YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 7, 2013--Double-millionaire Sweet Lou (George Brennan) made a successful local debut Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Ordered outside his seven rivals (though inside one notch after a defection), 3-5 choice "Lou" worked around Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), making the before a quick :26.3 opening quarter. It was a rated 30-second quarter (:56.3) with Ardyne Ace (Larry Stalbaum) moving from fifth. That one offered minimal grief in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with Sweet Lou taking a couple of lengths into the lane, The people's preference then held the gang at bay, whipping Sapphire City by a length in 1:52...snappy :27.2 final quarter. Third went to a three-hole Lumberjack Willie (catch-driver Jordan Stratton), with Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) and Ardyne Ace rounded out the payees. For Sweet Lou, a 4-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Philip Collura, he returned $3.30 for his fourth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.60, with the triple returning $49. It should be noted that Sweet Lou's only half-mile experience prior to Saturday was the 2012 Little Brown Jug, when he won his heat before finishing second in the final. It is surmised he's going to join the Burke contingent in next season's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 6, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all who passed initiation--were won by front-end Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) and double-millionaire Wishing Stone (George Brennan, $3.30). In play early from assigned post position No. 3, Let's Go Higher--as the tepid 2-1 choice--played leapfrog on the lead with Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and :57.3 intermission, Cheyenne Miriam (Mark MacDonald) moved from third. However, that bid stalled before a 1:26 three-quarters, as Let's Go Higher owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. She held off a second-over Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton) by a half-length in 1:55.2. Third went to Cocoa Beach, with Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and "Miriam" rounding out the payees. For Let's Go Higher, a 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler owned by Jesse DeLong and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was her 14th win in 37 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.40, with the triple returning $166.50. The week's marquee trot saw Wishing Stone end his season with a picture. Sent postward as the 3-5 choice from his ordered eight-hole, he was wide at the outset before wedging in fifth. It was Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) leading through sub-sections of :28 and :58.3 with Lorenzo Dream (catch-driver Kakaley) pocketed and Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell) trying it first-up. Odds-on Wishing Stone was behind that one at the 1:27.2 three-quarters. An inside-the-cones Melady's Monet maintained the lead in and out of the final turn before Wishing Stone received the memo. He went by, with the margin a half-length in 1:57.1. Melady's Monet crossed the line second, but was set down to third for the above transgression. That moved Lorenzo Dream to second, with Zooming (Bartlett) and Elin (Larry Stalbaum) completing the cashers. For Wishing Stone, a 6-year-old son of Conway Hall trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Cowboyland Aalborg, Deo Volente Farms, J & T Silva and T L P Stables, it was his seventh win in 19 '13 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $43.40 and the superfecta paid $372.50. Next season, Wishing Stone begins a dual role as racehorse and stallion. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 30, 2013--P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) skimmed the cones Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway mad-scramble $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away second from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside scratch), P H Supercam was shuffled to third after a quarter-move by All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland). That one made the lead around Dream Out Loud N (Jordan Stratton) at the 27-second opening quarter-mile, then found a :55.4 intermission. Escape the News (George Brennan), as the 11-10 favorite, moved first-up from fourth. He pressured the leader through a 1:24.1 three-quarters. All Speed Hanover actually enjoyed a length-and-a-half of separation entering the lane, but could not close the sale. "All Speed" was surrounded on all sides, but the short way home of P H Supercam proved best. He closed deep in the passing lane to whip a stubborn Escape the New by a head in 1:53. Ardyne Ace (Larry Stalbaum) was a second-up third, with Dream Out Loud N and All Speed Hanover rounding out the payees. The fivesome found themselves separated by a half-length at the line. For P H Supercam, a 6-year-old Milliondollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $10.40 (third choice) for his 11th win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49, with the triple returning $162.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily.by By Frank Drucker for Harnesslink.com
