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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 25, 2019 - This under "Best Laid Plans"... Monday afternoon (July 22nd), down at Harrah's Philly, Pat Lachance won his 2,000th career race as a harness racing driver. That evening, Yonkers Raceway was dutifully prepared to present him with the appropriate congratulatory signage. However, it rained buckets. Alas, Lachance was not a Yonkers' participant Tuesday night (July 23rd) and the Raceway was idle Wednesday night (July 24th). Order was restored Thursday night (July 25th), with Lachance summarily recognized for his latest achievement. Lachance, son of Hall of Famer-and perennial Yonkers' driving champ, Michel-remains a throwback, with about 25 horses currently in training. The 43-year-old native of Montreal has more than 1,500 training wins to his credit. "I'm happy to reach the number," Lachance said. "The fact that so many of the winners came from the barn makes it even better." Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 24, 2019--Yonkers Raceway has made a change to its live harness racing schedule. The card of Friday, Aug. 16th has been eliminated, replaced by Friday, Oct. 11th (usual first post 6:50 PM). The cancellation is to accommodate a Kool & the Gang concert taking place on the track apron. The schedule amendments have been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 20, 2019 - Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell, $8.30) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $6.30) both went the distance Saturday night (July 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $46,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. From post position No. 4 in the weekly pacing feature, Scott Rocks had to work around 95-1 pole-assigned Great Vintage (Troy Beyer). He did, making the lead right at a :26.2 opening quarter-mile. The longshot leaver forced slight 5-2 favorite Caviart Luca (George Brennan) to take a three-hole before that one made a second move. Caviart Luca went after Scott Rocks from a :55.3 intermission to a 1:22.4 three-quarters, with The Real One (Pat Lachance) second-over. Scott Rocks owned a length-and-three-quarter leader into the lane, then closed the sale. He defeated The Real One by three-quarters of a length, with Caviart Luca third. A belated eight-holer Micky Gee N (Stratton) and Proven Desire (Jim Marohn Jr.) picked off the remainder. For fourth choice Scott Rocks, a 9-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $54, the triple paid $147.50 and the superfecta paid $585. Will Take Charge did his bidding from post No. 7 in the week's marque trot. Out into the second turn, he eventually went past In Secret (Brennan) after that one's :27.3 opening quarter. Will Take Charge From there, intervals of :56.3, 1:25.4 and a season-best-matching 1:54 made it fairly simple. The final margin over In Secret was a length-and-three-quarters, with 13-10 choice Melady's Monet (Goodell) a never-in-it third. New Heaven (Marohn Jr.) and Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) settled for the smaller envelopes. For second choice Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his fourth win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta paid $31, the triple paid $133 and the superfecta paid $245.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019--Favored Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan $5.80) gave nothing else a shot Friday night (July 19th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. As she did a week ago, Feelin' Red Hot went up and over her inside harness racing foes. In this case, that was all six of 'em, as assigned eight-holer Betterb Chevron N came up ill. Feelin' Red Hot worked around Twinkle (Brent Holland), rating things much more realistically (:27.2, :56.1, 1:23.1) than last week before taking off. She opened three lengths at the three-quarters and five lengths of the final turn before whipping Twinkle by a half-dozen in a season's-best 1:51.3. Third went to Annabeth (Mark MacDonald), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. For 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 eighth win in 22 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, the triple returned $372 and the superfecta paid $1,631. Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, the Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 19, 2019-Deferring to the forecast of excessive heat throughout the area, Yonkers Raceway has pushed back its first post for Saturday night (July 20th) to 7:50 PM...one hour later than usual. This post-time alteration is for one night only.   