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YONKERS, N.Y. – Leading harness racing local driver Jason Bartlett is ranked number one in North America with $9.9 million in purse money won this season and third by wins with 497 victories. Just over $1 million of the 36-year-old reinsman’s earnings this season have come in New York Sire Stakes, making him the leading driver on the New York stakes circuit by earnings and his 24 victories top the win column. Bartlett will drive in all eight of the $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Finals at Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon (October 14). The rich races for statebreds are part of a $3.3 million card that includes the $1 million Yonkers International Trot, the $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot, and the $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace. Many of Bartlett’s contenders drew advantageous post positions and all but two are the first or second choice on the morning line. “It’s been a really good year throughout the stakes races for me,” Bartlett said. “Hopefully we can cap it off with a good day. The draws were favorable for me. Good spots, good horses, the home track. Now it’s up to me not to mess up. “I’m very grateful to all the owners and trainers for giving me an opportunity to drive all these nice horses,” he continued. Bartlett gave his thoughts on all eight of his drives in New York Sire Stakes Saturday: 2-Year-Old Colts and Geldings Pace CASUAL COOL (Post 3, 3-1 ML): The son of American Ideal is 5-for-9 this year with a pair of seconds and a third, good for $137,538. Bartlett drove in three of the colt’s victories, including a wire-to-wire win in NYSS from post one at Yonkers August 25. One of three sire stakes finalists Bartlett will drive for trainer Linda Toscano. Won his last start in the Simpson at Philadelphia October 1. “Nice handy little horse, can race either way. By the looks of that field, we have options. The one to beat is inside of us and the other one to beat is in the eight hole, so we’ve got some options going into that race. (Linda) has had a good year in stakes races this year and all of her babies seem to have got a little bit sick, but now they’ve been pretty good as of late. He had a race down at Chester coming in, the Simpson and he won down there, which is a plus going into this race that he was able to get a race in between the three-and-a-half weeks between races. He was very fortunate to get that race.” 2-Year-Old Filly Pace HURRIKANE SHORTY (Post 6, 5-2 ML): After posting two wins and two seconds with Jim Marohn Jr. at the lines, the daughter of Art Major won her first two starts with Bartlett in the sulky at Yonkers August 17 and 29. Although all her wins have come on the front end, the filly showed Bartlett a new dimension last time at Monticello September 19, racing off the pace to finish second beaten a half-length. Qualified in 1:55.4 at Philadelphia October 3. Brings an 8-4-3-0 record into the sire stakes final for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott. “She got a little sick there her last two or three starts and then her last start at Monticello, I was very happy with her racing off the pace. Kevin said she’s a lot healthier now. She got a nice qualifier in down at Chester, so she looks pretty good in there, too. She’d been raced a lot on the front end, so putting her on a helmet, trying to race off a helmet was something that I had been trying to do. That front end all year long is going to catch up to them sooner or later. She’s very versatile, she’s very quick off the gate and the way she raced at Monticello, you’re not scared to race her from behind.” 2-Year-Old Filly Trot LIMA NOVELTY (Post 2, 3-1 ML): Posted four wins and a second in NYSS company this summer, including a track record 1:57.3 victory at Monticello August 21. Made a break when trying open company in the Peaceful Way at Mohawk September 11 before finishing second in sire stakes individually timed in 1:55.4 at Vernon September 22 and qualifying at Pocono in 1:58.0 October 4. “We have not seen the best of her. She’s a very, very nice trotting filly. Very disappointing up at Mohawk, but very nice filly. She can do it either way, too. She’s won on the front and from behind at Monticello with a track record. She drew a very good spot too, in between the two favorites, so just kind of play off of other people there. She grabbed her boot behind and she just ran. I mean, she’s never run in her life. You would think that getting around Buffalo and Monticello and all those other tracks, in a straightaway at Mohawk, she’d be able to get around there easily enough. It was very surprising to say the least.” 3-Year-Old Filly Pace PLANET ROCK (Post 1, 6-1 ML): Winless this season in 14 starts, but the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven enough seconds and thirds in sire stakes company to earn a place in the final and drew the inside post. Toscano trainee went 8-for-12 as a 2-year-old, but enters this year’s sire stakes final off a sixth in the Simpson September 20 and a seventh against older mares in a $17,500 overnight September 29 for Toscano. “She’s been getting better. I raced her on the front end at Monticello, she raced really well. I had never really driven her before and I put her back on the front at Chester and Linda said two weeks in a row on the front end for her is not the thing to do. She has enough speed to get herself involved early, and then hopefully we can find the right helmet.” 