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YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 2, 2015-Second choice Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) held off 7-5 Skippin' By (George Brennan) in two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's soggy, $48,000 harness racing Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Involved early from post position No. 6, Inittowinafortune left around the people's preference, then went the distance (:27.2, :56.4, 1:25.2, 1:55.3). "Init" prevailed by a neck, with Envious Hanover (Jason Bartlett)-last the three-quarters-rallying for third. Carobbean Pacetry (Brent Holland) and Strings (Eric Carlson) rounded out the payees. For Inittotinafortune, a 5-year-old daughter of Cam's Fortune trained by Michael Russo for owner Michael Pagonas, it was her 11th win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23, with the triple returning $316. Frank Drucker

Post positions for Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot, set for the harness racing meeting on Saturday afternoon (Oct.10th ) shall be drawn this Tuesday (Oct. 6th). Here is the pertinent draw-related information... What...$1 Million International Trot Press Conference luncheon & post-position draw Where..Tavern on the Green "South Wing", Central Park West @ West 67th Street, New York City When...Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 12 Noon Who...Scheduled attendees include Timothy J. Rooney, President, Empire City Casino @ Yonkers Raceway, along with the connections of the 10 entrants (listed alphabetically here, with driver and "home" country) BBS Sugarlight - (Johan Untersteiner/Norway) Bee a Magician - (Brian Sears/Canada) Creatine - (Johnny Takter/United States) Mosaique Face - (Adrian Kolgjini/Sweden) Natural Herbie - (Verlin Yoder/United States) Oasis Bi - (Orjan Kihlstrom/Italy) On Track Piraten - (Erik Adielsson/Sweden) Papagayo E - (Ulf Ohlson/Norway) Rod Stewart - (Enrico Bellei/Italy) Timoko - (Bjorn Goop/France). Media members are cordially invited to attend, but are asked to RSVP to any of the names listed here. Frank Drucker, 914-968-4200, April Pesick, 914-968-4200, Taryn Duffy, 914-457-2431, Christina Barry, 914-457-2442 John Cirillo, 914-260-7436, The "International" highlights a special matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM (4th race). It's at the mile-and-a-quarter distance, with the purse matching the richest in the history of Yonkers Raceway. Frank Drucker

Join the conversation with harness racing fans from around the globe by using the hashtag #InternationalTrot for the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway Saturday, October 10. Keep up with daily news, horse and driver information and past races at And follow the @SOAofNY on Twitter for frequent photos and updates. If you are looking for more direct news - straight from the horse's mouth - you are in luck as several contenders in the field are already quite active online. Probably the biggest Internet equine celebrity in the race is the French trotter Timoko. His official web site is (or the English version at and you can follow him on Twitter @timoko3 or on Facebook where there is more than one page dedicated to the popular trotter. The Norwegian trotter Papagayo E has an active Facebook page with many updates and photos at The Swedish trotter Mosaique Face has updates available through the Lutfi Kolgjini Stable web site On raceday, everyone around the world can enjoy free live video of the races from Yonkers online at Post positions for the International Trot will be drawn on Tuesday, October 6. Bettors can take advantage of a 50 cent Pick 5 wager where $25,000 will be added to the pool by the SOA of NY and the gross pool is guaranteed at $75,000. The Pick 5 starts in Race 2 Saturday with an approximate post time of 2:20pm. Free past performances will be available at and courtesy Trackmaster.  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 1, 2015 - They're here. With Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot just nine days away, the seven harness racing European entrants (plus the returning Creatine) have landed, with nary a word about the in-flight movie. Bright and early Thursday morning, the octet touched down at JFK Airport, complete with pomp, circumstance...and Yonkers Raceway's crack photographers there to capture the moment. The arrivals (alphabetically) with "home" countries, were... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Creatine (United States) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). The gang was then whisked away to Newburgh, NY, for two days of quarantine. (Author's aside...Yonkers Raceway greatly appreciates the cooperation of U.S. Customs and Border Protection New York Field Office for their assistance.) Again, please note the International is part of a Saturday, Oct. 10th matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM. The race is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6, with more International Trot-related promotions and giveaways to be announced in the coming days. Frank Drucker

