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More than $1 million was wagered on the Tuesday night harness racing card at MGM Yonkers. This marked the first time the track surpassed the million dollar threshold since before the pandemic closure. On the last Tuesday before the COVID-19 shut down March 3, nearly $1.1 million was wagered on Yonkers races. "We had so much momentum in late February and early March," said Director of Racing Alex Dadoyan. "Five of our last eight cards before we had to shut down saw more than $900k in wagering. And then the world turned upside down." Yonkers was forced to close from early March to mid June. "Everything lined up right tonight. The first of the month is always huge and MGM Northfield having to cancel due to snow really gave us the spotlight." The competitive racing produced an $8,750 carryover in the Pick 5 wager for Thursday's card. The 50 cent Pick 5 covers races five through 9 and will have a $20,000 guaranteed pool on Thursday. First race is 7:12pm. Alex Dadoyan Director of Racing MGM Yonkers Inc

Caviart Ally took full advantage of her inside starting position and worked out a perfect pocket-sitting trip to surge past the pace-setting Shartin N in mid-stretch to prevail by a neck in 1:52.1 in the sixth race $100,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker harness racing Invitational at Yonkers Raceway. Shartin N, the 2019 Horse of the Year and defending Blue Chip Matchmaker Champion left quickly from post position seven and controlled the race throughout but had to settle for second. Snobbytown finished third five and one-quarter lengths behind. It was Caviart Ally's third win in 2020 and 28th lifetime for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Brett Pelling. The winner's share leaves her just shy of $2 million in career earnings at $1,974,971. The six-year-old mare is owned by Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. As the 8-5 second choice, she paid $5.50 to win. Caviart Ally In the eighth race $125,000 Borgata Pacing Series Eligibles Invitational, This Is The Plan closed past the tiring leaders to win by half a length in 1:52 paying $5.60 to win as the 9-5 second choice. This Is The Plan left alertly from the outside starting position to tuck in fourth and worked out a second over trip for driver George Brennan. The Ron Burke trainee notched his fourth win of 2020 for owners Burke Racing, Weaver, Bruscemi, Jerry and Theresa Silva and Larry Karr. This Is The Plan Ostro Hanover held second after setting the pace and Tookadiveoffdipper was two and one-quarter lengths back in third. The Blue Chip Matchmaker and Borgata Pacing Series races were originally scheduled to begin March 13 and 14 but were canceled when the racetrack closed down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of the customary five legs and final, the races were altered to be one dash invitationals for horses that were eligible for the original races this Spring. Alex Dadoyan Director of Racing

MGM Yonkers is pleased to announce that two  harness racing stakes races will be added to the racing calendar in November at Yonkers Raceway. On November 28, 2020 there will be a $125,000 Invitational Pace for horses that were eligible to the Borgata Pacing Series and a $100,000 Invitational Mares Pace for horses that were eligible to the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series. These stakes along with several others were unfortunately canceled earlier in the year due to the pandemic and closure of the racetrack and casino. The Yonkers Raceway Race Office will be contacting eligible participants shortly. MGM Yonkers is also pleased to announce a ten percent purse increase across the board for all classes. This increase will take effect for racing the week of November 9. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

American Courage remained undefeated in his young harness racing career scoring in 1:54.2 in New York Sire Stakes action at Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night. American Courage is now a perfect 7 for 7 with four consecutive wins in New York Sire Stakes action for two-year-old pacing colts, taking the $70,300 second race division. Driver Matt Kakaley moved to the lead approaching the first quarter and held sway to a half-length victory over I'll Drink To That with Sexy Blue Chip four and one-quarter lengths further back in third.   The son of American Ideal now has three wins at Yonkers Raceway, having taken the MGM Springfield Stakes Elimination and Final last month. The $225,000 New York Sire Stakes Final will be at Yonkers Saturday September 12 as part of the $1.8 million New York Night of Champions with eight division finals. There was a non-betting $69,000 New York Sire Stakes division before the card and Sauvignon Blue Chip led at every point to a 1:54.4 victory. Tyler Buter guided the son of Art Major to his first lifetime win for trainer and co-owner David Dziengiel. Live racing resumes at Yonkers Thursday with a 7:12pm first post. Racing is currently being conducted four nights a week: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. by Alex Dadoyan for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY - Yonkers Raceway hosted two harness racing divisions of New York Sire Stakes races for three-year-old trotting fillies Tuesday evening and the rail was the place to start from in both divisions. In the first division, a $73,100 four horse race held before the wagering card, Love A Good Story relinquished the lead early from post position one to No Mas Drama, but then brushed by that rival and drew away to a length and a half score in 1:55.2. Love A Good Story is a daughter of Chapter Seven and remains a perfect four for four in New York Sire Stakes action for Andy and Julie Miller and the ownership group of Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Chapter Seven continues to lead the way for trotting sires in this year's New York Sire Stakes, with 83 wins in 184 starters and surpassed earnings of more than $1 million in the series. In the second division, race two on the card, Without A Warning was bet down to 2-5 favoritism from post one and was an easy two and three-quarter length winner in 1:55.1. Scott Zeron drove the daughter of RC Royalty to victory for trainer George Ducharme and owner Raymond W J Campbell Jr.   The $1.8 million New York Sire Stakes Night of Champions will be Saturday September 12 at Yonkers Raceway. Yonkers continues a four-day racing schedule, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with a first post of 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

