YONKERS, NY, December 3, 2013-It was James Lang earning recognition in Tuesday night's third round of the free, on-line handicapping contest, sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. Lang earned $702 from his mythical $20 win bet on eight races. He defeated 841 other participants, including Roxanne Dsalles ($620), Daniel Escoto ($619), Joseph Falsetta ($615) and Fred Valerio ($590). The contest continues the next two Tuesdays (Dec. 10 and 17). The final round is set for Sat., Dec. 21, Yonkers' final racing program of the season. It is coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. For each of the prelim rounds, it's $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. The first ten finishers in each round qualify for the final, but each handicapper may only qualify once. As for the final, $2,500 to the winner, $1,000 for the runner-up and $500 for third place. The $10,000 total prize pool is a partnership between Yonkers Raceway and the SOA of New York. Nearly 1,300 handicappers have signed up through the first three rounds. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, November 27, 2013-It was John Gallo taking home the big prize in Tuesday night's second round of the free, on-line handicapping contest, sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. Gallo earned $615 from his mythical $20 win bet on eight races. He defeated 905 other participants, including Philip Brunori ($600), James Dam ($568), Brenda Hogan ($558) and Dan DeSilva ($529). The contest continues the next three Tuesdays (Dec. 3, 10 and 17). The final round is set for Sat., Dec. 21, Yonkers' final racing program of the season. It is coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. For each of the prelim rounds, it's $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. The first ten finishers in each round qualify for the final (a three-way deadlock for 10th this week, so there were 12 qualifiers), but each handicapper may only qualify once. As for the final, $2,500 to the winner, $1,000 for the runner-up and $500 for third place. The $10,000 total prize pool is a partnership between Yonkers Raceway and the SOA of New York. More than 1,200 handicappers have signed up thus far. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 21, 2013-First-round bragging rights went to Matthew Sanchez, who won the free, on-line handicapping contest, sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. Sanchez earned $847 from his mythical $20 win bet on eight races Tuesday night. He defeated 731 other opening-round participants, including Gerald Steffanelli ($843), Tony Beltrame ($842), Wendy Mandar ($840) and Mitch Lampert ($760). The contest continues the next four Tuesdays (Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 and 17). The final round is set for Sat., Dec. 21, Yonkers' final racing program of the season. It is coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. For each of the prelim rounds, it's $500 for first place (way to go, Matthew), $250 for second place, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. The first ten finishers in each round qualify for the final, but each handicapper may only qualify once. As for the final, $2,500 to the winner, $1,000 for the runner-up and $500 for third place. The $10,000 total prize pool is a partnership between Yonkers Raceway and the SOA of New York. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 14, 2013--Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced a free, $10,000 on-line handicapping contest, beginning this Tuesday, Nov. 19. The contest is to be coordinated through Trackmaster (www.trackmaster.com/contest), and shall be run through that site, including free past performances pages for the designated contest dates. Registration is now open. Here are the particulars...the preliminary dates are all Tuesdays...Nov. 19 and 26, along with Dec. 3, 10 and 17. The final round is set for Sat., Dec. 21, Yonkers' final racing program of the season. Contestants are required to make a mythical $20 win bet on eight of Yonkers races of their choice on a given program, with the top 10 "bankrolls" after each round qualifying for the final. Contestants (who have to be at least 18 years of age, as per state law) may enter each week, but may only qualify once for the final. Ah, the prizes. For each of the prelim rounds, it's $500 for first place, $250 for second place, $200 for third, $150 for fourth and $100 for fifth. As for the final, $2,500 to the winner, $1,000 for the runner-up and $500 for third place. The $10,000 prize pool is a partnership between the Raceway and the SOA of New York. "We're extremely happy to offer this contest," general manager Bob Galterio said. "It's a tremendous incentive for the regular Yonkers player, as well as for those who may not have looked at our product in a while. You get to watch and 'wager' on the best harness product available, and if you're good enough, make some money for the holiday season." "We welcome the chance to partner with Yonkers any time, and we're sure this contest is going to prove very popular," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. By Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
