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Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Nov. 7) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Joe Bongiorno, Jessica Otten, Tim Tetrick, and Andrew Demsky Bongiorno drove his first Breeders Crown champion home in American History at Woodbine Mohawk Park a few weeks back, and now he will get the chance to take down a TVG Open Pacing Final with him Saturday night at The Meadowlands. He will discuss him and Diva's Image (TVG Mares) with the pair, and how they have been training leading up to stakes action on Saturday. Otten will join the program to discuss each of the championship races featured on Saturday night's program. It is an action packed program filled with great racing, that has Horse of the Year implications on the line. She will talk about all of the happenings at The Meadowlands on Saturday and what fans on track can expect. Tetrick has a slew of drives on Saturday night at The Meadowlands, including world-champion Shartin N who has her eyes set on Horse of the Year honors. The pair will discuss the year with Tetrick, and also talk about his drives throughout the program. Demskey, from the PHRA joins to discuss wagering strategies in harness racing and the PHRA's Wagering Warriors which has taken shape at many of the tracks across the state. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time  

MILTON, ONTARIO, October 26 - Joe Bongiorno took a route up the rail late to win the $655,000 Breeders Crown Open Pace Final on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The time for the harness racing win was 1:48.3. This Is The Plan stormed to the top from post 10 off the gate, passing American Hisoty, who also showed some early foot, and taking the top. Dorsoduro Hanover took a spot on the rail third in front of McWicked. American History, bred by Brittany Farms, sat patiently through a swift quarter in :25.4 before taking the lead from This Is The Plan, with Dorsoduro Hanover poised to attack. Taking to the outside, Dorsoduro Hanover brushed to aim for an all-out charge as he had done in the elim. The half was sizzling in :53.4 as McWicked staged a challenging route near Jimmy Freight, passing him for a chase at Dorsoduro Hanover at three-quarters in 1:21.3. Into the stretch, Dorsoduro Hanover began to struggle as Always A Prince was using saved ground to get to McWicked, but on the inside, Bongiorno had a winning path before him and his charge as he passed Dorsoduro Hanover and won in 1:48.3. Always A Prince passed McWicked for third. "No words can describe how I feel winning," said Bongiorno. "I'm grateful for all the help from Tony [trainer Tony Alagna]." Alagna said he was confident about American History. "He's matured and now he is able to go with these guys." Co-owner Marvin Katz was joyful for the win and said hello to his partner George Segal, who was watching from out of town. Myron Bell of Brittany Farms said they liked American History as a yearling so much they, "bought him for a hundred-fifty thousand with one bid." American History (American Ideal--Perfect Touch) paid $12.10 to win. To watch the race replay, click here. From Woodbine Communications/Hambletonian Society  

YONKERS, NY -- I'mprincessgemma A (Joe Bongiorno, $5.10) rated and sprinted to harness racing victory Friday night (Oct. 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Sent to an immediate lead from assigned post position No. 5, 'Gemma' left around Write Me a Song (George Brennan) before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. A pokey :57.1 intermission would serve her well with 9-10 favorite Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) advanced from last. A :27.1 third quarter (1:24.2) dispatched Tequila Monday, with I'mprincessgemma A opening a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. She held Write Me a Song at bay, winning by a length in 1:51.3...another :27.1 substation to match a season/life-best effort. Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) was a third-hole third, with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Robyn Camden (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the minors. Tequila Monday backed away, winding up last among the half-dozen. For second choice I'mprincessgemma A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Village Jolt trained by Jennifer Bongiorno for co-owners driver, trainer, Steve Manzi and Wish Me Luck Stable, it was hereighth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.20, the triple returned and the superfecta paid $426. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Oct. 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,944.05 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee 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 Saturday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

