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Mostinterestingman took the first-over route to win the $37,000 harness racing Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway on Friday, and he, at 11-1, proved much of the betting public wrong as he crossed the line in front.   Jordan Stratton requested moderate speed from the gelding as the starting gate pulled away and slotted into third. Nows The Moment (Matt Kakaley) was parked out by the former, so he accelerated to take the lead at the quarter mile marker, which he hit in :27.2.   Nows The Moment got a second-quarter breather as he completed the half in :57. Mostinterestingman switched to the outside as the field of eight turned into the backstretch for the last time, and he immediately gained on the leader. He put a nose in front of Nows The Moment as they passed three-quarters in 1:25.1 and left the field behind in the stretch.   Mostinterestingman scored the victory in 1:55. Hill Of A Horse (Brent Holland) launched a late rally, but was three quarters of a length short in second. Smallltownthrowdown (Austin Siegelman) was third throughout. The winner paid $24.60.   MOSTINTERESTINGMAN REPLAY     Mostinterestingman, an eight-year-old Manofmanymissions gelding, passed the $700,000 earnings mark with the victory. He has visited the winner's circle 34 times from 158 total starts. Ricky Bucci, a resident of Campbell Hall, is the trainer and a co-owner along with Richard Solano of Coconut Creek.   George Brennan won three dashes for the second night in a row; he drove Mariner Seelster (1:54.1), Sports Bettor (1:53.2), and Patriarch Hanover (1:55.3) to victory on Friday.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Monday, May 17 with an 11-race card featuring another $37,000 Open.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Jive Dancing A split through traffic late and reached up in the final meters to win the conditioned harness racing feature pace and head an Aussie top three at Yonkers Raceway on Thursday   Reinsman Daniel Dube, capitalizing on his rail positioning, called on Jive Dancing A for early speed and acquired the pocket entering the first turn. Lucky Artist A (Scott Zeron) left quickest and briefly attained the top spot. Dube pulled his mare out immediately to take the lead, but Imprincessgemma A (George Brennan) followed them into the two-path and struck the front just past the quarter mile in :27.2.   Jive Dancing A remained second through the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:24.1, but she was boxed in by the first-over Stowaway Hanover (Brent Holland) as they turned for home. The latter depleted her stamina and backed up in time for Jive Dancing A to pull out and streak past Imprincessgemma A for a 1:53.3 victory.   Imprincessgemma A had her heart broken, finished second by a nose. Waltzwithsierra A (Jordan Stratton) finished third and completed an Australian triactor. Horses with roots Down Under comprised the top five of the eight-deep field - Golden Quest N (Jason Bartlett) was fourth, and Lucky Artist A finished fifth. The winner was a mild upset - she paid $14.60.   JIVE DANCING A REPLAY     Jive Dancing A is a 25-time winner from 95 lifetime starts and has earned $170,517 lifetime. She is owned and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera of Columbus, who bought her in April. The seven-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven mare moved to North America in July 2019. She made her first U.S. start on Aug. 9, 2019.   Also on the card, Tony Ciuffetelli captured the ninth leg, second division of the North American Amateur Drivers Association Spring Trot Series aboard a game Golden Kronos. Ciuffetelli placed his gelding third through a first quarter of :28, then pulled him first-up prior to the half in :58.1, grinded on the outside through three-quarters in 1:27.2, and vanquished leader Exarch (Tony Verruso) in the final eighth to win by a length and a half in 1:57. Exarch finished second, and Madhatter Blue Chip (Joe Lee) took show.   GOLDEN KRONOS REPLAY     Golden Kronos is a seven-year-old son of Chapter Seven with a record of 25-for-97 lifetime and just shy of $225,000 in earnings. Stanley Zombick Jr. trains for Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, William Pozefsky of Albany, and Myron Eckstein of Henderson.    George Brennan tripled on the evening. He won the third with E R Hilary (1:55.1), the fifth with Rockn Philly (1:55.2), and ninth with Tellitsassymae (1:52.3).   