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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 28, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway offered up Round 2 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Four, eight-horse $50,000 divisions again featured the best Free-For-Allers, and a trio of combatants couldn't wait to double their pleasure. Defending series champ P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $7) used the same M-O-sitting a three-hole and closing deep in the passing lane-that worked so well in the 2014 finale. "Supercam," from post position No. 4, went by a pocket-sitting Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) to win the first grouping by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.4. Clear Vision (Yannick Gingras), the just-over-even-money favorite, was a first-up third. The first three intervals (:27, :57, 1:24.1) were provided by Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee), before that one tired and finished last. For second choice P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.40, with the triple returning $86. The second event was Polak A (Brian Sears, $7.80) repeat what he did in the series opener, as in win the draw and make the rest of his rivals pay. After giving it up to Michael's Power (Dan Dube), Polak A took over before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. After a cheapy, :29.2 next interval (:56.4 half), 4-5 fave Foiled Again (Gingras) moved from third. A :27.4 third quarter (1:24.3) ensued, with Polak A maintaining a short lead into the lane. He dug in, holding off both Michael's Power (neck) and Foiled Again (length-and-a-quarter) in 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was fourth. For second choice Polak A, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Pacific Fella trained by Tony O'Sullivan for co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons, Frank J Bellino and Joseph Bellino, he's now 2-for-2 stateside and 2-for-3 in '15. The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $64 and the superfecta paid $231.50. Saturday's third Levy grouping was won by 6-5 second choice Beach Memories (Gingras, $4.50). Leaving from post No. 4, he worked hard to get around Sapphire City (Bartlett). From there, and sub-sections of :27.3, :57, 1:24.2 and 1:53, Beach Memories held off that same Sapphire City by a neck, with 11-10 wagering choice Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) a non-threatening third. For Beach Memories, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Strollin Stable AWS Stables King McNamara and Country Club Acres and trained by Ron Burke, it was his second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14, with the triple returning $28.80. The evening's final series event saw driver Gingras author some Raceway robbery with Bettor's Edge ($12.20) in 1:53.3. Leaving alertly from post No. 4, Bettor's Edge met no resistance whatsoever from 3-10 choice Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller). Left to his own accord (:28, 57.2, 1:25.4), Bettor's Edge opened a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. He then easily repelled his odds-on pursuer, winning by a half-length. Windsong Jack (Sears) was third, with McErlean (Tyler Buter) fourth. For second choice Bettor's Edge, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and M1 Stable, it was his first win in a couple of '15 tries. The exacta paid $31.40, the triple returned $66 and the superfecta paid $425. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to DW's NY Yank (Brennan, $4.70) in 1:56.1. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Afternoon simulcasting available daily (Note there is no simulcasting the next two Sundays [Palm Sunday, Easter]). Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 27, 2015--Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker. A baker's-dozen worth of of Free-For-All pacing mares went it in two, $40,000 divisions. The opening Matchmaker event was an early series two-fer for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.80). Outdrawing her rivals for the second consecutive start, "Carol" gave it up to a parked-early Sayitall BB (George Brennan) passing a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. The people's choice then retook in Turn 2, finding a 57-second intermission before Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) took her shot from fourth. Carolsideal held that one at bay in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters, as "BB" dropped anchor. "Carol" owned a measured half-length lead into the lane, then widened to close the sale, winning by a couple of lengths in a season's-best 1:53. Monkey on My Wheel held second, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a rallying third for the second week in a row. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her seventh win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.10, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $18.20. The second sojourn was won by a first-up Camille (George Brennan, $5.60), snapping pace-setting, 11-10 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube) on the money in 1:53.1, also a season's-best effort. Winning the draw, Camille saw longshot Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) grab the first lead before Yagonnakissmeornot worked around that one. The advantage belonged to "Yagonnakissme" through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.1. Camille slipped out from third, just in front of For the Ladies N (Sears). It was Camille prompting a :27.3 third quarter (1:24.4), with Yagonnakissmeornot taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Camille wasn't ready to throw in the camisole. She engaged the leader in earnest in the late going before sticking her tongue out just in time. The final margin was a head, with For the Ladies N holding third. For second choice Camille, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, she's 2-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $12.40, with the triple returning $59. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the second round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM, $54,800 final of Petticoat), Tuesday (1 PM, $62,200 final of Sagamore Hill), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Of course it's early but it appears that harness racing drivers Alan Schwartz and Bob Hechkoff have the top two horses in the eight-leg trotting series sponsored by the North American Amateur Drivers Association. In the third NAADA leg at Yonkers Raceway last night (March 26) which Schwartz won with Bad I Am in a 2:00.4 clocking while Hechkoff followed suite winning with Tagmaster in 2:01.2. And it marked the second victory for both trotters in the series. It was the second consecutive triumph for Bad I Am after having copped the NAADA- leg at Monticello Raceway a week earlier. Schwartz, who says if he takes his horse back as the gate springs, Bad I Am loses interest. "So after starting from the six-hole I let ramble with hopes of finding a hole but we made the front-end in a relatively soft :29.4, which was a bargain," Schwartz explained. "Once we had the lead I just let him (Bad I Am) cruise and we never had a serious challenge the rest of mile and at the wire we were an easy two- length winner." Former New York Yankee batboy and avid amateur driver, Joe Lee, had a good two-hole journey with Miss Directed but they couldn't make up any ground in the lane and had to settle for second place. In the $6000 contest. Tony Verruso took home the show dough with Flirting Duezy. Bad I Am, purchased last fall by Schwartz, is trained by Raheim Strong. In the other non-wagering division Hechkoff gunned his veteran trotter, Tagmaster, to the lead and once on top they commanded respect and they made every pole a winning one en route to their second victory in the series. Because of interference in the homestretch second place finisher, Grecale AS, was placed fifth which allowed Paul Minore's Swift Blizzard to take home second money. Third place went to Candid Man, driven by Tony Verruso. Tagmaster is owned by Hechkoff's R.B.H Ventures Inc. and trained by Kyle Spagnola. The next leg in the NAADA series is slated for Saturday afternoon, April 4th at Freehold Raceway. John Manzi

Louisville, KY --- When it comes to Warrawee Needy, Mark Ford utters a sentence that anyone in this sport knows all too well in describing the stallion’s career. “Welcome to horse racing,” said his conditioner and co-owner. “We were literally drooling we had the first crack at buying him, but there has been the bad luck, the awful draws and the fact we have never been able to get him quite right. I thought we would have a terrific older free-for-all pacer and he can go so fast so quickly, but we just don’t know if he ever will be what he once was.” But the 6-year-old world champion son of E Dee’s Cam and the Apaches Fame mare Great Memories, appears to be regaining the form he flaunted at ages 2, 3 and 4, as he prepares to compete in a $50,000 second leg of the Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday (March 28). Although that black cloud might still be hovering over him when it comes to where he will leave from, Warrawee Needy enters this race fresh off a 1:52.1 triumph in the first leg of the series last week, but will have to commence his journey from the seven post. His regular pilot, Mark MacDonald, will be holding the lines in what will be the eighth race on the evening card. Although he must contend with Foiled Again and Michael’s Power, Warrawee Needy, who is owned by Ford, his former trainer Carl Jamieson and David Shea, has earned the most money ($77,550) in the field this year and has already paced a 1:51.4h mile in 2015, as has Michael’s Power. Warrawee Needy has already nearly doubled what he earned last year ($41,540) and his record stands at an extremely acceptable 7-4-1-0. Could he quite possibly be back in