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Batavia, NY---There was no doubt who the best New York bred 3-year-old colt competing at Batavia Downs was on Sunday (Aug. 30) after Betting Exchange (Bettor's Delight-Cheeky Hanover) tied the track record of 1:51.2 for sex and gait in winning his division of the $120,400 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS). After taking an easy lead from post one, Betting Exchange (Jason Bartlett) extended his advantage to two lengths over The Spy (John Cummings Jr.) at the quarter as post time favorite Artistic Major (Jim Morrill Jr.) got away poorly and was gapped a distant third. The leader was cruising along untested until Morrill rushed Artistic Major up by half-time and alongside Betting Exchange into the turn. The challenge continued up the backside and to three-quarters in 1:24 but it was there the race was decided. Bartlett gave Betting Exchange his head and he simply paced away from the field. At the wire he was 10 lengths the best in 1:51.2, pacing the back half in a dazzling :55 flat. The winning time tied the track record for 3-year-old pacing colts set by All Bets Off in 2014 and was also just one-fifth off the all-time track record of 1:51.1 set by Aracache Hanover in 2011. After the race, Jason Bartlett commented "He raced super. I let him roll on the turn and he opened up. He's really a nice one." It was the second win in 14 starts for Betting Exchange ($4.50) and it pushed his 2015 earnings to $318,475 for owners Howard Taylor, Susan Kajfasz and Tom Fanning, who also does the training. In the first division, Rockin In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Tropic's Beachgirl) overcame a fast battle for the lead and two subsequent challenges to hold on for an impressive victory. Off the wings, no one played nice when Americanprimetime (Jason Bartlett), K-Rock (Matt Kakaley) and Rockin In Heaven (Trevor Henry) went three-abreast to argue for the lead. The trio motored up the backstretch and eventually seated with Rockin In Heaven taking the lead in a speedy :26.3. Positions remained unchanged to the half when Americanprimetime pulled first over from third to go after the leader. With Americanprimetime outside prompting Rockin In Heaven past three-quarters in 1:24.1, K-Rock was sitting the perfect trip behind the pair waiting for his chance. When they hit the head of the lane it was obvious Rockin In Heaven had put away Americanprimetime but then had to fight off K-Rock who made his way into the passing lane. This was accomplished with a strong finishing kick as Rockin In Heaven won in 1:53 by a half-length. "I wanted to get him out of the starting gate and to the lead. He dug in well when I called upon him" said Trevor Henry in the winner's circle. It was the eighth win in 15 starts for Rockin In Heaven ($2.60) and it boosted his earnings to $310,565 for 2015. The colt is owned by Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, Gordon McComb and Dr. Ian Moore, who also trains the horse. There were two divisions of the NYSS Excelsior Series "A" also on the card that went for a combined $30,000. The first event was won by the heavily favored Masterson (Bettor's Delight-Tug River Princess) in 1:54 and it was the fourth straight win for the gelding owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock. Masterson ($3.20) was driven by Jim Morrill Jr. for trainer Tracy Brainard. In the second split, Pop Icon (Bettor's Delight-Pop Queen) overcame a slow start and breaking horses to win in 1:56.3. It was the second Excel "A" win this year for Pop Icon ($11.80) who is owned by Ken Weckstein, Richard Rubin and Gary Messenger, who also trains the horse. Jim Morrill Jr. did the driving. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Wednesday (Sept. 2) with post time set at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Some of the biggest names in Standardbred racing will be at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 30) for the $120,400 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings division. Fourteen horses are entered to compete in two splits, each vying for $60,200 in purse money. In the first division (carded as race two), Rockin In Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Tropic's Beach Girl) is the 5-2 morning line choice and for good reason. He is coming in off a lifetime best, 1:50 flat win at Tioga Downs in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic. He is a multiple stakes winner this year, having already captured the Somebeachsomewhere and a leg of the Summertime series at Mohawk Raceway as well as the NYSS at Yonkers. And in those races has finished ahead of the likes of $400,000 Adios winner Dudes The Man and $300,000 