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action with 10 races on Friday, May 14, which includes a $37,000 Open Trot. Those dashes will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Yonkers, NY- Two divisions of trotters in the North American Amateur Drivers Association series went to post tonight at Yonkers Raceway with one split as a non-wagering event off the card followed by a betting race on the nightly wagering program. Matt Zuccarello won the non-betting contest with Stealing while Tony Ciuffetelli guided Golden Kronos home first in the wagering event. Sent away as race one on the 10-race betting card tonight Golden Kronos started from the pole and got away third as Exarch and driver Tony Verruso showed the way by the first stanza in :28.0. Verruso kept the pedal to the metal as Exarch got first call at the half in :58.1. Ciuffetelli was the first to move and he rallied Golden Kronos off the pylons and they headed for the lead. But Exarch fought to rebuff his challenger and he still had command as they trotted by the three quarters in 1:27.2. But as they rounded the final turn and readied for the stretch drive Golden Kronos eased to the front and went on to a 1-1/2 length triumph in 1:57. Exarch hung on gamely for second while Madhatter BlueChip garnered the show dough for Joe Lee. GOLDEN KRONOS REPLAY   Golden Kronos , a 7-year-old Chapter Seven gelding, is owned by Mike Pozafsky, William Pozefsky and Myron Ekstein and trained by Chip Zombick. He paid $9.20 for win. Matt Zuccarello copped the non-betting affair with a patient drive behind Stealing, making it the second time that they were victorious in the series. After starting form the three-hole Zuccarello took command and the yielded to Dark Poole (Jake Stillwell) as the latter took command in the :28.4 first quarter. Then all Zuccarello had to do was follow the leader, which he did, to the top of the stretch and then rally his trotter to a head triumph in 1:58.1. Dark Poole was second best while Mike Polansky hustled Noble Warrawee third. For full race results, click here. by John Manzi, for the NAADA Series  

Sound Idea was steady on the front end at Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday night, leading from start to finish in the conditioned harness racing feature pace.   Sound Idea set out for the lead and her third straight victory as the starting car pulled away. Her post five positioning forced her wide, but she acquired front end control midway through the first turn for driver Brent Holland without much difficulty. Holland rated his charge to fractions of :28.2, :58, and 1:25.4 while maintaining an uncontested advantage.   Somebeachsomefra (George Brennan) lurked in the pocket throughout and gained in the stretch, but Sound Idea got to the line a length clear to score in 1:54.2. Somebeachsomefra was second, and P L Nelly (Daniel Dube) closed for show. A $2 win ticket returned $7.10.   SOUND IDEA REPLAY     Sound Idea has now visited the winner's circle after her past three starts and won 8 from 38 overall. The four-year-old Mach Three mare has earned more than $240,000 for East End Standardbreds of Hampton Bays. Co-breeder John Balzer trains the horse.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Thursday, May 13 with ten races starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

A patient Scott Zeron kept Levine in the pocket until the final eighth and rolled past in the stretch to score in the Yonkers Raceway harness racing feature pace on Tuesday.   Levine was quickest off the car from post five, but Genius Man and Austin Siegelman pressed on to the lead from the outside and took it as the field of eight turned onto the backstretch. Genius Man paced panels of :28.1, :58.3, and 1:26 with no first-over opposition, but Levine angled outside as they entered the stretch.   Levine needed only a short burst of speed to get by, and Zeron had him wrapped up as he came to the finish victoriously in 1:54. Genius Man was second, and Tell Them Lou (Matt Kakaley) converted his three-hole trip into a show finish.   LEVINE REPLAY     Levine, a four-year-old American Ideal gelding, has won nine of his 32 lifetime tries and raked in more than $130,000 in earnings. The driver also owns; he employs Megan Scran as the trainer. The horse paid $4.10 to win.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Wednesday, May 12 with a nine-race card starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Rollwithpapajoe was solid on the engine as he went wire-to-wire in the Monday night $37,000 harness racing Open Trot at Yonkers Raceway after trailing throughout in the start prior.   