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YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 28, 2017 -- Faced with a scenario for which there was no rule in place, Saturday night's $500,000 final (Sept. 2nd) of Yonkers Raceway's 63rd Yonkers Trot shall go postward with a field of nine harness racing 3-year-olds. The odd circumstance came about after Di Oggi and Southwind Hydro finished in a dead-heat for fourth in the second of last weekend's two elimination races. Since the first four trotters in each earn berths into the final and Yonkers Trot conditions did not allow for 'heaters' to determine finalists, Raceway management decided to permit both horses into the race. (Author's aside...provisions for such future instances shall be addressed when the race conditions are amended to separate 'by lot' when necessary.) That said, elimination (purse $40,000 each) winners Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett) and Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt) drew post position Nos. 4 and 6, respectively. The Trot, second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, goes as the fifth race (approx.. post time 8:35 PM). The draw, with each horse racing independently, is as such... 1-Devious Man (Andy Miller), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson), 6-Yes Mickey (lone gelding, Ake Svanstedt), 7-Money Macintosh (Jordan Stratton), 8-Another Chapter (Dan Dube), 9-Top Flight Angel (Brian Sears, second tier). Yes Mickey was/is the lone supplemental entrant (in this case $30,000) in any of these stakes. The 62nd Messenger (race No. 4, approx.. post 8:15 PM) had not such "sponsor's exception" issues after Art Rooney Pace winner Downbytheseaside matched the fastest local pacing mile of the season (1:51). He won last Saturday's (Aug. 26th) lone $40,000 elim by 8½ unasked lengths. He does, however, have to negotiate post No. 7 in this Saturday night's half-million-dollar second jewel of the Pacing Crown, also for 3-year-olds. That eight-on-the-gate draw played out this way... 1-Mac's Jackpot (g) (Bartlett), 2-Summer Side (Tim Tetrick), 3-Miso Fast (Kakaley), 4-Art Scene (Stratton), 5-Funknwaffles (g) (Corey Callahan), 6-Blood Line (Mark MacDonald), 7-Downbytheseaside (Sears), 8--Henry the Dragon (Teague). As with the Trot, all entrants race uncoupled. The ladies' companion events, for soph lasses, are the one-dash-for-the-cash $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace The Hudson goes as the third race (approx. post 7:55 PM)... 1-Dangle Then Deke (Eric Goodell), 2-Chapter Too (Jeff Gregory), 3-Lexie Marie (George Brennan), 4-Celebrity Ruth (Bartlett), 5-Mamora Bay (Sam Schillaci), 6-Sunshine Delight (Brettt Miller), 7-Evelyn (Andy Miller), 8-Ice Attraction (Svanstedt). The Maud wraps the stakes portion as the sixth race (approx.. post 8:55 PM)... 1-Angel's Pride (Kakaley), 2-Tori Hanover (MacDonald), 3-Awash (Stratton), 4-Gurl Band K (Yannick Gingras), 6- Ella Christina (Tetrick), 6-Robin J (Bartlett), 7-World Apart (Bartlett also listed). Program changes shall be made Tuesday afternoon (Aug. 29th). Post time for the dozen-race card is the usual 7:10 PM.   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 26, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 26th) hosted a trio of harness racing $40,000 stakes eliminations, two for Yonkers Trot No. 63 and one for the 62nd Messenger Stakes. The opening elim for Yonkers Trot had a different feel before the outset when pole-sitting, third choice Enterprise (Tim Tetrick) broke behind the gate and effectively was eliminated from the elimination. That faux pas left the race as a two-choice, two-speed number, with even-money Devious Man (Andy Miller) waltzing around Westchester (:28, 59, 1:28.1). He was chased by the $30,000 buy-in, Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt). Devious Man, last season's New York Sire Stakes champ, had a couple of lengths in and out of the final before 'Mickey,' after leaving from post position No.4, received the memo. He dove inside, whipping Devious Man by a neck in 1:56.1. Another Chapter (Dan Dube) was a distant, three-hole third, with 49-1 outsider Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley) a 'distanter,' four-hole fourth. As for Enterprise, he did catch the field but could not sustain a first-up offering. For Yes Mickey, a Muscle Hill gelding trained by his driver for owner Mellby Gard Inc., it was his third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10, with the triple returning $43.20. What's been the difference for this season's version of Yes Mickey after a one-start, $600 frosh season? "He doesn't break," Svanstedt said, succinctly. Yes Mickey The second elim for the Trot wound up with much more intrigue at the bottom than at the top, where a first-up (from post No. 4), odds-on Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, $3.10) was grinding by Money Macintosh (Miller). The margin was a half-length in 1:56.2. Money Macintosh led through intervals of :28.4, 58.1 and 1:27.1, holding second from entrymate Top flight Angel (Brian Sears) as that one rallied from last among the six-pack. Di Oggi (Montrell Teague) and Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson) wound up in a dead-heat for fourth, which led to an unanswered question. As of this writing (just past midnight Sunday morning), the author was unable to get a definitive answer regarding the field for next Saturday's half-million final of the second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. The top four finishers in each get invites, but how this 'heater' issue gets adjudicated is unknown...as of now. Updates when available. For Guardian Angel AS, a statebred son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, he's now 7-for-12 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.40, with no triple wagering offered to a limited number (five) of wagering interests. "I didn't care where I was going to get away (fourth), and I didn't care if I was going to be first-over," Bartlett said. "I just didn't want to tip him on his head leaving. He always gets over Yonkers very well." Guardian Angel AS The Messenger's game of 'musical chairs'--nine 3-year-old colt/gelding pacers to eliminate one--wasn't close to being a fair fight. Art Rooney Pace winner Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears, $2.10, part of entry) made the lead before the half, then rolled home by 8½ lengths in 1:51. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) won the scrum for second, whipping the winner's entrymate Blood Line (Mark Macdonald). The latter made the lead passing a 27-second opening quarter-mile, before 'Seaside', away third from post position No. 3, found front nearing the 56-second intermission. He began losing his rivals in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, taking six lengths into the lane. Mac's Jackpot (Bartlett) and first leader Summer Side (Ray Schnittker) earned the minors, while Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan), Henry the Dragon (Teague) and Miso Fast (Kakaley) also made next week's $500,000 second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. Beyond Delight (Dan Dube) was the odd horse out. For Downbytheseaside, a son of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Brian Brown for co-owners Country Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing, it was his seventh win in 11 seasonal starts ($706,216). The exacta paid $9.10, with the triple (Mac's Jackpot 'thir' for this wager) returning $21.20. "You never take anything for granted, especially in a nine-horse field," Sears said. "He just has a tremendous turn of speed," Sears said. "I was so glad he won at Northfield (Milstein Memorial), because he deserved it after some tough luck and tough trips." Downbytheseaside Saturday night's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by a pocketed Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $17.20) in 1:52.2, a tick off his seasonal best. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, N.Y. - Of the 12 colts and geldings who will contest the harness racing eliminations of the Yonkers Trot, three are trained by Julie Miller. She will send out 9-5 morning line favorite Devious Man in the first $40,000 elimination in race 6. The coupled entry of Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are 9-5 in the early odds behind Guardian Angel As at 8-5 in the second elimination one race later. Miller is hopeful all three of her starters will finish fourth or better to earn a spot behind the gate of the $500,000 Final Saturday September 2. “That would be wonderful. That’s the game plan,” Miller said. “That’s what I mapped out on the chalk board, but it would be wonderful. I’m hoping that’s the outcome on Saturday evening.” The second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown, the Yonkers Trot is a race Miller has her eye on. “It’s a race that’s on my bucket list. I’d sure like to add it to my resume,” she said. “We love racing at Yonkers. I think they have a great program over there, I think they do a great job, so we are glad to be a part of Yonkers racing. The half-mile racing, I know a lot of people like to see racing on mile tracks, but I think it’s great. It shows versatility in horses.” Devious Man leads all 3-year-old trotters in seasonal earnings with $730,367 in the bank. He won the $252,000 Empire Breeders Classic Final at Vernon Downs June 18 and took the $500,000 Beal Final at Pocono July 1. Devious Man also finished second to Walner in the Stanley Dancer Memorial and third in the Zweig behind Yonkers Trot rival Yes Mickey. Andy Miller has driven Devious Man in all of his starts. “Obviously we’re real happy with him,” Miller said. “He was really good on the New York circuit last year winning the Sire Stakes Final right there at Yonkers. We were hoping he would come back as well as he has and he’s proven to be real nice. He’s consistent and you couldn’t be happier with a horse like him. “In the Empire Breeders Final, Andy had him in perfect position second-over and pounced on a great trip. He was super that day and for a New York race, that was a nice one to win, obviously,” she continued. “In the Beal, he was kind of a longshot over there; he drew the outside. Andy worked out a perfect trip for him.” Devious Man reached harness racing’s biggest stage when he competed in the Hambletonian at The Meadowlands August 5. After finishing second in his elimination, Devious Man was third in the final after closing with a :27.2 final quarter, but was placed second after What The Hill, who crossed the wire first, was disqualified. As the result is under appeal, Miller is left in an awkward spot in the middle of it all. “I don’t know if he was second or third in the Hambletonian yet,” she said with a laugh. “I was happy with his effort in the Hambletonian. To go two trips and race the best he could, I’m really, really proud of him. “My horse, my number wasn’t blinking that day. I finished third and if the judges felt an infraction was made by the winner, that’s their decision and that’s why they’re in the judges’ booth and I’m in the paddock working,” she continued. “My horse raced a great race. The horse and Andy did a great job that day.” Devious Man will start from post five in his elimination, just outside of 2-1 second choice Yes Mickey, who enters off a victory in the Zweig. Hambletonian finalist Enterprise is 3-1 from the pylons. Miller is confident in Devious Man Saturday night. “My horse can maneuver on the half-mile track and he’s liked Yonkers in the past, so I’m very excited for the eliminations and the final,” she said. In the second elimination, Miller will start Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel. Money Macintosh is 1-for-7 this year. His only win came in a leg of the New York Sire Stakes at Monticello July 17. Since then, the son of Credit Winner made a break in a Sire Stakes leg at Yonkers August 3 and went off stride again in Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs August 11. Miller got a clean line on Money Macintosh last time out in the Zweig when Jason Bartlett piloted him to an eighth place finish in 1:53.3. “Money Macintosh, he can go around a half. If he minds his manners, I think he can be right there,” she said. “I’ve been going back to the drawing board after his last couple starts when he did go off stride. Jason said in the Zweig, he was solid. He kept him flat and that was a nice race going into the Yonkers Trot. I just keep making modifications and adjustments on him to kind of get him over getting a little shaky at the wire.” Top Flight Angel is 2-for-7 this year and both victories came at the Hilltop Oval. The colt by Archangel won a $22,000 overnight by 5 1/4 lengths May 16 and took a New York Sire Stakes leg by 5 3/4 lengths in 1:55 August 3. “He won at Yonkers pretty dominantly in New York Sire Stakes. He seems to travel that track well,” Miller said. “It’s a great booster in your confidence. I picked up Brian Sears, which doesn’t hurt anything. We’ll see what happens that night.” The Saturday night card at Yonkers also features a single elimination of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers in race 9 and a $50,000 Open Handicap Pace in race 8. First post time is 7:10 p.m. To view entries for Saturday’s card, click here. by Brandon Valvo for the SOA of NY