the form that enabled him to pace a world record 1.46.4 mile as a 4-year-old? “This horse has been through so much and to be honest, he has kept me awake many nights,” Ford said. “He has been so frustrating and I’ve worried about him more than any other horse I have ever had. He has always shown flashes of brilliance and is such a nice horse to be around. He even looks the part of a racehorse, but we just don’t know how long he will stay together without getting sick.” Warrawee Needy has struggled with respiratory issues and allergies throughout his career. It has been difficult for Ford and his team to maintain his condition long enough for him to race consecutive weeks in a row. Toss in the horrible post positions the horse normally is allotted and it doesn’t make for a lucrative purchase for his connections. “I thought we would win the Breeders Crown with him in 2013,” Ford said. “But he stepped on a wheel and broke. It’s just been like that with him ever since. “We took him to Norm Ducharme at Cornell to look at him for throat surgery and he told us the sicknesses would not go away even if he performed the surgery. That is just something that happens with him and has to be managed. His groom takes such good care of him. She has her eye on him 24 hours and provides him with any treatment he needs, whether it be morning or night.” So why was Ford so thrilled to get his hands on this horse? It’s pretty simple. As a 2-year-old, Warrawee Needy earned $536,950 and sported a record of 12-9-1-1 while racing for Carl and Jody Jamieson. He was Canada’s 2-year-old pacing colt of the year. At age 3, he was still an elite horse in his division, but finished last as the second choice behind Sweet Lou after having the eight hole in the North America Cup, then ninth in the Canadian Breeders Classic after leaving from the 10 post position and was sixth as the favorite in his Breeders Crown elimination. Warrawee Needy still managed to amass just under $300,000. As a 4-year-old, Warrawee Needy kicked off his campaign with style against a fantastic group of older pacers. He was second in the Aquarius Series final, captured three straight Preferred contests at Woodbine and then was seventh in a TVG series leg after drawing the sixth spot on the gate. He then bounced back with a very nice second to Sweet Lou in the Meadowlands Maturity after both horses left from the nine and 10 positions. He was sixth in the Roll With Joe after leaving eighth at the gate and finally hit the winner’s circle again at Mohawk in the Mohawk Gold Cup. Once again, Warrawee Needy took the overland route by starting his race from the ninth post position. He then won his eliminations for both the William Haughton Memorial (in 1:46.4, equaling the fastest race mile of all-time) and the U.S. Pacing Championship while finishing fourth and sixth, respectively, in the finals. After being scratched from the Canadian Pacing Derby elimination, he qualified three times, once for Jamieson and then for Ford before not hitting the board in his Breeders Crown elimination and the final, as well as the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby. Warrawee Needy ended his season with a third in the American-National, a second in a TVG leg and an eighth in the TVG final after once again drawing the nine hole. “We have taken a lot of criticism for how we have raced this horse,” Ford said. “Especially for some of the spots we put him in like the TVG final last year after dropping him in against non-winners of $5,000 at Pocono, but no one really understands unless they are in that position. He would qualify great then race awful or else draw very badly. “Until this year, he had never raced much on a half because it was always thought he couldn’t get around it, but it had never been tried. That’s when we decided to take him to Yonkers and he seemed to like it. It also helps that he seems to like to race on the front, which helps there and Mark MacDonald gets along with the horse because he can be tough to drive. He’s been a good fit for him.” Obviously Ford has no idea what the season has in store for Warrawee Needy and although he’s realistic about the horse’s health, he still had enough faith to keep him eligible for the top stakes races. “He’s paid into everything,” he said. “We will see how he does and if he stays healthy. When I compare him to Gallo Blue Chip, which he can be, it is so different. This horse has such an amazing turn of foot, where Gallo Blue Chip did not, he just was going along and so much better than the other horses he was racing against. Then he just decided he didn’t want to race anymore and he had enough. “This horse is fast enough, looks the part and I really believed he might be untouchable. Those are just the highs and lows of the game though and that’s what can happen in this industry.