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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 20, 2017- For the first time ever, Yonkers Raceway is importing races from the world-class thoroughbred meeting at Britain's Royal Ascot. Simulcasting shall be offered Wednesday through Saturday (June 21st through 24th, wagering offered on the last five races each day). Yonkers' mutuel windows open daily at 10 AM, with the first Royal Ascot race each day scheduled shortly thereafter (note the early opening is for Royal Ascot simulcast [fourth floor only], usual 12 Noon opening for all other days). Among the Royal Ascot highlights are... Wednesday-Prince of Wales Stakes (distance 1¼ miles) Thursday-Gold Cup (distance 2½ miles) Friday-Coronation Stakes (distance 1 mile) Saturday-Diamond Jubilee Stakes (distance 6 furlongs). Any number of standout North American-based horses are scheduled to complete during the prestigious meet. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 17, 2017 - Turns out this season's model was a tad faster than last season's model. A third-over Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, $14.20) rolled over a second-up, 9-10 fave Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) Saturday night (June 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. From post position No. 6, it was Keystone Velocity, the 2017 George Morton Levy Series champ, working out a trip right behind the '16 Levy winner, Bit of a Legend N. Both had their sights set on Western Fame (Mark MacDonald) after that one threw down a rather swift gauntlet (:26.3, :55.4, 1:23.4). Western Fame held a short lead in and out of the final turn, only to get passed by the potent pair. Widest and fastest, Keystone Velocity outgamed Bit of a Legend N by a half-length in 1:52, the highlight of Dube's four-win night. Western Fame held third, with a from-last Mach it So (Brent Holland) and Artful Way (Greg Merton) rounding out the payees. For Keystone Velocity, a 9-year-old son of Western Hanover co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildo Singh, Earl Hill Jr. and VIP Internet Stable, it was his fourth win (as the fourth choice) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $152.50 and the superfecta paid $2,021. Yonkers returns to Sunday matinees tomorrow (June 18th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 16, 2017 - I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley, $7) went up and over laboring harness racing lasses Friday night (June 16th), winning-at first seasonal purse asking-Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. This was the first local live program since a May 28th matinee and debuted the new start/finish line, which shortened the stretch by some 105 feet (660 to 555 feet). Unhurried from post position No. 4, I Said Diamonds settled sixth as Northfield expat Beyonce's Rockn (Jason Bartlett) made short work of an assigned eight-hole. That one made the lead after paying a 27-second, opening-quarter price for the privilege. The newbie was not in a giving mood, hanging Petticoat Series winner Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) in her attempt for the lead. A :55.1 intermission over a 'good' surface that had taken on some water put the closers in play. Down the backside, Lispatty (Mark MacDonald), as the 3-2 choice, went three-deep, but I Said Diamonds went deeper and much faster. The latter grabbed the lead passing a 1:24.1 three-quarters, then widened. She opened 3½ lengths off the final turn, whipping Lispatty by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.2. Hidden Land (Brian Sears), Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) and Freeze Out (George Brennan) settled for the minor moolah. For second choice I Said Diamonds, a now-4-year-old daughter of Well Said owned by A Piece of the Action Stable and trained by Matias Ruiz, she entered off a six-win, $304,000 season as a soph. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $142.50 and the superfecta paid $400.50. Holland won a race, moving him to within four of the 5,000  win plateau (that would be 4,996 for those of you keeping score of such things). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 17th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,845.99.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. 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 racing program. Frank Drucker

There's an old adage that states 'you can't keep a good man down.' but in recent amateur harness racing history it could more accurately read "you can't keep a good woman down". That maxim can easily be equated to Hannah Miller, the hottest driver in the amateur ranks today. In the NAADA Trot at Yonkers Raceway tonight (June 16) the 25 year old miss, affectionately known as 'Hurricane Hannah', scored yet another victory when she guided Rev It Now to a gate to wire triumph over seven others in a 1:59.3 clocking. For the two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year it marked her 10th driving victory this season and her 83rd in just 289 career starts and the first-ever race contested over the newly refurbished Westchester County (NY) double oval Taking advantage of starting from the pylon position Miller sent her trotter to the