HARRINGTON, Del. - Harness racing's Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and American History Racing, the owners of American History ($10.20, Joe Bongiorno) saw their top pacer win the 13th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial Pace at Harrington Raceway Monday in 1:49.3. The half-mile racetrack named their richest race in honor of long time Delaware legislator Bobby Quillen, who passed away in 2006. Quillen was an avid supporter of harness racing and was also a board member at Harrington Raceway. American History, a 4-year-old American Ideal stallion wore down pacesetter None Bettor A in deep stretch for a narrow win. Sectionline Bigry was third. It was the 4th fastest mile ever at Harrington, behind Wiggle It Jiggleit (1:49), Betterthancheddar (1:49.2) and Clear Vision (1:49.2). American History was forced three-wide after cover stalled near three-quarters and continued a steady gain on None Bettor A before out kicking him late. None Bettor A set fractions of 26.4, 55 and 1:22.4 while Backstreet Shadow pressured first over before retreating. Tony Alagna trains American History.  A huge crowd was on hand in the winner's circle to greet American History Delaware Governor John Carney was in attendance, in addition to several other legislators and Delaware Secretary of Finance Rick Geisenberger, and Delaware Secretary of Agriculture Michael Scuse. Four $20,000 divisions for 2-year-old Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) pacers also helped comprise the 15-race card, including the early non-wagering event won by Henry Faragalli, Arthur Feeney, Bay Pond Racing Stable and Bonnuccelli Racing's Bag of Jewels (Victor Kirby) in 1:57.4. The Roddy's Bags Again filly notched her second career win over Sprinkles On Top and I'm Two Soxy. The winner was trained by Les Givens. Givens and Kirby was back in the winner's circle in the first division for male pacers as American Nitro was an easy winner over Apple Valley Art and Aidan in 1:56.2. Owned by Farragalli, Nanticoke Racing Stable, Feeney and Daniel Doane, it was the second win in three career starts for the Badlands Nitro gelding. The third DSBF division on the card was the second for male pacers as Leonard Hubbard's Leonard's Legacy ($2.80, Jon Roberts) was a dominant winner in 1:56.4 for trainer Nick Callahan. The Tobago Cays colt was a front end winner over White Lands and Bebop On The Block. The final DSBF division was for fillies as Brenda Teague's She's Got The Lynx ($2.80, Montrell Teague) was a 1:59.1 winner over Dragon My Fannie and Spin Sumthin. The Southwind Lynx filly improved to 2-for-2 in her career after breaking her maiden in an overnight event on September 10 for her owner/trainer. In the $18,500 Open, Bryan Truitt's Highland Beach Boy ($35.80, VIctor Kirby) was a 1:52.3 winner over Q's Cruise and Ideal Kiss. The Bryan Truitt-trainee notched his 8th win of the year. Racing fans were also treated to the presence of three-time Quillen Memorial winner, Foiled Again, who was available for meet-and-greet trackside. Foiled Again, the richest standardbred of all-time, is now enjoying retirement but has a generous temperament that has lent itself to a number of continued racetrack interactions with fans thanks to his generous connections which include trainer Ron Burke. Local television host Heather Vitale was instrumental in scheduling Foiled Again's visit. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 3, 2019--A two-move There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell, $22.80) and a cone-skimming Control Tower (Joe Bongiorno, $60.50) muddled the mutuels Saturday night (Aug. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $46,000 Open Handicaps. From post position No. 4 in the week's marquee trot, There'sademoninme left, then found himself in a three-hole behind Lord Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) and Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman). The former led through intervals of :27.4 and :57.2. There'sademoninme was out and moving, engaging the leader by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. He hooked Lord Cromwell in and out of the final turn, then ground that rival into submission. There'sademoninme then widened, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.1. I'm the Muscle (Dan Dube) arrived late, snapping Lord Cromwell for second, with 2-5 choice Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) and Money Maven (Brent Holland) grabbing the remainder. Note that eight-holer Will Take Charge threw in steps right before the start, making his job that much more difficult. For fifth choice There'sdemoninme, an 8-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by Thomas Lazzaro, Michael Casalino Jr. & Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis, it was his eighth win in 19 seasonal starts (and 40th career victory). The exacta paid $147, the triple returned $765 and the superfecta paid $2,468. The