a neck in 1:54.2. Somewhere in L A was a credible third, with Our Zak Whitby A (Dan Dube) and a '19-starting Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder. For second choice Don Domingo N, a 7-year-old Down Under American Ideal gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in six seasonal/U-S starts. The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $80 and the superfecta paid $240. The weekly trotting feature was not for the squeamish, reduced to a field of five after Melady's Monet came up ill and two of the starters came up breaking. What resulted was a two-speed, two-favorite, soft-fractions number and DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.50) beating Smalltownthrowdown (Dube) by a length-and-a-quarter (:29, :59.3. 1:27.4, 1:56.1), matching a season's-best effort. Fearless Man (Bartlett) and Lily's Swan Pond (Joe Bongiorno) flipped positions after the former was deemed to have interfered with the latter. Weslynn Dancer (Matt Kakaley) brought up the quintet rear. For DW's NY Yank, a 10-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.60, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to short staffing. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, November 24, 2018-'Twas a dark and stormy Saturday night (Nov. 25th), except for George Brennan. Brennan won five of Yonkers Raceway's dozen races, including the pair of $44,000 Open Handicap Paces. He and Always at My Place ($6.70) tracked down a clear, 7-5 favorite Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) late, winning the boys' featured pace in a soggy 1:53.2. The latter had taken the lead, disposing of early leader Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton) down the backside. However, Always at My Place, from post position No. 5, made up two lengths in the lane, the final margin a head. It was 45-1 Soho Lennon A (Tyler Buter) third, with Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) and Great Vintage (Jim Marohn Jr.) coming away with the remainder. For second choice Always at My Place, a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his ninth win in 28 seasonal starts (career 46-for-136, $1.048 million). The exacta paid $21.20, the triple returned $164 and the superfecta paid $542. The girls' marquee pace saw Brennan, Burke and a two-moving Monica Gallagher ($11.40) prevail in 1:54.3. Into a three-hole from post No. 6, 'Monica' went up and over a stopping Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno), then opened a couple of lengths in the lane. Monica Gallagher whipped 17-10 choice Lispatty (Buter) by that same margin, with Keystone Wanda (Marohn Jr.), Medusa (Holland) and Scandalicious (Stratton) settling for the minors. For fourth choice Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old Mach Three miss co-owned by her trainer and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her ninth win in 22 '18 tries. The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $146.50 and the superfecta paid $508. Burke had three winners, though Rene Allard whipped him with four. It's a quick turnaround for the Raceway, which is back at it again Sunday (Nov. 25th) with a first post of 11:10 AM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ - October 29, 2018 - Freehold Raceway hosted the $15,000 New Jersey Futurity for 3-year-old trotters, sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. The feature race was held before the regularly scheduled card on Saturday (Oct 27). U Need Stones won the $15,000 purse for trainer Ron Bue rke. Driver George Brennan sent the 3-year-old gelding from post position number two to the front, to lead the competition every step of the way in 2:01.1. The son of Wishing Stone captured lifetime win number eight and earnings of over $150,000 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Lawrence Karr, and Phillip Collura. Samis Rolin Stone finished second. Freehold resumes live racing on Friday, November 2, 2018, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 24, 2018-About seven weeks ago, an evening or so after Brian Sears won the 10,000th race of his career, there was George Brennan, sitting next to him inside Yonkers Raceway's drivers' room. "We're the old guys in the room," Sears said. Well, 'Old Guy' Brennan joined Sears in the five-figure club, mimicking Sears and winning his 10,000th career race this past Friday night (Oct. 19th) at the pair's home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. When diminutive Down Under Our Zak Whitby A went the distance in that evening's second race, chauffeur Brennan became the 16th North American driver to reach that number. A rare race off the night before allowed the 51-year-old Brennan a chance to reflect on what was then a milestone-in-waiting. "It's a good number, nothing I was aiming for," Brennan said, "but I understand it's significant. "I don't know if my approach is any different than when I was 30 or 40. I still love what I do, show up every night, keep myself in good shape and know the horses." Of course, getting dibs for Ron Burke and Scott DiDomenico, among other leading trainers, doesn't