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YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 21, 2020--Consider this a friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway, where Thursday night's (Jan. 23rd) harness racing Pick 5 wager begins with a $6,092.67 carryover and $20,000 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 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. Yonkers Raceway is offering advance wagering for Gulfstream Park’s entire Pegasus World Cup card of this Saturday (Jan. 25th). Advance wagering begins Friday (Jan. 24th), when mutuel windows open at 12 Noon. Post time for the Saturday Gulfstream program is 11:30 AM, with the $1 million World Cup Turf (11th race) and $3 million World Cup (12th race) going at 4:49 PM and 5:34 PM, respectively.  Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 18, 2020-- Harness racing favorite Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.30) was left to his own devices Saturday night (Jan 18th), easily winning Yonkers Raceway's 'sloppy' $40,000 Open Handicap Trot. From assigned post position No. 5, Swansea found himself as the only leaver. With no issues, he worked around pole-sitting Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) before a :28.4 opening quarter-mile. From there, a :58.4 intermission before sharp interloper Now's the Moment (Jason Bartlett) moved from third. The invader was quite good this night, but Swansea had too many things (cheap lead, comfy teletimer) working to his advantage. After a 1:27.2 three-quarters, he had two lengths in and out of the final turn. Swansea closed the sale, handily widening to 3½ lengths in 1:56.3. Now's the Moment served notice holding second, with Yes (Brent Holland), Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) and Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton) settling for the small change after never factoring. Mostinterestingman backpedaled to sixth.   For Swansea, a now-5-year-old Swan for All gelding co-owned by Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trained by Scott DiDomenico, it was his first win in a pair of seasonal starts (career 21-for-47). The exacta paid $28, with the triple returning $78.50. Special Saturday props to season-debuting Ostro Hanover (Dan Dube, $8.70), wiring his foes in the $35,000 Preferred Handicap Pace (1:54). Also, the venerable 11-year-old gelding Melady's Monet (Brennan, $3) made it 62-for-203 with his 1:55.2 win in the $27,000, second-race trot. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 17, 2020--Itty Bitty (Dan Dube., $8.10) was the best after two moves Friday night (Jan 17th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Handicap Pace. Away third from assigned post position No. 5, Itty Bitty watched as 3-5 favorite Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) leapfrogged her quintet of inside rivals. After early intervals of :27 and :57, Itty Bitty was out and moving toward a 1:25.2 three-quarters. She then engaged the leader in and out of the final turn, with the people's preference empty through the lane. Itty Bitty was able to close the sale, the final margin over two-hole Cay's Blessing (Jason Bartlett) a neck in 1:54.2. Made of Jewels AS (Eric Goodell), Renaissance Lady K (Jordan Stratton) and Feelin' Red Hot settling for the minors. Tipp City (Brent Holland) was outrun.   For second choice Itty Bitty, a now-6-year-old daughter of Always a Virgin co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski and John Schmucker, it was a successful seasonal debut for a 24th career victory. The exacta paid $51, with the triple returning $181 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 11, 2020--It was a change of tactic for the harness racing trotter Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr., $15.20) Saturday night (Jan 11th), serving him well in winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Trot Usually an off-the-pace number, Lean Hanover--from assigned post position No. 4--made the first lead in the first adult-table trot of the season. He then deferred to second-choice Swansea (Austin Siegelman). The latter put up intervals of :27.4, 57.3 and 1:26.3, with minimal first-up grief from just-over-even-money favorite Will Take Charge (Jordan Stratton). Swansea owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but was unable to stall the pocket sitter. Lean Hanover edged out and by, the margin a head in 1:55.1. Hill of a Horse (Brent Holland) rallied for third, with Trotting Grace (Matt Kakaley) and Obrigado (Dan Dube) settling for the minors. Will Take Charge backpedaled to last among the half-dozen.   For third choice Lean Hanover, a now-7-year-old Donato Hanover gelding co-owned by Wellwood Enterprises & Karen Carroll, it was a successful seasonal debut for an 18th career victory. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $406 and the superfecta paid $723. