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Bob MacDougall, Chairman of the co-sponsored SOA of New York/Yonkers Raceway Scholarship Committee, has announced that Adam T. Michael is the winner of the 2015-2016 Scholarship Award in the amount of $5,000.00, Jessica De Witt is the winner of the second place $3,000.00 award and Charlene Cushing is the winner of the third place $2,000 award.   Adam T. Michael is currently enrolled at Montclair State University, Montclair, New Jersey where he is working on achieving his Master's degree to further his music education, enabling him to continue teaching music to high-needs students in the inner-city of Passaic New Jersey. Michael has worked tirelessly to do this special work, while also balancing his time in the world of harness racing, as a proud Standardbred owner.   Jessica De Witt is currently enrolled at the University of Connecticut, where she is studying to be a Children's Physician's Assistant. She has been an exceptional student in high school and college as a member of the Honor Society and Deans List. Her passion is horses. Jessica is truly happy about the opportunities she had by being born into the racing business and spending so much of her life in the barn or the tracks. She plans to use the work hard ethic she has learned being around the race industry and to apply that in her future endeavors. Jessica is the daughter of Jackie Rousse, Hudson Falls, New York.   Charlene Cushing has been involved in the harness racing industry for over 25 years, which began as a teenager growing up in Monticello, New York. She was a Marshall for 15 years, and then attained her trainer/driver license in 1990. In 2007 her driving success earned her the MHHA Rising Star award. A few years ago, her husband became disabled and as a result of caring for him, she realized that she had a desire to help others in a different profession, so she enrolled in college classes to become a nurse. Charlene is currently enrolled at Central Maine College of Health Professionals, and looks forward to becoming an RN in May of 2016. Her husband is Michael Cushing of Farmington, Maine.   "The scholarship records of these three winners, along with their participation in extracurricular activities were excellent," noted MacDougall. "They should serve as examples for all high school and college students to follow. The Committee wishes all of the applicants the very best as they continue on with their education".   The annual SOA/Yonkers Raceway scholarships are awarded to SOA members, or members of their immediate families, or to covered individuals (backstretch personnel) or a member of their immediate families, for study beyond the high school level. The recipient is chosen on the basis of merit and financial need.   The winners and their families will be acknowledged one night at Yonkers Raceway this summer.   Alex Dadoyan

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 27, 2015--If your favorite harness racing driver is Dan Dube and your favorite number is four, congratulations and go collect. Dube went "four-th" Saturday night, winning both halves of Yonkers Raceway's soggy $42,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Great Vintage ($6.20) had nary an anxious moment in the weekly pacing feature, working around a returning P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) and strolling through fractions of :27.4, :57.1, 1:25.2 and 1:53.2. Great Vintage whipped 19-10 choice P H Supercam--out four weeks prior to this start--by a couple of lengths. Texican N (Eric Carlson) was a three-hole third, with Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and a tough-trip All Bets Off (George Brennan) settling for the remainder. For second choice Great Vintage, a 7-year-old son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners his wife, Christina, John Fielding and a pair of Gorans (Anderberg and Falk) it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19, with the triple returning $62.50. The week's marquee trot saw 11-10 choice Daylon Miracle--in one notch after an inside scratch--duplicate the down-the-road (:28.3, :58.2, 1:27, 1:56.4) MO of Great Vintage. Daylon Miracle held off a second move of outside assignee Luminosity (Brennan) by a length-and-a-half, with Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter), Rock of Cashel (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Carlson) rounding out the payees. For Daylon Miracle, a 6-year-old daughter of Pegasus Spur owned (as Allard Racing) and trained by Rene Allard, it was her eighth win in 14 '15 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.20, the triple returned $47.80 and the superfecta paid $165.50. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 26, 2015-Cinamony (George Brennan, $11.40) eschewed an early seat and went the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. A week after hitting town and matching the track record for her weight class, Cinamony-ordered outside all but one of her eight rivals-was an early third before working around Hot List (Brian Sears) Cinamony, who scorched the Westchester earth to the tune of 1:51.3 last Friday, didn't have to go nearly as fast here (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:53). She held off a two-move effort from eight-hole assigned Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), whipping the slight 2-1 choice by a length-and-a-quarter. Hot List saved the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a first-up For the Ladies N (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, with the triple returning $190.