Art Rooney Pace winner In The Arsenal. Rockin In Heaven leaves from post five and will be driven by Trevor Henry for trainer Dr. Ian Moore. His main competition appears to be American Primetime (American Ideal-Prime Xample A). Having raced the same slate of races as Rockin In Heaven over the past five starts, American Primetime has not had favorable draws. This week he starts from the rail and should be able to put forth his best effort as a result. His lifetime mark of 1:52.4 was taken over the half-mile oval at Yonkers Raceway and that bodes well for this start at Batavia. American Primetime is 3-1 morning line and will be driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Rick Dane Jr. In the second division (carded as race four), Betting Exchange (Bettor's Delight-Cheeky Hanover) brings an impressive resume to the table and as a result is the 2-1 early choice. Most recently, Betting Exchange finished fourth in the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. After drawing post seven, Yannick Gingras took the colt to the front in :26.2 before getting covered up second by Arque Hanover. They sat the two-hole trip the entire race and fell just short in the stretch once getting loose in the stretch. Betting Exchange finished fourth in 1:50, beaten only three-quarters of a length by Rockin In Heaven. His biggest effort of the year came in the $810,000 Meadowlands Pace final on June 20 where he finished third behind Wakizashi Hanover and Wiggle It Jiggleit (currently first and third in North America for 2015 earnings) in 1:48 flat. He was only beaten by three lengths and was race timed in 1:48.3 in that marquee event. Betting Exchange has drawn post one and will be driven by Jason Bartlett for trainer Tom Fanning. Artistic Major (Art Major-Western Dancer) will be a major stumbling block for the favorite and has been listed as the 5-2 second choice. Having put together as solid a season as anyone could want, Artistic Major is 10 for 10 in the money and that money has totaled $203,351 this year. He was second in the fastest Empire Breeders Classic elimination (1:49.3) and then finished second once again in the final. All three of his wins have come in NYSS competition including his lifetime mark of 1:50.3 taken at Vernon Downs in June. NYSS leading driver Jim Morrill Jr. takes the reins behind Artistic Major and will leave from post 4 for trainer Steve Elliott. There are also two $15,000 NYSS Excelsior Series "A" races slated to go as race one and three. Post time for the matinee card is set for 1:15 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 28, 2015 - Prohibitive harness racing favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) successfully completed her rounds Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Handicap Pace. Ordered outside her six foes, the millionaires worked around Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), then controlled the coterie through fractions of :27.1, :56.1, 1:23.4, 1:51.4. The mile, a tick off her previous local season's-best, found her getting to the line a length-and-a-quarter before a cone-skimming Dune in Red (Jordan Stratton). The one photoed "Jonsie" for second, with Spreester (George Brennan) and Cocoa Beach (Eric Carlson) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For Krispy Apple, a 7-yeart-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $91 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the $149,249 final of the Hudson Filly Trot (3-year-old fillies), the final of the $116,430 Lady Maud (3-year-old pacing fillies) and a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 61st Yonkers Trot. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 14, 2015 - They finally solved Cinamony (George Brennan) Friday night, as it was 17-10 favorite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.40) winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.. With that lass going for her seventh consecutive win since hitting town, she negotiated an assigned eight-hole to make the lead. The second choice took a 1¾-length lead into the lane, but this was the first time locally she couldn't close the sale. Passing outside by a pocket-sitting (from post position No. 7) Krispy Apple and inside by Skippin' By (Eric Carlson), it was the former getting the latter by a neck in 1:51.3. That effort matched the track record for aged mares (Rocklamation, Venus Delight and Cinamony twice). Cinamony settled for third, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Handsoffmycupcake (Scott Zeron) and For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino, it was her seventh win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $71, with the triple returning $336.