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WASHINGTON, PA, Feb. 8, 2019 -- A front-end type for most of his distinguished career, Dapper Dude moved smartly first over and held off Arthur Pendragon in the lane to capture Friday's $18,000 Preferred Pace at The Meadows. Once Dapper Dude reached the leader, New Evidence, that frustrated rival broke stride, scattering horses behind him. Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. and Dapper Dude had little trouble clearing the breaker and downing Arthur Pendragon by a neck in 1:53.1. Stride Of Pride, who was bothered by the breaker, recovered to finish third. Tim Twaddle trains Dapper Dude, a 10-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest who won for the 49th time in his career and lifted his bankroll to $1,310,770, for Micki Rae Stables. Jim Pantaleano was a three-time winner on the 13-race program. In other highlights of the week at The Meadows: Camera Lady Gets Picture Taken In $18,000 F&M Trot Trapped in last week until the issue had been decided, Camera Lady took matters into her own hands in Tuesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Pace, zipping to the front for Dave Palone and scoring under wraps. Aided by a 29.3 second-quarter breather, Camera Lady easily held off the pocket-sitting Bontz N by 3-1/2 lengths in 1:52.4 -- a tick off her career best -- over a "good" surface. Graceful Vision completed the ticket. Ron Burke conditions the 5-year-old daughter of Dragon Again-Ann Van Go, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $291,458, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. TSM Photo Bugger Finds Late Room, Wins Top Trot At 7-1 Veteran TSM Photo Bugger angled off the cones for late racing room, edged past the upstart Uncle Leroy and sprang the 7-1 upset in Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot. At 20-1, Uncle Leroy put away the leader, Parkhill Lancelot, but couldn't hold off TSM Photo Bugger, who took off when Chris Shaw showed him racetrack. The 12-year-old SJ's Photo-Rewarding Wink gelding scored in 1:55.3, 1-1/2 lengths better than Uncle Leroy, with early leader Wind Of The North third. Karen Fread trains TSM Photo Bugger, who now boasts career earnings of $766,198, for owner/breeder Ted Tomson. Tony Hall piloted three winners on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM, when the program features a wealth of big-score wagering opportunities, including: $6,996.33 carryover in the day's first Superfecta, currently race 2; $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7; $5,650.06 carryover in the Pick 5, races 9-13; $1,295.40 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 29, 2018 -- Harness racing produces its share of equine millionaires, but wealthy stallions and mares frequently enter the breeding phase of their careers early while geldings often are retired as age and declining ability take their toll. Thus, there aren't many seven-figure stars still racing. Then there's Dapper Dude. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest already has banked $1,280,130, and with a win or place in Saturday's Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows, he'll vault over $100,000 in seasonal earnings. 'The Dude' leaves from post 4 in race 8 with Aaron Merriman at the helm. First post Saturday is 1:05 PM. Dapper Dude was a successful stakes performer in his youth. At 3, he was Pennsylvania's sires stakes champion, defeating Sweet Lou in the final, and he also captured the consolation of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids. Richard Poillucci purchased him from Bob McIntosh's ownership group and in 2016 sold him to the Bercurys -- Renee as owner, her husband Bill as trainer -- for $100,000. That's consistent with the Bercury approach -- buy proven commodities, give fair prices for them and watch their earnings soar. Dapper Dude rewarded them by crashing past $1 million on Oct. 29, 2016. "The horse was racing basically at Yonkers, and he's not really a half-mile horse," Bill Bercury says. "He's a big, gangly guy with some flaws in his gait that would make it difficult for him on a smaller track. When they called and asked if we wanted him, we didn't even have him vetted." His gait may be imperfect, but his heart is huge. In many of his victories at The Meadows, he's emerged from the final turn appearing gassed, strides shortening, challengers looming inside and out. Yet he almost always finds more. "He's full of energy and enthusiasm," Bill Bercury says. "When he gets off the trailer at The Meadows, he starts strutting and bellowing. Everybody laughs, but he's making a statement: 'I'm here, and I'm ready to race you.'" Saturday's race will be something of a test for Dapper Dude, who's been off more than a month for palate surgery -- at least the second of his career. "Anytime you have to take him back in a race, he flips his palate. He's been doing it for the past year. We have absolutely no problem laying him off and