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YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 23, 2016-Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.70) again proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her 'inside' post position No. 5 (posts 5 thru 8 were drawn), Tessa Seelster easily worked around pole-sitting, slight 2-1 favorite Devil Child (Eric Goodell). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, a :29.1 second substation (:56.4 intermission) served her well. Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth and was originally pacing in place. She did eventually make steady advances in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, though the leader maintained a length-and-a-quarter advantage entering the lane. 'Tessa' found the wire a half-length before Devil Child in 1:51.3. Secret's Out N held third, with Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Tipitina (Brent Holland) settling for the minors. For third choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her ninth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $121. Saturday's card is enveloped by the 27th New York Night of Champions, the $1.8 million culmination of the sire stakes season. The Empire State's richest night of racing features eight, $225,000 NYSS, for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. They go as the first eight races during the 13-race card, with first post the usual 7:10 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 22, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York are presenting a seminar on owning a harness racing racehorse Saturday (Sept. 24), prior to the New York Night of Champions. The seminar, scheduled to begin at 4:30 PM, features driver Scott Zeron, trainers Linda Toscano and Andrew Harris, SOA director Chris Wittstruck and Funky Munky Stable managing partner Richard Munk. It is to be held in the Red Room, located on the second floor of the casino's main building and admission is free. The five preeminent horse people discuss the rewards and risks of standardbred ownership, as well answer questions from the attendees. Toscano became the first female trainer to win the Hambletonian (Chapter Seven) and was 2013's Trainer of the Year in 2013. Zeron won his 3,000th career race earlier this month, and is the driver of Yonkers Trot and Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder. Wittstruck is attorney and an SOA of NY director, as well an award-winning writer. Harris has campaigned such quality horses as Phil Your Boots on the local circuit, while Funky Munky Stable offers partnerships in both standardbred and thoroughbred racehorse ownerships. Those interested in attending may register in advance through the USTA by e-mailing owners@ustrotting.com or calling 877-800-8782 ext. 5555. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 20, 2016 - Post positions have been drawn for Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, with Yonkers Raceway again hosting the Empire State's richest night of harness racing. Eight, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes finals, each sponsored by a prominent breeding farm, feature the best 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Here's a hot-off-the-presses thumbnail of the divisions, which go as the first eight in the baker's dozen worth of races. First post is the usual 7:10 PM. 1st race (Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace) - These races aren't handicapped, but this one certainly appears that way. Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick, post 7) and the late-starting Tequila Monday (Dave Miller, post 8) are arguably the best the class her to offer, with the latter setting the local track record (1:53.1) for frosh lasses. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller, post 5) was a 1:53.2 winner here. 2nd race (Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Trot) - Last season's division champ, Non Stick (Ake Svanstedt, post 2), has enjoyed another solid summer, though she does enter off a break in her latest try. Fad Finance (Jim Morrill Jr., post 5) has hit the board in 10 of her 11 '16 tries, Both these ladies have earned more than $200,000 this season. 