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett, $8.60) and Backstreet Hanover (Larry Stalbaum, $10) shared the glory Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at  Yonkers Raceway's winning the co-featured $48,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-assigned Sapphire City won the weekly pacing feature, chasing Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald) before whipping him in a two-speed number (:27.4, :56.1, 1:24, 1:51.4). The final margin was a medium-sized nose a season's-best effort. The Real One (Pat Lachance) was a belated third as the 7-5 favorite, with Frankie's Dragon (Dan Dube) and E Z Noah (Brian Sears) completing the cashers. For second choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old millionaire Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, it was his fifth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $35.20, with the triple returning $150. The week's marquee trot saw the lass Backstreet Hanover-from post position No. 5-move from seventh turning for home to win going away. The margin was 2¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:55.2. Rock of Cashel (Tyler Buter) rallied for second with ABC Muscles Boy (Eric Carlson), Skates N Plates (MacDonald) and Tober (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. The latter two mixed it up early (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.4), helping the cause of the closers. Tepid 7-2 fave Theraputic (Joe Bongiorno) was a non-factor seventh. For third choice Backstreet Hanover, a 7-year-old daughter of Andover Hall trained by Chris Marino for owner David Hamm, it was her fourth win in 19 '15 tries. The exacta paid $115, the triple returned $744 and the superfecta paid $4,716. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (first post 7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Yonkers Raceway's Monday harness racing program played no gender favorites. Driver Jason Bartlett won seven races, while trainer Jennifer Sabot won four. The two successfully crossed paths three times, the first with odds-on choice Little Joke ($2.20), who won the $20,000, third-race pace by 8½ lengths in a maiden-breaking 1:55. Bartlett/Sabot then prevailed with American Venture ($7.20), who won the $19,000, seventh race by 10½ widening lengths (life-best 1:50.4). Then, it was Rock My World ($3.70) in the $25,000, ninth-race pace (season's-best 1:55.2). Bartlett authored his own personal Pick 5, which included favored Midnight Dylan ($4.50) in the $19,000, sixth-race pace (1:53.4, matching a season's-best), American Venture in the seventh, with Yes You Can ($8.60) in the $25,000, eighth-race pace (life-best 1:53.2), Rock My World in the ninth and Secretsoftheknight ($14) in the $22,000, 10th-race pace (season's-best 1:53). Bartlett, who had nary a race off during the dozen races, wrapped it with a first-up Villager Beat ($34.60) in the $25,000 pacing finale (season's-best 1:52.2). Ms. Sabot's other training victory was JC Kingdom ($10) in the fifth-race pace (1:53.1, a season's-best). She won with all but one of her starters Monday evening. The Monday wagering Pick 5-as opposed to the Monday Bartlett Pick 5-attracted $20,902.74 of new money with a $10,000 guaranteed poll and a carryover of just over $4,100. The winning combination of 4/1/2/5/3 returned for every correct half-a-buck wager. Frank Drucker

P H Supercam (Million Dollar Cam) overcame a first over journey to score in the seventh annual harness racing Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Saturday night. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee drew post position four and after leaving to get away third, came first over on the race's favorite Dancin Yankee (Jim Morrill Jr) in the $260,000 free-for-all pace. Dancin Yankee, the Saratoga track record holder after winning the 2014 Gerrity in 1:48.4, returned to town to defend his title and came up just a neck shy of repeating. Jason Bartlett piloted P H Supercam, who wore down Dancin Yankee in the final strides to secure the win in 1:50.1, easily the fastest mile of the '15 campaign at the Spa. Dancin Yankee had to settle for second while longshot Domethatagain (Billy Dobson) came on to finish third. P H Supercam returned $11.20 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $33.40 and $647, respectively. The victory was the eighth in seventeen seasonal tries for millionaire pacer P H Supercam. Live racing takes place every Tuesday through Saturday at Saratoga for the next six weeks with first post times set for 7:05pm each night. Mike Sardella  

