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YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 24, 2017 - Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $6) was the third and last leader Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Into the game early from assigned post position No. 7, Mach it a Par waited her turn as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) took turns with the lead. Mach it a Par grabbed her chance just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a 29-secone next substation (:56.2 half), it was 48-1 rank outsider For the Ladies N (Dan Dube) taking out of fourth. Regil Elektra (Brent Holland) was second-up, while 19-10 choice Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton), in her U-S parimutuel debut, was behind that one Mach it a Par continued her work night in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. Despite drifting a bit, she held sway, negating the sharp close of Mackenzie A to win by a head in 1:52.4. Third went to Lispatty, with Empress Deo and Regil Elektra rounding out the payees. The five cashers were separated by just 1¾ lengths at the line. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $75.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. - When harness racing trainer Rich Banca purchased Mach It A Par sight unseen last winter, he thought he was getting a mare who knew how to win and who could be effective in the mid-level conditions at Yonkers. When she showed up to the barn, her appearance didn’t instill confidence, but Banca was undeterred. “If you looked at her and didn’t know who she was, you wouldn’t want to give $20,000 for her,” Banca said. “She’s just a tiny little thing. She’s very plain, small. I thought she was a non-winners of 15, 20, 25 (thousand dollars last in her last five starts-caliber horse). But you see a lot of horses that don’t look like anything special that are.” Mach It A Par’s debut for Banca came in last year’s first leg of the Bluechip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers March 18. To Banca’s surprise, she upset the field, paying $81 to win, and set the tone for the rest of the year. At the end of her 39-race campaign, she amassed 13 wins and another 17 seconds and thirds good for $404,200. In winning Yonkers’ Filly and Mare Open Handicap in 1:50.3 September 18, she set a world record for an aged pacing mare on a half-mile track. “It was just unbelievable from start to finish,” Banca recalled. “She was good just about every single start of the year. The only start that she wasn’t 100 percent was the final of the Matchmaker, but she was good all year long. What she’s accomplished is really amazing. I could have never imagined it.” Compounding Mach It A Par’s success is the thrilling way in which she races. She frequently comes from well off the pace and sometimes circles the field to win, a rarity at Yonkers. “I’ve seen her go races that I didn’t know she’d get a check and she ended up winning,” Banca admired. “She could be sitting eighth at the top of the stretch and still win. I don’t know if you could ever see another horse at Yonkers do that as often as she does. It happens every once in a while, but she did it a lot of times.” As the 7-year-old by Mach Three out of the Village Jiffy mare Taylorlane Action gears up for her 2017 campaign, Banca is setting his sights on redemption in the Matchmaker Series. The only black mark on her record last year, she finished last of eight in the series final in 2016. “There’d been other races last year that she was just too far back and had no chance, but she was still good. But the final of the Matchmaker, she just wasn’t good that night,” Banca explained. “I think I know her better now. She ended the year last year very strong. She wasn’t tired and she got a little break. I think she’s the best horse in there.” Mach It A Par appeared on the racetrack for the first time since winning a Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers December 16 when she went behind the gate for a qualifier Saturday, February 11. With the earplugs still in, she finished second, pacing her mile in 1:55 and posting a final quarter of :27.2. Driver Jason Bartlett was satisfied with the effort. “Going into the qualifier, obviously you just want to qualify, get a good run in her, make the last quarter her best quarter,” he explained. “Everything worked out pretty well. Just trying to get a good line, not overdoing it, and just having her hit their best stride at the wire; I think that’s the main goal.” Although he’s grown accustomed to her and paired up with her for several of her victories last year, like Banca, Bartlett’s first impression of Mach It A Par was lackluster. “To watch her score down and even sitting behind her, you would never think she does what she does,” Bartlett said. “She’s small, she’s going slow, she’s half -galloping, half-pacing. When you turn her in front of the gate, her attitude changes and she’s very willing. She loves her job.” Mach It A Par’s 2017 campaign will mirror last year’s: She’ll contest the Bluechip Matchmaker Series and the Filly and Mare Opens at Yonkers, but won’t travel for other stakes due to her tendency to tie up. Although Banca isn’t one to push a horse in their first start, he is optimistic about Mach It A Par’s chances in her seasonal debut in Friday’s Filly and Mare Open Handicap at Yonkers. “Usually they need a start or two before they’re at their best. I don’t like to train them very hard before they qualify. It’s a long year,” he said. “I know it’s her first start of the year, but she’s a good horse. I expect her to race well.” Mach It A Par will face seven rivals Friday and landed the unusually comfortable post position five. It’s one of the rare occasions she won’t be handicapped by the seven or eight hole. “I don’t know what she’s going to think about having the five hole,” Bartlett joked. “It’s her first start of the year, so obviously I want to give her the best trip I can possibly give her and be as easy as I can on her, but at the same time, put her in a spot to win the race. With the five hole, take off the gate and try to find a helmet to the top of the lane.” Mach It A Par is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line for Friday’s $50,000 sixth race at Yonkers Raceway, trailing 5-2 favorite Bedroomconfessions. Regil Elektra, Arielle Lynn, Empress Deo, Bettor N Better, Wrangler Magic, and Set Me Up complete the field. First post is 7:10pm. by Brandon Valvo for SOA of NY

