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YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 22, 2019-There's a cool $73,000 up for grabs Tuesday night (Apr. 23rd) in the final of Yonkers Raceway/Standardbred Owners Association of New York Bonus Trotting Series. After three harness racing preliminary rounds, Swansea emerged as the only perfect participant, winning each as an odds-on favorite. The 4-year-old Swan for All gelding landed post position No. 3 in the seventh-race finale, with George Brennan driving for co-owners Triple D Stables & Dana Parham and trainer Scott DiDomenico. For the season, Swansea has seven wins and three seconds in a dozen starts ($91,375). Joey Bats (Jason Bartlett, post 8) sandwiched a pair of series wins around a second to Swansea. The 4-year-old Holiday Road gelding, 4-for-7 this season, is trained by Andrew Harris for co-owners Marc Reynolds, Scott Dillon and Michele Nelson. Rich and Miserable (Dave Miller, post 7) uncorked a solid rally to chase home Joey Bats a week ago after he won his previous start, while Chasin' Dreams (Jordan Stratton, post 6) had a win, a second and a third in his trio of tries. Omaha Omaha (Tim Tetrick, post 1), Henderson Seelster (Mark MacDonald, post 2), No Excuses (Scott Zeron, post 4) and Whether or Not Fi (Yannick Gingras, post 5) round out the roster. All entrants, save for Omaha Omaha, are eligible for an SOA-paid $10,000 bonus for winning the final. A $35,000 series consolation goes as the fourth race. The series was open to 3-year-olds and their elders who were non-winners of six parimutuel races and/or $100,000 through this past Feb. 1st (winners over $150,000 lifetime through that same date ineligible). First post for the 10-race card is 6:50 PM.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 20, 2019  - "She's a tough SOB with big lungs." Even-money harness racing favorite Shartin N (Tim Tetrick, $4) employed the same tactic she did a season ago, winning Saturday night's $402,600 final of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker. As was the case in the evening $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, both were the richest incarnations in the respective histories. Shartin N, from post position No. 6 among the high-end mares, was away fourth as Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) and Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) were dueling early. The latter retook from the former by the :27.2 opening quarter-mile before Shartin N was out and moving again. She made the lead just before a :55.2 intermission, then finished off the 11th Matchmaker from there (1:23.3, 1:52.1) in her fastest purse mile of the season, Shartin N became the first lass to defend this race's title and the first to win it more than once. From the hinterlands came uncoupled stablemate Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn) to get second, beaten a length-and-a-half, with Apple Bottom Jeans, Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the smaller envelopes. A first-up Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), Ideal Lifestyle A (Jordan Stratton) and a backpedaling Feelin' Red Hot brought up the rear. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old Down Under Tintin in America miss co-owned by her escort, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King & trained by Jim King Jt. it was her fourth win in five starts. The exacta paid $21.60, the triple returned $77.50 and the superfecta paid $301.50. "I've put her in spots before where I didn't think she would reach and she just digs down and finds something," Tetrick said. "When I saw Corey (Callahan, with Apple Bottom Jeans) had to go hard to get the lead, let George (Brennan, Feelin' Red Hot) go and retake, I thought I'd take my chance and push the envelope and he let me go. "(Shartin N) is a great mare; she's proven it time in and time out," Tetrick said. "For her to do what she's done, make a million dollars (in 2018), it speaks for itself." A $75,000 series consolation was won by Tetrick-driven and King Jr.-trained Newborn Sassy ($3.50) in a career-ending 1:54. The 6-year-old lass, who's off to be bred to Captaintreacherous, retires with 33 wins in 92 career starts and just under $1,1 million. "There's a special place in my heart for her," Tetrick said. Frank Drucker

Y ONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 20, 2019 - Turns out, it wasn't a fair fight. Odds-on Western Fame (Dan Dube, $2.50) drilled his seven harness racing foes Saturday night (Apr. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The prelim points leader having won four of his five starts (with a second), the 1-4 favorite dispatched his foes with stakes-record-time-matching ease on a cool and windy Westchester evening. If you were in search of drama, go read something else. As for Western, Fame, from post position No. 5, he gave nothing else a shot (-26.4; 55.3; 1:22.3; 1:50.4). He was three-wide early to get around pole-sitting Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno) and JJ Flynn (Tim Tetrick). The mile equaled Silver Almahurst's long-standing (1993) stakes record as well as his own (and Lyons Steel's) fastest of the local season. While Western Fame was door-slamming-his two-length lead into the lane widened to 4¾ lengths at the wire-there were others who raced credibly in North America's richest harness race of 2019 to date. Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy), last at the half, closed from fourth-over to snatch second, snapping More the Better N (Scott Zeron). Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland), meanwhile, left nothing in the chamber from behind the eight-ball. He found an early four-hole, then challenged first-up before giving way grudgingly and finishing fourth. The Wall (Andy Miller) came away with the final pay envelope, with The Downtown Bus (Brian Sears) and the retreating pair of Anythingforlove A and second-choice JJ Flynn completing the order. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his fifth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10, the triple returned $44 and the superfecta paid $198.50. For driver and trainer, it was a third consecutive Levy win (Keystone Velocity, 2017-18) and fourth win in five seasons (Domethatagain-2015). The event again honored the memory of the Hall-of-Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway. "(Keystone Velocity and Western Fame) are about even right now," Dube said. "Keystone won twice in this race and this horse is something special, too "Those fractions maybe looked fast, for him he does it nice and easy. Turning for home he gave me another run. He's so nice to drive; he just doesn't get tired." I think we had the best horse going into the Levy," Allard said. "It's a bit of a stressful thing to race them every week. The one week where he got second he tied up, so the thing about it is you got to come back the week after and the week after. "We had thought about giving him the week off before the final, but he was in a good routine. "Now he's definitely getting a week off, that's for sure." A $100,000 series consolation was won by Somewhere in L A (Jason Bartlett, $18.80) in a season's-best 1:51.2 Saturday night's $44,000 Open Trot was won by Smalltownthrowdown (Dube, $3.70) in a down-the-road 1:56.2. Saturday's dozen-race total handle was $1,047,856. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 19, 2019 - Made of Jewels AS (Jordan Stratton, $8.20) prevailed off a live tow Friday night (Apr. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $35,000 Filly and Mare Preferred Pace. Unhurried from assigned post position No. 5, Made of Jewels AS was away sixth before hooking herself in back of the second move of Alexa's Power (Jason Bartlett). That latter, advancing from third, ground down narrow 2-1 choice Bettorhaveanother (George Brennan) early in the lane after that one led through intervals of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:24.1. While 'Alexa' was good, Made of Jewels AS proved better, doing so by a half-length in a season's-best 1:53.1. Third went to a tiring Bettorhaveanother, with Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald) and Betabcool N (Joe Bongiorno) rounding out the payees. For third choice Made of Jewels AS, a 6-year-old daughter of Panspacificflight owned and trained by Ricky Bucci, it was her fourth win in 11 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $34.20, the triple returned $152 and the superfecta paid $518. Saturday night's (Apr. 20th) card, with a dozen races worth $1,530,320, features the $402,060 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker (9th race) and the $663,260 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race). They're the two richest North American harness race of the season to date and the richest ever among the 11 Matchmakers and 32 editions of the Levy. Post time is the usual 6:50 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, April 17, 2019 - When harness racing driver Dexter Dunn left New Zealand to try his driving luck stateside, he didn't necessarily think he'd be seeing an old flame. Such is the romance of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker...where even the two- and four-legged can become an item. In the case of Dunn, his 'old flame' is Bettor Joy N, who did a pretty fair job racing in the long shadow cast by her stablemate, defending series champion Shartin N. Bettor Joy N, who landed post position No. 5 in Saturday night's $401,600 final for Free-For-All ladies, enters off three consecutive preliminary-round wins. For the season, the 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight has won four of her six races ($85,030) for co-owners Jo Ann Looney-King, Richard Poillucci & Tim Tetrick (aka Shartin N's date) and trainer Jim King Jr. Shartin N is directly outside in post No. 6, looking to become the first mare to win this series twice. "I drove her as a 3- and 4-year-old and she did a good job," Dunn said of Bettor Joy N. "She made about $200,000 racing against some good mares (fillies). "She had the speed and the attitude, and obviously, was very good in the heats here (Yonkers). Dunn laughed the laugh of someone asked a rhetorically-inane question of how long it took him to accept this catch-drive from the trainer. "Not very. "I've seen her races and spoken with Tim (Tetrick) about her, and he's been pleased. This is going to be her toughest test, since she hasn't had to race Shartin (N). Tetrick drove Bettor Joy N through the prelims. As for starting directly inside of Shartin N in the final, "I haven't really thought about it and probably won't until later in the week. "You try and have a plan, but once the gates opens, it doesn't always go that way," Dunn said. "I'm just happy to have a shot at it." The 11th Matchmakers goes as race No. 9 during Yonkers' dozen-race card Along with the $662,800 final of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series (11th race), they are by far 2019's richest North American harness races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM. The Matchmaker draw... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). All the ladies race uncoupled. Saturday's card shall be finalized Thursday afternoon (Apr. 18th). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Monday, April 15, 2019-After five preliminary rounds, post positions have been drawn for Yonkers Raceway's harness racing finals of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Both go this Saturday night (Apr. 20th), worth $401,600 and $662,800, respectively, by far 2019's richest North American races to date. Post time for the 12-race card is the usual 6:50 PM, with the co-features presented as race 9 (Matchmaker) and 11 (Levy). The 11th edition of the Matchmaker autodrew as such for the Free-For-All pacing mares... 1-Kaitlyn N (Matt Kakaley), 2-Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan), 3-Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), 4-Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett), 5-Bettor Joy N (Dexter Dunn), 6-Shartin N (Tim Tetrick), 7-Ideal Lifestyle A (Driver TBA), 8-Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.). Shartin N is the defending champ. It's the 32nd Levy, a Free-For-All for the boys again honoring the memory of the Hall of Fame Founder of Roosevelt Raceway. The roster reads as such... 1-Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno), 2-More the Better N (Scott Zeron), 3-JJ Flynn (Tetrick), 4-The Downtown Bus (Tetrick also listed), 5-Western Fame (Dan Dube), 6-Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy), 7-The Wall (Andy Miller), 8-Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland). Dube goes for a Levy hat trick, having won (with trainer Rene Allard) the last couple with the now-retired Keystone Velocity. All 16 finalists race uncoupled. Saturday's card also includes series consolations, going for $75,000 (Matchmaker, 8th race) and $100,000 (Levy, 10th race), along with a pair of $50,000 events for Levy eligibles (races 4 and 6).   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers, NY 10704

