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YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving--as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, she gave no one else a shot, including 6-5 favorite Economy Terror (Ron Pierce). That one moved from fifth before a :57.1 intermission. A :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4) widened the leader's advantage, as she opened a length-and-three-quarters into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then drew out, winning by 3¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:52.4. Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) rallied into second, with last week's winner, Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley), Summer Snow and Economy Terror rounded out the payees. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $128.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice DW's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He made the lead from Zooming (Tyler Buter) just after a :27.2 opening interval. From there, a cheap :58.2 intermission before Super Manning (Kakaley) engaged from sixth. ...and engage he did, hooking the leader in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters. Those two took their beef all the way to the line, with the margin--DW's NY Yank up a nose into the lane--was the same at the 1:55.4 wire. Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson) belated split those two to finish third, beaten a head, while Zooming and Fortunista (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his fifth win in as seven '14 tries (4-for-4 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, the triple returned $63.50 and the superfecta paid $158. 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 daily. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 21, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of "good" Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who were up to the assignment--were won by pocket-sitters Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) and Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson, $4.40). In play early from post position No. 4, Ideal in Vegas made the first lead. She then relinquished it to an out-a-long-way Economy Terror (Ron Pierce) well after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. However, "Carol" only offered cursory pressure in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Economy Terror, as the 9-5 favorite, maintained the lead entering the lane, but the first portion of the race would prove her undoing. Ideal in Vegas ducked in and easily went by. She defeated a third-over Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) by a half-length in a season's-best 1:54.4. Third went to Lorrie Please (Carlson), with a tiring Economy Terror and Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. For second choice Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Anthony Mannino for owner Shore Thing Stables, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $82.50, with the triple returning $360.50. The week's marquee trot saw Calchip's Brute (Pierce) leave quickly, working around pole-sitting, lone lass Backstreet Hanover--she the 9-5 favorite--before a :28.2 opening two furlongs. Meanwhile, eight-hole assignee Zooming (Tyler Buter) also left, but found no room at the inn. It was Calchip's Brute getting a :58.1 intermission and 1:27.1 three-quarters, with a stubborn Zooming sitting out there and Turtle Express (Sears) slipping out to race second-over. The leader remained so in and out of the final turn, but Backstreet Hanover was waiting. She edged in inside, getting the jump in a fast-closing Justa Rebel (Stratton) and winning by a neck in 1:56.4. Third went to Calchip's Brute who did win his private battle with Zooming. A season-debuting Bastille (Larry Stalbaum) earned the final pay envelope. For Backstreet Hanover, a 5-year-old Andover Hall lass owned by David Hamm and trained by Allan Johnson, it was her second win in as four '14 tries The exacta paid $88.50, the triple returned $333 and the superfecta paid $2,603. 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 daily. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 10, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's Monday Pick 5 attracted more than the usual interest. A $10,000 guaranteed pool began with a $4,039.56 carryover and ended with $16,887 of new money. The winning combination of 3/2/3/8/5 returned a generous $1,415.50 for every half-a-buck. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. The Pick 5 offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those days available for perusal at www.yonkersraceway.com. The bombardiers were out for the evening's third race, where 7-1 Cam Funny (Austin Siegelman, $17.40), 67-1 Art's B (Eric Carlson), 24-1 Stone of Magic (Larry Stalbaum) and 2-1 Cicely Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) comprised the first quartet. The exacta returned $365, the triple paid $32,178 and the superfecta returned $12,816. The latter two wagers, based on $2 payouts, were worth $16,089 ($1 ticket) and $640.80 (10-cent ticket), respectively. 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 daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 1, 2014--Money Twitch A (Eric Carlson) kept the form spree going Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway $33,000 Open Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Money Twitch A saw both Muscle Beachboy (Eric Goodell) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum) take early shots. When they settled, it was 1-2 favorite Hypnotic Blue Chip (Jason Bartlett)--who won the draw--quarter-moving from third. "Hypnotic", unseen here since December of 2012, made the lead after a cheap, 28-second opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, invading Dovuto Hanover (Ron Pierce) edged from fourth, but he was essentially pacing in place. Meanwhile, Hypnotic Blue Chip seemed in control at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. The people's choice owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane...before the wheels (figuratively) fell off the sulky. Dovuto Hanover found a new life, helping the cause of a second-up Money Twitch A and a third-over Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley). They fanned out wide and wider, with Money Twitch A schnozzing Fat Man's Alley in 1:53. Third went to Dovuto Hanover, with a tiring Hypnotic Blue Chip and Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) settling for the minor spoils. For Money Twitch A, a 9-year-old Down Under Life Sign gelding owned by William Emmons and trained by Heidi Rohr, he returned $18 (fourth choice) for his third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65, with the triple returning $302.50. The feature race was about the only thing Pierce did not win, since he left with six victories on the dozen-race card (eight in his rare, two-night Westchester stay). Saturday's 12-race handle was $1,105,830, a second consecutive seven-figure night and third of 2014. By Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all RSVP'd in time--were won by odds-on favorite Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald, $3.80) and second-up Zooming (Tyler Buter, $14.60). As the 9-10 favorite, Economy Terror--from post position No. 7--was the line leaver. She easily worked around pole-sitting palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it was a cheap (:57.1) half before Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) moved from sixth. That one provided just mild prompting in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Economy Terror widening to 2¼ lengths turning for home. The final margin was a length in 1:54. Ramalama fought the good fight and was the best of the rest, with Palm Patrol, last week's winner, Ideal in Vegas (Brian Sears) and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For millionairess Economy Terror, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Chuck Pompey, Howard Taylor & Edwin Gold and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.10, with the triple returning $55.50. The week's marquee trot had some early happenstance, as Super Manning (Kakaley), then slight 2-1 favorite Likeabatoutahell (Sears) both did the dance of the doomed. Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) had made the lead, with early intervals of :27.4 and 57.4. Son of Nordic (George Brennan) was pocketed, while Bob N Tony (MacDonald) was away third. War Cry Hall (Jason Bartlett) offered a stern challenge uncovered from fourth, with Zooming--from post No. 7--behind that one. Lorenzo Dream maintained and short advantage in and out of a 1:26.4 three-quarters, but his longshot intruder would not go away. War Cry Hall would win the battle against the leader early in the lane, but Zooming was going by. He whipped his tow going away, the final margin a length-and-half in 1:55.4 Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) closed to grab the bottom of the ticket, with Bob N Tony and a tiring "Lorenzo" settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Zooming, a 6-year-old Classic Photo gelding co-owned his driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, it was his first win in a pair of '14 tries. The exacta paid $132.50, the triple returned $640 and the superfecta paid $7,703. 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 daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 10, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's first-of-the-season Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all knew the secret password--were won by favored Ideal in Vegas (catch-driver Jason Bartlett, $4.20) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $9.50). The murky distaff derby was pared to half-dozen when the bookenders--inside Sweet Hedge and outside Cocoa Beach--both came up ill. Then Ginger Spice N (Eric Goodell), who inherited the pole, jumped it off at the outset. The remaining quintet were led by even-money Ideal in Vegas. From what became post position No. 3, she two-moved around Palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum), then never had an anxious moment. Sub-stations of :28,2, :58.2 and 1:27.1 led to a length victory in 1:55.4. Magic Starlight (Brennan) skimmed the cones for second, with Economy Terror (Mark MacDonald), Palm Patrol and Rockaround Sue (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. For Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Shore Thing Stables and trained by Anthony Mannino, her 2014 debut was her 19th career victory. The exacta paid $17.20, with the triple returning $37.80. The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, as DW's NY Yank, ordered behind the eight-ball, took over from Likeabatoutahell (Sears) before the a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. A 1:00.4 middle half (:59.2, 1:29.1) and no outer flow gave him a 2½ -length lead into the lane. Likeabatoutahell took his shot diving inside, but missed a head in 1:58.1. Zooming (Tyler Buter) rallied for a non-threatening third as the slight 3-1 choice, with War Cry Hall (Bartlett) and Lorenzo Dream (Goodell) completed the cashers. Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) broke early as the second choice. For fourth choice "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he went right past $300,000 in career earnings with this '14 first-out victory. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $38.20, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $575. 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 daily. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 21, 2013--Last laurels of the season went to Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) Saturday night, who won Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. In the fray early from post position No. 3, Sapphire City, along with Dream Out Loud N (Matt Kakaley) and Dallenbach Hanover (Larry Stalbaum), led the legions. They were 1-2-3 through early intervals of :27 and :55.2. Escape the News (George Brennan), as the 9-5 favorite, moved from fifth, but offered nothing toward a 1:23.1 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Sapphire City owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held sway. He defeated the other leavers, Dream out Loud N and "Dallenbach," in 1:51.3. The margin over the former was a half-length, with Dallenbach Hanover, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Sapphire City, a 5-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stables and Jordan Sklut, he returned $6.30 (second choice) for his eighth win in 36 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $38.80, with the triple returning $555. The Raceway's 2014 live schedule begins Monday, Jan 6, pending NYS Gaming Commission approval. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

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

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