A shrewdly-driven Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) prevailed from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Usually a authentic closer, Mach it a Par-from mandated post position No. 7-was put in play here, and it obviously served her well. She and eight-hole assignee Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) both cleared the inside half-dozen ladies, with a three-wide latter making the lead just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Longshot So Nice (Tyler Buter) left into a three-hole, which didn't do much for the cause of pole-sitting Regil Elektra (Dan Dube). The song remained the same at the :57.1 intermission, before Hidden Land (Brent Holland) moved...from seventh. Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), as the tepid 2-1 fave, was away last and chased that one toward a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Mach it a Par was fidgety in the pocket, extricating it to grab a short lead in and out of the final turn. She then finished is off, winning by 2 lengths in 1:52.3. Hidden Land put in a fine effort, continuing first-up for second, with a needing-room Regil Elektra, Krispy Apple and Moto Moonbeam N (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees. Bedroomconfessions was devoid of pace and backpedaled to last. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 13th win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $64, the triple returned $250 and the superfecta paid $1,143. Yonkers' 2016 live season concludes with cards Saturday (first post 7:10 PM) and Sunday (first post 1 PM). A reminder that there's no simulcasting Dec. 19th through 28th, inclusive and the '17 season begins Sunday (post time TBA, dates pending approval of New York State Gaming Commission). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 2, 2016 - Mach it a Par (Jordan Stratton, $11.40) uncoiled her usual late rush Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Beating only a breaker for much of the mile, Mach it a Par - from post position No. 7 stormed home when it counted. She whipped a lane-finding, 17-10 fave Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2, with pace-setting Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) faltering late to third. It was Krispy Apple leaving from outside her seven rivals, having to go wide around that early misbehave of Moma's Got a Gun (Brent Holland) before securing the throne. After intervals of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25, Krispy Apple had a couple of lengths into the lane, but tired in search of a fifth consecutive victory. A first-up Regil Elektra (George Brennan) and Village Jessica (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For third choice Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 12th win in 37 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $414. Frank Drucker

