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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 21, 2014-Longshot Digital Z Tam (Brent Holland) vaulted from second-over Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sitting chilly from post position No. 5, "Digital" saw Sapphire City (Pat Lachance) uncork early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3. Meanwhile, 3-5 choice Heston Blue Chip (Dan Dube), who did not leave, was forced to try it first-up. He moved from third, with Digital Z Tam right behind. Sapphire City and Heston Blue Chip dropped the gloves in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters and into the early lane, There, the favorite put away the leader, but could not counter the challenger on his rear. Digital Z Tam prevailed over the people's choice by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), last turning for home, rallied for third, with Pancetta (Larry Stalbaum) and Steelhead Hanover (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. For Digital Z Tam, a 10-year-old Cambest gelding owned by J M F Racing and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, he returned $40 (seventh choice) for his seventh win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $147,50, with the triple returning $563. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule is back in vogue, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 14, 2014--George Brennan rolled a Yonkers Raceway foursome Saturday night, including both $32,000 co-features. Odds-on Aracache Hanover ($3.40) gave nothing else a chance in the winners-over event. From post position No. 3, he snapped through intervals of :27.1, :56, 1:23.4 and 1:52.1. The margin at the wire was a length-and-a-quarter over a first-up Connery Blue Chip (Eric Carlson), with Panongahela (Jason Bartlett), Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) and Fat Man's Alley (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For "Aracache," a 7-year-old son of Dragon Again co-owned by William Switala & James Martin and trained by Ron Burke, it was his fourth win (third consecutive at three different venues) in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $18.20, with triple returning $55.50. The co-featured Preferred Handicap saw Take it Back Terry ($5.20) gut it out in 1:52.4. "Terry," from post No. 4, moved to attack 3-2 favorite China Grill (Lachance) as that one laid down the law with sub-sections of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.3. Take it Back Terry survived the long grind, whipping the horse on his back--Fameous Western (Bartlett)--by a head. Code Word (Brent Holland), China Grill and Malak Uswaad N (Eric Goodell) settled for the remainder. For second choice "Terry," a 5-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr Phil Collura, he's now 4-for-10 this season. The exacta paid $56.50, the triple returned $231 and the superfecta paid $513. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule is back in business, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 31, 2014-Odds-on favorite All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley, $2.60) was both anxious and effective Saturday night, winning the $300,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. In play from post position No. 4 as the 3-10 favorite, All Bets Off made the first lead in the 24th Rooney. He then handed the baton to second choice Stevensville (Tim Tetrick) right around a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. The song remained the same at the 55.1 intermission and early in the backstretch the second time. That's when Maxi Bon (Dan Dube) moved from fourth, and he was in a hurry. He disposed of a no-fight Stevensville just after a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Good thing for All Bets Off that nothing was moving behind "Maxi," as he was able to extricate himself. All Bets off collared the new leader early in the lane, then held off a rallying Some Playa (George Brennan) by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.2. Maxi Bon held third, with Unlocked (Brent Holland) closing from last to grab fourth. Bondi Hanover (Jason Bartlett) earned the final pay envelope, with Gold Rocks (Eric Goodell), a tiring Stevensville and Ideal Fashion (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the order. For All Bets Off, a statebred son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stables and Rosemary Shelswell, he's now 3-for-4 this season (earnings of $180,250). The exacta paid $15.80, with no triple returning $44.20. "Oh, yeah, I was worried," Kakaley said. "I thought giving up the lead (to Stevensville) was the right thing to do."Then I saw Danny's (Dube, with Max Bon) coming fast and I knew I was in trouble. I was lucky to get out. If I don't, I'm shuffled out, and probably last "He's (All Bets Off) handy enough for the half-mile , but I think he can carry his speed to bigger tracks, too," Kakaley said. "Every start, (All Bets Off) has been on his toes. Give Ronnie (Burke) and his crew an A-plus. I'm just fortunate to have the drive." In the $124,744 Lismore Final for three-year-old pacing fillies, Tyra showed her heels to the field for driver Tim Tetrick, grinding the lead away from Southwind Silence (George Brennan) by the three-quarters and then pulling away from the field to win by seven open lengths in 1:52.1. Southwind Silence was second with Also Encouraging (Matt Kakaley) third. It was the second win in four starts this year for Tyra. the daughter of McArdle is trained by Joann Looney-King and is owned by the CC Racing, Inc. of Mokena, ILL. She paid 43.50 to win as the betting favorite. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 30, 2014-Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $38,000 Open Handicaps-for distaff pacers and any trotter with the street cred--were won by a pair of wagering favorites in millionairess Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears) and 2012 Yonkers Trot champ Archangel (George Brennan). Ordered outside her seven rivals, Monkey on My Wheel-as the just-above-even-money favorite-settled in third as 32-1 rank outsider Fast and Feisty (Brent Holland) and Classy Lane Rose (Eric Goodell) played leapfrog on the lead. After a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and :57.1 intermission, Monkey on My Wheel was back on the case. She took out after Classy Lane Rose in out of a 1:25 three-quarters, tackling that one through the final turn. Monkey on My Wheel finally gained the upper hoof, then held off a passing lane Fast and Feisty by a scant nose in 1:53.4. Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) was third, with Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson) and Classy Lane Rose settling for the small change. For "Monkey," a 6-year-old homebred daughter of Mach Three owned by Mac Nichol and trained by Casie Coleman, she returned $4.10 for her fifth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $64.50, with the triple returning $281.50. The week's marquee trot was strictly a two-speed number as 11-10 choice favorite Archangel-starting from post position No. 5-work around Tober (Holland). The mare Frau Blucher (Sears) settled third in her local debut. Early intervals of :27.1 and :56 left several gaps among the rest of the gang. Archangel held sway through a 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a couple of lengths into the lane. He held Tober at bay, winning by a length in 1:54.3...matching the fastest local trot mile of the season. Lorenzo Dream (Dan Dube) rallied well to grab third-beaten 5¼ lengths--with Awesome Valley (Carlson) and Frau Blucher rounding out the payees. For Archangel, a 5-year-old (unraced last season) statebred son of Credit Winner co-owned by Clare Semer and Legendary Standard Farm and trained by Ron Burke, he returned $4.30 for his first win in four '14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $11.60, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $460.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule--along with evening simulcasting--goes on hiatus after Saturday's card, which includes the $300,000 final of the Art Rooney Pace (3-eyar-old colts/geldings) and $124,744 Lismore Pace (3-year-old fillies). Afternoon simulcasting remains available daily. Live racing/evening simulcasting returns Friday, June 13th. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Everything appears to be right on with All Bets Off as he heads into Saturday's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway. All Bets Off, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Matt Kakaley, won his Rooney elimination last weekend by 2-1/2 lengths over Some Playa in 1:52.3. In his eight starts since joining the Burke Stable last September, All Bets Off has won five times and finished second on three occasions. He finished last season by winning the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs, beating Stevensville by a half-length in a track-record 1:50. Stevensville also is in the Rooney, having won his elimination by 3-3/4 lengths over Gold Rocks in 1:53. All Bets Off will start the Rooney final from post four; Stevensville, with driver Tim Tetrick at the lines for trainer Ray Schnittker, from post six. All Bets Off is the 7-5 morning line favorite. "He was very good," Burke said about All Bets Off's elimination win. "He's been super since we got him. We're trying to figure out how good he is and where he fits. This is a chance for us to see if he belongs in the group with the top 10 colts in the division. "But he's been pretty special since we got him." Burke owns All Bets Off with Frank Baldachino, The Panhellenic Stable Corp. and Rosemary Shelswell. A resident of Ontario, Shelswell was part of the previous ownership group that purchased All Bets Off for $7,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. All Bets Off is a son of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Penelope, who enjoyed success on the Ontario circuit in the mid-1990s. For his career, All Bets Off has won six of 15 races, finished second five times, and earned $216,917. All Bets Off is not eligible to the North America Cup or Meadowlands Pace, but has the Max C. Hempt Memorial, Messenger Pace, Progress Pace and New York Sire Stakes on his schedule. This season, he had a win and a second against older horses before his victory in his Rooney elim. "He's done everything we've asked of him," Burke said. "He's got a good spot (for the Rooney final). He can do it both ways, so he should be good there." If luck counts for anything, trainer Tony Alagna should feel good heading into the Rooney final. He saw his Bondi Hanover and Gold Rocks draw posts two and three, respectively, and then found out his Maxi Bon, who was also-eligible, got the coveted post No. 1 when Thereisapaceforus scratched. Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover finished second and third behind Stevensville in their Rooney elim. Maxi Bon went off stride and finished fifth in his elim, which was won by All Bets Off. "Both (Gold Rocks and Bondi Hanover) raced very well," Algana said. "Gold Rocks won the Babic at Freehold last year, so we knew he was a good half-mile horse. That was only Bondi Hanover's fourth lifetime start and he raced excellent. For a maiden to go against those horses and be third, we're very happy with him. "Maxi Bon is a fast horse that had some trouble in the last turn when he was out and going. We made some adjustments and he trained well (Wednesday)." Alagna said All Bets Off and Stevensville are the horses to beat. "Other than that, I think our horses are as competitive as anyone else's," Alagna said. "Gold Rocks, the half-mile track and five-eighths are going to be his thing. He's handy and you've got to use that to your advantage. I don't think the big track picks him up nearly as much. He's Meadowlands Pace eligible just in case he rises up, but we're going to concentrate on the smaller tracks." Following is the field in post order for the Art Rooney Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Maxi Bon, Daniel Dube, Tony Alagna; 2. Bondi Hanover, Jason Bartlett, Tony Alagna; 3. Gold Rocks, Eric Goodell, Tony Alagna; 4. All Bets Off, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 5. Some Playa, George Brennan, Jennifer Sabot; 6. Stevensville, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 7. Unlocked, Brent Holland, Erv Miller; 8. Ideal Fashion, Jordan Stratton, Jim Campbell. SOUTHWIND SILENCE HOPES TO MAKE NOISE IN LISMORE Ron Burke is happy with Southwind Silence as she prepares for Saturday's $124,744 Lismore Pace for 3-year-old filly pacers at Yonkers. Southwind Silence finished fourth in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes in her seasonal debut at The Meadows on May 3, but bounced back last weekend to win her Lismore Pace elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Bettor Business in 1:54. Last year, Southwind Silence won the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for 2-year-old filly pacers and also won a division of the Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes. For her career, the daughter of Well Said-Southwind Solara has won four of 15 races, hit the board 13 times, and earned $391,211 for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Larry Karr and Joseph DiScala Jr. "She was a very good filly last year," Burke said. "I wasn't completely happy with her first start this year. It was alright, but she had to come first up and that doesn't usually work at The Meadows if you can't clear. (In her elimination) she seemed more like her normal self. "She seemed to handle the track well, and at Yonkers that's a big thing." Tyra, who was third in last year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship, also won a Lismore elimination. She beat Rusty's Bliss by 1-1/2 lengths in 1:54.4 and is the 8-5 morning line choice in the final. Following is the field in post order for the Lismore Pace with listed drivers and trainers: 1. Also Encouraging, Matt Kakaley, Casie Coleman; 2. It Was Fascination, Brent Holland, Tony Alagna; 3. Bettor Business, Daniel Dube, Scott DiDomenico; 4. Tyra, Tim Tetrick, Joann Looney-King; 5. Southwind Silence, George Brennan, Ron Burke; 6. Rusty's Bliss, Jason Bartlett, Douglas Lewis; 7. Gentlemens Delight, Marcus Johansson, Nancy Johansson; 8. Palm Beach, Eric Carlson, Douglas Lewis. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 27, 2014-Standout statebred All Bets Off drew right smack in the middle, landing post position No. 4 for Saturday night's $300,000 final of Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. This is the 24th edition of the Rooney. The premier event for 3-year-olds was inaugurated in 1989, a year after the passing of Art Rooney Sr. Saturday's final goes as the 11th race (approximate post of 11 PM) on a 13-race card, with first post at the usual 7:10 PM. All Bets Off, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stables and Rosemary Shelswell, he is 2-for-3 this season. With Matt Kakaley driving-as he's doing Saturday-All Bets Off comfortably won the second of last week's two $40,000 elimination races, going down the road in 1:52.3. Stevensville, himself a wire-to-wire winner (1:53) in the last weekend's other elim, landed post No. 6 for the final...he same starting venue from a week ago. Tim Tetrick again takes a seat for co-owner/trainer Ray Schnittker. After the race was drawn, Thereisapaceforus, who had drawn the pylons, was scratched. That moved Maxi Bon from the "also eligible" list into the race and inside his seven rivals. That also forced Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks, both trained by Tony Alagna to race coupled (common ownership). Alagna's third horse, Bondi Hanover, goes as a distinct wagering interest (bona fide separate ownership). The new and improved field for the final of the Rooney, with declared drivers... 