YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 22, 2014-Foiled Again landed post position No. 3 for Yonkers Raceway's $567,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series Saturday night. Harness racing's richest-ever pacer ($6,130,968) eyes a third Levy title, having won this event consecutively in 2009 and 2010. Foiled Again won his first four prelims legs this time around before finishing a non-factor sixth this past Saturday. The 2014 final offers the highest purse in the history of the event-named for the Hall of Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway--and serves as the richest North American race of the season to the date. The Levy goes as the 11th of Yonkers' 12 races, with approximate post time of 10:55 PM. The draw, with declared drivers...1-Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), 2-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), 3-Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras), 4-Texican N (Brian Sears), 5-Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson), 6-Bettor's Edge (George Brennan), 7-Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce), 8-Mach it So (Tim Tetrick). Note P H Supercam/Mach it So race as a Bamond Racing owned-P J Fraley trained entry, while Foiled Again/Bettor's Edge race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry, while Special Forces is the also eligible. Also Saturday, the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (race 9, approximate post 10:05 PM) goes as such... 1-Somwherovarainbow (Sears), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), 3-Rocklamation (Gingras), 4-Anndrovette (Tetrick), 5-Krispy Apple (Bartlett), 6-Feeling You (Tyler Buter), 7-Angel's Delight (Brennan), 8-Summertime Lea (Matt Kakaley). Note Rocklamation/Summertime Lea race as a Ron Burke owned-trained entry, while Anndrovette/Krispy Apple race as a Bamond Racing/Davino-owned, P J Fraley trained entry, while Ramalama is the also eligible. A pair of series consolations, worth $100,000 (Levy) and $75,000 (Matchmaker), go as races 8 and 10, respectively. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Harrington, DE --- Harrington Raceway’s 68th season of live harness racing will get underway Monday night (April 21) with a 15-race program scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. There will be a hat giveaway (while supplies last) at 5 p.m. on the lower level of the grandstand, as well as $1 hot dogs and $1 live racing programs throughout the evening. Most of the track regulars are back in action including 2013 leading trainer Joe Hundertpfund, Jr. and leading drivers Ross Wolfenden and George Dennis, who finished in a deadlock last season. There is also a new face on the opening day program, as one of the leading drivers on the Yonkers Raceway circuit, Eric Goodell, will be in town competing in nine races. The featured $17,000 Open is carded sixth on the program and will wrap up the Pick-4 wager (races three-six). Cataway Racing Stable’s Lollipop Kid (2-1, Victor Kirby), who was claimed on February 27 at Dover Downs for $25,000, was installed as the morning line favorite on the heels of a lifetime best win in 1:49.1 at Dover. The wagering format will appear similar in years past to the Harrington faithful, as superfecta wagering will be available in all races but race three, the first leg of the Pick-4. Harrington’s signature race, the Bobby Quillen Memorial, will be held on Sept. 8 (eliminations if necessary) and Sept. 15 (final). Last year‘s event featured a stirring stretch duel from Clear Vision and Foiled Again with the former prevailing in a track record 1:49.2. Harrington will race on a Sunday through Wednesday schedule with the exception of closing night for the spring/summer season on July 3. There will be a hiatus until the annual Governor’s Night at the Races program on July 25, before the meet resumes on a Monday through Thursday schedule on August 18. Customers wishing to make clubhouse reservations are encouraged to do so by calling 302.398.5920. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 21, 2014--As if a million-dollar purse night wasn't enough, Yonkers Raceway has enhanced Saturday night's George Morton Levy/Blue Chip Matchmaker card with the ever-popular horsey haberdashery. To commemorate Foiled Again's ascension to richest standardbred ever, a green Foiled Again T-shirt (see photo) shall be given away--while supplies last--on both the apron and fourth floors. Saturday night, of course, finds Foiled Again looking for a Levy Memorial Pacing Series hat trick. The leading point-earner in the just-concluded five-week prelims, he leads the way into the $567,000 final...by far the largest Levy purse ever. Also on the program is the $371,400 final of the Matchmaker (also the richest in this event's history), so the leading older pacers of both genders are on display. The Levy and Matchmaker are easily the two richest races in North America of the season to date. Throw in a pair of consolations ($100,000-Levy, $75,000-Matchmaker) and the total purse for the night is already past seven figures. The open draws for both races takes place Tuesday afternoon, included in the regular Saturday draw. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