spending the money on surgery. These horses take care of us, so we should take care of them. I told the doctor, 'If there's any chance the surgery won't work, don't do it.' Did it work? Ask me after his second start back." The Bercurys have room for only six horses -- remarkably, the current group incudes another millionaire, Wind Of The North, who's still racing -- so they lack the space to retain their beloved old campaigners. When the top trotter Tamarind needed to be retired, the Bercurys placed him with Midwest horseman Nick Roland, who has bred Tamarind successfully. They have similar plans for Dapper Dude. "There's a home for him when we get done racing him," Bill Bercury says. "We haven't told him that, by the way." The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

HARRINGTON, DE  - Art Stafford and Art Stafford Jr.'s Blazing Bobby Sox ($6.40, Stafford Jr.) notched his third consecutive win Monday at Harrington Raceway in 1:53.3 in the featured $17,500 Open Pace. The 7-year-old Panderosa gelding led a fierce first over charge in which he cleared pacesetter Little Ben and held off all comers to the wire. Kid Pk was second, while Machamillion N finished third. It was the 27th career win for Blazing Bobby Sox, who is trained by co-owner/driver Art Stafford Jr. Russell Foster, Ross Wolfenden, Victor Kirby and Tony Morgan each had driving doubles on the program. Tuesday marks the launch of sports betting in Delaware with the three casinos in-state expected to start taking bets at 1:30 p.m. (EST). Delaware is the first state outside of Nevada expected to roll out full-scale sports betting following the Supreme Court's ruling to overturn the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act on May 14. Sports wagering at start-up will include single-game action on baseball, basketball, hockey, auto racing and golf. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- In a rare battle of millionaires, Dapper Dude got the jump on Dancin Yankee and held him at bay late to capture Saturday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude was drafting in the pocket behind his stablemate, Anythingforlove A, when Ronnie Wrenn, Jr. sent him after the lead past the three-quarters. The 9-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest blew by in a heartbeat, with Dancin Yankee in tow. Dapper Dude downed Dancin Yankee by a head in 1:50 while 56-1 long shot Rock The Nite rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who now boasts a career bankroll of $1,242,500, for Renee Bercury. With his place check, Dancin Yankee soared over $1.7 million in lifetime earnings. The Bercurys were at it again in Saturday's co-feature, the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot. There, Barn Girl -- trained by Bill, owned by Renee -- won a heated three-way scrum for the early lead and prevailed in 1:53, a tick off her career best. The 6-year-old daughter of Cash Hall-Turquoise Sweetie now has won $673,668, and she improved her career winning percentage to a nifty 50 -- 49 victories in 98 starts. Dave Palone piloted three winners, including a pair for trainer Mike Palone, on the 12-race card GEORGE BONOMO WINS BILLINGS LEG  WASHINGTON, PA, June 2, 2018 -- 'Chicago' George Bonomo squeezed off the cones with Time Outa Jail down the backside, gobbled up the tiring leader and captured Saturday's $10,000 leg of the C.K.G. Billings amateur trot at The Meadows in a 10-1/4-length romp. Once Bonomo and Time Outa Jail found racing room, they surged past Mike "The Mortgage Man" Mitchell and Ki Ki Canolli and scored in 1:58. Bob "The Lumberman" Troyer was second with JLS Too Hot Taj while Michelle "The Belle" Ruvola and Better Call Saul rallied from a backside break to earn show. When Ruvola finished third, she assured that family bragging rights would remain with Bonomo, her father -- at least until the next Billings event. Christ Hershberger trains Time Outa Jail, a 7-year-old Jailhouse Jesse-Two Timer gelding who extended his career bankroll to $252,533, for 'Chicago' George and Rose Bonomo. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

CHASIN RACIN, a son of The Panderosa from the Artsplace mare, Contrapan, has arrived in Buenos Aires, capital of the Argentine Republic, where he will start his campaign as a stallion. Gabriel and Lucas Devias, owners of Haras "El Arroyo" together with adviser Carlos Daniel Puentes, has bet on this great horse that in his campaign won in prizes the sum of US $780,000 and hit the post coming in first place 24 times. On August 1, in the city of Navarro, located 100 km from Buenos Aires, Chasin Racin was officially presented to the Argentine fans at a lunch organized by the heads of Haras El Arroyo, who has been working in that city for a few months . A finalist in the $1,000,000 Meadowlands Pace 2009, where he finished fourth against Well Said, Chasin Racin will have at his disposal 30 mares that are from this establishment and another 15 more mares that will arrive in Navarro from different places throughout Argentina to acquire the services of the novice stallion. Chasin Racing has as his best record 1:51 at a mile. Haras "El Arroyo" is not the first time to bet on American horses to have as stallions, since it started with Iron Legend, then continued with Pedro Island and with Final Curtain, the latter died when he was serving a mare in his first season as a stallion, so we will have few descendants of Final Curtain. Now it's Chasin Racin's turn. In Argentina, the breeding season is  opposite to the USA, since here it begins on July 1 and ends on December 31. by German Barilari

