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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2019- Rich and Miserable (Dave Miller, $11.80) snapped odds-on Swansea (George Brennan) at the line Tuesday night (Apr. 23rd), winning the $73,000 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Away last among the octet from post position No. 7, Rich and Miserable saw 4-5 favorite Swansea-he of the 3-for-3 preliminary-round resume-make the lead well before a :28.3 opening quarter-mile. Eight-holer Joey Bats (Jason Bartlett) floated out, then moved to engage the leader from the second turn, passing a :56.3 half-mile. 'Joey' eventually jumped in Turn 3, leaving a pocket-inheriting Whether or No Fi (Yannick Gingras) as Swansea's closest pursuer..Chasin' Dreams (Jordan Stratton) was making some inroads in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, with Rich and Miserable chasin' Chasin' Dreams. Swansea, meanwhile, owned a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, but Rich and Miserable was widest and fastest. From 10 lengths out of the intermission, he whipped Swansea by a schnoz in 1:55.1. Whether or No Fi, Chasin' Dreams and No Excuses (Scott Zeron) came away with the remainder, while an outrun Omaha Omaha (Tim Tetrick) and misbehavers Joey Bats and Henderson Seelster (Mark MacDonald) brought up the rear. For third choice Rich and Miserable, a 4-year-old Explosive Matter gelding co-owned by Buter Farm, Lynette Buter, William & Carol Fuhs and trained by Todd Buter, it was his second win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.40, the triple returned $157 and the superfecta paid $602. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1st (winners over $150,000 lifetime through that same date ineligible). Rich and Miserable also earned an SOA-paid $10,000 bonus. A $35,000 series consolation was won by MVP Luke (Miller, $4, part of entry) in 1:56.4.   BY FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 22, 2019-There's a cool $73,000 up for grabs Tuesday night (Apr. 23rd) in the final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. After three harness racing preliminary rounds, Swansea emerged as the only perfect participant, winning each as an odds-on favorite. The 4-year-old Swan for All gelding landed post position No. 3 in the seventh-race finale, with George Brennan driving for co-owners Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trainer Scott DiDomenico. For the season, Swansea has seven wins and three seconds in a dozen starts ($91,375). Joey Bats (Jason Bartlett, post 8) sandwiched a pair of series wins around a second to Swansea. The 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding, 4-for-7 this season, is trained by Andrew Harris for co-owners Marc Reynolds, Scott Dillon and Michele Nelson. Rich and Miserable (Dave Miller, post 7) uncorked a solid rally to chase home Joey Bats a week ago after he won his previous start, while Chasin' Dreams (Jordan Stratton, post 6) had a win, a second and a third in his trio of tries. Omaha Omaha (Tim Tetrick, post 1), Henderson Seelster (Mark MacDonald, post 2), No Excuses (Scott Zeron, post 4) and Whether or Not Fi (Yannick Gingras, post 5) round out the roster. All entrants, save for Omaha Omaha, are eligible for an SOA-paid $10,000 bonus for winning the final. A $35,000 series consolation goes as the fourth race. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1st (winners over $150,000 lifetime through that same date ineligible). First post for the 10-race card is 6:50 PM.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 20, 2019  - "She's a tough SOB with big lungs." Even-money harness racing favorite Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $4) employed the same tactic she did a season ago, winning Saturday night's $402,600 final of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker. As was the case in the evening $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, both were the richest incarnations in the respective histories. Shartin N, from post position No. 6 among the high-end mares, was away fourth as Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) were dueling early. The latter retook from the former by the :27.2 opening quarter-mile before Shartin N was out and moving again. She made the lead just before a :55.2 intermission, then finished off the 11th Matchmaker from there (1:23.3, 1:52.1) in her fastest purse mile of the season, Shartin N became the first lass to defend this race's title and the first to win it more than once. From the hinterlands came uncoupled stablemate Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn) to get second, beaten a length-and-a-half, with Apple Bottom Jeans, Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the smaller envelopes. A first-up Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), Ideal Lifestyle A (Jordan Stratton) and a backpedaling Feelin' Red Hot brought up the rear. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old Down Under Tintin in America miss co-owned by her escort, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King & trained by Jim King Jt. it was her fourth win in five starts. The exacta paid $21.60, the triple returned $77.50 and the superfecta paid $301.50. "I've put her in spots before where I didn't think she would reach and she just digs down and finds something," Tetrick said. "When I saw Corey (Callahan, with Apple Bottom Jeans) had to go hard to get the lead, let George (Brennan, Feelin' Red Hot) go and retake, I thought I'd take my chance and push the envelope and he let me go. "(Shartin N) is a great mare; she's proven it time in and time out," Tetrick said. "For her to do what she's done, make a million dollars (in 2018), it speaks for itself." A $75,000 series consolation was won by Tetrick-driven and King Jr.-trained Newborn Sassy ($3.50) in a career-ending 1:54. The 6-year-old lass, who's off to be bred to Captaintreacherous, retires with 33 wins in 92 career starts and just under $1,1 million. "There's a special place in my heart for her," Tetrick said. Frank Drucker