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, March 25, 2015--Yonkers Raceway's stakes and series continue, then conclude, over the next few harness racing programs. After Thursday's overnight soiree, the girls are back it Friday night (March 27), with Round 2 of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. A pair of $40,000 divisions (races 6 and 7) include two of last week's three, opening-leg winners. Carolsideal (Dan Dube), who wired 'em from the pole a week ago, won the draw again in this week's first event, while Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), an off-the-pace winner last Friday, drew post position No. 7 in the second grouping. (Note that last week's other Matchmaker winner, Venus Delight, is AWOL [Philly, actually] as part of the one-horse-per-trainer-per-division rule). Saturday night's second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series offers 32 Free-For-All lads, neatly divided into four, $50,000, consecutive events (7 through 10). All five opening-leg winners have returned, with three--Polak A (Brian Sears, post 1), Michael's Power (Dube, post 5) and Warrawee Needy (Mark McDonald, post 7)--landing in the second division... ...along with one Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras, post 2). Harness racing's richest-ever horse, eying $7 million lifetime, was a solid second a week ago in his seasonal debut. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), last season's series champ who whipped Foiled Again out of the pocket last weekend, drew post No. 4 in this week's opening Levy division. Beach Memories (Gingras), who threw down a :26.4, third-quarter gauntlet to bottom out his series foes a week ago, starts from post No. 4 in Saturday night's third series event. Monday night (March 30) finds Witch Dali (Tetrick, post 4) looming a prohibitive proposition in the $54,800 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series (8th race). Tuesday afternoon (March 31) is the Raceway's richest race of the season to date, the $62,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series (to be draw Thursday afternoon). Frank Drucker

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series second legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 27) in the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 28) card at Yonkers will see four $50,000 divisions in the second round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and driver Jason Bartlett were the stars in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Series last weekend at Yonkers. For the weekend, Bamond earned a total of 39 Grand Circuit training points and Bartlett posted 34 driving points. Bamond and Bartlett kicked things off on March 20 by teaming up to capture a Blue Chip Matchmaker division with Venus Delight. Bamond also won another Matchmaker split with Krispy Apple with Tim Tetrick in the bike. P H Supercam edged Foiled Again at the wire in their Levy division. Then on March 21 in the George Morton Levy series, the Bamond/Bartlett duo were back in the winner's circle with P H Supercam as they defeated Foiled Again by a head in a time of 1:53. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers -- 3-2 favorite P H Supercam and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) -- making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and passed harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the opening weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 34; 2. Yannick Gingras - 27; 3t. George Brennan - 20; 3t. Daniel Dube - 20; 5. Tim Tetrick - 14. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 39; 2. Ron Burke - 37; 3t. Mark Ford - 10; 3t. Rene Allard - 10; 3t. Mark Silva - 10; 3t.Tony O'Sullivan - 10. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 33; 2. Jeff Snyder - 10; 3t. Burke Racing - 8.90; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 8.90; 5. Joseph Davino - 6. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the first three weekends in April. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 25. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director    

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 23, 2015 - "She's just a big, strong (mare) who carries her speed a long way and hums around Yonkers with no problem." Such was the Tim Tetrick Monday night post-mortem after Witch Dali ($2.10) authored a third consecutive public workout, sweeping the Raceway's three preliminary legs in the harness racing Petticoat Pacing Series. Leaving from post position No. 3 in the first of two $12,500 events for 3- and 4-year-old lasses, the 1-20 fave never had an anxious moment (:28.2, :58.2, 1:26.1; 1:54.1). The final margin was wrapped-up six lengths over Always Sunday (Jason Bartlett), with Cheyenne Robin (George Brennan) third. For Witch Dali, a 4-year-old daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.80, with the triple returning $39.20. It was Witch Dali's second consecutive six-length romp in the preps, firmly stamping her as the lass to beat in next Monday's (March 30) $54,800 finale of the Petticoat. Monday night's other series event went to Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter, $7.80). Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with a pair $12,500 divisions in the third round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (two, $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the second round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 21, 2015-The annual rite of spring known as the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series began Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting five, $50,000 divisions for the best Free-For-Allers in training. The featured foray did not disappoint, as last season's champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), picking off the season-debuting, 11-year-old Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) in the third grouping. Foiled Again, rounding the bend toward $7 million and making his 225th lifetime start, was in play early from outside post position No. 7. He worked around the two inside numbers-3-2 favorite "Supercam" and a bit-wide Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson)--making the lead just past a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a soft :56.4 intermission, Big N Bad (Dan Dube) moved from fifth, with Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller) in behind. Meanwhile, Foiled Again found a seemingly-comfy 1:25 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, P H Supercam ducked inside and snapped harness racing's richest-ever horse late, winning by a hard-fought head in 1:53. Third went to Dancin' Yankee, with Frankie's Dragon (George Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover settling for the remainder. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., he returned $5 for his third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $22.60, with the triple returning $90.50. "A lot of things went right for him tonight," Bartlett said. "Obviously, the draw and the fact (Foiled Again) wasn't going much up front. The best thing about me horse is he can sprint, but Foiled Again is a great horse and tough to get by. I thought we were going right by, especially since (Foiled Again) was making his first start of the season, but it's always special to beat a horse that's so good." Millionaire Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald, $7.30). was left alone on the lead (:28, :57) and made 'em pay (1:24.2, 1:52.1) in the fourth Levy division. From post No. 2, he whipped a closing 50-1 Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson) by three-quarters of a length. Clear Vision (Gingras) was third, while 11-10 choice Bigtown Hero (Dan Dube) was a tiring pocket sixth. For Warrawee Needy, a 6-year-old son of E Dee's Cam co-owned by (trainer) Mark Ford, David Shea and Carl Jamieson, he's now 4-for-7 this season. The exacta paid $131.50, with the triple returning $433.50. Saturday night's other Levy events were won by... --Beach Memories,g,5 (by Somebeachsomewhere); co-owners Strollin Stable,AWS Stables,King McNamara,Country Club Acres/trainer Ron Burke/driver Gingras; 1:52.2/$5.30; --Polak A,7 (by Pacific Fella); co-owners Frank Bellino & Sons,Frank J Bellino,Joseph Bellino/trainer Tony O'Sullivan/driver Gingras; (U-S parimutuel debut) 1:52/$5.30; --Michael's Power,g,6 (by Camluck); breeder-owner Jeff Snyder/trainer Mark Silva/driver Dube; 1:52.1/$21. Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot went to Not Afraid (Dube, $3.20), overcoming an assigned eight-hole (1:56.1) for a fourth consecutive victory. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Palm and Easter Sundays, March 29 & April 5). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 20, 2015--In theory, spring sprung Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the snowy opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Three compact, $40,000 fields of the some of the best Free-For-All harness racing mares went it at. Friday's first Matchmaker melange went to a grinding Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $6.10), who picked off pace-setting (:27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2) Charisma Hanover (George Brennan) in 1:55.1. Sitting fourth early from post position No. 3, slight wagering choice "Venus" wore down the leader, winning by three-quarters of a length. Coffee Addict (Jordan Stratton) was a pocket third. For season-debuting Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was her 18th win in 44 career starts. The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $83. The second Matchmaker event couldn't have been much easier for pole-sitting, odds-on Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $2.90). She sauntered through the snow (:29.3, :59.1, 1:28, 1:55.4), whipping a pocketed Camille (Brennan) by a length-and-three-quarters, with Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) a very good, two-move third in her first start of the season. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her sixth win in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $4.