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YONKERS, NY - Favored In Secret (George Brennan, $6.60) did it in style Sunday afternoon (June 17th), fashioning a Father's Day track record in Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot The overflow field of 10—including two in the back of the bus—went as the opener and the first of four, mile-and-a-quarter ‘French’ trots. Quite eager from assigned post position No. 7, In Secret worked around Fearless Man (Jason Bartlett) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. From there, he let the good times roll (:56.1, 1:25), widening his lead while losing Fearless Man down the backside the final time. Dewycolorintheline (Mark MacDonald) took up the chase nearing the 1:53.3 milepost (note the all-age, flat-mile trot record is 1:53.2), as did a handful of other closers. Meanwhile, In Secret had a 2½-length lead off the final turn. He'd need a fair amount of that, holding off Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory) by a neck in 2:23.2...track record for aged geldings at the distance. Back markers Bluebird Jesse (Brent Holland) and Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) were third and fourth, respectively, with Dewycolorintheline salvaging the final pay envelope. For In Secret, a 6-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva Stables and Larry Karr, it was his fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.60, the triple returned $134 and the superfecta paid $889. It was one of Brennan’s four wins during the 10-race card. Sunday's return of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 6-Tombelaine (Belmont's 3rd race) and 2-Windsong Leo (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $11.90 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $4,651. The next Sunday matinee is July 1st (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 16, 2018--Evenin' of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno, $5.20) was a two-move sharpie Saturday night  winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Open Handicap Pace. Leaving the gate from assigned (and penultimate) post position No. 6, Evenin' of Pleasure found a three-hole behind 13-10 favorite Missile J (Brian Sears) and Artful Way (Mark MacDonald). The former led through early intervals of :27.4 and :56.3. Evenin' of Pleasure then went after the leader, engaging Missile J in and out of a 1:23.4 three-quarters. With urging from his chauffeur, Evenin' of Pleasure grabbed a short lead entering the lane. He couldn't open any nighttime daylight, though, as Missile J hung around. Evenin' of Pleasure did prevail, however, the margin three-quarters of a length in a season-best 1:51...matching (Bettor Memories) the fastest local mile of the season. Missile J settled for second, with Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton), Theartofconfusion A (George Brennan) and Somewhere Fancy (Dan Dube) rounding 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 fourth win in 10 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $14.60, the triple returned $43.50 and the superfecta paid $214. The first of nine Sunday matinees in an 11-week span offers a Father's Day (June 17th) first post of 12:35 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY,- Mach it Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.60) repeated-barely-Friday night (June 15th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Forwardly-placed from post position No. 5 (in one notch after a defection), Mach it a Par easily worked around Medusa (George Brennan). There were cheapy fractions (:28.4, :58.1) before Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald) tried it first-up from fourth. The one never came close in and out of a 1:25.3 three-quarters, with Mach it a Par owning a length-and-three-quarter lead off the final turn. Medusa edged out and closed resolutely, but missed a nose in 1:53.2. Dude'salady (Brent Holland), just-over-even-money fave Newborn Sassy (Dan Dube) and Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) came away with the minors. Someone, somewhere jumped over some bridge, as the show prices returned $8.30, $17.20 and $18.80, respectively. For second choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, the triple returned $100 and the superfecta paid $217. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 13, 2018-Every now and then, Mike Lizzi is sent off premises for community service. Saturday afternoon (June 9th) found Yonkers Raceway's crack photographer at Belmont Park, chronicling Justify's and jockey Mike Smith's trip to the Triple Crown and horse-racing history. As was the case with American Pharoah's Belmont Stakes back in 2015, we asked Lizzi to sort through his camera bag and select his favorites. "When a Triple Crown is on the line, the Belmont Stakes is a glorious event," he said. "I think the fans were just as loud as the 2015 Belmont for American Pharoah's Triple Crown." Some of Lizzi's handiwork accompanies this release. Apparently, he's become so proficient, Bob Baffert has requested him take his next driver's license photo. by Frank Druker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 13, 2018-Yonkers Raceway has announced its latest purse increase, effective with the race week beginning Monday, June 25th. The increases range from 5-to-10 percent, depending upon the purse of the race, with the lowest overnight purse moving from $9,000 to $10,000. The weekly Open Handicaps remain at $44,000. For more information, please contact the race office at (914) 457-2627. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 11, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's 'French' Sunday Father's Day matinee this weekend (June 17th) shall offer a first post of 12:35 PM. Races 1 through 4 (post time 2:05 PM) go as those added-distance trots, with the finale going at 4 PM, 4:20 PM or 4:40 PM, depending upon number (10, 11 or 12) of races when the card is drawn Tuesday (June 12th). Sunday's 'New York, New York Double' consists of one race from Belmont and one from Yonkers, with that information sent when available. There are nine live Sundays in an 11-week span, beginning with this one. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, June 9, 2018-Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $4.80) and Tight Lines (Jeff Gregory, $8.10) shared the Saturday night (June 9th) spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway's co-featured $44,000 Open Handicaps. Favored Somewhere in L A, remanded behind the eight-ball in week's adult pace, was parked past a :26.4 opening quarter-mile to make the lead. He did so around Always at My Place (George Brennan), with Soho Wallstreet A (Eric Goodell) away third. Somewhere in L A found a :56.1 intermission before invading Barimah A (Brent Holland) moved from fifth. The one had an eventful effort, looking around while on a line, then seemingly stalled before getting in gear again. Meanwhile, the leader remained so in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, the advantage a length entering the lane. Always at My Place was able to extricate himself from the cones, but missed a in 'Somewhere's' season's-best 1:52. Barimah A was a good third, with Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) and Theartofconfusion A (Dan Dube) grabbing the remainder. For Somewhere in L A, a 7-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was his fifth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.20, the triple returned $88 and the superfecta paid $454.50. The weekly trotting feature had a different look early when 9-10 choice Seasoned Saint (Bartlett) broke before the start and wound up a 'did not finish,' appearing injured. Bluebird Jesse (Holland) made the lead (:28, :57.4), pocketing 82-1 bombardier Fearless Man (Goodell). Tight Lines, away third from post position No. 4, moved to the leader down the backside the second time. He was the new at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, widening to a length-and-three-quarters in and out of the final turn. From there, Tight Lines closed the sale, winning by 2¾ lengths in 1:54...fastest local trot mile of the season. Bluebird Jesse easily held second, with Andy Ray (Dube), Uva Hanover (Brian Sears) and DW's NY Yank (Brennan) relegated to the minors. For second choice Tight Lines, a 5-year-old Yankee Glide gelding co-owned by his trainer/driver, Jesmeral Stable and William Richardson, it was his first board finish in four '18 tries. The exacta paid $42.20, the triple returned $234.50 and the superfecta paid $2,099. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 8, 2018-Yonkers Raceway returned from hiatus Friday night (June 8th), with Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett, $10.60) winning the featured $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fifth from post position No. 6, Mach it a Par watched as Meadows returnee Medusa (Brian Sears) led the early floor show through intervals of :27 and :56.1. Freakonomics (Eric Goodell) took out of fourth, though not advancing all that much in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. Mach it a Par then set sail around that one, getting first 'run' on her rear-end rivals. Meanwhile, Medusa owned a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn before the interlopers arrived. Mach it a Par swallowed up the pace-setter, drawing out to win by a length-and-a-half in a season's-best 1:52.3. A from-last Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton) grabbed second as the 6-5 fave, with 33-1 Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) also offering late foot for the bottom of the ticket. A tiring Medusa and Baryna A (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the minors. For third choice Mach it a Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her fifth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $32.60, the triple returned $367.50 and the superfecta paid $2,686. A reminder that the Raceway is the official 'non-Belmont Park Belmont Stakes' place to watch the festivities, with windows opening Saturday (June 9th) in advance of Belmont's 11:35 AM opener. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, June 6, 2018--Yonkers Raceway, with the approval of the New York State Gaming Commission, has announced a unique Empire Club promotion just in time for Justify. New (sign up at promotions booth) and existing Empire Club members shall receive a $5 win ticket on Justify as he goes after the Triple Crown in this Saturday's (June 9th) Belmont Stakes. It's limited to the first 1,000 members (total value of the promotion $5,000). Justify drew post position No. 1 in the field of 10 for the 150th Belmont as he tries to become just the second undefeated (Seattle Slew-1977) Triple Crown winner. Empire Club members may begin receiving the complimentary wager race day beginning at 10 AM, at the main floor promotions booth. Note that Belmont Park's first post that day is 11:35 AM, with the 150th Belmont Stakes (11th race) set for approximately 6:46 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, June 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway resumes live racing (and evening simulcasting) this weekend. After a bit less than two weeks of R&R, the Raceway is back at it, having double-drawn Friday (June 8th) and Saturday nights (June 9th), with 10 races each. After Saturday's merriment, live racing (and evening simulcasting) resumes its usual schedule, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with first post at that 6:50 PM. A reminder that there's a 'French' Sunday matinee, Father's Day (June 17th), post time TBA as of this writing. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway    

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 26, 2018-The polls have closed, and it's officially Trump Nation. The colt by that very same name proved quite the best Saturday night (May 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The $300,000 28th Rooney saw six 3-year-old colts and two geldings start, but seven ended up chasing in vain. From post position No. 4, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) was forwardly-placed, as was Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller). The latter made the first lead, before the former played leapfrog. Trump Nation seized the day (night?) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Trump Nation, who won the second of last week's two elimination races, then rated a 29-second next subsection (:56.3 half), which would serve him well. Along came 3-5 favorite Springsteen (Brian Sears), first-up from fifth, and the race was underway in earnest. Kwik Talkin' (George Brennan) slipped out to race second-over, but gapped badly. Meanwhile, the leader and his 'prompter' rolled through a :26.4 third quarter (1:26.2), with the people's preference packing it in readily. Trump Nation owned a length-and-three-quarter lead in and out of the final turn. Babes Dig Me edged from the pocket, while Minnie Vinnie-the scourge of Iowa-had room after sitting third. However, the Trumpster was up to the challenge, defeating Minnie Vinnie by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:51.3...a life-best by a good number. Babes Dig Me was clearly third, with 124-1 rank outsider Major Authority (Mark MacDonald) and Decoy (Dave Miller) rounding out the payees. Kwik Talkin', Springsteen and Jimtastic (Eric Goodell) completed the order. Decoy, the other elim winner, had a no-chance trip after the open draw buried him behind the eight-ball. For second choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned (as of this past Monday) by Evan Katz & Crawford Racing and trained (as of this past Monday) by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $113.50, the triple returned $731 and the superfecta paid $6,643. "I couldn't have ask for the race to work out any better," Bartlett said. "I was able to back down the half and pick it up when Springsteen came at me. "I thought the two outside horses (Babes Dig Me and Decoy) had to leave, and when I saw Brett (Miller, Babes Dig Me), I let him go and retook "I have to say that (former trainer) Andrew (Harris) really did the right thing with him last season, wanting to race him from off the pace. He deserves a lot of credit." As does the chauffeur, who won his first Rooney Pace in his 11th try. "It took me long enough," Bartlett said. ALEXA'S POWER TAKES LISMORE FINAL YONKERS, NY, Saturday, May 26, 2018—If there isn’t talk about changing the name the Lismore to the Tetrick, perhaps there ought to be. Driver Tim Tetrick has made the race his own personal playground, winning Yonkers Raceway’s Saturday night (May  26th) edition with the homebred Alexa’s Power ($3.70). The $111,444 companion event to the Art Rooney Pace attracted eight 3-year-old lasses after one was given lovely parting gifts in last week’s lone elimination. As for Alexa’s Power, she—from post position No. 6—was away third, behind Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett) and Believe in Me (Brian Sears). Her position was secured after Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) and elim winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) both made early breaks, the latter ending up racing inside the cones. Pass Line Bluechip found a 28-second opening quarter-mile, before Alexa’s Power moved again. It took her just about a quarter-mile to wrest the lead, eventually doing so before a :56.2 intermission. Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), as the 69-1 bombardier, went first-up from fifth, not getting close to the leader and her 1:25.2 three-quarters. Alexa’s Power held a length-and-a-half lead entering the lane, then held off her two pursuers. Pass Line Bluechip took her shot from the pocket as did Believe in Me from the three-hole. The leader hung tough, however, Alexa’s Power won by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.4. Pass Line Bluechip photoed Believe in Me for second, with a ground-saving Reign on Me (Brett Miller) and Solitary (Brent Holland) grabbing the minors. Python Blue Chip, Checker Past and Jewels Forreal rounded out the order.     