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YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 3, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Aug.5th) shall again offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 6 and 8 through 10 go as those overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' trots. Post times for the program are as such... 1st - 12:30 PM 2nd - 1 PM 3rd - 1:30 PM 4th - 2 PM 5th - 2:28 PM 6th - 3:02 PM 7th - 3:25 PM (not a 'French' race) 8th - 3:50 PM 9th - 4:20 PM 10th - 4:52 PM (final race of day) Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of the opener from Saratoga (post time 1 PM) and the third race from Yonkers (post time 1:30 PM). Program pages accompany this release. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is August 12th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 1, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-trot Sunday (Aug. 5th) matinee features a $54,800 Open Handicap Trot and the beginning of the French-American Trotting Club Series. Post time for the 10-race card is 12:30 PM, with all races-save for the seventh-of the 'French' theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-a-quarter distance. The weekly trotting feature begins the program, with lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr., post 5) with as much of a resume as any of her rivals. The 8-year-old S J's Caviar ma'am couldn't hack a second move in her last outing, but otherwise has been a cash cow ($169,225) this season. NF Happenstance, owned by James Moore and trained by Carol-Jamieson-Parker, has eight wins and a half-dozen seconds in 18 '18 tries. She's doing her damage by adroitly leaving the gate, thus won't be hard to find early here. Newly-minted millionaire Dewycolorintheline (Mark MacDonald, post 2) returns to the big table in search of a third consecutive win, while The Last Chapter (Brent Holland, post 3) and Fashion Creditor (Andy Miller, post 4) also whipped lessers in their last tries. Cash Me Out (Jim Marohn Jr., post 1) is just 2-for-20 this season, but threw in six seconds and five thirds, while Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton, post 6) was a two-move second in last weekend's trotting feature. Races 2 and 3 comprise the first of three preliminary rounds in the French-American Trotting Club Series, restricted to those French-breds were vetted overseas, then purchased by 'local' interests. Of the 19 horses entered in the two races, 11 have made purse starts since arriving, with five winning at least once. Each of the prelim races (second round is Aug. 19th, third is Aug. 26th) goes for $35,000, with a $120,000 final set for Sunday, Sept. 2nd. Note this Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of Saratoga's first race (post time 1 PM) and the third from Yonkers (post time 1:30 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 30, 2018 -- In conjunction with the opening round of Yonkers Raceway's inaugural harness racing French-American Trotting Club Series, the Empire Terrace shall be open for brunch buffet this Sunday (Aug. 5th). The Terrace opens at 11:30 AM in advance of that afternoon's first post of 12:30 PM. The Raceway's French guests, as well as horsemen, owners and fans, can watch the races while enjoying 'themed' delicacies including French toast (what else?), Coq au Vin, Ratatouille, Enchaud Perigourdin pork loins, pasta with lobster meat in a cream sauce, an omelette station and other selections. The cost for the buffet is $24.95 per person (plus tax and gratuities), though there is no charge for participants in the French-American Trotting Club races, courtesy of the Standardbred Owners Association of New York. For reservations, please call (914) 457-2457. Please note that Trotting Club members are also requested to use the number to make their reservations. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 29, 2018--One odds-on choice sizzled and one odds-on choice fizzled Monday night (July 30th) during Yonkers Raceway's $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The event once again honored the memory one of the state's true get-it-done gentlemen, whose contributions to the industry were way too numerous to mention here. The Monday sizzling was done by Springsteen (Dave Miller, $2.50), who sat a loose, second-over trip before closing ranks and powering away in the $85,250 first division. Away fourth from post position No. 2, Springsteen saw revved up polester Lyons Steel (Scott Zeron) set early fractions of :26.4 and :55.1. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears) then made his second move, prompted in and out of a 1:23.1 three quarters. Meanwhile, Springsteen was meandering behind Topville Olympian, taking his time to tag him before going wide in the final turn. He did take over, opening a length in and out of the final turn before widening to 2¾ lengths at the spiffy 1:51.1 wire. Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald) was behind the winner and chased him home, with Topville Olympian, Twin B Tuffenuff (George Brennan) and Lyons Steel coming away with the minors. For Springsteen, a Hempt-winning son of Rock N Roll Heaven co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh, it was his third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.20, the triple returned $19.80 and the superfecta paid $69. "He's at his best in the back end of the race," Miller said. "I really thought they'd go (fractions of) :27 and :57, so when saw the first half, I figured we were in good shape. "I'm just the passenger when he's as good as he was tonight." Monday night's second ($86,750) and final division, alas, didn't charm the chalk players. Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), at 35-cent-on-the-dollar this evening, was ground into submission...as in last among the octet. Sitting third early behind My Delight (Brent Holland) and Ghost Dance (Zeron), Trump Nation moved to the lead between a :27.4 opening quarter-mile and :56.3 intermission. That didn't impress Ghost Dance, who took out of third to go after the people's preference. Pole-sitting Heavenly Sound (Jim Marohn Jr.) was able to work from second-over. Ghost Dance draw even at the 1:24.1 three-quarters, sticking his nose out entering the lane. Meanwhile, that duel just empowered Heavenly Sound ($14.80), who whipped a third-over Ostro Hanover (Miller) by a length in 1:52.4. My Delight crossed the line third, but was set down to fifth for lane interference. That lifted Stendahl Hanover (Marcus Miller) and Rockapelo (Sears) to third and fourth, respectively. For third choice Heavenly Sound, a Rock N Roll Heaven colt owned by M&M Harness Racing and trained by Bruce Saunders, it was his fifth win in 15 '18 tries. The exacta paid $92, the triple returned $970 and the superfecta paid $5,380. "He negotiated the turns better here than his last start (Saratoga)," Saunders said. "We made a few equipment changes and the trip certainly didn't hurt." Bruce Hamilton's brothers, Scott (with daughter Faith) and Keith, joined in the winner's circle presentations. New York Sire Stakes continue here Tuesday night (Aug. 7th), with the Mike Cipriani Trot (3-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 30, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Aug.5th) shall again offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 9 go as those overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' trots, with the final post time as a TBA until the card is drawn Tuesday (July 31st). Post times for the 'French' races are as such... 1st - 12:30 PM 2nd - 1 PM 3rd - 1:30 PM 4th - 2 PM 5th - 2:28 PM 6th - 3:02 PM 7th - 3:50 PM 8th - 4:20 PM 9th - 4:52 PM Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' races (one from Saratoga, one from Yonkers) are also TBA as of this writing. Updates provided when available. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is August 12th (post time...TBA). by Frank Druker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 29, 2018-Lass Rose Run Sydney (Brian Sears, $6.10) beat the boys (and one other girl), then made 'em cry Sunday afternoon (July 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature was a flat-mile event, contested a handful of races after the day's four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away fourth from assigned post position No. 5, Rose Run Sydney saw eight-baller In Secret (George Brennan) eschew a three-hole. That one made the lead around 17-10 favorite Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :56.4 intermission before 'Sydney' was and out and moving in the third turn. She engaged In Secret in an out of the 1:25.1 three-quarters, disposing of that one soon thereafter. The lass opened a 2½-length lead in the lane, then whipped a pocket-extricating Mostinterestingman by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.2...a tick off her season and life-best effort. In Secret was a stubborn third, with Madhatter Bluechip (Brent Holland) and the other lady, Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett), coming away with the remainder. It was one of Sears' four wins during the dozen-race card. For second choice Rose Run Sydney, a 4-year-old daughter of Triumphant Caviar co-owned by Steve Carter, Adam Friedland and RBR Racing and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $17.40, the triple returned $70 and the superfecta paid $168. Sunday's go-round of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 7-Glossy (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 4-Casa Palmera (Yonkers' 5th race), returning $7.60 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,970. The next Sunday matinee is Aug. 5th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 28, 2018--Yonkers Raceway Monday night (July 30th) hosts the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Bruce Hamilton Pace for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card is 6:50 PM, with the sire stakes event going as races 7 (purse $85,250) and 8 (purse $86,750), respectively. The event again honors the memory of one of the true movers and shakers (not to mention a damn fine fellow) in the state's harness program. The opening event for the big boys offers some solid resumes, the haughtiest of which belongs to Springsteen (Dave Miller, post 2). The season has been highlighted by a win in the half-million-dollar final of Pocono's Max Hempt Memorial (life-best 1:48.3). He hits town, though, after faltering first-up in the his elim of the Adios. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven, co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Kapildeo Singh. has two wins in six starts ($286,500). Rootin' Tootin' (Mark MacDonald, post 6) has plied his craft versus statebreds, with sire stakes wins at Saratoga (life-best 1:52.1). The Roll with Joe colt is co-owned by (trainer) Blake MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh, Robert MacNeil and Fred Brayford. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears, post 5) and Twin B Tuffenuff (George Brennan, post 7) have both been bridesmaids in their last two statebred sojourns. Monday night's second and final division finds the return of Art Rooney Pace winner Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, post 2). The son of Betterthancheddar, who wired that $300,000 event in a life-best 1:51.3, comes back after sire stakes wins at Buffalo and Saratoga. For the season, he's 5-for-8 with $238,896 in the till for co-owners Evan Katz and Crawford Racing. My Delight (Brent Holland, post 5) authored a 34-1 upset in a $23,066 division of the Reynolds here in mid-May, then won (at 14-1) a sire stakes event at Vernon (life-best 1:49.4). Ostro Hanover (Miller, post 7) tries it after a 10-1 statebred win at Saratoga. Rockapelo (Sears, post 8) has hit the board in six of his eight '18 tries, including a win (life-best 1:50.2) in his $24,000 division of Tioga's Geers. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 28, 2018 - "Everywhere I drive people say to me, 'This is my favorite horse.' " Such was Jordan Stratton's post-race assessment after slight choice Bit of Legend N ($7) went last-to-first Saturday night (July 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,00 Open Handicap Pace. Unsurprisingly away last from his eight-hole confinement, Bit of a Legend N watched the sort of scrum he needed develop. Caviart Luca (George Brennan) made the first lead, looping Americanprimetime (Greg Merton). The latter then made the lead right at a :26.2 opening quarter-mile, then found a :55.1 intermission. Doctor Butch (Jason Bartlett) was situated third, while Barimah A (Brent Holland) moved first-up from fourth. Givenupdreaming (Eric Goodell) chased from second-over, with Robbie Burns N (Joe Bongiorno) behind that one and Bit of a Legend N working from fourth-over. The octet tightened up in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, with Robbie Burns N wide and Bit of a Legend N widest. Americanprimetime owned a length lead into the lane, but company was coming. Robbie Burns N disposed of Americanprimetime, but Bit of a Legend N dispatched all of 'em. He whipped 'Robbie' by a widening length-and-a-quarter in 1:51.4. Americanprimetime held third, with a rallying Capozzo (Mark MacDonald) and Caviart Luca settling for the minors. For Bit of a Legend N, a 9-year-old double-millionaire Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fourth win (45th career) in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53.50, the triple returned $258.50 and the superfecta paid $2,254. Sunday afternoon's (July 29th) first post is 12:30 PM, with four 'French' trots beginning the dozen-race card. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 27, 2018--It was a dark and stormy Friday night (July 27th), under which Yonkers Raceway hosted the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. The pair of $86,750 events were named for the late New York Knickerbocker standout, Hall of Famer and avid horseplayer. The opening division saw Helpisontheway (Brian Sears, $2.60) do his bidding from second-over. From post position No. 3, he chased Winning Shadow (Mike Simons) as that one chased Chasin' Dreams (Jason Bartlett). Chasin' Dreams had taken over from Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley), all this through early intervals of :28.3 and :57.4. A 30-1, two-move Cruising in Style (George Brennan) then grabbed the lead at the 1:26.2 three-quarters, widening to 2¼ lengths entering the lane. However, Helpisontheway wound up widest and closed fastest, edging by the longshot late. The margin was three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Wining Shadow held third, with Purpose Blue Chip and Clive Bigsby (Mark MacDonald) coming away with the remainder. For Helpisontheway, a son of Chapter Seven trained by Linda Toscano for Camelot and Bays Stables & Little E LLC, it was his fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.80, the triple returned $211.50 and the superfecta paid a grand. "He was just green last season," Toscano said. "Now, he's figured it out." Friday night's second and final division was Veterans Night, as The Veteran (Jordan Stratton, $3.50) proved best in a race with four breakers and arguably his own late exodus. Away third from post No. 2, he improved early position when Fashion Forever (Dan Dube) and Yuge (Breannan) both misbehaved in from of him. That left the lead to Troller (Sears) through soggy subsections of :29 and :58.4. Nearing the intermission, On the Ropes (Ake Svanstedt) was moving from fifth, doing so in a hurry. The Veteran then left the cones, forcing On the Ropes three-wide. Meanwhile, Troller maintained his advantage in and out of a 1:27.4 three-quarters, though The Veteran was coming. The people's preference soon displaced the leader--who eventually jumped it off--and opened a 2¼-length lead in and out of the final turn. The Veteran defeated Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:56.3, with a compromised On the Ropes, Don (Bartlett) and Yuge settling for the minors. For The Veteran, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme, Steven Michaels, W J Donovan and Jim Winske, it was his fifth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $96 and the superfecta paid $392.50. The winner has been an odds-on choice in his last five tries. Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won by Made of Jewels AS (Stratton, $21.20) in a life-best 1:51.4. New York Sire Stakes continue here Monday night (July 30th) with the $172,000 Bruce Hamilton Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 27, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 29th) shall again offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 4 go as those overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' trots, with the 12th- race finale listed at 4:40 PM. Post times for the four 'French' races are at the top and bottom of the hours (12:30 PM, 1 PM, 1:30 PM and 2 PM), respectively. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised as the third race from Saratoga (post time 2:07 PM) and the fifth race from Yonkers (post time 2:20 PM). Program pages accompany this release. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is August 5th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 26, 2018-Not every good 3-year-old trotter finds his (or her) way into the Hambletonian. There's a pretty fair Yonkers Raceway group gathering Friday night (July 27th) in the $173,500 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for the sophomore colts and geldings. Post time for the dozen-race card s 6:50 PM, with the pair of $86,750 sire stakes events-named for the former New York Knickerbocker standout, Hall of Famer and avid horseplayer-going as races 7 and 8. The opening division includes Helpisontheway (Brian Sears, post 3), who held sway in last weekend's $61,900 boys' division of the Tompkins Memorial at the Meadowlands. The son of Chapter Seven is thrice a winner in seven seasonal starts, including a statebred win at Tioga (life-best 1:52.2. Linda Toscano trains for Camelot and Bays Stables & Little E LLC. Winning Shadows (Mike Simons, post 2) was a fresh-Lasix, 12-1 upsetter at Monticello in his last start. The Credit Winner gelding, trained by Jake Huff for co-owners Our Horse Cents and J&T Silva Stables, has won three of his eight seasonal starts. Clive Bigsby (Mark MacDonald, post 7) was runner-up (to Six Pack) in last season's $225,000 frosh final, while Tito (Brent Holland, post 5) is trying to regain some of 2017's nearly-$240,000 form. Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley, post 8) has a resume highlighted by sire stakes wins at Monticello and Buffalo. Friday night's second and final division sees The Veteran (Jordan Stratton, post 2) as arguably the horse to beat. The Muscle Mass colt, co-owned by (trainer) George Ducharme, Steven Michaels, W J Donovan and Jim Winske, has been the odds-on choice in his last four tries (two sires, two overnights). He settled for second (to Winning Shadows) at Monti in his latest and is 4-for-7 this season. Perlucky (Trond Smedshammer, post 5) enters off a 15-1 Catskills NYSS win, his first of in a half-dozen '18i tries. Smedshammer also trains the son of Lucky Chuck for Purple Haze Stables. Don (Jason Bartlett, post 7) has sire stakes wins at Vernon (life-best 1:54.3) and Buffalo. New York Sire Stakes continue here Monday night (July 30th) with the $172,000 Bruce Hamilton Pace (3-year-old colts/geldings). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 24, 2018-Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night (July 24th) hosted the $159,000 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace for 2-year-old fillies, the division's second local go-round in 18 nights. A pair of divisions-worth $78,800 and $80,200, respectively-comprised the event, which offered minimal suspense. The opening group saw So Awesome (Tim Tetrick, $2.70) make the lead from post position No. 4 (in one notch after a program scratch) and never, ever have a thought of giving it up (:28.4, :58.3, 1:27.2, 1:55.3). The lead was 2¾ lengths off the final turn, widening to 3¾ lengths at the wire. American Marilyn (Jason Bartlett) chased from a loose pocket, with JK American Beauty (Brian Sears), Topville Angelina (Marcus Miller) and Crazy Cute (Jordan Stratton) coming away the remainder. For So Awesome, a daughter of So Surreal owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was her second win in four seasonal starts...both here in statebreds and both in the identical (1:55.3) time. The exacta paid $6.80, the triple returned $31.80 and the superfecta (four wagering choices in order) paid $83. "She's fast and she just gets over this track so well," Tetrick said. Tuesday night's second and final division had the death-and-taxes St. Somewhere (Yannick Gingras, $2.10) withstand a spirited challenge from 27-1 shot Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) before opening up late. All told, she went the distance from post No. 5 (:28.2, :57.3; 1:26.1; 1:53.4), the final time just three ticks off the local division record (Tequila Monday's 1:53.1 in 2016). Hurrikane Norakane was a solid second, beaten three lengths, with Gia's Surreal (Bartlett), Money Shot Hanover (Tyler Buter) and Ladybeluckytonite (Tetrick) completing the payees. For St. Somewhere, an American Ideal miss co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her third (consecutive NYSS) win in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $14.80, the triple returned $34 and the superfecta paid $75.50. St. Somewhere, as with So Awesome, won both of her local Empire tries. "I just let her take me around the track," Gingras said. "There wasn't much to it." New York Sire Stakes return here Friday night (July 27th) in the $173,500 Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 24, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 29th) shall again offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2 PM) go as those overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' trots, with the 12th- race finale listed at 4:40 PM. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised as the third race from Saratoga (post time 2:07 PM) and the fifth race from Yonkers (post time 2:20 PM). Program pages shall be sent when available. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is August 5th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 23, 2018--A sort of quirk in the schedule finds the statebred frosh fillies back for second time in 18 evenings, with Yonkers Raceway hosting Tuesday night's (July 24th) $159,000 New York Sire Stakes Frank Becerra Pace. Post time for the dozen-race card s 6:50 PM, with the sire stakes event going as races 7 (purse $78,800) and 8 (purse $80,200), respectively. The opening event finds So Awesome (Tim Tetrick, post 4) going after a Westchester repeat. The daughter of So Surreal went the distance (1:55.3) as the 3-4 favorite the last time she hit town from this exact same venue. The lass, who has that lone win in three tries, is owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico. Crazy Cute (Jordan Stratton, post 5) chased So Awesome around the oval from the pocket, while Boogie Roll (Tyler Buter, post 7) was a 12-1 upstetter when the ladies visited Tioga (1:54). American Marilyn (Jason Bartlett, post 3) made an early break in her stateside/statebred debut (race won by Boogie Roll). Tuesday night's second and final division has St. Somewhere (Yannick Gingras, post 5) eying a sire stakes hat trick. She had no eight-hole issues here, finishing what she started by open lengths (1:54.4). She returns off a Tioga win (1:52.2) The daughter of American Ideal is co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi. Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube, post 3) was placed first the last time this caravan stopped by, while Zero Tolerance (George Brennan, post 8) was snapped late at Tioga by St. Somewhere in her first sire stakes try. Gia's Surreal (Bartlett, post 1) has been a bridesmaid in her two Empire soirees. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 22, 2018-Odds-on Homicide Hunter (Brian Sears, $3.10) overcame the impost Sunday afternoon (July 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the late-morning opener, the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter, bigger-field 'French' forays. Away sixth from his eight-ball incarceration in the field of 10, Homicide Hunter saw Madhatter Bluechip (Brent Holland) make the first lead. Gural Hanover (George Brennan) and lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) found seats directly in behind. After early subsections off :28, :57.2 and 1:25.4, there was a second helping of 'Happenstance,' as the mare was first-up. While she began the outer tier, Gural Hanover broke in the pocket. Meanwhile, Madhatter Bluechip was continuing to fight the good fight, with the lead the 1:55.1 milepost. N F Happenstance had backed out, with Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) going wide, Homicide Hunter wider and 34-1 shot Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton) even farther out. Smalltownthrowdown took a short lead into the lane, but couldn't sustain it. Homicide Hunter rolled off his rival, then held off a diving-inside Mosinterestingman by a neck in 2:24.2 for the added distance. Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) was s ground-saving third, with a solidly-closing Bluebird Jesse (Mark MacDonald) and a flattening Smalltownthrowdown settling for the minors. For Homicide Hunter, a 6-year-old Mr. Cantab owned by Crawford Racing trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in six seasonal starts (career earnings now over $1.28 million). The exacta paid $47.60, the triple returned $511 and the superfecta paid $3,625. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-La Moneda (Saratoga's 3rd race) and 2-Coach Cummings (Yonkers' 5th race) and returning $11.50 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,488. The next Sunday matinee is July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 21, 2018-Veteran Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald, $6.60) had to work for the lead and that worked for him Saturday night (July 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Using his usual gate speed, Great Vintage-from post position No. 5-had an early impediment in Barimah A (Brent Holland). Forced wide around that one, Great Vintage then continued to the lead, taking over from Robbie Burns N (Greg Merton) before a 27-second opening quarter-mile. Once he fronted the fray, Great Vintage finished it off (:56.4, 1:24.4, 1:52.4). Second went to a stubborn 17-10 fave Always at My Place (George Brennan), who was also compromised when an out-again Barimah A moved first-up and was his obligatory hard-to-steer self. Barimah A eventually went back in-again-leaving Always at My Place to take up the chase. Great Vintage, with a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, defeated Always at My Place by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Robbie Burns N was a pocket third, with Run Oneover N (Jim Marohn Jr.) and that Barimah A rounding out the payees. For second choice Great Vintage, a 10-year-old son of American Ideal owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Goran Anderberg & Goran Falk and trained by Jimmy Takter, it was his fourth win in 11 seasonal starts (career 44-for-159, earnings over $1.24 million). The exacta paid $22, the triple returned $68.50 and the superfecta paid $281. Sunday's (July 22nd) matinee has a first post of 12:30 PM, with races 1 through 4 of the overflow-field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' theme. The 'New York, New York Double' is comprised of Saratoga's third race and Yonkers' fifth. Post times are 2:07 PM and 2:20 PM, respectively. . by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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