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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 23, 2015 -Harness racing driver Brian Sears was the man about town Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 eliminations for the 25th Art Rooney Pace. A total of 13 3-year-old gentlemen-11 colts and two geldings-began the night, with the first four finishers in each elim getting a pass through the velvet robe into the stakes finale. Sears took of the first event with a first-up Sonofa Sizzle ($9.90) in 1:52.1. He held off Betting Exchange (Dave Miller) by a neck after the front end folded. The front end came in the form of 6-5 favorite Soto (Brett Miller), who worked around Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett) and threw down intervals of :27.2 :56 and 1:24.1. Meanwhile, scourge of Delaware Sonaofa Sizzle, from post position No. 3, had engaged the leader before putting him away. He held off Betting Exchange, who was three-wide early before slipping out in the lane. Cartoon Daddy (catch-driver Dan Dube) was a never-threatening third, with Arque Hanover, despite breaking early in the lane, finished fourth to get into the final. A tiring Soto and an outrun A Bettor Hat (George Brennan) rounded out the order. For second choice Sonofa Sizzle, son of Life Sizzles owned by Michael White and trained by Josh Green, it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $81.50, with the triple returning $190. "He did everything I asked of him," Sears said "It helped that they mixed it up a bit early, but he was very sharp." Let's not gloss over the "interesting" effort of Arque Hanover, who, in the words of his date, was a victim of too much pace and no place to go. "I was overloaded," Bartlett said. "He was definitely a winner. He had so much pace, he started getting crooked on me and made a break. It's shows how good he was that he came back and made the final, anyway." The second elimination saw odds-on choice In the Arsenal ($2.50), whose debutante effort came in last season's Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here, barely prevail. Leaving from post No. 2, he gave the first lead to Rock N' Roll World (Dube) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. In the Arsenal then moved to the lead, completing his rounds (:57.2, 1:26, 1:53.1). Rock N' World, now a runner-up in all four races this season, tried In the Arsenal in the passing lane by missed a head. National Seelester (Dave Miller) and Bet You (Brett Miller) also earned their invites to return, while Rolling Ring Afire (catch-driver Tyler Buter), Western Pioneer (Brennan) and a breaking Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald) completed the order. For In the Arsenal, a son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison for co-owners (breeder) White Birch Farm and In the Arsenal Racing, it was his second win in as many '15 tries. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $16. "He's more mature mentally and physically than he was at 2," Sears said. "In elimination races, you have to race a favorite as if he's the favorite, so I put him on the lead. He knows what he's doing out there." The $300,000 final of the Rooney goes next Saturday night (May 30), along with the six-lass $117,724 Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies). The open draw for both stakes takes place late Tuesday morning. Saturday's $42,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --(Trot), Luminosity (Brennan, $6.50) in 1:54.4 --(Pace), Duc Dorleans (MacDonald, $16.60) in 1:51.3. No one took down the Saturday Pick 5, so Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,501.50 and offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool (program pages available at The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 every racing program. The Raceway's live season continues Memorial Day evening (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, pair of finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note there is no live racing or evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive. Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including the June 6th Belmont Stakes. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 22, 2015 - With the Stanley Cup playoffs down to the nitty and the gritty, it was apropos that Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) would record a Friday night harness racing hat-trick. She had to work a bit harder for this one than the previous two, but she was more than up to it, winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in convincing fashion. Ordered outside her seven rivals, the 3-5 favorite fell into line fourth as Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) paid a :26.4 price for the privilege of leading the way. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton) strung that one out, with pole-assigned Canaco Star (Dan Dube) third In turn two, was Krispy Apple moving again, making the lead by the :55.1 intermission. She went Westchester wide, however, as Witch Dali pulled pocket before aborting that attempt. Meanwhile, the new leader was well in hand at the 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a two-length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:53, a length closer and a few ticks slower than her previous two wins, but she is getting older. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old millionaires daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her fourth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, with the triple returning $179. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM, eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace). After that, it's Memorial Night Monday (7:10 PM) and Tuesday (1 PM, two finals in the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Thursday night hosted its first harness racing New York Stakes crowd of the season, the $163,375 Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Three divisions, worth $54,125, $55,125 and $54,125, respectively, comprised the event, which honored the memory of the long-time popular horse owner (with family in attendance for winner's circle presentations). There's no way to sugar coat this...chalk players were accorded the chalk outline, as all three odds-on entities failed to deliver on their puny parimutuel promises. The opening event saw last season's frosh statebred champion, Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras)-at 1-20-jump it off in the second turn after making the lead. When the stone dust settled, it was 26-1 Royal Deceptor (Mickey McGivern, $55.50), pocketed from post position No. 3, nipping Mythology Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a nose in a life-best 1:58 (:29.1, :59.2, 1:28.3). Insomniac (Mark MacDonald) cut the mile and faded to third, beaten a neck. Crazy Wow finished fourth. For third choice Royal Deceptor, a son of RC Royalty trained by Cheryl McGivern for co-owners Charles Foster, Michael James and Michael Sentiwany Jr., it was his fourth win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $150, with the triple returned $614. "He was very good early last season, but they sort of caught up to him," Mickey McGivern said. "He's just a lunch pail sort of horse, keeps trying and keeps working." The second sire stakes grouping found 3-5 choice Habitat (Gingras), with a NYSS and Dexter Cup win already on his resume, also do the dance of the damned. His malfeasance occurred entering the first turn. That left Military Blue (Mike Simons) leading the gang (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.3) before his night was over. Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer) took over from first-over, only to get snapped on the money by 31-1 proposition Workout Wonder (Dan Dube, $65.50). Leaving from post No. 4, the margin-another nose-was in 1:56.3, far and away a career-best effort. Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears) was third, with Apostle's Creed (Brett Miller) fourth. Habitat was last among the seven. For fifth choice Workout Wonder, a Conway Hall colt co-owned by All Laid Out Stable and trained by Ake Svanstedt, it was his first win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $234.50, the triple returned $743 and the superfecta paid $4,789. The evening's final NYSS event found 3-10 Maestro Blue Chip (Smedshammer) carrying the water for the rank and file. He disposed of Royal Becca J (Jack Parker Jr.) after the one's early lead (:29.2, :58.2), then widened after a 1:28.2 three-quarters. "Maestro" had three lengths in and out of the final turn, only to get that run-down feeling from The Physician (George Brennan, $15.20). The latter, from post No. 5, whipped the former by a neck in a life-best 1:58.1, with Royal Lad (Simons) third. For The Physician, a Credit Winner gelding trained by Anette Lorentzon for co-owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson, he's now 2-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $33.80, with the triple returning $107. With longshots ruling the night in the sire stakes-comprising 60 percent of the Pick 5 races, no one took down the pool. Thus, Friday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,675.35 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday nights (post times 7:10 PM), with Saturday offering a pair of $40,000 eliminations of the Art Rooney Pace. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, finals of both Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series division), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs (no live racing/evening simulcasting June 3-12, inclusive). Afternoon simulcasting is available daily, including June 6 Belmont Stakes Frank Drucker

