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YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 17, 2019-Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win No. 8,000 Monday night (June 17th), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Topville Angelina ($2.30) in 1:54.1. That matched the ma'am's life-best effort. Bartlett was making short work of the $15,000, seventh-race pace as odds-on Passa-Grille Beach ($3.30) widened to 8¾ lengths in a life-best 1:53.1. He had to wait all of two races before turning over the odometer, getting No. 8,000 in the $25,000, ninth-race pace with Charm's Lil Sis ($9.30) in another life-best effort, this one in 1:54.1. The milestone miss is a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned and Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler. Charm’s Lil Sis and Jason Bartlett                             --Katy Gazzini photo The same owner/driver/trainer troika combined to win last month's Lismore here with the 3-year-old pacing filly Bestseller Hanover. "It's nice to do it here (Yonkers), with my family able to join me," Bartlett said. "I want to race here as often as I can, especially Fridays and Saturdays, since the money is so good." Bartlett isn't an every-night local fixture, as he makes the rounds for New York Sire Stakes and some open-stakes engagements. "I went to Northfield a couple of Saturdays ago (for the Battle of Lake Erie)," he said. "I had the chance to drive Jimmy Freight. He's a special horse and I enjoyed it, but I prefer Yonkers as often as possible. "When I first came down here for good, I had maybe 2,000 wins, so to win as many as I have driving against the best there is, I appreciate that. The 38-year-old Bartlett, a native of Augusta, ME, is trying for a ninth local driving title. "Just thanking all the owners and trainers that have supported me and keep going." Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $4,100 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool, enticed $35,108 of new coin. A combination in the gimmick of 5/3/2/6/2 returned $1,966.75 for every correct half-dollar ticket. Tuesday's (June 18th) Pick 5 offers with a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, June 16, 2019 -- A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening's (June 17th) harness racing Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,154.49 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Program pages for the Monday Pick 5 accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 14, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Friday evening (June 14th) harness racing Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool, found some eyeballs. Some $34,367 of fresh money poured in, easily leapfrogging the minimum and leading to a total pool of $35,191...after takeout and give or take a few pennies. The combination of 5/2,9/4/8/1 returned $1,050.25 for each correct half-a-buck ticket (in second leg, No. 2 was winning favorite while No. 9 was scratched, with ticket defaulting to favorite). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising eithers races 6 through 10 or 7 through 11, depending upon number of race drawn. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. There's a built-in $10,000 Pick 5 guarantee every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, which was not part of the Pick 5 sequence, turned into a Tour de Twinkle. Fourth choice Twinkle (Brent Holland, $14) gave nothing else a shot. Winning the 3-thru-8 post-position draw after about a month of R&R, she blitzed 'em (:27.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.1) for a first win in nine seasonal starts. Even-money favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett) chased from a loose pocket and saved second-beaten a length-and-three-quarters-with a first-up Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) third. Gold Orchid N (Austin Siegelman) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) picked off the minors. Twinkle, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Ross Croghan for co-owners Let it Ride Stables and Dana Parham, led exotics of $33 (exacta), $169.50 (triple) and $543 (superfecta), respectively. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. – When Al-Mar-Got A Fever came to Scott Di Domenico’s barn, the harness racing trainer was skeptical. Although the 5-year-old mare built an impressive resume in the Midwest, winning 12 of 48 starts and earning $226,231 while racing primarily in the barn of Steven Carter, Di Domenico knows doing it against top competition in New York is a tougher task.  Despite his early reservations, Al-Mar-Got A Fever is 4-for-4 since entering Di Domenico’s barn and will take on open company for the first time since shipping east Friday night (June 14) in the $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace at Yonkers Raceway. “She’s been a really pleasant surprise,” Di Domenico said. “Sometimes, it seems like Ohio is a little bit cheaper than what New York is. To think she was going to come out here and win four in a row and go in 52 a couple of times, I’d be lying if I said that was how I forecasted it.” By Kentucky stallion Third Straight, Al-Mar-Got A Fever began her career in Kentucky Sire Stakes and finished second in the $175,000 KYSS Final as a freshman. At 3, Al-Mar-Got A Fever made the Fan Hanover Final with a second-place finish in her elimination and again was the runner up in the KYSS Final.  