lead as Alan Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont found a position in behind Rev It Now as they rounded the first turn. They then raced one-two by the half way point where Joe Pennacchio was the first to move off the pylons with Zorgwijk Impact. As the field headed up the backside Pennacchio's trotter circled Ladys Big Stormont and then ranged alongside Rev it Now as the leaders trotted by the third stanza in 1:30.1. Unfortunately for Pennacchio, Ms Miller's charge still had plenty in the tank as they headed for home. In the stretch Zorgwijk Impact faded and Ladys Big Stormont was fresh and Schwartz rallied his charge as they headed for paydirt. But Ladys Big Stormont ran out of racetrack and finished a head behind Rev It Now in second place Although tiring, Zorgwijk Impact held on for the show dough. Reached via email after the race trainer Nick Surick responded: "Hannah said Rev was very sharp tonight and got off the gate good and had no intentions on letting anyone go. "She won the first race with the new finish line and she thinks it will make racing more exciting for the Yonkers Raceway fans." Surick then added:"We just rushed over to the Meadowlands where Hannah is driving the favorite in 5th race there tonight. Hopefully she can make it a driving double on both sides of the Hudson River." Ms Miller also owns the veteran 11 year old altered son of Revenue S who didn't race last year However, in his illustrious career Rev It Now has now won 37 races and purses of nearly 280,000. He's trained by Nick Surick by John Manzi for NAADA

YONKERS, N.Y. - Standout 4-year-old pacing mare Cousin Mary will make her debut in Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace Friday night. The Andrew Harris trainee is set to return to the harness racing Hilltop Oval for the first time since she swept the Petticoat Series in March. Since then, Cousin Mary completed another series sweep, this time in the Bobby Weiss Series at Pocono Downs. She sports 11 wins this season from 14 starts and boasts a $135,000 bankroll. “When I first got her, I didn’t expect this,” Harris said of Cousin Mary’s success. “In December, she qualified in :57. Jordan (Stratton) wasn’t even happy with her. I waited until Yonkers opened back up and we got a couple cheap races for her and she just started building her confidence. She grew into this mare that I don’t think any of us expected her to be.” Since joining Harris’ stable last winter, Cousin Mary has blossomed from an immature filly into a confident mare. Her transformation was two-fold; not only did Cousin Mary grow physically, the Camluck daughter out of the Modern Art mare Chianti Seelster also began to understand what her trainer and driver were asking of her. “She’s not even recognizable anymore,” Harris said. “When she first came, she wasn’t near the size or the muscle mass she has now. She’s a different mare. When I first got her, she was green and didn’t care what she was doing, didn’t know what she was doing. She knows what she’s doing now and she’s all business.” Although Cousin Mary can be high-strung on the racetrack, sometimes kicking at her rivals as she jogs, she is a joy to work with in the barn, Harris explained. “She doesn’t do a thing wrong. She goes out with Jewel Lehigh; they’re best buddies. They holler at each other when they’re leaving the stalls, they hang out all the time,” he said. “My 3-year-old daughter goes in and pets ‘Mary’ all the time, brushes her legs and stuff like that. She’s just a doll to have in the barn.” Cousin Mary’s most recent race came in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia May 28. Starting from the outside, driver David Miller was forced to take her off the pace, an uncharacteristic position for her. She raced at the back of the field before advancing one position up the pylons nearing the three-quarters. As rival Sassa Hanover tired in front of her, Cousin Mary was forced to shift outside on the final turn. Although Cousin Mary finish seventh, 9 lengths behind winner Lady Shadow, she paced her fastest mile to date, individually timed in 1:50.4. “I never expected her to win that class, but it was a situation where we didn’t know what we had and we had to go to an open somewhere and we might as well take a shot for bigger money,” Harris explained. “The thing that I liked about it, it just keeps stretching her out. She just keeps dropping time, she keeps getting faster. She comes out of the race and nothing affects her. Nothing bothers her. She can turn the page quicker than I can.” Cousin Mary will face open mares again Friday night when she starts from post six in Yonkers’ weekly distaff feature. She and driver Jordan Stratton are the 5-1 morning line third choice behind 3-1 favorite I Said Diamonds, who will make her seasonal debut, and 7/2 Lispatty. Hidden Land, Sensationalgabby, Delightful Dragon, Freeze Out, and Beyonces Rockn are also set to go postward. “I think she fits with them, I really do,” Harris sad. “If she was good enough to be in the Betsy Ross, she’s good enough to be in the Open Mares at Yonkers. I don’t think she’s in with any killers here. Some real nice mares, but I hold her in that regard as well. Jordan knows her and gets along with her really well, so I have confidence