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The elite 10-horse field for the $1 million Yonkers International Trot is complete. In Secret becomes the second United States flag-carrier to accept the invitation to the 1 ¼-mile global affair set for Saturday afternoon, October 14 at Empire City Casino over the historic Yonkers Raceway harness racing strip. It’s no secret: In Secret is in Yonkers International The gelded son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe joins defending champion Resolve to form a potent U.S.A. one-two punch. In Secret has been unbeatable of late at Yonkers, winning the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, the five-year-old has won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a pair of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi.   Resolve tries to repeat Last week, Canadian standout Marion Marauder, the Yonkers Trot winner and ninth Trotting Triple Crown champion in 2016, was added to the formidable lineup.   Canadian flash Marion Marauder likes the Yonkers oval, too! The elite Yonkers International field also includes a pair of two-time participants – Italy’s Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten of Sweden –  with their connections hoping that “three’s the charm” this year. “Oasis” finished second last year, while “Piraten” was a fast-closing fourth. The duo was fourth and seventh, respectively, in 2015 when the International returned after a 20-year hiatus.   Italy’s Oasis B., second last year, tries to turn the tables  France’s Dreammoko, the fastest from the first crop of standout Timoko, and a second Italian standout Twister Bi have also accepted invitations to participate in the 39th edition of the worldwide trotting affair. Midnight Hour and Shadow Woodland of Finland, and Denmark’s Tripolini VP complete the field. The seven Euros are expected to arrive at New York’s JFK International Airport on Wednesday, October 4.   Sweden’s On Track Piraten, sleeper needs better trip The star-studded Yonkers International card features a total of $3.3 million in purses buoyed by the $1.8 million New York “Day” of Champions, and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals, which will be announced in the coming days. Post time for the Yonkers International Trot is at 4:00 p.m. First post for the matinee card is at 1:00 p.m.   Resolve, the millionaire six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, will attempt to become the first U.S.A. representative to win back to back Internationals since Delmonica Hanover in 1973-74.  Roquepine (1967-68), Ideal du Gazeau, the only three-time champion (1982-83-84) and Lutin d’Isigny – all of France – are the only other three to win consecutive Internationals. Ake Svanstedt, who trains and drove the American flag-carrier to the world record performance in 2:23:4 last year, is at the helm once again for owner Hans Enggren.   Here’s the field in alphabetical order with country in parenthesis.   Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA)   By John Cirillo with Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, October 2, 2017-- If you gaze at his recent harness racing resume, it should be no secret that In Secret has been chosen to fill out the field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino. The 5-year-old gelding son of 2008 Trotter of the Year Deweycheatumnhowe becomes the second American representative for the world-class, mile-and-a-quarter event, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. In Secret has been unbeatable of late locally, having won the last four Open Handicap events and six consecutive races overall. In this breakout season, he's won nine of 20 starts (with five seconds and a p\air of thirds) while banking $229,595. In Secret has been driven by George Brennan for trainer Ron Burke, who (as Burke Racing) shares ownership with J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi. The field for the event (alphabetically, with country of representation) is... Dreammoko (FRA) In Secret (USA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Please note that post positions for this race are to be drawn Tuesday afternoon (Oct. 10th) at a midtown press luncheon. The 39th International (third since it was renewed in 2015) highlights the state's richest-ever ($3.3 million) harness program, which also features the $1.8 million New York Day of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals (all other races are to be drawn Monday, Oct. 9th). Race day schedule... 1-NYSS Genesee Valley Farm 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS Winbak Farm 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS Crawford Farm 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS Cameo Hills Farm 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS Harness Horse Breeders of NYS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS Blue Chip Farms 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-Yonkers International Trot@ Empire City Casino 4:00 10-NYSS Morrisville Coll. Equine Inst. 