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YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 25, 2018-Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $12.20), last season's Lismore Pace victress, found some near-anniversary symmetry Friday night (May 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 6, Tequila Monday saw a trio of leavers in the presence of Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell), Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett) and 1-2 choice Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton). It was Call Me Queen Be doing the early work, as in subsections of :26.2 and :55.4. Newborn Sassy, after finding an eight-seat, made her second move. She engaged the leader in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, with pole-assigned Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) behind that one and Tequila Monday looking at it from third-over. In and out of the final turn, Newborn Sassy was about to win the battle, but lose the war. In a search of a third consecutive distaff derby, she put away Call Me Queen Be. However, Tequila Monday, who went wide down the backside, sustained her bid and edged way. She whipped Newborn Sassy by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:52. Third went to Call Me Queen Be, with Annabeth (Mark MacDonald) and Lady Shadow settling for the minors. For second choice Tequila Monday, a 4-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing Stable & Chuck Pompey and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (career earnings up and over $600,000). The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $180 and the superfecta paid $587. Yonkers' Saturday night (May 26th) program-the final one before hiatus-offers finals of the Art Rooney Pace (purse $300,000) and the companion event, the $111,444 Lismore (see how this all comes together). The races goes as No. 5 and 6 during the dozen-race card, with first post at 6:50 PM. 14th Lismore...1-Soliditary (Holland, 12-1), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, 9-2), 3-Believe in Me (Sears, 9-1), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett, 8-5), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan, 6-1), 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, 5-1), 7- Checkered Past (MacDonald, 20-1), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miller, 7-1) 28th Art Rooney Pace...(1-Minnie Vinnie, Tetrick, 6-1), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Brennan, 5-1), 3-Springsteen (Sears, 9-5), 4-Trump Nation (Bartlett, 3-1). 5-Jimtastic (Goodell, 20-1), 6-Major Authority (MacDonald, 20-1), 7- Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, 10-1), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller, 7-1) After Saturday, live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 8th. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City@Yonkers  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 24, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Thursday night (May 24th) saw the highest local exacta of the season. When 22-1 Ransom Demand (Mark MacDonald, $47.80) edged past cone-skimming 62-1 Ziggy Sky (catch-driver Jim Marohn Jr.) late in the $9,000, fourth-race pace, the 4-7 gimmick returned $1,899 for a two-buck wager. The first two finishers had been boardless in eight and four '18 starts, respectively. With 3-10 favorite Soho Jackman A (Jordan Stratton) faltering in the final strides and settling for a blanket-finish third, the 4-7-1 triple paid $5,047 for a $2 wager. Beast Mode (Brian Sears) was fourth, thus the 4-7-1-5 superfecta returned $27,106 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket $1,355.30). Yonkers' previous high 2018 exacta this season was $1,411, occurring late last month. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City @ Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 24, 2018--It's not possible to measure the worth of a human being...until now. Jason Bartlett, Yonkers Raceway's perennial leading driver, has been appraised at a cool $200. Well, sort of. As part of harness racing's Trotting 4 Charity initiative, Bartlett's special set of colors--which he wore during a few racing programs--brought $200 at an auction which closed Wednesday night (May 23rd). The colors were won by Joe Betro of Delancey's Bar and Restaurant in Goshen, NY. Bartlett's charity of choice is the Eva Fini Fund. Eva is a young neighbor of the Bartletts who is courageously battling Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome, first identified by Austrian physician Dr. Andreas Rett in 1966, is, according to an informational page, "a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability." "Joe is a horse owner with Ed Hart is his trainer and we both know the Fini family very well," Bartlett said. "He's committed to the charity and I'm guessing he's going to hang the colors up in the restaurant. "I'm just happy to help out." A Yonkers' racing program 'box' which shows the colors and the fund logo accompanies this release. For more information about Rett syndrome, please visit rettsyndrome.org. To learn about Trotting 4 