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Post Time host and world traveler, Heather Vitale, has released a documentary on the 2015 Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland back in early August. The documentary features highlights and interviews with visiting horsemen Cran Dalgety, the leading trainer in all of New Zealand and America's best, driver George Brennan. Other interviews along the way include USA Hall of Fame announcer, Roger Huston and the winning trainer of the 2015 Vincent Delaney Memorial. Well worth the time to view.

YONKERS, NY, Friday, January 29, 2016 - Locally-debuting Tessa Seelster with harness racing driver George Brennan at the controls overcame one eight-hole and seven elders Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $32,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It turned out to be an outside-assigned, two-speed number, as "Tessa" and Inittowinafortune (Jordan Stratton) both left around a dormant Regil Elektra (Brian Sears). It was Tessa Seelster making the lead well before a :27.3 quarter-mile. From there, she finished off her rounds  :57, 1:24.4, 1:53.2...plus an elongated inquiry regarding a possible cutting-the-cones violation). Inittowinafortune took her shot in the lane, but missed a head, with slight 2-1 favorite Rockn' Ruby N (Dan Dube), Regil Elektra and Dune in Red (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. 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, she's now 3-for-3 this season. The exacta paid $200, with the triple returning $1,392. The former Ontario standout was a six-figure purchase before this season by her new connections. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night, with a dozen races and a first post of 7:10 PM. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, November 21, 2015 - Favored Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $4.80) held off the other 7-5 shot Ideal Cowboy (Jason Bartlett) Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. Assigned inside their four rivals, "Cowboy," then "Terry" both found front quickly. Take it Back Terry gained the lead right at the :27.1 opening quarter mile. From there, it was a 55.4 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters as Lucan Hanover (Brian Sears) took out of third. Take it Back Terry owned a length-and-a-half into the lane, then held Ideal Cowboy-chauffeur dropping whip and all-at bay by a half-length in 1:50.4. The Real One (Pat Lachance) rallied from last to grab third, with Lucan Hanover and E Z Noah (Brent Holland) settling for the remainder. Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) was outrun. For Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his 13th win in 29 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $10, with the triple (three wagering favorites in order) returning $27. Frank Drucker

SOA of NY recognizes harness racing driver George Brennan's 9,000th win.   In 1981, a youngster named George Brennan drove a horse named Myron's Bunny to a fifth place finish in an amateur contest at Monticello Raceway. His entire $2.50 in driver earnings was donated to charity.   Little did anyone know that this inauspicious appearance in the sulky was the beginning of a storied career that would bring Brennan perennially towards the top of the leader board at our nation's top harness ovals.   On November 9, the Sullivan County native notched his 9,000th career win at his home oval, Yonkers Raceway. The 2011 winner of both the Hambletonian and Hambletonian Oaks at his old stomping grounds, George has achieved in excess of $150 million in purse earnings, ranking him by that standard among the top ten drivers of all time. At only 48 years old, there's no telling what stratospheric heights the "Minister of Speed" can reach.   SOA President Joe Faraldo, who has known Brennan since his teenage years, said in awarding him a commemorative plaque on November 17th "From those days back at Monticello, George has aspired to be among the top drivers in our sport. There is no doubt that he has reached that plateau and is now setting his goal higher still.".   Alex Dadoyan