For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 16, 2019--Yonkers Raceway Tuesday evening (July 16th) hosted the humid $156,600 New York Sire Stakes Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old harness racing fillies. Three, $52,200 races comprised the event. There wasn't much out of the ordinary in the first division. Death-and-taxes Love a Good Story (Andy Miller, $2.20) sat off some ambitious fractions (:27.4, :57.3, 1:27.4), before moving to the lead and drawing off. From post position No. 3 (in one notch after a defection), she whipped I'lldotitmyself (Scott Zeron) by 3¾ lengths in 1:57.2. C Me Hyde (Phil Fluet) and Seeking Royalty (Jordan Stratton), 1-2 through those quick early intervals, wound up third and fourth, respectively. For Love a Good Story, a daughter of Chapter Seven co-owned by Pinske Stables & Kentuckiana Racing Stable and trained by Julie Miller, it was her third (NYSS) win in as many seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $80,50 the superfecta paid $573. "She's just so good," driver Miller said. "She made it look easy." Love a Good Story                                  --Mike Lizzi photo Tuesday night's second sire stakes rendition saw a determined Munster (Stratton, $5.80) hold off a second pocket-pull of Sorprese (Dan Daley). From post No. 5, the former went the distance (:28.4, :58.1, 1:27.3, maiden-breaking 1:57.4), defeating that rival by a length-and-three-quarters. Seventimesalady (Ake Svanstedt) was third as the 6-5 favorite, with Olympic Glory (Andy Miller) rounding out the gimmick numbers. "It was the first time I'd driven her, but she showed she could leave, so I left," Stratton said. "Then she dug in." For second choice Munster, a Chapter Seven miss trained by Per Engblom for co-owners Black Horse Racing and Wiesman Farms, it was that first win in a pair of season/life tries. The exacta paid $57, the triple returned $199.50 and the superfecta paid $2,422. It took until the final statebred soiree for the gauntlet to be thrown down. Odds-on HypnoticAM (Brian Sears, $2.70) vaulted up and over her six inside rivals--the outside foe was scratched--then had her way in a gapped-out group (:28, :57.4, 1:26.3, 1:56.1). The final distance between Hypnotic AM and bridesmaid Really Blue Chip (Anthony MacDonald) was 5¾ lengths, while the time was a new track record for the her weight class (Plunge Blue Chip-1:56.2 in '17). Destiny Blue Chip (Svanstedt, part of entry) was third, For Hypnotic AM, a homebred Chapter Seven ma'am trained by Marcus Melander for owner Courant Inc., she's started out 2-for-2 after another blowout NYSS win (in identical times). The exacta paid $24.20, the triple returned $50 and no superfecta wagering due to the presence of a coupled entry. "Those Melanders do a helluva job," Sears said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Saturday night (July 27th), with the Milt Taylor Trot 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.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 13, 2019 -- Columbo (Eric Goodell, $6.70), sans the rumpled raincoat, was the fastest frosh Saturday night (July 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $120,250 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race again honored the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms. From post position No. 4, Columbo had designs on leaving, but was caught wide early as the inside threesome all had the same idea. Hunter Hill (Tyler Buter), as the 9-5 favorite, eventually worked around American Rebel (Pat Lachance), making the lead before a non-stressed, 29-second opening quarter-mile. They weren't going much (:57.4) to the half, either, when Columbo took out of fourth. He began to engage Hunter Hill after a 1:26.2 three-quarters, with Save Me a Dance (Jason Bartlett) working from second-over. Hunter Hill was grudgingly giving up the ghost in and out of the final turn as Columbo put him away. The latter then held off Save Me a Dance to win by a half-length in 1:55.4. A from-last, eight-hole Manticore (Jim Marohn Jr.) closed crisply for third at 36-1, with a tiring Hunter Hill and American Rebel settling for the smaller envelopes. Level Up (Mark MacDonald), Han Solo (George Brennan) and a misbehaving-early lone gelding Freedom Warrior (Jordan Stratton) completed the order. For third choice Columbo, a son of Sweet Lou owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was his second win in as many season/career tries. He did take down the fastest of last week's three eliminations in 1:54. The exacta here paid $15.60, the triple paid $163.50 and the superfecta paid $468.50. "You never know how these races with 2-year-olds are going to unfold," Goodell said. "Before anything, you want to get around the first turn "I thought about moving when Tyler (Buter, driving Hunter Hill) did, and I thought I made a mistake when I didn't," Goodell said. "When I did go with him, he was acting sort of goofy, sort of wanting to make friends with the other horses. He didn't really seem to get it until late. "I think he can move forward from here." Saturday night's pair of $46,000 Open/Open Handicaps were won by... --(Open Pace), Scott Rocks (Buter, $7) in a life-best 1:51.2; --(Open Handicap Trot), Cromwell (Bartlett, $12.20) in 1:53.3, fastest local trot mile of the season. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 12, 2019-Odds-on harness racing favorite Betterb Chevron N (Jordan Stratton, $3.50) set well off some scorched-earth fractions of Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) Friday night (July 12th), then rolled by that rival in winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Feelin' Red Hot vaulted up and over her seven inside rivals, making an immediate lead while hanging a looped Eclipse Me N (Jim Marohn Jr.) in the process. There was nighttime daylight through unseemly intervals of :26.2, 54 seconds-flat and 1:21.4, but while the margin was shrinking, the leader did not just slink away. Betterb Chevron N, away sixth from post position No. 4, circled widest and took out after her target. She easily went by Feelin' Red Hot, widening by 2¼ lengths in a life-best 1:51. Feelin' Red Hot raced her eyeballs out and was a clear second, with Dibaba N (Eric Goodell), Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) and Twinkle (Brent Holland) picking off the smaller portions. For 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 sixth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34, the triple returned $224 and the superfecta paid $1,352. Saturday night (July 13th) finds the Raceway offering the $120,250 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings). The Sheppard, honoring the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms, goes as the eighth of a dozen races. Post time is the usual 6:50 PM.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 11, 2019-Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening (July 11th) hosted the soggy $153,900 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old harness racing fillies. Four races comprised the event. The opening ($37,950) division saw a pole-pocketed The Fun Marshall (Scott Zeron, $11) pick off 3-10 favorite Fashion Hill (Tyler Buter) by a head in a maiden-breaking 1:55.4. That latter led at every interval (:28, 57.2, 1:27)...save for the last one. Hen Party (Yannick Gingras) was a best-of-the-rest third. For second choice The Fun Marshall, a daughter of So Surreal co-owned by (trainer) Richie Silverman, Mary Kinsey Arnold, Edward McEnery & Michael Gluckman, it was that first win in three seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $19, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to a short (five-horse) field. "She beat a nice horse," Zeron said. "She needed a trip to do it, but she's a handy filly." The next/final divisions went consecutively, each at $38,650. Merga Hanover (Gingras, $5.70)-from post position No. 2-retook from Racine Bell (Jason Bartlett), then held that one at bay by a length (:29, :58.4, 1:27.4, 1:56.2). So Rude (Brian Sears) was a first-up third as the 7-5 choice, while Roll with Angel (Zeron) was fourth. For second choice Merga Hanover, an American Ideal miss trained by Ron Burke for co-owner Thomas & Scott Dillon, Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan, it was her second win in as many season/life tries. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $125.50 and the superfecta paid $889. "She didn't do anything fancy, but she did get around the track very well," Gingras said. I think she could be a Grand Circuit filly." The third sire stakes event was a tour de slop for Galleria Gal (Buter, $8.80). Vaulting past her six inside rivals at the outset, she was never a loser here (:29.1, :59, 1:27.2, 1:55.4). The final margin was 4½ lengths. Rare Jimstone (Bartlett) was a loose pocket second, with 13-10 fave Coconut Beach (Marcus Miller) a non-threatening third. For second choice Galleria Gal, a daughter of Art Major co-owned by Theresa Donnelly & Fernando Amesti and trained by John Berger, it was her first win in three season/life tries. The exzacta paid $25.20, with the triple returning $81.50 (superfecta not offered-start of Pick 5). The statebred finale had Cash Roll (Zeron, $3.40) have to work for the lead, but few issues thereafter. Cash Roll                                              --Mike Lizzi Photo From post No. 7, she was too tough (:28.3, :58.4, 1:27.3, life-best 1:56), widening to whip first leader Jackie's Express (George Brennan) by 4¼ lengths. Third went to Turnthefrownaround (Dexter Dunn), with Hidden Cove (Miller) fourth. For Cash Roll, a Roll with Joe ma'am trained by Richard Ringler for owner Louis Palumbo, she's started out 3-for-3. The exacta paid $36.20, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $349.50. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Tuesday night (July 16th), with the $156,600 Hugh Grant Trot for 2-year-old fillies. 