Life is different these days for the wife-and-husband team of trainer Julie Miller and driver Andy Miller, but their passion for harness racing remains unchanged. As Julie Miller prepares undefeated Perfect Alliance for Wednesday's $30,000 Bobby Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female trotters at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, she talked about the bond that keeps Team Miller moving forward as Andy Miller recovers from an accident April 15 at Yonkers Raceway. Andy Miller, who had vertebrae surgery at New York's Columbia Presbyterian Hospital last week, hopes to be released by sometime Tuesday but could be sidelined for six months. "We have a passion for the sport and we love racing, so I think that's what is keeping us going more than anything," Julie Miller said Monday morning. "We're going over the horses, going over the training, going over who is in and who raced and evaluating performances. It's kind of a nice positive diversion from worrying about the rest and recovery that's going to be Andy's journey ahead. "I could do this job without him, and he could do this job without me, but we don't want to. We want to do it together. It's been nice because we can still bounce ideas off each other." Many staff members at the Millers' stable have worked there for a number of years, some more than a decade, which has helped keep the operation moving smoothly. "I'm really fortunate," Julie Miller said. "First thing when I got back to the barn, they said we're a hundred percent behind you and Andy. We know it's going to be a little extra, but we understand. I have a phenomenal staff. Everything is still going like clockwork because everybody is still going 110 percent." Miller said she was grateful for the outpouring of support from the harness racing community, as well as from neighbors that are not involved in the sport. "People have been wonderful, sending us notes and texts and well wishes," she said. "Everyone has been so helpful, even preparing meals for the family and helping with the kids. I can't thank people enough." Andy Miller has won 8,054 races in his driving career and nearly $101 million in purses, with both totals ranking among the top 25 in North American harness racing history. Julie Miller has won 1,156 lifetime races as a trainer and nearly $20 million in purses. She has earned $557,730 this season, good for seventh place among all trainers in North America. We spoke with Andy's doctor (Monday) morning and he said that all of his test results and X-rays and ultrasounds and scans are coming back with flying colors," Julie Miller said. "Now it's just a paperwork issue of trying to get out of the hospital. We're looking forward to it being Monday afternoon or at the latest Tuesday. "He's walking already. The other day when I was at the hospital he'd already made the turn around the nurses' station and was turning for home and I said, 'I can't even get your bed remade and you're already coming back.' He was in such healthy condition that it's really going to help him to recover." The Millers are thankful that Andy's back injury wasn't more severe. "Every time we want to feel sorry for ourselves, I think that I wasn't in the conference room being told he was paralyzed or couldn't walk," Julie Miller said. "We're blessed because it could have been worse. Andy is a very upbeat, positive person. People that know him know that he loves to work and he's always positive. He's keeping that momentum even with this challenging road ahead." The Millers hope to have some more winning performances to evaluate in the near future, particularly with Perfect Alliance heading into Wednesday's Weiss final a perfect 8-for-8 this season. The 4-year-old mare, who will be driven for the second week in a row by Yannick Gingras, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in a field of seven. She starts from post No. 6. Perfect Alliance is owned by New Meadowlands Racing Chairman Jeff Gural, Meadowlands General Manager Jason Settlemoir, David Stolz and Arthur Geiger. She competed in three of the four preliminary Weiss rounds, notching her three victories by a combined total of 14 lengths. Series division winners Clementine Dream, who is 3-1, and Dough Dough, who is 7-2, are the next choices on the morning line. "(Perfect Alliance) is a clear-cut choice, but it's still a horse race," Julie Miller said. "Luckily, Yannick has elected to go over there and drive her again for me; I appreciate that on his part. I think she's a push-button horse, and Yannick agreed the other day. Having a new catch driver on her made me a little apprehensive, but he said she was super and got along good with her. As long as she has no obstacles, I think she should be excellent in that race." by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 19, 2014-Foiled Again lost Saturday night. Not exactly the stuff that breaks into regularly-scheduled programming, but rare enough. Harness racing's richest-ever performance added nothing to his $6.1 million bankroll, winding up a non-factor sixth in the third and final $50,000 division of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Starting outside his six rivals as the fifth and final preliminary round concluded, he and driver Yannick Gingras had Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) leave directly inside of him. "Foiled"-his place in next week's final already secure-took back to last and never reached contention. Meanwhile, stablemate Easy Again (George Brennan), leaving from post position No. 3, saved the souls, and the wallets, of the bridge jumpers. As on third of the 1-20 entry, Easy Again coasting through comfy fractions of :28.1. :57.3, 1:25.1 and 1:52.3 before winning by a couple of lengths. Mach it So, who left into a four-hole, was a solid, first-up second, with Mr. Hasani N (Eric Goodell) third. Foiled Again, racing from third-up behind a gapping entry partner Special Forces (Ron Pierce), beat only that one home. He wound up sixth, 7½ lengths behind Easy Again. For Easy Again, a 5-year-old Dragon Again ridgling co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 and Panhellenic Stables, he and his parimutuel partners returned the minimum $2.10. He is now 5-for-12 this season (3-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $4, with no triple wagering. "He was able to get away with cheap fractions," Brennan-who turns 47 Easter Sunday-said. "I figured that once Tim (Tetrick) left with Mach it So, Foiled Again might have to take back and it worked out." The evening's other two Levy