YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 10, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway's stakes season began Monday night, with the opening round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. The series, for 3- and 4-year-old young ladies who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1, attracted five, $12,500 divisions...and those five divisions played favorites. The envelopes, please... --A Sham of Amber,4 (by Riverboat King); owner Stephen Herrick/trainer Luanne Case/driver Jason Bartlett; 1:55.1/$3.90; --Road Bet,4 (by Bettor's Delight); owner W J Donovan/trainer Chris Ryder/driver George Brennan; 1:54.3/$4.10; --Hobe Sound,4 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners (trainer) Andrew Harris,Evan Katz,Seth Fried/driver Brian Sears; 1:55.3/$2.10; --My Shyen,4 (by American Ideal); co-owners (trainer) Rene Allard [Allard Racing],Yves Sarazin/driver Sears, 1:58/$2.90; --Macharoundtheclock,4 (by Mach Three); owner-breeder Birnam Wood Farms/trainer Larry Remmen/driver Sears; 1:56/$2.20. The boys take their turn Tuesday night, with eight, $12,500 divisions of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series, also for 3- and 4-year-olds. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Freehold, NJ --- Fire And Smoke is the best horse Lindsey Blackler never bought. The pacer was heading for life as a pleasure horse last year when Blackler’s friend called to ask if she wanted to look at him. Fire And Smoke was winless in seven career races, but Blackler liked the horse’s breeding and decided to take a shot with him. Blackler was given the horse with the proviso that she had to find him a good home when his days on the racetrack were completed. That day might not come soon. The now 4-year-old gelding has won six of 15 races since joining Blackler’s stable last September and has finished worse than third only twice. On Tuesday night, Fire And Smoke races in one of eight $12,500 divisions in the first round of the Sagamore Hill Series at Yonkers Raceway. Fire And Smoke will start from post three in the fifth division with regular driver Greg Merton and is 4-1 on the morning line. The Sagamore Hill Series, which has three preliminary rounds prior to the $50,000 estimated final on April 1, is for male pacers ages 3 or 4 who were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through Dec. 1. “It’s kind of like a Cinderella story,” said Blackler, who is the wife of trainer Scott Blackler and owns three horses herself. “We didn’t know what to expect. It was kind of like a trial for a couple months. It’s turned out really good. The horse has a heart of gold and he just gets better and better each week.” Fire And Smoke is a son of Western Ideal out of the stakes-winning mare Art’s Temptress and was purchased as a yearling for $4,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. He is a three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Winds Of Change and his mother is a half-sister to Wake Up Peter. The family also includes two-time Dan Patch Award-winning female pacer Worldly Beauty and Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of two-time Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous. After acquiring Fire And Smoke, Blackler had her blacksmith work to improve issues with his feet and the horse returned from a six-week layoff with a 2:01 victory at Monticello Raceway in late September. He spent the remainder of the season at Monticello and also began this year there before heading to Yonkers at the end of January. He lost his first start at Yonkers by a neck from post six and has won two subsequent starts at the Hilltop. “One of my goals was to bring him to Yonkers and see how he did there,” said Blackler, who with her husband is a regular instructor at the annual U.S. Trotting Association Driving School in upstate New York. “He was so green with racing when he started out, but he’s so brave now. He wants to do it. He’s still learning, but he’s all game and heart. “He takes very good care of himself,” the trainer added. “He’s a happy horse.” Merton is the only driver to race Fire And Smoke and has played a vital role in the horse’s success. “Greg has a lot of faith in him,” Blackler said. “He’s kind of funny gaited, but Greg knows him and just goes. I think that’s huge for his confidence.” Blackler doesn’t know what to expect in the Sagamore Hill Series, but she hasn’t known what to expect from Fire And Smoke all along. “He’s up against better horses, but I think he’ll be OK,” Blackler said. “I don’t know what I’ve got (in him). We’ll see how he performs and go from there.” So far, it’s been a pleasure. by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 8. 