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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 18, 2014--Nomination forms are now available for Yonkers Raceway's 2015 series, plus the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. In closing date/chronological order, they are Petticoat/Sagamore Hill (Feb. 1), YR/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series (Feb. 15), Blue Chip Matchmaker/George Morton Levy Memorial (March 1), Sheppard Pace (April 1, sustaining payment May 1) and Jackpot Next Door Claiming Series (Apr. 15). Copies of each form accompanies this release. http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015petticoat-sagamorehillnomination.pdf http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015bluechipmatchmakernomination.pdf http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015georgemortonlevynomination.pdf http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015lawrencesheppardnomination.pdf http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015%20YR-SOA%20Bonus%20Trot%20Series%20Nomination.pdf http://empirecitycasino.com/uploadedFiles/2015jackpotnextdoorseriesnomination.pdf The Raceway's 2015 live schedule (along with the return of evening simulcasting) is set to begin Friday, Jan. 9, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Afternoon simulcasting continues through Monday, then resumes Friday, Dec. 26, after the conclusion of NYRA's holiday respite. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 16, 2014--Jason Bartlett and Ron Burke have waltzed away with Yonkers Raceway's driving and training titles, respectively, for the 2014 season. The 232-program season, (shortened with five cancellations and one abbreviated program [weather]), ended this past Sunday (Dec. 14). Bartlett, 33, won his fourth Westchester driving title going away, with 485 wins from a meet-high 2,440 wins (19.9 percent). His $7,594,544 in purses also led the contingent. Brian Sears (402 wins), George Brennan (401), Eric Carlson (213) and Dan Dube (213) completed the leading five. Burke, 45, successfully defended his Yonkers title, sending out 144 winners from 704 starters (20.5 percent), more than any other local trainer. Among his record-breaking total earnings season was a local-leading $4,646,539 in purses. PJ Fraley (118 wins), Gilberto Garcia-Herrera (112), Rene Allard (111) and Tracy Brainard (106) finished off the first quintet. The Raceway's 2015 live schedule (along with the return of evening simulcasting) is set to begin Friday, Jan. 9, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Afternoon simulcasting resumes Friday, Dec. 26, after the conclusion of NYRA's holiday hiatus. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers Raceway's 2014 season concluded with its sixth Sunday matinee. After a one-week hiatus, the French theme returned, with the first five races-all trots and all exported-featuring oversized fields and the mile-and-one-quarter distance. The European handle for the quintet was just over $1.2 million, making the five-week (25-race) total approximately 6 million Euros (more than 7.5 million U.S. dollars). The featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot saw favored DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $3.90) easily handle his rivals, overcoming an eight-hole assignment in 2:26.3. The margin was 3¾ lengths over Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), with Sevruga (Andy Miller) third. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his 13th win in 32 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $50, with the triple returning $142. The Raceway's 2015 live schedule (along with the return of evening simulcasting) is set to begin Friday, Jan. 9, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Afternoon simulcasting continues through Monday, then resumes Friday, Dec. 26, after the conclusion of NYRA's holiday respite. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday -  Favored Beach Memories (George Brennan, $4.30) did his damage from first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly early from post position No. 3, Beach Memories saw Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) make the lead (:27.1, :57.2) around BJ's Guy (Brent Holland), with early pocketeer Ronny Bugatti (Tyler Buter) shuffled to third. Beach Memories, who flashed wild speed in the slop a week ago, advanced from fifth here. He went up and over Sapphire City before the 1:24.1 three-quarters, opening 2¼ lengths in the lane. The final margin was a length-and-a-half in 1:52.1. It was Sapphire City holding second, with BJ's Guy, Ronny Bugatti and McErlean (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change. For Beach Memories, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Strollin and AWS Stables, Country Club Acres and King MacNamara, it was his fourth win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.40, with the triple returning $149.50. The Raceway's live season concludes with Sunday's matinee (post time just after 11 AM). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