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, January 7, 2020--Yonkers Raceway's Tuesday night (Jan. 7th) harness racing Pick 5 wager had some old money and some new shooters. A $4,751.30 carryover and a $15,000 guaranteed pool resulted in $22,253 of fresh investments. The sequence proved rather formful until 18-1 shot Be Best (Brent Holland, $38.80) rallied to win the concluding leg going away in 1:54.4. The winning combination of 6/3/1/1/5 returned $586.50 for every correct half-a-buck wager. As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. A night after Jim Marohn Jr. won four races to begin the Raceway's 2020 season, Jason Bartlett did him one better, with five winners during the dozen-race card. Note the Raceway's usual five-program-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) has returned, though with a new first post of 7:05 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, January 6, 2020--Yonkers Raceway began its 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th), with Jim Marohn Jr. throwing down an early gauntlet. Marohn Jr., whose 177 wins placed him sixth locally a season ago, won four races during Yonkers' dozen-race opener. He and 29-1 outlier Sugar Shock ($60.50) busted any number of Pick 5 tickets, upsetting in the first leg of that sequence in 1:53.4, a tick off his life-best effort. Whomever was left standing after that race then had to unearth 28-1 shot Sir Machalot (Cory Stratton, $59) in the next race. For some good measure, 18-1 Milliondollar Wave (Austin Siegelman, $39.20) won the final leg. It wasn't surprising that the sequence went unclaimed, meaning Tuesday evening's (Jan. 7th) gimmick starts with $4,751.30 carryover 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. As a reminder, Yonkers' Pick 5 wager now encompasses races 5 through 9 nightly. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 3, 2020—Yonkers Raceway has announced its 2020 harness racing stakes schedule, featuring a slew of name changes and a pair of cancellations from previous seasons. The renamed stakes/series races reflect the Raceway’s inclusion in the MGM Resorts portfolio, highlighting some of MGM’s other properties as well as its customer loyalty rewards program. The names (old and new) are as such… STAKES/SERIES NAME (OLD)   STAKES/SERIES NAME (NEW) DATE OF FINAL *-Petticoat Pacing Series *-M life Ladies March 23   *-Sagamore Hill Pacing Series *-M life Gents March 24   *-Blue Chip Matchmaker *-Same April 18   *-George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series *-MGM Borgata Pacing Series April 18     *Yonkers Raceway/SOA of New York Bonus Trotting Series   *-Same   April 21     Art Rooney Pace   Cancelled   N/A   Lismore Cancelled N/A   *-Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace *-MGM Springfield Stakes July 11     Yonkers Trot   MGM Yonkers Trot   Sept. 5     Hudson Filly Trot   New York New York Mile   Sept. 5     Messenger Stakes   MGM Grand Messenger Stakes   Sept. 5   Lady Maud   Park MGM Pace   Sept. 5   Harry Harvey Invitational Trot Bellagio Classic Invitational Trot Sept. 12     Dan Rooney Invitational Pace   Aria Invitational Pace   Sept. 12     Yonkers International Trot   MGM Yonkers International Trot   Sept. 12     New York Night of Champions   New York Day of Champions by MGM Resorts (matinee card)   Sept. 12             *-nomination blanks for these stakes/series available at empirecitycasino.com/racing/nomination-blanks The calendar also includes the usual 16 visits (two per division for 2- and 3-year-olds) of the New York Sire Stakes leading to the aforementioned Day of Champions. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, January 2, 2020--Yonkers Raceway begins its 237-card 2020 harness racing season Monday night (Jan. 6th). It was a full entry box which greeted race secretary Bob Miecuna for the opening double draw, as in 150 entrants for Monday and 130 for Tuesday night (Jan. 7th). Both nights feature a dozen races, with 22 of the 24 races offering standing-room-only eight-horse fields. A reminder that Friday's (Jan. 3rd) draw for Thursday (Jan. 9th) has the entry box for closing at 9 AM sharp. A condition sheet can be found at empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf, with the new first post of 7:05 PM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, January 1, 2020--Yonkers Raceway is gearing up for its 2020 harness racing season opener with three morning draws over a two-day period. Thursday (Jan. 2nd) has the box for Monday and Tuesday nights (Jan. 6th and 7th), while Friday (Jan. 3rd) draws for Thursday (Jan. 9th). Entry box for both days closes at 9 AM sharp. A condition sheet can be found at empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/conditionsheet.pdf The five-program-per-week schedule (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) returns, however note the new first post of 7:05 PM. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 17, 2019--Yonkers Raceway concluded its 2019 calendar Tuesday night (Dec. 17th) with a season-long harness racing dead-heat. George Brennan won four of the closing-night's 11 races--all with wagering favorites--and in doing so caught the idle Jason Bartlett with 427 local wins. Historians were trying to determine if there had been a leading-driver deadlock previously, but couldn't swear either way to that oddity. As for Brennan, he won Tuesday's $17,000, second-race trot with DW's NY Yank ($2.70) in 1:58.4, Showmeyourguns ($2.90) in the $14,500, seventh-race trot (1:58.3), Jet Rock ($4.50) in the $12,500, ninth-race pace (1:55.1) and Westchester-debuting Ginger Tree Marty ($3.70) in the $15.750, 10th-race pace (1:55.2). Brennan's chance to have the big chair all to himself was thwarted when Lord of Misrule was a never-threatening fourth in the $17,000 pacing finale. Yonkers' final 2019 leaderboard story shall be sent in the coming days. The Raceway's 2020 season is scheduled to begin Monday night, Jan. 6th, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, December 14, 2019--Yonkers Raceway bid adieu to one of its harness racing favorites, Bit of a Legend N. The 10-year-old dual hemisphere double-millionaire, who was profiled earlier this week, was retired Saturday night (Dec. 14th) in an appropriate place, the Raceway winner's circle. Before going to his next job--stallion duty at Midland Acres in Bloomingburg, OH--Bit of a Legend N was honored by his human posse. Among those who gave their props to the 2016 Levy champion were co-owners Susan and Harry Von Knoblauch Jr., trainer Peter Tritton, driver Jordan Stratton, caretakers Smiley Quinteros and Carlos Rodriguez and official groupie Peter Venaglia. "(Bit of a Legend N) allowed me to retire," Von Knoblauch Jr. said, adding, "He bought our family closer together. We can't say we'll find another as good as him, but we try." Bit of a Legend N was an original $103,000 purchase by the late Harry Von Knoblauch. He went on to earn $1.9 million in 99 North American starts, winning a third (that's 33 after some fast math). "Peter (Tritton) and his staff took such good care of him," Stratton said. "I think that's why he lasted so long. "The horse's name is Bit of a Legend, but the real legend was Peter. He never put any pressure on me. I wasn't as established a driver then, and even when we didn't get the results, he understood my thought process." Saturday night's pair of $42,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Trot, Swansea (Austin Siegelman, $4.50) in 1:55.4,                                                                                                -- Mike Lizzi photo --Pace, Mac's Jackpot (Brent Holland, $12.20) in 1:52.2.                                                                                                -- Mike Lizzi photo George Brennan, back from some R&R, won three races, halving the difference (423-420) between himself in Jason Bartlett in the local driver standings with two programs remaining before the '19 season ends Tuesday night (Dec. 17th). Bartlett was blanked Saturday evening.   Frank Drucker Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 13, 2019--Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $2.80) went out a winner Friday night (Dec. 13th). The millionairess harness racing pacing mare, profiled earlier this week, handily notched career win No. 53 at her second home, Yonkers Raceway. Undeterred by pouring rain and a pared-down field of five rivals in the $22,000, second-race pace, odds-on Mach it a Par--from post position No. 2--retook early from Bellatricks (Brent Holland). She eventually widened in a 'sloppy' 1:54.1. The final margin was 4½ lengths over Annabeth (Jordan Stratton), with Bellatricks, Line Dancer (Eric Goodell) and Jewels Forreal (Matt Kakaley) rounded out the payees. For Mach it a Par, a 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her seventh win in 36 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.90, the triple returned $27.40 and the superfecta paid $9,150. Mach it a Par ended her career with 182 starts, 53 wins, 29 seconds and 30 thirds ($1,152,767). The plan is for the lass to be bred to a to-be-determined New York stallion, After her final race night, Mach it a Par was given an official sendoff in the paddock, surrounded by her connections and racing officials and complete with congratulatory sign. Bartlett, meanwhile, won five of the night's 11 races to grab a six-win lead (423-417) over the idle George Brennan with three programs left in the local season. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, December 11, 2019-- Harness racing driver Jason Bartlett's first words about Mach it a Par were hardly the stuff of testimonials. "She doesn't look like much, her gait isn't the smoothest, very choppy, she has to use many more steps to cover same amount of ground," her usual chauffeur said. "But"--and there's always a 'but'--"what no one could measure was her heart." Mach it a Par makes the 182nd and final start of her seven-figure career Friday night (Dec. 13th), after which she'll be honored by her home away from home, Yonkers Raceway. Entering the $22,000 second race, the 9-year-old daughter of Mach Three has made her last 87 starts in Westchester for co-owners D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P Stable and the Gandolfo Stables, "She's not supposed to do the thing she's done," trainer Richard Banca said of the 52-time winner. "She did overcome so much, all sorts of foot issues. She's just been tremendous and gets around Yonkers great. I don't know why, maybe it's her size. She took a (1:50.3) mark there (September of 2016, Brian Sears driving), which I think was a world record at the time. We've had her since early (March) 2016. I think the owners paid $60,000 for her. She was racing at