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Kerford Road A saved ground for much of the Yonkers Raceway harness racing conditioned feature pace on Tuesday, but his move at the five-eighths and late tenacity earned him a spot in the winner's circle.   Jim Marohn Jr. landed the seven-year-old gelding the pocket spot from post four heading for the first bend, but Redbank Blaze A's (Matt Kakaley) brush to the top relegated him to third. Kerford Road continued in the three-hole through splits of :28 and :56.3 before going on the attack past the five-eighths pole.   Kerford Road made inroads on the leader quickly, reaching the Redbank Blaze A's harness as the six-horse field hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two locked in battle down the stretch, and Kerford Road prevailed under the light of the wire in a 1:53.4 triumph.   Redbank Blaze A was a neck short in second, completing an Aussie top two. Pointomygrandson (Scott Zeron) was a clear third.   KERFORD ROAD REPLAY     Kerford Road A, an Australian expat that moved to North America in 2020, has won 20 of his 77 lifetime starts and earned more than $145,000. The ownership group of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, and John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee brought the son of Somebeachsomewhere stateside; Robert Harmon trains for the coalition.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Wednesday, May 5 with a nine-race card that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Hesa Kingslayer N improved to three-for-three, Rockapelo repeated impressively, and Western Joe picked up his initial triumph in the event in Monday night's (March 29) trio of $40,000 divisions of the third leg of the MGM Borgata Pacing Series for free-for-allers at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Jim Marohn Jr. in the opening section, Hesa Kingslayer N was able to get into the pocket from post four and had a great view of a battle for the lead between Pat Stanley N (Jordan Stratton) and a parked-out None Bettor A (Todd McCarthy). Pat Stanley N gave None Bettor A the cold shoulder through fractions of 27, 56.4, and 1:25, and when None Bettor A began to back up on the final turn, that gave Marohn Jr. and Hesa Kingslayer N the escape route to the outside they needed. Once he had clear sailing, Hesa Kingslayer N pounced on Pat Stanley N, going by him in upper stretch on his way to a 2 1/4 length victory in 1:53. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) was also on the outside throughout in the second-over position and checked in as the runner-up after going three-high on the final bend, and Pat Stanley N held third. HESA KINGSLAYER N REPLAY    Trainer Mike Deters also co-owns Hesa Kingslayer N, an 8-year-old gelding by Christian Cullen, with partner Joel Warner. Hesa Kingslayer N is now a 20-time winner in his career, and he has now earned $189,962. The 2-5 favorite, Hesa Kingslayer N paid $2.80 to win and led an $8.40 exacta and a $24.00 trifecta. In the next split, Rockapelo (George Brennan) motored directly to the lead from post three and fronted his rivals through opening-half stations of 27 and 55.2. Mach N Cheese (Joe Bongiorno) watched the early proceedings from the three-hole, then came with a quick burst off the third turn that nearly put him on even-terms with Rockapelo as three-quarters went on the board in 1:23.2. Rockapelo was able to fend off Mach N Cheee's bid, though, and when Rockapelo kicked it into another gear entering the lane, Mach N Cheese couldn't match strides with the pace-setter, who went on to an impressive 2 1/4 length victory in 1:51.2. Mach N Cheese did end up second over San Domino A (Todd McCarthy). ROCKAPELO REPLAY   The victorious 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., and Phil Collura. Rockapelo now has a record of 21-19-11 from 83 appearances, and he has banked$491,106. Rockapelo, the 2-1 favorite, returned $6.60 to win and was atop a $72.50 exacta and a $148.50 trifecta. Monday night's final flight saw leg one winner Lyons Steel (Austin Siegelman) charge out to early command from post two, but round two victor Backstreet Shadow (Tim Tetrick) was out and on the move from third, and Backstreet Shadow landed on the point after the quick 26.3 opening quarter. Backstreet Shadow would go on to the half in 55.3, with Ostro Hanover (Tyler Buter) coming first-up from fourth prior to that marker and Western Joe (Dexter Dunn) grabbing the cover to sit second-over. Ostro Hanover advanced on the rim into second before the 1:23.2 three-quarters, but that was as far as he could get as Backstreet Shadow rebuffed any further headway. Meanwhile, Western Joe had gapped on the third turn and into