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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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 28, 2019-Yonkers Raceway Friday evening (June 28th) hosted the $167,500 New York Sire Stakes Mike Cohen Pace for 3-year-old harness racing fillies. As was the case the previous night, a pair of $83,750 races comprised the event, this one honoring the memory of the former publicity director at the Raceway as well as NBC Sports. The opening division saw Prescient Beauty (George Brennan) lay down the gauntlet, then just lay down. The 8-5 polester favorite retook in the second turn from Hurrikane Norakane (Dan Dube) in between a :26.4 opening quarter-mile and a :54.4 intermission. Prescient Beauty was done in and out of a 1:23.1 three-quarters as the cavalry rolled over her. From post position No. 5, Brooklyn Lilacs (Joe Bongiorno, $50) stacked widest and closed fastest, tagging So Awesome (Tyler Buter) nearing the wire in a life-best 1:52.2. Third went to JK American Beauty (Jordan Stratton), with Crazy Cute (Jim Morrill Jr.) fourth. Meanwhile, Prescient Beauty wound up last among the seven lasses, beaten more than 16 lengths. For sixth choice Brooklyn Lilacs, a homebred daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was her second win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $329.50, the triple returned $1,670 and the superfecta paid $8,185. "I was going to race her from behind, coming off the break in her last start (Buffalo)," driver Bongiorno said. "I was glad to see Danny (Dube) leave and mix it up. They were going very fast, especially for 3-year-old fillies, and when I moved mine wide, she just exploded." The evening's second statebred event saw odds-on Excelsior refugee Chase You (Brennan, $3.20) step up to the adult table, win the draw and hold off Meghan Lynn (Bongiorno) in a glorified match race. The margin was a neck in 1:53.2, by far a life-best effort. Chase You                                           --Mike Lizzi photo Money Shot Hanover (Buter) and Heaven's Challenge (Morrill Jr.) wound up third and fourth, respectively. For Chase You, a homebred American Ideal miss owned by Ted Cupp and trained by Michelle Crawford, it was her seventh win in 11 '19 tries. The exacta paid $11.40, the triple returned $55.50 and the superfecta (four wagering choices in order) paid $142.50. "She's just a pro, she really is," Brennan said. "I was able to rate the fractions (:28.4, :57.2, 1:25) and she dug in." New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Monday night (July 8th), with the Mike Sorentino Trot for 2-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, Friday, June 28, 2019--Favored Tequila Monday (Matt Kakaley, $4.30) sat well off insane (:26.1, 53.4, 1:21.2) fractions by Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton) Friday evening (June 28th), then blew by everyone to match Yonkers Raceway's all-age harness racing track record of 1:50 flat. She also became the Raceway's fastest-ever femme fatale. The lass, from post position No. 7, won the $46,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, her eighth victory in 10 seasonal starts and a place alongside The Real One (Pat Lachance), who first hit that number in November of 2016. Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) was second, beaten a length-and-a-quarter, with Bettor Joy N (Dan Dube), Alexa's Power (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Delightfulmemphisn (Tyler Buter) rounding out the payees. For Tequila Monday, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing & Chuck Pompey and trained by Chis Oakes, the season's-best effort was her 25th win in 54 career starts. She's won her last five local tries. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $84 and the superfecta paid $297.50 "If I pulled the plugs, she would've broken 1:50," Kakaley said. "She had another second in her."   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 27, 2019-The Empire's glamour gentlemen sauntered into Yonkers Raceway Thursday evening (June 27th), doing so for the $167,500 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. A pair of equally-parsed $83,750 portions went postward, starting with a track record. Polester American Mercury (Tyler Buter, $5) stuffed 4-5 favorite Hickfromfrenchlick (Mark MacDonald) back from whence he came...the three-hole. From there, he drilled 'em (:26.4; 55.3; 1:23.2; 1:50.3), disposing of pocket-sitting Major March (Jason Bartlett) by a couple of lengths. Hickfromfrenchlick wound up a first-up, non-threatening third. Buddy Hill (Brian Sears) was fourth. For second choice American Mercury, a American Ideal gelding co-owned by Crawford Farms & Northfork