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Harness racing exports to North America from New Zealand had really dried up over the last few years and what was once a lucrative market for Kiwi owners had become a mere trickle of exports. A big part of that decline was due to the value of the New Zealand dollar which has sat around the high eighty cent mark for quite a few years. The recent large drop in the value of the New Zealand dollar against its American counterpart has seen a rekindling of interest from North American owners and trainers and quite a few have winged their way north recently. Three horses that went up to North America recently in Freespin, Backup and Eyre Hostess have all settled in brilliantly and are already plying their trade in their adopted homeland. The horses land in New York these days and the days of horses getting sick on arrival in Los Angeles seem like a thing of the past with the change of entry location. The Real Desire gelding Freespin ran third first up at Yonkers from the outside of the gate but then followed that up with a super front running effort to score in a sharp 1:53.4 on the half mile oval. The Lis Mara mare Eyre Hostess also ran third first up at Harrahs Philadelphia and then not to be outdone by Freespin put up a great run at her second start at the same track to score in 1:51.4 The Art Major gelding Backup was thrown in the deepend in the $25,000 open at Yonkers but performed with distinction, finishing second in 1:52.2 to the very well performed Lucan Hanover 1:48 ($698,533) Those kind of results in conjunction with the drop in the dollar have helped to drive a resurgence in the market and another planeload left for North America yesterday. On board were horses such as Mr Franklin, Kippenberger and Playaway amongst others and the next planeload is three quarters full already. While no one can predict where the dollar will end up as it continues to fall, Kiwi owners and trainers are taking advantage of having another outlet for horses that are on their mark here. Harnesslink Media

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 20, 2015 - Eight-holers The Real One (drawn) and Luminosity (assigned) both overcame their imposts Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing co-features. The Real One (Pat Lachance, $37.80) prevailed in the $75,000 Open Handicap Pace, which doubled as the Marvin Kaufman Memorial. It was The Real One catching a live ride behind Flem N Em N (Jason Bartlett, five winners during the 12-race card), then storming by. The Real One defeated a tough-trip-but-resurgent Domethatagain (Dan Dube) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52.3, with Flem N Em N, Rock on Moe (Jordan Stratton) and Sky is the Limit (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. The 13-10 choice, MrErlean (Tyler Buter), broke early--bothering Domethatagain--and finished sixth. For seventh choice The Real One, a 5-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his fourth win (second consecutive) in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $238, with the triple returning $889. The race was named for Marvin Kaufman, a longtime standardbred owner and SOA of New York director who passed away in January. He family and friends were on hand to make the winner's circle presentation. Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.90), as the 7-5 fave, made it four win in his last five tries, handily taking the $42,000 marquee trot in 1:55.3. Rock of Cashel (Goodell) was second-up and second home, beaten a length-and-a-half, with Somebody AS (Dube), E R Ellie (Stratton) and Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald) completing the cashers. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his eighth win in 18 '15 tries. The exacta paid $49.20, with the triple returning $212. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 19, 2015 - Pocket-sitting Tipitina (Jason Bartlett, $10.40) beat pace-setting Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) in a two-speed number Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Jonsie Jones made the lead, working around Tipitina before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The latter, assigned post position No. 2, has moved past pole-sitting Magic Starlight (George Brennan) at the outset. "Jonsie" found a :55.4 intermission before getting token, first-up advances from Watch Dali (Jordan Stratton). That meek move didn't do much for a second-over 8-5 choice For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) going toward a 1:23.2 three-quarters. Jonsie Jones owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but Tipitina edged out and by. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. For the Ladies N rallied into third, while Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Magic Starlight settled for the remainder. For third choice Tipitina, a 5-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Rags to Riches of PA and trained by Mike Forte, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $177.50. Special Friday props to the invading lass Cinamony (Brennan, $6.50), whose snappy 1:51.3 effort in the $25,000, fifth-race pace matched (Rocklamation, Venus Delight) the track record for 4-year-old mares. Note that since no one took down Friday’s Pick 5, Saturday’s gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,598.52 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 16, 2015 - It's taken two decades, but the International Trot, one of harness racing's elite events, is returning. Yonkers Raceway, which last hosted the spectacle in 1995 (won by Sweden's His Majesty), is bringing it back, complete with a million-dollar purse. It's scheduled for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10, and the seven-figure purse would be Yonkers' second-ever million-dollar race (2007 Art Rooney Pace, won by Southwind Lynx). The return of the International Trot has been discussed for years, gaining momentum with the success of last season's International Trot Preview. That race, contested at a mile-and-a-quarter, was won by Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) in a world-record 2:24.4. Here's what has been finalized so far...  - purse ($1 million)  - distance (1¼ miles)  - horses invited (10) --purse distribution (same as all events), winner-50 percent, 2nd-25 percent, 3rd-12 percent, 4th-8 percent, 5th-5 percent (non-cashing overseas entrants receive $37,500 via a purse supplement, while non-cashing North American entrants receive $10,000). "It's our pleasure to bring back the International Trot," Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney said. "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 cooperation from our horsemen, and all of us are looking forward to it." Again, many of the details of the International Trot (invitees, post time, etc.) have yet to be finalized, so updates shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 15, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway hosted the ladies Monday night, specifically the $166,375 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Three divisions, at $55,125, $56,125 and $55,125, comprised the event. Band of Angels (Yannick Gingras, $2.80) won both the draw and the endorsement of the electorate, holding sway (:28.3, :57.3, 1:25.4, 1:54.3) in the opening event. She defeated pocket-sitting Bettorhaveanother (Jim Morrill Jr.) by a half-length, with Divine Caroline (Dave Miller) third. For Band of Angels, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, it was her second (NYSS) win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $6.90, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $15.40. The seven-horse field nearly finished in odds-ascending order, had 27-1 My Little Delight (sixth) been able to get past 37-1 Bosser's Joy for fifth. It was essentially the same MO in the second division, as pole-sitting, odds-on fave Not Before Eight (Scott Zeron, $3.50) was a handy victress. Away third early, she worked around last season's frosh champ, Mosquito Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. She then led the lasses for the remainder (:57.2, 1:27, 1:55.1), swatting "Mosquito" by a length-and-a-half. First leader Luck Be a Lindy (Mark MacDonald) was third. For Not Before Eight, a Bettor's Delight miss (unraced at 2) trained by Steve Elliott for owner Ernest Hartman, she's 6-for-9 this season and a perfect 6-for-6 here (first five wins in overnight). The exacta (two choices in order) paid $5.90, with the triple returning $17.40. Zeron and Elliott doubled their sire stakes pleasure in the final NYSS event when Rock Me Gently ($35.20)-from post position No. 6-rallied from third over. They did so after a front-end battle between 7-10 fave Bettor N Better (Gingras), She's Heavenly (George Brennan) and a first-up Hipnumberone (Greg Merton). Those three prompted the pace (:27.1, :55.4, 1:24.4), setting it up for someone to pick 'em off. It was Rock Me Gently and 46-1 rank outsider Nippy W Hanover (John Campbell) closing from the back in a pedestrian (:30.1) final quarter, with the former whipping the latter by a length. Third went to Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears). For sixth choice Rock Me Gently, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned by Old Block Stables, Fra Stable and Kenneth Klein, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $786, with the triple returning $2,551. The Raceway's five-program-per-week schedule is now back in vogue, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 (a "French-centric" Tuesday this week). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 13, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway-and a healthy harness racing Pick 5-both returned Saturday night. Buoyed by a $25,569.51 carryover and a $60,000 guaranteed pool, $58,454.62 was invested with confidence, leaving a total pool (after takeout) of $69,410.53. The winning combination of 1 (Backstreet Hanover), 1 (Orillia Joe), 4 (Fort Knox), 5 (Rock on Moe) and 6 (Lorenzo Dream) returned $623.75 for every 50-cent winning ticket. Note that to spice things up, the first two races in the sequence were both contested with 10 horses at an added (1¼ miles and 1 1/16 miles, respectively) distance. Saturday's $42,000 tri-features were won by... --(Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace)--Alhambra (catch-driver Jason Bartlett, $10.40) in 1:53.3; --(Open Pace)--The Real One (Pat Lachance, $4.90) in 1:51.2; --Open Handicap Trot-Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter, $6) in 2:26 (again, 1¼ miles). Special Saturday props to the Hilltop Helper, a free handicapping sheet compiled and distributed by the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. The certified expert sniffed out the winning Pick 5 numbers with a mere $36 investment. New York Sire Stakes visit downstate Monday night, with Yonkers hosting the $166,375 Art Watson Pace (three divisions) for 3-year-old fillies. The Raceway's five-program-per-week schedule is now back in vogue, with first post every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 (a "French-centric" Tuesday this week). Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 11, 2015 -- Your homework assignment is here. As previously mentioned, Yonkers Raceway returns from hiatus Saturday night (June 13), doing so with a $60,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool (including a $25,569.51 carryover). Well, the Saturday program has been finalized, and the intriguing sequence--which begins with a 1¼-mile trot and a 1 1/16 mile pace, both with 10 scheduled starters--is now up for early handicapping and included with this release. If Saturday's gimmick goes unclaimed, Monday's (June 15) Pick 5 guaranteed pool would be $100,000. If the current carryover remains in effect until Tuesday (June 16), the guarantee would swell to $125,000. (Note that if the Pick 5 is hit Saturday, Monday's guaranteed pool reverts to the usual $10,000). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprised of races 7 through 11 every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case the last two programs), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. After Saturday's card, the Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule returns Monday night, June 15. First post every Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday is at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 9, 2015 - The Belmont Stakes was all well and good, but now the real fun is about to get underway. Yonkers Raceway returns from a harness racing hiatus Saturday night (June 13), with first post at 7:10 PM, and with a first......a $60,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pool. When last we left live racing June 2, the Pick 5 went unclaimed, with a tidy carryover of $25,569.51 all dressed up with no place to go. That carrot figures to attract whole lot of lettuce, so Saturday's "welcome back" wager shall offer a $60,000 guaranteed pool. To add some intrigue, the first two races in the sequence are both added-distance events-a 1¼-mile trot and a 1 1/16 mile-pace, each with 10 starters. If Saturday's dowry goes unclaimed, Monday's (June 15) Pick 5 guaranteed pool would be $100,000. If the current carryover remains in effect until Tuesday (June 16), the guarantee would swell to $125,000. (Note that if the Pick 5 is hit Saturday, Monday's guaranteed pool reverts to the usual $10,000). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprised of races 7 through 11 every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case the last two programs), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Program pages for Saturday's Pick 5 shall be available no later than Thursday afternoon. After Saturday's card, the Raceway's five-program-per-week live schedule returns Monday night, June 15. First post every Monday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday is at 7:10 PM, with Tuesday matinees at 1 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 6, 2015--While American Pharoah hasn't visited Yonkers Raceway--yet--Yonkers Raceway visited American Pharoah. Well, not technically. However, Yonkers' crack track photographer, Mike Lizzi, was at Belmont Park Saturday (clearly, NYRA has to tighten up its lax credential requirements) as "Pharoah" ended the 37-year-old drought and became thoroughbred racing's 12th Triple Crown winner. "Incredible race," Lizzi said. "I'm glad to have witnessed it." What accompanies are a handful of Lizzi's pictures, with more to come in the coming days. A reminder that the Raceway remains on hiatus for live racing and evening simulcasting until next Saturday, June 13. Afternoon simulcasting continues daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 4, 2015--There are any number of places to watch American Pharoah's quest to complete the elusive Triple Crown, but only one that offers $20 in incentives to do so. Saturday afternoon (June 6), Empire City/Yonkers Raceway is presenting a Belmont Stakes Viewing Party in the Empire Terrace restaurant. The restaurant is located on the casino's second floor, overlooking the racing surface. The party runs from 4-8 PM, with free admission and no RSVP required. Racing fans can enjoy live music with food and drink specials, plus wager on Belmont Park (first post is 11:35 AM) as well other leading simulcast tracks while watching the races on 80" televisions. As an added bonus, guests who bring the newspaper advertisement (running in local papers Friday and Saturday, June 5 and 6) to a promotions booth between 10 AM-6 PM receive a $10 race bet and $10 in casino free play. Post time for the 147th running of the Belmont is 6:50 PM, as American Pharoah tries to end a 37-year Triple Crown drought. Frank Drucker