Joe Bongiorno moved decisively as the gate left this week and sent the son of Roll With Joe to the lead out of the three-hole. There was no opposition from his seven rivals as Rollwithpapajoe put up :28.1, :57.1, and 1:24.2 splits. Pocket-sitter Escapetothebeach (Jason Bartlett) gained nothing on the leader in the stretch, and Rollwithpapajoe withstood a charge from Ostro Hanover (Tyler Buter) to score in 1:52.   Ostro Hanover was a length back in second, and Escapetothebeach mustered the show spot. The winner paid $4.30.   ROLLWITHPAPAJOE REPLAY     Rollwithpapajoe is now a 17-time winner with earnings greater than $350,000 in 49 starts. Jennifer Bongiorno trains for owners Barbara Bongiorno Stable LLC of Monroe, Bill Kambos of Astoria, and Dionisios Liberatos of Manhasset Hills.   Yonkers Raceway races again on Tuesday, May 11. There are 10 contests scheduled and a first post of 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Yonkers Raceway is pleased to announce that the four major Grand Circuit harness racing stakes scheduled for Friday, July 2 will all see substantial purse increases over the originally advertised amounts. The MGM Yonkers Trot and MGM Grand Messenger Pace will see a purse boost from $300,000 to $500,000. The marquee races are scheduled as the first legs of the Triple Crown for 3-year-old trotters and pacers, respectively. The Pacing Triple Crown also includes the Cane Pace (Meadowlands) and Little Brown Jug (Delaware County Fair). After the Yonkers Trot, the Trotting Triple Crown continues with the Hambletonian (Meadowlands) and Kentucky Futurity (Red Mile). The filly companion races will also get a nice purse boost. The Park MGM Pace and New York-New York Mile Trot will both bump up to $150,000 from $125,000. "When we put the stakes schedule together back in November there was a great deal of uncertainty about 2021, so we took a very conservative approach to purse levels," said Yonkers Director of Racing Alex Dadoyan. "Now that we have seen significant reopening steps in New York, we were able to make these increases." Elimination races for all four finals are scheduled for Friday, June 25. Currently 44 trotting colts are eligible for the Yonkers Trot and 38 pacing colts have paid into the Messenger. For horses that haven't previously nominated, supplemental entries are accepted for both Triple Crown races at a cost of $30,000. The filly events offer a $15,000 late-entrance option. Yonkers Raceway continues its Monday to Friday live racing schedule (post time 7:15 PM) through May 27. The track will then take a 10-day break and return to the normal five weeknights of racing on Monday, June 7. From Yonkers Raceway Media    

American Courage, who started his harness racing career seven-for-seven before an out-of-character seventh-place finish in the New York Sire Stakes final last September, began his 3-year-old campaign in style with an authoritative 1:52 victory in one of four W.N. Reynolds Memorial divisions for sophomore pacers of both sexes that took place on Friday night (May 7) at Yonkers Raceway. Driven by Matt Kakaley in the $23,750 event, American Courage gunned out from post six and was able to clear 1-5 choice I'll Drink To That (Dexter Dunn) before the 27.1 opening quarter. American Courage remained the boss through the 56.1 half and the 1:24.3 three-quarters, then paced home in 27.2 to defeat I'll Drink To That by a length and three-quarters. Shakespeare (Todd McCarthy) followed along in third throughout and ended up finishing in that spot.   AMERICAN COURAGE REPLAY The victorious American Ideal colt is trained by Travis Alexander for owner/breeder Fiddler's Creek Stables LLC. American Courage has put away $192,133 in his eight wins, half of which have come at Yonkers, and he returned $9.40 to win as a 7-2 shot. The exacta was $16.80, and the trifecta paid $34.80. In the other $23,250 split for the colts and geldings, Coalition Hanover (Kakaley) made front from post five and had command through fractions of 28, 56.3, and 1:24.4, but 1-5 favorite Whichwaytothebeach (McCarthy), who bided his time in the third position, wore the pace-setter down from first-up on the final turn and then pulled away to prevail by 4 1/2 lengths in 1:53. Coalition Hanover held second over He's A Snob (Mark MacDonald).   WHICHWAYTOTHEBEACH REPLAY A Somebeachsomewhere gelding, Whichwaytothebeach is trained by Brett Pelling for owners Alan Johnston and John Craig. Whichwaytothebeach now has a record of 6-2-2 from ten starts, and he pushed his earnings to $135,733. Whichwaytothebeach paid $2.40 to win and led a $4.20 exacta and a $12.80 trifecta. As far as the fillies, the first of their flights, worth $28,500, went to 1-5 choice Heart Of Mine (Scott Zeron) in 1:55. The runner-up in the New York Sire Stakes final a year ago, Heart Of Mine lined up her foes in post position order and then stepped off panels of 28.2, 58.1, and 1:26.4 on her way to a two length decision. Pocket-sitter Shania Blue Chip (McCarthy) was next, followed by Natchez Belle (Tyler Buter).   