I took a look at how a number of drivers are measuring up against their mid-season performance last year. I’ll compare the figures through the end of racing on Saturday, Pace Day, with the figures through the end of racing on July 18, 2014. The earnings for many of the upper echelon drivers are down this year; the average for the top ten is down almost $170,000. The winter and spring weather for racing are historically bad, causing some tracks to delay their opening and others to cancel numerous dates. Tim Tetrick, who topped the list last year at this point, after winning the Pace with He’s Watching, is currently in third place. He missed time early in the year to the World Driving Championship; last year he missed the first five weeks to rehab after he had a hip replaced. Despite wins in last Saturday’s Golden Girls with Anndrovette, and the Haughton with Mach It So, Tetrick is short $735,000 from where he was at this point in 2014. Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, has been leaving Westchester more this year, with trips to Pennsylvania on Wednesdays and more drives on the NYSS circuit. He drove in Canada not long ago and piloted Venus Delight at The Meadowlands on Pace night.He currently leads all drivers in money earned by a slight margin over Corey Callahan. Jason has started 106 more times, registering 40 more wins, and earning $1.1 million more than he had to mid-July last year. His UDRS has jumped from .314 to .350. He ended 2014 in seventh place; as good as the money is at Yonkers, all that stakes money up for grabs over the next four months will be tough to overcome. The 2014 year-end leader, Driver of the Year Yannick Gingras, is currently in fourth place. He was in second at this point last year. Gingras is $900,000 short of last year’s mid-season total, with 11 fewer starts and 65 fewer wins. His UDRS is 0.337; it was 0.364 at this time in 2014. The reason is, to an extent certainly, the same one that has Matt Kakaley off more than a million dollars and Brett Miller short 82 wins and almost $450,000: Ron Burke is light years ahead of the other trainers, but he’s also well behind last year’s record setting pace. Aged money-makers Foiled Again, Clear Vision, Bettor’s Edge and Rocklamation are a collective 4 for 41 with not much money between them. Many of his top 2014 sophomores, like JK Endofanera, Limelight Beach, Sayitall BB and Gural Hanover, have disappointed. His Pace entry, Lyons Levi Lewis, finished ninth at 81/1. Takter is steaming along, so Yannick may win the title again in 2015, but so far there have been more bumps in the road. John Campbell, who received much unsolicited advice about retiring after his serious accident at Chester in May of 2011, is killing it. At this time four years ago reports surfaced that Campbell, who was still in the recovery phase, was contemplating ending his career. Then in February, 2013, he broke his collarbone in an ice skating accident. Thanks to world champion JL Cruze, Doo Wop Hanover, Rockeyed Optimist and others, JC is currently at 18, up from 39 at this point a year ago. He has almost doubled his win total, and has earned $1.3 million more. Corey Callahan, who is number two on the money list, was fifth last July. He missed time to the World Driving Championship in 2014, and has made 50 more starts this year. He has 80 more wins and $670,000 more in earnings. His UDRS is up to .332 from .288. Corey finished in sixth at year’s end. (Pierce was third last July and ended the season there. His absence is having an impact on all the marquee players.) George Napolitano Jr, who stays in Pennsylvania during the high season and drives in Florida in the winter, is having a terrific year. GNap, who is the leading driver at both Harrah’s Philadelphia and Pocono Downs, is winning almost 23% of his starts at Harrah’s and more than 24% at Pocono. He doesn’t get much Grand Circuit work, but he did recently win the Franklin with Luck Be Withyou. He’s currently seventh, up from 13 last July. He has 55 more wins and has banked $727,000 more. George finished last year at number 11. Tyler Buter is also having a very good year. He was number 50 a year ago, and has moved up to 19. He has 66 more wins and is up $1.3 million. Dan Dube, who has benefited greatly from driving Rene Allard’s horses at Yonkers, has jumped from number 17 last July to number seven. He has 69 more wins on 104 more drives and is showing a healthy $1.5 million increase in purse money over one year ago. He’s the third leading driver at Yonkers, where he’s winning 15% of his starts. Dube finished 2014 in the 21 slot. Simon Allard has also benefited from his brother’s success, in Pennsylvania. He was in slot 47 one year ago and is at 27 now. He had banked $743,000 more through Saturday than he did thru July 18, 2014. Dave Palone, the King of The Meadows, was twelfth this time last July and is at 16 now. His drive total is down 295; he has 60 fewer wins; and he has banked $682,000 less. Dave’s UDRS is a high 0.372, virtually the same as it was a year ago. Sylvain Filion, the only WEG based driver in the top twenty, went from number 23 last July to number 16 after Saturday. He’s made 75 more starts, has 60 more wins and has $587,000 more in the bank. Doug McNair, who had an off year in 2014, leaving him at number 38 in July and 32 at season’s end, has rebounded to the 24 slot.  