YONKERS, NY, Monday, November 9, 2015 - Harness racing driver George Brennan kept the crowd in abeyance Monday night before finally reaching that next plateau. Brennan swept both halves of Yonkers Raceway's late daily double, the latter also serving as his 9,000th career driving victory. After earning a few checks (but no wins) with his first eight drives, Brennan-fittingly-reached his milestone with a twosome trained by Ron Burke. Favorites Twin B Scandal ($4.90) and a down-the-road Givenupdreaming ($3.10) prevailed in 1:53.4 and 1:53.1, respectively, making the chalk players ($8.20 double) and Brennan quite pleased. "All milestones are special," Brennan said. "I'd been thinking about (the number) a bit, and I knew I was if was going to get it tonight, I was running out of chances. "Needing to win the last two races and having those two trained by Ronnie (Burke) made it pretty cool. We remain very loyal to one another and in the end it pays off." Among those greeting Brennan in the winner's circle was stepfather Joe Ricco Jr., himself a winner of nearly 1,000 races as a driver. The 48-year-old Brennan, a native of Monticello, NY, won his first race--behind Rob Ron Romper--at his hometown track as a high school junior back in 1982. His career purse earnings exceed $152 million. According to U-S Trotting Association statistics, the two-time local driving champ ranks 17th all-time in wins and eighth in purses. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, November 8, 2015—A pocketed Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube, $15.80) outgamed odds-on Luminosity (George Brennan) down the lane Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicaps Trot. In play early from post position No. 2 among the 10 entrants for the mile-and-one-quarter tilt, Red Hot Herbie had the first lead. The baton was then handed to Sevruga (Andy Miller) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile. While this was transpiring, 3-5 Luminosity—assigned post No. 10 in the back of the bus—was sitting fifth. He moved up to chase Crazy About Pat (Mark MacDonald) right around a :57.4 intermission. It was Sevruga’s leading in and out of a 1:27.1 three-quarters and 1:56.1 milepost, owning length-and-a-quarter advantage into the lane. However, his early work day was about over, getting inhaled from all sides. Red Hot Herbie took the short way home, slipping in and whipping a wide Luminosity by three-quarters of a lengths in 2:26.1. Sumatra (Jordan Stratton), Sevruga and Can Do (Brian Sears) rounded out the payees. For third choice Red Hot Herbie, a 5-year-old Here Comes Herbie gelding co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Albert P Abdala III, Bruce A Soulsby and Michael Reppucci, it was his ninth win in 25 seasonal starts (five wins in last seven tries). The exacta paid $50, triple returned $145.50 and the superfecta paid $1,487. As for Brennan, he had one win and his lifetime total is now 8,998. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $2.30) did his damage inside at the harness racing meeting on Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $40,000 Open Handicap Pace. After pole-assigned E Z Noah (Brent Holland)-himself chased along to catch gate-stuffed everyone in behind, "Terry", from post position No. 5, and Mach it So (Jason Bartlett), were nestled second and third, respectively. "Noah" led through intervals of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1 before Mach it So took his shot. E Z Noah maintained a short lead into the lane, but Take it Back Terry had a rare rendezvous with the passing lane and went by. The final margin was a length in a season's-best 1:50.3. E Z Noah held second, with Mach it So, Alberto Contador N (Tyler Buter) and Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) coming away with the remainder. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was outrun. For Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his 12th win in 28 seasonal tries. The exacta paid $10.20, with the triple returning $26. Brennan's pair of wins Saturday raised his career number to 8,997. Sunday racing returns today/tomorrow (Nov. 8), with first post at 11:15 AM. Frank Drucker

George Brennan and Jason Bartlett, who sit atop Yonkers Raceway's  harness racings driver standings, are-not coincidentally-sitting on their next respective milestones. Brennan, who was blanked in nine drives Tuesday afternoon, is 15 away from 9,000 career wins. Despite his protestations, the staunch New York Mets' fan cannot add any of their post-season victories to his personal number. Bartlett, after a two-win Tuesday (including a 27-1 [$56.50] bombardier in the finale), stands at 5,998 career victories, or two away from 6,000. Bartlett (411 wins) and Brennan (331) are 1-2 in the local standings. The two resume the quest for their next plateaus with full dance cards during Yonkers' final Thursday (Oct. 29) card of the season (first post @ 7:10 PM). As an aside, driver Scott Zeron picked up the Tuesday gauntlet with four winners (mutuels of $4.90, $4.10 [$13.60 early double], $66 and $13.60), while Mark MacDonald's consecutive winners returned $43.40 and $69.50, respectively. Fank Drucker  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 24, 2015- Harness racing driver George Brennan won half of Yonkers Raceway's program Saturday night, his happy half-dozen including the tandem of $40,000 Open Handicaps. Favored eight-holes assignees Luminosity ($3.60) and Take it Back Terry ($4.60), both trained by Ron Burke, prevailed in the weekly trotting and pacing features. Luminosity, left to his own devices in the marquee trot, gave no one else a chance (:27.4, 57.3, 1:26.2, 1:55). He whipped a cone-skimming Sumatra (Jordan Stratton) by 2¾ lengths, with a loose-pocket Fort Valley AS (Eric Carlson) fading to third. Zooming (Tyler Buter) and Lorenzo Dream (Brent Holland) came away with the remainder. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned by Burke Racing by Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 14th win in 31 seasonal starts (third consecutive, sixth win in last eight tries). The exacta paid $25.80, with the triple returning $267.. The weekly featured pace saw "Terry" grind away in a two-move effort. Finding a convenient three-hole, he moved to challenge Lucan Hanover (Mark MacDonald) after that one's early intervals (:27., :56.1). Take it Back Terry engaged the leader in earnest in and out of the 1:23.2 three-quarters, but "Lucan" maintained a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, "Terry" is as tough as they come and edged up and over both the leader and a pocket-sitting Big N Bad (Carlson). "Terry" defeated Lucan Hanover by a neck, with Big N Bad, Ideal Cowboy (Jeff Gregory) and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) rounded out the pay envelopes. For Take it Back Terry, a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, it was his 11th win in 26 '15 tries. The exacta paid $32.60, the triple returning $112.50 and the superfecta paid $749. Props, as well, to driver Gregory, who drove three winners (mutuels of $3.70, $73 and $56.50), while Buter (two wins) and Holland (one) accounted for the remainder. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 17, 2015 -- Odds-on Luminosity (George Brennan, $2.80) and Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance, $21.20) shared the Saturday night glory, winning Yonkers Raceway's pair of harness racing $40,000 Open Handicaps. Luminosity, starting from post position No. 6 (in one notch after a scratch) in the marquee trot, took away any suspense early, He easily worked around Cashontherocs (Jason Bartlett), then completed the requisite route (:27.3, :57.2, 1:26, 1:55.2). The final margin was 2½ lengths over a from-last Zooming (Tyler Buter), who skimmed the cones. Cashonontherocs was third with a two-move Natural Herbie (Verlin Yoder) and Uva Hanover (Jordan Stratton) also earning pay envelopes. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 13th win in 30 seasonal starts (five wins in last seven tries). The exacta paid $11.40, with the triple returning $46.60. The weekly featured pace saw an early scrum between Moonliteonthebeach (Bartlett), E Z Noah (Mark MacDonald) and a parked-out Great Vintage (Dan Dube). That led to brisk numbers (:26.1, :54.3) on a brisk night, which was not the way to do business. As Great Vintage was retreating toward a 1:23.1 three-quarters, Mach's Beach Boy--three-hole from post No. 4--left the cones. The move may have pushed 11-10 choice Take it Back Terry (Brennan) wide as E Z Noah was about done on the lead. Mach's Beach Boy owned a length advantage into the lane, then whipped by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:51.4. Dream Out Loud N (Buter), Moonliteonthebeach and Sapphire City (Stratton) rounded out the payees. For fifth choice Mach's Beach Boy, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding trained for his driver for Ontario co-owners Dan Mogridge and Jeffrey Oborne, it was his 10th win in 33 '15 tries. The exacta paid $81.50, the triple returning $289 and the superfecta paid $995. Props to Lachance, who drove four winners (mutuels of $24, $3.50, $21.20 and $133.50) during the dozen-race card. Note that since no one took down Saturday night's Pick 5 (due in large part to Lachance), Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $5,249.99 ($10,000 guaranteed pool, 50-cent-base wager, program pages available at www.yonkersraceway.com). Frank Drucker

Cree [Muscle Hill] overcame heavy rain and a sloppy track to win the $25,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres Final for two-year-old trotting fillies on Friday, October 2, 2015 at the harness racing meeting at Freehold Raceway. George Brennan drove the Trond Smedshammer trainee to her second win with two seconds and one third in eight starts. She trotted the mile in 2:03 in the non-wagering event. It was nine lengths back to Jazebel De Vie [Muscles Yankee] in second, nine and three-quarter lengths to Casino Cutie It [Muscles Yankee] in third and 10 ½ lengths to Heal The World [Muscle Hill] in fourth. Southwind Hope [Muscle Hill] broke stride at the start and finished last in the field of five. Cree, bred and owned