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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 16, 2013--Look up "perfect trip" in the harness dictionary and you find Ardyne Ace (George Brennan) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace, Unhurried early from post position No. 4, Ardyne Ace saw Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) loop Sapphire City (Brian Sears) early, then get caught wide again as 8-5 favorite China Grill (Pat Lachance) pulled pocket right in front of him. A three-deep Great Vintage eventually made the lead, paying a :26.4 price for the privilege. After a :56.1 intermission, Sapphire City was out from fourth. That was the back Ardyne Ace climbed aboard as he moved out of sixth. Great Vintage was about to be swallowed up before the 1:24.1 three-quarters, shuffling China Grill out at the same time. Sapphire City and Ardyne Ace opened their own private race entering the lane, with the former owning a short lead. However, the latter powered right by, widening to 2½ lengths in 1:51.4. Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell), last week's winner, rallied from last at the half to snatch second, with All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland), Sapphire City and P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Ardyne Ace, a 7-year-old Aces and Sevens gelding trained by Jim Pollock Jr., for Ohio co-owners David Ehrenberg II and Daniel Fawcett, he returned $21 (fifth choice) for his ninth win in 35 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $468, with the triple returning $1,825. No one took home Saturday night's Pick-5 wager, so Monday's edition (50-cent base wager, races 5 though 9), led by a $16,174.33 double carryover, shall include a $25,000 guaranteed pool. 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

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 9, 2013--Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) rebounded from a rare poor effort Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Handicap Pace. Content to watch early from post position No. 5, Pan from Nantucket was sixth as Fred and Ginger (George Brennan) worked past Live On (Jordan Stratton) right at the :27.2 opening quarter-mile. Dream Out Loud N (Brent Holland) just about bolted from a four-hole, seemingly with some equipment issues. It was a 55-second half before slight 2-1 choice Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) moved from fifth toward a 1:23.1 three-quarters. "Nantucket" was second-over, with China Grill (Pat Lachance) behind that one. It was Fred and Ginger who owned a length-and-three-quarter lead in the lane, but Pan from Nantucket was in his sights. The latter whipped the former by three-quarters of a length in a life-best 1:51.3. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), last early from assigned eight-hole, rallied for third (after four consecutive wins), with Keystone Velocity and China Grill rounding out the payees. For Pan from Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding owned by Blindswitch Racing and trained by Jose Godinez, he returned $11.80 (third choice) for his eighth win in 30 seasonal starts. Last week's fade to fifth snapped seven consecutive board finishes. The exacta paid $95, with the triple returning $798. 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 Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 1, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all duly authorized--were won by a pointed-to-the-passing lane Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $2.60) a two-move Zooming (Jason Bartlett, $7.20). Late to the dance in her last two starts, Royal Cee Cee N was in this game at the outset. Making the first lead from post position No. 5, the 3-10 choice gave it up to last week's winner, Rock N Load (Dan Dube) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. After a cheap, 29-second next interval (:56.1 half), Marty Party (Jason Bartlett) moved from fourth, with Ginger and Fred (George Brennan) in behind. It was Rock N Load leading in the out of the 1:24.3, up a length entering the lane. The people's choice was all dressed up in her after-Halloween best, waiting for her close-up. She ducked inside, went past the lead and getting the best of a wide Ginger and Fred by a head 1:53.2. Third went to Rock N Load, with Mary Party and Dawn's Legacy (Jordan Stratton) grabbing the minor moolah. For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her eighth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.60, with the triple returning $56.50, The weekly trotting feature saw Zooming, from post No. 4 (in one notch after an inside defection), made a second move to work around Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland). Zooming made the lead before a :27.3 opening two furlongs, then rated a comfy :57.4 half. It was 3-2 choice DW's NY Yank (Brennan), who had left into a three-hole,. moving again. Meanwhile, Zooming maintained the lead through the 1:26 three-quarters, widening to 2 1/2 lengths turning for home. He prevailed by 2 1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Lorenzo held