HEART OF MINE REPLAY Linda Toscano trains Heart Of Mine, a daughter of Roll With Joe, for owners The Bay's Stable LLC., Radio Racing Stable, Fred Wallace, and Camelot Stable Inc. Heart Of Mine is now a three-time winner from 13 efforts, and she has pocketed $152,655. She returned $2.50 to win and was atop a $16.20 exacta and a $45.00 trifecta. Easy To Please (Jordan Stratton) trailed through stations of 27.2, 56.4, and 1:25.2 in the second $29,000 tilt for the ladies, but she went widest from fourth-over on the final bend and then powered home strongly to get up in time to prevail by a neck in a 1:55.1 mile. Carrington (MacDonald) was the runner-up from second-over, and DC Batgirl (George Brennan), who wore down leader Podium Girl (Dunn) from first-over through the stretch, got third.   EASY TO PLEASE REPLAY Trainer Michael Hall also co-owns Easy To Please, another Roll With Joe filly, with partners Our Three Sons Stable LLC., Brad Grant, and Howard Taylor. Easy To Please has five victories from 11 lifetime appearances, and she has now banked $64,150. Easy To Please paid $38.00 to win, the exacta kicked back $172.00, and the trifecta was worth $628.00. On the undercard, 4-5 favorite Melady's Monet (Stratton) picked up his fifth straight win overall and continued to close in on $1.8 million in lifetime earnings, as the 12-year-old took the $37,000 Open Handicap Trot from the pocket in 1:55.3 for trainer Hermann Heitmann and owner Melady Enterprises LLC. There was also a $24,000 Preferred Trot that went to 5-2 second choice New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.) after he found room between foes from the two-hole in the lane and scored in 1:55.3 for trainer Eric Abbatiello and owner Allister Stables LLC. Live racing resumes at Yonkers Raceway on Monday night (May 10). For full race results, click here. From Yonkers Raceway

Snobbytown drove on to the lead and never looked back in a Thursday night harness racing score in the $37,000 Yonkers Raceway Open Pace.   George Brennan exemplified his "Minister of Speed" moniker by sending Snobbytown four-wide into the first turn from post five to contest the early pace. The pair fought their way forward and settled on the engine prior to the completion of the :27 opening quarter. Brennan didn't let off the accelerator through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters and turned for home with a two-length cushion.   Snobbytown maintained her gap to rivals in the stretch and crossed the finish line victorious ahead by two and a half lengths in 1:53. Norman's Madeline (Brent Holland) rode the pocket to a place cheque, and Surreal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) picked up ground late for show.   SNOBBYTOWN REPLAY     Snobbytown's victory avenged her loss in the prior week and improved her career record to 20-for-53. The five-year-old Nob Hill High mare has earned more than $430,000 lifetime. Ron Burke trains and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC alongside Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg and Jason Melillo of Powell.   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action on Friday, May 7. That night's 10-race card will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Yonkers, NY-- Two $8,000 non-betting harness racing trotting divisions of the North American Amateur Drivers Association (NAADA) were presented tonight at Yonkers Raceway prior to the betting card getting underway and when the judges posted the results Tony Verruso had reined the winner in the first split and Dave Offenberg won the second. Verruso, who's enjoying his finest year in the sulky, went wire to wire for a 1:58.1 triumph with Exarch in the first split while Offenberg aped that journey behind Fiji for a 1:59.1 triumph in the other. Both races were presented prior to the betting card getting underway In his split Verruso sent Exarch immediately to the lead and they had two lengths on a parked-out Raceace(Alan Schwartz) when they trotted by the first quarter in :28.3. Still on the limb the order remained the same when the trotters passed the half in :58.4. "I think Schwartz was trying to keep his horse trotting since he had made brakes in his previous starts,"Verruso said. "But he kept coming at me past the three quarters