2013--In-form A J Corbelli (Ron Pierce) prevailed from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early from post position No. 4--his best starting venue the way the race was laid out--"A J" watched lone leaver American Rage (Brian Sears) work around pole-assignee Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton). American Rage found early intervals of :27.1 and 56 seconds flat before Mr. Hasani N (Jason Bartlett) launched a seemingly-reluctant bid from third. A J Corbelli was behind that while, while tepid 3-1 favorite Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) was a bit wide as outer tier was a bit late in developing. American Rage continued to lead in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane, However, he was about to voted off the island. Mr. Hasani grinded by, but that one could not fend off A J Corbelli. Second-up to first home, prevailing by a half-length in 1:52.2...a season's-best and the fastest local mile of 2014. Third went to Lumberjack Willie, with a cone-skimming Clear Vision (George Brennan) and Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. American Rage faded to seventh, while Sapphire City wound up last among the octet. For A J Corbelli, a 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by (breeder) Anatolia Racing Stable & Michel Allard and trained by Rene Allard, he returned $15.20 (sixth choice) for his fifth win (fourth consecutive) in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $440. The season's highest win mutuel was also turned in Saturday night, when 51-1 Bettor Design (Bartlett, $105) was up on the money in the $15,000 fourth-race pace. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who knew the secret password--were won by a formful Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $4.90) and an equally-so DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.30). Leaving--as the second choice--from post position No. 5, Yagonnakissmeornot worked around Summer Snow (Larry Stalbaum), making the lead before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, she gave no one else a shot, including 6-5 favorite Economy Terror (Ron Pierce). That one moved from fifth before a :57.1 intermission. A :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4) widened the leader's advantage, as she opened a length-and-three-quarters into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot then drew out, winning by 3Â¼ lengths in a season's-best 1:52.4. Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) rallied into second, with last week's winner, Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley), Summer Snow and Economy Terror rounded out the payees. For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, with the triple returning $128.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice DW's NY Yank--assigned outside his seven rivals--in play early. He made the lead from Zooming (Tyler Buter) just after a :27.2 opening interval. From there, a cheap :58.2 intermission before Super Manning (Kakaley) engaged from sixth. ...and engage he did, hooking the leader in and out of the 1:27 three-quarters. Those two took their beef all the way to the line, with the margin--DW's NY Yank up a nose into the lane--was the same at the 1:55.4 wire. Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson) belated split those two to finish third, beaten a head, while Zooming and Fortunista (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his fifth win in as seven '14 tries (4-for-4 here). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, the triple returned $63.50 and the superfecta paid $158. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker
Six weeks ago USTA Director Joe Faraldo was leading a contingent to Vincennes Racetrack in Paris, France with the specific intention of sealing an international simulcast agreement between the U.S. Trotting Association and the French Trotting Organization (Le Trot). He was joined on that endeavor by Yonkers Raceway president, Tim Rooney, Alex Dadoyan, the executive director of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York , Mike Kimelman, president of Blue Chip Farms as well as a interested group of SOA of NY members and associates. Last night (March6) at Yonkers Raceway Faraldo won the second division of a trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA). He shared the limelight with David Glasser, a business professional who recently re-joined the amateur driving movement. For both gentlemen drivers their victories were their first of the 2014 season. Faraldo's win came behind his own Rodeo Red in a time of 2:02.4 while Glasser won with JS Miss Linda, a trotting mare that he owns in a 2:03.1 clocking,. In his contest, Faraldo sat back off the early