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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 22, 2017 - When the 92-year-old boss flies in from San Diego, you don't want to disappoint him. Good thing Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) held up her end of the bargain Saturday night (Apr. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $310,600 harness racing final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Sitting chilly from post position No. 4, Mackenzie A watched as Lispatty (Brian Sears) leave hard from the pylons, with Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) second and 9-10 choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) third...all three away in post position order. Meanwhile, Regil Elektra (Yannick Gingras) and Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) tried to leave, only to get parked for their troubles (the latter badly compromised by the former). It was Lispatty leading at the :26.4 opening quarter-mile before Mach it a Par move to take the baton approaching the :55.1 intermission. Down the backside, Shesjustadelight N took out of third, with Mackenzie A third and Medusa (Matt Kakaley) staying in. Mach it a Par was seemingly in control in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters, with the uncovered rival pacing in place, forcing Mackenzie A wide. It was Mach it a Par owning a length-and-half lead into the lane, but company was coming. Mackenzie A blew on by, widening to win the ninth Matchmaker by 2¾ lengths in in life-best 1:53.1. Medusa, who had left the cones, failed to match strides with the winner but was a rallying second, with 81-1 rank outsider Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) a closing third. That one found her way into the final after original eight-holer Empress Deo came up ill. Mach it a Par faded to fourth, with Shesjustadelight N fifth and Lispatty, Regil Elektra and Bedroomconfessions bringing up the rear. For co-second choice Mackenzie A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by the nonagenarian Harry von Knoblauch (a fine TV interview) and his daughter, Ellen Kinser and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $167, the triple returned $6,251 the superfecta paid $19,960 (base $2 payout). "I thought I have to race her from off the pace," Stratton said. "The trip worked out perfect for us. I knew there were horses behind and I wanted to move." Stratton won the inaugural edition of the race in 2009 with Pancleefandarpels. Mackenzie A A $75,000 series consolation was won by Hidden Land (Bartlett, $9.50) in 1:54.1. Hidden Land Saturday night's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory, $4.70) in 1:56.4. Barn Doll Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 22, 2017 - Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, $24.80) was hard-used early and hard-headed late Saturday night (Apr. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the harness racing George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The sport's richest race of the season to date again honored the memory of the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. At the outset of the 30th Levy, pole-sitting McWicked (Matt Kakaley) was-not surprisingly-put into play. He was joined by Keystone Velocity, who from post position No. 4, forged to the lead just after a spiffy :26.1, opening quarter-mile. Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett), leaving right outside of Keystone Velocity, was caught three-wide and forced to wrangle back to fourth. McWicked, who had retaken the lead in the second turn, found a :54.4 intermission before longshot Blood Brother (Brian Sears) moved from third. He uncoupled stablemate Somewhere in L A latched from second-over, with even-money choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick) and last season's champion, Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton), at the back of that train. McWicked maintained his advantage through a 1:22.3 intermission three-quarters (:27.4 third station), taking a tenuous lead into the lane. However, his night was about to come to a unsatisfying conclusion. McWicked was done early off final turn, but not before taking Keystone Velocity to the promised land of the passing lane. It was Keystone Velocity fighting off the race's other tough mile, beating Somewhere in L A by a head in 1:51.2. Missile J settled for third, beaten a length, with a very-wide Bit of a Legend N fourth and 107-1 proposition Soto (Brett Miller) grabbing the final pay envelope. Blood Brother, Pcovocativeprincen (Yannick Gingras) and McWicked completed the order. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by trainer Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh, Earl Hill Jr and VIP Internet Stable, it was his third win (as the fifth choice) in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $135.50, the triple returned $593 and the superfecta paid $2,406. "Rene (Allard) and I talked before the race and we decided we had to leave the gate," Dube said. "I was just hoping Matt (Kakaley, with McWicked) could get me to the lane. My horse felt very strong, but I did see the other one (Somewhere in L A) coming." The driver/trainer combination won this race two seasons ago with Domethatagain, also with a two-hole trip. Keystone Velocity A $100,000 series consolation was won by Clear Vision (Miller, $8.40) in 1:51.3. Clear Vision Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 21, 2017- 'Twas the night before the harness racing finals of the George Morton Levy and Blue Chip Matchmaker and all through the house, not a creature was stirring... ...except for Jordan Stratton. The lad had himself a Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Apr. 21st), winning a personal-best six races during the 11-race card. "I can't explain it," Stratton said. "Everything I drove raced very well. It was just one of those nights." What made Stratton's run that much more impressive was there was nary a favorite in sight. He swept the $150 early double with a first-up That'll Be the Rei ($20.20) in the $23,000, first-race pace (1:53.2) and a down-the-road Mass Balance ($15) in the $27,000, second-race trot (1:57). After taking the third race off, Stratton struck again in the $27,000, fourth-race pace, this time with a closing Ambro Courage N ($43.40) in 1:54.3. Win No. 4 came behind a come-from-behind Lease Ness Monster ($32.60), roaring from the back of the bus in the $27,000, fifth-race pace (1:54.4). Stratton was then parked leaving from the eight-hole in the fifth race--backpedaling to last-then 'won the bob' in the night feature. Freeze Out ($15.60) rallied to take the $40,000, seventh-race Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace by