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YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 18, 2015-Buoyed by a carryover in excess of $4,500 ($4,501.50, to be precise) and Monday night's usual $10,000 guaranteed harness racing pool, Yonkers Raceway's Pick 5 had more interest than usual. Nearly $24,000 of fresh money ($23,886, exactly) was bet into the gimmick, creating a total pool (after takeout) of $22,416.50. The winning combination of 4/1/3/6/2 saw one ticket take down the whole pot. It's by far the largest Pick 5 payout of the season. We can't swear to it, but perhaps the winning ticket was purchased by the Robbie Siegelman Fan Club. The affable trainer upset the apple cart with a pair of Cheyenne Gang/Barry Rubinstein Farms longshot homebreds in the Pick 5 sequence. Cheyenne Jeffrey ($47.40) and Cheyenne Seeber ($28.80) won the seventh (1:53.4) and ninth (1:53.2) races, respectively, both with pocket trips. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager offered each racing program (races 7 through 11). It has no consolation payoff, so if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program ($10,000 guaranteed pool every Monday). Frank Drucker

For their vision of giving back to life beyond the racetrack, the United States Harness Writers Association has voted Jack Darling two Dan Patch Awards - the Unsung Hero and Good Guy awards - and Robbie Siegelman has been selected to receive the January Davies Humanitarian Award. Darling was the driving force behind two major fundraising efforts in 2014 -- initiating a broad-based fundraising effort to support telecasts of the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug and establishing a fund for the family of his late friend and fellow horseman Mark Austin. When both projects became overwhelming successes, both the drive for television fund and the campaign to help Austin's family, centered around a "tribute night" to Keith and Ron Waples, raised more than $100,000 for their respective causes. Robbie Siegelman, a New York/New Jersey trainer, has been working with unsung heroes for years - human heroes, people with daunting life challenges, such as the effects of military service on veterans and their families, the underprivileged of large inner cities, kids battling the horrors of cancer. Siegelman's special tool is the use of one of the mostly universally-acclaimed means of therapy - the Standardbred horse. Both men have rung up very good training statistics since the USTA began compiling conditioner standings in 1991, with both individuals having guided the winners of more than $10 million in that period. Awards for Darling and Siegelman, along with the Dan Patch Horse of the Year and additional human awards, will be presented on Sunday, February 22, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Tickets for this gala event, the Dan Patch Awards Banquet--Night of Champions, are now available. Tickets for the Dan Patch Awards Banquet are now available can be reserved via telephone or Email by contacting Judy Davis-Wilson at 302-359-3630 or Email: zoe8874@aol.com or Steve Wolf at 954-654-3757 or Email: stevenwolf1956@gmail.com. Substantial savings on hotel rooms can be attained for this event, which is being held at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Orlando at SeaWorld. A special rate of $115 can be reserved by calling 407-352-1100 BEFORE January 25, 2015, and mentioning code: Dan Patch or clicking this link. The deadline for the Dan Patch Awards journal is Monday, January 26. To advertise in the souvenir journal, please contact Chris Tully by calling 845-807-k7538 or Email: tullytrot@yahoo.com. All of this information and applicable advertising forms can be accessed via Internet link: USHWA.org. From the U.S. Harness Writers Association    

