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The phrases 'Jason Bartlett' and '80-1' aren't usually uttered together, but those harness racing folks who successfully connected the dots were handsomely rewarded Monday evening. Yonkers Raceway's leading driver and Hearts Wild blew up the tote board (figuratively, since it didn't actually go anywhere), rallying from sixth entering the lane for a $163 upset in the $14,000, second-race pace. From post position No. 4, she defeated Mother of Art (George Brennan) by a nose, with 60-1 Lilmisstalksalot (Dan Dube) third. Hearts Wild, a 3-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by William & Barbara Ethier and trained by Scott Blackler, had make an early break in last week's local debut. Her second win in a dozen seasonal/career starts matched her previous life-best effort. She led a $514 exacta and $2,845 triple, enhanced when 1-5 favorite Soulmate Hanover (Scott Zeron) caved and wound up sixth. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, New York, Thursday, April 28, 2016 --If you're not going to Churchill Downs in Louisville for the Kentucky Derby, Empire City Casino is the place for New Yorkers to watch the "Run for the Roses." Real Housewives of New York megastar Bethenny Frankel, the daughter of the late and legendary Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, will host the casino's Kentucky Derby Viewing Party on Saturday, May 7, trackside at historic Yonkers Raceway. A bevy of trackside activities at the casino's historic Yonkers Raceway will be highlighted by the opportunity to meet and take a photograph in the winner's circle with the wildly-popular Frankel from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. The annual Kentucky Derby "Fancy Hat Contest," a free two-horse exacta box on the "Run for the Roses" to the first 1,000 Empire Club members, the Cooler than Julep made with Bethenny's Skinny Girl Sangria and Skinny Girl Vodka, live entertainment by DJ LAX, and of course the simulcast of the Kentucky Derby at 6:34 pm will turn Empire City into Churchill Downs East. Empire City's Kentucky Derby extravaganza is open to the public, and gets underway at 3:00 pm on the raceway apron. Frankel is among the most popular reality television personalities in America with 1.5 million twitter followers, has hosted the talk show Bethenny, and is the best-selling author of four self-help books, chef, entrepreneur, and founder of Skinnygirl Cocktails. Participants can register for the Fancy Hat Contest trackside from 3:00-4:30 pm, and the winner will be announced at 5:00 pm. The Grand Prize is $500 in cash; second place wins $250 cash, and third place receives $100 cash. A celebrity pick will be announced at 5:30pm and the winner receives $750 cash. While the traditional and classic Mint Julep is on the menu, the Cooler than Julep rules at Empire City. Its ingredients include: Skinny Sangria, Skinny Vodka, Raw sugar, Lime, and Mint. Simulcast locations include: trackside, the Winner's Circle Bar in Empire Terrace on the 2nd Floor, the Simulcast Room on the 3rd Floor, the 4th floor Grandstand and Dan Rooney's Sports Bar. The first 1,000 Empire Club Members to visit the entertainment lounge beginning at 4:00 pm will receive a two-horse exacta box for the Kentucky Derby whiles supplies last. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Season-debuting Artistic Major (Brent Holland, $15.40) and odds-on Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) shared the Saturday night harness racing glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee pace had a different look, with many of the just-concluded G-M Levy Series participants getting some well-deserved R&R. At the outset, Mister Bling A (Jordan Stratton) was put in play, as was outside assignee Atta Boy Dan (George Brennan). The latter, as the slight 3-1 choice, broke, leaving "Bling" to his own devices (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.4). Fiery Lustre N (Bartlett) was pocketed, while Artistic Major--from post position No. 2--was taking out of third. That one, opposing all elders, engaged a tiring leader in and out of the final turn, then put him away. Once in front, Artistic Major held off the foe on his back, Jeneral Patton (Pat Lachance) by a half-length in 1:52.1. Fiery Lustre N, Mister Bing A and Domethatgain (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Artistic Major, a 4-year-old son of Art Major co-owned by (trainer) Steve Elliott, Michael Cimiglio, David Van Dusen and Gunjan Patel, his fresh parimutuel Lasix win was his 11th in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $177, with the triple returning $983. The week's trotting feature was simple as simple of simple could be for "Melady," who--from post No. 7--stole away (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:55.1). His two-length lead entering the lane was 2¼ lengths at the wire. Luminosity (Brennan) was a two-move second, with a pocket-sitting Somebody AS (Stratton) fading to third. Home'n Dry (Dube) and Dewycolorintheline (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Melady's Monet, a 7-year-old s Revenue S gelding owned Melady Enterprises and trained by Kevin McDermott, he's now 3-for-4 this season (lifetime loot up over $800,000). The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $14.80, with the triple returning $53. Frank Drucker

Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald, $13) roared through the lane Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. It didn't appear to be a closer's race after odds-on number Mosquito Blue Chip (Dan Dube) worked around Pasultimatedelite N (George Brennan) and dawdled through early intervals of 28-flat and 57-flat. Even when longshot Know it All (Eric Abbatiello) offered a stern, backside challenge, it was only into a 28-second (1:25) three-quarters. Despite the comfy fractions, "Mosquito" was about to be swatted. She was swallowed up from all sides early in the lane, with a third-over (from post position No. 7) Al Raza N closing fastest from sixth turning for home. She picked off Pasultimatedelite N by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.2, with McCovey Cove N (Jordan Stratton), Jag Out (Steve Smith) and Know it All settling for the remainder. Mosquito Blue Chip faded to sixth. For third choice Al Raza N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Gotta Go Cullect owned by (trainer) Augie Abbatiello's Durazzano Stable LLC, it was her fifth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.40, with the all-Kiwi triple returning $153. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Apr. 30) Pick 5 wager begins with a tidy carryover of $4,999.04. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 23, 2016--The song remains the same for Maestro Blue Chip. Tuesday afternoon was the ninth victory in as many seasonal starts for the prohibitive ($2.50) favorite, easily winning the $73,500 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1 (winners over $150,000 through that date ineligible). In play early from post position No. 6, "Maestro" (Tim Tetrick) had to work around first leader Summers Windsong (Jason Bartlett) before taking over. Lakota (George Brennan) was away third from the pole. Once pointed toward the point, there wasn't a whole lot of suspense. Maestro Blue Chip did his thing (:28.3, :57.4, 1:27.1, 1:56), dismissing a weak, first-up challenge from Newcastle (Brett Miller). "Maestro" owned and length-and-a-three-quarter lead entering the lane, before closing the sale by a length-and-a-quarter. He had won his three series legs by nearly 15 combined lengths. Summers Windsong was a solid second in a very good effort, with Lakota a three-hole third. Newcastle did hold fourth, while Tuscanellie (Dan Dube) recovered from an early misbehave to grab the final pay envelope. Jackie Goldstein (Vinny Ginsberg), Stormont Park (Jordan Stratton) and breaking-early A List Lindy (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the order. Maestro Blue Chip is a 4-year-old son of Credit Winner owned Richard Poillucci trained by JoAnn Looney-King. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $82. The $36,750 winner's share upped the seasonal earnings to an even $105,000, not including the $10,000 bonus from the SOA of NY. "He's just so versatile," Tetrick said. "I don't think we know where his bottom is since he hasn't race that much (22 career starts). He can get over any size track and I know they're very high on him. He has some tougher stakes later in the season, so we're going to find out." A $30,000 series consolation was won by a down-the-road Covert Operative (Brian Sears, $5.40) in 1:56.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, April 24, 2016--They haven't beaten him all season, and they're probably gonna have to go some to do it with the money on the table. Maestro Blue Chip, he of the 8-for-8 seasonal resume, looms a short-priced proposition Tuesday afternoon in the $73,500 final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. Post time for the dozen-race card is 1 PM, with the series finale going as the fifth race. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1 (winners over $150,000 through that date ineligible). "Maestro" wears head No. 6 after drawing post position No. 5 in the finale of the four-week event, which has seen him win his three series legs by nearly 15 combined lengths...all as the odds-on choice. The 4-year-old son of Credit Winner is again driven by Tim Tetrick for owner Richard Poillucci and trainer JoAnn Looney-King. Maestro Blue Chip enters with seasonal earnings of $68,250 and his 1:55.3 effort a week ago was the fastest mile of this series. A List Lindy (Matt Kakaley, HN 1A, post 2), Tuscanellie (Dan Dube, HN 2, post 3) and Newcastle (Brett Miller, HN 6, post 7) each won twice in their series tries. Lakota (George Brennan, HN 1, post 1), Jackie Goldstein (Vinny Ginsburg, HN 3, post 4), Summers Windsong (Jason Bartlett, HN 4, post 5) and Stormont Park (Jordan Stratton, HN 7, post 8) complete the field. A $30,000 series consolation goes as the fourth race. Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Odds-on favorite Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $2.60, part of entry)  was the best Free-For-Aller entering and the best exiting Saturday night, winning the $609,000 harness racing final of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The 29th Levy, again honoring the memory of the Harness Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway, served as both the richest race in the history of the event and richest race of the season to date. Bit of a Legend N, after winning all five of his series prelims (including a track-record dead-heat [with Wiggle It Jiggleit] a week ago), drew post position No. 2 in the final. He was away third early, behind pole-sitting Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) and that one's stablemate, All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley). All Bets Off, from post No. 5, paid a 27-second price for the first lead. Stratton, wanting no part of a three-hole, quickly moved Bit of a Legend N to the front, finding a :55.2 intermission. "Terry" then took out of third, trying his luck down the backside the second time, with P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) happily accepted that one's tow. However, Take it Back Terry never came that close to the "Legend," who maintained an open lead in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters. The advantage was a length-and-a-half entering the lane, and Bit of Legend N was about to close the sale. All Bets Off ducked in but never threatened as the people's preference won by a length in a life-best 1:51. Hr also become the first Down Under winner of this event. Texican N (Yannick Gingras), stable buddy of the winner, rallied quite nice for third, with P H Supercam and "Terry" earning the minor moolah. Texas Terror N (Brett Miller), Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) and Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) rounded out the order. The final time of 1:51 also matched Maltese Artist's (Greg Grismore) stakes record set in 2007, when the series returned after an 11-year hiatus. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his eighth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $4.60, with no triple wagering offered to the limited number (five) of wagering interests. For Stratton, it was the biggest win of his career. "He's perfect for Yonkers, a small horse who gets around this track great. "Anything can happen when you go for this money," Stratton said. "I let everything settle and then went to the front. He's been great through the series and I'm just fortunate to be able to drive him. "He's the best horse I've ever trained and Jordan's taken good care of him," his Aussie-born trainer said, before giving a shout out to the owner "(Harry von Knoblauch) is 90-years-old and he's on a cruise with his daughter right now. He said, 'I wish I could get off this boat and be there.' I told him he'd feel a lot better when he got the check." What's next? "He gets some time off, and then, since he's not staked to very much, we're hoping for Invitationals at other half-miles (Western Fair, Harrington, and Northfield). The $304,500 winner's share upped Bit of a Legend N's seasonal earnings to an industry-best $451,250. A $100,000 series consolation was won by death-and-taxes Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague, $2.10) in 1:51. Frank Drucker

Always a bridesmaid, never a bride...until this time around. Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $8.30), second-best in this race a season ago, rolled from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for harness racing pacing mares. Unhurried early from post position No. 4, "Yagonnakissme" watched Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) was launched from behind the eight-ball. She was met by Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton), with the latter-as the slight 5-2 favorite-retaking before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Sell a Bit N continued to lead at :55.3 half as Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan) took out of third. That one moved toward the leader while Yagonnakissmeornot had some ground to make up from second-over to play catch-up. A :27.4 third quarter (1:23.2) did enough to make leader and challenger a bit susceptible, though Sell a Bit N had a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn. As that was happening, Yagonnakissmeot was getting the memo and roaring through the lane. She picked off the pace-setter, whipping Sell a Bit N by a pair of going-away lengths in a life-best 1:51.4. Sell a Bit N held second, with a third-over Al Raza N (Dave Miller) third. Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick) and last season's winner, Venus Delight (Yannick Gingras) settled for the remainder, with Krispy Apple, Lady Shadow and Mach it a Par brought up the rear. For Yagonakissmeornot, a third choice 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard. Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.80, with the triple returning $143. "I thought about leaving the gate, but when I saw the outside horse (Krispy Apple) leave hard, I decided against it," Dube said. "She's just a tough mare." Dube also won this race in 2011 with Tomorrowpan. "She's a favorite around the barn, goes about her work and stays at it," Allard said. A $75,000 series consolation was won by Carolsideal (Dube, $4) in 1:52.1 as a stablemate to the series winner. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 11, 2016-Bettor N Better N (Jason Bartlett, $9.30) tripped out from the pocket Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $30,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. In play early from her assigned post position No. 3, Bettor N Better made the first lead before handing off to 4-5 favorite Sassa Hanover (George Brennan). "Sassa," looking to regain past glory (who among us isn't?), led through intervals of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.1, taking a length lead into the lane. Despite getting comfy fractions and the fact none of her five rivals moved until McCovey Cove N (Jordan Stratton) did so from fifth nearing the three-quarters, Sassa Hanover was done. Bettor N Better edged out of the pocket, went by the leader and held off a twisting-and-turning, knifing-through 'McCovey" by a neck in a season's-best 1:52.3. Alhambra (Tyler Buter) angled from the three-hole and was third, while Sassa Hanover faded to fifth. For second choice Bettor N Better, a 4-year-ol daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.40, with the triple returning $1116.