Charity, go to trotting4charity.com. By Frank Drucker for Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 21, 2018 - Harness racing Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $111,444 Lismore Pace. The 28th Rooney, one of Yonkers' premier event's for the sport's glamour division, offers six 3-year-old colts and two geldings. The event, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr., goes as Saturday night's (May 26th) sixth race. The open draw probably didn't bother one elimination winner (Trump Nation [Jason Bartlett, post 4]), though it cheesed off the other (Decoy [Dave Miller, post 8]). Miller, who has won this race three times, including last season with Downbytheseaside, obviously has his work cut out behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jimmy Takter trains for Brixton Medical, R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco. Decoy won his elim going away, by 8½ lengths in a 'good' 1:54. Bartlett, the perennial leading local driver, has never won the Rooney. Trump Nation took over early a week ago, making the lead from an eventual breaker and holding sway. He won by a head in 1:53.3. his fastest purse mile of the season. The Betterthancheddar colt enters the final with new co-ownership (Evan Katz and Crawford Racing) and new trainer (Chris Oakes). The field, with declared drivers... 1-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton listed), 3-Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4-Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), 5-Jimtastic (Eric Goodell), 6-Major Authority (Yannick Gingras), 7-Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller). The 14th Lismore, companion event to the Rooney, was carded as the fifth race. Lone elimination winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) landed in post No. 2 among the octet of 3-year-old pacing. The field, with declared drivers... 1-Solitary (Brent Holland), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube), 3-Believe in Me (Brian Sears), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick), 7-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miler). First post for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker        

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Smalltownthrowdown (Brian Sears, $8.50) was a two-move harness racing titan Sunday afternoon (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot The field of eight (seven with nose-to-gate, one in back of bus) went as the opener and the first of four 'French' trots. Smalltownthrowdown, three-wide from post position No. 6-in one notch after the programmed pylon number was removed-found an early four-hole. He watched Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) and longshot Bluebird Jesse (catch-driver Brent Holland) duel early, with the latter-out two turns-making the lead between a :28.1 opening quarter-mile and :57.2 half. Smalltownthrowdown was then ready for his cue, extricating himself from the cones and busting the race wide open. The lead was 3½ lengths at the 1:27 three-quarters. After a 1:55.2 milepost, Smalltownthrowdown finished the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25.4. Buen Camino found room late to grab a best-of-the-rest second, beaten 3¾ lengths. Bluebird Jesse easily held third, with Kinetic King (Jordan Stratton) and Gural Hanover (George Brennan) relegated to the minors. Seasoned Saint (Jason Bartlett) was a never-in-it sixth as the 19-10 favorite. For third choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 5-year-old statebred Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.80, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $439.50. Sunday's return of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 9-Forest Blue (Belmont's 3rd race) and 1-Noble Warrawee (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $50.75 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $6,254. The next Sunday matinee is June 17th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 19, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's foggy Saturday night (May 19th) featured harness racing eliminations for both the Art Rooney and Lismore Paces. With 10 3-year-old boys entering the Rooney and nine sophomore girls in the Lismore, it was three games of 'musical chairs' to determine next week's finalists. Odds-on favorite Decoy (Dave Miller, $2.20) made short work of his four foes in the first, $40,000 eliminations for the Rooney. Unhurried from post position No. 3, he rolled to the past the half, then rolled away. The final margin over a 'good' surface was 8½ lengths in 1:54. Minnie Vinnie (Brett Miller) closed for second as the 32-1 rank outsider, with Major Authority (Brian Sears) third and early leader Jimtastic (Jason Bartlett) fourth. Matinee Fashion (George Brennan) eliminated himself with a break down the backside the second time. For Decoy, a son of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned Brixton Medical Group, R A W Equine & Joe Sbrocco and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36.60, with no triple wagering offered due to the short field. "I was pretty happy with him," Miller said. "He went a good middle half. Now, we hope to draw good for next week. Miller has won three finals of the Rooney Pace, including last season with Downbytheseaside. Saturday other 40-large elim for the Rooney saw Trump Nation (Bartlett, $9) hold off both 4-5 choice Springsteen (Sears) and Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller) by a head and a neck, respectively. Pole-sitting Trump Nation took over from early leader-and subsequent breaker-Handsoffmychips (Brennan), then finish it off in 1:53.3, his fastest purse mile of the season. Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton) wound up fourth. For third choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris and Evan Katz, he's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $17.80, with again no triple wagering offered. "I wanted to control the race," Bartlett said. "When I saw the cheap (:57.2) half, I thought I was in good shape, but halfway down the lane, when (Springsteen) came at me, I thought I was beaten. He dug in." The evening's lone $20,000 elimination for the Lismore was won by Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, $5.20, part of entry) in a life-best 1:55.1. Pocketed from post No. 4, Jews Forreal was able to get out when entrymate Python Blue Chip (Brennan) made a bad, first-over break in the final turn. Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett) cut the mile but could not last, beaten a head. Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald) was third, with Solitary (Brent Holland), Alexa's Power (Stratton), Believe in Me (Sears), Reign on Me (Brett Miller) and a recovering Python Blue Chip also qualifying for the final. Krushed Apple (Dave Miller) was outrun. For second choice (part of three-headed entry) Jewels Forreal, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her first win in seven '18 tries. The exacta paid $12.20, the triple returned $55.50 and the superfecta paid $267. The finals of both events, worth $300,000 (Rooney) and $111,444 (Lismore), go next Saturday night (May 26th). Open draws take place Monday afternoon (May 21st). Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace saw favored Evenin' of Pleasure (Sears, $5.20) repeat in 1:52.3 . The 8-year-old son of Dragon Again, owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, is approaching $900,000 in career coin after a 30th lifetime win. Sunday matinees return tomorrow (May 20th), with a first post of 12:35 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 18, 2018 - Stop us if you've read this one before... Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $2.60) did not play fair Friday night (May 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion. This field, reduced to a half-dozen after a mid-pack defection (ill), found Newborn Sassy and Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell) hooking up early. The former, from what became outside post position No. 6, stepped around the latter well before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then waltzed through a :56.4 intermission. Between the half and the (1:24.4) three-quarters, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) tried it first-up from fourth. However, the leader's 57-second middle portion figured to make everyone else's life difficult. Newborn Sassy owned a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2¾ lengths at the 1:52.3 finish. Mach it a Par fought the good fight to wind up second, with Delightful Dragon (Mark MacDonald) third. Tequila Monday (Brian Sears) and Call Me Queen Be rounded out the payees, while Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) settled for some lovely parting gifts. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by CC Racing & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fourth (consecutive) win in 15 seasonal starts after starting'18 0-for-11. The exacta paid $9.40, with the triple (three wagering choices in order) returning $29.80. Yonkers' Saturday (May 19th) program offers eliminations (two) for the Art Rooney Pace and (one) the Lismore. The finalists go at it next Saturday (May 26th) for $300,000 (Rooney) and $111,444 (Lismore). Saturday's 143rd Preakness Stakes shall be prominently simulcast throughout the Raceway. Mutuel windows open at 10 AM, in advance of Pimlico's first post at 10:30 AM. Pimlico offers 14 races (final post 7:35 PM), with the Preakness going as the 12th race (post time 6:48 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 15, 2018 -- Yonkers Raceway's 'French' Sunday harness racing matinees return this weekend (May 20th), first post set for 12:35 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2:05 PM) go as the 'French' trots, with the 12th-race finale scheduled for 4:41 PM (provided a dozen are drawn later this afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of Belmont's 3rd race (post time 2:37 PM) and Yonkers' 7th race (post time 3:01 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 14, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Superfecta Mondays are breeding. Effective Thursday night (May 17th), the Raceway shall offer superfecta wagering