a scant schnoz in 1:54.2. Freeze Out Stratton's happy-half dozen concluded with Platoon Seelster ($21), who scooped up the $27,000, eighth-race trot (1:57.1) after 3-10 favorite Frost Free Hanover (George Brennan) jumped it off on the lead. Stratton ended his night finishing fourth, third and second, respectively. Additional props to driver Brent Holland for his hat trick Friday night. No one took down the Pick 5, so Saturday night's (Apr. 22nd) gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,206.32 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's seven-figure Saturday includes the sport's two richest races of the season to date. $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker-8th race (approximate post 9:35 PM) PP-Horse Driver M/L 1-Lispatty Brian Sears 7-1 2-Shesjustadelight N Ron Cushing 4-1 3-Mach it a Par Jason Bartlett 2-1 4-Mackenzie A Jordan Stratton 20-1 5-Regil Elektra Yannick Gingras 5-2 6-Medusa Matt Kakaley 20-1 7-Bedroomconfessions Scott Zeron 6-1 8-Diva's Image Joe Bongiorno 20-1   $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial-10th race (approx. post 10: 15 PM) PP-Horse Driver M/L 1-McWicked Matt Kakaley 3-1 2-Blood Brother Brian Sears 12-1 3-Missile J Tim Tetrick 4-1 4-Keystone Velocity Dan Dube 9-1 5-Somewhere in L A Jason Bartlett 2-1 6-Bit of a Legend N Jordan Stratton 5-1 7-Provocativeprincen Yannick Gingras 20-1 8-Soto Brett Miller 12-1 Frank Drucker

The fifth leg of the eight-leg NAADA Trotting Series was contested on Thursday (April 20) at Yonkers Raceway and when the results were official David Glasser and Robert Krivelin were each victorious in their respective splits. Glasser and Celebrity Stimulus cruised to a five- length triumph in a 1:59.3 clocking while Kivelin and Current Crisis out-trotted their harness racing competition to score a 2:01,4 victory. Seemingly comfortable on the double oval-Celebrity Stimulus was hustled to the front from post five when the gate sprung and led the short five-horse field by the first stanza in 30:1. After a :59.4 first half Glasser asked his steed for more and Celebrity Stimulus responded and trotted clear and just kept opening daylight on the field while he cruised home an oh-so-easy winner over Tim Lizzie and driver Bob Davis in a 1:59.3 clocking. Signal Hill OK finished third for Joe Faraldo On March 30 at the Hilltop oval Celebrity Stimulus and Glasser went on the be the first under the wire in an earlier NAADA trot only to be disqualified and placed fourth for drifting in the homestretch. "I didn't make that mistake again tonight," Glasser said. "We were clear in the stretch and I was cognizant about not drifting in or changing my position as we raced to the finish. I'm grateful to Team Butenschoen for always sending 'Stim' to the track ready to race!" The winner is owned by Glasser Racing LLC and trained by John Butenschoen In the second NAADA trot Krivilen also used the front-end route to score a 2:01.4 victory with Current Crisis for the trotter's second win in the series. Starting from the two-hole Current Crisis circled I'm Fabulous (Alan Schwartz) when the gate sprung and was on the lead at the quarter in a soft :31.When the field headed to the halfway point Schwartz moved I'm Fabulous out to challenge Current Crisis for the lead only to be rebuffed as the pace-setter began to draw away from his challenger.; They then raced one-two to the finish with Current Crisis a one-length winner. Third place went to Wygant Prince, driven by Paul Minore. It was Current Crisis' fourth seasonal triumph. He's owned by the Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. The series will continue on Thursday April 27 at Monticello Raceway. John Manzi  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - It's one thing to stand out against many of the finest older harness racing pacers in training. It's quite another to do it as a young'un. Missile J, a relative toddler at the age of four, finds himself worthy of a seat at Saturday night's (Apr. 22nd) adult table for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. This race, and its companion, the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker, are the sport's two richest of the season to date. The Levy, of course, honors the memory of the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. Back to Missile J we go. The son of American Ideal, already with last season's Art Rooney Pace (for then-owner Ken Jacobs and then-trainer Linda Toscano) here highlighting the resume, was the leader in the Levy clubhouse after winning his first three series starts. With his place in the final thus secured, he took the fourth week off before a 'just don't get hurt' fifth-place effort in last Saturday's (Apr,. 15th) final prelim leg, winding up third in the standings. According to the U-S Trotting Association's Anne Chunko, just four of the previous 29 winners of this race have been 4-year-olds. Though Missile J won the Rooney flashing eight-hole speed, his success in the Levy has been the result of some eye-popping closes. "He's a bit of a hothead," trainer Scott DiDomenico said. "Once you start him up, it's hard to throttle him back down." DiDomenico took over training after the horse changed hands for $115,000 at the Meadowlands sale this past January. This season's early results (in seven wins in nine starts) came on the hooves of a very poor end to 2016, when Missile J finished seventh in the final of the Empire Breeders (Tioga) and eighth (last) in the final of the New York Sire Stakes (here). "We (along with co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey) just wanted a good Yonkers Saturday night horse," DiDomenico said. "There was no thinking he'd be in the Levy. "I knew he was a high-speed horse who could sprint and was raced hard. He seemed a bit tired at the end of last season, but the first few times we raced him this season (Meadowlands), he was so good that we decided to take a shot and nominate him." In winning his first three series legs, Missile J rallied from sixth, fourth and sixth, snatching victories from venues not usually associated with Westchester win photos. "He wants to chase horses, but even he surprised me a couple of times," DiDomenico-who added an open bridle to the horse's wardrobe--said. "What that allowed us to do was given him a week (round 4) off, and that was big. This is a grueling series, and not having to race every Saturday was a big plus. "Also, having (Timmy) Tetrick each week has been great. The pair leave from post position No. 3 in the Levy. "I have one of the best drivers in the sport and I love the draw," DiDomenico said. "There's speed inside and outside and he (Tetrick) can just watch things unfold. Now, Missile J just has to execute." For all of Tetrick's accomplishments, he has never won this race. The 34-year-old DiDomenico, an Illinois expatriate who earlier this season earned his 1,000th career training victory, has enjoyed his greatest success with the $1.4 million pacing lass, Handsoffmycookie. "Personally, it would be special to win this race, especially here (Yonkers). It's where I've mainly raced the past number of years, and it's where I always prefer to race." Apparently, his charge feels the same way. The field for the 2017 Levy, which goes as the 10th of 12 races (first post 7:10 PM, race is approximately 10:15 PM)... 1-McWicked (Matt Kakaley, 3-1), 2-Blood Brother (Brian Sears, 12-1), 3-Missile J (Tim Tetrick, 4-1), 4-Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, 9-1), 5-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, 2-1), 6-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, 5-1), 7-Provocativeprincen (Yannick Gingras, 20-1), 8-Soto (Brett Miller, 12-1). Frank Drucker