weekly adult-table pace saw Dr. J Hanover (Holland) roll through subsections of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:23.3. Owning a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, he just failed to close the sale. In a race where the first four finishers were separated by a neck, it was loosely-pocket, polester Control Tower finding room closest to the pylons. He picked off the Good Doctor by a nostril in 1:52. Our Max Phactor N (Bartlett) and 1-2 fave I'm Some Graduate (Brennan) completed the close quartet, with The Real One (Pat Lachance)--beaten only a half-length--settling for the smallest pay envelope For seventh choice Control Tower, an 8-year-old Panspacificflight gelding owned by Dynasty Racing and trained by Nick Surick, it was his fifth win in 24 '19 tries. The exacta paid $155, the triple returned $518 and the superfecta (the good ol' 1-2-3-4) paid $1,159. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

London, June 3, 2019 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District ended the season on a high note this past Friday night with a large and boisterous crowd on hand for the second edition of the Camluck Classic Invitational Pace. The Wall and harness racing driver Joe Bongiorno posted an upset win in the $157,000 event on a program which also featured four City of London Series finals and seven OSS Grassroots divisions for three-year-old filly pacers. The program, which had been held on a Saturday night last year, was moved back to its traditional Friday night time slot this season and customers responded in a big way. The total handle for the 12-race card was up 32% over last year while on-track wagering increased a by a healthy 31% over the 2018 edition despite two scratches which reduced the main event to a field of six. "You could feel the buzz on track," said Director of Racing Greg Blanchard. "Switching back to our traditional time slot was certainly the right decision and I got the sense all night that customers were really having a good time. The racing was excellent - very competitive - and having top notch local entertainment really added to the evening as well." A number of valued sponsors helped make the night possible, including title sponsor Seelster Farms - the home of late, great Camluck for more than 20 years. The Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) sponsored the Facebook Live broadcast as well as complimentary pizza in the paddock for all racing participants while long time partner Molson sponsored the Party On The Patio. "We truly value these partnerships and look forward to continuing our relationship in the coming years," said Blanchard. "You simply can't put on a night like this without their support and we really appreciate it." The Raceway is now dark until early October but planning is already well underway for the Fall Season. Fans will notice some exciting changes when racing returns. One of the most significant will be a major upgrade to the broadcast production which will be produced in HD and include a completely revamped graphics package. The return in October will be highlighted by signature events such as the Veteran's Classic and Harness The Hope. Stay up to date on everything happening at The Raceway by visiting www.westernfairdistrict.com.   Greg Blanchard

Chester, PA — After reeling off four consecutive sub-1:50 wins in New Jersey, None Bettor A ($3.60) won his Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing debut in similar fashion, posting a 1:49.2 victory in a $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series event for pacers on Sunday afternoon (June 2). The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding yielded to Tiger Thompson N (Dexter Dunn) on the first turn before Joe Bongiorno sent him forward in the two-path to clear just beyond a :26.2 first quarter. From there, he maintained a strong pace through middle splits of :54.3 and 1:21.3 before fielding a first-over challenge from Duplicated N (Tim Tetrick) on the far turn. Duplicated N gained to within three-quarters of a length at the top of the stretch, but None Bettor A responded in kind to maintain his lead off the home turn — only for a second challenge to emerge in the form of Tiger Thompson N up the open stretch. Bongiorno kept None Bettor A to his task, and the pair prevailed by a hard-earned half length. Tiger Thompson N was a narrow second over Duplicated N, who complete an all-Down Under trifecta. Jenn Bongiorno trains 21-time winner None Bettor A for Joe P Racing LLC and Oldford Racing LLC. In the sub-featured event, an $18,000 top-level conditioned pace, I'm A Big Deal ($6.60) earned a second consecutive win over Harrah's Philadelphia and the 11th of his career, pushing clear early and controlling a strong pace throughout for a 1:50.1 score. As he did last week, Dexter Dunn drove the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere entire for trainer Chris Ryder. I'm A Big Deal posts a repeat victory with a 1:50.1 mile in the sub-featured top-level pace. --Lauren Tucker/World Wide Racing Photos The fifth-race Jackpot Hi-5 yielded a dividend of $4,699.06 when a 12-1 upset from Itsonlyrocknroll A ($27.80, Larry Stalbaum, 1:51.3) keyed a 4-9-1-5-2 winning combination held by just one player. Live racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (June 5); post time is 12:25 p.m. EDT.   James Witherite Harrah's Philadelphia racing media

