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Yonkers Raceway rolled into a harness racing summer's last go-round with Friday night's usual pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps. The week's marquee trot was enlivened by the first local appearance of double millionaire Arch Madness (Brian Sears, three winners on the 13-race card), who was making a rare small-track sojourn.

'Twas the night before Yonkers Trot, and a rainy Yonkers Raceway offered a pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps for your dining and dancing pleasure. The weekly featured Trot was a matchup of the past couple of Yonkers Trot winners...sort of like Old-Timers Day, except these two boys are both very much active.

After finishing a close second the previous week in the $28,750 open handicap pace for fillies and mares at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs, Ireneonthemove got to the winner's circle Wednesday (August 19) at the Northeastern Pennsylvania harness racing track.

A total of fourteen 3-year-olds--including one filly--have been entered for Yonkers Trot No. 55. The total purse for harness racing's double nickel edition of Yonkers Raceway's marquee trotting event is $750,774.

Nip N Attack wins Open Handicap Fillies and Mares Feature at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Nip N Attack scored her fifth open handicap pace victory for fillies and mares Wednesday night (August 12) at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Purse was $28,750.

Blueridge Western, leader in preliminary-round points, drew post position No. 7 for Yonkers Raceway's $370,000 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Post time for Saturday night's 11-race card is 7:10 PM, with the finale of the Levy Series - the sport's richest race of 2009 to date - going as the ninth race.

Where's the mares? Grammar aside, more than likely, here. Yonkers Raceway Friday night begin a new, distaff-only series--the Blue Chip Matchmaker--featuring three, $40,000 divisions with some of the finest pacing ladies around.

'Anything you can do, I can do...just as well'. Greg Grismore and Jason Bartlett made their own Siamese section of Yonkers Raceway's record books last week, with each driver winning seven saces on consecutive nights.

The night before "unlucky" Friday the 13th, Greg Grismore rolled a lucky seven, winning that many Yonkers Raceway dashes from 11 drives. Grismore-driven horses made momey in all of his races. Grismore, who began the evening tied with Ryan Anderson for fourth with 35 local victories, won the $5,000 pacing opener with public choice Corner Cruiser ($3.10) in 1:59.4.

Unless you happen to be driver Cat Manzi and/or trainer Csrl Cito Jr., these sort of Friday nght theme stories would probably border on the boring. For Manzi and Cito, these are the sort of reruns they can live with, as stablemates American Lane (Trot) and Nip N Attack (Filly and Mare Pace) once again took care of Yonkers Raceway business in the $31,000 co-featured Open Handicaps.

Consistent commodities American Lane (three wins in a row) and J K Pure Pearl (two in a row) maintained their Friday night form, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $31,000 co-featured events. American Lane, who has made winning from an assigned eight-hole his life's work, was the last of Cat Manzi's four winners on the 11-race program.

Driver Greg Grismore made an early holiday haul Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $40,000 Open Handicaps with Beach Nut Brand (Trot) and Binions (Filly and Mare Pace).

Binions, last in the early going,, snapped a stubborn favorite Omen Hanover at the wire of Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $40,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. With Greg Grismore driving for trainer Ronnie Burke, Binions--ordered to begin from post position No. 7--was at the back of the bus early while Miss Galvinator A (Larry Stalbaum) tried her luck with the baton.

Those Halloween night ghosts, ghouls and goblins were joined by cheering chalkplayers as a couple of Yonkers Raceway favorites won their respective $40,000 co-features. Go on BB, a sharp Meadows shipper, had no problem negotiating the change of venue in the Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.

Episode #16 of the TV show, "Pennsylvania HarnessWeek," which airs every Saturday on Comcast SportsNet at 4pm from August 30th through December 20th, 2008. Join your hosts Steve Ross and Heather Moffett as we put you in the bike for the hottest harness racing excitement from Harrah's Chester Racetrack & Casino and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Maltese Artist, who has pocketed more than $2 million in his stellar career, added to that number from a Yonkers Raceway pocket Saturday nigbt. Hermetically sealed to the back of Kenneth J--himself a millionaire--Maltese Artist rolled on by to win the $40,00 Open Handicap Pace.

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