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YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 24, 2017 - A pair of series finals share next week's harness racing marquee, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $61,000 Petticoat (Monday night, March 27) and $61,800 Sagamore Hill (Tuesday night, March 28). The series were open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1. As luck-and the open draw-would have it, Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) partakes of the pylons as she goes after Petticoat series sweep in Monday's eighth race. The 4-year-old daughter of Camluck, Ontario-owned by Jeffrey Richardson and trained by Andrew Harris, was a sharp, two-move winner a week ago (series- and life-best 1:54.1) after a pair of solid, open-length winners. "She knows where the wire is," Stratton said of the lass who's 6-for-8 this season "She's surprised, me, but in a good way." Northern Soiree (Matt Kakaley, post 8) was the only other multiple-prelim winner, though she obviously needed better help with the pills. The 4-year-old Western Ideal miss, with four wins in eight seasonal starts, is owned by Seth Rosenberg Racing and trained by Scott Blackler. A Crafty Lady (Dan Dube, post 7), after missing the opening round of this series, drilled her foes last week. The 4-year-old Mach Three miss is owned by Bob Hamather and trained by Rene Allard. Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald, post 2), Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras, post 3), Real Diva (George Brennan, post 4), Rei's Star Cross (Jim Marohn Jr., post 5) and St. Kitts (Jason Bartlett, post 6) round out the field. Tuesday night's finale of the Sagamore Hill, going as the sixth race, is a showdown among the troika of Prejudice (Stratton, post 1), Never Say Never N (Bartlett, post 2) and Awesomeness (Scott Zeron, post 5). While each swept their pair of series legs (one round was snowed out), Awesomeness may have been a bit more visually impressive than the other pair. The 4-year-old Mach Three gelding, owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Aaron Lambert, wired his foes (at 1-20) to begin this series, then won first-up a week ago in (1:53.3) "He's apparently been good from Day One," Zeron said. "There's no bottom to him, he seems to get over the track well and he's very simple to drive." Awesomeness enters Tuesday with six consecutive wins (all at odds-on), including a sweep of Woodbine's Snowshoe Series. The remainder of the Tribute to Teddy Roosevelt includes Sure Fired Bet (Gingras, post 3), Ideal Son (Brennan, post 4), Wishawasagigolo (Dube, post 6, coupled with Prejudice), Artmagic (Brent Holland, post 7) and Stirling Escort (Kakaley, post 8). Each series also includes its respective $30,000 consolation.     RACE 8 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - March 27, 2017  Conditions: PETTICOAT SERIES FINAL 3&4 YEAR OLD FILLIES & MARES  Gait: Pace     Purse: $61,000     Class: PETTIFINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2017 North America YTD  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Cousin Mary   8   6   1   0   1:54.1H   $67000   Jordan Stratton  Andrew Harris 9-5           2  Angels Rockn Pink L  3   1   1   0   1:56.1H   $16000   Mark Macdonald  John Butenschoen 7-1           3  Vintage Babe   9   5   2   2   1:52.2F   $49010   Yannick Gingras  Edwin Gannon Jr 5-2           4  Real Diva L  9   4   1   2   1:54.3F   $37530   George Brennan  Ron Burke 7-1           5  Rei`s Star Cross   7   2   2   2   1:55.0H   $28175   Jim Marohn Jr  Rob Harmon 10-1           6  St Kitts L  3   1   1   1   1:55.2H   $17400   Jason Bartlett  Richard Banca 6-1           7  A Crafty Lady L  7   3   1   1   1:55.2H   $23075   Daniel Dube  Rene Allard 15-1           8  Northern Soiree L  8   4   2   1   1:56.0H   $55250   Matt Kakaley  Scott Blackler 20-1           AE1  Family Roll Call L  7   0   3   1   -   $20000   Daniel Dube  Chris Ryder         RACE 6 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - March 28, 2017  Conditions: SAGAMORE HILL SERIES FINAL 3&4 YO C,H&G **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $61,800     Class: SAGAFINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2017 North America YTD  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Prejudice L  8   3   1   1   1:53.0H   $41850   Jordan Stratton  Joseph De Carlo             2  Never Say Never N   FOR: 0 0-0-0 $-   4   4   0   0   1:54.0H   $37000(i)   Jason Bartlett  Heidi Rohr             3  Sure Fired Bet L  6   1   0   0   1:54.2H   $12884   Yannick Gingras  Andrew Harris             4  Ideal Son   3   1   0   0   1:54.3H   $11210   George Brennan  Tom Fanning             5  Awesomeness   7   6   1   0   1:50.3S   $59404   Scott Zeron  Aaron Lambert             6  Wishiwasagigolo L  5   0   2   1   -   $13650   Daniel Dube  Joseph De Carlo             7  Artmagic L  6   2   2   0   1:54.1H   $32500   Brent Holland  Jeffrey Bamond Jr.             8  Stirling Escort L  7   1   3   1   1:54.1H   $36230   Matt Kakaley  Linda Kakaley             AE1  Dakota Jack L  9   4   2   0   1:53.4H   $49800   Daniel Dube  Matias Ruiz     YONKERS’ FRIDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $4,400 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (March 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,467.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races…if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10).  It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 23, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway and its ADW portal, Empire City Bets, are offering advance wagering for Saturday's (March 25) Dubai World Cup program. Beginning Friday (March 24), the Raceway shall accept wagers for the last four races (see schedule below) of the World Cup program. Those same four races, culminated by the $10 million Cup (featuring Arrogate), are available for in-house wagering Saturday, with selected mutuel windows opening at 10 AM (and free coffee). Empire City Bets is offering advance wagering for the entire World Cup program, again beginning Friday. Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for details. The entire roster of races includes...   Race Post Time Dubai Post Time UK Post Time ET Race 1 Godolphin Mile (Group 1) 3:45pm 11:45am 7:45am Race 2 Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Arabian) 4:15pm 12:15pm 8:15am Race 3 Dubai Gold Cup (Group 1) 4:50pm 12:50pm 8:50am Race 4 UAE Derby (Group 2) 5:25pm 1:25pm 9:25am Race 5 Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1) 6:00pm 2:00pm 10:00am Race 6 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1) 6:35pm 2:35pm 10:35am Race 7 Dubai Turf (Group 1) 7:30pm 3:30pm 11:30am Race 8 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) 8:05pm 4:05pm 12:05pm Race 9 Dubai World Cup (Group 1) 8:45pm 4:45pm 12:45pm Frank Drucker