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 Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 8, 2019-Yonkers Raceway Monday evening (July 8th) hosted the $150,300 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 2-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. As pair of $50,400 wagering races and a non-bettor comprised the event. The opening on-the-card division saw a maiden-breaking Berkery J (Jason Bartlett, $7.10) go right down the road. From post position No. 2, he had no issues (:29.2, 59.4, 1:29.2, 1:58.2). The final widening margin was 7¼ lengths over a way-too-late, even-money favorite Chaptiama (Trond Smedshammer). R Herbie Blue Chip (Ake Svanstedt) and Miserable Mike (John Stark Jr.) finished off the bottom of the gimmicks. For second choice Berkery J, a son of Chapter Seven owned by Ken Jacobs and trained by George Ducharme, it was that first win in seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $13.20, the triple returned $78.50 and the superfecta paid $256. "Very handy," Bartlett said. "George (Ducharme) had him ready. He's going to be a good half-mile (track) horse." The evening's final statebred event saw a three-wide Saylor (trainer Doug R. Ackerman doing honors himself) set ambitious fractions (:28.1, :58.3, 1:28.3), then hold well. However, he came under assault, first from pocket-pulling, 9-10 choice (Bourbon Express (Bartlett), then eventual winner Beerthirty K (Mike Simons, $12.20). Away third from the pole, Beerthirty K was widest and fastest, drawing out to whip the people's preference by a length-and-a-half in 1:58. Saylor was third, despite being steppy though the lane, with Take the Credit (Svanstedt) fourth. Beerthirty K                                       --Mike Lizzi photo For third choice Beerthirty K, a Credit Winner colt trained by Bruce Borden for owner Don Atlas, it was his first win in pair of season/life tries. The exacta paid $26.80, the triple returned $196.50 and the superfecta paid $409. "Bruce (Borden) has brought him along beautifully," Simons said. "He hasn't done anything wrong and the trip here worked out for him." The $49,500 non-wagering sire stakes event was won by a down-the-road Barn Holden (Jeff Gregory) in 1:58. It was a first win for the homebred son of Conway Hall, co-owned by (trainer) Steve and Nancy Pratt, Purple Haze & Out of the Country Stables. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (July 11th), with the $153,900 Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 6, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night harness racing (July 6th) offered a look into the future. A trio of $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace saw 18 (after one defection) 2-year-olds (17 colts and one gelding) vie for an invite to next Saturday night's (July 13th) $120,250 finale. Columbo (Eric Goodell, $26.60), from post position No. 3, won the fastest of the elims, sitting the loosest of pockets as lone gelding Freedom Warrior (Jordan Stratton) was a wild horse...as defined by runaway intervals of :27.1, 54.4 and 1:23.4. Columbo predictably closed ranks and went by, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in a purse-debuting 1:54. Freedom Warrior held second, while a steppy 3-4 choice Hunter Hill (Tyler Buter) found his best stride late for third. For fourth choice Columbo, a son of Sweet Lou owned by Ken Jacbos and trained by Gareth Dowse, he led exotics of $164 (exacta), $339.50 (triple) and $1,181 (superfecta). The other elims were won by... --American Rebel (by American Ideal); co-owners (trainer) Rob Harmon,Robert Robinson/driver Stratton; (first life win) 1:57.1/$8.30; --Save Me a Dance (by Heston Blue Chip): owner Robert Key/trainer Andrew Harris/driver Jason Bartlett; (life-best) 1:55.2/$6.40. The eight finalists include the three elimination winners plus Freedom Warrior, Han Solo, Hunter Hill, Level Up and Manticore. Open draw for the Sheppard Pace takes places Monday afternoon (July 8th). Saturday night's pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --(Pace), Micky Gee N (Stratton, $8.90) in a life-best 1:50.1; Micky Gee N --(Trot), Eye ofa Tiger AS (catch-driver Goodell, $5.70) in 1:54.3. Eye ofa Tiger AS Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 5, 2019 - She's slowing down. A week after matching Yonkers Raceway's all-age harness racing track record-1:50 flat-, Tequila Monday (Matt Kakaley, $2.50) 'crawled' in 1:50.1. The odds-on lass toyed with her five inside rivals Friday night (July 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Tequila Monday worked around Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), then completed her rounds (interspersing intervals of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.2). She whipped that pursuer by 2¼ lengths. A first-up Gold Orchid N (Jim Marohn Jr.), Al-Mar-Got A Fever (Jason Bartlett) and Twinkle (Brent Holland) rounded out the payees, while Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton) enjoyed the thrill of competition. For Tequila Monday, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Chis Oakes, it was her eight win in 11 seasonal starts (26th win in 55 career starts). She's won her last six local tries. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $5.50, the triple returned $15.60 and the superfecta paid $65. Tequila Monday Saturday night (July 6th) finds the Raceway offering three, $25,000 eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings). Nineteen frosh get whittled down to eight for the $120,250 final a week from Saturday (July 13th). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 5, 2019-Back in ancient times-1964-it was decreed there would be a race honoring one of the titans of the industry. Hence, Yonkers Raceway began the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Westchester's premier harness racing event for 'open' 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The race, either as a single dash or split stake, gives props to the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms and has been won by some of the fastest freshmen in harness-racing history. The Sheppard's 2019 incarnation begins with 19 hopefuls in three, $25,000 Saturday night (July 6th) eliminations, going consecutively as races 3,4 and 5. The first two finishers in each elim, plus the two fastest third-place finishers, return for the $120,250 finale, set for next Saturday night (July 13th). Some of the entrants already possess resumes. In the first elimination, So So De Vie (American Ideal/George Brennan, post 3) has a New York Sire Stakes start, while American Rebel (American Ideal/Jordan Stratton, post 5) has done that foe one better, with a pair of NYSS tries. Han Solo (Mister Big/Jason Bartlett, post 1) was a debuting 1:58.1 overnight winner at Saratoga. For those who look at the sticker price, Cheerio Hill (Captaintreacherous/Tyler Buter, post 6) sold (as Captainfrightful) for $105,000, more than any other of the plebes in this season's event. Second-elim standouts include Save Me a Dance (Heston Blue Chip/Bartlett, post 4), a sire stakes winner (1:56.1) at Monticello this past Monday afternoon (July 1st). He was joined in the NYSS win column by Cigars and Port (So Surreal/Mark MacDonald, post 5), who traversed the Catskills in 1:56.3 Level Up (Art Major/Stratton, post 2) missed an inch in another Monti statebred event the same day. The final elimination for the Sheppard includes Hunter Hill (Somebeachsomewhere/Buter, post 4), who has taken down a pair of Philly overnights in identical 1:55 efforts.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 1, 2019--The first of the month brought out investors, with Yonkers Raceway's Monday night harness racing reaching the doorstep of seven figures. The dozen-race July opener attracted a total handle of $998,719. Monday Pick 5, with a carryover of more than $4,200, a $15,000 guaranteed pool and a lengthy delay (bank of lights out) prior to the start of the wager, saw $35,422 of new coin fill the till. After takeout, that left an approximate pot of $30,803 and a winning combination of 3/2/7/1/4, which returned $1,431.25 for every correct half-a-buck ticket. Warminster A (Steve Smith, $23) took down a three-horse photo in the $18,500, eighth-race pace (1:58.4 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth), ensuring value for the wager. Tuesday's (July 2nd) Pick 5 starts from scratch with its usual $10,000 guarantee (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). Program pages accompany this release.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, June 30, 2019--A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening's (July 1st) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,236.72 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee has been approved by the New York State Gaming Commission and 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 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 29, 2019 -- Proven Desire (Jim Marohn Jr., $24.60) and Melady's Monet (Eric Goodell, $16.40) prevailed Saturday night (June 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing pair of $46,000 Open Handicaps. Proven Desire, from post position No. 2 in the week's adult-table pace went up and over a stopping Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) down the backside. He then opened to 2¼ lengths off the final turn before finding the line just in time...and that time was a life-best 1:51.2. Alluneedisfaith N (Joe Bongiorno) ran out of racetrack and missed a nose, with Epaulette A (Goodell), Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) and a trapped Great Vintage (Austin Siegelman) rounding out the payees. Micky Geen N (Jordan Stratton), as the 8-5 favorite, was a never-in-it sixth. For sixth choice Proven Desire, a 7-year-old Proven Lover gelding co-owned by (trainer) Rene Allard and Simpson Racing, it was his third win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $321.50, the triple returned $2,525 and the superfecta paid $60,734 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $3,036.70). The week's marquee trot saw Melady's Monet--from post No. 3--close from third over to win a four-way scrum in 1:54.3 Eye ofa Tiger AS (Holland) photoed Smalltownthrowdown (Marohn Jr.) for second--both beaten a half-length--with Mostinterestingman (Siegelman) and In Secret (George Brennan) settling for the minors. Will Take Charge (Stratton) was a non-factor sixth (last) as the 13-10 choice. Melady's Monet For fourth choice Melady's Monet, a $1.4 million Revenue S gelding owned by Melady Enterprises and trained by Hermann Heitmann, it was his sixth win in 15 '19 tries. The exacta paid $145, the triple returned $326.50 and the superfecta paid $1,269. Frank Drucker

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