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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 8, 2017- Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett, $10.80) sat an antsy pocket Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing season-opening, mile-and-a-quarter, $75,000 Open Handicap Trot. The added-distance feature was the first of seven 'French' forays during the 11-race card, going with a field of nine after an early defection. Put in play from post position No. 4, Red Hot Herbie made the first lead before yielding to the lass Tweet Me (Pat Lachance). That one did her business through modest early intervals of :29.4 and :59.1. After a soft 1:29.1 three-quarters, 'Herbie' wanted out. He extricated himself from the pocket, going by the leader right around the 1:57.3 mile marker and taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie held off Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) by a length-and-three-quarters in 2:27.3. Tweet Me stayed for third, with Money Maven (Andy Miller) and Kelsey's Keepsake (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. Not Afraid (Dan Dube) was a non-factor sixth as the 2-1 choice. For third choice Red Hot Herbie, a now-7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was a winning 2017 debut off a $160,000 season a year ago. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $129.50. Note that the return of the "New York, New York Double' was a scratch after Aqueduct cancelled its card. The wager is scheduled to make a '17 debut next Sunday (Jan. 15th). Also be advised Yonkers' early-season schedule is comprised of five nights (Mon/Tue/Thu/Fri/Sat) with a first post of 7:10 PM. The remaining January Sunday matinees (15th and 29th) are TBA as of this writing. Frank Drucker

Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard were once again Westchester's big cheeses, winning Yonkers Raceway's 2016 harness racing driver and trainer titles, respectively. The 235-program season (three postponements), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 18), saw Bartlett roll along to a sixth Yonkers title. The 35-year-old, originally from Augusta, ME, more than doubled Dan Dube, 576 wins to 287. Bartlett was also the busiest of the colony, leading with 2,336 drives (24.7 percent winning percentage) and more than $8.4 million in purses. George Brennan and Brian Sears wound up in a dead-heat for third with 284 wins each, though Sears did it with 583 fewer drivers. Jordan Stratton (247) rounded out the top five. Allard, a 29-year-old native of Quebec, sent out 233 winners, a dozen more than Tom Milici. Allard also led with 1,008 starters (23.1 percent winning percentage) and purses ($3.4 million). Richard Banca (180 wins), Jeffrey Bamond Jr. (98) and Ron Burke (90) completed the first quintet. The Raceway's 2017 season is set to begin with a Sunday (Jan. 8) matinee (post time TBA), pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

Mach it So with usual harness racing driver Jason Bartlett in the bike picked off pace-setting First Class Horse (Matt Kakaley) nearing the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. As was the case a week, ago, the two lads led the way, with First Class Horse working around Mach it So-from outside post positions 7 and 6, respectively-right at the :27.3 opening quarter-mile. By a :56.4 intermission, pole-sitting Melmerby Beach (Brent Holland) tried it first-up from fifth, with minimal movement. First Class Horse continued to lead in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane. It took a while, but Mach it So did get to the leader, prevailing by a neck in 1:52.3. First leader Limelight Beach (George Brennan) closed well up the cones by miss a half-length, with Blood Brother (Scott Zeron) and 7-5 fave The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the minors after both had way too much work to do. For second choice Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.20, with the triple returning $199.50. The win in the feature was one of five for Bartlett in the 11-race program. The Raceway wraps up its 2016 live racing Sunday afternoon, with a 1 PM first post and a mandatory payout for the Pick 5 wager. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 27, 2016 - Favored Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) atoned for last week's behave Sunday morning, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. In play early (actually, everyone was, since post time was 11:12 AM) from post position No. 7, 'Hemi' had to wait before making the lead. He did so around Centurion ATM (Mark MacDonald) just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) was a loose third, while Classical Annie (George Brennan) broke after leaving. Hemi Seelster then rated a :57.4 half-mile and 1:27.2 three-quarters as last week's upsetter, Not Afraid (Dan Dube), moved from fourth. That one couldn't get close, while a second-up Tornado Tim (catch-driver Jeff Gregory) jumped it off. Hemi Seelster picked it up, getting the mile in 1:55.4 and widening to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. He held Centurion ATM at bay, winning by a neck in 2:24.2..a tick faster than his two-week-old local record for this division/distance. Tweet Me was a non-threatening third, easily holding off minor payees Wind of the North (Brian Sears) and Not Afraid. For Hemi Seelster, a 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley & Robert LeBlanc and trained by Tom Milici, it was his ninth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.20, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $76. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 18, 2016--A 'four-peating' Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) just lasted Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. The eight-hole-assigned favorite left around second choice Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), then negotiated her eight furlongs in :27, :56.2, 1:24.4 and 1:52.4. Drifting a bit through the lane, she did hold off a pair to her inside, Mach it a Par and lone filly Lispatty (Mark MacDonald). The margin over the former was scant nose, while the latter missed by three-quarters of a length. Two Kiwis--Glenferie Bronte N (Jordan Stratton) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland)--settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her 10th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $32 and the superfecta paid $230. Special props for this win, the 50th of Krispy Apple's $1.8 million career. "She had some health issues toward the middle of the season and she wasn't herself, but she's had her legs back under her lately and she's been the Krispy Apple of old," Bartlett said. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Harness racing favored Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett, $4) finished what he started Sunday morning, winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 5 for his 11:25 AM local time audition, Hemi Seelster had to wait his turn before making the lead. He took over from Luminosity (George Brennan) before a :28.2 opening quarter-mile, then rated a :58.4 next half-mile (:58.1, 1:27.1). Tornado Tim (Dan Dube) was the first to move-from sixth-flushing Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) out of fourth. Hemi Seelster found a 1:55.4 mile post, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. He then widened to 3¼ lengths at the wire in 2:24.3...a track record for his weight class. Luminosity crossed the line second, with Tornado Tim third, However, those positions were flipped after the former slalomed inside any number of pylons. Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) and 'Sam' rounded out the payees. For Hemi Seelster, a 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley & Robert LeBlanc and trained by Tom Milici, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive off barn change) in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21, with the triple returning $64. Sunday also featured the second installment of the 'New York, New York Double,' a joint venture with the New York Racing Association. The winning combination of 2 (Pretty Enuff-Aqueduct 3rd race) and 1 (Movement-Yonkers' 5th race) returned $34.25 for each $1 wager. The 'New York, New York Double' continues each Yonkers live Sunday through Dec. 18th. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 11, 2016 - A three-peating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $5.20) easily disposed of her harness racing rivals Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from behind the eight-ball, the 8-5 favorite worked around Tessa Seelster (George Brennan), making the lead just before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Then, she just toyed with 'em (:57, 1:25, 1:52.4), a 2½-length lead into the lane becoming three lengths at the wire. Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) snuck inside to grab second over 'Tessa,' with Regil Elektra (Brian Sears) and 41-1 rank outsider Motu Moonbeam N (Tyler Buter) coming away with the remainder. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.60, the triple returned $127 and the superfecta paid $404.50. Frank Drucker