Columbus, OH --- In this business, it’s very rare that even the most carefully constructed strategies actually yield results, but the machinations of Ron Cushing, Kevin Sywyk and Heidi Gibbs have produced an incredible amount of joy and satisfaction with the purchase of the New Zealand-bred harness racing mare Shesjustadelight N. The 7-year-old was in the winner’s circle for every one of her 12 trips to the post last year, has defeated males and captured her first $40,000 leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on Friday (March 17). The trio’s fledging plan has certainly come together, as they prepare to contest the second $40,000 leg of the series on Friday (March 24). Shesjustadelight N will commence her journey from the rail with Cushing at the controls as she seeks to collect another Grand Circuit victory. She is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first of three Matchmaker divisions. “I had the best season of my career in 2007 training and driving at Saratoga with more than $1 million in both categories ($1.1 million training and $1.2 million driving) and then we had to leave,” said Cushing. “People used to joke there should be an ‘N’ after my name on my stable sign at Saratoga because we were so successful with horses from New Zealand. After leaving Saratoga, everything just seemed to go bad; like cars breaking down, my dad being diagnosed with leukemia and only several horses in the barn. It actually worked out returning to Maine, where I grew up, so I could spend that time with my dad, which I would never trade for the world, and to work my way back. “I had worked with an agent before and I spoke with my good friend Peter Tritton about buying a mare from New Zealand to race here. We selected Shesjustadelight and from the first time I jogged her I knew she was talented. To be here in this series with her at Yonkers was a year in the making and we are just fortunate it all worked out as we planned.” A daughter of Bettor’s Delight-Love The Look, Shesjustadelight N was not exactly a terror in her home nation, but was a solid performer in stakes company, where she placed in multiple events and earned $78,215. Since her hooves landed on U.S. soil, however, the mare has been simply superb. While competing solely in New England, the mare amassed $81,000 and set her mark of 1:51 on Nov. 17 when defeating her male rivals with authority at Plainridge Park in a $20,000 Open event. Her first foray into deeper waters resulted in another triumph in a $45,000 Open Handicap against her own gender at Yonkers Raceway on Dec. 9. In three appearances this season, Shesjustadelight N has a record of 3-1-0-1, with all of her performances at Yonkers Raceway. The only occasion she has not hit the board was her first start of 2017 on Feb. 24 after a brief freshening. “That race just did not work out for her,” Cushing said. “She was coming back from a rest and she still closed like she always does; she was just too far back. When she finished third in her next start ($50,000 Open on March 3) I put her in the passing lane and she was closing again, but just couldn’t get there because we had 40-mph headwinds she had to contend with.” Shesjustadelight N’s next engagement was a triumph in the first $40,000 leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on March 17. Cushing was provided with a perfect pocket trip for the mare, who made the most of her advantage and once again, had her picture taken. “The race just set up well for us,” Cushing said. “I did not have to use her and that is exactly what you want for a win in this series. With six legs and this kind of competition you could not ask for more. I know this week is very tough as well. We are in against Divas Image, (9-2, post two) who raced really well here last week from the eight-hole and the Remmens’ mare Sandbetweenurtoes (3-1, post four). Also how can you not respect Mach It A Par and Bedroomconfessions? We will have to meet them in this series and they are both very nice mares; their trainers have done an excellent job with them.” In Cushing’s opinion, he is comfortable with where he, his fiancée Gibbs and partner Sywyk are sitting. “It’s like I told Frank (Drucker, publicity director for Empire City at Yonkers Raceway) last week,” Cushing said. “She is just so handy; you can do anything with her. She also really enjoys her job; she loves being out there. That is why we decided to not push her, build up her confidence and allow her to transition in New England. We wanted her to like winning and for her attitude to be good. I hate to say it, but it is different with girls. Like with us boys, we can get in a bar fight, be with another man’s girlfriend and the next day we shake hands and it’s all good. With women it’s not like that and their attitude can change in a minute. I guess that’s what’s good about it, because it can only take five seconds for their mood to move on to something else, but it just is so much different to have a really nice mare with this kind of talent; it means more.” While Cushing, Gibbs and Sywyk definitely have their eyes on the Blue Chip Matchmaker prize, they already have mapped out a plan for Shesjustadelight N following this series. “We didn’t stake her for the Canadian series races like the Roses Are Red,” Cushing said. “But we do have her eligible for the Golden Girls and Lady Liberty at the Meadowlands. We are also hoping she receives invitations for other events like the Betsy Ross. We know there are so many excellent older pacing mares out there, but as long as she stays well, we really like our mare for the rest of this year.” For the complete Friday (March 24) evening card at Yonkers Raceway, please click here.  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