Jody Jamieson has been on the opposite track. He went from 18 a year ago to number 35 through Saturday. He has 44 fewer wins and is short $365,000. With the OSS in full swing these numbers can change quickly. The same goes for Chris Christoforu, who was wildly successful with Casie Coleman’s youngsters in the OSS last year. Coleman is off to a very slow start and Chris is down to 33 from 19 last July. He’s earned $268,000 less this year. And James MacDonald is down to 38 from 24, with 70 fewer wins and $223,000 less. Most of these WEG drivers have had multiple win nights/days in the OSS of late. Mark MacDonald, who is up ten spots is a testament to the power of the purse money offered at Yonkers, his home base. He only has four more wins, but he has earned $600,000 more. He was second to Jim Morrill Jr on the NYSS circuit last season, and that’s just heating up. Morrill, who takes the winter off then races in Pennsylvania and upstate New York, has banked $500,000 more, with only three more wins. Both MacDonald and Morrill benefit greatly from that NYSS money. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century.  He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink.

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 17, 2015-- Three days after France celebrated Bastille Day, Yonkers Raceway celebrated Bastille Night. Bastille, the trotter, wired his foes in Friday night's $25,000 second race, going the distance in 1:56.4. The Ronald Knigge 9-year-old Revenue S homebred, trained by his daughter, Ashley, and driven by Jason Bartlett, paid $6.40 as the slight wagering favorite. Bastille won his second race in 18 seasonal starts while going past $577,00 in career earnings. Frank Drucker

National Seelster (Andy Miller, $13.20) ripped out of the pocket and ripped past a prohibitive favorite Thursday night, throwing down the gauntlet with the fastest of three efforts during the harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway's $168,375 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Pace night. Leaving alertly from post position No 6 in the first $56.125 event for 3-year-old pacing colts/geldings, National Seelster made the first lead. He then gave up the baton to 1-4 choice Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) right at a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Southwind Massimo (Pat Lachance) was away third. Arque Hanover found a 56-second intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with no outer pressure whatsoever. He took a length lead into the lane, but National Seelster was more than ready for his second move. He went up and over "Arque," winning by a length-and-quarter in a certifiably-snappy 1:51.1. Arque Hanover held second over Southwind Massimo. For second choice National Seelster, an (unraced at 2) son of Bettor's Delight trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Robert Mondillo and Oompa's Farm, it was his seventh win in 13 seasonal starts (4-for-4 in NYSS competition). The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $86.50. "He's just a perfect colt," Ryder said. "Does whatever you ask, gets around any surface. We may try the Adios next, depending upon how many of those 'killers' are there." Thursday's other Grant events were won by Betting Exchange (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.10) getting off the seasonal schneid in 1:53.3, and Americanprimetime (Bartlett, $19.80), holding off 59-1 Rock in Heaven (Dave Miller) in a season's-best 1:52.4. The former, Bettor's Delight colt trained by Tom Fanning for co-owners himself, Howard Taylor and Susan Kajsfasz, zipped well past $300,000 in career cash. The exacta (Penji Hanover [Mark MacDonald] second) paid $4.50 (two wagering choices, with the triple (K-Rock [Yannick Gingras] third) returning $27.80. The winning margin was two lengths. For fourth choice Americanprimetime, a son of American Ideal trained by Rick Dane Jr. for owner Rock and Roll Stable, he's now 2-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $148.50, the triple (Artistic Major [Scott Zeron] third) returned $1,548 and the superfecta (17-10 choice A Bettor Hat [Brian Sears] fourth) paid $12,135 (base $2 payout). The winning margin was a