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After the first leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association-sponsored, France vs. USA International Driving Competition, which was held at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday (April 21),the American team had vaulted to the lead on the strength of a wire to wire harness racing triumph by America's Monica Banca. After the day was over and all involved were breaking bread together, Joe Faraldo, chided to France's Romain Poree that the US team was ahead by seven points. "We're not worried, "Poree told Faraldo. Like good wine we French get better with age." And did they ever. On Wednesday afternoon, April 22 in the second leg of the contest held at Monticello Raceway, Poree, a racing journalist and son of a professional harness trainer, put on a driving clinic winning both races in the France-U.S.A Friendship Competition and with one horse, a pacer by the name of Bay Street, returned a $205.00 win payoff. It also happened to be the first time that Poree had ever driven a pacer, or as he called him "an ambler". For the record, only trotters are raced in Europe. Amateur World Champion in 2010 and French Champion in 2009, Poree was perhaps more at home behind trotter, Wheres the Clicker, whom he guided to victory in the other contest event. But his triumph from the eight- hole with Bay Street had the railbird's eyes wide open. After falling into sixth position on the first turn Poree and Bay Street were content to follow the leaders. They were sixth at the quarter; seventh at the half and eighth and last as they passed the third stanza. But on the final turn Poree moved his charge wide and in the lane they came on like gangbusters-seemingly out of nowhere- and at the wire they had collared the betting favorite Spencer B and USA teamster Alan Schwartz, in a mile timed in 2:00.2. France's Sophie Blanchetiere, with Caviart Jett, made it a three-horse photo but they were on the short end and had to settle for third place. Bay Street paid a whopping $205.00- $53.00 and $14.00 across the board. The pacer is owned by Ruth Ingham and trained by Vernon James. In the other division Poree showed great driving ability when he kept a fractious Where's The Clicker well off the gate as the field began motion and then eased his charge up to his pole position and they got away trotting. Despite the horse's purported shenanigans, Where's The Clicker went off as the betting favorite in the race. After a :29.2 first panel, set by Candid Man, driven by fellow Frenchmen Christophe Roszak, the pace slowed as the field approached the halfway point. So Poree moved his trotter first-up and was alongside the leader in a 1:02 half. Where's The Clipper cleared Candid Man after the three quarters, Poree then braced for a hard charging Chuckie B, and driver Alan Schwartz. However, Poree's charge kicked in a 29.1 final stanza and they cruised to a three-length triumph over Schwartz's trotter in a time of 2:03.1. Candid Man held on for the show dough. The winner, owned by Mike Simons and Cary Greenberg, paid $80 for win. Mike's son Shawn Simons is the trainer of record. Living up to words expressed by Romain Poree on the first day of the competition France went from seven behind to lead their American counterparts by seven points after two days were in the books. And as the point totals were being tallied, Poree turned to Faraldo and said; ""I told you we'd get better before it's over." With Thursday relegated to a sight-seeing bus tour of NewYork City, the final leg of the Friendship Competition will be held at the Meadowlands on Friday (April 24). By John Manzi for NAADA

Freehold, NJ --- Camille has made more than a million dollars on the racetrack thanks to her tenaciousness, which harness racing trainer Ron Burke deems priceless. He hopes the mare passes that quality to her offspring -- and she will get the chance following her appearance in Saturday’s (April 25) $261,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker championship at Yonkers Raceway. The Matchmaker will be Camille’s final race. Then the 7-year-old pacer, who has won 37 of 115 starts and $1.27 million, will be bred to recently retired Burke standout Sweet Lou. “I think she’s proven herself to be iron tough,” said Burke, who owns Camille with Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable, and Jack Piatt III. “She raced at the top of the game and I think she more than deserves the chance to be a broodmare. She’s a cool horse, one of my favorites. And so is Sweet Lou. So that’s kind of neat.” In this year’s Blue Chip Matchmaker Series, Camille posted two wins and two second-place finishes in four preliminary races. At the conclusion of the event’s five preliminary legs, she was second in points to Carolsideal, who was unbeaten in four Matchmaker starts. Camille and driver George Brennan will start from post eight in the Matchmaker final. Carolsideal, with driver Daniel Dube at the lines for trainer Rene Allard, will leave from post four. “She’s been really good,” Burke said. “This is a nice way for her to end her career. We hoped for a little bit better draw (for the final), but it is what it is.” Camille is a daughter of Camluck out of the mare Art Of Design. She is a full sister to Chancey Lady, who earned more than $2 million during her racing career. “She’s well bred, but I hope she passes on her grittiness,” Burke said. “She’s a fast horse, but she’s not blinding fast. She’s good gaited, but she’s not the greatest gaited. So more than anything I just hope she passes on her will to win.” Camille won the $214,370 Ellamony at Flamboro Downs in 2012 and captured the $158,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs in 2013 with a late rush from eighth place at the top of the stretch. The race featured fractions of :25.1, :52.3 and 1:19.4 as Camille equaled the then-world record of 1:48.3. “That was really something,” Burke said. “That was a great race; it was a crazy mile. She hadn’t been as sharp as she’d been in the past, so to win that, it’s the (most special) race that comes to mind the quickest.” In addition to sending out Camille in the Matchmaker, Burke will have Take It Back Terry in the $529,000 George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship. Like his stablemate, Take It Back Terry finished second in the preliminary round standings, which were topped by P H