Ken Wood has seen Soto grow up. And now Wood is watching the harness racing 5-year-old pacer tangle with the big boys. Last week, Soto won his first-round division of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. Soto defeated a field that included defending Levy champion Bit Of A Legend N, 2014 Levy winner P H Supercam, open-stakes-winners Wakizashi Hanover and Somewhere In L A, plus world champion Always At My Place. "It was a privilege to be in the same race with those horses," said Wood, who owns Soto with Bill Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta. "There are a lot of horses better than him, but it's fun to have him be able to race with them. He's not the best horse in the world, but he's decent when he gets it his way a little bit." Wood and his partners bought Soto for $40,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale Mixed Sale in 2015. Since the purchase, Soto has won 17 of 50 races and earned $234,045 in purses. For his career, the stallion has won 21 of 75 starts and banked $345,575. Soto won only one of his first six races for his new owners, but eventually worked himself up to the Preferred/Open level of competition at Dover Downs and Yonkers prior to heading to the Levy. "He didn't start off with a boom, but he's gotten a little better all the time," Wood said about Soto, whose family includes Dan Patch Award-winners Sportswriter and Precocious Beauty. "He was a nice purchase for the money we gave for him. "When you're at the sale, you look at all of them. He showed some 26-second last quarters early as a 3-year-old, and if they're doing that well early on, there's speed in there. He had a few little problems, but nothing serious. You know they're supposed to get better as a 4- and 5-year-old. That's what I go by, anyway. "I think somebody else helps me raise my hand once in a while," he added. "We're not geniuses, just lucky." Wood, who also co-owns 2015 Dan Patch Award-winning older male trotter JL Cruze with Dittmar and Iaquinta, uses the profits from his horses to fund his mission to dig wells for safe drinking water in Africa. Since starting his Lifetime Wells project in 2006, his group has put in a total of 1,700 wells in Ghana and Tanzania. "It's going good," Wood said. "We've got one rig drilling every day with the locals. When I go four times a year I drill in Tanzania myself. I spend three months every year over there." It was upon returning from one of his trips that Wood realized Soto had done a lot of growing up following his season as a 3-year-old. "I've never seen a horse grow from (age) 3 to 4, but he's grown six inches taller," Wood said. "He was a little bitty fella. I'd been in Africa for a while and when I came back he grew a lot. He's grown much taller than he was. I've never had that experience before when they grow at that age, but he sure did." Soto returns to the Levy Series this Saturday, where he will compete in the second of four second-round divisions. Soto, trained by Eric Ell and driven by Matt Kakaley, will start from post two. The field also includes Bit Of A Legend N, Rockin Ron, Mach It So, McWicked, Guantanamo Bay, and Blood Brother. The third division features two first-round winners --- Provocativeprincen and Missile J --- while the fourth division includes opening-round winner Long Live Rock. The series has five $50,000 preliminary rounds followed by a $200,000-added final, which is scheduled for April 22. "Post position helps quite a bit at Yonkers, naturally," Wood said, referring to high win percentages for horses with inside starting spots on the half-mile oval. "Luck went our way the first race anyway. We're just hoping he gets checks because we know those other horses are better than he is." If Soto keeps enjoying success, though, Wood might no longer be able to say that. "I hope I have that problem," Wood said, laughing. For Saturday's complete Yonkers card, click here. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 21, 2017 - Mothers love all their children (in theory), but Tuesday night's happiest harness racing mom had to be Cheyenne Adrienne. Suffice to say no other two- or four-legged mommy had their offspring find Yonkers Raceway's winner's circle not once, but twice. Throw in the fun factoid they're full brothers, and you certainly have some dinner-table conversation. Boogiewoogiebrian (Jordan Stratton, $10) won a blanket photo, first-up by a head in the $14,500, third-race pace (1:55) for a first win of the season. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Rob Harmon. Not to be outdone, big brother (by one year) Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Stratton, $12) won the $14,500 eight race, also first-up (1:55.4), also by a head. It was also 'Rocky's' first win of the season for the Robbie Siegelman- trained, Barry Rubinstein Farms-owned homebred. Cheyenne Adrienne couldn't quite complete the always-tricky maternal hat trick however, as half-brother (and 4-5 favorite) Cheyenne Jeffrey (Jason Bartlett) faded to third in the $16,500, 11th-race finale. 'Jeffrey' is a 9-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding for Siegelman/Rubenstein. Frank Drucker