Friday, May 31, 2019 - The Wall and driver Joe Bongiorno posted an upset harness racing win in the $157,000 second edition of the Camluck Classic Invitational on Friday night at The Raceway. Things got tense in the first turn as favourite Done Well and post-one starter Ideal Jimmy tussled for command with the later getting roughed gaited and rolling off stride. The pacer caused confusion to Southwind Amazon who was in behind him and left Done Well to establish an easy lead. In the meantime, stablemate Rockin Ron got away in the pocket position with The Wall settling away third in the : 27 second first quarter. Done Well got an easy first half of :56 seconds and it was at that point that The Wall began his move to the outside to challenge, pressing Done Well through three-quarters in 1:23.4. The top pair were matching strides on the final turn with longshot Rockin Speed in close pursuit in third and poised in the second-over spot. In the stretch, The Wall overtook the pacesetter and was able to fend off the late rush of Rockin Speed. Defending champion Rockin Ron came through for third with Done Well tiring late to finish fourth in the 1:52 mile. The victory was the fourth of the season for the five-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere who went over the $178,000 in seasonal earnings and $400,000 lifetime for the J.L. Benson Stables Inc. of Florida and trainer Nick Surick.                                                                                          ---Jake MacDonald photo The program wrapped up the 2019 Spring Meet at The Raceway with live racing returning to the London oval in October.   From WFD Media

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 24, 2019-An off-the-pace Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $14.60) prevailed in a blanket photo Friday night (May 24th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from assigned post position No. 2, Glenferrie Blade A watched as Angel's Pride (Joe Bongiorno), Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) and 7-5 choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) all tried it up front. It was Feelin' Red Hot seizing the scepter before a :26.4 opening quarter-mile. She then found a :56.1 intermission before Angel's Pride was back at it, engaging Feelin' Red Hot through a :27.1 third quarter (1:23.4). The two choices continued their battle in and out of the final turn, with Sandy's Beach (Jim Marohn Jr.) second-over and Glenferrie Blade A behind her. Feelin' Red Hot was losing the scrum to Angel's Pride, but that one was about to lose the war. Glenferrie Blade A closed widest and fastest, whipping Angel's Pride by a nose in 1:52.4 while taking advantage of a soft (29-second) final quarter. A ground-saving Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald), Feelin' Red Hot and Made of Jewels AS (Dan Dube) picked off the remainder. For third choice Glenferrie Blade A, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $52.50, the triple returned $205.50 and the superfecta paid $853. Saturday night (May 25th), the Raceway offers both the $300,000 At Rooney Pace and $109,234 Lismore. The 29th Rooney, for 3-year-old colts and geldings, goes as the 10th race...1-Captain Malicious (MacDonald), 2-Rollwithpapajoe (Bongiorno), 3-Branquinho (Tyler Buter), 4-Buddy Hill (Brian Sears), 5-Price Hanover (Dube), 6-Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), 7-Blood Money (Scott Zeron), 8-Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller). The 15th Lismore, for the soph pacing ladies, is right before as race No. 9...1-Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland), 2-Rock N McRoll (Dube), 3-Queen of the Pride (Stratton), 4-As Time Goes By (Brennan), 5-Bestseller Hanover (Jason Bartlett), 6-Privacy Hanover (Miller), 7-Rockn' Philly (Tim Tetrick), 8-Annie Hill (Sears). Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, after the completion of which Yonkers begins a hiatus until Friday night, June 7th.