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $529,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $310,600 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 22). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The time to impress the judges concluded Saturday night (April 15), with preliminary-round competition ending for Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Round Five saw three $50,000 divisions go at it. Favored Somewhere In L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) became the sport's newest millionaire, easily winning the third event in front-end fashion. From post position five, he never had any angst, especially after a cheap half with the splits of :28, :56.4, 1:24.3, and 1:51.3. The final margin was 1-3/4 lengths over a second-up Clear Vision (Brett Miller), with Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron) lasting for an uncovered third. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and tiring-pocket Wakizashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) settled for the remainder. For Somewhere In L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and The Gandolfo Stables, it was his sixth win in 13 seasonal starts and he is two-for-five in this series. Defending series champ Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) threw down the gauntlet for the finale, going down the road from the pole with fractions of :27.1, :56.1, 1:25, and 1:51.3 as the people's choice in the night's second event. After stuffing Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) in behind, he whipped that rival by three-quarters of a length, note the :26.3 kicker in the final panel, while Blood Brother (Bartlett) was a first-up third. Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) and Missile J (Tetrick) earned the minors. For Bit Of A Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts and he is two-for-five in the series. Saturday night's first Levy grouping had a first-over favorite in McWicked (Kakaley, $4.30), from post position two, edge past pace-setting Caviart Luca (George Brennan) after that one's intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.4. McWicked vacated the three-hole, engaged Caviart Luca in and out of the final turn and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.4 and again, note the :26.3 last quarter. First leader Mach It So (Tetrick) held for third, with Santa Fe Beachboy (Barlett) and Provocativeprincen (Stratton) getting the smaller change. McWicked, a 6-year-old son of McArdle trained by Steve Elliott for owner S S G Stables, is now three-for-seven this season and is one-for-five in this series. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 128; 2. Matt Kakaley - 81; 3. Jordan Stratton - 71; 4. Tim Tetrick - 49; 5. Daniel Dube - 39. Trainers: 1. Richard Banca - 76; 2. Peter Tritton - 67; 3. Rene Allard - 39; 4. Ron Burke - 34; 5. Scott DiDomenico - 32. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 58.5; 2. Fred Monteleone Stable - 32; 3. S S G Stables - 20; 4t. Carmen Iannacone - 19.2; 4t. D'Elegance Stable IX - 19.2; 4t. T L P Stable - 19.2. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, with $48,000 (est.) Dexter Cup eliminations (if necessary) for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (April 29). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 17, 2017 - Post positions have been drawn for harness racing's two richest races of the season to date, Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and its companion event, the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker. The races go Saturday night (Apr. 22nd), highlighting a 12-race card (first post @ 7:10 PM) with total purses of just under $1.3 million. The 30th Levy, once again honoring the memory of the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway, is the 10th race (approximate post 10:15 PM). The field, with declared drivers...1-McWicked (Matt Kakaley), 2-Blood Brother (Brian Sears), 3-Missile J (Tim Tetrick), 4-Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube), 5-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett), 6-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton), 7-Provocativeprincen (Yannick Gingras), 8-Soto (Kakaley also listed). The ninth edition of the Matchmaker is listed as the eighth race (approx.. 9:35 PM). The ladies shook out as such...1-Lispatty (Sears), 2-Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing), 3-Mach it a Par (Bartlett), 4-Mackenzie A (Stratton), 5-Regil Elektra (Gingras), 6-Medusa (Kakaley), 7-Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), 8-Empress Deo (Tetrick). Note that program changes shall be made Tuesday evening (Apr. 18th). Also note that all horses in the final races as separate wagering interests in accordance with New York State Gaming Commission rules regarding stakes worth at least $100,000. A pair of series consolations goes as races 7 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 9 (Levy, $100,000), respectively. Early page proofs of the four races accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. - Yonkers Raceway’s lucrative purses were on trainer Jenny Melander’s mind when she opened the sale catalogs last fall. Melander, who’s been running her own stable for five years now, only had a few horses who could compete at the harness racing Hilltop Oval last season and she wanted to change that. “I would love to always have a good focus on Yonkers, but last year, we didn’t have horses that would get around a half as good as I would have hoped,” she said. “When we searched for horses at the sale this fall, we did have Yonkers in the back of our head. That’s where we wanted to be.” Melander’s focus on Yonkers is proving fruitful early in the 2017 racing season. From 23 starters, Melander’s pupils have won seven races