events were won by P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett, $21.40) and Dancin' Yankee (Pierce, $5.90). The former, from post No. 6, left for a seat, wound up in a three-hole, then angled wide in and out of the final turn. He picked a dueling Clear Vision (Brennan) and Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson). The final margin was a length over Clear Vision in a life best-matching 1:51.1. For P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was his second win in 11 '14 tries (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $32.40, with no triple wagering. "I love him," Bartlett said. "He can get a last eighth as well as anyone. When I made up ground in the last turn, I thought I had a shot." As for Dancin' Yankee, he negated his outside seven-hole at the start, rebuffed a quarter-move from Bettor's Edge (Gingras) and finished it off in 1:51...matching Foiled Again's effort of a week as the fastest mile of the series and locally this season. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter, with Bettor's Edge second and Texican N (Brian Sears) third. For Dancin' Yankee, a 6-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser co-owned by Baron Racing & Richard Lombardo and trained by Josh Green, he's now 6-for-11 this season (1-for-5 in series). The exacta paid $7.40. "He gets over the track very well and I left a lot in the tank for the final," Pierce said. (Note...final preliminary leg standings accompany this story, but the eight eligible finalists [and those for the consolation] shall be determined by the race office.) The $567,000 final of the Levy and the $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker both go next Saturday night, with open draws taking place Tuesday afternoon. Also Saturday night, 67-1 bomber RU Ready to Rock (Jordan Stratton, $136.50) won a blanket photo in the $20,000, eighth-race pace, providing the largest win mutuel of the season to date. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 18, 2014-Yonkers Raceways Good Friday harness racing festivities featured the fifth and final round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mare pacers. A $40,000 divisions went postward. Series points leader Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $3.20) did nothing to diminish her reputation, winning the opening event with solid, two-move effort. Leaving outside her six rivals, the people's choice settled in fourth as series-debuting Scandalous Hanover (Brian Sears) found the lead. After early intervals of :28 and :57.3, "Yagonna" was again on the move. She tackled Scandalous Hanover just past the 1:25 three-quarters, taking a short lead into the lane. Yagonnakissmeornot never relinquished the baton, winning a by a length in 1:53.2. Camille (Yannick Gingras), shuffled when the leader tired, closed inside for second, with Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) third For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she's now 7-for-11 this season (4-for-5 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $89.50. "It was two moves, but she did it all on her own," Dube said, before echoing his assignment from earlier in this series that "she doesn't know where the end of the mile is, but I hope we draw well in (next Saturday night's $371,400) final." Late to the dance, but making up for lost time has been the millionaires Monkey on My Wheel (Gingras, $29.40). She authored the 13-1 upset in the second Matchmaker elim, going by a tiring 15-cents-on-the-dollar Somwherovrarainbow (Sears) in mid-stretch. In play early from post position No. 4, Monkey on My Wheel was pocketed early to defending champ Feeling You (Tyler Buter). That was before "Somwhr" moved from third, taking the lead just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. It was another :28.1 subsection (:56.2 half) before Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick)-who had left for a seat-took out from fourth. With nothing keeping up with Shelliscape in the outer flow, "Monkey" slipped out to race second-over. The battle was on in and out of the 1:24.2 three-quarters, with Somwherovrarainbow up a length entering the lane. However, she would not be able to close the sale, with Monkey on My Wheel going by, then holding off 75-1 rank outsider Summertime Lea (Kakaley) by a head in 1:53.2. The favorite had to settle for third, beaten three-quarters of a length. "I just didn't want to have to race her first-up," Gingras said of "Monkey." "I was able to drop in early, then get out again. It worked out very well and Brian's horse (Somwherovrarainbow) wasn't able to get away from us." For Monkey in My Wheel, a 6-year-old Mach Three Mac Nichol homebred, it was her third win in nine seasonal starts (a win and a second in this series). The exacta paid $706, with the triple returning $2,241. Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by favored D W's NY Yank (Brennan, $3.80) in 1:56. The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with three, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5 and 11 on the 12-race card) in that fifth and final prelim round. The $567,000 final of the series also goes next Saturday night, Apr. 26. (Note...Matchmaker standings after the five prelim rounds accompany this release, though the first eight in order are not necessarily the finalists until determined by the race office.) The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity
Watch and Wager, an ADW betting site has a unique offer that combines the Friday and Saturday night Grand Circuit races at Yonkers Raceway. You can get double the win odds on tonight's two divisions of the last preliminary rounds of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Stakes Series and on Saturday the same goes for the three divisions of the last preliminary rounds of the George Morton Levy Pacing Series. For full details of the promotion click here.
