YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 21, 2017--Yonkers Raceway's fourth Sunday program of the season goes this weekend (Feb. 26th) at 12:30 PM, with races 2 (post time 12:55 PM) through 8 (post time 3:55 PM) as the 'French' trots. The 11th-race finale is scheduled for 4:55 PM. The 'New York, New York Double' also resumes, featuring the third race from Aqueduct (post time 2:20 PM) and the sixth from Yonkers (post time 2:55 PM). Program pages for this wager shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 18, 2017 - It was the old double-nickel Saturday night as a pair of fives took down Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron, $13.20) won the week's marquee trot from second over, snapping pace-setting (:28.3, :58, 1:27.1) 17-10 choice Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) by a head in 1:56. Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) offered her best stride late to grab third, with a two-move Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett) and a pocket-tiring Newcastle (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. For third choice Rock of Cashel, a 7-year-old son of Majestic Son co-owned by Joseph Jannuzzelli & Jeffrey Ruch and trained by Mark Harder, it was his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $48, with the triple returning $124. Rock of Cashel The weekly featured pace saw tepid fave Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $6.30) have a simple a trip as was equine-ly possible, as in unpressured intervals of :27.3, :57.3, 1:25 and 1:52.2. The final margin was 2¼ lengths over the loose pocket of Sports Bettor (Brent Holland). A season-debuting But of a Legend N (Stratton) was saved to the lane from the eight-hole, then was sharp closing for third. Delaware interloper Soto (Matt Kakaley) was also solid late grabbing fourth, while First Class Horse (Tyler Buter) earned the final pay envelope. For Caviart Luca, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, it was his fourth win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $40.40, with the triple returning $664. Caviart Luca More tidbits from a Saturday evening... --no one hit the Pick 5, so Monday night's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,310.27 (50-cent base wager, Monday going as races 7 through 11); --Stratton won four races, including three in succession, during the 10-race card; --a local season-high daily double of $1,251 was the result of 6-Validus Deo (Dube, $99.50) and 4-Aggressive (Mark MacDonald) winning the first two races. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 17, 2017 - Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $8.70) gave nothing else a shot Friday night, easily winning the harness racing Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Bedroomconfessions threw down an early gauntlet, making the lead-from post position No. 7-before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. From there, she zipped the modern way, finishing her foray with intervals of :55.4, 1:24 1:52.1. Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) yielded for the pocket and watched the winner get away as Bedroomconfessions opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a never-in-question length-and-a-quarter. Empress Deo was second, with a season-debuting 6-5 choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett), Regil Elektra (Jordan Stratton) and Bettor N Better (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Bedroomconfessions, a repeating 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (same combination as a week ago) paid $74.50, with the triple returning $189. 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
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 3, 2017 - Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett, $5.50) and Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron, $15) earned the praise of the harness racing populace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicaps Favored 'Herbie'-from post position No. 5 in the week's marquee trot-stalked the second-choice, eight-baller Allerage Star (Andy Miller) through moderate intervals of :28, 58.4 and 1:27. The lass Allerage Star, having put away a first-up Military Blue (Brent Holland), owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. Red Hot Herbie, though, was all dressed up, zipping up the inside and drawing off to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:55.4. Allerage Star saved second over a third-over Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith), with Rock of Cashel (Zeron) and Tag Up and Go (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For Red Hot Herbie, a 7-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and Edward Reppucci, it was his second win in four seasonal starts (35rd in a career now exceeding $600,000). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $23.20, with the triple returning $138.50. The weekly featured pace saw 9-5 fave Roland N Rock (Stratton) leap over P H Supercam (Bartlett) just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Then, subsequent substations of :56.1 and 1:24.3 with Sapphire City (George Brennan) unable to sustain a second move. 