and another nine have hit the board. In Tuesday’s (April 18) third leg of the Yonkers Raceway/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series, she’ll send out three competitors: Golden Son, Ameliosi, and Ontheroad De Vie. Melander purchased Golden Son out of the Harrisburg Mixed Sale with the series in mind. For $20,000, she thought she was getting a horse who loved to win and could compete at Yonkers. “I liked him from day one,” Melander recalled. “He’s a big horse and I just thought he needed a little more muscle tone than what he had. It looked like he might have been turned out for a little bit when he first came to us. A 3-year-old that’s kind of on the big side, that’s nice because you know you can improve them just with maturing and training. He’s lovely. He has a great work ethic and he’s really nice around the barn.” Golden Son debuted a winner for Melander at The Meadowlands December 15, but didn’t race again until January 17 at Yonkers when he won again in a $25,000 overnight. The spacing between races was part of a carefully crafted campaign that allowed Golden Son to stay eligible to the Bonus Trotting Series, for horses who had not won six races or $100,000 through February 1, 2017. “In the series, we thought he’d fit perfect. Even when we bought him because he had so many wins already, but he didn’t have much money on his card,” she explained. “We knew that if we were to continue to race him into the winter before the stakes payment came up, he wouldn’t fit it. We managed him for the series. We raced him twice before the payment was due for the series.” Golden Son racked up two more wins in overnight competition before the series began April 4. Sent straight to the lead by John Campbell in week one, Golden Son went on to win by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:57.3. The next week, with Jason Bartlett in the sulky, Golden Son wired the field again, winning by 2 in 1:56.3. In addition to his impressive victories, Melander is seeing improvement in Golden Son’s attitude on the racetrack. “Sometimes, he gets a little worked up and he doesn’t finish the mile as strong as he should, but the last couple of weeks he’s been minding his manners even better,” she explained. “Part of that is maturing and part of that is the driver helping to keep him quiet. Obviously some days it works better than others, but lately, he’s coming around with that and able to use his ability to the fullest instead of wasting it beforehand.” Golden Son, one of four horses sporting a perfect record in the series heading into week three, along with Tight Lines, Pridecrest, and Triumphant’s Chip, drew post position two in the third of five $25,000 divisions Tuesday night and is a 6/5 morning line favorite. While Melander is happy Golden Son has avoided the other series favorites so far, the same can’t be said for Ameliosi, who faces Tight Lines from post one in the first division. Ameliosi finished third in leg one after making up an 8 1/4-length deficit at odds of 18-1 before winning her second-leg division in wire-to-wire fashion in 1:57.2. Although the waters get deeper this week, Melander is thrilled to have Ameliosi in contention for a spot in the series final after a paddock accident last fall nearly ended the 4-year-old mare’s career. “Our plan was to race her at Yonkers through the winter, but she fell in the paddock in the late fall and really hurt herself and it’s just taken forever to get her back going. For a while, we thought we would have to breed her because she just did not improve,” Melander remembered. While Ameliosi didn’t require surgery, she did need time, and a lot of it. Sore muscles in her back left the daughter of Explosive Matter’s future in doubt. “It was all muscles and chiropractic work. She must have pulled a muscle in her back that set really deep. At first, we gave her a month off, but starting back, she just wasn’t where she should have been,” Melander recalled. “It was really just a rocky go for a few months and we were just thinking maybe she’s not going to come around. Then, we started seeing a little light again and she got a little better and a little better. Now she’s over it completely and she’s getting stronger and stronger.” Melander credits owners John Devito and Rocco Manniello for their patience during Ameliosi’s recovery. The longtime owners, who also own Golden Son, are big supporters of Melander’s growing stable. “They started with one horse and I think I have eight horses with me now. They’ve been great to me and we have a pretty good relationship at this stage,” Melander said. “I really appreciate them when they let me take my time. Sometimes when you rush these horses, you’re just not going to get the results you wish for.” While Golden Son and Ameliosi drew well in Tuesday’s divisions, Melander’s final series entrant didn’t fare as well. Ontheroad De Vie will start from post seven in the final division of the night. It’s the second time in the series the 5-year-old gelding will start from the far outside. Co-owned by Melander, Ontheroad De Vie is a 6-1 morning line. “He has been a good horse to us and he went through the classes. We bought him last fall and he’s been really good, made a lot of money at Yonkers. I have no complaints, but he’s just not the quality of the other two,” Melander pointed out. “He needs a trip worked out and needs it worked out his way. He’ll always try and he’ll always put in a good effort.” For entries for Tuesday’s card, click here. First post time at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 15, 2017--The time to impress the judges concluded Saturday night (Apr. 15th), with preliminary-round harness racing competition ending for Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Round 5 saw three, $50,000 divisions go at it. Favored Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) became the sport's newest millionaire, easily winning the third event in front-end fashion. From post position No. 5, he never had any angst, especially after a cheapy half (:28., 56.4, 1:24.3, 1:51.3). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over a second-up Clear Vision (Brett Miller), with Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron) lasting for an uncovered third. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) and tiring-pocket Wakazashi Hanover (Tim Tetrick) settled for the remainder. For Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D'elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, it was his sixth win in a 13 seasonal starts (2-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple returning $95. As mentioned at the outset, Somewhere in L A is now a career seven-figure performer ($1,022,456). "I thought I might have an easy lead," Bartlett said. "He deserved it, he's been used hard a lot throughout the series. "He can get bit rank sometimes, but he was very good tonight. The fractions certainly helped." Somewhere in L A Defending series champ Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) threw down the gauntlet for next week finale, going down the road from the pole (:27.1, 56.1, 1:25, 1:51.3) as the people's choice in the night's second event. After stuffing Rockin' Ron (Yannick Gingras) in behind, he whipped that rival by three-quarters of a length (note the :26.3 kicker), while Blood Brother (Bartlett) was a first-up third. Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) and Missile J (Tetrick) earned the minors, with Missile J--already with three series win in his pocket--getting a 'don't get hurt' trip from his outer venue. For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained Peter Tritton, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (2-for-5 in series). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $7.30, with the triple returning $34.20. "Two weeks ago (winning), I could see he was his old self," Stratton said. "With the final next week some guys drove conservatively." As far as any concern that his last quarter was too brisk a week before the final, "No. He had a lot left." Bit of a Legend N Saturday night's first Levy grouping had a first-over fave McWicked (Kakaley, $4.30), from post No. 2, edge past pace-setting Caviart Luca (George Brennan) after that one's intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.4. McWicked vacated the three-hole, engaged 'Luca' in and out of the final turn and prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.4 (again, note the :26.3 last quarter). First leader Mach it So (Tetrick) held for third, with Santa Fe Beachboy (Barlett) and Provocativeprincen (Stratton) getting the smaller change. For McWicked, an 6-year-old son of McArdle trained by Steve Elliott for owner S S G Stables, he's now 3-for-7 this season (1-for-5 in series). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.40, with the triple returning $34.40. McWicked The final preliminary standings, courtesy of Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, are below. Note that these do not necessarily represent those horses eligible for the next Saturday's (Apr. 22nd) final and consolation. Those determinations shall be made by the race office, with the draw set for Monday afternoon (Apr. 17th). The purse for the final of the Levy has been calculated at $529,000 (sum of added money, nominating and starting fees), pending conformation by those who keep track of such things. Saturday night's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Melady's Monet (Miller, $6.10) in 1:54.4, fastest local mile of the season. Melady's Monet   1   Somewhere In L A 12 25 25 50 50 125 287.0 2   Bit Of A Legend N 25 25 50 5 50 125 280.0 3   Missile J 50 50 50   5 100 255.0 4   Keystone Velocity 5 50 50 12 0 125 242.0 5   Mcwicked 0 0 25 25 50 125 225.0 6   Soto 50 12 50 8   100 220.0 7   Blood Brother 25 0 5 50 12 125 217.0 8   ProvacativeprinceN 50 0 25 5 5 125 210.0 9   Rockin Ron 25 50 8   25 100 208.0 10   Mach It So 12 8 5 25 12 125 187.0 11   Wakizashi Hanover 8 25 12 8 5 125 183.0 12   Great Vintage 0 5 25 12 8 125 175.0 12   Long Live Rock 50 0 0 0 0 125 175.0 14   Guantanamo Bay 12 5 8 12 12 125 174.0 15   Caviart Luca 0 0 8 5 25 125 163.0 16   Clear Vision     12 50 25 75 162.0 17   Santa Fe Beachboy 8 8 5 0 8 125 154.0 18   Mcardles Lightning 0 0 0 25 0 125 150.0 19   P H Supercam 0 12 12 0 0 125 149.0 20   All Bets Off 25 12   0 8 100 145.0 21   Bettor's Edge 8 25 0 0   100 133.0 22   Melmerby Beach 5 50 0     75 130.0 23   Dr J Hanover 0 12 8     75 95.0 24   Texas Terror N 5 8 5     75 93.0 25   Always At My Place 5   12 0   75 92.0 26   Burning N 8 5 0     75 88.0 27   Mattamerican 12 0 0     75 87.0 28   Artistic Major 0 8       50 58.0 28   Te Kawau N 0     8   50 58.0 30   Take It Back Terry   5 0     50 55.0 31   Americanprimetime 0 0       50 50.0 31   Our Sky Major N 0   0     50 50.0 33   Anwar Hanover 0         25 25.0 33   Cooperstown         0 25 25.0 33   Vegas Vacation   0       25 25.0 Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 14, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 5 Friday night (April 14h), with a pair of harness racing $40,000 divisions. The opening event saw 2-5 fave Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron) get looped leaving, then walk home. That scenario was good news for a second-up Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $7.80), who was carried into the race and into the winner's circle. After Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) made the first lead, Bedroomconfessions took over before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. It was a 57-second intermission before Hidden Land (Tim Tetrick) took out of third. That one disposed of a weak-kneed leader passing a 1:25.4 three-quarters, with Mach it a Par-from post position No. 5-right behind. Hidden Land owned a length lead into the land, but the pursuer blew right by. Mach it a Par widened to win by 2½ lengths in 1:53.2. Diva's Image was third after yet another unlucky trip, with Al Raza N (Matt Kakaley) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. Bedroomconfessions, back after taking last week off, finished last among the half-dozen, beaten more than a dozen lengths. For second choice Mach it a Par, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables, it was her third win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $88.50. Mach it a Par Friday's second Matchmaker soiree had Krispy Apple (Tetrick) tire badly on the lead for the second consecutive start (:28.1, :56.3, 1:24.2), but not before carrying pole-sitting, 17-10 favorite Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $5.50) into the lane, and into a photographer meet-and-greet. Regil Elektra whipped a solid, first-over Lispatty (Brian Sears) by a head in 1:53.1, with Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) third, a cone-skimming Medusda (Kakaley) fourth (first four finishers separated by a neck) and Krispy Apple fading to fifth. Mackenzie A (Stratton) was in the back, threw in steps and never factored. For Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old Mach Three ma'am owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her fifth win in nine '17 tries. The exacta paid $23.80, with the triple returning $90.50. Regil Elektra The final preliminary standings, courtesy of Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Note that these do not necessarily represent those horses eligible for the next Saturday's (Apr. 22nd) final and consolation. Those determinations shall be made by the race office, with the