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS Allerage Farm 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. More information about this program shall be sent when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 30, 2017 - Red-hot In Secret (George Brennan, $4.30) and renaissance horse Shane Adam (Brent Holland, $16.80) were the harness racing standouts Saturday night (Sept. 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite In Secret make it six consecutive wins in an effort that was effective, if not necessarily glamorous. Out and moving from post position No. 7, the people's choice went the distance (:27.4, :58, 1:26.2, 1:55), that cheapy half working for him. Money Maven (Holland) was a pocket second, beaten a head, with returning Rubber Duck (Jason Bartlett) a half-length back in third. Locally-debuting Lookslikeachipndale (Dan Dube) closed well from last to grab fourth, while 98-1 pole proposition Dark Pool (Eric Goodell) picked off the remainder. For In Secret, a 5-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his ninth win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $21.40, with the triple returning $66.50. The weekly featured pace has Shane Adam-from assigned post No. 2--also lead at every subsection (:27.2, :57.2, 1:24.4, 1:53). Christen Me N (Stratton), give the pylon starting venue and subsequently sent off as the 3-5 choice, grinded first-up from third but missed a nose. Scott Rocks (Goodell) Sunfire Blue Chip (Dube) and Always at My Place (Brennan) settled for the minors. For second choice Shane Adam, a 5-year-old Western Ideal gelding trained by Rich Banca for co-owners Howard Taylor and Thomas Lazzaro, it was his fifth win in 28 '17 starts. The exacta paid $42.20, the triple returned $283.50 and the superfecta paid $806. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 2nd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,844.56. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 29, 2017 - Favored Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) stalked, then starred, from second-over Friday night (Sept. 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried early form post position No. 6 (in one notch after a defection), Newborn Sassy saw Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) through down a reasonable early gauntlet (:27.2, :56.2). Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) then moved from fourth going toward a 1:24.2 three-quarters. Betbacool N had a length-and-a-half to play with in and out of the final turn, but playtime was about to end. Newborn Sassy launched around her stagnant tow, then mowed down the leader. The margin was three-quarters of a length in a flat 1:53. Betabcool N held second over a pocketed Dewar N Soda (Eric Abbatiello), with Lispatty (George Brennan) and a returning Diva's Image (Pat Lachance) rounding out the payees. For 'Sassy,' a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Jim King Jr and CC Racing, it was her seventh win in a dozen seasonal starts (career earnings in excess of $700,000). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.60, with the triple returning $98 Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 28, 2017 - Turns out the reports of Hugh Hefner's death were greatly exaggerated. Hugh Hefner N obviously didn't read the obituaries. How else could we possibly explain a Yonkers Raceway's harness racing appearance in Thursday night's (Sept. 28th) seventh race? Granted, it was a sort of ghoulish hunch play, but Hugh Hefner N did deliver in the $15,000 event for 20-grand claimers. Opening as an odds-on favorite, he continued as the people's preference, though drifting to 13-10. Away third from post position No. 3, the Playboy Pacer engaged the leader in the final turn, taking over before holding a closer at bay by a neck in 1:55. A night after his namesake's passing, 'Hef' returned $4.60 for his third win in 20 seasonal starts. The 9-year-old Down Under Falcon Seelster gelding (somehow, that doesn't seem right) was driven by Jason Bartlett and trained by Doug Dilloian Jr. for owner Keith Motusesky. Frank Drucker

Yonkers Raceway is offering this reminder about some changes to its October live harness racing schedule. It’s every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night (first post @ 7:10 PM), except… -- Friday, Oct. 13th, no racing (paddock used for New York ‘Day’ of Champions detention) -- Saturday, Oct. 14th, first post @ 1 PM, featuring… $1 million Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino $1.8 million New York ‘Day’ of Champions (eight NYSS finals @ $225,000 each) $250,000 Harry Harvey Invitational Trot                                           $250,000 Dan Rooney Invitational Pace -- Sunday, Oct. 29th, first post TBA (first of six remaining Sundays matinees between then and end of season)   EMPIRE CITY BETS TO OFFER QATAR PRIX DE L’ARC DE TRIOMPHE WAGERING Yonkers Raceway's ADW portal, Empire City Bets, shall offer full-card watching and wagering for Sunday's (Oct. 1st) prestigious Qatar Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe program from France's Chantilly Racecourse. The seven-race, all-stakes card begins at 8:10 AM ET, with the featured 'Arc' going as the fourth race (post time 10:05 AM ET). The 1½-mile turf event offers a purse of five million Euros (converts to more than $5.8 million). For more information, please visit www.empirecitybets.com. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, September 26, 2017 - The harness racing field for the million-dollar Yonkers International Trot @ Empire City Casino is nearing completion. According to race secretary Steve Starr, nine of the 10 places behind the starting gate for the Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th, mile-and-a-quarter classic have been finalized. They are, alphabetically (with country of representation)... Dreammoko (FRA) Marion Marauder (CAN) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA, defending champion) Shadow Woodland (FIN) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA). Starr indicated the final invite shall go to an American in the next couple of days. Starr also said the fields for the pair of $250,000 Invitationals (Dan Rooney Pace and Harry Harvey Trot), are also about confirmed, with both races announced shortly. Those races, plus the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions (eight NYSS finals @ $225,000 each), comprise the $3.3 million program the richest harness racing program ever in the Empire State. First post for the 11-race, all-stakes card is 1 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 25, 2017-- Buoyed by a double carryover of $7,779.95 and more than $22,000 in fresh play, Yonkers Raceway's Monday night (Sept. 25th) harness racing Pick 5 made one investor very happy. A single (base 50-cent wager) winning ticket with the combination of 2/1/1/3/6 paid a 2017-high $24,594.50. The sequence included four double-digit payouts and just one winning favorite. The Pick 5 (again, base 50-cent base wager) is comprised of races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners, the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 23, 2017-- Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 23rd) hosted the $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for harness racing 3-year-old colts and geldings. It was the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, leading up to the Oct. 14th New York 'Day' of Champions. That afternoon, eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers' $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, comprised this event. The opening division saw Seven and Seven (George Brennan, $4.90) give nothing else a chance in 1:55. Making just his second sire stakes appearance of the season, Seven and Seven--from post position No. 4--took over from Eye ofa Tiger AS (Jason Bartlett) after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He continued leading through intervals of :57.2 and 1:26 before Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller). The pole-sitting, 3-4 favorite was in no particular hurry early and thus had way too much to do late. Seven and Seven opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, then finished it off by 2½ lengths. Top Flight Angel was a non-threatening second, with Eye ofa Tiger AS third. For second choice Seven and Seven, a Chapter Seven homebred (Mrs. Durand) Ontario co-owned by (trainer) Tom Durand, the missus, June, and Allan Smith, it was his second win in nine seasonal starts. Durand had not started a horse locally in nearly four years, but made up for lost time Saturday (more about that in a bit). The exacta paid $9.30, with the triple returning $18.20. "I didn't know anything about him and drove him accordingly," Brennan said. "I did know that Tom would send them here with purpose." "We made a decision before the season to race him in Grand Circuit events," Durand said. "We didn't have much luck with that, so we tried him in the final sire stakes of the season. Maybe he can make the final." Saturday's second Sorentino division had even-money Guardian Angel AS (Bartlett, $4)--whose early Yonkers Trot break did him--get the better trip and the bigger check here. Working it out second-over from post No. 3, he stalked Swell Chap (Brian Sears) after that one swallowed up early leader Zach's Zoomer (Miller). 'Zach' was done after fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.3. Swell Chap opened a length lead in and out of the final turn but couldn't stave off Guardian Angel AS. The latter prevailed by a hard-earned head in 1:56, with Icanflylikeanangel (Jordan Stratton) rallying for third after finding himself pocketed to a tiring leader. For Guardian Angel AS, a son of 2012 YR Trot winner Archangel trained by Anette Lorenzton for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson, it was his eighth win in 15 '17 tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $9.40, with the triple returning $43.60. Saturday's pair of $50,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace--The Real One (Pat Lachance, $6.90) in 1:50.3, fastest local mile of the season; --Trot--Dia Monde (Brennan, $3.70) in 1:54.2. Durand's other starter also went down the road, matching the track record for 4-year-olds geldings. Between races, driver Mark MacDonald was feted with a congratulatory sign for his 6,000th win, the milestone reached the previous night at Vernon Downs. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Sept. 25th) Pick 5 wager starts with a double carryover of $7,779.95. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday and Saturday nights), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 22, 2017 - All About Madi (Brian Sears, $11) made the lead and that was that Friday night (Sept. 22nd), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $50,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In a race with not much speed, it was a two-speed number. 'Madi,' from post position No. 5, worked around pole-sitting Jag Out (George Brennan), grabbing the baton before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. She then rated a :30.1 next substation (:57.4 half). Call Me Queen Be (Jim Marohn Jr.) was away third at the 11-10 choice, but didn't get off the cones as Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) made her second move. That one towed HP Sissy (Dan Dube) into it going toward the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Off those intervals, All About Madi should have had something in reserve, and she did. Taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, 'Madi' held off Jag Out by a three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. 'Sissy' was third, with a from-last 47-1 outsider Newborn Sassy (Tyler Buter) and 'Queen Be' settling for the remainder. For third choice All About Madi, a 4-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy owned and trained by Brittany Robertson, it was her eighth win (third consecutive) in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.80, with the triple returning $230.50. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 23rd) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,426.47. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 22, 2017 - It's a homecoming weekend of sorts, with Yonkers Trot winner Top Flight Angel returning Saturday night (Sept. 23rd) as the harness racing conquering hero. He does so in the first division of Yonkers Raceway's $172,000 New York Sire Stakes Michael Sorentino Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of groupings, at $85,250 and $86,750, respectively, go as the fourth and fifth races in an event named for the one of the Raceway's long-time popular horse owners. As if we needed the assistance, Top Flight Angel won the draw, with the Mr. (Andy Miller) driving for the Mrs. (Julie Miller). The son of 2012 Yonkers Trot winner Archangel grabbed the half-million-dollar Trot by a moist nose in 1:56.3. He then shuffled off to Batavia, airing in a NYSS event (1:54.3). For the season, the Legacy Standardbred (Alan Hainsworth) homebred has won four of his 13 starts ($362,016). Brian Sears, Top Flight Angel's Trot date, tries to beat him this time around with Stick with Me Kid. The Dewycheatumnhowe gelding, trained by George Ducharme, is also 4-for-13 this season. He starts at the opposite end of the seven-horse gate. Seven and Seven (George Brennan, post 4) is Ontario-based trainer Tom Durand's first local visit in since October of 2013. The homebred (Mrs. Durand) son of Chapter Seven has been trying open stakes company for much of the summer, though his lone win was a Tioga sire stakes event. Saturday's second Sorentino division includes Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett, post 3). The Archangel colt has won half of his 14 '17 tries ($153,143), though that may be overshadowed by breaks in the finals of both the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot. Anette Lorenzton trains for co-owners ACL Stuteri AB and Kjell Johansson. Swell Chap (Sears, post 4) has come to hand late in the summer, entering with consecutive NYSS wins (Saratoga and Batavia). The Son of Chapter Seven colt, trained by Todd Rooney, has hit the board in 11-of-13 starts this season ($157,451). Saturday is the last of 16 sire stakes local legs, after which the judges tabulate the scores to see who's good enough for the $1.8 million Oct. 14th New York 'Day' of Champions. The eight, $225,000 NYSS finals take place during Yonkers' $3.3 million International Trot matinee program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, September 21, 2017-- Paprike Blue Chip (Jim Morrill Jr., $7) and Hitman Hill (catch-driver Eric Goodell, $2.20) were the Empire's elite Thursday night (Sept. 21st), highlighting Yonkers Raceway's $157,600 New York Sire Stakes Jim Crawford Pace for the harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. A pair of $78,800 divisions comprised the event. The opening group saw Paprike Blue Chip put in play from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch). Grabbing the first lead, he relented to 3-10 choice Casual Cool (Jason Bartlett). The odds-on number took over just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile, then rated a 57-second intermission and 1:26 three-quarters. Silver Arrow (Mark MacDonald) was loitering first-up while Casual Cool maintained a not-so-casually contested lead into the lane. The people's choice took Paprike Blue Chip to the passing lane, and pass he did. The second choice whipped the fave by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:55, with Silver Arrow photoing American Vision (Jordan Stratton) for third. For 'Paprike,' a Roll with Joe gelding, trained by John Butenschoen for co-owners Harmony Oaks & Crawford Racing and VIP Internet Stable, it was his fifth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $9.80, with the triple returning $22. "It's not hard to get along with him," Morrill Jr.