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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 

Last week we once again showed a minor loss on win bets (-$3.80) but made money with some decent exacta and tri hits. The action will be fast and furious this weekend as the Grand Circuit is in full swing around North America. We venture to Dayton Raceway Friday for their two opening season main events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and they have attracted some of the best in harness. Then Saturday its show time at Yonkers with the third jewel of the trotting Triple Crown, the Yonkers Trot, plus the Messenger Pace and the revival of the International Trot. Then over to Woodbine for the Big Four Finals, the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Goldsmith Maid and Three Diamonds. Great racing and good luck! $122,000 Pace Dayton Pacing Derby Dayton Raceway 11th race FRIDAY - After crushing much weaker opposition the last two weeks, Dancin Yankee gets back to taking on the big boys but I think he is ready for the challenge. It will be a slugfest for sure but based on his last two impressive wins I think that Dancin Yankee is up for the challenge. Use Foiled Again and Clear Vision in exotic plays. $162,000 Trot Dayton Trotting Derby Dayton Raceway 12th race FRIDAY - Racing fans at Dayton will get to see some good trottin action in here. Well matched field has some superstar performers but I think that Creatine has returned to his old self from last year as of late and will continue to dominate the older trotting ranks. His last two wins were super impressive and can take another in here. Use DW's NY Yank and Wishing Stone in exotic plays. $464,000 Trot Goldsmith Maid Final Woodbine Racecourse 3rd race SATURDAY - It's make it or break it and I mean that literally as Mission Brief has the race her own to win or lose. If she minds her manners she will take this field with trot to spare but if she jumps it off as she has in the past then the others will have a field day. I think this world champion has turned the corner on her bad manners off her past two starts and will wire the field again. Use Gatka Hanover and Jolene Jolene in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot Yonkers Trot Final Yonkers Raceway 5th race SATURDAY -  Nuncio has now been barred from wagering on the race. So from a wagering perpsective, I will go to my second choice, Gural Hanover. So even if he finishes second to Nuncio, you still win. He won his elim with ease and has been super sharp all season with 10 wins. I still think Nuncio will capture the third jewel of the trotting triple crown. Nuncio has been razor sharp and with no Father Patrick or Trixton to go again I think he will wire the field for John Campbell to take two of the three jewels of the Triple Crown. Now use Datsyuk and Don Dorado in exotic plays. $521,000 Trot Valley Victory Final Woodbine Racecourse 5th race SATURDAY - No matter how hard you look at this field you just can't pick against Habitat. He has had an awesome season and is currently on a three-race winning streak for the Ron Burke Stable. His only loss in last two months was when he was not on the front end so figure that Gringras will be sending him in here. Win last week from post eight was very impressive. Use Uncle Lasse and Pinkman in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace Messenger Stake Final Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - It will be a real good race for the third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown here. I am going against the morning line and taking the entry of All Bets Off/Forty Five Red from the Ron Burke Stable. Despite outside posts they both have what it takes to win, one is all front end speed, the other great closing speed (at least last week) and combined they can win and pay a price. Use Luck Be Withyou and McWicked in exotic plays. $565,000 Pace Governor's Cup Final Woodbine Racecourse 7th race SATURDAY - Here is another situation where it is all up to the horse. If Artspeak has his head on straight and decides not to make a break and he returns to his former self he can take this field for fun. But he has not been right the last two weeks. I'm betting that he will put the past behind him and rise up in returning to his winning ways. Use Pierce Hanover and Lyons Again in exotic plays. $124,590 Trot Hudson Filly Final Yonkers Raceway 7th race SATURDAY - Disappointing short field for this Grand Circuit event and I think the Ron Burke Stable will finish one-two with their strong entry of Market Rally/Avalicious. Market Rally is the strong horse of the two and is the NYSS champion filly. Avalicious is coming off a lifetime mark of 1:53.2 at Pocono Downs. Too tough to go again. Use Highest Peak and Bambino Supreme in exotic plays. $150,854 Pace Lady Maud Final Yonkers Raceway 8th race SATURDAY - Last week in winning her elimination division for this final, Act Now showed her dominance and also that she can handle a half mile track with a very impressive 1:53.1 romp by three open lengths. All she needs to do in here is repeat that effort and she is home free. Use Fancy Desire and the entry of Beautiful Lady/A La Notte Hanover in exotic plays. $424,000 Pace Three Diamonds Final Woodbine Racecourse 9th race SATURDAY - Currently the only unbeaten star in North America, JK She'salady goes for her tenth straight win in here. She has just been perfect in every start all season long and continues to roll on by her opponents once again. Use The Show Returns and Band Of Angels in exotic plays. $250,000 Trot International Trot Preview Yonkers Raceway 9th race SATURDAY - Saving the best for last this weekend. Throw out the morning line on this race, it was done by a computer. This is real trotting action at its best. And the best in here is Sebastian K. While Commander Crowe and Arch Madness have nearly twice the lifetime earnings of Sebastian K, their best days are behind them. Sebastian K may be making his first start ever on a half mile oval but he will overcome it with little issue. The extra quarter mile in this distance race is the difference that Sebastian K will flourish on. Use Bee A Magician and Natural Herbie in exotic plays.

