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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 5, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tonight (Thursday, March 5), due to the snowstorm that's descended upon the greater New York area. It is the eighth weather-related cancellation this season. Though Aqueduct has also cancelled for the day, Yonkers' afternoon/early evening simulcasting is continuing until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Friday (March 6), with first post at 7:10 PM. Note that Friday's card includes a Pick 5 carryover of $3,743.02 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Horsemen are advised that there is no draw today, with a two-fer (for Tuesday/Thursday, March 10/12) taking place tomorrow (Friday, March 6, box closes at 4 PM). Note Tuesday's box remains opens until then. Any questions, contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 3, 2015 - Stop us if you've heard this one before...Dan Dube, Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver thus far in 2015, won five more races Tuesday afternoon. Dube rolled the first four during the 12-race card, beginning with Show Me Up ($16) in the $9,000, pacing opener (1:55.3). After that, it was Mack's Gold Band ($9.40, $58 double) in the $9,000, second-race trot (1:57.3), then odds-on Rock Fame ($3.20) in the $9,000, third-race pace (1:56.2). Dube's fourth consecutive victory was behind Jackie Goldstein ($7.10, $220.50 Pick 3) in the $13,000, fourth-race trot. His fifth win of the day saw him duck inside with Lucky Times ($19) in the $11,000, eighth-race pace (life-best 1:54.1). Dube's quintet gives him 75 wins locally for the season. Note that no once took down Tuesday's Pick 5, Thursday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $3,743.02 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), then a "French" Sunday matinee (1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 3, 2015-Yonkers Raceway has announced post times for its next two Sunday matinees, March 8th and 15th . This Sunday (March 8th), first post is 1 PM, with races 2 through 8 serving as the oversized-field, added-distance "French" trots. Next Sunday (March 15th), first post is 1:10 PM, with that day's first seven races featuring the overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting events. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 28, 2015- Dan Dube (that's right, him again) shamelessly hogged Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory with Michael's Power ($6.80) and eight-hole assigned Not Afraid ($3). It was Michael's Power winning the $35,000 Open Pace in 1:53.4. Making the first lead from post position No 4, he gave it up to 13-10 favorite Dapper Dude (Brian Sears). That one led through intervals of :28.4, :57.3 and 1:26.1. In a rare event where all eight starters were off three weeks (weather), Dapper Dude owned and a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, company was coming to his immediate inside. Ducking to the passing lane was Michael's Power, who went by a stubborn leader late. The final margin was a head, with third going to a cone-skimming Sapphire City (Eric Carlson). Mach's Beach Boy and McErlean (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Michael's Power, a homebred 6-year-old Cambest gelding owned/bred by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $75. The weekly marquee trot, handicapped in all eight starting venues and with a similar $35,000 pot, saw a predictable result. Apparently, they can't widen the starting gate to create enough of an impost for Not Afraid. Settling in an early sixth, the 1-2 choice saw Awesome Valley (George Brennan) take his shot (:28.2, :58.4) before Not Afraid took up the chase. The two were engaged in and out of a 1:27.2 three-quarters. Not Afraid eventually dismissed his rival off the final turn, then widened to win by a length-and-a-half in 1:56 Super Manning (Matt Kakaley) and Backstreet Hanover (Buter) showed up late to grab second and third, respectively, with Awesome Valley and Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) grabbing the final pay envelopes. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old SJ'S Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his third consecutive win and fifth in seven '15 tries. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $38.60. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note that the next two "French" Sunday matinees are March 8 and 15, with post times TBA as of this writing. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 27, 2015-Freakishly-formful favorite Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $5.80) continued her roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside her seven rivals, "Carol" tried to leave, but other inside of her had the same idea. It was Handsoffmycookie (Matt Kakaley) working around Coffee Addict (Eric Goodell) and laying down the law through early intervals of :27.4 and :57.4. Carolsideal, meanwhile, had been taken to the back of the bus. It was Marathon Day (Eric Carlson) moving from fifth, going after the leader in and out of the 1:26.2 three-quarters. Camille (George Brennan) was gapped a bit from second-over, while "Carol" was behind that one. "Cookie" owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. A determined Marathon Day went by, but she powerless to stave off "Carol." The people's preference powered by from sixth off the final turn, whipping Marathon Day by a half-length in 1:55. Camille, Handsoffmycookie and Coffee Addict rounded out the payees. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fifth win in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $48.60, with the triple returning $355.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM) and Sunday, March 8 (post time TBA) Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 26, 2015- Dan Dube, Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver thus far in 2015, won his 8,000th career race Thursday night. The milestone victory was a wire-to-wire performance with outsider Clem ($22.60) in the $14,500, eighth-race pace. From post position No. 7, the 6-year-old gelding held sway a half-length in 1:56. Dube, who entered the evening needing a pair of wins for the plateau, immediately halved that number when Upfrontwhosurlady ($16.60)-in her first purse try since mid-September-was a loose cover victress in the $9,000, pacing opener (1:55.4). He then finished second, second, fifth, fifth and fifth in next five drives before earning his required-by-law congratulatory sign. "I don't really look at (the numbers)," the 45-year-old Quebec native said a couple of days ago. "I don't put any pressure on myself. I'm happy the season has gone well so far." Dube, approaching $95 million in career purses, is best known as the primary driver for two Harness Horses of the Year, Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). The Raceway's live season continues Friday and Saturday (post times at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Dan Dube is feeling good. As a result, the 45-year-old harness racing driver is doing good as well. Two years removed from back surgery to correct a sciatic nerve issue, Dube is the leading driver this season at Yonkers Raceway and entered Thursday needing only two wins to reach 8,000 for his career. Dube has won 65 races this year, with 64 coming at Yonkers, where he leads the raceway's defending driving champ, Jason Bartlett, by 22 victories. He is winning at a 24.5 percent clip at the Hilltop and is the only Yonkers regular with a win rate of better than 16 percent. He has won $771,770 in purses this year, trailing only Corey Callahan for the most in North America. "You have great drivers at Yonkers, but right now I'm just on a good run," Dube said. "I'm driving for some hot barns and driving good horses helps a lot. "So far this year everything I do seems to be right. Sometimes you can do nothing right, but this year everything is going the right way. That's fun." Dube said his success was "a little bit of both" feeling better physically and getting horse power. The Quebec native decided to have back surgery in January 2013 after winning 206 races the previous year. It was his second-lowest win total in more than two decades. He missed six weeks of action because of the surgery. "Back pain affects everything," Dube said. "It's tough to be focused. You're not comfortable. You can't sit right on the bike because you're in pain. It bothered me for a while, but I was scared of surgery because you never know what can happen. But I'm glad I did it. I'm glad it all went away." Dube received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association in 1997 and three years later was the regular driver of Horse of the Year Gallo Blue Chip. He also drove 2010 Horse of the Year Rock N Roll Heaven. Although he has no Grand Circuit-type horses on his radar now, Dube would welcome the chance to drive in some of harness racing's major stakes. "If somebody asks me to go with a good horse, for sure I'm going to go," said Dube, who among his top lifetime wins counts five Breeders Crowns. "It's fun to win races and it's always fun to win big races. It's a thrill." As he nears 8,000 career victories, Dube also is approaching $100 million in purses. He needs $4.29 million to surpass that plateau. But don't expect the soft-spoken Dube to readily know his stats. "It's good to have 8,000 (wins), but it's just a number," Dube said. "I never look at numbers, but it's good. I just hope to keep doing good." He added about his aversion to interviews, with a laugh, "I try to run away." "Even in French, I'm no good," Dube said. "I'm not a big talker. I like to keep quiet. That's just the way I am." Dube is happy racing at Yonkers, where he drives for a variety of trainers including Jimmy Takter, Scott DiDomenico, Rob Harmon and Rene Allard. "I got some good horses right away and it helps with everything," Dube said. "The trainers and owners have more confidence in you. I got off to a good start and it's kept going so far. Hopefully it keeps going." And everything keeps feeling good. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, February 24, 2015- Harness racing driver Dan Dube, who finds himself leading Yonkers Raceway's early-season driver standings by a wide margin, is closing in on another plateau. Dube won four races-three consecutive--Tuesday afternoon, bringing his career total to 7,998. Dube's personal Pick 3 began with Aquanilla ($3), a horse he owns, romping in the $9,000, fourth-race trot (1:58). Next, Winwood Scout ($22.80) wired the field from the eight-hole in the $9,000, fifth-race trot (1:58) before Vegas Rocks ($6.90) went the distance in the $9,000, sixth-race pace (1:56.4). (Author's aside...it was not actually a wagering Pick 3, but...) Dube's fourth win of the day was with a cone-skimming Larussa STL ($8.30) in the $13,000, eighth-race pace (1:56.4). The lightly-raced statebred won for the first time since July of 2013. "I don't really look at (the numbers)," Dube said. "I don't put any pressure on myself. I'm happy the season has gone well so far, and (8,000) is going