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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 25, 2015 - “The last quarter is her best quarter.” Such was pre-race assessment and post-race reminder from harness racing driver Jason Bartlett after Venus Delight ($5.80, part of entry) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Pacing Mares. Starting from the inside post position in harness racing’s second-richest race of the season to date (behind the final of the G-M Levy), Venus Delight gave up the early baton to last season’s runner-up, Yagonnakissmeornot (Brian Sears). That one laid down early intervals of 27-second flats and :56.1 before her stablemate/entrymate Carolsideal (Dan Dube), the other half of the 1-2 favored proposition, moved from fourth. “Yagonna” and “Carol” moved in tandem toward a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with “Venus” pocketed and Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller) working from second-over. Yagonnakissmenot maintained a tenuous lead in and out of the final turn, but Venus Delight was waiting for her close-up. She ducked in and went by a stubborn leader, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in a season’s-best 1:52.4. Carolsideal held third, with Fancy Desire (Yannick Gingras) and the winner’s parimutuel partner, Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), grabbing the final two pay envelopes. Monkey on My Wheel, String (Eric Carlson) and the retiring Camille (George Brennan) completing the order.    For second choice (with her stablemate) Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight owned by Bamond Racing LLC and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third in in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid exacta paid $8.10, with the triple returning $19.80. “Last week (final series preliminary leg), I wanted to see her on the front because she hadn’t been there in so long,” Bartlett said. “She didn’t seem as comfortable. She’d rather have a target to go after.” A $75,000 series consolation was won by a first-up For the Ladies N (Sears, $13.40) in 1:53.1. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - During the glory days of Army football in the mid-1940's, there was "Mr. Inside" (Felix 'Doc' Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Glenn Davis). It took two people to play those roles then. However, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett is so talented, he can dress up as "Mr. Inside" and "Mr.. Outside" all by his lonesome, with a performance scheduled for Saturday night. Bartlett found himself experiencing both end of Yonkers Raceway's open-draw stakes spectrum, landing the pylons in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, then banished to the eight-hole with defending champion P H Supercam in the $529,000 finale of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both horses are owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway-is the sport's richest race of the season to date, while the seventh Matchmaker (an Open Mare Pace) is at No. 2 on the hit parade. Ladies First, so, with the Matchmaker going as the sixth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, co-feature approximately 9 PM). "Obviously, you're going to use to it her (Venus Delight's) advantage," Bartlett said. "Push out, not get away third and fourth. There's no 'looking to work a trip from third or fourth' here. "She's not real quick, but she can go all day. Her last quarter is usually her best one." Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, earned her way into the final with two wins and a second in three prelim starts. She comes off a season's-best 1:53.2 effort (also from the inside post position) in Round 4 of this series, then earned last week off. While Bartlett was loving his starting venue with "Venus," he was loathing his point of entry with P H Supercam. The Levy is as the eighth race (feature approximately 9:50 PM). "It's unfortunate, but we have to play the hands that's dealt," he said. "(P H Supercam) is very versatile, and you can race him any way you want. "I think he's shown he's the best horse in this series, and he really hasn't had to be raced too hard. "He's coming into the final as sharp as he can be, but I also know you don't win too many races here sitting last. My job is to find a way to get him involved." P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, was a perfect 4-for-4 in series competition, the last win (1:52.3) making him a career millionaire ($1,012,291). The draw for the final of the Levy... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Brian Sears), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The draw for the final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Gingras), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night. Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of Round 5's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) become harness racing's newest millionaire. Starting from post position No. 5 after getting last week off, P H Supercam settled fourth, in front of longshot National Debt (Eric Carlson). He saw Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who was rebuffed by Clear Vision at the half a week ago, get stung by that one here. It was Clear Vision (George Brennan) forcing "Lucan" into a brisk, :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, 8-5 choice Beach Memories (Dan Dube) move from third, while "Supercam" was content to sit and watch. Lucan Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Beach Memories was continuing to invade. Meanwhile, P H Supercam, minding his business until now, decided to slip out. He went wide and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover late, winning by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision, with National Debt fourth and Beach Memories fifth. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163 with earnings of $1,012,291). The exacta paid $25, with the triple returning $102.50. "He's as good now as he's ever been," Bartlett said. "Tonight, I saw the leaders getting tired and I thought I had a shot to go in the passing lane. In the end, I figured it was safer just to move him outside. "Last season, he had to earn the respect. This season, he has it." Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Song (Brian Sears) with the same idea, "Terry" then whistled around Westchester :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Domethatgain (Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1¾ lengths, with Texican N (Carlson) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 5-for-13 this season (3-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple returning $72.50. The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach it So (Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. From post No. 4, Mach it So saw a retaking Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee) lead through soft early intervals of :27.1 and :57.2. However, he couldn't stave off Mach it So, who, moving from fourth, was up, over and gone (1:24.2, 1:52.4). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Sears) third. For Mach it So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $113.50. Series standings, through all five preliminary rounds...1-P H Supercam (300 points), 2-Take it Back Terry (275), 3-Beach Memories (230), 4-Mach it So (229), 5-Fat Man's Alley (220), 6-Domethatagain (218), 7t-Lucan Hanover, Polak A and Windsong Jack (212). Note the three-way "dead-heat" for seventh, which has to be broken by lot. Also note that these are not necessarily the finalists. The determination of the field shall be made by the race office based upon series rules regarding multiple horses for owner and/or trainer (if applicable after review) Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ($529,000) are set for Saturday, Apr. 25--the two richest North American races of the season to date--and are to be drawn Tuesday morning (Apr. 21) Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton, $20.20) in 1:57. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 16, 2015 - When the track's leading driver wins many races, it's not exactly a case of man bites dog. That said, when the harness racing track's leading driver wins half the races on the card, we are lawfully obligated to acknowledge the feat. Jason Bartlett did just that Thursday night, winning six of Yonkers Raceway's dozen dashes. Bartlett's first win came-fittingly-in the first race, taking the $11,000, pacing opener with odds-on Bazillion ($2.40) in 1:54.4. After finishing second (by a nose) in the second, Bartlett won the next five races, chronologically... --3rd ($11,000 pace), Mach This Way ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:54.4; --4th ($11,000 pace), My Spring Fling ($3.90) in a season's-best 1:56.2; --5th ($11,000 pace), Denyittotheend ($5.30) in 1:56.4; --6th ($15,500 pace), Rockin' Rambaran ($4.60) in a life-best 1:53.4; --7th ($16,500 pace), Classy Lane Rose ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:55.1. The streak ended with a tiring third-place finish in the eighth race, then sixth in the ninth, second in the 10th, fourth in the 11th and a snapped-late second in the 12th-race finale. Bartlett's ("All of the horses were well-placed") six-pack gave him 133 local wins for the season. The Raceway's live season continues Friday (fifth round of Blue Chip Matchmaker) and Saturday (fifth round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series), first post each night at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 10, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. As was the case in the third leg, a pair of small-but-select harness racing fields of five were bifurcated into $40,000 divisions. Pole-sitting favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $4.80), finished what she started in the first event, holding off a second-up Camille (George Brennan) in a season's-best 1:53.2. Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) was third. "Venus" seated all four of his foes early, forcing Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) into a two-hole. After cheapy opening intervals of :27.4 and :57.1, Monkey On My Wheel took out of third. That one threw down the gauntlet in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, while "Yagonnakissme" was losing ground in behind. Venue Delight maintained a short, half-length advantage entering the lane, then whipped a charging Camille by that same margin. Yagonnakissmeornot and a non-factor Coffee Addict (Matt Kakaley) completed the order. For Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in four seasonal starts (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage. The second Matchmaker event was more of the same for series leader, odds-on choice Carolsideal (Dube, $2.80). The only perfect participant made it four wins in series succession, defeating Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:53.2...same time as the opening division. Unhurried early from post position No. 2, "Carol" watched both Charisma Hanover (Brennan) and Fancy Desire (Kakaley) slug it out approaching a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Carolsideal then moved from third, securing the lead in Turn 2 and getting a 56-second intermission. Fancy Desire made her second move going toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, with Krispy Apple in behind. However, Carolsideal widened to 3½ lengths turning for home, holding sway to keep the roll going. Strings (Eric Carlson) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Fancy Desire and Charisma Hanover completing the order. For Carolsideal a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 9-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $8.20, with Krispy Apple. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fourth round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 4, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, $50,000 divisions featured 30 of the best harness racing Free-For-Allers, with last season's winner emerging as this season's target. Odds-on P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $3.20), from post position No. 2, outsprinted Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) in the first event, winning out of the pocket by a half-length in 1:51.2 (early intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2). It was four lengths back to 104-1 McErlean (Tyler Buter) in third. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-3 in this series). The exacta paid $9.70, with the triple returning $216. The mile was a season's-best effort. "Ideally, you want to win while at the same time, not use the horse very hard," Bartlett said. "I've been fortunate with him thus far." The second event was a sharp, first-up effort from veteran statebred Domethatagain (Dan Dube, $24). Sitting a chilly fourth from post No. 4, the 11-1 proposition engaged 3-5 choice Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) after that one laid down the law through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25. Domethatagain, despite drifting wide through the final turn and early in the lane, put away the leader. He then defeated a pocketed Sapphire City (Bartlett) by a half-length in 1:53.2. National Debt (Eric Carlson) was a second-over third, with Bettor's Edge fading to fourth. For fourth choice Domethatagain, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, it was his first board finish in four '15 tries. The exacta paid exacta paid $84.50, with triple returning $529 Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by a draw-winning/pocket-protecting Fat Man's Alley (Bartlett, $13.40) in 1:53.4, Stinging 13-10 choice Foiled Again (Gingras), he then released harness racing's richest-ever horse after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Polak A (Brian Sears)-a winner in his first two series/stateside tries, moved from third. The two slugged it out passing a 1:25.2 three-quarters, but neither was going to be around when it counted. Foiled Again was done off the final turn, but not before carrying Fat Man's Alley where he needed to go. It was "Fat Man" whipping a two-move Michael's Power (Dube) by a length, with Texican N (Carlson) a ground-saving third and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) fourth. Foiled Again faded to fifth, while Polak A wound up seventh. For fourth choice Fat Man's Alley, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $79, the triple returning $626 and the superfecta paid $2,043. As for Foiled Again, "He just wasn't himself," Gingras said. "When Polak A came up alongside, he didn't grab the bit and fight the way he always does. I'm sure (trainer) Ronnie (Burke) can figure it out. He's bounced back from these efforts before. I've learned never to count him out. "Hopefully, we see the real Foiled Again next week." The evening's final series event saw Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $7.60), prevail from the two-hole in a season's-best 1:51.2....and matching P H Supercam for fastest local effort of 2015. Leaving from post No. 2, "Terry" beat a first-up Beach Memories (Dube) by a neck. Third went to 11-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), who tired on the lead (:26.4, :55.3, 1:23.1). Heez Orl Black N (catch-driver Gingras) was fourth. Ironically, the winner was trained by Burke, as was the runner-up-2-for-2 in the series coming in-before that one's exodus (to trainer Scott DiDomenico). For second choice Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his third win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $46.40, the triple returned $103 and the superfecta paid $1,027. Series standings, through third leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2-Beach Memories (200), 3t-Michael's Power (175), 3t-Polak A (175), 5-Fat Man's Alley (150), 6-Sapphire City (137), 7-Domethatagain (135), 8-Bettor's Edge (133). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,529.90 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (none Easter Sunday). Frank Drucker