the backstretch, but after being high-lined along by Dunn, he caught back up to Ostro Hanover entering the far turn before going three-wide. Backstreet Shadow still looked good as he turned into the lane first, but Western Joe had a full head of steam on the far outside, and he powered by Backstreet Shadow on his way to a two length score in 1:51.4. Backstreet Shadow came in second, a nose better than Lyons Steel. WESTERN JOE REPLAY   Western Joe is a 7-year-old Western Ideal gelding trained by Chris Choate for co-owner/breeder Anthony Ruggeri and co-owner Richard Tosies. Western Joe picked up lifetime win 32 from 104 trips behind the gate, and he has now put away $761,858. Western Joe, sent off as the 2-1 second choice, paid $6.40 to win and keyed a $10.20 exacta and a $37.20 trifecta.   The MGM Borgata Pacing Series has two preliminary rounds remaining on Monday, April 5 and Monday, April 12. The final is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 19. Stakes action continues at Yonkers Raceway later this week. On Wednesday (March 31), there are four $20,000 divisions of the first leg of the John Brennan Trotting Series, with early season stars Some Chapter (race four, Dexter Dunn/Anette Lorentzon) and Get Legs (race seven, Andy Miller/Julie Miller) among the entrants. On Friday (April 2), two $35,000 splits of the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for pacing mares will take place. Leg one winner Blue Ivy (post five, Tyler Buter/Todd Buter) heads the first section (race two), and then in the second flight (race three), Machnhope (post four, Andrew McCarthy/Noel Daley), a two-time victor in the event, returns from a one-week break to battle with Snobbytown (post three, George Brennan/Ron Burke), who scored in Matchmaker action a week ago. For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Smalldownthrowdown threw down the challenge early, and no one was able to catch him as he cruised to victory in the Preferred Handicap harness rawcing trot at Freehold Raceway on Friday (March 26).   Off three wins earlier this season, and a recent fifth-place finish in the Open Handicap at Yonkers, Smalltownthrowdown was the 7/2 third choice in the field of six. Driver Jim Marohn Jr left quickly from post position five, setting up shop on the front end and setting respectable opening fractions. He went the first quarter in 28 4/5 seconds, followed by an opening half mile in 58 seconds.   As they neared three-quarters, Casino Cutie It launched a strong first-over bid, with Chaptiama grabbing cover and favored Obrigado saving ground in the pocket. However, Smalltownthrowdown remained strong on the lead, never looking like he was in serious danger. In the stretch, he drew away to win by two lengths. His time of 1:55 3/5 is the second-fastest ever trotted by an aged gelding at Freehold, eclipsed only by the 1:54 4/5 mark set by Stormy Kromer last August.   SMALLTOWNTHROWDOWN REPLAY       Smalltownthrowdown, an eight-year-old gelding by Cash Hall, is owned by Wish Me Luck Stables and trained by Mike Terpolilli. His career earnings are now north of $1.07 million.   Obrigado, Chaptiama, Casino Cutie It, Allindotime, and King Cast rounded out the order of finish.   Live racing at Freehold continues on Saturday (March 27), with a 13-race card starting at about 12:30 PM.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Life Well Lived went into the Friday (March 19) harness racing feature at Freehold Raceway looking for revenge. Last week, he set the pace in the Preferred Handicap trot, only to fade in the stretch. This time, he sought to seal the deal on the front end.   He did just that, holding off his rivals to win the Preferred Handicap by half a length. Leaving from post position five, Jim Marohn Jr marched him up to the early lead, and cleared to the front just after the opening quarter. After a strong first quarter of :28 seconds, Marohn slowed things down in the second quarter, going the half mile in :57 4/5 seconds while starting to inch clear of his rivals.   As they rounded the final turn, Life Well Lived remained on the lead. Grey, a Florida invader, and Casino Cutie It, last week's Preferred winner, both mounted serious bids as they turned for home. Life Well Lived had enough left in the tank, and he held on for the victory. He trotted the mile in 1:58 1/5, for his first victory of the year.   LIFE WELL LIVED REPLAY       Life Well Lived is owned by Fox Racing Inc and trained by Carmen Auciello. He's won 18 times from 146 starts, with earnings of more than $307,000. He was bred by Winbak Farm.   Grey held on for second, while Casino Cutie It finished third. Stinglike a B K, Drazzmatazz, Slated to Win, and Lionhead completed the order of finish.   