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YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 22, 2018—We took a poll and decided there’s only one horse out there with a shot to win the Pacing Triple Crown. Take a bow, Stay Hungry. Having closed the sale in the $281,000 Cane Pace (life-best 1:47.3) during Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands, Stay Hungry stays the course, invading Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 25th) for eliminations of the 63rd Messenger Stakes. Stay Hungry, a son of 2008 Messenger winner Somebeachsomewhere, drew penultimate post position No. 5 in the second, $40,000 elimination. The first four finishers in both elims (races 5 and 6) return for the $500,000 final Saturday night, Sept. 1st.  (Author’s aside…since there were only eight entrants for Yonkers Trot No. 64, no eliminations were necessary. That half-million-dollar final also goes Sept. 1st) With eight of the 11 participants coming back, the odds are in Stay Hungry’s favor. That said, he landed in by far the tougher division, opposing—among others—pole-sitting Springsteen and $30,000 buy-in Jimmy Freight, who starts directly inside of him. Stay Hungry has danced every dance this season, finishing fourth in the $760.000 final of the North America Cup (Woodbine Mohawk), fourth in the half-million-dollar finale of the Hempt Memorial (Pocono) and third in the $701,830 final of the Meadowlands Pace. Then came the Cane, where he watched wicked numbers in front of him before rallying from ninth at the three-quarters with a personal :25.4 last stanza. For the season, Stay Hungry has three wins and three thirds in eight starts ($363,530). Tony Alagna trains for co-owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman Estate. “High speed and easy on himself,” driver Doug McNair said. “Start him up and shut him down and he doesn’t fight with you.” McNair, who has driven Stay Hungry in all but one of his 17 career purse starts, knew right away his escort had the goods. “From the start, he beat a lot of the best horses.” Stay Hungry’s frosh season (9 starts, 6 wins, 1 seconds) was highlighted by a win the $600,000 final of the Breeders Crown at Hoosier (1:50.4). He ended 2017 with a nose defeat in the $411,700 Governor’s Cup (Meadowlands). As for the Westchester and half-mile-track debut of Stay Hungry, McNair has no concerns. “(Trainer) Tony (Alagna) sent him over last week with Cat Manzi to work him out, and Tony has always had him tight.” Stay Hungry is three weeks between starts for Saturday’s race, the same interval—as McNair noted—between the Meadowlands Pace and the Cane.   “I just want to see him pace hard through the wire,” McNair said. “Obviously, I think he has a good shot to win no matter how we race him, but just pace hard through the wire.” by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

After seeing Wild Bill suffer an injury at age 2 and from bleeding issues this year at 3, trainer Ray Schnittker hopes his colt is ready to turn the corner beginning in Saturday's eliminations for the Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway. Wild Bill, a full brother to Dan Patch Award-winner Huntsville, adds Lasix for his upcoming race following off-the-board finishes in his past two starts. For his career, he has won three of eight races and earned $58,391 for Schnittker, who bred Wild Bill with the late Charlie Iannazzo and remains the owner of the colt. "He hadn't been racing that well," Schnittker said. "We scoped him and he was bleeding pretty badly so we put him on Lasix. I think it's going to make a big difference. He trained very well on it and I think it'll be a factor. It seems like it really made a difference, but we're going to find out quickly on Saturday." The Messenger Stakes is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Stay Hungry won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, on Aug. 4 at The Meadowlands. The final jewel, the Little Brown Jug, is Sept. 20. Stay Hungry and Wild Bill were among 11 horses entered in the Messenger. The top-four finishers from each of Saturday's two $40,000 eliminations advance to the $500,000 final on Sept. 1 at Yonkers. Racing begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT), with the Messenger eliminations as races five and six. Wild Bill won the first two races of his career -- including a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes division that included future open-stakes-winners Nutcracker Sweet, Hayden Hanover, and Dorsoduro Hanover -- before consecutive fifth-place finishes that proved to be his final starts of the season. "He got a leg injury so we had to quit with him," Schnittker said. "He came back a hundred percent on that." Wild Bill is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of Schnittker's mare Wild West Show, who has produced stakes-winners Stevensville, Cowboy Terrier, Beachesofcheyenne, and Huntsville. In 2016, Huntsville paced a world-record-equaling 1:49 mile and was named best 2-year-old male pacer. In 2017, he won the Meadowlands Pace and Cane Pace before retiring in October because of injury. His best win time of the season, 1:47.4, led all 3-year-old pacers. "He's definitely not Huntsville, but he's a pretty nice colt," Schnittker said about Wild Bill. "He's a lot smaller horse, but he's the same type of horse -- he wants to go. He's just nice to drive, two fingers and does everything right. He's a little smarter horse probably than Huntsville. I don't know if he's as fast. I think I'd rather have fast than smart." Wild Bill has a full stakes schedule ahead of him and Schnittker hopes the issues that have hampered the colt are things of the past. "If he can put it together here a little bit, I'd be tickled to death if he could hit the board in the final, we'll see what happens," said Schnittker, who will drive Wild Bill on Saturday. "I'd be surprised if he's not kind of right there. I'm looking for a strong second half of the year." Following are the fields for the eliminations of the Messenger. Jimmy Freight was supplemented for $30,000. First elimination: 1. Babes Dig Me, George Brennan, Tony Alagna, 3-1; 2. Wild Bill, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker, 12-1; 3. JK Wildfire, Jason Bartlett, Brett Pelling, 7-2; 4. Topville Olympian, Brian Sears, Chris Oakes, 3-1; 5. Nutcracker Sweet, Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter, 3-2. Second elimination: 1. Springsteen, Brian Sears, Rene Allard, 5-2; 2. Winston, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 8-1; 3. Decoy, Mark MacDonald, Jimmy Takter, 9-1; 4. Jimmy Freight, Louis Roy, Andrew Harris, 9-5; 5. Stay Hungry, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 2-1; 6. Kwik Talkin, Jordan Stratton, Rob Harmon, 20-1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