It didn't take long for the visiting Spaniards to break out to a substantial lead in the Spanish & American Friendship Harness Racing Competition. At Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday afternoon (June 2) in the first of the three-leg amateur driving contest, the Spanish invaders finished one -two -three and opened up a big point lead, 29-13. The star of the day was Jaume Riera after he guided Amalfi Coast to a solid one length victory over Movement, driven by fellow countryman Bernado Cirer. And to push the NAADA team farther in the dust, yet another Spaniard, Miquel Capo, garnered the show dough with Sweet Ben. The best placing by an American team member was a fourth place finish by Dave Offenberg. He cut the early fractions with Whatnblazes but the trotter got leg weary in the lane and finished five lengths behind the winner. After his victory a jubilant Jaume Riera was hard to contain. "Yonkers is a place I have been before and a track I occasionally wager on through the simulcasting to France and now I come here and I am so happy I have won my first race in America," he said joyfully. "Jason Bartlett, the leading driver at Yonkers, presented me with the trophy and it was all a big thrill for me. Also it was my third win in my last four starts but by far the biggest. By the way, two of my countrymen finished right behind me so it was a great day for team Espangna." Riera has been following the Yonkers races from his homeland via the international simulcasts to France which are also offered to many other European countries including Mallorca and the Basque Region of Spain. "It was great to meet some of the other drivers, George Brennan, Brian Sears, Mark MacDonald, Daniel Dube and Pat Lachance, just some of the great horsemen I watch from home," Riera added. "Everyone took the time to make us feel very welcome and helped us to know everything about the horses we were going to drive." The race winner, Amalfi Coast, is owned by JMF Racing and trained by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. He paid $10.40 for win. On Wednesday the competition moves on to Monticello Raceway where the participants will drive in races three and five on the 11-race card. There the same visiting Spaniards will drive against a different team of NAADA amateurs. NAADA president Joe Faraldo drove for USA team at Yonkers on Tuesday and after the drubbing they took he was asked if the Americans still have a chance in the Friendship Competition. He didn't hesitate a moment and blurted, "Of course we do, they don't pay off at the half." By John Manzi for NAADA

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 2, 2015--Buoyed by a carryover of $9,051.50, Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday afternoon Pick 5 found a harness racing audience. Some $22,023 of fresh money was thrown into the till, creating a total pool (after takeout) in excess of $25,000. What made the wager even harder to handicap was the entire quintet of races were "French" trots, as in added distance (1¼ miles) and overflow fields (twelve, eleven [after a scratch] and three tens, respectively). The Pick 5 began with the $54,800 Open Handicap Trot, won by Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald, $12.20). The former New York Sire stakes champ survived a sustained wide bid to edge Il Mago (Scott Zeron) by a neck in 2:28.1 for the extra acreage. It was 6-5 favorite Luminosity (George Brennan) leading to the lane before fading to third. When the soggy dirt settled, the combination of 1-2-8-10-2 resulted in the Pick 5 pot going unclaimed for the second consecutive card. That means the sumptuous sum of $25,569.51 gets hermetically sealed, then carried over to the next live racing program of Saturday, June 13. Also Tuesday, a Spanish-American Friendship Trot saw the hosts perhaps get a bit too friendly, as the Spaniards finished 1-2-3. The $13,000 event was won by Jaume Riera and Amalfi Coast ($10.40) in 2:00.3. That tandem defeated Movement (Bernardo Cirer) by three-quarters of a length, with Sweet Ben (Miquel Capo) third. As mentioned above, the Raceway now goes on hiatus, with live racing and evening simulcasting returning a week from Saturday. Afternoon simulcasting is offered daily, including this Saturday's (June 6) Belmont Stakes (first post 11:35 AM). Frank Drucker

A $10,000 guaranteed pool and $12,068.60 of actual investments were usurped by a 51-1 bomber, so no one brought down the harness racing Pick 5 Monday night at Yonkers Raceway. The gimmick began with Mac's Secure (Dan Dube, $105.50) skimming the soggy cones in the $17,000, seventh-race pace (1:59.2), and that, along with an 8-1 winner in the next race, obviously was enough to negate a pair of successful odds-on choices in the final two legs. Thus, the Tuesday afternoon (June 2, first post 1 PM) Pick 5 wager begins with a take-notice carryover of $9,051.50. Since it's a "French" Tuesday, all five races are added-distance (1¼ mile), overflow field (12, 12, 10, 10 and 10) events. Good luck with that. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 each racing program. 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. Please be advised that should no one hit the gimmick Tuesday, the carryover goes into escrow until live racing returns Saturday, June 13. Speaking of the Pick 5, Jason Bartlett did that one better, winning six of his nine drives during the 12-race Monday card. Frank Drucker - Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director

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