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 23, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's stakes-stuffed Saturday night program has all the required-by-law ingredients. There's the more than $1.5 million in purses for the five features, a $20,000 guaranteed all-stakes-race Pick 5 pool...and the obligatory free t-shirt (while supplies last). First post for the baker's-dozen buffet is 7:10 PM, and a gentleman who figures to have say in the soiree is one David Miller. The Harness Hall of Famer (Class of 2013), he of the more than 11,100 career wins and $185 million in purses, has drives in four of the five events. Toward that end, he offered some insights... Race 5 - $500,000 YONKERS TROT NO. 60 (3-year-old colts/geldings) -- Revolve (post position No. 5) --"I've never driven him before. I spoke with Timmy (Tetrick, who drove him last week but opted for Don Dorado here) a bit last week, but with (elimination winners) Gural Hanover and Nuncio drawing inside (post Nos. 1 and 2), we're going to have a few breaks." Miller goes with a third Trot victory. Race 6 - $500,000 MESSENGER STAKES NO. 59 (3-year-old colts/geldings) --McWicked (head number 5, post position 4) -- "Just a very pleasant horse to get along with. He's held his form for just about the entire year, though I thought he was a bit flat at Delaware (OH). The last couple of weeks (a "Messenger prep" and last week's nine-to-get-rid-of-one elimination), the plan was just to race him conservatively get him ready for this race. I was very happy with his race last week (closing stoutly for third in a paceless event) and I expect him to race very well (Saturday). He's coming into it in good shape." (Note that McWicked becomes a seasonal millionaire with just about any payday here, while Miller has won this race three times, but has never won it here.) Race 7 -- $150,874 HUDSON FILLY TROT (3-year-olds) -- no drive. Race 8 -- $124,590 LADY MAUD (3-year-old pacing fillies) -- Fancy Desire (head number 6, post position 5) -- "I've never driven here before, either, but I've seen enough of her in Pennsylvania. I have driven for (trainer) Kevin (Carr) quite a bit, and I know she has talent. She won the Lynch (Pocono) and beat some good fillies. I'm not surprised George (Brennan, who drove both elim winners) stayed with Act Now (HN 3, PP 2), but I think that mine has a shot." Race 9 -- $250,000 INTERNATIONAL TROT PREVIEW (1¼ miles) -- Bee a Magician (post position 2) -- "Again, she's another I've never driven before, and I was so happy to get a chance (Miller is her first driver not named Brian Sears or Rick Zeron). I love the draw, because I'm not sure how much early movement there's going to be and she should be close. Sure, the added distance is a concern with a mare going against older males, but not as much on a half as it would be on a big track for her." Please be advised that program pages for Saturday's Pick 5 (50-cent base) wager are now available for perusal at Yonkers 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

This Week: Messenger Stakes, Yonkers Trot, International Trot Preview, Lady Maud and Hudson Filly Trot, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Fall Four Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Dayton Pacing Derby and Dayton Trotting Derby, Hollywood Dayton Raceway, Dayton, Ohio; Circle City and Madison County, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and John Simpson Stakes, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week will get underway on Friday (Oct. 24) at Hollywood Dayton Raceway with the $160,000 Dayton Trotting Derby for older trotters and the $122,000 Dayton Pacing Derby for older pacers. Also on Friday, Hoosier Park will offer Circle City races for 3-year-old trotters and pacers, There will be three divisions in the $90,000 3-year-old colt pace, three divisions in the $82,200 3-year-old filly trot, two divisions in the $74,300 3-year-old colt trot and two divisions in the $71,000 3-year-old filly pace. On Saturday (Oct. 25), Hoosier will race Madison County events for 2-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Each of the four divisions carries an estimated purse of $75,000. Rounding out the busy Friday of Grand Circuit racing, Vernon Downs will contest the John