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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 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 5, 2016 - Krsipy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $18.40) usually gets handicapped with an outside venue. So, what happened with a blind harness racing draw? She was 'handicapped' with an outside venue. No matter as the millionairess took it the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace. In play from post position No. 7 (in one notch after a defection), she worked around Medusa (catch-driver George Brennan), then never had an anxious moment (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:51.3). She easily handled a three-hole-sitting Regil Elektra (Mark MacDonald) by a half-length, with Medusa clearly third. The Kiwis Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sheeza Shark N (Brent Holland) settled for the minors. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), the 4-5 favorite, never was close to reaching and finished sixth. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing & Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was the fourth choice's fifth win in 12 seasonal starts (career 45-for-131). The exacta paid $113, the triple returned $545 and the superfecta paid $1,461. Special Friday props to Anderlecht, the hard-knocking, 11-year-old gelding who finished second in his 250th career start. Going for a 50th win, he just about survived a first-up bid, missing a neck in the opener for bottom level ($12,500) claiming pacers. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 15, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won five races Friday night, included both halves of Yonkers Raceway equally-divided $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. A first-up Soft Idea ($24.40) just held sway in the opening $83,937 division. Grabbing an three-hole from post position No. 5, she watched 31-1 proposition Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald) throw down early intervals of :28.2 and :57. Mother of Art (Joe Bongiorno), part of a three-headed, 1-20, Ron Burke-trained entry, was away second but decided not to take over from the longshot. That left Soft Idea a clear path to try it, which she did in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. That one opened 2½ lengths entering the lane and looked to coast. However, a resurgent "Pink" made up a ton ground late, only miss a neck in 1:54.3. Dime a Dance (Matt Kakaley), trying to salvage some semblance of dignity for the failed entry, was third. Her partners, an eight-ball Art Critic (George Brennan) and a backpedaling Mother of Art, finished seventh and eighth, respectively. For third choice Soft Idea, an American Ideal filly trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stable South Mountain, Bay's, Radio Racing and Little E, it was her second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $301.50, with the triple returning $573. "First-time Lasix and racing her off the helmet made the difference," Bartlett said. "We're trying to get her back to the way she was last season. This was the first step." As for odds-on Time on My Hands ($3.50), she took it the distance (:28.1, :57.3, 1:26, 1:54.3) from post No. 4 in the second division. Opening to 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, she whipped a closing No Clouds Bluechip (Brian Sears) by three-quarters of a length. American Ivy (Andy Miller) couldn't sustain her second move and faded to third. For Time on My Hands, an American Ideal miss trained by Chris Ryder for co-owners Robert Mondillo, Michael Robinson, Steve Cheatham and BFJ Stable, she's now 4-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $74, with the triple returning $206.50. As was the case with Soft Idea, this winner was also racing with fresh Lasix, though she had qualified with it. "The medication helped, and I wanted to give her a safe trip, and it worked out," Bartlett said. Friday night's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a cone-skimming Secrets Out N (Bartlett, $33.40) in a life-best 1:52.3. Stakes action continues Saturday night with the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard (2-year-old colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night harness racing $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) and a repeating Mach it So (Bartlett again, $15.40). Undercover Strike, caught three-wide early from assigned post position No. 6 in the weekly marquee trot, nevertheless went the distance (:28, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.3). He held off the cavalry by a half-length, with E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton) a second-up second. Third went to a skimming Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube), with 9-5 choice Lady's Dude (George Brennan) and Summers Windsong (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. The quintet of cashers were separated by just a length-and-a-half at the wire. For second choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his eighth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $43.40, with the triple returning $232.50. The week's featured pace saw Mach it So overcome an eight-hole with an adroit, ground-saving trip. Slight 2-1 choice Scott Rocks (Eric Abbatiello) and pole-sitting Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) were in play early (:27, :56) before a jammed-in Somewhere in LA (Brennan) moved from third. That one offered nothing first-over going toward the 1:23.4 three-quarters, helping no one in the outer tier. Meanwhile, Mach it So was improved along the cones down the backside. Scott Rocks owned a length lead into the lane, then saw Dream Out Loud N eschew the passing lane to angle out. That cleared the field for Mach it So, who zipped up the cones to win by a length in 1:52. Long Live Rock (Dube) was a wide second in good effort, photoing Doctor Butch (Brent Holland). Dream Out Loud N could no better than fourth off the two-hole trip, with Scott Rocks fading to fifth. For fourth choice Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., he's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacta paid $132, the triple returned $1,634 and the superfecta paid $7,875. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 2, 2016-Jason Bartlett won half of Yonkers Raceway's dozen Saturday night races, including both $45,000 Open Handicaps. Pole-sitting, odds-on Mach it So ($2.80) was a handy winner in the week's featured pace, whipping Santa Fe Beachboy (Brian Sears) by a length-and-a-quarter in a two-speed, 1:51 number. Somewhere in L A (George Brennan) was a non-threatening third. Five races later, Bartlett and Major Athens ($6.80) overcame an assigned outside seven-hole in the week's marquee trot. Leaving into a convenient three-hole, the pair engaged, then overtook, Allerage Star (Sears) in 1:54. The final margin was widening 3¾ lengths. Luminosity (Brennan), at just over even-money, lost touch with the leaders and wound up third, beaten six lengths. Special Saturday props to Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $8.50), who became the sport's newest millionaire ($ 1,004,748) while being left alone on the lead in the $35,000, winners-over pace (1:52). The 8-year-old son of American Ideal was making his 122nd career start. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 20, 2016-"Anything you can do, I can do...just as well."  Friday night, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won six of Yonkers Raceway's 11 races, including that evening's feature with Krispy Apple. Saturday night, Mark MacDonald won six of Yonkers Raceway's 11 races, including both of that evening's co-features with Sunfire Blue Chip and Aggressive. With the six-pack gauntlet having been thrown down-twice-perhaps a third driver can join to form a "devilish" troika. For now, though, Messrs. Bartlett and MacDonald own the bragging rights. The pair entered Monday night ranked first (276 wins) and sixth (83), respectively, in local standings. Frank Drucker

