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YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 13, 2019--Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $2.80) went out a winner Friday night (Dec. 13th). The millionairess harness racing pacing mare, profiled earlier this week, handily notched career win No. 53 at her second home, Yonkers Raceway. Undeterred by pouring rain and a pared-down field of five rivals in the $22,000, second-race pace, odds-on Mach it a Par--from post position No. 2--retook early from Bellatricks (Brent Holland). She eventually widened in a 'sloppy' 1:54.1. The final margin was 4½ lengths over Annabeth (Jordan Stratton), with Bellatricks, Line Dancer (Eric Goodell) and Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the payees. For Mach it a Par, a 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her seventh win in 36 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, the triple returned $27.40 and the superfecta paid $9,150. Mach it a Par ended her career with 182 starts, 53 wins, 29 seconds and 30 thirds ($1,152,767). The plan is for the lass to be bred to a to-be-determined New York stallion, After her final race night, Mach it a Par was given an official sendoff in the paddock, surrounded by her connections and racing officials and complete with congratulatory sign. Bartlett, meanwhile, won five of the night's 11 races to grab a six-win lead (423-417) over the idle George Brennan with three programs left in the local season. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, December 11, 2019-- Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett's first words about Mach it a Par were hardly the stuff of testimonials. "She doesn't look like much, her gait isn't the smoothest, very choppy, she has to use many more steps to cover same amount of ground," her usual chauffeur said. "But"--and there's always a 'but'--"what no one could measure was her heart." Mach it a Par makes the 182nd and final start of her seven-figure career Friday night (Dec. 13th), after which she'll be honored by her home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. Entering the $22,000 second race, the 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three has made her last 87 starts in Westchester for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables, "She's not supposed to do the thing she's done," trainer Richard Banca said of the 52-time winner. "She did overcome so much, all sorts of foot issues. She's just been tremendous and gets around Yonkers great. I don't know why, maybe it's her size. She took a (1:50.3) mark there (September of 2016, Brian Sears driving), which I think was a world record at the time. We've had her since early (March) 2016. I think the owners paid $60,000 for her. She was racing at Pompano. She had a lot of wins, but hadn't made much money. "We put her right in the (2016 Blue Chip) Matchmaker," Banca said. "She was probably eligible to non-winners of $10,000 (in last five starts), but we threw her in the series. She ended up winning and paying a lot ($81, George Brennan driving) and that really surprised us. There weren't that many surprises after a career-best '16 season (39 starts, 13 wins, nine seconds, eight thirds, $404,200), with Yonkers as her nearly-exclusive place to race. The past two full seasons have seen Mach it a Par pay her way, earning $200,000-plus in each. "It's not that she can't race anymore (six wins, more than $144,000 in 2019)," Banca said. "The owners just want to breed her (to as as-of-now undetermined New York stallion)," It wasn't all sunshine and Skittles on the track for Mach it a Par, however. The lass cost herself any number of winner's circle pictures and a fair amount of coin by not necessarily pacing the straight and narrow through the lane. "We never could figure out why she runs out," Banca said. "She doesn't do it every time (cue Bartlett...'She was a winner last [Friday] night [Dec. 6th], but off the last turn, she wants to go and get a hamburger in the grandstand') and we've tried some equipment changes, but then she ran in." So, there. Mach it a Par wasn't always pretty, but with more than $1.1 million on account, she was pretty good. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Dec. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,791.45 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Thursday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Ever since coming to Freehold Raceway, Lucius Vorenus has excelled over the half-mile oval. He continued his winning ways on Friday (November 15), as he took the harness racing $50,000 final of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owner's Association of New Jersey trotting series.   Sent off as the even-money favorite, he was put right on the lead by driver Jason Bartlett. French Cafe, the clear-cut second choice, drafted in the pocket, but Lucius Vorenus was still able to set steady fractions of 28.4 for a quarter and 59.0 for a half.   