Yonkers, NY - Starting this week, the 50 cent Pick 5 wager at Yonkers Raceway will carry a $7,500 guaranteed pool on Mondays and Tuesdays. The pick 5 begins in race five each night. Monday's Pick 5 at Yonkers features two $77,300 New York Sire Stakes harness racing divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. In the eighth race, the fourth leg of the Pick 5 wager, Hen Party looks to remain perfect in NYSS action. Hen Party, a daughter of Roll With Joe for the Crawford Farms and trainer Tony Alagna has already won sire stakes legs at Yonkers, Tioga and Vernon. Andrew McCarthy is in the bike once again and is the 9-5 morning line favorite from post five. Yonkers is currently racing four nights a week, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with first post at 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway    

Yonkers, NY - Sire Art Major had two harness racing pacers in Tuesday night's New York Sire Stakes divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers and both came away victorious. In the $75,900 first division, Major Betts led all the way to a two and a half length score in 1:51.1. Dexter Dunn was the winning driver for trainer Mark Harder and owners Jannuzzelli, Harder and Frost.   Major Betts started in the Meadowlands Pace Final in his last race but the return to NYSS action got him back to the winner's circle. In the $77,300 second division, Genius Man got up by a nose in an eventful stretch battle in 1:52.3. Save Me A Dance was second with Splash Brother a neck back in third.   Marcus Miller drove the Art Major gelding to victory for trainer Erv Miller and owners Michelon and Plouffe. Racing at Yonkers Raceway continues Thursday and Friday night this week, first race is 7:12pm by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

Yonkers, NY - Tuesday night, Yonkers Raceway hosted three $48,866 New York Sire Stakes divisions for two-year-old harness racing trotting fillies. In the first division, race five, No Pay No Way sprung a 22-1 upset by a neck in 2:00 flat. The daughter of Credit Winner was driven to victory by Scott Zeron for his father trainer Rick Zeron and the Bay Pond Racing Stable of Malvern, Pennsylvania.   In the second division, race six, driver Tyler Buter avoided any mishaps with several early breakers in the field and cruised home to a four and one-quarter length victory with Destined to Dance in 1:58.3. The daughter of Chapter Seven is trained by John Butenschoen and owned by Heritage Standardbreds, Crawford Farms and Preziotti.   In the third division, race seven, Insured Am S was another winning daughter of Chapter Seven, prevailing by one length in 1:59.2. Brian Sears was the winning driver for trainer Marcus Melander and Courant Inc.   Live racing continues at Yonkers Raceway Thursday and Friday nights this week, first post is 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

Yonkers, NY - Semi Tough dominated his rivals in the $60,000 M life Rewards Gents Series Final, leading all the way through blistering fractions of 26.3, 54.4, 1:21.4 and stopping the clock in a lifetime best 1:50, just two-fifths of a second off the track record at Yonkers Raceway Monday.. Semi Tough is a four-year-old gelding trained by Ron Burke and driven to victory by George Brennan. Semi Tough had made two recent starts in the Graduate series and has now earned more than $540,000 lifetime.   Yonkers Raceway wrapped up two stakes finals Monday night which saw more than four months pass between preliminary legs and finals. The M life Rewards Ladies and Gents Series' began in the first week of March but were interrupted when racing was halted for three months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Top performers from the legs that were held in March qualified for the $60,000 Finals. In the M life Rewards Ladies Final, I'm Very Special blasted to the lead from post position eight and never looked back, winning by two and a half lengths in 1:52.2. North Star Ideal finished second and Red River Jane was five lengths back in third.   I'm Very Special notched her fourth win of the season for trainer Peter Pellegrino and owners Melvyn Colby of Great Neck, New York. Jason Bartlett was the winning driver . Racing resumes Tuesday night at Yonkers Raceway with three $48,866 divisions of New York Sire Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies with first post at 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY - Yonkers Raceway hosted two harness racing divisions of New York Sire Stakes action for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings Tuesday night. In the first $75,900 division, Hobbs took control of the race early and led all the way in 1:55.4 by three-quarters of a length over Barn Holden with Take The Credit two lengths back in third.   Hobbs is a three-year-old gelded son of Credit Winner driven to victory by Jason Bartlett for trainer Jim Campbell and the Runthetable Stables of Montvale, New Jersey. Five of the six trotters in the first division were sons of Credit Winner. In the second $75,900 division, driver Brian Sears picked up the catch drive aboard Chaptiama and also led all the way scoring a neck victory over Berkery J in 1:55. It was three and three-quarter lengths back to Bourbon Express in third.   Chaptiama is a three-year-old gelded son of Chapter Seven for trainer Trond Smedshammer and the Purple Haze Stables of Fairport, New York. Four of the six trotters in the $75,900 second division were sons of Chapter Seven. Racing continues at Yonkers Raceway Thursday and Friday nights this week, first post is at 7:12pm. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY - American Courage made a decisive brush to the lead approaching the first quarter and held off the pocket sitting Town Gossip to prevail in the $104,250 MGM Springfield Stakes at Yonkers Raceway Monday by a half length in 1:53.3. American Courage remains unbeaten in four lifetime harness racing starts for trainer Travis Alexander, driver Matt Kakaley and the Fiddler's Creek Stables of West Bloomfield, Michigan.His time of 1:53.3 was a lifetime mark.   The two year old colt by American Ideal is the first foal out of the Art Major mare Nota Fool Bluechip. The heavy favorite in the race, American Courage paid $2.40 to win. Crystal Beach was six and three quarter lengths back in third. by Alex Dadoyan, for Yonkers Raceway

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