second with a flattening "DW," with Whata Winner (Steve Smith) and Super Manning (Dube) earning the small change. Returning millionaire Little Brown Fox (Sears) broke early as the second choice. For third choice Zooming, a 5 year-old Classic Photo gelding trained by Amber Buter for co-owners Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter, he's now 10-for-32 this season. The exacta paid $59, the triple returned $281 and the superfecta paid $1,227. Saturday night features finals for both the 58th Messenger Stakes ($450,000) and Lady Maud ($176,684), premier events for 3-year-old pacers. The former, third jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, goes as the eight race...1- Odds On Equuleus (Corey Callahan, 8-1), 2- Ronny Bugatti (Jason Bartlett, 6-1), 3-Word Power (Brennan, 6-1), 4-Good Day Mate (Eric Goodell, 10-1), 5-Twilight Bonfire (Tim Tetrick, 8-1), 6-Lonewolf Currier (Sears, 5-1), 7-Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras, 3-1), 8-Lucan Hanover (Dave Miller, 4-1). The Lady Maud, carded as the sixth race...1-Certified Ideal (Jim Pantaleano, 12-1),2-Handsoffmycupcake (Dube, 8-1), 3-Antigua Hanover (Bartlett, 10-1), 4-Charisma Hanover (Gingras, 7-5), 5-Scandalous Hanover (e) (Miller 3-1, 6-Live Entertainment (Sears, 12-), 7-Parlee Beach (e) (Tetrick, 3-1), 8-Jerseylicious (Callahan, 10-1). Note that Scandalous Hanover and Parlee Beach raced as a coupled entry. 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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2013--China Grill (Pat Lachance) justified the endorsement of the electorate Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. Winning the blind draw as the 11-10 favorite, China Grill retook from Eighteen (Jordan Stratton) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :55.3 intermission as Bettor's Reward (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from fourth. All Speed Hanover (Brent Holland) was on that tow at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, with China Grill widening to 2 3/4 lengths He kept his rivals at bay, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in a life-best 1:51. Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell, five winners on the 12-race card) closed to grab second, with Eighteen, Escape the News (George Brennan) and All Speed Hanover rounding out the payees. For China Grill, a 5-year-old Shanghai Phil gelding trained by his driver for owner Lawrence Litwin, he returned $4.30 for his sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) returned $8.50, with the triple returning $59. Special props to the millionaire Lucky Man, who made his 150th career start his 30th career win. Goodell drove the 8-year-old Camluck gelding ($32.40) in the $19,000, second-race, an off-the-pace win in 2:01.4 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. Saturday was also the Fifth Annual Fall Harvest Festival, highlighting the thriving relationship between agriculture and horse racing throughout New York State. A host of fun, family-friendly events adorned the apron, while the annual Legislators' Challenge featured 10 of the state's elected officials in non-wagering-but ultra-competitive-battle. Assembly Member Andrew Garbarino (R-Suffolk) won the "rookie" division with Cockney Hanover in a first-up 2:11.4. Holland was also there, offering minimal assistance. Assembly Member Keith Wright (D-Harlem) crossed winning a Legislators' Challenge off his bucket list, teaming with Strong Signal (and, to a lesser extent, Bartlett) to win the "veterans" division from the pocket in 2:11.3. Assembly Member Shelley Mayer (D-Yonkers), a winner a year, joined with Kandi Chip (and Bartlett) to whip a pair of other previous winners--Assembly Member Joe Saladino (R-Massapequa) and Assembly Member Gary Pretlow (D-Mt. Vernon) in a night's-fastest 2:09.4. There was also a Racing Under Saddle exhibition, with John-Michael and Mary Dolce Conti giving nothing else a chance. The pair teamed to win the mile-and-one-sixteenth event by 9¼ lengths in 2:15. 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 18, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all up to snuff--were won by a down-the-road Rock N Soul (George Brennan, $7.20) and a first-up Super Manning (Brian Sears, $8.40). In the game early from post position No.4--the field reduced to a half-dozen after a pair of defections (ill)--Rock N Soul worked around longshot polester Mibestkeptsecret (Mark MacDonald). From there, equal 57-second halves made her job that much easier. (:27.3 quarter, 1:25.1 three-quarters). Rock N Soul kept a first-up Rock N Load (Dan Dube) at bay, while 9-10 favorite Royal Cee Cee N (Sears) received her get-involved memo too late. Rock N Soul took a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held off a from-last public choice by three-quarters of a length. Campanile (Brandon Simpson), Hula's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Rock N Load came away with the minor moolah. Mibestkeptsecret was outrun. For second choice Rock N Soul, a 6-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Frank Baladachino and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her