Y ONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Turns out, it wasn't a fair fight. Odds-on Western Fame (Dan Dube, $2.50) drilled his seven harness racing foes Saturday night (Apr. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The prelim points leader having won four of his five starts (with a second), the 1-4 favorite dispatched his foes with stakes-record-time-matching ease on a cool and windy Westchester evening. If you were in search of drama, go read something else. As for Western, Fame, from post position No. 5, he gave nothing else a shot (-26.4; 55.3; 1:22.3; 1:50.4). He was three-wide early to get around pole-sitting Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno) and JJ Flynn (Tim Tetrick). The mile equaled Silver Almahurst's long-standing (1993) stakes record as well as his own (and Lyons Steel's) fastest of the local season. While Western Fame was door-slamming-his two-length lead into the lane widened to 4¾ lengths at the wire-there were others who raced credibly in North America's richest harness race of 2019 to date. Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy), last at the half, closed from fourth-over to snatch second, snapping More the Better N (Scott Zeron). Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland), meanwhile, left nothing in the chamber from behind the eight-ball. He found an early four-hole, then challenged first-up before giving way grudgingly and finishing fourth. The Wall (Andy Miller) came away with the final pay envelope, with The Downtown Bus (Brian Sears) and the retreating pair of Anythingforlove A and second-choice JJ Flynn completing the order. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his fifth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10, the triple returned $44 and the superfecta paid $198.50. For driver and trainer, it was a third consecutive Levy win (Keystone Velocity, 2017-18) and fourth win in five seasons (Domethatagain-2015). The event again honored the memory of the Hall-of-Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. "(Keystone Velocity and Western Fame) are about even right now," Dube said. "Keystone won twice in this race and this horse is something special, too "Those fractions maybe looked fast, for him he does it nice and easy. Turning for home he gave me another run. He's so nice to drive; he just doesn't get tired." I think we had the best horse going into the Levy," Allard said. "It's a bit of a stressful thing to race them every week. The one week where he got second he tied up, so the thing about it is you got to come back the week after and the week after. "We had thought about giving him the week off before the final, but he was in a good routine. "Now he's definitely getting a week off, that's for sure." A $100,000 series consolation was won by Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $18.80) in a season's-best 1:51.2 Saturday night's $44,000 Open Trot was won by Smalltownthrowdown (Dube, $3.70) in a down-the-road 1:56.2. Saturday's dozen-race total handle was $1,047,856. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. – Harness racing trainer Tahnee Camilleri couldn’t have been more excited to start racing Ideal Lifestyle. The Australian mare came to Camilleri’s barn off a career-best 1:50.3 victory at Menangle in September 2018 and by late fall, Camilleri had the Western Ideal mare ready to qualify at the Meadowlands. However, Ideal Lifestyle’s North American debut suffered a delay. “I had her ready to qualify at the Meadowlands roughly in October or November, but she had a bit of a mishap in the paddock when I had her in to qualify,” Camilleri said. “She kicked and got her leg caught over her hopples, so she ended up doing a little tear in her hamstring and she needed time off then.” For Camilleri, the injury proved to be a low point. After embarking on a career as a lawyer, the Australian native changed course and came to the United States to pursue her passion of harness racing. After a brief stint here in 2009, Camilleri returned last year. Her growing stable of Australian imports have posted 20 wins from 54 starts since April 2018 and Ideal Lifestyle looked to be the star of the stable. “It was really disappointing because I was quite excited to start racing her and just to have a horse of that caliber,” Camilleri said. “Her last start in Australia, she made a bunch of very good mares look ordinary, she absolutely destroyed them. I was pinching myself to be able to get my hands on a mare of that caliber and for it to all go pear-shaped her first time she set foot on a racetrack here was a little bit disappointing, but I suppose that’s racing.” A multiple Group 3-placed performer Down Under, Ideal Lifestyle came to Camilleri off an open-length victory in a 1-mile mares FFA. After leaving from the far outside post, Ideal Lifestyle set and opening fraction of :25.8 and came home with a :27.6 quarter to post her lifetime mark. When she arrived in Camilleri’s barn, her impression in the flesh was even more impressive than that on the track. “She’s built like a breeding stallion, she’s a very big Western Ideal mare, extremely highly-strung, but a lot of the good mares are,” Camilleri said. “Just looking at her, she’s a very impressive looking individual. I’ve never trained a Standardbred that big, let alone a mare. She’s quite impressive to look at. She was very hard to get out of the stall when I first got her. She’s very high-strung and you just have to train her with sheepskin gloves, I guess. She’s a little bit temperamental, but she’s entitled to be.” After her arrival, Camilleri and Ideal Lifestyle quickly got off on the wrong foot. However, over time, the daughter out of the Albert Albert mare Trebla Trebla has become easier to work with. “I got her off the truck when she had just come from quarantine and I put her in a stall. I let her rest in there for a little while, let her have something to eat and drink,” Camilleri recalled. “And then I went and hour or two later to let her out in the field and she wasn’t having it. She chased me out of the stall. That was basically my introduction to Ideal Lifestyle. It’s not very fun being chased out of a stall by a horse that size. “She’s definitely taught me a lot,” Camilleri said. “She hasn’t been an easy horse to train, but I’m now starting to reap the rewards of the patience I’ve put into her. It’s been a bit of a ride, but it’s been an exciting one, anyway.” Camilleri gave Ideal Lifestyle time to recover from her injury and by January, she was ready to qualify again. After two successful trials at the Meadowlands and a runner-up finish in 1:52.0 on debut February 1, Camilleri decided to nominate to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series despite her concerns about the half-mile track. “I had my doubts about whether she would get around Yonkers,” the trainer said. “I paid up for the Matchmaker and just thought I would put her around Yonkers and see how she goes. She’s a very big mare, a very long mare.” Ideal Lifestyle made her Hilltop debut February 15, the evening after payments were due. She wired the field in a $29,000 overnight, scoring in 1:54 with Jordan Stratton in the sulky. Ideal Lifestyle subsequently posted two straight runner-up finishes in the $44,000 distaff feature before taking aim at the series. Ideal Lifestyle continued to surprise her trainer with a 1:52.3 victory in leg one of the series March 15. After two straight second-place finishes in weeks two and three and a fourth April 5, Ideal Lifestyle accumulated 208 points, enough for an eighth-place ranking in the standings, earning her a spot in the $402,600 Final Saturday night (April 20).  “Probably half-mile racing isn’t really her go, but it’s a testament to her ability that she qualified for the final when it’s very obvious she struggles around a half,” Camilleri said. “I’m very proud of her; she does a lot of things wrong, but she still qualified for the final and she’s a great trier, so it’s going to be fun.” Ideal Lifestyle drew post seven in the final and will be reunited with Jordan Stratton after George Brennan drove throughout the preliminary legs. Although she is a 20-1 outsider, the long odds take the pressure of Camilleri in her stakes debut. “This is my first stakes race I’ve ever been in. She’s a bit of a forgotten horse and it’s a lot less pressure on me and her and I’m going to go into (Saturday) night and just enjoy myself,” she said. “I’m still pinching myself. It’s very, very exciting and I’m very excited for the mare,” Camilleri continued. “George came off and said she was a little tired her last start. I skipped last week and freshened her up, she’s jumping out of her skin, so I’m expecting her to run a good race. I’ve got a great tactical driver on board in Jordan Stratton and I’ll just leave it up to him. Win, lose, or draw, I’m so proud she qualified for the final and I’m thankful to be there.” The field for the Matchmaker Series Final is listed below: Post Position     Horse         Sire                                Driver                 Trainer 1       Kaitlyn N                      American Ideal            Matt Kakaley        Rich Banca 2       Apple Bottom Jeans    Mr Apples                   Corey Callahan      Dylan Davis 3       Feelin Red Hot            Feelin Friskie              George Brennan    Ron Burke 4       Don’t Think Twice        Armbro Operative       Jason Bartlett        Andrew Harris 5       Bettor Joy N                 Bettors Delight            Dexter Dunn         Jim King Jr. 6       Shartin N                      Tintin In America        Tim Tetrick             Jim King Jr. 7       Ideal Lifestyle A            Western Ideal             Jordan Stratton     Tahnee Camilleri 8       Seaswift Joy N             Bettors Delight            Jim Marohn Jr.      Tony Alagna  Saturday night’s card also features the $664,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Final, the $100,000 Levy Series Consolation, the $75,000 Matchmaker Series Consolation, and a $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 19, 2019 - Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $8.20) prevailed off a live tow Friday night (Apr. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Pace. Unhurried from assigned post position No. 5, Made of Jewels AS was away sixth before hooking herself in back of the second move of Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett). That latter, advancing from third, ground down narrow 2-1 choice Bettorhaveanother (George Brennan) early in the lane after that one led through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.1. While 'Alexa' was good, Made of Jewels AS proved better, doing so by a half-length in a season's-best 1:53.1. Third went to a tiring Bettorhaveanother, with Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald) and Betabcool N (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. For third choice Made of Jewels AS, a 6-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her fourth win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $152 and the superfecta paid $518. Saturday night's (Apr. 20th) card, with a dozen races worth $1,530,320, features the $402,060 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (9th race) and the $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race). They're the two richest North American harness race of the season to date and the richest ever among the 11 Matchmakers and 32 editions of the Levy. Post time is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY -- With the addition of three added driving entrants the sixth leg of the harness racing NAADA trotting series, this week presented at Yonkers Raceway, was split into two divisions, both six-horse fields going $8000 before the betting card got underway. And when the judges hung the official signs series regulars Alan Schwartz and Paul Minore each hustled their charges to victories in their respective splits. Schwartz went an overland trip with his Ladys Big Stormont to score a 2:00.2 triumph while Minore used the front-end route to 2:01.4 victory with his own Glenferrie Dreamer over his rivals. In Schwartz's contest; he left softly from the five-hole with Ladys Big Stormont , took a tuck and was third along the pylons. Pearly Allen showed the way with Wygant Prince with Joe Pennacchio and Santini caught on the limb in the :28.4 first stanza. Heading to the half Wygant Prince and Santini were head-to- head with the former getting first call as the timer flashed :59. But up the backside Schwartz and Ladys Big Stormont rallied but were forced three- deep into the final turn. Undaunted, Ladys Big Stormont battled valiantly down the lane and kept a hard closing Osprey Vision and driver Joe Lee at bay for a neck triumph. Wygant Prince held on for third money. "This was one of the better races that my trotter has gone this year," Schwartz acknowledged. "We got pushed three-deep in the final turn but Ladys Big Stomont dug in and hung tough in the lane to hold off a fast-closing Joe Lee (with Osprey Vision)." In the second division Paul Minore guided his own Glenferrie Dreamer--he also owns Wygant Prince- to a hard fought victory over what appeared to be the tougher of the two splits. Miniore took advantage of the pole position and coasted to the lead in a :29.3 first quarter and caught a real break when last weeks winner, Tough Get Going (Joe Faraldo), had a tough time getting going after making a break before the start rendering him virtually out of the race. Dave Offenberg and Fiji made a serious challenge before the half but Glenferrie Dreamer kept him at bay after a breaking Noble Warrawee (Bob Hechkoff) scattered the field. And although they rallied to be second under the wire Noble Warrawee was disqualified . Third place finisher, Permanent Joy (Bob Krivelin was awarded second money. Fiji took home the show dough. The NAADA series moves back to Monticello Raceway next Thursday. by John Manzi for NAADA    