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 6, 2019-Ideal Jimmy and Western Fame have raced with distinction throughout the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Saturday night (Apr. 13th) was no exception. The tandem were advertised, each handily winning its respective Yonkers Raceway harness racing event. All told, four, $50,000 Free-For All forays were carded. Here's the electronic pen to electronic paper compendium... First division-In a race without a series round winner to date, Bettor Memories (Jason Bartlett, $13.60) rolled from second-over as 7-5 favorite I'm Some Graduate (Matt Kakaley) wilted in the lane. The pole-sitting fave took over from Dr. J Hanover (Tim Tetrick), who immediately vaulted over his six inside rivals. I'm Some Graduate led through intervals of :26.2, :56 and 1:24. Control Tower (Joe Bongiorno) offered some first-up heat, but the fractions should have worked for the leader. They didn't...he wound up last. Meanwhile, Bettor Memories-from post position on No. 4-went by, whipped a third-over, 30-1 Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52. Dr. J Hanover was an unlucky, trapped third, with Don Domingo N (Jordan Stratton) and Control Tower settling for the remainder. For fourth choice Bettor Memories, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight gelding owned by Gus Dovi and trained by Nifty Norman, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (1-for-4 in Levy). The exacta paid $315, the triple returned $790 and the superfecta paid $29,362 (base $2 payout, 10-cent ticket worth $1,468.10).   Second division-Polester The Downtown Bus (Scott Zeron, $9.10), a week after being involved in an insane :53.3 half-mile, found the teletimer a bit more forgiving this time around. After yielding to Always at My Place (George Brennan), he fronted the fray (:27.4, 57.4, 1:24.3, season's-best 1:52), defeating a second-over Major Croker A (Dan Dube) by a neck. Lyons Steel (Stratton) arrived late as the 17-10 choice, with I'marocnrolllegend N (Kakaley)-uncovered into that :26.4 third quarter-and Always at My Place coming away with the minors. For The Downtown Bus, an 4-year-old Mach Three gelding co-owned by (trainer) Jeff Gillis and Ellen Ott, he's now 2-for-5 this season/series. The exacta paid $40.40, the triple returned $116 and the superfecta paid $464.   Third division- Odds-on Western Fame (Dube, $2.30)-from post No. 4-stole a cheap second subsection (:27, 56.2, 1:24, 1:51) en route to victory. He disposed of a gallant Rodeo Rock (Andy McCarthy) by a length-and-three-quarters. That one tried to leave, was forced to settle third, then fought the good, first-up fight into a :54.3 back half. More the Better N (Zeron), Pacing Major N (Stratton) and Endeavor (Bartlett) picked off the small change. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, he's now 4-for-6 this season (4-for-5 in Levy). The exacta paid $5.40, the triple (three wagering choices) returned $10 and the superfecta paid $35.40.   Fourth division-At no point in the eight furlongs did Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, $5.60) look anything except the easiest of winners. From post No. 6, he aired (:27.2; 57.1; 1:25.1, season's-best 1:52) by open lengths, while under severe restraint. 'Jimmy' took down Ballerat Boomerang (Tetrick) by 3½ lengths. Rockin' Ron (Kakaley) was third after missing four weeks, with a pocket-tiring, 7-5 choice Anythingthingforlove A (Bongiorno) and Somebaddude (Brennan) also earning appearance coin. Ideal Jimmy      -Mike Lizzi photo For second choice Ideal Jimmy, a 6-year-old son homebred Western Ideal gelding owned by D R Van Witzenburg and trained by Erv Miller, it was his sixth win 13 '19 tries (3-for-5 in Levy). The exacta paid $22.20, the triple returned $92 and the superfecta paid $160. The Levy final series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. The final is set for next Saturday night, Apr. 20th (approximate purse $630,000). Note that the leaders are not necessarily the finalists until 'finalized' by the race office after an examination of the series conditions. Open draw for both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and Levy take place Monday afternoon (Apr. 15th). Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by the lass Weslynn Dancer (Kakaley, $15.80) in a season's-best 1:54.2, also the fastest local trot mile of 2019.   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 12, 2019-Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fifth and final preliminary round go Friday night (Apr. 12th), with three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All harness racing  mares. Any number of well-positioned points leaders earned this week off for good behavior. Here was the last-chance-to-impress ledger... First division-Another wet week for the lasses, though not as much moisture as last Friday. Undaunted, 3-10 lass Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., $2.60) was the lone leaver and the easiest of winners. From what became the outside post position in this scratched-reduced quintet, Seaswift Joy N worked around Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley), then was a drifting, three-length victress (:27.2, :57, 1:25.2, 1:52.3). Camera Lady chased the around the oval for second, with Delightfulmemphisn (Tim Tetrick), Gold Orchid N (Jason Bartlett) and Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) rounding out the finishers/payees. For Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight ma'am owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-5 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $6.20, with triple and superfecta wagering both cancelled. "She's getting better every week," Marohn Jr. said.   Second division-An uncovered Kaitlyn N (Kakaley, $9) ground down 1-2 choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan) in 1:52.2. The former played leapfrog with Twinkle (Scott Zeron), reclaiming the lead right at a :26.4 opening quarter-mile.. After a :56.1 intermission, it was Kaitlyn N-from post No. 4-moving from third. She hooked the leader between the 1:24 three-quarters and the final turn, putting her away midway through the lane. Kaitlyn N       --Mike Lizzi photo Kaitlyn N drew out to win by a length-and-a-quarter. Feelin' Red Hot held second, with Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) third. Odds outsiders Angel's Pride (Bent Holland) and Write Me a Song (Bartlett) came away with the minors. For second choice Kaitlyn N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Richard Banca and Barbara & James Boese, it was her first win in eight '19 tries (1-for-5 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $52.50 and the superfecta paid $184. "Did not want to be first-up, but she was so good, it didn't matter," Kakaley said.   