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YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 5, 2017-- Favored Rockin' Ron (George Brennan, $4.60) finished what he started Saturday night (Aug. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 6, 'Ron' worked around P H Supercam (Brent Holland) before a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald) left outside Rockin' Ron, but was relegated to a three-hole. Rockin Ron' found a 55-second intermission, then threw down a :27.2 third quarter (1:22). The maneuver lost P H Supercam as 'Sunfire' moved past him. The leader opened 2¼ lengths into the lane, holding Sunfire Blue Chip at bay by a length in 1:51...matching the fastest local mile of the season. Somewhere in L A (Jason Barlett) was third, also after solid, two-move try, with P H Supercam and Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) rounding out the payees. For Rockin' Ron, a 5-year-old Real Desire gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and RTC Stables, it was his fourth win in 17 '17 tries (25th career victory, earnings over $700,000). The exacta paid $33.20, with the triple returning $121.50. Yonkers offers up the fourth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 6th), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 4, 2017 - Lispatty (George Brennan, $6.20) bottomed 'em out Friday night (Aug. 4th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Going right down the road (:27.1, :55.3, 1:23.2, season's-best 1:52.2) from assigned post position No.4, Lispatty showed no love to 11-10 favorite Regil Elektra (Jason Bartlett). The former hung the latter, who eventually threw it in reverse, finishing seventh. Lispatty opened four lengths passing the three-quarters, aided by pocket-sitting Sail to the Beach (Brian Sears) tiring badly. Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) slipped out from behind that one, but had too much ground to make up. The lead was 3½ lengths in the out of the final turn, more than enough as Lispatty lasted by a length-and-a-quarter. Delightful Dragon was second, with HP Siddy (Dan Dube), Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Sail to the Beach completing the cashers. For second choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle owned by Gilberto Garcia-Owen and trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera, it was her third win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $46, with the triple returning $1,186. Lispatty Note that the Raceway is open for simulcasting a half-hour earlier (11:30 AM) Saturday (Aug. 5th) to accommodate Hambletonian Day at the Meadowlands as well as the Meadows (first posts for both at 12 Noon).  YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,700 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (Aug 5th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,780.45.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 29, 2017--There's valor, there's discretion and there's Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan, $3.40). Harness racing horse and driver took the latter tact Saturday night (July 29th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from same post position No. 6 he conquered in last week's marquee pace, odds-on Evenin' of Pleasure was again wide leaving. This time, however, instead of being hung out in the hinterlands, he deferred, taking a seat as the floor show unfolded in front of him. Western Dynasty (Greg Merton), Dynamic Youth (Carl Cito Jr.) and Great Vintage (Eric Goodell) mixed it up early, as in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile. Great Vintage won the early scrum, with Evenin' of Pleasure settling fifth and staying there through the :55.3 intermission. He then moved to chase a first-up Texican N (Jordan Stratton) as that one advanced toward a 1:24 three-quarters. Great Vintage owned a length lead into the lane, but he was done. Evenin' of Pleasure rolled from second-over, winning by a length-and-a-half in 1:52.3. Sharp shipper Hickory Icon (Mark MacDonald) closed from third-over into second in his first local appearance since last fall. Dynamic Youth, Western Dynasty and Texican N rounding out the payees. Great Vintage backpedaled to last among the octet. For Evenin' of Pleasure, a 7-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Ron Burke, it was his third win in nine '17 tries. The exacta paid $29, with the triple returning $165. Yonkers offers up the third of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (July 30th), with a first post of 11:30 AM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 22, 2017-- Evenin' of Pleasure (George Brennan, $6.40), despite being three-deep early, was comfy late, winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 harness racing Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 6, Evenin' of Pleasure head to wait his turn until Bakersfield (Brent Holland) stuffed Great Vintage (Eric Goodell) in behind. 'Pleasure' paid a :26.4 opening quarter-mile privilege, but rated a :30.1 next quadrant (57-second intermission), It would serve him well. It was :27.3 down the backside as The Rev (Brian Sears) tried it first-up from fourth. However, the 1:24.3 quarters found that one backing away as Evenin' of Pleasure owned a couple of lengths in the lane. He easily held Bakersfield at bay, winning by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:52. Great Vintage, Somesizesomestyle (Dan Dube) and The Rev settled for the minors. For second choice Evenin' of Pleaaure, a 7-year-old son if Dragon Again owned by Gestion J Y Blais and trained by Ron Burke, it was his second win in eight '17 tries. The exacta paid $22.20, the triple returned $81.50 and the superfecta paid $405. Yonkers offers up the second of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (July 23rd), with a first post of 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 1, 2017 - Harness racing favorite Clear Vision (George Brennan, $4.30) went the distance Saturday night (July 1st), winning Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from assigned post position No. 5, Clear