--who has won three times with Paprike Blue Chip--said. "There's some class there." Thursday's second sire stakes event saw undefeated, pole-sitting Hitman Hill break in a new chauffeur after Brett Miller was unable to get here (from Delaware, OH) in time. As for Goodell's post-mortem, "He was rank and wild leaving the gate. Very talented, but he needs to control it." There were few stop signs early as My Delight (Brent Holland) made the first lead passing the :26.3 first subsection. Hitman Hill wanted no place in the pocket, making the lead and throwing it down (:55.2, 1:23.4). He owned a 'iffy' length-and-and-a-half lead into the lane, appearing there for the taking. However, in a slow (:29:3) final quarter, no one took it. Hitman Hill held off Topville Olympian (Morrill Jr.) by a head in 1:53.2, with Keystone Tenacious (Jim Marohn Jr.) third. For Hitman Hill, an American Ideal gelding co-owned by Tom Hill & North Fork Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, he's won all six of his career tries. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5.30, with the triple returning $26.40. Special Thursday props to Marohn Jr., whose four victories were a personal local best. No props, at least not this night, for MacDonald, who remains at 5,999 career wins after going 0-for-9. MacDonald ventures to Vernon Downs Friday night (Sept. 22nd) for statebred frosh trotting fillies. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, September 18, 2017 -- Yonkers Raceway Monday night (Sept. 18th) hosted the $157,600 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot for harness racing 2-year-old colts and geldings. The race again honored the memory of 'Tootie,' the iconic Hall of Fame harness publicist from the sport's golden age. A pair of equally-parsed, $78,800 divisions comprised the event, which, as it turned out, was not for the squeamish. Fourth Dimension (Brian Sears), who entered the opener a perfect 4-for-4, exited have burned much money. Sent off as the 3-10 choice from post position No. 5, he was away third, only to break twice in the back half. The second- (Tito [Andy Miller]) and third-choice (My Lindy Winner [Jim Morrill Jr.]) also misbehaved, a problem not shared by Six Pack (Ake Svanstedt, $31). Going right down the road (:29, :59.4, 1:28.4, 1:57.3) from outside post No. 7, Six Pack never had any anxious moment. He opened 3½ lengths into the lane, then widened to defeat 49-1 shot Purpose Blue Chip (Dan Daley) by 4¾ lengths. Tito recovered to finish third, while Fourth Dimension wound up a well-beaten sixth. For fifth choice Six Pack, a Muscle Mass colt co-owned (with Stall Kallmar, Little E LCC and Lars Berg) by his trainer/driver, it was his second win six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $353.50, with the triple returning $1,705. Monday evening's second Barasch division saw Ronnie Goldstein (Kim Crawford, $24.20) prevail from the pocket. From post No. 3, he made the first lead (after another leaver broke), then gave it up to 9-10 choice (Perlucky) just past a :29.2 opening quarter-mile. After a :59.1 intermission, Perlucky engaged the second move of second choice Don (Miller), toward the 1:29.1 three-quarters. Don then jumped it off, leaving Perlucky with 2¼-length lead in and out of the final turn. He couldn't finish it off, though, as Ronnie Goldstein surged by. The margin was a neck in a life-best 1:59.1. Seven Iron (Sears) was third. For fourth choice 'Ronnie,' a homebred son of Muscle Mass trained by his driver for owner Steven Goldstein, it was his second win in eight '17 tries. The exacta paid $66, with the triple returning $297. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Tuesday evening’s (Sept. 19th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,969.