3rd race (Genesee Valley Farm 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) - Funknwaffles (Morrill Jr., post 4) has been nearly perfect, with seven wins and a second in eight tries ($144,784), while Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, post 2) is 5-for-7 (both are 2-for-2 here). Pointomygranson (Marcus Miller, post 8) has a pair of open-lengths wins leading to this race. 4th race (Majestic View Farms International 2-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) - Julie and Andy Miller have a potent pair in Devious Man (Andy Miller, post 4) and Money Macintosh (Brian Sears, post 7), a combined 9-for-17 this season. Despite common ownership, they go uncoupled (the horses, not the Millers). Zack's Zoomer (Marcus Miller, post 5) has a win and a pair off seconds since adding the straps. 5th race (Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace) - As evenly-matched a final as the Night of Champions offers, with Wishy Washy Girl (Morrill Jr., post 4) the one entering off a win. Last season's frosh champ, Dime a Dance (Kakaley, post 5), has 10 board finishes in her dozen seasonal tries, while Soft Idea (Scott Zeron, post 3) has a pair of wins here. 6th race (Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Filly Trot) - Division points leader Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci, post 5) has been the money all season (8 starts, 5 wins [2 here], 2 seconds, 1 third), Barn Bella (Jeff Gregory, post 3), a scratched-sick in her last scheduled start (here), is 5-for-8 and won her last three races in open-distance fashion. Amber Ella (John Campbell, post 8) has learned her job lately, having won her last four tries. 7th race (Blue Chip Farms, 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Pace) - Art Rooney Pace winner Missile J (Tetrick, post 3), unraced at 2, enters 8-for-18 with more than $313,000 in the till. Roll Away Joe (Morrill Jr, post 5) has banked more than $200,000, stringing together four consecutive wins at one point. Manny (Brett Miller, post 6) gets a barn change entering the final. 8th race (Morrisville College Equine Institute 3-Year-Old Colt/Gelding Trot) - Yonkers Trot runner-up Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, post 2) blitzed his statebred rivals here in his subsequent start. He has six wins and more than $333,000 in reserve this season, Dante (Svanstedt, post 4) has been oh so consistent this season (9 wins, 4 wins, 3 seconds), while Dayson (Sears, post 8) is 8-for-13 this summer, though he ran like a deer here in his latest appearance. Here are the full fields;     RACE 1 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: WINBAK FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Pudge`s Pastime  American Ideal-  Won Night Stand   8   1   0  0  Q1:56.0S  $10323     Ray Van Dreason             2  Robin J  Roll With Joe-  Mommy Robin Q   9   6   1  2  1:54.0F  $189157   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             3  Artrageous  Art Major-  In Deep Thought   9   2   3  2  1:55.4H  $84005   Jim Morrill Jr  Andrew Stafford             4  Lady Of Heaven  Rock N Roll Heaven-  You`re Likeadream   9   0   0  3  -  $23547   Mark Macdonald  Bruce Saunders             5  Roaring To Go  Art Major-  Lionness Hanover   9   4   2  0  1:53.2H  $117136   Brett Miller  Kevin Lare             6  Rollingndiamonds  Roll With Joe-  Diamondsfrmichelle   8   0   2  3  Q2:00.2F  $18772   Brett Miller  John Hallett             7  Planet Rock  Rock N Roll Heaven-  Villa Hanover   8   7   0  1  1:52.0S  $189651   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             8  Tequila Monday  American Ideal-  Margarita Monday   4   3   1  0  1:53.1H  $76706   David Miller  Chris Oakes         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 2 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: ALLERAGE FARM TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Lindylicious L  22   2   1  2  1:58.4H  $80303   Mark Macdonald  Gilbert Garcia-Herrera             2  Non Stick   9   5   0  1  1:54.0S  $233407   Ake Svanstedt  Ake Svanstedt             3  Swinging Royalty   14   3   5  5  1:54.1S  $167389   Brian Sears  George Ducharme             4  Open Access L  15   4   2  1  1:54.1S  $102398   Tim Tetrick  Robert Baggitt Jr             5  Fad Finance   11   5   3  2  1:54.1H  $217156   Jim Morrill Jr  Trond Smedshammer             6  Straight A Student   12   2   6  0  1:58.0H  $93924   Mark Macdonald  Paul Kelley             7  Goosebump Hanover L  12   3   2  3  1:55.2F  $131341   Jim Morrill Jr  Ron Burke             8  Earn Your Wings   11   4   4  1  1:54.4S  $167180   Jason Bartlett  Anette Lorentzon         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 