Vision made his way around Betterlatethnnever (Eric Goodell) as the race turned into a two-speed number (:27.2, 56.3, 1:24.2, 1:52). The final margin was a length-and-three-quarters, with Dream Out Loud N (Shaun Vallee) a three-hole third. Betting Exchange (Brent Holland) was a four-hole fourth, while Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) was a badly-compromised fifth. For Clear Vision, an 11-year-old Western Hanover gelding co-owned by Robert Santagata & Jennifer Lappe and trained by John Kokinos, it was his sixth win in 16 seasonal starts (career earnings over $2.7 million). The exacta paid $23.30, the triple returned $112.50 and the superfecta paid $346. Sunday matinees return tomorrow (July 2nd), with an all-trot, dozen race card and a first post of 12:30 PM. Races 3 through 6 are 'French'-themed, all with large fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance. There's also the 'New York, New York Double,' comprised of Belmont's third race (post time 2:37 PM) and Yonkers' seventh race (post time 3:15 PM). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 23, 2017 - Freeze Out (George Brennan, $13.60) did just that to her harness racing rivals Friday night (June 23rd), administering a beating in Yonkers Raceway's $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. The field was pared to seven after Betabcool N was scratched-lame after the post parade. Away an early second from became post position No. 2, Freeze Out found herself third after last week's victress, I Said Diamonds (Matt Kakaley), two-moved to the lead. Settled though early intervals of :27.1 and :55.3, Freeze Out challenged and conquered down the backside the second time. She ground down 'Diamonds' well before a 1:23.3 three-quarters, slapping a half-dozen length on the lasses in and out of the final turn. The final margin was a wrapped-up three lengths in life-best 1:52. Jewel Lehigh A (Dan Dube) did get into second, with Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) third. Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) and Hidden Land (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees, while the 9-10 fave I Said Diamonds walked home sixth. For fifth choice Freeze Out, a 4-year-old daughter of American Ideal co-owned by (trainer) Ricky and Sean Bucci, it was her eighth win in 16 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $199, the triple returned $991 and the superfecta paid $2,347. Freeze Out A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (June 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,660.17.   The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 29, 2017 - Lady's Dude (George Brennan, $7.30) and All Bets Off (Brennan again, $4.80) shared the Saturday night harness racing spotlight, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of $55,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. After a couple of no-shot eight-holes, Lady's Dude found this post position No. 5 assignment more than acceptable in the week's featured trot. Caught three-deep early, Lady's Dude made the lead just before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. He then rated a 56.4 intermission before 17-10 favorite Melady's Monet (Brett Miller), who had left for a seat, moved from fourth. However, he couldn't get close and with a pocketed Not Afraid (Dan Dube) gapping, Lady's Dude had a lonely lead in and out of a 1:25 three-quarters. The advantage was a couple of lengths entering the lane and an unpressured length-and-a-quarter at the wire, finding it in 1:54.3...fastest local mile of the season. Aggressive (Jason Bartlett) saved ground for second, with Not Afraid third. Buen Camino offered good late interest for fourth, with Luck O' the Irish (Jordan Stratton) getting the final envelope and 'Melady' fading to seventh. For Lady's Dude, a 6-year-old Victory Sam gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Johnny Yoder and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his fourth win in nine seasonal starts (career earnings now over a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $63, with the triple returning $267. The week's adult-table pace had three unoccupied seats, as Levy Series winner Keystone Velocity and consolation winner Clear Vision were among the defections. The quintet was in need of a leader, and-from post No. 3-favored All Bets Off picked up that gauntlet. Though not the Free-For-Aller he used to be, All Bets Off was more than good enough when left (:27.4, 56.3, 1:24.3, 1:52.1) to his own devices. After taking a 2½-length lead into the lane, he held off a from-last Roland N Rock (Stratton) by three-quarters of a length. Santa Fe Beachboy (Bartlett),. Lucan Hanover (Tyler Buter) and a season-debuting Luck Be Withyou (Brian Sears) rounded out the order/payees. For All Bets Off, a 6-year-old son of Bettor's Delight trained by Burke for co-owners himself, Frank Baldachino, Panhellenic Stable and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his first win in five '17 tries. The exacta paid $14.40, with triple and superfecta wagering cancelled. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 3, 2017 - Tessa Seelster (George Brennan $18.20) survived from first-up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 harness racing filly and mare Open Handicap Pace. Away fourth from post position No. 4, 'Tessa' saw Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) and Lispatty (Mark MacDonald) want in early. The latter reclaimed from the former just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a soft :56.4 intermission before the eventual winner moved. Tessa Seelster engaged toward a 1:25 three-quarters, while Apple Bottom Jeans (Matt Kakaley) was gapping that one's advances. This helped none of the outside assignees, notably just-over-even-money Mackenzie A (Joedan Straton), Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) and Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron). Only one of those would be heard from late. It was Lispatty taking a short lead into the lane, but Tessa Seelster was about to wear her down. 