Saratoga Springs, NY – George J. Karam passed away on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Born on September 4, 1958 in Rome, NY he was the son of the late George B. and Elizabeth (Abounader) Karam. George was a 1976 graduate of Rome Free Academy and for many years ran the family business, Thrifty Food Store. On December 5, 1997 he married his love, Joy Rolewicz, and together they moved to Saratoga Springs.  George had a lifelong passion for harness racing and horse ownership which led to a career in training and racing horses in Upstate NY. He also served as president of the Saratoga Harness Horseperson’s Association. This in turn led to his dream job of judging harness races. At the time of his passing he was the Presiding Judge at Yonkers Raceway.  Family was everything to George and his love, passion and special bond with his son was undeniable. His greatest joy was watching him excel into The Voice of the Saints and following all the local sports at Saratoga Catholic Central where Brandon is presently a junior.  Survivors include his wife Joy and beloved son Brandon; two brothers Douglas (Fredice) Karam of Rochester Hills, MI and Joseph (Jennifer) Karam of Bannockburn, Illinois; his sister Genevieve (Frank) Tallarino of Rome, NY; sister-in-law Jill (Henry) Koziarz of Rome, NY; step-mother Madeline Karam of Utica, NY and several nieces and nephews.  Relatives and friends may call from 3 to 7pm Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at the William J. Burke & Sons/Bussing & Cunniff Funeral Homes, 628 North Broadway, Saratoga Springs (518-584-5373).  A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10am Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at the historic Church of St. Peter, 241 Broadway by Rev. Thomas H. Chevalier, pastor. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.  In lieu of flowers please consider donations to an education fund set up for “Brandon R. Karam”, c/o Catskill Hudson Bank, 2452 State Route 9 Suite 104, Malta, NY 12020 (518-289-5463).

Harness racing driver Daniel Dube is hoping for business as usual when Western Fame competes in Saturday's (April 20) $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship at Yonkers Raceway, where the 6-year-old stallion has won four of five starts in the event and led nearly every step of the way. He knows it might not be that easy. "I'd like to think I'm going to go around the track like I usually do but for big money somebody is going to take a shot," Dube said. Dube and Western Fame will start the Levy championship from post five. Western Fame has seven wins and two second-places finishes in his past 11 races at Yonkers. He finished seventh in last year's Levy final. For his career, Western Fame has won 20 of 73 starts and earned $1.15 million. He was trained by Jimmy Takter before heading to the stable of Rene Allard at the end of last year. Dube and Allard have teamed to win three of the past four Levy championships. "(Post) five is really good, it's a perfect spot for my horse. I'm happy with that," Dube said, adding about Western Fame's work in the series, "He's been doing it nice and easy. "He's got a lot of good qualities; he's quick off the gate and he's quick turning for home. He's just a nice horse. He's strong. I hope he keeps going that way. If he doesn't get sick or something he should be good." Western Fame finished the Levy's five preliminary rounds with a series-best 350 points. Ideal Jimmy was second with 325 points thanks to three wins and two seconds. But the 6-year-old gelding did not fare well in the draw and will start Saturday from post eight, which has produced only 14 winners in 508 tries (2.8 percent). Last week, Ideal Jimmy and driver Brent Holland started from post six in their preliminary division and led from start to finish. "He's razor sharp, but from (post) eight you've got to have a lot of luck," said Ideal Jimmy's trainer, Erv Miller. "It's pretty hard to get out of there on the lead from the eight hole, but you never know. We'll see what happens. "He's a very handy horse, which he showed the last start. He can do what he needs to do. He's been real good racing from behind too. We'll just have to see how it works out. He's really come into his own. He's really good now. He's real sharp for the final, but the eight hole makes it tough." Of the eight Levy finalists, all but two competed in all five of the prelims. JJ Flynn skipped last week's round and Rodeo Rock sat out April 6. Rodeo Rock, who starts Saturday from post six, returned last week with a second-place finish behind Western Fame. "I would have liked to draw a little bit closer (inside) but it's not a horrible position," said Andy McCarthy, who drives Rodeo Rock. "Hopefully things get mixed up pretty good the first half. I think that's a possibility. I don't know what (Holland) will do with Ideal Jimmy. He leaves the gate so fast, he might take a chance. "It could be a bit of a rush into that first turn. A lot of horses can leave fast and I think they're all going to try to push for a good position there early. I just hope they don't line up. I've got to hope they mix it up pretty good the first three-eighths of a mile and see what happens after that." Rodeo Rock won his first two rounds in the series before a third-place finish on March 30. "He was very good the first two weeks," McCarthy said. "I probably drove him bad that third week. I should have pushed off harder and tried to trip him out a little more, but I came first over. He got just a little tired at the end of the mile. "I thought he raced terrific last week. I had to come first up out of the third turn into a very fast back half and he didn't lose ground. He kept pacing." Racing at Yonkers begins at 6:50 p.m. (EDT). The Levy championship is race 11 on the card. The card also includes the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship for older female pacers (race nine). For complete Saturday night entries, click here. Following is the field for the $662,800 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing championship. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Anythingforlove A        Joe Bongiorno - Jennifer Bongiorno 2-More The Better N       Scott Zeron - Ross Croghan 3-JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick - Josh Green 4-The Downtown Bus -   Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 5-Western Fame             Dan Dube - Rene Allard 6-Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy-Robert Cleary 7-The Wall                      Andy Miller - Nick Surick 8-Ideal Jimmy                 Brent Holland - Erv Miller Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, N.Y. – Harness racing trainer Rene Allard knows how it feels to win the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Final. The trainer captured Yonkers Raceway’s richest pacing event in each of the last two years with Keystone Velocity and took the 2015 edition with Domethatagain. Allard will take aim at his third straight Levy victory and fourth overall when he sends out Western Fame in Saturday night’s $662,800 series final. The lead up to this year’s final has a distinct feel for Allard, however. His past winners were outsiders, or even longshots. Despite drawing post one, Domethatagain was 6-1 in the final after winning one preliminary leg and finishing second in another. Keystone Velocity pulled off an 11-1 surprise in winning his first Levy title and was a tepid 5-2 favorite last year after scoring just one victory in the preliminaries. Western Fame however, is expected to be a heavy favorite Saturday night. “I think it’s a lot of pressure, more pressure than usual because we’re going to have the favorite,” Allard said. “Having the favorite is always a little extra pressure, but I would rather be the favorite than the longest shot on the board. That means we have a good shot.” A fixture in the barn of Jimmy Takter since the beginning of his career, Western Fame won a division of the Bluegrass and eliminations of the Little Brown Jug and Breeders’ Crown and finished second in the Jug Final, Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Final, Tattersalls Pace, and Matron Stakes at 3. At 4, Western Fame captured the Prix d’Été and Confederation Cup and was third in the Graduate Final. After racing at the FFA level throughout 2018, Allard eyed the Western Ideal son for his stable. “I was looking, trying to find a horse to replace Keystone Velocity. He was going to stud to breed and retire and I was looking for one in that age group,” Allard explained. “I obviously didn’t think McWicked and a couple of those other ones would be for sale, but I thought this one might come up for sale because I knew Jimmy was retiring. I contacted them and said, ‘if this horse ever comes up for sale, let me know.’ ” About a month later, Allard’s phone rang. Western Fame was for sale. Allard agreed on a price, and the deal was complete. “Everything happened pretty fast,” Allard added. Western Fame made a favorable impression from the moment he arrived in the barn. His intelligence and professionalism impressed his new trainer, who owns the stallion in partnership with Go Fast Stable, Stephen Klunowski, B And I Stable, and Gilbert Short. “Classy horses like him are definitely pleasant to be around. He’s a good horse to be around, very smart horse, obviously Takter did a great job with him throughout his career,” Allard said. “Everything he does, he does it right. Working around fast horses, those are the ones I like to work around the best. I don’t mind if they have issues, but if they have speed, that’s half the battle.” Western Fame made his first start for Allard December 2, 2018 when he captured the $100,000 Potomac Pace at Rosecroft Raceway. After a winter break, Western Fame qualified back at Yonkers February 2 before making his seasonal debut March 9 in the Open Handicap at Saratoga. Although he finished third in that start, he was rough around the final turn as he made a bid to circle the field. “The first start this year, he was struggling a little bit in the turns,” Allard said. “We changed his shoeing and did a couple adjustments to his equipment and he’s been super ever since. We changed his shoes, we have spreaders on him, and he’s been really good since.” Western Fame put his Levy rivals on notice with a first-leg blowout win March 17. He scored in wire-to-wire fashion by 5 ¾ lengths in 1:51.1, pacing a final quarter in :27. After a runner-up finish in week two, Western Fame returned to his dominant ways, taking legs three, four, and five by 2, 5 ½, and 1 ¾ lengths, respectively. Western Fame kicked home in :27 in his last two starts and his fourth-leg victory came in 1:50.4, equaling the season’s mark at Yonkers. “We knew he was a good horse. He’s won a lot of races at the highest level, so we thought he’d be a nice horse to have for the aged pacing stakes, but he’s really gone beyond our expectations. He’s been really good,” Allard said. Western Fame drew post position five in the rich Levy Series Final and is expected to be a heavy favorite off his dominance in the preliminaries. However, fellow leavers The Downtown Bus, JJ Flynn, and Anythingforlove all drew inside the series leader. Allard will leave the race tactics to regular driver Dan Dube, who piloted both Keystone Velocity and Domethatagain to their Levy wins. “I think the horse can be driven any way. Throughout his career, he’s done it from every spot, so I don’t think he’s only one way,” Allard said. “But I believe Dube is probably going to be pretty aggressive being the favorite in there. “Western Fame has been super since we purchased him. He’s ultra-consistent and I expect him to be right there on Saturday again,” Allard continued. “He looks good, feels good. Any time you go for that kind of money on a half-mile track, it’s never easy. It’s not going to be easy, so hopefully everything goes well, and we’ll keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.” For Allard, winning the Levy carries meaning beyond the purse money. He considers Yonkers his home track; he was leading trainer in 2015, 2016, and 2018 and currently tops the trainer standings. Last year, Allard made nearly half of his 1,717 starts at the Hilltop. “Yonkers is the racetrack that I race at the most and this is the biggest race of the year for us there. I haven’t had a chance to have a trotter in the International yet, maybe one day, but the Levy is a race that anyone who races at Yonkers wants to win,” Allard said. “It makes it extra special; that’s our track that we race at, we’re there every night. It means a lot to win that race, it would mean a lot to get it done. “Last time we won, I think I had Dube on top of my shoulders,” Allard continued. “Every time we win, the party gets a little crazier and crazier. We celebrate; that’s one thing that we do with Team Allard is we try to have fun. You live only once, so we try to live right.” The field for the Levy Series Final is listed below: Post Position   Horse   Driver  Trainer  1       Anythingforlove A         Joe Bongiorno             Jenn Bongiorno 2       More The Better N       Scott Zeron                  Ross Croghan 3       JJ Flynn                       Tim Tetrick*                  Josh Green 4       The Downtown Bus     Tim Tetrick*                 Jeff Gillis 5       Western Fame             Dan Dube                    Rene Allard 6       Rodeo Rock                 Andrew McCarthy       Robert Cleary 7       The Wall                       Andy Miller                  Nick Surick 8       Ideal Jimmy                  Brent Holland               Erv Miller Driver choice to be announced. Saturday night’s card also features the $401,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Final, the $100,000 Levy Series Consolation, the $75,000 Matchmaker Series Consolation, and a $50,000 Open Handicap Trot. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.  Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