Racing, Chuck Pompey & Scott Bice and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his fourth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $25, the triple returned $36.20 and the superfecta paid $76. The life-best effort was also a new track record for his weight class and matched the fastest local mile of the season. "At the head of the lane, he was loaded," Buter said. "I can't say much I appreciate getting to drive him." The evening's second and final statebred event saw favored Rollwithpapajoe (Joe Bongiorno, $4.60) yield to Stone Hanover (Jim Morrill Jr.) before the pole-sitting retook. He did the rest (:28.3, :57.4, 1:25.2, 1:52.3), the :54.4 back half more than sufficient to whip 'Stone' by a length-and-three-quarters. Major Joe Lindy (Scott Zeron) was third, with Artie's Ideal (Marcus Miller) fourth. For 'Papajoe,' a Roll with Joe gelding co-owned by Barbara Bongiorno Stable, Bill Lambos & Dionisios Liberatos and trained by Jennifer Bongiorno, it was his third win in 10 ' 19 starts. The exacta paid $22, the triple returned $304.50 and the superfecta paid $911. Rollwithpapajoe                                                        --Mike Lizzi photo "My horse can make speed, and when no one left early against him, I knew he'd be tough," driver Bongiorno said. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Friday night (June 28th), with the $167,500 Mike Cohen Pace for 3-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. As an unrelated aside, Thursday'\s Pick 5 wager, which began with a $7,500 carryover and a $20,000 guaranteed pool, saw $33,602 of new coin. Into an after-takeout pool of approximately $32,701, the winning combination of 2/5/4/1/4 paid $1,107.75 for each correct half-a-buck ticket.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 25, 2019—His disciples couldn’t touch him at the windows and his rivals couldn’t touch him on the track. To the surprise of no one, Gimpanzee (Brian Sears) strolled around Yonkers Raceway early Tuesday evening (June 25th), winning the non-betting harness racing division of the $165,499 New York Sire Stakes Dick McGuire Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Gimpanzee’s public workout in his $54,833 division saw him easily vault over five overmatched inside foes. Her then dealt a hand of three 29’s and a 28, as in tidy intervals of :29, :58., 1:27 and 1:55. The final margin was 7½ lengths, with Cavill Hanover (Ake Svanstedt) photoing Lucky Weekend (Jason Bartlett) for second. It was his 11th win in as many career starts for the last season’s frosh divisional—and New York Sire Stakes--champ, four of which have come in Westchester. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven, is trained by Marcus Melander for owners Courant Inc. and S R F Stable. He has won both his seasonal starts while increasing the retirement fund to $723,146. Asked if he was actually paid to just sit there, Sears offered, “I like it when they’re that easy. He’s a pro, acts the same way a 10-year-old does. Nothing (not even a long pre-race delay involving another horse) bothers him.” The second (first wagering) division, also worth $54,833, was all about 2-5 favorite Wiunnerup (Trond Smedshammer)…until it wasn’t. Taking over down the backside and widening through the lane, Winnerup jumped it off, gifting the grandeur to Livinonthedash (Marcus Miller, $32). The winner—from post position No. 6—was away last among the half-dozen. He gapped Winnerup, but continued on to get past the early fray. The winning margin was a length-and-a-half (subsections of 29, :58.2, 1:27.3, and 1:56.2). Winnerup, who opened 3¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, saved second after and inquiry. Third went to Captain Krupnik (Svanstedt), with Our White Knight (Scott Zeron) fourth.      For rank outsider Livinonthedash, a Muscle Mass colt (unraced at 2) co-owned by (trainer) Erv Miller, David Prushnok and Tangie Massey, it was his fifth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, the triple paid $560 and the superfecta paid $1,086.   Livinonthedash                                                   --Mike Lizzi photo “He was really good tonight and we lucked out when the favorite faltered,” driver Miller said. The final statebred event, worth $55,833, was won by Mr .Vicktor (Tyler Buter, $2.20) in 1:55.3. New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Thursday night (June 27th), with the $167,500 Armand Palatucci Pace for 3-year-old colts and geldings.   Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, June 25, 2019-A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening's (June 27th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $7,500 and a $20,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee, approved by the New York State Gaming Commission, in 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 Thursday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 22, 2019-Hard-knocking Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $3.20) did not have to work that hard Saturday night (June 22st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 co-featured Open Handicap Trot...becoming a harness racing career millionaire along the way. Winning the 3-thru-6 draw among the half-dozen, the odds-on number strolled around the surroundings (:28, 57.3, 1:26, 1:54), the mile matching a season's-best effort. Pole-assigned In Secret (George Brennan) could not match strides from the pocket, beaten a length-and-a-quarter. A ground-saving Smalltownthrowdown (Jim Marohn Jr.) was third, with a returning Melady's Monet (Eric Goodell) and Chasin' Dreams (Jason Bartlett) picking off the lesser loot. Trotting Grace (Brent Holland) was outrun. For Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts (life 24-for-85, $1,006,228). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6.70, the triple returned $33.80 and the superfecta paid $91.50. Stratton then doubled his pleasure in the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace, overcoming losing the 4-thru-8 getaway with a third-up Micky Gee N ($20). With no choice but to spectate early, Micky Gee N saw 3-2 choice Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing) lead through spiffy intervals of :25.4, 55 seconds flat and 1:22.2. Getting numbers to 'run at,' Micky Gee N closed crisply, getting the better of Classy Dragon (Joe Bongiorno) late. That one attacked the favorite, eventually winning the battle but losing the war. Micky Gee N prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.4, with 45-1 rank outsider Proven Desire (Marohn Jr.) third. Dr. J Hanover (Brent Holland) and Toatsmygoats (Brennan) came away with the remainder, while Rock Diamonds N tired to seventh among the octet. Micky Gee N                                           -- Katy Gazzini photo For fifth choice Micky Gee N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained Lance Hudson, it was his fifth win in a dozen '19 tries. The exacta paid $159.50, the triple returned $1,153 and the superfecta paid $5,546.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 21, 2019-Glenferrie Blade A (Jordan Stratton, $17.20) picked off odds-on Twinkle (Brent Holland) nearing the line Friday night (June 21st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 harness racing Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Glenferrie Blade A, from post position No. 4, was away fourth as Twinkle was the lone leaver. The people's preference, who went down the road a week ago, led her through intervals of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:24.4. It was Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) trying it first-up, with Glenferrie Blade A behind the one. Twinkle maintained a short lead and in and out of the final turn, about to win the battle but lose the war. Twinkle put away a stubborn Lispatty, but Glenferrie Blade A was off her back and moving. She prevailed by a half-length in 1:53.1. Twinkle did hold second, with Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett), Lispatty and a from-last Gold Orchid N (Jim Marohn Jr.) relegated to the minors. For third choice Glenferrie Blade A, an 8-year-old Down Under daughter of Mach Three owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, it was her second win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, the triple returned $113 and the superfecta paid $320.50.   BY FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, June 20, 2019-New York Sire Stakes returned downstate Thursday night (June 20th), with Yonkers Raceway hosting the moist $155,300 Jim Meagher Pace for 2-year-old harness racing colts and geldings. Three divisions-at $38,650 each-and a finale-at $39,350-comprised the event, which once again honored the memory of the Raceway's long-tome corporate controller and which saw all frosh making their purse debuts. The first raced served as the first division, and odds-on Cake Daddy (Brent Holland, $3.70) served notice. He went the distance (:29.1, :59.1, 1:28.4, 1:56.3), using that :27.4 kicker to spurt away from an early pocket pull of Hurrikanekingjames (Dan Dube). The latter faltered late, as Always on the Hunt (Mark MacDonald) closed for second...beaten 4¾ lengths. Hurrikanekingjames, Tomas (Jason Bartlett) and Major on the Beach (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the minors. Cake Daddy is an American Ideal colt co-owned by (trainer) Homer & Connie Hochstetler and Dan Plesac. The exacta paid $21.60, the