Last year at 4, Al-Mar-Got A Fever competed regularly in the distaff open ranks at Northfield Park. Although she didn’t win any of those features, she finished second or third in seven tries and was four times beaten by Feelin Red Hot, a standout of the Burke stable who made the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final in April. As Al-Mar-Got A Fever grappled with Feelin Red Hot, she caught the attention of Foulk Stable. “A buddy of mine bought her from Ohio and he had been telling me about her,” Di Domenico said. “He was watching her last fall, she raced a bunch against Feelin Red Hot; raced her tooth-and-nail a lot of times out in Ohio. Feelin Red Hot came out here and did really well. He mentioned that he was looking to buy her, he ended up getting her bought, and he sent her over. Since she arrived in Di Domenico’s barn, Al-Mar-Got A Fever has been perfect in four races, leading at every call while continuously stepping up in class. Her streak began in a $7,000 overnight at Harrah’s Philadelphia May 4, when she cruised in 1:53.0 as the 1-10 favorite with Trace Tetrick in the sulky. “I liked her. The first time I trained her, she trained well. The first start, I got her in a cheap race at Chester and Tim wasn’t around, so Trace came over. She won pretty handy,” Di Domenico commented. Di Domenico then brought Al-Mar-Got A Fever to Yonkers, where she wired the field at the non-winners of $10,000-, $20,000-, and $30,000-last five levels with George Brennan in tow. Her last two victories came in 1:52.4 and 1:52.3, respectively and she recorded a 4-length score last out June 7. “That’s hard to do. They were terrific,” Di Domenico said. “She beat some really quality mares. She set the tempo and you can’t say enough about her. She’s really done a good job. She’s adapted to the Yonkers racing, she’s adapted to the track and she handles it very well and that’s reassuring.” For her efforts, Al-Mar-Got A Fever added $38,700 to her bankroll this season and will face her toughest test yet Friday night when she takes on open competition. She will start from post six as a 6-1 morning line chance. However, she will get a new driver in Joe Bongiorno as Brennan opted to drive her old rival, Feelin Red Hot, who won the $44,000 feature May 17 and will start from post seven at 5-1. The field also includes Alex’s Power, who won the local feature May 10 and was fourth last out in the Great Northeast Open Series at Pocono Downs and starts from post four. Lispatty won the distaff feature May 3 and was sixth last out in the Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah’s Philadelphia and drew post five Friday night while Golden Orchid drew the inside off a fifth-place effort in the Rainbow Blue at the Meadowlands last out. Matchmaker competitor Twinkle tuned up with a qualifier at Yonkers June 7 and landed post three. Lance Hudson’s Glenferrie Blade won her first local feature May 24, but drew post eight Friday night. Rockstar Angel completes the lineup from post two. Although all four of Al-Mar-Got A Fever’s wins this season have come on the front end, Di Domenico doesn’t think she’s a one-dimensional horse. With plenty of early speed in the field, the trainer isn’t sure how her trip will set up. “She doesn’t need to be (on the lead). She can win any way,” he said. “Just those races set up to where it looked like the front end was her best option, and that’s what George did. It paid off. “If you do leave, how hard will it be to get to the front and if you take her off, who’s going to leave to make the race for you? It’s certainly a little bit tougher than what it’s been,” the trainer continued. “It’s her fourth jump up in a row. You’ve just got to play it by ear and see how it goes. It doesn’t look like there’s a shortage of early speed in there, so we’ll see.” First post time is 6:50 p.m. Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. For entries to the races, click here. Twenty-five large, people. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening's (June 14th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Friday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY  