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot CLIVE BIGSBY (Post 3, 5-2 ML): Gelded son of Muscle Mass is 5-for-8 with another two placings to start his career. Impressed when winning a sire stakes leg from post seven at Yonkers by 3 lengths August 8 and won by 3 ¼ at Batavia August 27. Qualified for the William Wellwood Final at Mohawk September 18, but was scratched. Enters the NYSS Final off a 1:57.4 tune up at Vernon September 29 for trainer George Ducharme. “He’s an honest trotting colt. He’s also a very handy little horse. He’s a nice little horse. He tries, he tries really hard. Got a great little attitude and just a handy little horse. He’s one that you can play the gate and see what everybody else is doing and kind of react, but it looks like he’ll be pushing off the gate and going from there. He’s good. He gets over the track really well. He can stop and go, he’s very good that way. He was sick up there (at Mohawk), so that’s why they scratched him there. George will have him ready, that’s for sure.” 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace AMERICA’S FLEET (Post 3, 20-1 ML): The longest shot of Bartlett’s Saturday drives, the Edward Hart trainee is 4-for-22 this year, including a nose victory in NYSS at Yonkers July 10. Enters the final off a fourth in an overnight at The Meadows October 7. “He’s the type of horse that’s going to have to get tripped out pretty good. That race, it’s just going to come down to if there’s any speed or not. We’ve got to trip that horse out a little bit. With the right trip, he can go with them. He’s always been right there with those horses. He may not win a lot of races, but he’s right there. Seconds, thirds, fourths. He’s got a lot of nice checks throughout the year.” 3-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot GUARDIAN ANGEL AS (Post 1, 8-5 ML): After making breaks in the stretch of the Hambletonian Final and at the start of the Yonkers Trot, the son of Archangel finished second in NYSS at Batavia September 13 before winning in sire stakes next out at Yonkers September 23. Shipped to Lexington for the Bluegrass October 1 and finished second beaten a neck in 1:52.1. Anette Lorentzon trains. “We drew the rail and he looks like he raced really well out at Lexington. He got to stretch out before Yonkers, which is going to help him a lot. With the rail, he can leave and with him, he’s just got to mind his manners. With him, I just let him do what he wants to do and then I’ll just go from there. If he wants to go out of there, he usually drags me out of there anyways, but I’m not going to rush him to get to someplace I don’t need to be. I think I’ve got the best horse, we got a good spot not to do too much rushing, which I’m very happy to see. He can get himself in position, so I’m not really worried about that.” 3-Year-Old Filly Trot CELEBRITY RUTH (Post 2, 9-5 ML): Unraced at 2, Trond Smedshammer’s filly by Archangel is 4-for-14 this year with another six seconds and $359,113 earned, making her the third highest-earning finalist on the card behind 3-year-old pacer FunkNWaffles and rival Barn Bella. Has three recent wins over the track, including the Hudson Trot September 2 and a 1:55.3 score in NYSS September 14. Enters off a second in a $27,000 Yonkers overnight October 5. “Very nice filly. She’s quite handy too. She can leave the gate very fast, she’s been in very good spots and it looks like we’re in a very good spot for the final, too. Obviously the one to beat is Barn Bella. I know the half isn’t (Barn Bella’s) forte, so I’d expect her first-over or something like that. (Celebrity Ruth) has been very good in her races coming in, so I’d expect another similar performance from her. She was very good in the Hudson Trot and came back and was actually better in her latest race at Yonkers. She was very good at Batavia, so she’s coming into the race pretty good.” by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 30, 2017 -- For all the success harness racing driver Jason Bartlett has enjoyed since making Yonkers Raceway his office nearly a decade--and six driving titles--ago, one of the few holes in the resume is a rather chasmic one. A Yonkers Trot win. "It's the signature race and my home track and it's eluded me," Bartlett said. "It's an important race for me personally and I want to win it. "I've had three good chances to win it, but none worked out." In 2008 (when 'sure winner' Holiday Credit jumped it off with an open-length, late-stretch lead), Velocity Hall "was sitting in the two-hole (behind eventual winner Napoleon) and had plenty of trot. I was deciding whether I should get out and go wide, and he broke (going toward the three-quarters). "That hurt, because his owner, Tom Dillon, is a good friend of mine from Maine." A year later, Broadway Bistro "was very good winning his elimination (first-up), but drew the eight-hole in the final. Even then, I thought he had a chance. Unfortunately, he made a break the second time down the back." In 2013, Creampuff Macdaddy "couldn't have been any smoother in the elimination, but he hit the bike in the first turn of the final and made a break." Fast forward to this Saturday night (Sept. 2nd). Bartlett certainly figures to have a legit shot in the $500,000, 63rd edition. The open draw has him taking a seat behind Guardian Angel AS from post position No. 4. The 'Guardian' won the second of two, $40,000 elimination races a last weekend, grinding by Money Macintosh late to win by a half-length in 1:56. "I like my chances with him," Bartlett said. "I can't complain about the draw. I'm in between Devious Man (post position No. 1) and Yes Mickey (other elim winner, post No. 6)." The 3-year-old statebred son of 2012 Trot winner Archangel, trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, has won seven of his dozen seasonal starts ($138,093), including all four starts here. This season's Trot has a bit of a different feel, with nine in the final (first time since 2000) after last week's dead-heat for fourth (Di Oggi and Southwind Hydro) in the race won by Guardian Angel AS. "I can't speak for anyone else, but the extra horse in the field doesn't bother me," Bartlett said. "I just drive my race and go from there." The Trot goes as the fifth race (approximate post draw 8:35 PM), with each horse (and driver and early computerized line) racing independently... 1-Devious Man (Andy Miller, 5-2), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague, 10-1), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley, 20-1), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, 7-2), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson, 12-1), 6-Yes Mickey (lone $30,000 supplement/lone gelding, Ake Svanstedt, 3-1), 7-Money Macintosh (Jordan Stratton, 12-1), 8-Another Chapter (Dan Dube, 20-1), 9-Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears, 9-1). Note Top Flight Angel starts from the second tier. First post for the dozen-race card is the usual 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 12, 2017 - Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $7.70) avoided the third-turn happenstance Saturday night (Aug. 12th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. Passive from assigned post position No. 6, Somewhere in L A watched as Luck Be Withyou (Eric Goodell) 'won the break,' making the lead directly outside of 11-10 fave Sunfire Blue Chip (Dan Dube). The former, not in a giving mood, then hung the latter though testy early fractions of :26.1 of :54.3. However, passing the half and moving toward the three-quarters, Lucky Be Withyou had none of his own. He made a filthy break, wiping out himself and the parked-out 'Sunfire'. A three-holed Dynamic Youth (Carl Cito Jr.) then found himself leading at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, but the back markers were closing in. Somewhere in L A rolled wide around Sunfire Blue Chip opening a length-and-quarter lead into the lane. He won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Second went to an inside dive of 42-1 Polak A (Greg Merton), with Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan), Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) and P H Supercam (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables, it was his 10th win in 25 '17 tries. The exacta paid $139.50, the triple returned $1,163 and the superfecta paid $10,118 (base $2 payout). Yonkers offers up the fifth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

What a difference a week makes for Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett). The New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for harness racing sophomore trotting colts and geldings were on hand for three divisions on Friday night (August 11) at Tioga Downs. Less than a week ago Guardian Angel As (Archangel) was racing in the Hambletonian and was interfered with and caused to go off stride. The judges ruled that What The Hill caused the interference and was disqualified after finishing first Stick With Me Kid (Chirs Lems) would get the lead and head into the first quarter in :27.1. Guardian Angel As ($2.40) would go first over from third and take the lead just before the clubhouse turn. Owned by ACL Stuteri AB with Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, the 3 year-old colt would control all the fractions after that :56.3, 1:25.3, 1:54.1, getting a lifetime best mile. Stick With Me Kid (Deweycheatumnhowe) would take a run at him but Guardian Angel was too strong and won the second division of the NYSS ($39,200) and looked much the best, winning for the sixth time in 11 starts as a 3 year-old. Stick With Me Kid hung on for second with Another Chapter (Scott Zeron) getting third. The first division ($39,900) went to Seven And Seven (Thomas Durand). The 3 year-old colt by Chapter Seven was in the Hambletonian eliminations last Saturday finishing eighth in 1:53.1. Eye Of A Tiger As (Jason Bartlett) would lead to the first quarter in :27.2. Seven And Seven ($10.20) would be parked first over