eighth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15.80, with the triple returning $94.50. The evening's featured trot saw 3-year-old Crazy About Pat (Eric Goodell), last seen winning the final of the New York Sire Stakes here, try his elders. Making the lead from Somebody AS (Jason Bartlett) after a :27.4 opening quarter, "Pat" found a :57.4 intermission. Super Manning--away fifth from post No. 3--then began his road show. He went up and over the leader soon after a 1:26.4 three-quarters, widening to a length turning for home. A second-over Sand Wyndham (Jordan Stratton) couldn't match strides with Super Manning, while a third-up Likeabatoutahell (Brennan) angled in with a crisp finish. However, Super Manning, unlike his namesake this season, came home a winner. The margin over Likeabatoutahell was a half-length in 1:56, with Can I Say (Dube) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For tepid favorite Super Manning, a 5-year-old statebred Diamond Goal gelding trained by Kevin Carr for owner-breeder Joe Pennacchio, he's now 5-for-22 this season. The exacta paid $41.80, the triple returned $187 and the superfecta paid $1,573.50. Saturday features the fifth annual Fall Harvest Festival, a free, family-fun event on the track apron from 5-9 PM. It showcases the thriving relationship between horse racing and agriculture all across New York State. The Fall Harvest Festival includes pony rides, face painting, pumpkin patch and musical entertainment, along with New York wine and beer product sampling. A favorite among the Fall Harvest Festival highlights is the Legislators' Challenge, in which elected officials from across the state compete in four non-wagering harness races (with occasional help from professional harness drivers). Post time for the first of three Legislators non-bettors is 5:30 PM. Another highlight of the Fall Harvest Festival is a Racing Under Saddle exhibition, with seven talented women competing in a mile-and-and-a-sixteenth event between the first and second races on the wagering card. 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 around the NYRA schedule. by frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 12, 2013--Pan from Nantucket (Eric Goodell) was on his game from off the pace Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. Leaving from post position No. 4, he watched early as Aracache Hanover (George Brennan) was hung out three-wide to secure the lead. He paid a 26-second price for the privilege, with 7-5 favorite Code Word (Brent Holland second and Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) third. After a swift :54.3 intermission, Statesman N (Jordan Stratton) moved from fourth, with Pan from Nantucket second-up and China Grill (Pat Lachance) third-over. Meanwhile, "Aracache" maintained the lead in and out of a 1:23.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead into the lane. However, the early intervals would prove his undoing. "Nantucket" powered by, getting the jump on China Grill and whipping that one by a nose in 1:51.4. That effort matched a life-best, with Code Word, Statesman N and Aracache Hanover rounding out the payees. For Pan from Nantucket, a 5-year-old No Pan Intended gelding trained by Joe Godinez for owner Blindswitch Racing, he returned $28.80 (sixth choice) for his seventh win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $443.50, with the triple returning $1,362. 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 11, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all up to the challenge--were won by a pair of "to-the-houses" in Let's Go Higher (Jason Bartlett, $6.90) and DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.20). Let's Go Higher, leaving from post position No. 7 (in one notch after an inside defection), had things all her own way. Working around 19-10 favorite Rock N Load (Dan Dube), she controlled the crowd through comfy early intervals of :27.1 and :57.1. Lightning Paige (Jordan Stratton) tried it first-up from fifth, moderately pressing the issue toward a 1:25.3 three-quarters. Let's Go Higher owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, then held sway by a diminishing neck in 1:53.3. Second went to Rock N Load, with Lightning Paige, Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance) and Ginger and Fred (Brennan) settling for the small change. For second choice Let's Go Higher, a 5-year-old daughter of Cole Muffler owned by Jesse De Long and trained by Heidi Rohr, it was her 11th win in 31 seasonal starts (fourth in a row at three different venues). The exacta paid $21.80, with the triple returning $92. The featured trot had DW's NY Yank, who jumped it off a week ago as the favorite, regain the faith of the populace. From his ordered eight-hole as the 11-10 choice, he whipped around the site in :27.1, :56.4, 1:25.3, 1:54.2...a new track record for 4-year-old geldings. Second went to last week's upsetter, a loose-pocket Brando's Muscle Man (Eric Goodell), with Zooming (Bartlett), Bound for Fame (Stratton) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For "DW," a Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, he's now 12-for-21 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $10.80, the triple returned $117 and the superfecta paid $265.50. A special Friday night salute to occasional (and insightful, as opposed to occasionally insightful) Saturday night co-host Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Mark MacDonald, $7.30) wired the $22,000, sixth-race trot in 1:57.1. The 4-year-old Donato Hanover gelding, trained by Joe King, is now 8-for-19 this season ($98,260). Machiz was joined by his wife, Stacy, in the winner's circle. 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 around the NYRA schedule.   by Frank Drucker for Harnesslink.com  