Live racing continues at Freehold this Saturday (March 20), with a 13-race card starting at 12:30 PM. There will be a pick 5 carryover worth $478.66, starting in race 5.   For full race results, click here.   From Freehold Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- The saying that March comes "in like a lion" certainly applies to harness racing Jim Marohn Jr. He won four races on the first Saturday of March (March 6) at Freehold Raceway.   Marohn got his first win of the day in race 2, as he went gate-to-wire on Sword Ofthe Spirit for trainer Lewis Nunes. After two runner-up finishes, he got another win in race 7, as Ron Coyne-trained Ozone Blue Chip won going away.   He completed the hat trick in upset fashion, guiding Ari Allstar to a come-from-behind win in race 10 at 61/1, for trainer Julius Czermann Jr. That's the biggest longshot to win at the Freehold meet so far.       There were no surprises in race 11, as Marohn polished off his grand slam with an easy win on favored Dream on Dream On, for trainer Ray Ahto.   Marohn also won two races on Friday's card, making for a six-win week to begin March at Freehold. His 34 wins are good for second place in the driver standings, trailing only Austin Siegelman.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday (March 12), starting at about 12:30 PM.   Tony Verruso takes amateur dash   For the second time in less than a month Tony Verruso and Slated To Win scored a victory in the American Harness Drivers Club trot at Freehold Raceway Today they were victorious in 2:00.1.Just three weeks prior Verruso guided the 5-year-old Uncle Peter gelding to a victory in an earlier leg of the trotting series also at the New Jersey double-oval. When the gate sprung in today's contest Verruso gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they looped Always A Good Time (Joe Faraldo) who had started from post four. “My horse leaves good and I fired him up when the gate sprung and he trotted to right around Faraldo's horse and we had command before the quarter,” Verruso said via phone after the race. “Once on the lead he was on the bit so I let him ramble.” “After a :29.4 first quarter Always A Good Time seemed content to be on the limb and Joe (Faraldo) wasn't pushing the pace so we got by the half in one-minute flat,” Verruso added. The leaders remained one-two by the three quarters as the timer flashed 1:30.3. However, when they rounded the final turn and straightened for home  Always A Good Time started to fade and Tony Beltrami hustled Big Smoove up alongside Slated To Win and the two were joined by Dark Pool (John Calabrese) and the three battled all the way to the wire. At the finish Slated To Win was a length better than his rivals and went on to a 2:00.1 victory. Big Smoove was second best and Dark Poole was a head farther back for the show dough.   Slated To Win is owned by George Beck and trained by Symon Spicer. He paid $9.60 for win. For full race results, click here. by Freehold Raceway and John Manzi

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway wrapped up the Harold Kelly Memorial Pacing Series this Saturday (January 23), with a pair of harness racing finals. The division I final was restricted to horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 68.00 and 71.50 at the start of the series. Test Ride, a first-leg winner two races back, took home the lion's share of the $10,000 purse with a 1 1/2-length victory. Jim Marohn Jr sent him to the front early on from post position three, and though he had a hard time clearing to the lead, he made it there just after the opening quarter. He maintained the lead heading around the far turn the final time, then encountered a stiff challenge from Panther's Pinot as they turned for home. However, Test Ride held everyone at bay, and held on for the 2/1 win. He's owned by George Beck and trained by Symon Spicer. Test Ride The division II final was held a few races later, and featured horses with a TrackMaster Horse Rating between 71.50 and 75.00. Taste of History, who had never trailed in the first two legs, was sent off as the overwhelming 1/10 favorite from the inside post. However, it was Na Na Na Baatman who proved the hero. He wore down Taste of History in the stretch, to pull off a 6/1 upset. That's his second win of the year from four starts, after hitting the board in the first two legs of the series. Na Na Na Baatman Daniel Dube had the winning drive for owner Jennifer Orozco and Izzy Estrada, covering the mile in 1:58.3. Orozco and Estrada also sent out third-place finisher Major Jesse. Live racing resumes at Freehold on Thursday, starting at about 12:30 PM. There will be a carryover in the pick 5, of $782.            