before taking the lead just before the half. Durand trains the colt and owns with June Durand and Allen Smith. He would hold off Eye Of A Tiger As (second) in the stretch to win in a lifetime best and first time as a sophomore in 1:54.1. Texican (Jim Marohn Jr.) finished third. In the final division, Long shot Icanflylikeanangel (Mickey McNichol) would charge late in the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.3. Money Macintosh (Andy Miller) looked poised to win when the colt went off stride in the stretch. Money Macintosh (Credit WInner) would finish third and placed fifth for failure to obey the breaking rule. Icanflylikeanangel (Archangel) who is owned by Joseph Hess and trained by D Benny Eggers, may have won anyway because he looked like he was flying in deep stretch, paid a whopping $37.60 for the win. Swell Chap (Jim Marohn Jr.) would come on late to finish second. Meetmeinthemiddle would finish fourth but placed third. Tioga Downs returns to live action Saturday (8-12) with a nine race card starting at 6:50. Also between live races is the "Fourth Annual World Spiedie Eating Contest" featuring Joey "Jaws" Chestnut and Matt "Megatoad" Stonie. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com John Horne for Tioga Downs

It's official; the small town of Windsor, Maine has produced a professional sports superstar. On Sunday afternoon, July 23rd, 36 year old Jason Bartlett, the nation's leading harness racing driver by earnings, achieved his 7,000th career driving victory at his adopted home, Yonkers Raceway. When the youthful Bartlett arrived at the Hilltop Oval from New England about a decade ago, he brought with him tremendous skill, prowess and much  success reflected by his then 2,000 career wins. Those attributes have allowed the hard-working reinsman to develop a career that places him perennially in harness racing's top echelon of veteran catch drivers. His career earnings are in excess $88 million, over $7 million was which has been amassed in just the first 7 months of this year. Jason's talent, integrity and demeanor lead to his selection as the United States representative to the World Driving Championship in Norway in 2009; the U.S. in 2011 and France in 2013, with only injury preventing his 2011 participation. Bartlett has come a long way since his maiden win as a teenager at his local hometown Windsor Fair in 1998. Now the resident of another small town that understands harness racing very well, Goshen, New York, the devoted husband and father does himself, the world-wide industry and Yonkers Raceway proud. The Standardbred Owners Association of New York wishes this Maine transplant all the best, and trusts that he will choose to ply his trade at the Home of the International Trot for years to come. Alex Dadoyan  

On a track that was listed as good, from a morning deluge and unseasonably cold temperatures, the adverse conditions did not deter the newest member of the 7000 club Jason Bartlett, as he won four New York Sire Stakes races on the 13 race harness racing program. By virtue of his Sheppard Elimination win, the public betting made Persist Blue Chip (PP2) the favorite. After a brisk 28.4 opening stanza, Matt Kakely slowed the pace to a 59.1 half, the tempo at the ¾ was a leisurely 1:28.3 from then on it was all cruise control. He went on to score a wire to wire win in a lifetime best of 1:58.1 over Carolina Magic by a scant nose. The son of Roll With Joe - Real Reflection is owned by Burke, Martin, Switala and Weaver Bruscemi. In the second $27,750 contest Delightful Joe left first and fast from the gate, once the field settled in down the back side Matt Kakaley used the same tactic as in his first win and went down the road to play catch me if you can with Topville Olympian and had the lead first over at the ¼ in 29.0. The bay son of American Ideal - Our Sophia was at the half in 59 and had 2 lengths on the field, the margin was cut to 1 length at the ¾ pole in 1:28.0 Delightful Joe was in perfect position throughout but to no avail as Topville Olympian threw down a LQ of 28 to take a new lifetime mark of in 1:56. He is owned by Menary and Billy & Anthony Timmins of Great Britain. Jason Bartlett notched his second win on the card with Casual Cool, a winner in Sire Stakes company last start at Buffalo, he was content to let the dust settle on the front end while Rock Lights showed the field through fractions of 28.3, 58:1, 1:27.3, at this point Casual Cool was in the outer flow and gaining ground on the outside to win by 2 lengths in 1:56, tying his lifetime best. The $165,000 son of American Ideal - Sight To See, is owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Linda Toscano. In one of the afternoons more impressive performances, Jimtastic, was making his pari-mutuel debt from the rail for trainer Andrew Harris. The son of Art Major - Jimmy The Terror was dominant in his qualifier at Mohawk, winning by 8 in 1:57.3, he was equally impressive today, scoring in 1:57.1 for Jason Bartlett over Real Rayenbow. Aces In Heaven, ($4.40) took no prisoners as he soundly defeated his Excelsior A rivals in 1:57.1, the son of Rock N Roll Heaven was trained and driven to victory by John MacDonald, he was bred by Crawford Farms LLC. It was an afternoon of doubles, trainers Linda Toscano, Ron Burke and Andrew Harris each had a pair of winners, Matt Kakaley also had a driving double and Winbak Farms has 2 winners on the breeding side. In the breeding shed Sires, American Ideal, Roll With Joe, Rock N Roll Heaven and Betterthancheddar each has two sons visit the winners circle. Shawn Wiles