Supercam. Take It Back Terry, also driven by Brennan, drew post five in the Levy final. P H Supercam, with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr., got post eight. “It’s not the best draw, but it’s not the worst draw either,” Burke said. “There are enough horses in there that are going to go forward, so it’s just going to be a kind of wide-open unpredictable race.” Take It Back Terry opened the Levy with a second-place finish, but heads to the final off three consecutive victories. Burke owns the 6-year-old son of Western Terror-Second Symphony with Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. The gelding, who Burke purchased as a yearling for $30,000 in 2010, is a half-brother to stakes-winner Cuz She Can. He has won 29 of 103 races and earned $625,166 in his career. “He’s been very good,” Burke said. “I didn’t expect this. We always expect him to race well and do well, but he’s really stepped it up a little bit extra. He’s the nicest horse in the world to be around, just easy going, and he’s consistently gotten better from year to year. “We’ve raced him hard, so we’ll give him a break after the Levy. He’ll get two months off and then go back to the grind.” Following is the field for the Blue Chip Matchmaker final in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1. Venus Delight, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-5 2. Yagonnakissmeornot, Brian Sears, Rene Allard, 8-5 3. Fancy Desire, Yannick Gingras, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 4. Carolsideal, Daniel Dube, Rene Allard, 8-5 5. Monkey On My Wheel, David Miller, Andrew Harris, 8-1 6. Strings, Eric Carlson, Jennifer Sabot, 20-1 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 7-5 8. Camille, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 5-1 Note: Venus Delight and Krispy Apple are racing as an entry. Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal are racing as an entry. Following is the field for the Levy final in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. 1. Domethatagain, Daniel Dube, Rene Allard, 9-1 2. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Andrew Harris, 9-2 3. Windsong Jack, Eric Carlson, Jennifer Sabot, 20-1 4. Beach Memories, Yannick Gingras, Scott DiDomenico, 9-2 5. Take It Back Terry, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 5-2 6. Polak A, Brian Sears, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 7. Mach It So, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Bamond Jr., 9-5 8. P H Supercam, Jason Bartlett, Jeff Bamond Jr., 9-5 Note: Mach It So and P H Supercam are racing as an entry. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - During the glory days of Army football in the mid-1940's, there was "Mr. Inside" (Felix 'Doc' Blanchard) and "Mr. Outside" (Glenn Davis). It took two people to play those roles then. However, harness racing driver Jason Bartlett is so talented, he can dress up as "Mr. Inside" and "Mr.. Outside" all by his lonesome, with a performance scheduled for Saturday night. Bartlett found himself experiencing both end of Yonkers Raceway's open-draw stakes spectrum, landing the pylons in the $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, then banished to the eight-hole with defending champion P H Supercam in the $529,000 finale of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both horses are owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway-is the sport's richest race of the season to date, while the seventh Matchmaker (an Open Mare Pace) is at No. 2 on the hit parade. Ladies First, so, with the Matchmaker going as the sixth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, co-feature approximately 9 PM). "Obviously, you're going to use to it her (Venus Delight's) advantage," Bartlett said. "Push out, not get away third and fourth. There's no 'looking to work a trip from third or fourth' here. "She's not real quick, but she can go all day. Her last quarter is usually her best one." Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, earned her way into the final with two wins and a second in three prelim starts. She comes off a season's-best 1:53.2 effort (also from the inside post position) in Round 4 of this series, then earned last week off. While Bartlett was loving his starting venue with "Venus," he was loathing his point of entry with P H Supercam. The Levy is as the eighth race (feature approximately 9:50 PM). "It's unfortunate, but we have to play the hands that's dealt," he said. "(P H Supercam) is very versatile, and you can race him any way you want. "I think he's shown he's the best horse in this series, and he really hasn't had to be raced too hard. "He's coming into the final as sharp as he can be, but I also know you don't win too many races here sitting last. My job is to find a way to get him involved." P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, was a perfect 4-for-4 in series competition, the last win (1:52.3) making him a career millionaire ($1,012,291). The draw for the final of the Levy... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Eric Carlson), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Brian Sears), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The draw for the final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Gingras), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Dave Miller), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Frank Drucker

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y.; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; W.N. Reynolds Memorial, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J.; and Dexter Cup eliminations, Freehold Raceway, Freehold, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $529,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $261,000 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 25). The Meadows on Friday night (April 24) will hold the $51,100 Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares. A field of nine ladies, including 2014 Dan Patch Award winners Shake It Cerry and Classic Martine, will go to the post in the track's ninth race. Meadowlands Racetrack's first Grand Circuit event of the season will take place on Saturday night (April 25) with the $47,306 W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers. Freehold Raceway on Saturday afternoon (April 25) will host $40,000 eliminations for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters. The $130,000 (est.) Dexter Cup final will be held on Saturday (May 2). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Yonkers Raceway hosted the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and the George Morton Levy Series this past weekend. On Friday night (April 17), one $40,000 division of the Blue Chip Matchmaker attracted six ladies, with odds-on Camille (George Brennan, $3) barely holding sway over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) in 1:53. Strings (Eric Carlson) wound up third as the 67-1 rank outsider. For Camille, a 7-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, it was her third win in eight seasonal starts (two-for-four in the series). P H Supercam rallied late to win his Levy Series division in 1:52.3. No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night (April 18). Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of round five's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) became harness racing's newest millionaire. P H Supercam went wide late and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision (George Brennan). For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163) with earnings of $1,012,291. Odds-on choice Take It Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Jack (Brian Sears) with the same idea, Take It Back Terry then whistled around Westchester in 1:51.4. Domethatgain (Dan Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1-3/4 lengths, with Texican N (Eric Carlson) third. Take It Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, is now 5-for-13 this season (three-for-four in the series). The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach It So (Tim Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. The final margin was 1-1/4 lengths over Dancin Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Brian Sears) third. For Mach It So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Jeff Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. 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 at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 101; 2. Daniel Dube - 95; 3. George Brennan - 82; 4. Tim Tetrick - 57; 5. Yannick Gingras - 51. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 127; 2. Ron Burke - 118; 3. Rene Allard - 70; 4. Tony O'Sullivan - 32; 5. Andrew Harris - 26. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 114; 2t. Burke Racing - 27.65; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 27.65; 4. Allard Racing - 23.2; 5. Little Bapa - 23. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack, The Meadows and Miami Valley Raceway. Freehold has the Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old filly trotters and the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (May 2). Meadowlands Racetrack will host the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (May 1) and the John Simpson Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers on Saturday (May 2). The Meadows will feature the Meadows Maturity Trot for older horses on Saturday (May 2). Miami Valley Raceway features the Miami Valley Distaff for older trotting and pacing mares on Sunday (May 3). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 21, 2015--She was a late replacement, but harness racing driver  Monica Banca was more than on time when it counted. Filling in for originally-scheduled participant Robert Krivelin, Ms. Banca handily defended the honor of both country and gender, guiding Meadowview Arny ($7.40) to a decisive Tuesday afternoon win in Yonkers Raceway's French-American Friendship Competition. Leading at every pylon in the mile-and-one-quarter, $15,200 event, pole-sitting "Arny" threw down intervals of :31.2, 1:02.1, 1:33.1 and 2:03, before finishing his work day 3¼ lengths in front of 9-10 favorite Amalfi Coast (Peter Kleinhans), who closed from ninth in the 10-horse field. The mile-and-quarter went in 2:32.2. French drivers Romain Poree (Sun of a Victory), Christophe Roszak (Prince Lauxmont) and Michel Poirier (He'sgotlegs) finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. France's Sophie Blanchetiere, the other woman in this competition, finished seventh with 87-1 outsider Mr. Invincible. For second choice Meadowview Arny, a 7-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding trained by Ms. Banca's partner, Rick Dane Jr., for owner Stephanie Mitchell, it was his fourth win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.80, with the triple returning $66. The competition was the last of five races during the French-centric matinee program, which again featured overflow trotting fields at the added, 1¼-mile distance. "It was my plan to try and be in front," Banca said. "He's such a big, strong horse and doesn't mind the distance races. I'm just so excited." Ms. Banca, a native of Norway, won her 10th career race as a driver. Ms. Banca, it should be noted, is one of the mover and shakers for the Raceway's initiatives in the fight again breast cancer. Last fall, she organized pink blanket sponsorships for winning horses, along with pink whips carried by drivers. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - The post position gods gazed at P H Supercam and mocked him. Defending George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series harness racing champ? Don't care. Won all four of his series starts this season, leading in prelim points? Big whoop. New-minted millionaire? You'd better bring more to the table than that. The overseers of the open draw made sure P H Supercam is going to have it earn it. He sits in the lovely eight-hole Saturday night (Apr.25) for Yonkers Raceway's $529,000 final of the season's tribute to the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The 28th edition of the Levy-a Free-For-All event-is the sport's richest race of the season to date. It goes as the eighth race of Yonkers' dozen-race card (first post 7:10 PM, feature approximately 9:50 PM). The draw... 1-Domethatagain (Dan Dube), 2-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller), 3-Windsong Jack (Brian Sears), 4-Beach Memories (Yannick Gingras), 5-Take it Back Terry (George Brennan). 