in 1:27.4 and all the way around the far turn and into the stretch." And when they turned for home Tony Ciuffetelli rushed Golden Kronos into contention and all three trotters headed for paydirt nearly side-by- side. But in the deep stretch Exarch proved to be the best and trotted off to a solid one-length triumph in 1:58.1. Raceace hung on for second money, a head better than Golden Kronos. The winner, a 6-year-old Cantab Hall gelding, is owned by Fortune Valley Stable ad trained by Sean Campbell. For Verruso, it was his sixth driving victory of the season and 88th of his amateur career. Dave Offenberg had little trouble in the other division after he sent Fiji to the lead when the wings of the starting gate folded. Once on top Offenberg put it in cruise-control and Fiji trotted through fractions of :29; :59.4: and 1:28.2 before drawing off to an easy victory over Possess The Stone who was driven by Joe Faraldo. Third money in the short four-horse field was garnered by Stealing (Matt Zuccarello). The winner, an 8-year-old Cantab Hall gelding is owned by Offenberg's Allister Stables LLC and trained by Noel Daley. by John Manzi, for the North American Amateur Drivers Association

With many Sire Stakes programs yet to commence and little on the Grand Circuit schedule for 3-year-old pacers during the month of May, Yonkers Raceway attracted four divisions of the Reynolds series for the age group on the pace. Carded as races four through seven on the Friday 10-race program, the Reynolds are split evenly, with two races for fillies and a pair for colts and geldings. There is no shortage of talent among the 30 entered, but the two splits for the boys came up especially deep. Perhaps at the top of the heap off 2020 performance is American Courage. The Travis Alexander trainee won seven of eight starts in his rookie year of racing and returns to the races off a strong second-place finish in a qualifier at The Downs at Pocono. He sat third in that mile, before moving into second on the final turn and sprinting home in 27 1/5. "Matt [Kakaley] just put him on Bronx Seelster's back. He had tons of horse left," said Alexander about the qualifier. A three-time winner at Yonkers last year, including the $104,250 Springfield stake, American Courage is right at home over the surface, which will serve him well from post 6 in the $23,750 seventh-race division. "I'll leave that to Matt," said Alexander about how to work out a trip from the outside post. "We are ready and looking forward to getting the year started." The inside is typically the best place to be on any half-mile track and that honor belongs to Shakespeare. The altered son of Somebeachsomewhere has done good work thus far in 2021 with a win and a second from two starts and trainer Brett Pelling felt the 3-year-old's natural speed would serve him well on the smaller track. Todd McCarthy drives Shakespeare. I'll Drink To That also brings a 2-1-1-0 current-year record to Yonkers after two solid performances at The Meadowlands. Dexter Dunn will steer from post 4 for trainer Chris Ryder, who has a horse entered in all four Reynolds divisions. "I wouldn't make the statement that he's as good as American Courage, but he's not that far away. He's certainly sounder this year," said Ryder about the 5-2 morning-line choice. "Last year we sat a two-hole behind American Courage. My horse was no good that night and we only got beat by a half-length." What About Bob (post 2, Jim Marohn, Jr) and Town Gossip (post 8, Joe Bongiorno) both enter the second division of the Reynolds off wins while King James Express (post 3, Jason Bartlett) and Bettor Of The West (post 7, Scott Zeron) make their first starts of 2021 on Friday. Carrythetorchman rounds out the field from post 5 with Marcus Miller in the bike. The $23,250 fourth race first division of the Reynolds includes a trio of horses coming into the race off wins - Crystal Beach (post 1, Miller), Whichwaytothebeach (post 3, McCarthy) and Coalition Hanover (post 5, Dunn). Coalition Hanover is the most accomplished of the group in 2021 with three wins and two seconds from six starts. The Ryder trainee's lone defeat came in the $40,000 Weiss final at Pocono when he made a break late in the mile. "We always liked him but he didn't do as much as we thought he should," said Ryder. "We trained him back free-legged and I always thought we'd put the hobbles back on when he qualified, but he was terrific without them so we qualified and raced him free-legged. I thought he was going to win the Weiss before that break, so it is a lesson learned and we put the hobbles back on. "I'm pretty sure