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YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 20, 2018-Pocket-sitting fave Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno, $5.50) picked off pace-setting Caviart Cherie (Jason Bartlett) Friday night (July 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Alertly away from post position No. 2, Lispatty took that early seat behind her rival as that one threw down early intervals of :27.3 and a flat 56 seconds. Down the backside the second time, Medusa (Dan Dube) moved first-up from fourth, offering just token annoyance in and out of 1:23.4 three-quarters (:27.4 third quarter). Caviart Cherie owned a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane when Lispatty took a peek from the pocket. She then ducked back in waiting to Medusa to back away, then edged out and by. Lispatty whipped 'Cherie' by a widening length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Bronze Over N (Brent Holland), Medusa and Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) came away with the minors. For Lipatty, a 5-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilbert Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her sixth win in in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $23.60, the triple returned $120 and the superfecta paid $544. Special Friday props to Safe from Terror, whose second-place finish in the $29,000, 12th-race pacing finale made her the sport's newest milliionairess.  The 6-year-old daughter of Western Terror has earned $1,006,077 with a resume of 128 starts, 53 wins, 18 seconds and 15 third-place finishes. The mare, driven by Holland, is owned by Big Bad DT Racing Stable and trained by Virgil Morgan Jr. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 20, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 22nd) shall offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2 PM) go as those overflow-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the 10th- race finale listed at 4 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 accompany this release. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 17, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 22nd) shall offer a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2 PM) go as those overflow-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the 10th- race finale listed at 4 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 July 29th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 15, 2018-Such an Angel (Brian Sears, $14.60) did it quite well Sunday afternoon (July 15th), 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 third from post position No. 5, Such an Angel saw lass Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett) serve as the 28-second opening act before yielding to a wide-early In Secret (George Brennan). The one's lead in the polls continued through a :57.2 half before Such an Angel moved with purpose. The challenger took over right by the 1:27 three-quarters, then opened up some overcast daylight. While this was transpiring, an out-every-step Marion Marauder (Scott Zeron), as the 1-2 favorite, continued to advance from his eight-hole impost. However, he found himself with too much work to do as Such an Angel-after a 1:55 milepost- widened to 3¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. The leader finished it off in a good-track 2:24.2...matching the distance record for a 4-year-old gelding (Hemi Seelster). Marion Marauder trimmed the final margin by a length-and-a-quarter while easily second. In Secret, Mostinterestingman (Steve Smith) and Charmed Life (Mark MacDonald) grabbed the minors. For third choice Such an Angel, a previously-mentioned 4-year-old (statebred Credit Winner) gelding owned by Sam Caruso Jr. and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was his sixth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.80, the triple returned $113.50 and the superfecta paid $714. Sunday's final seasonal Belmont rendition of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 1-Hay Field (Belmont's 3rd race) and 2-Beach Memories (Yonkers' 10th race) returned $20.20 (hindsight?) for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,673. The next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 14, 2018-They're 2-year-olds. Things happen. Such was the case in Saturday night's (July 14th) $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Yonkers Raceway's premier event for 'open' frosh colts and geldings honoring the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms. When the stone dust settled, Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald, $5.30) emerged an open-length winner in a six-horse race that was not for the squeamish. At the outset, the eventual winner-from post position No. 2-was off the gate. His next-door neighbor to the outside, Just Plain Loco (Jim Marohn Jr.), tried to leave but threw in steps. He eventually righted the ship, but was wide into the first turn. Meanwhile, 4-5 choice World on Edge (George Brennan) led into the first turn, only to jump it off That left first starter and 58-1 rank outsider Can We Dance (Greg Merton) as sort of a default leader from his outside post. The bombardier put up intervals of :28 and :57, the latter as pole-sitting Hurrikane Kingklee (Dan Dube) tried to pull pocket, only to reconsider. Nearing