Pompano. She had a lot of wins, but hadn't made much money. "We put her right in the (2016 Blue Chip) Matchmaker," Banca said. "She was probably eligible to non-winners of $10,000 (in last five starts), but we threw her in the series. She ended up winning and paying a lot ($81, George Brennan driving) and that really surprised us. There weren't that many surprises after a career-best '16 season (39 starts, 13 wins, nine seconds, eight thirds, $404,200), with Yonkers as her nearly-exclusive place to race. The past two full seasons have seen Mach it a Par pay her way, earning $200,000-plus in each. "It's not that she can't race anymore (six wins, more than $144,000 in 2019)," Banca said. "The owners just want to breed her (to as as-of-now undetermined New York stallion)," It wasn't all sunshine and Skittles on the track for Mach it a Par, however. The lass cost herself any number of winner's circle pictures and a fair amount of coin by not necessarily pacing the straight and narrow through the lane. "We never could figure out why she runs out," Banca said. "She doesn't do it every time (cue Bartlett...'She was a winner last [Friday] night [Dec. 6th], but off the last turn, she wants to go and get a hamburger in the grandstand') and we've tried some equipment changes, but then she ran in." So, there. Mach it a Par wasn't always pretty, but with more than $1.1 million on account, she was pretty good. A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Dec. 12th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,791.45 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 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. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, December 10, 2019--Yonkers Raceway has announced its live 2020 harness racing schedule, pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. The 237-program docket begins Monday night, Jan. 6th, and encompasses the usual five nights per week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday) throughout the bulk of the season. It's nighttime--first post remaining at 6:50 PM--the entire way, save for a Saturday, Sept. 12th, matinee. That program (first post 1 PM) shall feature both the $1 million International Trot and the New York Day of Champions, finals of the New York Sire Stakes. The 2020 calendar accompanies this release. Note that the 2019 season ends a week from tonight (Tuesday, Dec. 17th). By Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday December 7, 2019-- Harness racing driver Jordan Stratton took down both halves of Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $42,000 Open Handicaps Saturday night (Dec. 7th), doing so with Will Take Charge and big-table-debuting Raukapuka Ruler N. It was odds-on Will Take Charge ($2.90) who killed 'em softly--fractions-wise--in the week's marque trot. Winning the post positions 5-thru-7 draw, he left, working around Winning Shadow (George Brennan) right around the 28-second opening quarter-mile. After a :57.2 intermission, the returning Obrigado (Dan Dube) surprised by moving first-up from fourth. A 30-second third quarter (1:27.2) allowed Obrigado to hang around before slowing backing way. Meanwhile, Will Take Charge, who had faltered late in his past two tries, owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. He defeated a Lean Hanover (Jim Marohn Jr.) by that exact margin in 1:56.1 with a closing Swansea (Austin Siegelman), Winning Shadow and Sumatra (Jason Bartlett) settling for the remainder. For millionaire Will Take Charge, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis, Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay, it was his sixth win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40, the triple returned $217 and the superfecta paid $704. The weekly adult pace saw Raukapuka Ruler N ($6.80)--from post No. 3--finish what he started (:28.1, :56.3, 1:23.2, life-best-matching 1:52.3). He repelled first-up Heaven's Gait (Brennan) down the backside, then owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Saying Grace N (Marohn Jr.), the 17-10 fave who had angled out of the pocket, made up some ground but missed a length A late-arriving The Real One (Pat Lachance) was third, with Mac's Jackpot (Brent Holland) and Sunfire Blue Chip (Siegelman) grabbing the minors. For second choice Raukapuka Ruler N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding owned by (trainer) Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 11 '19 tries. The exacta paid $23.60, the triple returned $253.50 and the superfecta paid $1,106 by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, December 6, 2019--Arthur 'Zeke' Webb, whose 50-year career as caretaker extraordinaire is coming to end in a week or so, was honored Friday night (Dec. 6th) by his Yonkers Raceway harness racing paddock cohorts. 'Zeke,' who was profiled in the past few days, found himself summarily feted in a crowded (and cold) Raceway's winner's circle. Horsemen and racing officials stopped by to recognize 'Zeke' with a congratulatory sign and plaque. "I'm very grateful to everyone who came out," Webb said. "It means a lot to me." by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

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