The sixth and final leg of the North American Amateur Drivers Association Trotting Series was presented at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday April 17 and when the non-wagering contests were finished Bobby Krivelin and Dave Yarock emerged victorious in their respective splits; Krivelin with Current Crisis in 1:59.1 and Yarock with Nowerland Nathan in 2:00.1. Krivelin's win was his third in the trotting events and for Yarock it was his second. In his $6000 contest Krivelin settled his trotter in along the pylons in the early going and then used the overland route to wear down the leader Get Packin (Bob Hechkoff) as the field rounded the final turn. From there Current Crisis then rolled on to a four-length victory over Northemedo Wine Guy, driven by Tony Verruso. Get Packin held on for third money. Yarock's victory was somewhat similar to Krivelin's in that he raced along the pylons until the field headed for the half and with a move to the outside Nowerland Nathan and Yarock wore down the pace-setter Whatnblazes (Dave Offenberg) and gained command by the three quarters. Then, as the field headed for home only Nowerland Nathan's margin of victory was in doubt as Yarock's trotter finished three lengths ahead of Offenberg's. Krivelin was the series point champion with 47 while Yarock was second best with 36. Trailing Krivelin and Yarock in points and now eligible to the final are; David Glasser (30), Bob Hechkoff (29), Joe Faraldo (26), Tony Verruso (25); Bob Davis (23) and Paul MInore (20). However, should any of the top eight in points fail to enter the final then the remaining driver(s) with the highest point totals---Dave Offenberg (18), Monica Banca (17) and Alan Charles (10)--- are next in line to participate. The $14,000 NAADA Trotting Series Final will be contest on Thursday, April 24 again at Yonkers Raceway. by John Manzi, for NAADA
Finally had a decent week picking some winners. We had Sly McFly pay $10.40 to win in the Dash for the “C” Note final plus a nice $34.40 exacta and then Abrokenart Hanover came through and returned $8.40 in winning his “C” note final. This is the final week of preliminary rounds for both the Matchmaker and Levy Series at Yonkers plus the final of the Whata Baron and Artistic Vision Series at the Meadowlands and the return of San Pail at Woodbine. Plenty of top flight racing action to watch and wager on. Good Luck! $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race FRIDAY – Tried to find a way that Yagonnakissmeornot could get beaten in this final leg of the Matchmatcher Series. But I could not. Despite outside post this mare has been super sharp for trainer Rene Allard and can overcome post seven to take another leg before next weeks’ rich final. Use Krispy Apple and Ideal In Vegas in exotic plays. $40,000 Pace Matchmaker Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race FRIDAY – This is a great matchup of some real powerhouse mares who will again battle it out next week in the final. I am taking a shot with the P J Fraley Stable entry of Anndrovette/Shelliscape. They both need to be first or second to get into the final and thus need to race their hearts out and off recent weeks they have ability to surprise in here going against some of the best in the series. Use Somwherovrarainbow and Angels Delight in exotic plays. $25,000 Trot Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 3rd race SATURDAY – Right now Modern Family is perhaps one of the best Open trotters in the country. Came back from a brief rest with an amazing 1:53.1 qualifying romp at Rosecroft Raceway and has been super sharp for trainer/driver Daryl Bier. Use Daylon Magician and Wind Of The North in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace Bobby Weiss Final 3 & 4YOs Pocono Downs 8th race SATURDAY – Series saw the best effort of the year for A Stitch In Time last start with an amazing lifetime mark of 1:49.2. Should be able to repeat provided he can overcome having to start from the far outside in post nine. Use Trys Little Prince and UF Rockin Dragon in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Preferred Handicap Pocono Downs 10th race SATURDAY – After having his head handed to him in last two tries in the Levy Series, A J Corbelli smartly left Yonkers and comes to Pocono Downs where he drops and should pop from the rail. He was razor sharp before the series, even finished second in the opening round, but now should be able to handle this group and earn his keep. Use Abelard Hanover and Annieswesterncard in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – With a week’s rest after winning a series leg, Apprentice Hanover draws into a tough but beatable division as he needs the points to insure a spot in the final next week so watch for him to be racing at his best. Use the Burke Stable entry of Clear Vision/Hillbilly Hanover and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $63,000 Pace Whata Baron Series Final Meadowlands 6th race SATURDAY – Most will side with Captive Audience here and perhaps should as he has been perfect in the series, undefeated in three starts and fresh as a daisy for the upcoming long season. But I am going with Wake Up Peter. Despite outside post he showed last week he can leave well enough to take command and hold on to the lead. In this case he may leave hard and get a two-hole trip where he can also score from. Use Captive Audience and Ontario Success in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Trot Woodbine 9th race SATURDAY – It’s the 2014 debut of world class performer San Pail. $3.1 million career winner returns once again and looks to be back in shape. After two decent qualifying wins under his belt he should be ready for action and show his back class and his heels to his much younger rivals. Use Slip Into Glide and Zeus Lightning in exotic plays. $55,500 Final Artistic Vision Pacing Series Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY – With a perfect season underway and 6 for 6, American In Paris should be at her best once again seeking to sweep the series in the final. Teamed with stablemate Art Ideal they look to be unbeatable in here. Use JK Letitgo and Road Bet in exotic plays. $50,000 Pace Levy Series Yonkers Raceway 11th race SATURDAY – It’s the final preliminary division for the long series and Yonkers always saves the best for last. It’s Team Burke against four other poor souls. It’s the three-horse entry of Foiled Again/Special Forces/Easy Again. Win wagering and exacta only, no trifectas. With the way he has comeback this season Foiled Again should have little trouble remaining unbeaten in five starts. Use Mach It So and Word Power in exotic plays or sit this one out and just watch one of harness racing’s great performers do his thing.