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 24) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 25) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night (March 18), with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position two, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by 1-1/2 lengths. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth, from post two, he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with Mattamerican (Brett Miller) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The evening's third series soiree had Provocativeprincen (Stratton) -- from post two -- prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Miller), then outgamed a pocketed Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach It So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and Texas Terror N (Mark MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. Provocativeprincen, a 7-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, is now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley), pacing from the pocket, was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post three, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit Of A Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere In L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Always At My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Ken Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 27; 2. Matt Kakaley - 20; 3. Jordan Stratton - 15; 4. Scott Zeron - 14; 5. Tim Tetrick - 12. Trainers: 1. Richard Banca - 17; 2. Peter Tritton - 15; 3. Scott DiDomenico - 12; 4t. Rene Allard - 10; 4t. Keith Armer - 10; 4t. Eric Ell - 10; 4t. Heidi Gibbs - 10; 4t. Ron Burke - 10. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 15: 2t. Rene Allard - 10; 2t. Fred Monteleone Stable - 10; 4t. Brian Carsey - 5; 4t. Ron Cushing - 5; 4t. Jesmeral Stable - 5; 4t. Legacy Racing of DE - 5; 4t. John McGill - 5; 4t. Kevin Sywyk - 5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next three weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 22. by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, the Grand Circuit

The SOA of NY recognized the 2016 achievement of top harness racing driver Jason Bartlett recently with a plaque presented by SOA President Joe Faraldo. Bartlett will be the first to tell you how much he owes his grandfather for the exceptional talent being recognized once again as the HIlltop Oval's leading driver. In a very talented field of drivers competing at Yonkers, including many who have found their way to the winner's circle in the sport's most prestigious events, Bartlett didn't rest on his laurels of 2015. Jason notched 616 victories, over one hundred more than 2015's 514 triumphs. He also added 405 second place finishes and 362 third place finishes. His numbers were virtually untouchable within the talent laden Yonkers driving colony once again earning him the driving title in 2016.  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 20, 2017--The invincible Arrogate-Travers Stakes, Breeders' Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup champion deservedly proclaimed as the "World's Best Racehorse"-tries to continue his dominance in the $10 million Dubai World Cup this Saturday (March 25). Look no further than Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway as the place to be for simulcast wagering on this epic. The 4-year-old son of Unbridled Song, trainer Bob Baffert and regular jockey Mike Smith have headed halfway across the world to square off against such familiar names as Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, Gun Runner, Lani and Mubtaahji in the elite field of 14, but New York-area racing enthusiasts only need a short trip to Empire City Casino just north of New York City to partake in the betting action. Post time for the World Cup is 12:45 PM. After finishing third in his career debut, Arrogate has reeled off six consecutive wins (including the trio of multi-million dollar stakes) in dramatic and emphatic fashion. Meydan Racecourse is the host of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, and Yonkers will be accepting wagering on the last four races - all Group 1 affairs - on the program. Race 6 - Dubai Golden Shaheen, 10:35 AM ET Race 7 - Dubai Turf, 11:30 AM ET Race 8 - Dubai Sheema Classic, 12:05 PM ET Race 9 - Dubai World Cup, 12:45 PM ET Doors at Empire City open at 10 AM (free coffee), with mutuel windows available on the third and fourth floors. The Dubai World Cup field (alphabetically) includes Arrogate, Mubtaahji, Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Neolithic, Special Fighter, Keen Ice, Gold Dream, Awardee, Apollo Kentucky, Long River, Move Up, Furia Cruzada and Lani. Empire City Bets will have wagering on the nine-race card available (see full program below). Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for more information. The immortal Cigar won the inaugural Dubai World Cup win 1996, and such champions as Silver Charm, Curlin, Animal Kingdom, and California Chrome have brought the Cup back to America.   Race Post Time Dubai Post Time UK Post Time ET Race 1 Godolphin Mile (Group 1) 3:45pm 11:45am 7:45am Race 2 Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Arabian) 4:15pm 12:15pm 8:15am Race 3 Dubai Gold Cup (Group 1) 4:50pm 12:50pm 8:50am Race 4 UAE Derby (Group 2) 5:25pm 1:25pm 9:25am Race 5 Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1) 6:00pm 2:00pm 10:00am Race 6 Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1) 6:35pm 2:35pm 10:35am Race 7 Dubai Turf (Group 1) 7:30pm 3:30pm 11:30am Race 8 Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1) 8:05pm 4:05pm 12:05pm Race 9 Dubai World Cup (Group 1) 8:45pm 4:45pm 12:45pm by John Cirillo, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 19, 2017-Aggressive (Mark MacDonald, $9.80) angled off the cones and was up at the wire Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $68,000 Open Trot. Starting from the pylons in the field of nine (the infamous 10-hole was scratched). Aggressive minded his manners as the lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller) left over Lady's Dude (George Brennan), and wasn't in too much of a hurry (:29.1, :59). Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), as the slight 7-2 favorite from the second tier, then offered some mild heat. The one came first-up from fifth toward a 1:28.1 three-quarters, but never serious challenged, Allerage Star had the lead at the 1:57 milepost, with a length-and-a-half advantage in and out of the final turn. It was about the juncture when Aggressive extricated himself from the cones. He and Lady's Dude-who appeared to duck into the passing lane a lap earlier-provided Allerage Star with unwanted company from both flanks. Lady's Dude did so again this time, but was outgamed by Aggressive, who earned the schnoz decision in 2:27.1 for the mile-and-one-quarter. Allerage Star was third, beaten a neck, with a traffic-troubled Luck O the Irish (Jordan Stratton) and Hemi Seelster rounding out the payees. The five payees were separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. For third choice Aggressive, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $1,535. This was the final Sunday card until the end of May, and also the last 'New York, New York Double' until then (when Aqueduct becomes Belmont). Sunday's winning combination of 1-Lakeside Sunset (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 7-Not Afraid (Yonkers' 6th race) paid $20 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,745. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 18, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night, with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a 'sloppy' surface. The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $5) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position No. 2, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with 78-1 Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder. For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22, with the triple returning $76.50. Saturday night's second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube, $38.60) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth (from post No. 2), he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn't match the winner's tow but finished second, with 62-1 shot Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald) third. Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh. For fifth choice Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $232, with the triple returning $3,014. The evening's third series soiree has Provocativeprincen (Stratton, $5.70)-from post No. 2-prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor's Edge (Brett Miller), then outgamed a pocketed, 8-5 fave Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2. Mach it So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor's Edge and 77-1 Texas Terror N (MacDonald) earning the lesser loot. For second choice Provocativeprincen, an 8-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, he's now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $62.50. "He's done nothing wrong since I've sat behind him," Stratton said,. The first round's final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley, $14) from the pocket was able to get 'first run' against defending series champion Bit of a Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post No. 3, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3. Bit of a Legend N, as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere in L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and a Always at My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees. For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine '17 starts. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $198. "He's just a versatile horse," Kakaley said. "I would have been happy either cutting the mile or sitting second. It may have been different had Bit of a Legend N been first-up, but my horse was very good." The Saturday night Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover in excess of $3,100, was taken down by one bettor. A winning combination of 2/3/8/7/3 returned $13,468.25 for that 50-cent wager. Reminder that Sunday's live all-trot 'French' card begins at 12:30 PM, the final Sunday card until the end of May. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for high-end pacing mares began Friday night, with a trio of $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, along came American Girl (Tim Tetrick), who eschewed a three-hole only to get hung for her troubles by Empress Deo. It was a :55.2 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with American Girl eventually backing away. While that was transpiring, Shesjustadelight N was enjoying the show, awaiting her close-up. Empress Deo owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the fave was ready. Shesjustadelight N edged inside, defeating the Empress by a length-and-a-three-quarters. Change the Rulz N (Scott Zeron) rallied for third at 48-1, with 110-1 shot Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) rounding out the payees. "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it.." For Shesjustadelight N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver & Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.80, with the triple returning $109.50 "She's just super handy and I couldn't have asked for a better trip," Cushing said of his lass. "I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn't take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us. "It's always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we're going take it." Friday night's second Matchmaker grouping saw another odds-on number, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) prevail, though not without some angst. Away third from post position No. 2, Mach it a Par quarter-moved around Bedroomconfessions (Zeron), taking over right a :28.1 first two furlongs, There were very soft fractions after that (:57.3, 1:26), with Betabcool N (MacDonald) trying it first-up from fourth. Mach it a Par owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn, then was all out to hold off Bedroomconfession by a nose in 1:53.2. Betabcool N held for a credible third, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) ad Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) settling