draw set for Monday afternoon (Apr. 17th). The purse for the final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker has been calculated at $310,600 (sum of added money, nominating and starting fees), pending conformation by those who keep track of such things. Round 5 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series goes Saturday night (Apr. 15th), with three, $50,000 divisions. Points Table for The Matchmaker Final Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    1   Mach It A Par 50 5 25 12 50 125 267 1   Shesjustadelight N 50 25 50 5 12 125 267 3   Regil Elektra 50 12 50   50 100 262 4   Lispatty 12 8 8 50 25 125 228 5   Bedroomconfessions 25 50 50   0 100 225 6   Mackenzie A 8 50 12 25 0 125 220 7   Medusa 8 8 12 50 8 125 211 8   Empress Deo 25 50 8 8   100 191 9   Divas Image 5 12 5 25 12 125 184 10   Krispy Apple 5 25 12 0 5 125 172 11   Sell A Bit N 0 8 25 0 5 125 163 12   Hidden Land 25 0   8 25 100 158 13   Betabcool N 12 12 25 5   100 154 14   Change The Rulz N 12 5 5 0   100 122 15   Tessa Seelster 5 0 8 0   100 113 16   Al Raza N 0 0 0   8 100 108 16   Quick Draft A 8 0 0 0   100 108 18   Wrangler Magic   25   12   50 87 19   For The Ladies N 0 0 5     75 80 20   Sandbetweenurtoes   5 0     50 55 21   American Girl 0 0       50 50 21   Delightful Dragon 0 0       50 50 21   Devil Child 0     0   50 50 24   Givemeyourheart 0         25 25 24   Nike Franco N 0         25 25 24   Sail To The Beach 0         25 25 Frank Drucker

After sitting out last week's round in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series because of a numbers crunch, Rockin Ron's connections hope the harness racing gelding can come back this weekend with a performance good enough to maintain a spot in the upcoming $200,000-added final at Yonkers Raceway. The preliminary divisions of the six-week Levy Series for older male pacers conclude Saturday at The Hilltop. Rockin Ron will enter the night holding the eighth-and-final spot for the April 22 championship, but might need nothing less than a win Saturday to keep his position. Rockin Ron holds a five-point edge over Wakizashi Hanover and eight-point advantage over the trio of Long Live Rock, Mach It So, and McWicked in the battle to qualify for the final. He trails both Blood Brother and Provacativeprince N by 22 points, so numerous possible outcomes are in play, but the simplest way for Rockin Ron to roll into the final is by winning his division this weekend. A horse receives 25 points each time he races in the series. He then gets points based on his finish, with 50 points for a win, 25 for second, 12 for third, eight for fourth and five for fifth. The complete standings are available at this link. Rockin Ron, who has a win, second and fourth in the series, sat out last week's action because trainer Ron Burke could enter only three of his five eligible horses. A trainer can have only one horse in each division and last week there were three divisions. There has been a maximum of four divisions in the preliminary rounds. "To be fair we've had to space out who gets to race, which really hurts your chances to get into the final," said Mark Weaver, who is among the owners of Rockin Ron. "I wish we could have raced him because it pretty much would have assured him being in the final. But that's the situation we're in. "If he's good enough to get in, he deserves it. If he's not good enough, then he probably didn't deserve it." Rockin Ron, a 5-year-old son of Real Desire-Im All A Roan, is in the second of three divisions Saturday. He faces a group that includes series leader Missile J, third-place Keystone Velocity, fifth-place Bit Of A Legend (the series defending champion) and Blood Brother. "Fortunately he drew inside," Weaver said, referring to Rockin Ron's post No. 2 starting position with driver Yannick Gingras. "Hopefully we can get a good chunk of it." Last year, Rockin Ron won 11 of 26 races and earned $390,910 for owners Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and RTC Stables. His victories included the Confederation Cup and Prix d'Ete, defeating 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit in both. He finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Dorothy Mullin Invitational. "Obviously we were high on him coming into this year and we've got him staked up to pretty much everything," Weaver said. "I think so far his year is starting off well. I think every start he's been pretty good. He hasn't been raced too hard and I think the week off should help. I'm real happy. "For some of these Levy horses, after the Levy they're back to being overnight horses. With Ron and All Bets Off, those are two that I think have a chance to go on and be competitive in the open ranks." All Bets Off, a 6-year-old stallion who has earned $2.21 million in his career, has finishes of second, third and sixth in the Levy. He competes in Saturday's third division, where Somewhere In L A is a slight 2-1 morning line favorite over 5-2 Wakizashi Hanover. All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley are 6-1 from post six. "We contemplated standing him at stud last year, but figured we would give him another year of racing," Weaver said. "He qualified great and his first race was super. Then he was sick and drew badly. It's a little disappointing, but at the same time we've got a long year. Matt loves him and still has confidence in him. Hopefully Ronnie can get him straightened out." Burke's other Levy competitors have been Caviart Luca, Always At My Place, and Take It Back Terry. Caviart Luca will race in Saturday's first division and is 4-1 on the morning line. "Ronnie said they all trained great, all the Saturday night horses, especially Caviart Luca," Weaver said. "Hopefully (Caviart Luca and All Bets Off) can do all right and sneak into the consolation." Complete entries for Saturday's races can be found at this link. Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 13, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway's Thursday night (Apr. 13th) harness racing program was sponsored by the letter 'S'. 'S,' as in Stratton, as in driver Jordan Stratton. 'S,' as in Siegelman, as in trainer Robbie Siegelman. 'S," as in Southern Pursuit N, as in the 62-1 ($126.50) upsetter--driven by Stratton and trained by Siegelman, of the break-filled, $15,000, third-race pace (life-best 1:55.1). The eight-hole bombardier led a $652 exacta and $2,308 triple, while ending a $5,393 Pick 3. 'S' also, as in Sears, as in season-debuting Brian Sears. The Hall of Famer-in-waiting made his first appearance since late last season after laser eye surgery. Sears went 1-for-8 Thursday night, lasting on the lead with odds-on One Through Ten ($3.60) in the $25,000, 11th-race pace (1:53.2). Sears has seven drives Friday (Apr. 14th) and six Saturday (Apr. 15th). The Friday/Saturday cards feature the fifth and final preliminary rounds of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (two $40,000 divisions) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (three $50,000 divisions). Frank Drucker