he’ll find her the right trip.” While Harris is confident in Cousin Mary and Stratton, the new track configuration at Yonkers gives the trainer pause. Friday night’s races will be the first to feature the new finish line, located 105 feet up the stretch from its previous location. The stretch drive will now be 555 feet instead of 660 and horses will have a longer drive into the first turn. “I’m really interested in this new starting line,” Harris said. “I’m going to be a fan watching it just seeing how it goes because I don’t know how it’s going to change the complexion of racing. My filly has great gate speed, but I don’t know how much this is going to change everything. I’m going to have to watch a couple race before I can even gauge how much of an affect this is going to have on the racing at Yonkers.” First post time at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m. Click here for Friday’s entries. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 14, 2017 - Yonkers Raceway is moving the finish line...for harness racing starters. The Raceway has, if you shall pardon the pun, put the finishing touches on the new finish line. The project, which has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, shall see the current line moved up the track by 105 feet, meaning the length of the stretch decreases from 660 to 555 feet. With the 'new line' (and new quarter-pole) is a new, pole-mounted, robotic finish-line pan camera and dual-sided, mirror-image photo finish cameras (all in high-definition). There is also improved lighting around the area of the new finish line. The project has been ongoing during Yonkers' scheduled hiatus, completed and tested in time for the return of live racing this Friday night (June 16th). "We're very excited to complete this work," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We're striving to improve the video presentation, and this is going to make our signal even better and give our fans the best look at those tight finishes. "As always, we appreciate the support of our product and welcome your comments." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June, 12, 2017- Tanned, rested and ready, Yonkers Raceway returns Friday night (June 16th), with a dozen harness racing races and the usual first post of 7:10 PM.. Friday's card features the $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, going as the eighth race, with local newbie Beyonce's Rockn (Jason Bartlett) remanded outside of her seven rivals. The double-draw also found 12 races for Saturday night (June 17th), led the equally-parsed Open Handicap Pace (8th race) for the gentlemen, where a pair of Levy Series winners-Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, post 5) and Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube, post 6)-start as neighbors. A reminder of some scheduling notes for the balance of June and through July. Live racing goes every Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday @ 7:10 PM (Thursdays return in August) and there is no live racing Monday & Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th. As always, evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs. Sunday matinees return this weekend (June 18th, first post 12:30 PM), with the first four races of the 'French trot' sort (overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance). The remaining Sundays (July 2nd, 16th, 23rd & 30th) over the next few weeks all have the popular post time of TBA (updates when available). The 'New York, New York Double' returns this Sunday, tentatively including Belmont's 3rd race (post time 2:32 PM) and Yonkers' 7th race (post time 3 PM). Program pages for this wager shall sent when they're done. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 8, 2017 - Though the return of live harness racing is a week or so away, Yonkers Raceway continues to offer a full range of afternoon simulcasting. Saturday's (June 10th) Belmont Stakes highlights the activities, with a special early first post of 11:35 AM. Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 11 AM, with advance wagering for the entire Belmont Stakes program available Friday (June 9th). Belmont's first post Friday is 12:50 PM, with Yonkers' windows opening at 12 Noon. Included in the advance wagering options are a pair of two-day gimmick doubles, the New York Stakes/Metropolitan Handicap & Belmont Gold Cup/Belmont Stakes. The 149th Belmont goes as the 11th race (of 13), with a scheduled post time of 6:37 PM. Live racing and evening simulcasting returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 28, 2017-"Hemi Seelster has fled the scene." So said track announcer John Hernan, who did not lie, as 'Hemi' (Brent Holland, $9.90) made quick work of 11 harness racing rivals Sunday afternoon (May 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's mile-and-a-quarter $68,000 Open Trot. Away alertly from post position No. 3, Hemi Seelster stuffed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube) in behind coming toward a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The remaining eight furlongs (:58, 1:27.2, 1:56.1, 2:24.3) were angst-free, with a final margin of 5¾ lengths. 