WASHINGTON, PA, July 8, 2017 -- Dapper Dude zipped to the lead from post 8 before releasing Lincolnjames, then blew by him in the lane to capture Saturday's $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. That early battle for the front went in a demanding 26.2, but Dapper Dude had enough left for Dick Stillings to edge the rallying Knocking Around by a nose in 1:51.3, with Rip This Joint third. Bill Bercury trains the 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $1,115,480, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall, Aaron Merriman, Dave Palone and Mike Wilder each collected a pair of wins on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features an $80,000 Pennsylvania Stallion Series stake for freshman filly trotters as well as a $15,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4, races 4-7. First post is 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, June 23, 2017 -- Fifth by 6 lengths when he launched his relentless uncovered move, Dapper Dude nailed Lincolnjames in the shadow of the wire to capture Friday's $18,000 harness racing winners over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Lincolnjames opened a 2-length lead turning for home, but a 26.2 opening panel over a sloppy surface left him vulnerable to Dapper Dude's pressure. The 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest edged Lincolnjames by 1/2 length in 1:50.2 for Aaron Merriman, with the rallying Knocking Around third. With the victory, Dapper Dude vaulted over $1.1 million in career earnings for trainer Bill Bercury and owner Renee Bercury. Dapper Dude Dave Palone collected five wins, including a pair for trainer Ron Burke, on the 12-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, first post 1:05 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, March 20, 2017 -- Dapper Dude stalked Mykindachip from the pocket, then blew by him in the lane to capture Monday's $20,000 Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude chased Mykindachip through a 1:23 three-quarters before Aaron Merriman vacated the pocket and asked the millionaire for pace. The 8-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest responded by wearing down Mykindachip and downing him by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:50.4. Heavenly Knox shot the Lightning Lane for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $1,060,520, for Renee Bercury. In Monday's companion feature, the $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Pace, Rockin Rum Springa cut out a brutal 25.3 opening panel but had enough to hold on and triumph by 1/2 length in 1:52.1 for Eric Goodell, trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Dime A Dance and Southwind Roulette, a Doug Snyder-trained entry, finished second and third, respectively. A 4-year-old daughter of Rockin Image-Deferred Comp, Rockin Rum Springa now boasts $185,611 in career earnings. Dave Palone piloted four winners on the 13-race card while Burke fashioned a triple. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows  

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 12, 2016 -- Dapper Dude made it three straight when he zipped to the front, thwarted one serious challenger and captured Saturday's harness racing $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. Dapper Dude took the field through a 1:24 three-quarters when he was confronted by the first-over Kingofthejungle, who appeared to poke his nose in front. But the 7-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dress To Suggest reasserted through the final turn for Aaron Merriman and downed Kingofthejungle by a length in 1:51.4. Atta Boy Dan rallied for show. Bill Bercury trains Dapper Dude, who extended his career bankroll to $1,013,110, for Renee Bercury. Tony Hall, Dave Palone, Dan Rawlings and trainer Ron Burke each enjoyed a double on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 29, 2016 -- Dapper Dude became a millionaire Saturday by surviving a four-wide first quarter in 25.4 and holding firm late to capture the $20,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows. The win pushed his harness racing career bankroll to $1,004,110. After Dapper Dude reached the half in 54.2, he was challenged first over by Atta Boy Dan. But the 7-year-old son of The Panderosa-Dressed To Suggest dug in for Tony Hall and defeated Atta Boy Dan by 3/4 lengths in 1:50.2. That Man Of Mine rallied for show. Dapper Dude enjoyed his finest season at 3 when he earned $485,310 and downed Sweet Lou in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship. He was third in the final of the North America Cup after winning an elimination. Bill Bercury trains the millionaire for Renee Bercury. Hall enjoyed a four-bagger on the 14-race card while Dave Palone and trainer Ron Burke teamed for four victories. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