Freehold, NJ --- For the fifth day in a row, a harness racing driver won at least four races at Freehold Raceway. On Friday (December 11), Jim Marohn Jr did two better, as he won six races on the 11-race program.   Marohn did his best work on the front end. Five of his winners were in gate-to-wire style. He scored with Live and Let Di in race 2, for trainer Scott DiDomenico, Rossini in the 7th race for trainer Lucas Wallin, Vintage Gal in the eighth race for trainer Brandon Mongiello, Maggnifispin in race 9, AP Emily's Dance in race 11, the latter two for Paul Fusco. Marohn also won race 6 with Don Maiorano's Latoka, keeping him in the pocket and powering up the passing lane in the stretch.   Fusco had a training hat trick on the card. In addition to his wins with Marohn, he won race 6 with Fear My Shadow. Jim Marshall III was the winning driver on that one.   Jim Marohn Jr winning on Live and Let Di in race 2   For Marohn, he's now won 39 races on the calendar year at Freehold from 169 starts.That's good for seventh in the driver standings. His winning percentage of 23% is the second-most among drivers with at least 100 drives at Freehold this year.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday (December 12), with a scheduled first post time of 12:30 PM.   Publicity Freehold Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - Bell I No had won five straight races in the $16,000 top claiming handicap pace at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, all with George Napolitano Jr. driving (all after being claimed out of the previous race), but on Saturday the track's leading harness racing driver selected off the streaking pacer in favor of Daamericansky, with whom he had won in 1:50.2 at Philly last time out and who was sent off as favorite. For 5200+ feet of this week's featured claimer, it looked like GNap and the crowd had made a winning selection as Daamericansky led from the go, but suddenly the Bettor's Delight gelding Lachie Maguire N and driver Jim Marohn Jr. came flying late and caught the chalk in the last step in 1:51. Bell I No, who had to go first-over, settled for third here, and he will again be changing barns for the $30,000 claiming price. Lachie Maguire N, a ten-year-old who took his mark of 1:50.2 here earlier this year, now has a lifetime bankroll of $462,357. Justin Sodano trains the consistent veteran for owner Anthony Ventriglio. A foursome of $11,200 conditioned features, two on the trot and two on the pace, served as co-featured events; drivers Tyler Buter and Jordan Stratton both captured one of each. One of the trots went to the 2019 Pocono Trotter of the Year, the Explosive Matter gelding Rich And Miserable, who was an easy winner in 1:53.2 for Tyler Buter, trainer Todd Buter, and the partnership of Buter Farm Inc., Lynette Buter, and William and Carol Fuhs. In the other trotting section, the Great Success gelding Need Luck N came uncovered from sixth, going his own last half in :56.4, to win in a lifetime best 1:55 for Stratton, trainer Jason Johnson, and owner David Neilson (who, interestingly, was the owner claiming Bell I No today). In the first of the two co-headline paces, the Somebeachsomewhere gelding Kerford Road A took full advantage of the rail, not letting anyone go, including early-moving favorite Dealt A Winner. And after all that, he still had enough to withstand closing Peace Out Posse while recording a lifetime best of 1:50.1 for Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and the ownership of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, and John Campagnuolo. Jordan Stratton repeated his uncovered tactics in the co-featured trot to secure the victory in the other top pace, just rallying the A Rocknroll Dance gelding Itsrocknroll A past stubborn pacesetter Lying In Cash in a 1:51.4 lifetime mile best for trainer Dylan Davis, the latter co-owner with Michael Casalino Jr. Buter, Stratton, and Anthony Napolitano each guided three horses back past the winners circle on the Saturday afternoon program. Racing resumes at Pocono tomorrow at 5 p.m., with a $204,904.38 carryover in the Rainbow Pick 5 pool (have a unique ticket with winners of the last five races). From the PHHA / The Downs