WILKES-BARRE PA - Hemi Seelster trotted to a new mark of 1:52.2 in taking his third straight race, the $20,000 trotting feature at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Sunday night, his third straight harness racing tally since joining the barn of Tom Milici.   The Holiday Road gelding, handled by Jason Bartlett in an infrequent Pocono appearance, brushed to the front past the quarter and won by 4½ lengths for owners Richard Lombardo, Carl Atley, and Robert Leblanc. Hemi Seelster certainly doesn't need to carry his racetrack with him - his top five lines show Harrington, Monticello (a scratch), Saratoga, Yonkers, and now Pocono.   Two driving streaks continued during the card, but one ended. The leading local horsemen, driver George Napolitano Jr. and trainer Chris Oakes, won the first race on Saturday and then Sunday for the second straight weekend combination - the two have had 11 wins together in Pocono's last six cards. ("George Nap" had five in total on Sunday at Pocono.) And Eric Carlson, who guided Windsun Steson to a $72.20 victory last week, continued his membership in the Bomber Squad with a $50.80 tally behind Yankeroo on Sunday.   On the other side, Jim Marohn Jr. has nothing to feel bad about although losing a string of nine straight Pocono cards where he's had multiple winners - after all, he's only had his picture taken after 63 races since October 1, 41 times at Pocono!   PHHA / Pocono    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 4, 2016 - A repeating Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $14.80) was up late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  :27.3, :56.3, 1:24.4, 1:53. A bit wide early from post position No. 7, the millionairess settled sixth as Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter) worked around Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) to make the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a :56.3 intermission as Devil Child (Jordan Stratton)-who had floated for a seat-moved from fourth. She went after the leader in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters. 'Moma' may have had the gun, but Devil Child had the ammo. The latter disposed of the former early in the lane, but could not stall Krispy Apple. Towed into it by Devil Child, Krispy Apple edged past, winning by a neck in 1:53. Third went to Lispatty, with Cheyenne Robin (Dan Dube) and Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. Moma's Got a Gun tired to sixth, while eight-hole assignee Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), as the 4-5 favorite, never fired and finished seventh. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old, $1.8 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her eighth win (as the fourth choice) in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, the triple returned $360.50 and the superfecta paid $2,197. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 28, 2016 - Favored Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett lasted on the lead Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away quickly from post position No. 5, Krispy Apple was strung out by Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter), then made the lead before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she finished it off (:56.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.4), getting the line a nose before 'Moma' and a head before a stretch-smokin' Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton). Diva's Image (Mark MacDonald) and a first-up Devil Child (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old, $1.7 million daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her seventh win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $158.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Oct. 29) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,744.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. 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 program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver, Jason Bartlett, opened more daylight during the Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 25) sunshine, winning seven of the dozen matinee races. Bartlett's day begin with a chalky double-nickel (5-5) daily double, with Fraternity ($3.80) and CI's Buckeye ($4.20) winning their $8,500 pace and trot in 1:55 and 1:58.2, respectively. The pair combined for a $9 double. Another fave, Flem N Em N ($4.70), barely edged longshot leader Macon Georgia A (Jordan Stratton) in the $10,500, third-race pace (1:54.2). Bartlett finished fourth in the fourth and seventh (last) in the fifth, then lasted on the lead with Fox Valley Steffan ($8.40) in the $8,500, sixth-race trot (1:59.2). His fifth win saw Bartlett team with pole-sitting Grand Master ($13.60), going the distance in the $10,500, seventh-race pace (1:53.2). After a fifth-place finish in the eighth race, win No. 6 was an un-Bartlett-esque, 21-1 Dynamic Edge ($44.40), last early, actually going away in the $20,000, ninth-race trot (1:59.3). Bartlett's seventh win came from the pocket, as Jayport All Muscle ($6.90) just snapped pace-setting Bentley Spur (Steve Smith) in the $30,000, 10th-race trot (1:57.2). "It's sort of a cliche," Bartlett said. "The horses were in good spots class-wise, and they raced well. Sometimes it works out that way, but a lot of times it doesn't. "Even Mark's (Ford's) trotter (Dynamic Edge), he told me he was racing better than his lines showed, just to watch him off the gate. He had a live (second-over) trip and raced very well." Bartlett finished third in the 11th race trot, while he and his 'date' cut the mile in the 12th race pacing finale, only to tired and finish sixth. Since no one hit Tuesday afternoon's Pick 5, Thursday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $1,420.27 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) was hard-used early and hardly-used late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her assigned post position No. 6, Mach it a Par was out into the second turn before finally making the lead. She did so from Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) after that one threw down a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it turned into a two-speed number (:55.