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 23, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's perennial leading harness racing driver, Jason Bartlett, reached the next plateau Sunday afternoon (July 23rd) with the 7,000th victory of his career. The milestone number came behind favored I C Caviar ($4.40) in the $11,000, seventh-race trot. The 6-year-old Malabar Millennium gelding, making his first start for trainer Richard Banca, went up and over Me the Boss (Dan Dube) down the backside, then defeated 65-1 rank outsider Mr. Protab by a couple of lengths in 1:58.2. The winner is co-owned by Joseph & Vincent Barbera, Allan Alkes and Richard Facciola. But back to the man of hour, who suffered through an un-Bartlett-esque dry spell (3-for-35) before earning his requisite congratulatory sign. "Longest three days of my life," Bartlett said, "I'm so happy it's over, and the kids are, too. "They were asking me, 'Daddy, do we have to go to the track again?' " "I was talking with my wife (Kristen) the other day," Bartlett said. "We're been down here (Yonkers) close to 10 years now, and when I first came, I was around 2,000 wins. "It's been a helluva ride." The 36-year-old Bartlett, native of Augusta, ME, has $87.7 million in career purses. He began Sunday leading the locals in wins (297) and purses ($6.1 million). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 16, 2017 - There was a fair amount of Yonkers Raceway symmetry Sunday afternoon (July 16th), as Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett)-at 12-1-won the $68,000 Open Handicap Trot-from post position No. 12. Working out a perfect second-over sojourn from the back of the bus, Hemi Seelster was towed into the race by no less than International Trot world champion Resolve (Ake Svanstedt). The latter, after leaving for a seat, had to rough it first-up against Obrigado (Mark MacDonald). That one, caught three-deep early, led through sensible-enough intervals of 28.1, :58.4, 1:28.4 and 1:57.3. However Obrigado, with a length-and-a-quarter lead entering the lane, was unable to close the sale. Hemi Seelster went by, winning a blanket photo for the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:26.2. The wagering choice in each of his last two starts, Hemi Seelster paid $26.80 this time around. Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears), another dozen-to-one proposition, roared home from third-over to miss a head. Obrigado saved the bottom the ticket, beaten a neck with Maestro Blue Chip (Brent Holland) and Buen Camino (Jordan Stratton) settling for the remainder (the five payees were separated by three-quarters of a length). Resolve, meanwhile, faded to eighth as the 4-5 favorite, the first time he crossed the line worse than fourth since Svanstedt's first start with him (May 15, '15). For sixth choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abraham Basen and trained by Richard Banca, it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $226.50, with the triple returning $10,686. Hemi Seelster Sunday's latest installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 1-Karma Delight (Belmont's 3rd race) and 3-Ultimate Shopper (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $12.40 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,208. The gimmick wager now shifts to Saratoga as its thoroughbred venue when that meeting begins Friday (July 21st). Note the Raceway's next two Sunday post time are 12:30 PM (July 23rd) and 11:30 AM (July 30th), respectively. New York Sire Stakes return her Tuesday night (July 18th), with the $159,500 Bruce Hamilton Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Frank Drucker

HAMBURG, NY --- Eye Ofa Tiger continued his impressive front-stepping style in the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters at Buffalo Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 9) with an easy 1-1/2 length win over Swell Chap in 1:57.2 in the first division worth $60,000 (approx.).   It was survival of the fittest in the second event as Guardian Angel AS ($3.40) benefited from breaking horses in easily disposing of Neon Lights by eight lengths in 1:57.1, the fastest of the two legs. All but Guardian Angel AS and Neon Lights had clean trips around the track as the remaining four either broke or were involved in the commotion created by the missteps.   It was a good afternoon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johnsson, trainer Anette Lorentzon and driver Jason Bartlett as the connections swept both Sire Stakes races.   Coming in off a pair of open length victories at Yonkers, Eye Ofa Tiger (Jason Bartlett) played 'come and get me' over the Hamburg half-mile oval. Putting up fractions of 29.3, 59.2 and 1:29.1, Eye Ofa Tiger ($3.50) felt little pressure from the remaining five competitors in the lane and trotted away to the 1-1/2 length win. Swell Chap (Drew Monti) took the place position with Money MacIntosh (Andy Miller) rounding out the top three.   