On Friday night, Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) did what Velocity Vespa does. The six year old harness racing standout scored a front-running win in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Rich Banca trainee loves the lead and driver Jimmy Devaux worked hard to get her there on a rainy night in the Spa City. Velocity Vespa was parked out early before Devaux went pedal to the metal going to the quarter before the distaffer cleared the lead in a 27.2 opening panel. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) has been getting pocket rides behind Velocity Vespa seemingly for months and once again got the two hole trip in Friday's feature. After a breather in the second quarter, the race's 3-2 betting favorite was put to the test and fought gamely before hanging on to win by the slimmest of margins in 1:54.3. Truth And Liberty (Stephane Bouchard) flew home and came up just shy of the victory as the runner up while So Nice earned the show spot. For Velocity Vespa, it was her incredible 18th win in 28 seasonal tries. The exacta and triple paid pretty well considering it was just a six horse field as the exotics returned $23.60 (exacta) and $41.40 (triple). Velocity Vespa is well on her way to being named Filly and Mare Pacer of the Year at Saratoga as the winning machine has now tallied six victories in the local Open despite not making her seasonal debut until July. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 21, 2016 - A from-last Mach it a Par and harness racing driver Brian Sears swept away her sorority sisters Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It was a repeat performance for Mach it a Par, who cut the mile a week ago. Here, remanded behind the eight-ball (though in one notch after a inside defection), she saw polester Southwind Roulette (George Brennan) either seat 'em or park 'em. Hung for their troubles were Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) and Purrfect Bags (Jordan Stratton), while Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) was pocketed. After early intervals of :26.2 and :55.4, 13-10 choice Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) launched a wide bid going toward a 1:24 three-quarters. She couldn't sustain it, however, as 'Roulette' maintained a tenuous lead into the lane. Enter Mach it a Par, who was last at three-quarters and fifth in and out of the final turn. She rallied widest and fastest, going away by 2½ lengths in 1:52.3. Jungle Genie N closed inside for second, with Moma's Got a Gun (Tyler Buter), Southwind Roulette and Krispy Apple settled for the remainder. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 11th win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $94, with the triple returning $667. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 14, 2016 - Odds-on harness racing favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $2.80) took advantage of a generous getaway locale Friday night, easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 5 (after winning the 5-through-8 draw), she wasted no time claiming her territory. Mach it a Par worked around Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno), then started what became a two-speed number (:27.4, :57.2, 1:25.1, 1:52.2). The final margin was a handy length-and-a-quarter, with Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) a best-of-rest third. Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) rounded out the payees. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her 10th win (29th lifetime) in 32 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.90, with the triple returning $61.50. Saturday's rare day card (first post 1:10 PM) is highlighted by the million-dollar International Trot. Ten of the world's best trotters test the mile-and-a-quarter distance. U-S representatives Hannelore Hanover (Yannick Gingras), Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) and Obrigado (MacDonald) start from post position Nos.1, 2 and 6, respectively. The International goes as race six as part of the 13-race card, which also features a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, led by Bit of a Legend N and Wiggle It Jiggleit (posts 1 and 8 in the flat-mile Pace) and Barn Doll and a returning Bee a Magician (posts 1 and 2) in the 1¼-mile Trot). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 30, 2016 - Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) was hard-used early and hardly-used late Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her assigned post position No. 6, Mach it a Par was out into the second turn before finally making the lead. She did so from Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) after that one threw down a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, it turned into a two-speed number (:55.4, 1:24.3, 1:52.3), with Mach it a Par easily prevailing by 3¾ lengths. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) was a first-up third, with Devil Child (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) grabbing the minors. For Mach it a Pair, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, with the triple returning $63. Frank Drucker

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) continued her sensational 2016 harness racing campaign on Friday night at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The Richard Banca-trained mare recorded win number 17 on the season as she went coast to coast in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. Velocity Vespa is a dominant force when she makes the lead but has been a non-factor when having to come from off the pace. That trend continued on Friday night when the six year old mare marched out to the early lead in a first quarter of 27.1 and never looked back. Facing a bid from the first over favorite Mosquito Blue Chip (Bruce Aldrich Jr), Velocity Vespa dug in and put that one away turning for home. So Nice (Austin Siegelman), maybe the most consistent force in the Friday feature this year, closed sharply up the inside and finished second. She has now been the runner up in four consecutive tries in the local Open. Velocity Vespa's 17th seasonal score came in 1:53.1. The race's second choice in the wagering at odds of 8-5, Velocity Vespa led an exacta that paid $26.40 and a triple that returned $69.50 in the six horse feature. The standout distaffer was piloted to the win by Jimmy Devaux. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) went coast to coast to capture the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. After being claimed in July by trainer Rich Banca, Velocity Vespa rattled off three consecutive wins in the Fillies and Mares Open at the Spa. The last of those victories came in a dazzling 1:51.3, a track record for a pacing mare at the Spa. The six year old distaffer didn't factor in last week's Open despite being the odds-on favorite but returned to the winner's circle after wiring the field in Friday's $16,000 feature. So Nice (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket and finished second while Super Soph (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Velocity Vespa's 16th win of the season came over a sloppy track in 1:53.4 on Friday night. Returning $4.90 to win, Velocity Vespa, who was driven to victory by Jimmy Devaux, led an exacta and triple that came back $15.20 and $77.50, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a 6:45pm first post. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) became the fastest lady pacer in the history of Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night as the Rich Banca-trained harness racing mare scored her third consecutive win in the local Fillies and Mares Open. Banca claimed the six year old distaffer last month and the mare who had won 22 times in the last year and a half has added three more to her tally after a few dominant efforts in the $15,000 ladies' Open. Velocity Vespa surged out to the lead from her assigned outside post position on Friday and set brisk fractions while cutting the mile. The standout mare went to the quarter in 27.2 and the half in 55.4. Her sizzling speed display didn't end there as the winning machine paced through three quarters in 1:23.2 before hitting the wire first in 1:51.3. The final time is the fastest for any female pacer in the 75 year history of Saratoga, besting the mark of 1:52 which was owned by Darlin's Delight, a three year old filly when she set the mark, and So Nice, who held the record for aged pacing mares. So Nice was the runner up to Velocity Vespa in the Friday feature to complete an exacta behind the even money favorite that paid $14.20. Happily Ever After (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot to complete the triple that came back $87.50. Jimmy Devaux drove Velocity Vespa to her record setting score on a night in which he piloted three winners. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella  

