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After four straight weeks of pickin'em pretty good, I finally ran into a brick wall Breeders Crown weekend. But you can't win'em all so back to the drawing board. Sadly the stakes season is drawing to a close this weekend with the TVG finals at the Meadowlands and then next week the rich Progress Pace at Dover Downs. Then we get into tough winter overnights and some good late closing series throughout the county. Good Luck! $49,000 Pace 3YO's n/w $100,000 in 2014 Meadowlands 3rd race SATURDAY - It is too tough to try and go against the triple entry of Hall Bro, Lord Of Misrule and Journeyman. Both Hall Bro and Journeyman are coming off very strong winning efforts and with good inside post position they will be very tough to beat in here. Use Caviart Chase and Caviart Luca in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Beach Memories or P H Supercam....I nearly flipped a coin to decide in here but came away going with Beach Memories. He has the better inside post and the gate speed to insure good positioning to score from. Has been first and second twice in photos last three starts. Use P H Supercam and Holdallthecards in exotic plays. $500,000 Pace TVG FFA Final Meadowlands 7th race SATURDAY - This is the last big bang for the older pacers and it's a great field to close out the season with. Sweet Lou and Foiled Again do their swan song for the end of their great racing careers. I'm going with Sweet Lou as in his last two starts he seemly had the race won only to get nipped at the wire. I don't think this world champion will get caught tonight. Use Thinking Out Loud and State Treasurer in exotic plays. $500,000 Trot TVG FFA Final Meadowlands 10th race SATURDAY - It didn't "All come down to the Breeders Crown" last week as it does in here. Sebastian K could sew up Harness Horse of the Year honors with a convincing victory in here but both Maven and Bee A Magician will be all out to not let that happen. Don't look for a super-fast mile as it will be clear but only in the low 30's at post time. But I think if the "old" Sebastian K shows up he will take this field and then maybe beat out JK She'salady for top honors in the Dan Patch Voting. He has truly been a champion this year. Use Maven and Bee A Magician in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY - Everyone will lead toward Aslan as he has been the strong horse with two straight convincing wins in this class. But I like Wake Up Peter who last week was strong on the front end and may be able to turn the tables on Aslan in here. Use Aslan and Speed Again in exotic plays. $46,000 Trot Open Handicap 1¼ mile Yonkers Raceway 1st race SUNDAY - It's the France Handicap with a super full field of 12 trotters going the extra distance in the Yonkers-France matinee. Great to see such full fields going the extra quarter mile. Thus I have no fear in promoting Dancehall Mistress, one of four mares in the field against male rivals. She beat the pants off everyone last week with a four length romp at 11-1 and can do it again. Use Somebody AS and Super Manning in exotic plays. $17,000 Trot Open Handicap Saratoga Raceway 7th race SUNDAY - After having his head handed to him the last couple of starts against the best at Yonkers, Zooming takes a big drop in class and switch to Saratoga. This should aid him big time, even if he did get the far outside post eight. Still have the class to overcome the post problem as he did before trying his luck at Yonkers. Use You Rock My World and Slugfest in exotic plays. $25,000 Pace Winners over $25,000 Harrah's Philadelphia 11th race SUNDAY - With six of the eight starters in here all coming off wins in their last start it makes for a great competitive race. I don't think Dial Or Nodial can repeat because of outside post. Thus I am going with Mach It So. He was a game second from post eight last week but draws better in here and can win as long as he can grab some live cover. Use Dial Or Nodial and Voice Of Truth in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Progress Preview 3YO Colts Dover Downs 10th race SUNDAY - This will be a great preview towards next weeks $300,000 final. Superb field of colts will do battle big time. I like McWicked to repeat after his impressive Breeders Crown victory. He flashed his brilliant early season form last week with big 1:49 effort and draws the rail

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 23, 2014-The third rendition of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Madness" went postward during a downright balmy (mid-50's) pre-Thanksgiving Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:12 AM), with favored Itzaziam (Brian Sears, $5.70) winning that event in 2:27.3 for the added distance. Included in the extra-distance extravaganza was the $46,000 Open Handicap, the 10-trotter test won by a backside-busting Dancehall Mistress (Sears. $25.60) in 2:26.1. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with more than 1.2 million Euros (more than 1.5 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first three matinees have seen a total of more than four million Euros (or more than five million US dollars) wagered for 15 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Sunday's Pick 5, buoyed by a double carryover of more than $7,000, attracted $16,710 of fresh lettuce. The winning combination of 4/4/4/1/2 paid $3,924.75 for every four bits. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday (save for Thanksgiving Night), Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (including Thanksgiving Day). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 22, 2014--Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $5.30) held off a two-pronged challenge Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $26,000 winners-over pace. Inheriting the pole after an inside scratch, Mach's Beach Boy saw Orillia Joe (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead. Mach's Beach Boy then moved--apparently, just in time--in front of Rockstar Temper (Dan Dube). It was Mach's Beach Boy putting up intervals of :27.4 and 57-seconds flat as BJ's Guy (Brent Holland) took out of fifth. Mach's Beach Boy maintained the advantage in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a length lead into the lane. He then kept both Orillia Joe and BJ's Guy a bay, whipping the former by a neck in 1:53. Rockstar Temper and Stolen Car (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald, three wins for second consecutive night) was a jammed-in sixth as the 6-5 favorite. For second choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for Ontario co-owners Dan Mogridge and Jeff Oborne, it was his ninth win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $68.50, with the triple returning $297.50. With seven double-figure win payoffs included in the 12-race card, the Pick 5 was--shockingly--not hit. Thus, the Sunday matinee gimmick begins with a double carryover of $7,091.34 (50-cent base wager on races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the third of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 21, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a cone-skimming Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $15.40). Unhurried early from post position No. 6, he watched as slight 2-1 favorite Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) step around Jonsie Jones (Greg Merton). After early intervals of 27-seconds and :56.3, Let's Go Higher (Eric Carlson) moved from third. That one harassed the leader in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Coffee Addict dealt with that interloper, taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. However, she was about to give it up, leading to a blanket finish. Robin Cruiser, fourth along the cones, dove deep inside and prevailed, whipping UF Dragon's Rocket (Mark MacDonald, three winners Friday) by a three-quarters of a length in 1:54.1. Last week's victress, Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), closed from last to grab third, with Coffee Addict and Jonsie Jones settling for the minor awards. The five cashers were separated by a length-and-a-half at the wire. It was a change of tact for "Robin," who was snapped on the money in her last two starts at odds of 3-1 and 3-5. For fifth choice Robin Cruiser, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Pinske Stables and trained by Julie Miller, was her eighth win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $125.50, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $2,243. Note that since no one hit Friday's Pick 5, Saturday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,093.98 (50-cent base wager, races 5 through 9). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the third of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Ducker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 20, 2014--The third of Yonkers Raceway's six Sunday harness racing matinees goes this weekend, with another card that overstuffed for overseas. Post time for the dozen-race dossier is a bit after 11 AM. Once again, the Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with the French-based audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and overflow fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). Included is the weekly trotting feature, a $46,000 Open Handicap (3rd race) where all 10 starters had their starting venues mandated. Yonkers has seen very strong export numbers during the first two matinees, with the folks in France (as well as Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta) wagering more than 2.8 million Euros (or more than $3.5 million US dollars) on the 10 races. The half-dozen Sundays, running through Dec. 14th inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (through Dec. 9th). As has been the was the case from the beginning, Yonkers is enticing both its evening regulars and the Sunday early risers with any number of freebies, including... ...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday) ...free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon (mutuel windows open on the track apron at 10 AM, and beginning at 10:30 AM at other areas of the track). ...free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire Club members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. All Empire City Bets members receive a free, dollar-box triple wager (not a "quick pick") for Sunday's third race, while selected ECB members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. In addition to Empire City Bets, several other ADW's are continuing to offer special incentives for those wagering on these Sunday matinees. Thursday, November 20, 2014—Just a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday night’s Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $3,704.27. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9 nightly. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Monday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 16, 2014-Round 2 of Yonkers Raceway's "Hooves Across the Atlantic" went postward Sunday. The 12-race card again began with five French-centric, overstuffed, mile-and-a-quarter trotting fields. A dozen were behind the gate for the opener (post time 11:17 AM), with favored Fort Valley AS (Jason Bartlett, $5) winning that event in 2:27.4 for the added distance. "Everyone seems to be getting used to it (added distance)," Bartlett said. "There's more early movement in races, and I think we have learned how to drive for it. " Even the horses seemed to have read the memo. The five races featured 54 horses and just one breaker. For the second matinee program, Yonkers brought out the big guns, as Hall of Famer Mike Lachance was on hand to lend his expertise to those folks wagering in France (as well as Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). Once again, the overseas numbers were strong, with approximately $1.45 million Euros (approx. $1.81 million US dollars) wagered on the on the five "French races." (first Sunday was $1.4 million Euros or approximately $1.75 million US dollars). The week's marquee trot, a $44,000 Open Handicap, was "regular" in both starters (eight) and distance (one mile). Eight-hole assignee Rossini (Bartlett, $32), last at the three-quarters and seventh turning for home, rolled over his rivals late, winning in 1:56.1 for a second consecutive victory. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 15, 2014- Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube, $7.70) continued his roll Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $26,000 winner-over pace. Trying to leave from post position No. 4, "Mickey" was forced to take back as Rockstar Temper (catch-driver Greg Merton) stuffed slight 2-1 choice Doctor Butch (Jordan Stratton) in behind. After a snappy :26.3 opening quarter-mile and softer (:29.1) next sub-section (:55.4 half), Mickey Hanover moved from fourth...and did so with purpose. He went up and over a tiring Rockstar Temper just before a 1:23.4 three-quarters, busting it open to four lengths entering the lane. The final margin was 4¾ lengths in 1:52. Mr. Hasani N (Eric Carlson), who lost his tow from the handy winner, did hold second, with Santanna One (Jason Bartlett), Doctor Burch and Ronny Bugatti (Mark MacDonald) rounding out the payees. Rockstar Temper tired to last (seventh), his first loss in five tries since the barn change. For second choice Mickey Hanover, a 6-year-old son of The Panderosa co-owned by his driver, his trainer (Rene Allard) and Yves Sarazin, it was his eighth win 18 seasonal starts (4-for-5 since returning to town). The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $384. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 14, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett, $9.50). At the outset, it was 3-5 choice Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) taking a very brief three-hole. She quickly took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a 57-second intermission. Rockaround Sue (Jason Bartlett), meanwhile, landed fourth from post position No. 7. After halftime, she was making second move, advancing toward "Robin" down the backside. The people's preference initially repelled that challenge in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, taking a tenuous lead into the lane. Try as she might, "Robin" could not subdue "Sue," with latter edging by late. The final margin was a neck in 1:53.4. Set Me Up (Pat Lachance), UF Dragon's Queen (Mark MacDonald) and Carolsideal (Jeff Dauplaise) completed the cashers. For second choice Rockaround Sue, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned by Bamond Racing & Silva Stables and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her fifth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $20.60, with the triple returning $189. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the second of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Earlier this week the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) and Tim Rooney made a check presentation to the Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation of greater New York. The amateur drivers organization raised $7500 from their spring and fall trotting series and that amount was matched by Yonkers Raceway president Tim Rooney, and a total $15,000 was donated to that organization that is determined to find a cure for breast cancer. "The North American Amateur Drivers Association was proud to donate to this cause and the impetus for which came from our female amateur driver extraordinaire Monica Banca. And it was extremely gracious of Tim Rooney to match our funds which drove the contribution up to $15,000," said NAADA president Joe Faraldo. The NAADA revenues were mainly comprised of the amateur driver's nominating, starting and entry fees, along with additional funds from the organization's treasury. "And of course we'd be remiss not to thank the amateur drivers who not only participated in those races but were good enough to donate their percentages for the Susan G Komen Race for the Cure Foundation," Faraldo added. The oversize check presentation was made in the Yonkers Raceway winners circle on Tuesday (Nov. 12) by John Manzi, for NAASA

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 13, 2014-If you answered, "3,000 pounds of elbow macaroni," you can continue reading this missive. That's because the ton-and-a-half of pasta was the exact amount-give or take a two-pound bag-volunteers from Empire City, Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York assembled for distribution during their annual visit to the Food Bank for Westchester. It was ECYR's third annual visit to the Food Bank, which is located in Elmsford, about 20 minutes north of Yonkers. The gung-ho gang of about 25, including drivers Jason Bartlett and Jordan Stratton, did all of the compulsories. We're talking double-bagging, scooping, weighing (again, two-pound bags) and packing the macaroni, which shall be part of thousands of holiday meals countywide. The newbies among the group were also given a tour of the Food Bank's giant warehouse. "We often speak of people right in your own backyard who are in need," volunteer services manager Nancy Lyons said. "Well, there are 54 organizations we distribute to and partner with that are located right there in Yonkers." "It was just a couple of hours out of my day, but I could see how much it means," Bartlett-part of the scooping section--said. "I've been here each time, and if they ask again, I would be happy to return." As for Stratton, who multi-tasked between scooping and sealing, "I enjoyed it. (Jason and I) were able to work with some 'non-racing' people from other Empire City areas. Besides helping out a good cause, maybe we can turn some into racing fans." (About the Food Bank for Westchester...Incorporated in 1988, the Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. In 2013, the Food Bank served 6,204,101 meals to Westchester County residents. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000 square foot warehouse and is home to Westchester's largest refrigerator and freezer. To learn more, or to donate to the Food Bank's Turkey Drive, please visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org, or text FB4W to 88500. Located at 200 Clearbrook Road, they can be reached at (914) 923-1100) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 13, 2014-It's "Matinee Sunday, the Sequel" with Yonkers Raceway set for another late-morning excursion across the Atlantic. After a very successful opener, the second of the Raceway's six Sunday matinee racing programs-post time 11 AM-goes this weekend, offering the same freebies and a return to "wagering normal." Once again, this Sunday's card is front-loaded with trotters, with the French-based audience wagering on the first five races. Those events are all added-distance (1¼ miles) with higher purses and oversized fields (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively). The half-dozen Sundays, running through Dec. 14th inclusive, replace five Tuesday nights (through Dec. 9th). With the first Sunday having proven popular, Yonkers, which had limited some of the exotic wagering options on the early races, is reinstating them this time around (triples in every race, a Pick 3 beginning in the 2nd and 4th races, a third-race superfecta and a Pick 4 beginning in the 3rd race). "Despite some first-week glitches, we were very happy with the results," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. (note North American handle for the 12-race card was just under a half-million dollars-with that reduced exotics menu early-while the French-based European number [which also includes Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta] was about 1.4 million Euros, or about $1.75 million U-S dollars). "The response was better than we expected, and our fans, both on- and off-track, wanted us to return to the wagering menu they are familiar with. "I want to again express my appreciation to all involved," Galterio said. "None of this works without the help of any number of groups, including our staff and horsemen, the News York State Gaming Commission, the French PMU and simulcast partners who have accommodated our schedule change." As was the case in Week One, Yonkers is enticing both its evening regulars and the Sunday early risers with any number of freebies, including... ...a free Sunday live program with the purchase of a Saturday live program (advance wagering for YR's Sunday races is available all day Saturday) ...free Sunday breakfast (egg sandwich and coffee) trackside between 10 AM-12 Noon (mutuel windows open on the track apron at 10 AM, and beginning at 10:30 AM at other areas of the track). ...free Sunday bets--a $2 daily double (races 1 & 2) and $1 exacta box (races 2, 3, 4 & 5)--to the first 200 existing (or newly-enrolled) Empire Club members between 10 AM-11 AM (all tickets are "quick picks"). Also, there's a free promotional gift (while supplies last) and a chance to win dinner for two at any of restaurants on premises. All Empire City Bets members receive a free, dollar-box triple wager (not a "quick pick") for Sunday's third race, while selected ECB members are eligible for a $10 bet/get for wagers made on the first five "French" races. In addition to Empire City Bets, several other ADW's are continuing to offer special incentives for those wagering on these Sunday matinees. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Eight drivers with the most points in the preliminary legs of the North American Amateur Drivers Association’s fall trotting series lined up behind the mobile starting gate at Yonkers Raceway last week on November  6 and they competed for the $14,000 purse that was offered in the series finale.  Although there was plenty of action in the early going Bob Krivelin, and his trotter Current Crisis, followed cover after the half and then swung three- deep on the final turn and cruised onto an easy six-length triumph in a time of 2:00.1. When the gate sprung Bob Hechkoff gunned Get Packin to the lead  and they played hardball with Paul Minore who was up behind  Wygant Prince. After a :28.2 first stanza both trotters raced head-to-head by the half in :58.3 and at that point trailing horses moved to the second tier and Get Packin continued to led as Wygant Prince began to fade  and Wygant Prince’s tiring  forced the second tier trailers to got three wide. That group was led by Hannah  Miller and Rev It Now followed by Current Crisis and Jimmer, with Bob Davis at the lines. When the outer flow came off the final turn Current Crisis began to open up an insurmountable lead which the 8-year old Currant Cast gelding held until the photo finish camera snapped. Second under the wire was Rev It Now and Jimmer took home the show dough. The race was a non-wagering affair and presented prior to the first race on the betting card Krivelin, one of the top amateur drivers in the country, has twice represented the United States in the World Cup of Amateur Racing. His win at Yonkers was his 14th this season and 166th of his amateur driving career. Each year via their trotting series NAADA president, Joe Faraldo makes sure that money is raised for a worthy charity. This season an amount of $7500 was raised and it was matched by Tim Rooney which made a total of $15,000 for the Susan G Komen Race For The Cure of Breast Cancer.  by John Manzi, for NAADA

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 9, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's first of six Sunday matinees debuted with an enthusiastic-and curious-crowd, terrific weather and "beaucoup de chevaux" (French for 'many horses'...author cheated and looked). The half-dozen, late-morning starts (first post here was 11:19 AM ET) began with five trotting events, each one oversized (11, 12, 10, 10 and 10 horses, respectively) , "over-distanced" (1¼ miles) and exported to France. There are the usual dozen races on the card. Included in that opening quintet was the weekly trotting feature, with a vitamin-enriched dowry of $46,000 (all 12 of the Sunday races featured increased purses). Odds-on DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $3), starting from post position No. 3, held off a pocket-sitting, 62-1 NF Happenstance (Jeff Gregory) by a length in 2:25.4 for the mile-and-one-quarter. The first oversized field trot-pared down to 11 after a defection due to sickness-was won by Rossini (Dan Dube, $6). From post position No. 10 in the second tier, Rossini, as the second choice, defeated 3-2 favorite Theraputic (Brennan) by a head in 2:28 for the added distance. "It's new for all of us, horses and drivers," Brennan said after the second race.. "It's an experiment, and hopefully it catches on. We have to try something different, and I have no problem with it. Of course, I had a win and a second in the first two races, so I'm not complaining." (note Brennan finished with two wins and a trio of seconds, while Dube won thrice.) As far as wagering went, the North American numbers were $492,926 for the dozen races, and that was with a limited exotics menu for the early races. The French figures (again, first five races only) were just under $1.4 million Euros (1 Euro is a bit less than 1.25 U.S. dollars, so approximately $1.75 million). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule now offers first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (first post 7:10 PM), and Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning at 11 AM, give or take a few minutes. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 8, 2014-Aslan (George Brennan) went from first-up to first home Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 2, Aslan was away third as 7-5 choice Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) found front, seemed comfy through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2. However, Aslan moved out and did so in a hurry. Lucan Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but was unable to stall his rival. Aslan rolled right on by, widening to a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.3. Lucan Hanover saved second over a closing P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), with Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) and Stolen Car (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For second choice Aslan, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding owned (as O'Sullivan Racing) by trainer Tony O'Sullivan, it was his sixth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19.60, with the triple returning $43.60. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the first of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 7, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by odds-on favorite Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett, $3.70). Assigned outside her six foes, Venus Delight, a stone closer who had run out of racetrack in her last couple, showed some rare early foot. She left into a four-hole as Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) worked around Scandalous Hanover (Brian Sears). Cheapy early fractions (:28, :58.2) did not figure to help "Venus," as she began her second move with Campanile (Tyler Buter) second-up. Robin Cruiser maintained her lead in and out of the 1:26.3 three-quarters, up a half-length turning for home. In what turned out to a match race through the lane, Venus Delight stuck her tongue out on the money, whipping "Robin" by a nose in 1:54.4. Campanile, Scandalous Hanover and Southwind Trini (Jim Marohn Jr.) completed the cashers. For Venus Delight, a 4-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, it was her seventh win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with the triple returning $30.60. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule changes, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the first of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) beginning this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 8, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's harness drivers are big winners off the track, too. This Thursday (Nov. 13), nine of Yonkers' leading drivers-with more than 44,000 career victories and $535 million in career purses between them-are going to be among a contingent of Empire City/Yonkers Raceway employees and Standardbred Owners Association of New York horsemen to assist the hungry, volunteering at the Food Bank for Westchester. "Down to drive" are (alphabetically) Jason Bartlett, Eric Carlson, Dan Dube, Brent Holland, Pat Lachance Mark MacDonald, Brian Sears, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton. The eager beavers are scheduled to be at the Food Bank's operation in Elmsford, about 20 minutes north of Yonkers, from 1-3 PM. It's the third consecutive season ECYR has helped out in this worthy cause. The Food Bank's staff first hosts a tour of the giant warehouse, before putting their visitors to work packaging food to be distributed countywide throughout Westchester. "Helping such a worthwhile cause at the Food Bank has now become an annual tradition," Empire City Vice President and COO Bob Galterio said. "When our employees and horsemen volunteer their time, it makes it very special." "We're again delighted to be able to help the Food Bank for Westchester," SOA of New York president Joe Faraldo said, "We appreciate the assistance of our horsemen, the SOA staff and Yonkers Raceway management and employees. These efforts address the most basic of human needs, to be free of hunger." (About the Food Bank for Westchester...Incorporated in 1988, the Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight regional food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than 7.2 million pounds of food annually to 265 frontline hunger-relief programs, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care and residential programs serving the estimated 200,000 Westchester residents who are hungry or at risk of being hungry. In 2013 the Food Bank served 6,204,101 meals to Westchester County residents. Based in Elmsford, NY, the Food Bank is located in a 37,000 square foot warehouse and is home to Westchester's largest refrigerator and freezer. To learn more, or to donate to the Food Bank's Turkey Drive, please visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org, or text FB4W to 88500. Located at 200 Clearbrook Road, they can be reached at (914) 923-1100) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway 

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