6-Polak A (Sears also listed), 7-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick), 8-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). Note that Mach it So and P H Supercam race as a common ownership/trainer entry. The evening co-featured $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (Open Pacing Mares) goes as the sixth race (approx. post 9 PM). It's the second-richest harness race of 2015 to this point. The draw... 1-Venus Delight (Bartlett), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Sears), 3-Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), 4-Carolsideal (Dube), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (Sears also listed), 6-Strings (Eric Carlson), 7-Krispy Apple (Tetrick), 8-Camille (Brennan). Note a pair of coupled common-ownership/trainer entries in Venus Delight and Krispy Apple & Yagonnakissmeornot and Carolsideal. Two series consolations were carded as races 5 (Matchmaker, $75,000) and 7 (Levy, $100,000), along with a $50,000 race for eligibles to the Levy (fourth race). Changes to the Saturday program are to be made Wednesday morning (Apr. 22), with story updated accordingly. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 20, 2015 - It's never simple being Yonkers Raceway harness racing track announcer John Hernan, and even less so Monday night. Hernan plied his craft through a dense fog, which made the setting more suited for ghosts and spirits than pacers and trotters. Track photographer Mike Lizzi captured the start of the evening's first race, which was eventually won by Disarrei (Mark MacDonald, $8.40) in a life-best 1:54.3. The Raceway's live schedule continues with a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Saturday features the two richest North American harness races of the season to date, the $529,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and $261,000 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 18, 2015 -- No one knows if P H Supercam actually bowls, but he did complete a perfect game Saturday night. Last season's defending series champ was this season's only perfect preliminary-round participant in Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Thus, his score is 300, as in 50 points for each of his four series wins and 25 points for each of his four series appearances. As a result of his late-frame heroics in the second of Round 5's three divisions. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) become harness racing's newest millionaire. Starting from post position No. 5 after getting last week off, P H Supercam settled fourth, in front of longshot National Debt (Eric Carlson). He saw Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who was rebuffed by Clear Vision at the half a week ago, get stung by that one here. It was Clear Vision (George Brennan) forcing "Lucan" into a brisk, :26.4 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, 8-5 choice Beach Memories (Dan Dube) move from third, while "Supercam" was content to sit and watch. Lucan Hanover maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Beach Memories was continuing to invade. Meanwhile, P H Supercam, minding his business until now, decided to slip out. He went wide and snapped a stubborn Lucan Hanover late, winning by a head in 1:52.3. Third went to a pocketed Clear Vision, with National Debt fourth and Beach Memories fifth. For P H Supercam, an 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts (career 45-for-163 with earnings of $1,012,291). The exacta paid $25, with the triple returning $102.50. "He's as good now as he's ever been," Bartlett said. "Tonight, I saw the leaders getting tired and I thought I had a shot to go in the passing lane. In the end, I figured it was safer just to move him outside. "Last season, he had to earn the respect. This season, he has it." Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.40) was both hard-used and solid in the final series prelim event. Seemingly disinterested in leaving until he saw Windsong Song (Brian Sears) with the same idea, "Terry" then whistled around Westchester :26.4, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:51.4). Domethatgain (Dube) was a second-choice second, beaten 1¾ lengths, with Texican N (Carlson) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 5-for-13 this season (3-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $6.20, with the triple returning $72.50. The evening's opening series event was handily won by a first-up favorite Mach it So (Tetrick, $5.20) in 1:52.4. From post No. 4, Mach it So saw a retaking Heez Orl Black N (Shaun Vallee) lead through soft early intervals of :27.1 and :57.2. However, he couldn't stave off Mach it So, who, moving from fourth, was up, over and gone (1:24.2, 1:52.4). The final margin was a length-and-a-quarter over Dancin' Yankee (Brett Miller), with Polak A (Sears) third. For Mach it So, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by Bamond Jr. for owner Bamond Racing, it was his first win in five '15 tries. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $113.50. Series standings, through all five preliminary rounds...1-P H Supercam (300 points), 2-Take it Back Terry (275), 3-Beach Memories (230), 4-Mach it So (229), 5-Fat Man's Alley (220), 6-Domethatagain (218), 7t-Lucan Hanover, Polak A and Windsong Jack (212). Note the three-way "dead-heat" for seventh, which has to be broken by lot. Also note that these are not necessarily the finalists. The determination of the field shall be made by the race office based upon series rules regarding multiple horses for owner and/or trainer (if applicable after review) Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series ($529,000) are set for Saturday, Apr. 25--the two richest North American races of the season to date--and are to be drawn Tuesday morning (Apr. 21) Saturday night's $42,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by 2013 Yonkers Trot champ Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton, $20.20) in 1:57. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 17, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the fifth and final preliminary round of the harness racing Blue Chip Matchmaker of Open Pacing Mares. One lonesome, $40,000 division attracted six lasses, with odds-on Camille (George Brennan, $3) barely holding sway over Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) in 1:53. The former, starting inside her five foes, saw both Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald) and Krispy Apple in play early, with Krispy Apple looping Palm Patrol to make the first lead. It was Camille then finding front before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then a :56.4 intermission. For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) tried it from third, engaging the leader in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. However, Camille rejected those advances, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane. She then encountered a passing-lance Krispy Apple, with the second choice missing a scant schnozz. Strings (Eric Carlson) wound up third as the 67-1 rank outsider. For Camille, a 7-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III, is was her third win in eight seasonal starts (2-for-4 in series). The exacta paid $4, with the triple returning $23.80 It should be noted that the first three leading ladies through four Matchmaker rounds-Carolisideal, Venus Delight and Yagonnakissmeornot-all took this week off, their invites to the final solidified. They are to be joined next week by Camille, Monkey on My Wheel, Fancy Desire, Krispy Apple and Strings. The finals of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker (purse $261,000) and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (purse $529,000) go Saturday night, Apr. 25. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the fifth and final prelim round (three, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a French-centric Tuesday (1 PM, third round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting 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, April 17, 2015--A "belle dame" and a racing journalist are among the five amateur drivers from France vying against a quintet of USA counterparts in the "French-American Friendship Competition," with Yonkers Raceway hosting the opening event Tuesday afternoon (April 21). First post for the matinee card is 1 PM, with the 1¼-mile, 10-horse event going as the 11th of 12 races. The four-day competition continues at Monticello Raceway Wednesday (April 22), Freehold Raceway Thursday (April 23) and the finale on Friday night (April 24) at the Meadowlands. The French contingent includes leading lady Sophie Blanchetiere, a winner of 350 amateur races, and four French amateur championships, including the last two; racing journalist Romain Poree, the amateur world champion in 2010 and French champion in 2009; Michel Poirier, the top French amateur in 2003; and Christophe Roszak, who finished in the top ten of the French championships. None of these French drivers have ever been on United States soil. The fifth driver, Hubert Jay, is the club representative and will only drive two races - at Yonkers and The Meadowlands - in the pair of contests with 10-horse fields. Jay studied in Minnesota and North Dakota. The America amateurs are: Peter Gerry, Peter Kleinhans, Robert Krivelin, Alan Schwartz and Anthony Verruso. Here's the field in order of post position: 1. Meadowview Arny (Alan Schwartz); 2. Prince Lauxmont (Christophe Roszak); 3. Blue Valley (Robert Krivelin); 4. Trottin Troy (Hubert Jay); 5. Amalfi Coast (Peter Kleinhans); 6. Hesgotlegs (Romain Poree); 7. Cagnes (Peter Gerry); 8. Mr. Invincible (Sophie Blanchetiere); 9. Nowerland Firebird (Anthony Verruso); 10. Sun of Victory (Michel Poirier). "The dates are set, and fine-tuning the details to host our amateur friends who are coming from across the sea are being finalized," North American Amateur Driving Association president Joe Faraldo said. "It is the first time that we (America) race against our French counterparts on American soil." Blanchetiere, whose father was a harness trainer, works with her partner trainer/driver Yannick-Alain Briand in France. She has driven more than 1,800 races with just over 350 wins and competed internationally in Sweden, Malta and Switzerland. Blanchetiere started driving when she was 16. "I have never been to America, so I look forward to it," Blanchetiere said. "I have had a look at the Yonkers races that they show on Equidia here in France. It's very different from everything I know. I assume I will need a few races to adjust, but it's going to be fun."  Poree is a racing journalist and son of a harness trainer who raced 1989 UET Grand Prix winner Tipouf and also took him to the International Trot at Yonkers a year later. He has extensive international experience having also driven in Sweden, Italy, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland and Germany. He has accumulated nearly 140 wins in more than 800 races. "I never went to the States, but I have been dreaming of driving over there," Poree said. "I also like to follow the top drivers, like Tim Tetrick, but Brian Sears is definitely my favorite. I like his style, he's a fine driver." The veteran Poirier, who turned 60 earlier this weekd, is a farmer who also breeds trotters. He started driving horses at the track of local trainer Guy Dreux, who encouraged him to get an amateur license. Poirier won his first race at Alencon on May 29, 1977 and has more than 300 career wins in some 2,300 races with international experience in Spain and Italy. "I've never been to the States, so it is a big trip for me," said Poirier. "My wife is coming along and I am happy that we travel with other drivers because I would feel a bit lost on my own in New York." Roszak is a breeder from Normandy who became interested in harness racing during his youth from his monthly trips to the track with his father and got his amateur license in 1994. He tried his hand at training for a while before switching over to the breeding side of the business. "I have never been to the US and feel privileged to go," Roszak said. "I hope that we will make the most of it and have good fun with our fellow Americans." Club manager Hubert Jay, who won the French Amateur Cup in 2004, was around horses at a very young age with his grandfather who was a trainer. He won his first race at age 17, but soon after had to focus his attention on academic studies. "I had to give it up, but I always wanted to keep on training and driving as a hobby," explained Jay who has been to the U.S. before. "I studied in Minnesota and South Dakota, but did not go racing over there. It's an honor to drive at The Meadowlands and Yonkers, world famous racetracks." The NAADA is planning to host another amateur series involving drivers from Spain in June. BY JOHN CIRILLO, for Yonkers Raceway and the NAADA  