A year ago, Yes Mickey might have caused his harness racing connections to cry out "Oh no Mickey" more often than his actual name. The trotter was an immature 2-year-old who started only once - and went off stride in the stretch. The outcome was not completely unexpected. He frequently made breaks when training and in two of his three qualifiers. Yes Mickey was gelded during the winter and, together with time to mature, came back to work this year a different horse. He has finished first or second in eight of nine races and earned $222,487 for trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt and owner Mellby Gard Inc. On Saturday, Yes Mickey will compete in the first of two six-horse eliminations of the Yonkers Trot at Yonkers Raceway. He was supplemented to the event for $30,000 following his upset victory in last week's Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. Yes Mickey is 2-1 on the morning line, the second choice behind 9-5 favorite Devious Man from the stable of trainer Julie Miller. Guardian Angel As, trained by Anette Lorentzon, is the 8-5 choice in the second elimination. The top four finishers from each elimination return Sept. 2 for the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final. "He just needed time to grow up a little bit," Svanstedt said about Yes Mickey, who was lightly staked this year because of his previous issues. "He has raced good every time (this year). I like everything about him. He has a nice gait, long step. He is nice to drive." Yes Mickey is a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare My Favorite Chip. He was purchased for $65,000 at the 2015 Lexington Selected Sale and is a half-brother to millionaire Adrian Chip, who finished second to Donato Hanover in the 2007 Hambletonian and finished third in the 2007 Yonkers Trot. Last week, Yes Mickey won the Zweig by a quarter-length over filly Ariana G in a career-best 1:51.2. It was the gelding's second victory of the season and the winning time tied for the third fastest of the season by a 3-year-old trotter. Yes Mickey's trip to Yonkers' half-mile oval will be his first start of the year on a small track. "This is a hard track, but I hope he can race good," Svanstedt said. "I think he can handle the turns good. I don't think it is going to be a problem." Svanstedt also will send out New Jersey Viking in the second Yonkers Trot elimination. New Jersey Viking won five of 11 races last year and earned $146,138 for owners Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Little E LLC, but is winless in four starts this season. The colt, a son of Muscle Hill out of Hall Of Wishes, was slowed by a lung infection and missed more than two months of action. "I think he is on the way up," Svanstedt said. The Yonkers Trot is the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown. The first jewel, the Hambletonian, went to Svanstedt-trained Perfect Spirit when What The Hill was disqualified for causing interference in the stretch. Neither Perfect Spirit nor What The Hill was eligible to the Yonkers Trot. Saturday's card at Yonkers also includes one nine-horse elimination of the Messenger Stakes for 3-year-old pacers. The top eight finishers return Sept. 2 for the $500,000 final. The entry of Downbytheseaside and Blood Line is the 4-5 morning line favorite. Following are the complete fields in post order for the Yonkers Trot eliminations (with driver/trainer/morning line). Elimination One: 1. Enterprise (Tim Tetrick/Marcus Melander/3-1); 2. Another Chapter (Dan Dube/Per Henriksen/6-1); 3. Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke/10-1); 4. Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt/Ake Svanstedt/2-1); 5. Devious Man (Andy Miller/Julie Miller/9-5); 6. Andy M (Jason Bartlett/Chris Beaver/12-1). Elimination Two: 1. Money Macintosh* (Andy Miller/Julie Miller/9-5); 2. DiOggi (Montrell Teague/Archie Kohr/9-2); 3. New Jersey Viking (Ake Svanstedt/Ake Svanstedt/6-1); 4. Guardian Angel As (Jason Bartlett/Anette Lorentzon/8-5); 5. Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson/Nancy Johansson/6-1); 6. Top Flight Angel* (Brian Sears/Julie Miller/9-5). * Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel racing as coupled entry. Following is the complete field in post order for the Messenger elimination (with driver/trainer/morning line). 1. Art Scene (Jordan Stratton/Tony Alagna/7-1); 2. Mac's Jackpot* (Jason Bartlett/Jim Campbell/9-1); 3. Downbytheseaside# (Brian Sears/Brian Brown/4-5); 4. Summer Side (Ray Schnittker/Ray Schnittker/7-1); 5. Blood Line# (Mark MacDonald/Jimmy Takter/4-5); 6. Henry The Dragon (Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis/20-1); 7. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke/6-1); 8. Funknwaffles (Corey Callahan/John Butenschoen/7-1); 9. Beyond Delight* (Dan Dube/Mark Silva/9-1). * Mac's Jackpot and Beyond Delight racing as coupled entry; Beyond Delight starts from the second tier. # Downbytheseaside and Blood Line racing as coupled entry. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - Once again shamelessly plagiarizing a term from our thoroughbred brethren, "Win and You're In." Yonkers Raceway has announced that the harness racing winner of the 63nd Yonkers Trot shall automatically receive a Yonkers International Trot invitation. The $500,000 Yonkers Trot goes Saturday night, Sept. 2 (eliminations this Saturday, Aug. 26th), while the million-dollar, mile-and-a-quarter Yonkers International Trot is set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14. This is the third incarnation of International since its return after a 20-year hiatus. "We are compiling a list of world-class trotters for our International," race secretary Steve Starr said. "Last season's winner, Resolve, is coming back to defend his title and it's shaping up as a glorious race." More information about the 2017 Yonkers International Trot shall be announced shortly. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 21, 2017 - Twelve harness racing 3-year-old gentlemen have been entered for Yonkers Trot No. 63, second Jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. A pair of $40,000 eliminations are set for this Saturday night (Aug. 26th), with the first four in each returning for the half-million-dollar final. First elim (6th race) 1 - Enterprise by Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick), 2 - Another Chapter by Chapter Seven - (Scott Zeron), 3 - Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill - (Matt Kakaley), 4 - Yes Mickey by Muscle Hill - (Ake Svanstedt, lone gelding, lone $30,000 supplemental entrant), 5 - Devious Man by Credit Winner - (Andy Miller), 6 - Andy M by Andover Hall - (Dave Miller).   Second elim (7th race) 1 - Money Macintosh by Credit Winner -  (Andy Miller), 2 - Di Oggi by Crazed - (Montrell Teague), 3 - New Jersey Viking by Muscle Hill - (Svanstedt), 4 - Guardian Angel AS by Archangel - (Jason Bartlett), 5 - Southwind Hydro by Muscle Hill - (Marcus Johansson), 6 - Top Flight Angel by Archangel (Andy Miller also listed). (Note Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are coupled)   Nine soph lads were entered for the 62nd Messenger Stakes, second Jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. This presents another edition of musical chairs, with all going in a $40,000 elimination (9th race) to get the octet for the $500,000 final. 1 - Art Scene (Zeron), 2 - Mac's Jackpot (g) by Somebeachsomewhere - (Bartlett), 3 - Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brian Sears), 4 - Summer Side by Well Said - (Ray Schnittker), 5 - Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller), 6 - Henry the Dragon by Dragon Again - (Teague), 7 - Miso Fast by Roll With Joe - (Kakaley), 8 - Funknwaffles (g) by American Ideal - (Corey Callahan), 9 - Beyond Delight (g) by Bettor's Delight - (Dan Dube). (Note Mac's Jackpot/Beyond Delight are coupled, as are Downbytheseaside/Blood Line)   The ladies' companion events are the one-dash-for-the-cash $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace. The Hudson, for 3-year-old fillies, attracted eight...(alphabetically) Celebrity Ruth by Archangel Chapter Too by Chapter Seven Dangle Then Deke by Cantab Hall Evelyn by Muscle Hill Ice Attraction by Muscle Hill Lexie Marie ?? Mamora Bay by Chapter Seven Sunshine Delight by Credit Winner   The Lady Maud, also for 3-year-old young ladies, have seven in-to-go...(alphabetically) Angel's Pride by Roll With Joe Awash by Somebeachsomewhere Ella Christina by Western Ideal Gurl Band K by Rock N Roll Heaven Robin J by Roll With Joe Tori Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere World Apart by Art Major The finals for all four Yonkers Raceway stakes are scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 2nd . Frank Drucker

As Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder prepares for Saturday's (Sept. 3) $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters at Yonkers Raceway -- the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown -- harness racing trainer Paula Wellwood feels the horse is set in his ways. That's great when it comes to being on the track, as Marion Marauder has won seven of nine starts this season, including this past Saturday's Yonkers Trot elimination in his small-track debut. "He just been his normal self," Wellwood said. "He came into the race good and was well in hand the other night. He's sharp, he's healthy, he's happy. There's really no change in him. He's the same horse, and you don't want any changes. He just stays the same every day." In the stable, however, it can lead to a few issues. "He's a very smart horse and he figures things out pretty quick," the Canadian trainer said. "If something's not right he lets you know immediately. One day I mixed his food wrong and he just spit it out like a kid who would spit his food out back at you! "I was trying to stand in there, I went to put the tub in and he just looked at me, and he went 'Bleaaahh!' all over my hand, literally like a kid spitting out something they don't like. I threw it out, changed it and he ate everything." Wellwood, who trains Marion Marauder with her husband Mike Keeling, is not about to upset the routine. If Marion Marauder wants to be pampered a little more, so be it. "The only thing I can say is different is maybe the horse is a little more spoiled," Wellwood said. "He likes what he does, he really has a set routine and he seems to be thriving on it more than anything. It's just a little bit of attitude he's got, like 'Don't screw this up.' "He kind of acts up a little bit at times. He's a little more pushy and he probably should be put more in line, but I don't do that. He deserves whatever he wants to do. He's so set in his routine, he has a solid routine and it just seems to be agreeing with him." Wellwood is unsure if Marion Marauder is aware of just what he has accomplished this year, especially winning the Hambletonian. That being said, he has gotten an attitude boost from his feats this season. The colt, owned by family members Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, has earned $874,905 this year with his other victories including the Goodtimes Stakes and a division of the Stanley Dancer Memorial. "He's pretty confident in himself, I will say that," Wellwood said. "I don't know if he knows or not, but it seems like the more big races he wins, he seems a little more pushy. He's got lots of confidence too. He's brimming with it, which happens. That happens with human athletes, they just get more and more confident and that's kind of what he's like." Driver Scott Zeron has been confident in Marion Marauder throughout the season and has not been afraid to share that confidence publicly when entering a race. Wellwood takes the opposite tact. Despite the fact she "couldn't be more pleased," with Marion Marauder drawing the No. 4 post Saturday, the trainer isn't about to handicap the race. "I leave that totally up to Scott," she said. "I don't like to predict how it will go. I'm kind of superstitious that way." She will say, however, that the horse is racing as well as he has all year. "He's so professional now," Wellwood said. "Scott says you can do anything with him. Whatever he asks him to do he does. So I think he's just more adept. In the race he's very focused and he takes it serious and wants to do the best he can. That's how I would describe him." An interesting sidebar to this race is that if Marion Marauder wins he is not staked to the final leg of the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Futurity at Lexington's Red Mile. To do so, the horse's owners would have to pay a substantial supplement fee. Will it happen? "It's probably doubtful, and we'd have no regrets," Wellwood said. "We mapped out a schedule and we don't usually take them to Lexington to race. Things could always change but I would have to say we're just going to stick with our main plan. He goes back to Canada after this and then he's off to the Breeders Crown, so he has a big break, which I feel is a well-deserved break." And while Wellwood is not completely ruling out the Futurity, her overall concern is for Marion Marauder's well-being. "It's all about whatever is good for the horse," she said. "That comes absolutely first. We're not going to say never, but he's still got hurdles to overcome. So you don't know. You can never predict anything." Following is the field for the Yonkers Trot. $500,000 Yonkers Trot 3-year-old male trotters Race 8/Post 9:30 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Iron Mine Bucky - Explosive Matter - George Dennis-Greg Haverstick-12/1 2. Celebrity Express - Andover Hall - John Campbell-Staffan Lind-20/1 3. Smalltownthrowdown - Cash Hall - Dan Daley-Dan Daley-7/2 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-1/1 5. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-7/1 6. Steed - Muscle Hill - Brian Sears-Richard Johnson-20/1 7. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-20/1 8. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - Jason Bartlett-Chris Oakes-7/1 Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder and harness racing driver Scott Zeron made short work of his small-track debut, winning Saturday night's lone $40,000 elimination for the 62nd Yonkers Trot. "Marion," starting from post position No. 3 in a Yonkers Raceway game of musical chairs (nine to eliminate one), took things in his own hooves early. The 3-10 choice moved past first leader Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley), then had few issues (:29.2, :58.4, 1:28.1, 1:56.2). The margin was a length-and-quarter over "Smalltown," with Iron Mine Bucky (George Dennis) a drifting, three-hole third. The real fun came in the back of the bus, when the second-tier Gleaming Memory (Ake Svanstedt) made an ugly break that directly wiped out Lagerfeld (Mark MacDonald), while any number of the trailers also broke, were impeded or were just plain outrun. Steed (Brian Sears) was a best-of-the-rest fourth, with Hititoutofthepark (Corey Callahan), Cuffllink Hanover (Jason Bartlett), Celebrity Express (John Campbell) and Lagerfeld also earning berth into next Saturday's $500,000 final (open draw for second jewel of Trotting Triple Crown is Tuesday morning). For Marion Marauder, a 3-year-old son of Muscle Hill trained by Paula Wellwood, who kept in the family for co-owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling, it was his seventh win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.80, with the triple returning $22.60. "I couldn't have been more pleased with the way he trotted the half tonight," Zeron said. "I'm confident in his abilities to get the job done in the final." "We just wanted him to get off the gate clean and command a race on a half-mile, Mike Keeling, husband of the winning trainer, said. "I think he showed everybody that he can do that. He steered great and he trotted well." Saturday's card also featured a pair of events for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace (3YO fillies). The report will be through soon. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 25, 2016 - As if a million dollars in harness racing stakes purses isn't enough, marking Saturday, Sept. 3, on the social calendar just became more meaningful. For Yonkers Trot / Messenger Stakes evening, the Raceway is embellishing the experience with a freebie, as in a green auto commuter travel mug (while supplies last). Beginning at 4 PM that afternoon, all existing or newly-enrolled Empire Club members can visit the promotions booth to receive their spiffy mug (see photo). Also that evening, there's an Empire Terrace buffet, with seatings from 6-10 PM. The cost is $19.95 for Empire Clue members and $24.95 for non-members (plus tax and 15% gratuity). Note that those guests who opened a new Empire City Bets account during August shall receive a free buffet coupon via e-mail. Frank Drucker

Freehold, NJ --- Smalltownthrowdown is ready for a small-track harness racing showdown. The Dan Daley-trained 3-year-old is among nine horses entered in Saturday’s (Aug. 27) $40,000 Yonkers Trot elimination at Yonkers Raceway. The gelding has raced four times this season on half-mile tracks, such as Yonkers, and won three. He heads to the elimination off back-to-back victories on half-mile ovals in New York Sire Stakes action. Smalltownthrowdown will start the elimination from post two with Daley driving and is 9-2 on the morning line, the third choice behind Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder at 5-2 and Lagerfeld at 4-1. The top eight finishers advance to the $500,000 Yonkers Trot final Sept. 3 at Yonkers. The winner of the Yonkers Trot, which follows the Hambletonian as the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown, will receive an invitation to the $1 million Yonkers International Trot on Oct. 15. “His game is a half-mile track,” said Daley, who trains Smalltownthrowdown for wife Ann-Mari, James Crawford IV, Donald Brenner, and Richard Lombardo. “He seems to trot that (size) track as good as anywhere. A big track doesn’t really pick him up. “To step up against these horses, I don’t know. But he’s been super sharp, so we figured we’d take a shot.” Smalltownthrowdown, his name inspired by a country song, is a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Ann’s Promise. He was purchased for $21,000 at the 2014 SUNY Morrisville Sale under the name Branchport. His half-sister Annies List was a multiple winner on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and earned $260,083 lifetime. “He was my favorite pick at Morrisville,” Daley said. “He’s a Cash Hall. Not many are high on them, but I’ve been lucky with them. He just had a great look. I knew his sister was a really good filly the year before.” Smalltownthrowdown was winless in his first eight races last year, although he hit the board six times including a second-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes championship at Yonkers. He then won back-to-back races, including the Simpson Memorial Stakes at Vernon Downs, to finish the season. This year, the gelding has won five of 12 races and pushed his career earnings to $278,760. He won in a career-best 1:54.4 on Aug. 9 at Saratoga in a division of the New York Sire Stakes and followed up with a 1:56.2 triumph in the NYSS at Monticello on Monday. “It took him a little while to learn to be controllable and do everything right, but he’s turned out to be a nice horse,” Daley said. “He was really sharp at Monticello, so we put him in here and hope we can get some money.” The field for the Yonkers Trot elimination, in post order, is Iron Mine Bucky, Smalltownthrowdown, Marion Marauder, Lagerfeld, Steed, Cufflink Hanover, Celebrity Express, Hititoutofthepark, and trailer Gleaming Memory. Marion Marauder, trained by Paula Wellwood, is bidding to add the second jewel in the Trotting Triple Crown to his list of accomplishments. The third jewel, the Kentucky Futurity, is Oct. 9 at Lexington’s Red Mile, but Marion Marauder is not eligible to the event. Supplemental entries, though, are permitted. There have been eight trotters to complete the Triple Crown sweep. The most recent was Glidemaster in 2006. Below are the post positions: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Iron Mine Bucky - Explosive Matter - George Dennis-Greg Haverstick-7/1 2. Smalltownthrowdown - Cash Hall - Dan Daley-Dan Daley-9/2  3. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron-Paula Wellwood-5/2  4. Lagerfeld - Yankee Glide - Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-4/1 5. Steed - Muscle Hill - Brian Sears-Richard Johnson-15/1 6. Cufflink Hanover - Andover Hall - Jason Bartlett-Chris Oakes-5/1 7. Celebrity Express - Andover Hall - John Campbell-Staffan Lind-20/1 8. Hititoutofthepark - Yankee Glide - Corey Callahan-John Butenschoen-12/1 9. Gleaming Memory - Muscle Massive - Ake Svanstedt-Thomas Milici-15/1 Saturday’s card at Yonkers also includes the $118,574 Hudson Trot for 3-year-old fillies, which finds Staffan Lind’s Celebrity Eventsy as the 3-2 morning line favorite, and the $109,050 Lady Maud for 3-year-old female pacers, where Newborn Sassy is the even-money choice. by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 23, 2016 - Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder goes after the second jewel of harness racing's Trotting Triple Crown, leading nine 3-year-olds in the 62nd Yonkers Trot. With a guaranteed $500,000 final purse, Yonkers Raceway's signature trotting event begins with a game of musical chairs, as in one, $40,000 elimination this Saturday night (Aug. 27). to determine the eight finalists. The final is next Saturday night (Sept. 3). The entrants, alphabetically, are... Celebrity Express, Cufflink Hanover (gelding), Gleaming Memory, Hititoutofthepark (ridgling), Iron Mine Bucky, Lagerfeld, Marion Marauder, Smalltownthrowdown  Steed (gelding). Marion Marauder, a Muscle Hill colt, enters with six wins a second in eight seasonal starts ($854,905). He had won five consecutive starts-included the elimination and $1 million final of the Hambletonian-before a first-up second in last weekend's Colonial at Pocono. Paula Wellwood trains, keeping it in the family for co-owners Marion Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Scott Zeron again does the driving. As a carrot at the end of a Yonkers Trot stick, the winner also gets a Yonkers International Trot invitation for that million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 15th. The 61st Messenger Stakes, second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown, also goes for its 500-large guaranteed final. Racing Hill leads eight in a 'one-dash-for-the-cash" event, also set for Saturday, Sept. 3. Racing Hill, the career seven-figure son of Roll with Joe, has been consistent to a fault this season, hitting the board (four wins, five seconds, one third) in 10 tries. He won the $500,000 Hempt Memorial (Pocono), while the victory in the $400,000 Adios (Meadows) was sandwiched around second-placed efforts in the Meadowlands Pace and the Battle of the Brandywine (also at Pocono). Tony Alagna trains the Tom hill homebred, who is making his small-track debut. The Messenger entrants, again alphabetically, are... Another Daily Copy, Don'tcallmefrancis (gelding), Dr. J. Hanover, Fernando Hanover (gelding), Manny, Racing Hill, Stonebridge Beach  Western Fame. This Saturday programs also features a pair of events for 3-year-old fillies, the $118,574 Hudson Trot and $109,050 Lady Maud Pace (3YO fillies) . (this story shall be updated) Frank Drucker