1-Maxi Bon (Jason Bartlett), 2-Bondi Hanover (Bartlett also listed), 3-Gold Rocks (George Brennan), 4-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), 5-Some Playa (Brennan also listed), 6-Stevensville (Tim Tetrick), 7-Unlocked (Brent Holland), 8-Ideal Fashion (Jordan Stratton). Maxi Bon and Gold Rocks are coupled (see above), Some Playa is a gelding, while Forty Five Red is the only also eligible. The $124,744 final of the Lismore, for 3-year-old fillies, goes as the 9th race (approximate post 10:20 PM) drew as such... 1-Also Encouraging (Kakaley), 2-It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron), 3-Bettor Business (Dan Dube), 4-Tyra (Tetrick), 5-Southwind Silence (Brennan), 6-Rusty's Bliss (Bartlett), 7-Gentlemen's Delight (Kakaley also listed), 8-Palm Beach (Kakaley also listed). Note that JK Molly and A Little Starstruk are the also eligibles. After Saturday's stakes program, live racing/evening simulcasting is on hiatus until Friday, June 13th. Yonkers offers afternoon simulcasting daily, including the June 7th Belmont Stakes (first post 11:35 AM). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

There will be a lot of speculation after tonight’s first $40,000 preliminary round for the Art Rooney Pacing Series as He’s Watching, the 1/9 favorite and top rated three-year-old in 2014, spit out the bit in the backstretch and backed through the field to finish last at Yonkers Raceway Saturday. Stevensville, driven by Tim Tetrick, who gave up his drives at the Meadowlands to come to Yonkers just to drive Stevensville, wired the field with ease to win in 1:543. Gold Rocks (Scott Zeron) was second with Bondi Hanover (Brian Sears) third. The first four official finishers from each of the two elimination divisions return next Saturday for the $300,000 final. The ninth race first division saw Stevensville and Tetrick leave like a rocket from post six and take the early lead. He’s Watching and driver Jim Morrill, Jr. left some but then beared out as Unlocked (Brent Holland) grabbed the two-hole spot. But right after the first turn, Unlocked made a break and pulled out of the race, giving He’s Watching the garden spot behind Stevensville to the opening quarter mile in :27.3, then the half mile in :56.2. As they raced down the stretch, Morrill pulled the ear plugs on He’s Watching but the undefeated colt did not respond and left a gap between him and race leader Stevensville. After the three-quarters in 1:25.1, Gold Rocks had come first-over and collared He’s Watching who was beginning to fade. Tetrick had Stevensville in full gear and down the stretch they held the field at bay and won by three and three-quarter lengths. At odds of 9-1, Stevensville rewarded his backers paying $21.60 to win. It was the second win in three starts this year for Stevensville. The bay colt by Somebeachsomewhere was bred and is trained and co-owned by Ray Schnittker with Paul Bordogna and Ryan Miller. He’s Watching, the 2013 Dan Patch Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt of the Year, is now no longer undefeated as he finish last in the six horse field. It was reported that He's Watching choked down leaving the starting gate and never recovered from it. In the 11th race second Rooney elimination division, All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley, the 1/9 wagering favorite, did not disappoint as they literally wired the field to win with ease in a speedy 1:52.3. Ideal Fashion and driver Brian Sears left from the rail but Kakaley also had All Bets Off on the move and they took command by the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Kakaley then backed it off with a :29 quarter breather to the half mile marker in :56.1. Then in the backstretch, Some Playa (George Brennan) came first over with Maxi Bon (Scott Zeron) following the outside flow in 1:25.1 but Maxi Bon became rough gaited and went off stride. Kakaley then pulled the ear plugs on All Bets Off and the colt took off down the stretch to win with ease by three open lengths. Some Playa come on for second with Ideal Fashion third and Thereisapaceforus (Jason Bartlett) fourth to make it to the final next week. “He got around it (half mile oval) very well tonight,” Kakaley said about All Bets Off. “I drove him last week at Pocono and he was fine. We had no problems here. I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch and he took off. We have a green light for next week.” It was the second win in three starts this year for All Bets Off. The son of Bettor’s Delight is trained by Ron Burke and is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino, the Panhellernic Stable and R. Shelswell. He paid $2.30 to win. As was the case in the eliminations for Yonkers Raceway’s Art Rooney Pace, death-and-taxes favorites in the elims for the Lismore (3-year-old pacing fillies) were no better than a 50-50- proposition. Southwind Silence (George Brennan, $2.90) was a handy, wire-to-wire winner in the first, $20,000 elimination. From post position No. 4, she threw down essentially equal halves (:28, 57.1, 1:26, 1:54) before winning by a length-and-a-half. Bettor Business (Dan Dube), last season’s upset New York Sire Stakes champ, snapped second over an-early-impeded Palm Beach (Jim Morrill Jr.). It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) was far ahead of the misbehaving A Little Starstruk (Jason Bartlett), the former earning her place in next Saturday’s final.   