Yonkers, NY --- When Roosevelt Raceway permanently closed its doors in 1988, Yonkers Raceway president and CEO Tim Rooney, a passionate harness racing operator, breeder and owner, was not about to let the famed International Trot die along with it. So, he took over as host track for harness racing’s global classic that year, bringing Roosevelt's Lew "Tootie" Barasch aboard to spearhead the effort. Yonkers staged the International for seven years thereafter.  Now, through the efforts of Mr. Rooney and COO Bob Galterio, the International Trot will return to Yonkers with a $1 million purse after a 20-year hiatus. It has been buoyed by that same Rooney passion, combined with the emergence of Empire City Casino as a pre-eminent facility, and the success of simulcasting all-trotting race cards to more than a dozen countries in Europe through a French wagering hub, which began late last year.  The Rooney family has owned the famed harness oval since 1972 and Yonkers Raceway was resuscitated with the advent of Empire City in 2006. On five of the eight Sunday afternoon cards, at least $1 million has been wagered on the races from Yonkers in Europe through the French hub, including the first four which began last Nov. 9. Mr. Rooney notes, “Harness racing is more popular throughout Europe than the Thoroughbreds, except in two countries -- England and Ireland.” The trotters have the same popularity on Sunday afternoons, as the NFL does in the USA. Here is the breakdown of the wagering in excess of $1 million on the quintet of Sunday programs at Yonkers: 11/16/14-$1.44M euros 11/9/14-$1.39M euros 11/30/14-$1.19M euros 1/11/15-$1.17M euros 3/8/15-$1.01M euros France, Switzerland, Belgium, Spain, Germany, Austria, Luxemburg, Holland, Estonia and Malta have wagered on the simulcasting. Italy, Norway and Sweden will also have wagering on the International program, which will get underway as an afternoon matinee at 2 p.m. on Oct. 10. Post time for the International is at 3:10 p.m. Most of the races, like the International, are raced at 1-1/4 miles, an unusual distance in America, but extremely popular overseas. “It’s our pleasure to bring back the International Trot,” Rooney says. “It’s been a signature New York race since it debuted at Roosevelt Raceway back in 1959. We took over the race after Roosevelt closed, and it was very well received. “With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here. We have had tremendous co-operation from our horsemen, and all of us are looking forward to it.” by John Cirillo, for Yonkers Raceway 

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - Answering the burning International Trot question, "Who's driving whom?," Yonkers Raceway has announced the roster of 10 drivers scheduled to compete in the million-dollar event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th. With gracious assistance from senior graphics designer Justin Grasso of Empire City's marketing department, all the chauffeurs (along with their trotters and the trotters' "home" countries) have been neatly (and alphabetically) compiled into one "cheat sheet," which accompanies this release. The seven European entrants (plus the returning American-bred Creatine) are scheduled to arrive in New York early Thursday morning, with photos and video to be provided shortly thereafter. Again, please note the International is part of a matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM. The race is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6th. Frank Drucker

The Standardbred Owners Association of New York will contribute $25,000 to the 50 cent Pick 5 pool on International Trot Day Saturday October 10 at Yonkers Raceway.   With this added money, the Saturday Pick 5 will be starting with a $25,000 carryover. Based upon that seeding of the pool, Yonkers Raceway and the SOA in conjunction with the USTA's Strategic Wagering Program have guaranteed the 50 cent Pick 5 pool at $75,000.   "We felt it was very important to do something very special on this great day of international racing that rewards our betting fans," said SOA of NY President Joe Faraldo. "There are some great events already planned for the participants in the International Trot, and some very nice promotions for those in attendance at Yonkers Raceway thanks to the generosity of Tim Rooney. The SOA Board of Directors felt that the bettors both on track and throughout the simulcast network should participate in a wager that will provide unprecedented real value to much appreciated fans."   With such a large sum contributed to the pool in advance, it is likely that bettors will be wagering into a pool with a positive expectation - where more money will be paid out than is wagered, a true rarity in gambling.   