YONKERS, N.Y. – On any given day when Soho Lennon comes off the track after training, harness racing trainer Doug Dilloian, Jr. knows there could be a delay in getting back to the barn. Dilloian has trained Soho Lennon since early 2016 and the horse has developed a bond with his conditioner. “He’s easy to fall in love with,” Dilloian said. “When he comes in off the racetrack, when I hook the lines up and go to take the jog cart off, he’ll stop and he’ll rub his head all up and down my back and he’ll do it for four, five, six minutes to the point where sometimes his bridle will come right off.” Around the barn, Soho Lennon rules the roost. He lets his connections know at lunch time he’s ready to eat and he wants to be fed first. Each morning, Soho Lennon goes out in the paddock with barn mate Runrunjimmydunn, and if they aren’t the first two horses out the door, Soho Lennon starts banging on his stall gate and flipping his feed tub over. “He knows he runs the barn,” Dilloian said. And with good reason. Since arriving in the U.S., the Australia-bred Mach Three son has earned $441,380 in Dilloian’s barn for owners David Linker and Howard Perlmutter’s Pit Bull Stable. Soho Lennon had six-figure seasons in each year since his arrival except for 2017, when he only made 20 starts due to sickness. Now at 10 years old, the gelded pacer will try to earn his first victory in the Yonkers Raceway Open Handicap Pace Saturday night (Feb. 8). “We bought him to be a high-level condition horse. His consistency over a long period of time has been more of a surprise. A lot of horses peak and once they get to 9 or 10, start tailing off a little bit classification wise. But for four years, especially in the wintertime, he’s been anywhere from a non-winners of 20 (thousand dollars last five) to an Open pacer consistently every year,” Dilloian said. “He gets a limited amount of starts. He’s a 20- to 25-start per year horse, which is probably why he’s remained as sharp as he has for all these years.  “He’s no world-beater by any means and he’s not the fastest horse, he’s just one of those horses that gives you 110 percent every week.” Soho Lennon showed promise in his home country, winning the Group 2, $50,000 West Australia Nights of Thunder Final over 1,730 meters at Gloucester Park January 2, 2015. However, one year later, Soho Lennon was out of form, finishing sixth or worse in his last four Australian starts. The horse became available for sale and Dilloian saw the opportunity. Dilloian connected with Perlmutter on Facebook via a mutual friend. After the pair had success with Australian import Bettor Reason, a solid partnership had been formed. David Linker later sent Dilloian a text indicating he would like to get involved with a foreign horse. He joined the group and they imported Soho Lennon in Feb. 2016. “We bought him at a very reasonable rate,” Dilloian said. “He’s just been an absolute blessing since.” “Since that time, those two are the two greatest owners I’ve had,” Dilloian said. “They don’t aggravate you; they don’t bother you. Whatever is in the best interest of the horse, that’s what they’ll do. If one needs a month off or two months off, if they need week of from racing, do it. Since I only have eight to 10 horses most of the time, we generally try to take care of our horses and not over race them. We try to get longevity. “We bought Soho Lennon and then we’ve had a bunch of them since then. It’s just really been a good rapport. With those guys, it’s usually anywhere between seven and nine horses in the barn at any given time,” Dilloian continued. “And we just try to focus on quality. If they don’t go a half, I’d rather move them along or send them to other trainers, because I just want to focus on Yonkers. The purses are amazing and I really believe if you just week in and week out stay there, the horses will reward you.” Of Soho Lennon’s 102 U.S. races, 95 have come at Yonkers. One rare exception came at the end of the gelding’s 2019 campaign. After the pacer had a tough trip in a local $22,000 overnight Dec. 14, Dilloian pointed him to a $10,500 race at Freehold. Soho Lennon drew the inside and led gate-to-wire; the win put Soho Lennon over the $100,000 mark in earnings for the year. Soho Lennon returned to Yonkers Jan. 11, posting a 2 3/4-length victory in 1:52.2 in a $20,000 overnight. He continued to climb the class-ladder in his next two starts and posted two more wins over off tracks to run his streak to four, all with Jim Marohn, Jr. in the bike. “Going into the final week before Christmas, he had gotten roughed up at Yonkers, had gotten a tough trip and got parked. We wanted to take care of him the next couple starts, so I entered him at Freehold and he finished out the year over $100 (thousand),” Dilloian said. “It got his confidence back. And then we gave him a little break and since Yonkers reopened, he’s been drawing well, but he’s been earning it. He’s been very sharp.”   