Louisville, KY --- He might not receive as much press as the sport’s top rated horse Bee A Magician or Elitloppet bound Wind Of The North, but Obrigado’s harness racing connections feel he possesses the ability and class to be one of the top older trotters of 2015. “He’s staked up to everything and is such an intelligent horse,” said Paul Kelley, who co-owns and conditions the 5-year-old gelding. “He never does anything wrong and is a cool horse to be around.” After an extended winter vacation, Obrigado will be making his third start of the season on Saturday (May 23) at Yonkers Raceway in a $42,000 Open Handicap. He will commence his journey from post position seven with Mark MacDonald at the lines in the fifth race on the card and is the 5-2 choice on the morning line. “He’s done very well at Yonkers and always gives a good account of himself,” Kelley said. “We are really looking forward to this season with him.” A Maine champion at age 2 and 3, Obrigado was bred by Mike Andrew of Gorham, Maine, and is a son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony. He is a full brother to Kanalla Bella 3,2:01h ($81,025), A Cappella Bella 3,2:01.4h ($85,060) and Iza Bella 4,1:58.3h ($232,295) and was purchased by Kelley, Linwood Higgins, Bill Weaver and Stable 45 at the 2013 Standardbred Mixed Sale for $53,000. The gelding is a very handsome horse and that is initially what caught Kelley’s eye. The fact that he reeled off 21 consecutive victories after finishing fourth and third in his first two starts certainly did not impair the acquisition either. Kelley always thought Obrigado would be a very nice addition to his barn, but was overjoyed by how well the gelding performed last year. He compiled a record of 21-9-7-1, set a track record of 1:52.3f at Tioga Downs and doubled his bankroll by earning $173,742. In his last race of 2014, the former Ivan Davies trainee illustrated he was a force to be reckoned with as he came home fourth behind Natural Herbie, Commander Crowe and Bee A Magician in the $250,000 International Trot Preview Invitational on Oct. 25 at Yonkers Raceway. “We were tickled to death to receive the last invitation and were anxious to see how he would perform against some of the top horses in the sport,” Kelley said. “He did much more than show he could hold his own and that race gave us notice that he belonged with those horses. Being from Maine, you never knew how he was going to measure up and when we bought him it was with the intention of having a nice horse for the upstate New York circuit. He is just so much more than that and everyone that comes in contact with him ends up becoming a fan. He is that kind of horse.” The gelding qualified twice this year on April 23 and April 30 before finishing second on May 9 in an Open Handicap at Yonkers. He was second again in the same class at the Hilltop on May 16. A triumph this weekend would bring his resume to an extremely consistent 47-31-9-2 and bring him closer to the $400,000 mark in career purse money (he is currently at $363,164). “We started off this year with some changes, as I am now stabled at Mark Ford’s training center,” Kelley said. “It is absolutely tremendous here and we made a great choice. Also, Mark MacDonald is at the barn every morning. He will be the one driving Obrigado now as he has done plenty of work with him and really likes the horse. I think he is an excellent fit and has definitely earned the drive by all the time he has spent with us. He also provides great feedback on how the horse is doing.” Although it is not yet June, Kelley is very excited to see exactly what Obrigado will accomplish. “Everyone always asks how he is doing and where he will be going,” Kelley said. “But we will just let him tell us how to proceed all year. It’s all up to him, but I have confidence in him. He could never let us down as he is so smart and gives more than 100 percent every time you lead him over. You never know what can happen from year to year, but we think he can improve upon last year and we hope to have a lot more fun with him this year.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Harness Racing This Week: Art Rooney eliminations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Betsy Ross, Jerry Taylor and Maxie Lee Memorial, Harrah’s Philadelphia, Chester, Pa.; and The Graduate first leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit will take place at three locations this week. Action begins on Saturday (May 23) as Yonkers Raceway will hold a pair of $40,000 eliminations in the Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old males. On Sunday afternoon (May 24), Harrah’s Philadelphia will host the $150,000 Betsy Ross for older female pacers, the $150,000 Jerry Taylor for older male pacers and the $150,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters. Memorial Day Monday (May 25) at Tioga Downs will feature the $50,000 (est.) first leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and open trotters. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: While there is a long history of brilliant mares defeating the older horses at the Free For All trotting level in harness racing, it had never happened in the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. That all changed on a rainy Saturday night (May 16) at The Meadowlands. Bee A Magician, the overwhelming 4-5 favorite, did what had yet to be done as she emerged victorious, winning the $183,650 Cutler final in 1:51.2. She became the first mare in the 17-year history of the race to win the historic event. Driver Brian Sears put his mare on the front end at the half-mile marker and she coasted to an easy win by two lengths. Wind Of The North finished second with Melady’s Monet third. It was the same result as the week prior in the prep for the Cutler. Sears was very proud of Bee A Magician after the race. “She’s just such a pleasure,” said Sears. “Last year was tough for her, there was a lot of traveling and it was a long season. But right now, she is just really fresh and really sharp. It is hard to keep them this sharp all year long, but hopefully she keeps going forward.” Bee A Magician won for the 34th time in 50 lifetime starts and her lifetime earnings surpassed $2.86 million. She is trained by Nifty Norman for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. All Bets Off lived up to his 3-5 favorite status to win the $188,057 Confederation Cup for 4-year-old pacers on Sunday night (May 17) at Flamboro Downs. Driven by Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke, All Bets Off followed up his track record performance in last week’s elimination with a 1:51.3 front-end score in Sunday’s rich final. In the final quarter, All Bets Off put aside the first up bid of Ideal Cowboy and created separation on Limelight Beach to cruise home and score a 1-3/4 length victory in 1:51.3. Bettorever came from eighth at the three-quarter pole to finish second, while Big Boy Dreams finished third. Limelight Beach and Ideal Cowboy picked up the final two checks, as they finished fourth and fifth. A son of Bettor's Delight, All Bets Off now has two wins in three starts this season for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stb Corp. and the Estate of Rosemary J. Shelswell. The 4-year-old pacer picked up his 17th career win Sunday evening and pushed his bankroll to more than $1.2 million. Complete recaps of the weekend 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 past weekend: Drivers: 1. Daniel Dube – 145; 2. Yannick Gingras – 126; 3. Jason Bartlett – 123; 4. George Brennan – 92; 5. Brian Sears – 88. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke – 208; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. – 161; 3. Rene Allard – 125; 4. Mark Silva – 45; 5. Tony O’Sullivan – 32. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing – 144.5; 2. Burke Racing - 56.05; 3. Weaver Bruscemi – 53.55; 4. Allard Racing – 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder – 35. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at two different racetracks next weekend. The Raceway at Western Fair District will host the Molson Pace on Friday (May 29) and Yonkers Raceway offers the Art Rooney and Lismore finals on Saturday (May 30). by Paul Ramlow, publicity director, The Grand Circuit 

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 19, 2015-Thirteen harness racing 3-year-old pacers of the male gender-11 colts and two geldings-have been entered for the 25th edition of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The number has necessitated a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (May 23), with the first four in each qualifying for the $300,000 final, set for a week from Saturday night (May 30). So, if you guessed $380,000 in the total purse pool, you get a cookie. First elim (6th race)... 1- Arque Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 2- Soto (Brett Miller), 3- Sonofa Sizzle (Dave Miller), 4- Betting Exchange (Dave Miller also listed), 5- Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras), 6- A Bettor Hat (George Brennan). Second elim (7th race)... 1- National Seelster (Dan Dube), 2- In the Arsenal (Brian Sears), 3- Rock N' Roll World (Dube also listed), 4- Bet You (Brett Miller), 5- Rolling Ring Afire (Charlie Norris), 6- Penji Hanover (Mark MacDonald), 7- Western Pioneer (MacDonald also listed). A Bettor Hat and Bet You are the geldings in the group. The Art Rooney Pace, whose name was chosen by a fan vote, began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Sr. It was not contested in 2004-05, and raced at Monticello in 2006. The companion event for the Rooney, the 11th Lismore for soph pacing fillies, attracted a half-dozen. It goes for $117,724 and is a one-dash event Saturday, May 30. The alphabetical roster is Bedroom Confessions, Purrfect Bags, Sassa Hanover, Special Package, Strut My Stuff and Totally Rusty ($15,000 supplemental entrant). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 18, 2015-Buoyed by a carryover in excess of $4,500 ($4,501.50, to be precise) and Monday night's usual $10,000 guaranteed harness racing pool, Yonkers Raceway's Pick 5 had more interest than usual. Nearly $24,000 of fresh money ($23,886, exactly) was bet into the gimmick, creating a total pool (after takeout) of $22,416.50. The winning combination of 4/1/3/6/2 saw one ticket take down the whole pot. It's by far the largest Pick 5 payout of the season. We can't swear to it, but perhaps the winning ticket was purchased by the Robbie Siegelman Fan Club. The affable trainer upset the apple cart with a pair of Cheyenne Gang/Barry Rubinstein Farms longshot homebreds in the Pick 5 sequence. Cheyenne Jeffrey ($47.40) and Cheyenne Seeber ($28.80) won the seventh (1:53.4) and ninth (1:53.2) races, respectively, both with pocket trips. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered each racing program (races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, so if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program ($10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 16, 2015 - A repeating Luminosity (George Brennan, $7.40) and Big N Bad (Eric Carlson, $26.20) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, from outside post position No. 7 in the weekly marquee trot, plotzed into a pocket behind Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton). That one threw down early intervals of :27.3 and :56.4 before Stan the Man (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth. "Stan" didn't do much for the cause, including 3-4 fave Obrigado (Mark MacDonald), who was operating from third-over. Meanwhile, "Dewy" found a 1:25.3 three-quarters, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, Luminosity edged out and by, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:54.2. Obrigado and Il Mago (Dan Dube), both compromised by a stagnant tow, rallied for second and third, respectively. Dewycolorintheline and Tweet Me (Tyler Buter) rounded out the payees. For second Luminosity , a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.60, with the triple returning $75.50. The week's featured pace had Big N Bad, from post No, 3, have no such issues hitchin' a ride. He wound up second-up behind 7-5 choice Fool Me One (Brennan) as that one put the heat upon Sapphire City (MacDonald). Sapphire City, at a baker's-dozen-to-one, had led through sub-sections of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.2. He dispatched former New York Sire Stakes champ Fool Me Once and owned a length-and-half lead in and out of the final turn. Unfortunately for Sapphire City and his legions, unwanted company was coming in the form of a pocketed The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Big N Bad. The latter whipped the former by a half-length in 1:52.4, with P H Supercam (Bartlett), Sapphire City and Casimir Jitterbug (Buter) settling for the minor moolah. The five check-getters were separated by 1¾ lengths at the wire. For fifth choice Big N Bad, a 5-year-old Badlands Hanover gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Jennifer Sabot, it was his fifth win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $76.50, the triple returned $400 and the superfecta paid $3,182. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), 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

They left Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett, $2.70) alone-again--Friday night and the seven-figure lass made 'em pay--again, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing  featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In other words, if you're looking for suspense, run along, nothing to see here. Once again assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Magic Starlight (George Brennan), then had no issues whatsoever (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The time was a tick faster than a week ago, as well as a season's-best effort. The final margin for Krispy Apple was 3½ lengths, same as last week's romp. It was 34-1 rank outsider (Tyler Buter) sitting a three-hole and outgaming Magic Starlight for the role of bridesmaid. Witch Dali (Jordan Stratton)-making her first start since running roughshod in March's Petticoat Pacing Series-and Delightful Dragon (Dan Dube) completed the cashers. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her third win in eight seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,344,323). The exacta paid $32.40, with the triple returning $114.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM, third round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), 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 (including Saturday's Preakness Day card from Pimlico [first post 10:30 AM]) available daily. Frank Drucker

Harness Racing Driver Hannah Miller and Rev It Now teamed-up again this time winning the $14,000 Final of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 14. Once again Miler sat cool and collective while trailing the leaders until the final turn where she revved-up Rev It Now and the veteran Revenue S gelding rallied for a 2:01.3 victory winning by a head over Wygant Prince and driver Paul Minore. One-half farther length back in third place was Tony Verusso with Flirting Duezy. It marked the sixth time that Miller had reined Rev It Now to victory in the NAADA Series and for the hot-handed lady she now has 11 wins, 6 seconds and one third in 28 seasonal starts which equates to a .524 UDR. As he has done in the majority of his races lately Rev It Now started slowly from post four and was next to last at the quarter where pace-setter Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff) tripped the timer in :29.4 despite being challenged from command by Starsaboveallerage (Steve Oldford). But Oldford wasn't alone on the limb. Trailing him was Bad I Am (Alan