to happens when it happens." He has 10 scheduled drives here Thursday night. The 45-year-old Dube, a native of Charlesbourg, QC, is nearing $95 million in career purses. He is best known as the primary driver for two Harness Horses of the Year, Gallo Blue Chip (2000) and Rock N Roll Heaven (2010). The Raceway's live season continues Thursday (with a Pick 5 carryover of $2,884.58) through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, February 22, 2015 - Not even an assigned eight-hole in a Sunday expanded field could stop favored Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $4.90) from dominating Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 featured Open Handicap Trot. The week's marquee trot was the third of the seven, French-themed trotting events to begin the card, all at the added (1¼-mile) distance and all with overflow (12-, 11-, four 10- and a nine-horse) fields. Leaving but having to wait his turn, Not Afraid took over from On the Podium (Eric Carlson) just past a 29-second opening quarter-mile. Another pair of identical intervals (:58, 1:27) ensued before Count Me In (George Brennan) moved meekly from fourth. That one never came close as Not Afraid rolled through a 1:55.4 milepost. He owned a three-length lead entering the lane, then widened. The final margin, over Lorenzo Dream (Brian Sears), was 4½ length in 2:25.3. Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) and Awesome Valley (Brett Miller) rounded out the payees. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Andeberg, he's 4-for-6 this season (career earnings up and over a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $42, the triple returned $1,008 and the superfecta paid $3,503. Note that the next two "French" Sunday matinees are March 8 and 15, with post times TBA as of this writing. The Raceway's live season continues Monday (7:10 PM), with a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). After that, it's Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 21, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live harness racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tonight (Saturday, Feb. 21), due to the impending snow/wintry mix anticipated for the greater New York area. It is the seventh weather-related cancellation this season. Saturday afternoon/early evening simulcasting is continuing until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Sunday (Feb. 22), with first post at 12:10 PM.

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 20, 2015 - Icommandmyspirit and harness racing driver Brian Sears,  rallied from second-over Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 6, Icommandmyspirit saw UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) worked around polester Palm Patrol (Dan Dube). After a :28.2 opening quarter-mile and 58-second intermission, Camille (George Brennan), as the 7-5 choice, moved from fourth. That was all the incentive Icommandmyspirit needed, as she tagged that's one rear going to the 1:27 three-quarters. UF Dragon's Queen owned a tenuous lead into the lane, but was about to give up the ghost. Palm Patrol ducked inside, but "Icommand" was both wider and faster. The latter whipped the former (a bridesmaid in five of her six races this season) by a neck in a brisk 1:56.1. Camille held the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For third choice Icommandmyspirit, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Western Ideal trained by Chris Ryder for owner/breeder Cheryl Costello, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $47.40, with the triple returning $160. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM) and Sunday (post time 12:10PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, February 18, 2015 — File this under “No Rest for the Weary.” Beginning Thursday evening, Yonkers Raceway shall race six consecutive days of harness racing…Mother Nature permitting. Thursday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races and some free money ($1,307.06, to be exact) as carryover into the Pick 5 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Friday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races, with a $35,000 Filly and Mare Open Pace (6th race). Saturday (first post 7:10 PM) – 12 races, with a $35,000 Open Pace (6th race) and the last three (count ‘em, three) previous winners of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series dotting the card. Atochia (2012 winner) drew post position No. 4 in the fifth race, with Matt Kakaley driving. Razzle Dazzle (Eric Carlson), who won the 2013 edition, wound up behind the eight-ball in the eighth race and last season’s champ, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) landed post No. 6 in the 10thrace.   In keeping with that theme, 2011 Levy winner Real Nice (Kakaley) landed the pylons in Friday’s ninth race. Sunday (first post 12:10 PM) – a French-themed 12 races, with the first seven featuring oversized trotting fields (12, 12, 10, 10, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). Including is the $46,000 Open Handicap Trot (3rd race),  with the formful Not Afraid (Dan Dube, post 8) looking for a fourth win in six seasonal starts. Note that after a dark Sunday next week, live racing is scheduled for March 8 and 15. Monday (first post 7:10 PM) – 11 races, including a $10,000 guaranteed pool Pick 5 (races 7 through 11), with program pages available (after finalized) at www.yonkersraceway.com. Tuesday (first post 1 PM) – card to be drawn Thursday (Feb. 19). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 14, 2015-Yonkers Raceway has cancelled its live racing program (and evening simulcasting) for tonight (Saturday, Feb. 14), due to the wintry (and blustery) conditions anticipated for the greater New York area. It is the sixth weather-related cancellation this season. Saturday afternoon simulcasting is continuing until approximately 6 PM. Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday (Feb. 16), with first post at 7:10 PM, the first night of the Monday $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (50-cent base wager, but now changed to races 7 through 11). Program pages for are available at www.yonkersraceway.com. Please be advised that the status of Sunday (Feb. 15) simulcasting is TBA as of this writing. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 13, 2015-Favored Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $6.90) continued her form spree Friday night, handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play early from post position No. 7, "Carol's" four-hole became a three-hole after invading Medusa (George Brennan) broke while going for the lead. That left pole-positioned Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) in charge, albeit briefly. Carolsideal then moved to take over, doing so after a :28.2 opening quarter-mile. A pair of cheapo 29-second next intervals (:57.2, 1:26.2) gave the leader a length-and-a-half advantage into the lane. She then held sway, whipping a passing lane-diving Palm Patrol by a head in a season's-best 1:54.4. Handsoffmycookie (Matt Kakaley), Momma Rock (Jason Bartlett) and last week's victress, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears). rounded out the payees. For Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners him (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in as many seasonal starts (and purchase/barn change). The exacta paid $39.40, with the triple returning $158. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note the next Sunday matinee is Feb. 22 (post time 12:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (all provided Mother Nature cooperates). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, February 12, 2015 -- Tim Rooney, Jr., General Counsel at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway, has been selected 2015 Grand Marshal for the 60th Annual Yonkers St. Patrick's Day Parade which takes place on McLean Avenue on Saturday, March 21. "It's quite an honor to be chosen to serve as Grand Marshal," said Rooney. "With our family's Irish heritage and long association with the City of Yonkers, it will be a special day for me, and the entire Rooney Family." In 2014 the South Broadway St. Patrick's Day Parade merged with the McLean Avenue Merchant's Association St. Patrick's Day Parade. This combination began a new era for Yonkers in honoring our Irish heritage, contributions and Saint Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland and the Archdiocese of New York,. The official installation of Mr. Rooney as Grand Marshal and the Aides for the 2015 Parade will take place on Saturday, March 7, at a gala celebration of the 'Changing of the Sash' in the Good Time Room at the Empire City Casino at 7:30 p.m. The Parade will be underway on March 21 following a Mass at St. Barnabas High School Chapel on McLean Avenue, when marchers step off at 1:00 p.m. on McLean Avenue west of Bronx River Road. Tim is the son of casino and raceway president and CEO Timothy J. Rooney, Sr. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, February 7, 2015 - Not Afraid (Dan Dube, $2.80) and a repeating Sapphire City (Eric Carlson, $10) grabbed the gusto Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-featured $35,000 Open Handicaps. Not Afraid made it three wins in his last four featured trot tries. Outsprinted--from post position No. 6--at the outset by outside number Count Me In (George Brennan), the odds-on choice settled fourth. After early intervals of :27.4 and 58 seconds flat, Not Afraid took off after the leader, engaged in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Not Afraid took over early in the lane, then held off a trio of closers to prevail in 1:55.4. On the Podium (Carlson) grabbed second, beaten, three-quarters of a length, with Awesome Valley (Jason Bartlett) third. A from-last Struck By Lindy and Murmur Hanover (Pat Lachance) completed the cashers. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Andeberg, he's 3-for-5 this season. The exacta paid $34.80, with the triple returning $200,. Sapphire City, from post No. 3 in the pacing feature, made the first lead before Michael's Power (Dube) went by. That one, from an assigned eight-hole, cleared and led early (:27.1, :57.1). Invading Dapper Dude (Brian Sears) tried it first-up from fifth, prompting past a 1:25.1 three-quarters. The leader remained so, with a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. However, he began to tire as Sapphire City ducked in and went by. In a virtual carbon copy of last week's race, he was able to whip a closing 2-1 choice Take it Back Terry (Brennan). The margin was a half-length (same as last Saturday) in 1:52.4. Dapper Dude held credibly for third, with Michael's Power and BJ's Guy settling for the minor spoils. For third choice Sapphire City, a 7-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, it was his second win in five seasonal starts (career earnings now over $900,000) The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $292.50 and the superfecta paid $699. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker

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