Ray Hall aims to complete a sweep in the five-week Bobby Weiss Series for 3- and 4-year-old male trotters when he faces eight rivals in Tuesday's $30,000 final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. A 4-year-old gelding, Ray Hall has won six of 11 races this year, with four of the victories coming in the Weiss. He starts the final from post four with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer/co-owner Mark Harder. Tuesday's card also features the $30,000 Weiss Series final for 3- and 4-year-old female pacers. "He's just a nice little horse, doing everything right," said Harder, who began training Ray Hall in December and got a share in ownership earlier this month. "He's just hit a nice little groove. He came to me with a couple series in mind out here and it's just worked out. He got happy and a nice little schedule and he's racing good." Ray Hall, who also is owned by Ohio's Bruce and Patricia Soulsby, has won 12 of 28 lifetime starts and earned $91,144. He is a son of stallion Justice Hall out of the mare Comebyrail and his family includes standout female trotter Elaine Rodney, who won the 1960 Kentucky Futurity and later found success abroad. Last weekend, Ray Hall won his Weiss division by a neck over Time To Quit in a career-best 1:53.3. Time To Quit won the Super Bowl Series final in January, with Ray Hall finishing fourth. Ray Hall also finished fourth in the Charles Singer Memorial final in March, which was won by Perfect Alliance. "He raced good against some better horses, Perfect Alliance and a couple of those other ones," Harder said. "I think he's definitely improved since then with racing. He's got a lot of nervous energy, he's a little bit hot, and just with racing he's settled down and become more manageable, more drivable. That's made him a better horse." Sixteen Mikes, who won his first three divisions in the Weiss but was third behind Ray Hall and Time To Quit last weekend, starts the final from post five for driver Mike Simons and trainer Gail Wrubel. Time To Quit, who has one win in the series, leaves from post six with driver Matt Kakaley for trainer Ron Burke. Ray Hall is not staked to any major races, but Harder hopes the trotter can still keep adding to his bankroll. "He's got nothing really, just overnights," Harder said. "We'll probably hang around Yonkers, wherever we can race him. He's not a top, top horse, but he's a nice little horse that can make money knocking around some conditions. A trotter that can trot a small track and tries and stays at it, they can make a lot of money." HARNESS RACING NOTEBOOK: THE RETURN OF ARCH MADNESS Renowned pacer Foiled Again is a perfect 10 this season - as in an undefeated 10-year-old - and now trotting star Arch Madness is getting ready to try to join him. The 10-year-old Arch Madness won a qualifier last weekend at the Meadowlands in 1:54.3 and will return to the Big M on Saturday for another prep for the upcoming campaign. Last year, Arch Madness won three of 18 races and earned $425,427 for trainer/driver Trond Smedshammer and owners Willow Pond LLC and Marc Goldberg, who also were among the trotter's breeders. He won the Allerage Farms Open Trot at The Red Mile in Lexington, finished second overseas in Sweden's prestigious Elitlopp, and was third in the Breeders Crown. Arch Madness has won 34 of 107 starts and became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage. A week earlier, he won the Allerage elimination race with a 1:50.2 mile, a time that equaled his own world record for the fastest ever by a male trotter older than age 4. "He's going to qualify again, but I was happy with the first qualifier," Smedshammer said. "We'll go again on Saturday and then we'll start racing. He's a year older, but it doesn't seem like he's changed at all." Arch Madness' first stakes race is slated to be the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. Eliminations are scheduled for May 10 and the $180,000 estimated final is May 17. Another trip to the Elitlopp, where Arch Madness has twice been the runner-up, is not in the works. "He's going to need a start before the Cutler, a couple starts maybe, somewhere around here," Smedshammer said. "We have no plans at all (to go to Sweden). But he seems fine." * * * Two other trotting standouts are expected to head to qualifiers in the near future. Market Share, who was voted the sport's top 3-year-old male trotter in 2012 and the best older male trotter in 2013, is anticipated to qualify on April 26 and 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician is targeted for the first weekend in May. Bee A Magician was unbeaten in 17 races last season at age 3 and earned a divisional record $1.54 million. She became the first 3-year-old filly trotter to receive the Horse of the Year Award since Continentalvictory in 1996. Trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and driven by Brian Sears for owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman, and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician's wins included the Breeders Crown for 3-year-old filly trotters, Hambletonian Oaks, Elegantimage Stakes, and Delvin Miller Memorial. Her $1.54 million in purses were the most ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter, breaking the record of $1.17 million set by Continentalvictory in 1996, and her winning time of 1:51 in the Miller Memorial at Meadowlands Racetrack is the fastest mile ever by a 3-year-old filly trotter. "She's in good shape," Norman said. "I'm very happy with her." Bee A Magician is expected to qualify twice and then head to Canada for the first round of the Miss Versatility Series in Ontario on May 19. * * * As mentioned earlier, Foiled Again remains unbeaten this year. Last week, he improved to 4-for-4 this season by winning for the fourth time in the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series at Yonkers Raceway. The 10-year-old pacer, who has won 80 of 202 career races, had never before started a season with four consecutive wins. Since last fall, Foiled Again has been the richest horse in North American harness racing history, and his $100,000 in purses in 2014 have pushed his career earnings to $6.13 million for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, and JJK Stables. Foiled Again leads the Levy series standings, but he will be back in action Saturday night for the last of the five preliminary rounds. He drew post seven in a seven-horse field and is the 3-5 morning line favorite for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. "He's