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night with a $1.3 million 13-race card (first post 7:10 PM), highlighted by the sport's two richest races of the season to date, the $609,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial (9th race) and $309,800 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (7th race). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 21, 2016--We're not condoning identity theft, but c'mon, which one of the other 4,247 currently-licensed U-S harness drivers wouldn't change places with Jordan Stratton this Saturday night? That's because Stratton has better-than-legitimate shots to win both of Yonkers Raceway's series finals, the $609,000 George Morton Levy Memorial and $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker. These are the sport's two richest races of the season to date. Since we believe in Ladies First, let's begin with the seventh race (approximate post time 9:10 PM) and Sell a Bit N in the Matchmaker. The 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar wears head No. 4 and leaves from post position No. 3. After winning legs two and three of the five-week trial period, Sell a Bit N found herself trapped in "No Woman's Land" the last two weeks, shuffled behind the tired and the stopping before finishing third and second, respectively. "The best thing about her is I can't hurt her feelings," Stratton said. "She's shown more gate speed than we anticipated and she can also take air. It doesn't seem to faze her. With the draw, I'm expecting we're near the front Saturday." The 28-year-old Stratton, who won the inaugural Matchmaker in 2009 with Pancleefandarpels, tries for his first Levy (ninth race, approx. post 9:50 PM) with another Kiwi expatriate, Bit of a Legend N. Both of Stratton's charges are owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Aussie Peter Tritton. Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight completed a perfect (5-for-5) prelim performance, wrapped by a scintillating dead-heat with reigning Harness Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. "He paced right through the wire," Stratton said of the two-time (ages 2 and 3) Australian Breeders Crown winner How consistent has "Legend" been? He's danced the last three dances in exactly 1:51.2. For the season, it's seven wins and a pair of seconds in nine starts ($146,750). In the final, he wears head number 2 and leaves from that same venue. "The best horse I've ever driven. He's on the small side, which helps here (Yonkers) and he has a good mouth, which helps make very handy. "Even though he raced every week in the series, he wasn't used all that hard. He obviously drew well, but I've found the worst thing is to have a game plan before the gate opens, since they never seem to work out." Asked if he thought about what winning one or both of Saturday's races might do for his career, Stratton was quite level-headed. "I've learned in this business, it's possible to go from the top to the bottom very fast," he said. "I just try to do the best job I can." First post for Saturday's 13-race, $1.3 million card is 7:10 PM by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

Bit Of A Legend was already a bit of a star before arriving in the U.S., but the New Zealand-born pacer has been adding to his legend this year with his performances in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. A 7-year-old stallion, Bit Of A Legend went 5-for-5 in the preliminary rounds of the six-week Levy Series, which concludes Saturday with a $609,000 final at Yonkers. Since February, when he began racing for New York-based trainer Peter Tritton and owner Harry von Knoblauch, Bit Of A Legend has won seven of nine starts and earned $146,750. He is the richest horse in North America this year. Prior to being sold to his new connections in December, Bit Of A Legend won 20 of 63 races and earned $659,686 (U.S.) while competing Down Under. Among his exploits, he was the first male pacer to win Australian Breeders Crown finals at ages 2 and 3. "He's the best horse I've had," said Tritton, a 65-year-old Australia native who over the years has teamed with von Knoblauch to campaign a number of successful imports from Down Under. "He's always been a good horse. He's always raced the best company and he's done a real good job. "Yonkers really suits him because he's so good gaited and you can drive him anyway --- leave, sit, come first over --- it doesn't matter. He just goes when you say go. He's just a great little racehorse." In the Levy's preliminary divisions, Bit Of A Legend won from off the pace in four of his five starts, including a rally from last place at the top of the stretch in the third week of the event. Last week, he finished in a dead heat for victory with Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 Horse of the Year, after a duel neither horse wanted to lose. The time of 1:51.2 for the mile was a track record for a dead heat. "That stretch drive was really something," Tritton said. "Neither horse wanted to get beat. I thought Wiggle