he can get around the half and he deserves a chance to be in there," continued Ryder. Whichwaytothebeach only has one start thus far for trainer Brett Pelling this year but is highly regarded after a strong rookie campaign where he finished off the board just once in eight starts. His résumé has earned him 9-5 morning-line favorite status. Crystal Beach's win on May 1 was the first of his career. The son of Art Major was a regular on the New York circuit in 2020 and should be right at home on the half-mile Yonkers surface. He's A Snob (post 2, Mark MacDonald), third in the Weiss final recently, Mullinax (post 4, Scott Zeron), a Massachusetts Sire Stakes champion in 2020, Imaginary Line (post 6, McCarthy), second in his last two tries, and Major Makover (post 7, Bartlett), a Weiss consolation runner-up, complete the field of seven. Races five and six highlight the fillies. Heart Of Mine starts as the 9-5 program favorite with Scott Zeron driving for trainer Linda Toscano in the first $28,500 division while Podium Girl offers the same morning-line in the $29,000 second split with Dexter Dunn in the bike behind the Chris Ryder trainee. First-race post time is 7:15 PM at Yonkers on Friday and racing continues on a Monday to Friday basis weekly. From Yonkers Raceway  

Dragon Roll surged by foes in the stretch to notch her third consecutive victory in the conditioned harness racing feature pace at a sloppy Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday.   The Roll With Joe mare ceded early position and dropped back to fifth of eight from post four under the guidance of Todd McCarthy. Pettycoat Business (Joe Bongiorno) powered to the lead on the outside in a :28 first quarter and stole a second panel breather with a :58.4 half time.   Dragon Roll moved outside first, but heavy favourite Wingding Hanover (Jason Bartlett) provided her with cover by going first-up. Dragon Roll gapped off through the third split but seemed to find another gear after three-quarters in 1:26.3, and she picked up ground approaching the far turn.   Dragon Roll lunged three-wide turning for home and rolled by Wingding Hanover and Pettycoat Business to score in 1:55.2. Pettycoat Business finished three quarters of a length behind in second, and a late-closing Turnthefrownaround (George Brennan) was third.   DRAGON ROLL REPLAY     Dragon Roll's win was her seventh in 28 lifetime starts; she has earned more than $190,000. Ricky Bucci of Campbell Hall owns and trains the four-year-old. She paid $19.20 to win.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Thursday, May 6 for 10 dashes starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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

New Zealand import Raukapuka Ruler N was supreme through a downpour in the $37,000 Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Monday, winning the featured harness racing contest in wire-to-wire fashion.   Jordan Stratton commanded Raukapuka Ruler to take the lead from post five, and the horse did so in a :26.3 opening stanza. He stole a :56.1 second quarter and continued to the three-quarters in 1:24.3 with little opposition offered from the seven others.   Raukapuka Ruler N tuned for home with a two-length gap and put the race to bed with only mild encouragement from Stratton, winning in 1:52.4. A plucky Speed Man N (Scott Zeron) trudged on first-up, but he completed the Kiwi exactor a length and a half short in second. The Real One (Pat Lachance) closed for third off his second-over trip.   RAUKAPUKA RULER N REPLAY     Raukapuka Ruler's score was his 17th from 59 lifetime outings. The eight-year-old gelding's earnings now exceed $340,000. Tritton 2 Inc of Pine Bush owns, and Peter Tritton trains. The son of Bettor's Delight moved to North America in October 2019.   Ostro Hanover captured the $30,000 Preferred Pace one race later in a similar effort.   The six-year-old gelding directed three other leavers to form up behind him going into the first turn, as he used his rail draw to attain front-end control. He governed the tempo through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, and 1:24.3 under orders from Tyler Buter and consolidated the 1:53 victory with a convincing stretch drive.   Ostro Hanover got home a length clear of Ehrmantraut (Zeron), who finished second, and Herrickroosevelt N (Stratton), who took show.   OSTRO HANOVER REPLAY     Ostro Hanover is now 21-for-69 lifetime with a bankroll in excess of $435,000. Daniel Renaud trains the son of Betterthancheddar for the ownership trio of B and I Stables LLC of Closter, Kapildeo Singh of Yorktown Heights, and VIP Internet Stables LLC of Piscataway.   