YONKERS NY, Saturday, October 5, 2013--Yonkers Raceway Saturday night hosted the $400,000 Fall Harvest Series, with eight, $50,000 events for New York-bred 2- and 3-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes and gaits. The races were open to those who were not eligible to compete in last week's Night of Champions. The glory went to... --2-year-old trotting colts/geldings--Expressive Action (by Conway Hall); breeder-owner-trainer John Grasso/driver Jason Bartlett; (first life win); 1:59.2/$4.40; --2-year-old trotting fillies--Annie's List (by Conway Hall); owner Any Miller Stables/trainer Julie Miller/driver Bartlett; 1:59.1/$7; --2-year-old pacing colts/geldings--All Betts Off (by Bettor's Delight); co-owners (as Burke Racing, trainer) Ron Burke,Frank Baldachino,Panhellenic Stb,Rosemary Shelswell/driver George Brennan; 1:54.1/$2.30; --2-year-old pacing fillies--Wondering Heart (by Art Major); lessee E. Daniel Bittle,Lon Frocione,Charles III and IV Keller/trainer Brett Bittle/driver Brennan; (first life win) 1:55.3/$13.80; --3-year-old trotting fillies --Bostonz Credit (by Credit Winner); co-owner (trainer) Rick Zeron,David Anderson/driver Mark MacDonald; 1:59.2/$32.80; --3-year-old pacing fillies--Brussels Hanover (by Bettor's Delight); owner Gty Stables/trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr./driver Brent Holland; 1:55.4/$5.40; --3-year-old trotting colts/geldings--Rolls Blue Chip (by Credit Winner); co-owners (trainer) Tom and June Durand,Alan Smith/driver Brennan; 1:56.2/$13; --3-year-old pacing colts/geldings--Ronnny Bugatti,g (by Art Major); co-owners Eric Prevost,Tom Haughton,Bridget McNeese/trainer Allan Johnson/driver Brennan; 1:53.4/$17.40. Among Brennan's quartet, All Bets Off, was more like All Bets On, with $33,148 of the $36,068 in the show pool wagered in his direction. The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. Special early simulcasting of Sunday's l'Arc de 'Triomphe from Longchamp in Paris begins at 10 AM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 27, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the lasses and a Trot for all respondents--were won by a resurgent Sir Jillian Z Tam (Pat Lachance, $8.60) and a pocket-patrolling Somebody AS (Jason Bartlett, $15.80). "Jillian," in play early from post position No. 2, made a quick lead through some no-to-so-quick fractions (:28.1, :57.2). Despite the pokey precincts, Campanille (Jordan Stratton) moved from fourth, overtaking the leader just past intermission. Campanille worked her to a 1:24.3 three-quarters, with Ramalama (George Brennan) stalling the stalkers--including 7-5 choice Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears)--in the outer tier. Campanille owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but "Jillian" was just playing possum. She ducked inside and went after the leader, winning by a neck in 1:53. I Know Nothing (Eric Goodell) was a three-hole third, with Feeling You (Bartlett) and Royal Cee Cee N rounding the payees. For third choice Sir Jillian Z Tam, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her trainer/driver, Z Tam Stables and Ira Rosenblum, it was her fourth win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $136, with the triple returning $764. The featured trot, pared to seven after the defection of early choice Supper Manning, saw 19-10 favorite Brando's Muscle Man (Brennan) on the prowl from pole (28-flat quarter, :58.2 half). Somebody AS, from post No. 3, landed in behind, with He'sgotlegs (Mark MacDonald) seated third. A first-up For You Almostfree (Dan Dube) was not threatening in and out a 1:27.1 three-quarters, so "Brando" took a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out of the final turn. However, he could not stave off the two rivals on his inside. Somebody AS went by, as did He'sgotlegs. The former whipped the latter by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. "Brando" held third, with Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) and Bound for Fame (Stratton) settling for the minor moolah. For fifth choice Somebody AS, a 4-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding (maternal grandfather is the great Mack Lobell) trained by Annette Lorentzon for co-owned ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, he's now 3-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $198, the triple returned $557 and the superfecta paid $3,394. Saturday is the 24th edition of the richest night of racing in the state. The $1.8 million New York Night of Champions offers eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. The events go as races two through nine on the 13-race card. 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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