The Pick 5 is a 50 cent base wager and will cover races two through six on Saturday October 10 at Yonkers Raceway. The International Trot Day card is a special afternoon program at Yonkers Raceway with a 2pm first post. The second race and start of the $75,000 guaranteed Pick 5 with a $25,000 carryover will have an approximate post time of 2:20pm.   The International Trot will be the middle leg of the sequence, race four and have an approximate post time of 3:10pm.   The $1 million International Trot returns to Yonkers Raceway after a 20 year absence and features 2013 Horse of the Year and Yonkers Raceway track record holder Bee A Magician taking on many of Europe's top trotters. Trotters from the United States, Canada, France, Sweden, Norway and Italy will compete in this year's International Trot.   Free past performances for the 50 cent Pick 5 starting in race two will be available courtesy Trackmaster at, and   The Standardbred Owners Association of New York

Perish the thought, which is why Yonkers Raceway is giving away International Trot hats to commemorate the return (after two decades) of the world-class harness racing event. Fans who attend the Saturday, Oct. 10th, million-dollar International receive a complimentary hat (while supplies last). It's a spiffy, blue and yellow number, featuring the International Trot logo. For further information, please visit The alphabetical list of International Trot participants, with their "home" countries, are... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Creatine (United States) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Natural Herbie (United States) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Several other International Trot-related promotions and giveaways shall be announced in the coming days. Again, please note the International is part of a matinee card, with first post at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:10 PM. The race is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 6th. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 26, 2015 -Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted New York Night of Champions (Part II), featuring four, $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Finals for harness racing two-year-olds. The NYSS events were each again sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm. The skinny… Allerage Farm Colt/Gelding Trot - After a perfect (7-for-7) summer, 3-10 favorite Dayson (Jeff Gregory) “chose” the fall to have his first fall. He jumped it off leaving the gate, caught the field, then broke again. That left the aptly-named Allerage Echo (Brian Sears, $11.80) with a lonesome lead, and he did the rest. Starting from post position No. 3, he traversed the terrain (:29, :58.3, 1:28, 1:57.2) in a life-best effort. Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Daley) closed well for second, beaten 2½ lengths, with Reve Royale (Jason Bartlett) third. That one was a stablemate of the winner, but raced uncoupled (bona fide separate ownership).   For third choice Allerage Echo, a Conway Hall gelding trained by George Ducharme for owner Ken Jacobs, it was his fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $160, with the triple returning $833. ”It’s his determination,” Ducharme said. “He just tries every start, and the big track won’t pick him up. He goes as fast on a half as he does on the mile. “We’re looking forward to next season.” Allerage Echo Crawford Farms LLC Filly Trot - Nothing has been able to stick with Non Stick (Dan Dube, $6.60), who made in six wins in as many starts. From post No. 5, he wanted the lead (:28.4), then rated the rest to his satisfaction. (:58.4, 1:28.2, 1:58.2). The final margin, over Dazzling Dollars (Trond Smedshammer), was 2¾ lengths, with Goosebump Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) a pocket third as part of the 13-10 favored entry. Dizzy Broad (Matt Kakaley), “Goosebump’s” partner, was fourth, with Posterity (Charlie Norris) fifth. For third choice Non Stick, a daughter of Lucky Chucky co-owned by (trainer) Ake Svanstedt and Little E LLC, it was her third win with Dube doing the honors. The exacta paid $47.80, the triple returned $144 and the superfecta paid $367. “She does everything right,” Dube said. “She wants to do it and she’s just going to get better.” Non Stick Winbak Farm Filly Pace - They gave Dime a Dance (Kakaley, $6.20, part of three-headed entry) some pace to chase, and she did the rest. From post No. 7, she saw an early scrum between 9-5 fave Time on My Hands (Bartlett), American Ivy (Sears) and track record-holder Soft Idea (Morrill Jr.). That trio forced the issue (:26.3, :55.3), with Dime and Dance slipping in fourth. She engaged Soft Idea toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters, eventually whipping an inside-diving Time on My Hands by a length-and-a-half. Soft Idea faded to third, beaten 2½ lengths.    