Bartlett said, "Eye Ofa Tiger is real sharp right now. He's a nice little horse. He likes being on the front end but can come from behind as well."   Eye Ofa Tiger (Chapter Seven-Cascade AS) is a 3-year-old gelding that has four wins in six tries in 2017, pushing his season earnings to $71,970 and $94,690 lifetime.   In the second division, it was a three-horse breakaway by the first quarter marker. Arch Credit (Jim Morrill Jr.) led the way with Neon Lights (Chris Lems) and Guardian Angel AS following in second and third respectively.   After splits of 29.1, 58.1 and 1:28.0, Guardian Angel AS was first over and looked to challenge Arch Credit at the top of the stretch. But things got much easier for him as Arch Credit jumped it off, allowing Guardian Angel AS to jog home uncontested. Neon Lights finished in second while Another Chapter (Per Henrikson) picked up the pieces and took third.   Bartlett stated that he had planned to leave off the gate with Guardian Angel AS "just to see what would happen." That plan changed quickly. "I had to go easy with him into that first turn to keep him flat," Bartlett added. "I thought we'd win despite the break by Arch Credit."   It was the fifth win in six attempts this season for Guardian Angel AS (Archangel-Provide AS). The victory moved the 3-year-old colt's seasonal winnings to $76,857 and $90,350 lifetime.   Big Man Ev (Miller) was the quickest in the two $15,000 Excelsior A Series races with a 1:58.0 tour over the Hamburg half-mile oval, returning $13.40 to his backers. Patton (Lems) pulled a minor surprise in the second division with $9.20 decision in 2:00.4.   In the Excelsior B Series, New York Chrome ($4.90) went gate-to-wire in 2:01.2 to take the victory for Lems in the first division while Finally Michaels ($3.90) had no problems in posting the 2:02.2 win in the second leg for Miller. Trainer David Dewhurst swept both events Excelsior B Series.   David McNeight III, Miller and Lems finished the afternoon of racing with each getting doubles.   Racing will resume on Wednesday evening at 5 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled. The program will begin the final two weeks of action at Buffalo Raceway for the 2017 season.   For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 7, 2017 - Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) plotzed into an early pocket and it served her well Friday night (July 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Pace. In play from post position No. 3, Regil Elektra was able to get in behind pole-sitting Frost Damage Blues (Brian Sears), then stalk the 11-10 favorite around a moist oval (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, season's-best 1:52.2). Frost Damage Blues, off three weeks after her Canadian stakes engagement, seated everyone early before getting grief from a first-up Mach it a Par (Brent Holland). She put away that stubborn lass, taking a length lead into the lane. However, she wilted late, as Regil Elektra edged inside to win by three-quarters of a length. Frost Damage Blues saved second, third went to a second-up Lispatty (George Brennan), while Betabcool N (Steve Smith) and Mach it a Par settled for the remainder. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her eighth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $39.20 and the superfecta paid an even $200. Regil Elektra Saturday night (July 8th), the Raceway offers three, $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings). The leading frosh (first two in each elim, plus two fastest third-placers) return for the $110,500 finale next Saturday (July 15th). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 2, 2017 - A pair of second-tier harness racing starters decided the issue Sunday afternoon (July 2nd), with Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) edging Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) in en route to winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Handicap Trot. Hemi Seelster, as the wagering choice, employed the sane out-every-step tact that Rubber Duck used a couple of weeks ago. From post position No. 10, he floated out seventh while Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) took turns leading the dozen. The latter rated at cheaply (:28, :58, 1:28, 1:57) while 'Hemi' methodically moved up outside. 'DW' owned a half-length lead into the lane, but was about to give way. Hemi Seelster went by, holding off Rubber Duck-who gapped a bit down the backside-by a head in 2:25.4 for the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The smaller envelopes went to DW's NY Yank, Springbank Sam N and Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer). For Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abraham Basen and trained by Richard Banca, it was his fifth win in a 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66.50, the triple returned $404.50 and the superfecta paid $4,957. Hemi Seelster Prime Power N impressive in debut Prime Power N was flawless in his North American debut winning easily in 2:27 for the mile and a quarter. Rick Dane Jr trains and Jordan Stratton drove the winner of 16 races Down Under.  