Classy harness racing veteran mare Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa) made her return to Saratoga Casino Hotel on Friday night to compete in the $16,000 Fillies and Mares Open. The Rene Allard-trained distaffer romped in the local feature when she last came to town in August but the seven year old had a little bit more difficulty on Friday night. The race's 3-5 betting favorite, Yagonnakissmeornot made a methodical march to the early lead while pocketing So Nice (Mark Beckwith) before posting a first half of 56 seconds. The classy mare then paced through a final lap of matching 28.3 quarters en route to her win in 1:53.1. Facing a two-pronged challenge in the stretch from So Nice and last week's Open winner Truth And Liberty (Bruce Aldrich Jr), Yagonnakissmeornot held on to win by a nose to record her sixth victory of the year. So Nice was the runner up for the fifth consecutive time in the local Open while Truth And Liberty earned the show spot. With the win, Yagonnakissmeornot moved ever closer to the $1.5 million mark in career earnings. She was driven to the Open score by Billy Dobson who piloted four consecutive winners on the Friday card. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Yagonnakissmeornot (The Panderosa) never had an anxious moment in the Wednesday harness racing feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel as the 2-5 betting favorite recorded a convincing victory with Billy Dobson in the sulky. Yagonnakissmeornot was coming off a two month layoff while in the midst of another season in which she has earned more than a quarter million dollars. The seven year old mare showed no rust after cruising out to an easy lead in Wednesday's $15,000 Fillies and Mares Open and had little difficulty securing her win in 1:52.4. Pocket sitting Keene Olivia (Stephane Bouchard) wound up second best to the mare who now has career earnings of just shy of $1.4 million. The exacta in the five horse feature returned $12.20. Bettorhaveanother (Frank Coppola Jr) earned the show spot. Live racing continues on Thursday night at Saratoga with a 7:05pm first post. Mike Sardella

Harness racing breeder Senena Esty beamed with pride after the 2-year-old pacing colt Air Raid--who she bred and raised--captured his Ohio Sires Stakes, leg one division on Monday, July 4 at Scioto Downs. Senena was almost speechless in the Scioto winner's circle, but was quick to give the gigantic son of The Panderosa a well-deserved pat for his 1:57 victorious effort. The bay colt had triumphed in the fourth of 16 OSS divisions for freshman pacing and trotting colts and geldings on a balmy and oft-times drizzling afternoon. Each division carried a purse of $40,000. Owned by Alan Keith of Pataskala, Ohio and Joe Sbrocco of Brecksville, Ohio, Air Raid moved boldly from the back to the front of the field of nine youngsters in late stretch to score his first career win for driver Chris Page and trainer Mike Roth. "This colt showed a ton of class from day one and he was always my baby," Senena explained. "His family is just so strong and there was something special about him from the time he was a foal. "When he was a yearling and the trainers would come to our farm (Spring Haven Farm, Utica, OH) to look at the babies, he was one that I always brought out for them to see. He was always very friendly and very smart, and Mike (trainer Roth) obviously saw the potential in him that I did.   "He also had one of the best yearling videos that I ever saw," Senena continued. "He had a great, sweeping stride and when I saw the video and the way his hooves peaked and the length of his stride, I just didn't see any way that he wasn't going to be a top individual. If you saw him moving through the field you just couldn't take your eyes off of him.   Senena's Spring Haven Farm sold Air Raid for $39,000 at the 2015 Ohio Selected Yearling Sale. The speedy youngster is the ninth of ten foals out of the Artiscape mare Aromatic and has half-siblings in: Jet Airway (by Jereme's Jet) p,2, 1:50.2m; p,3, 1:50.4s (a 12-race winner of $399,470); the mare Angel Scent (by Western Ideal) p,2, 1:51.2s; p,3,1:50.4s (a five-race winner of $208,343); and the mare Sixth Sense (by Four Starzzz Shark) p,3, 1:55.1f (a 29-race winner of $94,478).   