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YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 7, 2014--Yonkers Raceway's pair of Friday night $33,000 Open Handicaps--a Pace for the ladies and a Trot for all who sent in their proofs of purchase--were won by odds-on favorite Ramalama (Matt Kakaley, $2.90) and a repeating DW's NY Yank (George Brennan, $4.40). Starting from post position No. 4--the best she could have hoped for the way the race was laid out--Ramalama settled third as Lorrie Please (Eric Carlson) made an immediate lead around pole-sitting Simple Saver N (Tyler Buter). After cheapy fractions of :29.3 and :59.4, Ramalama was out and advancing. The people's choice engaged "Lorrie" in and out of a 1:28 three-quarters, and they were throwing it down through the lane. The fave had to work for it, but she did prevail, edging past Lorrie Please by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Simple Saver N, Magic Starlight N (Brennan)--who gapped the winner down the backside--and Ideal in Vegas (Jordan Stratton) rounded out the payees. For Ramalama, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by David Duspiva for co-owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, it was her first win (along with three seconds) in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $13.80, with the triple returning $116. The week's marquee trot--reduced to seven when inside number Likeabatoutahell was ill--was a two-speed number involving the two outside assignees. It was DW's NY Yank-from post No. 7--taking over from Zooming (Buter) just after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. A soft :59-second intermission, then pressure from a first-up Bob N Tony (Ron Pierce). The leader remained so going past a 1:28.2 three-quarters, taking a three-quarter length lead out of the final turn. Zooming ducked inside but missed, beaten a head in 1:57. Backstreet Hanover (Carlson) was a closing third, with Lorenzo Dream (Kakaley) and Bob N Tony settling for the remainder For "D W", a 5-year-old Dilbert Hanover gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Howard Taylor, it was his third win in as many '14 tries The exacta paid $11, the triple returned $44.60 and the superfecta (four wagering favorites in order) paid $140. A special Friday salute to noted bon vivant--and occasional Saturday TV co-host--Gary Machiz, whose Where to Hanover (Stratton, $5.10) delivered the goods in the $15,000, fifth-race trot. Where to Hanover negotiated the mile-and-one-sixteenth in 2:05.3, then immediately demanded a raise from his owner. 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, 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  

When harness racing owner/trainer Gary Machiz decided to turn Where To Hanover's lines over to longtime friend Joe King, he did so with some very specific advice. 'I gave him a list of all the mistakes I made over the years,' Machiz said. 'I said 'Don't repeat those, just make new ones.' He not only hasn't made any mistakes, but he made improvements.'

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