Schwartz) while Minore was snuggled in along the pylons in second position behind the leader, Tagmaster. When the field headed toward the first quarter Miller moved Rev It Now out third-over and sat comfortably following those in front of her. "With two tiers of horses in front of me I decided that I better move out third-over so not to get boxed in later in the mile," Miller said. Up the backside Schwartz moved three-deep and the field bunched-up heading into the final turn. It was there that Miller got after her trotter and she moved him to the far outside on the turn and when they straightened for home Rev It Up was 'flying' on the far outside. Still some three lengths behind at the top of the lane Miller hustled Rev It Now and they passed the leaders and rallied for a neck victory over Wygant Prince, who never saw daylight until mid-stretch. "He's a grinder and we went a long mile but we had cover all the way," Miller said referring to her journey with Rev It Now. "On the final turn I got him fired up and he was the strong horse in the deep stretch. He's a classy ole guy who knows when he's heading for home. We really get along good together." The winner is co-owned by her driver, her dad Erv Miller and her proud boyfriend, Nick Surick, who doubles as the horse's trainer. Although he didn't have a mount in the series finale NAADA president Joe Faraldo was on hand overseeing the final event and was pleased with the outcome and complementary of Hannah Miller. "It was a real good race and an exciting one, too, with just 2/5ths of a second separating the first five finishers. All in all it was a good series. "And 'Hurricane Hannah' stuck it to the boys again. She comes from a family of horse people and she certainly knows her way around the race track. We're really going to need her when we host the amateurs from Spain in an international competition in early June" The North American Amateur Drivers Association makes it their business to donate money to worthwhile charities. Recently they made substantial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in 2013 and to the Susan B Komen Breast Cancer Foundation last season. "After our Trotting Series this fall we'll make another donation to charitable organization," Faraldo added. John Manzi

Every little thing she does is magic. Or at least it has been so far this harness racing season for Bee A Magician. The 5-year-old female trotter, who was harness racing's 2013 Horse of the Year, has started her campaign with back-to-back wins over male rivals - first in a track-record performance in the Open Handicap at Yonkers Raceway and next from the Meadowlands' post 10 in a prep for Saturday's Arthur J. Cutler Memorial. She will try to make it three in a row when she leaves from post eight with driver Brian Sears in the $183,650 Cutler Memorial final at the Big M. A mare has never won the Cutler, which was first contested in 1998. In fact, Bee A Magician is only the fourth to compete in the event, joining Fern (eighth in 2000), Mystical Sunshine (fifth in 2006) and Buck I St Pat (second in 2011). The Cutler is part of a card at the Meadowlands that includes the seasonal debuts of Dan Patch Award-winner Artspeak in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers and millionaire JK Endofanera in the first round of the TVG Free For All Series for older pacers. Last year, Bee A Magician won four of 17 races and earned $421,314 for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Trot and she finished second in the Hambletonian Maturity, Allerage Farms Mare Trot, and Ima Lula Series championship. "She's just bigger, stronger, more mature," trainer Nifty Norman said. "It's just the difference between being a 4-year-old and a 5-year-old. And she seems very settled and happy with herself. Her appetite is great and she just seems really content. Hopefully that trend continues." Bee A Magician was undefeated in 17 starts at age 3, earning $1.54 million, and was named Horse of the Year in both the U.S. and Canada. Although she saw her win rate drop last season, she hit the board 12 times and trotted a then-world-record 1:51.1 to capture a preliminary division of the Miss Versatility Series. Three times she finished second in races that either set or equaled the world record. "I think the strength of that (trotting mare) group probably doesn't get enough credit," Norman said. "Classic Martine and company, there are some good horses in that class. We went in (1):51 a bunch of times last year racing those mares. I think two or three of them are probably good enough to go against the boys as well. It was a really good group. "At the same time, I think (Bee A Magician) is better this year. She seems to be handling things better." Last week, Bee A Magician and driver Scott Zeron left from post 10 and methodically moved to the front in an opening quarter-mile of :27.4. They yielded the lead to DW's NY Yank prior to the halfway point and remained in second until exiting the final turn, when Zeron moved Bee A Magician to the outside and trotted home in a national season's best 1:51.3. Elitloppet invitee Wind Of The North finished