We did not fare that well last weekend with my selections but we shall move forward. First time since back in April that there are no stakes races in our handicapping column. Will just make my job a little harder but hopefully financially rewarding. Good Luck! $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 2nd race SATURDAY - Thought I had it nailed down last week but Daylon Magician folded late in the stretch. So this week I am going to go with CHARMED LIFE. He made a terrific three-wide move and closed well in the stretch to beat this group and I think he can do it again. Use Daylon Magician and Charlie Is A Joker in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Despite burning up a lot of win tickets in his last two starts, I still like BEACH MEMORIES in here. I think with a good inside post and showing good gate speed he can work out a perfect cover trip and with that will win against this field. Use BJ's Guy and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $26,000 Pace WO $25,000 last 6 Yonkers Raceway 8th race SATURDAY - While he may have finished off the board in his last two outings, MICKEY HANOVER drops and should be able to pop from the rail. Something wasn't right last week and hopefully they got him good to go in here at a price. Use Orillia Joe and Santanna One in exotic plays. $12,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 7th race SATURDAY - Lately it has been PRAIRIE JAGUAR cutting the mile for someone else to win off of. But each week he is game to the wire, losing both in photo finishes. I think that Wrenn can rate him better in here and hold on all the way. Use Cadillac Phil and Duc Dorleans in exotic plays. $27,000 Pace NW $28,000 last 5 Woodbine Racetrack 10th race SATURDAY - Four return winners and three others hit the board last week. Makes for a very competitive race so as long as you can pick the winner you will get a nice return. I am going with CAMAES FELLOW. Won last week with ease and is actually dropping down in class for this race. Loves the front end and has won three of last five starts that way. Use Nickle Bag and Calgary Seelster in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap The Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY - Having won and lost here the last two starts by a head and nose, I have to come back with SPEED AGAIN. Shows he can do first-over or on the front end and can work his way up front so outside post should not hinder his efforts. He missed by a head last week from farer out than he is in here. Use Wake Up Peter and Shooter's Dream in exotic plays. $46,000 Trot Open Handicap 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 1st race SUNDAY - Great way to start off the morning with 12-horse extra distance trot. The action is always interesting with a different winner every week. This week I am going with DW's NY YANK. He is the class of the field having won the one mile Open last week and has won in extra distance mile earlier. Tough enough to grind it out if necessary. Use Sevruga and Crazy About Pat in exotic plays. $28,000 Trot NW $25,000 last 6 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 3rd race SUNDAY - Pick the winner in here and you will make money for sure. Tough field going extra distance is tough to handicap. I ended up going with HOORAYFORVACATION. Having the rail is good and with his front end speed he can take a shot at wiring the field or getting great cover. He was no factor from post 11 last week and prior he had won two of his three starts. Use Stir Me Up and Bentley Karan in exotic plays.  

At any harness oval, the integrity of the paddock is critical to the maintenance of the overall integrity of the racing product. While the judges possess authority over the paddock, the hands-on responsibility for control of human and equine access to, and activities within the facility is vested in the track's security force. On Sunday, December 7, The Standardbred Owners Association of New York (SOA) recognized the diligent service to our industry of Lieutenant James Pace of the Yonkers Raceway Police Force on the eve of his retirement. Mr. Pace, a native of Eckman, West Virginia, made New York his home decades ago. After a stint working in the transportation department for a major Manhattan retailer, he joined the Yonkers Raceway team. For the last 15 of his 18 year tenure, James was the horsemen's most visible Raceway employee. He was responsible for all ingress to the paddock, manning the security booth positioned at its entrance, as well as for the supervision of all paddock security officers. The task required more than simply the skills of a conscientious gatekeeper. Lieutenant Pace was always diligent in ensuring the safety of all horsemen in the paddock, as well as the security of their horses, on a nightly basis. While bearing the name Pace made James a natural for his position, it was his friendly and professional demeanor towards everyone he encountered that endeared him to the harness community. The members of the SOA were lucky to have benefited from his friendship for so long, and wish him all the best in retirement. From the SOA of New York  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 7, 2014-The penultimate performance of Yonkers Raceway's "Matinee Mambo" went postward Sunday. As previously scheduled, this was the only one of the six day cards not simulcast overseas to a French-hubbed audience. Thus, the 12-race card went with traditional distances (mile) and starters (eight, before scratches). The featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot turned out to be a formful, three-speed number, with favorites DW's NY Yank (Matt Kakaley, $3.90), Somebody AS (Andy Miller) and Dancehall Mistress (Brian Sears) justifying their support. It was DW's NY Yank, from post position No. 6, working around Somebody AS, then leading through intervals of :27.3, :57.4, 1:26.1 and 1:55.1. The final margin was a neck over second-choice Somebody AS, with third choice "Mistress" a best-of-the-rest third. For "DW," a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his 12th win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $37.60. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through next Sunday. Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the last of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) set for just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 6, 2014- Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) snapped Ronny Bugatti (Tyler Buter) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Open Handicap Pace. Those two had some "sloppy" numbers to chase, as 11-10 choice Beach Memories (George Brennan) rolled through intervals of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. He opened to two lengths turning for home, but was about to hit the skids. Ronny Bugatti, who had come first-up, slipped in for a breather after pocket-sitting Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) quit. Right behind "Ronny" was Sapphire City who, from post position No. 3, had advanced down the backside. Those two had the length of the lane to decide it, with Sapphire City winning by a desperate head in 1:52. It was a from-last P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett)--again on display late--grabbing third, with Beach Memories and E Street Plan (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For slight second choice Sapphire City, a 6-year-old Metropolitan gelding trained by Paul Blumenfeld for co-owners Centaur Stable and Jordan Sklut, he returned $11.40 for his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 37 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57.50, with the triple returning $323.50. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 5, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's soggy Friday night $35,000 featured Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by a down-the-road Sayitall BB (George Brennan, $3.80). The Breeders Crown champ-and lone 3-year-old here-was odds-on and assigned outside her five elders. She quickly negated that nuisance, sloshing around Grounded (Jason Bartlett) and taking it to the house (:27.3, :57.2, 1:25.3, 1:54.3). Coffee Addict (Dan Dube) moved from third down the backside, but was originally dismissed entering the far turn. That one did hang around a bit while Sayitall BB owned a two-length lead into the lane. Four of her rivals fanned out in attempt to catch her, but none could. The final margin was three-quarters of a length over rank outsider Dune in Red (Tyler Buter), with Palm Patrol (Larry Stalbaum), Coffee Addict and a belated Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton) completing the cashers. Grounded faded to last...no money, only moist memories. For " BB," a daughter of Tell All co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her 10th win in 16 seasonal starts ($519,910) . The exacta paid $28.20, with the triple returning $183.50. 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 fifth 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 Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 4, 2014  - Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett, putting the finishing touches on another Yonkers Raceway driving title, tentacled his way to eight wins Thursday night. Bartlett, who drove in all 12 races, saw the first six of victories come with wagering favorites. Chronologically, they were... $9,000, 1st race pace--Bestnotlie Hanover ($2.90 in 1:54.3); $9,000, 2nd race pace--Firetowers Stand ($5.70, $16.20 early double); $9,000, 4th race pace--Military Stratcom ($3.80, 1:54.4); $13,000, 8th race pace--Flying Instructor N ($4.50, 1:54.1); $10,000, 9th race pace--Sea Cruise Hanover ($5.50, 1:55.2); $10,000, 10th race pace--Stage It Right ($2.80, 1:56, $18 Pick 3). It was second choice RD IOU ($6.80) in the $13,000, 11th race pace, sweeping from the rear to win going away in 1:55.1. Finally, 8-5 people's preference Canaco Star ($5.30) was up in the money in the $16,000, 12th race pace (1:54.1). "Just one of those nights when everything went right," Bartlett said. "The horses were in good spots and right classes. Sometimes, it works out that way." It was Bartlett's second eight-win night locally, the first Opening Night of the 2012 season. The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 4, 2014- Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of New York have announced an expanded simulcasting calendar with Le Trot and the French PMU for the 2015 racing season. Pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, a total of 31 racing cards-featuring 173 trotting races--are scheduled to be simulcast from Yonkers into Europe. Last month, Yonkers Raceway began the experiment, sending four race dates (thus far) and a total of 20 races, all with oversized fields and at the added (mile-and-one-quarter) distance. The European response, has been strong. averaging more than $300,000 (U-S) per race. The French-hubbed audience also includes Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta. In addition to the successful late-season Sunday afternoon cards, the 2015 French simulcasting calendar also includes regular Tuesday afternoon simulcasts in the 3-5 PM (ET) range. (Note that this Sunday, there is a matinee card [first post 11 AM], but, as previous scheduled, it is not simulcast overseas. European export returns Sunday, Dec. 14, for Yonkers' final live program of the season.) "We are particularly pleased with the initial results of the races from Yonkers," Benoit Fabrega, Technical Director at Le Trot in France, said. "To be honest, they exceeded the goals we set. There was a real effort by the organizers in America to inform the French public and it works. We are therefore delighted to intensify Yonkers' product in 2015." "We are very happy with the results that have been achieved so far," Raceway president Tim Rooney said. "It has very much been a team effort and we'd like to thank the horsemen for being available and enthusiastic about participating, our fans for coming out and supporting our races at such an early hour and, of course, our French partners for allowing us the opportunity to showcase our racing product. We look forward to the expanded program." "We have carefully and systematically worked for a long time to make sure this pilot program had the benefit of expertise from both sides of the Atlantic," Joe Faraldo, president of the SOA of New York, said. "The relationship that the success of this effort has produced will be further enhanced and nurtured cooperatively by Yonkers, the SOA of New York and our French partners. The model built here at Yonkers can well serve the industry in the cultivation of a global market." Again, pending NYSGC approval, Yonkers' 2015 live season is scheduled to begin Friday night, Jan. 9 (further information when available). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, December 1, 2014--Question...Who had a mud facial and won five races Monday night? If you answered harness racing "Jordan Stratton," then advance to the next round, where the questions are more difficult and probably somewhat embarrassing. Stratton began the month with a quintet of Yonkers Raceway winners, relishing the raindrops and sashaying through the slop. He swept the $53 early daily double, with the pacer Move Blue Chip ($14.60) in the $9,000 opener (1:58.3) and a catch-drive behind Ibanez ($6.50) in the $9,000, second-race trot (2:01). It was longshot Western Credit ($24.60) from off the pace in the $10,000, fourth-race trot (2:00.3) for Stratton's third win of the evening, and a first-up Beachy Dream ($9) in the $13,000, ninth-race pace (1:57.2) for his fourth. Stratton, who had assignments in 11 of the 12 races, completed his very own Pick 5 with a Massive Talent ($5) catch-drive in the $13,000, 11th-race trot (flat two minutes). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 30, 2014-The fourth foray into Yonkers Raceway's "L'Arc Before It Gets Dark" went postward during an overcast but pleasant (low-50's) final day of the month. 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 $46,000 Open Handicap opener (post time 11:27 AM), with former New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy About Pat (Jason Bartlett, $6.70) winning as the favorite in 2:26 for the added distance. The Sunday overseas numbers continue strong, with just under 1.2 million Euros (a bit more than 1.47 million US dollars) wagered during the five exported events. The first four matinees have seen more than 5.2 million Euros (or more than 6.4 million US dollars) wagered for 20 races by the French-hubbed audience (including Switzerland, Belgium, Spanish Basque community, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta). The Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule continues through Dec. 14, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, and the fifth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) next weekend just after 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 29, 2014- First-up McErlean (Eric Carlson, $19) held off favored Beach Memories (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Harness Racing Open Handicap Pace. Sitting in early from post position No. 4, McErlean watched as Mickey Hanover (Dan Dube) had to work to get around pole-assignee Orillia Joe (Brent Holland). "Mickey" did, getting early fractions of :27.3 and :56.4. Shortly thereafter, MrErlean moved from fifth, with locally-debuting Beach Memories--as the 9-10 choice--in behind. Mickey Hanover led past the 1:25.1 three-quarters, but was about to drop anchor. It was McErlean taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then holding off Beach Memories by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Orillia Joe, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) rounded out the payees. For fourth choice McErlean, a 5-year-son of McArdle owned by Muscara Racing Trust and trained by Darren Cassar, it was his eighth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $69.50, with the triple returning $505. 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 fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 28, 2014 - Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $21,000 harness racing featured fairer-sex pace was won by a cone-skimming Palm Patrol (Mark MacDonald, $34). Sitting third along the pylons from post position No. 2, Palm Patrol saw Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) seemingly in control through (:28, :58.1, 1:28.2). Getting no grief from a first-up Rock N Load (Jordan Stratton), "Jillian" owned a length-and-and-half lead into the lane, but was about to hit the wall. Cooking the Books (Eric Carlson) edged from the pocket, leaving the passing lane for Palm Patrol...and she did indeed pass. The latter whipped the former by a head in 1:54.3, with a closing Our Els Dream N (Jason Bartlett), Sir Jillian Z Tam and 3-2 favorite Road Bet (George Brennan) settling for the small change. For sixth choice Palm Patrol, a 5-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Robert Burgess and trained by Carmen Auciello, it was her sixth win (third consecutive) in 35 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $120, the triple returned $1,580 and the superfecta paid $10,524. Friday's Pick 5, which began with a carryover of $3,699.73, saw a new $10,781.52 invested. The winning combination of 4-4-7-5-2 returned $734.50 for every half-a-buck, not entirely bad for a sequence that included three winning favorites a one second choice. 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 fourth of six Sunday matinees (replacing Tuesday evenings) this weekend at 11 AM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

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

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