'Herbie' clearly was second, with Money Maven (Eric Goodell) a three-hole third. Second-tier starters Wing Flash (Tyler Buter) and Homicide Hunter (Anthony Napolitano) rounded out the payees, while 5-2 favorite Tag Up and Go (Joe Bongiorno) was a never-in-it ninth and second choice Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) couldn't get out his own way. For third choice Hemi Seelster, a 5-year-old Holiday Road gelding co-owned by Howard Taylor & Abe Basen and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts (now over a half-million dollars for his career). The exacta paid $69, with the triple returning $616. For Holland, it was career driving win No. 4,993. The weekly featured trot was the first of four 'French' races during the dozen-race, all-trot card. Sunday's revival of the 'New York, New York Double' saw a winning combination of 9-(Bustin' It, Belmont's 3rd race) and 4-(Andy Ray, Yonkers' 7th race) paid $13.90 for every correct dollar ticket (total pool $7,361). Live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 16th (post time 7:10 PM). Afternoon simulcasting remains available, including the June 10th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

Columbus, OH --- World champion Downbytheseaside's sophomore record remains intact after a decisive harness racing score in 1:52 in the $340,000 Art Rooney Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Commencing his journey in rein to David Miller from post position three the 1-9 favorite sat in third in the early stages behind Summer Side (Tim Tetrick) and Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). As Summer Side set the opening panel of :27.3, Kakaley moved Miso Fast early and with purpose from the pocket to advance upon the leader. Miller was not about to allow Miso Fast to pace to far from his horse and took out upon that rival's heels, but Kakaley was not willing to settle for Downbytheseaside the option to clear. His route pushed Downbytheseaside and Miller three-wide and they had their work cut out for them in gaining the lead shortly after the half-mile marker in a time of :55. As Downbytheseaside continued his journey to the wire he paced to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 and came down the lane with authority to stop the clock in 1:52.1. Miso Fast faded after his early attempts to take the starch out of Downbytheseaside, enabling Summer Side, who raced impressively to snatch the show spot, while Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) closed from far back to finish third. Owned by Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, Downbytheside is conditioned by Brian Brown and is a son of Somebeachsomewhere-Sprig Hanover. The colt demonstrated his prowess on a half-mile oval with his world record mile of 1:50 at the Delaware County Fairgrounds at age two and illustrated he was just as adept over a larger circumference with a world record equaling foray at Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stake several weeks later. "He's been pretty much the same all along," Miller said in reference to a question of his progression from ages two to three. "He was running in on the turns last week, but this week he handled them much better and he did stay on after that second quarter." In regards to Miller's comment about his performance in the eliminations, it appears Downbytheseaside had a legitimate excuse as to why he may not have handled the track as well last week. "His foot was bothering him," Brown said. "Toni (Dale Hollar, his groom) has been working on it all week and David has been training and jogging him. David kept texting me every day telling me the foot was getting better and when did have a better trip than last week (post position nine, second tier). David did say in the winner's circle we might have to work on him to make him a little easier to drive, so that is something we will do." Downbytheseaside now sports a sterling resume of 16-11-3-2 and has banked more than $700,00 in his young career. Downbytheseaside Tequila Monday put on quite a show in the $180,770 Lismore Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (May 27) evening. Guided by Brian Sears, the daughter of American Ideal-Margarita Monday, exploded off the cover of 1-5 favorite Agent Q (David Miller) to collect an impressive 4-1/2 length triumph in a new lifetime best of 1:52.2, which was also just a tick off the stakes record. Sent off by the wagering public as the second selection behind elimination victress Agent Q, Tequila Monday left from post position and was content to sit behind that rival as Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), the other elimination winner rocketed out from the gate to snatch a commanding lead right from the outset. That filly established fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:25.2 while Caviart Alley(Andrew McCarthy) sat the pocket, with Agent Q and Tequila Monday right behind her. As Big City Betty prepared to enter the final turn, Miller pulled Agent Q and it appeared she would breeze right on by the leader, however, Tequila Monday, pounced swiftly and succinctly, powering by in several strides to place daylight between herself and her rivals. From there on it was simply a matter of how many lengths she would hit the wire before the rest. "I knew she had a lot of ability," Sears said after