Hannah Miller sat a pocket and waited until the long homestretch to send Rev It Now to a 2:00.4 victory in her division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's trotting series sixth leg presented at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday, April 16. And although Alan Schwartz used an overland journey from the half with Bad I Am he sparked similar results in their 2:00.3 triumph. For Ms. Miller it marked her third consecutive victory in the NAADA series after having been victorious at Monticello Raceway and Freehold Raceway in previous weeks. In her $6000 non-wagering split, Miller appeared to have the best trotter in the race and like she has done often this season, she gave Rev It Now a picture-prefect drive. She waited patiently in a pocket until the homestretch at which point she urged her trotter to overtake the pace-setter, Gimme The Loot, driven Joe Faraldo, and then hold off a late charge by Tony Verruso with Sam's Honeybee. At the wire Rev It Now was a solid one-length winner over Sam's Honeybee who photo-ed out Gimme The Loot for the place money. The 9-year old altered son of Revenue S is owned by Miller, her boyfriend, Nick Surick and her dad, Erv Miller. Schwartz, too, has been hot-handed of late with three wins in his last five starts. The 68 year old former Marine, is also one of the sport's top amateur drivers,currently with 580 career wins. In his division Schwartz left softly from the four-hole and as the field neared the halfway point he had Bad I Am out following the cover on the limb provided by Steve Oldford with Starsaboveallerage. Oldford's trotter cleared the pace-setter, Tagmaster (Bob Hechkoff), before the final turn and then braced for Schwartz with Bad I Am. Starsaboveallerage was determined by Bad I Am wore him down in the final strides to score a head victory. SF Ciro with Matt Zuccurello at the lines, finished third, some 4 lengths behind the top two. For Bad I Am, it marked the trotter's fourth win in his last five starts. The 4 year old Prayer I Am gelding, is owned by his driver. Still the buzz is all about Hannah Miller. Not since Jordan Stratton displayed his talents in the amateur ranks has anyone opened the eyes of the railbirds as does Miller. The 23 year old female phenom now has won four of her last five starts and she will be counted on the bolster the United States team in the upcoming U.S.A- French Amateur Competition which gets underway on Tuesday, April 21 at Yonkers Raceway. For that matter so will Schwartz who has driven successfully in amateur competitions in many of the European countries, as well as Canada and New Zealand. John Manzi

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 16, 2015 - When the track's leading driver wins many races, it's not exactly a case of man bites dog. That said, when the harness racing track's leading driver wins half the races on the card, we are lawfully obligated to acknowledge the feat. Jason Bartlett did just that Thursday night, winning six of Yonkers Raceway's dozen dashes. Bartlett's first win came-fittingly-in the first race, taking the $11,000, pacing opener with odds-on Bazillion ($2.40) in 1:54.4. After finishing second (by a nose) in the second, Bartlett won the next five races, chronologically... --3rd ($11,000 pace), Mach This Way ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:54.4; --4th ($11,000 pace), My Spring Fling ($3.90) in a season's-best 1:56.2; --5th ($11,000 pace), Denyittotheend ($5.30) in 1:56.4; --6th ($15,500 pace), Rockin' Rambaran ($4.60) in a life-best 1:53.4; --7th ($16,500 pace), Classy Lane Rose ($5.10) in a first-win-of-season 1:55.1. The streak ended with a tiring third-place finish in the eighth race, then sixth in the ninth, second in the 10th, fourth in the 11th and a snapped-late second in the 12th-race finale. Bartlett's ("All of the horses were well-placed") six-pack gave him 133 local wins for the season. The Raceway's live season continues Friday (fifth round of Blue Chip Matchmaker) and Saturday (fifth round of George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series), first post each night at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

The North American Amateur Drivers Association members will have to be at the top of their game when a contingent of French amateurs invade the U.S. later this week. NAADA will host their French counterparts for a week beginning on April 19 and continuing through April 27. The organization's president, Joe Faraldo, has tentatively lined-up competitions at four tracks in the mid- Atlantic region beginning with the Tuesday matinee on April 21 with races at Yonkers Raceway, followed by races on Wednesday at Monticello Raceway on April 22, Freehold Raceway on April 23 and at the Meadowlands on April 24. The races slated at Yonkers Raceway will have international appeal when they'll be simulcast to off-track outlets in France, something that began after Yonkers and the SOA constructed bridges for making American races available for wagering in Europe. "Not only will the races be on the betting card at Yonkers but the contests will be simulcast to the off-track outlets in France and they will be available for the French-and other European- harness players to wager on them," Faraldo explained. "The participating French amateurs are especially well known in their homeland." The quintet from France includes Sophie Blanchetiere, four-time French amateur champion who has been tops in 2013 and 2014; Romain Poree, amateur world champion in 2010 and French champion in 2009; Michel Poirier, who was the top French amateur in 2003; and Christophe Roszak, who finished in the top ten of the French championships. A fifth driver, Hubert Jay, is the club representative and will only drive in the two races at Yonkers and The Meadowlands when there will be a field of 10 starters. NAADA will also field a powerful team which will change from track to track. Among the top-flight American amateurs who will be driving in the competition include Alan Schwartz, Bobby Krivelin, Steve Oldford, Bob Hechkoff, Tony Verruso, Matt Zuccarello, Paul Minore, and the U.S A's own "female flash", Hannah Miller. But as president Faraldo has often said "amateur racing is just an excuse human relations". With that in mind NAADA will host the French contingent and not only treat them to races at four various American tracks but their visit will include many other amenities. Among them will be a guided bus tour of New York City, a visit to the Harness Racing Museum and Hall of Fame and Historic Track as well as luncheons and dinners at Don Peppe, Circus, Zero Otto Nove, Delancey's and more. Prior to their French counterparts return trip home they will be treated to a sail around the Statue of Liberty--by the way a gift from the people of France back in 1886-- on the World Yacht. While here, NAADA will house all the members of the French team at the Bentley Hotel in NYC which will be their home base in America. " All arrangements have been the work of event coordinator extraordinaire, Alicia Schwartz, whose tireless work is always much appreciated by guests from every country that NAADA has ever hosted," Faraldo added. John Manzi    