This Week: Messenger eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Nassagaweya, Eternal Camnation, Casual Breeze and Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: This Saturday (Aug. 25), Yonkers Raceway will host a pair of $40,000 eliminations in the Messenger Stakes for sophomore pacers, the second leg of the sport's pacing Triple Crown. The top four horses in each elimination will return for the $500,000 final on Sept. 1. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature three divisions in the C$276,381 Nassagaweya for 2-year-old pacing colts, three divisions in the C$251,347 Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old pacing fillies and a pair of C$40,000 eliminations in the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters. On Friday (Aug. 24) Woodbine Mohawk will host a single C$136,000 division in the Casual Breeze for 3-year-old filly trotters. On Sunday (Aug. 26), Tioga Downs will card four sets of W.N. Reynolds Memorial events for freshman pacers and trotters of both sexes. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: Met's Hall (Andy Miller) won an exciting $350,000 Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial Trot for 3-year-olds at Vernon Downs on Friday (Aug. 17). Met's Hall won by a nose in a personal best time of 1:52. Met's Hall ($27.60) went straight to the lead from the eight hole. He took the first quarter in :26.4. Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt) followed in the pocket with Manchego (Yannick Gingras) following along in third. Andy Miller slowed the second quarter to a crawl of :30.1 as Met's Hall hit the half in :57. Six Pack would pull the pocket just before the half. The two would then battle nose to nose and wheel to wheel all around the final turn. Neither horse would give an inch as they hit three-quarters in 1:25.2. Manchego, who was the only filly in the race, sat in third watching the other two battle it out around the turn. She then went three-wide at the top of the stretch. In an amazing stretch drive, Met's Hall would dig in and get ready for the late charge from Manchego. In the end Met's Hall would win by a nose in a personal best time of 1:52. Magnificent as she was, Manchego had to settle for second best. The gutsy Six Pack would finish third. Met's Hall is a 3-year-old colt by Cantab Hall. Trained by Julie Miller for owners Stroy Inc. and Andy Miller Stable Inc., it was his second win in six starts this season. He now owns seven career victories. Super Girl Riley (Marcus Miller) shocked the field in the $180,000 Zweig Memorial for 3-year-old trotting fillies. The big favorite Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) carved out all the early fractions (:28, :57.2, 1:26.3). Basquiat (Yannick Gingras) followed in the pocket before going on a break at the three-quarter pole. Perfect Summer K (David Miller) would then inherit second. Super Girl Riley ($17.20) came first-over from third in the stretch. She ran down Plunge Blue Chip to win in a career best of 1:54.3. Plunge Blue Chip had to settle for second money. Perfect Summer K finished third. Owned by Paymaq Racing, George Golemes, and Harvey Eisman and trained by Erv Miller, the 3-year-old filly by Muscle Mass won for the second time in 2018. It was her sixth career victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 703.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 693.5; 3. David Miller - 374.5; 4. Jordan Stratton - 288; 5. Corey Callahan - 273.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 660.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 504; 3. Tony Alagna - 271; 4. Erv Miller - 220; 5. Jim Campbell - 216. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 144.9; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 139.9; 3. Fashion Farms - 129; 4. Vonknoblauch Stable - 117; 5. Robert Key - 115. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Yonkers Raceway and Woodbine Mohawk Park. Yonkers will feature the Yonkers Trot, Messenger Stakes, Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud. Woodbine Mohawk will offer the Canadian Pacing Derby and Maple Leaf Trot, as well as Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt and filly trotters and Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 20, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's entry box Monday afternoon (Aug. 20th) offered up 3-year-olds-four colts and four geldings-for the 64th Yonkers Trot. The entry box also found 11 3-year-olds-eight colts and three-geldings-for Messenger Stakes No. 63. Thus, the second jewels of their respective Triple Crown find the Trot as a 'one-dash-for-the-cash' event, while the Messenger has a pair of $40,000 eliminations races this Saturday night (Aug. 25th). Alphabetically, here are the entrants for Yonkers Trot No. 64... Helpisontheway (s) Lindsey's Pride (g) Lindy's Big Bang (g) Maxus Mississippi Storm (g) Six Pack The Veteran Tito The Messenger's elims go as the fifth and sixth races Saturday night, having drawn as such... First elim-1-Babes Dig Me (Jordan Stratton), 2-Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker), 3-JK Wildfire (g, Stratton also listed), 4-Topville Olympian (g, Brian Sears), 5-Nutcracker Sweet (Stratton also listed). Second elim-1-Springsteen (Dave Miller), 2- Winston (g, Corey Callahan), 3-Decoy (Mark MacDonald), 4-Jimmy Freight (s, Louis-Philippe Roy), 5-Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), 6-Kwik Talkin' (Stratton). Note 'g' signifies gelding, while 's' is a $30,000 supplemental entrant. Both finals--$500,000 each-are scheduled for a week from Saturday night, Sept. 1st. They are accompanied by the companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot (six entrants) and the $112,904 Lady Maud Pace (eight entrants). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- World champion Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears) withstood a late charge from two rivals to win the $540,000 Messenger Stake final for harness racing 3-year-old colt pacers in 1:52.1 on Saturday night (Sept. 2) at Yonkers Raceway by a nose. Sears completed the Messenger/Yonkers Trot double when he steered Top Flight Angel to victory by the very same margin in the aforementioned contest later on a card that also included the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud Pace. Downbytheseaside and Sears got away from the gate to make the lead just past the :27.1 first quarter, with Blood Line (Mark MacDonald) tucked in behind. Those two led the field to the half in :56 and to the three-quarters in 1:24.1. They were still on top at the head of the stretch but a charge was developing from horses on both sides. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) came charging on the inside late and was second and Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan) was third on his outside. Downbyheseaside held them off to win by a nose. Downbytheseaside is owned by Country Club Acres, Sbrocco, Lombardo and Diamond Creek Farm; he’s trained by Brian Brown. “It’s a little different trip tonight,” said Sears. “He had the seven hole tonight so he had to do some decent work early. It’s a battle every week and there was a lot of speed in the race.” The win price was $2.10 on the 1-9 shot, there was no place or show wagering.  