in every race, every night, provided there are sufficient harness racing wagering interests in a given race. "Our fans have indicated they wanted more exotic wagers," Raceway COO Bob Galterio said. "We're happy to offer this as we continually try to improve our product." The new wagering format was approved by the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 14, 2018 - Ten harness racing 3-year-old guys - six colts and four geldings - were entered for Yonkers Raceway's Art Rooney Pace. The 28th Rooney begins with a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (May 19tt), each a five-to-eliminate-one affair. Those go as races 6 and 8 during the 10-race card, with the first quartet in each returning for next Saturday night's (May 26th) $300,000 final. Rooney 1st elim (6th race)... 1-Jimtastic (Jason Bartlett), 2-Major Authority (Bartlett also listed), 3-Decoy (Dave Miller), 4-Matinee Fashion (George Brennan), 5-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick). Rooney 2nd elim (8th race)...1- Trump Nation (Bartlett), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton), 3- Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4- Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 5- Handsoffmychips (Sears also listed). Handsoffmychips, Major Authority, Matinee Fashion and Minnie Vinnie are the geldings of the group. The companion event to the Rooney, the Lismore Pace, offers nine 3-year-old young ladies. That number necessitated a larger game of 'musical chairs,' with all the fillies in one tidy $20,000 elimination. That elim is the fifth race, with the first octet going after $111,444 in the Saturday, May 26th final. The single elim drew out as such...1-Python Blue Chip (Brennan), 2-Krushed Apple (Dave Miller), 3-Solitary (Brent Holland), 4-Jewels Forreal (Brennan also listed), 5-Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett), 6-Believe in Me (Sears), 7-Reign on Me (Brett Miller), 8-Alexa's Power (Tetrick), 9-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald). Note that Python Blue Chip, Jewels Forreal and Reign on Me are coupled (intersecting owner/trainer), as are Krushed Apple and Believe in Me are also partnered (common ownership). Changes for these races shall be made Tuesday (May 15th) First post Saturday is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 12, 2018 - It's a Reynolds Wrap. The mercurial W.N. Reynolds Memorial found its way to Westchester Saturday night (May 12th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting six divisions for harness racing 3-year-olds pacers of both genders. More than $132,000 was up for grabs in three 'moist' divisions each for the boys and the girls. The fastest male mile of the $23,066 per race trio was turned in by odds-on Wes Delight (Cory Callahan, $2.70). From post position No. 4, he took over from a 90-1 bombardier and finished the first event from there (:27.3, :56.2, 1:25.1, 1:53.3). Wes Delight defeated Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett) by 2½ lengths, with 129-1 proposition Yupper (Brett Miller) third. For Wes Delight, a son of Bettor's Delight co-owned by (trainer) Mark Harder, Rick Phillips and Deena Frost, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $11.40, with the triple returning $261.50. "A little kid could drive him," Callahan said. "He had the leader stop in front of him (in PA Sire Stakes at the Meadows), so I thought if I could make the front, I'd leave with him. "He does only what's asked of him.". The other colt/gelding divisions were won by... --My Delight (by Betterthancheddar); owner Bay Pond Racing Stable/trainer Homer Hochstetler/driver Brent Holland; 1:55.1/$71; --Mach N Cheese,g (by Betterthancheddar); owner Save the Day Stable/trainer Rob Harmon/driver Jordan Stratton; 1:54.1/$7.40. It was feast or famine for Harmon after last season's Sheppard winner, Kwik Talkin' (Stratton), stopped badly on the lead in the second division. He wound up last at 1-5, presenting the trainer with some questions before next week's eliminations for the Art Rooney Pace. "The track was hard and he's had some foot problems," Harmon said. "The (entry) box closes Monday afternoon, so we have to see how he's doing." Saturday night's trio of Reynolds for the ladies, worth $21,066, $21,066 and $21,566, respectively, were won by... --Checkered Past (by American Ideal); owner All Star Racing/trainer Peter Foley/driver Mark MacDonald; 1:54.1/$3.40; --Presto Blue Chip (by American Ideal); co-owners Howard & Michael Ouriel/trainer Jeff Smith/driver Brett Miller; 1:54.2/$6.50; --Alexa's Power (by Somebeachsomewhere); owner Jeff Snyder/trainer Jim Campbell/driver Tim Tetrick; 1:54.4/$9.30. Not to be outdone, the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace saw Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno, $9.30) beat up his rivals by seven lengths in 1:51.1...fastest local effort of the season. The 8-year-old son of Dragon Again, owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, is approaching $900,000 in career coin. The $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by favored Seasoned Saint (Bartlett, $5) in a season's-best 1:55.3. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 11, 2018 - Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.40) did not play fair Friday night (May 11th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace in obnoxiously facile fashion. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 5 (in one notch courtesy of an inside defection), Newborn Sassy two-moved around Twinkle (Eric Goodell), retaking after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. A cheapy, 57-second intermission worked to her advantage when Delightful Dragon (Mark MacDonald) moved first-up from fourth. Newborn Sassy then threw down a :27.3, third-quarter gauntlet (1:24.3), putting four lengths between herself and the gang off the final turn. The final margin was a rather unsightly 8¼ lengths in 1:52.3. Delightful Dragon was resurgent, getting second, with Twinkle, Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. Mach it a Par and Caviart Cherie were flipped after the latter was set down a place for cutting the cones. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by CC Racing & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her third (consecutive) win in 14 seasonal starts after starting'18 0-for-11. The exacta paid $19.80, with the triple returning $109.50. Saturday night's (May 12th) card includes six divisions of the W.N. Reynolds Memorial Pace for 3-year-olds. More than $132,000 is up for grabs, with three divisions each for the boys and the girls. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 11, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night (May 11th) recognized harness racing driver Steve Smith for his latest milestone. Smith won the 4,000th race of his career last Friday (May 4th) at his 'day job,' Freehold Raceway. He then moved toward the next plateau, upsetting Saturday afternoon's (May 5th) $66,400 Lady Suffolk for 3-year-old trotting fillies with 21-1 longshot Special Miss. The affable 56-year-old Smith, a native of Boston, has been a New York/New Jersey area standout seemingly forever. He has accumulated seven-figure purse seasons every year since 2000, with a career total of more than $35 million. "I'm not a numbers guy, but I appreciate it" Smith said. "Just keep grinding away." Smith's obligatory sign of congratulations was presented by Fred Opper, the Raceway's long-time publicity department icon and crack statistician. Frank Drucker

Information regarding the Maine Sports Hall of Fame 43rd annual induction. Date...Sunday, June 3, 2018, 2 PM, Collins Center for the Arts, University of Maine, Orono Inductees (alphabetically)...Jason Bartlett, Dana Bullen, Reagan Carey, Patrick Dempsey, Dewey Dewitt, Tammy Jacques, Robert "Bob" McAllister, Richard "Dick" Meader, Anita Murphy, Carl Nelson, Leroy Patterson, Bobby Wilder, Kristen Kenoyer Woodland Scholarships...$5,000 to five senior high school scholar-athletes, TBD Tickets...$25 each at www.mshof.com or MSHOF, P.O. Box 2619, South Portland, ME 04116. Contact Mary@mshof.com. Patrick Dempsey, actor-sportsman-philanthropist and founder of the Dempsey Challenge; Bobby Wilder, an assistant at the University of Maine for 17 years and head football coach at Old Dominion University for the last 10; and Carl Nelson, a two-time head Olympic trainer, are among the 2018 class of inductees for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. "This is another exceptional class," said Dick Whitmore, chairman of the board for the Maine Sports Hall of Fame. "The credentials of the inductees illustrate a distinctive array of achievement and exemplify the motto of our organization - A Better Maine Through Sport." About the Inductees... Jason Bartlett-World-class harness drive and winner of more than 7,000 races, Bartlett represented the U.S. in World Championships and is among the top three drivers in America. He has accumulated more than $87 million in career purses. Currently 37, he may well become the greatest driver in harness racing history. Dana Bullen-President of Sunday River Ski for over a decade, Bullen has not only built the most dynamic winter sport entity in Maine, but he's developed and utilized programs hastening the growth of the ski industry in the state. His work with Sunday River and Black and Titcomb mountains, and his assistance in creating the Outdoor Recreation Business Administration at his alma mater - the University of Maine at Farmington, exemplify his passion for Maine skiing. Reagan Carey-From an historic Maine winter sport family (her grandfather is the late Wendall 'Chummy' Broomhall, the most celebrated ski person in Maine history, MSHOF Class of 1979), Carey was a superb hockey player at Colby College and is general manager of USA Hockey and manages the U.S. Women's National Team preparing for the 2018 Olympic Games. In 2015, in her continuing efforts to grow the game of hockey for Maine girls, she launched the USA Hockey U18 Select Women's National Camp at UNE in Biddeford. The camp annually brings the top 66 female players in the country to Maine for the primary development/selection camp. Patrick Dempsey-Maine native who has achieved ultimate success in the film industry, Dempsey achieved