hurt. "The horsepower is the key," Brennan said, adding, "The game has changed. Speed stays longer, the horses-pacers and trotters-have a lot more go-go. You don't always have to be forwardly-placed, but it usually doesn't hurt." If there has been one concession Brennan had made, it's to his schedule. "I'm here (Yonkers) about 98 percent of the time," he said. "There's no more traveling and getting home at three in the morning. Sometimes, I go to Freehold, the Meadowlands or Philly, but always local. "It keeps me fresh." The Brennan resume recital is too meandering for this missive-the man's no one-hit wonder--so he was asked to choose a few that stood out. In no particular order... Glidemaster (2006 Yonkers Trot) - "It was unfortunate for John (Campbell). The colt won the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, then John was injured and (trainer) Blair (Burgess) asked me to drive. The race was late that season (Nov. 25th), and it was a very cold night here. He won first-up in (1):55 [actually 1:55.4] to win the Triple Crown, so to be a part of that was pretty special." (author's aside...Brennan had driven Glidemaster in his previous start, finishing second in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine) Artist's View (2007 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Colt/Gelding Pace, Meadowlands) - "Without a doubt, one of my favorite races. He was out every step from the 10-hole and won (at 42-1). His trainer, Buzzy Sholty, is one of my best friends, so that was great." Holborn Hanover (2006 U-S Pacing Championship, Meadowlands) - "I put a world record [1:46.4] on him that day. Old bike, record lasted for years. Loved him." (another author's aside...Holborn Hanover's effort remains the standard for aged pacing geldings. He was five at the time) ...and then there was THAT day, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Meadowlands. In a span of 35 minutes, Brennan polished off the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks (Bold and Fresh, 1:53.1) and $1.5 million Hambletonian (Broad Bahn, 1:53) at odds of 24-1 and 6-1, respectively. "Who thinks that's going to happen?," he said. "It was a hell of a day." During the conversation, around a mundane 10-race overnight card, Brennan bemoaned one aspect of the game that he says has changed. "I miss not having the classy 10- and 11-year-olds out there competing they way they used to," he said. This night featured 'just' three 10-year-olds, although several of the races were age-restricted. It didn't take very long to connect the dots between that musing and one Foiled Again "What's he's done has been incredible," Brennan-who won thrice with him-said of the sport's richest-ever equine. "It was a honor to get to drive him." Alright, George Brennan, let's put the finishing touches on 'What 10,000 Wins Mean to Me'. "I think what I'm really proud of is that when I came down here (New York metropolitan area) for good in 1994, I didn't have 1,000 wins," Brennan said. "So, to win 9,000 or so races driving against top-notch competition, that's something to me." Brennan, a native of Monticello, NY, won his first race--behind Rob Ron Romper--at his hometown track as a high school junior back in 1982. His career purse earnings exceed $171 million, ranking seventh all-time, according to the U-S Trotting Association. Asked when he throught he 'became good,' Brennan offered that "I was going to drive horses for a living regardless, but when I had early success at Monticello (inserting credit to stepfather Joe Ricco Jr.), it helped. "I'm 51, but I'm still learning, so if younger drivers are picking things up from me, I'm picking things up from them, too." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 19, 2018- Driver George Brennan won the 10,000th race of his harness racing career Friday night (Oct. 19th), doing so at his second home, Yonkers Raceway. Brennan, who entered the night with 9,998 wins, immediately knocked off the 'to do' list when he took down the chalky daily double in the down-the-road fashion. Top of the Mark ($6) won in the $17,000 pacing opener in 1:54.3, his second consecutive win after beginning the season 0-for-27. Our Zak Whitby A ($2.80) was a never-in-doubt, two-length winner (life-best 1:52.3) in the $23,000 second-race pace. The 4-4 Brennan-Brennan double returned $10.20. Brennan, who become the 16th North American driver to reach that five-figure number, had a rather large welcoming committee in the winner's circle, including his stepfather, Joe Ricco Jr., several drivers and racing officials. The 51-year-old Brennan, a native of Monticello, NY, took the latest milestone in stride. "It's a good number, but nothing I was aiming for, but I understand it's significant," he said. Brennan won his first race--behind Rob Ron Romper--at his hometown track as a high school junior back in 1982. His career purse earnings of approximately $171.8 million ranks seventh in the all-time list. A quarter-moving Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $8.90) held sway Friday night (Oct. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 2, Rockstar Angel moved past early leavers Artrageous (Mark Macdonald) and Bettorhaveanother (Mr. 10,000, George  Brennan) right before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. She then found a :56.2 intermission before 17-10 fave Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from sixth. The people’s preference did advance toward a 1:25.1 three-quarters, but Rockstar Angel A owned a length lead off the final turn. The lass then found more in the lane, winning by tne same margin in 1:53.3. Artrageous knifed though late to snatch second, with Mach it a Par third. Medusa (Joe Bongiorno) and Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the minors.  For second choice Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old down under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her eighth win in 24 seasonal starts  The exacta paid $32, the triple returned $83.50 and the superfecta paid $479.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ -- October 8, 2018 -- Freehold Raceway hosted two divisions of the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey's Homegrown Pace for 2-year-olds on Saturday (Oct 6). The first division of the Homegrown Pace for 2-year-old pacing fillies was held as a non-betting race before the regularly scheduled card.   The Mark Harder trainee Surreality captured the $21,000 purse in 1:56.4. George Brennan and Surreality left from the rail position to lead the way every step of the mile. This is win number six and boosts her lifetime earnings to $83,361 for owners Joseph Jannuzzelli, Mark Harder and Dawn Colucci all New Jersey natives. Hurrikane Lori Ann finished second with Miss Raggedy Ann coming in third. The second division was for the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers with a purse of $25,000. This division was won by odds-on favorite Hurrikane Emperor for trainer John McDermott Jr. Driver Dan Dube sent the Hurrikane Kingcole colt out of the gait to take the lead and never relinquish it stopping the clock in 1:55.1.   Hurrikane Emperor continued his winning ways for owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing LLC, Pegasis Investment Group and George Viemo banking $226,900 in lifetime earnings.   Hurrikane Emperor is also a dual sires stakes winner as he won the KYSS Final and the NJSS Final earlier this year. Trente Deo was second with Cool Your Heels finishing third. Live racing resumes at Freehold Raceway on Friday, October 12, 2018, with a post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ  

FREEHOLD, NJ  - October 5, 2018 -  Freehold Raceway hosted the SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Futurity #53 and a leg of the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. The non-betting $22,500 New Jersey Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Ron Burke trainee Cheap Tricks. Joe Bongiorno steered the trotting colt to victory in 2:04.3. This is the first-lifetime win for the son of Trixton, he has earned $42,612 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Pumel &Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. No Drama Please finished second. The first leg of the NJSDF for 3-year-old filly trotters took place in the third race. The odds on favorite Chaperess nosed out the competition for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Driven by George Brennan Chaperess inching past the leader in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.3. The daughter of Chapter Seven earned her seventh-lifetime win and $78,898 for her owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us finished second with Michando coming in third. Freehold resumes racing Saturday, October 6, with the SBOANJ sponsored Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-olds, post time 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

FREEHOLD, NJ -  September 28, 2018 - Today Freehold Raceway hosted the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey sponsored Helen Smith Final for 3-year-old harness racing trotting fillies and an NJSDF Final for 2-year-olds. The $20,000 Helen Smith Final was held before the regularly scheduled racing card as a non-betting race. Samis Rolin Stone sat a pocket trip and nosed out the competition in 2:00.2 for trainer Dewayne Minor. This is lifetime win number three for the Wishing Stone filly owned by Daniel Lengacher. Diamondstone Us finished a close second for trainer Noel Daley. The 2-year-old trotting colt, No Drama Please was the winner of the $50,000 NJSDF Final. Leaving from post position number one, the odds-on favorite lead every call of the mile to win in 2:00.3 for trainer Julie Miller. The Trixton colt notched win number three and $71,732 in lifetime earnings for owner Stroy Inc. Gerris Trix finished second while Warrior One come in third. Freehold resumes live racing Saturday, September 29, 2018, with the featured Renaissance Final for 2-year-old fillies, post time of 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 20, 2018-With Yonkers Raceway dark Friday night (Sept. 21st) in preparation for the New York Night of Champions, the leading