The son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover improved his 2017 record to 12-8-1-2 and became the sport's latest millionaire with the victory. Downbytheseaside Yonkers Trot Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears) was a nose the best in the $580,000 Yonkers Trot in 1:56.3 for 3-year-olds. Devious Man and Andy Miller got away with the lead off the gate to hit the quarter mile mark in :28.4 and held that lead to the :58.4 half, with Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstadt) along the rail in second racing with a new Murphy Blind on the left side and Top Flight Angel in third. Devious Man was still on the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarters, but there was a gathering storm behind him, with both Yes Mickey along the inside and Top Flight Angel on the outside. In the end it was a win by a nose for Top Flight Angel over Yes Mickey, with Devious Man in third. The win earns Top Flight Angel an automatic invitation for the Yonkers International, to be held Oct. 14 and improved his seasonal slate to 12-3-1-3. Top Flight Angel by Archangel is owned by Legendary Standardbred Farm of New York and trained by Julie Miller. “I was hoping Brian could get out of there from the two-hole,” said Miller. “It’s a huge accomplishment, Andy [her husband] and I work very hard and I’m glad Brian got it done.” “It wasn’t the way we drew it up but we got out of there the best we could,” said Sears. “I sat as long as I could but by the three-quarter pole, I was pretty happy. The horse went a great mile tonight.” Also part of the evening's events were the Hudson Filly Trot and Lady Maud Pace. Top Flight Angel Hudson Filly Trot Celebrity Ruth and driver Jason Bartlett took the direct route to the winners circle to win the $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot in wire to wire fashion by a 1-3/4 lengths in 1:56.3 on Saturday night at Yonkers Raceway.  Celebrity Ruth and Bartrlett hit every fraction on top,:28.1 to the quarter, :58.2 to the half and 1:27.2 to the three-quarters. In the last turn, Sunshine Delight and driver Brian Sears were poised on the outside of the eventual winner but that one went on a break and lost all chance. Chapter Too (Jeff Gregory) was along the rail behind the leader and held that position to the wire. Mamora Bay was third.  “Any size track fits her and last week we were disappointed in her race [she was fifth by three lengths in the Zweig filly race] but come to find out after the race she tied up,” said Bartlett. “So that’s the reason why she didn’t win last week. I’ve got to thank Trond, he drives most of the horses he trains, so I have to thank him for that.”  Celebrity Ruth by Archangel is trained by Trond Smedshammer and owned by White Birch Farm.  Celebrity Ruth Lady Maud Pace The $113,880 Lady Maud for 3-year-old trotting fillies was won by a nose in 1:54 by World Apart and Jason Bartlett on Saturday at Yonkers Raceway. The track was rated good after a steady rain earlier in the night.  World Apart charged out of the gate to briefly get the lead before being overtaken past the :27.1 quarter mile mark by Angel’s Pride (Matt Kakaley), who held the lead through the :56.1 half and the 1:24.3 three-quarters. As the field turned to the homestretch, Bartlett had World Apart off the rail and pressuring Angel’s Pride all the way down the stretch until she finally got a nose in front for the win. Angels Pride was second and Robin J was third.  World Apart by Art Major is owned by South Mountain Stables, Bay’s Stable, Little E Stable and Radio Racing Stable. Linda Toscano is the trainer.   Ella Christina was a late judges scratch in the race. It was announced that the scratch was due to a fall on the track scoring down prior to the race.  World Apart by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, N.Y. - When he last raced at Yonkers, Downbytheseaside won the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace May 27. The victory was his fourth in a row after capturing the Governor’s Cup at Woodbine to end his 2-year-old season, taking his 2017 harness racing debut in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes and winning the Rooney Elimination May 20. Although he won as a heavy favorite in both his starts at Yonkers, Downbytheseaside had to earn it both times. In his elimination, Downbytheseaside made an early move after starting from post nine. Driver David Miller guided Downbytheseaside to the outside and tracked Funknwaffles in the second quarter. After Funknwaffles cleared the lead before the half, Downbytheseaside drove on the front past a :55.4 half before winning by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:52.2. In the final the following week, Downbytheseaside won by 3 1/4 in 1:52. “I expected the way they usually race at Yonkers where they line up and don’t race much till the end,” trainer Brian Brown said. “The two races I was in, they raced pretty hard the whole way. There was nothing given to him. He had to really earn it both weeks. “To win a race that’s named after the founder of the track, that’s always nice,” Brown continued. “Everybody does a great job making those races special. They were special to us to just be in them let alone have a chance to win them.” Since his Rooney victory, Downbytheseaside has traded blows with Huntsville and stablemate Fear The Dragon in a host of Grand Circuit stakes. Downbytheseaside finished third in the North America Cup after setting fractions of :25.2, :52.1, and 1:19.3, was fifth in the Max Hempt Final, second in the Meadowlands Pace, and third in the Cane Pace. In all those cases, Huntsville or Fear The Dragon took top honors. Downbytheseaside finally upended his stablemate last time out in the $300,000 Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park August 12. In a change of tactics, Brian Sears rated Downbytheseaside in fourth early as Fear The Dragon dictated the speed. Fear The Dragon paced a quarter in :27.1 and a half in :56. As the field raced into the second lap, Sears guided Downtheseaside first-over and quickly drew within a half-length of Fear The Dragon. David Miller pulled the plugs on Fear The Dragon, who kept Downbytheseaside at bay through three-quarters in 1:22.4. Entering the final turn, Miller had the whip of Fear The Dragon’s tail while Sears edged Downbytheseaside’s nose in front under a hand-drive. In the stretch, Downbytheseaside glided away from his competition to win by a length in 1:49.3. “He was really good that day,” Brown commented. “He’s had some feet trouble and that week leading up to that race, that horse was as good as he’s been all year. Never did he get lame in his feet, but his feet are always bothering him a little. He was really good that week. I don’t know what we did to him that much different. He was on the vibrating plate maybe more. He was extra good that night.” For Brown, seeing Downbytheseaside get the upper hand meant seeing his other horse, Fear The Dragon, suffer a loss. Although he wants both horses to do well, he was happy to see Downbytheseaside’s connections, Country Club Acre, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo, and Diamond Creek Racing, get a win. “I’m glad for that horse that he finally got to win a race like that. He was getting some pretty tough trips. Post position was