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 27) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 28) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and driver Jason Bartlett were the stars in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Series last weekend at Yonkers. For the weekend, Bamond earned a total of 39 Grand Circuit training points and Bartlett posted 34 driving points. Bamond and Bartlett kicked things off on March 20 by teaming up to capture a Blue Chip Matchmaker division with Venus Delight. Bamond also won another Matchmaker split with Krispy Apple with Tim Tetrick in the bike. P H Supercam edged Foiled Again at the wire in their Levy division. Then on March 21 in the George Morton Levy series, the Bamond/Bartlett duo were back in the winner's circle with P H Supercam as they defeated Foiled Again by a head in a time of 1:53. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers -- 3-2 favorite P H Supercam and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) -- making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and passed harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 34; 2. Yannick Gingras - 27; 3t. George Brennan - 20; 3t. Daniel Dube - 20; 5. Tim Tetrick - 14. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 39; 2. Ron Burke - 37; 3t. Mark Ford - 10; 3t. Rene Allard - 10; 3t. Mark Silva - 10; 3t.Tony O'Sullivan - 10. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 33; 2. Jeff Snyder - 10; 3t. Burke Racing - 8.90; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 8.90; 5. Joseph Davino - 6. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the first three weekends in April. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 25. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 20, 2015--In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All harness racing mares went it at. Friday's first Matchmaker melange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (George Brennan) in 1:55.1. Sitting fourth early from post position No. 3, slight wagering choice "Venus" wore down the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third. For season-debuting Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her 18th win in 44 career starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $83. The second Matchmaker event couldn't have been much easier for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.90). She sauntered through the snow (:29.3, :59.1, 1:28, 1:55.4), whipping a pocketed Camille (Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a very good, two-move third in her first start of the season. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $4.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $13.20. The final division, pared down to a barber shop (beauty shop?) quartet after defending series champ Somwherovrarainbow came up ill, saw Krispy Apple (Tetrick, $5) pass the rest of the field--all three of 'em--to win going away. Backing away early from post No. 2, Krispy Apple saw 7-5 fave Medusa (Brennan) work around Monkey on My Wheel (Bartlett), then put up intervals of :28.2, :58 of 1:26.4. It was Krispy Apple making her move around a tiring Strings (Dube) and steadily advancing toward the lead. With "Monkey" wandering out of the pocket, Krispy Apple went inside, defeating Medusa by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. For second choice/season-debuting Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal trained by Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino, she's now 28-for-93 lifetime. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. 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 Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 13, 2015 - Rockaround Sue ($31) with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the sulky, coming off a trio of non-descript efforts, bottomed out her foes Friday night in winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 3, "Sue" had to wait her turn as RD IOU (Tyler Buter) and Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) both left inside of her. Rockaround Sue worked around Palm Patrol, making the lead just after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. All the while, eight-hole assignee Sayitall BB (George Brennan), as the 13-10 favorite, left into a five-hole. It was a :56.4 intermission before "BB" moved again, and as good as she was in winning her seasonal debut a week ago, she was that ugly here. Sayitall BB never came close to the leader, who widened passing a 1:25 three-quarters. Rockaround Sue opened to 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held off a shaking-free RD IOU by a length in 1:53.2. Marathon Day (Eric Carslon), racing last-over, rallied from last to snap third, with Palm Patrol and Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. Sayitall BB finished last, beaten nearly seven lengths. For seventh choice Rockaround Sue, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned by Bamond Racing and Silva Stables and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her first board finish in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $174.50, with the triple returning $980. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,731.80 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and an Ides of March "French" Sunday (post time 1:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 31, 2015 - Sapphire City  and harness racing driver Eric Carlson, and Count Me In (George Brennan, $4.80) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps. Sapphire City annexed the Open Handicap Pace in rallying fashion. Working out a second-over trip from post position No. 6, he was chasing 4-5 choice Doctor Butch (Brian Sears). That one had to wait his turn before making front (:28.2, :58.1), getting around second choice Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) Sapphire City, towed in behind Classic Gent (Stephane Bouchard), was able to slip to the cones when "Mickey" dropped anchor before a 1:27 three-quarters. Doctor Butch owned a short lead into the lead, but was in trouble from both sides. Sapphire City ducked inside, getting the jump on a from-last Take it Back Terry (Brennan). The former whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:55.1. Doctor Butch faded to third, with Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett) and Classic Gent rounding out the payees. For fourth choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, it was his first win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $334.50. Second choice Count Me In left nothing to chance in the week's marquee trot, going the distance from post No. 3 in equal halves (:27.3, :58, 1:26.4, 1:56). With pole-assigned In Nomine Patri (Jim Marshall III) doing just enough to keep the pocket, two-time defending champ Not Afraid (Dube) was wrangled back in third. The 4-5 fave saw Count Me In widen down the backside, taking a four-length lead in and out of the final turn. Count Me In was a safe winner, holding off Not Afraid by a never-threatened half-length. In Nomine Patri, Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Dancehall Mistress (Sears) settled for the remainder. For Count Me In, a 6-year-old Full Count gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he's now 3-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $10.80, the triple returned $36.60 and the superfecta paid $109.50. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). YONKERS RESCHEDULES FRIDAY DRAW Due to more impending bad weather supposedly descending upon the greater New York area, Yonkers Raceway has rescheduled its draw for the Friday (Feb. 6) program. That draw, originally going Monday (Feb. 2), is now taking place Sunday (Feb. 1). Box closes at 10 AM. Please be advised that as of this writing, there are no other changes to the live racing and draw schedules (updates if/ when necessary). For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

On the evening of January 24, The Standardbred Owners Association of New York, in conjunction with the management of Yonkers Raceway, proudly honored the track's leading harness racing driver, trainer and owner for calendar year 2014.   Maine native Jason Bartlett came away with his fourth Yonkers' driving title, finding the winners circle 485 times in 2014 from 2,440 starts, thus winning with nearly 1 in 5 of his mounts.   Trainer Ron Burke, who smashed the national earnings record, eclipsing even Thoroughbred trainer Todd Pletcher's earnings mark, also topped all Yonkers conditioners with over $4.6 million in purse earnings. Burke had a Hilltop Oval leading 144 winners in 2014, which was 26 more than the second-leading trainer.   Additionally, Burke Racing Stable took home the leading owner title for 2014.   Alex Dadoyan, Executive Director    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 17, 2015--Rank outsider Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett, $71.50) stunned 'em from first-up Saturday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace. Sitting early from post position No. 4, Flem N Em N saw Cam B Zipper (Brian Sears) break leaving. Sapphire City, also leaving, worked around pole-sitting BJ's Guy (Matt Kakaley) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a seemingly-soft 57.1 intermission, Flem N Em N moved briskly from fourth. The same horse who tired noticeably in the pocket the previous week blew eight on by here, disposing of Sapphire City nearing the 1:25.2 three-quarters. The tiring leader trapped both BJ's Guy and last week's winner, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan), in behind. Flem N Em N opened four lengths into the lane before winning by 3¼ lengths in 1:52.4. "Terry" shifted out and closed for second, with McErlean (Eric Goodell), BJ's Guy and Sapphire City settling for the remainder. For Flem N Em N, a 10-year-old Down Under Courage Under Fire gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $285.50, with the triple returning $1,504. Flem N Em N now has lifetime earnings of $604,865 from 33 wins 32 seconds and 29 thirds from 181 starts. Flem N Em N Special Saturday props to Warrawee Needy (MacDonald, $5.90), whose zipped through his $21,000, 12th-race rivals in 1:51.4, fastest local mile of the season. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,665.18 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 16, 2015-Spirit of Desire and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett outfought Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) in a good, old-fashioned match race Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 5, Spirit of Desire worked around Palm Patrol just at a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, Momma Rock (Brian Sears) tried it first-up from fourth. However, that bid was weak at best as Spirit of Desire found a 1:25.4 three-quarters. She and her "stalker" then had the race to themselves through the lane. Palm Patrol appeared to grab a short lead, but the aptly-named Spirit of Desire stuck her tongue out on the money in 1:55. Momma Rock wound up a best-of-the-rest third, beaten more than seven lengths. Last week's victress-and this week's slight 5-2 choice-Set Me Up (George Brennan) and Cooking the Books (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For fourth choice Spirit of Desire, a 5-year-old daughter of Real Desire trained by Tim Lancaster for co-owners Bill Lancaster, Neal Rosenberg and Margaret Ames, it was her second win in as many seasonal starts The exacta paid $52.50, with the triple returning $272. The Raceway's live season continues night Saturday (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 the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 16, 2014--Jason Bartlett and Ron Burke have waltzed away with Yonkers Raceway's driving and training titles, respectively, for the 2014 season. The 232-program season, (shortened with five cancellations and one abbreviated program [weather]), ended this past Sunday (Dec. 14). Bartlett, 33, won his fourth Westchester driving title going away, with 485 wins from a meet-high 2,440 wins (19.9 percent). His $7,594,544 in purses also led the contingent. Brian Sears (402 wins), George Brennan (401), Eric Carlson (213) and Dan Dube (213) completed the leading five. Burke, 45, successfully defended his Yonkers title, sending out 144 winners from 704 starters (20.5 percent), more than any other local trainer. Among his record-breaking total earnings season was a local-leading $4,646,539 in purses. PJ Fraley (118 wins), Gilberto Garcia-Herrera (112), Rene Allard (111) and Tracy Brainard (106) finished off the first quintet. The Raceway's 2015 live schedule (along with the return of evening simulcasting) is set to begin Friday, Jan. 9, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Afternoon simulcasting resumes Friday, Dec. 26, after the conclusion of NYRA's holiday hiatus. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 4, 2014  - Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett, putting the finishing touches on another Yonkers Raceway driving title, tentacled his way to eight wins Thursday night. Bartlett, who drove in all 12 races, saw the first six of victories come with wagering favorites. Chronologically, they were... $9,000, 1st race pace--Bestnotlie Hanover ($2.90 in 1:54.3); $9,000, 2nd race pace--Firetowers Stand ($5.70, $16.20 early double); $9,000, 4th race pace--Military Stratcom ($3.80, 1:54.4); $13,000, 8th race pace--Flying Instructor N ($4.50, 1:54.1); $10,000, 9th race pace--Sea Cruise Hanover ($5.50, 1:55.2); $10,000, 10th race pace--Stage It Right ($2.80, 1:56, $18 Pick 3). It was second choice RD IOU ($6.80) in the $13,000, 11th race pace, sweeping from the rear to win going away in 1:55.1. Finally, 8-5 people's preference Canaco Star ($5.30) was up in the money in the $16,000, 12th race pace (1:54.1). "Just one of those nights when everything went right," Bartlett said. "The horses were in good spots and right classes. Sometimes, it works out that way." It was Bartlett's second eight-win night locally, the first Opening Night of the 2012 season. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 30, 2014-The fourth foray into Yonkers Raceway's "L'Arc Before It Gets Dark" went postward during an overcast but pleasant (low-50's) final day of the month. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the $46,000 Open Handicap opener (post time 11:27 AM), with former New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy About Pat (Jason Bartlett, $6.70) winning as the favorite in 2:26 for the added distance. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with just under 1.2 million Euros (a bit more than 1.47 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first four matinees have seen more than 5.2 million Euros (or more than 6.4 million US dollars) wagered for 20 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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