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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-trot Sunday (Nov. 4th) matinee saw a second-over Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton, $19.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap. The six-horse feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. Trying to leave from assigned post position No. 5, Lean Hanover could not match strides early before retreating into a four-hole. It was Gruden (Jason Bartlett, five winners during the 10-race card) vaulting over his quintet of inside rivals. He went past DW's NY Yank (George Brennan) and led through early intervals of :28 and :57.4. Polester Sortie (Brian Sears), as the tepid 3-2 favorite, then moved from third with Lean Hanover hitching a ride behind that one. Sortie drew even with Gruden in and out of a 1:26 three-quarters before being dismissed. Gruden owned a length lead off the final turn, but the walls were closing in. Lean Hanover rolled right by, defeating a third-over Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:55.4. Gruden faded to third, with DW's NY Yank and Sortie relegated to the minor moolah. Bioness (Eric Goodell) misbehaved early and was outrun. For fourth choice Lean Hanover, a 5-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned (as P C Wellwood Enterprises) by (trainer) Paula Wellwood and Karen Carroll, it was his fifth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $159, the triple returned $748 and the superfecta paid $1,433. The winner was third as an odds-on favorite in his previous try. Sunday's version of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a chalky winning combination of 1-Big Muddy (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 3-Undici (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $6.40 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,560. Sunday afternoon's 10-race, all-sources handle was $1,092,113. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 18th (post time TBA). A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Nov. 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,406.29 and a $10,000 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 5 through 9 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Monday‘s program may be downloaded at http://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/mon_program.pdf. 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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 2, 2018-Tepid favorite Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.30) continued her form spree Friday night (Nov. 2nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's moist $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. From outside post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Rockstar Angel was stuffed into a pocket behind Medusa (Jason Bartlett) as that one led through intervals of :27, :56.3 and 1:25.4. Rockstar Angel A was out to engage by the three-quarters, finally disposing of Medusa early in the lane. She then widened to win by 2¼ lengths in 1:54.2. Sophomore statebred Alexis Faith (Brian Sears) was second, with Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.)-who broke late-surviving an inquiry to stay third. Medusa faded to fourth, with Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) distanced after jumping it off early. For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her 10th win (third consecutive) in 26 seasonal starts The exacta paid $25, with triple and superfecta wagering refunded due to the short field size. The Raceway is offering full-card Breeders' Cup wagering Saturday (Nov. 3rd), opening at 10 AM in advance of Churchill Downs' first post of 10:45 AM. Empire Terrace lunch reservations may be made at (914) 457-2454. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, November 1, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Empire Terrace shall be open for lunch Breeders' Cup Saturday (Nov. 3rd) beginning at 11:30 am. Wager and wager throughout the Churchill Downs' card, which begins at 10:45 AM. The lunch menu includes three cheese ravioli, veal Milanese, New York strip steak and filet mignon, along with salads and burgers. Reservations may be made at (914) 457-2454. A reminder that mutuel windows open at 10 AM Saturday, and after the Breeders' Cup Classic, there's a 10-race live harness card with the usual first post of 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 29, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 4th) shall offer a first post of 11:35 AM. Races 1 through 7 go as those 'French' trots, with post times as such... 1st -11:35 AM 2nd -- 12:05 PM 3rd - 12:35 PM 4th - 1:05 PM 5th - 1:35 PM 6th - 2:05 PM 7th - 2:35 PM Post time for the finale is 3: 35 PM, 3:55 PM or 4:15 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn Tuesday, Oct. 30th). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is November 18th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 27, 2018--It was an old-fashioned heater Saturday night (Oct. 27th), with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $5.60) and I'm Some Graduate (Pat Berry, $12.20) dividing Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. The tandem swallowed up Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) late in the lane, Great Vintage easing out from the pocket and I'm Some Graduate altering course and closing inside to match strides at the line in a 'sloppy' 1:52.3. Mach it So was third, beaten a head, with Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) a two-move fourth and tepid 5-2 favorite Military Master A (Jason Bartlett) fifth. It was just a length-and-a-half between the five payees. Saturday night's co-featured Open Handicap Trot was won by DW's NY Yank (Bongiorno, $9), who pocketed past 7-10 choice Gruden (Bongiorno) by a neck in 1:57. The Last Chapter (MacDonald) was third, with Kinetic King (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Boffin (Stratton) settling for the minors. A reminder that the Raceway offers six programs next week, going Monday, Tuesday, Thursday (final one of season), Friday and Saturday evenings (first post 6:50 PM) as well as Sunday, Nov. 4th (post time TBA) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 26, 2018-Favored Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $5.90) went from first-up to first home Friday night (Oct. 26th), handily winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, the lass watched Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) make the first lead, doing so before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Artrageous (Mark MacDonald) was not happy with that arrangement, having to work as she moved from the pocket before a quick :55.4 intermission. Meanwhile, Rockstar Angel A began her assault, and she did it with purpose. Moving from fifth, Rockstar Angel A blew by, grabbing the gauntlet well before a 1:24.1 three-quarters. She opened to 3½ lengths in and out of the final turn, widening to four lengths at the (1:53) wire. Second went to Keystone Wanda (Brent Holland), with Vorst (George Brennan), Artrageous and Medusa (Brian Sears) rounding out the payees. For Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her ninth win (second consecutive) in 25 seasonal starts The exacta paid $59.50, the triple returned $490 and the superfecta paid $2,663. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, October 24, 2018-About seven weeks ago, an evening or so after Brian Sears won the 10,000th race of his career, there was George Brennan, sitting next to him inside Yonkers Raceway's drivers' room. "We're the old guys in the room," Sears said. Well, 'Old Guy' Brennan joined Sears in the five-figure club, mimicking Sears and winning his 10,000th career race this past Friday night (Oct. 19th) at the pair's home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. When diminutive Down Under Our Zak Whitby A went the distance in that evening's second race, chauffeur Brennan became the 16th North American driver to reach that number. A rare race off the night before allowed the 51-year-old Brennan a chance to reflect on what was then a milestone-in-waiting. "It's a good number, nothing I was aiming for," Brennan said, "but I understand it's significant. "I don't know if my approach is any different than when I was 30 or 40. I still love what I do, show up every night, keep myself in good shape and know the horses." Of course, getting dibs for Ron Burke and Scott DiDomenico, among other leading trainers, doesn't hurt. "The horsepower is the key," Brennan said, adding, "The game has changed. Speed stays longer, the horses-pacers and trotters-have a lot more go-go. You don't always have to be forwardly-placed, but it usually doesn't hurt." If there has been one concession Brennan had made, it's to his schedule. "I'm here (Yonkers) about 98 percent of the time," he said. "There's no more traveling and getting home at three in the morning. Sometimes, I go to Freehold, the Meadowlands or Philly, but always local. "It keeps me fresh." The Brennan resume recital is too meandering for this missive-the man's no one-hit wonder--so he was asked to choose a few that stood out. In no particular order... Glidemaster (2006 Yonkers Trot) - "It was unfortunate for John (Campbell). The colt won the Hambletonian and Kentucky Futurity, then John was injured and (trainer) Blair (Burgess) asked me to drive. The race was late that season (Nov. 25th), and it was a very cold night here. He won first-up in (1):55 [actually 1:55.4] to win the Triple Crown, so to be a part of that was pretty special." (author's aside...Brennan had driven Glidemaster in his previous start, finishing second in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine) Artist's View (2007 Breeders Crown 3-Year-Colt/Gelding Pace, Meadowlands) - "Without a doubt, one of my favorite races. He was out every step from the 10-hole and won (at 42-1). His trainer, Buzzy Sholty, is one of my best friends, so that was great." Holborn Hanover (2006 U-S Pacing Championship, Meadowlands) - "I put a world record [1:46.4] on him that day. Old bike, record lasted for years. Loved him." (another author's aside...Holborn Hanover's effort remains the standard for aged pacing geldings. He was five at the time) ...and then there was THAT day, Aug. 6, 2011, at the Meadowlands. In a span of 35 minutes, Brennan polished off the $750,000 Hambletonian Oaks (Bold and Fresh, 1:53.1) and $1.5 million Hambletonian (Broad Bahn, 1:53) at