the race. "Last week (a second place finish behind Agent Q from post eight) was good for her. She can get steppy, but she just needed some things to be ironed out, which they were." Owned by Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey, Tequila Monday is conditioned by Chris Oakes and is the defending New York Sire Stakes champion.. With the victory in this contest, which is her first of the season, she now has a record of 8-5-2-0, surpassed the $250,000 mark in purse money earned. She is clearly following the hoofprints of the family tradition, as her dam is a full sister to world champion Bolt The Duer. Tequila Monday Mach It So winning the Open The USTA Communications Department 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 26, 2017- A perfect-trip Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube, $55.50) lit up the harness racing tote board Friday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away sixth from post position No. 3 in her first try against the big girls, Jewel Lehigh A saw much action unfold in front of her. Apple Bottom Jeans (George Brennan) made the lead from post No .7 before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. She then gave it to an intermission (:56.1) move by Blacknsweet Adda A (Greg Merton), and when that one took over, She'sjustadelight N (Ron Cushing)-back locally after some fine work in the Blue Chip Matchmaker-was left naked, as the empress with no clothes. She'sjustadelight N pressed the issued in and out of a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with the heroine of this missive latching on to a perfect tow. After 'Justadelight' wore down Blacknsweet Adda A (that one backpedaling to last), Jewel Lehigh A had dead aim on the new leader and the winner's circle. She went on by a stubborn life-best, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. She'sjustadelight N was a solid second, with Al Raza N (Eric Abbatiello) third. Apple Bottom Jeans crossed the line fourth, but saw her finish flipped with Dublin Rose (Jason Bartlett) for going inside the cones. For rank outsider Jewel Lehigh A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Cammibest owned by Michael Goldberg and trained by Andrew Harris, it was her fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $709, with the triple returning $2,856. The race also completed an all-Dube Pick 3, which returned $1,017.  Dube won five races during the 11-race program. Saturday night (May 27th), the Raceway presents two of its premier stakes event of the season. $140,770 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) 6th race -- approx. post 8:50 PM 1-Warrawee Sunshine             Tim Tetrick 2-Caviart Cherie                      Jason Bartlett 3-Caviart Ally                         Andrew McCarthy 4-Agent Q                               Dave Miller 5-Big City Betty                     Jim Marohn Jr. 6-Gotthisone Hanover            George Brennan 7-Tequila Monday                   Brian Sears 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire                  Dan Dube   $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (3-year-old open) 8th race -- approx. post 9:30 PM 1-Mac’s Jackpot,g                   Jason Bartlett 2-Miso Fast                             Matt Kakaley 3-Downbytheseaside              Dave Miller 4-Rollin’ About,g                    Brent Holland 5-Funknwaffles,g                    Brian Sears 6-Summer Side                       Tim Tetrick 7-Henry the Dragon                Montrell Teague 8-Stealth Bomber                    Brett Miller g-gelding, remainder are colts   There’s also a racing hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). Since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,231.94 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Frank Drucker

Quietly "Hurricane Hannah" Miller keeps on winning. Her latest harness racing victory came at the expense of five others in an eastern region Billings Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday evening (May 25). The talented miss, a two-time National Amateur Driver of the Year, scored her seventh seasonal triumph when she guided Rev It Now to a gate to wire triumph over "Yankee Joe" Lee's Hidden Identity in a 2:00-3/5 clocking. "He (Rev It Now) likes the front end so I wanted to get him there and from the two-hole this week it was a lot easier than last week when we started from the nine hole," Hannah said via telephone after the race was completed. Pushed to a :28.4 first quarter over the sloppy racetrack by Bob "the Headhunter" Hechkoff with The Franchise, Rev It Now soon put him away and the veteran 11-year-old Revenue S gelding led the field by the halfway point in :59.3. He was still comfortable on the lead as he trotted by the three quarters in 1:30.2. At that point Joe Lee and Hidden Identity ranged alongside Rev It Now but as they straightened for home Hannah's trotter opened up daylight and finished a two-length winner over Lee's charge. Third place went to Wygant Prince, handled by "Coach Paul" Minore. "Although (Uncle) Andy (Miller) won with him earlier this year this my first win with Rev It Now since 2015 because he was out all last year," Hannah added. The victory marked Rev It Now's 35th of his career and pushed his lifetime earnings to nearly $284,000. And for "Hurricane Hannah", the driving victory was her 80th in just 280 lifetime starts. Rev It Now is owned by Ms Miller and trained by Nick Surick. Billings action continues on June 1st at Monticello Raceway. By John Manzi for the Billings Series