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 15, 2015-It's the last chance to impress the harness racing judges this weekend, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary legs of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night, there's just one, six-horse, $40,000 Matchmaker division, going as race 6 of the dozen-race card. Camille (George Brennan), sitting fourth in the standings, won the draw as she preps for the series finale (author's aside...the first three series point leaders, Carolsideal, Venus Delight and Yagonnakissmoenot, are off this weekend). Camille, a 7-year-old millionairess daughter of Camluck, sandwiched a win around two seconds in her Matchmaker efforts. A peek at the series scoreboard shows the eight finalists (top four, plus Monkey on My Wheel, Krispy Apple, Fancy Desire and Strings) all but certain. Saturday night, three, $50,000 Levy divisions (races 5 through 7 of 12) find the return of series standouts P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Beach Memories (Dan Dube), both of whom earned a week's hiatus and both of whom drew into the same (second) grouping. The former, defending series champ, drew post position No. 5. A perfect 3-for-3 in this season's preps, the 8-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding, 5-for-8 this season, becomes a career millionaire ($987,291) by finishing at least second. Beach Memories, with a pair of wins and a first-up second included in his series resume, starts from post No. 2. The 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding, who began this competition trained by Ron Burke before moving to Scott DiDomenico, has hit the board in all six (2 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds) seasonal starts. Take it Back Terry (Brennan), who has emerged as the star of Burke's contingent in this season's Levy (think that fun factoid would have won a few bar bets?), starts from post No. 3 in Saturday night's third event. The first eight in the Levy standings through four rounds...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2t-Beach Memories (200), 2t-Michael's Power (200), 2t-Take it Back Terry (200), 5t-Fat Man's Alley (187), 5t-Windsong Jack (187), 7-Polak A (175), 8-Sapphire City (170). Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series are set for Saturday, Apr. 25. Between you and I and totally off-the-record, the purses (provided no scratches this weekend) are $261,000 (Matchmaker) and $529,000 (Levy). As usual, they are the two richest North American races of the season to date. The Raceway's live season continues Thursday through Saturday (first post each night at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

When it comes to qualifying for the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship, Heez Orl Black N is on the outside looking in. But thanks to a preliminary-round win last week at 13-1 odds, the gelding's chances of advancing to the lucrative harness racing final have improved significantly. Yonkers Raceway on Saturday hosts the last preliminary round of the Levy Series. Twenty of the top 21 horses in the standings were among the pacers entered, with the group divided into three seven-horse fields. P H Supercam, who is No. 1 in points and guaranteed a spot in the final thanks to winning all three of his previous Levy starts, is in the second division. He is joined there by Beach Memories, who is tied for second in the standings. Horses receive 25 points for each start in the series. First-place finishes are worth 50 points, with 25 points for second, 12 points for third, 8 points for fourth and 5 points for fifth. The top eight horses in the standings following Saturday's preliminary round will qualify for the final on April 25. The next eight horses are eligible for the consolation. The top 14 horses in the standings are separated by 71 points. The field for Saturday's third Levy division includes four horses - Take It Back Terry, Fat Mans Alley, Windsong Jack and Domethatagain - who are in the top nine. Michael's Power, who is tied for second in the standings, was not entered this week. Heez Orl Black N, who is 10th in the standings, drew post No. 1 in the first division. The all-black 7-year-old New Zealand-bred gelding, trained by Anita Vallee, trails Sapphire City by four points for the eighth spot in the standings. Sapphire City drew post three in the same Levy division as Heez Orl Black N while Polak A, who is seventh in the standings, got post five. Bettor's Edge, who is 11th in the standings, three points behind Heez Orl Black N, received post No. 2. No other horses in the top 11 are in the first division. "With a good draw, I think we have a chance to hit the board and then we'll let the chips fall where they may," said Shaun Vallee, who owns Heez Orl Black N with Daniel Vlahakis' DPV Racing Stable. "I'm not wishing any of the other ones bad luck, but just hoping I have enough luck to get in." Vallee purchased Heez Orl Black N, a former stakes-winner in New Zealand, in October. Heez Orl Black N, a son of stallion In The Pocket out of the mare Cracker Kate, won 15 races and $182,615 competing Down Under. "When he was racing over there, his races were very consistent and very good races," said Vallee, who saw Heez Orl Black N while visiting friends in Australia. "I was just lucky they were willing to sell him. They had so many in the same class and were willing to sell him." In his first start this year, Heez Orl Black N finished third at the Meadowlands. He then was sent to Yonkers, where the half-mile oval suited his smaller build. He won his first two starts at The Hilltop before finishing second to P H Supercam in a conditioned race in late January. "After I raced him a couple starts, I thought that if he kept racing consistently