Nearing three-quarters, Lucius Vorenus began to pull away, as he set the fraction in a slow 1:28.2. French Cafe had to settle for second, as Lucius Vorenus cruised under the wire in 1:56.3.   This is the third win in the last four starts for the Crawford Farms-owned gelding, who is sired by Father Patrick and trained by Nick Surick. He won the Garden State trot for colts & geldings in his Freehold debut on October 26, then added a win and a runner-up in the first two legs of the series. He's now earned $109,655 in his career; $74,375 of that total has come in his last four races.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 8, 2019--A pocketed Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett, $10.60) picked off Write Me a Song (George Brennan) nearing the wire Friday night (Nov. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 4, Kaitlyn N stung Write Me a Song, releasing that one before a chilly, 26-second opening quarter-mile. Odds-on pole-sitter Lady Dela Renta A (Matt Kakaley) was cutting her own mile in third. It was after a :55.1 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters when Kaitlyn N edged from the pocket, Lady Dela Renta A in behind. Write Me a Song had a diminishing three-quarter-length lead off the final turn, with Kaitlyn N closing. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:53.3. Third went to Sudden Change N (Austin Siegelman), ahead of an empty, 4-5 fave Lady Dela Renta A. Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) was fifth, while returning Wisdom Tree (Jordan Stratton) trailed. For Kaitlyn N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca, Barbara & James Boese, it was the third choice's fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $383 and the superfecta paid $934. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Lucius Vorenus picked up another win at Freehold Raceway on Friday (November 8), as he took the second leg of the Standardbred Breeders' and Owners' Association of New Jersey (SBOANJ) harness racing trotting series by three-quarters of a length.   The race began on an auspicious note, when three of the six horses in the field, Warrior One, Sovereign Deo, and Princess Deo, all broke stride. Lucius Vorenus avoided trouble, and rated in third off leader Alternative Fact. At the three-quarter point, driver Jason Bartlett pulled with Lucius Vorenus, and took dead aim at the leader.   Turning for home, Lucius Vorenus pulled clear of Alternative Fact, but had to deal with Dark as a Pocket, who rated in the pocket and was rallying up the inside. Lucius Vorenus held sway, crossing the wire in front in 1:58.1.   This is the second win in the last three starts for Lucius Vorenus, who won the Garden State Trot for 3-year-old colts & geldings on October 26. He's owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Nick Surick.   Lucius Vorenus is expected to appear in the $50,000 SBOANJ final of the series, scheduled for next Friday at Freehold. Both first-leg winners, Evident Beauty and No Drama Please, are also expected headliners.   Live racing continues at Freehold this Saturday, with a first race post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. - The New York Sire Stakes and USTA District 8 are reminding interested parties to RSVP for the Annual Awards Banquet scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 10 at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The evening will honor the harnes racing champion horses, trainers, drivers, owners and breeders of the NYSS, the Excelsior Series and the New York County Fair Series. Guests are asked to please RSVP to Sarah Quinn at squinn@caphill.com or 518-694-5002. The title of Leading Breeder will go to Winbak Farm for the second year in a row. Winbak Farm bred seven champion horses across the three NYSS racing tiers, led by 2-year-old trotting filly Zero Tolerance. Trond Smedshammer will be named Leading Trainer in a season that saw him earn $749,955.71 with 14 horses in the NYSS and Excelsior divisions. Jason Bartlett will be honored as Leading Driver, finishing atop the NYSS and Excelsior charts with $1,715,282.91 and 65 wins. Claude Huckabone Jr. was named both Leading Trainer and Leading Driver in the NYSS County Fair Series. Huckabone drove 2019 champion Flow With Joe and is trainer/co-owner of Roll With Mimi. This 30th edition of the NYSS Night of Champions was held at the Batavia Downs on Sept. 14. Eight champions were crowned, taking home a combined $1.8 million in purses. The 2019 champions are: Zero Tolerance, Quincy Blue Chip, The Fun Marshall, Hypnotic AM, Cigars and Port, Third Shift, Gimpanzee and Hickfromfrenchlick. The evening will honor the NYSS Excelsior Champions, who took home $55,000 each at Saratoga Casino Hotel on Sept. 21. The 2019 champions are Ideal Perception, C And T's Credit, Century Ferrari, Fool Me Again, Book Seven, Certify, Alleyesonme AS, and Hanna Dreamgirl. The NYSS County Fair Champions were crowned at Monticello Raceway on Sept. 5 following two months of racing at 20 county fairs across New York State. Each final carried a purse of $10,000, collected by Notoutofthewoods, Discus Hanover, Xenia's Chip, Flow With Joe, Reckless Image, Certify, Roll With Mimi, and Jericho Willie. Awards will also be given in the RUS-NY (Racing Under Saddle) series. RUS-NY is sponsored by Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Oneida Veterinary Associates PLLC. Hillary Hartnett will receive her accolades as 2019 Rider Challenge Champion and Akhenaton will be honored as County Fair Final Champion and 2019 Top Point Earner. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:30 p.m., hosted by USTA District 8 racetracks. Dinner and awards will follow immediately at 7:30 p.m. A USTA District 8 meeting will precede the banquet and is scheduled for 5 p.m. in the hotel. Tickets are $35.00. Special room rates are available in which banquet guests can receive 15% off a reservation at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Click here for booking information. Payment should be made out and sent to: Agriculture & NYS Horse Breeding Fund c/o CHMS 230 Washington Avenue Extension, Suite 101 Albany, NY 12203 From the New York Sire Stakes

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 2, 2019--A pocketed Havefaithinme N (Jason Bartlett, $10) slipped up the inside, picking off 2-5 favorite Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell) Saturday night (Nov. 2nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Preferred Pace. The feature, pared down to a half-dozen after a pair of defections, saw Havefaithinme N--in one notch to post position No. 3--make the first lead. He was then leapfrogged by polester Rodeo Rock. The people's preference then led through early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 56 seconds. Runrunjimmydunn N (Jordan Stratton) tried it first-up from third, prompting through a :27.3 third quarter (1:23.3). Rodeo Rock did own a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn, but drifted, leaving the back door unguarded. Havefaithinme N was more than obliging, scooting through to whip the fave by a length in 1:51.4. Third went to 'Jimmydunn,' with Western Joe (Austin Siegelman) and Turbo Hill (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the minors. Dancin' Dragon (George Brennan) received lovely parting gifts. For second choice Havefaithinme N, an 8-year-old millionaire Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by Blindswitch and Good Friends Racing Stables, Gary Axelrod & Santo Farina and trained by Jose Godinez, it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.80, the triple returned $39.60 and the superfecta paid $150. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 26, 2019-- After losing his first nine races to start the harness racing season, Brookie's Prince N (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) has flipped the script 180 degrees. It was an 11th consecutive win Thursday night (Sept. 26th) as Brookie's Prince N lasted on the lead during Yonkers Raceway's $13,500 pacing opener. In for the higher number in a $12,5000/$15,000 claiming handicap, Brookie's Prince N wired the field (;27.3, 57.4, 1:26.1, 1:55.3) from outside post position No. 7. The 6-year-old Real Desire Down Under gelding, owned by Jessica Anderson and trained by Rich Banca, was summarily reclaimed by owner-trainer Brittany Robertson. The rent-a-horse Brookie's Prince N has now been taken out of his last five starts. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett won six races including five of the eight New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) consolations ran at Vernon Downs on Sunday (September 15). All divisions raced for a purse of $40,000. Here are all the NYSS consolations in the order they raced. Gobi Princess (Bartlett) much the best in the race for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Avalonia (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :27.1 and to the half in :57.0. Gobi Princess ($2.80) took control just after the half and was first to three-quarters in 1:54.4. Gobi Princess, who is owned by Knuttson Trotting Inc. and trained by Annette Lorentzon, turned for home with the lead. Avalonia tried to comeback but Gobi Princess was too strong and won easily in 1:54.1. Avalonia was second best. Amanda Blue Chip (Tyler Buter) finished third. Gobi Princess is a 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass. It was her third win this season. She now has four career victories. Heavens Challenge (Bartlett) charges late to nip Boogie Roll (Joe Bongirono) in the sophomore pacing fillies consolation. Boogie Roll led the three horse field to a first quarter of :27.1 and half of :57.1. Heavens Challenge ($3.70), who is trained by Chris Height for owners James Slendrom, Jeffrey Levine, and Joe Cornacchia, led to three-quarters in 1:25.4. Boogie Roll rallied back and took the lead back as they reached the stretch. Heavens Challenge made one more charge and won by a nose in a lifetime best of 1:54.2. Boogie Roll had to settle for second best. Heavens Challenge is a 3-year-old filly by Rock N Roll Heaven. It was her third win this season and seventh career