On October 22, 2013, the New York State Court of Appeals, the state's highest court, agreed to hear the harness horsemen's appeal challenging the state's out-of-competition testing regulations. The court determined that the appeal was as a matter of right. In August 2011, a Supreme Court Justice in Schenectady, New York determined in Ford et al. v. The New York State Racing and Wagering Board that the regulations were unconstitutional, devoid of due process, were arbitrary and capricious and “so lacking in reason as to require nullification in their entirety.” In July 2013, the Appellate Division of State Supreme Court, sitting in Albany, reversed parts of the Schenectady judge's decision. The Court of Appeals will now issue the final ruling as to the legality and enforceability of the rules as they relate to Standardbred racing. Joseph Faraldo, President of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, one of the petitioners in the lawsuit, commented, "Like the United States Supreme Court, New York's Court of Appeals hears only a very small fraction of the cases presented to it for appeal each year. We are heartened that the court will hear our arguments against the rules in 2014. From the time this process started several years ago, we have always maintained two things. One is that while we need rational and reasonable out-of-competition rules that catch and punish cheaters, we also need to ensure that the innocent are not ensnared in an indiscriminate dragnet. The other is that the rules promulgated over our strenuous and repeated objections are neither rational nor reasonable; are unconstitutional and, in some instances, would actually assist the cheaters to escape scrutiny and justice. We are confident that after our arguments are heard, the high court will reinstate the reasoned decision of the Schenectady Supreme Court." In addition to the Standardbred Owners Association of New York, the petitioners are USTA director Mark Ford, SOA director and USTA district chairman John Brennan, veteran horseman Richard Banca, Sr. and retired SOA executive director George Casale. The Petitioners have been represented throughout the proceedings by Andrew J. Turro, Esq. of the law firm Meyer, Suozzi, English & Klien, P.C. Submitted by the SOA of New York
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 17, 2013 - Yonkers Raceway is prepping for its fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free, family-fun event, set for Saturday night. The Harvest Festival is slated from 5-9 PM on the track apron at the historic half-mile oval, and showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. The Fall Harvest Festival includes pony rides, face painting, pumpkin patch and musical entertainment, along with New York wine and beer product sampling. Of course, a full card of parimutuel races is also part of the evening (first post at the usual 7:10 PM). A favorite among the Fall Harvest Festival highlights is the Fifth Annual Legislators' Challenge, in which elected officials from across the state compete in four non-wagering harness races (with occasional help from professional harness drivers). Post time for the first of three Legislators non-bettors is 5:30 PM. The "electeds" have been divided into three groups...the rookies, the veterans and the previous winners. Scheduled participants for the Legislators' Pace include, from the New York State Assembly Andrew Raia (12 AD - Northport); Keith Wright (70 AD - Harlem); Michael Benedetto (82 AD - Bronx); J. Gary Pretlow (89 AD - Mount Vernon); Shelley Mayer (90 AD - Yonkers); Michaelle C. Solages (22 AD - Valley Stream); Joseph Saladino (9 AD - Massapequa Park); Rafael Espinal Jr. (54 AD - Brooklyn); Andrew Garbarino (7 AD - Bayport); and Frank Skartados (104 AD - Newburgh). Rounding out the competitors is State Senators Joseph Griffo (47 SD - Utica). "The Legislators' Pace has become a much-anticipated annual event among racing fans, residents statewide, and of course, our incredibly competitive state legislators," Tim Rooney, Jr., general counsel at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, said. "But for us, this is just a fun-filled way to remind the elected officials and residents who support us, that not only have we contributed over $1.8 billion to the state's schools, we've also helped revitalized the horse racing and agricultural industries across the state." "I am always excited to compete in the Legislative Challenge. It is a fun night, not just for those who are participating but for the