Third division-Looped leaving, but short-priced Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $2.60) had few issues thereafter (:27.2, :56, 1:24.3, 1:53). From post No. 2, she eventually worked around Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) before whipping that one by 2½ lengths for her escort's 5,998th career driving victory. A second-up Magic Forces (Brennan), a first-up Medusa (Bartlett) and Freakonomics (Zeron) settled for the small change. For Apple Bottom Jeans, a 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her fifth win in eight seasonal starts (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $8.80, the triple returned $68 and the superfecta paid $168.50. Apple Bottom Jeans      --Mike Lizzi photo "She was as good as she's ever been," said Callahan, who a race earlier won No. 5,997 with catch-drive Odds on Delray ($12.40) in a mile-and-a-sixteenth overnight event. Updated Matchmaker standings accompany this release. The final is set for Saturday night, Apr. 20th (approximate purse $400,000). Note that the leaders are not necessarily the finalists until 'finalized' by the race office after an examination of the series conditions. Saturday evening's (Apr. 13th) fifth and final round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features four, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.   by FRANK DRUCKER Publicity Directo Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 11, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Empire Terrace shall be open for dinner Saturdays during stakes season, beginning with the Apr. 20th finals of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Terrace features a buffet selection, with first-come, first-serve seating available from 6 PM-10 PM. The cost is $24.95 per person, plus tax and gratuities. Horsemen and owners may make reservations at (914) 457-2649.   by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 6, 2019-Fourth round, four divisions, go 'fourth'. Get the picture? Yonkers Raceway Saturday night (Apr. 6th) hosted the next-to-last preliminary get-together of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Four, $50,000 Free-For All harness racing events were carded, one fewer than a week ago. Here's the vivid re-enactment... First division-There weren't many styles point for odds-on JJ Flynn (Tim Tetrick, $3.80), but he did last (:26.4, :57, 1:24.2; 1:52.2) from post position No. 4. After looping Endeavor (Jason Bartlett) early, he held off a second-over Major Crocker A (Dan Dube) by a neck, with a first-up Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton) said third. I'marocnrollegend N (Scott Zeron) and Always at My Place (George Brennan) settled for the remainder. Endeavor lost touch and finished sixth of seven. For JJ Flynn, a 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, Richard Lombardo and Charles Cochran III, it was his seventh win in 10 seasonal starts (2-for-4 in Levy). The exacta paid $17.60, the triple returned $54 and the superfecta paid $204.50. "I had to use (JJ Flynn) more than I wanted," Tetrick said. 'Even last week, as soon as I made the lead, they came at me, but he raced well. They went in (1):50 and change (Lyons Steel's 1:50.4), so I've been very happy with him."   Second division-A week after some noticeable traffic issues, Bettor's Fire N (Ron Cushing, $19.40) was left to his own devices, and promptly made 'em play. From post No. 5, he went the distance (:27.4, :57.4, 1:25.4, 1:53.2), whipping pole-sitting, 2-1 choice Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno) by a three-quarters of a length. More the Better N (Zeron) and Nocturnal Bluechip (Tetrick) came away with the minors For sixth choice Bettor's Fire N, an 11-year-old Down Under Bettor's Delight gelding co-owned by his driver, Kevin Sywyk & Frank Ranaldi and trained by Heidi Gibbs, he's now 2-for-9 this season (1-for-4 in Levy). The exacta paid $67.50, the triple returned $508 and the superfecta paid $4,631.   Third division-The last time there were equally-insane early substations of :26.4 here? Hard-pressed to remember one, so it was no surprise that after a :53.3 intermission, neither tepid 2-1 fave The Downtown Bus (Zeron) nor Lyons Steel (Stratton) were around to tell about it. The former, after getting trapped in the pocket a week ago, was bent on taking no prisoners this time. The speed summarily surrendered around the 1:22 three-quarters, as Mar Nien A (Greg Merton) took his turn as a short-term leader. When the stonedust settled, a from-last The Wall (Bongiorno, $31.60)-from post No. 5--snapped Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland), winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2, matching a life-best effort. Somebaddude (Brennan), Bettor Memories (Bartlett) and Mar Nien A also made appearance fees. For fifth choice The Wall, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding owned by J L Benson Stables and trained by Nick Surick, it was his second win in a 11 seasonal starts (2-for-4 in Levy). The exacta paid $146.50, the triple returned $1,977 and the superfecta paid $2,602. "I couldn't believe how fast they were going," Bongiorno said. "No way I could even keep up. The way the race developed, I thought I'd be second to Ideal Jimmy. I didn't know how he'd do after competing in non-winners of $20,000, but he's been solid the whole series."   Fourth division-Odds-on Western Fame (Dube, $2.40) restored some normal to the gathering with an as-expected romp (;27.2, 56., 1:23.4, 1:50.4). From post No, 3, the series points leader drilled his foes by 5½ lengths, a personal '19 best and matching Lyons Steel for the fastest Westchester mile of the Levy and season. Western Fame                              -Mike Lizzi photo Gokudo Hanover (Brennan) was a very loosely-pocketed second, with Rock the Nite (Mark MacDonald), Somewhere in L A (Bartlett) and Ballerat Boomerang (Bongiorno) earning the minor moolah. For Western Fame, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, he's now 3-for-5 this season (2-for-4 in Levy). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $5, the triple returned $45.80 and the superfecta paid $109. The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by an odds-on In Secret (Brennan, $3.30) in a season's-best 1:54.4, matching the fastest local trot mile of 2019.