For Alexa’s Power, a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Jim Campbell, is was her third win in four seasonal starts. The exacta paid $8.40, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $29.4 and the superfecta paid $231. Tetrick won this race for a fifth time, including Tyra’s stakes-record 1:52.1 four seasons ago.   For Alexa’s Power starting nose-to-gate was refreshing after second-tier getaways here in a division of the Reynolds Memorial and last week’s elimination race. “I thought I’d end up second-over,” Tetrick said. “I wound up getting away third, and from there, I wanted to put her on the lead. “Jordan (Stratton, last week’s driver) told me she was loaded then, so I had all the confidence in her. She dug in when she had to. “It takes a special sort of filly to win the Lismore,” he said. “You need one that can handle an audible if the plan changes.” It doesn’t hurt to have Tetrick calling the plays, either.   Saturday night’s $44,000 Open Handicaps were won by Theartofconfusion A (Miller, $40.80) and DW’s NY Yank (Brennan, $8.20), taking the pacing and trotting events in 1:51.1 and 1:54.3, respectively. The evening’s last race resulted in the fastest local mile of the season, a 1:51 beat down by odds-on Bettor Memories (Bartlett, $3.20) in the $27,500 pacing finale.     The Raceway now goes AWOL for live racing and evening simulcasting until Friday, June 8th. Afternoon simulcasting continues each day except Tuesday. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City @ Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Friday, May 25, 2018-Tequila Monday (Brian Sears, $12.20), last season's Lismore Pace victress, found some near-anniversary symmetry Friday night (May 25th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 6, Tequila Monday saw a trio of leavers in the presence of Call Me Queen Be (Eric Goodell), Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett) and 1-2 choice Newborn Sassy (Jordan Stratton). It was Call Me Queen Be doing the early work, as in subsections of :26.2 and :55.4. Newborn Sassy, after finding an eight-seat, made her second move. She engaged the leader in and out of a 1:23.3 three-quarters, with pole-assigned Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland) behind that one and Tequila Monday looking at it from third-over. In and out of the final turn, Newborn Sassy was about to win the battle, but lose the war. In a search of a third consecutive distaff derby, she put away Call Me Queen Be. However, Tequila Monday, who went wide down the backside, sustained her bid and edged way. She whipped Newborn Sassy by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:52. Third went to Call Me Queen Be, with Annabeth (Mark MacDonald) and Lady Shadow settling for the minors. For second choice Tequila Monday, a 4-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned by Northfork Racing Stable & Chuck Pompey and trained by Hunter Oakes, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (career earnings up and over $600,000). The exacta paid $32.40, the triple returned $180 and the superfecta paid $587. Yonkers' Saturday night (May 26th) program-the final one before hiatus-offers finals of the Art Rooney Pace (purse $300,000) and the companion event, the $111,444 Lismore (see how this all comes together). The races goes as No. 5 and 6 during the dozen-race card, with first post at 6:50 PM. 14th Lismore...1-Soliditary (Holland, 12-1), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube, 9-2), 3-Believe in Me (Sears, 9-1), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Bartlett, 8-5), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan, 6-1), 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick, 5-1), 7- Checkered Past (MacDonald, 20-1), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miller, 7-1) 28th Art Rooney Pace...(1-Minnie Vinnie, Tetrick, 6-1), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Brennan, 5-1), 3-Springsteen (Sears, 9-5), 4-Trump Nation (Bartlett, 3-1). 5-Jimtastic (Goodell, 20-1), 6-Major Authority (MacDonald, 20-1), 7- Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller, 10-1), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller, 7-1) After Saturday, live racing (and evening simulcasting) returns Friday, June 8th. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City@Yonkers  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 24, 2018--Yonkers Raceway's Thursday night (May 24th) saw the highest local exacta of the season. When 22-1 Ransom Demand (Mark MacDonald, $47.80) edged past cone-skimming 62-1 Ziggy Sky (catch-driver Jim Marohn Jr.) late in the $9,000, fourth-race pace, the 4-7 gimmick returned $1,899 for a two-buck wager. The first two finishers had been boardless in eight and four '18 starts, respectively. With 3-10 favorite Soho Jackman A (Jordan Stratton) faltering in the final strides and settling for a blanket-finish third, the 4-7-1 triple paid $5,047 for a $2 wager. Beast Mode (Brian Sears) was fourth, thus the 4-7-1-5 superfecta returned $27,106 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket $1,355.30). Yonkers' previous high 2018 exacta this season was $1,411, occurring late last month. by Frank Drucker, for Empire City @ Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, May 24, 2018--It's not possible to measure the worth of a human being...until now. Jason Bartlett, Yonkers Raceway's perennial leading driver, has been appraised at a cool $200. Well, sort of. As part of harness racing's Trotting 4 Charity initiative, Bartlett's special set of colors--which he wore during a few racing programs--brought $200 at an auction which closed Wednesday night (May 23rd). The colors were won by Joe Betro of Delancey's Bar and Restaurant in Goshen, NY. Bartlett's charity of choice is the Eva Fini Fund. Eva is a young neighbor of the Bartletts who is courageously battling Rett syndrome. Rett syndrome, first identified by Austrian physician Dr. Andreas Rett in 1966, is, according to an informational page, "a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability." "Joe is a horse owner with Ed Hart is his trainer and we both know the Fini family very well," Bartlett said. "He's committed to the charity and I'm guessing he's going to hang the colors up in the restaurant. "I'm just happy to help out." A Yonkers' racing program 'box' which shows the colors and the fund logo accompanies this release. For more information about Rett syndrome, please visit rettsyndrome.org. To learn about Trotting 4 Charity, go to trotting4charity.com. By Frank Drucker for Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, May 21, 2018 - Harness racing Post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace and $111,444 Lismore Pace. The 28th Rooney, one of Yonkers' premier event's for the sport's glamour division, offers six 3-year-old colts and two geldings. The event, which began in 1989, a year after the death of Art Rooney Sr., goes as Saturday night's (May 26th) sixth race. The open draw probably didn't bother one elimination winner (Trump Nation [Jason Bartlett, post 4]), though it cheesed off the other (Decoy [Dave Miller, post 8]). Miller, who has won this race three times, including last season with Downbytheseaside, obviously has his work cut out behind the son of Somebeachsomewhere. Jimmy Takter trains for Brixton Medical, R A W Equine and Joe Sbrocco. Decoy won his elim going away, by 8½ lengths in a 'good' 1:54. Bartlett, the perennial leading local driver, has never won the Rooney. Trump Nation took over early a week ago, making the lead from an eventual breaker and holding sway. He won by a head in 1:53.3. his fastest purse mile of the season. The Betterthancheddar colt enters the final with new co-ownership (Evan Katz and Crawford Racing) and new trainer (Chris Oakes). The field, with declared drivers... 1-Minnie Vinnie (Tim Tetrick), 2-Kwik Talkin' (Jordan Stratton listed), 3-Springsteen (Brian Sears), 4-Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett), 5-Jimtastic (Eric Goodell), 6-Major Authority (Yannick Gingras), 7-Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller), 8-Decoy (Dave Miller). The 14th Lismore, companion event to the Rooney, was carded as the fifth race. Lone elimination winner Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube) landed in post No. 2 among the octet of 3-year-old pacing. The field, with declared drivers... 1-Solitary (Brent Holland), 2-Jewels Forreal (Dan Dube), 3-Believe in Me (Brian Sears), 4-Pass Line Bluechip (Jason Bartlett), 5-Python Blue Chip (George Brennan) 6-Alexa's Power (Tim Tetrick), 7-Checkered Past (Mark MacDonald), 8-Reign on Me (Brett Miler). First post for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker        

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, May 20, 2018 - Smalltownthrowdown (Brian Sears, $8.50) was a two-move harness racing titan Sunday afternoon (May 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $54,800 Open Handicap Trot The field of eight (seven with nose-to-gate, one in back of bus) went as the opener and the first of four 'French' trots. Smalltownthrowdown, three-wide from post position No. 6-in one notch after the programmed pylon number was removed-found an early four-hole. He watched Buen Camino (Jim Marohn Jr.) and longshot Bluebird Jesse (catch-driver Brent Holland) duel early, with the latter-out two turns-making the lead between a :28.1 opening quarter-mile and :57.2 half. Smalltownthrowdown was then ready for his cue, extricating himself from the cones and busting the race wide open. The lead was 3½ lengths at the 1:27 three-quarters. After a 1:55.2 milepost, Smalltownthrowdown finished the mile-and-a-quarter in 2:25.4. Buen Camino found room late to grab a best-of-the-rest second, beaten 3¾ lengths. Bluebird Jesse easily held third, with Kinetic King (Jordan Stratton) and Gural Hanover (George Brennan) relegated to the minors. Seasoned Saint (Jason Bartlett) was a never-in-it sixth as the 19-10 favorite. For third choice Smalltownthrowdown, a 5-year-old statebred Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Yves Sarazin and VIP Internet Stable, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26.80, the triple returned $124 and the superfecta paid $439.50. Sunday's return of the 'New York, New York Double' offered a winning combination of 9-Forest Blue (Belmont's 3rd race) and 1-Noble Warrawee (Yonkers' 7th race) paid $50.75 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $6,254. The next Sunday matinee is June 17th (post time TBA). Frank Drucker

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