Yonkers, NY-- Occasionally a harness racing driver fits well behind a certain horse, and that could be said about the special relationship between Joe Faraldo and his trotter Tough Get Going. Tonight at Yonkers Raceway the driving barrister hustled his charge to the front and then made every pole a winning one en route to a 1:59 victory, in the second leg of the NAADA Summer Series. It was their second victory in their last three times together behind a starting gate. After starting from the seven-hole Faraldo hustled Tough Get Going to the lead and they had command when the quarter pole timer flashed :28.1."When he's right he can leave with the car.," Faraldo said. "And tonight he did just that," Together they showed the way by the half in :58.3 as young Brett Beckwith got Dark Poole in high gear and they ranged alongside Tough Get Going as they trotted toward the third quarter. Although Dark Poole didn't clear Tough Get Going it worked out well for Faraldo because with Dark Poole on the limb that kept Tony Ciuffetelli's Someway Same Hall boxed in along the pylons and prevented him from getting a early shot at the leader. However when they headed for paydirt Ciuffetelli's trotter was charging down the passing lane but he ran out of racetrack and had to settle for second money in a tight photo. Dark Pool was just a length behind the top two in third place. Next Thursday the series moves back to Monticello Raceway.   by John Manzi for NAADA

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 10, 2019--Yonkers Raceway' Pick 5 guarantee went into effect Monday night (June 10th). As part of the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a minimum $10,000 pot is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. The pool total--$13,685--easily eclipsed that number, despite the races contested with limited visibility due to persistent wind, rain and fog. The phrase that pays was 5/4/6/7/8, returning $446,25 for every correct half-a-buck wager. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising either races 6 through 10 (10-race card) or 7 through 11 (more than 10-race card). It has no consolation payoff. Monday was also a season-high superfecta in the overflow-field eighth race, with a combination of 4/5/10/7 paying $62,450 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $3,122.50).   Tuesday's (June 11th) Pick 5 program pages accompany this release.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 7, 2019--With no distaff derby on the social schedule, other high-condition contests for the ladies led Yonkers Raceway's Friday night (June 7th) festivities. A $23,000 event saw a pocketed--from post position No. 2--Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $5.90) just prevail over a hard-charging, 71-1 I Wish You Well (Pat Lachance) in 1:54.4. The margin was a head. It was 41-1 Blush Hanover (George Brennan) rallying for third, while pace-setting (:26.2, :55.2, 1:24.2) Bellatricks (Brent Holland) faded to fourth...though beaten just three-quarters of a length. Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett) picked off the final pay envelope, while 6-5 choice American Empress N (Mark MacDonald) was hung for her troubles and backpedaled to last. For second choice Shezza GNP N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Art Major owned (as Tritton Inc.) and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her third win 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $368.50, the triple returned $2,681 and the superfecta paid $22,930 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $1,146.50). Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 11 AM Saturday (June 8th) in advance of the 151st Belmont Stakes and Belmont Park's first post of 11:35 AM.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity

Trenton, NJ — On June 28, 2011, popular horse owner and breeder Mike Sorentino Sr. — whose good friends included former Yonkers Raceway General Manager Bob Galterio and Yonkers Racing Secretary Steve Starr — passed away at age 74. His spirit, though, lives on in the winner’s circle to this day. Miss U Big Mike, a horse bred and owned by Irwin “Cookie” Kaplan, a close friend of Sorentino, has picked up 17 victories in 59 career races since making his debut at the Indiana fairs in 2017. The 4-year-old pacer’s most recent triumph came May 26 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. He races again Sunday (June 9) at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Cookie, who was tagged with that nickname because he weighed just two pounds at birth, is also an owner who sends his quality retired racehorses to Indiana for Alvin Schwartz to breed. He has been in the Standardbred business for 40 years, starting with Rolls Royce Stables, a successful operation at Yonkers. The name had to be changed when the auto company sued him, and evolved into Cookie N Mo Stables, and is now Mo Coo Inc. Stables. Mo is his wife Ellie, who picked up her nickname from a cousin who used to call her Elmo. Kaplan began shipping horses from New York to Indiana for breeding purposes several years ago. When the first foal arrived in 2014, he was stuck for a name. His daughter inspired the South Bronx, N.Y., native to call it Pops Pool Room, a popular hangout in his hometown. When Sorentino died, Cookie paid tribute to his friend with the moniker Miss U Big Mike, a 2015 foal by He’s Gorgeous out of Ready To Rumba. “We met at Yonkers,” said Kaplan, who will turn 80 in October. “His son (Michael Jr.) trained for me and drove for me at the time and we became friends. We still stay in contact with his wife Sadie. I talk to Michael every few months. Little Mike is like my own son. He and his dad were very close and we became like family. “Mike Sorentino was old school. We are the same way. We’ll give you the shirt off our back — just don’t take