For “Silence,” a daughter of Well Said co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Larry Karr and Joe DiScala Jr., it was her first win in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.60, with no triple wagering. The second elim for the Lismore saw inside number Also Encouraging (Brian Sears) sent off as the 35-cents on-the-dollar favorite. After moving from third, she secured the lead from Tyra (Morrill Jr.) at the :57.1 half (:28.3 quarter). However, Also Encouraging had no resistance when Rusty’s Bliss (Jason Bartlett) came challenging. “Rusty” gained the lead just after the 1:26.4 three-quarters, but with no one behind her, Tyra—from post No. 2--was able to slip out….and slip by. Tyra whipped a stubborn “Rusty” by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.4. Gentlemen’s Delight (Dan Dube) was third, with Also Encouraging fading to fourth. That earned her a place at the table next week, but was of no solace those place pool bridge jumpers ($29,422 of the $32,153 on the beaten choice). For Tyra, a daughter of McArdle owned by CC Racing and trained by Joann Looney-King, she returned $6.50 (second choice) for her first win in three ’14 tries. The exacta paid $105.50, with the triple returning $177. With the jumpers taking their leap, the place prices were $20.80 and $62.50, respectively.        The open draw for the $124,744 final of the Lismore takes places Tuesday afternoon. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 23, 2014--Yonker Raceway's pair of Friday night $38,000 Open Handicaps--for distaff pacers and either-gender trotters--were won by Little Santamonica (Jason Bartlett) and Coraggioso (Brian Sears). "Santamonica," the upstate scourge making her first local try since late March, floated out from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection) before taking back. She saw the two (7-5) wagering choices in favored Summertime Lea (George Brennan) and Shelliscape (Brian Sears) in play early with intervals of :27 and :55.3. Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) moved from fifth, with Little Santamonica on that one's tail. However, it remainder Shelliscape's race in and out of the 1:24.3 three-quarters, taking a length lead in and out of the final turn. Summertime Lea dove inside, but she wasn't the problem. It was Little Santamonica tipping wide and going by, whipping a game Virgin Nary by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. Shelliscape faded to third, with Summertime Lea and Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees. For Little Santamonica, a 5-year-old daughter of Little Steven owned by Kelly Dawn Hope and trained by Jordan Hope, she returned $21.20 (fourth choice) for her eighth win (fifth consecutive) in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $139.50, with the triple returning $685. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite Coraggioso wide early from behind the eight-ball, but wrapped up late. He worked around Tober (Bartlett), then threw down the gauntlet to the tune of :28.1, :57.1, 1:26.2 and 1:55. The final margin was a drifting three-quarters of a length, but the final result was never up for debate. Tober chased and held second, with Awesome Valley (Brennan), Swishnflick (Larry Stalbaum) and Harbor Point (Eric Carlson) coming away with the remainder. For Coraggioso, a 5-year-old homebred/statebred son of Conway Hall co-owned by Tom Durkin & Joe Spadaro, and trained by Julie Miller, he returned $4 for his fifth win in 13 '14 tries (up and over $600,000 in career earnings). The exacta paid $16.60, the triple returned $86 and the superfecta paid $291. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon Simulcasting available daily. Note that Saturday's card features eliminations for both the Art Rooney Pace (3-year-colts/geldings) and its companion event, the Lismore (3-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 20, 2014--Undefeated freshman divisional champion He's Watching leads a list of 11 3-year-old colts/geldings into the 23rd edition of the Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The total purse of this season's Rooney is $380,000, with a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night leading to the as-guaranteed $300,000 final a week later (Saturday, May 31st). The elims go as races 9 and 11 on the 13-race card, with He's Watching making his seasonal parimutuel debut from post position No. 2 in the opening elimination. The first four finishers in each race qualify for the final. The fields, with declared drivers... 