Soho Lennon continues to step up in class Saturday night (Feb. 8) as he will make his first start at the Open level since Dec. 15, 2018. Soho Lennon drew post one in the $40,000 feature and will again have Marohn in the sulky. The pair are 4-1 on the morning line. Soho Lennon will face seven rivals, including Jack’s Legend. The Rich Banca trainee impressed in the Open ranks last fall and enters off consecutive placings in the Preferred Handicap from outside posts. He was assigned post four this week and is the 3-1 morning line favorite with Jason Bartlett slated to drive. Ostro Hanover also rides a 4-race win streak into this week’s pacing feature, but has missed three weeks. Dan Dube will drive the Rene Allard trainee from post six. Bettor Memories enters off an upset win in the local Preferred Handicap Feb. 1, but drew post eight. San Domino was the runner up in last week’s Preferred Handicap and the Andrew Harris trainee will start from post seven in his second start of the year. Tookadiveoffdipper is 2-for-3 this season and upset the local Preferred Handicap Jan. 25. Brent Holland will drive the Virgil Morgan, Jr. trainee from post five. Somebaddude and Don Domingo complete the lineup. “The rail is obviously a great equalizer,” Dilloian said. “I don’t know that (Soho Lennon) is a true Open horse and Banca’s horse looks like he’s the real deal. Soho Lennon is one of those horses that when I watch him race, I never count him out, but things will have to go his way for sure to beat this kind of field. He trained good this week and I really believe when horses are sharp in their head, they don’t know who they’re racing against, so I definitely wouldn’t count him out.” Dilloian expects Marohn to utilize the inside advantage and Soho Lennon’s speed to secure a good position early. “He’s probably not the fastest leaver, but he leaves fast enough to where I hope he can protect. His best races are on the front. I don’t see that happening in there because he’s not going to be the favorite and I don’t know that he has enough speed to cut the corner and seat everybody,” Dilloian said. “It looks like he’s hopefully going to get away in the two-hole, but probably third. I’ll let Jimmy Marohn take it from there. Things will have to go his way, but if he has any kind of opportunity where he gets a decent trip, if he’s got to win on heart, he’ll do it. “I’ve had him long enough now where he’ll forever have a home with me. I’ll never race him in a claimer and he’ll retire with me,” Dilloian said. “He kind of started the whole thing with the higher-level condition Yonkers horses, so I’m forever grateful for him. He holds a special place in my heart.” Saturday night’s card also features the $40,000 Open Handicap Trot.  Yonkers Raceway features live harness racing Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. First post time is 7:05 p.m. For entries to the races, click here. by Brandon Valvo, fo the SOA of NY

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 11, 2020--It was a change of tactic for the harness racing trotter Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night (Jan 11th), serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover--from assigned post position No. 4--made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The latter put up intervals of :27.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3, with minimal first-up grief from just-over-even-money favorite Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). Swansea owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was unable to stall the pocket sitter. Lean Hanover edged out and by, the margin a head in 1:55.1. Hill of a Horse (Brent Holland) rallied for third, with Trotting Grace (Matt Kakaley) and Obrigado (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. Will Take Charge backpedaled to last among the half-dozen.   For third choice Lean Hanover, a now-7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned by Wellwood Enterprises & Karen Carroll, it was a successful seasonal debut for an 18th career victory. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $406 and the superfecta paid $723. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