it.” Kaplan illustrated just what he meant by that when he would visit Yonkers with his wife. “He was a real big shot at Yonkers,” Cookie said. “He would send someone over with a bottle of Dom Perignon, and I would send it back. He was like that; and people took advantage of him because of his good nature. I can’t do that. I can’t sponge off anybody. So, whatever he did, I did. If he gave me something, I gave it back.” Those were the days when Cookie went to the track. He has given that up, however, preferring to watch races from home. For him, it is basically about the bottom line. “I don’t make too much of this,” he said. “To me, it’s a job, that’s how I look at it. I don’t want to socialize. It’s a business, I just want to do my job to the best of my ability. “I don’t even know how I got to know what I know. Growing up in the South Bronx there wasn’t a horse in sight. I just did a lot of research through trainers.” And he leaves the betting window for others to use. Miss U Big Mike paid $44.80 in his first pari-mutuel win at Hoosier Park. Asked if he bet on him, Cookie said, “I don’t gamble. All I want to do is win and get purse money.” Asked what Big Mike would have thought of the horse, Kaplan laughed and said, “He might bet on him.” While Kaplan did not collect any wagering winnings from that victory, he does have the win photo on his wall. Miss U Big Mike’s career wins include last season’s Indiana Sired Fair Circuit Championship. The horse shipped east following that victory last August. “He’s just a horse that wants to win,” Kaplan said about the gelding, who has earned $97,582. “He’s like his mother. They’re athletes, they’re racehorses, they just want to win. He’s up in class now, he paced the fastest of his whole life the past two starts; he paced in 1:51.2. He’s a special horse to me because I bred him and because he’s named after our close friend.” A friend with which he accumulated plenty of memories with over the years. But don’t get too curious, as they will remain private recollections. “There’s a lot of stories,” Kaplan said. “But I couldn’t tell you them because if you put them in print, forget about it.”   by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 7, 2019--Yonkers Raceway' Pick 5 guarantee goes into effect Monday night (June 10th). As part of the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a minimum $10,000 pot is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Should the sequence go unhit, the current 'instant guarantee' remains leading to the next racing program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising either races 6 through 10 (10-race card) or 7 through 11 (more than 10-race card). It has no consolation payoff, hence the shot at an 'instant guarantee". Monday's Pick 5 program pages accompany this release.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers

June 5, 2019 -- John Grasso credits divine intervention for his presence at the harness racing racetrack these days. The longtime owner and trainer was ready to call it a career after his wife, Janine, passed away on Christmas Eve last year. The two had been high school sweethearts and spent 48 years of life together. Before her passing, Grasso recalls telling Janine that he thought he had a couple of good horses that would be ready to race in 2019. By the time January arrived, Grasso wasn't sure his heart was in racing anymore. Grasso owns and trains 3-year-old pacer Fromthestartagain and sophomore trotter Experienced Action, both homebreds and stabled at Yonkers Raceway this season. Fromthestartagain is named for his dam, NYSS winner From The Start, which comes from Grasso's belief that the talent comes from the mare, more so than the stallion. "Fromthestartagain looks just like his mother and is about the same size," said Grasso of the So Surreal gelding. "Last year as a two-year-old, he was still a little too small so we trained him down to 2:10, then turned him out to let him develop." It was during this time that Grasso says he received a sign. "I have a travel bag that I always carry with me when I go to the track. One night, it came flying off of the shelf at home. It was like my wife was telling me to keep going. 'You told me they were going to be good, so let's see' she said. That keeps me going every morning." Grasso had kept Fromthestartagain eligible for the New York Sire Stakes and the three-year-old made his stakes debut at Monticello on May 13. He faded to a fifth-place finish in a race won by 2018 Sheppard Pace winner Hickfromfrenchlick. But Grasso didn't have to wait long to confirm his instincts about the horse. Two weeks later at Saratoga, in his second NYSS start, Fromthestartagain set a lifetime mark of 1:53 with Jason Bartlett driving to edge out returning NYSS Champion Reigning Deo by a neck. The field also included 2018 standout Melodies Major. For Grasso, this was his first NYSS win since 2014, when he won with Expressive Action. That homebred trotter earned just shy of $250,000 in his 3-year-old year, helped by a win in the Empire Breeders Classic. Now, through two legs, Fromthestartagain, is the third NYSS highest earner in his division ($30,960). He