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fifth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 14) in the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 15) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fifth and final 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: With points leader Missile J getting a week off, the Saturday (April 8) marquee was available for rental during round four of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Three $50,000 divisions -- down from four the first three weeks -- went at it. Stablemates Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) and Somewhere In L A (Bartlett again, $7.80) won the second and third events in 1:52.1 and a season's-best 1:51.3, respectively. Blood Brother, from post position two after a pair of no-shot seven-holes the previous two tries, picked up pace-setting polester McArdle's Lightning (Matt Kakaley) after that one laid down the law with fractions of :27.4, :56.3, and 1:24.1. It was 8-5 favorite Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) trying it first-up from fourth, pressing the leader to the lane. Blood Brother ducked inside and prevailed by a half-length over McArdle's Lightning, with Keystone Velocity hanging in for third. Te Kawau N (Tim Tetrick) and Provocativeprincen (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For second choice Blood Brother, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and P T Stable, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts and he is one-for-four in this series. Somewhere In L A, from post three, did it first-up. He engaged pole-siting Mach It So (Tetrick) as that one led through intervals of :27, 56.1, and 1:23.3. Somewhere In L A won the stretch battle, picking off Mach It So by a head. Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) tracked the winner and wound up third, with Soto (Dube) -- a fourth pocket trip in as many series starts -- and 7-5 choice Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton) settling for the minors. For second choice Somewhere In L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Banca for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and The Gandolfo Stables, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts and his first in the series. Saturday night's first Levy grouping had a first-over Clear Vision (Brett Miller, $8.90), from post two, gut out a nose win over McWicked (Kakaley). The latter rolled through subsections of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24, leading every step but the last one. Third went to a pocketed Guantanamo Bay (Stratton), with slight 2-1 choice Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For third choice Clear Vision, an 11-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned by Robert Santagata and Jennifer Lappe and trained by John Kokinos, it was his second win in nine 2017 starts and his first win from his second attempt in this series. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 96; 2. Matt Kakaley - 71; 3. Jordan Stratton - 61; 4. Tim Tetrick - 42; 5. Daniel Dube - 39. Trainers: 1. Peter Tritton - 57; 2. Richard Banca - 54; 3. Rene Allard - 39; 4. Scott DiDomenico -32; 5. Tony Alagna - 27. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 48.5; 2. Fred Monteleone Stable - 22; 3. Rene Allard - 15.5; 4t. Brian Carsey - 15; 4t. Legacy Racing of DE - 15; 4t. John McGill - 15. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with the finals and consolations of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy on April 22. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 8, 2017 - With points leader Missile J getting a week off for good behavior, the Saturday night harness racing marquee was available for rental during Round 4 of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Three, $50,000 divisions-down from four the first three weeks-went at it. Stablemates Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett, $6.10) and Somewhere in L A (Bartlett again, $7.80) won the second and third events in 1:52.1 and a season's-best 1:51.3, respectively. Blood Brother, from post position No. 2 after a pair of no-shot seven-holes the previous two tries, picked up pace-setting polester McArdle's Lightning (Matt Kakaley) after that one laid down the law (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.1), It was 8-5 fave Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) trying it first-up from fourth, pressing the leader to the lane. Blood Brother ducked inside and prevailed by half-length over McArdle's Lightning, with Keystone Velocity hanging in for third. Te Kawau N (Tim Tetrick) and Provocativeprincen (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For second Blood Brother, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Richard Banca for co-owners D'elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and P T Stables, it was his second win in 11 seasonal starts (1-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $36. Blood Brother Somewhere in L A, from post No. 3, did it first-up, He engaged pole-siting Mach it So (Tetrick) as that one led through intervals of :27, 56.1, 1:23.3. Somewhere in L A won the stretch battle, picking off Mach it So by a head. Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) tracked the the winner and wound up third, with Soto (Dube)-a fourth pocket trip in as many series starts-and 7-5 choice Bit of a Legend N (Stratton) settling for the minors. For second choice Somewhere in L A, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Banca for co-owners D'elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and Gandolfo Stables, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts (1-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $153 and the superfecta paid $318.50. "I didn't want to get tortured again with him," Bartlett said of Somewhere in L A and his early-series spped tries. "I had him to relax for the first three-eighths and he did the rest. There's no bottom to him." Somewhere in L A Saturday night's first Levy grouping had a first-over Clear Vision (Brett Miller, $8.90), from post No. 2, gut out a nose win over McWicked (Kakaley). The latter rolled through subsections of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24, leading every step but the last one. Third went to a pocketed Guantanamo Bay (Stratton), with slight 2-1 choice Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) grabbing the smaller