For second choice Dime a Dance (and partners), a daughter of Roll with Joe trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables, it was her fourth (consecutive) win in nine ’15 tries. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $41. “A sweetheart to drive,” Kakaley said. “I loved the speed duel in front of me, and she took over from there.”   Dime a Dance Genesee Valley Farm Colt/Gelding Pace - As with Non Stick, odds-on Travel Playlist (Marcus Miller, $3.30) entered the evening undefeated. Making short work his rivals from post No. 7, he stepped swiftly early, then won under wraps (:26.2, :55.4, 1:25.2, 1:54.3). “Playlist” put away a second move from Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter) down the backside, widened to three lengths entering the lane before winning by 2½ lengths. Fine Diamond (Kakaley) rallied well for bridesmaid honors as the 67-1 rank outsider, with Autotune Hanover holding third.    For Travel Playlist, a son of Art Major trained by Erv Miller for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ronald Michelon, Taylor Made Stallions and Fred Hertrich III, he’s now 5-for-5 to begin his career. The exacta paid $124.50, with the triple returning $250.  “I didn’t want to leave that hard just to get away third,” Marcus Miller said. “He’s just a smart colt. He allows me to race him when I need to and back it down when I can. I saw the fillies tire after some fast fractions in their race, but he felt very good.” Travel Playlist Saturday night’s pair of $48,000 Open Handicaps were won by… --Pace, Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $3.90) in 1:50.4; --Trot, Melady’s Monet (Bartlett, $2.70) in 1:55.2. Special Saturday props to Limelight Beach (Brennan, $4.70), whose 1:50.1 flogging of the field in the $36,000 seventh-race pace matched the all-age (Crombie A, Forty Five Red) track record. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 25, 2015 - After any number of predictable results in Yonkers Raceway's weekly Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, harness racing longshots ruled the roost Friday night. Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald, $21.80) photoed Justhaven'tmetuyet (Jason Bartlett) in 1:52.4 after 3-10 choice Cinamony (George Brennan) couldn't sustain a second move. Dune in Red, assigned post position No. 4, gained the first lead before Skippin' By (Jordan Stratton) left over her. That one fronted the fray through early fractions of :27.1 and :55.2, while eight-hole ordered Cinamony found a seat fourth. The fave was out and moving between intermission and 1:23.3 three-quarters, but the dozen-to-one leader wasn't overly impressed. Skippin' By stood her ground in and out of the final turn, but the swarm was coming. Dune in Red ducked in, while Justhaven'tmetuyet went wide. When the dust settled, "in" whipped "wide" by a short nose, with Carobbean Pacetry, Cinamony and Strings (Eric Carlson) rounding out the payees. For third choice Dune in Red, a 5-year-old daughter of Duneside Perch owned (as Hero Stables) and trained by Bob Krivelin, it was her fifth win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $109, with the triple returning $504. Saturday evening, it's New York Night of Champions (Part II), with Yonkers hosting a quartet of $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds (races 2 thru 5 included in the dozen-race card). Frank Drucker

With four of their members in Mallorca, Spain competing against Spanish amateurs in an international harness racing Friendship Competition two divisions of the North American Amateur Drivers Association fall trotting series went to post Thursday (Sept.24) at Yonkers Raceway and when the judges hung the official signs Bob Hechkoff and Bob Davis each emerged victorious in their respective divisions. Hechkoff, no stranger to the winners circle this year, got his picture taken again when he guided his own Alternat Thursdays to a hard fought 1:59.1 victory in the first of two non-wagering events while Bob Davis, currently with a hot-hand, scored a come-from- behind triumph with Hallanet in a time of 2:01.4. Hechkoff, who enjoys gunning his stock to the lead, did so again when he hustled Alternat Thursdays to the front from the seven-hole to gain command in a :28.4 first quarter. Once on top Hechkoff braced for a challenge from Paul Minore who moved first-up with Wygant Prince as the field headed to the halfway point. From there the two trotters raced head- to- head past the third stanza and into the final turn. As the field headed for home Alternat Thursdays, still in command, had to reach down for more when Matt Zuccarello and Falcon Bluestone came calling. Still three lengths off the leader, Zuccarello's trotter mounted a fierce charge to the wire only to be rebuffed and fall short by a head to Hechkoff's Alternat