'Tessa' prevailed late, holding off a knifing-through Mach it a Par by a neck in 1:54.3. Shesjustadelight N, Lispatty and Apple Bottom Jeans came away with the remainder, with Bedroomconfessions sixth Mackenzie A a went-nowhere last among the octet. For fourth choice Tessa Seelster, a 5-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her third win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $70.50, with the triple returning $300. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, February 3, 2017 - A pocketed Set Me Up with harness racing driver George Brennan in the sulky was indeed set up Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 2, Set Me Up made the first lead before handing the baton to outside leaver Bettor N Better (Jason Bartlett). That one led through intervals of :27.3 and :57.1. The second backside appearance saw Hidden Land (Jeff Gregory) moved first-up from fifth, with Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) behind that one. Bettor N Better maintained her lead in and out of the 1:25.2 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half advantage off the final turn. However, she was about to go off the rails, but not before carrying Set Me Up into the passing lane. The latter ducked inside and prevailed by a half-length in 1:54.1. Second went to a season-debut Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron), who found herself buried alive as the 8-5 choice before finding her best stride-and a placed to place-too late. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), Hidden Land and Empress Deo rounded out the payees, while Bettor N Better tired to last among the seven lasses. For second choice Set Me Up, an 8-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her first win in three seasonal starts (33rd in a career now exceeding a half-million dollars). The exacta paid $34.80, with the triple returning $114. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 28, 2017 - A repeating Caviart Luca and harness racing driver (George Brennan, bucked the front-end-is-awful trend Saturday night, repeating Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 3, Caviart Luca went right down the road (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24, 1:52.2), holding off a solid, season-debuting, first-over Long Live Rock (Dan Dube) by neck. Lucan Hanover (Brent Holland) was a belated third, with Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and Somewhere in LA (Matt Kakaley) also closing for the minors. P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) bottomed out of the pocket as the 19-10 favorite, finishing last among the octet. For second choice Caviart Luca, a 6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won all three of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $58, with the triple returning $804. Saturday featured a cavalcade of closers, as only four of the 11 horses charted with the lead entering the lane did indeed close the sale. It also featured an 'unhit' Pick 5, so Sunday afternoon's gimmick begins with a carryover of $2,436.39 (50-cent base wager, Sunday comprising races 6 through 10). Reminder first post for Sunday's 'French' matinee is 12:30 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 27, 2017 - Wrangler Magic (George Brennan, $16.60), who twice burned money as the harness racing favorite against less-talented lasses, was upon the money Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No. 5, 'Wrangler' saw a three-wide Empress Deo (Scott Zeron) pay a :26.3 price for the early lead. After a 56-second intermission, 9-5 choice Hidden Land (Brent Holland)-looped at the outset then stuffed into a four-hole-made her second move. She engaged Empress Deo in and out of a 1:24.4 three-quarters, with the eventual winner gapping from second-over. Empress Deo owned a tenuous lead entering the lane, A slow (:29.4) final quadrant 1:54.3 helped the field close ranks, with Wrangler Magic winning the scrum by a neck in 1:54.3. Motu Moonbeam N (Mark MacDonald), who had every chance up the inside from the pocket, was second, with a course-altering Set Me up (George Brennan), Empress Deo and Delightful Dragon (Matt Kakaley) settling for the minors as the payees were separated by a length-and-three-quarters at the finish. Hidden Land wound up sixth. For fourth choice Wrangler Magic, a now-5-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard and Kapildeo Singh, it was her first win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $99.50, with the triple returning $341. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 21, 2017 - Caviart Luca and harness racing dtiver George Brennan, $28.60 snapped odds-on Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) at the wire Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. 'Twas a night better suited for Carl Sandburg (fog reference for all you academics out there), Caviart Luca found himself away from post position No. 3. He sat as 3-4 choice Blood Brother two-moved to the lead before a :27.4 opening quarter-mile. Things remained unchanged after a 57-second intermission and 1:25 three-quarters, with Blood Brother taking a 2½-length lead into the lane. Despite a mediocre tow from P H Supercam (Scott Zeron), Caviart Luca was relentless from second-up. He picked off the pace-setter by a nose in 1:52.2, with P H Supercam, Roland N Rock (Jordan Stratton) and City Hall (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. E Z Noah (Dan Dube) was outrun. As an aside, it was the first time Bartlett did not drive P H Supercam here since September, 2013. For fifth choice Caviart Luca, a now-6-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Phil Collura, he's won both of his seasonal starts. The exacta paid $65.50, with the triple returning $204. Frank Drucker