half-length. The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (both at 7:10 PM), with Saturday night featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Two-year-olds were prominent Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting a pair of eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. A baker's dozen worth of plebes went it at in their $25,000 elims, with the first four finishers in each back for next Saturday's (July 18) $107,500 finale. Jason Bartlett, who won half the evening's dozen races, included wagering choice Do Over Hanover ($5) among that list. The pole-sitting, $25,000 Western Ideal colt won the evening's first elimination, defeating first-starter Gleneagles (George Brennan) by 3¾ lengths in a maiden-breaking 1:56.1. Second and third choices Autotone Hanover (Tyler Buter) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube) both survived breaks-and a judges' inquiry-to finish third and fourth, respectively. For Do Over Hanover, trained by Jim Campbell for co-owners Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Robert Unice, it was that first career win in a couple of starts. The exacta paid $37.60, with the triple returning $143. The second elimination saw Joe Larry N Curly (Brennan), sent off at 1-10 odds and the reason show wagering was taken off the table, fail to get the memo. He jumped it off wildly leaving the gate, winding up distanced. That left Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker, $23.40) in a race by himself, doing his business-from post No. 6-from an open lead. He won by 6¼ lengths in an identical (and life-best) 1:56.1 Endeavor (Pat Lachance), Artmagic (Brian Sears) and War-N-Munn (Dube) also earned their way into the final. For third choice Tailgunner Hanover, a $50,000 Well Said colt co-owned (with Joe Sbrocco, Frank Baldassare and Howard Taylor) by his trainer/driver, it was his second win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $130, with the triple returning $544. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday night's gimmick-already with a $10,000 guaranteed pool-begins with a carryover of $4,726.64 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 10, 2015  - Favored Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.30) left here a beast and returned just as ornery Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The 8-5 choice, ordered outside of her seven rivals, tucked into fifth...a job made much easier since the three horses directly inside of her were all off the gate. Set Me Up (George Brennan) laid down the law early (:27.3, :56), not seeing any competition until Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum) took out of third nearing the 1:24.1 three-quarters. That allowed Krispy Apple to grab a tow. Set Me Up owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but the gate crashers were arriving. It was Krispy Apple-back in Westchester for the first time since late May-going widest and fastest. She whipped a pocket-sitting Road Bet (Dan Dube) by a length in a season's-best 1:52.1. Third went to Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears), with Alhambra and Set Me Up also settling for the small change. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Joe Davino & Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her fifth win (fourth consecutive here) in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.20, with the triple returning $130.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with a pair of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts and geldings). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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

Gotmyredressontnit put up the fastest mile while Soft Idea and Encore Deo also found the winner's circle in their first career starts to highlight the action in the three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers at the harness racing meeting at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (July 1).   The track record at Buffalo Raceway of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse in 2011 and tied by Summertime Lea in 2012 will remain safe for another season.   The first division was the quickest as Gotmyredressontnit just missed the track record with a 1:56.4 clocking while Soft Idea and Encore Deo each went the mile in 1:57.3 over the fast track.   The favored Gotmyredressontnit ($4.10) toyed with the field in the first division.   Sitting third at the quarter pole, driver Jason Bartlett said it was time to go with Gotmyredressontnit and took command.   She was on cruise control from there, going 58.1 in the second half mile, including a 28.2 last panel to pull away from runner up Wishy Washy Girl (Jordan Stratton) by 2-3/4 lengths while Another Look (Tom Jackson) finished in third..   