It is a darn good thing horses do not read the papers or browse the Internet, otherwise Krispy Apple may have developed a huge complex. She has earned more than $1.6 million in her career, amassed $60,000 from this year's campaign alone and established a track standard of 1:51 for older mares in 2015 at Yonkers Raceway, yet the 8-year-old mare never receives the press other female residents of her shed row continuously attract. This situation, however, could drastically change if the daughter of Western Ideal captures the $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker final on Saturday (April 23) at Yonkers Raceway for at long last her name may finally dominate the headlines. "She has always been overlooked and that's just kind of been her luck," said Jeff Bamond Jr., her conditioner and co-owner. "As a 3-year-old she earned more than $500,000 and had to take on the likes of a super filly in See You At Peelers. There are not many that come along like that one and then after her it was Anndrovette. Her record stands for itself obviously and then there was Shelliscape. Next was Venus Delight. Those three were all in the same barn with this mare, but all she has done is win. "I thought she had one of the best seasons of her career last year because we just kept her in the Opens at Yonkers and she made more than $350,000. She seems to get over that track very well and those conditions seemed to suit her." Out of the Life Sign mare Apple Krisp, Krispy Apple, who is also owned by Bamond's father, Jeff and Joe Davino, will seek to add career victory 43 to her resume when she leaves from post position eight with Jason Bartlett holding the reins in the seventh race on the card. The mare is the 2-1 top selection on the morning line in conjunction with her stablemate and 2015 Dan Patch award winner Venus Delight , who commences her journey from the slot right inside of her. Krispy Apple earned favoritism by finishing second in the first two legs of the series, then coming home sixth in the third leg and rebounding with a pair of triumphs in the final two preliminary contests. Despite being pleased with her performances so far this season, Bamond acknowledges Krispy Apple has her work cut out for her. The competition does not only come from Venus Delight, who has yet to hit the winner's circle in 2016, but has raced admirably in defeat. Her other rivals include O'Brien Award winner Lady Shadow (7-2), the always formidable Yagonnakissmeornot (5-1) and the talented import Sell A Bit N (5-1). All of these gifted ladies start their miles from inside the Bamond duo. "It is going to be very difficult for her to overcome that outside post position," he said. "All of these mares are very talented and evenly matched. Something like that can make the difference in losing by a head. They are all going to be right there when the wire comes and if they get away from you, they are not coming back. We will definitely need some racing luck, but this is what this sport is all about. Everyone that entered has a shot to win it." In order to pose in the winner's circle after her 126th career start, Krispy Apple must finish in front of champion Venus Delight. The 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight and the Run The Table mare Venus Killean has not hit millionaire status at this stage of her career with $872,033 in the bank, but she possesses the shiny hardware to reward her outstanding 2015 campaign. The mare collected just over $600,000 in purse money last year with triumphs in the $200,000 TVG Mares Open, the $225,000 Milton, and the $194,000 Artiscape, and is also the defending Blue Chip Matchmaker champion. Venus Delight's appearance this weekend will be only her 68th lifetime and if she captures two consecutive Matchmaker finals it will be the 26th occasion she will have her picture taken. It will also be her first win of the season from six trips to the gate. In the five legs of the series, the mare has hit the wire in second twice, third and fourth once apiece and was sixth in her most recent outing. "She has not had the best of racing luck," Bamond said. "Krispy Apple has that spurt to her at an end of a race, but Venus Delight is the horse that grinds you down. She just keeps coming. When she is far back on a track like this it is very tough for her to catch up and pass everyone. Especially with the quality group that is in the series. "I also do not think a half-mile track is her best game. She needs a longer stretch. I think that suits the way she races the best. She is the kind of horse that will only do what she needs to and is not hard on herself. For example, you cannot train her by herself because you will get nothing from her. You can literally run next to her while she's on the track. It is just her personality and we accept her for who she is." Over the last five years the Bamonds have enjoyed a wealth of riches when it comes to older pacing mares. There is Anndrovette, who needs no introduction and clearly is one of the greatest of all time for her gender as well as gait. The 9-year-old mare captured four consecutive Dan Patch trophies (2011-'14), also owns four O'Brien awards, is the only horse to win three Roses Are Red finals in a row and has annexed two Breeders Crowns. Only Eternal Camnation has placed more cash in the bank all time when it comes to pacing females. There is also world champion and 2013 and 2014 Breeders Crown victress Shelliscape. The daughter of Artiscape and the Direct Scooter mare Shell I Scoot compiled more than $1.1 million in her days on the race track. Retired due to injury, the mare recently gave birth to her first foal which is a colt by Somebeachsomewhere. So is there a secret to the Bamonds' success? Particularly with the ladies? Father and son purchased all four of these mares as they were embarking on their careers as older horses after scrutinizing not only their lines, but how they looked while compiling them. "The key to our program is buying horses we think are on the upswing and only have room to improve," Bamond said. "We keep an eye on them for awhile before we make a move and feel