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 5, 2019--Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fourth preliminary round conducted over Friday night's (Apr. 5th) 'sloppy' surface. Three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All  harness racing mares went at it, down one from a week ago. Here was the moist rundown... First division--The logical, two-speed number unfolded as such, with pole-sitting fave Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, $3.30) retaking from second-choice Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan), then holding that one off by a neck (:28.1, :58, 1:26.3, 1:55). Twinkle (Scott Zeron) was a three-hole, best-of-the-rest third, with Obvious Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) and Write Me a Song (Jordan Stratton) rounding out the remainder. For Don't Think Twice A, a 6-year-old Down Under Armbro Operative ma'am co-owned by (trainer) Andrew Harris, Arrhythmic, Pollack Racing and Jeff Cullipher, it was her second win in five seasonal starts (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $5.10, the triple (three wagering choices in order) returned $10 and the superfecta paid $41.20. Second division--After a lengthy delay for track maintenance, just-over-even-money choice Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, $4.10) read the memo just in time. Third-over behind a gapper from outside post position No. 7, Bettor Joy N saw polester Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan) battle with a two-moving Betterb Chevron N (Stratton) though intervals of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.2. The latter would eventually win the battle before Bettor Joy N swooped in through her lane, prevailing in 1:54.3. The final margin was a going-away length-and-a-quarter. Betterb Chevron N saved second, with Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley) closing from last to grab the bottom of the ticket. Bettor Joy N                                   -photos-Katy Gazzini Ideal Lifestyle A and Shezza GNP N (Austin Siegelman) picked off the remainder. For Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her fourth win in five '19 tries (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12.20, the triple returned $112.50 and the superfecta paid $274. Third division--This was the Shartin N group. Next. The defending series champ (Tetrick, $2.20) was--from post No. 4--the lone leaver, with a highly-predictable result (:28.3, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:54.2). The margin was a length. Shartin N                                    --photos-Katy Gazzini Second went a pole-protecting Kaitlyn N (Kakaley), while Medusa (Bartlett) sat third and wound up there. Sell a Bit N (Stratton) and a first-up Freakonomics (Zeron) settled for the smallest envelopes. Second choice Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr.) could not get involved from behind the eight-ball. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old millionairess Down Under Tintin in America miss co-owned and trained by the same fine folks who bring you Bettor Joy N, it was her third win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $5.40, the triple returned $11.80 and the superfecta paid $107. Updated Matchmaker standings accompany this release (all three of Friday's winners are well-positioned to take next week's final prelim off, should their connections choose to go that route. The final is set for Saturday night, Apr. 20th [purse TBA]). Saturday evening's (Apr. 6th) fourth round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features four, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity Yonkers

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 4, 2019-We're getting down to both the nitty and the gritty. This weekend, Yonkers Raceway hosts the fourth-or penultimate-rounds of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. Friday night (Apr. 5), the lasses go in three, $40,000 Matchmaker harness racing events, consecutively carded as races 7 through 9. The opening division cries out 'two-speed number' with pole-sitting Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, post 3). The former owns a Matchmaker win and pair of seconds, while the latter-just in time for the NHL playoffs-eyes a hat trick. The second event sees another three-peat wannabe in Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, post 7), starting outside her foes. Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan, post 1) has chased home Bettor Joy N the last couple of tries. The final Matchmaker grouping rolls through defending champion Shartin N (Tetrick, post 4) as the millionairess is looking for her third prelim victory. Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 8), yet another series two-fer, has won four of her five local starts. Saturday evening (Apr. 6th) fourth foray of the Levy was drawn and quartered into $50,000 divisions (races 5,7,8 and 10). The first get-together asks the musical question, 'Can Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton, post 2) do it again?' Fresh off last week's 67-1 stunner-and first board finish of the season-the Major hooks other round winners in Endeavor (Bartlett, post 3) and JJ Flynn (Tetrick, post 4). Saturday's second event fins More the Better N (Scott Zeron, post 6) in search of a third series win, but stuck with a first poor draw. Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno, post 1) was an opening-round winner and figures to cut this mile. The third group is led by Lyons Steel (Stratton, post 6), who threw down the fastest mile (1:50.4) of the local season a week ago. Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, post 8) won his first two series tries, but ran out of racetrack a week ago. The Downtown Bus (Zeron, post 4) and The Wall (Bongiorno, post 5) also have preliminary wins to their credit. Saturday night's final division is led by two-round winner Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 3), who convincingly whipped Dr. J Hanover (Tetrick, post 6) on the square when they opposed one another a week ago. Standings and finalized program pages accompany this release, with first post for both cards the usual 6:50 PM. https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bluechipstandings.pdf https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/levystandings.pdf   Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 30, 2019 - Seriously, who saw this coming? Harness racing driver Jordan Stratton's Saturday night (March 30th) began with a bummer, as former George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series winner Bit of a Legend N was scratched with what trainer Peter Tritton described as "a serious quarter crack. It's going to take some time." Undaunted, Stratton won two of the evening's five, $50,000 third-round events, both with certified Free-For-All bombardiers at Yonkers Raceway. Here's what happened in not quite real-time, with none of the names redacted... First division - A second-over, 67-1 Pacing Major N (Stratton, $136.50)-from post position No. 3-held off a third-over, 58-1 The Wall (by Joe Bongiorno) by a half-length in 1:52.3. The race unfolded with The Downtown Bus (Scott Zeron), a winner from fourth-over a week ago, leaping over his six inside rivals to make the first lead. He looped 3-5 favorite Endeavor (Tim Tetrick), the latter eventually moving past right at the :27.1 opening quarter-mile. It was a speedy :55.3 intermission before Beckham's Z Tam (Jim Marohn Jr.) moved from third. Pacing Major N latched on to that tow, getting in range by the 1:24.2 three-quarters as Endeavor was being chased along. Endeavor owned a diminishing length lead of the final turn, but company was coming. After the rank outsiders finished 1-2. Major Crocker A (Dan Dube), Endeavor and a shuffled 'Bus' rounded out the payees. For seventh choice Pacing Major N, a 6-year-old son of Art Major owned by Von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Tritton, it was his first board finish in six seasonal starts/three Levy tries. The exacta paid $1,630, the triple returned $15,607 (both local exotic highs) and the superfecta paid $16,299 (base $2 ticket, 10-cent ticket worth $814.95). Second division - Western Fame (Dube, $4.20), from post No, 5, went around Dr. J Hanover (Tetrick), then went the distance (:27.1, :56.2, 1:24.2, 1:51.4). He whipped that pursuer by a comfortable couple of lengths, with Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy) a first-up third. Nocturnal Bluechip (Zeron) and Luciano N (Brent Holland) completed the cashers. For tepid (by $27) second choice, a 6-year-old son of Western Ideal owned by Go Fast and B&I Stables, Stephen Klunowski & Gilbert Short and trained by Rene Allard, it was his second win in four seasonal tries (2-for-3 in Levy). The exacta paid $28.20, the triple returned $50 and the superfecta paid $142.50. Third division - What goes around comes around. Last week, JJ Flynn (George Brennan) was 20-1 went he went up and over an odds-on Western Fame. This time, around 10-1 Lyons Steel (Stratton, $22.40)-from post No. 4-went up and over 1-4 JJ Flynn (Tetrick this week) after that one's early intervals of :27 and :55.3. Lyons Steel then threw down a :26.4 third quarter (1:22.4), opening 4½ lengths in and out of the final turn. The final margin, over JJ Flynn, was the same 4½ lengths in 1:50.4...fastest local mile of the season and matching his 2019 and life-best effort. Control Tower (Austin Siegelman), Always at My Place (Brennan) and Bellow's Binge (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For third choice Lyons Steel, a 4-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding owned by Bryan Dzugan and trained by Dennis Watson, he's now 2-for-9 this season (1-for-3 in Levy). The exacta paid $76, the triple returned $246.50 and the superfecta paid $572. "I've always thought (Pacing Major N) had the ability, but he tends to crossfire (hit right rear and left front legs) on the last turn," Stratton said. "He didn't have any problem tonight and the trip couldn't have been better. "I didn't know anything about (Lyons Steel), other than he's beaten my horses a few times here some non-winners races. I just asked him down the back and he put them away." Lyons Steel Fourth division - Pocketed from post No. 2, tepid choice More the Better N (Zeron, $6.30) stalked pole-sitting leader Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno) through subsections of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:23.4. The leader was tiring as More the Better N edged out and went by. He defeated a second-over I'm Some Graduate (Matt Kakaley) by a half-length in a season's-best 1:52.1. Anythingforlove A, Bettor's Fire (Ron Cushing) and Duplicated N (Tetrick) were relegated to the minor moolah. For More the Better N, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight owned by Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Ross Croghan, it was his second win in a pair of seasonal starts (2-for-3 in Levy). The exacta paid $24.40, the triple returned $149.50 and the superfecta paid $530. Fifth division - Pole-sitting Mac's Jackpot (Kakaley, $7.30) went first-up from third, disposing of early (:26.3, :56.1) leader Windsong Leo (Brennan) before that one subsequently stopped. 'Mac' then found a 1:24.1 three-quarters, opened a pair of lengths in the lane, then off a fast-closing Ideal Jimmy (Holland) by a neck in 1:52.4. Rodeo Romeo (Bartlett), Rockathon (Marohn Jr.) and Lockton Luck A (Tetrick) picked off the remainder. For second choice Mac's Jackpot, a 5-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Howard & Michael Ouriel and trained by Jeff Smith. he's now 1-for-4 this season (1-for-3 in Levy). The exacta paid $33, the triple returned $99 and the superfecta paid $388. The series standings, as dutifully compiled by Bob (OUTP) Miecuna, accompany this release. Saturday night's $44,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by a repeating New Heaven (Stratton, $16.80) in a season's-best 1:55.1. "I hope (trainer) Eric (Abbatiello) stays at the Meadowlands," Stratton said a week after he won this race at 31-1. Yonkers Raceway George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series 2019           March 31, 2019                      Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    Western Fame 50 25 50     75 200.0 Ideal Jimmy 50 50 25     75 200.0 Rodeo Rock 50 50 12     75 187.0 More The Better N 50 8 50     75 183.0 The Wall 50 8 25     75 158.0 JJ Flynn 8 50 25     75 158.0 Mac's Jackpot 25 0 50     75 150.0 Somewhere In L A 25 50 0     75 150.0 Anythingforlove A 50 5 12     75 142.0 Endeavor 8 50 8     75 141.0 Lyons Steel 8 5 50     75 138.0 Pacing Major N 5 0 50     75 130.0 The Downtown Bus 0 50 5     75 130.0 Imarocnrollegend N 25 25 0     75 125.0 Duplicated N 25 12 5     75 117.0 I'm Some Graduate 5 8 25     75 113.0 Dr J Hanover 0 12 25     75 112.0 Control Tower 0 25 12     75 112.0 Gokudo Hanover 12 25 0     75 112.0 Rodeo Romeo 