Bartlett said after the race, "This filly is really fast. She's high speed and has a great gait."   He added that he was confident when they passed the half-mile pole.   "The way she's been qualifiying, I knew we had it won at the half mile.   I still haven't pulled the plugs on her." Gotmyredressontnit won her two non-betting prep races by 3-1/2 and 4-1/2 lengths.   Owned and trained by Janice Connor, Gotmyredressontnit (Roll With Joe-Western Top Cat) is now a perfect 1-for-1 in her young career.   In the second division, a gutsy drive by Scott Zeron in the passing lane allowed Soft Idea (American Ideal-Walk Softly) to score a narrow victory over Vino And Formaggio and Angels Rockn Pink in an exciting blanket finish that was decided by a mere head.   Angels Rockn Pink (John MacDonald) set the fractions of 29.1, 59.0 and 1:28.1. They looked home free at the top of the stretch but things started to fall apart. The leg-weary Angels Rockn Pink was begging for the finish line but Soft Idea and Vino And Formaggio (Kevin Cummings) were pacing strong to the finish.   Soft Idea ($13.60) went as far down the passing lane as possible and managed to nose past the game Vino And Formaggio at the wire while Angels Rockn Pink was a head back.   Zeron admitted it was a tight squeeze down the stretch. He then added, "She was loaded the entire mile. I backed her off around the turns but down the stretch, I had a ton of horse."   Soft Idea is trained by Linda Toscano and is co-owned by the South Mountain Stable, the Bay's Stable, Radio Racing Stable and Little E LLC.   After losing a narrow decision in the second leg of the Sire Stakes, Cummings got his revenge in the third and final division aboard Encore Deo ($10.80).   Blasting to the top from the five post, Encore Deo, a $100,000 Lexington Sales purchase, played a game of catch me if you can and ended up wiring the field of seven. Putting up fractions of 30.1, 59.4 and 1:28.4, a 28.4 last quarter panel was enough to hold off any late threat. No Clouds Bluechip (Bartlett) finished 3/4 lengths back while Dime A Dance (Stratton) took the show spot.   "She handled the track really well," Cummings said of Encore Deo (Rock N Roll Heaven -Docdor Cameo). "I was a hair worried around the last turn, but once she straightened out in the stretch, she had a a lot left."   Encore Deo is trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Stable, Weaver Buscemi, Jason Melillo and Lawrence Karr.   In the $15,000 Excelsior 'A' Series, it was a clean sweep for Jim Morrill Jr. as he guided Amazon Ideal ($3.40) to a 2:00.3 win and was in the sulky with Roll Of Dreams ($4.00) who turned in a 2:00.1 time.   The $6,800 Excelsior 'B' Series went to Milky Way Rae ($4.20) who toured the Buffalo Raceway half-mile oval in 2:00.4 with Bartlett in the bike.   BZ Glide (Morrill Jr.) was victorious in the $10,500 Open Trot in 1:57.2 and returned $2.70 for the win. Morrill Jr. finished the night with four victories.   Country Delight ($4.00) went coast-to-coast in notching a 1:57.3 win in the $9,500 Open pace for the filly and mares. John Cummings Jr. handled the driving duties.   Racing will continue on Friday night at Buffalo Raceway with 11 races scheduled to go to the post at 6:35 p.m.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   Brian J. Mazurek

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

A $10,000 guaranteed pool and $12,068.60 of actual investments were usurped by a 51-1 bomber, so no one brought down the harness racing Pick 5 Monday night at Yonkers Raceway. The gimmick began with Mac's Secure (Dan Dube, $105.50) skimming the soggy cones in the $17,000, seventh-race pace (1:59.2), and that, along with an 8-1 winner in the next race, obviously was enough to negate a pair of successful odds-on choices in the final two legs. Thus, the Tuesday afternoon (June 2, first post 1 PM) Pick 5 wager begins with a take-notice carryover of $9,051.50. Since it's a "French" Tuesday, all five races are added-distance (1¼ mile), overflow field (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10) events. Good luck with that. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 each racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Monday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Please be advised that should no one hit the gimmick Tuesday, the carryover goes into escrow until live racing returns Saturday, June 13. Speaking of the Pick 5, Jason Bartlett did that one better, winning six of his nine drives during the 12-race Monday card. Frank Drucker - Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

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