international acclaim in auto racing and most importantly, created the DEMPSEY CHALLENGE, an event that has raised many millions of dollars to fight cancer in Maine. His dedication, personal leadership, commitment to excellence and presence combine to make his gifts to Maine unmatched and exemplifies the MSHOF motto of A Better Maine Through Sport! Dewey Dewitt-The voice of Aroostook County and northern Maine sports for six decades, Dewitt has broadcast every level of sport, promoted the same on radio and TV, and was the first announcer of the big radio and television sport events in Maine. At 93, he has achieved a lifetime plus of success. Tammy Jacques-World-class cyclist and mountain bike rider, Jacques reached the pinnacle of her sport in the 1990s, capped with an Olympic alternate position on the 1996 USA Mountain Biking Team. She had great success both on the USA cycling team and the USA mountain biking team, finishing with 20 Top-5 World Cup Podium Medals and eight Top 3 Podium Medals. Robert 'Bob' McAllister-Bangor native and John Bapst graduate, McAllister was an all-state basketball player, then moved west to become one of the top basketball officials in the high school and college ranks, ultimately reaching the pinnacle of his chosen career by becoming Maine's only NBA official. In a four-decade career, his eminence is top quality. Richard 'Dick' Meader-Native of Solon, Meader became the greatest player from his area, one of the all-time best at UMF and began a four-decade career coaching at the college level, first at Thomas College, then at UMF where he accumulated more than 400 victories. He additionally was a founder and director of Pine Tree Camp, serving more than 50,000 Maine basketball players over four decades. Anita Murphy-The most celebrated girls' tennis coach in Maine history, Murphy has led Lewiston High School teams to a remarkable 12 state championships and was named National Girls' Tennis Coach of the Year in 2008 and 2011. Additionally, Murphy led the Lewiston Recreation Tennis program for 29 years making it the most successful in the state. Carl Nelson-Colby's distinguished trainer for four decades, Nelson pioneered sports medicine in Central Maine, served as head trainer for the 1972 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan and the 1976 Games in Innsbruck, Austria. He also had great success as director of the Pine Tree Camp for children with physical disabilities for more than 30 years. Leroy Patterson--Bangor athlete of distinction and the finest all-around athlete of his generation. As a football player, Patterson was twice named All-America, was a scholarship player at the University of Cincinnati, and was twice named All-State. In basketball, he led Bangor High School to the 1962 Eastern Maine championship and was twice named all-state. In baseball, Patterson was an outfielder with power and attracted professional scouts. Bobby Wilder-Native of Madison, all-state in basketball and football, Wilder attended the University of Maine, becoming starting quarterback as a sophomore and leading the 1986 team to a Yankee Conference Championship. He graduated as the program's all-time leading passer. After serving as a UMaine assistant for 17 years, Wilder was named head coach of football at Old Dominion University in 2007. He built a program (that did not exist when he arrived) to a Bowl bid in 2016. Kristen Kenoyer Woodland-Native of Whitefield and the most storied gymnast from Maine, Wood land led Cony to great success and went on to train in Allentown, Pennsylvania with a famed national program called the Parkettes. She had a significant career at the University of Utah, where she earned 14 first team All-America honors, winning the 1992 NCAA vault championship. Excelling in international competition, Wood land was named Utah's NCAA Woman of the Year in 1992. Additionally, she achieved distinction on the national and international gymnastics stages. About the Maine Sports Hall of Fame...the Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972. It is governed by a board of directors, awards scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes and inducts Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state. Fo rmore information, contact Dick Whitmore, 207-649-9367, rlwhitmo@colby.edu) Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704 Phone: (914) 457-2432 E-mail: FDrucker@YonkersRaceway.com  