Vernon, N.Y. -- A special Sunday (June 19) night harness racing card at Vernon Downs features over $450,000 in purses for top New York-sired 3-year-old trotters as a pair of Empire Breeders Classic events share top billing on the 10-race program.   Elimination winners Fad Finance and Earn Your Wings both look to upend last year's Sire Stakes superstar Non Stick in the $234,375 Filly Classic, carded as race seven. Fad Finance (post 5, 3-1 part of entry) stayed in close attendance to a strong early pace, pouncing on the then-undefeated Non Stick at the eighth pole and holding off a late charge from Straight A Student in 1:54.1. Trainer Trond Smedshammer also drives the daughter of Credit Winner. Earn Your Wings (post 6, 2-1 part of entry) likewise pounced late off a tracking trip in her elimination, sprinting off to a 1:54.4 victory over Swinging Royalty and Open Access. Jason Bartlett once again drives the Credit Winner filly for trainer Anette Lorentzon.   In the $222,975 Classic for colts and geldings, Sir Royson (post 7) has been installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite. The son of Crazed prevailed in both of his New York Sire Stakes races so far this season, winning from both on the lead and from off the pace. Jim Marohn, Jr. drives the five-time winner for trainer Linda Toscano. Among his eight rivals are Dexter Cup winner Dante (Ãke Svanstedt, post 9) and last year's Sire Stakes runner-up Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, post 3).   Camels and ostriches make their annual stop at the Miracle Mile on Sunday evening as well for a pair of non-wagering exhibition events after the second and fifth races. The camels and ostriches, from Hedrick's Animal Farm in Kansas, will compete in the early part of the card, as they do at many events nationwide. Post time for the Father's Day card is slated for 6:45 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 17, 2016 - A down-the-road Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) now has 44 career victories, few as handily as Friday night after winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Easily negating her mandated outside post position No.7, the slight favorite looped Mach it a Par (Brian Sears) en route to the lead. She worked around Pasultimatedelite N (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. After a rated 58-second intermission, Mach it a Par made her second move, extricating from fourth. That one barely engaged the leader in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Entering the lane, Krispy Apple opened 2½ lengths, then ran up the margin. She defeated a second-over Hidden Land (Brent Holland) by fourth lengths in 1:52.2. Mach it a Par salvaged the bottom of the ticket, with Pasultimatedelite N and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her fourth win in 10 seasonal starts (career earnings now nearing $1.7 million). The exacta paid $56.50, with the triple returning $280. The win the feature was just one of Bartlett's six-pack during the 11-race program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 16, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's team of five premier harness racing drivers, led by points-leader Jordan Stratton, try to say "au revoir" to their French counterparts. The group travels across the Atlantic to Hippodrome de Vincennes in Paris for the second leg of the inaugural Drivers' Cup Challenge. There's one race each next Friday (June 24) and Sunday (June 26). The first leg saw Stratton win both Yonkers' races in late March, one in a dead-heat with YR captain Jason Bartlett. The locals won the opening round, 85 points to 47. (points awarded as 17/12/9/7/6/5/4/3/2/1, with five given in the event of a scratch). In addition to Bartlett and Stratton, Tyler Buter, Dan Dube and Pat Lachance are representing Westchester against a potent French quintet of Pierre Vercruysse (captain), Matthieu Abrivard, Nicolas Ensch, Pierre Levesque and Franck Ouvrie. "I've driven at Vincennes before (in the World Driving Championship), and the track is great, "Bartlett said. "It's an honor to represent both Yonkers and the U.S." As for Stratton, he's keeping his eyes on the prize. "I have to make sure to bring a suitcase big enough to carry home the trophy," he said. Further information about the Vicennes portion of the competition shall be sent when available.  