12 12 12     75 111.0 Beckhams Z Tam 8 25 0     75 108.0 Lockton Luck A 0 25 5     75 105.0 Bellows Binge 8 12 5     75 100.0 Mach Doro A 25 0 0     75 100.0 Bettors Fire N 12 0 8     75 95.0 Luciano N 12 0 5     75 92.0 Don Domingo N 5 12 0     75 92.0 Always At My Place 0 8 8     75 91.0 Rockathon 5 0 8     75 88.0 Ballerat Boomerang 5 8 0     75 88.0 Rock The Nite 0 12 0     75 87.0 Mach It So 12 0 0     75 87.0 Sams A Champ A 5 0 0     75 80.0 Whittaker N 0 5 0     75 80.0 Somebaddude 25 0       50 75.0 Major Crocker A   5 12     50 67.0 Nocturnal Bluechip   8 8     50 66.0 Micky Gee N 12 0       50 62.0 Bettor Memories 0 5       50 55.0 Mar Nien A 0 5       50 55.0 Windsong Leo 0   0     50 50.0 Bit Of A Legend N 0 0       50 50.0 Rockin Ron 8         25 33.0 Billy Badger N     0     25 25.0 Christen Me N 0         25 25.0 Cruise Patrol 0         25 25.0 Military Master A 0         25 25.0 Weona Sizzler A 0         25 25.0 Funknwaffles           0 0.0 ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total      $45,000 $41,000 $38,000 $0 $0 $280,000 $404,000               $200,000             Total $604,000 Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 29, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up the third of five harness racing preliminary rounds Friday night (March 29th). Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, same as a week ago. Here was the lay of the land... First division - Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $11.60), from post position No. 5, was first to the lead and first to the wire (:27.2, :58, 1:25.4, 1:53.1), picking off 1-5 favorite Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) late. There was no visible excuse for the pole-sitting people's preference, who came in as the only two-time winner in the Matchmaker. She retook from the eventual winner, owned a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn, but missed a neck. Medusa (Jim Marohn Jr.), Gold Orchid N (Jason Bartlett) and Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the payees, while Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) was outrun. For second choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old Feelin' Friskie ma'am co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 5-for-10 this season (2-for-3 in Matchmaker with identical win times). The exacta paid $16.80, the triple returned $72.50 and the superfecta paid $182. Second division - Odds-on Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, $3.50) saw none of her five inside rivals contest the lead, so she dutifully went the distance (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4, 1:52.3). The margin was a widening 3¼ lengths. Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan) moved from third down the backside, was summarily dismissed but did come back for second. Lispatty (MacDonald), Freakonomics (Scott Zeron) and Itty Bitty (Marohn Jr.), came away with the minors, while Sell a Bit N (Stratton) hopefully learned from the experience. For Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her third win in four '19 tries (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6, the triple returned $12 and the superfecta paid $31.60. The half-dozen ladies finished in ascending odds order. "She was awesome and gets around Yonkers very well." Tetrick said. Third division - A week after a brutal, three-move trip, Seaswift Joy N (Marohn Jr., $5.20) had a shorter route and a better result. From penultimate post No. 5, she made an immediate lead, looping even-money choice Don't Think Twice (Bartlett). The latter then found front, putting up subsections of :27:3, :57.3 and 1:25.2. Outsider Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley) moved from last by the half, her bid flattening before she gave the leader any grief. Meanwhile, Don't Think Twice opened a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. However, Seaswift Joy N received the memo and closed ranks, edging out to win by a half-length in 1:52.4. Bettorb Chevron N (Stratton), Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) and Shezza GNP N (Austin Siegelman) settled for the remainder, while Camera Lady eventually backed away. For second choice Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight Down Under dame owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $9, the triple returned $14.40 and the superfecta paid $31.20. "She is great," Marohn Jr. said. "her strongest point of the race was at the wire. Fourth division - A week removed after her own eight-hole odyssey, defending Matchmaker champ Shartin N (Tetrick, $2.20) left minimal to the imagination. After pole-sitting Obvious Blue Chip (Zeron) lined 'em up early, Shartin N-from post No. 3-took over and took off (:27.1, :56, :1:24.3, 1:52.2), cementing a three-length win. Second went Kaitlyn N (Kakaley), while Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) Obvious Blue Chip and a first-up Magic Forces (Brennan) settled for the smaller envelopes. For Shartin N, a 6-year-old millionairess Down Under Tintin in America ma'am co-owned and trained bv the same fine folks who bring you Bettor Joy N, it was her second win in three season/series starts (same time both wins). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.70, the triple returned $27.80 and the superfecta paid $55.50. "She's a freakin' bull," trainer King Jr. said. Shartin N For full results of tonight's program click on this link. Updated Matchmaker standings.     Yonkers Raceway     Blue Chip Matchmaker Pacing Series     2019           March 29, 2019                     Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total    1   Feelin Red Hot 25 50 50     75 200 2   Bettor Joy N 25 50 50     75 200 3   Apple Bottom Jeans 50 50 25     75 200 4   Seaswift Joy n 50 12 50     75 187 5   Shartin N 50 8 50     75 183 6   Ideal Lifestyle A 50 25 25     75 175 7   Don’t Think Twice A 25 50 25     75 175 8   Kaitlyn N 12 12 25     75 124 9   Obvious Blue Chip 0 25 8     75 108 10   Newborn Sassy 8 25 0     75 108 11   DelightfulmemphisN 50 5       50 105 12   Betterb Chevron N 12 5 12     75 104 13   Caviart Cherie 5 8 12     75 100 14   Twinkle 25 25       50 100 15   Medusa 0 12 12     75 99 16   Gold Orchid n 0 12 8     75 95 17   Magic Forces 12 0 5     75 92 18   Write Me A Song 12 5 0     75 92 19   Freakonomics 8 0 8     75 91 20   Itty Bitty 8 0 5     75 88 21   Lispatty 0 0 12     75 87 22   Shezza Gnp N 5 0 5     75 85 23   Rockstar Angel A 25 8       50 83 24   Sell A Bit N 5 0 0     75 80 25   Camera Lady 0 5 0     75 80 