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 18, 2019--They were lacking in quantity, but there was some quality to be found Saturday night (May 18th) during the harness racing eliminations for winning Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney and Lismore Paces. The 29th Rooney began with two, six-horse $40,000 elims for the 3-year-old colts and geldings. Odds-on Air Force Hanover (Dave Miller, $2.20) won the first elimination, though with few style points. Away from post position No. 2, he controlled (:27.4, :56.2, 1:24.2, 1:52.4) after taking over from Captain Malicious (Mark MacDonald). Air Force Hanover did have to hold off a long, first-up Buddy Hill (Brian Sears). The 2½-length lead in and out of the final turn was a diminishing neck, with Price Hanover (Dan Dube) third and Captain Malicious fourth. Goldberg (Montrell Teague) was an unlucky fifth, sitting a trapped three-hole behind a tiring pocket-sitter and a gapping second-over number...both of whom beat him to the line. For Air Force Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by County Club Acres, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo & W. J. Donovan and trained by Brian Brown, it was his second win and three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.40, the triple returned $127 and the superfecta paid $343.50. The second elim for the Rooney saw Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn, $5) stuff 3-4 favorite Blood Money (Scott Zeron) in behind, then go the distance. From post No. 3, he laid down intervals of :28, :57.2, 1:26.1 and 1:53.2, easily handling his pocketed rival by a length-and-a-quarter. Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno) sat a three-hole and photoed a first-up Branquinho (Tyler Buter) for third For second choice Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt co-owned by (trainer) Chris Ryder, Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm and Kenneth Solomon, he's won both of his '19 tries. The exacta paid $9.30, the triple returned $14.80 and the superfecta paid $33.80. Bettor's Wish                                --Mike Lizzi photo The companion event, the 15th Lismore for soph fillies, offered two, $20,000 eliminations race, though the first of those didn't eliminated anyone. A quartet of lasses (after a defection) had Annie Hill (Sears, $2.90) move from last, then pick off pace-setting As Time Goes By (Jordan Stratton) by a neck in 1:55.4. Privacy Hanover (Jason Bartlett) was third and Mi Nina Bonita (Brent Holland) fourth. The second elim was won by Queen of the Pride (Stratton, $2.40)--from post No. 2--assuming the lead early and going the route (:27.2, :56, 1:24.4, 1:53.2). Bestseller Hanover (Bartlett) moved from third and was a solid second, beaten three-quarters of a length. Rockn' Philly (Victor Kirby) was a belated third and Rock N McRoll (Dube) snapping Blue Ivy (Sears) for fourth. The open draws for both the Lismore ($109,234) and Rooney ($300,000) take place Monday afternoon (May 20th) in ad advance of the Saturday, May 25th, finals. Saturday night's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Trot--Swansea (Bongiorno, $8.20) in 1:56, --Pace--Mac's Jackpot (Dunn, $5.40) in 1:52.   BY FRANK DRUCKER  Publicity Director

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 26, 2019-"Just the way I drew it up." Such was the tongue-in-cheek post mortem of driver George Brennan after Western Beachboy ($6.30) snapped favored Declan Seelster (Joe Bongiorno) at the wire Tuesday night (March 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $60,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Teddy Roosevelt-approved assemblage was open to 3- and 4-year-olds gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1st. A week after a scorched-earth, life-best (1:52), down-the-road effort, Western Beachboy won the finale from well off the pace. Away sixth from post position No. 6, Western Beachboy saw his coupled entrant, Prologue (Jim Marohn Jr.), lead through early substations of 27 seconds flat and :56.2. Prologue was noticeably off the cones by the intermission, causing 4-5 choice Declan Seelster to move wider during his hard challenge from fourth. Leader and stalker were inseparable through a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.4), with Cheese Melt (Yannick Gingras) loosely pocketed and Yeahnah (Troy Beyer) gapping from second-over. While this scenario unfolded, Western Beachboy was going three-deep down the backside, getting within shouting distance off the final turn. Soon thereafter, Declan Seelster was about to win the battle-putting away Prologue-but lose the war as Western Beachboy tagged him by a short nose in 1:53.1. Western Beachboy      - photo -Jonathan Paredes On Accident (Jordan Stratton) angled out, then back in late to grab third, with Prologue and Cheese Melt rounding out the payees. The order was completed by Yeahnah, a breaking-early Sharp Action Money (Jason Bartlett) and a never-in-it/did not finish Better than Spring (Matt Kakaley). Cheese Melt and Sharp Action Money were the other wagering entry. For second choice Western Beachboy, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Gilbert Short, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts ($61,300). The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $83. Per New York State rules, superfecta wagering was not offered due to the presence of coupled entries. "He was out a long way," Brennan said. "It was a very good effort. He used to always be locked on the left line, but he's become much easier to drive." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Trump That (Gingras, $2.50) in 1:54.3.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $8) bottomed out his four harness racing rivals Saturday night (Nov. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving outside his foes-and in one notch after a defection-Mach it So seemingly had a three-length lead four steps out the gate. That ended the suspense portion of the program, as he did the required roadwork (:27, :55.3, 1:22.4, 1:51.4) with no competition. Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) did edge a loosely-pocketed 6-5 favorite Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) for second-beaten 2½ lengths-with Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube) and I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) completing the order of payees. For second choice Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (career 49-for-147). The exacta paid $37, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to field size, or lack thereof. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 3, 2018-Favored Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $4.30) finished what he started Saturday night (Nov. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from penultimate post position No. 5, Mach it So was stung by Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube), needing prompting to make the lead before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. He then rated a 29-second net substation (56-second half) before pole-assigned Control Tower (Austin Siegelman) moved first-up from third. That one challenged in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters before backing away as Mach it So opened a length-and-three-quarter lead into the lane. He then held off Techtor Hanover by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Voracity (George Brennan) was a second-over third, with a pylon-skimming Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) and Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) picked off the remainder. Control Tower was last among the half-dozen. For Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his eighth win in 26 seasonal starts (career 48-for-146). The exacta paid $18.20, the triple returned $91.50 and the superfecta paid $273. A reminder that the Raceway offers a matinee Sunday (Nov. 4th), with a first post of 11:35 AM. By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

FREEHOLD, NJ  - October 5, 2018 -  Freehold Raceway hosted the SBOANJ sponsored New Jersey Futurity #53 and a leg of the New Jersey Standardbred Development Fund. The non-betting $22,500 New Jersey Futurity #53 for 2-year-old trotters was won by the Ron Burke trainee Cheap Tricks. Joe Bongiorno steered the trotting colt to victory in 2:04.3. This is the first-lifetime win for the son of Trixton, he has earned $42,612 for his owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, J&T Silva-Pumel &Libby and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. No Drama Please finished second. The first leg of the NJSDF for 3-year-old filly trotters took place in the third race. The odds on favorite Chaperess nosed out the competition for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Driven by George Brennan Chaperess inching past the leader in the stretch to stop the clock in 1:59.3. The daughter of Chapter Seven earned her seventh-lifetime win and $78,898 for her owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. Diamondstone Us finished second with Michando coming in third. Freehold resumes racing Saturday, October 6, with the SBOANJ sponsored Home Grown Pace #1 for 2-year-olds, post time 12:30 pm. by Courtney Stafford, for the SBOANJ 

Chester, PA --- Driver Joe Bongiorno captured two of Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 12) three Pennsylvania Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings at Harrah's Philadelphia, teaming up with Albergo Hanover ($6.80) and Done Well ($5.60), both of whom earned new lifetime marks in their respective divisions.   In the $54,805 first division (race three), the door was opened for Bongiorno and Albergo Hanover with five-sixteenths to go, when odds-on favorite Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) broke stride after stalking second-over cover.   After pacesetter Odds On Lauderdale (Andy Miller) dismissed an outside challenge from Shadow Cat (Corey Callahan) through a blistering 1:22 three-quarter split, Albergo Hanover found clearance up the open stretch and surged to a 1:49.4 score by 1-1/2 lengths. Odds On Lauderdale held second by a neck over Larry Karr (Matt Kakaley).   