races next in Buffalo on Wednesday in the third leg of the NYSS, again taking on Melodies Major and Reigning Deo in the $118,800 sixth race. Grasso hopes the pacer can continue to follow in his mother's tracks and record multiple NYSS wins. "He's got a lot of speed and he's learning on the fly. Just like his mother, he likes to win. They like to beat other horses and that's instinctive. You can't teach that," said Grasso. "If he has half the ability she has, he's going to be a great racehorse." Jason Politi    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 3, 2019-After its annual R&R, Yonkers Raceway returns this weekend. A pair of 10-race cards were drawn for Friday and Saturday evenings (June 7th and 8th), with first post the usual 6:50 PM. Twin $44,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters (6th race) and pacers (8th race), highlight the Saturday harness racing program A couple of reminders... --there are morning draws for the cards of Monday, June 10th (box closes Tuesday, June 4th) and Tuesday, June 11th (box closes Thursday, June 6th), before the regular late afternoon draw schedule returns Friday, June 7th (card of Thursday, June 13th). The morning box closes promptly at 9 AM. --when racing resumes, there's a Pick 5 guarantee going into effect. As part of the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a $10,000 guarantee is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, the first night being Monday, June 10th. Should the sequence go unhit, the current 'instant guarantee' remains leading to the next racing program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising either races 6 through 10 (10-race card) or 7 through 11 (more than 10-race card). It has no consolation payoff, hence the shot at an 'instant guarantee". More information shall be sent after the June 10th card is drawn.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 30, 2019-Just because Yonkers Raceway is dark doesn't mean Yonkers Raceway is quiet. Ahead of the return of live harness racing Friday night, June 7th, the Raceway is offering these items of interest. The first draw-Monday, June 3rd-is actually a double draw (Friday/Saturday, June 7th/8th), the entry box closing at 9 AM sharp. A Friday/Saturday condition sheet is available at www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf There are also morning draws for the cards of Monday, June 10th (box closes Tuesday, June 4th) and Tuesday, June 11th (box closes Thursday, June 6th), before the regular late afternoon draw schedule returns Friday, June 7th (card of Thursday, June 13th). When racing resumes, there's also a Pick 5 guarantee going into effect. As part of the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program and with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a $10,000 guarantee is available every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening, the first night being Monday, June 10th. Should the sequence go unhit, the current 'instant guarantee' remains leading to the next racing program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising either races 6 through 10 (10-race card) or 7 through 11 (more than 10-race card). It has no consolation payoff, hence the shot at an 'instant guarantee". More information shall be sent after the June 10th card is drawn. First post remains at 6:50 PM.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 25, 2019-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett, $14.20) finished what she started Saturday night (May 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $109,234 Lismore for 3-year-old pacing fillies. From position No. 5, she led through intervals of :28.2, :58, 1:25.3 and 1:54.4, choosing a correct evening for first seasonal victory. En route, she hooked 1-10 favorite Queen of the Pride (Jordan Stratton), before that one made a filthy break in the final turn. As Time Goes By (George Brennan) was second at 41-1, with Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick) third. Annie Hill (Brian Sears) and Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland) came away with the minors, while Privacy Hanover (Dave Miller)-uncoupled stablemate of the winner-Rock N McRoll (Dan Dube) and the dance-of-the-danmed Queen of the Pride rounded out the order. For second choice Bestseller Hanover, a $130,000 daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler, it was that first win in three '19 tries. The exacta paid $198.50, the triple returned $705 and the superfecta paid $4,333. Potential bridge jumpers were spared with no show wagering. "I raced against Queen of the Pride the last two weeks and noticed Jordan (Stratton) had to hold her together to get her over the turns," Bartlett said. "That's kind of the reason I left. "I said, 'Well, if he wants to go out of there fast, we will go fast and see what happens in the first turn.' "I didn't realize she was that quick off the gate," Bartlett said. "I scored her down, spoke to her a little bit, and she was right there on her toes. If I took back, they're going to go to the half slow, we're going to be in a bad spot, so we took our shot." Bestseller Hanover was a first-up second to Queen of the Pride in their elimination race a week ago. As for Queen of the Pride, who was wide early before settling fourth, "She threw a shoe coming by the stands and started running in on the turns," Stratton said. "She wasn't getting over the track."   