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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 11, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's season-ending Sunday harness racing matinee this weekend (Dec. 16th) shall offer a first post of 11:45 AM. Races 4 through 10 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 4th - 1 PM 5th - 1:30 PM 6th - 2 PM 7th - 2:30 PM 8th - 3 PM 9th - 3:30 PM 10th - 4 PM Post time for the finale is 4 PM, 4:25 PM or 4:45 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn later Tuesday afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). The Raceway's 2019 season is scheduled to begin Monday night, Jan. 7th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 8, 2018-Odds-on Weona Sizzler A (Jordan Stratton, $2.90) made a successful first trip to the harness racing adult table Saturday night (Dec. 8th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Pocketed-from post position No. 5---to Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube) through intervals of :27.1, 56 and 1:24, Weona Sizzler A found room passing the three-quarters when a first-up Soho Lennon A (Jim Marohn Jr.) backed away. Gokudo Hanover owned a length lead into the lane, but could not stall his intruder. Weona Sizzler A rolled right by, widening to win by that length in a life-best 1:52.1. Gokudo Hanover saved second, with Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Voracity (Tyler Buter) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For Weona Sizzler A, a 5-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Harmon Racing) by (trainer) Rob Harmon and Seth Rosenberg Racing, it was his eighth win in 18 seasonal starts (five wins and three seconds in eight North American tries). The exacta paid $25.40, the triple returned $131.50 and the superfecta paid $646. There is no Sunday matinee this time around, the final one wrapping the season Dec. 16th, with first post the ever-popular TBA. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 7, 2018 - Tepid favorite Monica Gallagher (Jason Bartlett, $6.20) pounced from the pocket Friday night (Dec. 7th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Nose-to-gate from penultimate post position No. 7, Monica Gallagher left into a pocket behind Angel's Pride (Brent Holland). Her quarter-move attempt was rebuffed as Angel's Pride laid down early intervals of :27.1 and a flat 57 seconds. It was a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.4) to dispose of Keystone Wanda's uncovered bid from fourth, but 'Monica' was ready. She vacated the cones early, about to polish off much a better trip than the self-inflicted, horrid sojourn of a week ago. Monica Gallagher rolled by, widening to 2¾ lengths over Angel's Pride in 1:53.3. Pole-assigned Regil Elektra (Joe Bongiorno) was a three-hole third, with Delightfulmemphisn (Dan Dube) and Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton) picking off the remainder. For Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned and D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her 10th win in 24 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $147.50 and the superfecta paid $794. YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,700 CARRYOVER, 15G GUARANTEE  A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Dec. 8h) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,735.44 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 6 through 10 Saturday night. 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. Saturday’s Pick 5 program pages accompany this release. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, December 6, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway has announced its 234 harness racing program, 2019 live schedule. Here are the highlights... ---there are four fewer programs than in 2018 ---first racing program of 2019 is Monday night, Jan 7th ---there are no Sunday matinees ---racing goes every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening through May 25th ---post time remains at 6:50 PM ---there's a hiatus from May 26th through June 6th, inclusive ---five-night-per-week schedule returns Friday, June 7th through final day of season, Tuesday, Dec. 17th ---there's no live racing Friday, Oct. 11th, with International Trot matinee Saturday, Oct. 12th (post time TBA) ---there's no live racing Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 28th, 29th and 30th. Please be advised that this schedule is tentative and as always, all dates and above information are pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. Updates shall be provided as available. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Dec. 2nd) harness racing matinee saw a down-the-road Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman, $11) winning the featured-and 'sloppy'--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The intervals were :27.3, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:55.4 as Mostinterestingman-from post position No. 4--never had an anxious moment. Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) rushed up around a breaking 8-5 favorite Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) to grab the early pocket around another misbehaver in Crazy About Pat (Jordan Stratton). New Heaven (Joe Bongiorno) did not get close moving first-up from fourth as Mostinterestingman had 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished it off by three lengths, with Jack Vernon coming back to get second. New Heaven, Royal Bachelor (Eric Abbatiello) and Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) picked off the minors. For third choice Mostinterestingman, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions gelding co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Richard Solano, it was his eighth win in 38 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, the triple returned $860 and the superfecta paid $5,358. Aqueduct was 'fogged out' Sunday, and with it this week's scheduled revival of the 'New York, New York Double'. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 16th (final program of season, post time TBA). YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,500 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE                         A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Dec. 3rd ) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,540.12 and a $10,000 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 6 through 10 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 1, 2018 - Rodeo Rock (Eric Goodell, $28.20), one of eight come-from-behind winners during Saturday night's (Dec. 1st) 10-race harness racing card, disposed of Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace in first-up fashion. Away fourth from assigned post position No. 2, Rodeo Rock swallowed up early (:26.3, 56) leader Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) just past a 1:24 three-quarters. Rodeo Rock quick opened two lengths off the final turn, then held off even-money favorite Great Vintage (Jim Marohn Jr.) by three-quarters of a lengths in 1:52.4. The latter, trapped in behind a tiring leader, angled out but could not reach. Christen Me N (Matt Kakaley), Soho Lennon A (Jordan Stratton) and Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) rounded out the payees. For seventh choice Rodeo Rock, a 5-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Royal Wire Products and trained by Robert Cleary, it was his eighth win in 28 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $92, the triple returned $448 and the superfecta paid $1,005. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Dec. 2nd) matinee, with a first post of 11:45 AM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 30, 2018 - Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $21.60) picked off a take-no-prisoners Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) late in the lane Friday night (Nov. 30th), winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $44,000 harness racing Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 3, Made of Jewels AS watched as the polester Angel's Pride parked a wide-early Lispatty (Tyler Buter) through intervals of :27.2 and :55.2. While Lispatty was wide, 3-10 favorite Monica Gallagher (George Brennan) was even wider, forced to race parked second-up. Lispatty backed away readily before the 1:23.3 three-quarters, at the same time backing into 'Monica.' Meanwhile, Made of Jewel AS took out of third and taking aim at Angel's Pride as that one owned a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn. However, she couldn't close the sale, as her pursuer went by. The margin was a length-and-a-quarter in 1:53.2. Third went to Keystone Wanda, with Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett) and Monica Gallagher-waiting too long to go around her tiring tow-settling for the small envelopes. For third choice Made of Jewels AS, a 5-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her eighth win in 39 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $196.50, the triple returned $699 and the superfecta paid $1,854. Friday evening's Pick 5, which began with a $4,266.35 carryover and $15,000 guarantee, attracted $16,069 in end-of-the-month coin. After takeout, that left an approximate pool of $16,300, with the winning combination of 3/6/3/4/3 returning $8,147.75 for both correct 50-cent wagers. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 30, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Sunday harness racing matinee this weekend (Dec. 2nd) shall offer a first post of 11:45 AM. Races 2 through 8 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 2nd - 12:15 PM 3rd - 12:45 PM 4th - 1:15 PM 5th - 1:45 PM 6th - 2:15 PM 7th - 2:45 PM 8th - 3:15 PM Post time for the 10th-race finale is 3:55 PM. Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised of the first race from Aqueduct (post time 12:50 PM) and the fourth race from Yonkers (post time 1:15 PM).  After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is Dec. 16th (final program of season, post time TBA). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 25, 2018- Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Nov. 25th) matinee saw an anxiously-pocketed Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett, $7.60) winning the featured $44,000 Open Handicap. The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The field of seven was effectively downsized to four as three of the gang-The Last Chapter (Matt Kakaley), Crazy About Pat (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Gruden (Dan Dube)-did the dance of the damned. Meanwhile, Andy Ray-from post position No. 5-worked around 1-2 choice Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) for the lead before a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to DW's NY Yank (George Brennan), with that one finding a :57.4 intermission. However, 'Andy' was getting' itchy and gettin' out before a 1:26.3 three-quarters. Andy Ray disposed of DW's NY Yank, but Lean Hanover was poised right behind. The people's preference proved no match, though, as Andy Ray finished it off by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. A tiring DW's NY Yank was third, dividing the smaller envelope with a trotting-in-place Lazarus (Brent Holland) and The Last Chapter. For second choice Andy Ray, a 6-year-old Crazed gelding owned by Yinson Quezada and trained by Anette Lorentzon, it was his sixth win in 27 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.40, the triple returned $58.50 and the superfecta paid $251.50. Sunday's incarnation of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 5-Tequila Sunday (Aqueduct's 1st race) and 1-Quick Summer (Yonkers' 5th race), returning $23.70 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $3,416. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, November 24, 2018-'Twas a dark and stormy Saturday night (Nov. 25th), except for George Brennan. Brennan won five of Yonkers Raceway's dozen races, including the pair of $44,000 Open Handicap Paces. He and Always at My Place ($6.70) tracked down a clear, 7-5 favorite Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) late, winning the boys' featured pace in a soggy 1:53.2. The latter had taken the lead, disposing of early leader Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton) down the backside. However, Always at My Place, from post position No. 5, made up two lengths in the lane, the final margin a head. It was 45-1 Soho Lennon A (Tyler Buter) third, with Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) and Great Vintage (Jim Marohn Jr.) coming away with the remainder. For second choice Always at My Place, a 7-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his ninth win in 28 seasonal starts (career 46-for-136, $1.048 million). The exacta paid $21.20, the triple returned $164 and the superfecta paid $542. The girls' marquee pace saw Brennan, Burke and a two-moving Monica Gallagher ($11.40) prevail in 1:54.3. Into a three-hole from post No. 6, 'Monica' went up and over a stopping Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno), then opened a couple of lengths in the lane. Monica Gallagher whipped 17-10 choice Lispatty (Buter) by that same margin, with Keystone Wanda (Marohn Jr.), Medusa (Holland) and Scandalicious (Stratton) settling for the minors. For fourth choice Monica Gallagher, a 4-year-old Mach Three miss co-owned by her trainer and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her ninth win in 22 '18 tries. The exacta paid $39, the triple returned $146.50 and the superfecta paid $508. Burke had three winners, though Rene Allard whipped him with four. It's a quick turnaround for the Raceway, which is back at it again Sunday (Nov. 25th) with a first post of 11:10 AM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 20, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 25th) shall offer a first post of 11:10 AM. Races 1 through 7 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 1st - 11:10 AM 2nd - 11:40 AM 3rd - 12:10 PM 4th - 12:40 PM 5th - 1:10 PM 6th - 1:40 PM 7th - 2:10 PM Post time for the finale is 3:10 PM, 3:30 PM or 3:50 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn later Tuesday afternoon). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is Dec. 2nd (post time TBA). by Frank Ducker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 18, 2018-Dan Dube does not discriminate. He and Jack Vernon ($8.40) went the distance Sunday afternoon (Nov. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The previous evening, Dube and Gokudo Hanover wired 'em in the week's marquee pace. Back to 'Jack,' who won a several-horse harness racing scrum for the early lead, then gave nothing else a shot. The nine-horse feature (one came up ill) served as the opener of seven added-distance 'French' trots. From post position No. 4, Jack Vernon stuffed Gruden (Brian Sears) in behind, setting up shop before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. It was a :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before invading 3-2 favorite I Know My Chip (Jim Marohn Jr.) made his second move. Wide early into a four-hole, I Know My Chip came first-up, but the bid was both brief and ineffective. Meanwhile, Jack Vernon was gone, widening past the 1:55.3 milepost and opening four lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished\ it off by 2¼ lengths, getting the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25. Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) offered late foot to wind up second, with Gruden, Lean Hanover (Jordan Stratton) and Lord Cromwell (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors. I Know My Chip backpedaled to last. For second choice Jack Vernon, a 5-year-old Muscle Hill gelding owned by Mr. (Andy) Miller Stable and trained by Mrs. (Julie) Miller, it was his 10th win in 25 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $66, the triple returned $466.50 and the superfecta paid $2,828. Technical difficulties resulted in the cancellation of the 'New York, New York Double' for Sunday afternoon. The next Sunday matinee is Nov. 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 17, 2018 - His driver made the correct choices before and during the race, as Gokudo Hanover (Dan Dube, $13.80) rolled Saturday night (Nov. 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Gokudo Hanover eschewed any earl three-hole, He moved to the lead around Techtor Hanover (Jordan Stratton), paying a :26.2, opening-quarter-mile privilege. After a snappy :55.1 intermission, Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno) made his second move, first-up from third. However, Gokudo Hanover was more than up to it, passing a 1:23 three-quarters and owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, He then finished it off, whipping Techtor Hanover by a length in a season's-best-matching 1:52. Theartofconfusion A (Brent Holland) was a rallying third, with I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) and Mach it So settling for the minor moolah. For third choice Gokudo Hanover, a 6-year-old Cam's Card Shark gelding co-owned (as Triple D Stables) by (trainer) Scott DiDomenico, James Craparotta and Par Berry Racing, it was his seventh win in 19 seasonal starts (sixth in last nine tries). The exacta paid $94, the triple returned $418.50 and the superfecta paid $2,207. For his part, Dube selected the winner after being triple-listed on the early overnight sheet. The Raceway offers a Sunday (Nov. 18th) matinee, with a first post of High Noon. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Friday, November 16, 2018--Favored Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.70) picked up where her Aussie countrywoman left off Friday night (Nov. 16th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Two-moving--from post position No. 5--to the lead by a :27.1 opening quarter-mile, Don't Think Twice A took over from Call Me Queen Be (Joe Bongiorno). The people's preference then rated a :56.3 intermission before pole-sitting Delaware interloper Apple Bottom Jeans (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from third. That lass offered only mild intrusion in and out of a 1:24.2 three-quarters as Don't Think Twice A widened to 2¼ lengths off the final turn. She finished it off, whipped a second-over Lispatty (Matt Kakaley) by a couple of lengths in a life-best 1:53. Call Me Queen Be, Apple Bottom Jeans and Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) rounded out the payees. Rockstar Angel A, who had won the last four editions of this race, was sixth here from an assigned eight-hole. For Don't Think Twice A, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Armbro Operative owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris and Arrhythmic LLC, it was her fifth win in 15 seasonal starts (2-for-4 stateside). The exacta paid $19.60, the triple returned $127 and superfecta paid $399. "I can't wait to drive her in the Blue Chip (Matchmaker) Series," Bartlett said, looking about four months down the road. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, November 13, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's Sunday matinee this weekend (Nov. 18th) shall offer a first post of High Noon. Races 3 through 9 go as those added-distance 'French' trots, with post times as such... 3rd - 12:45 PM 4th - 1:15 PM 5th - 1:45 PM 6th - 2:15 PM 7th - 2:45 PM 8th - 3:15 PM 9th - 3:40 PM Post time for the finale is 4 PM, 4:20 PM or 4:40 PM, depending upon whether it's a 10-, 11- or 12-race card (drawn Tuesday, Nov. 13th). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' is comprised a one race from Yonkers and one race from Aqueduct (information updated when available). After this weekend, the next Sunday matinee is November 25th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 10, 2018 - Mach it So (Joe Bongiorno, $8) bottomed out his four harness racing rivals Saturday night (Nov. 10th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving outside his foes-and in one notch after a defection-Mach it So seemingly had a three-length lead four steps out the gate. That ended the suspense portion of the program, as he did the required roadwork (:27, :55.3, 1:22.4, 1:51.4) with no competition. Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett) did edge a loosely-pocketed 6-5 favorite Great Vintage (Mark MacDonald) for second-beaten 2½ lengths-with Techtor Hanover (Dan Dube) and I'm Some Graduate (George Brennan) completing the order of payees. For second choice Mach it So, a double-millionaire Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeff Bamond Jr., it was his ninth win in 27 seasonal starts (career 49-for-147). The exacta paid $37, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled due to field size, or lack thereof. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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