victory. Genius Ma(n (Bartlett) too smart in consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Always On The Hunt (Ray Schnittker) went to the lead and put up all the early fractions (:26.0, :55.0, 1:23.1). The first to give him a challenge was stablemate Teton Sunset (Tyler Buter) as the two went side by side. Genius Man ($3.40), who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Ron Michelon and Daniel Plouffe, went second-over third as they made the turn for home. He held off a late charge by second place finisher Ideal Artillery (Jim Morrill Jr) to win in a lifetime best of 1:52.2. Teton Sunset was third best. Genius Man is a 2-year-old colt by Art Major-Unred Hanover. It was his second win in eight career starts. Dragon Roll (Howard Parker) sneaks by late to capture NYSS consolation for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Coconut Beach (Bartlett) was first to the quarter in :27.1. Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) took control on the backstretch and led to the half in :57.0 and to three-quarters in 1:24.4. Dragon Roll ($11.40), who is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo, and Lawrence Minowitz, went first-over at three-quarters. She wrestled the lead away in deep stretch and held off the late charge of Hen Party (Matt Kakaley) to win in a lifetime best of 1:53.3. Hen Party had to settle for second. Fashion Hill held on for third. Dragon Roll is a 3-year-old filly by Roll With Joe- Little Miss Dragon. It was her second career victory in six starts. Brady Bunch (Bartlett) easily wins NYSS consolation for 3-year-old trotting colts & geldings. Whimzical Chapter (Dan Daley) led to the first quarter in :26.4. Brady Bunch ($3.80) then blew right by to take them to a half of :56.1. He then used a :29 third quarter to hit three-quarters first in 1:25.1. Brady Bunch, who is trained by Erv Miller for owners Michael Anderson, Joseph Faraldo, and Eddie Gran, had a lot in the tank as they reached the stretch. He breezed to an easy victory in a lifetime best of 1:53.2. Skyway Kon Man (Tyler Buter) came up late to finish second. Chip Chip Conway (Jim Morrill Jr.) was third. Brady Bunch is a 3-year-old gelding by Muscle Mass. It was his fourth win of the season and of his career. Bro (Tyler Buter) is upset winner in the consolation for sophomore pacing colts & geldings. Bro ($22.80) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Respect Our Flag (Joe Bongiorno) then went to the front as they headed for the backstretch. Covered Bridge (Jim Morrill Jr.) then would take his turn and led to the half in :55.1. As they headed for the final turn Bro went to the front again and led to three-quarters in 1:22.2. Bro, who is trained by Homer Hochtetler for owners Jay Hochstetler and Finkelberg Racing LLC, was strong as they turned for home. He breezed down the stretch to win in a lifetime best of 1:50.2. Respect Our Flag was second best. Chatelroll (Howard Parker) finished third. Bro is a 3-year-old colt by Rock N Roll Heaven. He was winless as a freshmen and now has won four wins as a sophomore. Discus Hanover (Jason Bartlett) scores in the NYSS consolation for freshmen colts & geldings. Discus Hanover ($6.50) took the lead just before hitting the first quarter in :27.1. He continued to lead to the half in :58.2. Take The Credit (Jim Morrill Jr) took over and led to three-quarters in 1:28.0. All Rise (Tyler Buter) took a short lead in the stretch. Discus Hanover, who is owned by trainer David Dewhurst and Phillip Hale, squeezed through an opening on the inside. Praying Ruby (Matt Kakaley) made a late three wide move but Discus Hanover was not to be denied and won in 1:57.0. Praying Ruby had to settle for second money. All Rise held on to finish third. Discus Hanover is a 2-year-old colt by Credit Winner-Dancing Flames. It was his 11th straight win in 14 starts. No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) wins NYSS consolation for 2-year-old trotting fillies. Flotus (John Stark Jr.) was first to the quarter in :27.2 and first to the half in :57.0. No Mas Drama ($4.40) took the lead as they hit three-quarters in 1:26.3, No Mas Drama, who is trained by Jenn Bongiorno for owners J And T Silva Stables, Joe Bongiorno, James DiScala Jr. and Eleven Star Stable, went toe to toe with Flotus in the stretch. She would take the lead and hold on after a late charge by second place finisher Charlotte Chaplin to win in a lifetime best of 1:55.4. Flotus held on for third. No Mas Drama is a 2-year-old filly by Muscles Yankee-Massive Drama. It was her second career win in eight career starts. Bartlett's sixth win came of the night came with JDS Brent N Sheree ($4.60). Vernon Downs returns to live racing on Friday (September 20) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 9, 2019-Pocketed favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) gave the harness racing public what it wanted Friday night (Aug. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The board spoke her name and Alexa's Power raced as if she knew it. Making the first lead from post position No. 4, she then deferred to raging, eight-hole-assigned Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the lass who had won her previous three tries threw down a :55.4 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters. However, she could not shake either Alexa's Power or Dibaba N (Eric Goodell). A bit cooler at the windows this time around, Feelin' Red Hot was a bit shorter on the track. Alexa's Power collared the leader early in the lane, going by to whip Dibaba N by three-quarters of a length in a season's-best 1:51.1. Feelin' Red Hot easily held third, with Annabeth (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Betterb Chevron N (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For Alexa's Power, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Jeff & Michael Snyder and trained by Jim Campbell, it was her third win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $202 and the superfecta paid $974. Friday night's Pick 5, who began with a $7,500 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $26,812 of new coin into the gimmick. It was a 5/4/5/5/3 winning combination returning $107.62 for each correct half-a-buck wager. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Winndevie captures the $118,000 New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies at Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 8). She was driven by Jason Bartlett. Sensibility (Tyler Buter) led to the first quarter in :26.2. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) was second best but went on a break right near the first quarter mark. Woodside Charm (Verlin Yoder), who was the 2018 2-year-old trotter of the year, took over the lead heading for the back stretch. She hit the half in :56.1 and was first to three-quarters in 1:25.3. Winndevie ($15.40), who is owned by the Purple Haze Stables and trained by Trond Smedshammer, was fourth at the halfway mark. She then went first-over heading around the last turn. She then joined Woodside Charm as they hit three-quarters. When they reached the stretch it was all Winndevie as she powered home to win in a lifetime best of 1:54.0. Sensibility finished second with Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) getting third money. Quincy Blue Chip recovered from her early break and finished fourth. Woodside Charm, who was seven for seven as a freshman, is winless in her two starts as a sophomore. Winndevie is a 3-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her third win this season and her ninth career victory. George Ducharme trained three winners on the evening. He got his wins with The Fixer ($2.30), Hannah Dreamgirl ($11.20), and Crysalline ($4.20). There is no live racing at Vernon Downs on Friday (August 9) due to the Lee Greenwood and Crystal Gayle concert. Live racing returns on Saturday (August 10) with an 11 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Monticello, NY - The New York Sire Stakes concluded their 4th harness racing leg at Monticello Raceway on Monday July 1. Sandy's Bolt (PP6) scored a wire to wire win in his division of Sire Stakes, the son of Bolt the Duer - White Sand cut fractions of 28.1,59, 1:27.3 to score in a 6-length victory in 1:56.2 and in the process earned a new life time mark. It was the second Sire Stake win in a row for Sandy's Bolt and trainer Jose Godinez and driver Jason Bartlett, the 1/5 favorite paid a paltry $2.70-win pari mutuel. Linus was second, followed by Ideal Artillery. Starting from the rail, Always On The Hunt went down the road to lead at every stanza to score a scant nose win over Level Up in 1:56:1 - LQ 27.2 for the co fastest mile of the afternoon. Always on the Hunt and Level Up duked it out in the lane with 10 length separation on the rest of the pack, the Ray Schnittker trainee was driven to the win by Mark MacDonald earned his first career win. The son of American Ideal - Beachesofcheyenne now has $22,912 in earnings. Jason Bartlett picked up his second win of the afternoon via Save Me A Dance in the 3rd division of $26,5000 Sire Stakes. The son of Heston Blue Chip - Dance Hall Girl followed the winning formula all afternoon, and lead from start to finish a length ahead of Slash Brother in 1:56.1. Save Me A Dance also earned his first lifetime win for trainer Andrew Harris and owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. In the final dash, deviating from the norm of the day to cut the mile, Matt Kakeley was content to sit the pocket with Groovy Joe while I Rolled the Dice tripped the tele timer at every station except the finish line. Groovy Joe was the first to pull past the half to start the outer flow and tracked the pacesetter to skip away by 2 lengths to win in 1:56.4. Groovy Joe went off the heavy 3/5 favorite and paid $3.00 for the win. It was the second consecutive Sire Stake win for the son of Roll With Joe - Chotak Milk. In Excelsior A competition the winners were, Surreal Sergeant (Jim Taggart Jr.) 2:00 -$7.70, Fear The Past (Scott Zeron) 2:01.2 $3.40 and Chief Of Staff (Jordan Stratton) 2:01.1 - $31.20. The lone Excelsior B dash was won by Latin King (Tyler Buter) 1:59.1 - $9.90   By: Shawn Wiles