Freehold, NJ --- Some of the top fillies & mare pacers at Freehold Raceway will square off on Friday (January 10), in the Preferred Handicap pace. A field of eight will contest the $12,000 affair, scheduled as the seventh of nine races on the Friday card.   The two outside horses, Shecouldbegood A and Clarebear, are the likely favorites. Shecouldbegood is coming off a head victory in a non-winners of $6,000 pace back on January 3. Three starts back, she won a winners-of handicap at Saratoga Harness.   Jim Marohn Jr will be in the bike on this Patti Harmon-trained mare, from post position seven. Clarebear drew the post directly to her outside, coming off a third-place finish behind Shecouldbegood. In that race, Clarebear was parked out almost the whole way, but still closed strongly to miss by a neck. Vinny Ginsburg drives for trainer Mike Russo.   A plethora of recent upper-class Freehold winners are also here. Unspoken Promise won at the non-winners of $5,000 class two starts ago, and will seek a rebound after fading last out. She'll leave from post position two. Stonebridge Honey won two races in a row earlier in the meet, and returns here after a week's break. She'll be driven by Joe Bongiorno from post position three.   Petal to the Metal won at the $5,000 level last out, prevailing by a head in a driving finish. Stacy Chiodo is in the bike from post position four. Cruisinwithmybaby pulled off a 34/1 upset at the $6,000 level three starts ago, and returns to Freehold off two unplaced efforts at the Meadowlands. She was assigned post position five.   Dover shipper She's a Billionair and Flamboro invader I Wish You Well complete the field.   The first race on Friday at Freehold is scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 6, 2020--Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet. Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers' dozen-race opener. He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a tick off his life-best effort. Whomever was left standing after that race then had to unearth 28-1 shot Sir Machalot (Cory Stratton, $59) in the next race. For some good measure, 18-1 Milliondollar Wave (Austin Siegelman, $39.20) won the final leg. It wasn't surprising that the sequence went unclaimed, meaning Tuesday evening's (Jan. 7th) gimmick starts with $4,751.30 carryover and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Jim Marohn Jr. kicked off his December at Freehold Raceway in a big way on Friday, as he piloted home four winners on the nine-race program.   Marohn got his first victory in the 3rd race, guiding Catalyst to the winner's circle for trainer Jody Dunning. He picked up another victory in race 5, steering Tom Fanning's Unspoken Promise to an easy win. The hat trick was completed with 1/5 Mugshot Jess in race 7, who won for trainer Taylor Gower. Marohn got his fourth driving Canary Hanover in race 8, who had to fly down the stretch to get up over So It Goes Hanover in the last stride. Bucky Angle trained that winner.   Marohn's big afternoon gives him 47 winners on the calendar year at Freehold, from 300 drives. He's got 20 wins from 105 mounts since the resumption of racing on August 30.   Live racing continues at Freehold on Saturday, with a first post time scheduled for 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 22, 2019-- Yonkers Raceway graded the distaff derby on a curve Friday night (Nov. 22nd), going with a brisk $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace for the harness racing ladies. It was Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr., $16.20) getting the better of Lady Dela Renta A (Jordan Stratton) and 25-1 Cabowabocuttie (Eric Goodell) in a cavalcade of closers, the teletimer doing its thing in 1:55.4 At the outset, 4-5 fave Write Me a Song (George Brennan) found the lead, working around Sudden Change N (Austin Siegelman) before a :26.4 opening quarter mile. Then, Kaitlyn N (Jason Bartlett) grabbed the baton, parked into the second turn for the privilege. It was a :55.3 intermission before Shady Caroline (Matt Kakaley) took out of fourth, challenging in and out of the 1:25.3 three-quarters. She towed in Cabowabocutie while our heroine, Robyn Camden, was third-over from assigned post position No. 4. They had to get to Kaitlyn N and her length-and-a-quarter leader into the lane. They did. Cabowabocuttie grabbed the first lead, but Robyn Camden was about to go by. 