'Roland' had a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, but company was coming. It was Guantanamo Bay-operating second-over from post position No. 3-powering by from fifth. He won by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.2. Roland N Rock, 72-1 rank outsider Sports Bettor (Holland), P H Supercam and Somewhere in L A (Kakaley) picked up the minors. For fourth choice Guantanamo Bay, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Daniel Renaud for co-owners Brian & Ira Wallach and Leonard Sorge, it was his second win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $64, with the triple returning $1,000. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Bit of a Legend N, last season's winner of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, returned to the scene of his greatest harness racing triumph for a first 2017 sighting. The now-8-year-old was an even third in the fastest of four qualifiers Saturday night, pacing his mile in 1:55.4 (last quarter :27.2). "I was very pleased," regular driver Jordan Stratton said after his first appearance since last November. "I really didn't want to go that fast, but he seemed fine." Trainer Peter Tritton said he expected to have Bit of a Legend N in the parimutuel entry box next week "event though he's probably going to be assigned an outside post position." A season ago, the Down Under son of Bettor's Delight win 13 of his 28 starts with earnings of $723,850. The 2017 Levy Series begins here Saturday night, March 18th. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 10, 2017- Harness racing favored Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $4.30) was first home from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, Bedroomconfessions watched as pole-assigned Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) was the lone leaver. The other lasses quickly demurred through soft early intervals of :28.2 and :57.1. Passing the intermission, Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) took out of third, giving the people's choice a lass to latch onto. Empress Deo maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, after buried alive a week ago, Bedroomconfessions had no issue finding an open lane here. She powered past the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2. Empress Deo held second, with Delightful Dragon, Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) and a pocketed Arielle Lynn (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Bedroomconfessions, a 5-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.80, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $22.80. Frank Drucker
Yonkers Raceway will feature two $50,000 Open Handicaps Saturday – one for trotters and one for pacers – as part of a 10 race harness racing card with more than $280,000 in purse money up for grabs. Featured in the sixth race Open Trot is the Angus Hall mare Allerage Star, owned in partnership by Jeff Gural and Jason Settlemoir. The mare beat the boys in this class last week and is now handicapped with post eight as a consequence of that victory. Allerge Star was the leading money winner in the field in 2016, amassing $196,000 while mostly competing at the Hilltop Oval where she has found a home. Allerage Star’s main competition appears to be the 10 year old gelding Springbank Sam N. The Peter Tritton trainee will be piloted by the red hot-handed Jordan Stratton for owner Harry von Knoblauch of San Diego, California. Springbank Sam N has already banked nearly $55,000 in just four Yonkers starts this year. Also to be contended with in the Open Trot is Red Hot Herbie who has deposited $54,000 in three Yonkers starts this year for trainer Rene Allard and leading driver Jason Bartlett. The Open Pace is the seventh race Saturday and pits Somewhere in LA and driver Matt Kakaley against a field of tough and seasoned competitors. The Richie Banca trained Somebeachsomewhere 6 year old gelding has banked just shy of $85,000 in five starts, four of which have been victorious. This talented pacer has had the eight-hole in his last two starts and last week he lit up the tote board at 17-1 after being stung to the quarter in 26:4. Driver Jordan Stratton dispensed the stinging with the Iowa owned and beaten favorite Roland N Rock who leaves from post four. Undaunted by being roughed-up, Somewhere in LA's regular pilot Matt Kakaley just put the pedal to the metal and marched home in 1:52.4. This week, could be different with the addition of the Burke-trained Sapphire City, who moves up from non-winners of $25,000 last five and shows three consecutive wins since moving into the Burke Stable. With a penchant for the front-end and driver George “The Minister of Speed” Brennan aboard, his early speed presence should make it more difficult for Somewhere in LA to emerge the victor. However things shake out, the first two legs of the Pick 5, races six through10 are not for the faint of heart and present a serious challenge for handicappers. First race post is slated for 7:10 pm and the races are available for free live streaming on empirecitycasino.com and also find free daily race reviews and analysis on the entries and results page on the web site.