confident they have much more to give. "Although we did breed Shelliscape, we are not in the breeding business. That only happened because she was injured at the time and it just made sense to go that route. We are in the racing end of the sport and despite how successful all these mares could be in the breeding shed, we prefer to let the experts do that part. "What we do is treat all these mares as individuals, which they are, and provide them with their own programs. We are consistent with their routines -- whether they are in training, racing or on vacation. We also do not believe in over racing them and are very conservative as to how many times we start them. We feel this helps preserve them for a longer career." Even if Venus Delight or Krispy Apple happen to capture the lucrative Matchmaker final this weekend, their paths will not deviate from what was mapped out for them for the rest of the year. "Venus will appear in all the big stakes just like last year," Bamond said. "Krispy will also follow the same schedule. We'll keep her here at Yonkers and maybe take her a couple other places, but those are the schedules that seem to fit each mare the best. "We are looking forward to the year, not only with them, but with all our horses and maybe this will be the time Krispy gets the attention that she is due. She has not had it easy, that is for sure, but she does deserve some credit for what she has accomplished. Who wouldn't want one in their barn like her?" by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot features contestants from six countries, one of which a lucky Empire Club member gets to visit. Here's how it works...current and newly-enrolled (as of International Trot Day, Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th) Empire Club members shall be given a scratch-off card (one per member), revealing one of the countries (Canada, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and United States) represented in the race. Members are then asked to deposit their cards in that country's entry box--located on the track apron--before 4 PM. After the International, a ticket is to be drawn from the first-, second- and third-place finishers, based on the official order. The card from the winning country earns a trip to that country. Should the good, ol' U-S of A win, it's a trip anywhere in this country. The card selected from the second-place finisher gets a night out in New York City, while the card selected from the third-place finisher receives a dinner for two at any ECYR restaurant, plus $250 cash. International Trot mugs are awarded to other cards selected after the top three prizes. For further information, please visit www.empirecitycasino.com. The alphabetical list of International Trot participants, with their "home" countries, are... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Creatine (United States) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Natural Herbie (United States) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Several other International Trot-related promotions and giveaways shall be announced in the coming days. Again, please note the International is part of a matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM. The race is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6th. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 5, 2015-The fact that 7-10 favorite Habitat (Brian Sears, $3.40, part of entry) easily won Yonkers Raceway's 61st Yonkers Trot Saturday night is the lead, but there were so many sidebars, where do we begin? Let's not gloss over the champion, however. Habitat-from post position No. 5-made short work of his seven rivals in the half-million-dollar second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown. After his entrymate, Crazy Wow (George Brennan) broke early directly outside of him, Habitat worked the lead around pole-sitting Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer). Hambletonian winner Pinkman (Yannick Gingras), in play from post No. 7, found a very predictable seat in front of stablemate/entrymate French Laundry (Corey Callahan). The early fractions (:27.4, :57) played into the hooves of the leader. First to move (from fifth) was Southwind Mozart (Dan Dube), and when he did, out came French Laundry. That one was just trotting in place, dutifully waited for Pinkman to extricate himself from cones. He did, going after Habitat toward the 1:26 three-quarters. Habitat, for his part, said good-bye to everyone soon after, opening a four-length lead entering the lane. The final margin was 3½ lengths in 1:54.4...second-fastest Trot contested here (Archangel's 1:54.1 in 2012 remains the local 3-year-old trotting colt record). Pinkman crossed the line second, with Southwind Mozart third. As for Pinkman-gingerly-handled late in his elimination a week ago-he bore in during the final turn here, getting too close with Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer). That forced Billy Flynn (Jason Bartlett) off-stride and inside the cones. It took Smedshammer to lodge an objection, leading to a prolonged review. After which, Pinkman was set down from second to fifth for interference, while French Laundry (his betting buddy), who crossed the line fourth, was, by rule, placed sixth (behind the affected Billy Flynn). That moved Southwind Mozart up to second and Buen Camino up from fifth to third. Billy Flynn was placed fourth, with misbehavers Workout Wonder (Mark Macdonald) and Crazy Wow rounding out the order. For Habitat, a elimination-winning 3-year-old son of Conway Hall, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stables, it was his seventh win 14 seasonal starts ($570,434). The exacta paid $30.40, with the triple returning $74.50. "I was able to get Pinkman behind me. I knew he struggled a bit last week," Sears said. "My horse is a handy horse. I had driven four of the eight horses in the race, so I knew the competition very well, which always helps." Sears won his second Trot, but his first here (Strong Yankee, 2005 [Freehold]). After winning the Hambo catch-driving Pinkman, he has the distinction of taking the first two-thirds of the Crown with two different horses. As for the chances a completing a Sears-driven Triple Crown in the Oct. 10 Kentucky Futurity, "Nope. I plan to be here with Bee a Magician in the International Trot." Frank Drucker