just really getting his legs," Gingras told Yonkers Publicity Director Frank Drucker after his 1:51 win last weekend. "Give the other horses credit, but they're going to have to do better to beat Foiled Again." On Wednesday, co-owner Mark Weaver added, "He's the exception. He really hasn't been pushed that hard yet." Burke's stable has five of the top six horses in the Levy standings and all will be racing Saturday. Mach It So, from the barn of trainer P.J. Fraley, is second in the standings followed by Burke's Bettor's Edge, Itrustyou, Clear Vision, and Easy Again. Hillbilly Hanover, who is No. 11 in the standings, Special Forces (12) and Aracache Hanover (14) also will be competing for Burke in Saturday's three Levy divisions. The conditions for the eight-horse $567,000 final and eight-horse $100,000 consolation, both on April 26, limit Burke to two starters in each. For the full Levy standings, click here. * * * The last preliminary round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for older female pacers is Friday at Yonkers. Series leader Yagonnakissmeornot, who has three wins and a second in the event, is the 8-5 morning line favorite in the first of two divisions. She will be driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Rene Allard. Somwherovrarainbow is the 8-5 choice in the second division for driver Brian Sears and trainer Joe Holloway. She skipped the third round of the series, but has two wins and a second in her Matchmaker starts. She is No. 5 in the standings, behind Angels Delight, Summertime Lea, and Rocklamation. Anndrovette, the three-time pick for harness racing's best older female pacer, is sixth in the standings, with Shelliscape and defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You rounding out the top eight. For the complete series standings, click here. The $371,400 Matchmaker final is April 26, along with the $75,000 Matchmaker consolation. * * * David Miller, who will be inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in July, needs 23 wins to reach 11,000 victories for his career. Miller ranks No. 8 in wins among all drivers in North American history and was the sport's Driver of the Year in 2003. He has won at least $10 million in purses in a season a record 12 times and his $178 million in lifetime purses trail only Hall of Famers John Campbell, Ron Pierce and Mike Lachance. Miller, a 49-year-old native of Ohio, has finished among the top seven drivers in seasonal purses each of the last 15 years. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
This Week: Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy series fifth legs, Yonkers Raceway, Yonkers, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit at Yonkers this week features two $40,000 divisions on Friday (April 18) in the fifth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series for open pacing mares. The Saturday (April 19) card at Yonkers will see three $50,000 divisions in the fifth round of the George Morton Levy series for open pacers. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: As has been the case throughout the 2014 edition of the George Morton Levy series, Foiled Again was once again at the top of the headlines this past weekend at Yonkers. The 10-year-old sauntered around the half-mile oval in 1:51 this past Saturday night. "That's what he's supposed to do," said driver Yannick Gingras after the gelding's fourth win in as many Levy series/season starts. Foiled Again was a narrow winner in his Levy division on April 12. Leaving from post position No. 3 as the stronger half of a 1-20 entry, Foiled Again had to work to get around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). He did so before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and found a :56.3 intermission with Bettor's Edge (George Brennan) away third and A J Corbelli (Tim Tetrick) fourth. It was Dancin Yankee (Ron Pierce) then moving from fifth, engaging Foiled Again toward a 1:24 three-quarters. Soon after, Bettor's Edge -- who, as with Foiled Again, was three-for-three in this series entering the evening -- slipped out to race second-over. However, Bettor's Edge became very rough very quickly, soon jumping it off. Foiled Again owned a half-length lead entering the lane. His pesky rival wouldn't go away, but wouldn't go by, either. Foiled Again won by a head in 1:51, the fastest local mile of the season. Third went to P H Supercam, beaten a half-length. Mach It So (1:52.1) and Clear Vision (1:52.1) won the other two Levy divisions. Last Friday night's fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open mare pacers saw three $40,000 divisions go postward. The first event saw Breeders Crown champ Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick, $7.20) get her first series win with a handy, down-the-road effort (:27.3, :57, 1:24, 1:52). Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) was unable to sustain a first-up bid, while Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) could only match strides from the pocket. Monkey On My Wheel did get second, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Ramalama third. Defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You was also flying under the radar until Friday evening. Leaving from post four with Tyler Buter doing the honors, Feeling You operated from second-over. That didn't seem so opportunistic when pole-sitting Rocklamation (Gingras) rated a cheap half (:28, :57.3). Rocklamation maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a half-length lead into the lane. Feeling You, left to fend for herself, continued her assault on the leader. She outgamed Rocklamation by a head in 1:53.1. The third and final Matchmaker had Yagonnakissmeornot (Daniel Dube) throw down the gauntlet with the fastest mile of the series to date. Leaving from post five, Yagonnakissmeornot made the first lead before yielding to the 4-5 favorite in Somwherovrarainbow (Sears). After a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and :55.4 intermission, it was Krispy Apple (Tetrick) trying her luck first-up. That one couldn't sniff the leader before a 1:23.4 three-quarters, with Somwherovrarainbow owning a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane. However, she was powerless to deny Yagonnakissmeornot, who edged from the pocket and rolled away. That final margin for the second choice was 2-1/2 widening lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend at Yonkers: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 116; 2. George Brennan - 104.5; 3. Tim Tetrick - 80; 4. Brian Sears- 41; 5. Daniel Dube - 40. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 210.5; 2. PJ Fraley - 93; 3. Rene Allard - 40; 4. Joe Holloway - 25; 5. Kevin Carr - 20. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 78.5; 2t. Burke Racing - 53.8; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 53.8; 4. Brad Grant - 20.5; 5. Joe Pennacchio - 20. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Northfield Park, Freehold Raceway, Meadowlands Racetrack and Yonkers Raceway. Northfield will host the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old filly pacers on Friday (April 25); Freehold has eliminations scheduled for the Dexter Cup for 3-year-old colt trotters on Saturday (April 26); also that day the Meadowlands will feature the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers; and action at Yonkers will continue that Saturday with the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy finals and consolations. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 15, 2014--Here's an update regarding driver Andy Miller, who was injured in a Yonkers Raceway accident Tuesday night. According to Miller's wife, Julie, as well as trainer Scott DiDomenico, Andy Miller broke a pair of lumbar vertebrae in his back. As of this writing, he is awaiting transfer from Lawrence Hospital (Bronxville, NY) to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in northern Manhattan for further evaluation and treatment. Andy Miller has feeling in all his extremities, and is obviously in a lot of pain. Driving Marmara Denizi--a 3-year-old gelding co-owned and trained by his brother, Erv--Miller was in the back of the field and unseated during the $10,000, first race pace. Also unseated was George Brennan, who was driving 13-10 favorite In the Clear. In The Clear was a tight-pocket second down the backside the second time when he looked to slip out and appeared to step on the wheel of a first-up Fiftyshadesofhay (Dan Dube). In the Clear went down, as did Brennan, who did get up and resume his assignments for the evening. Miller did not lose consciousness, and none of the horses appeared to be injured. The race was won by Keystone Dalton (Jason Bartlett, $9.30) in a maiden-breaking 1:59. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, April 15, 2014-Yonkers Raceway has announced the purses for both of its ongoing series, the George Morton Levy Memorial and Blue Chip Matchmaker. The finales, set for Saturday night, Apr. 26, offer antes of $567,000 (Levy) and $371,400 (Matchmaker). The enhanced purses include all starting fees--$1,000 per start in the Levy and $800 for each work night in the Matchmaker. These are the two richest races to date this season in North America, and are accompanied Apr. 26 by their respective consolations (Levy--$100,000, Matchmaker--$75,000). In another development, 58 2-year-old colts/geldings have been nominated for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Yonkers' premier event for frosh pacers (elims Sat., July, 12 and final Sat., July 19) The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
David Glasser and Paul Minore were each victorious in the respective divisions of the North American Amateur Drivers Association's (NAADA) Trotting Series at Freehold Raceway on Friday (Apri11).Glasser won with his own Grecale AS in a time of 2:00 and returned a whopping $41.60 win payoff, while Minore scored with his Wygant Prince in 1:58.1. Glasser's trotter went a solid mile after being first-up at the half and then rallying to the lead as the field passed the three quarters. Once on top Grecale AS coasted home an easy two length winner over favored Northmedo Wine Guy and Tony Verruso, giving Glasser his second victory in the series. His 28 points in the series is currently second best behind Bobby Krivelin's 35 but with only one leg remaining at Yonkers on April 17 Glasser is assured eligibility in the $14,000 series finale which will also to be raced at Yonkers Raceway, but on April 24. In his division Minore's Wygant Prince went an eye-opening trip and won in 1:58.1 after a two-hole journey behind Bob Hechkoff with Get Packin. That mile caused a little stir among some of the professionals drivers who were watching that amateur race and one was overheard saying with amazement after the 1:58.1 mile, "that's race horse time!". Minore has driven in only two series legs and with just 16 points he'll need a good showing on Thursday to move up and earn a spot in the series finale. Those drivers with the most points in the six-leg trotting will earn a berth in the $14,000 Final, that is, if they all enter. The current leaderboard is as follows: Bobby Krivelin (35), David Glasser (28), Dave Yarock (24), Bob Hechkoff(24) Bob Davis (21), Joe Faraldo (21) Tony Verruso (18), Monica Banca (17) Paul Minore (16) and Dave Offenberg (11). "I'd like to make it clear that the drivers who are among the top eight in points doesn't assure them a spot in the final unless they enter. So it's a good idea if someone is ninth or tenth in points they still should enter for the final race just in case someone in the top ten (in points) doesn't. And should that happen, the next highest in points gets first call," explained NAAADA president Joe Faraldo. by John Manzi, for NAADA
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 12, 2014--Foiled Again won his 80th career race Saturday night. That's just wrong. Foiled Again, as in 10-year-old Foiled Again, sauntered around Yonkers Raceway in 1:51 Saturday night. That, too, is just wrong. Maybe, but try convincing him, or his date, of that. "That's what he's supposed to do," driver Yannick Gingras after "Foiled's" fourth win in as many George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series/season starts. Leaving from post position No. 3 as the stronger half of a 1-20 entry, Foiled Again had to work to get around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett). He did so before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and found a :56.3 intermission Bettor's Edge (George Brennan), certified barn buddy of Foiled Again, was away third and A J Corbelli (Tim Tetrick) fourth. It was Dancin' Yankee (Ron Pierce) then moving from fifth, engaging Foiled Again toward a 1:24 three-quarters. Soon after, Bettor's Edge--who, as with Foiled Again, was 3-for-3 in this series entering the evening--slipped out to race second-over. However, Bettor's Edge became very rough very quickly, soon jumping it off. Foiled Again owned a half-length