3 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: GENESEE VALLEY FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 7:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Americanfirewater  American Ideal-  Lucky Turn   9   1   2  3  1:56.2H  $58654   George Brennan  Rick Dane Jr             2  Miso Fast  Roll With Joe-  Sakura Hanover   7   5   1  0  1:53.1F  $117981   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             3  Barry Hanover  Rock N Roll Heaven-  Beachbunny Hanover   8   1   0  0  1:54.4H  $31430   Jason Bartlett  Judith Blaun             4  Funknwaffles  American Ideal-  Hatsoff Hanover   8   7   1  0  1:52.1S  $144784   Jim Morrill Jr  John Butenschoen             5  Twin B Cowboy  Roll With Joe-  Twin B Intimate   9   1   2  1  1:53.4S  $27903   George Brennan  Dr. Ian Moore             6  Willie Joe Hill  American Ideal-  Ruthless Hill   8   0   3  5  -  $66363   Pat Lachance  Pat Lachance             7  What`s Goin On  Roll With Joe-  Shipps Xclamation   8   1   2  0  1:56.4H  $62217   Mark Macdonald  Mark Harder             8  Pointomygranson  American Ideal-Sangaal   8   3   1  0  1:53.2H  $87699   Marcus Miller  Chris Ryder         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 4 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: MAJESTIC VIEW FARMS INTERNATIONAL TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Stick With Me Kid  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Chelsea Hall   8   1   4  1  1:56.2S  $77426   Brian Sears  George Ducharme             2  Such An Angel  Credit Winner-  Michelle`s Angel   8   4   1  0  1:56.1S  $115895   John Campbell  Paul Kelley             3  Neon Lights  Chapter Seven-  Flourescent   7   0   2  0  Q2:00.0S  $35806   Jason Bartlett  George Ducharme             4  Devious Man  Credit Winner-  Miss Garland   9   5   1  1  1:55.3F  $167733   Andy Miller  Julie Miller             5  Zack`s Zoomer  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Passageway   6   2   2  0  1:58.1H  $71265   Marcus Miller  Erv Miller             6  Meetmeinthemiddle  Chapter Seven-  Promising Deal   8   0   0  5  Q2:00.1F  $37474   Jim Morrill Jr  Edward Hart             7  Money Macintosh  Credit Winner-  Apple Plush   8   4   2  1  1:56.2F  $122829   Brian Sears  Julie Miller             8  Royal Casanova  Rc Royalty-  Mischief Lady   8   0   2  2  -  $42099   John Campbell  Bruce Borden         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 5 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: CAMEO HILL FARM PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  American Ivy   12   2   1  2  Q1:52.4M  $99096   Andy Miller  Julie Miller             2  No Clouds Bluechip   13   4   2  2  1:50.1F  $240432   Brett Miller  John Berger             3  Soft Idea L  11   3   0  2  1:54.3H  $145519   Scott Zeron  Linda Toscano             4  Wishy Washy Girl L  13   3   3  1  1:54.1F  $82328   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             5  Dime A Dance   12   4   3  2  1:53.1F  $181260   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             6  Angels Rockn Pink L  12   2   5  2  1:52.1F  $121799   Mark Macdonald  Chris Oakes             7  Mother Of Art   11   2   2  1  1:53.4H  $71297   George Brennan  Ron Burke             8  Time On My Hands L  11   4   1  2  1:53.2H  $151621   Daniel Dube  Chris Ryder         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 6 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: CRAWFORD FARMS LLC TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 2 YEAR OLD FILLIES **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 8:50 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Mighty Surf  Prayer I Am-Big Surfer   8   4   0  0  1:57.0F  $72228   Scott Zeron  Dennis A Laterza             2  Flyhawk Charm  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Final Time   6   3   0  1  2:00.3S  $56207   Jason Bartlett  Joseph Flynn             3  Barn Bella  Conway Hall-Bravissima   8   5   0  0  1:55.2F  $89311   Jeff Gregory  Steven Pratt             4  Heels On Wheels  Conway Hall-  Go Go Dancer   8   2   3  3  2:01.0H  $71250   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke             5  Mamora Bay  Chapter Seven-Giulie Bi   8   5   2  1  1:58.2H  $126121   Sam Schillaci  Sam Schillaci             6  Maewegonow  Deweycheatumnhowe-  Mauresmo   6   1   3  2  2:03.3H  $48933   Charlie Norris  Charlie Norris             7  Scarey