Prime Power N The latest installment of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 7-Splash of Sass (Belmont's 3rd race) and 5-Brando's Muscle Man (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.20 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $3,681. A reminder that live racing returns Friday night (July 7th) at the evening post time of 7:10 PM Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 3, 2017-- Jason Bartlett won six races--five by himself (and his horse) -- during Yonkers Raceway's Monday night (Apr. 3) harness racing program. After a sixth-place finish in the opener, Bartlett won the $14,500, second-race trot with Sixteen Mikes ($4.20) in 1:58.1. He then finished third in the third race before he and season-debuting Cultural Paradise ($8 as part of dead-heat) hit the line simultaneously with Jimmy Wintips (Mark MacDonald) in the $17,000, fourth-race pace (life-best 1:56). Bartlett struck again with a passing-plane Awsome Valley ($8), winning a blanket photo in the $16,500, fifth-race trot. The sixth race saw Bartlett and his charge fade to fourth, while he and his seventh-race escort closed for third. Pole-sitting Home James ($7.70) prevailed from the pocket in the $22,00, eighth-race pace (life-best 1:54.3), then odds-on St. Kitts ($2.70) drilled her foes in the $27,000, ninth-race pace (life-best 1:54.3). Bartlett's sixth win of the evening was behind All Down the Line ($8.60) in the $27,000, 10th-race pace (match life-best 1:53.1), though his quest for more resulted in misbehavers in races 11 and 12. The opening round of Yonkers Raceway / Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series begins Tuesday night (Apr. 4), with six, $25,000 divisions. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - A pocketed Never Say Never N (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) out-tripped 2-5 favorite Awesomeness (Scott Zeron) Tuesday night (March 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $61,800 harness racing final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The annual Teddy Roosevelt-A-Thon was open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers (guys only, girls went at in the Petticoat) who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. Leaving from post position No. 2, Never Say Never N tracked pole-sitting Prejudice (Jordan Stratton) from the outset. Meanwhile, Awesomeness-from post No. 5-tried to leave, but was wrangled back into a fourth-hole. That trio were the only ones in the final who had each won both of their series starts (one scheduled leg was snowed out). After early intervals of :28.1 of :58.2, Awesomeness was out and moving, trying to stomp out Prejudice in and out of a 1:26.2 three-quarters. Prejudice owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was surrounded. Awesomeness was resilient, but Never Say Never N had the shorter route and the bigger envelope. The latter whipped the former by a head in a moist 1:54.2. Prejudice was third, beaten a neck, with Sure Fired Bet (Yannick Gingras) and Artmagic (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. Ideal Son (George Brennan), Wishiwasagigolo (Dan Dube, coupled with Prejudice) and Stirling Escort (Matt Kakaley) finished off the order. "He's quick and fits this track very well," Bartlett said. "Ever since I qualified him, I've been impressed with him. I knew Jordan's horse (Prejudice) would take me to the lane, and it was up to him from there. For second choice Never Say Never N, a 4-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight co-owned by Gerard Stuchbury and Thomas Lazzaro and trained by Heidi Rohr, he's now 5-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $30.80. "His best stride has always been near the wire, but sometimes he shuts himself off, so they added a mini bit tonight and it helped." As for Awesomeness, whose own win streak ended at six, "We lost a lot of round in the last turn and Jason (Never Say Never N) was able to get the jump," Zeron said. "(Awesomeness) was out two turns and really running in, so I can't fault the effort." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Magical Cowboy (Gingras, $5.40, part of entry) in 1:55.2. Frank Drucker

The SOA of NY recognized the 2016 achievement of top harness racing driver Jason Bartlett recently with a plaque presented by SOA President Joe Faraldo. Bartlett will be the first to tell you how much he owes his grandfather for the exceptional talent being recognized once again as the HIlltop Oval's leading driver. In a very talented field of drivers competing at Yonkers, including many who have found their way to the winner's circle in the sport's most prestigious events, Bartlett didn't rest on his laurels of 2015. Jason notched 616 victories, over one hundred more than 2015's 514 triumphs. He also added 405 second place finishes and 362 third place finishes. His numbers were virtually untouchable within the talent laden Yonkers driving colony once again earning him the driving title in 2016.  