entire family. Once again, Empire City has outdone themselves in providing a fun-filled evening for all," Assembly Member Benedetto said. "I would like to thank both the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway for hosting this event and the Fall Festival," Assembly Member Garbarino said. "These two organizations have helped make New York a leader in the standardbred breeding and racing industries. For many years, these two industries have provided much-needed jobs and revenue for the New York State economy." "I am looking forward to once again participating in this year's fall harvest festival. It is a wonderful community event, and I appreciate Empire City Casino providing it to the Yonkers community," Assembly Member Mayer said. "I've been attending this event every year since its inception, and every year I'm blown away at how much fun it is," Assembly Member Raia said. "Events like these are not just great fun for the whole family, but also critical to illustrating the importance of New York agriculture and business." "The Fall Harvest Festival is one of the most exciting nights at Yonkers Raceway," Assembly Member Saladino said. "After winning last year's race, I am thrilled to come back and defend my title and create another very exciting night. The legislative challenge is a not-to-be-missed event. I hope everyone comes out to Yonkers Raceway for a night of fun at the races." "It is an honor to race at the Yonkers Raceway and participate in the fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival. Harness racing with my fellow New York State legislators highlights an industry that not only benefits the great state of New York, but also the local community," Assembly Member Solages said. "This is the most premier harness racing track in the country. I am excited at the opportunity to celebrate New York State's advancements in the agriculture and equine industries at the harness racing capital." "The fall harvest is a great opportunity for legislators to highlight one of the jewels of New York, Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, and it gives us a great opportunity to mix business and pleasure," Assembly Member Wright said. "As a legislator from Harlem, I don't get a chance to drive too many horses. I look forward to seeing everyone as I come around the clubhouse turn." Another highlight of the Fall Harvest Festival is a Racing Under Saddle exhibition event, with nine talented women competing in a mile-and-and-a-sixteenth event between the first and second races on the wagering card. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway
Trainer Rene Allard reached 2,000 career wins last month at Yonkers Raceway. At age 26, Allard became the youngest trainer to achieve that mark. On Tuesday night at Yonkers Raceway, Standardbred Owners Association of New York President Joe Faraldo presented Allard with a plaque for the milestone. Also pictured are SOA Trustee and Board Member Chris Wittstruck, SOA Trustee and Secretary John Brennan and Allard's girlfriend Katie Remmerswaal. Allard is currently second in the Yonkers trainer standings with 93 wins from 371 starters. Submitted by SOA of NY
Last night at Yonkers Raceway, more than $1,500 was added to the Pick 5 pool when the total amount wagered fell short of the $10,000 guaranteed pool amount. Since the 50 cent Pick 5 debuted at Yonkers in mid-June, more than $25,000 has been added to Pick 5 pools for bettors on Mondays and Tuesdays on the 19 different nights when the advertised guarantee was not met. “The 50 cent Pick 5 at Yonkers continues to be a very attractive wager for horseplayers,” said Joe Faraldo President of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. “We wanted to choose a guaranteed pool amount that was actually going to mean something. It’s a bet that will handle $6,000 or $7,000 on the weekends but we went ahead and guaranteed $10,000 on Mondays and Tuesdays. The bettors can handicap their Pick 5 tickets knowing that there’s a good chance there would be some free money added into the pools. This couldn’t be done without the cooperation of both the track and horsemen, but both Yonkers Raceway and the SOA of New York have been very supportive in creating this opportunity for bettors.” Through just over three months of wagering, the 50 cent Pick 5 has had an average nightly pool size of $8,250. There have been 10 nights with a carryover and on those nights, the average amount of new money wagered was $17,323 so on non-carryover nights the average pool size has been $6,788. The average 50 cent payout has been $1,634, including a record $12,063 payout to one winning 50 cent combination on August 24. The 50 cent Pick 5 continues tonight at Yonkers Raceway with another $10,000 guaranteed pool beginning in Race 5. The Pick 5 is offered every night at Yonkers Raceway on races five through nine and carries the $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday. If nobody correctly selects all five winners, the entire net pool is carrier over to the next racing program. The USTA’s Strategic Wagering Program also partners on the guaranteed Pick 5 pools at Yonkers and free program pages are available at www.trackmaster.com/usta. by SOA of NY