1st elim (9th race) -1-Unlocked (Brent Holland), 2-He's Watching (Jim Morrill Jr.), 3-Forty Five Red (George Brennan), 4-Gold Rocks (Scott Zeron), 5-Bondi Hanover (Zeron also listed), 6-Stevensville (Tim Tetrick). 2nd elim (11th race)--1-Ideal Fashion (Brian Sears), 2-Some Playa (Sears also listed), 3-All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley), 4-Thereisapaceforus (Jason Bartlett), 5-Maxi Bon (Zeron). Note Some Playa and Thereisapaceforus are geldings. "He's right where I want him to be," He's Watching's co-owner/trainer Dave Menary said. "Both of his (Mohawk) qualifiers were tremendous. Last week (Friday), the weather was cool and windy, and we couldn't have asked for any more (1:52.1). "We're looking forward to coming back (Yonkers). He loves the track (3-for-3 in 2013, including a season-ending New York Sire Stakes championship), and we're anxious to have him start the season." The son of American Ideal is 8-for-8 in his career (13-for-13 including qualifiers), having earned $291,722 as a freshman. The $124,744 final of the Lismore Pace for 3-year-old fillies also goes the final night of May. This Saturday offers two, $20,000, five-to-pare-down-to-four eliminations races (with declared drivers) as such... 1st elim (4th race)--1-It Was Fascination (Zeron), 2-Bettor Business (Dan Dube), 3-A Little Starstruk (Bartlett), 4-Southwind Silence (Kakaley), 5-Palm Beach (Bartlett also listed). 2nd elim (6th race)--1-Also Encouraging (Sears), 2-Tyra (Tetrick), 3-JK Molly (Brennan), 4-Gentlemen's Delight (Dube), 5-Rusty's Bliss (Sears also listed). The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 17, 2014- Reformed harness racing claimer Digital Z Tam (Dan Dube) was well-placed off a wicked Saturday night speed duel. winning Yonkers Raceway $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned inside his five (after one defection) rivals, Digital Z Tam watched a spirited early floor show. Sapphire City (Eric Carlson), Heston Blue Chip (Larry Stalbaum) and Statesman N (Brent Holland) were all in the game. What resulted was a :26.1 opening quarter-mile and :54.1 intermission. After Heston Blue Chip's second move, Digital Z Tam took out of fourth. That one assaulted the leader in and out of a 1:23 three-quarters, grabbing the advantage early in the lane. Meanwhile, P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), as the 9-10 choice, was racing at the back of the bus. He saved ground inside, then angled out third-over. However, Digital Z Tam had too many things working on his behalf. He widened to whip 56-1 rank outsider Malak Uswaad N (Jordan Stratton) by a couple of lengths in season's-best 1:51.3. P H Supercam settled for third, beaten 2½ lengths. For Digital Z Tam, a 10-year-old Cambest gelding owned and J M F Racing and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, he returned $29 (fourth choice) for his sixth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $369, with the triple returning $1,628. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 16, 2014-Brian Sears used different tactics to produce the same result (ironically with the same payoff) Friday night, winning both of Yonkers Raceway $38,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Sears went down the soggy road with Fast and Feisty in the distaff derby. From post position No. 6, she splashed her way through intervals of :29.1, :58.2, 1:27.4 and 1:55.4. The final margin was three-quarters of a lengths over a stubborn, first-up Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance), with tepid 5-2 choice Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland) and Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) rounding out the payees. For Fast sand Feisty, a 5-year-old daughter of Allamerican Native owned by Vincent Apolinario and trained Anthony Skultety Jr., she returned $10,20 (second choice) for her sixth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $83, with the triple returning $366. The week's marquee trot saw Lorenzo Dream-from post No. 7--launch a big move in and out of the final turn. He continued it through the lane, picking off the leading (:28.1, :57.1, 1:26.4) Itzaziam (Pat Berry) by a length-and-a-three-quarters in 1:57. First leader Tall Cotton (George Brennan), Fort Valley As (Dan Dube) and Blacktuxwhitesocks (Jordan Stratton) settled for the small change. Southwind Warsaw (Jason Bartlett) jumped it off as the 8-5 favorite, as did eight-hole assignee Super Manning (Kakaley). Sears ended with four winners on the 12-race card. For Lorenzo Dream, a 7-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, he returned $10.20 (second choice) for his fourth win in 14 '14 tries. The exacta paid $61.50, the triple returned $448.50 and the superfecta paid $1,698. by Frank Drucker, for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 10, 2014-P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), in his first start since winning the final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, was at it again Saturday night. He prevailed in Yonkers Raceway's $38,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside in what became a five-horse field, the 2-5 choice led every sub-section (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:52.1). The