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with Mach it a Par easily prevailing by 3¾ lengths. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was a first-up third, with Devil Child (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) grabbing the minors. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, with the triple returning $63. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 17, 2016 -- A pair of three-holes produced a pair of first-up Yonkers Raceway winners, as Always at My Place (George Brennan, $7.40) and Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $5.70) annexed their respective $45,000 harness racing co-features. Always at My Place won the Open Handicap Pace, going up and over Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) down the backside, then widening to two lengths at the (1:50.2) wire. Other closers Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and 13-10 favorite Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) were second, third and fourth, respectively, while a shuffled P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settled for the last loot. Second choice Always at My Place, a 5-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $319. Melady's Monet survived a protracted duel with Luminosity (Brennan), then held off Allerage Star (Dube) to win the Open Handicap Trot by a neck in 1:54.2. Third went to E R Ellie (Stratton), with Luminosity fourth and a never-firing, 3-2 choice Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) placed fifth. Crazshana (Tyler Buter) did cross the line fifth, but was set down to seventh after just about whacking the kneecaps of Centurion ATM (Steve Smith) in the lane. 'Melady,' a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, is now 6-for-18 this season. The exacta paid $62.50, with the triple returning $265.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 10, 2016 -- If your name began with initials, things turned out rather well during Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $45,000 harness racing co-features. Favored P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $5.60) won the blind draw Open Pace in a season's-best 1:51, while second choice E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton, $9.80) picked off Melady's Monet (Bartlett, six winners during the dozen-race card) to win the Open Handicap Trot (1:54.3). P H Supercam, a 9-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win (51st career) in 20 seasonal starts. 'Ellie,' a 7-year-old daughter of Elian Hanover owned by Tyler Stillings and trained by Mike Forte, is now 7-for-27 this season. New York Sire Stakes continue here Monday night, with the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 2, 2016 - Sent right to the front Friday night, Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett finished what she started, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 7, Krispy Apple, as the second choice, saw a couple of other ladies-Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton)-grab the early attention. However, Krispy Apple took over before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then completed her evening (:56.3, 1:24.1, 1:51.4). Sell a Bit N edged out in the lane, but missed three-quarters of a length, with Rock N Roll Xample a best-of-rest third. Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a never-involved slight 9-5 favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For $1.7 million earner Krispy Apple, a 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her sixth win (46th lifetime) in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $39.20, with the triple returning $281.50. Saturday night's 13-race card features a pair (races 8 and 9) of half-million-dollar Triple Crown events, beginning with Yonkers Trot No. 62, led by Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron). Directly after that, it's the 61st Messenger Stakes, with Racing Hill (Brett Miller) the prohibitive favorite. Frank Drucker

East Rutherford, NJ --- Melady’s Monet won the $75,000 Vincennes Invitational Trot Saturday (Aug. 6) at the Meadowlands. The 7-year-old gelding achieved a new lifetime standard by trotting his mile in 1:51.4 for harness racing driver Jason Bartlett. This was the winner’s 39th career triumph and placed him over the $875,000 mark in total purse money earned. John Campbell and the favorite, Musical Rhythm, finished second with Mambo Lindy coming in to show. Last year’s Hambletonian winner, Pinkman, finished out of the money in sixth place, beaten by two lengths. Meladay’s Monet received a three-hole trip in which he was locked in most of the mile until he was able to find racing room at the top of the stretch. The Kevin McDermott trainee went on to post a three-quarter of a length victory. The Revenue S gelding is owned by Melady Enterprises LLC of Pompano Beach, FL and paid $15.40 to win. by Hunter Holton, for the Clyde Hirt Workshop 

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