MANALAPAN, NJ – September 18, 2013 – Former standardbred trainer John P. Coughlin, 63, passed away on Monday, September 16, 2013 at Hackensack Medical Center, Hackensack, NJ. Family and friends may call at the Doran Funeral Home, 4 E. Bayard St., Seneca Falls, NY, on Monday, September 23, 2013 from 4 to 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary’s Church, Waterloo, NY, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Reverend Thomas Mull. Burial will follow in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Waterloo, NY. If desired, contributions may be made to the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund Foundation, P.O. Box 50798, Jacksonville Beach, Florida 32240. “Our family is thankful for the expressions of sympathy and prayers for our brother John’s passing,” said Tom Coughlin, John’s brother and head coach for the NY Giants in a statement released by the team. “We all appreciate them. John was a friend to all. He loved life, and he will be greatly missed. He left us way too soon.” John Coughlin was born in Waterloo, NY on June 6, 1950 the son of the late John L. & Betty Post Coughlin. He had been residing in New Jersey for over 20 years. He was a horse trainer owning and operating Coughlin’s Stables at the Meadowlands Racetrack in East Rutherford, NJ. He was a former member of both the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and the Standardbred Breeders and Owners Association of New Jersey. Coughin trained horses from 1991 to 2011, posting 154 victories for purses of nearly $1.5 million. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Hackensack, NJ. He is survived by his companion, Suzanne Malloy of Hackensack, NJ; five sisters, Carole (Robert) Kingston of Canandaigua, NY; Kathleen Troutman of Waterloo, NY; Patricia (Scott) Reed of Waterloo, NY; Luann Coughlin of Waterloo, NY and Christine (Gabriel) Cohn of East Long Meadow, MA. He is also survived by his brother, Thomas (Judith) Coughlin of Park Ridge, NJ --SUBMITTED by Carol Hodes for SBOANJ
Members from the Food Bank for Westchester were on hand at Yonkers Raceway last Thursday night to enjoy a night at the races and receive donations from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway. The Food Bank has their annual Fight Against Childhood Hunger next month and the racetrack and casino donations will be offered as prizes that evening. At the track to receive the gifts were Food Bank for Westchester Executive Director Ellen Lynch and Volunteer Program Manager Nancy Lyons. Also pictured in presentations are SOA Director Sandra Kaufman and Frank Drucker and Ed Ryan from Yonkers Raceway. In April, several track employees and horsemen visited the Food Bank, which is just a short drive from the racetrack, to assist in getting food ready to be delivered to those in need. Volunteers for the cause included regular Yonkers drivers Jason Bartlett, Brent Holland, Mark MacDonald, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton. The Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to over 220 frontline hunger-relief organizations throughout Westchester including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers and shelters. For more information, visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org.
Two-time Yonkers Raceway leading driver George Brennan recently reached the 8,000 career win mark. The 46-year old Brennan reached the milestone with a win last month at Yonkers. Standardbred Owners Association of New York President Joe Faraldo recently presented Brennan with a plaque commemorating the achievement.
Blue Chip Farms President and Standardbred Owners Association of New York Director Mike Kimelman was recently appointed to the Board of the Agriculture and New York State Horse Breeding Development Fund.
Bob MacDougall, Chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that Olivia Amitrano is the winner of the 2013-2014 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000.00 and Stephanie Lauer is the winner of the $3,000.00 award.
When the Governor and the Legislature started discussing efforts last year to expand casino gaming in New York, the state's horse racing and agriculture communities immediately knew they needed to make their voices heard in the debate.
An eager contingent of volunteers from Empire City, Yonkers Raceway, its driving colony and the Standardbred Owners of New York are once again lending a hand to assist the Food Bank for Westchester.
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