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 24, 2019-An off-the-pace Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $14.60) prevailed in a blanket photo Friday night (May 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from assigned post position No. 2, Glenferrie Blade A watched as Angel's Pride (Joe Bongiorno), Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) and 7-5 choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) all tried it up front. It was Feelin' Red Hot seizing the scepter before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. She then found a :56.1 intermission before Angel's Pride was back at it, engaging Feelin' Red Hot through a :27.1 third quarter (1:23.4). The two choices continued their battle in and out of the final turn, with Sandy's Beach (Jim Marohn Jr.) second-over and Glenferrie Blade A behind her. Feelin' Red Hot was losing the scrum to Angel's Pride, but that one was about to lose the war. Glenferrie Blade A closed widest and fastest, whipping Angel's Pride by a nose in 1:52.4 while taking advantage of a soft (29-second) final quarter. A ground-saving Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald), Feelin' Red Hot and Made of Jewels AS (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder. For third choice Glenferrie Blade A, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $52.50, the triple returned $205.50 and the superfecta paid $853. Saturday night (May 25th), the Raceway offers both the $300,000 At Rooney Pace and $109,234 Lismore. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, goes as the 10th race...1-Captain Malicious (MacDonald), 2-Rollwithpapajoe (Bongiorno), 3-Branquinho (Tyler Buter), 4-Buddy Hill (Brian Sears), 5-Price Hanover (Dube), 6-Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), 7-Blood Money (Scott Zeron), 8-Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller). The 15th Lismore, for the soph pacing ladies, is right before as race No. 9...1-Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland), 2-Rock N McRoll (Dube), 3-Queen of the Pride (Stratton), 4-As Time Goes By (Brennan), 5-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 6-Privacy Hanover (Miller), 7-Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick), 8-Annie Hill (Sears). Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, after the completion of which Yonkers begins a hiatus until Friday night, June 7th.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 23, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Thursday evening (May 23rd) Pick 5 wager, with a carryover of $5,420.42, easily leapfrogged its $15,000 guarantee. Some $33,996 worth of fresh investments dove into the pool, thus a total pot (after takeout) of just under $31,000. The Pick 5 winning combination of 3/5/2/1/4 saw one lucky lad/lass take it down to the tune of $30,917.25. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising either races 6 through 10 (if 10 races) or 7 through 11 (if more than 10 races) each racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next card.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

Yonkers, NY--After 10 grueling legs of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Spring Trotting Series the $15,0000 final was presented on the betting card at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 23 and when the judges hung the official sign, series founder and its president Joe Faraldo was victorious after guiding Tough Get Going to a 1:59. 4 triumph in wire to wire fashion. "When the gate sprung I kept my eyes on the rail horse (Figi-Dave Offenberg) but he got away slowly so I hustled my horse to the front and we had command on the first turn," Faraldo said via telephone after the race. "But as soon as I had the lead Joe Lee, with the odds-on favorite, Soul Train, came calling on the outside and we passed the first quarter in :28.3. I knew at that point I couldn't let him go so we locked horns by the half in :57.4." After the swift early fractions Joe Lee found room behind Faraldo as they headed for the three quarters and they were one-two past that stanza in 1:27.4. Not being able to gain any ground on Tough Get Going Lee had little choice but to follow the leader and on the final turn they were joined by Bob Krivelin with Permanent Joy. But there was no catching Faraldo as his trotter cruised home a 2-1/2 length winner. Soul Train finished second and Permanent Joy was a half length farther back in third place. Tough Get Going is co-owned by Faraldo and trainer, Richie Banca. He paid $15.00. It was Faraldo's 148th driving victory in the States to go along with a handful in Europe. Currently Faraldo, Alan Schwartz and a NAADA member to be named, will be winging their way to Italy in July for an international driving competition.   by John Manzi for NAADA

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