odds of 24-1 and 6-1, respectively. "Who thinks that's going to happen?," he said. "It was a hell of a day." During the conversation, around a mundane 10-race overnight card, Brennan bemoaned one aspect of the game that he says has changed. "I miss not having the classy 10- and 11-year-olds out there competing they way they used to," he said. This night featured 'just' three 10-year-olds, although several of the races were age-restricted. It didn't take very long to connect the dots between that musing and one Foiled Again "What's he's done has been incredible," Brennan-who won thrice with him-said of the sport's richest-ever equine. "It was a honor to get to drive him." Alright, George Brennan, let's put the finishing touches on 'What 10,000 Wins Mean to Me'. "I think what I'm really proud of is that when I came down here (New York metropolitan area) for good in 1994, I didn't have 1,000 wins," Brennan said. "So, to win 9,000 or so races driving against top-notch competition, that's something to me." Brennan, a native of Monticello, NY, won his first race--behind Rob Ron Romper--at his hometown track as a high school junior back in 1982. His career purse earnings exceed $171 million, ranking seventh all-time, according to the U-S Trotting Association. Asked when he throught he 'became good,' Brennan offered that "I was going to drive horses for a living regardless, but when I had early success at Monticello (inserting credit to stepfather Joe Ricco Jr.), it helped. "I'm 51, but I'm still learning, so if younger drivers are picking things up from me, I'm picking things up from them, too." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 22, 2018--Turns out Brian Sears' 30-1 upset with Cruzado Dela Noche in the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot was puny parimutuel potatoes. Monday night (Oct. 22nd), Sears and---we kid you not--82-1 A Oliveinmymartini became Yonkers Raceway's largest win mutuel of the season, to the tune of $167.50 for ever correct couple of bucks. This was far for a 'shortest distance between two points' number. From post position No. 8 in the $16,000, third-race pace, the lass missed the memo, spotting her rivals about a half-dozen lengths at the start. A Oliveinmymartini did catch the field, racing fourth along the pylons before slipping out and widest in the final turn. She defeated 11-1 Successful Outlook (Jordan Stratton) by a half-length, with 17-1 Bullvillekarla (Dan Dube) third and 6-1 Fine Art (Brent Holland) fourth. Making her first start for owner Samuel Abdoo and trainer Amber Buter, the 3-year-old daughter of Three Olives was patrolling the Ohio fair circuit before winning at Dayton 18 nights ago. The 1:55.2 in her local debut was a life-best performance and led a $1,433 exacta, $10,899 triple (base $2 payout, $1 ticket worth $5,449.50) and $129,551 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $6,477.55). A Oliveinmymartini won for the third time in 10 seasonal starts. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, October 21, 2018-A few November schedule reminders form Yonkers Raceway. --Thursday nights are done after Nov. 1st-- --Sunday matinees return Nov. 4th and continue Nov. 18th and 25th (all post times TBA)-- --Saturday, Nov. 24th, which was originally listed as a dark night, now becomes 'live'-- --No live racing Thanksgiving Night (Thursday, Nov. 22nd) and the subsequent Friday (Nov. 23rd)-- --All Mondays, Tuesdays and now Saturdays remains with the usual first post of 6:50 PM- --Don't forget to vote-- A current calendar is always available at www.empirecitycasino.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 20, 2018-There was good form for both Military Master A and Gruden, and it continued Saturday night (Oct. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. Military Master A (Jordan Stratton, $5.80), from post position No. 6, prevailed from third-over in the week's featured pace that cried out for a closer. Pole-assigned Chantepleure (Austin Siegelman) inexplicably stuffed 7-5 choice Dr. J Hanover (Mark MacDonald) in behind at the outset, paying a :26.2 opening quarter-mile price for the privilege. The leader rated a :29.1 next substation (:55.3 half), but that would be of small consequence when the wolves came calling. Gokudo Hanover (Jason Bartlett) moved from third, taking over past a 1:23.2 three-quarters as Chantepleure stopped and Dr. J Hanover was trapped. Gokudo Hanover owned a short lead in and out of the final turn, but he, too, was inhaled. A second-up I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) went by, but he couldn't match strides with Military Master A. The latter, sixth entering the lane, won by a length in 1:52.1. I'm Some Graduate was second, with Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) third. Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) and an exhumed-too-late Dr. J Hanover rounded out the payees. Chantepleure backpedaled to last in the seven-horse field. For second choice Military Master A, a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was his seventh win (third consecutive) in 15 seasonal starts The exacta paid $30, the triple returned $283 and the superfecta paid $1,065. The week's marquee trot saw Gruden (Bartlett, $4.50) leapfrog his half-dozen inner foes and easily go the distance (:28.1, :57.4, 1:26, 1:55.3). The lead was 2½ lengths off the final turn, the exact same margin at the wire New Heaven (Brennan) slalomed the cones for second, with 9-10 favorite Lean Hanover (Stratton) a first-up third. Tober (Holland) and Kinetic King (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the minors. For second choice Gruden, a 5-year-old Muscle Yankee gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby and VIP Internet Stable, it was his fifth win in 15 '18 tries (4 wins, 2 seconds, 2 thirds in last 10 efforts). The exacta paid $25.80, the triple returned $72 and the superfecta paid $409. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 19, 2018- Driver George Brennan won the 10,000th race of his harness racing career Friday night (Oct. 19th), doing so at his second home, Yonkers Raceway. Brennan, who entered the night with 9,998 wins, immediately knocked off the 'to do' list when he took down the chalky daily double in the down-the-road fashion. Top of the Mark ($6) won in the $17,000 pacing opener in 1:54.3, his second consecutive win after beginning the season 0-for-27. Our Zak Whitby A ($2.80) was a never-in-doubt, two-length winner (life-best 1:52.3) in the $23,000 second-race pace. The 4-4 Brennan-Brennan double returned $10.20. Brennan, who become the 16th North American driver to reach that five-figure number, had a rather large welcoming committee in the winner's circle, including his stepfather, Joe Ricco Jr., several drivers and racing officials. The 51-year-old Brennan, a native of Monticello, NY, took the latest milestone in stride. "It's a good number, but nothing I was aiming for, but I understand it's significant," he said. Brennan won his first race--behind Rob Ron Romper--at his hometown track as a high school junior back in 1982. His career purse earnings of approximately $171.8 million ranks seventh in the all-time list. A quarter-moving Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell, $8.90) held sway Friday night (Oct. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 2, Rockstar Angel moved past early leavers Artrageous (Mark Macdonald) and Bettorhaveanother (Mr. 10,000, George  Brennan) right before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. She then found a :56.2 intermission before 17-10 fave Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from sixth. The people’s preference did advance toward a 1:25.1 three-quarters, but Rockstar Angel A owned a length lead off the final turn. The lass then found more in the lane, winning by tne same margin in 1:53.3. Artrageous knifed though late to snatch second, with Mach it a Par third. Medusa (Joe Bongiorno) and Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.) settled for the minors.  For second choice Rockstar Angel A, a 6-year-old down under daughter of Rocknroll Hanover owned by Northfork Racing Stable and trained by Chris Oakes, it was her eighth win in 24 seasonal starts  The exacta paid $32, the triple returned $83.50 and the superfecta paid $479.50. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 16, 2018-It's not surprising that International Trot Day brought with it some off-the-beaten path Yonkers Raceway looks. Accordingly, we asked the Raceway's three photographers from Saturday (Oct. 13th) afternoon-Katy Gazzini, Mike Lizzi and Jelena Gerga-to go through their handiwork and pick out some shots to share. 1-Brian Sears (in Courant colors, lessee of winner Cruzado Dela Noche) and Raceway president Tim Rooney with the International Trot trophy  2-The 10 International Trot drivers (upper [l-r], Alessandro Gocciadoro [Arazi Boko, Italy], Jason Bartlett [Up and Quick, France], Wim Paal [Ringostarr Treb, Italy], Yannick Gingras [Ariana G, U-S], Flemming Jensen [Slide So Easy, Denmark], Tim Tetrick [Will Take Charge, Canada], Goran Antonsen [Lionel, Norway], lower [l-r], Scott Zeron [Marion Marauder, Canada], Johan Untersteiner [Pastore Bob, Sweden], Brian Sears [Cruzado Dela Noche, Sweden]) Gazzini pix (note picture was with Bartlett and Sears in 'regular' colors)  3-The brothers Tim and Trace Tetrick, the latter in what was his first Westchester appearance since 2013 to drive Endeavor in the Dan Rooney Invitational  4-It was a different-looking Jason Bartlett warming up France's Up and Quick  5-The Harry Harvey Invitational Trot had grandson Shawn Harvey presenting to Warrawee Roo  6-The International Trot drivers and presiding judge George Karam had a pre-race 'rules of the road' meeting  7-Wim Paal speaking with Equidia's (French Horse Racing TV) Kristin Odegard  8-Apron was the place to be as race approached  9- Cruzado Dela Noche beats Lionel to win the Yonkers International Trot 10-Adam Strom with Cruzado Dela Noche by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, October 12, 2018-Yonkers Raceway does not have a turf course-the last anyone checked-but that didn't stop some of the participants for Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. France's Up and Quick (with caretaker Angelique Beaufils) and Lionel from Norway (with caretaker Per Pergenius) took to the track's infield Friday (Oct. 12th) for a stroll and a bite, respectively. They, along with the other eight entrants, were to be in the Raceway paddock by 1 PM Friday in preparation for the 40th International. The detention rules and regulations were as directed by, and administered through, the New York State Gaming Commission. Saturday's race schedule... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot (races 7 through 10 simulcast to French-hubbed audience) Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM (races 11 and 12 simulcast to the a 'Down Under' audience) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, October 9, 2018- Draw the $1 million Yonkers International Trot by day, offer up the season-high exacta by night. When a third-over, 31-1 Prejudice (Jim Marohn Jr., $65) rolled past a first-up, 49-1 Big Turn On (Troy Beyer) in Tuesday's (Oct. 9th) $14,750, sixth-race pace, it blew up the tote board (note...no tote boards were actually harmed at the conclusion of this race). The result was a $2,143 exacta, Yonkers Raceway's highest of the season. Throw in 38-1 Mach On (Joe Bongiorno) and the triple returned $4,695, a neck separating the first three finishers. Prejudice, who entered all of 1-for-24 this season, turned in a season's-best 1:55 effort. The 5-year-old Western Terror gelding is Delaware co-owned by William Sartin & Mark Salerno and trained by Joe DeCarlo. Tonight at Yonkers Raceway the French-American Friendship Races began and will be followed by events at Monticello Raceway tomorrow (Wednesday) and at the Meadowlands on Friday. At the Hilltop oval it was Ladies Night in the first America v France Friendship Race when the USA's Monica Banca scored a one-length triumph with Life Well Lived in 1:58.3 while second place went to Delcrest Massey ,driven by France's Sandrine Oyer, and the ladies had bragging rights after they finished one-two. When the starter said go France's Jerome Malliard sent Ladys Big Stormont to the lead and they were quickly joined by the USA's Joe Faraldo with Tough Get Going and the two trotters raced side by side past the quarter in :28.3 and by the half in :57.4. But when they headed up the backside both horses showed the fatigue of the swift early fractions. It was there that Monica Banca moved Life Well Lived off the pylons and they trotted around Tough Get Going and up alongside Ladys Big Stormont and the two raced head to head past the third stanza in 1:28.1 and around the final turn before Life Well Lived cleared. Then as the leader headed for paydirt France's Sandrine Oyer had Delcrest Massey on Banca's back but that was as far as fthey could go and they had to settle for second money of the $17,500 purse. Third place went to Drazzmatazz, driven by France's Jean Marc Freyssenge. The race tonight certainly showed off the talents of the two ladies who were among the eight drivers who participated in the first Friendship event on American soil. Life Well Lived is owned by Bob Burgess and trained by Carmine Auciello. The 4-year-old Muscle Mass gelding paid $16.40. With four races still to go France leads the USA 22-20 by Frank Drucker and John Manzi, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 8, 2018-It wasn't quite the same as Christopher Columbus landing in the new world, but right around 9:30 Monday morning (Oct. 8th), an oversized horse trailer discovered Yonkers Raceway. The contents of said trailer were six overseas trotters set to compete in Saturday afternoon's (Oct. 13th) $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The three stallions-Lionel (Norway), Ringostarr Treb (Italy) and Up and Quick (France)-set up shop in the Raceway's Old Glory Building-getting the lay of the land. Video can be seen at... https://www.dropbox.com/sh/p8opx31ub8zsm2w/AAB3SLVB3MkRZIxXn7ChuvHDa?dl=0 The three geldings-Arazi Boko (Italy), Pastore Bob (Sweden) and Slide So Easy (Denmark)-said good-bye to their friends and were headed to New Jersey farms. All 10 of the participants in the 40th International-the others being Ariana G (United States), Cruzado Dela Noche (Sweden), Marion Marauder (Canada) and Will Take Charge (Canada)-are due at the Raceway by 9 AM Friday (Oct. 12th) The mile-and-a-quarter trotting classic is augmented by a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, giveaways, contests, international-themed food and drink, live music, etc. There's also a special all-stakes Pick 4 wager with Yonkers (races 7 and 8) and Belmont (Pebbles and Floral Park). Note the change from the original race layout, with the Dan Rooney Invitational---led by Bit of a Legend N, Lazarus N and McWicked-moved from the sixth race to race 11. None of the previously-sent post times have changed... Race 1 - 1 PM Race 2 - 1:20 PM Race 3 - 1:40 PM Race 4 - 2 PM Race 5 - 2:20 PM Race 6 - 2:40 PM Race 7 - 3:10 PM $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot (1¼ miles) Race 8 - 3:40 PM $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino (1¼ miles) Race 9 - 4:10 PM Open (Handicap?) Trot Race 10 - 4:40 PM Trot Race 11 - 5 PM $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace Race 12 - 5:20 PM The Saturday card shall be drawn Monday afternoon, save for the International, which is to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 9th) at a midtown luncheon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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