Thursdays. Wygant Prince, after being on the limb for more than half the mile, hung on for third money. It was the third seasonal victory for the 10 year old altered son of Andover Hall whose career earnings are approaching $400,000. The winner is owned by R.B. H. Enterprises and for Hechkoff it marked his 16th seasonal driving victory. In the other split Hallanet went an overland trip from the three-eighths to the wire and overtook the pace-setter, Blazin Delores, in the final 100 yards to score a solid one-length victory. After hooking up in a head-to-head dual with Majestic Jo (Dave Yarock), Blazin Delores was strong nearly all the way to the wire but in the final strides she succumbed to the late charge of Hallant. Brad Rathbone finished third with Super Chuck. Hallanet, a 4 year old Cash Hall mare owned by Paul Minore, scored her third seasonal triumph. It was the second consecutive driving victory and third of the season for Bob Davis. Meanwhile in Malllorca, NAADA mates; Joe Faraldo, Hannah Miller, Joe Pennacchio and Alan Schwartz will battle Saturday and Sunday with the same Spanish amateurs who soundly defeated them on American soil earlier this year. John Manzi for Naada

Yonkers Raceway hosts New York Night of Champions (Part II) Saturday night (Sept. 26), featuring four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds.   The NYSS events, each sponsored by a prominent breeding farm, go as races two through five on the dozen-race card, with the usual first post of 7:10 PM.   A quick, hot-off-the-presses look at the quartet…   Second Race (Allerage Farm Colt/Gelding Trot) They haven’t knocked off Dayson (Jeff Gregory, post 4) all summer, as evidenced by his 7-for-7 ($182,612) seasonal resume. Having already earned ten times his purchase  price, the Conway Hall gelding looks to complete his run of the statebred table.   Reve Royale (Brian Sears, post 2) and Allerage Echo (Sears also listed, post 3) have each won four races this season.   Third Race (Crawford Farms Filly Trot) Points leader Posterity (Charlie Norris, post 4) has, obviously, been as consistent as of these lasses (7 starts, 5 wins, 2 seconds, $88,046), while no one has stuck it to Non Stick (Dan Dube, post 5) quite yet (5-for-5, $72,948).   Both are Lucky Chucky lasses.   Dizzy Broad (Jim Morrill Jr., post 8) needed more influence with the draw, but she enters with three consecutive victories.      Fourth Race (Winbak Farm Filly Pace) Divisional diva Soft Idea (Morrill Jr., post 6) strolls into the finale with six wins (2-for-2 here, including a track record [1:53.4]), a second and a third ($144,407). The daughter of American Ideal is surrounded, at least at the outset, by a three-headed, Ron Burke-trained ‘monster’ in Mother of Art (Matt Kakaley, post 5), Dime a Dance (Kakaley also listed, post 7) and Encore Deo (George Brennan, post 8). Of those, the middle sister appears the scariest.   No Clouds Bluechip (Sears, post 3) has also enjoyed a six-figure season.    Fifth Race (Genesee Valley Farm Colt/Gelding Pace) Much intrigue because of the draw, which banished Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace winner Autotune Hanover (Tyler Buter, post 8) and the undefeated (4-for-4) Travel  Playlist (Marcus Miller, post 7) to the two outside venues.    Both are sons of Art Major. “Autotune’s” enrtymate, points champ Joe Larry N Curly (Morrill Jr., post 4)—he a Roll with Joe colt—enters with five wins in eight seasonal starts and leads his weight class in earnings ($171,781).    Note program changes shall be made Wednesday morning. Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, September 22, 2015; The harness racing field has been finalized for Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10 Creatine and Natural Herbie have been chosen as the United States representatives. Creatine, a 5-year-old son of Andover Hall, has raced abroad this far in 2015 for Johnny and Jimmy Takter. This season, his wins include Hugo Abergs Memorial (Sweden) and Prix Saint Michel (Finland), as well as a second in the final of UET Masters (Belgium). His three-season North American resume, when he was trained by co-owner Bob Stewart, included 14 wins, nine seconds and six thirds in 40 starts ($1,329,170). Creatine's career North American highlight was the 2013 Kentucky Futurity at the Red Mile, when he authored a 15-1 upset in a soggy 1:53.2. As for Natural Herbie, he already impressed the local screening committee with last season's win over a world-class field in the $250,000 International Trot Preview. The 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding, the pride and joy of owner/trainer/driver Verlin Yoder, won his elimination of the Maple Leaf Trot before finishing third in the final. His career earnings are approaching $900,000. His winning time of 2:24.4 for the 1¼ mile distance (same of the International) was/is a world record for the distance over a half-mile oval. The two American reps round out the stellar 10-horse field as the International returns after a two-decade hiatus. The previously-confirmed (alphabetical) attendees, with their home & countries, are BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Again, please note the International is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. Frank Drucker