Lily's Swan Pond (George Brennan, $25) was a three-hole terror Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing season-ending, mile-and-a-quarter, $56,000 Open Handicap Trot. While a few of the nine participants--including 9-5 choice Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett)--misbehaved over the moist surface, 'Lily' had no such issues. From post position No. 3, he sat behind Not Afraid (Dan Dube) and Springbank Sam N (Jordan Stratton) though early intervals of :28.2 and :57.4. Bentley Spur (Joe Bongiorno), one of the back markers, tried it first-up from sixth toward a 1:27.2 three-quarters, but couldn't sustain a bid. By the 1:56.4 milepost, this was a three-horse affair. Not Afraid owned a length-and-a-quarter into the lane, but holiday company was coming. Lily's Swan Pond angled crisply out during the final turn and went up and over the two rivals in front of him. He rolled past, winning by a length-and-half in 2:27.2. Not Afraid saved second over Springbank Sam N, with Tornado Tim (Brent Holland) and a recovering Caulfield (Matt Kakaley) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Lily's Swan Pond, a 4-year-old Swan for All gelding owned by Second Chance Stable and trained by Nick Surick, it was his fifth win in 33 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $118.50, with the triple returning $474. The season's final installment of the "New York, New York Double' offered a 1-I'masuperstar (Aqueduct's 3rd race) and 4-Luck o' the Irish (our 2nd race) winning combination, which returned $25.50 for every correct dollar wager. Total pool was $4,169. The Raceway's 2017 season is scheduled to begin with a Sunday, Jan. 8th, matinee (post time TBA), pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission. As another reminder, Yonkers is completely dark for all racing wagering December 19th through 28th, inclusive. Frank Drucker

Harness racing favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.30) prevailed from the pocket Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Open Handicap Pace. In play from post position No. 4, 'Terry' left around P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), making the lead right at the :27.4 opening quarter-mile. He then gave it up to a three-deep First Class Horse (Eric Goodell), who found a :56.2 intermission. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) then moved from fifth, offered a minimal challenge in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters. First Class Horse then owned a length-and-three-lead into the lane, where Take it Back Terry was all dressed up. He ducked inside, winning by a neck in 1:52.4. First Class Horse just held second over a hard-charging Blood Brother (Jordan Stratton), with P H Supercam and newly-minted, all-age track-record holder The Real One (Pat Lachance) settling for the remainder. For Take it Back Terry, a 7-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his seventh win in 31 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $33.80, the triple returned $171 and the superfecta paid $980. Note Sunday's (Dec. 4th) first post is High Noon. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 8, 2016 -- Favorites Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $4) and Luminosity (George Brennan, $4.20) were the harness racing names above the moist Saturday night marquee, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps. Both did so in down-the-road fashion. Bit of a Legend N, from post position No. 6 in the weekly pacing feature, held off Mach it So (Jason Bartlett) in a two-speed number (:27.2, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2). The margin was a neck, with Feel the Need A (Eric Goodell) was a best-of-the-rest third. Melmerby Beach (Dan Dube) and a North American-debuting Ricimer A (Steve Smith) rounded out the payees. For Bit of a Legend N, a 7-year-old Down Under son of Bettor's Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his 11th win in 23 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $11, with the triple returning $32.60. The adult-table trot saw pole-sitting Luminosity go the distance (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25.4, 1:55.1), defeating a pocketed Cash Me Out (Tyler Buter) by a head. Crazy About Pat (Stratton) was a rallying third, with Dragin' The Wagon (Eric Abbatiello) and eight-ball-assigned Allerage Star (Dube) settling for the minors. For Luminosity, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, he's now 6-for-25 this season. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $7.30, with the triple returning $51. YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $5,000 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Oct. 10) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover  $5,023.18. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Saturday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 23, 2016-Tessa Seelster (George Brennan, $7.70) again proved best Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. In play from her 'inside' post position No. 5 (posts 5 thru 8 were drawn), Tessa Seelster easily worked around pole-sitting, slight 2-1 favorite Devil Child (Eric Goodell). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, a :29.1 second substation (:56.4 intermission) served her well. Secret's Out N (Tyler Buter) took out of fourth and was originally pacing in place. She did eventually make steady advances in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, though the leader maintained a length-and-a-quarter advantage entering the lane. 'Tessa' found the wire a half-length before Devil Child in 1:51.3. Secret's Out N held third, with Rock N Roll Xample (Dan Dube) and Tipitina (Brent Holland) settling for the minors. For third choice Tessa Seelster, a 4-year-old daughter of Shadow Play co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Jonathan Newman, it was her ninth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $24.80, with the triple returning $121. Saturday's card is enveloped by the 27th New York Night of Champions, the $1.8 million culmination of the sire stakes season. The Empire State's richest night of racing features eight, $225,000 NYSS, for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. They go as the first eight races during the 13-race card, with first post the usual 7:10 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

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