killing him at times,” Brown said. “It’s hard to have both of those; you don’t want either one to lose. But he was just really good that night and it was good for him, good for the owners to finally win a race without being the one making all the speed and getting passed late. It was nice for him to race from behind and be able to win a race like that.” Downbytheseaside’s Milstein victory extended the son of Somebeachsomewhere’s perfect half-mile track record to four. He won a division of the Standardbred at the Delaware County Fair in a world record 1:50 at 2 before winning the Rooney elimination and final and the Milstein. Downbytheseaside also went his first two qualifying trips at Delaware as a 2-year-old, winning both. In his career, Downbytheseaside is 14-for-23 with $1,263,322 earned. “It’s hard to explain because he’s a big, strong horse, but for some reason, he loves a half,” Brown said. “He has great speed. To be honest, he is as good on a half as he is on a big track. He’s always been good on a half.” Downbytheseaside drew post three in the nine-horse Messenger Elimination Saturday night. Brian Sears will drive again in the $40,000 prep for next week’s $500,000 jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. The last place finisher will not return for the final. Brown is confident in Downbytheseaside’s chances to return to Yonkers a winner. “He drew a good spot, he’s coming in pretty good. He should be in pretty good shape come Saturday. I think we’re ok,” Brown said. “I think everything will be good.” The Saturday night card at Yonkers also features two eliminations of the Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters in races 6 and 7 and a $50,000 Open Handicap Pace in race 8. First post time is 7:10 p.m. To view entries for Saturday’s card, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 21, 2017 - Twelve harness racing 3-year-old gentlemen have been entered for Yonkers Trot No. 63, second Jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. A pair of $40,000 eliminations are set for this Saturday night (Aug. 26th), with the first four in each returning for the half-million-dollar final. First elim (6th race) 1 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick), 2 - Another Chapter by Chapter Seven - (Scott Zeron), 3 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill - (Matt Kakaley), 4 - Yes Mickey by Muscle Hill - (Ake Svanstedt, lone gelding, lone $30,000 supplemental entrant), 5 - Devious Man by Credit Winner - (Andy Miller), 6 - Andy M by Andover Hall - (Dave Miller).   Second elim (7th race) 1 - Money Macintosh by Credit Winner -  (Andy Miller), 2 - Di Oggi by Crazed - (Montrell Teague), 3 - New Jersey Viking by Muscle Hill - (Svanstedt), 4 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel - (Jason Bartlett), 5 - Southwind Hydro by Muscle Hill - (Marcus Johansson), 6 - Top Flight Angel by Archangel (Andy Miller also listed). (Note Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are coupled)   Nine soph lads were entered for the 62nd Messenger Stakes, second Jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. This presents another edition of musical chairs, with all going in a $40,000 elimination (9th race) to get the octet for the $500,000 final. 1 - Art Scene (Zeron), 2 - Mac's Jackpot (g) by Somebeachsomewhere - (Bartlett), 3 - Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brian Sears), 4 - Summer Side by Well Said - (Ray Schnittker), 5 - Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller), 6 - Henry the Dragon by Dragon Again - (Teague), 7 - Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - (Kakaley), 8 - Funknwaffles (g) by American Ideal - (Corey Callahan), 9 - Beyond Delight (g) by Bettor's Delight - (Dan Dube). (Note Mac's Jackpot/Beyond Delight are coupled, as are Downbytheseaside/Blood Line)   The ladies' companion events are the one-dash-for-the-cash $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace. The Hudson, for 3-year-old fillies, attracted eight...(alphabetically) Celebrity Ruth by Archangel Chapter Too by Chapter Seven Dangle Then Deke by Cantab Hall Evelyn by Muscle Hill Ice Attraction by Muscle Hill Lexie Marie ?? Mamora Bay by Chapter Seven Sunshine Delight by Credit Winner   The Lady Maud, also for 3-year-old young ladies, have seven in-to-go...(alphabetically) Angel's Pride by Roll With Joe Awash by Somebeachsomewhere Ella Christina by Western Ideal Gurl Band K by Rock N Roll Heaven Robin J by Roll With Joe Tori Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere World Apart by Art Major The finals for all four Yonkers Raceway stakes are scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 2nd . Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY --- Despite a spectacular steer by Dan Daley and Smalltownthrowdown tossing down the gauntlet, Hambletonian victor and harness racing 1-5 favorite Marion Marauder withstood the late heroics of that rival to win the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, by a diminishing head in 1:56.1 on Saturday (Sept. 3) at Yonkers Raceway. After a valiant first-over effort, Lagerfeld followed that duo home in third. “Last week (in the elimination) we were unchallenged in the lane and he trotted harder to the wire, but he’s been racing hard since the Hambo,” said reinsman Scott Zeron in the winner’s circle. “It turned into a sprint the last eighth of a mile and he put on a show. All hats off to him to stick his nose out in front. These great horses get the victories and I’m just the pilot. I’m just glad to be part of it.” Leaving from post four, the son of Muscle Hill-Spellbound Hanover was quarter-moved by Zeron to inherit the lead from Smalltownthrowdown with the first fraction of the 62nd edition of this trotting classic flashing on the timer in :29. Daley, who also conditions small track specialist Smalltownthrowdown, was content to sit in the pocket behind Marion Marauder throughout the first quarters of this journey around the Yonkers Raceway oval. The Hambletonian winner set rather leisurely fractions of :58.3 and 1:27.4 with a distance of 1-1/2 lengths between himself and Smalltownthrowdown at the top of the lane. While the other five members of the field appeared outdistanced and convinced that Marion Marauder would assert command on his way to the wire, Lagerfeld and Mark MacDonald pulled from third position to come first over. While Lagerfeld was never allowed to clear and the son of Yankee Glide was safely held at bay, he trotted very gamely to apply light pressure through the stretch, as Daley and Smalltownthrowdown stepped towards the inside to launch a furious bid for victory. Those witnessing the contest surely had an anxious moment as Smalldownthrowdown nearly dethroned the champion, but Zeron confidently handled Marion Marauder and the colt collected his eighth win from 10 seasonal starts and his ninth lifetime triumph. He has banked $1,124,905 in 2016 and $1,406,891 lifetime. Owned by Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder is conditioned by Wellwood’s daughter Paula and her husband Mike Keeling. He paid $2.40 to his backers, with the exacta providing $5.70 and