the 1:26.1 three-quarters, the field truncated...even World on Edge, who then misbehaved again. Hurrikane Kingklee finally did dispose of the longshot leader, while Hickfromfrenchlick was right behind. The 'Hick' inhaled the tiring front-enders in the final turn, opening to two lengths into the lane. Hickfromfrenchlick then rolled home in his parimutuel debut, the final margin 3¼ lengths in 1:55.4. Just Plain Loco, who angled widest into the final turn, survived his race race-and-a-half to finish second, with another first-starter Treasure Tom (Jason Bartlett) third. Hurrikane Kingklee and Can We Dance settled for the minors, while World on Edge needs to think about what he did. For second choice Hickfromfrenchlick, a $47,000 (Goshen NY) plebe son of Larry Bird, er, So Surreal, co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico, he's won both of his purse tries (Landmark at Goshen). The exacta paid $20, the triple paid $155 and the superfecta paid $367. "He shied from the car at the start," MacDonald said. "I was fortunate with the breakers to get away where I did and just sort of sit there. "When Danny (Dube, Hurrikane Kingklee) pulled, I was right behind him and he just sort of paced away. Ray (Schnittker) told me not to screw it up. A strange race. Glad we won." Saturday's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace was won by odds-on Always at My Place (Brennan, $3.10) in a season's-best 1:50.3. Sunday's (July 15th) matinee goes at 11:28 AM, with the first four 'French' trots going as both overflow-field and added-distance (mile-and-a-quarter) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 13, 2018-Odds-on Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton, $3.80) was rebuffed early and rallied late Friday night (July 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway's non-superstitious $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Alertly away from post position No. 4, Newborn Sassy sat an early pocket behind Medusa (Dan Dube). The fave tried to move past, but Medusa wasn't up for such largesse. That one laid down the legwork (:26.4, :56) before Magic Forces (George Brennan) made her second move. The rock-solid lass, who made a three-hole from her assigned eight-hole, did not offer her usual oomph and soon backed away. Medusa maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, owning a length-and-a-half lead in the lane. Newborn Sassy, though, never out of reach, edged out and edged by. She whipped a second-over Tequila Monday (Eric Goodell) by a diminishing head in 1:51.3. Medusa did hold third, with Freakonomics (Mark MacDonald) and Lispatty (Joe Bongiorno) settling for the minors. Magic Forces wound up last among the octet. For Newborn Sassy, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal owned by Jo Ann Looney-King & CC Racing and trained by Jim King Jr, it was her fifth win in in 21 seasonal start (career earnings now over $917,000). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $10, the triple returned $36.80 and the superfecta paid $212. Saturday night's (July 14th) feature is the $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, the Raceway's premier 'open' event for 2-year-old colts and geldings. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 13, 2018-A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that first post for this Sunday's (July 15th) matinee was moved up to 11:28 AM from its originally-listed 12:50 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 12:56 PM) go as those overflow-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the 10th-race finale now listed at 3 PM. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of the third race from Belmont (post time 2:37 PM) and that 10th race from Yonkers. Program pages accompany this release. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 12, 2018--Don't hate us because we're beautiful, however... ...Yonkers Raceway's first post for this Sunday's (July 15th) matinee has been moved up to 11:28 AM from its originally-listed 12:50 PM. The races and race order as drawn do not change. Races 1 through 4 (post time 12:56 PM) go as those added-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the 10th-race finale now listed at 3 PM. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of the third race from Belmont (post time 2:37 PM) and that 10th race from Yonkers. Program pages shall be sent when available. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, July 11, 2018--The phrase 'small but select' gets invoked for Saturday night's (July 14th) $100,000 Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace, Yonkers Raceway's premier event for 'open' 2-year-old colts and geldings. With just six entrants (down from 20 a season ago), all go straight to the gate for the finale, with Yonkers again paying homage to the Hall of Fame founder of Hanover Shoe Farms. The race began in 1964, with iconic Bret Hanover its first winner. It continued, sometimes as a split stake, through 2003, before being resurrected in 2012. This season's Sheppard goes as the sixth race during the dozen-race card, with first post at the usual 6:50 PM. There appears to be some aptitude among the happy half-dozen, led by statebred World on Edge (George Brennan, post 5). The son of Roll with Joe, co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Joe DiScala