second and Melady's Monet was third. "It was fantastic," Norman said. "I was very, very pleased with that. It was unbelievable. Scotty read the race well. No one left (from the starting gate) and he ended up getting a perfect trip really. But she was very good as well." Bee A Magician is not the only former Dan Patch Award winner in the Cutler Memorial final. Two-time honoree Market Share, who was making his 2015 debut in the prep and finished sixth, will leave from post three. The remainder of the field includes Opening Night, Master Of Law, Expressive Action, Lindy's Tru Grit, and Appomattox. "I think Brian will probably try to do a similar thing to what Scotty did," Norman said about the final. "He'll probably put her in the flow and try to be the last horse to the top, I would imagine. But we'll see how it works out." If all goes well, Bee A Magician will follow the Cutler with a trip to Harrah's Philadelphia for the Maxie Lee Memorial Invitational on May 24. And she could see a number of starts against the boys throughout the season. If that's the case, once Sebastian K and Father Patrick enter the fray there could be times when at least four Dan Patch Award winners meet up. "As long as we're competitive I think we're probably going to race the boys a bit more often," Norman said. "Obviously there are some horses to come out of the woodwork yet; I think the class is probably going to get stronger as we go forward. But at the moment it seems like we're competitive in there, so that's alright." Following is the field in post order for the Cutler Memorial with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Opening Night, Corey Callahan, Jim Campbell 2. DW's NY Yank, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke 3. Market Share, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano 4. Master Of Law, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter 5. Expressive Action, Pat Berry, John Grasso 6. Wind Of The North, David Miller, Daryl Bier 7. Lindy's Tru Grit, Andy Miller, Julie Miller 8. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, R. Nifty Norman 9. Appomattox, Andrew McCarthy, Ron Burke 10. Melady's Monet, John Campbell, Kevin McDermott by Ken Harness Racing Communications USTA

It wasn't exactly a convening of the U-N General Assembly. However, Yonkers Raceway did its part for international relations Monday night, welcoming preeminent Australian harness racing track announcer Fred Hastings and his family. Mr. Hastings is Sydney Metropolitan's chief harness caller, including at the country's premier venue, Menangle. He is the voice of Australasia's signature races, the Miracle Mile and Inter Dominion Championships, as well as the recent World Driving Championship. He and his family--wife Cheryl, daughters Megan and Lizzie--visited Yonkers, then Mr. Hastings was immediately put to work. After a race presentation, he filled in for Yonkers' own John Hernan, announcing races 7,8 and 9, as they were included in the nine races that were simulcast Down Under. Mr. Hastings' American announcing debut may be viewed at (go to archived replays of Monday's races). "It was a pipe dream of mine to do this," he said. "I've been watching Yonkers' races for quite some time back home, and I know the history of the track, so to get to announce here was such a treat." Reviews of Mr. Hastings' performance were so good, that not only does he have an open invite to return, Hernan was summarily suspended for four games by the National Football League. The Raceway's live season continues Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), 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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 9, 2015--Wagering choices Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.90) and Michael's Power (Dan Dube, $5.50) both went down the road Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $42,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, from post position No. 7 in the weekly marquee trot, eschewed an early seat. He drove past Il Mago (Dube) just after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :56.3 intermission, then back-half markers of 1:25.2 and 1:54.1...the latter making it the fastest local trot mile of the season. Season-debuting Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) rallied into second--beaten a length-and-quarter--from an assigned eight-hole (at 37-1), with Il Mago third. Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton) and A Cool Million (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity , a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fifth win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $117, the triple returned $589 and the superfecta paid $1,858. The week's featured pace Michael's Power, from post No. 8, held off Sapphire City (MacDonald) by a short nostril in a two-speed number (:27, :56.1, 1:24.4, 1:53). Third went a late-arriving The Real One (Pat Lachance), with Duel in the Sun (Brennan) and Big N Bad (Brian Sears) settling for the remainder. The first six finishers were separated by a length-and-a-half. For Michael's Power, a 6-year-old homebred Camluck gelding bred/owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his sixth win in 13 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $18.20, with the triple returning $47.60. Special Saturday props to Moonliteonthebeach (Bartlett, $7.20), whose 1:51.1 win in the $25,000, 10th-race pace matched Domethatagain's fastest Westchester pacing mile of the season. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), 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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 8, 2015 - They left Krispy Apple and harness racing driver Jason Bartlett alone Friday night and the seven-figure sister made 'em pay, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her six foes, the millionairess worked around Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance), then had an anxious moment (:27.3, 57.1, 1:25.1, 1:52.3). Despite the cheapy fractions, "Jillian" lost touch, while 7-5 fave Delightful Dragon (George Brennan) was never able to get close from first-up. The final margin for Krispy Apple, as the second choice, was 3½ lengths, with 10-1 Cherry Bliss (Mark MacDonald) winning a three-way scrum for second. Delightful Dragon, Sir Jillian Z Tam and Virgin Mary (Jordan Stratton) settled for the remainder. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in seven seasonal starts (career earnings of $1,313,323). The exacta paid $72.50, with the triple returning $307. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick offers a carryover of $3,165.90 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a Tuesday (1 PM, second round of the Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series), 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

Hannah Miller does it again. The talented 23 year old miss won her $6000 division of the North American Amateur Drivers Series at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, May 7. The daughter of top harness racing trainer Erv Miller, scored behind the veteran Rev It Now in a time of 1:59.3 which was the fifth time this season that Miller reined the veteran trotter to victory. Bob Hechkoff copped the other split with Tagmaster in 2:02.3 But the real story is Hannah Miller. She keeps beating the boys with regularity. This was her third consecutive driving victory and fourth in her last six outings. A threat every time she gets on a sulky Ms Miller now has 10 wins in 25 starts this season. And with five seconds and one third she has a lofty .504UDR. Perhaps the short field in the Yonkers Raceway non-wagering event dictated racing strategy but Miller, who always sits cool and collective in the bike, was perfectly content to allow Starsaboveallerage and driver Steve Oldford take command on the first turn. Oldford passed the first stanza in a soft :30 but he kept his trotter going and he and Miller were one-two by the half in 1:00.2. Content to let Oldford show the way Miller sat cool and followed Starsaboveallerage around the final turn and then she aimed her trotter down the passing lane and Rev It Now rallied to a head victory. One length back in third place was Bad I Am with Alan Schwartz. "Since Steve (Oldford with Starsaboveallerage) didn't try to back up the second quarter my horse was real comfortable following him", Miller said. "At the top of the stretch I asked him (Rev It Now) for more because he gets a bit lazy sometimes. We caught Steve's horse by mid-stretch and although it was close at the finish my horse had won it." Asked if she plans on becoming a professional driver Miller chuckled and said; "No, I'm having too much fun in the amateurs." She then added proudly," I just got my "A" (full) license." With another short field in the second $6000 split there wasn't much early action in the race. Tagmaster and Bob Hechkoff cut he mile and were followed by Bellagio Hanover (Joe Faraldo) and Sam's Honeybee (Tony Verruso). The order was the same around the track until the top of the stretch when Bellagio Hanover rallied from three lengths back and got the announcer's last call which was enough to make driver Joe Faraldo feel quite sure that he had been victorious. However, after the judges checked the tight three-horse photo they determined that the pace-setter Tagmaster, and driver Bob Hechkoff were the first under the wire. Faraldo was second by half-a-head and Tony Verruso, with Sam's Honeybee, was third, just a head behind the first two finishers. The NAADA Series $15,000 Final will be contested next Thursday (May 14) again at Yonkers Raceway. John Manzi

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 7, 2015--A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway regarding its scheduled early June live racing hiatus. After the matinee program of Tuesday, June 2 (first post 1 PM), Yonkers gets some R&R, returning Saturday night, June 13 (first post 7:10 PM). Please be advised there is no evening simulcasting during Yonkers' down time, though afternoon simulcasting remains available daily (including the June 6 Belmont Stakes). Frank Drucker

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