the trifecta $24.40. The colt is not nominated to the Kentucky Futurity, the final gem in the Triple Crown, but his connections still retain lofty goals for the rest of the season. “It has been fantastic and tonight is another little bit of icing on the cake,” Mike Keeling said after the trophy presentation. “I thought he looked strong going into the last turn and it looked like maybe he did get a hold of the track in the last turn, but he has a lot of grit. “That is a big stretch for a 3-year-old (when asked about entering the Yonkers International Trot, with a bid forthcoming thanks to the Yonkers Trot triumph), going against older horses. The Canadian Trotting Classic is very important to us and the Breeders Crown. If we put something in between those it would take a lot of convincing (on any other stakes race), but we will talk about it.” Marion Marauder $500,000 Messenger Stakes Immediately after Marion Marauder was on his way back to the barn, it was Racing Hill’s turn to add a classic victory to his resume. Tom Hill’s homebred son of Roll With Joe-Chasing Ideals was the overwhelming 1-9 favorite against six foes after Manny was a late scratch in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the second event in the Pacing Triple Crown, but like Marion Marauder, his victory was not as resounding as those witnessing the contest had anticipated. “He was very good tonight,” said his regular reinsman, Brett Miller. “The first turn got a little tight. Once I moved him to the front, he felt very good. Most of the time the real good horses can get around any size track. “This is a very nice colt. He has a great gait to him and he’s extremely fast. He has all the tools and has always been professional since I first sat behind him as a 2-year-old. He also has the ability of his quickness and his ability to go the next quarter slow, then he can finish fast. That is probably his strong suit.” Commencing his journey from post three, Miller employed tactics similar to Zeron’s in the previous race on the card, as he moved his horse from third onto the lead near the quarter marker, overhauling his stablemate Dr. J Hanover. From there, Miller and the Adios winner paced around the half-mile track in fractions of :56 and 1:25 after a :27.3 opening first fraction, with Racing Hill’s lead never extending beyond two lengths. Despite the final surges of 30-1 Stonebridge Beach and Daniel Dube, as well as Zeron behind Dr J Hanover, Racing Hill repelled their advances to stop the clock in 1:53 and post a 1-1/4 length triumph. Conditioned by Tony Alagna, the colt collected his fifth win of the season to establish a stellar seasonal slate of 11-5-5-1, eclipsed the $1 million mark in money earned in 2016 and paid $2.10 to those who supported him at the windows. Alagna minced no words when discussing what he thought of his sophomore stable star. “He has been a godsend,” he said. “When he won his first lifetime start at the Meadowlands he came from an impossible spot when he was driven by Randy Waples. He has a phenomenal pedigree and comes from one of the oldest foundation females of Brittany Farms. “He was stuck with a bad hip number in the sale, but I talked to the Hills and I told them to watch him because I liked him. That is when they bought him back. He’s always been very good but did hit a bit of a rough patch before the North America Cup, but has been on a tear since.” Racing Hill by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Dr J Hanover has made winning a habit this year at Yonkers Raceway. On Saturday, he will try to continue his success at The Hilltop in the $500,000 Messenger Stakes for harness racing 3-year-old pacers. The Messenger is the second jewel in the Pacing Triple Crown. Dr J Hanover is joined in the eight-horse field by multiple-stakes-winning stablemate Racing Hill, who is on the verge of $1 million in seasonal earnings. Both horses are trained by Tony Alagna, who won last year's Messenger with Revenge Shark. Dr J Hanover has won six of seven races this year, including five of six starts at Yonkers, and earned $148,700. He raced exclusively in conditioned races this year at Yonkers before heading to The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono to win the $200,000 Battle of the Brandywine Consolation I on Aug. 20. Scott Zeron has driven the horse in all of his races this season. Dr J Hanover is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, John Cancelliere, and the Dr J Partners. "He's been great," Alagna said about Dr J Hanover, who last year won one of four races and earned $10,057. "Yonkers has really made him a horse. We've been able to educate him and get lots of nice miles in him in the non-winners (conditions). We felt good taking him over there to Pocono and he was fantastic. We thought he definitely deserved a chance to go in the Messenger because he's been so good at Yonkers. "He's maturing and Scott has done a great job educating the horse. He's really helped this horse learn to be a successful horse. He's done a very good job racing him the right way." Dr J Hanover, named in honor of Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky, the farm manager at Hanover Shoe Farms, was purchased under the name Stepenwolf Hanover for $300,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. He is a son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere out of the stakes-winning mare So Perfect and his family includes stakes-winners Perfectionist, Lifetime Member and Copywriter as well as millionaire Image Of Dawn. Following his campaign at age 2, Dr J Hanover was gelded. "Last year he didn't show up like we thought he should," Alagna said. "We castrated him at the end of the year when we put him away and he came back this year much better. I think that's part of the equation. Maybe just another year of maturing helped him too. But we weren't going to take a chance and wait another year and find out we should have done it, so we took care of it last year when we put him away. "I think he's got the potential to be a very useful stakes horse. I don't know that he's going to go out and beat Betting Line or Racing Hill or any of those horses, but I think as far as the rest of them he's as good as anything out there right now. We're very pleased with him." Dr J Hanover will start the Messenger from post seven with Zeron at the lines. Alagna's other entry, Racing Hill, will leave from post three with regular driver Brett Miller. Racing Hill has won four of 10 races this year and earned $961,702 for breeder/owner Tom Hill. His victories include the Max C. Hempt Memorial and Delvin Miller Adios and he finished second in the North America Cup, Meadowlands Pace, and the Battle of the Brandywine's $500,000 main event. The Messenger will be Racing Hill's first try on a half-mile track. "He's had a good week and trained very good on the half (mile track) here at Gaitway," Alagna said, referring to the training center where his stable is located in New Jersey. "It's a very flat half-mile track here at Gaitway, so if they can get around here they can usually go anywhere and be OK." Alagna said Racing Hill scoped sick following his