MANALAPAN, NJ - October 3, 2014 - Demons N Diamonds picked the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes -Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies to post her first career victory on Friday, October 3, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. The Muscle Hill - Half Ours filly trotted the mile in 2:00 flat, passing the pacesetter Model Behavior [Muscles Yankee] in the stretch for a half-length victory in the non-wagering event. Contraire [Muscles Yankee] was three and three quarter lengths back in third. Demons N Diamonds, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by John McDermott Jr., improved her record to one win, three seconds and two thirds from 11 starts for a bankroll of $38,921. The filly, bred by TLP Stable of Kearny , NJ, passed through the Lexington Selected Sale for $20,000. She is owned by the partnership of Jonathan Klee Racing of Mineola, NY; Domenic Costanzo of Westbury, NY and Kuhen Racing LLC of Yardley, PA. In the $7,000 third leg of the Green Acres for two-year-old pacing fillies, Cheyenne Robin [$7.60] was much the best, putting away 1-5 favorite Smart Zone in the co-featured sixth race. Cheyenne Robin, driven by Daniel Dube and trained by Robert Siegelman, was a seven-length winner in a stakes record equaling 1:55.4. It was 11 ½ lengths to World Of Rock in third. All three are daughters of Rocknroll Hanover. The mile matched the Green Acres mark of 1:55.4 set by Happy Dreamer [McArdle] in 2007. Cheyenne Robin races for The Cheyenne Gang of Port Washington, NY. In Green Acres action on Thursday, October 2, Jim Meittinis drove the winners of both non-wagering divisions for three-year-old trotters, both offspring of Chocolatier. Shelikescandy won the filly split in 2:01.3 for a sweep of the three preliminary legs of the series. The Dawn Anderson trainee, owned by George Beck of Freehold, NJ, won by 24 ½ lengths over Coin Collector [Chocolatier]. In the first leg of the colt division, Choco Sun was a half-length winner over Angels Ransom [Revenue] in 1:57.2. The Orjan Torstensson trainee races for Eirik Djuve Inc. of Bordentown, NJ. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

MANALAPAN, NJ - September 5, 2014 - A well-balanced field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including New Jersey Classic winner Sweet Rock, will face-off in the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity, the ninth race on Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Freehold Raceway. Sweet Rock rallied for a nose victory in the $225,000 Anthony Abbatiello New Jersey Classic on August 2 at the Meadowlands in a lifetime best of 1:49.4. In his last start, the $54,072 Geers at Tioga Downs on August 17, he was third. The Wayne Givens trainee, driven by Brett Miller, has been rated 9-2 in the morning line from post eight. This year, he has two wins, four seconds and two thirds from 15 starts, banking $142,133 toward a career total of $167,391 for the Delaware-based ownership of Legacy Racing, RA Hazzard and GP Calloway. Art History [Western Ideal] was given the slight 3-1 morning line nod from the rail with Hall of Famer David Miller driving. Art History, trained by Steve Elliott, has two wins and three thirds in seven starts this year, banking $17,840 for Kenneth Klein of Amonk, NY and the Old Block Stables of New York City. The Tony Alagna-trained Gold Rocks [Rocknroll Hanover] will be paired with driver George Brennan, leaving from post five, and is rated 7-2 in the morning line. The New Jersey Futurity is restricted to New Jersey-sired horses and is sponsored by the Standardbred Breeders & Owners Association of New Jersey. The field for the $42,000 New Jersey Futurity [3yo open division] with sire, driver, trainer and morning line odds: 1-Art History-Western Ideal-David Miller-Steve Elliott-3-1 2-Card Shock-Cam's Card Shark-Daniel Dube-Mark Silva-10-1 3-Earthshaker-Rocknroll Hanover-Eric Abbatiello-James Petruccelli-6-1 4-Nubble Light-Rocknroll Hanover-Steve Smith-Deleston Cote-9-1 5-Gold Rocks-Rocknroll Hanover-George Brennan-Tony Alanga-7-2 6-Cheyenne Seeber-Rocknroll Hanover-Jack Baggitt Jr.-Robert Siegelman-30-1 7-Rocknroll Reality-Rocknroll Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-John Butenschoen-9-2 8-Sweet Rock-Rocknroll Hanmover-Brett Miller-Wayne Givens-9-2. by Carol Hodes, for SBOANJ