Harness Racing This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $662,800 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $401,600 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 20). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Ideal Jimmy and Western Fame have raced with distinction throughout the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Saturday night (April 13) was no exception. The tandem each handily won their respective Yonkers Raceway event. All told, four $50,000 Free-For-All forays were carded. Western Fame added another victory to his Levy Series resume. Mike Lizzi photo. Odds-on Western Fame (Dan Dube, $2.30) - from post position four - stole a cheap second subsection (:27, :56.2, 1:24, 1:51) en route to victory. He disposed of a gallant Rodeo Rock (Andy McCarthy) by 1-3/4 lengths. That one tried to leave, was forced to settle third, then fought the good, first-up fight into a :54.3 back half. More The Better N (Scott Zeron), Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) and Endeavor (Jason Bartlett) picked off the small change. Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Idealowned by Go Fast Stable, B & I Stables, Stephen Klunowski and Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, is now 4-for-6 this season (4-for-5 in the Levy). At no point in the eight furlongs did Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $5.60) look anything except the easiest of winners. From post position six, he aired (:27.2, :57.1, 1:25.1, season's-best 1:52) by open lengths, while under severe restraint. Ideal Jimmy took down Ballerat Boomerang (Tim Tetrick) by 3-1/2 lengths. Rockin Ron (Matt Kakaley) was third after missing four weeks, with a pocket-tiring, 7-5 choice Anythingthingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno) and Somebaddude (George Brennan) also earning appearance coin. For second choice Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old son homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his sixth win in 13 2019 tries (3-for-5 in Levy). Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, 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 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 126; 2. George Brennan - 90; 3. Jason Bartlett - 77; 4. Scott Zeron - 68; 5. Matt Kakaley - 63. Trainers: 1. Jim King Jr. - 82; 2. Rene Allard - 57; 3. Ron Burke - 53; 4t. Tony Alagna - 41; 4t. Richard Banca - 41. Owners: 1. D R Van Witzenburg - 40; 2. Brad Grant - 34.3; 3. Robert Cooper Stables - 32.8; 4. Jo Ann Looney-King - 30; 5. J L Benson Stables - 27.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, with $40,000 (est.) Dexter Cup eliminations (if necessary) for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (April 27). Paul Ramlow  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 15, 2019-After five preliminary rounds, post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's harness racing finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both go this Saturday night (Apr. 20th), worth $401,600 and $662,800, respectively, by far 2019's richest North American races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM, with the co-features presented as race 9 (Matchmaker) and 11 (Levy). The 11th edition of the Matchmaker autodrew as such for the Free-For-All pacing mares... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). Shartin N is the defending champ. It's the 32nd Levy, a Free-For-All for the boys again honoring the memory of the Hall of Fame Founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The roster reads as such... 1-Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno), 2-More the Better N (Scott Zeron), 3-JJ Flynn (Tetrick), 4-The Downtown Bus (Tetrick also listed), 5-Western Fame (Dan Dube), 6-Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy), 7-The Wall (Andy Miller), 8-Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland). Dube goes for a Levy hat trick, having won (with trainer Rene Allard) the last couple with the now-retired Keystone Velocity. All 16 finalists race uncoupled. Saturday's card also includes series consolations, going for $75,000 (Matchmaker, 8th race) and $100,000 (Levy, 10th race), along with a pair of $50,000 events for Levy eligibles (races 4 and 6).   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 6, 2019-Ideal Jimmy and Western Fame have raced with distinction throughout the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Saturday night (Apr. 13th) was no exception. The tandem were advertised, each handily winning its respective Yonkers Raceway harness racing event. All told, four, $50,000 Free-For All forays were carded. Here's the electronic pen to electronic paper compendium... First division-In a race without a series round winner to date, Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett, $13.60) rolled from second-over as 7-5 favorite I'm Some Graduate (Matt Kakaley) wilted in the lane. The pole-sitting fave took over from Dr. J Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who immediately vaulted over his six inside rivals. I'm Some Graduate led through intervals of :26.2, :56 and 1:24. Control Tower (Joe Bongiorno) offered some first-up heat, but the fractions should have worked for the leader. They didn't...he wound up last. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories-from post position on No. 4-went by, whipped a third-over, 30-1 Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52. Dr. J Hanover was an unlucky, trapped third, with Don Domingo N (Jordan Stratton) and Control Tower settling for the remainder. For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (1-for-4 in Levy). The exacta paid $315, the triple returned $790 and the superfecta paid $29,362 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $1,468.10).   Second division-Polester The Downtown Bus (Scott Zeron, $9.10), a week after being involved in an insane :53.3 half-mile, found the teletimer a bit more forgiving this time around. After yielding to Always at My Place (George Brennan), he fronted the fray (:27.4, 57.4, 1:24.3, season's-best 1:52), defeating a second-over Major Croker A (Dan Dube) by a neck. Lyons Steel (Stratton) arrived late as the 17-10 choice, with I'marocnrolllegend N (Kakaley)-uncovered into that :26.4 third quarter-and Always at My Place coming away with the minors. For The Downtown Bus, an 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 2-for-5 this season/series. The exacta paid $40.40, the triple returned $116 and the superfecta paid $464.   