Harness racing driver Trond Smedshammer and his horse Buen Camino will hope to finish Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot for 3-year-old trotters the same way they start it -- No. 1. Buen Camino drew post one for the Yonkers Trot and will try to use the advantageous starting position, from which horses win at a 20.3-percent rate at Yonkers, to upset powerful entries from the stables of trainers Jimmy Takter and Ron Burke. Buen Camino, who is trained by Smedshammer, is 6-1 on the morning line. Takter's entry of French Laundry, who drew post two, and Pinkman, from post seven, is the even-money favorite in the race. Burke's entry of Yonkers Trot elimination winners Habitat, from post five, and Crazy Wow, post six, is 6-5. The Yonkers Trot is the second leg of the Trotting Triple Crown. Pinkman, who finished second to Crazy Wow in his elimination, won the first jewel, the Hambletonian Stakes, on Aug. 8 at the Meadowlands. It is the first time the Hambletonian winner is competing in the Yonkers Trot since Glidemaster capped the sport's most recent Trotting Triple Crown sweep by winning the event in 2006. The final leg of this year's Trotting Triple Crown is the Kentucky Futurity, Oct. 10 at The Red Mile in Lexington. In addition to the Yonkers Trot, Yonkers on Saturday hosts the $500,000 Messenger Stakes, which is the second leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Dealt A Winner, who won the first jewel, the Cane Pace, will start the Messenger from post five with Jason Bartlett driving for trainer Mark Silva. Post time is 7:10 p.m. for the first race. The Yonkers Trot is race six, at 8:50 p.m. approximately, and the Messenger is race eight, at 9:30 p.m. approximately. Buen Camino finished third in his Yonkers Trot elimination, behind Crazy Wow and Pinkman. He also started from post No. 1 in the elimination. "The draw couldn't have been better," said Smedshammer, who won the Trotting Triple Crown with Windsong's Legacy in 2004. "Obviously, a couple of those horses (in the Yonkers Trot) have a little more power. He's going to have to get lucky with a trip, but he certainly can get a nice piece of it from the rail. "He'll have to be better than he was last week. I think he can be. I thought he was better in his last two starts than he was in the elimination. We'll see if we can get him on his toes a little more for the final. But it would be a little bit of a shocker if he could pull it off." Buen Camino, owned by Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables, entered his Yonkers Trot elimination off New York Sire Stakes victories at Yonkers and Saratoga. The triumphs followed a lengthy layoff because of sickness and ulcers. "It was a little bit of a rough time for him in midsummer, but he's bouncing back now," Smedshammer said. Buen Camino, a son of stallion Cash Hall out of the mare Baby Bella, has posted three wins, two second-place finishes and a third in seven races this season. His only off-the-board finish came on a big track, at Vernon, and his two runner-up efforts -- to Habitat and Workout Wonder -- were by a head and a nose, respectively. For his career, Buen Camino has won seven of 14 starts and finished among the top three a total of 12 times, earning $296,021 in the process. He was third in last year's New York Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old male trotters at Yonkers, behind Crazy Wow and Wings Of Royalty. He has three lifetime victories on Yonkers' half-mile oval. "I don't know if he can go with them on a big track; a small track, that's his advantage," Smedshammer said. "Anything can happen on any race on a half. At least I have a horse that's used to a half and is quick out of the gate and quick around the turns." Pinkman, who was the 2014 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, heads to the Yonkers Trot with 14 career wins in 19 starts. He has earned $1.74 million lifetime, thanks in part to victories this year in the Hambletonian, Beal Memorial, and Zweig Memorial. His stablemate, French Laundry, has won 10 of 22 career races and earned $443,017. He was the 2014 Kindergarten Classic champion. Crazy Wow, who was not eligible to the Hambletonian, brings a three-race win streak to the Yonkers Trot final. His victories this year include the Colonial and Empire Breeders Classic. He has won 11 of 21 lifetime races and earned $795,465. Habitat, who won this year's Dexter Cup and last year's Wellwood Memorial and Matron Stakes, has captured 13 of 26 career starts and earned $854,841. Following is the field in post order for the Yonkers Trot with drivers, trainers, and morning line: 1. Buen Camino, Trond Smedshammer, Trond Smedshammer, 6-1 2. French Laundry, Corey Callahan, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 3. Southwind Mozart, Daniel Dube, Ake Svanstedt, 10-1 4. Billy Flynn, Jason Bartlett, Staffan Lind, 20-1 5. Habitat, Brian Sears, Ron Burke, 6-5 6. Crazy Wow, George Brennan, Ron Burke, 6-5 7. Pinkman, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 1-1 8. Workout Wonder, Mark MacDonald, Ake Svanstedt, 20-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA      

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 1, 2015 - The two harness racing lads with Triple Crown aspirations - Pinkman and Dealt a Winner - are going to have to work for their respective second jewels Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting both the half-million dollar Yonkers Trot and the equally-pursed Messenger Stakes. Post time for the 13-race card is the customary 7:10 PM, with the 61st Trot going as the sixth race (approximate post 9 PM) and Messenger No. 60 as race No. 8 (approx. 9:40 PM). Hambletonian champion Pinkman drew post position No. 7, with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Jimmy Takter. Gingras is looking for his first Trot victory, while Takter, who for years couldn't win this race, now seemingly can't lose it. He trained last season's winner (Nuncio), his fourth Yonkers Trot win the past six editions. Pinkman, a 3-year-old gelding son of Explosive Matter, was second in his elimination race a week ago after getting babied around the final turn. His chief combatant, defending New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy Wow, landed right inside at post No. 6. Crazy Wow defeated Pinkman by a length a week ago in 1:55.4. George Brennan gets the finale assignment for trainer Ron Burke, whose other entrant, Habitat (Brian Sears, post 2) won last week's second elim (1:55.3) with Gingras doing the honors. The field for Yonkers Trot No. 61... 1- Buen Camino by Cash Hall - (Trond Smedshammer), 2- French Laundry by Muscles Yankee - (Sears also listed), 3- Southwind Mozart by Muscle Hill - (Ake Svanstedt), 4- Billy Flynn by Cantab Hall - (Jason Bartlett), 5- Habitat by Conway Hall - (Sears), 6- Crazy Wow by Crazed - (Brennan), 7- Pinkman by Explosive Matter - (Gingras), 8- Workout Wonder by Conway Hall - (Dube). Note French Laundry and Pinkman coupled, as are Habitat and Crazy Wow. Dealt a Winner, he of the 26-1 upset in the Cane Pace, drew post No. 5 in the Messenger Stakes. The 3-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding is trained by Mark Silva for owner Jeff Snyder. He's partnered Saturday with Rock N' Roll World (Dube, post 6). Adios winner Dude's the Man (Brennan) starts from the pylons here, with Art Rooney Pace champ In the Arsenal (Sears) landing the three-hole. The entire Messenger field is as such... 1- Dude's the Man by American Ideal - (Brennan), 2- Revenge Shark by Cam's Card Shark - (Gingras), 3- In the Arsenal by American Ideal - (Sears), 4- Roland N Rock by Rocknroll Hanover - (Dube also listed), 5- Dealt a Winner by Cam's Card Shark -  (Bartlett), 6- Rock N' Roll World by Rocknroll Hanover - (Dube), 7- Rollin' Ring Afire by Rocknroll Hanover - (Tim Tetrick), 8- National Seelster by Bettor's Delight - (Eric Carlson). Program changes are scheduled to be made Wednesday morning Frank Drucker

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