Members from the Food Bank for Westchester were on hand at Yonkers Raceway last Thursday night to enjoy a night at the races and receive donations from the Standardbred Owners Association of New York and Yonkers Raceway. The Food Bank has their annual Fight Against Childhood Hunger next month and the racetrack and casino donations will be offered as prizes that evening. At the track to receive the gifts were Food Bank for Westchester Executive Director Ellen Lynch and Volunteer Program Manager Nancy Lyons. Also pictured in presentations are SOA Director Sandra Kaufman and Frank Drucker and Ed Ryan from Yonkers Raceway. In April, several track employees and horsemen visited the Food Bank, which is just a short drive from the racetrack, to assist in getting food ready to be delivered to those in need. Volunteers for the cause included regular Yonkers drivers Jason Bartlett, Brent Holland, Mark MacDonald, Larry Stalbaum and Jordan Stratton. The Food Bank for Westchester is one of eight food banks in New York State. It acquires, warehouses and distributes more than seven million pounds of food annually to over 220 frontline hunger-relief organizations throughout Westchester including food pantries, soup kitchens, child and adult day-care centers and shelters. For more information, visit www.foodbankforwestchester.org.  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 14, 2013--Great Vintage (Larry Stalbaum) was first to the lead and first to the line Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $37,000 Open Pace. With schnoz on starting gate from post position No. 4, Great Vintage made the lead around I Fought Dalaw (Mark MacDonald) right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, locally-debuting Aracache Hanover (George Brennan), as the 1-2 favorite, moved from third. "Aracache" found a :55.4 intermission before second choice Domethatagain (Brent Holland) moved from fourth. That one prompted the issue in and out of the 1:23.4 three-quarters, though Aracache Hanover maintained a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, his $1.5 million career resume failed to impress the Westchesterites. Great Vintage ducked inside, winning a protracted duel by a nose in 1:51.4. Diamond Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) closed stoutly to snatch second, with Aracache Hanover--beaten a head--Domethatagain and I Fought Dalaw completing the cashers. For Great Vintage, a 5-year-old statebred son of American Ideal trained by Jimmy Takter for co-owners Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg and Falkbolagen AB, he returned $13.80 (third choice) his for his seventh win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $152, with the triple returning $641. Special Saturday night props to Lucky Man, whose third-place finish in the $19,000, fifth-race pace made his harness racing's newest millionaire ($1,000,838). 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 around the NYRA schedule. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 13, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the lasses and a non-discriminatory Trot for either/or--were won by Blue Chip Matchmaker victress Feeling You (Tyler Buter, $8.60) and an in-form Can I Say (Buter again, $18.20). Locally-debuting Fashion Mystery (Brent Holland) seat everyone early from the pole, finding a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. She was not in a giving mood when Sir Jillian's Z Tam (Pat Lachance) moved from fourth. Those two prompters put up a :54.4 intermission, salivating the mouths of the closers. It was a second-up, 9-5 favorite Ramalama (George Brennan) who took her shot at the lead toward the 1:23.1 three-quarters. However, she couldn't go by as Fashion Mystery held a stubborn--but short--lead into the lane. The fresh threat was a third-over Feeling You. Starting from post position No. 6, she launched her wide bid through the lane, powering past from fifth. Feeling You widened to win by 3½ lengths in 1:52.2. Second went to 49-1 rank outsider Rock N Load (Jason Bartlett), with a from-last Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears), Ramalama and Fashion Mystery coming away with the remainder. For second choice Feeling You, a 6-year-old daughter of Cambest co-owned by her driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, it was her ninth win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $201, with the triple returning $520. The featured trot saw Prayer Session (Bartlett) take his shot from the pole, leading a quartet of early leavers through early intervals of :26.4 and :56.3. He'sgotlegs (Mark MacDonald) was pocketed and, after a break by Somebody AS (Dan Dube), Brando's Muscle Man (Brennan) settled third. Lone lady Can I Say-from post No. 4--then moved out of fourth, gaining on the leader in and out of a 1:25.1 three-quarters. Meanwhile, this particular Prayer Session was about done turning for home, as Can I Say sustained her bid. She whipped a passing-lane He'sgotlegs by a neck in 1:55.4. Super Manning (Sears), trailing from his ordered eight-hole, closed for third as the slight 2-1 choice, with Lorenzo Dream (Eric Goodell) and "Brando" rounding out the payees. For sixth choice Can I Say, a 4-year-old daughter of Fourth and One co-owned by Terry & Clarence Devos and James Whelan and trained by Scott Osterhout (turned 29 Friday), she's now 5-for-17 this season. Can I Say is 4-for-4 since arriving from Mohawk, moving up the class ladder each time. The exacta paid $89.50, the triple returned $1,176 and the superfecta paid $4,202. 