I finally got out of my slump and went three for five last week and picked some decent money horses on top at 4-1 and 6-1. We won $18.10 (based on a $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$21.60 going into this weekend and after last week's strong play we are up for another winning weekend and will bring that number down more. We start off the weekend at Northfield Park for the $126,000 Cleveland Classic for three-year-olds. This is the final Grand Circuit Stake for the 2013 season. We also have some good feature event at both the Meadowlands and Yonkers Raceway and we are once again taking shot at the Open Pace at Pompano Park too since that is in my backyard. $126,000 Cleveland Classic 3YO Pace 11th race Saturday, Northfield Park - Twilight Bonfire has won two of his last three starts and looks to end 2013 on a winning note, he may be the horse to beat but I think that Word Power is the winner in here. Last month he won the Windy City Pace and after a brief rest put in a strong qualifying win at the Meadowlands and should be fit and ready for a big effort. $37,000 Open Handicap Pace 6th race Saturday, Yonkers Raceway - Special Forces has been moving up the ladder of success with four wins in his last five starts. Plus he has done it from both on and off the pace and obviously likes being driven by George Brennan. I think he has drawn into a soft group for the Open and can steal this race at a price. $30,000 Winners Over Pace 8th race Saturday, Yonkers Raceway - Last week I picked Real Special and Matt Kakaley gave him a perfect trip and they won at 6-1. They are back again in the same class, another good inside post and the chance to get good live cover again. Morning line is at 6-1 and that would be a steal as I think he is strong enough to repeat. $25,000 A-2/A-1 Handicap Pace 6th race Saturday, Meadowlands - Looks like I am going with a few long shots tonight. Last week Yo Cheyenne Rocky put in a clunker but his prior lines show that he does that every other race or so. Check his lines out and it shows that he usually come right back the next week with a big effort. Hails from Robert Siegelman Stable and Robbie hates to miss out on a check. Morning is at 15-1 but I think he will go off much lower but still at a very good price. $10,000 Open 1 Pace 8th race Saturday, Pompano Park - I love it when I handicap a race and it works out just as I thought it would. Last week I really liked Thebestofjoel and he came through again and at 4-1 odds. He's back once again, has another outside post, which he overcame last week with ease. He has been perfect since coming to Pompano Park and should make it three straight tonight.  

Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night offered the $353,256 New York Sire Stakes Art Watson Pace for 3-year-old fillies, conveniently quartered consecutively at $88,314 each.

Harness racing trainer Robbie Siegelman sends his homebred, Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover - Cheyenne Adrienne - Jate Lobell), to do battle against a stellar field in the third race $58,000 final of the Hudson River Series for 3 & 4 year-old pacers tonight at the Meadowlands.

Coming into the harness racing final of the Junior Trendsetter, two horses were looking to continue their road to a potential start in The Meadowlands Pace. With the teletimer reading 1:51.3, those two horses did just that.

Just hours after the blizzard rolled through East Rutherford, New Jersey, the ramp of Exit 16W was free of snow and clear for traffic and the harness racing series named for the New Jersey Turnpike exit got underway Saturday night at the Meadowlands.

Harness racing trainer Robbie Siegelman believes Yo Cheyenne Rocky has got better than a puncher's chance to be a contender in the Exit 16W series at Meadowlands Racetrack.

Harness racing trainer Robbie Siegelman and HorseAbility, a center for equine-facilitated programs, are driven to help others. Together they soon will help others to drive. HorseAbility, which was founded in New York by Katie McGowan in 1993, recently moved to a facility at SUNY College at Old Westbury on Long Island.

Cheyenne Umberto, making only his second career start, won by a whisker over Voice Of Truth (Mark Lewis) in a thrilling stretch drive between the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings Tuesday night (August 24) at HARNESS RACING'S Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs.

Hurrikanebiggeorge (Stephane Bouchard), from second-over, rolled on by Friday night, winning harness racing Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $37,000 Open Handicap Trot. Leaving from post position No. 6, "Biggeorge" tracked the second move of the lass Victor's Vicky (Cat Manzi), the later engaging 4-5 choice Lavec Dream (Jordan Stratton).

Robert Siegelman is a happily married man, but he is the first to admit that a little filly with one set of white eyelashes has captured his heart. Cheyenne Trish is her name and her trainer’s only wish is that she would have a little luck so that she can make the most of her explosive speed.

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