pace and then rallied in the deep stretch to a length victory after trailing the Carbon Footprint (Dave Yarock ) by three lengths as the field headed for home. Yarock's trotter held on for the place money and Tony Verruso took home the show dough with Sam's Honeybee. "When my horse is right he's a nice trotter and he was right tonight," Faraldo said after his victory and then added with tongue in cheek, "Even a blind squirrel gets an acorn every now and then." For Faraldo the victory was the 138th of his amateur driving career. En route to his victory Glasser used a two hole journey with JS Miss linda to overtake the pace-setter Get Packin (Bob Hechkoff) as the field rounded the final turn and then they went on to score a two length triumph in 2:03.1. Get Packin was second best and Hardrockinjessica finished third for Monica Banca. Glasser,47, has been in and around in harness racing his entire life since his parents Arthur and Evelyn Glasser owned and raced standardbreds for decades. It was his 20th career driving victory. Glasser began his amateur career in 1980 and except for a few seasons he never drove more than six races a year. Since 1991 he has driven just 28 times and his last victory came during the 1991campaign. and it was said that he truly celebrated his latest triumph. "I did some celebrating last night since this win was a longtime coming," Glasser said. By John Manzi for the North American Amateur Driving Association
Last week was not great. Just had three of eight winners with one minor exacta and trifecta payoff. We have handicapped the feature races at five different tracks for Saturday. They are the Meadowlands, Yonkers, Woodbine, Pompano and Miami Valley. Good Luck! $28,000 N/W $25,000 last 6 starts Pace Woodbine 2nd race – Without Apprentice Hanover in the field, I look for Wazzup Wazzup to return to his winning ways. He has been second or third to Apprentice in his last five starts and nearly beat him two starts back in a neck loss. Looms to be the best in this short field and should be able to work out some live cover to score from. Use Cool Rock and Top Gear in exotic plays. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – After taking nearly three weeks off, Northern Companion returns to the racing wars well rested and should be ready for action. No Prairie Jaguar to compete with in here so I look for Northern Companion to be at his best. He has won three of his last four starts but it won’t be a cakewalk tonight. Use Premier and Cruizin K C in exotic plays. $53,200 Final Charles Singer Memorial Trot Meadowlands 6th race – She is a perfect four for four this year and the aptly named Perfect Alliance should remain perfect after this race. She has beaten everyone in this field already and keeps lowering her lifetime mark while winning from either on or off the pace. Adds to her bankroll again tonight in the final. Use the entry of time To Quit/You Rock My World and Cajole Hanover in exotic plays. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race - Despite morning line odds and having to start from the far outside in post eight, Clear Vision is clearly the class of the field and more than likely needed first start back for Ron Burke Stable. Won nearly $600,000 last year racing against the best in the country so I see him fit and ready to pop in this tough field. Use Fat Man’s Alley and Pan From Nantucket in exotic plays. $24,000 W/O $25,000 last 6 starts Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – Currently on a three-race winning streak, Glass Prince is my top choice in here. He may be moving up in class for this event but as long as he gets live cover I think he can handle hike with success. He can’t leave nor is any good racing first-over but Eric Carlson seems to have him going well right now. Use P H Supercam and Montana Pablo A in exotics. $60,500 Final Buddy Gilmour Pacing Series Meadowlands 11th race – First decent test for some nice three-year-olds tonight. I am going with National Debt. He is the talk of the town these days and after winning Meadowlands debut very easily two weeks ago he could be the real thing. He is undefeated in five lifetime starts and should stay that way as long as he minds his manners as he is still a youngster but with some awesome speed. Use Capital Account and Dinner At The Met in exotic plays. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Miami Valley Raceway 12th race – There is a reason that Master Of Desire was handicapped with the far outside post nine tonight. He has won this class the last two starts at the new track and likes the oval. Does not show any early speed but once he does get to the front he usually does not get caught. Use Royal Outlook and Lookinforadventure in exotic plays.
YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, March 5, 2014--Held over by popular demand, Yonkers Raceway has moved the closing date for its "Jackpot Next Door" Claiming Series back a month. The original Ides of March (15th) deadline been changed to April 15, making Tax Day also Jackpot Next Door Day. The series, for $20,000 claiming pacers of both genders, offers three preliminary legs, beginning May 6. The $50,000 (added) final is set for May 27. A nomination form accompanies this release (again, closing date is now April 15) . For further information, please contact the race office at (924) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Sixth in a Harnesslink.com series of articles about the Top Ten drivers of 2013, the vehicles they use in commuting from track to track, and other topics of relevant current interest. Ron Pierce may think that his racetrack career is "starting to wind down a little," but seeing as he may be the most widely-traveled horseman of modern times, his definition of "winding down" may not be quite the same as most people's. Among the top drivers in Macau (Asia), California, and Minnesota before competing with success at many stops along the East Coast over the last (quite a few) years, to Pierce "winding down" is being the only one of the Top Ten drivers of last year to have won 100 races at three different tracks and 50 races at four different tracks. "Winding down" means putting "about 90,000 miles" on his Lexus 460 last year."Well, I drove only about 85% of the time," Pierce noted. "My wife (Therese) sometimes comes with me, and she probably drove the rest of the time." Ron Pierce is not a person to "stay in a groove" for years at a time - he adapts his racing strategy to the individual contest and what is required to win, and he adapts the racetracks at which he campaigns to those that prove the most lucrative to him. You may have heard about his recent switching of weekend base across the Hudson River, "and I might be there earlier in the week, too," Pierce added. "I will race at Dover Downs on Thursdays, because it is the day they concentrate their features. After that, I haven't totally formed my strategy - we'll look at what developments there are at the Chester track, which races during the day. And I did very well at Pocono last year (152 wins, only behind his total at Harrah's Philadelphia)." There is one day on his schedule, though, about which Pierce has no question. "I take Tuesdays off," he says flatly. "You have to get away from the track once in a while, take care of your family and be with them. On Tuesdays I work around the horse, fix things or do whatever projects need to be done, and then every Tuesday night I take my wife out to dinner, and then maybe to a movie." If --- IF -- Ron Pierce is considering moderating his schedule (and many racetracks rivals would not mind seeing that at all), it sounds like he's making Tuesdays serve as his "transitional days." Keeps the missus happy, too - now that's a good long-term strategy. Driver Total Wins Tracks Track Wins Ron Pierce 537 Philadelphia 186 Pocono* 152 Dover* 101 Meadowlands* 73 Meadows* 8 Lexington 7 Hoosier* 3 Vernon* 3 Harrington 2 Delaware 1 Mohawk 1 * - won $100,000 or richer race at this track By Jerry Connors, for Harnesslink.com
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 1, 2014--Three weeks out and first-up were no problem for Fat Man's Alley (Matt Kakaley) Saturday night, as evidenced by winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Handicap Pace. Taking it all in early from post position No. 4, "Fat Man" watched as a three-wide Dancin' Yankee (Jason Bartlett) worked around Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.1 intermission as Fat Man's Alley was commencing his first of March march from sixth. However, he was just pacing in place by the 1:24.1 three-quarters, as Dancin' Yankee took a length-and--a-half lead into the lane. It was off the final turn that Fat Man's Alley received the memo, and he went on by. The margin was a neck in 1:52.3, with Pan from Nantucket, Lumberjack Willie (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the payees. American Rage (Brian Sears), the 19-10 favorite, was a non-factor seventh. For Fat Man's Alley, a 6-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $15.60 (sixth choice) for his second win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $77, with the triple returning $308.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Last week was decent with four winners in eight races and a few minor exacta payoffs. Looking to do a lot better with my selections tonight. Action this Saturday is from Woodbine, Meadowlands and Yonkers. Good Luck! $34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine 2nd race – Saturday – I have almost lost count on how many straight wins Apprentice Hanover has now…He is going for his eighth straight win. He barely held on last time in defeating Wazzup Wazzup by a neck. But with a week off he should be fired up and ready for action against another short field. Use Wazzup Wazzup and Lucky Terror in exotic plays. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – Saturday – Last week Golden Receiver gave notice that he is ready for another big season at the races in 2014. In his first start back he wired the field in 1:49.2. May have only held on by a neck but that was his first start back. He should be tighter and ready to demolish this field with ease. Use the entry of Easy Again/Annieswesterncard and Dovuto Hanover in exotic plays. $22,000 NW $16,000 Pace Woodbine 4th race – Saturday – This is a very well matched field. I am going with Cool Rock from post four. He is coming off a super strong closing effort last start in winning with ease and seems to be that tough every week. I see him handling hike in class and out kicking these to the wire once again. Use Thorn In Your Side and Classic Gent in exotic plays. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – Saturday – The class of the field in here should also be the winner. Clear Vision is a career winner of $1.7 million and looked primed to win right out of the box after two decent qualifying wins. Earned nearly $600,000 last year for Burke Stable and has the back class to take this field. Use Dancin Yankee and Domethatagain in exotic plays. $19,000 NW 3 PM Trot Woodbine 8th race – Saturday – Mares taking on male rivals and I think the mares will win. Her Name Is Lola is my choice. She finally draws a good inside post and is coming off a neck triumph in her last outing which was a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. She has a great burst of speed she can use when poised to get to the front and not look back. Use Our Mojo and Moontan in exotic plays. $24,000 W/O $25,000 Pace Yonkers 1 1/16th mile 8th race – Saturday – Going the extra distance has not been a problem for this Tom Fanning trainee. Shark’s Legacy is moving up in class off two sharp scores at 1 1/16th mile. He has shown in the past that he can grind it out if necessary and still remain in the hunt until the finish. Has yet to finish off the board in his last six starts. Use Arachache Hanover and Hello Hot Shot in exotic plays. $20,000 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 11th race – Saturday – With last week’s opening round winners taking the second leg off, the role of favorite in here goes to Dinner At The Met. He was a distant second to National Debt last week but prior to that showed three straight wins as the favorite at the Meadowlands and should be able to regroup and take this field. Use Rock Fame and Grandpa Don in exotic plays.
March 1, 2014 - HANA Harness is pleased to announce its plans to hold the 2014 HANA Harness Grand Circuit 'Shoot Out' Handicapping Challenge. The contest will once again use Grand Circuit races although some stakes have been eliminated from the contest schedule to make it more manageable. A proposed list of races included in the contest may be found here. The contest tentatively begins with the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Finals on April 26 at Yonkers Raceway and concludes with the Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park on December 12. The contest rules have been modified from last year's contest. In the 'shoot out' format of the contest, each contestant will be given $250 to wager on the day's stakes races. While the handicapper must wager on at least one of the stakes races that day, they may spread the $250 over more than one contest race if they wish. The fact the handicapper is not required to wager on each race is what gives the contest the 'shoot out' format; handicappers will be seeking to wager on the race(s) they feel they will be able to get value in. Wagers will be restricted to Win, Exacta, Trifecta, and Superfecta wagers. Once again, sponsorships are being offered to those involved in racing, whether they be racetracks, horsemen groups, or vendors. Funds raised from these sponsorships will once again be donated to standardbred rescue group(s) in the sponsor's respective country (In the first two years of this contest, over $7,000 has been donated to such groups). Sponsorships are offered in the Gold, Silver, and Bronze levels. For further information regarding sponsorship opportunities, please contact HANA Harness at email@example.com. by Allan Schott, HANA Harness Coordinator