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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 6, 2013--Yonkers Raceway's Friday night $37,000 co-featured Open Handicaps--Pace for the fairer sex and Trot for anyone of distinction--were won by people's choices Royal Cee Cee N (Brian Sears, $4.10) and three-peating (sorry, Pat Riley) Tall Cotton (George Brennan, $5.70). Royal Cee Cee, from post position No. 7, worked past Rock N Load (Dan Dube), making the lead right at a :27.3 first two furlongs. From there, nary an issue (:56.4 half, 1:25.2 three-quarters). She kept a first-up Mibestkeptsecret (Mark MacDonald) at bay, and a length-and-three-quarters turning for home was a length-and-a-quarter at the (1:53.1) wire. Second went to Rock N Load, with I Know Nothing (Eric Goodell) and Mibestkeptsecret and Ramalama (Brennan) coming away with the remainder. For Royal Cee Cee N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, it was her sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.80, the triple returned $263.50 and the superfecta paid $953. The featured trot saw tepid 9-5 choice Tall Cotton--from his ordered eight-hole--march to the lead around pole-assignee Prayer Session (Brent Holland). Taking over after a :27.2 opening quarter he then rated a :56.1 half. Then, second-choice Little Brown Fox (Sears)--who had taken a seat fourth--made a second move. He tried to engaged the leader before the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but never came close. Tall Cotton opened 2½ lengths entering the lane, before winning by that same margin in 1:55.3. Likeabatoutahell (Goodell) skimmed the cones, closing from last to grab second, with Somebody AS (catch-driver Dube), Prayer Session and Bastille (Jim Pantaleano) rounding out the payees. For Tall Cotton, a 7-year-old Revenue S gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by Burke, Howard Taylor, Weaver Brusecemi and Edwin Gold, he's now 7-for-18 this season (those three consecutive wins in a four-week period). The exacta paid $34.40, with triple returning $292. 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 around the NYRA schedule (note that Belmont Park opens Saturday). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 31, 2013--Canadian invader Michael's Power (George Brennan, $4.10) could not have had it much simpler Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Open Pace. The lone leaver--from post position No. 6--Brennan and the favorite had things all their own way. Waltzing through qualifier-like early fractions of :27.4 and :57.1, last season's Little Brown Jug and Confederation Cup winner had 'em right where he wanted 'em. It was Malak Uswaad N (Eric Goodell) taking a shot from fourth going toward the 1:25 three-quarters, but he was rebuffed. The leader, with a length-and-a-half advantage turning for home, completed a :26.4 final quadrant (1:51.4) to prevail by a comfy length-and-a-quarter. China Grill outdid Flem N Em N for second, with Domethatagain (Brent Holland) and Malak Uswaad N rounding out the payees. For locally-debuting Michael's Power, a 4-year-old homebred Camluck gelding owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Casie Coleman, it was his third win in seven seasonal starts (career 18-for-30, earnings of $1,546,817). The exacta paid $16.20, with the triple returning $63. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday (including Labor Day), Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule (note that Saratoga Race Course ends Monday, with Belmont Park opening next Saturday). by Frank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 30, 2013--Sophomore fillies invaded Westchester Friday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $282,975 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace. The event annually honors the memory of the former Executive Secretary of the Harness Horse Breeders of New York, whose contributions to the success of the statebred program cannot be measured. Three divisions--at $94,325 each--comprised the coterie. Pocket-sitter defeated pace-setter in the first division, with Sir Lehigh Z Tam (Pat Lachance) beating 2-5 choice Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) by a head in 1:54.3. Road Bet (Marcus Miller) was third. "Miriam" quarter-moved, then put up fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:24.4. She had a length-and-a-quarter lead turning for home, but "Lehigh," in play early from post