final margin a length-and-a-quarter over a solid, first-up Statesman N (Brent Holland), with Sapphire City (Eric Carlson) third. Take it Back Terry (George Brennan) and Valentino (Pat Berry) came away with the remainder. For P H Supercam, a 7-year-old Million Dollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by P J Fraley, he returned $2.80 for his fourth win (third consecutive) in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11, with triple wagering cancelled due to the abbreviated assemblage. Also of note Saturday, a $10,518 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager meant a $25,000 guaranteed pool. The "free money" attracted $21,565 of fresh money, and the winning combination of 5-(2,6)-3-4-6 returned $328.25 for every two quarters. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 9, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's rank outsider Virgin Mary (Matt Kakaley) and favored Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) were the toasts of the town Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $38,000 Open Handicaps. Virgin Mary, given a perfect second-over sojourn in the distaff derby, picked off her tow, Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears). The margin was a neck in a moist 1:54. "Monkey," ordered behind the eight-ball after four wins and a second in her last five tries, settled in fourth. She saw Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), Cocoa Beach (Jordan Stratton) and Fast and Feisty (Dan Dube) all leave inside of her. After early intervals of :27.2 and :57.1, Monkey on My Wheel was out again, engaging Cocoa Beach in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Monkey on My Wheel put the leader her away soon after, opening to a length-and-a-half in the lane. However, Virgin Mary--hitching a ride from post position No. 2--did go on by. Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson), slight 19-10 choice Krispy Apple (Bartlett) and Fast and Feisty completed the cashers. For "Mary," a 6-year-old Village Jolt homebred owned by Howard Taylor and trained by Tom Shay, she returned an even $50 for her third win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $298.50, with the triple returning $2,162. The week's marquee trot was a two-speed number, with 13-10 choice Melady's Monet--from post No. 4--and Lorenzo Dream (Sears) lined up. The latter worked around the former (:28.4, :58.2, 1:27.2), with Bonus Trot Series champ Itzaziam (Pat Berry) moving from third. "Lorenzo," up by half-length in the out of the final turn, had the measure of Itzaziam, but not Melady's Monet. The latter ducked inside, whipping Lorenzo Dream by a half-length in a season's-best 1:56. Itzaziam held well for third despite the big class hike, with Fortunista (Carlson) and Ray Hall (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For "Melady," a 5-year-old Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Taylor Gower, he returned $4.70 for his third win in 13 '14 tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $13.80, the triple returned $59.50 and the superfecta paid $224.50 Yonkers Raceway Free Money Alert...a $10,518.87 double-carryover in the Pick 5 wager means a $25,000 guaranteed pool for Saturday night (50-cent base wager on races 5 thru 9, so go study). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 13, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot who all with the proper papers--were won by front-end bombardier Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson, $43.40) and a fortuitous Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland, $16) With nose on gate from post position No. 4, Fashion Mystery easily made the lead around pole-assigned Big McDeal (Cat Manzi) before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. She rated a :57.3 intermission before 7-5 favorite Economy Terror (Brian Sears) moved from fourth. However, the millionairess couldn't get near the longshot in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Fashion Mystery had a length-and-three-quarter lead entering the lane, then won by a handy length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Ramlalama (Matt Kakaley) was a second-up second, with Little Santamonica (Mark MacDonald), Big McDeal and Economy Terror rounding out the payees. For sixth-choice Fashion Mystery, a 5-year-old daughter of Real Artist owned and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her seventh win in 29 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $188.50, with the triple returning $842.  The week's marquee trot took on quick new look when all-age track record-holder Quick Deal (Kakaley) jumped it off well before the outset. Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Lorenzo Dream--from post No. 4--made the first lead, before handing off to Zooming (Jason Bartlett). That one lead through intervals of :28, :58 and 1:26.4, with no pressure whatsoever from a first-up 2-1 choice in Blacktuxwhitesocks (Sears). However, Zooming soon self-destructed, breaking in the final turn. That left "Lorenzo" in charge, and finished the job in a season's-best 1:55.1. Melady's Monet (Dan Dube) rallied for second--missing a neck--with Fortunista (Carlson), Super Manning (Jordan Stratton) and Tober (Eric Goodell) grabbing the minor moolah. For fourth-choice Lorenzo Dream, a 6-year-old Taurus Dream gelding owned by Vincent Laurenzo and trained by Julie Miller, it was his seventh win in 31 '13 tries. The exacta paid an even C-note ($100 in U-S money), the triple returned $501 and the superfecta paid $2,443. No one hit Friday's Pick 5 wager, so Saturday's rendition-with a $3,700.40 carryover-now comes with a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered on races 5 through 9. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues (weather permitting) through Dec. 21, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 30, 2013--P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) skimmed the cones Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway mad-scramble $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Away second from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside scratch), P H Supercam was shuffled to third after a quarter-move by All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland). That one made the lead around Dream Out Loud N (Jordan Stratton) at the 27-second opening quarter-mile, then found a :55.4 intermission. Escape the News (George Brennan), as the 11-10 favorite, moved first-up from fourth. He pressured the leader through a 1:24.1 three-quarters. All Speed Hanover actually enjoyed a length-and-a-half of separation entering the lane, but could not close the sale. "All Speed" was surrounded on all sides, but the short way home of P H Supercam proved best. He closed deep in the passing lane to whip a stubborn Escape the New by a head in 1:53. Ardyne Ace (Larry Stalbaum) was a second-up third, with Dream Out Loud N and All Speed Hanover rounding out the payees. The fivesome found themselves separated by a half-length at the line. For P H Supercam, a 6-year-old Milliondollar Cam gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ Fraley, he returned $10.40 (third choice) for his 11th win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $49, with the triple returning $162.50. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily.by By Frank Drucker for Harnesslink.com

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 29, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Black Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and Trot for anyone duly deputized--were won by a perfectly-pocketed Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube, $6.70) and a second-up Super Manning (Matt Kakaley, $4.40). Leaving from post position No. 4, "Cookie" was in play early, making the first lead. She then gave it up to 8-5 choice Feeling You (Jason Bartlett), who worked her way from an eight-hole impost right at the :26.4 opening quarter-mile. Moving toward the :56.3 intermission, some unwanted company arrived in the form of Hot List (George Brennan). That one had body--but not bike--in front as Feeling You maintained her slim lead through a cut-throat 1:25.1 three-quarters. It was Marty Party (Eric Carlson) second-over, while "Cookie" was all dressed up and waiting for someplace to go. She found that place in the presence of the passing lane, edging clear by a length-and-a-half in 1:54.3. Second went to Marty Party, with Hot List, Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears) and Feeling You rounding out the payees. For second choice Handsoffmycookie, a 4-year-old millionairess daughter of Art Major owned by JFE Enterprises and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was her eighth win in 30 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $76, with the triple returning $362.50. The week's marquee trot saw 6-5 favorite Super Manning--like "Cookie" a four-hole beginner--patiently waiting his turn. Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) were the early newsmakers through intervals of :28.1 and 59 seconds flat. Melady's Monet (Dube) then started the train, with Super Manning towed in behind. The night was just about over for "Brando" before a 1:27.1 three-quarters, with "Melady" opening a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. However, Super Manning was about to get the memo. He had the leader in his sights at mid-stretch, drawing away late to win by a length in 1:55.3. A shuffled Lorenzo Dream rallied for third, with Brando's Muscle Man and Calchip's Brute (Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Super Manning, a homebred 5-year-old Diamond Goal gelding owned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by Kevin Carr, he's now 6-for-27 this season. The exacta paid $53, the triple returned $282.50 and the superfecta paid $783. Yonkers welcomed Cat Manzi back in the bike Friday night, as he finished sixth with his lone drive. Friday's Pick 5 wager was not hit, meaning Saturday night's wager--complete with a $2,688.93 carryover-now offers a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager on races 5 though 9 offered every racing night. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting now available daily. Frank Drucker  

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