WILKES-BARRE PA - Ideal Cowboy chased hot fractions, then grinded up first-over and drew away in the last quarter to easily win the harness racing $25,000 winners-over featured pace Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono.   Jason Bartlett, the leading moneywinning driver in North America so far in 2016, took a busman's holiday from Yonkers, where he is the leading driver and which is on hiatus for a week, and sat back while half of the six-horse field laid out hot splits of 26.1 and 53.2, with Bartlett and his winning American Ideal gelding beginning their raw move towards the 1:21 3/4s. Ideal Cowboy quickly passed his competition of the turn and drew off to win by five lengths over Jin's Dragon, who's risen from the "nw2800L4" class to featured race status within three months. The other member of "Team JB," trainer Jeffrey Bamond Jr., conditions the winner of $394,655, who lowered his lifetime mark by a tick, for Bamond Racing LLC and J&T Silva Stables LLC.   Bartlett wasn't the only denizen of Gotham City to take the mountain trip and make it profitable; George Brennan also came over and had three winners at press time to Bartlett's two.   Fastest mile of the night as this story went to print came in the $18,000 co-feature, as the McArdle ridgling McArdle's Lightning made every pole a winning one with a 1:49 victory. The winner went in 26.1 in both odd-numbered quarters, with the four-year-old, the youngest horse in the field, 1½ lengths ahead at the wire of the oldest horse in the field, eight-year-old Eighteen. Simon Allard guided the winner, who knocked 2/5 of a second off his personal best in triumphing for trainer Steve Elliott and the Lightning Stable.   PHHA / POCONO

If Sherman and Mr. Peabody dialed up the WABAC Machine to the summer of 1993, they would have found Giant Force winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing International Trot. As a 4-year-old back then, Giant Force, driven by John Patterson Jr., traversed the mile-and-a-quarter distance in 2:27. That local aged group standard lasted for nearly 23 years....until Tuesday afternoon. Crescent Fashion (co-owner/trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt) turned what appeared to be a mismatch on paper into an unfair fight on the track. As the 2-5 favorite, Crescent Fashion ($2.90) won the day's first "French" trot by 4¾ lengths in 2:25.4. The stakes-winning son of Muscle Hill, who earned more than $300,000 as a sophomore, made his seasonal debut in this non-winners of six parimutuels (or $60,000) lifetime event and made his rivals pay. The new track record was one of the few gauntlets not thrown down by Jason Bartlett, who, from 11 drives, won half of the day's dozen races. Frank Drucker

Pocketed Outrageous Art (Jason Bartlett, $29) and two-move Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.90) shared the Saturday Derby Night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace was a two-speed number, with 6-5 favorite Atta Boy Dan (Brennan) and Outrageous Art leaving from post position Nos. 5 and 4 (each in one after an inside scratch), respectively. The people's preference led through intervals of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.3, negating a second move from outside assignee Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears). Atta Boy Dan owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, with Outrageous Art ducking inside. The double-digit number picked off the favorite, winning by a half-length in a season's-best 1:52.1. Stolen Car (Tyler Buter), Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) and Texican N (Jordan Stratton) completed the cashers. For fifth choice Outrageous Art, a 9-year-old son of Art Major co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Ameer Najor, it was his sixth win in 13 career starts. The exacta paid $83, the triple returned $619 and the superfecta paid $1,923. The week's trotting feature saw Luminosity get thrown in play early and that tact served him well. From post No. 7, he wedged into a three-hole behind Somebody AS (Stratton) and Monroe County (Bartlett). The former put up early weigh stations of :27.2 of :56.3, while Luminosity was planning his next move. That one engaged the leader through a 1:25.2 three-quarters before wearing him down off the final turn. Luminosity then finished it off, defeating a second-up Major Athens (Sears)-the slight 2-1 choice-by 2¼ lengths in 1:54.1 Homicide Hunter (Mark MacDonald) was an uncovered third in his 4-year-old/local/half-mile track debut, while Monroe County and Newcastle (Buter) settled for the remainder. . For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 3-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $132. Frank Drucker

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