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 17, 2019-Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win No. 8,000 Monday night (June 17th), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Topville Angelina ($2.30) in 1:54.1. That matched the ma'am's life-best effort. Bartlett was making short work of the $15,000, seventh-race pace as odds-on Passa-Grille Beach ($3.30) widened to 8¾ lengths in a life-best 1:53.1. He had to wait all of two races before turning over the odometer, getting No. 8,000 in the $25,000, ninth-race pace with Charm's Lil Sis ($9.30) in another life-best effort, this one in 1:54.1. The milestone miss is a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned and Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler. Charm’s Lil Sis and Jason Bartlett                             --Katy Gazzini photo The same owner/driver/trainer troika combined to win last month's Lismore here with the 3-year-old pacing filly Bestseller Hanover. "It's nice to do it here (Yonkers), with my family able to join me," Bartlett said. "I want to race here as often as I can, especially Fridays and Saturdays, since the money is so good." Bartlett isn't an every-night local fixture, as he makes the rounds for New York Sire Stakes and some open-stakes engagements. "I went to Northfield a couple of Saturdays ago (for the Battle of Lake Erie)," he said. "I had the chance to drive Jimmy Freight. He's a special horse and I enjoyed it, but I prefer Yonkers as often as possible. "When I first came down here for good, I had maybe 2,000 wins, so to win as many as I have driving against the best there is, I appreciate that. The 38-year-old Bartlett, a native of Augusta, ME, is trying for a ninth local driving title. "Just thanking all the owners and trainers that have supported me and keep going." Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $4,100 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool, enticed $35,108 of new coin. A combination in the gimmick of 5/3/2/6/2 returned $1,966.75 for every correct half-dollar ticket. Tuesday's (June 18th) Pick 5 offers with a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 25, 2019-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett, $14.20) finished what she started Saturday night (May 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $109,234 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies. From position No. 5, she led through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:25.3 and 1:54.4, choosing a correct evening for first seasonal victory. En route, she hooked 1-10 favorite Queen of the Pride (Jordan Stratton), before that one made a filthy break in the final turn. As Time Goes By (George Brennan) was second at 41-1, with Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick) third. Annie Hill (Brian Sears) and Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland) came away with the minors, while Privacy Hanover (Dave Miller)-uncoupled stablemate of the winner-Rock N McRoll (Dan Dube) and the dance-of-the-danmed Queen of the Pride rounded out the order. For second choice Bestseller Hanover, a $130,000 daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler, it was that first win in three '19 tries. The exacta paid $198.50, the triple returned $705 and the superfecta paid $4,333. Potential bridge jumpers were spared with no show wagering. "I raced against Queen of the Pride the last two weeks and noticed Jordan (Stratton) had to hold her together to get her over the turns," Bartlett said. "That's kind of the reason I left. "I said, 'Well, if he wants to go out of there fast, we will go fast and see what happens in the first turn.' "I didn't realize she was that quick off the gate," Bartlett said. "I scored her down, spoke to her a little bit, and she was right there on her toes. If I took back, they're going to go to the half slow, we're going to be in a bad spot, so we took our shot." Bestseller Hanover was a first-up second to Queen of the Pride in their elimination race a week ago. As for Queen of the Pride, who was wide early before settling fourth, "She threw a shoe coming by the stands and started running in on the turns," Stratton said. "She wasn't getting over the track."   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