that we could put him in the Levy," said Vallee, who drove Heez Orl Black N in his first nine starts. "But in the beginning, I wasn't that sure. After he won three or four races, I thought he might be alright in there and we gave him a chance. "He's average to smaller (size). That's his game, the half-mile (track). We'll give him a couple weeks off after the Levy and then he'll race mostly in overnights at Yonkers. That's a good spot for him. Unless he does real good in the Levy, then I might try to put him in other races. But I'm not so sure he'll be real good at the mile track against those other horses when they start going big miles." Heez Orl Black won last week with driver Brian Sears by one length over National Debt in 1:53.1. He also has two fourth-place finishes among four starts in the Levy. "He's versatile and he's all race horse on the track," Vallee said. "No matter where he is, he never stops trying. Even if he's in what you'd call an impossible spot, he's still trying to do it. That's a good sign." Heez Orl Black N Levy Standings (Top 20): 1. P H Supercam 225; T2. Beach Memories, Michael's Power, Take It Back Terry 200; T5. Fat Mans Alley, Windsong Jack 187; 7. Polak A 175; 8. Sapphire City 170; 9. Domethatagain 168; 10. Heez Orl Black N 166; 11. Bettor's Edge 163; 12. Lucan Hanover 162; 13. Frankies Dragon 158; 14. Mach It So 154; 15. National Debt 142; 16. Machs Beach Boy 140; 17. Clear Vision 137; 18. Texican N 128; T19. McErlean, Warrawee Needy 125. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA

Grand Circuit harness racing action this week features final rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series and George Morton Levy series. This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fifth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features a single $40,000 division on Friday (April 17) in the fifth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 18) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fifth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: This past Friday night (April 10), Yonkers Raceway hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for open pacing mares. As was the case in the third leg, a pair of small-but-select fields of five split into $40,000 divisions. Pole-sitting favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $4.80) finished what she started in the first event, holding off a second-up Camille (George Brennan) in a season's-best 1:53.2. Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) was third. For Venus Delight, a 5-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in four seasonal starts (two-for-three in series). The second Matchmaker event was more of the same for series leader and odds-on choice Carolsideal (Daniel Dube, $2.80). The only perfect participant made it four wins in the series, defeating Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick) by a half-length in 1:53.2, the same time as the opening division. Strings (Eric Carlson) was third. Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners Allard Racing, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, is now nine-for-10 this season. Saturday night's (April 11) fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, despite missing some old, familiar faces, played out in a trio of intriguing events. Pole-sitting Windsong Jack (Brian Sears, $6.20) won the opening $50,000 division, getting by Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) late and edging away by 1-1/4 lengths in a season's-best 1:52.4. Machs Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was third. For second choice Windsong Jack, a 5-year-old Santanna Blue Chip gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Little Bapa LLC, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (one-for-four in series). Odds-on choice Take It Back Terry (George Brennan, $2.90) had few issues in the second division. Quarter-moving from post no. 2, the winner paced a cheap second quarter (:27.1, :56.4), then easily held sway (1:25.2, 1:53.1) by a no-issues three-quarters of a length. A solid, first-up effort from Frankies Dragon (Brian Sears) found him getting second, with Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) third. Take It Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned as Burke Racing by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, is now four-for-12 this season (two-for-three in series). The evening's final series event saw Heez Orl Black N (Brian Sears, $29.20) whip another longshot in National Debt (Eric Carlson) by a length in 1:53.1. Lucan Hanover (Tim Tetrick) held third despite a brutal trip. For fourth choice Heez Orl Black N, a 7-year-old Down Under gelding trained by Anita Vallee for co-owners Shaun Vallee and D P V Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in 11 '15 tries. Heez Orl Black N It should be noted that P H Supercam and Beach Memories, sitting 1-2 in series points after three rounds, were both given this round off, while Foiled Again, looking to regain his near $7 million form, also was not entered. 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 at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jason Bartlett - 91; 2. Daniel Dube - 90; 3. George Brennan - 60; 4. Yannick Gingras - 51; 5. Brian Sears - 46. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 102; 2. Ron Burke - 96; 3. Rene Allard - 65; 4. Tony O'Sullivan - 30; 5t. Andrew Harris - 21; 5t. Jennifer Sabot - 21. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 91.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 22.15; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 22.15; 4. Allard Racing - 21.5; 5. Little Bapa - 21. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at The Meadows, Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack and Yonkers Raceway. The Meadows will host the Meadows Maturity Trot for older mare trotters on Friday (April 24); Freehold has eliminations scheduled for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old colt trotters on Saturday (April 25); also that day the Meadowlands will feature the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers; and action at Yonkers will continue that Saturday with the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy finals and consolations. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

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