It Jiggleit had it halfway up the straight, but my little horse really fought hard." Tritton could have skipped last week's round of the Levy because Bit Of A Legend already had enough points to qualify for the final. But Tritton didn't want to disrupt the pacer's schedule. "He thrives on racing," Tritton said. "I thought if I didn't race him I might have to train him a couple of times hard and I wanted to stick to what I was doing." Bit Of A Legend, a son of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the Sokys Atom mare-Soky's Legend, came highly recommended to Tritton by Down Under horse agent Peter Larkin. Tritton also spoke with Bit Of A Legend's former trainer, Cran Dalgety, prior to the sale. "He's one of the best trainers over there," Tritton said. "He wins a lot of races and knows a good horse from a bad horse. He really educates the horses and looks after them." Still, Tritton has been pleasantly surprised with Bit Of A Legend's fast start to his career in the States. Jordan Stratton has driven the horse in all of his races. "I didn't know he would go through the series undefeated," Tritton said. "You really wouldn't think he would be as good as he is, but he just relishes racing at Yonkers. And I think Jordan really suits him. He's always tried to look after him and leave something in the tank." The entry of Bit Of A Legend and New Zealand-born stablemate Texican is the 5-2 third choice in Saturday's Levy final. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Take It Back Terry and All Bets Off is the 8-5 favorite, followed by the Jeff Bamond Jr.-trained entry of P H Supercam and Mach It So at 9-5. Take It Back Terry, last year's Levy runner-up, and Mach It So had three wins in the preliminary rounds of this year's series. P H Supercam and All Bets Off both had one victory. Bit Of A Legend will start from post two and Texican from post six. Take It Back Terry leaves from post one and All Bets Off from post five. P H Supercam and Mach It So have posts three and seven, respectively. "I would have liked Texican to draw a bit closer, but I've got to be thankful for what I've got," Tritton said. "We've got a shot, there's no doubt about that. I think Jordan will stay up near the leaders and see if he can out-sprint them at the finish. If there's one thing (Bit Of A Legend) has got it's real good speed. At the top of the lane, he can make up a length or two real quick. It's a good spot where he can work it out." Tritton also will send out New Zealand import Sell A Bit in Saturday's $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final for pacing mares. Sell A Bit is 5-1 on the morning line. Last year's Matchmaker champion Venus Delight, part of an entry with Krispy Apple, is the 2-1 favorite. "I think she can win, I really do," Tritton said about Sell A Bit. "You can do a bit of work with her early and she'll just keep going. She's a very good mare. I'm quietly confident with her. "(My horses) just need racing luck. I'm hoping to have a good night. Even if you get second or third, you still make a fair amount of money. Having said that, it would be lovely to win. For Jordan too; it would be great to see him do it. We'll keep our fingers crossed." by Ken Weingartner/Harness Racing Communications/USTA  

This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series finals and consolations, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features the $609,000 final and the $100,000 consolation of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers, as well as the $309,800 final and $75,000 consolation in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. All four races will take place on Saturday (April 23). Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: It was as advertised Saturday night (April 16), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The highly-anticipated first matchup between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit Of A Legend N was so stirring that neither one wanted to be left out of the picture. Both were sent off at odds-on in the last of three $50,000 divisions and when the stone dust settled, the camera was unable to separate 3-4 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) and 9-10 second choice Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) in 1:51.2. Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won seven of his nine North American starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr Wiggles gelding, is now three-for-four (two-for-three in series) this season and 26-for-31 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own the horse, trained by Clyde Francis. Saturday night's opening Levy division was won by 6-5 choice Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears). From post No. 2, he quarter-moved, then held second-choice P H Supercam at bay by a half-length in a life-best 1:51. All Bets Off was buried early, then picked off the rest for third. Lettucerockthem A, a 6-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, is two-for-seven this season (one-for-three in series). The second series get-together was won by a pocket-sitting fave Mach It So (Tim Tetrick). From post No. 2, he tripped-out by a neck over a stubborn, first-up Texican N in 1:51.3. Te Kawau N was third. Foiled Again, in his 250th career start, cut the mile from the pylons, gave way grudgingly late and finished fourth. Mach It So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now three-for-five this series/season. Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 15), with a pair of $40,000 divisions comprising the fifth and final preliminary round. The evening began with Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) eschewing an early pocket, then lasting on the lead. From post position No. 2, she was immediately seated early by Cinamony, but wanted nothing to do with that. She then took over before completing her rounds (:27.4, :56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52.2) for a second consecutive series victory. Sell A Bit N, as the 3-2 favorite, had left into a three-hole. She elected not to move first-up, then found herself wedged behind a tiring Cinamony. Sell A Bit N did get the passing lane, but not nearly in time to track down Krispy Apple, who -- as the second choice -- prevailed by three-quarters of a length. Carolsideal, an uncovered winner a week ago, was an uncovered third here. Krispy Apple, an 8-year-old Western Ideal ma'am co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now two-for-six this season (two-for-five in the series) after her 42nd career victory. The second event saw a repeating Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) pick off a badly-drifting Mach It A Par. From post No. 2, the 13-10 fave worked around Yagonnakissmeornot and set tepid intervals (:28.1, :58, 1:26). Mach It A Par opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but her desire to meet the crowd was about to cost her. Yagonnakissmeornot, as the second choice, stayed on the straight and narrow to win by a length in 1:53.2. Skippin By was a three-hole third. Yagonnakissmeornot, a 7-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned as Allard Racing by trainer Rene Allard, Yves Sarazain and Kapildeo Singh, is now three-for-six this season (three-for-six in the series). Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, 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 Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 131.5; 2. George Brennan - 96; 3. Jason Bartlett - 88; 4. Daniel Dube - 68; 5. Tim Tetrick - 64. Trainers: 1. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 123; 2. Peter Tritton - 99.5; 3. Ron Burke - 83; 4. Rene Allard - 73; 5t. Andrew Harris - 37; 5t. Richard Banca - 37. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 99.5: 2. Bamond Racing - 72.5; 3. Durazzano Stable - 30; 4. Allard Racing - 24.3; 5t. Burke Racing Stable - 22.95; 5t. Weaver Bruscemi - 22.95. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Freehold Raceway, with $40,000 Dexter Cup eliminations (if necessary) for 3-year-old open trotters on Saturday (April 30). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 19, 2016-Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night's (Apr. 23) series finals, the $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker and $606,000 George Morton Levy Memorial. The Levy, going as the ninth race (approximate post 9:50 PM ET), found points leader Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) landing post position No. 2. Bit of a Legend N swept his five series prelims, including last week's track-record, dead-heat (1:51.2) with Wiggle It Jiggleit. Peter Tritton trains for owner Harry von Knoblauch. Take it Back Terry, last season's series runner-up and thrice a winner in four tries this time around, outdrew his eight rivals for the final. George Brennan takes his usual seat for co-owners (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura. Both "Legend" and "Terry" have entrymates in Texican N (Driver TBA, post 6) and All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, post 5), respectively. A third entry starts in the form of P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, post 3) Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, post 7). Texas Terror N (Brett Miler, post 4) and Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears, post 8) round out the field. The final of the Matchmaker goes as the seventh race (approx. post 9:10 PM), and drew out as such...1-Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan), 2-Regil Elektra (Tetrick), 3-Sell a Bit N (Stratton), 4-Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), 5-Al Raza N (Dave Miller), 6-Mach it a Par (Brennan), 7-Venus Delight (Tetrick also listed, post 7), 8-Krispy Apple (Bartlett). Venus Delight is the defending champ, while "Yagonna' was this season's points leader. As has been the case annually, these are the sport's two richest races of the season to date, with this also being the richest-ever edition of the Levy. A pair consolations ($100,000-Levy, $75,000-Matchmaker) go immediately before their finals. Wiggle It Jiggleit will race in the consolation as he did not earn enough points for the final. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 18, 2016-Yonkers Raceway has announced the purses for this Saturday night's (Apr. 23) series finals, with the Blue Chip Matchmaker going for the $309,800 and the George Morton Levy Memorial set at $606,000. As has been the case annually, these are the sport's two richest races of the season to date, with this also being the richest-ever edition of the Levy. Note that the open draws for these races-and their respective consolations ($100,000-Levy, $75,000-Matchmaker)-shall be conducted Tuesday Apr. 19) morning. The final series standings accompany this release, though the eligibles for finals and consolations are solely determined by the race office per the conditions of the series. http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/levystandings.pdf http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/bluechipstandings.pdf Horsemen are reminded they are responsible for entering, with the Saturday entry box closing Tuesday morning at 9 AM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