Amal Hall (Jason Bartlett) and Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) won their Empire Breeders Classic (EBC) trotting fillies elimination races at Vernon Downs on Friday (May 17). Both races were for a purse of $12,500. In the first harness racing division Amal Hall ($4.30) went to the front and led to a first quarter of :27.2. Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris) then took over control and led to a half of :58.1 and to three-quarters in 1:27.2. Amal Hall, who is trained by Julie Miller for owners GTY Stable, Andy Miller Stable, and Dumain Heaven Farm, popped out of the pocket in the stretch and blew by to win in 1:56.4. Conway Kellyanne hung on for second. Pilgrims Lass (Mike Simons) finished third. Amal Hall is a three-year-old filly by Credit Winner. It was her first win in 2019. She now owns four career victories. In the second division, With Out A Doubt (Tyler Buter) charged out to the lead and led the way to a first quarter of :28.3. Quincy Blue Chip ($5.70), who is owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and trained by Gareth Dowse, took over the lead on the back stretch. She led them to the half in :58.0. As she hit the three-quarter mark in 1:26.2, she would be joined by Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer) as they made the turn for home. Quincy Blue Chip shook lose in mid-stretch and held off a late charge by second place finisher Sweet Chapter (Matt Kakaley) to win in 1:54.3. Winndevie held on for third. Quincy Blue Chip                                   -- Fotowon photo   Quincy Blue Chip is a 3-year-old filly by Chapter Seven. It was her second win in 2019. She now has reached the winner's circle six times in her career. Here are the qualifiers for the EBC Final for 3-year-old trotting fillies on Memorial Day (May 27): Amal Hall, Conway Kellyanne, Pilgrims Lass, Sensibility, Quincy Blue Chip, Sweet Chapter, Winndevie, With Out A Doubt, and Gobi Princess. The alternate is Hanna Dreamgirl. The field is set for EBC final for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Post-Horse-Driver 1. Gettin Serious 2. Star Track Hanover 3. Skyway Kon Man 4. Whimzical Chapter 5. Gimpanzee 6. Mr Vicktor 7. Travel Winner 8. Cavill Hanover 9. Big Money Honey   Live racing returns to Vernon Downs with a 13 race card starting at 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com.   John Horne for Vernon Downs.

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 7, 2019-New York Sire Stakes season began Tuesday night (May 7th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $163,499 Joe Goldstein Trot for 3-year-old fillies. The lasses went as three harness racing divisions, two six-horse fields--purses $54,833 each-and a five-horse event at $1,000 less. The opening quintet saw Hanna Dreamgirl (Brian Sears, $13) waltz around the oval (:29.3, 1:00.1, 1:29.3, 1:59) as the only leaver. From post position No. 3, she never had any grief, disposing of first-up, 2-5 choice Stella Jane (Jason Bartlett), then hold pocket-sitting Sweet Chapter (Dave Miller) at bay. The final margin was three-quarters of a length, with Stella Jane settling for the bottom of the ticket. For third choice Hanna Dreamgirl, a daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, it was her seasonal debut (2-for-15, $115,204 as 2-year-old). The exacta paid $29.20, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. The first of two happy half-dozen sire stakes events was won by With Out a Doubt (Andy Miller, $10.20). Making the first lead from post No 5, she gave it up to Sensibility (Scott Zeron) That lass worked through intervals of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:27, with minimal annoyance from Thanks for Leaving (Jordan Stratton) and even less from 17-10 favorite Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris). Sensibility owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but With Out a Doubt edged by with purpose. She drew out, winning by a length-and-three-quarters in a life-best 1:56.2...by far the night's fastest effort. Sensibility was a safe second, with 'Kellyanne' and Thanks for Leaving completing the gimmicks. With Out a Doubt                  -Mike Lizzi photo For fourth choice Without a Doubt, a daughter of Conway Hall co-owned by (breeder) Ross Bonafield, Robert McCarthy & James Moran and trained by Erv Miller, it was also her '19 purse bow (1-for-9, $51,536 as 2-year-old). The exacta paid $27, the triple returned $107 and the superfecta paid $199.50. "She's quick off the car and very handy," Andy Miller said. ...and down came the rain before the final statebred event, reclassifying the track as 'sloppy'. It was done in time defending sire stakes champion Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $4.60) to prevail-barley-snapping he nearly 39-1 rank outsider Pilgrim Lass (Mike Simons) by a head in 1:59.1. 'Pilgrim,' one of three that didn't jump it off early, led the remaining trio (:30.3, 1:01.1, 1:30.2). Winndevie, pocketed from post No. 5, took out early but found the leader quite stubborn. Winndevie did get past very late, with Amal Hall (Andy Miller) third. Quincy Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.), the 7-10 choice, did beat the other breakers. For second choice Winndevie, a Credit Winner miss trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she began her sophomore season after going 6-for-7 ($227,878) as a frosh. The exacta paid $102, the triple returned $286 and the superfecta paid $771. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Tuesday night (May 14th), with the Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   by Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704

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