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

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

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

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

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

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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 3, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters with valid membership cards--were won by a pocketed Coffee Addict (Dan Dube, $20.80) and a cone-skimming Obrigado (Eric Carlson, $10.40). Pole assignee Rock N Loud (Larry Stalbaum) gave her backers an early thrill, leading through a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and a :55.2 intermission. Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) was behind that one from post position No. 2, Simple Saver N (Eric Goodell), who aborted a quarter-move, tried it again, out from third toward to the leader at a 1:23.4 three-quarters. Monkey on My Wheel (Carlson), who had left into a four-hole, chased that one. Rock N Loud was about to wear out her welcome early in the lane, as the other lasses crowded around her. Set Me Up (George Brennan) set it up from third-over, but it was (Coffee) ground-saving "Addict" to get the decision in 1:53.1. The latter whipped the former by three-quarters of a length. Monkey on My Wheel flattened to third, with last week's victress, Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and tepid 5-2 favorite Campanile (Tyler Buter) completing the cashers. For sixth choice Coffee Addict, a 4-year-old daughter of Dragon Again trained by Bruce Saunders for Pennsylvania co-owners James Clarke Sr. and Andrew Altobelli, it was her sixth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $319, with the triple returning $2,023. The week's marquee trot Fort Valley AS (Bartlett) loop a couple into the first turn, then give it up to Home Turf (Brennan). That invader, set away as the 6-5 fave, made the lead right at a 28-second first sub-station. It was a :57.4 half before Somebody AS (Dube) was in a hurry, moving from fourth. He and Home Turf dropped the gloves in and out a 1:26 three-quarters, with Fort Valley AS backing away In The Pocket. The two leaders were in a virtual dead-heat in and out of the final turn before Obrigado-seventh early from post No. 6-made up good ground. He found his way deep in the passing saw and disposed of a stubborn Somebody AS by a half-length in 1:55. Home Turf, Bentley Karan (Goodell) and Fort Valley AS settled for the remainder. For second choice Obrigado, a 4-year-old Boy Band gelding co-owned by (trainer) Paul Kelley, William Weaver III, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45, he's now 8-for-19 this season (29-for-42 lifetime). The exacta paid $55.50, the triple returned $259 and the superfecta paid $1,029. Please note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5 wager, Saturday's version begins with a carryover of $3,429.04 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 30, 2014—Yonkers Raceway’s fifth race Saturday night doesn’t have a catchy name, but “Messenger Stakes Prep” might work. A $25,000 Open Handicap for 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings has attracted a pair of standout sophomores with their eyes presumably on the prize the next couple of weekends. Empire champion All Bets Off (George Brennan, post 6) returns for his first work night since rolling his rivals in the $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes here in mid-September. For the season, the son of Bettor’s Delight has won nine of his dozen starts (four in a row) and $642,925.  Trainer Ron Burke co-owns the Art Rooney Pace winner with Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell. While All Bets Off is a board-certified horse of the course (five wins and two seconds in seven career Westchester tries), McWicked (Jason Bartlett, post 7) makes his local debut. The millionaire son of McArdle, trained by Casie Coleman for S S G Stables, sports wins in the Hempt Memorial (Pocono), Adios (Meadows) and the final of the PA Sire Stakes (Harrah’s Philly). Also a nine-time winner this season (in 15 starts), McWicked has 2014 cash of $939,346. Note that the 59th Messenger Stakes, final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, is set for Saturday, Oct. 25th, with eliminations (If necessary) going the previous Saturday. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.  by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 27, 2014-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $2.60) fooled no one Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Odds-on from post position No. 5, he had the field at his feet at every (:27.2, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:52) pylon. The final margin was two lengths over a chasing McErlean (Eric Goodell), with Fameous Western (Larry Stalbaum) a ground-saving third. Pancetta (Eric Abbatiello) and Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) closed for the minor awards. For P H Supecam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his eight win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $7.80, with the triple returning $48.80. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 27 2014 - Harness racing two-year-olds Dealt A Winner and Strut My Stuff won the Lou Babic Pace Finals for New Jersey-sired two-year-olds on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner, a son of Cam's Card Shark, extended his winning streak to four and secured his fifth win in six career starts in the $100,000 Babic for colts, the ninth race. Sent off as the 1-9 favorite, the Ed Hart trainee drew away to an eight-length victory over Mitt Jagger [Rocknroll Hanover]. It was eight and a quarter lengths to Edward Teach [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Dealt A Winner [$2.10], driven by Jason Bartlett, added the Babic title to wins in the Reynolds and Geers. He has now earned $119,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. In the $59,000 filly division, contested as the seventh race, 5-1 Strut My Stuff [Western Ideal] passed 1-5 Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] in the stretch for the one-length victory in 1:57.4. It was two lengths to Hollyrocker [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. Strut My Stuff, driven by Jack Baggitt Jr. and trained by Ross Croghan, posted her Third Straight win and paid $12.20 to win. In nine starts, she has bankrolled $49,120 for the Let It Ride Stables of Boca Raton, FL and RBH Ventures Inc of New York City. Smart Zone, who held on for second, had her winning streak snapped at four. In a non-wagering New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, Cheyenne Louie was a half-length winner over Card Shock in 1:55.3. Both are sons of Cam's Card Shark. It was a length to Nubble Light [Rocknroll Hanover] in third. The Harry Landy trained and driven Cheyenne Louie has won two straight and five of 17 this year for Glat Kosher Racing of Monroe, NJ. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 26, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for harness racing distaff pacers and one for trotters of any affiliation--were won by a from-last Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $93.50) and a stubborn Traverse Seelster (Tyler Buter, $5.20). Venus Delight, beginning outside of her foes, viewed from the rear as 3-2 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) made the lead around Scandalous Hanover (Eric Carlson). After a :27.1 opening quarter and seemingly-soft :56.3 intermission, no one moved in front of Royal Cee Cee N (George Brennan), who did so from sixth. That brought up both last week's victress, Campanile (Buter), as well as Venus Delight, while Robin Cruiser found a 1:25.2 three-quarters. "Robin" maintained a short lead into the lane, until the outer flow rolled her over. Royal Cee Cee N went by first, then Campanile, then finally Venus Delight. That one whipped Campanile by a head in 1:53.2, with Royal Cee Cee N, Scandalous Hanover and a tiring Robin Cruiser rounding out the payees. For seventh choice Venus Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by PJ Fraley for owner Bamond Racing, it was her fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $595, with the triple returning $940. The week's marquee trot saw Traverse Seelster-one of several leavers, he from post position No. 5-settle early before stepping past pole assignee Bingo Queen (Eric Goodell). "Traverse," as the 8-5 favorite, shooed just about everyone away through sub-stations of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:27. The lone "nuisance" was a first-up Obrigado (Bartlett), who chased the leader for all he was worth before missing a length in 1:55.1. Somebody AS (Dan Dube) was third, beaten 3 ½ lengths, with Rossini (Larry Stalbaum) and The Triple Lindy (Carlson) settling for the small change. For Traverse Seelster, a 6-year-old Angus Hall gelding owned by Keith Pippi and trained by Amber Buter, he's now 13-for-25 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $14.80, the triple returned $111 and the superfecta paid $632. Also Friday, Yonkers honored New York State racing inspector Matt Bibbo, who is retiring Saturday night. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 26, 2014 - Dealt A Winner and Smart Zone, New Jersey-sired two-year-olds, put their winning streaks on the line in a pair of Lou Babic Pace finals on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Dealt A Winner [Cam's Card Shark] is the even-money favorite in the $100,000 Lou Babic for colts and geldings, the ninth race, while Smart Zone [Rocknroll Hanover] is the 7-5 choice in the $59,000 Lou Babic for fillies, the seventh race. Dealt A Winner has four wins from his five starts, including his last three in-a-row. He took his mark of 1:52.3 in the Reynolds at Tioga Downs on September 12 The Ed Hart trainee will leave from post two with Jason Bartlett driving. He has banked $69,879 for owner Jeffrey Snyder of New York City. Smart Zone, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Steve Smith, carries a four-race winning streak into the filly division of the Babic. She has finished in-the-money in six of nine starts, earning $33,757 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and D&M Trading LLC of Chicago, IL. The stakes record for the Babic Open of 1:54.3 was set by Dontloseyourdayjob [Life Sign] in 2007. The filly record, also 1:54.3, belongs to Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] and came in 2013. Both events are sponsored