26   Scandalicious 0 0 0     75 75 27   Queen Lostris N 12   5     50 67 28   Bettor's Up 8 8       50 66 29   Angel's Pride   0 8     50 58 30   Dudesalady 8 0       50 58 31   Lakeisha Hall 5 0       50 55 32   Mach It A Par 5 0       50 55 33   Amateur Hour 0 0       50 50 34   Believe In Waco 0         25 25 35   Bronze Over N 0         25 25 36   Monica Gallagher           0 0                 0 0                 0 0                                             ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total          $27,200 $25,600 $20,000 $0 $0 $172,000 $244,800                   $125,000                 Final Purse $369,800 Saturday evening's (March 30th) third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features five, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 28, 2019-The glasses are half-full for some and half-empty for others...40 percent of the way in. The third of five preliminary rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series go this weekend, with four ($40,000 each) and five ($50,000 each) harness racing divisions, respectively. The lone 2-for-2 Matchmaker lass, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, post 1), landed in the opening Matchmaker, carded as Friday night's (March 29th) fourth race. The 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples enters with four consecutive wins as she tries for a 30th career win. Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, post 5) took no prisoners a week ago, an opening-length win after finishing second in her first series starts. Friday second Matchmaker event (sixth race) is led by Ideal Lifestyle (Brennan, post 2) and Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, post 6), each with a win and second in a pair of Matchmaker rounds. The same win-and-a-second resume belongs to Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, post 3) in the third division (seventh race), where she meets up with Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 5). The latter owns a win and three-move third in her two Matchmaker tries. Defending Matchmaker champ Shartin N (Tetrick, post 3) looms a short price in the eighth-race final division. After an opening-leg win, the career $1.1 million winner was a tough-trip fourth from an eight-hole a week ago. Saturday evening's (March 30th) quintet of Levy legions goes as races 4,5,8,9 and 11. Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, post 1), a series two-fer, won the draw in the second grouping, He shares the points lead with Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, post 7), who landed into the final foray. The former, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding, has done his damage from off the pace in both starts, last week prevailing after an elongated, first-up route. Rodeo Rock has won all three of his seasonal starts for owner Royal Wire Products and trainer Robert Cleary. By contract, 'Jimmy,' a 6-year-old homebred (D R Van Witzenberg) 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding trained by Erv Miller, has gone down-the-road in both of his series tries. He's won half of his 10 '19 starts, including four of his last five efforts. Other single-week winners include... ---Endeavor (Tetrick, post 4), The Wall (Joe Bongiorno, post 5) and The Downtown Bus (Scott Zeron, post 7) in Saturday's first division, ---Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 5) and Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, post 8) in the second division, --JJ Flynn (Tetrick, post 1) in the third division, --Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno, post 1) and More the Better N (Zeron, post 2) in the fourth division.   Current standings and final program pages on links below. https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bluechipstandings.pdf https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/levystandings.pdf   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704    

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 26, 2019-"Just the way I drew it up." Such was the tongue-in-cheek post mortem of driver George Brennan after Western Beachboy ($6.30) snapped favored Declan Seelster (Joe Bongiorno) at the wire Tuesday night (March 26th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $60,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series. The Teddy Roosevelt-approved assemblage was open to 3- and 4-year-olds gentlemen who are/were non-winners of four races and/or $40,000 through last Dec. 1st. A week after a scorched-earth, life-best (1:52), down-the-road effort, Western Beachboy won the finale from well off the pace. Away sixth from post position No. 6, Western Beachboy saw his coupled entrant, Prologue (Jim Marohn Jr.), lead through early substations of 27 seconds flat and :56.2. Prologue was noticeably off the cones by the intermission, causing 4-5 choice Declan Seelster to move wider during his hard challenge from fourth. Leader and stalker were inseparable through a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.4), with Cheese Melt (Yannick Gingras) loosely pocketed and Yeahnah (Troy Beyer) gapping from second-over. While this scenario unfolded, Western Beachboy was going three-deep down the backside, getting within shouting distance off the final turn. Soon thereafter, Declan Seelster was about to win the battle-putting away Prologue-but lose the war as Western Beachboy tagged him by a short nose in 1:53.1. Western Beachboy      - photo -Jonathan Paredes On Accident (Jordan Stratton) angled out, then back in late to grab third, with Prologue and Cheese Melt rounding out the payees. The order was completed by Yeahnah, a breaking-early Sharp Action Money (Jason Bartlett) and a never-in-it/did not finish Better than Spring (Matt Kakaley). Cheese Melt and Sharp Action Money were the other wagering entry. For second choice Western Beachboy, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Bruce Soulsby, Alan Weisenberg and Gilbert Short, it was his third win in nine seasonal starts ($61,300). The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $83. Per New York State rules, superfecta wagering was not offered due to the presence of coupled entries. "He was out a long way," Brennan said. "It was a very good effort. He used to always be locked on the left line, but he's become much easier to drive." A $30,000 series consolation was won by Trump That (Gingras, $2.50) in 1:54.3.   Frank Drucker Director of Publicity 810 Yonkers Avenue Yonkers, NY 10704

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