Third division- Odds-on Western Fame (Dube, $2.30)-from post No. 4-stole a cheap second subsection (:27, 56.2, 1:24, 1:51) en route to victory. He disposed of a gallant Rodeo Rock (Andy McCarthy) by a length-and-three-quarters. That one tried to leave, was forced to settle third, then fought the good, first-up fight into a :54.3 back half. More the Better N (Zeron), Pacing Major N (Stratton) and Endeavor (Bartlett) picked off the small change. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, he's now 4-for-6 this season (4-for-5 in Levy). The exacta paid $5.40, the triple (three wagering choices) returned $10 and the superfecta paid $35.40.   Fourth division-At no point in the eight furlongs did Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $5.60) look anything except the easiest of winners. From post No. 6, he aired (:27.2; 57.1; 1:25.1, season's-best 1:52) by open lengths, while under severe restraint. 'Jimmy' took down Ballerat Boomerang (Tetrick) by 3½ lengths. Rockin' Ron (Kakaley) was third after missing four weeks, with a pocket-tiring, 7-5 choice Anythingthingforlove A (Bongiorno) and Somebaddude (Brennan) also earning appearance coin. Ideal Jimmy      -Mike Lizzi photo For second choice Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old son homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his sixth win 13 '19 tries (3-for-5 in Levy). The exacta paid $22.20, the triple returned $92 and the superfecta paid $160. The Levy final series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. The final is set for next Saturday night, Apr. 20th (approximate purse $630,000). Note that the leaders are not necessarily the finalists until 'finalized' by the race office after an examination of the series conditions. Open draw for both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Levy take place Monday afternoon (Apr. 15th). Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by the lass Weslynn Dancer (Kakaley, $15.80) in a season's-best 1:54.2, also the fastest local trot mile of 2019.   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. – Dennis Watson isn’t getting much sleep these days. His George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series contender Lyons Steel is 12th in the standings ahead of the last preliminary harness racing leg Saturday night (April 13). A victory in the last leg would likely earn him a spot in the estimated $660,000 final April 20. It would be the biggest race of Watson’s training career. “That would be the greatest thing for me, I mean the greatest thing,” Watson emphasized. “I’m used to racing cheap horses and I’ve never had the opportunity to train a good stakes horse of my own in my own stable. My head doesn’t get big, the same helmet fits me and I remain humble. A lot of people, my family, everybody watches when he races. It’s a big opportunity.” A regular trainer and driver at Freehold for years, Watson’s career in harness racing began as a teenager working for Sonny Dancer. Amid a difficult upbringing, Watson discovered his passion for working with horses. “I was born in a women’s prison and went to a foster home around where Dancer used to train. I lived down the street from him and I took an interest in training horses and that’s how I got started with Dancer when I was 15 years old,” Watson explained. "He used to pick us up at the foster home and take us to the track and we used to watch them train and that’s how I got started working with racehorses with him. He was a first-class trainer. I enjoyed it, being top trainer at Liberty Bell and these tracks.” Watson eventually went out on his own, but finding horses he could afford proved challenging. Watson improvised and made a career out of rehabilitating Standardbreds sold by the Amish.  “I mainly used to deal with Amish horses. I used to wait at the Amish truck and I’d look at their papers and take them off the truck,” Watson said. “Whatever amount of money I had to buy, I took them off the Amish truck and patched them up and got them back to the races. That’s all I had. Nobody would give you a horse to train, but I would patch those horses up and get them to the races and one time I made the second-leading driver at Freehold racing those horses.” Now semi-retired, Watson’s stable consists of a small group of claimers and young horses. The standout among them is Lyons Steel, a 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding who Watson and owner Bryan Dzugan purchased at the 2018 Meadowlands January Mixed Sale for $17,000. Watson and Dzugan connected while campaigning the hard-knocking claimer Whataorse at Freehold and the Meadowlands between 2013 and last summer. Watson worked with Whataorse early in the gelding’s career, but lost him to a claim in 2011. After racing in Pennsylvania for some time, Whataorse returned to Freehold and Watson worked with Dzugan to get the gelding back. The partnership paid off and Watson and Dzugan went to the sale together last winter. “We went over a bunch of young horses at the Meadowlands sale and we picked Lyons Steel out,” Watson remembered. “We went for it and he got him. It was a great deal.” Lyons Steel proved to be a project. After going just 1-for-9 as a 2-year-old and failing to make an impression in the New York Sire Stakes Excelsior A division, Lyons Steel began his sophomore season with an 0-for-10 streak racing in overnights at Freehold and the Meadowlands. “When we got him, he wasn’t performing too well, but I just kept working with him until I got him straightened out,” Watson said. “We had to teach him. He used to make breaks and stuff, but when he did get it together, he would show a lot of speed, so I said this is a horse worth dealing with.” Lyons Steel finally broke through with a 1:58 win in a $2,800 overnight at Freehold April 27, 2018. He doubled up in his next start a week later, scoring in a 1:55.2 victory for $3,300. Lyons Steel continued to improve, surprising his connections with a runner up finish in NYSS individually timed in 1:50 at Vernon Downs May 28.  “I really didn’t know how fast he was. Every place I asked him to go, he would do whatever I asked him to do,” Watson said. “He didn’t start off too good, but he still showed potential. He couldn’t get around the half mile track when I first got him. He was a case. I like dealing with tough cases like that.” Lyons Steel went 5-for-32 in 2018, earning $107,578. His impressive development led to Watson and Dzugan nominating him to the Levy Series this spring. “We just said let’s take a shot and go in there. We were going to race him a couple starts and see if he was competitive and if he was, we were going to let him stay in there. “We took a chance,” Watson said. Lyons Steel ran into trouble in the first leg of the series when the field scattered behind breaking rival Windsong Leo. In week two, Lyons Steel finished fifth beaten 5 ¾ lengths, but Watson saw enough from his :27.3 final quarter to continue in the series. Week three proved to be the breakthrough as Lyons Steel kicked away from his rivals to win by 4 ½ lengths in 1:50.4., the fastest mile of the season at Yonkers. “I kind of put that first race aside and said, let’s see what happens in the next one. And the next race, they went a pretty good last half and he was still competitive, so I said, let’s put him in another one and take another shot, and that’s when he showed real great speed,” Watson said. “He fooled me a little bit, he fooled me. When he came out of that hole like a slingshot, he likes to do that, so I thought if he keeps going, he would fare well,” Watson said. “He did keep going and he didn’t have to get urged. He was in hand, so that means he still has more in him. He didn’t hit him or anything, didn’t have to touch him.” Last week, Lyons Steel left from post six, but was caught in a speed duel with The Downtown Bus. Parked the mile, Lyons Steel tired to finish seventh, leaving the 4-year-old with 163 points heading into Saturday’s last preliminary leg. Lyons Steel is a 7-1 morning line from post four in Saturday’s seventh race while rival The Downtown Bus drew post one as the 5-2 early favorite. Gokudo Hanover is 3-1 from post six while Imarocnrollegend will start at 6-1 from post two. A win by any of the four aforementioned horses would likely earn them a spot in the final. Major Crocker, Always At My Place, Rodeo Romeo, and Bettors Fire complete the field. “I’m a little nervous about the race coming up because the one he got into the duel with has got the rail and we have the four hole,” Watson said. “I never tell a driver how to drive, so the decision is his. I just hope we fare well. I probably won’t sleep (Friday) night; I don’t think so. “Oh, it would mean a lot to make the final. Yes, it would.” Saturday night’s card features four divisions of the Levy Series fifth leg and the regular Open Handicap Trot. The Blue Chip Matchmaker and Levy Series Finals will be held Saturday, April 20. Live harness racing is featured at Yonkers Raceway every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night. First post time is 6:50 p.m. For entries to the races, click here.   By Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 12, 2019-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fifth and final preliminary round go Friday night (Apr. 12th), with three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All harness racing  mares. Any number of well-positioned points leaders earned this week off for good behavior. Here was the last-chance-to-impress ledger... First division-Another wet week for the lasses, though not as much moisture as last Friday. Undaunted, 3-10 lass Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., $2.60) was the lone leaver and the easiest of winners. From what became the outside post position in this scratched-reduced quintet, Seaswift Joy N worked around Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley), then was a drifting, three-length victress (:27.2, :57, 1:25.2, 1:52.3). Camera Lady chased the around the oval for second, with Delightfulmemphisn (Tim Tetrick), Gold Orchid N (Jason Bartlett) and Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) rounding out the finishers/payees. For Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight ma'am owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-5 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $6.20, with triple and superfecta wagering both cancelled. "She's getting better every week," Marohn Jr. said.   Second division-An uncovered Kaitlyn N (Kakaley, $9) ground down 1-2 choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) in 1:52.2. The former played leapfrog with Twinkle (Scott Zeron), reclaiming the lead right at a :26.4 opening quarter-mile.. After a :56.1 intermission, it was Kaitlyn N-from post No. 4-moving from third. She hooked the leader between the 1:24 three-quarters and the final turn, putting her away midway through the lane. Kaitlyn N       --Mike Lizzi photo Kaitlyn N drew out to win by a length-and-a-quarter. Feelin' Red Hot held second, with Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) third. Odds outsiders Angel's Pride (Bent Holland) and Write Me a Song (Bartlett) came away with the minors. For second choice Kaitlyn N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca and Barbara & James Boese, it was her first win in eight '19 tries (1-for-5 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $52.50 and the superfecta paid $184. "Did not want to be first-up, but she was so good, it didn't matter," Kakaley said.   Third division-Looped leaving, but short-priced Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $2.60) had few issues thereafter (:27.2, :56, 1:24.3, 1:53). From post No. 2, she eventually worked around Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) before whipping that one by 2½ lengths for her escort's 5,998th career driving victory. A second-up Magic Forces (Brennan), a first-up Medusa (Bartlett) and Freakonomics (Zeron) settled for the small change. For Apple Bottom Jeans, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $8.80, the triple returned $68 and the superfecta paid $168.50. Apple Bottom Jeans      --Mike Lizzi photo "She was as good as she's ever been," said Callahan, who a race earlier won No. 5,997 with catch-drive Odds on Delray ($12.40) in a mile-and-a-sixteenth overnight event. Updated Matchmaker standings accompany this release. The final is set for Saturday night, Apr. 20th (approximate purse $400,000). Note that the leaders are not necessarily the finalists until 'finalized' by the race office after an examination of the series conditions. Saturday evening's (Apr. 13th) fifth and final round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features four, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.   by FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Directo Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 11, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Empire Terrace shall be open for dinner Saturdays during stakes season, beginning with the Apr. 20th finals of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Terrace features a buffet selection, with first-come, first-serve seating available from 6 PM-10 PM. The cost is $24.95 per person, plus tax and gratuities. Horsemen and owners may make reservations at (914) 457-2649.   by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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