Karie  Conway Hall-  Alabama Hotel   7   2   2  1  Q2:00.0S  $51525   Phil Fluet  Phil Fluet             8  Amber Ella  Chapter Seven-Blushed   5   4   0  1  1:57.1S  $88636   John Campbell  Linda Toscano         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 7 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: BLUECHIP FARMS LLC PACE NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Pace     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:10 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Bottom Deals L  11   2   2  1  1:49.2S  $84293   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             2  Craftship   12   1   5  2  1:53.2H  $131544   Scott Zeron  Tony Alagna             3  Missile J L  18   8   2  2  1:51.0M  $313902   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             4  Artmagic L  11   1   4  3  1:55.1H  $136517   George Brennan  Trond Smedshammer             5  Roll Away Joe L  16   5   1  4  1:51.3F  $209181   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             6  Manny   11   1   2  0  1:54.2H  $90505   Brett Miller  Brewer Adams             7  Talk Show L  11   3   1  1  Q1:51.1M  $90762   Jim Morrill Jr  Tracy Brainard             8  Fine Diamond   15   4   4  3  1:53.3H  $143337   Matt Kakaley  Ron Burke         ↑ Top of Page       RACE 8 - Yonkers Raceway - NY - September 24, 2016  Conditions: MORRISVILLE COLLEGE EQUINE INSTITUTE TROT NEW YORK SIRE STAKES FINAL 3 YEAR OLD COLTS & GELDINGS **$10 NYS STARTING FEE**  Gait: Trot     Purse: $225,000     Class: NYSS FINAL     Distance: 1 Mile     Planned Post Time: 9:30 PM     PP  Horse Med 2016 Year to Date  Driver  Trainer ML Base        Sts  W  P  S  Time  Earnings     Stable Odds Claim      1  Master Class   13   2   4  3  1:54.4F  $80343   Jordan Stratton  Anette Lorentzon             2  Smalltownthrowdown L  15   6   4  1  1:54.4H  $333763   Dan Daley  Dan Daley             3  Sir Royson   12   3   2  0  1:54.0F  $94928   Tim Tetrick  Linda Toscano             4  Dante   9   4   3  0  1:52.2S  $294534   Ake Svanstedt  Ake Svanstedt             5  Drazzmatazz L  11   1   3  4  1:55.4F  $73548   Mark Macdonald  Terry Morgan             6  The Royal Harry   11   5   2  0  1:54.4F  $181206   Mark Macdonald  Ake Svanstedt             7  A Jersey Contract   14   3   1  3  1:57.4H  $92770   Brian Sears  Maureen Salino             8  Dayson   13   8   0  0  1:51.2M  $230583   Brian Sears  Ron Burke         Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 19, 2016 - Harness racing driver driver Scott Zeron, who reached the 3,000-win milestone this past Thursday night, was duly recognized by the site of that plateau, Yonkers Raceway. Zeron, who hadn't driven here since that evening, received the obligatory sign after Monday night's first race. His case of complimentary assorted teas has also been ordered. "I appreciate the recognition," Zeron said. "Now, it's time to go back to work." Zeron began the evening with 3,001 victories and $48.7 million in career purses. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 19, 2016 - Harness racing millionairess Hannelore Hanover is the latest RSVP for the Oct. 15th Yonkers International Trot. The 4-year-old Indiana-bred daughter of Swan for All shall make her Yonkers Raceway/small-track debut in this race, opposing the boys at the mile-and-quarter distance. Please note that a first post of 1:10 PM has been requested for the special afternoon program, with Yonkers International Trot post time to be determined. Back to 'Hannelore,' with career earnings of $1,091,685, of which $786,111 has been socked away this season. Her life-best 1:51 effort was taken at Mohawk in June's $208,260 final of the Armbro Flight. In addition to whipping the ladies in the Armbro Flight, she did so in $188,000 Fresh Yankee (Meadowlands) and the $170,000 Muscle Hill (Vernon). She beat the boys in the $471,200 Hambletonian Maturity (Meadowlands), and again her $30,800 elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot (Mohawk), before finishing second (to Resolve) in last Saturday night's $480,320 final. At 3, she won Hoosier's $220,000 Super Final of the Indiana Sire Stakes (Hoosier). 'Hannelore,' with 14 wins and two seconds in 16 tries this season, has won 23 of her 37 career starts (35 in-the-money) for co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and J&T Silva Stables. She originally sold for $32,000. "She can do it any way,' regular driver Yannick Gingras said. 