Jr., J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Adriano Sorella, made a successful purse debut here, winning his $53,000 division of the New York Sire Stakes late last month (down-the-road 1:57.1). At $50,000 (Harrisburg), he was the priciest of the participants. Another member of the Empire set is pole-sitting Hurrikane Kingklee (Dan Dube), who's been third in both of his sire stakes tries (here and Monticello). The Art Major colt is trained by John McDermott for co-owners Jonathan Klee Racing, Kuhen Racing and George Vierno. Just Plain Loco (Jim Marohn Jr., post 3) was a 14-1 upsetter in his first race for money, a 1:54 effort at the Meadowlands. The gelded son of Well Said is co-owned by (trainer) Tom Fanning and Paul Lang. "He's a small horse--maybe the smallest I've ever trained--but doesn't know it," Fanning said. "He's athletic and handy and should move forward off that start." Treasure Tom (Jason Bartlett, post 4), a Mach Three gelding---the other in the field--enters the Sheppard off a pair of Pocono qualifiers...both with Bartlett driving. We can't guarantee Larry Bird is going to be in and around Westchester Saturday night, but his nicknamesake (new word) is. Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald, post 2) was a blowout winner in the $11,000 division of Goshen's Landmark Stakes (1:57.3, back half :56.3). The statebred son of So Surreal is co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing and Thomas Spatorico. Can We Dance (Greg Merton, post 6), trained by Nancy Johansson, is another making his first purse try. The son of A Rocknroll Dance is a half-brother to Sweet Rock, a career earner of more than $611,000. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, July 9, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (July 15th) shall offer a first post of 12:50 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2:20 PM) go as those added-field, added-distance 'French' trots, with the finale listed at 4:20 PM, 4:40 PM or 5 PM, depending upon number (10, 11 or 12) of races when the card is drawn Tuesday afternoon (July 10th). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' information-one race from Belmont, one race from Yonkers-shall be sent when available. After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is July 22nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 8, 2018-Foiled Again's milestone went mainstream. His 100th career win may have come Sunday afternoon (July 8th) at Harrah's Philly, but the accomplishment was duly noted Sunday night in New York City. WCBS-TV (Channel 2) sports anchor Steve Overmyer aired the late-stretch drive of Foiled Again's historic win during the 11 PM newscast. Overmyer had visited Yonkers Raceway earlier in 2018 to chronicle the sport's richest-ever performer's quest for Century City and subsequently became a 'Foiled fan,' dutifully checking the entries and results while keeping tabs. We appreciate Overrmyer's continued interest in the story. The segment can be viewed by clicking here. (you need to scroll down for it) by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 7, 2018-- Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno, $7.80) and lass Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett, $18.60) were the big cheese and big cheese-ette, respectively, Saturday night (July 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured harness racing $44,000 Open Handicaps. Evenin' of Pleasure did it the hard way in the week's marquee pace, as in two moves and first-up. Starting outside his seven foes, he did a rather fortuitous four-hole in front of Capozzo (Mark MacDonald). All the while, 13-10 choice Pacing Major N (catch-driver Greg Merton) made a pokey (:27.3, :57.3) lead, pocketing Caviart Luca (George Brennan). Evenin' of Pleasure began his assault in earnest in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters, with Pacing Major N maintaining a scant lead off the final turn. He was about to overhauled, however, as Evenin' of Pleasure was relentless. He went by late in the lane, the final margin a length in 1:52.2. Caviart Luca snuck up inside for second, with Pacing Major N easily holding third. Capozzo and Mach Time N (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For second choice Evenin' of Pleasure, an 8-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, the triple returned $89 and the superfecta paid $386.50. The weekly adult-table trot had Weslynn Dancer prevail as one of the three lasses in the race. Away third from assigned post position No. 3, she saw another ma'am, 5-2 fave NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.), lay down the law (:27.4, :57.4; 1:25.4). Weslynn Dancer went after the leader down the backside the second time as the people's preference had her lead diminish early in the final turn. Weslynn Dancer continued her advance, eventually wearing down NF Happenstance and edging away by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.4. NF Happenstance saved second, with Such an Angel (Sears), Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube) and DWs NY Yank (Brennan) settling for the minors. For fifth choice Weslynn Dancer, a 4-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe co-owned by Barbara & James Boese and trained by Richard Banca, she's won half of her 10 '18 tries. The exacta paid $77.50, the triple returned $516 and the superfecta paid $2,904. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 6, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Friday night (July 6th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $162,000 Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies. Three conveniently-concocted divisions, each worth $54,000, comprised the event. The opening division saw a certified eight-hole beat down administered by St. Somewhere (George Brennan, $4.70). Wide early, as one would surmise from this impost, St. Somewhere worked around longshot Sun Viser (catch-driver Dan Dube), then gave nothing else a shot (:27.2, :56.3, 1:25.2, maiden-breaking 1:54.4). The final margin was 4¾ lengths, with JK American Beauty (Brian Sears) arriving late for second. Slight 6-5 choice Meghan Lynn (Jason Bartlett) bid, then flatted for third, with Sun Viser fourth. For second choice St. Somewhere, a daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Phil Collura, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby and Weaver Bruscemi, it was that first win in her second start. The exacta paid $29.60, the triple returned $70 and the superfecta paid $328.50. "I was really impressed with her, especially since it was her first time on a half-(mile track)," Brennan said, The evening's second grouping had favored So Awesome (Tim Tetrick, $3.50) do her night's work with few issues (:29.2, :59, 1:27.2, first purse-win 1:55.3). From post position No. 4, So Awesome was chased around the four turns by pole-sitting Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.), whipping that rival by 3½ lengths. Who Can You Trust (Bartlett) was third, with She's Da Boom (Jim Marohn Jr.) fourth. For So Awesome, a So Surreal miss owned by William Hartt and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was also a first win in a pair of seasonal/career tries. The exacta paid $10.40, the triple returned $110 and the superfecta paid $412. "I like her a lot," DiDomenico said. "She's really special." The evening's third and final get-together was by far the strangest. Brooklyn Lilacs (Morrill Jr.), the 2-5 favorite, made the lead from post No. 6 after eschewing an early three-hole. She did so after a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. Hurrikane Norakane (Dube), the first leader from post No. 4, surrendered for the pocket as the odds-on choice found a :58.1 intermission. Down the backside the second time, Brooklyn Lilacs appeared to get on one line as she bore out noticeably off the cones. That altered the paths of horses both behind and outside of her. She did own the lead at the 1:27.3 three-quarters and crossed the wire first by a half-length in 1:56.4. However, the judges were quick to take a look. Upon review, Brooklyn Lilacs was placed last (seventh) for essentially impeding all her rivals. That moved up Hurrikane Norkane ($12), Gia's Surreal (Bartlett), Money Shot Hanover (Tetrick) and Eos N Rock (Marohn Jr.) to the four wagering gimmick positions. For third choice Hurrikane Norakane, an Art Major miss trained by John McDermott for co-owners Jonathan Klee, Kuhen Racing, Pegasis Investment Group and George Vierno, it was her initial race for money. The exacta paid $175.50, the triple returned $3,440 and the superfecta paid $16,191 (base $2 payout). Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace was won a repeating Magic Forces (Brennan, $4.70) in 1:51.3. The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Tuesday's (July 24th) $162,000 Frank Becerra Pace (another visit by 2-year-old fillies, purse TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, July 3, 2018-New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night , with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $156,900 Hugh Grant Trot for harness racing 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions-worth $38,700, $39,400, $39,400 and $39,400, respectively-comprised the event. The opening division saw a sire stakes-repeating Winndevie (Trond Smedshammer, $3.30) grind Liquorstoreblues (Jason Bartlett) into submission early in the lane. From post position No. 3, she edged away by a couple of lengths (:29.4, 1:01, 1:30.4, life-best 1:59.4). Hot Chapter (Andy Miller) extricated herself from the pocket to get second, with Liquorstoreblues fading to third. Somermusic'chapter (Dan Daley) was fourth, as the other two ladies misbehaved early. For Winndevie, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by her driver for owner Purple Haze Stables, she's now won both of her career starts. The exacta paid $7.50, the triple retuned $16 and the superfecta paid $41.80. "She is really good, gets around a half perfectly and does everything right," Smedshammer said, adding Winndevie is only statebred-staked this season. The evening's second grouping had favored Safe Word (Jeff Gregory, $5.20) barely last on the lead (:30.1, 1:01.3, 1:31.3, maiden-breaking 2:00.4). From post No. 3, she held sway by a diminishing head. With Out a Doubt (Miller) sat a loose pocket, moved inside and missed. Qiss Me Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) was third, with Exotic Diamond (George Brennan) fifth-placed-fourth after another's lane transgression. For Safe Word, a Credit Winner miss co-owned by her driver/trainer, William Richardson, Martin Garey & Henry Wieseneck, it was first win in a pair of career tries. The