for the remainder. For 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 second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.10, with the triple returning $16.20. The first round's final foray offered the fast female, as Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $8.40) lasted on the lead in a season's-best 1:52.4. From post No. 3, she hooved her way (:28.2, :57.1, 1:24.3). Regil Elektra had a length lead into the lane, then whipped a crisp rally of 22-1 Hidden Land by a half-length. Third went to a pocketed Lispatty (MacDonald), with a first-up Medusa (Kakaley) and Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) grabbing the minors. Nike Franco N (Tetrick), locally debuting as the 9-10 favorite, gapped second-over and wound up seventh. For second choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her third win in six '17 starts. The exacta paid $133.50, with the triple returning $374. "The open draws are so big in these series, and both (Mach it a Par and Regil Elektra) had good posts, so I had to leave with them," Bartlett said. "Mach it a Par isn't a front-end sort of mare, but I thought she was good in the last quarter when she had to be. "Regil Elektra won the Open Handicap here last Friday when it was cold, and she was there again." The Matchmaker (as well as the Saturday night-beginning George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series) offer five preliminary rounds, leading to a finale, set for Saturday, Apr. 22nd . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 17, 2017--Yonkers Raceway's sixth Sunday program of the season goes this weekend (March 19th) at 12:30 PM, with races 3 (post time 1:20 PM) through 9 (post time 4:20 PM) as the 'French' trots. The 11th-race finale is set for 5 PM. It's the final Sunday until late May. The 'New York, New York Double' continues, featuring the third race from Aqueduct (post time 2:20 PM) and the sixth from Yonkers (post time 2:50 PM). Program pages for this wager ($1 minimum, 18½ percent takeout) accompany this release. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY - For the past few years, Duane Marfisi has enjoyed life in New Zealand as an assistant trainer to Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who operate one of the most successful stables in Australasia. Although Marfisi was an accomplished trainer in North America before moving Down Under, working with stars like Adore Me and Lazarus alongside great horsemen showed him he still had room to improve. “Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen are most brilliant horsemen,” Marfisi said. “Just when you think you can’t learn any more, you keep on learning. I was second trainer for them the last two-and-a-half years. I was on the road with some great horses. Adore Me and Lazarus, Smolda. The whole team.” Training and racing standardbreds in New Zealand and Australia is markedly different than in the United States. Horses are prepped to race longer distances, contend from standing starts, and medication regulations are stricter. Dealing with these and other factors gave Marfisi a new outlook on the game. “It rekindled my spirit for the horses. Everything was new to me: the standing starts and the distance racing,” he explained. “To be able to go the distances in the time they do - they’ll go a 2-mile run in 3:54, which is astonishing. The truth of the matter is, their medication rules are by far superior to here. It’s just basically good horsemanship.” While he speaks fondly of his time in New Zealand, Marfisi returned to his home in Ontario, Canada just before Christmas. His wife, Janet, accepted a coveted position at the University of Guelph. “She actually didn’t think I was going to return with her to be honest. But I did, and here we are,” he joked. Marfisi has eight horses in training now. Among them is Our Sky Major, a 7-year-old New Zealand-bred pacer who made the journey across the Pacific a few months prior to Marfisi. The former Barry Purdon pupil won five group 1 stakes in Australasia and placed in another five. The son of Art Major out of the In The Pocket mare Sky Beauty is 17-for-61 in his career and sports earnings of $658,865. “The horse is very, very intelligent. He’s a class act. He’s a great-gaited horse, he’s very, very fast,” Marfisi said. Despite his impressive resume, Our Sky Major’s 2016 season wasn’t up to par with prior years. The pacer earned just one victory and $25,523. A change was needed and owners Trevor Casey and John Lohman had a plan. “The owner approached me when he heard I was coming back about shipping the horse over here because they believed he had a bleeding problem his last season in Australia,” Marfisi explained. Our Sky Major shipped from Australia to New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport via stops in China and Alaska, finally arriving Oct. 23. He spent time at Blairwood Farm in New Jersey to recover from the long journey before vanning to Canada in early November where serious training could begin. “He had six good weeks of jogging and six good weeks of fast work training miles and he handled it very well,” Marfisi detailed. “He had a couple qualifiers, a fast work behind the gate. He had done everything I asked. I was a little dodgy about racing him and I qualified him another time because racing that hard, you have to be fit and ready.” In his North American debut at Woodbine Racetrack Feb. 18, Our Sky Major, the whip on his tail, made a determined march to the lead past a :56.1 half in a conditioned event. Under a good hold from driver Doug McNair, Our Sky Major powered his way through a :26.3 third panel and turned into the stretch on a 1 1/2-length advantage. A single slap of the wheel disc at the eighth pole encouraged Our Sky Major to open another length-and-a-half. He stopped the clock in 1:50.2, punching a ticket to Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Pacing Series in the process. “After his first start, he forced me to pay him into the Levy,” Marfisi said. “I was hoping he’d get up to the Preferred and