No bait and switch here. It was as advertised Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the fifth and final preliminary round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The highly-anticipated first matchup between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Bit of a Legend N---two photogenic figures-was so stirring, neither one wanted to be left out of the picture. Both were sent off at odds-on in the last of three, $50,000 divisions, and when the stone dust settled, the camera was unable to separate 3-4 favorite Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) and 9-10 second choice Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) in 1:51.2. Neither was put in the play at the outset, with "Legend"-from post position No. 4-operating from second -over, directly in front of WIJI, who started from post No. 7. As the battle unfolded in earnest, it appeared Stratton, with his place in next week's final (purse TBA) already secured, was in no hurry to advance, knowing exactly who was on his back. Wiggle It Jiggleit, meanwhile, had to win (and get plenty of help) if he was to have to any shot of making that same race. Fourth and sixth, respectively, turning for home, Bit of a Legend N and WIJI unleashed a torrid stretch duel before hitting the line together as "Legend" completed a 5-for-5 series prelim resume. It was another 2½ lengths to Limelight Beach (Yannick Gingras). Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, has won seven of his nine North American starts. Wiggle It Jiggleit, a 4-year-old Mr. Wiggles gelding, is now 3-for-4 (2-for-3 in series) this season and 26-for-31 in his $2 million-plus career. George Teague Jr. and Teague Racing Partnership co-own WIJI, trained by Clyde Francis. Both halves of the track-record heater returned the lowest-allowed-by-law $2.10. The exactas paid $2.80 (WIJI first) and $3.40 (Bit of a Legend N first), with the triples returning $6.20 (WIJI first) and $11.60 ("Legend" first). "I thought (Wiggle It Jiggleit) may have had us late, but my horse came back," Stratton said. "It was a helluva race." Saturday night's opening Levy division was won by 6-5 choice Lettucerockthem A (Brian Sears, $4.50). From post No. 2, he quarter-moved, then held second-choice P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) at bay by a half-length in life-best 1:51. All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) was buried early, then picked off the rest for third. Lettucerockthem A, a 6-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bob Hamather and Bruce Soulsby, is 2-for-7 this season (1-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $13.60, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $22.40. The second series get-together was won by a pocket-sitting fave Mach it So (Tim Tetrick, $3.90). From post No. 2, he tripped-out by a neck over a stubborn, first-up Texican N (Stratton) in 1:51.3. Te Kawau N (George Brennan) third. Foiled Again, in his 250th career start, cut the mile from the pylons, gave way grudgingly late and finished fourth. Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., is now 3-for-5 this series/season. The exacta paid $24.20, with the triple returning $118.50. (Note...final Levy standings were being fact-checked by the race office and thus unavailable as of this writing.) Saturday night's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Melady's Monet (Bartlett, $2.40) in 1:54.4. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Elkton, MD -- Post Time is excited to be working with the SOA of NY to provide coverage of the 2016 George Morton Levy Final from Yonkers Raceway. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be hosting a special 2 hour program on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm. The duo will provide an in depth analysis of the final and discuss horses with some of their connections leading up to the Levy Final. Joe Faraldo, President of the SOA of NY said "We're very pleased to be working with Post Time with Mike and Mike to promote next week's Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway. They always have entertaining and informative broadcasts on racing and we look forward to their coverage of a great night of racing at Yonkers on Saturday. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be having a couple of giveaways on the show on Saturday, as well as having the final for the Levy Contest that has been going on each week. If one of the five finalists horses wins the Levy Final they will win a pair of Yannick Gingras colors. The special Levy program will be in addition to the regular broadcast which is featured on Thursday nights at 7:00. Post Time with Mike and Mike's mission is to positively promote the sport of harness racing. Every hoof that hits a racetrack has stories to tell, whether a claimer or a stakes horse, and we plan on telling those stories. For more information or to listen to previous shows, please visit www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike

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