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Monday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, September 17, 2017 - The world-class harness racing field for the 2017 Yonkers International Trot at Empire City Casino is rounding into shape. According to race secretary Steve Starr, the list of acceptances as of this writing (alphabetically, with country) are... Dreammoko (FRA) Midnight Hour (FIN) Oasis Bi (ITA) On Track Piraten (SWE) Resolve (USA) Tripolini VP (DEN) Twister Bi (ITA) Resolve is, of course, the defending champ (world-record 2:23.4), with Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten finishing second and fourth, respectively. When the race was reinstituted by Yonkers in 2015, Oasis Bi and On Track Piraten wound up fourth and seventh. The connections of Top Flight Angel, winner of the 63rd Yonkers Trot, had a standing invitation, but elected to go in the same day's $225,000 final of the New York Sire Stakes. Starr is going over the results of races this past weekend to finalize the 10-horse field contesting the $1 million, mile-and-a-quarter event, set for Saturday afternoon, Oct. 14th. The $3.3 million program, by far the richest in Yonkers' storied history, also includes the $1.8 million New York 'Day' of Champions and a pair of $250,000 Invitationals. First post for the 11-race card is 1 PM, with the layout as such... No.-Event Post time 1-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Pace 1:00 2-NYSS 2YO Filly Pace 1:20 3-NYSS 2YO Filly Trot 1:40 4-NYSS 3YO Filly Pace 2:00 5-NYSS 2YO Colt/Gelding Trot 2:20 6-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Pace 2:40 7-Invitational Pace (Dan Rooney) 3:00 8-Invitational Trot (Harry Harvey) 3:30 9-International Trot 4:00 10-NYSS 3YO Colt/Gelding Trot 4:30 11-NYSS 3YO Filly Trot 5:00 Notes...all finals for NYSS are at flat mile with eight starters @ $225,000 each Invitational Trot is 1¼ miles with 10 starters @ $250,000 Invitational Pace is flat mile with eight starters @ $250,000 Races 8 thru 11 simulcast to French-hubbed audience. Additional info. surrounding the program shall be announced when available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 16, 2017 - The Real One (Pat Lachance, $7.30) and In Secret (George Brennan, $4) were the names above the marquee Saturday night (Sept. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing co-featured Open Handicaps. All-age track record-holder The Real One prevailed from the second-over in the weekly pacing feature. From post position No. 5 (in one notch after a scratch), The Real One saw Orillia Joe (Brent Holland) lead through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:23.4. Slight 2-1 choice Theartofconfusion A provided enough of a tow to get The Real One in range. Orillia Joe did have a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but The Real One went right on by. He prevailed by a half-length in 1:51.4, a tick off his season's best. Mister Daytona A (Jordan Stratton) snatched second from the pocket, with Orillia Joe, Theartofconfusion A and Gratian Hanover (Joe Bongiorno) rounded out the payees. For second choice The Real One, a 7-year-old Mach Three gelding trained by his driver for owner Helene Filion, it was his fourth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $30.20, with the triple returning $138. The week's marquee trot saw even-money favorite In Secret-despite 20 days out-match his own fastest local mile (1:54.1) of the season. Away fourth from outside post No. 7 (he, too, in one notch after a scratch), In Secret engaged Buen Camino (Jason Bartlett) after that one put down subsections of :27, :57.1 and 1:25. Buen Camino owned a length-and-a-quarter lead in and out the final turn, but was unable to stall the people's preference. In Secret won by three-quarters of a length, with a second-up Cash Me Out (Eric Goodell) second. Buen Camino, Money Maven (Brian Sears) and Kathanka (Holland) settled for the remainder. For In Secret, a 5-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 19 '17 tries. The exacta paid $21, the triple returned $72.50 and the superfecta paid $170.50. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 15, 2017- All About Madi (Brian Sears, $9.60) wedged into an early pocket and it served her well Friday night (Sept. 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare 'Open Handicap Pace'. In play from post position No. 3, 'Madi' had some company, including pole-assigned, 19-1 number Acefourtyfour Alex (Brent Holland) and 3-2 fave Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett). All About Madi used some discretion-along with a vacant two-hole-to take a seat, while Regil Elektra found herself hung to dry by the longshot from the inside. Intervals of :26.4, :55.2 and 1:23.4 finished off Regil Elektra, but Acefourtyfour Alex continued her advantage. She owned a length-and-quarter lead into the lane, but faltered late. All About Madi moved inside and whipped a ground-saving Betabcool N (Eric Goodell) by a neck in 1:53.2. The latter edged the pace-setter for second, with Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Venus Delight (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. Regil Elektra faded to sixth. For third choice All About Madi, a 4-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy owned and trained by Brittany Robertson, it was her seventh win in 24 seasonal starts (first try in local femme feature). The exacta paid $164, the triple returned $729 and the superfecta paid $5,787. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Sept. 16th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,484.90.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

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