by the New Jersey Sire Stakes program. Also on Saturday as a non-wagering event is a $7,000 third leg of the New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres for three-year-old pacing colts. The Babic fields with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds. 7th Race - $59,000 Lou Babic Filly Final 1-World of Rock-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Meittinis-Chris Ryder- 15-1 2-Strut My Stuff-Western Ideal-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Ross Croghan-2-1 3-Lissan-Rocknroll Hanover-Jim Marshall III-Larry Remmen- 7-2 4-Smart Zone-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Erv Miller 7-5 5-Hollyrocker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Larry Remmen 9-1 6-New Joez-Western Ideal-Jason Bartlett-Stacy Chiodo- 30-1 7-Cheyenne Robin-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Robert Siegelman- 30-1 9th Race- $100,000 Lou Babic Colt Final 1-Edward Teach-Rocknroll Hanover-Pat Berry-Ron Burke- 15-1 2-Dealt A Winner-Cam's Card Shark-Jason Bartlett-Edward Hart- even 3-Too Darn Hot-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-Ron Burke- 2-1 4-Rock Of The Ages-Rocknroll Hanover-Nick Surick-Nick Surick- 30-1 5-Devils Cut-Western Ideal-Jim Marshall III-Stacy Chiodo- 15-1 6-Mitt Jagger-Rocknroll Hanover-Scott Young-Ron Coyne Jr.- 20-1 7-Rock N' Roll World-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Nifty Norman- 6-1 8-Ticket To Roll-Rocknroll Hanover-Daniel Dube-Tony Alagna- 30-1 Model Behavior cut the fractions and held on for a length and a half victory in the $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes- Green Acres for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, September 26, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscles Yankee filly posted a personal best of 1:59.3, picking up her third win in seven starts. Eric Abbatiello was at the lines of the Robert Baggitt Jr. trainee who has earned a check in every start for a bankroll of $14,310.  She is owned and bred by Fair Winds Farm of Cream Ridge, NJ. Finishing second was Demons N Diamonds [Muscle Hill] while it was four and three-quarter lengths to Prinsessa [Muscle Hill] in third.  Only three fillies went postward in the non-wagering event. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 25, 2014 - It was smooth sailing for SS Poseidon who scored a two and three-quarter length harness racing victory in the $40,000 Harold Dance Trot on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Harold Dancer, restricted to New Jersey-sired two-year-old trotting colts and geldings, is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. It was contested as a non-wagering event. SS Poseidon, driven by Steve Smith and trained by Erv Miller, overcame a rainy, sloppy track to trot the mile in 2:00.1, besting Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee]. It was three and three-quarter lengths to Broken Record [Muscles Yankee], who had a two-race winning streak snapped, who cut the early fractions and finished third. The well-traveled SS Poseidon, a son of Muscle Hill, had picked up checks in recent weeks, finishing fifth in the Peter Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands, second in both the Tompkins and Kindergarten prelim at Tioga, winning a Reynolds at Tioga, finishing third in a Kindergarten leg at the Red Mile and, most recently, finishing second in a deadheat in the American National at Balmoral Park. He now has two wins, four seconds and a third in nine starts and a bankroll of $84,490 for Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and his co-breeder, Shim Racing of Deerfield, IL. In a field of three sophomore pacing fillies, Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] prevailed by a half-length over Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] in 1:56.1 in a $7,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes-Green Acres leg prior to the betting card. Cut A Deal [Rocknroll Hanover] was a length and three-quarters back in third. Fanticipation, driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Michael Forte, picked up her sixth win of the year and has finished in-the-money in 11 of 15 starts this year. She has won two straight at Freehold for Ricky Bucci of Stormville, NY. by Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 20, 2014 - Casimir Jitterbug and harness racing driver Brian Sears survived the scrum from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceways' $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from assigned post position No. 5, "Jitterbug" watched as Sapphire City (Dan Dube) left around pole assignee--and slight 5-2 choice--Ronny Bugatti (Eric Carlson). Big N Bad (Jordan Stratton) also left, but found no room at the inn and was hung through early intervals of :26.3 and :55.1. Down the backside the second time, Casimir Jitterbug slipped out behind Big N Bad before going wide by the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sapphire City held a short lead in and out of the final turn, but the cavalry was about to swallow him up. Casimir Jitterbug had first "run," with Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) knifing inside of that one with Dream Out Loud N (Eric Goodell) and P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) also moving late. Casimir Jitterbug found the wire in 1:52, whipping Dream Out Loud N by a half-length. "Terry," P H Supercam and an out-every-step Big N Bad completed the cashers. For Casimir Jitterbug, a 7-year-old Sir Luck gelding owned by Frank Bellino & Sons and trained by Tony O'Sullivan, he returned $12.60 (third choice) for his ninth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $105, with the triple returning $469. While he did not win the feature, Brennan did win six races on the 12-race card. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 19, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps-one for distaff pacers and one for trotters of any make or model--were won by Campanile (Tyler Buter, $10.40) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland, $26.80). Unhurried from post position No. 6, Campanile saw Set Me Up (George Brennan) lead the conga line through early intervals of :28.2 and :56.3. Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) was pocketed from the pole, while slight 2-1 choice Scandalous Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was first-up from fifth. Chasing that was Campanile as Set Me Up remained an unpressured leader in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Set Me Up owned a length lead into the lane, but was about to drop anchor. Scandalous Hanover went by first, then Campanile went by last. The latter whipped the former by a length in 1:52.2. Last week's victress, Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears), rallied for third here with Crazy on You (Holland) and a tiring Set Me Up completing the cashers. For fourth choice Campanile, a 5-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended trained by Allan Johnson for owner Michael Casalino Jr., it was her eighth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49.40, with the triple returning $182. The week's marquee trot saw Lorenzo Dream-banished behind the eight-ball-make short work of that inconvenience. Vaulting to immediate command, he was a lonely leader through sub-stations of :28, :57.2, 1:26.3 and 1:55.3. Up four lengths turning for home, and with pocket-sitting longshot Neighsay Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and a first-up, 17-10 fave Backstreet Hanover (Bartlett) both doing nothing, "Lorenzo's" final margin was three lengths. The Triple Lindy (Eric Carlson) found room late to grab second, with Zooming (Buter), Backstreet Hanover and Rossini (Dan Dube) settling for the small change. For sixth choice Lorenzo Dream a 7-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, he's now 8-for-25 this season. The exacta paid $626, the triple returned $1,683 and the superfecta paid $15,476 (base two-dollar wager). Note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5, Saturday night's gimmick begins with a $3,363.16 carryover. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager (races 5 through 9). Over the past number of years, employees and staff from Empire City, Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have visited the Food Bank For Westchester in nearby Elmsford, helping out with the fine work of that organization. Friday night, the folks from Food Bank returned the favor, visiting Yonkers to enjoy dinner, a night at the races....and to receive a donation. The Raceway and the SOA made a contribution to the Food Bank, which goes toward feeding the hungry throughout the county of Westchester. "Yonkers is pleased to assist such a worthy cause," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "So many of our employees generously donate their time every time we visit. Anything we can do to help, it's our pleasure." "We have had tremendous support from horsemen and owners throughout our organization," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said. "Many of Yonkers' leading drivers have been to the Food Bank to lend a hand and see what this organization does." For more information, visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 18, 2014 - Broken Record held on for a length and three-quarter victory in the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stake - Green Acres Final, the first of two non-wagering races on Thursday, September 18, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Ray Schnittker trained and driven son of Muscles Yankee was a wire-to-wire winner in 2:00.1 in the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings final. He has a winning streak of two. Mountain Top [Muscle Hill] was second with Switchblade Hall [Muscles Yankee] in third by two and a half lengths. Broken Record has now collected four wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts. He is just shy of $65,000 in earnings for Schnittiker and Ted Gewertz of New York City. In the $7,000 first leg of the Green Acres for three-year-old pacing fillies, Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was an eight and a quarter length winner over Fiyonce [Rocknroll Hanover] while Ideal Helen [Western Ideal] was 10 lengths back in third. Fanticipation, driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Michael Forte, is owned by Ricky Bucci of Stormville, NY. She has five wins and five thirds in 14 starts this year. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ

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