second-place finish to Casie Coleman's Betting Line in the Battle of the Brandywine. "Casie's horse was phenomenal; we weren't beating him," Alagna said. "But I didn't think we should lose lengths in the stretch, so I scoped him and he scoped with some mucous. We treated him and he scoped back clean yesterday. "I'm happy with how he is and pleased with how he's coming into the race." Control The Moment, who was not staked to the Messenger, won the Pacing Triple Crown's first jewel, the Cane Pace, on Aug. 6 at the Meadowlands. The third jewel is the Little Brown Jug, which is Sept. 22 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in central Ohio. Following is the field for the Messenger Stakes. $500,000 Messenger Stakes 3-year-old pacers Race 9/Post 9:50 p.m. (EDT) PP - Horse - Sire- Driver - Trainer 1 - Stonebridge Beach - Mach Three - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance 2 - Don'tcallmefrancis - Rocknroll Hanover - Joe Bongiorno - Ron Burke 3 - Racing Hill - Roll With Joe - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 4 - Western Fame - Western Ideal - Mark MacDonald - Jimmy Takter 5 - Fernando Hanover - Dragon Again - George Brennan - Ron Burke 6 - Another Daily Copy - Somebeachsomewhere - Corey Callahan - Nicholas Devita 7 - Dr J Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 8 - Manny - American Ideal - Chris Lems - Jessica Okusko Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 25, 2016 - As if a million dollars in harness racing stakes purses isn't enough, marking Saturday, Sept. 3, on the social calendar just became more meaningful. For Yonkers Trot / Messenger Stakes evening, the Raceway is embellishing the experience with a freebie, as in a green auto commuter travel mug (while supplies last). Beginning at 4 PM that afternoon, all existing or newly-enrolled Empire Club members can visit the promotions booth to receive their spiffy mug (see photo). Also that evening, there's an Empire Terrace buffet, with seatings from 6-10 PM. The cost is $19.95 for Empire Clue members and $24.95 for non-members (plus tax and 15% gratuity). Note that those guests who opened a new Empire City Bets account during August shall receive a free buffet coupon via e-mail. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder goes after the second jewel of harness racing's Trotting Triple Crown, leading nine 3-year-olds in the 62nd Yonkers Trot. With a guaranteed $500,000 final purse, Yonkers Raceway's signature trotting event begins with a game of musical chairs, as in one, $40,000 elimination this Saturday night (Aug. 27). to determine the eight finalists. The final is next Saturday night (Sept. 3). The entrants, alphabetically, are... Celebrity Express, Cufflink Hanover (gelding), Gleaming Memory, Hititoutofthepark (ridgling), Iron Mine Bucky, Lagerfeld, Marion Marauder, Smalltownthrowdown  Steed (gelding). Marion Marauder, a Muscle Hill colt, enters with six wins a second in eight seasonal starts ($854,905). He had won five consecutive starts-included the elimination and $1 million final of the Hambletonian-before a first-up second in last weekend's Colonial at Pocono. Paula Wellwood trains, keeping it in the family for co-owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Scott Zeron again does the driving. As a carrot at the end of a Yonkers Trot stick, the winner also gets a Yonkers International Trot invitation for that million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15th. The 61st Messenger Stakes, second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, also goes for its 500-large guaranteed final. Racing Hill leads eight in a 'one-dash-for-the-cash" event, also set for Saturday, Sept. 3. Racing Hill, the career seven-figure son of Roll with Joe, has been consistent to a fault this season, hitting the board (four wins, five seconds, one third) in 10 tries. He won the $500,000 Hempt Memorial (Pocono), while the victory in the $400,000 Adios (Meadows) was sandwiched around second-placed efforts in the Meadowlands Pace and the Battle of the Brandywine (also at Pocono). Tony Alagna trains the Tom hill homebred, who is making his small-track debut. The Messenger entrants, again alphabetically, are... Another Daily Copy, Don'tcallmefrancis (gelding), Dr. J. Hanover, Fernando Hanover (gelding), Manny, Racing Hill, Stonebridge Beach  Western Fame. This Saturday programs also features a pair of events for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace (3YO fillies) . (this story shall be updated) Frank Drucker

 Fair assumption if we asked Yannick Gingras before the races who would give him a Triple Crown win Saturday night, Revenge Shark would not have been the answer of choice. In the latest example of "That's why you race 'em," Gingras and Revenge Shark ($21.60) outsprinted both Art Rooney Pace winner In the Arsenal (Brian Sears) and Adios champ Dude's the Man (Corey Callahan), winning a three-horse, Yonkers Raceway photo in the 60th Messenger Stakes. The second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, featuring six 3-year-old colts, two geldings, a $500,000 purse and no previous week's eliminations-didn't offer much early suspense. In the Arsenal, from post position No. 3, left around pole-sitting 3-4 choice "Dude" and made the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Revenge Shark, from post No. 2, A slow, :29.1 next station (:56.4 intermission) should have swelled up the leader, especially with no challengers. Rock N' Roll World (Dan Dube) moved from sixth, with stablemate/entrymate Dealt a Winner (Jason Bartlett) second-over. That one, looking to add the Messenger to his upset win in the Cane Pace, eventually jumped it off around the final turn. In the Arsenal was unpressured through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Then, Dude's the Man angled to take his shot, with Revenge Shark also leaving the cones to move further out. In what was a furious last-sixteenth sprint. Revenge Shark stuck his tongue out just in time, whipping "Dude" by a short nose. In the Arsenal was a no-excuse third, beaten a head. Roland N Rock (Tyler Buter) and National Seelster (Eric Carlson) earned the final two pay envelopes, Rock N' Roll World, Rollin' Ring Afire (George Brennan) and the breaking (when he tow stalled) Dealt a Winner rounded out the order. For fourth choice Revenge Shark, a son of '94 Messenger winner Cam's Card Shark co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was his fourth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $63.50, triple returned $154 and the superfecta paid $571. The same horse whose previous start was a break at 1-10 in a Philly overnight won a Triple Crown event. This why you race 'em. "I never drove him before, but I talk to some of his other drivers and they said he could come home pretty good," Gingras said. "I wasn't about to come first-up. I just had to take my chances and it worked out. Actually, I thought I was going by easier, but he was a bit lazy on me late. "I always felt this horse would get a nice payday this year," Alagna said from Mohawk. "He's been knocking on the door and Yannick put him in a position to win." As for his eventful Yonkers Trot night with Pinkman a couple of races before, "We (judges and I) agree to disagree," Gingras said. "I was close (to Buen Camino), but that was something that happens in every single race. If they're going to start taking horses down for what happened in that race, then there will be disqualifications in every race." Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Jeff Snyder knows he owns the one horse with a chance to capture this year’s Pacing Triple Crown. He also knows it’s not worth thinking about until after his horse, Dealt A Winner, competes in the second leg of the series, Saturday’s Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers at Yonkers Raceway. “If he wins Saturday, he’ll have a better shot,” Snyder said with a laugh. “Then we’ll give a lot more thought to it. It will be a lot more exciting then. “But in this business, you’ve got to go one race at a time.” Dealt A Winner won the first jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace, at odds of 26-1 with a world-record performance on Hambletonian Day, Aug. 8, at the Meadowlands. He will start the $500,000 Messenger Stakes from post five with Yonkers’ leading driver Jason Bartlett at the lines for trainer Mark Silva. It will be only his second career race on a half-mile track, but he won last year’s Lou Babic Pace at Freehold with Bartlett in the sulky. In addition to the Messenger Stakes, Yonkers on Saturday hosts the $500,000 Yonkers Trot, which is the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman, who won the first jewel, the Hambletonian Stakes, will start the Yonkers Trot from post seven with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the first race. The Yonkers Trot is race six, at 8:50 p.m. approximately, and the Messenger is race eight, at 9:30 p.m. approximately. The most recent horse to win the Trotting Triple Crown was Glidemaster in 2006. The most recent horse to sweep the Pacing Triple Crown was No Pan Intended in 2003. The final jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown is the Little Brown Jug, which will be held Sept. 24 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Dealt A Winner has won one of nine races this year after capturing five of six starts last season. He finished second to In The Arsenal in a Meadowlands Pace elimination and fourth in the final, when a :26 last quarter-mile left him a half-length from second. He has earned $363,439 during his career. Purchased for $35,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Lazzo Hanover, Dealt A Winner is a son of stallion Cam’s Card Shark -- who was the 1994 Horse of the Year and owned by Snyder -- and mare Lazan Hanover. His second dam, Lodi Hanover, is the mother of million-dollar-earner Timesareachanging, who also was sired by Cam’s Card Shark. Timesareachanging was the 2004 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male pacer and captured two jewels in the Pacing Triple Crown, the Cane Pace and Little Brown Jug. He finished second to Metropolitan in the Messenger. “I always look to find a Cam’s Card Shark (offspring) at the sale and (Dealt A Winner) was the one I picked,” Snyder said. “Timesareachanging attracted me to him.” Dealt A Winner won the Cane Pace after a duel for the lead between favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal resulted in a :52.1 opening half-mile. Dealt A Winner and driver David Miller rallied from fifth place with a three-wide move on the final turn and sprinted home in :26.3 to post a 1-1/4 length victory over Artspeak in 1:47.3. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old gelding. Dude’s The Man, who won this year’s Adios and finished third in the Cane Pace, will start the Messenger from post one with George Brennan driving for trainer Jessica Okusko. In The Arsenal, who won the Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers on May 30, got post No. 3 with Brian Sears in the sulky for trainer Kelvin Harrison. In The Arsenal has made five starts at Yonkers during his career, winning four. “If he can get into the race early enough, we’re looking for him to race very well,” Snyder said about Dealt A Winner. “Unfortunately, Dude’s The Man got the rail and In The Arsenal got the three hole, so hopefully he’ll get a good trip somehow. But this horse can go first over. He’s got a lot of heart, a lot of desire to win. Hopefully he’ll bring his ‘A’ game on Saturday night.” Following is the field for the Messenger Stakes with listed drivers and trainers: 1-Dude's The Man-George Brennan-Jessica Okusko  2-Revenge Shark-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna  3-In The Arsenal-Brian Sears-Kelvin Harrison  4-Roland N Rock-Daniel Dube-Rob Harmon  5-Dealt A Winner-Jason Bartlett-Mark Silva  6-Rock N' Roll World-Daniel Dube-Mark Silva  7-Rollin Ring Afire-Tim Tetrick-Charlie Norris  8-National Seelster-Eric Carlson-Chris Ryder  by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - The two harness racing lads with Triple Crown aspirations - Pinkman and Dealt a Winner - are going to have to work for their respective second jewels Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting both the half-million dollar Yonkers Trot and the equally-pursed Messenger Stakes. Post time for the 13-race card is the customary 7:10 PM, with the 61st Trot going as the sixth race (approximate post 9 PM) and Messenger No. 60 as race No. 8 (approx. 9:40 PM). Hambletonian champion Pinkman drew post position No. 7, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Gingras is looking for his first Trot victory, while Takter, who for years couldn't win this race, now seemingly can't lose it. He trained last season's winner (Nuncio), his fourth Yonkers Trot win the past six editions. Pinkman, a 3-year-old gelding son of Explosive Matter, was second in his elimination race a week ago after getting babied around the final turn. His chief combatant, defending New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy Wow, landed right inside at post No. 6. Crazy Wow defeated Pinkman by a length a week ago in 1:55.4. George Brennan gets the finale assignment for trainer Ron Burke, whose other entrant, Habitat (Brian Sears, post 2) won last week's second elim (1:55.3) with Gingras doing the honors. The field for Yonkers Trot No. 61... 