Arielle Lynn, the 5 year old Somebeachsomewhere mare owned by Francis H Azur of Beaver, Pa. will seek to extend her 2017 unbeaten streak to four in the sixth race for harness racing Fillies and Mares Open this Friday evening at Yonkers Raceway. Trained by Kevin McDermott, the talented mare will start from post position two but faces her toughest rivals since climbing the heights of the ranks ladder from non-winners of $10,000 last Five, to the Fillies & Mare Open. In Friday's Open, a $50,000 purse has attracted some pretty tough young ladies at least five of which have earned in excess of $100,000 in 2016 with many racing predominantly at the historic Hilltop Oval's half-mile track. The highest of those 2016 money earners is the Tony Alagna-trained American Ideal mare, Bedroomconfessions. She comes off a second place finish in last week's F & M Open, right off her qualifier and absent a "bounce" off that spectacular effort figures to improve even more with the tightener. Bedroomconfessions banked $197,000 last year for Stephanie and Myron Bell's Riverview Racing LLC and Alagna Racing LLC. Two other talented mares- Set Me Up and Wrangler Magic- were handicapped to posts seven and eight respectively, for trainers Ron Burke and Rene Allard. This race shapes up as "a knock down drag out event" between some, if not all, of the best mares in the country who are currently racing. Selecting the winner will be no easy task and as it begins the $.50 Pick Five (races 6- 10), it will test handicappers as well as the mares competing in the event. First post at Yonkers Raceway Friday is 7:10pm and racing continues five nights a week Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. There are also occasional Sunday matinee cards with the next one scheduled for February 26.
SOA of NY members are about to be rewarded at Yonkers Raceway. For two consecutive weeks starting on Valentine’s Day, February 14 through February 28, one race will be drawn at random and be designated the SOA Bonus race with special rewards for members that hit the board. The owner(s) of the horses finishing first, second and third in the Bonus race will receive a Bonus of $1,000 for finishing first, $500 for finishing second and $250 for finishing third in addition to the normal purse money earned, provided that all parties involved with the horse – all owners, trainer and driver – are current members of the SOA of NY. Each day, the Bonus Race will be chosen before the start of the daily program in the SOA paddock field office with at least two horsemen present. The selected race will become the SOA Bonus race for that day and the selection will be announced in the paddock. Any memberships tendered or received after the selection is drawn will be eligible for the next day’s selection and for the remaining days of the Bonus period. The Bonus payment will be made to the winning owner(s) by the SOA of NY. In the event of a dead heat or multiple owners on one horse, the Bonus will be split. Joining the SOA of NY is easy. An application is attached which can be mailed back or dropped off in person. Also, applications are available at soaofny.com and prospective members can also join and pay by credit card by calling the SOA of NY office at 914-968-3599. This is just one of many benefits of being an SOA of NY member. This is a benefit that may be repeated. Don't be shut out, join today!
YONKERS, NY, Monday, February 6, 2017 - Pine Tab ($19) with harness racing driver Scott Zeron aboard did something Monday night he hadn't done since April Fool's Day of 2013. He won a race. No foolin'. Chasing odds-on choice Madhatter Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) around Yonkers Raceway's oval in the $11,500, second race, Pine Tab-from post position No. 5--snapped the fave at the wire. He prevailed by a nostril in a life-best 1:57.2 while snapping a pesky 108-race losing streak (final 22 starts of '13, 0-for-32 in 2014, 0-for-20 in 2015, 0-for-31 in 2016, 0-for-3 to start 2017). "I knew it had been a while, but I had no idea it was that many races," Zeron said. "He was due," Raceway crack statistician Fred Opper said. The victory was Pine Tab's seventh in 152 career starts, with that previous win coming at the Meadows. The 9-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by Domino Stable and trained by Doug Rothlein. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 4, 2017 - Down-the-roaders Allerage Star (Andy Miller, $3.80) and Somewhere in L A (Matt Kakaley, $36.60) shared the Saturday night harness racing marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $45,000 Open Handicaps. Allerage Star-odds-on favorite from post position No. 5-made short work of the week's featured trot. Benefitting from a scratch directly inside of her, she went the distance (:28.3, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.3). Longshot Military Blue (Brent Holland) chased from the pocket before losing contact, while Rock of Cashel (Scott Zeron) wound up a three-hole second. The margin, two lengths into the lane, was the same at the wire. Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton), Dot Dot Dot Dash (Steve Smith) and season-debuting, eight-hole-assigned Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For Allerage Star, a 5-year-old daughter of Angus Hall trained by Julie Miller for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $13.40, with the triple returning $58.50. Saturday's pacing feature saw eight-baller Somewhere in L A make the lead from Roland N Rock (Stratton) just past a nifty :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :55.4 intermission, slight 2-1 choice Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) moved from fifth. He closed in nearing the 1:24.4 three-quarters, but 'L A' maintained a short lead in and out of the final turn. The leader was tenacious, holding off Long Live Rock by a neck in 1:52.4. Caviart Luca (George Brennan) was a second-up third, with 'Roland' and Givenupdreaming (Bartlett) came away with the minor