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) scored her second consecutive win in the Friday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the Rich Banca-trained mare cruised to a wire-to-wire harness racing victory in the $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The six year old distaffer was claimed by Banca two weeks ago and went coast to coast in 1:52.1 in her debut for her new connections last week. On Friday night, Velocity Vespa was the race's 1-2 betting favorite and cruised out to the early lead in a first quarter paced in 27.3. Reinsman Jimmy Devaux gave the mare a bit of a second quarter breather before she was met with the challenge of a first over Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson). Velocity Vespa paced away from her rivals in a 27.3 final quarter and scored a decisive four length victory, stopping the timer in 1:52.2. Bazooka Terror was the runner up in the Friday feature for the seventh time this season while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) earned the show spot. For Velocity Vespa, it was win number 13 on the season in twenty tries following a 2015 campaign in which she won eleven times. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with first post time set for 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

Velocity Vespa (I Scoot Hanover) scored impressively in Friday's harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. The six year old mare was claimed last week by trainer Rich Banca and debuted in the $15,000 local Fillies and Mares Open on Friday night. Velocity Vespa sped out to the lead in a sizzling opening quarter paced in 26.1 and didn't back things down much cruising through a first half in 55.1. Rival Bazooka Terror (Billy Dobson) moved first over on the leader at the half and those two squared off throughout the final lap before Velocity Vespa hit the wire first in 1:52.1. Bazooka Terror battled gamely to be the runner up in the Friday feature while the race's favorite So Nice (Mark Beckwith) had to settle for minor spoils finishing third. Velocity Vespa, who was piloted on Friday night by Jimmy Devaux, won for the twelfth time this year following a campaign in 2015 in which she scored eleven victories. The winner returned $7.10 to win and led an exacta and triple that paid $53 and $185, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night with a first post time of 7:05pm. Mike Sardella

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 8, 2016 - From last, harness racing favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $5) made it three wins in succession Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching the floor show early from what turned into an outside post position No. 7 (8-holer Krispy Apple was again scratched-sick), Mach it a Par saw Loveineveryminute (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) alternate (:27.3, :56.1) leading the way. The latter continued through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, not overly fast for these ladies. Mach it a Par found herself chasing those pokey fractions, operating from third-over and sixth into the lane. She closed widest and fastest, whipping an off-the-layoff Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) by a hard-charging head in 1:53.1. Hidden Land (Brent Holland) was a good, first-up third, with Al Raza N and Lispatty (Steve Smith) rounding out the payees. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40.20, with the triple returning $142.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 1, 2016 -- Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.70) read the memo just in time Friday night. winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Operating second-over from post position No. 5, Mach it a Par watched as pole-assigned Hidden Land (Brent Holland) stuffed Regil Elekrtra (Mark Macdonald) in behind, while second choice Secrets Out N (George Brennan) was away third. Hidden Land (:28, :56.2) was unchallenged until Secrets Out N moved in Turn Three. However, she couldn't get close in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, with Mach it a Par gapping that one. Hidden Land owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but started to weaken. Mach it a Par, though drifting, found her best stride. She rolled past a tiring leader, then whipped Regil Elektra by a length in 1:52.1. Hidden Land, a ground-saving Anndrovette (Jason Bartlett) and Sheeza Shark N (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her fifth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $45.80, with the triple returning $195. Frank Drucker

Favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.40) saved her best for last Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No.3, Mach it a Par watched as outside numbers Anndrovette (Jason Bartlett) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) lined 'em up early. The former led through early substations of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Know it All (Eric Abbatiello) moving from fourth, with the people's choice behind the one. Anndrovette continued to lead in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half margin entering the lane. However, she was done soon after, with Mach it a Par-fifth turning for home-going fastest when it counted. She rolled home by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52. Second went to Tessa Seelster, who offered good pace at both ends, with a belated Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton), Lookout Stokk Zone (Tyler Buter) and Anndrovette settling for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her third win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $65. Saturday night's card finds the Raceway hosting a pair of premier stakes events for 3-year-olds in the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (sixth race) and its companion event for the lasses, the $100,000 Lismore (fourth race). The 12-race program begins at the usual 7:10 PM . YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,500 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (May 28) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $3,525.24. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

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