1- Buen Camino by Cash Hall - (Trond Smedshammer), 2- French Laundry by Muscles Yankee - (Sears also listed), 3- Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - (Ake Svanstedt), 4- Billy Flynn by Cantab Hall - (Jason Bartlett), 5- Habitat by Conway Hall - (Sears), 6- Crazy Wow by Crazed - (Brennan), 7- Pinkman by Explosive Matter - (Gingras), 8- Workout Wonder by Conway Hall - (Dube). Note French Laundry and Pinkman coupled, as are Habitat and Crazy Wow. Dealt a Winner, he of the 26-1 upset in the Cane Pace, drew post No. 5 in the Messenger Stakes. The 3-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding is trained by Mark Silva for owner Jeff Snyder. He's partnered Saturday with Rock N' Roll World (Dube, post 6). Adios winner Dude's the Man (Brennan) starts from the pylons here, with Art Rooney Pace champ In the Arsenal (Sears) landing the three-hole. The entire Messenger field is as such... 1- Dude's the Man by American Ideal - (Brennan), 2- Revenge Shark by Cam's Card Shark - (Gingras), 3- In the Arsenal by American Ideal - (Sears), 4- Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover - (Dube also listed), 5- Dealt a Winner by Cam's Card Shark -  (Bartlett), 6- Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover - (Dube), 7- Rollin' Ring Afire by Rocknroll Hanover - (Tim Tetrick), 8- National Seelster by Bettor's Delight - (Eric Carlson). Program changes are scheduled to be made Wednesday morning Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 25, 2015 - Hambletonian winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes frosh champ Crazy Wow lead a list of 11 harness racing 3-year-olds entered for the $580,000 Yonkers Trot. The 61st edition of Yonkers Raceway premier trotting event offers a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (Aug. 29), with the first four finishers in each returning for the half-million-dollar final Saturday night, Sept. 5. First elimination (4th race) 1-Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer), 2-Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick), 3-Pinkman (Yannick Gingras), 4-Workout Wonder (Dan Dube), 5-Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears). Second elimination (5th race) 1-Southwind Mozart (Ake Svandstedt), 2-Centurion ATM (Svanstedt also listed), 3-Billy Flynn (Jason Bartlett), 4-Massive Lightning (Tyler Buter), 5-Habitat (Gingras), 6-French Laundry (Jimmy Takter). Note the two Svanstedt horses in this elim are uncoupled due to bona fide separate ownership. Pinkman, Buen Camino and Massive Lightning are the geldings in the group. The 60th Messenger Stakes, with eight declarations, becomes a one-dash-for-the-($500,000) cash event, also set for Saturday night, Sept. 5. The entrants, alphabetically, are... Dealt a Winner, Dude's the Man, In the Arsenal, National Seelster, Revenge Shark, Rock N' Roll World, Roland N Rock Rollin' Ring Afire. Both stakes serves as the second jewel's in their respective gaits Triple Crowns. This Saturday night also includes two stakes finals for the 3-year-old ladies, the $149,240 Hudson (6th race) and $116,430 Lady Maud (7th race) for trotters and pacers, respectively. Post time for Saturday's 13-race card is the usual 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

Nuncio and driver John Campbell ended up being just a half-length off of sweeping the harness racing Trotting Triple Crown as Nuncio captured the third jewel, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final, at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. It seemed nearly an effortless effort for the three-year-old son of Andover Hall, who got away in second place early as Don Dorado (Tim Tetrick) shot to the early lead from post seven. Once they reached the opening quarter mile in an easy :29 second, Campbell moved Nuncio to the front and it was pretty much a cake-walk from that point on. Nuncio led the field to the half mile in a leisurely :58.4 with no one coming up to challenge. In the backstretch Journey (Daniel Dube) was able to flush Datsyuk (Charlie Norris) to come first-over as they passed the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn the pocket-sitting Don Dorado went off-stride and it became a two-horse race to the wire. Nuncio went wide coming down the stretch but Datsyuk was unable to gain ground as Nuncio went on to win by two and one-quarter open lengths in 1:56. Datsyuk held for second place with Resolve (David Miller) finishing third. “Father Patrick has gotten a lot of accolades,” said John Campbell, “And Trixton deservingly so too. But this horse (Nuncio) is just so consistent. I have so much admiration and think so highly of this horse because he always gives me such a big effort. Horses like him are hard to find. “Any horse at this level has to have consistency,” Campbell added, They have to have speed, they have to have heart, but his consistency over two years has just been remarkable. He has never put in a poor performance for me at all.” “It takes a pretty good horse,” Campbell said, “to have never raced on a half mile before and put in two great miles like he has is unbelievable.” It was the 60th edition of the Yonkers Trot and the third time that Campbell has won the Triple Crown jewel. Trained by Jimmy Takter and owned by Stall TZ of Vero Beach, FL, it was the tenth win in 15 starts this year for Nuncio. He now sports $1,297,096 in earnings this year. Nuncio paid just $2.10 to win was the 1/9 overwhelming favorite. Nuncio Last week All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley barely made it to the final of the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, the third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. He tried to wire the field and ended up finishes fourth, beaten just one length. But with the first four official finishers returning for the final, All Bets Off was back in the hunt and drew post six for the final and this time Matt Kakaley made sure no one was able to catch them. Shooting to the early lead with Lyonssomewhere (Brett Miller) fighting off Stevensville (Mark MacDonald) for the two-hole spot, Kakaley made the lead with All Bets Off and cut the mile to the opening quarter mile in a quick :26.3 seconds. Kakaley and All Bets Off were then able to back down the speed slightly, going to the half mile in :55.1 as McWicked and driver David Miller, the 1-2 favorite, made their move first-over from fourth place with Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick) following their outside cover. All Bets Off was in full gear and took the field to the three-quarters in 1:23 and was not letting off the pace. By the top of the stretch, Kakaley and All Bets Off were up by four lengths and then breezed to the wire to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:51.1. Luck Be Withyou came on for second with McWicked third. “He wasn’t that good last week,” Matt Kakaley said, “He wasn’t himself. But I had all the faith in the world in Ronnie (Burke) that they would have him ready and they showed up tonight. “I was leaving tonight no matter what,” Kakaley said. “We were not doing to duck’em. He (All Bets Off) can leave so quick. I had him jammed on the car pretty good and he just sprinted right out of there. He was rolling along and had a pretty good hold on me. He was in the bits and felt pretty good and I was pretty confident. “This is huge,” Kakaley said. “This is the biggest win of my career. It’s been a great year for me. And Ronnie has been giving me great opportunities. Things have been going really well thanks to him.” The time of the race for the 50th edition of the Messenger, 1:51.1, was the fastest Messenger Stakes ever held at Yonkers. Sired by Bettor’s Delight, it was the 11th win in 15 starts this year for All Bets Off. Trained by Ron Burke and co-owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Rosemary Shelswell, All Bets Off paid $11.80 to win. All Bets Off By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com 

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