The Art Rooney Pace, which pays homage to the Pittsburgh Steelers founding father and Rooney Family patriarch, will be contested this Saturday night, May 27, at Yonkers Raceway. The Rooney is in its 27th edition, and the stakes race for harness racing three-year-old colts and geldings is worth $300,000.   World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 and Dave Miller will drive. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week’s lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2, and is trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing.  Miller won the Rooney in back to back years behind Ashlee’s Big Guy in 2002, and No Pan Intended (via disqualification) in 2003. In 15 career starts, “Seaside” has never missed the board with 10 wins, three seconds, and a pair of thirds en route to $616,016 in career earnings. He is two for two in 2017.   Mr. Miller will look to pull off the unique Rooney-Lismore double, driving Agent Q. in the evening’s companion feature, the $140,770 Lismore for three-year-old fillies (more details later).   Downbytheseaside looks to make waves in Rooney The Rooney is carded as the 8th race of the evening with post time set for approximately 9:30 PM. The Rooney family purchased Yonkers Raceway in 1972, and Art’s son Tim Rooney, Sr. has been president and CEO since then. Empire City Casino was launched at the raceway in 2006.   The beloved “Chief” was an ardent racing fan, and legend has it that he won the fortune which funded the Steelers during a two-day spree at Yonkers and Saratoga.   Tim with family patriarch Art Rooney Sr., he’s a chip off the old block. Here’s the Rooney draw in post position order with drivers in parenthesis:   1-Mac’s Jackpot (Jason Bartlett); 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley); 3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller); 4-Rollin’ About; (Brent Holland); 5-Funknwaffles; (Brian Sears); 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick); 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague); 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller).   Tim Rooney, Jr. lights one up The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for three-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770.  Here’s the field:   1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee’s Spitfire (Dan Dube). Dave Miller hoping for double trouble with Agent Q in the Lismore  Agent Q (1:55.1) and ‘Betty’ (1:55.2) won last week’s $20,000 elimination races.   In addition to the high-end racing program, there’s an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last).

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 23, 2017--Another reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway's harness racing matinee this Sunday (May 28th), with a first post of 12;30 PM. The 12-race program includes a quartet (races 5 through 8) of 'French' trots, as a dozen horses at the mile-and-a-quarter-distance. The $68,000 Open Trot (fifth race) includes last week's first three Open Handicap Trot finishers--Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, post 6), Hemi Seelster (Brent Holland, post 3) and Golden Son (Brian Sears, post 12). The return of Sunday racing means the return of the "New York, New York Double,' this time featuring the third race from Belmont (post time 2:32 PM) and the seventh from Yonkers (2:45 PM). It's a dollar minimum wager (18½ percent takeout), program pages available in both tracks' respective live programs as well as any number of simulcast books (pages also sent when finalized). Note that after the Sunday card, live racing and evening simulcasting take a hiatus until Friday, June 16th. Afternoon simulcasting--including the June 10th Belmont Stakes--remains available. Tuesday night (May 23rd) props to Road Untraveled (Jordan Stratton, $4/60) for winning the $65,500 final of the Jackpot Next Door Claimers, an event for base $20,000 claimers (1:53.3). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 22, 2017 - World champion Downbytheseaside drew post position No. 3 for Saturday night's (May 27th) 27th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for harness racing 3-year-olds. Downbytheseaside, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere, won last week's lone $40,000 elimination race in 1:52.2. Dave Miller, who won this race consecutively in 2002 (Ashlee's Big Guy) and 2003 (No Pan Intended-via disqualification), retains the assignment for trainer Brian Brown and co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. 