lead entering the lane. His pesky rival wouldn't go away, but wouldn't go by, either. Foiled Again, with his escort offering only occasional reminders, won by a head in 1:51....fastest local mile of the season. Third went to P H Supercam, beaten a half-length. For Foiled Again, a Dragon Again gelding, the $25,000 payday increased his lifetime loot to $6,130,968 (80-for-202). Ron Burke trains and co-owns (as Burke Racing) with Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Foiled Again once again returned the legal-minimum $2.10, The exacta paid $5.90, with the triple returning $10.60. "He's just really getting his legs," Gingras said. "Give the other horses credit, but they're gonna have to do better to beat Foiled Again. "I know he's now guaranteed a place in the (Apr. 26) final (prelim leader with 300 points), so he could get next week off. It's up to Ronnie (Burke). If he's here, then I'm here." Saturday night's other Levy winners were... --Mach it So,,g,4 (by Mach Three); owner Bamond Racing/trainer PJ Fraley/driver Tetrick; 1:52.1/$4; --Clear Vision,g,9 (by Western Hanover); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Burke,Weaver Bruscemi,Panhellenic Stb,James Koran/driver Brennan; 1:52.1/$2.10 (POE). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway
I realize that many believe ten-year-old Foiled Again is hands down the greatest harness racing greybeard pacer ever, but that simply isn’t true. Yes, Foiled Again has won more money than any Standardbred ever in North America, but another aging gelding, one who used to hold that title, was better—Cardigan Bay. Stanley Dancer leased him from Down Under for $100,000 in the winter of 1964, when he was eight. The horse had come close to being destroyed two years earlier when he sustained a serious hip injury. The Hal Tryax gelding had won more than thirty stakes races in his home country, often handicapped as much as 132 yards at the start. His earnings stood at $156,000. He made his first start at Yonkers Raceway in May of that year. It was a winning effort and the following week he faced the great Overtrick in the mile and a half International Pace, losing a neck. Two weeks later he was the 1/2 favorite in the mile and a quarter Good Time Pace and had no trouble beating the likes of Meadow Skipper, Henry T Adios, Rusty Range, Adora’s Dream, Irvin Paul and Country Don. There aren’t any fields of FFA pacers like that today. He then beat the same bunch in the two mile National Championship. Cardigan Bay and Overtrick then traded narrow wins in a pair of match races. In 1965, as a nine-year-old, Cardigan Bay popped splints in his front legs and had surgery on one of those legs. When he got back in early June he crushed a FFA field which included Fly Fly Byrd and Bengazi Hanover, from the outside post. He then won the $50,000 Dan Patch Pace at a mile and a half over Oreti, Cold Front and Fly Fly Byrd. In September he won the $50,000 Bye Bye Byrd at a mile and a half, paying 2.80. Cardigan Bay won three more at Yonkers before going to California where he beat giant slayer Adios Vic in three of four races, after which he returned to New York and won the NPD and the Nassau. Foiled Again has won an impressive 39% of his lifetime starts. Cardigan Bay won 52% of his in North America and Down Under. Each of them are credited with 20 stakes wins in North America, and Foiled Again is still racing. Again, Cardigan Bay also won more than thirty stakes before he was imported. At age ten Cardy started the season with a win at Liberty Bell, and then moved on to Yonkers where he won seven stakes races, including the $100,000 mile and a half International Pace, where he created the largest minus pool ever--$33,000. $143,435 of the $151,750 bet to show was on him. They then barred him from betting in the mile and a quarter Good Time, which he also won over Adora’s Dream and Orbiter N. Adios Vic was then favored in the $50,000 National Pace, only because there was no betting on Cardy. He made three moves and pulled away from Vic in the last quarter. Bret Hanover had never been beaten on a half when Cardy did it in the Pace of the Century at Yonkers. Bret returned the favor a week later at Roosevelt. Cardy capped that season with a win in the $50,000 Nassau Pace at a mile and a half . He paid $3.60. In 1967, when Cardigan Bay was eleven, he started the season by equaling the track record at Windsor in the Provincial Cup—this is in March. Fearing minus pools tracks refused to give him a race. Finally Roosevelt relented and the grizzled gelding crushed Orbiter and Tactile, paying 2.40. He’d been handicapped with the outside post, but the track insisted that from that point on he would also be handicapped by yardage, something that was unheard of in North America. Dancer balked and sat the next one out. Every year there was a new wave of stars graduating to the FFA ranks: Romeo Hanover, True Duane, Bret Hanover and Romulus Hanover. Cardy was showing his age, but was still a formidable opponent, with early season wins in the Valley Forge, provincial Cup and Clark. In May, when he beat True Duane in the Adios Butler at Roosevelt, he paid $10.60, which was the highest payoff on Cardigan Bay to that point in North America. Dancer’s goal was that he become the first ever million dollar winning Standardbred, which he did by winning a $15,000 Pace at Freehold in the fall over little Robin Dundee and Jerry Gauman. This put him in the company of the eight thoroughbreds who had become millionaires. He was retired at Yonkers Raceway on October 12. Cardigan Bay certainly gets extra points for dominating at all distances, from a mile to two-miles. On the other hand, Foiled Again doesn’t have that opportunity so you can’t hold that against him. Cardy was more of a consistent big time player than Foiled Again has been; yes, those were significant triumphs in the TVG and BC last year, but there are too many wins in the Quillen, Molson, IPD, Battle of Lake Erie and Levy, and not enough of the top tier FFA stakes. Cardy won the Good Time twice, the National Championship twice, the Nassau twice, the Provincial Cup twice, the International, the Pace of the Century, the Clark, Dan Patch ….And the fact that he had never paid off at higher than 4/1 during his first four years racing in North America is noteworthy. Foiled has gone off at double digits many times. Cardy was a preeminent force at ten and eleven. We’ll see if Foiled Again also rules in his old age. by Joe FitzGerald, for http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/