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $13.20. The final division, pared down to a barber shop (beauty shop?) quartet after defending series champ Somwherovrarainbow came up ill, saw Krispy Apple (Tetrick, $5) pass the rest of the field--all three of 'em--to win going away. Backing away early from post No. 2, Krispy Apple saw 7-5 fave Medusa (Brennan) work around Monkey on My Wheel (Bartlett), then put up intervals of :28.2, :58 of 1:26.4. It was Krispy Apple making her move around a tiring Strings (Dube) and steadily advancing toward the lead. With "Monkey" wandering out of the pocket, Krispy Apple went inside, defeating Medusa by a couple of lengths in 1:55.2. For second choice/season-debuting Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal trained by Bamond Jr. for co-owners Bamond Racing and Joe Davino, she's now 28-for-93 lifetime. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series opening legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. These are the opening harness racing events of the 2015 Grand Circuit season. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers features three $40,000 divisions on Friday (March 20) in the first round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (March 21) card at Yonkers will see five $50,000 divisions in the opening round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. There are 17 pacing mares entered in the first leg of the six-week Matchmaker event, which concludes on April 25. Defending Matchmaker Series champion Somwherovrarainbow is in the third division and series runner-up Yagonnakissmeornot is in the first division. Four-time Dan Patch Award winner Anndrovette is in the middle division, as well as 9-5 morning line choice Carolsideal, a winner of five of six so far this year. The 11-year-old Foiled Again, harness racing's richest-ever horse ($6.9 million), begins his 2015 season Saturday night, leading 35 of the best Free-For-Allers into Yonkers Raceway for the opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Five $50,000 seven-horse divisions are on tap with Foiled Again -- who won this series consecutively in 2009 and 2010 -- drawing outside his six rivals in a power-packed third event. Those looking to stall Foiled Again's 84th win photo include last season's Levy winner P H Supercam and runner-up Apprentice Hanover. Foiled Again cut the mile in that race before finishing third. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will continue with legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy over the next four weekends. The finals and consolations for both events will be held on April 25. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

For older female pacer For The Ladies N, it's not how you start, but how you finish. The 6-year-old New Zealand harness racing import is not the quickest mare off the starting gate - only twice in 11 lifetime U.S. races has she been better than fifth after the opening quarter-mile - but she still can find her way to the winner's circle on a regular basis. For The Ladies N, trained by 64-year-old Australia native Peter Tritton, has won six times in the States and hit the board a total of nine times since arriving in the U.S. last November. She has earned $76,500 for owner Harry Von Knoblauch during that span. On Friday night, For The Ladies N will step up in class when she competes in the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway. She was one of 17 pacing mares to enter the first leg of the six-week event, which concludes on April 25. There will be three $40,000 Matchmaker divisions Friday. For The Ladies N is in the second division and is 5-1 on the morning line with Eric Carlson at the lines. Four-time Dan Patch Award-winner Anndrovette also is in the division, as well as 9-5 morning line choice Carolsideal. Defending Matchmaker Series champion Somwherovrarainbow is in the third division and series runner-up Yagonnakissmeornot is in the first division. "It's a step up to race against these horses, but I think she's probably as good as them if she gets the right trip and I've got her at 100 percent," Tritton said about For The Ladies N. "The only chink in her armor is that she doesn't like to be used early, which I know is a bit harder at Yonkers, but that's just the way she likes to race. She likes to find her feet and then come. "She's strong the last three-quarters of a mile. As long as you let her relax early she'll keep coming and she's got speed. All the drivers that drive her love her; she's just a lovely, good, honest mare. I had to give her a shot at it because she's got the ability to go with them if she gets the right trip. So we'll keep our fingers crossed." For The Ladies N finished second to Somwherovrarainbow in a January start at the Meadowlands and won an Open Handicap at Yonkers on Feb. 6. She finished fifth in the Open Handicap the following week, but Tritton discovered the mare was sick and gave her time off to freshen up for the