exacta paid $49, the triple retuned $214.50 and the superfecta paid $340.50. "I really like her,' Gregory said. "She's getting better every week." The evening's third get-together saw four of the seven lasses blow up in the first turn. The two wagering choices were unscathed, however, as Quincy Blue Chip (Brian Sears, $4.30) went the distance (:31.2, 1:02.1, 1:32.2, first purse-start 2:01). From post No. 5, she worked around Sensibility (Zeron), then whipped her by a length-and-a-half. Hanna Dreamgirl (Tim Tetrick), one of early jumpers, recovered well to challenge first-up. She did tire to third, however, with Pittstop Beki (Daley) fourth. For Quincy Blue Chip, a homebred daughter of Chapter Seven owned by Blue Chip Bloodstock and trained by Gareth Dowse, it was her aforementioned initial race for money. The exacta paid $12.80, the triple retuned $43.40 and the superfecta paid $399.50. The evening's final foray, another one dotted with dancers, authored the lone surprise. It was 19-1 Conway Kellyanne (Charlie Norris, $40.20) finished what she started (:29.4, :58.1, 1:28.4, 1:58.1) in a night's fastest/first career win. From post No. 6, she left around 2-5 choice Amal Hall (Miller), then rebuffed her early advances. Conway Kellyanne defeated Amal Hall by three-quarters of a length. Water Lily Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) was third, with It's My Party (Sam Schillaci) fourth. For fourth choice Conway Kellyanne, a daughter of (who else?) Conway Hall trained by her driver for co-owners Carrie Norris, Acadia Farms and G&B Racing, she's now for a couple this season. The exacta paid $75, the triple retuned $325.50 and the superfecta paid $1,320. "We made some changes and closed her up a bit," Norris said. "A very nice filly." The next New York Sire Stakes visit is Friday's (July 3rd) $162,000 Clyde Hirt Pace (2-year-old fillies). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, July 1, 2018-Smalltownthrowdown (Dan Dube, $7.40) snapped his rivals at the wire Sunday afternoon (July 1st), winning Yonkers Raceway's hot and steamy $44,000 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature, commemorating Canada Day in the Lower 48, was not included in the 'French' four-pack which began the card. Rather, the flat-mile festivities saw lass N F Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.)-assigned outside her half-dozen foes-parked into the second turn and past a :27.1 opening quarter-mile before making the lead. She did rate a :30.1 next substation (:57.2 intermission) as her sister in arms, Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett), moved first-up from fourth. That towed Smalltownthrowdown, unhurried from post position No. 6, within striking distance. N F Happenstance, though, led in and out a 1:26 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage off the final turn. The leading lady hung tough, but could not stall Smalltownthrowdown. That one edged past late, winning by a neck in 1:55...his fastest purse win time of the season. N F Happenstance held second, with 13-10 favorite DW"S NY Yank (George Brennan) relegated to a pocket third. Weslynn Dancer and Bluebird Jesse (Brent Holland) came away with the minors. For second choice 'Smalltown,' a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin, VIP Internet Stable and Bruce Soulsby, it was his third win in eight seasonal starts (20th career victory). The exacta paid $50.50, the triple returned $163 and the superfecta paid $593. Special props to Brennan for a 10-win weekend (four Friday, five Saturday, one Sunday afternoon) over a 30-race span. Sunday's scheduled rendition of the 'New York, New York Double' was cancelled after Belmont Park deferred to the heat and scrapped its card. The next Sunday matinee is July 15st (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 30, 2018-Barimah A (Brent Holland, $25) did it first-up Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 2 in the field of a half-dozen, Barimah A then gave it up to the outside numbers. Even-money favorite Always at My Place (George Brennan) strung out second choice Bit of a Legend N (Dan Dube), the second choice parked into the second turn past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to take over. Bit of a Legend N did rate a 30-second next interval (:56.4 intermission) before Barimah A was out from third. Capozzo (Jason Bartlett) chased that one, with Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) working from third-over. Bit of a Legend N led though a 1:24.2 three-quarters, but Barimah A was about to wear him down. The pursuer went by early in the lane, then held off Capozzo by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Bit of a Legend N held third, with Great Vintage and Always at My Place reduced to the minors. Theartofconfusion A (Mike Simons) received lovely parting gifts. For fifth choice Barimah A, an 8-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Boss Racing USA and trained by Paul Blumenfeld, it was his sixth win in in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $129, the triple returned $476.50 and the superfecta paid $2,027. Reminder the First of July's Sunday 'French' matinee goes at 12:40 PM, with the first four races going as the added-distance, overflow-field trots. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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