Another sensational performance was turned in by the Foreclosure N colt Drunk On Your Love, who paced to a 1:54.3 victory in his pari-mutuel debut for trainer Bill Dailey. The precocious bay colt had been purchased by his current quartet of owners on June 6 of this year. Richard Lombardo of Solon, OH; Carl and Melanie Atley of Xenia, OH; and Josh Green of Milford, DE ponied up $70,000 for Drunk On Your Love from Pennsylvania-based trainer Tony Dinges.   "Tony (Dinges) and I are friends and I trust what he tells me about a horse," said co-owner Josh Green. "Bill Dailey had called me and asked me to take a look at the colt to see what I thought of him, so I did and I really liked him. Tony praised this colt highly but he races mainly out east and didn't want to do all the shipping back and forth to race him in the Ohio Sires Stakes, which is the only series he's eligible to race in this year in Ohio. But Tony thought so much of him and I liked him immediately, so we bought him right after his first qualifier at Tioga Downs on June 3. It looks like he's really something special."   After that 1:58.2 winning qualifier Drunk On Your Love shipped to Bill Dailey's barn at the Urbana, OH fairgrounds. The colt then scored a winning 1:58.2 qualifier at Scioto on June 13 and followed that up with June 27 qualifying victory in an impressive 1:55.4 for his new connections. The colt, who was reined by Danny Noble in his pari-mutuel debut, led at every pole, timed in :28, :58.2, and 1:26.4, with a :27.4 final panel brush.   The stallion McArdle, who stands at Kevin Greenfield and Brad Wallace's Hickory Lane Farm in Findlay, Ohio, sired seven of the 11 Ohio Sires Stakes 2-year-old pacing winners, from his first crop of Ohio-bred youngsters, including: Ohio Larry (1:55.1); Barnabas (1:56); My Superman (1:55.3); Mcthriller (1:55.2); Stanley K (1:56.1); Mcraven (1:53.2); and Scotch Mcewan (1:55.2).   As well, the stallions Dejarmbro and Triumphant Caviar each had a pair of first leg Ohio Sires Stakes freshman winners on Monday, while the stallion Full Count had a single winner (Full Surge, 1:59.4).   Dejarmbro's victorious progeny included Just Plain DJ (2:01.1) and Speed Lane (1:59.1), while Triumphant Caviar was represented by winners Fraser Ridge (1:59) and Buckeye Boss (1:59).   by Kimberly Rinker

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride...until this time around. Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $8.30), second-best in this race a season ago, rolled from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for harness racing pacing mares. Unhurried early from post position No. 4, "Yagonnakissme" watched Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) was launched from behind the eight-ball. She was met by Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), with the latter-as the slight 5-2 favorite-retaking before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Sell a Bit N continued to lead at :55.3 half as Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) took out of third. That one moved toward the leader while Yagonnakissmeornot had some ground to make up from second-over to play catch-up. A :27.4 third quarter (1:23.2) did enough to make leader and challenger a bit susceptible, though Sell a Bit N had a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. As that was happening, Yagonnakissmeot was getting the memo and roaring through the lane. She picked off the pace-setter, whipping Sell a Bit N by a pair of going-away lengths in a life-best 1:51.4. Sell a Bit N held second, with a third-over Al Raza N (Dave Miller) third. Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick) and last season's winner, Venus Delight (Yannick Gingras) settled for the remainder, with Krispy Apple, Lady Shadow and Mach it a Par brought up the rear. For Yagonakissmeornot, a third choice 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard. Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $143. "I thought about leaving the gate, but when I saw the outside horse (Krispy Apple) leave hard, I decided against it," Dube said. "She's just a tough mare." Dube also won this race in 2011 with Tomorrowpan. "She's a favorite around the barn, goes about her work and stays at it," Allard said. A $75,000 series consolation was won by Carolsideal (Dube, $4) in 1:52.1 as a stablemate to the series winner. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 15, 2016-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night, with a pair $40,000 divisions comprising the fifth and final preliminary round. The evening began with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $7), eschewing an early pocket, then lasting on the lead. From post position No. 2, she was immediately seated early by Cinamony (Yannick Gingras), but wanted nothing to do with that. She then took over before completed her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.2) for a second consecutive series Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), as the 3-2 favorite, had left into a three-hole. She elected not to move first-up, then found herself wedged behind a tiring Cinamony. Sell a Bit