triple returned $133.50 and the superfecta paid $385. Without question, the happiest person in the joint was Plesac, the former standout big-league pitcher who said Cake Daddy "is the first horse I've owned in forever, at least 10 or 11 years." Plesac, who at one time had a stable of about 25 on both sides of the border, "took a trip to Pinehurst (NC) and the itch came back. I've known the Hochstetlers and their son, Jay, for about 25 years, and decided to get back in. I'd resettled in New Jersey, and the timing was right. "Jay said the family had one they thought would be perfect." The $30,000 yearling "is staked to everything. I was so nervous before the race, and you do not want to be disappointed. Tonight, he proved everything we thought about him." The second division saw second choice Sandy's Bolt (Bartlett, $8.20) as the first one to the lead and the first one to the wire. From post position No. 4, he watched as 3-10 fave Splash Brother (MacDonald)-gingerly-handled at the start-move to the lead Splash Brother led the gang though intervals of :28.3, :59.2 and 1:28.4, taking a length-and-a-half into the lane. Sandy's Bolt then found a path inside, ducking left with the aptitude of a pro. He edged away, whipping Splash Brother by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Level Up (Jordan Stratton), So So De Vie (Kakaley) and a recovering Darby's Ideal (Tyler Buter) picked off the remainder. Sandy's Bolt, a son of Bolt the Duer co-owned by Blindswitch Racing Stable, Doine Farm Services, Gary Axelrod & Denise Dennis and trained by Jose Godinez. The exacta paid $15.80, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $235. The evening's third grouping had short-priced number Cigars and Port (MacDonald, $2.80) fool very few. From post No. 5, he had nary an anxious moment (:29.1, :59.4, 1:28.3, 1:56.3). The margin, a length-and-a-half in and out of the final turn, was 3¼ lengths at the wire. Second went to a first-over Oreo Dream Xtreme (Corey Callahan), with Come on Raags (Scott Zeron) a loose-pocket third. Ideal Artillery (Holland) and American Rebel (Stratton) came away with the minors. Cigars and Port is a So Surreal lad co-owned by (trainer) Ray Schnittker, Nolamaura Racing, Ted Gewertz and Steven Arnold. The exacta paid $9, the triple returned $13, and the superfecta paid $79.50. "Young, but a smart horse," MacDonald said. The final statebred event had third choice Groovy Joe (Callahan, $12.60) defeat a drifting Save Me a Dance (Bartlett) by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:56. After Steuben Moose (Mike Merton) looped a few making the lead, Groovy Joe-from post No. 2-took over and finished it off (:28.2, :59.1, 1:27, 1:56). Steuben Moose, Teton Sunset (Stratton) and R Maddy Blue Chip (Kakaley) settled for the small change. "I took advantage of (The Mystic) making a break, but my horse was good," Callahan said. The Mystic (MacDonald), part of a 3-5 favored entry, made a nasty, first-turn fumble and wound up a 'distanced' last. Groovy Joe is a homebred Roll with Joe colt owned by Winbak Farm and trained by Blake MacIntosh. The exacta paid $108, the triple paid $666 and the superfeccta paid $1,877 New York Sire Stakes returns downstate Tuesday night (June 25th), with the $165,499 Dick McGuire for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Total purses for the 2019 New York-bred program are estimated at $14 million. For more information, please visit www.nysirestakes.com.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 17, 2019-Jason Bartlett, perennially Yonkers Raceway's leading harness racing driver, used his home away from home for his latest milestone. Bartlett racked up career win No. 8,000 Monday night (June 17th), easily knocking off the four victories needed to reach the plateau. He won the $15,000 pacing opener with favored Lounatic ($4.40) in a life-best 1:55, then the $18,000, third-race pace with odds-on Topville Angelina ($2.30) in 1:54.1. That matched the ma'am's life-best effort. Bartlett was making short work of the $15,000, seventh-race pace as odds-on Passa-Grille Beach ($3.30) widened to 8¾ lengths in a life-best 1:53.1. He had to wait all of two races before turning over the odometer, getting No. 8,000 in the $25,000, ninth-race pace with Charm's Lil Sis ($9.30) in another life-best effort, this one in 1:54.1. The milestone miss is a homebred 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned and Millar Farms and trained by Scott Blackler. Charm’s Lil Sis and Jason Bartlett                             --Katy Gazzini photo The same owner/driver/trainer troika combined to win last month's Lismore here with the 3-year-old pacing filly Bestseller Hanover. "It's nice to do it here (Yonkers), with my family able