moolah. For sixth choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Rich Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Ianncone, TLP and Gandolfo Stables, it was his fourth win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $164, with the triple returning $786. Saturday also featured an 'unhit' Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,283.05 (50-cent base wager, Monday comprising races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 3, 2017 - A pocketed Set Me Up with harness racing driver George Brennan in the sulky was indeed set up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 2, Set Me Up made the first lead before handing the baton to outside leaver Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett). That one led through intervals of :27.3 and :57.1. The second backside appearance saw Hidden Land (Jeff Gregory) moved first-up from fifth, with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) behind that one. Bettor N Better maintained her lead in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage off the final turn. However, she was about to go off the rails, but not before carrying Set Me Up into the passing lane. The latter ducked inside and prevailed by a half-length in 1:54.1. Second went to a season-debut Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), who found herself buried alive as the 8-5 choice before finding her best stride-and a placed to place-too late. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), Hidden Land and Empress Deo rounded out the payees, while Bettor N Better tired to last among the seven lasses. For second choice Set Me Up, an 8-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (33rd in a career now exceeding a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $34.80, with the triple returning $114. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, January 29, 2017 - Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton, $8.10) put in a solid, two-move harness racing effort Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Trot. One of a handful of leavers-from post position No. 4 (in one notch after a defection)-Springbank Sam N wound up in a three-hole at the :29.1 opening quarter-mile. It was the returning Il Mago (Matt Kakaley) leading there, as well as at the :58.4 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. 'Sam' then took out after the leader, engaging at the 1:57 milepost. The two were essentially inseparable in and out of the final turn before Springbank Sam N put that rival away. He edged clear, whipping Allerage Star (Andy Miller) by a length in an added-distance 2:27.1. Tweet Me (Pat Lachance) was a rallying third, with Newcastle (Dan Dube) and 8-5 choice Red Hot Herbie (Jason Bartlett) settled for the smaller change. Il Mago faded to ninth and last, though first-to-last in the entire field was just 3¾ lengths. For second choice Springbank Sam N, a 10-year-old Down Under Sundon gelding owned Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Augie Abbatiello, it was his first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $72, with the triple returning $473. This week's installment of the "New York, New York Double' offered a 1A-Do Share (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 1-Warrawee Preferred (Yonkers' 6th race) 'snake eyes' winning combination, which returned $14.30 for every correct dollar wager. Total pool was $5,136. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 28, 2017 - A repeating Caviart Luca and harness racing driver (George Brennan, bucked the front-end-is-awful trend Saturday night, repeating Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 3, Caviart Luca went right down the road (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:52.2), holding off a solid, season-debuting, first-over Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) by neck. Lucan Hanover (Brent Holland) was a belated third, with Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and Somewhere in LA (Matt Kakaley) also closing for the minors. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) bottomed out of the pocket as the 19-10 favorite, finishing last among the octet. For second choice Caviart Luca, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won all three of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, with the triple returning $804. Saturday featured a cavalcade of closers, as only four of the 11 horses charted with the lead entering the lane did indeed close the sale. It also featured an 'unhit' Pick 5, so Sunday afternoon's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,436.39 (50-cent base wager, Sunday comprising races 6 through 10). Reminder first post for Sunday's 'French' matinee is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 27, 2017 - Wrangler Magic (George Brennan, $16.60), who twice burned money as the harness racing favorite against less-talented lasses, was upon the money Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, 'Wrangler' saw a three-wide Empress Deo (Scott Zeron) pay a :26.3 price for the early lead. After a 56-second intermission, 9-5 choice Hidden Land (Brent Holland)-looped at the outset then stuffed into a four-hole-made her second move. She engaged Empress Deo in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with the eventual winner gapping from second-over. Empress Deo owned a tenuous lead entering the lane, A slow (:29.4) final quadrant 1:54.3 helped the field close ranks, with Wrangler Magic winning the scrum by a neck in 1:54.3. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), who had every chance up the inside from the pocket, was second, with a course-altering Set Me up (George Brennan), Empress Deo and Delightful Dragon (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors as the payees were separated by a length-and-three-quarters at the finish. Hidden Land wound up sixth. For fourth choice Wrangler Magic, a now-5-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $341. Frank Drucker