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - New York Sire Stakes season began Tuesday night (May 8th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $171,900 Joe Goldstein Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. Four, seven-horse fields-at $42,975 each-comprised the event. The opening event saw odds-on Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svantsedt, $2.40) make amends for her lone off day (last season's final of NYSS here) by making short work of the other six lasses. From post position No. 3, the frosh track record-holder had nary had an anxious moment (:29.4, :59.4, 1:29.1, 1:57.3) in her seasonal purse debut. Tribute to Seven (Tim Tetrick) came first-up into second, beaten a couple of lengths. White Cheetah (Mark MacDonald), as the 84-1 rank outsider, was a pocket third. For Plunge Blue Chip, a daughter of Muscles Yankee co-owned (with Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tomas Andersson) and trained by her driver, she's now 10-for-11 in her career, earnings in excess of $425,000. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.30, with the triple returning $29. "She was really good and it was an easy race for her," Svanstedt said. He wasn't lying. The second division saw Svanstedt double up when Fury Road ($7.70) finished what she started (:30.2, 1:01.3, 1:30.4, 1:59.3). From, post No. 4, her job was made much easier when the other leavers-stateside-debuting 2-5 favorite Alloveragain (Tim Tetrick) and Red Reign (Andy Miller)-both jumped it off. The former did get back in it and challenged until the three-quarters before backing away. Fury Road whipped pocket-sitting Logetta Hanover (MacDonald) by a length-and-a-half, with Lima Novelty (Corey Callahan) and Perfect Summer K (Scott Zeron) third and fourth, respectively. For second choice Fury Road, a Muscle Mass miss owned by Knutsson Trotting and trained by Svanstedt, she now has four wins and four seconds in 10 career starts. The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $154 and the superfecta paid $532. The evening's third statebred sojourn saw border-crossing, people's choice Jordan Blue Chip (Zeron. $2.50) easily win her NYSS/American debut. Away third from post No. 4, she went up and over early leader (:29.2, 1:00.2) Somedew Somedon't (Tetrick) before the 1:29.3 three-quarters en route to a life-best 1:58.1 effort. Jordan Blue Chip widened to 3¾ lengths at the wire. Somedew Somedon't stayed at it and finished second, with Ciao Dolce (Svanstedt) third. For Jordan Blue Chip, a Chapter Seven ma'am owned by Dreamville Stable and trained by Paula Wellwood, it was her first win in a pair of seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $50 "She was great, especially for her first time over a half-(mile track)," Zeron said. "I didn't even have to pull the plugs." In the spirit of the hockey playoffs, Svanstedt had himself a hat trick in the final NYSS event with 11-10 fave Lucky Ava ($4.30). Lucky Ava, last seen here upsetting (at 21-1) the $225,000 statebred finale a season ago, pole-danced to a handy, down-the-road work night (:29.2, :59.4, 1:28.3, life-best 1:58). The final. margin was a length-and-a-half. Dew to Win (Trond Smedshammer), at 46-1, snapped Mooshka Stride (Jeff Gregory) for second, with Caviart Cady (Marcus Johansson) rounding out the gimmick finishers. For Lucky Ava, a season-bowing daughter of Lucky Chucky, co-owned by (trainer) Svanstedt, Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting, it was her sixth win in 11 career starts. The exacta paid $103, the triple returned $416.50 and the superfecta paid $2,051. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 6, 2018 - New York Sire Stakes season begins Tuesday night (May 8th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $171,900 Joe Goldstein Trot for harness racing 3-year-old fillies. It was quite convenient, as four, seven-horse fields-at $42,975 each-go consecutively as races 7 through 10. Post time for the 11-race card is 6:50 PM. The opening event is led by the season-debuting Plunge Blue Chip (Ake Svantsedt, post 3), The daughter of Muscles Yankee tore through her division a season ago, including a track-record (1:56.2) flogging for her weight class here in mid-September. She then came up ugly in the $225,000 final, but rebounded to win the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid at the Meadowlands. Plunge Blue Chip, co-owned (with Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tomas Andersson) and trained by her driver, went 9-for-10 as a frosh, earning $404,690. The second division finds Fury Road (Svanstedt, post 4), who nearly pulled off a 64-1 tote buster in last season's statebred finale. A Muscle Mass miss, she won thrice with four seconds ($143,895) as a rookie. Svanstedt trains for Knutsson Trotting. Alloveragain (Tim Tetrick, post 1) wins the draw for her sire stakes/small track/stateside debut. The daughter of Credit Winner, co-owned (as Bax Racing), by (trainer) John Bax and Glengate Farms, enters off a pair of overnight wins, the latter in a life-best 1:54.4 The evening's third statebred soiree is an invasion of 'those Marion Marauder people,' Paula Wellwood, Mike Keeling and Scott Zeron have Jordan Blue Chip from post position No. 3. Taking the same route as Alloveragain, the daughter of Chapter Seven is making her first try over four turns, in sire stakes and across the border. Her frosh highlight was a third-place effort in Mohawk's $307,5000 Peaceful Way. The first shall be last, at least as far as these races were divided. Lucky Ava (Svanstedt, post 1), last seen winning the 225G finale a season ago (at 21-1), gets to pole dance in the evening's final NYSS group. The season-bowing daughter of Lucky Chucky, co-owned by (trainer) Svanstedt, Little E LLC and Van Camp Trotting, won half of her 10 '17 tries ($203,596). Frank Drucker

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