Gestion J Y Blais Inc. owns Albergo Hanover, now a five-time winner in his career. For the son of Well Said, it was his fourth win in six starts for trainer Jenn Bongiorno.   Bongiorno came back in the $55,205 second division (race seven) with Pepsi North America Cup runner-up Done Well, calling all the shots en route to a 1:51 score.   The Well Said colt strode clear from post 4 and controlled splits of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:22.4 before turning aside a first-over challenge from Aleppo Hanover (Kakaley) and keeping the late-gaining Captain Deo (Marcus Miller) 2-1/2 lengths at bay. This Is The Plan (McCarthy) circled three-wide through the far turn to take third.   James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman and Alan Keith own six-time winner Done Well.   Hayden Hanover ($6.20) rounded out the trio of Sire Stakes winners with a 1:50.1 victory in the $55,205 third division (race 11). Matt Kakaley had the son of Somebeachsomewhere in play from the outset, part of a three-way battle with Somebaddude (Marcus Miller) and Nutcracker Sweet (McCarthy) through a :26 first quarter.   After initially protecting inside position, Hayden Hanover yielded to Nutcracker Sweet with a circuit to go and rode the pocket to the open stretch, where he pounced and drew off by a length. Macadoodledoo (Callahan) rallied off the cover of Babes Dig Me (Goodell) to take second narrowly over Nutcracker Sweet.   Julie Miller trains three-time winner Hayden Hanover for the Pinske Stables, Andy Miller Stable Inc., T L P Stable and Deo Volente Farms LLC.   A $30,000 Great Northeast Series event for open pacers (race nine) headlined the undercard, and Graduate final winner Donttellmeagain ($5.80) eclipsed More The Better N for the second straight week, scoring in 1:49.1 in rein to Victor Kirby.   The 4-year-old Dragon Again gelding worked clear of Rodeo Romeo (George Napolitano Jr.) after a :26.3 quarter before yielding to odds-on choice More The Better N (Callahan) with a circuit to go. As More The Better N was worn down by millionaire Sunfire Blue Chip (Andy McCarthy), Donttellmeagain was able to set sail up the open stretch and draw a length clear at the winning post.   Jim King Jr. trains 17-time winner Donttellmeagain for the Paton Racing Stables Inc.   For the second straight card, multiple players had the winning 20-cent Jackpot Hi-5 combination, resulting in a carryover of $1,118.61 to the fifth race on Wednesday's (Aug. 15) program. First post is 12:25 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia

Heading into Saturday night, in two of the previous five installments of the Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel, the track record has been set. In 2013, Bolt The Duer lowered the all-age track record to 1:49 before having his mark eclipsed the following season when Dancin Yankee cruised to a 1:48.4 score in the Gerrity. In 2016, defending National Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit shined in the season's biggest race at Saratoga as he overcame a difficult journey to prevail in the $260,000 race that memorializes the longtime former Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Harness Inc. Joe Gerrity Jr. Saturday night was the tenth installment of the race in his honor. The winner of the '17 Gerrity Bit Of A Legend N (Jordan Stratton) was back to defend his crown and wound up as a 2-1 co-second choice in the wagering on a beautiful night for racing in the Spa City. Bit Of A Legend sat the pocket behind the favored Rockin Ron (Yannick Gingras) who was hounded while on the engine, having to endure first half fractions of 26.2 and 53.4 before seeing rival Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) fly past him heading towards three quarters. Evenin Of Pleasure took over and took off, pacing away from his rivals before stopping the timer in 1:49.2, the third fastest time for any horse in track history. Evenin Of Pleasure's romp came by a margin of five and a half lengths. Bit Of A Legend N now has a win and two seconds in the Gerrity as he was the runner-up on Saturday night while Rockin Ron earned the show spot. With the win, the eight year old Evenin Of Pleasure went over the $1 million mark in career earnings. A force at Yonkers this spring and summer, Evenin Of Pleasure is trained by Jenn Bongiorno for owner Gestion Blais, Inc. of Montreal, QC, CA. Evenin Of Pleasure paid $6.00 to win and led an exacta and triple that came back $18 and $49.40, respectively. Saturday's star-studded card also featured a blanket presentation for harness racing's richest horse as Foiled Again was honored in the winner's circle at the conclusion of his conditional race at the Spa. Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening with a first post time of 7:05pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

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