'Seaside' has won both his seasonal starts and has been board-certified in all 15 career tries (10 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds, $616,016). The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes as the 8th race during the 12-race card (first post 7:10 PM, Rooney post approximately 9:30 PM). The draw shook out as such... 1-Mac's Jackpot,g (Jason Bartlett), 2-Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley), 3-Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller), 4-Rollin' About,g (Brent Holland), 5-Funknwaffles,g (Brian Sears), 6-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 7-Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague), 8-Stealth Bomber (Brett Miller). The companion event, the 13th edition of the Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies (6th race, approx. post 8:50 PM), offers a final purse of $140,770. The list of lasses is as such... 1-Warrawee Sunshine (Tetrick), 2- Caviart Cherie (Scott Zeron), 3- Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) 4-Agent Q (Dave Miller), 5-Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr.), 6-Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan), 7-Tequila Monday (Sears), 8-Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube). Agent Q (1:55.1) and 'Betty' (1:55.2) won last week's $20,000 elimination races. In addition to the high-end racing program, there's an Art Rooney Pace hat giveaway (one per Empire Club member, while supplies last). (Story shall be updated, if necessary, with program changes, happening Tuesday evening [May 23rd]).   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 20, 2017 -- Harness racing world champion Downbytheseaside (Dave Miller, $3.10) was as odds-on advertised Saturday night (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's lone $40,000 elimination for the 27th Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds. Starting from the second tier in the nine-to-get-to-eight foray, Downbytheseaside found himself three-wide at the half in a race that had much more movement than expected. Last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner, Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), made the first lead, stuffing Stealth Bomber (Brent Holland) in behind before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. However, Stealth Bomber wanted to no part of the pocket. That one made the lead, with last season's New York Sire Stakes champion Funknwaffles (Brian Sears) and 'Seaside' in hot pursuit. Downbytheseaside fronted the fray right at the :55.4 intermission, than continued toward a 1:24.3 three-quarters. Stealth Bomber then moved again, vacating a three-hole in front of Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley). Downbytheseaside opened a coupled of lengths in and out of the final turn, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.2. Miso Fast snapped Stealth Bomber for second, with Summer Side and Mac's Jackpot (Jason Bartlett) rounding out the payees. Funknwaffles tired to sixth, with Henry the Dragon (Montrell Teague) and rank outsider Rollin' About (Brent Holland) also earning invites to next Saturday night's (May 27th) $300,000 final. Heaven's Gait (Jordan Stratton) made a filthy break passing the three-quarters, winding up last and not making the finale. For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his second win in as many season starts (career 10-for-15). The exacta paid $$7.70, the triple returned $57 and the superfecta paid $341.50. "I was pleased with the race," Miller said. "I had to use him some early and ran in a bit in the turns, but we can work on that before the final." Downbytheseaside Miller began his evening drilling seven inside rivals (:28.4, :59.1, 1:27.4, 1:55.1) with Agent Q ($6.80) in the first of two, $20,000 elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). Last season's NYSS frosh champ, even-money choice Tequila Monday (Sears), wound up second from second-over, with Caviart Ally (Andrew McCarthy) a first-up third. Ashlee's Spitfire (Dan Dube), at 50-1 the longest shot on the board, was fourth. That quartet returns for next Saturday night's $140,770 final. "Handy," was Miller's succinct description of his date. For second choice Agent Q, a daughter of Western Terror co-owned by Martin Scharf, Rochetti Racing and Robert Muscara, she's now 2-for-2 this season. Agent Q The second elimination for the Lismore, complete with no show wagering, saw the reason for same--3-10 favorite Ain't Three OK (Sears)--jump it off in the first turn and trail throughout. Pole-sitting Big City Betty (Jim Marohn Jr., $21.60) went the distance (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27, 1:55.2), whipping Gotthisone Hanover (George Brennan) by 2¼ lengths in a two-speed number. Warrawee Sunshine (Miller) was a ground-saving third as the 29-1 longshot, with Caviart Cherie (McCarthy) fourth and back for the final. For third choice 'Betty,' a Bettor's Delight miss co-owned by (trainer) Steve Salerno and Bruce Potter, it was her second win three '17 tries. The exacta paid $149, with the triple returning $965. "This filly has a quick turn of speed, but she has the manners of an older horse," Marohn said. "I never even saw what happened with Brian's (Sears') horse (Ain't Three OK), but mine was very comfortable." Big City Betty The open draw for both stakes finals takes place Monday afternoon (May 22nd). Saturday night's pair of $55,000 Open Handicaps were won by... - Trot, Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $19.60) in 1:55.3; Red Hot Herbie - Pace, Mach it So (Holland, $7.90) in 1:51.2. Mach it So Frank Drucker

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