envelopes. For third choice Clear Vision, an 11-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned by Robert Santagata & Jennifer Lappe and trained by John Kokinos, it was his second win in nine '17 starts (1-for-2 in series). The exacta paid $48.40, with the triple returning $202. "He's one of my favorite horses of all-time," Miller said. "He won first-over for me in the (2014) Battle of Lake Erie (Northfield). A lot of people don't care for him because he won't go by the final horse (though he did tonight). If he did, he'd have made $5 million (he's now at $2.6 million)." Clear Vision Saturday night's $55,000 Open Trot was won by favored Not Afraid (Dube, $5.40) down-the-road in 1:56.1. Not Afraid Special props to the inimitable Foiled Again (Kakaley, $3.90), who notched career win No. 94 in the $27,000, fi opener (1:53.2), going past the $7.5 million earnings plateau ($7,508,033). The evening's Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $12,500, attracted $28,524 of new investments, resulted in a winning combination of 2/3/1/2/5, paying $1,579.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager.   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 7, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 4 Friday night (April 7h), with a pair of harness racing $40,000 divisions. This penultimate prelim event offered a different look, notably one less grouping as some of the marquee ma'ams (co-leader Bedroomconfessions and third-place lass Regil Elektra) taking the week off. The opening event saw the millionairess formerly known as Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) cave off some very tepid fractions (:27.1, :57.1, 1:25.2).. It was only she and Wrangler Magic (Dan Dube) leaving from their respective outer venues, but neither was involved in the outcome. Lispatty (Jason Bartlett, $13.80) earned the decision over a squeezing-through, 36-1 Diva's Image (Joe Bongiorno) in 1:55. The winner, from post position No. 3, improved inside down the backside as 17-10 fave Betabcool N (Mark MacDonald) and second choice Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) both left the cones and were essentially devoid of pace. It was Krispy Apple owning a length-and-three-quarter lead the lane, but she was done. Lispatty angled out, then prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Wrangler Magic lasted for third, Hidden Land (Tim Tetrick) and Betabcool N (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder while Krispy Apple retreated to seventh. For fourth choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle trainer by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $182.50, with the triple returning $1,594. Lispatty Friday's second Matchmaker soiree had Medusa (Matt Kakaley, $11.20) do what Krispy Apple could not...finish what she started (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.1, 1:53.3). From post No. 4, Medusa seated longshot Empress Deo, then never had an anxious moment. The pocket-sitter gave way by the three-quarters, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) taking up the chase. That chase left her a length-a-quarter in arrears at the wire, the same distance in front of a non-threatening 3-4 choice Mach it a Par (Bartlett) Empress Deo and Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the minors. For third choice Medusa, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack and trained by Andy Federico Jr., it was her fifth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, the triple returned $60 and the superfecta paid $390. Medusa Round 4 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series goes Saturday night (Apr. 8), with three, $50,000 divisions.   YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $12,500 DOUBLE CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday  evening’s (April 8th) Pick 5 wager starts with a certifiably-enticing double carryover of $12,570.13.   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 and Friday nights), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

"I'd like to buy a barn full just like him," winning driver Alan Schwartz said referring to Ladys Big Stormont after they combined for their second consecutive harness racing victory in the third leg of the current NAADA Trotting Series which went to post tonight (April 6) at Yonkers Raceway.. Their eye-opening seven-length 1:59.4 triumph over the half mile oval soaked with falling rain marked the second consecutive week that Schwartz and his trusty steed were victorious together having won their division last week at Monticello Raceway. "He's been a good horse for me ever since I claimed him last summer for $12,500," Schwartz added as he wiped the mud from his face. "Since then he's won well over $35,000.for me." Although Ladys Big Stormont had won six times previously for Schwartz it wasn't until last week, when he put him on the front end for the first time, that the outstanding amateur driver realized that's exactly where the veteran trotter likes to be. "I've always raced him from behind but I sort of got stuck on the lead last week at Monticello but while racing there I realized he loved it and not only was he comfortable but he was strong at the finish," Schwartz related. "So tonight, after starting from the pole (position), I eased him to the lead and he did the rest cruising to an easy 1:59.4 victory over the muddy racetrack. Shelikescandy rallied to be second for Bob Davis while Current Crisis, a division winner at Monticello Raceway last week in the NAADA Series, finished third for Robert Krivelin. It was the third seasonal victory for Ladys Big Stormont who's owned by Schwartz and trained by Raheim Strong. Sim Brown won the Second $6000 NAADA Trot division with Dr. John Kokinos in the sulky. Perhaps aping Schwartz's front-end style on the muddy race course Kokinos sent his former stakes winning trotter to the lead.and after stealing a 1:03 half Kokinos then parked all challengers and Sim Brown did the rest trotting the final four furlongs in :58.3 en route to a two and one half length triumph in 2:01.3 over Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore. A neck farther back in third was Sam's Honeybee, driven by Billings president, Tony Verruso. It was the first seasonal victory for Sim Brown a 9 -year-old altered son of Angus Hall, who, with this triumph, raised his lifetime earnings to over $600,000. Also trained by Kokinos Sim Brown is owned by Robert Santigata and Jennifer Lappe. Both races tonight at Yonkers went for $6000 purses and went as non-wagering events prior to the betting card getting underway. The NAADA Trotting Series will continue next Thursday (April 13) at Monticello Raceway. John Manzi  

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