to join me," Bartlett said. "I want to race here as often as I can, especially Fridays and Saturdays, since the money is so good." Bartlett isn't an every-night local fixture, as he makes the rounds for New York Sire Stakes and some open-stakes engagements. "I went to Northfield a couple of Saturdays ago (for the Battle of Lake Erie)," he said. "I had the chance to drive Jimmy Freight. He's a special horse and I enjoyed it, but I prefer Yonkers as often as possible. "When I first came down here for good, I had maybe 2,000 wins, so to win as many as I have driving against the best there is, I appreciate that. The 38-year-old Bartlett, a native of Augusta, ME, is trying for a ninth local driving title. "Just thanking all the owners and trainers that have supported me and keep going." Yonkers' Monday Pick 5 wager, which began with a carryover in excess of $4,100 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool, enticed $35,108 of new coin. A combination in the gimmick of 5/3/2/6/2 returned $1,966.75 for every correct half-dollar ticket. Tuesday's (June 18th) Pick 5 offers with a $10,000 guaranteed pool (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11).   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, June 16, 2019 -- A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening's (June 17th) harness racing Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,154.49 and a $15,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 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. Program pages for the Monday Pick 5 accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 15, 2019--Pole-sitting favorite Micky Gee N (Jordan Stratton, $4.30) turned in the fastest local mile of the season Saturday night (June 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Pace. Away fourth, Micky Gee N Dr. J Hanover (Brent Holland) as that one laid down the law through intervals of :26.3; 55.4 and 1:23.1. Micky Gee N hooked the leader in and out of the final turn, then edged away. The final time of 1:50.3 was a Westchester seasonal mark, with the final margin a half-length over Rock Diamonds N (Ron Cushing). The latter showed good speed at the both ends of the mile, snapping Dr. J Hanover for second. Major Crocker A (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Caviart Luca (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. For Micky Gee N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by William Hartt and trained by Lance Hudson, the life-best effort was his fourth win in a 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $19.20, the triple returned $77 and the superfecta paid $561. The week's co-featured Open Handicap Trot saw another polester, the lass Trotting Grace (Holland, $12.80), go the distance (:28.1, 57.1, 1:25.3, life-best 1:54.1). She defeated Smalltownthrowdown (Marohn Jr.) by a length, with Chasin' Dreams (Jason Bartlett), Will Take Charge (Stratton) and Lean Hanover (Austin Siegelman) coming away with the remainder. Tepid 2-1 choice Winning Shadow (Brennan) jumped it off while trying to leave. For fifth choice Trotting Grace, a 4-year-old daughter of Cassis co-owned by Brian Carsey, Adam Friedland & John McGill and trained by Travis Alexander, it was her third win in 15 '19 tries. The exacta paid $48, the triple returned $324.50 and the superfecta paid $1,249. Special Saturday props to 100-1 shot Sportskeeper (Troy Beyer, $202.50), who became the longest local shot of the season by winning the $23,000, eighth-race pace. The exacta--$2,742--was also a season-high after 16-1 number YS Lotus (Marohn Jr.) closed for second.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 14, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Friday evening (June 14th) harness racing Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover of $9,416.12 and a $25,000 guaranteed pool, found some eyeballs. Some $34,367 of fresh money poured in, easily leapfrogging the minimum and leading to a total pool of $35,191...after takeout and give or take a few pennies. The combination of 5/2,9/4/8/1 returned $1,050.25 for each correct half-a-buck ticket (in second leg, No. 2 was winning favorite while No. 9 was scratched, with ticket defaulting to favorite). The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising eithers races 6 through 10 or 7 through 11, depending upon number of race drawn. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. There's a built-in $10,000 Pick 5 guarantee every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday evening. Friday night's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace, which was not part of the Pick 5 sequence, turned into a Tour de Twinkle. Fourth choice Twinkle (Brent Holland, $14) gave nothing else a shot. Winning the 3-thru-8 post-position draw after about a month of R&R, she blitzed 'em (:27.