Simpson Stakes for freshman pacers and trotters. There will be three divisions in the $31,005 2-year-old colt trot, two divisions in the $26,816 2-year-old filly trot and single divisions in the $26,503 2-year-old colt pace and $25,616 2-year-old filly pace. Yonkers Raceway will offer five Grand Circuit stakes on Saturday night led by two Triple Crown events, the $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters and the $500,000 Messenger for 3-year-old pacers. Also on tap will be the $250,000 International Trot Preview for older trotters, the $150,854 Lady Maud for 3-year-old pacing fillies and the $124,590 Hudson Filly Trot for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Woodbine will offer the Fall Four Stakes on Saturday featuring the C$565,000 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$521,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old colt trotters, the C$464,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old filly trotters, and the C$424,000 Three Diamonds for 2-year-old filly pacers. Complete entries for the U.S. races are available at this link. Woodbine entries can be seen at this link. Last time: The Windy City Pace at Maywood Park was the featured event this past weekend on the extensive Grand Circuit schedule. Big Boy Dreams and Tim Tetrick won the Windy City Pace. Big Boy Dreams won the $180,000 Windy City Pace on Oct. 17 in wire-to-wire fashion for driver Tim Tetrick in 1:51. The Ron Burke trainee and New York Sire Stakes competitor notched his fourth win of the year in 10 starts. Big Boy Dreams took the field to a brutal :25.4 first quarter and a :54.1 half, with Let's Drink On It challenging the leader going to the 1:22.2 three-quarters. But Big Boy Dreams just continued to draw away in the stretch to win by 2-1/2 lengths. He now has $168,495 in seasonal earnings for owner Dominic Rosato. It was "Elimination Saturday," on Oct. 18, with Yonkers Raceway hosting elims for three stakes events. Fifteen 3-year-old colts and geldings turned into eight for Yonkers Trot No. 60, as standouts Nuncio (John Campbell) and Gural Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) were comfy winners in the pair of $40,000 eliminations. Nuncio, in play early from post position No. 5, waited his turn before finally making the lead. He parked Skates N Plates, then strode home by 3-1/2 lengths through fractions of :28.4, :58, 1:26.4 and 1:56.2. Don Dorado was second, with Journey and Expressive Action third and fourth, respectively. Gural Hanover, New York Sire Stakes champion and the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into this season's Trot, won the draw in the second elim. He retook from a breaking-soon-after Flyhawk El Durado before finishing his four turns though panels of :28.4, 58.1, 1:27.2 and 1:56.3, a length faster than Resolve. Third went to King City, with Datsyuk getting the final place at the table. The $40,000 elim for the 59th Messenger -- nine sophomore colts/geldings to end up with eight -- was won by a pocket-sitting Luck Be Withyou (Tim Tetrick). From post No. 2, he whipped a cone-skimming Forty Five Red by a neck in 1:53 with McWicked a belated third. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, 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 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,890; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,002; 3. David Miller - 869.5; 4. Ron Pierce - 625.5; 5. Corey Callahan - 523. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,957.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,519; 3. Erv Miller - 396.5; 4. Joe Holloway - 349; 5. Tony Alagna - 312. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 431.4; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 386.4; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 277; 4. Brittany Farms - 254.45; 5. Robert Key - 232. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Hoosier Park and Vernon Downs. Hoosier will feature the Carl Erskine Trot for 3-year-olds, the Monument Circle for 3-year-old male pacers, the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for older pacers, the Nadia Lobell for 3-year-old filly pacers and the Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters. Vernon will offer the Artiscape for older pacing mares, the Muscle Hill for older trotting mares, and a pair of Kindergarten finals for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