'She's very slick-gaited. When she won twice at the 1 1/8 miles (Meadowlands), the extra distance wasn't a problem, so I don't think the mile-and-a-quarter is a concern. "I've loved her from the first time I sat behind her. Part of the reason she went to Mohawk is to showcase her," Gingras said. "We're glad Yonkers thought she was a worthy entrant, and I expect her to race well." Hannelore Hanover has some history to play with. Eight mares have won the International Trot at least once, including... --Armbro Flight [CAN]), 1966 --Roquepine [FRA], 1967-68 --Une de Mai [FRA], 1969, 1971 --Fresh Yankee [CAN], 1970 --Delmonica Hanover [USA], 1973-74 --Classical Way [USA], 1980 --Kit Lobell [USA], 1989 --Peace Corps [SWE], 1991 Hannelore Hanover joins a pair of returnees-Sweden's On Track Piraten and Italy's Oasis Bi-as confirmed attendees, with more among the scheduled 10-horse field to be announced shortly. Frank Drucker

There will be double entries taken for New York Sire Stakes and NYSS harness racing Consolations at Yonkers on Tuesday September 20th by 9:00 am. The top 8 point earning horses entered will draw into the NYSS final and the next group of 8 point earners will be drawn into the consolations at Saratoga for Sept. 29th . Any horse entered at Yonkers on Tuesday September 20th that needs to re-qualify for the 2-year-old NYSS consolation at Saratoga will have until the actual Saratoga post position draw on Friday, September 23th by 4:00pm to do so. You do not need to re-enter your horse. If there are not at least 6 entries in a consolation it will be cancelled.  All Excelsior Finals will follow regular draw schedules at the respective tracks. Please view individual track condition sheets for entry to the Excelsior Finals Final point standings can be found on homepage of nysirestakes.com Harness Horse Breeders of New York State

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 18, 2016 - Some points of information regarding Yonkers Raceway's October harness racing post times. First, the 'usuals'. Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and just about all Saturdays remain at 7:10 PM. Tuesday matinees continue at 1 PM. Second, the 'variables'. Saturday, Oct. 15th, the date for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot, a requested first post of 1:10 PM has been submitted to the New York State Gaming Commission. Sunday late-morning/early afternoon racing returns just in time for Halloween-the first of six Sundays between then and the (Dec. 18th) end of the racing season-but as of this writing, post time for the Oct. 30st program is the ever-popular TBA. Obviously, updated information shall be sent out when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 17, 2016 -- A pair of three-holes produced a pair of first-up Yonkers Raceway winners, as Always at My Place (George Brennan, $7.40) and Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $5.70) annexed their respective $45,000 harness racing co-features. Always at My Place won the Open Handicap Pace, going up and over Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) down the backside, then widening to two lengths at the (1:50.2) wire. Other closers Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and 13-10 favorite Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) were second, third and fourth, respectively, while a shuffled P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settled for the last loot. Second choice Always at My Place, a 5-year-old Always a Virgin gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $319. Melady's Monet survived a protracted duel with Luminosity (Brennan), then held off Allerage Star (Dube) to win the Open Handicap Trot by a neck in 1:54.2. Third went to E R Ellie (Stratton), with Luminosity fourth and a never-firing, 3-2 choice Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) placed fifth. Crazshana (Tyler Buter) did cross the line fifth, but was set down to seventh after just about whacking the kneecaps of Centurion ATM (Steve Smith) in the lane. 'Melady,' a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, is now 6-for-18 this season. The exacta paid $62.50, with the triple returning $265.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 16, 2016 - A resurgent Tessa Seelster and harness racing driver George Brennan, proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from her assigned post position No. 6, 'Tessa' saw pole-sitting Jungle Genie N (Brent Holland) seat everyone early. 