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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 27, 2019--George Brennan doesn't get his mail delivered to the Westchester harness racing winner's circle. Lately, it's just seemed that way. This past Friday night (Aug. 23rd), Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's dozen races. That was child's play. Tuesday night (Aug. 27th), Brennan turned 6-for-12 into 7-for-11, as is one more win with one fewer race. Brennan's night's began with a chalky $6.40 early double when Wild West ($2.80) won the $13,500 pacing opener (1:54.1) and Bigboy Rosco ($4.50) won the $18,500, second-race trot (1:56.1). Win Nos. 3 and 4 were also short wagering reaches as Birch Island Betty ($3.40) took down the $18,500, fourth-race pace (1:53.2) and JK Heaven Sent ($3.90) won the $18,500, sixth-race pace (1:54). Brennan then fooled the public--twice--winning the $13,500, seventh-race pace with Reach for Infinity ($10.60) in 1:54.1 and the $24,000, eighth-race pace with Badix Hanover ($47) in 1:58.3 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth. He ended the evening ripping out of the $18,500, 11th-race pacing pocket with favored Sunken Treasure ($4.60) in 1:53.1. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 26, 2019- Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's pair of $500,000 Triple Crown harness racing events, set for the Saturday night (Aug. 31st). The 65th Yonkers Trot required no eliminations, as just eight 3-year-olds entered. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade drew post position No. 6 in what was carded as the sixth race. "It wasn't in our original plan, but plans change," trainer Luc Blais said. "We let him tell us what to do and he's been training so well." Forbidden Trade, a son of Kadabra, supplemented to the Trot after his 2-year-old season. He has won six of his nine starts at 3 ($671,484), the latest an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk. The colt, has who made two half-mile-track OSS starts in his career, is owned by Serge Godin's Determination and driven by Bob McClure. "Always such a professional," McClure said in advance of his-and his date's-first trip to Westchester. "Just from Day One, he was mentally ahead of the other trotters.": Defending the honor of the Empire State is Gimpanzee (Brian Sears, post 4), a perfect 4-for-4 here including last season's $225,000 New York Sire Stakes title. The Chapter Seven colt, trained Marcus Melander for co-owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable, has won 13 of his 15 career starts ($895,996). He enters off a paid sire stakes workout last weekend at Batavia where every other horse in the field went off at triple-figures-to-one. The draw for Trot entrants, with declared drivers... 1- Osterc (Dexter Dunn) 2-Soul Strong (g) (Dunn also listed) 3- Sheena's Boy (g) (Andy Miller) 4-Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) 5- Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) 6-Forbidden Trade (Bob McClure) 7-HL Revadon (g) (Jim Marohn Jr.) 8-No Drama Please (Jason Bartlett) Messenger Stakes No. 64, which began with soph pacers, found elim winners Bettor's Wish (Dunn, post 1) and Aflame Hanover (Corey Callahan, post 8) starting from the pole and the polar opposite, respectively. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt-the lone $30,000 supplement into this race-has hit the board in 22-of-23 career tries (13 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, $1,131,600). He has eight wins and three seconds) in 11 '19 tries ($859,544). Chris Ryder co-owns (with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm & Bettor's Wish Partners) and trains. The field for the Messenger (7th race)... 1-Bettor's Wish (Dunn) 2-Branquinho (Bartlett) 3-American Mercury (g) (Tyler Buter) 4-U S Captain (Bartlett also listed) 5-Reigning Deo (George Brennan) 6-Waterway (Joe Bongiorno) 7-Escapetothebeach (g) (Callahan) 8-Aflame Hanover (g) (Callahan also listed). Saturday night's dozen-race card also includes companion events, the $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot (4th race) and $122,224 Lady Maud (5th race). First post is the usual 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 24, 2019--It was a 'Non-Bettor's Wish' Saturday night (Aug. 24th) during Yonkers Raceway's harness racing eliminations for the 64th Messenger Stakes. Bettor's Wish (Dexter Dunn), the lone $30,000 supplemental entrant into the second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown, summarily disposed of his five rivals in a non-wagering elim. A pole-sitting second early in the $40,000 off-the-card elim, Bettor's Wish took over from American Mercury (Tyler Buter) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. After a pedestrian, 58-second intermission, Escapetothebeach (Corey Callahan) tried it first-up from fourth. Bettor's Wish led through a 1:26.1 three-quarters, eventually holding off American Mercury by a half-length in 1:53.2. Escapetothebeach backed away but held third, with Branquinho (Jason Bartlett) fourth. That quartet goes into next Saturday night's (Aug. 31st) $500,000 finale of the Messenger. Lyons Johnnyjnr (Dan Dube) and Captain Trevor (Jordan Stratton) completed the order. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt has hit the board in 22-of-23 career tries (13 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, $1,131,600). He now has eight wins and three seconds) in 11 '19 tries ($859,544). Chris Ry8der co-owns (with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm & Bettor's Wish Partners) and trains. "He was just so great, so easy to drive," Dunn said. "I can't wait for next week." The remaining half of the Messenger field was to be decided later this evening in the second, $40,000 elim, part of the dozen-race wagering program. The on-the-card, $40,000 elim saw Aflame Hanover (Callahan, $6) finish what he started. From post position No. 3, he never had an issue (:27.4, 56.3, 1:24, 1:52), whipping pocketed pole-sitter U S Captain (Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Waterway (Joe Bongiorno), paired with the runner-up as the 17-10 wagering choice, was a closing third, while 37-1 rank outsider Reigning Deo (George Brennan) was a ground-saving fourth to advance. Buddy Hill (Eric Goodell) and Air Force Hanover (Stratton) were fifth and last, respectively. For second choice Aflame Hanover, a Russell Hanover gelding co-owned by (trainer) Linda and Tony Schadel, it was his fourth (consecutive) win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.60, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. "He was super," Callahan said. "He did everything I asked. His hopple hanger broke, but that didn't bother him." Aflame Hanover traversed the Keystone State exclusively, only leaving (before Saturday) to finish fifth and fourth, respectively, in the elim and final of Mohawk's North America Cup. Saturday's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, None Bettor A (Bartlett, $2.30) in 1:50.4; --Trot, Will Take Charge (Stratton, $8.70) in 1:54.4. Undeservedly reduced to sidebar status were... --American History (Bongiorno, $5.60), who matched the all-age track record (1:50) in winning the $37,000 4-Year-Old Open Handicap after teletimer-torturing intervals of :26.2, :53.1 and 1:20.2; --Double-millionaire Bit of A Legend N (Stratton, $4.60), who grinded out a 50th career win (in his 150th life start), winning the $30,000, 11th-race pace (1:52.4). Open draws for next Saturday's four-pack of stakes--$$500,000 Yonkers Trot No, 65, Messenger, $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot and $122,224 Lady Maud Pace--take place Monday afternoon (Aug. 26th). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 23, 2019--Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $5.80) successfully authored another installment of 'Catch Me If You Can' Friday night (Aug. 23rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Wasting no time from post position No. 5, Feelin' Red Hot worked around Wisdom Tree (Dexter Dunn) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Out in :57.2 and home in :54.2 (1:24.4, 1:51.4) figured to make it difficult for the pursuers, and it did. Wisdom Tree and Alexa's Power (Jim Marohn Jr.) wound up inseparable for second, behind three-quarters of a length. A belated 6-5 favorite Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton) and Miss You N (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees, while Mach it a Par (Eric Goodell) received lovely parting gifts. For second choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old daughter of Feelin' Friskie co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her 11th win in 26 seasonal starts (career 30-for-101, now up over a half-million dollars). The exactas paid $8.30 and $9.50, the triples returned $31.60 and $33.60 and the superfectas paid $72.50 and $68.50 (payoffs listed with Wisdom Tree second, then with Alexa's Power second). For his part, Brennan won half of the evening's dozen races. Friday night's Pick 5, which began with a $8,800-plus carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $33,582 of new coin into the gimmick. It was a 3/6/5/4/4 winning combination returning $206.50 for each correct half-a-buck wager. The Raceway opens for simulcasting Saturday (Aug. 24th) at 11 AM in advance of Saratoga Race Course's first post of 11:35 AM. Post time for the $1.25 million Travers Stakes (11th race) is listed at 5:44 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 23, 2019- Yonkers Raceway is not racing Labor Day evening (Monday, Sept. 2nd). It's a scheduled dark day and a rare change to the usual Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday weekly workload. The Raceway will be open for holiday simulcasting