N did get the passing lane, but not nearly in time to track down Krispy Apple, who-as the second choice-prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal (Dan Dube), a uncovered winner a week ago, was an uncovered third here. For Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., she's now 2-for-6 this season (2-for-5 in series) after her 42st career victory. The exacta paid $20.80, with the triple returning $62.50. The second event saw a repeating Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $5.20) pick off a badly-drifting Mach it a Par (George Brennan). The latter, victimized by a horrid shuffle-out last week, had no one to blame but herself in this one. From post No. 2, the 13-10 fave worked around "Yagonnakissme" and set tepid intervals (:28.1, :58, 1:26). Mach it a Par opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but her desire to meet the crowd was about to cost her. Yagonnakissmeornot, as the second choice, stayed on the straight and narrow to win by a length in 1:53.2. Skippin' By (Gingras) was a three-hole third. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazain and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 3-for-6 this season (3-for-5 in series) The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $57.50. Note that series points leader (entering this round) Al Raza N was AWOL for the last leg. Saturday night's card brings the fifth (final) round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Three, $50,000 divisions (races 5 through 7) comprise this last incarnation. Both series finals (and their respective consolations) are set for next Saturday night, Apr. 23. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night. It was “second verse same as the first,” with three consecutive, $40,000 harness racing divisions comprising the encore round. The evening’s opening event saw Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $5.50) take full advantage of a rare good starting station. In play from post position No. 4, she held sway (:27.3, :56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1). Pylon-procuring Request for Parole (Yannick Gingras) chased around the oval, ducked inside and missed a neck, while Mach it a Par (George Brennan), last week’s 39-1 upsetter, was third after a hard challenge down the backside.     Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), the wagering favorite by a mere $30, wound up a non-threatening fourth.   For slight second choice Sell a Bit N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her first win in five seasonal starts.  The exacta paid $26.40, with the triple returning $87. Friday’s second Matchmaker event had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $5.70), as the second choice, do it from first-up. Away third from post No. 2, she saw season-debuting Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) and 11-10 choice Skippin’ By (Gingras) take early turns (:27.2, :56.2). When “Yagonna” first moved off the cones nearing the 1:24.3 three-quarters, she didn’t appear all that interested. Skippin’ By owned a length-and-a-half into the lane before Yagonnakissmeornot read the memo. She surged past late, winning by a neck in 1:53.3. Anndrovette, probably a bit short, was a passing-land third, beaten a half-length,   For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her first win in three ’16 starts. The exacta paid $10, with the triple returning $38.60. The night’s final series event was won by an off-the-pace Al Raza N (Stratton, $8.60), who had some numbers to “run at” and did just that. As was the case a week ago, Al Raza N was content to spectate early. She watched as Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and 13-10 choice Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) were both sent out (:26.4, :55.2).as the rest of the lasses gapped behind them. Secrets Out N (Brian Sears) did close ranks from third and move to challenge, but never came close. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) gapped that one badly in and out of the 1:23.2 three-quarters, which did no favors for the eventual winner. Al Raza N, sitting seventh and racing from third-over, launched her bid before the final turn. She was fifth entering the lane, but just powered by. The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.1, matching her life-best. It was Krispy Apple nosing a tiring Lady Shadow for second, with a from-last Regil Elektra (Tetrick) and Delightful Dragon settling for the remainder. For third choice Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by Durazzano Stable and trained by Agostino Abbatiello, it was her third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32, the triple returned $89 and the superfecta paid $1,274. Saturday night’s card brings the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five, $50,000 divisions (races 5 and 7 through 10) comprise this go-round.   Frank Drucker

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