'Genie' paid a :27.1 price for the privilege before 11-10 favorite Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) made her second move. Leaving into a three-hole, she went by Jungle Genie N right at the quarter-mile, then led the ladies through a :55.4 intermission. Tessa Seelster then made her second move, out to engage the fave down the backside. Rock N Roll Xample continued to lead in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, where it appeared she put her stalker away. The lead was a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, but Rock N Roll Xample was about to fade from the scene. Tessa Seelster found renewed life, though, getting the better of Jungle Genie N by a length in 1:52.2. Mach it a Par (Brian Sears), last of the seven entering the lane, rallied for third, with Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rock N Roll Xample tired to sixth. For second choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her eighth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $574. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,400 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 17) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $2,422.49. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 15, 2016 - The final downstate New York Sire Stakes leg of the season was contested Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $146,823 Jim Crawford Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old colts/geldings. Three, $48,941 divisions comprised the event. The opening group had division leader Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley, $4.80) winning as he pleased. From post position No. 4, he had an open lead around the oval (:28.4, :58.3, 1:27.3, 1:55.3). Pole-sitting, 11-10 favorite Rock the Boat (Jordan Stratton) saved second from the loosest of pockets-beaten fourth lengths-with Goose Mountain (Dan Dube) third. Miso Fast, a Roll with Joe colt co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables, it was his fifth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.20, with the triple returning $41. Thursday night's second sire stakes event was a beat down administered by 1-4 choice Funknwaffles (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.50). Starting outside his five rivals, he was keen early, away third and just about running up the back of Scott Zeron (driving Serious Major). After What's Goin' On (Mark MacDonald) carried the early (:27.2) water, Funknwaffles took over and did so effortlessly (:54.4, 1:23.4, 1:54.3). From six lengths at the half, the final margin (over What's Goin' On) was 5¾ lengths. Twin B Cowboy (George Brennan) was third. Funknwaffles, a American Ideal gelding co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing & Susan Oakes and trained by John Butenschoen, he's now 7-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $6.10, with the triple returning $20.20. The evening's final statebred jaunt was another waltz around Westchester, this one by 1-5 choice Pointomygranson (Marcus Miller, $2.40) In play from post No. 3, he completed his compulsories without incident (:28.3, :57.4, 1:26.4, 1:54.4). The margin here was 'only' 2¾ lengths, with Chip Walther (Brent Holland) second and Willie Joe Hill (Pat Lachance) third. Pointomygranson, an American Ideal gelding owned by Gold Standard Equine and trained by Chris Ryder, it was his third win in eight '16 tries. The exacta paid $26, with the triple returning $43.20. Saturday, Sept. 24th, the Raceway is home to the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, richest night of racing in the state. Eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals-for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits-go postward. Those races are to be drawn Tuesday morning, Sept. 20th. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 14, 2016—With about a month before show time, the field for Yonkers International Trot, Round 2, is coming into focus. Two returnees have been confirmed for Yonkers Raceway’s million-dollar-event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15. Sweden’s On Track Piraten and Italy’s Oasis Bi are the first pair to accept invitations. On Track Piraten wound up seventh after taking a lot of air in the 2015 International, while Oasis Bi was a closing fourth starting from the second tier. With several ‘auditions’ taking place at various venues this weekend, more Yonkers International Trot invitees/acceptances shall be announced soon. As reported earlier, last season’s International Trot winner, Norway’s Papagayo E, is sidelined by injury and thus unable to defend his title. “All of us are looking forward to this race, and we have been working very hard to assemble another world-class field,” racing secretary Steve Starr said.    Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 12, 2016 -- As a sidebar to Monday night's New York Sire Stakes soiree for trotters at Yonkers Raceway, a perfect harness racing pacer invaded Westchester for the first time. Prairie Sweetheart (Matt Kakaley, $2.10) made it 11 wins in as many career starts, easily winning the $25,000 ninth-race pace (:27.4, :56.2, 1:24.2, 1:52.1). The final margin, from post position No. 5, was 4¼ lengths. The 3-year-old daughter of Royel Millennium, co-owned by her trainer (Mike Deters), her breeder (Laurie Poulin) and John Spindler, first made her name by slapping around Sunshine State rivals down at Pompano last fall. 'Sweetheart' was originally scheduled to race here last month (different condition), but came up ill. "She just jogged," Kakaley said after her fourth win as many 2016 tries. "For her first start over a half (-mile track), I was a bit careful in the first turn, but from here, no concerns. Easy sailing. "She's a real nice filly. I wish they could have supplemented to her into some late-season stakes to give her a shot, but I think the plan is to race her here once more, then go back (to Pompano) for some Florida-bred races." Monday's win increased Prairie Sweetheart's career earnings to $98,774. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 12, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Monday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for the harness racing 2-year-old fillies. The first ($48,941) grouping saw division leader Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci, $3) win a stretch-length battle with Run for Royalty (John Campbell) in 2:00.2. 'Mamora,' from post position No. 5, had planned to race off-the-pace, but the requisite number of misbehaving young ladies kept improving her position. She stalked Run for Royalty in what turned out to be a match race, then wore her rival down by a head. It was some 22 lengths back to Billie Blue (Brian Sears), who jumped it off as the first leader before recovering enough to get the bottom of the ticket. Mamora Bay, a daughter of Chapter Seven trained by her driver for owner Peter Barbato, has won five of her eight starts (2-for-2 here, board-placed in all eight). The exacta paid $10.40, with the triple returning $15.60. "The best thing about here is her will to win," Schillaci said. "Even tonight, in the lane, she made a bad step. Many horses would have gone off-stride, but she just trotted right through it." Monday night's second ($48,941) statebred event was a rout for Amber Ella (Campbell, $2.40), who won her fourth consecutive (sire stakes) outing, this won by 11 widening lengths (2:02.1). Leaving from post No. 2, 'Ella' took over from an early breaker, then opened as she pleased. Netflix Hanover (Ray Schnittker) minded her manners and held second over a early-jumping Shechatedondewey (Matt Kakaley). Amber Ella, a Chapter Seven miss trained by Linda Toscano for co-owning stables Enviro and Camelot, she has those fours win in five '16 tries. The exacta paid $44.20, with the triple returning $237.50. "She just learning as she goes," Campbell said. "Getting better each and every start." The evening's final ($49,841) NYSS event was given a different appearance when probable prohibitive, pole-sitting favorite Barn Bella was scratched-sick. That, plus another defection, left a field of five, taken the distance by Teasin' N Pleasin' (Larry Stalbaum, $5) in 2:00.3. Maewegonow (Charlie Norris) was a pocked second, with 3-4 choice Heels on Wheels (Kakaley) a loomed-but-flattened third. For 'Teasin,' a daughter of CR Excalibur co-owned by (trainer) Tom Corelli, Fred Corelli and Edward Reich, she's now 4-for-7 this season (first NYSS win, three in Excelsiors) The exacta paid $24.20, with triple wagering cancelled. Sire stakes continue here Thursday night, with the $146,823 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace (2YO colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 10, 2016 -- If your name began with initials, things turned out rather well during Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $45,000 harness racing co-features. Favored P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $5.60) won the blind draw Open Pace in a season's-best 1:51, while second choice E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton, $9.80) picked off Melady's Monet (Bartlett, six winners during the dozen-race card) to win the Open Handicap Trot (1:54.3). P H Supercam, a 9-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win (51st career) in 20 seasonal starts. 