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 16, 2013--Look up "perfect trip" in the harness dictionary and you find Ardyne Ace (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace, Unhurried early from post position No. 4, Ardyne Ace saw Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) loop Sapphire City (Brian Sears) early, then get caught wide again as 8-5 favorite China Grill (Pat Lachance) pulled pocket right in front of him. A three-deep Great Vintage eventually made the lead, paying a :26.4 price for the privilege. After a :56.1 intermission, Sapphire City was out from fourth. That was the back Ardyne Ace climbed aboard as he moved out of sixth. Great Vintage was about to be swallowed up before the 1:24.1 three-quarters, shuffling China Grill out at the same time. Sapphire City and Ardyne Ace opened their own private race entering the lane, with the former owning a short lead. However, the latter powered right by, widening to 2½ lengths in 1:51.4. Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell), last week's winner, rallied from last at the half to snatch second, with All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland), Sapphire City and P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Ardyne Ace, a 7-year-old Aces and Sevens gelding trained by Jim Pollock Jr., for Ohio co-owners David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett, he returned $21 (fifth choice) for his ninth win in 35 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $468, with the triple returning $1,825. No one took home Saturday night's Pick-5 wager, so Monday's edition (50-cent base wager, races 5 though 9), led by a $16,174.33 double carryover, shall include a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 12, 2013--Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. Leaving from post position No. 4, he watched early as Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) was hung out three-wide to secure the lead. He paid a 26-second price for the privilege, with 7-5 favorite Code Word (Brent Holland second and Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) third. After a swift :54.3 intermission, Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) moved from fourth, with Pan from Nantucket second-up and China Grill (Pat Lachance) third-over. Meanwhile, "Aracache" maintained the lead in and out of a 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane. However, the early intervals would prove his undoing. "Nantucket" powered by, getting the jump on China Grill and whipping that one by a nose in 1:51.4. That effort matched a life-best, with Code Word, Statesman N and Aracache Hanover rounding out the payees. For Pan from Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding trained by Joe Godinez for owner Blindswitch Racing, he returned $28.80 (sixth choice) for his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $443.50, with the triple returning $1,362. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 28, 2013-Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the richest night of racing in the state, the 24th edition of the New York Night of Champions. The $1.8 million event offered eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. So as to offend anyone, here's the chronologically-compiled skinny... Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot- Flyhawk El Durado (Mark MacDonald, $10.60) took the house from post position No. 4 (29.2; 1:00.2; 1:29.3; 1:58) for a fifth consecutive (NYSS) win. His dead-heat dance partner of a week ago here, Credit Fashion (Brian Sears), chased this night from the pocket, but missed a neck as the 2-5 choice. Cash Me Out (Mickey McGivern) rallied from third from the eight-hole. For second choice "El Durado," a s son of Conway Hall owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Mark Ford, he is now 6-for-9 this season. The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $108.50. "You never worry about him trotting out of there, and that's a big help," MacDonald said. "He felt good in the lane." Allerage Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Trot-Late-season scourge Market Rally (John Cummings Jr., $10.40), from post No. 5, did her damage from third over. She picked up division leader Maud Blue Chip (Sears) by a neck in 1:59.1. "Maud," the 7-10 favorite, went first up-and-over Flyhawk Falina (Dan Daley) before the three-quarters (:29, :59, 1:29.2), but could not stave off the winner. Exotic Form (Jason Bartlett), stuck in when he entrymate quit on the lead, rallied for third. For third choice Market Rally, a Cash Hall miss ($7,500 @ Morrisville), co-owned by (trainer) Megan Wilson and Johnny Yoder, it was her fourth win in 10 '13 tries (3-for-3 here). The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $47.40. "I just waited for the dust to settle and let her do her thing," Cummings said. "We thought she was a just a good filly from a good family," Wilson said, adding the Breeders Crown may be next on the dance card. Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace-Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) tried taking no prisoners (:27.1, 56.2, 1:26), including stuffing a fumbly-gaited Ali Blue (Jim Morrill Jr.) into a three-hole. The two-hole was locked up by Bettor Business (Dan Dube), and wound up serving her well. From post No. 2, Bettor Business ducked inside, getting to the winner and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a maiden-breaking 1:54.2. Ali Blue, as the 4-5 choice, was third. For fourth choice Bettor Business, a daughter of Bettor's Delight ($42,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by trainer Scott DiDomenico and JFE Enterprises, she returned $27.40 (partnered with Scandalicious) for that initial win in nine seasonal tries. The exacta paid $138.50, with the triple returning $124. Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot-The aptly-named--and odds-on--Bouncing Bax (Bartlett, $2.70), who began the season losing her first nine races, romped to a fifth consecutive win (:28.4, :59, 1:27.2, 1:56.2), From post No. 4, she took over from Barn Babe (Cummings Jr.), then "ran away" and hid. The margin was fourth lengths in a life-best effort. Second went to Royal Malinda (Daley), with Alphadoodle (MacDonald) third. For Bouncing Bax, a Credit Winner lass ($30,000 @ Harrisburg) trained by Jim Raymer for Harbor Racing Stable, the resume is five wins in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, with the triple returning $47. Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot-Crazy About Pat (Eric Goodell, $8.50) could not have asked for a better set-up. From post No. 4, he was perched In The Pocket as E L Rocket (George Brennan) dealt with a first-up, 7-5 choice Tirade Hanover (Morrill Jr.) through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.3. "Pat" edged off the cones, he edged past Tirade Hanover, winning by a half-length in 1:55, with E L Rocket third. For fourth choice Crazy About Pat, a homebred son of Crazed owned by (co-breeder) Patricia Stable and trained by Noel Daley, he's now 8-for-18 this season. The exacta paid $20.20, with the triple returning $67. "I raced him earlier in the season, and I was very fortunate to get the drive back," Goodell said. "I had the choice to go in and out, and things worked very well. He's a talented colt." Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-What can we say about He's Watching? Try this. An eighth win as many starts, a 1:52.2 track record for his weight class--also matching a world record--after a 6¼ -length beat-down. Leaving from the pole with Morrill Jr. in tow, He's Watching worked around barn buddy Major Trick (Bartlett), then set sails through stations of :28.1, :56.1 and 1:24.4 (equal halves of :56.1 for the 1-9 favorite, after some fast math). Big Boy Dreams (Sears) was a first-up second, with Major Trick third. For He's Watching ($2.20), a son of American Ideal ($3,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Dave Menary, Brad Gray and Michael Guerrero, he's now earned $291,722. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.80. "I don't where the bottom is," Morrill said. "He's a small colt, but he doesn't race like one. I was just letting him cruise." "This is the icing for him," Menary said. "He's been life-changing for me. He's probably done for the season, so while the others are down at Lexington, the Breeders Crown and the Matron, we can get a head start toward next season." Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace-Track record-holder for this division, Social Scene (Brennan, $10.20) did her damage as per usual...from off the pace. After Winbak Heavenly (Jim Marohn Jr.) and defending champ Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr.) slugged it out early (:27.1, :55.4), Social Scene--from post No. 6--went up and after the leader. She zipped by 4-5 fave "Lea"--who was bothered by a first-turn breaker--opening five lengths by the 1:23.1 three-quarters. The margin was a half-dozen at the wire in 1:53, with longshots Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller), Springforth (Larry Stalbaum) and Ballineen (Sears) upping the exotics. For second choice Social Scene, an American Ideal ma'am ($37,000 @ Lexington) co-owned by West Wins Stable and Steve Calhoun and trained by Casie Coleman, she's won half of her 14 '13 tries. The exacta paid $214.50, the triple returned $2,198 and the superfecta paid $76,990 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket paid $3,849.50). Summertime Lea faded to seventh. "When she's right, there's no filly that can hold her out," Brennan said. "She'd has some breathing issues, but she was sharp tonight." Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace-A third consecutive "lonely horse" to end the sires, as 3-10 choice Fool Me Once (Sears, $2.70) gave nothing else a shot. From post No. 5, it was effortless (:27.2, :56.2, 1:24.3, 1:51.3). The separation was 8½ lengths at the end, with Bettor Than You (Goodell) second at 42-1, ahead of 30-1 Framed Art (MacDonald). For Fool Me Once, a son of Art Major ($70,000 @ Harrisburg) co-owned by (trainer) Mark Austin and Daniel Smith, it was his 10th win in 14 seasonal starts (14-for-24 lifetime, earnings over $612,000). The exacta paid $42.40, with the triple returning $313.50. "He's a cut above the sire stakes horses," Sears said. "He was comfortable and I get let him go on with it." The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 21, 2013--Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) parlayed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned the pole, Sapphire City found the only leaver in Michael's Power (Eric Goodell). That one made the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile, then rated a 56.4 intermission. At that point, last week's winner, Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum), tried it first-up. He prompted the issue in and out of the 1:24.1 three-quarters, while Hillbilly Hanover (George Brennan) was struggling mightily from second-over. Meanwhile, 9-10 favorite Bolt the Duer (Mark MacDonald), who did not leave from his ordered eight-hole, was never a factor. Entering the lane, Michael's Power had a length-and-a-half lead, needing only to hold off the horse in his rear view. Sapphire City dove inside, edging away by a length-and-a-half in 1:51.2. Great Vintage held third, with Diamond Cowboy (Dan Dube) and Statesman N (Brian Sears) settling for the remainder. Bolt the Duer wound up last among the octet. For Sapphire City, a 5-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he returned $13.40 (third choice) for his sixth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $97.50, with the triple returning $1,352. Special Saturday night salute to Ross Wolfenden, a former Yonkers' driving standout who made his first local appearance in nearly 11 years. The Delaware-based Wolfenden wound up fifth (dead-heat) and seventh in his two drives. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions is set for next Saturday, offering eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals in the richest night of racing in the state. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
Members from the Food Bank for Westchester were on hand at Yonkers Raceway last Thursday night to enjoy a night at the races and receive donations from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway. The Food Bank has their annual Fight Against Childhood Hunger next month and the racetrack and casino donations will be offered as prizes that evening. At the track to receive the gifts were Food Bank for Westchester Executive Director Ellen Lynch and Volunteer Program Manager Nancy Lyons. Also pictured in presentations are SOA Director Sandra Kaufman and Frank Drucker and Ed Ryan from Yonkers Raceway. In April, several track employees and horsemen visited the Food Bank, which is just a short drive from the racetrack, to assist in getting food ready to be delivered to those in need. Volunteers for the cause included regular Yonkers drivers Jason Bartlett, Brent Holland, Mark MacDonald, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton. The Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to over 220 frontline hunger-relief organizations throughout Westchester including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers and shelters. For more information, visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org.
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 14, 2013--Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) was first to the lead and first to the line Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. With schnoz on starting gate from post position No. 4, Great Vintage made the lead around I Fought Dalaw (Mark MacDonald) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, locally-debuting Aracache Hanover (George Brennan), as the 1-2 favorite, moved from third. "Aracache" found a :55.4 intermission before second choice Domethatagain (Brent Holland) moved from fourth. That one prompted the issue in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, though Aracache Hanover maintained a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, his $1.5 million career resume failed to impress the Westchesterites. Great Vintage ducked inside, winning a protracted duel by a nose in 1:51.4. Diamond Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) closed stoutly to snatch second, with Aracache Hanover--beaten a head--Domethatagain and I Fought Dalaw completing the cashers. For Great Vintage, a 5-year-old statebred son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Falkbolagen AB, he returned $13.80 (third choice) his for his seventh win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $152, with the triple returning $641. Special Saturday night props to Lucky Man, whose third-place finish in the $19,000, fifth-race pace made his harness racing's newest millionaire ($1,000,838). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker
August 21, 2013 - Special Report and Four Trumps A left Big Z Training Center in Montegue, NJ over the weekend to transition into their second career as riding horses with New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program at their Laurelville, Ohio facility. Larry Stalbaum trained and raced both horses for most of their careers. Special Report had 186 starts and earned $1,515,48 and Four Trumps A had 129 starts and earned $698,844. Stalbaum stated “Special Report has been retired since last summer. We sent him to North Carolina to enjoy just being a horse, however it became very clear that he was unhappy not having anything to do. We brought him back this spring and started jogging him a little, and he really enjoyed the exercise and daily interaction. He has a great following on Facebook, and we put it out there that Special Report wanted to be a riding horse and asked for suggestions on how to make that happen.” New Vocations Standardbred Program Director, Winnie Morgan Nemeth contacted Stalbaum since the program had taken horses for him in the past. “We are excited to receive Special Report and Four Trumps A as these two great racehorses truly deserve to have a second career. It was good of Larry to recognize that they still have much more to offer. At New Vocations we will teach them a new skill, so they can go on and make more dreams come true with their next family.” “Special Report and Four Trumps A stabled, shipped and raced together for many years at New York tracks. Now they will transition together as riding horses. “They both are top class horses,” Nemeth said, “and that always carries over under saddle. Our goal is to have them ready to show at the Standardbred World Show in October, and then make them available for adoption. I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate to both the harness racing community and the equestrian world the versatility of the Standardbred. These two horses will be great ambassadors for the breed and the sport.” About New Vocations: Founded in 1992, New Vocations is the largest racehorse adoption program in the United States. Their mission is to stand in the gap for retired racehorses, providing a safety-net, through rehabilitation, training and placement into carefully screened and monitored homes. The program takes in over 400 retired racehorses a year from tracks across the country. For more information visit www.NewVocations.org. Winnie Nemeth Winnie@horseadoption.com
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 20, 2013--Forty Five Red (Dan Dube) took it of the house Saturday night. winning Yonkers Raceway's $111,250 final of Yonkers Raceway's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. With nose on gate from post position No. 2, Forty Five Red left around Thereisapaceforus (Larry Stalbaum). The former--whose task was simplified when 4-5 favorite Western Conquest (Brent Holland) and Gotta Laugh Again (Ray Schnittker) both broke leaving--had the lead just after a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. A soft, 30.1 next quarter (59-second half) made everyone else's job that much more difficult. Stevensville (Jordan Stratton), partnered with Gotta Laugh Again, tried it first-up...from sixth...going toward the 1:27.3 three-quarters, but could never get close. Meanwhile, Forty Five Red widened to 2½ lengths turning for home, then whipped Thereisapaceforus by a couple of lengths in a life-best (three starts) 1:55.4. Disarrei (Pat Lachance) sat a three-hole and wound up third, with Goldin Parachute (Eric Goodell) and Great American (Mark MacDonald) completing the cashers. Stevensville, Gotta Laugh Again and a distanced Western Conquest rounded out the order. "He's just a good horse," Dube said. "I was happy with his race (second) last week (eliminations), and I would have been happy sitting second and taking my chances, but I saw (Western Conquest) get rough and it made it easier." For $105,000 Lexington yearling Forty Five Red, a son of If I Can Dream co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stable, he returned $7.60 (second choice) for a second win in those three tries. The exacta paid $50.50, with triple returning $679. The race, honoring the founder of Hanover Shoe Farms, returned in 2012 after a nine-season hiatus. Larry DeVan, grandson of Mr. Sheppard and himself a prominent horse owner, was on hand to make the presentation Frank Drucker
Andie Sophia and harness racing driver Larry Stalbaum lasted on the lead Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $155,624 final of the Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-olds. Normally a Yonkers Trot companion event, the Hudson was all by itself this time around.
Lady Broadway was the overwhelming 1/5 favorite in the $155,624 final of the Hudson Filly Trot at Yonkers Raceway Saturday for harness racing three-year-old fillies but as the starting gate pulled away a case of stage fright sent the filly off-stride and out of the race.
Yonkers Raceway's pair of snowflake-themed Friday night $35,000 Open Handicaps--for harness racing distaff pacers and trotters of either gender--were won by Chief Karen (Larry Stalbaum, $21.20) and Master Pine (Jim Pantaleano, $68).
Inside assignee Hypnotist (Larry Stalbaum, four winners on the 12-strong harness racing card ducked inside and picked off Silent Swing (Mark MacDonald) Saturday night (November 3), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace.
About three dozen incredibly eager harness racing volunteers representing Yonkers Raceway, Empire City, the horsemen's association and the driving colony paid a Tuesday afternoon visit to the Food Bank for Westchester. The organization is located in Elmsford, about 20 minutes north of Yonkers.