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 28, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who passed initiation--were won by a down-the-road Cocoa Beach (Matt Kakaley, $4.90) and a pocket-sitting Tober (Jason Bartlett, $6.70). From the pole, the 7-5 choice Cocoa Beach gave nothing else a chance. Season-debuting Swinging Beauty (George Brennan) left into a two-hole well before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, no one moved until eight-hole assignee Economy Terror (Ron Pierce) did so from last. She never came closer to the leader, while Swinging Beauty gapped the pocket at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Cocoa Beach widened to 5½ lengths into the lane, then won by a wrapped-up 3¼ lengths in 1:53.1. Second went to a sharp-late Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), with Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance), Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett) and Economy Terror rounding out the payees. For Cocoa Beach, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned and trained by Brittany Robertson, it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $62.50, with the triple returning $654. The week's marquee trot saw a an invading Traverse Seelster (Pierce)---winner of three consecutive races at Dover-leave around Tober, starting from post No. 4. The latter was bumping up the ladder going after a fourth local victory in succession It was "Traverse" putting up the early intervals of :28.1 and :57.3 before Tall Cotton (Brennan)-assigned outside what was reduced a seven-horse field-made his second move. Traverse Seelster put that one away before a 1:26.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, he found closing the sale a bit tougher in Yonkers as Tober edged from the pocket. That one prevailed by a neck in 1:55.3. An off-the-gate Super Manning (Kakaley) rallied to grab second from second-over, with Traverse Seelster, Tall Cotton and Live Jazz (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. For second choice Tober, a 6-year-old statebred/homebred Credit Winner gelding co-owned by Kristie Leigh Farm & Joseph Betro and trained by Ed Hart, it was his fourth win in six '14 tries The exacta paid $46.20, the triple returned $158.50 and the superfecta paid $437. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 26, 2014-You've been put on alert...and even given extra time for homework. Since no one took down Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday night Pick 5--complete with its $10,000 guarantee--the entire pool (minus takeout) of $7,500 gets rolled over. That carryover turns into a $25,000 guaranteed pool into Thursday night's (Feb. 27) program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. The Pick 5 offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday and Tuesday (in conjunction with the US Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program), with program pages for those "guarantee" days available for perusal at www.yonkersraceway.com. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 22, 2014-It was "new barn, old result" for Domethatagain (Ron Pierce) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $33,000 Open Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 4, the 13-10 choice watched as invading Texican N (Matt Kakaley) made the lead around pole-sitting, defending champ Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell). Texican N made the lead before a 28-second opening quarter-mile and seemed comfy going toward the half. Domethatagain was out and moving when Texican N apparently jumped a shadow on the track. Regardless, he bolted inside the cones as Domethatagain found the front just after a :57.2 intermission. That left "Nantucket" pocketed and Money Twitch A (Jordan Stratton) first-up. Domethatagain maintained his advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The people's preference widened to a couple of lengths at the wire, which he found in 1:52.4...matching a season's-best. The feature win was one of five for Pierce on the 12-race card. Pan from Nantucket was a loose-pocket second, with American Rage (Brian Sears), P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Domethatagain, a 5-year-old statebred son of Bettor's Delight now co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, he returned $4.70 for his third (consecutive) win in four seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $12.80, with the triple returning $63. The handle of $1,026,419 was the fifth-highest total of the season. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting), with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker
YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 21, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of "good" Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who were up to the assignment--were won by pocket-sitters Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton, $6.90) and Backstreet Hanover (Eric Carlson, $4.40). In play early from post position No. 4, Ideal in Vegas made the first lead. She then relinquished it to an out-a-long-way Economy Terror (Ron Pierce) well after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.3 intermission before Carol's Desire (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. However, "Carol" only offered cursory pressure in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Economy Terror, as the 9-5 favorite, maintained the lead entering the lane, but the first portion of the race would prove her undoing. Ideal in Vegas ducked in and easily went by. She defeated a third-over Cocoa Beach (Brian Sears) by a half-length in a season's-best 1:54.4. Third went to