'Ellie,' a 7-year-old daughter of Elian Hanover owned by Tyler Stillings and trained by Mike Forte, is now 7-for-27 this season. New York Sire Stakes continue here Monday night, with the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 9, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $167,874 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire for the harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $83,937 divisions comprised the event. The opening octet was led by Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley, $10.20), getting a measure of satisfaction after a Yonkers Trot 'just-miss.' From post position No. 7, he gave nothing else a chance (:28.1, :58, 1:26.4, 1:55.3) in a mile that was actually three-fifths of a second faster than Marion Marauder's effort six nights ago. 'Smalltown's' work night was made easier when 2-5 choice Dayson (Jim Morrill Jr.) broke in Turn 2 after working his way into a pocket. The eventual winner opened four lengths in the lane before defeating pocket-inheriting Dante (Ake Svanstedt) by 4¾ lengths. Master Class (Jordan Stratton) was third. For second choice Smalltownthrowdown, a Cash Hall gelding trained by his driver for co-owners Ann-Mari Daley, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner and Richard Lombardo, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $52.50, with the triple returning $211.50. Svanstedt, a bridesmaid in the first event, teamed with slight choice The Royal Harry ($6.80) to win the second division in 1:57. Leaving into a two-hole from post No. 6, he stalked Dog Gone Lucky (Tyler Buter) early (:28.2, :58.2). The Royal Harry then vacated the cones, taking over by the 1:27.2 three-quarters. He had three lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by a length-and-a-quarter. Daley was second this time around with Royal Bachelor, while Drazzmatazz (Mark MacDonald) was third. For The Royal Harry, an RC Royalty colt trained by his driver for co-owners William Pozefsky and Michael Polansky, he's now 5-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $88, with the triple returning $472. Friday night's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.80), the 6-year-old setting a new track record 1:50.3) for her 'aged' group. Sire stakes continue here Monday night, with the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 8, 2016 - New York Sire Stakes resumed downstate Thursday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $143,224 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old-fillies. With just nine young ladies at the prom, the event went as one, five-horse wagering group and one $70,912, four-horse non-bettor. Roaring to Go (Brett Miller) popped pocket in the early event, disposing of early (:28.3, :59.1) leader Artrageous (Jim Morrill Jr.), then finishing it off (1:26.1, life-best 1:53.2). The final margin was 3¾ lengths, with Artrageous holding second over Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick). Sky Fulla Star (Mark MacDonald) was outrun. Roaring to Go, a daughter of Art Major owned by Frank Chick and trained by Kevin Lare, has won half of her eight first-season starts. The on-the-card ($72,312) quintet was, essentially, a walkover Actually, it was a paceover, with odds-on Tequila Monday (Dave Miller, $3.60) winning her sire stakes debut down the road (:28, :56.2, 1:25, life-best 1:53.1) by 8¾ lengths. Robin J (Tetrick) lost contact with the winner in the lane but saved second over Lady of Heaven (Mark MacDonald). For Tequila Monday, an American Ideal lass trained by Chris Oakes for his wife, Susan, and Chuck Pompey, she's now 3-for-3 in her young career. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.60. "So far, so good," Miller said. "She handled this track better than she did down at Philly." Sire stakes continue here Friday night, with the $167,874 Dick McGuire Trot (3YO colts/geldings), and Monday night, the $147,723 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2YO fillies). Frank Drucker

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