Stratton had a hot night despite the drizzle. He drove four winners: Victorias Maverick (1:52.4) in the first, Lets Have Another (1:51.4) in the fourth, Sheriff N (1:52.1) in the sixth, and Raukapuka Ruler. He leads the drivers' standings with 105 victories.   The total handle of $1,254,745 was the highest on a nighttime card for the track in more than eight years.   Yonkers Raceway returns on Tuesday, May 4 with a nine-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Harness racing's Grand Circuit rolls back into Yonkers Raceway on Friday night (May 7) as the oval plays host to divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial for 3-year-old pacers. Colts and geldings will face off in a pair of splits, worth $23,250 and $23,750, in races four and seven, and the fillies will match up in two flights, with purses of $28,500 and $29,000, in races five and six. Coalition Hanover (post six, Dexter Dunn/Chris Ryder) won a section of the Pennsylvania Stallion Series most recently at The Meadows in 1:51.3 and will look to keep sharp in the first Reynolds test for the boys. He'll face off against the likes of last year's New York Sire Stakes Excelsior A Series and Massachusetts Sire Stakes champion Mullinax (post four, Scott Zeron/Mark Ford), and Whichwaytothebeach (post three, Andrew McCarthy/Brett Pelling), who won a few stakes events as a rookie, including the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes consolation. King James Express (post three, Jason Bartlett/Mark Harder), last year's New York Sire Stakes champion in the 2-year-old colt and gelding pace division, will look to get his sophomore campaign started on the right foot in the second Reynolds tilt for the fellas. He will see two familiar faces from the NYSS program in American Courage (post six, Matt Kakaley/Travis Alexander) and Town Gossip (post eight, Joe Bongiorno/Jenn Bongiorno). American Courage won his elimination and the final of MGM Springfield Stakes at Yonkers and then added four NYSS legs to his ledger, and Town Gossip was the runner-up in the NYSS final and won two preliminary rounds. Heart Of Mine (post one, Scott Zeron/Linda Toscano) was second to eventual 1:48.4 performer Test Of Faith in the New York Sire Stakes final for 2-year-old pacing fillies a year ago, and she tops Friday night's first Reynolds rumble for the ladies. Heart Of Mine, a daughter of Roll With Joe, won an overnight race at Yonkers in 1:55 on April 28. Her biggest competition could come from Let 'Er Buck (post seven, Mark MacDonald/Ray Schnittker), who won three stakes events in Pennsylvania as a freshman and is a Betting Line half-sister to $1.7 million earner Huntsville. MacDonald and Schnittker also have Carrington (post three) in the other section for this group. Carrington, a So Surreal filly, recently finished second in the Bobby Weiss Series final at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and was the runner-up in the 2020 New York Excelsior A Series final for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Another stakes winner in this field is Podium Girl (post two, Dunn/Ryder), who collected her triumphs at New Jersey's Freehold Raceway. Also entered is DC Batgirl (post seven, George Brennan/Britney Dillon), who qualified for last year's New York Sire Stakes final and comes in off a fast 1:51.2 qualifier at Harrah's Hoosier Park. In addition to the stakes action, Friday's ten-race program also has a $37,000 $37,000 Open Handicap Trot, (race eight) and a $24,000 Preferred Trot (race nine). Post time is 7:15 p.m. From Yonkers Raceway

Nows The Moment went wire-to-wire for his first win of the 2021 harness racing season in the Yonkers Raceway $37,000 Open Trot on Friday.   Matt Kakaley commanded early speed from the six-year-old gelding, who promptly provided it from the rail. Nows the Moment secured front-end control before the first turn and took the field through fractions of :28.2, :58.2, and 1:27 unopposed.   Nows The Moment kept all threats at bay coming down the stretch and completed the two-length victory in 1:56.3. Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) found late trot up the rail and got up for second. Pocket-sitter Full Rights (Jason Bartlett) settled for show.   NOWS THE MOMENT REPLAY     Nows The Moment is now 23-for-85 lifetime with earnings exceeding $350,000. Lloyd Alex Macdonald trains the son of Credit Winner for Sonya Mac Donald of South Paris (ME).   Yonkers Raceway will return on Monday, May 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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