'Robyn' then held the late threat of a cone-extricating Lady Dela Renta A at bay, the final margin three-quarters of a length. A last-to-fourth Clear Idea (Joe Bongiorno) and a tiring Kaitlyn N settled for the minors. For third choice Robyn Camden, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Professor owned by Jason O'Sullivan and trained by Rene Allard, it was her 12th win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $103, the triple returned $783 and the superfecta paid $3,717. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Freehold, NJ --- Freehold Raceway hosted a preferred handicap harness racing pace and a preferred handicap trot on Saturday (November 16). Lean Hanover and Lyons Steel were the respective winners.   Sent off as the 4/5 favorite in the preferred handicap trot, Lean Hanover was sent after the early lead, but dropped into the pocket as they approached the half mile. Turning for home, Money Maven held on to the lead, but Jim Marohn Jr. angled Lean Hanover out for clear sailing, and he slingshotted by for a 1 3/4 length victory in 1:58.   The winner is owned by PC Wellwood Enterprises Inc and Karen Carroll, and trained by Linda Toscano. This is his fifth win of the year, and his third in his past five starts. Both of those earlier victories came at Yonkers Raceway.    Lyons Steel, off a win in the preferred pace last week, was sent off as 5/2 second choice in the field of seven. Jack Baggitt Jr. blasted off from the outside post, and put him on the lead through fast fractions. Approaching three-quarters, Lyons Steel and Born to be Bad, who rated off the leader throughout, had drawn seven lengths clear of third place.   Turning for home, Lyons Steel began to get leg-weary, and favored Ginger Tree Marty was rallying strongly in the center of the track. Lyons Steel was all-out, but the wire came just in time, and he won by 3/4 of a length in an impressive 1:53.1.   The winner is owned by BD Racing LLC and trained by Dennis Watson. This is the fourth win of the meet for the gelding, who has the fastest mark of anyone at Freehold this meet: 1:52.2.   Live racing resumes at Freehold on Friday, with a listed first post time of 12:30 PM EST.   From Freehold Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 19, 2019-- Harness racing pacer Allusneedisfaith N (Jim Marohn Jr., $10.40) took it the distance Saturday night (Oct. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Open Handicap. From post position No. 4--in one notch after a defection--Alluneedisfaith N slipped past Dancin' Dragon (Jason Bartlett) before a :28.4 opening quarter mile. The teletimer didn't get much more of a workout by a :57.4 intermission, which was fine by the leader. Nearing the half, Theartofconfusion A (Austin Siegelman), The Real One (Pat Lachance) and Prairie Panther (Brent Holland) found themselves in an outer-tier logjam, with Prairie Panther pushed wide as the other two seemed to extricate the cones late. Meanwhile, Alluneedisfaith N continued past a 1:25.2 three-quarters, opening a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. He finished it off, whipping Dancin' Dragon by a length in 1:53.2. The above troika of The Real One, Theartofconfusion A and Prairie Panther wound up third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton) never fired as the slight 2-1 choice, winding up last in the seven-horse soiree. For fourth choice Alluneedisfaith N, a 5-year-old Down Under Art Major gelding owned by Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, it was his sixth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41, the triple returned $141 and the superfecta paid $376. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 21st) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,543.11 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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