YONKERS, N.Y. -  Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett has topped the drivers’ standings at Yonkers Raceway each year since 2014 and last year, recorded his best season yet. At Yonkers alone, the 35-year-old reinsman drove 576 winners - twice as many as the next-winningest driver Dan Dube - and his starters earned $8,412,709. Making his season more impressive, Bartlett logged these milestones with fewer starters than in his prior two years as the Yonkers’ dash leader. Despite his success, Bartlett remains humble. “Last year I was very fortunate with the trainers allowing me to pick the best horse. Trainers put me back on. Trainers have their horses in the right classes, which makes my job a lot easier. I’ve got to thank the trainers and owners, definitely,” he said. Showing no signs of slowing down, Bartlett has already made 98 trips to the winner’s circle in the first few months of competition at Yonkers this year. His drives have earned $1,796,831. “This year started off good. For me, staying healthy and being able to drive every night is the goal for me and that’s the same every year,” he explained. “Everything else plays itself out. As long as you’re there and able to compete every night, that’s all you can ask for.” Contributing to that goal, Bartlett will drive in 10 of the 11 races on Tuesday night’s (March 14) program, including all five divisions of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series second leg. In the night’s second division, he takes the lines of Never Say Never, a New Zealand import trained by Heidi Rohr who is 3-for-3 since coming to New York. Bartlett first drove him in a qualifier at Yonkers Jan. 27 and has been on board for all three wins, two in overnight competition and the most recent last week when he captured his division of the series’ first leg by a neck in 1:55.2. “He was really good in the qualifier, he was just a little steppy so I had to be a little bit careful with him,” Bartlett explained. “But, we tightened the hopples up and he was good his first week. We really didn’t know what we had because we couldn’t get him in every week. Every time we put him behind the gate, he was really, really good.” So far, the 4-year-old horse by Bettor’s Delight has won on the lead and from off the pace, including a victory from post position eight. He drew post two this week, giving Bartlett the opportunity to judge the pace before committing to a strategy. “I’m just going to see what plays out in the first turn because I know he can do it either way. I’ve got a great spot to see how it plays out early and go from there,” he said. In the night’s fifth race, the second division of the Sagamore Series second leg, Bartlett will drive Breaktime Hanover. The 4-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Mark Ford and finished second to division three morning line favorite Artmagic last week. Breaktime Hanover is a 9/2 morning line chance from post position five and Bartlett is being realistic about his chances. “He’s a nice little horse; handy for Yonkers,” he said. “I think he’s got a bad spot this week, but he has enough gate speed. He’s a nice little horse that you can kind of play the gate with him.” Breaktime Hanover will face first-leg winner Awesomeness for the first time Tuesday. The son of Mach Three sports a five-race win streak and captured the Snowshoe Series Final at Woodbine Feb. 3. Bartlett drove against him last week and respects the competition. “He gets around the track pretty well. He’s kind of lazy until a horse comes up to his bridle, then he just takes off,” Bartlett explained. “He drew another good spot, so he’s going to be tough to beat I would say.” In the third division of the Sagamore Series second leg, Bartlett drives Rock Power, a horse co-owned by his wife, Kristen. Jason and Kristen only own three horses in training and a fourth, a favorite of Jason’s who the couple bought and retired in Maine; Rock Power caught their eye as a young horse with potential. “He fit the non-winners of two. For the amount of money they go for and he showed a bit of talent. Basically because he fit those classes at first and we could get our money back quickly,” Bartlett said of the reason for the purchase. Rock Power’s ideal trip is to sit the pocket and it’s a move he’s grown accustomed too. He’s ridden the catbird seat in five of his last seven starts and earned two victories and three more seconds and thirds. This week, he drew post five and is 4-1 on the morning line. “I think he’s better with a target. He’s a lazy horse. I try to keep him in the pocket as long as I can  and hope he finishes up,” Bartlett explained. “He’s not quick off the gate at all. It’s going to be try to find a helmet and race him off the pace this week.” In race seven, the final division of the Sagamore Series second leg, Bartlett picked up the drive on Machiavelli, a horse he’s never driven before. Although the Joe Holloway trainee finished sixth the opening leg of the series, Machiavelli is 3-for-6 this year and is the 5/2 morning line choice from post four. Although he’s never driven Machiavelli, Bartlett has been keeping an eye on him. “I try to pay attention to the horses I’m driving against so I can put them in a spot they don’t want to be or know their tendencies to try to put my horse in the right spot. For me, I study that a lot,” he explained. “I try to worry about other people’s horses: where they are, how to beat them, how to not put them in a good spot. That’s what I concentrate on. It’s made me a lot better as a driver over the years.” Bartlett doesn’t only look for weaknesses in the competition. Before he drives a horse like Machiavelli for the first time, he looks for that horse’s weaknesses too. “I really don’t like watching the winning (replays),” he said. “I like to look at the replays where they show a circle and didn’t finish up great, or they were used too hard early. You try to find the weaknesses of your own horses too so you don’t put them in that spot. It works both ways.” The complete fields for the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series second leg are available @ https://racing.ustrotting.com/goto.aspx?target=12,63530. First post time is 7:10 p.m.  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 10, 2017 - Odds-on Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) held off Change the Rulz N (George Brennan) in a two-speed, inside number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Winning the post positions 2-through-6 draw, Regil Elektra was stung a bit by the lass to her left, making the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile After a :57.3 intermission, 39-1 outsider Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) tried it first-up from fourth. That move did nothing to advance the cause of those behind her as Regil Elektra led in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters. The fave owned a length-and-a-quarter lead entering the lane, then held off an edging-out Change the Rulz N by a neck in 1:54.4. Third went to a ground-saving Know It All (Eric Abbatiello), with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and locally-debuting American Girl (Scott Zeron) settling for the minors. For Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $207.50. YONKERS' SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,600 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening's (March 11) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,676.81. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races...if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

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