position No. 4, ducked inside and picked off the favorite. For second choice Sir Lehigh Z Tam, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by her (trainer) driver, M&M Harness Racing and Ira Rosenblum, she returned $7.90 (second choice) for her third win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta $15.20, with the triple returning $53. The second event saw frosh sire stakes champ Summertime Lea (Jim Morrill Jr., $2.10) prevail as the puniest of parimutuel propositions. Leaving from post No. 2, :"Lea" worked around pole-starting Freetime (Andy Miller), then laid down the law through intervals of :27.3, :57, 1:26.1 and 1:54.3. The final margin was 2¼ lengths over Lismore winner JK Black Beauty (Jason Bartlett), with Freetime holding the bottom of the ticket. For Summertime Lea, a daughter of Lislea co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino and Earl Smith, she's now 7-for-9 this season and 15-for-19 in her career. The exacta paid $8, with the triple returning $36.60. Friday evening's final Hamilton hoedown was another take-no-prisoners effort, this one by Winbak Heavenly (Jim Marohn Jr.). Leaving from post No. 3, she stuffed Springforth (Larry Stalbaum) in behind, then set quick quarters of 27 seconds flat and :55.1. That's when 2-5 shot Social Scene (George Brennan) came on the scene. However, once she moved from third, it was obvious she was not the age group track record-holder of earlier this summer. Social Scene never seriously threatened by the 1:23.4 three-quarters. Meanwhile, Winbak Heavenly, with a couple of lengths entering the lane, held Springforth at bay by a neck in 1:53.2...matching her life-best effort. Brussels Hanover (Brent Holland) closed from last among the six-pack to grab third. As for Social Scene, she tired badly and finishing behind her five foes. For Winbak Heavenly, an American Ideal lass owned by Paul Jensen and trained by Mike Deters, she returned $15.40 (third choice) for her seventh win in 15 '13 tries. The exacta paid $76.50, with the triple returning $467. Friday night's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps, for trotters and lady pacers, were won by Wishing Stone (Brennan, $2.90)--he a double-millionaire--in 1:54.3, and Krispy Apple (Brian Sears, $6.30)--she a millionairess--in 1:53. The effort by Wishing Stone, who overcame the eight-hole to win by 6¼ lengths, was a track record (aged trotting horse). 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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 27, 2013--First-season fillies were on display once again Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $235,887 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three divisions--at $78,629 each--comprised the event. The first division saw Sweetnsinful (Jimmy Whittemore) take no prisoners, and no compassion. In play from post No. 2, the lass led through fractions of :28.1, :58.3; 1:27.3 and 1:55.1. It was 2-5 favorite JK Molly (Tim Tetrick) two-moving and chasing, though beaten a length-and-a-quarter. Zoe Blue Chip (George Brennan) was a pocket third. For second choice Sweetnsinful, a daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Homer and Connie Hochstetler & James Michaels, she returned $7.20 for her second win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $15, with the triple returning $58.50. The second event saw Tetrick and 2-5 choice Mind Over Matter through down intervals of :28.2, :58.1 and 1:27.1, only to be unable to close the sale. Second choice A La Notte Hanover (Brennan) edged from the pocket, but she wasn't the problem. That title belonged to Rain Cloud Hanover (Mark MacDonald). Given the passing lane by "A La Notte," she did indeed pass both horses in front of her. Rain Cloud Hanover, in her south-of-the-border debut, whipped A La Notte Hanover by a half-length 1:55.4. Mind Over Matter faded to third--beaten three-quarters of a length--with Gentlemen's Delight (Yannick Gingras) fourth. For "Rain Cloud," an Art Major miss owned by Christopher Nicci and trained by David Taff, she returned $27.80 (third choice) and is 5-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $75.70, the triple returned $138.50 and the superfecta paid $506. Tetrick, accorded the role of people's preference yet again in third division, this time made the chalk players giddy. He lasted on the lead with Supplemental Income ($4). From post No. 6 and after sub-stations of :29.1, :59.2, 1:28 and (life-best) 1:56, she fought off the inside advances of 18-1 Jaded Dream (Jason Bartlett). The margin was a neck at the wire. It Was Fascination (Brent Holland) nosed Instant Respect (Gingras) for third. For Supplemental Income, a Bettor's Delight ma'am trained by PJ Fraley for owner Bamond Racing, she's won half of her six first-season tries while hitting the board each occasion. The exacta paid $39.60, with the triple returning $179. Statebreds return Friday night, with the $282,975 NYSS Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old fillies. 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 around the NYRA schedule. by Frank Drucker  

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