until approximately 6 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 22, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening (Aug. 22nd) hosted the $154,600 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old harness racing ttrotting fillies. A pair $77,300 beneath-the-raindrops races comprised the event, which resulted in a perfect pair of winners Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.40) went the distance (:29.2, :58.3, 1:28, 1:57.2) in a gapped-out opening division, her sixth win in as many seasonal/sire stakes starts and matching her previous local effort. From post position No. 3, the final margin was 3¼ lengths. Without a Warning (Jason Bartlett) was the bridesmaid at every section, with Miss Jubilation (Ake Svanstedt), Flotus (John Stark Jr.) and C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) completing the order after a pair of defections. Love a Good Story is a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables, Kentuckiana Racing Stable & Daniel Plouffe and trained by Julie Miller. The exacta paid $7, with neither triple nor superfecta wagering offered. "It was just business as usual," driver Miller said. There was a lengthy weather (heavy rain/lightning) delay prior to the second group, which only forestalled the obvious. The precipitation just about stopped as track record-holder Hypnotic AM (Brian Sears, $2.40) started Away third from post No. 2, the lass took over from Really Blue Chip (George Brennan) right by the :28.4 opening quarter-mile before taking off...period. She widened by the :58.2 intermission, then finished off the foray (1:27.4, 1:56.3) by 3½ lengths. Seventimesalady (Svanstedt) was second, with No Mas Drama (Joe Bongiorno) and I'lldoitmyself (Bartlett) rounding out the gimmick finishers. For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's now 5-for-5 (three NYSS, elim and final of Jim Doherty Memorial) to begin her career, never once going off at odds higher than 1-2. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $3.80, the triple returned $50 and the superfecta paid $157.50. "She feels as good as she looks," Sears said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (Aug. 29th), with the Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts/geldings (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. PICK-5 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (Aug. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $8,812.56 and a $20,000 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 7 through 11 Friday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night after a final-race-sequence 42-1 bomber), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 20, 2019--Sometimes, we realize communication ain't all it's cracked up to be. That's our story and we're sticking with it. When the list of Yonkers Trot entrants was sent out Monday (Aug. 19th), it numbered seven. Well, make it eight. A bad game of telephone omitted one...a Hambletonian-winning one. Forbidden Trade was indeed put in the box Monday for the 65th Trot, and for that omission in print, it's a mea culpa. "It wasn't in our original plan, but plans change," trainer Luc Blais said. "We let him tell us what to do and he's been training so well." Forbidden Trade, a son of Kadabra, was among the list of Yonkers Trot eligibles, supplemented after his 2-year-old season. He has won six of his nine starts at 3 ($671,484), the latest an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk. The colt, has who made two half-mile-track OSS starts in his career, is owned by Serge Godin's Determination and driven by Bob McClure. Even with the 'addition' of Forbidden Trade, the limited number of entrants makes this season's race a one-dash-for-the-(half-million-dollar)-cash event, set for Saturday night, Aug. 31st. The new-and-improved alphabetical list of Yonkers Trot entrants, with declared drivers, are... Forbidden Trade (Bob McClure) Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) HL Revadon (g) (Jim Marohn Jr.) Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) No Drama Please (Tim Tetrick) Osterc (Dexter Dunn) Sheena's Boy (g) (Dunn also listed) Soul Strong (g) (Dunn also listed) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 19, 2019-Seven 3-year-olds-four colts and three geldings-have been entered for the 65th Yonkers Trot, second jewel of the harness racing Trotting Triple Crown. The entrants are led by statebred standout Gimpanzee, whose Yonkers Raceway resume reads four (New York Sire Stakes) wins in as many career tries. The son of Chapter Seven began his career with a dozen consecutive wins before finishing fourth and third, respectively, in the elimination and final of the Hambletonian. Gimpanzee enters with earnings of $866,646, including $275,288 this season. Brian Sears is again scheduled to do the honors for co-owners Courant Inc. & S R F Stable and trainer Marcus Melander. The limited number of entrants makes this season's race a one-dash-for-the-(half-million-dollar)-cash event, set for Saturday night, Aug. 31st. The alphabetical list of Yonkers Trot entrants, with declared drivers, are... Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) HL Revadon (g) (Jim Marohn Jr.) Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller) No Drama Please (Tim Yetrick) Osterc (Dexter Dunn) Sheena's Boy (g) (Dunn also listed) Soul Strong (g) (Dunn also listed) (g) - gelding   The 64th Messenger Stakes, second jewel of the Pacing Crown, brings a dozen soph pacers to Westchester. Art Rooney Pace winner Bettor's Wish paid $30,000 for the privilege of buying in. He joins 11 rivals here Saturday night (Aug. 24th) in a pair of $40,000 eliminations, with the first four in each qualifying for the $500,000 finale Aug. 31st. Bettor's Wish, a Bettor's Delight colt who has hit the board in 21-of-22 career tries (12 wins, 7 seconds, 2 thirds, $1,111,600), won May's $300,000 Rooney here by six lengths in 1:51.4. He enters off a life-best 1:47.4 effort in a Kentucky Sire Stakes event at the Red Mile, a seventh win (with three seconds) in 10 '19 tries ($839,544). Bettor's Wish                                              --Mike Lizzi photo That win came five nights after 'stealing' (:57 out, :53.3 home) Northfield's $400,000 Milstein Memorial. Chris Ryder co-owns (with Bella Racing, Fair Island Farm & Bettor's Wish Partners) and trains Bettor's Wish, while Dexter Dunn drives. The Messenger entrants are... Aflame Hanover (g) (Corey Callahan) Air Force Hanover (Jordan Stratton) American Mercury (g) (Tyler Buter) Bettor's Wish (Dunn) Branquinho (Buter also listed) Buddy Hill (Sears) Captain Trevor (Stratton also listed) Escape tothe Beach (g) (Callahan also listed) Lyons Johnny Jnr (Dan Dube) Reigning Deo (Stratton also listed) U S Captain (Jason Bartlett) Waterway (Joe Bongiorno) (g) - gelding   The companion events for these races-the $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot (seven entrants) and $122,224 Lady Maud Pace (six entrants)-go as single-sojourn events Aug. 31st.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 17, 2019-Due to a quirk in the schedule-no racing the previous evening-Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Aug. 17th) offered three-count 'em, three--$46,000 featured harness racing events. The week's marquee trot was blindly drawn and worked to the advantage of pole-sitting, odds-on Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett, $3). Retaking from There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell) right after a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, Eye ofa Tiger AS knocked off his appointed rounds (:57, 1:24.4, life-best 1:53.4). He (Austin Siegelman), whipped his pocketed pursuer by a length, with Lord Cromwell (Austin Siegelman), In Secret (George Brennan) and Such an Angel (Jim Marohn Jr.) rounding out the payees. For Eye ofa Tiger AS, a 5-year-old statebred Chapter Seven gelding co-owned by ACL Stuteri AB & Kjell Johansson and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12, the triple returned $113 and the superfecta paid $376.50. Saturday night's Open Handicap Pace and Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace were both laid out in the same way...inside number assigned, outside seven numbers drawn. Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $14) closed from last at the three-quarters and seventh off the final turn to snap 11-10 fave Miss You N (Bartlett) in the week's distaff derby. From post position No. 7, the margin was a nose in 1:52. Dibaba N (Goodell) was third, with Annabeth (Siegelman) and D G's Elsa (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the remainder. Gold Orchid N (Dan Dube) led through intervals of :27., 56 and 1:23.3 before fading to seventh.                                                                                                --- Rosie Siri photo For third choice Betterb Chevron N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her seventh win in 19 '19 tries. The exacta paid $46.80, the triple returned $121 and the superfecta paid $785. Last, but certainly not least, was a 51st career win by favored The Real One (Pat Lachance, $4.10). The Raceway's co-track-record-holder (1:50) was not required to go that fast in the Open 'Cap Pace, but 1:52.2 was sufficiently fast to take down Shneonucrzydiamnd A (Brent Holland) by a neck. The latter led through subsections of :27.2; :56.3 and 1:24.3, with The Real One-away fourth from post No. 5-grinding by first-over. The minors went to Control Tower (Siegelman), Dr. J Hanover (Marohn Jr.) and Perfectly Close (Stratton). For The Real One, a 9-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his chauffeur for owner Helene Filion, he's now 4-for-14 this season (career $1,160,488). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11.80, the triple returned $63 and the superfecta paid $214. Also Saturday, a season-high, fourth-race superfecta paid $109,674 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $5,483.70). The combination was 7-1-8-5, with The Lunch Pail (Holland) winning at a $79 mutuel. He was chased home by rivals at 20-1, 80-1 and 3-2, respectively.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 12, 2019-Yonkers Raceway has pushed up its entry box closing this Friday (Aug. 16th) to 9 AM, instead of the usual 3:30 PM. It's the box for the Thursday (Aug. 22nd) program, which includes the New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. With live racing cancelled Friday night to accommodate a Kool & the Gang concert, the race office shall have morning hours only. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 10, 2019--Funny thing about Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $2.70). Whenever he's invaded Yonkers Raceway, the end result is not a fair fight. Such was the case again Saturday night (Aug. 10th), when Six Pack drilled seven outclassed foes in the co-featured $46,000 Open Handicap Trot. Making short work an assigned eight-hole, Six Pack left around Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett), t hen made even shorter work of the teletimer. Never threatened at any point, he widened at every (:28, 57.2, 1:25, 1:53.1) point. The result was... a-matching the all-age trot track record, set by Svanstedt’s filly Plunge Blue Chip last September, and b- 6¼-length win over Lord Cromwell (Austin Siegelman), and c-a fifth consecutive win here, and d-the fastest local trot mile of the season, and e-a new track record for his weight class. For the record, New Heaven (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third, with Eye ofa Tiger AS and Such an Angel (Eric Goodell) settling for the small change. Six Pack, a 4-year-old $1.5 million statebred son of Muscle Mass co-owned by his driver/trainer, Little E LLC, Knuttson Trotting. Stall Kalmer and Lars Berg, it was his second win in seven seasonal starts (career 17-for-30). The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $173 and the superfecta paid $1,122. Not lost on Svanstedt was throwing down a gauntlet in the hopes of getting an invitation to October's million-dollar International Trot. "We wanted to see him back on a short track and he handled it well," Svanstedt said. "He's not been lucky in a many of his races this season. That's the biggest difference in him as a 4-year-old. "The owners wanted to enter him (tonight). We're hoping he's asked to race in the International." The weekly $46,000 adult-table pace was won by a down-the-road Scott Rocks (Goodell, $4.80) in 1:51.3. The 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding went up and over $995,000 in career earnings after a 57th lifetime win. For his part, Goodell won four of the night's last seven races. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 9, 2019-Pocketed favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett, $4.50) gave the harness racing public what it wanted Friday night (Aug. 9th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The board spoke her name and Alexa's Power raced as if she knew it. Making the first lead from post position No. 4, she then deferred to raging, eight-hole-assigned Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. From there, the lass who had won her previous three tries threw down a :55.4 intermission and 1:23.1 three-quarters. However, she could not shake either Alexa's Power or Dibaba N (Eric Goodell). A bit cooler at the windows this time around, Feelin' Red Hot was a bit shorter on the track. Alexa's Power collared the leader early in the lane, going by to whip Dibaba N by three-quarters of a length in a season's-best 1:51.1. Feelin' Red Hot easily held third, with Annabeth (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Betterb Chevron N (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. For Alexa's Power, a 4-year-old homebred daughter of Somebeachsomewhere co-owned by Jeff & Michael Snyder and trained by Jim Campbell, it was her third win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $28.80, the triple returned $202 and the superfecta paid $974. Friday night's Pick 5, who began with a $7,500 carryover and $20,000 guaranteed pool, attracted $26,812 of new coin into the gimmick. It was a 5/4/5/5/3 winning combination returning $107.62 for each correct half-a-buck wager. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 6, 2019- Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (Aug. 6th) hosted the $153,200 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. A $75,900 non-bettor and a wagering-carded $77,300 division comprised the event. The before-the-program bandwagon was led by American Rebel (Tyler Buter). Making the first lead from post position No. 2, American Rebel then deferred to Groovy Joe (Matt Kakaley). The latter needed just about the entire :28.1 opening quarter-mile to get there. However, American Rebel was none too thrilled about the pocket, so he extricated himself right at the :57.2 intermission. American Rebel had few issues from there (1:25.4, life-best 1:54), getting minimal grief from a first-up Cigars and Port (Ray Schnittker) before widening in the lane. The final margin over Groovy Joe was two lengths, with Cigars and Port hanging around for third. For American Rebel, a son of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Robert Robinson, it was his third win in seven seasonal/career starts. "He was really great today," Buter said. "I knew if I had him in front, they wouldn't catch us." The evening's wagering sire stakes event saw a scattered gathering between those that either broke or puled up. Meanwhile, Freedom Warrior (Dan Dube, $14.40) found his way out of the maiden ranks by pacing a mile...and a few extra steps. From post No. 6, he was away fourth, ahead of some early misbehavers. He was then wide down the backside the first time around another non-conformist. Freedom Warrior and driver Dan Dube collar Splash Brother before the wire (Mike Lizzi photo) Freedom Warrior had a loose target to chase in the presence of Splash Brother (Brent Holland), with that one going right along though intervals of :27.4, :56.1 and 1:24.4. The pursuer steadily closed ranks, getting past his rival late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2. It was about a dozen lengths back a tiring 11-10 choice Save Me a Dance (Jason Bartlett), while 45-1 outsider R Maddy Blue Chip (Kakaley) was fourth For fourth choice Freedom Warrior, an American Ideal gelding owned by Forrest Bartlett and trained by Kevin Lare, it was that first win in five '19/life starts. The exacta paid $55.50, the triple returned $146 and there was no superfecta wagering (coupled entry in the race). "He's a very fast horse," Dube said, adding, "You have to be careful with him." New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Thursday night (Aug. 22nd), with the Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies (purse TBA). Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 3, 2019--A two-move There'sademoninme (Eric Goodell, $22.80) and a cone-skimming Control Tower (Joe Bongiorno, $60.50) muddled the mutuels Saturday night (Aug. 3rd), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $46,000 Open Handicaps. From post position No. 4 in the week's marquee trot, There'sademoninme left, then found himself in a three-hole behind Lord Cromwell (Jason Bartlett) and Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman). The former led through intervals of :27.4 and :57.2. There'sademoninme was out and moving, engaging the leader by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. He hooked Lord Cromwell in and out of the final turn, then ground that rival into submission. There'sademoninme then widened, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.1. I'm the Muscle (Dan Dube) arrived late, snapping Lord Cromwell for second, with 2-5 choice Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) and Money Maven (Brent Holland) grabbing the remainder. Note that eight-holer Will Take Charge threw in steps right before the start, making his job that much more difficult. For fifth choice There'sdemoninme, an 8-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by Thomas Lazzaro, Michael Casalino Jr. & Howard Taylor and trained by Dylan Davis, it was his eighth win in 19 seasonal starts (and 40th career victory). The exacta paid $147, the triple returned $765 and the superfecta paid $2,468. The weekly adult-table pace saw Dr. J Hanover (Holland) roll through subsections of :27.3, :56.2 and 1:23.3. Owning a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, he just failed to close the sale. In a race where the first four finishers were separated by a neck, it was loosely-pocket, polester Control Tower finding room closest to the pylons. He picked off the Good Doctor by a nostril in 1:52. Our Max Phactor N (Bartlett) and 1-2 fave I'm Some Graduate (Brennan) completed the close quartet, with The Real One (Pat Lachance)--beaten only a half-length--settling for the smallest pay envelope For seventh choice Control Tower, an 8-year-old Panspacificflight gelding owned by Dynasty Racing and trained by Nick Surick, it was his fifth win in 24 '19 tries. The exacta paid $155, the triple returned $518 and the superfecta (the good ol' 1-2-3-4) paid $1,159. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 2, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway Friday night (Aug. 2nd) hosted the $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies. A trio of $51,300 races comprised the event. The first division saw Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett, $5.80), as the lone leaver make her five rivals pay (:29, :59.2, 1:28.1, career-best 1:56.1). From post position No. 5, Racine Bell opened three lengths in and out of the final turn before winning by that same margin. Rapunzel Blue Chip (George Brennan) as a loose-pocket second, with 11-10 favorite Dragon Roll (Jordan Stratton) a non-threatening, first-up third. Galleria Gal (Tyler Buter) was fourth. For second choice Racine Bell, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned by Chris & Dale Lawton and trained by Dave Dewhurst, it was her third win in six seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $51.50, the triple returned $151.50 and the superfecta paid $378. The evening's second sire stakes rendition saw another down-the-road dominatrix in Merga Hanover (Brennan, $4.30). From post No. 3, the public choice held So Rude (Joe Bongiorno) at bay by a head after spongy intervals of :29.1, :59.1, 1:27.4 and 1:56. Movie Town (Buter) was a three-hole third, with Wannashakeyourtree (Bartlett) fourth. For Merga Hanover, an American Ideal ma'am co-owned by Thomas & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan, it was her third win in four seasonal/career tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $8.20, the triple paid $31 and the superfecta paid $82. Form didn't hold in the third and final statebred division as 1-2 choice Turnthefrownaround (Bartlett) jumped it off by the half while sitting third. Of those that remained pacing as required, a maiden-no-longer Tipperary Hill (Buter, $59) outgamed Cash Roll (Stratton) by a head in 1:56.3. The latter had taken over from first leader Chuppah On (Harry Landy), putting up subsections of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.2. Meanwhile, pole-sitting Tipperary Hill improved a position when the favorite jumped, then engaged the leader through the final turn before prevailing. Roll with Angel (Dan Dube) and Chuppah On rounded out the gimmick finishers. For sixth choice Tipperary Hill, an Art Major miss co-owned by David Smith, James De Armond, James & Daniel Giannuzzi and trained by Jessica Okusko, it was a first board finish in three '19/life starts. The exacta paid $144.50, the triple paid $584 and the superfecta paid $2,859. As an aside and according to our esteemed photographer, Daniel Giannuzzi was more than mildly enthused with Tipperary Hill's longshot win. He was hoping for the same with Sweet Chapter in Saturday's (Aug. 3rd) Hambletonian Oaks. Friday night's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was a hat trick for Feelin' Red Hot (Brennan, $2.90). New York Sire Stakes continue downstate Tuesday night (Aug. 6th), with the $153,200 Jim Crawford Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 29, 2019-Long-time Yonkers Raceway racing secretary Steve Starr is retiring, effective Wednesday (July 31st). Starr has been 'putting together' Yonkers races since early 1976 after serving an apprenticeship under both Ed Parker and Richard O'Donnell. Of course, at that time, New York-area racing alternated, with three-month stays at Roosevelt Raceway and Yonkers. Before leaving and turning over the big chair to assistant Bob Miecuna, Starr looked back. "When I first started, we had classified racing, A, B, C, and paper eligibility, so the race office had more control," he said. "It was in the early 1990's that we went to condition racing. "It became easier. The horses classify themselves and you don't have to be as observant." Ask Starr about his favorite horsemen and you get names such as Buddy Gilmour ('Straight shooter. Would give you the shirt off his back and the shoes off his feet.'), Lucien Fontaine and Ted Wing ('Professionals'). "I didn't have a problem with anyone as long as they were good to talk to and had nothing to hide," he said. "Maybe it's me, but I think the horsemen worked harder back then. Today, there seem to be three times as many trainers, owners and drivers, so we see a lot more people." Starr spoke fondly of the Rooneys, whose ownership of the Raceway essentially spanned his time as racing secretary. "I can't say enough good things about (former YR president) Tim (Rooney), (former general manager) Bob (Galterio) and the family. They allowed me to do my job, paid me a good salary and I was able to get married and raise my own family. "I guess the best thing I could say is that I enjoyed my job and was 100 percent ready to go to work every day," Starr said. "I know people who make a lot of money and are good at their jobs, but hate it. I have no regrets. As for the immediate future, "Spending time with the children and grandchildren. "I owe my wife (Denise) a lot of vacations, so we're going to travel," Starr said. "By car. I don't like to fly." Flying wasn't needed when Starr's visited the winner's circle, where Yonkers' horsemen and racing officials stopped by and wished him well. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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