then go down there, but after his first start it was pretty amazing, so we just went ahead.” Marfisi’s confidence in Our Sky Major faced an immediate test two weeks later. Up a notch in class and sent off as the race’s odds-on favorite, Our Sky Major finished a disheartening fifth, beaten 4 lengths. The bleeding issues that crippled his 2016 season had resurfaced. “His second start, I was very, very disappointed. I went in there very confident. I thought he was better than he was in his first start,” Marfisi lamented. “He did bleed his last start for me. His wind was shut off a bit which caused him to bleed. It just bummed me a bit because I expected him to win.” When Our Sky Major starts in Saturday night’s $50,000 first division of the Levy Series first leg, he’ll race on lasix for the first time. After drawing post position seven, he’s a 20-1 outsider on the morning line and will be in the hands of Mark MacDonald for the first time. Still, Marfisi looks for his horse to earn valuable points in the series. If he gets enough to make even the Levy Consolation slated for April 22, Marfisi will be happy. “I would have liked to have drawn good, but you never know. It’s tough over at Yonkers. You’re usually trying to get some cover. It’s hard  to explain to drivers over here that for horses from Australasia, a good trip is usually first-up. They’re used to racing like that just on the outside. I would really be happy that he paces home and passes some horses to grab a slice. That would make me thrilled to death.” While the outside post position is a concern, the track configuration isn’t. Unlike some horses who race at Yonkers for the first time, Our Sky Major has experience on small tracks. “There’s a lot of tracks in Australasia that are very interesting. They have sort of triangle turns,” Marfisi said. “I would say Yonkers will be a good surface for him. He can really fly when you ask him to go. When he won the (Harness Jewel 4-Year-Old Emerald), he went the last quarter in 24-and-change. You don’t see many horses who can do that kind of last quarter.” Regardless of the outcome, Marfisi is happy to have a horse capable of racing in the Levy and other top events this season. He’s optimistic about what the future holds. “I was excited that the owner wanted to send him. We paid him up into a lot of the big dances and we’re hoping for the best. I don’ t know if he’s that type yet; he has to prove it. The open horses here are extraordinary. You have to have a lot of talent.” Our Sky Major will face seven rivals in his division of the Levy Series first leg, including Caviart Luca, who’s 5-for-7 at Yonkers this season for trainer Ron Burke, and Rich Banca’s Blood Brother, who’s consistently hit the board in Preferred and Open company at Yonkers. Three other Levy divisions Saturday night feature full fields, including Santa Fe Beachboy and McWicked in division two and Mach It So and Provocativeprincen in division three. Defending champion Bit Of A Legend faces Somewhere In L A and Wakizaschi Hanover in division four. First post time is 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

YONKERS, NY - When Devil Child makes her 2017 debut Friday night at Yonkers Raceway, she will also make her first start for trainer John Butenschoen, who was tasked by owners Crawford Farms Racing and Susan Oakes of prepping the daughter of American Ideal for the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. "We had a little bit of luck last year for the Crawfords," Butenschoen explained. "Chris (Oakes) is still in South Florida training the horses and this filly had the series coming up. They asked if I would take her." Butenschoen accepted and delegated the daily care and training of the multiple-stakes winner and $604,549-earner to his son, Tyler. The 27-year-old manages Butenschoen's northern string in the winter while the bulk of the team, John included, head to Florida to prepare the 2-year-olds for the coming year. This season, the Butenschoen stable has swelled with nine horses in training in Pennsylvania and about 50 2- and 3-year-olds prepping in Florida. The lineup of about 60 trotters and pacers is about 10 more than Butenschoen is used to conditioning at any given time. "We're really lucky. We've got a lot of good help down here in Florida and I've got a lot of good help up in Pennsylvania, so we were able to take it on to where it really didn't affect anything other than we've got to work a little bit more," Butenschoen said with a chuckle. His dedication to the 2-year-olds means Butenschoen has spent limited time with Devil Child. What he has seen first-hand impressed the conditioner. "When I went up there to the Meadowlands sale, she was in the barn. I looked at her and she was in great shape " he admired. "Physically she looked great. I mean great flesh, her legs were all clean, so we were able to put her on a pretty recommended schedule and the weather thankfully cooperated to where we were able to get things going." Although she hasn't raced since finishing second in a $26,000 overnight at Yonkers November 18, Devil Child's break at Crawford Farms in Durhamville, NY served her well and made the comeback process easier. "She was just freshened up. From what the Crawfords told me, she was out in the field, they have an Equicizer, they have exercise wheel, they have things that you can keep the horse in training without being in training. So, all we were trying to do was get her back racing, fit, and let her talent take care of it." Devil Child's final preparations for her return to racing began March 3 when she qualified at Yonkers. With Mark MacDonald at the lines, she showed speed from post seven before finishing third in 1:55.0 with a :28.4 final quarter. A week later, she qualified again. This time, she finished fourth in 1:56.0 with a :29.2 final panel for leading driver Jason Bartlett, who will drive Friday night. "We trained her in :58 at the farm before we took her in to qualify. Both of her qualifiers were encouraging. Mark was happy with her the first week and Jason was