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:53.1) for a first win in nine seasonal starts. Even-money favorite Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett) chased from a loose pocket and saved second-beaten a length-and-three-quarters-with a first-up Rockstar Angel A (Eric Goodell) third. Gold Orchid N (Austin Siegelman) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) picked off the minors. Twinkle, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight trained by Ross Croghan for co-owners Let it Ride Stables and Dana Parham, led exotics of $33 (exacta), $169.50 (triple) and $543 (superfecta), respectively. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 8, 2019 - A pocketed Caviart Luca (George Brennan, $7.50) and an off-the-pace Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton, $12.80) were the Saturday night (June 8th) harness racing standouts, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $44,000 Open Handicaps. It was a night where only eight drivers were programmed, so everyone was put to work in all 10 races. From post position No. 4 in the weekly pacing feature, Caviart Luca made the first lead. He then gave it up to pole-assigned, 19-10 favorite Mach it So (Mark MacDonald). The latter led through intervals of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:24.3. It was soon to become a two-speed number after Pacing Major N (Stratton) put in a rare poor effort while trying it first-over. Mach it So owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but could not close the sale. Caviart Luca closed ranks and edged away, winning by a length in 1:52.4. Mach it So saved second over 45-1 rank outsider Epaulette A (Pat Lachance), with Mac's Jackpot (Austin Siegelman) and Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For third choice Caviart Luca, an 8-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.80, the triple returned $173 and the superfecta paid $1,782. The week's marquee trot saw Will Take Charge-from post No. 6-close in a slogging :31.1 final quarter to win by a going-away length-and-three-quarters in 1:56.1. A cone-skimming 9-5 choice Winning Shadow (Brennan) was a needing-room-earlier second, with Swansea (Greg Merton), Lean Hanover (Siegelman) and Eye ofa Tiger AS (Lachance) coming away with the remainder. The closing effort was made possible after Smalltownthrowdown (Jim Marohn Jr.) hung New Heaven (Holland) through early subsections of :27.3 and :55.2. Both were heading the wrong way soon after a 1:25 three-quarters, as was former Yonkers Trot champ Top Flight Angel (MacDonald)...despite a perfect set-up. For fifth choice Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Mac Nichol, it was his second win in seven '19 tries. The exacta paid $49.80, the triple returned $274.50 and the superfecta paid $3,605. Will Take Charge Special Saturday props to MacDonald, who won with the 9-year-old Sunfire Blue Chip (32nd career victory) and the 11-year-old Great Vintage (51st career victory). both are now trained by Gary Candell. The Raceway's $10,000 guaranteed Pick 5 pools begin Monday night (June 10th), in effect every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday night. It's a 50-cent base wager (races 7 thru 11 Monday evening). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 7, 2019--With no distaff derby on the social schedule, other high-condition contests for the ladies led Yonkers Raceway's Friday night (June 7th) festivities. A $23,000 event saw a pocketed--from post position No. 2--Shezza GNP N (Jordan Stratton, $5.90) just prevail over a hard-charging, 71-1 I Wish You Well (Pat Lachance) in 1:54.4. The margin was a head. It was 41-1 Blush Hanover (George Brennan) rallying for third, while pace-setting (:26.2, :55.2, 1:24.2) Bellatricks (Brent Holland) faded to fourth...though beaten just three-quarters of a length. Betabcool N (Jason Bartlett) picked off the final pay envelope, while 6-5 choice American Empress N (Mark MacDonald) was hung for her troubles and backpedaled to last. For second choice Shezza GNP N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Art Major owned (as Tritton Inc.) and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her third win 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $368.50, the triple returned $2,681 and the superfecta paid $22,930 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $1,146.50). Yonkers' mutuel windows open at 11 AM Saturday (June 8th) in advance of the 151st Belmont Stakes and Belmont Park's first post of 11:35 AM.   Frank Drucker Manager of Publicity

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