Lorrie Please (Carlson), with a tiring Economy Terror and Keeper's Destiny (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. For second choice Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Anthony Mannino for owner Shore Thing Stables, it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $82.50, with the triple returning $360.50. The week's marquee trot saw Calchip's Brute (Pierce) leave quickly, working around pole-sitting, lone lass Backstreet Hanover--she the 9-5 favorite--before a :28.2 opening two furlongs. Meanwhile, eight-hole assignee Zooming (Tyler Buter) also left, but found no room at the inn. It was Calchip's Brute getting a :58.1 intermission and 1:27.1 three-quarters, with a stubborn Zooming sitting out there and Turtle Express (Sears) slipping out to race second-over. The leader remained so in and out of the final turn, but Backstreet Hanover was waiting. She edged in inside, getting the jump in a fast-closing Justa Rebel (Stratton) and winning by a neck in 1:56.4. Third went to Calchip's Brute who did win his private battle with Zooming. A season-debuting Bastille (Larry Stalbaum) earned the final pay envelope. For Backstreet Hanover, a 5-year-old Andover Hall lass owned by David Hamm and trained by Allan Johnson, it was her second win in as four '14 tries The exacta paid $88.50, the triple returned $333 and the superfecta paid $2,603. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker
Last week was pretty poor with just one favorite winning and a minor box exacta. Springtime is just around the corner (we hope) and with that a few new series are getting underway starting this weekend. We have lots of action from Yonkers Friday and Saturday, plus the start of the Gilmour Series at the Meadowlands and Prairie Jaguar going for his 8th straight win at Pompano. Good Luck! $33,000 F&M Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 6th race – FRIDAY – One of the top mares in the country, Economy Terror, gets handicapped with post 8 once again but it did not bother her last week in beating this class with a game effort. Career winner of $1.6 million should be able to make it three straight wins. Use Ramalama and Lorrie Please in exotics. $33,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers 8th race – FRIDAY – As the only million dollar career winner in the field, Calchips Brute is overdue for his first trip to the winner’s circle this season. Class of the field will be decent odds and with good cover he may be able to upset this field. I think it will be a dogfight upfront and he can pick up the pieces at the end. Use Zooming and Backstreet Hanover in exotics. $17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 1st race – SATURDAY – New series for three-year-olds looks very interesting. Capital Account looks to be the early favorite in the series. Has two sharp wins and a decent second in three starts this year. Has poor outside but two starts back at the Meadowlands he was able to get in the flow and win with ease. Use Pierce and Superficial in exotics. $30,000 FFA Handicap Pace Meadowlands 2nd race – SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of the great pacer, Golden Receiver. Career winner of over $2 million always races his heart out and has true grit. It may be his first start back but he has every reason to fire out of the gate and beat this field. Use Easy Again and Road Untraveled in exotics. $10,000 Open Handicap Pace Pompano Park 3rd race – SATURDAY – Don’t understand why they keep allowing this horse to race. He is way too good. We’re talking about Prairie Jaguar and he is going for his eighth straight win at Pompano Park. Only allowed to race every other week but he still crushes everyone he faces. Sorry bridgejumpers, they took out place and show wagering on the race. Use Lyons Johnny and Freeneasy Hanover in exotics. .$17,500 Buddy Gilmour Series Pace Meadowlands 6th race – SATURDAY – There has been talk and stories that say that National Debt is the real deal and could be a pacing sensation. Still very green with just four lifetime starts but shows very good speed and is unbeaten. We will see tonight how he has adjusted from Alberta, Canada to the Meadowlands. Use Dinner At The Met and Recharge in exotics. $33,000 Open Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race – SATURDAY – Classic match-up of some tough pacers at Yonkers. Can make a case for most anyone winning in here. I am going with Pan From Nantucket. After brief rest he won in this class last out and now draws the rail. Field looks like there will be some fast early fractions which should set him up with another great trip to score from. Use Domethatagain and American Rage in exotics. $24,000 Winners Over $25,000 Pace Yonkers Raceway 8th race – SATURDAY – After having rough go in the top pace last week, Atta Boy Dan is dropping back down where he belongs. In this class he had been first or second in his last five starts. Should be able to go right out for the lead and never look back. Use A J Corbelli and Nob Hill High in exotics.