The second coming of Seabiscuit to Empire City is not to least not this time around, anyway. The standout Finnish trotter, who shares a name with the legendary American thoroughbred, had accepted an invitation to compete in Yonkers Raceway's million-dollar International Trot, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th. However, according to race secretary Steve Starr, there were travel and personnel issues which concerned the trotter's connections, eventually nixing his participation. "The owners greatly appreciated our interest in their horse, but unfortunately, some of the concerns couldn't be fixed to their satisfaction," Starr said. Early Monday evening, it was announced that Sweden's Mosaique Face had accepted an invitation to participate in the International. So, as of this writing, the magic number (of definite starters) is eight, with the race office planning to fill out the roster of 10 with two U-S representatives in the next day or two. The eight "in-to-gos"--alphabetically--include... BBS Sugarlight (Norway) Bee a Magician (Canada) Mosaique Face (Sweden) Oasis Bi (Italy) On Track Piraten (Sweden) Papagayo E (Norway) Rod Stewart (Italy) Timoko (France). Again, please note the International (back after two decades) is part of a scheduled matinee card, with proposed first post (pending approval of the NYS Gaming Commission) at 2 PM and the race itself going at approximately 3:20 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway took a Saturday night stakes siesta, ceding the marquee to the overnight harness racing occupants. Luminosity (George Brennan, $3.50) and Crombie A (Brent Holland, $6.80) won their respective $48,000 Open Handicaps for trotters and pacers. Luminosity, as the 3-4 choice, had the identical, unimpeded assigned eight-hole path to the lead that Krispy Apple did in Friday night's distaff derby. Here, Luminosity controlled the crowd through intervals of :28.1, :56.4, 1:25.2 and 1:54. The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was a length-and-three-quarters at the end. Chasing from the pocket was pole-sitting For You Almostfree (Jason Bartlett), with UVA Hanover (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole third. Watkins (Pat Lachance) and Not Afraid (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 11th win in 2 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.40, with the triple returning $152.50. As for Crombie A, who won the 1-thru-7 draw in the weekly pacing feature, he worked out a second-over trip to snap the leading, 9-10 choice Somewhere in LA (Dube) by a half-length in 1:51.1. The latter kept the ball rolling (:26.3, :54.4, 1:23), taking a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Eight-hole-assigned Take it Back Terry (Brennan) flew home to snatch third, with Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) and a pocketed Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Crombie A, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Life Sign co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh and Albert Abdala, he's now 7-for-10- this season. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $134. Crombie A owns a share the (1:50.1) all-age track record, taken in late July. Nest Saturday, it's New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 18, 2015-Odds-on fave Krispy Apple with harness racing driver Jason Bartlett at the wheel couldn't possibly have had it any easier Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. An assigned eight-hole isn't quite as difficult when none of the other seven inside of you leave. So, the millionairess made 'em pay, making a simple lead before coming out of the first turn and strolling through subsections of :27.4, :55.4, 1:23.3 and 1:51. The margin, punctuated by a :27.2 kicker, was 3½ lengths turning for home before ballooning to five lengths at the wire. The mile set a new track record for aged mares. Sudoku (Jordan Stratton), chasing from a looser pocket, saved second, with Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald), Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) and Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Krispy Apple, a 7-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joseph Davino and trainer by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., it was her ninth win in 20 seasonal starts (career earnings at $1,509,576). The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $153. Frank Drucker

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