Matchmaker. "She might need the first week, but from then on she should be good to go," said Tritton, who was based in Delaware but now calls upstate New York home. "I've moved up here now with this series and the Levy (Series) in mind. I'm hoping that will benefit (the horses), not having to do all that travel." Tritton has enjoyed success bringing horses from Down Under to the U.S., with some of his recent imports being Mainland Key N, Malak Uswaad N, and Second Wind N. That trio has combined to earn $1.28 million. "I've always got a few people looking over there for horses," Tritton said. "They know exactly what I want. I'm lucky I've got good connections over there. That's why I stick with the horses over there. I know who to deal with. It's been working for me so far. "I like horses that have got good back class, but have gone off the board for one reason or another. If you can resurrect them when you get them over here, you know that the ability is there. They're the ones I seem to have the best results with. If they're sound enough, they can make a lot of money if they're the right horse." In addition to racing For The Ladies N in the Matchmaker Series, Tritton will send 7-year-old male pacer Texican N into the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, which begins Saturday night. The field also features the sport's richest horse of all time, Foiled Again, and defending series champ P H Supercam. Last year, Texican N finished sixth in the Levy final. He has won eight of 37 races in the U.S., with earnings of $180,430 for owner Von Knoblauch. "I don't know whether he can win it or not," Tritton said. "He's probably not as good as the big boys, but if he gets a good trip he can follow pace and still keep coming. I think he'll earn good money in there and probably has a good shot to get into the final." by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Former West Australian Pacer, Polak.......now Polak A makes his American harness racing debut this Saturday night at Yonkers in the $50,000 George M Levy pace. Bought just a couple of weeks ago by Frank Bellino and Sons of  New York, Polak A has settled into his new environment very well and his new stable owners are very happy with the new Australian import. Polak A went to the Meadowlands last Friday morning to Qualify and he finished a close up 3rd behind Clear Vision who has earnings of over $2.3 million and a best 1.48.2MR, and Bettor's Edge a winner of over $1.4 million and a 1.48.1MR best rate. The mile rate for the qualifier was a solid 1:53, with  Clear Vision and Bettor's Edge coming home the last 400m in  27.1 and 27.2 respectively. Polak A covered his last 400m in a sizzling 26.2... Polak A,  was born 15-Oct-2008 is by Pacific Fella out of Capture A Million by Million To One. Polak A... Career Starts: 75....17 Wins...12 Seconds...and 10 Thirds with prizemoney of over $221,000 and a best of 1.54.6MR. Capture A Million the dam of Polak A, is also the dam of Schinzig Buller ...$290,837 and  1:56.1MR who is a full brother to Polak A.. Polak A made his race debut on the 05-Feb-2011 as an early two year old, and guess what, he won on debut, In fact he was only unplaced 3 times out of his twelve 2 year old starts which included 4 wins. Some of Polak A classic winning family members include.. Lynsey Lombo 1998  by Troublemaker - 1:59.1 $85,955 +.. Lombo Rapida 1995  by Northern Lights - 1:57.0 $790,629+.. Ballas Arockstar 2006  by Orange Sovereign - 1:58.1 $179,555+.. Batavia Touchngo 2006  by Rich And Spoilt - 1:58.4 $117,878 +.. The Seventh Son 2004  by Jennas Beach Boy - 1:54.2 $130,472+.. Lombo Bella Petite 1998  by Chandon - 1:59.7 $174,322+.. Madame Lily 2007  by John Street North - 1:57.6 $140,824 +.. Wipe The World 1983  by Windshield Wiper - 1:55.8 $210,464 +.. etc..ect.. Standardbred Breeding

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 16, 2015--Yonkers Raceway's 2015 stakes season continued Monday night, with a pair of second-round divisions in the Petticoat Pacing Series for harness racing 3- and 4-year-old ladies. Foolin' no one Witch Dali (Tim Tetrick, $2.40) handily repeated in the opening, $12,500 event, this time wiring from post position No. 4 (:29.2, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:53.4). The final margin was an as-she-pleased six lengths over Cruisinwithmybaby (Tyler Buter), with Life is a Beach (George Brennan) third. For Witch Dali, a 4-year-old daughter of Dali co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Brad Grant, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, with the triple returning $14.40. Series-debuting Donttellruss (George Brennan, $3) earned it in the second Petticoat posse. Badly impeded by another leaver who jumped it off, "Russ" settled fourth behind Always Sunday (Tetrick) and early intervals of :28.4 of :57.4. Right around the intermission, Donttellruss made front, then took over from there (1:26.2, 1:55.3). She held Always Sunday at bay, winning by a length. My Caroline (Matt Kakaley) was third. For "Russ," a 4-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Frank Baldachino, she--same as "Dali"--is 4-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $5, with the triple returning $12.40 Series action continues Tuesday afternoon, with four, $12,500 divisions in the second round of the Sagamore Hill for 3- and 4-year-old male pacers. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (three, $40,000 divisions), while Saturday offers the opening round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (to be drawn Tuesday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 16, 2015—The respective harness racing ADW platforms of Yonkers Raceway (Empire City Bets), Batavia Downs (Batavia Bets) and Saratoga Raceway (SaratogaBets) have combined to created “SHOWtime”. It’s a free-to-play, weekly contest beginning this Friday, March 20, open to all ADW members of the participating tracks who have actively wagered on the day(s) of the contest. All current EmpireCityBets.com are asked to choose an entry that they feel shall finish in the money in six (6) corresponding Friday races from Yonkers, Buffalo (the currently-racing western New York harness track) and Saratoga Raceways. Players who choose a successful show finisher(s) in all six races then qualify for a share of the 1st place ($400), 2nd place ($250) or 3rd place ($100) prize purse. The top cumulative show pricing decides the winners. If no player select all six “show finishers”, that week’s prizes are carried over to the next week’s contest for a doubled ($1,500) pool, with prize breakdowns of $800/$500/$200. For further information, as well as complete rules and regulations, please visit www.EmpireCityBets.com. Customers for SaratogaBets and BataviaBets should visit those sites. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 15, 2015 - It just isn't a fair fight. Not even an assigned 12-hole ("11-hole" after a second-tier scratch) and taking a whole lot of Sunday afternoon cold, windy Westchester air could deter harness racing favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $4.80) from winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Trot. Out a long way and just minding his business through any number of lead changes, Not Afraid eventually went after DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) in and out of the final turn. The two wagering choices, plus 53-1 longshot Dancehall Mistress (Mark MacDonald), left the rest behind. However, Not Afraid is too tough, winning the mile-and-quarter Ides of March feature by a neck in 2:28. Dancehall Mistress dove inside and snapped second, with "DW," Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Brando's Muscle Man completing the cashers. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Andeberg, he's 6-for-8 this season, having won his last four starts. The exacta paid $153.50, with the triple returning $791. Special Sunday props to Brian Sears, who drove four winners during the dozen-race card. Stakes/series action continues next week. Monday, it's the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Tuesday, the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday, opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). There are no Sunday matinees scheduled until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 14, 2015-- Favored Mach's Beach Boy and harness racing driver Pat Lachance ($5.60), prevailed from a soggy pocket Saturday night, annexing Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Pace. Winning the blind draw, Mach's Beach Boy was only going to allow one horse to outleave him, and that one was Warrawee Needy (Mark MacDonald). Beach Memories was summarily stuffed into a three-hole before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. After a 56.4 intermission, Beach Memories was trying his luck again, going to challenge "Needy" by the 1:24.2 three-quarters. Warrawee Needy appeared to have some nighttime daylight, owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Mach's Beach Boy dove into a damp passing lane and went by. He edged away by a couple of lengths in 1:52.4. Beach Memories held third, with a rallying Pancetta (Brian Sears) and Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) earning the minor moolah. For Mach's Beach Boy, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding Ontario co-owned by Dan Mogridge and Jeffrey Osborne, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $28.60. Stakes/series action continues next week. Monday, it's the second round of the Petticoat Pacing Series. Tuesday, the second round of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. Friday, the opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Saturday, opening round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Raceway's live season continues Sunday (post time 1:10 PM), our final "French-centic" Sunday until November. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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