overnight ladies had their weekly close-up an evening early. Hence, it was a Thursday night (Sept. 20th) $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. That was good news for Vorst (George Brennan, $27.60), who parlayed a perfect trip and a makeshift passing to win in 1:53. Getting the first lead from assigned post position No. 5, Vorst handed the baton to Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.4 intermission, even-money fave Medusa (Brian Sears), who had left for a seat fourth, was out and moving again. She hooked Mach it a Par in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, the pair pacing in tandem entering the lane. Vorst, meanwhile, closed ranks from a loose pocket and found room inside in a three-way scrum. She defeated Mach it a Par by a head and Medusa by a neck. Jewel Lehigh A (Scott Zeron) and Sell a Bit N (Austin Siegelman) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Vorst, a 5-year-old daughter of Four Starzzz Shark owned and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her fourth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $138.50, the triple returned $241 and the superfecta paid $1,992. Friday was quashed to allow the paddock to be used for Night of Champions detention. Saturday night's (Sept. 22nd) $1.8 million finales-eight at $225,000 each-again comprise the richest night of racing in the state. Those events go as races 2 through 9, with first post for the dozen-race card at the usual night standard of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHESTER, PA - Two-year-old fillies on both gaits contested three $30,000 divisions of the Liberty Bell stakes series on Thursday afternoon at Harrah's Philadelphia, with the favorites winning all of the trots and none of the paces. George Brennan guided two of the trio of trotting winners. First up was the Donato Hanover- Glide About miss American Kosmos, who raised her career record to three-for-four while reducing her mark to 1:55.3. The winner, sent off the 6-5 chalk, sat far off the runaway pacesetter Scirocco Donnahill, then gradually reeled that one in for a 3¾ length tally for trainer Julie Miller and the ownership of Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and David Goodrow. The other two triumphant trotters proved worthy of 1-5 favoritism, including Brennan's second winner Magical Beliefs, who lowered her mark to 1:56.4. The daughter of Cantab Hall - Frisky Magic trotted past the leading Sigilwig past the half, opened a big lead, then maintained a 2½ length margin on the shuffled closer Mimi'spearloflindy, giving her four wins and four seconds in eight career starts, with earnings of $166,686 (she was second in the PA Sires final). Linda Toscano conditioned the consistent miss for Highland Green Farms, South Mountain Stables, and R-And-I Farms LLC. First visitor to the Harrah's winners circle on Thursday was the six-time winner Sonnet Grace, whom owner/trainer/driver Rod Allen sent to the front and improved on her position from there, winning by 4½ lengths in 1:55.1, last half 57.1, for a personal best. The impeccably-bred daughter of Muscle Massive - I Believe, a granddaughter of synonymous-with-baby-trot-speed CR Kay Suzie, now has earnings totaling $125,397. Form took a holiday of the pacing side, with the biggest upset A Beach Cowgirl, whom Corey Callahan piloted to a 1:53.4 lifetime best while paying $83.20. The Somebeachsomewhere - Limestone Cowgirl miss took advantage of a pocket journey, withstanding closing Renaissance Lady K by ¾ of a length for trainer Brett Bittle, co-owner with Dan Bittle and the Charles Kellers, III and IV. Somebeachsomewhere sired a second surprise winner - a surprise to most everyone but the morning linemaker, who had tabbed Stonebridge Soul, whose dam is Rock N Soul, as the one to beat, then saw her generate a $13.40 win payoff after a two length wire-to-wire win while taking a new mark of 1:52.2. If ever an early favorite were to be overlooked, it might have been this race at this track, as Philly Hanover and Rockin Philly wound up the first two choices, but Stonebridge Soul proved the best for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Chris Ryder, and the ownership of Henderson Farms and Robert Mondillo. Down Under wonder Dexter Dunn, fitting very nicely in the tough local driving colony, was behind the third pacing winner, the Captaintreacherous - Musicale Hanover filly May Bride Hanover, who won in 1:53.1. Dunn let the winner roll on the engine in quick numbers, then kept her together in the lane to win by a neck over What A Fox in a finish that saw all six fillies within two lengths of each other at the wire (Trillions Hanover, the big favorite, broke early but recovered for fourth). Nifty Norman trains the winner of four-of-seven for the Pinske Stables and David Hoese. Liberty Bell series two-year-old action continues tomorrow at Philly, with the colts turning out in the same proportions as their filly counterparts, with three divisions of each gait going gateward. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

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