Freehold, NJ --- The Pacing Triple Crown begins Monday (Sept. 1) at Tioga Downs in upstate New York, where eight 3-year-old pacers meet in the $437,325 Cane Pace. He’s Watching brings a four-race win streak into the Cane Pace and is undefeated in three lifetime starts at Tioga Downs. Last season, he won a division of the New York Sire Stakes in 1:50, which established the track record for a 2-year-old. And in his most recent race, a 1:49.1 triumph in the Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs on Aug. 10, he missed the track standard for 3-year-olds by two-fifths of a second. or the year, He’s Watching has won five of eight races, including the Meadowlands Pace in a world-record-equaling 1:46.4, and earned $692,247. He’s Watching was not eligible to the Cane Pace, but his connections paid $35,000 to supplement to the race. “He likes Tioga,” said Ontario-based trainer Dave Menary, who owns He’s Watching with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and the Muscara Racing Trust. “Hopefully we’ll keep our Tioga streak alive. “I’m really happy with him. This is the third time he’s had three weeks off between starts and he’s liked it so far. He raced well last time and seems to be in top shape right now. I had him to Mohawk (Racetrack) on Monday and went a good mile with him. “We’ve just kind of followed the same routine every time he’s had three weeks off and it’s working so far. I think we’re ready for Monday.” First race post time is 1:30 p.m. Monday, with the Cane Pace slated for approximately 3:46 p.m. The card also includes the fourth leg of the Miss Versatility Series for older female trotters, featuring world champions Classic Martine, Maven, and Frau Blucher. No horse has won the Pacing Triple Crown since No Pan Intended in 2003. The second jewel in the Triple Crown is the Little Brown Jug, to be held Sept. 18 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio, and the third is the Messenger Stakes, slated for Oct. 25 at Yonkers Raceway. He’s Watching, who will be driven by two-time Cane Pace winner Tim Tetrick, will start from post six. “At Tioga, the six hole is fine,” Menary said. “I was hoping not to get the very inside or the very outside. I think from the six hole, it gives Tim a lot of options. I leave (what to do) up to him.” JK Endofanera, who in June won the North America Cup, enters the Cane Pace off a win in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes on Aug. 17 at Tioga Downs. In his previous two starts -- his elimination for the Empire Breeders Classic and the EBC final -- he finished second to He’s Watching. For the year, JK Endofanera has won six of 10 races and earned $660,709 for trainer Ron Burke and owner 3 Brothers Stables. He starts the Cane Pace from post five with driver Brian Sears. He’s Watching is one of three $35,000 supplemental entries to the Cane Pace, along with Luck Be Withyou and Lyonssomewhere. Luck Be Withyou, who won last season’s Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers, saw a three-race win streak snapped when he finished in a dead-heat second to All Bets Off in the Carl Milstein Memorial on Aug. 15 at Northfield Park. “There are a lot of horses in there, not just JK,” Menary said. “Hopefully we can get off to a good start (in the Triple Crown). I’ve been able to keep him really fresh and he’s been sharp. Hopefully I can keep him sharp. “I’m trying to take it week by week, but he’s still got a lot left on his plate. I think he’s in good form right now and hopefully he can stay that way until the end of the year.” Following is the Cane Pace field with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Bushwacker, David Miller, Chris Ryder; 3. Doo Wop Hanover, Corey Callahan, Steve Elliott; 4. Stevensville, Mark MacDonald, Ray Schnittker; 5. JK Endofanera, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 6. He’s Watching, Tim Tetrick, Dave Menary; 7. Lyonssomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beat The Drum, Brett Miller, Staffan Lind. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

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