happy with her last week," Butenschoen said. Devil Child is a 6-1 morning line chance in her $40,000 division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. She drew post position four and avoids some of the series favorites in week one as Mach It A Par and Bedroomconfessions will start in division two. "She got into a good spot. It worked out where if we would've been in either of the other divisions, the horses that Jason is driving in those divisions are obviously a little more accomplished this year. We're able to retain him to drive her, so that's a plus. The four hole is a plus. It looks like probably on paper it's the right division," Butenschoen reasoned. "We'll see where we're at. The first start it will be interesting to see what she's up to, but I think she's capable of going along otherwise we wouldn't have put her in there," he continued. "We're hopeful. I'll be watching from sunny Central Florida here and hoping that she does a little good." The first of five weeks of preliminary competition in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series features three $40,000 divisions, each with a full field of eight. First post time is 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

The C.K.G. Billings Harness Driving Series kicks off its 36th season on March 30 at Yonkers Raceway followed by a Pompano Park-leg on Mon. April 3. And five days after that, the first of two legs at Freehold Raceway will be presented on Saturday April 8. Then, almost weekly, there will be races for amateur drivers at various racetracks in the United States and Canada through late November. Again the Billings will be run under the auspices of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association. The series which began in the early 1980's is considered the Grand Circuit of Amateur Racing. Known for its constant traveling sideshow over the years some of the best amateur drivers in North America compete, or have competed, in it. And because of the success of the Billings a multitude of amateur clubs have now become part of the harness racing landscape. "Amateur racing has never been more popular than it is now" noted Tony Verruso, the CKG Billings Series president. "Just look at the handle at the amateur races and you can see we are a good bet. And not only that, amateur races are needed to help fill overnight cards at many racetracks. "Last year amateur racing action was with weekly record braking handles in races at the Meadowlands and at Pompano Park. Wagering was also strong in the NAADA Trotting Series at Yonkers, Freehold, and Monticello.' Various amateur clubs are now organized to help maximize the number of races and add benefits to the tracks that host them as well as abetting the various charities that each club represents. "Tens of thousands of dollars are raised each year through amateur driving for the benefit of each clubs charity. The CKG Billings is proud to contribute its driver's earnings to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame," Veruso added." This season being no exception Billings president Verruso has once again worked diligently and as a result has put-together another outstanding series of races at venues both in the United States and Canada. "You'll find that the current schedule has limited Canada dates as Dave Drew is still working tirelessly at getting us squared away up North", Verruso acknowledged. "So hopefully there will be some dates to add to our seasonal schedule." According to Verruso most rules remain the same except for the following: 1) The yearly earnings per start average has been lowered to $1,500 per start. 2) Because of the number of amateur clubs in the East, it is getting harder to fill two fields at any one venue and we never get two in the Mid-West. So this year we are going to let any horse entered for the $10,000 claiming price draw inside any horse entered for $15,000. " "It does not mean the $10,000 claimer will draw the inside post, just that said horse will draw inside of any $15,000 claimers," Verruso explained. "If need be, the race may be seeded and drawn in lots as is done in some of our races already." At season's end the Gold & Silver Cup Finals will be held at Yonkers Raceway on November 26th, the Sunday following Thanksgiving, "Yonkers has graciously offered to host the races at our normal purse level. They will feature the Gold Cup on their France Simulcast Program which should be a great showcase for Amateur Racing here in the States. "There is a very big amateur colony in Europe so it will be very nice to put on a good show for them. We will have to go with 10 horses at 1 1/4 miles as all the French Races do," Verruso stated. To become a member of the Delvin Miller Harness Drivers Association or for a complete listing of conditions and nominating costs please contact Verruso at sulkyracer@hotmail.com or Billings Series VP, Steve Oldford at steveoldford@oldford.biz. One can also get pertinent information on the Delvin Miller Harness Driving Series on the USTA website under amateur racing. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. This is the opening event of the 2017 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 17) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 18) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Friday night's three $40,000 Matchmaker melees (races four, five and six) are comprised of 24 of the best pacing mares in training. Saturday night offers four $50,000 Levy groupings (races five through eight), including Bit Of A Legend N. The defending series champ drew post position No. 2 in the final division, with Jordan Stratton driving for owner Harry von Knoblauch and trainer Peter Tritton. A total of 31 leading Free-For-Allers declared their intentions for the first series go-round. Both series include five preliminary rounds leading to their respective (Saturday, April 22) finals. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 22. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

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