by Michael D. Andrew of Gorham, ME, had a win and two seconds in the three preliminary legs of the Green Acres and overall earnings of $27,300. Swedish-born Lucas Wallin, 22 years old and based in Wrightstown, NJ, guided Blue Muse [Muscles Yankee] to a half-length victory in a $7,000 preliminary leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes - Green Acres for three-year-old trotting fillies, also contested prior to the betting program. Blue Muse held off Marion Millionair [Muscle Hill], who broke stride near the wire. Riley's Dream [Muscle Hill] was distanced in third-place in the field of three, taking missteps at the start. Blue Muse trotted the mile in 2:00.1 and posted her fourth win with one second and three thirds in 10 starts this year. Lifetime, she has finished on-the-board in 10 of 16 starts, banking more than $43,000. Blue Muse is owned by her trainer, Ake Svanstedt, in partnership with Little E LLC of New York City. Carol Hodes  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 19, 2015 - Yonkers Raceway took a Saturday night stakes siesta, ceding the marquee to the overnight harness racing occupants. Luminosity (George Brennan, $3.50) and Crombie A (Brent Holland, $6.80) won their respective $48,000 Open Handicaps for trotters and pacers. Luminosity, as the 3-4 choice, had the identical, unimpeded assigned eight-hole path to the lead that Krispy Apple did in Friday night's distaff derby. Here, Luminosity controlled the crowd through intervals of :28.1, :56.4, 1:25.2 and 1:54. The margin, a length-and-a-half entering the lane, was a length-and-three-quarters at the end. Chasing from the pocket was pole-sitting For You Almostfree (Jason Bartlett), with UVA Hanover (Jordan Stratton) a three-hole third. Watkins (Pat Lachance) and Not Afraid (Dan Dube) rounded out the payees. For Luminosity, a 5-year-old Cash Hall gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his 11th win in 2 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $44.40, with the triple returning $152.50. As for Crombie A, who won the 1-thru-7 draw in the weekly pacing feature, he worked out a second-over trip to snap the leading, 9-10 choice Somewhere in LA (Dube) by a half-length in 1:51.1. The latter kept the ball rolling (:26.3, :54.4, 1:23), taking a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. Eight-hole-assigned Take it Back Terry (Brennan) flew home to snatch third, with Big N Bad (Eric Carlson) and a pocketed Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) settling for the remainder. For second choice Crombie A, a 9-year-old Down Under son of Life Sign co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Kapildeo Singh and Albert Abdala, he's now 7-for-10- this season. The exacta paid $17.60, with the triple returning $134. Crombie A owns a share the (1:50.1) all-age track record, taken in late July. Nest Saturday, it's New York Night of Champions (Part II), with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 11, 2015 - Harness racing favorite Cinamony (George Brennan) returned to form Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Leaving from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection), Cinamony quickly worked around invading Sudoku (Jordan Stratton). After a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and a pokey :56.4 intermission, Carobbean Pacetry (Brent Holland) moved from third. Cinamony had few issues in and out a 1:25 three-quarters, taking a 2¼-length lead into the lane. The final margin was 2½ lengths in 1:52.4. Second went to Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), with Sudoku, Carobbean Pacetry and Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) settled for the small change. Nothing from outside assignee Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett), who didn't leave and beat just one lass. For Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her ninth win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.60, with the triple returning $123.50. Saturday's card is the first of two New York Night of Champions, featuring eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 3-year-olds (races 5 through 8 in the dozen-race program). The 2-year-olds have their evening Saturday, Sept. 26th. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 22, 2015 - Dynamic Youth (George Brennan, $5.10) and (Cashontherocs, Brennan again, $29.20) divided Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night glory, winning the $48,000 harness racing co-features. Dynamic Youth, as the 3-2 favorite, just about went the distance in the blind-draw Open Pace. In play from post position No. 6, he retook from Rock on Moe (Dan Dube) after a :26.2 opening quarter-mile. After that, intervals of :55.3, 1:23.3 and 1:51.1 closed the sale. The final margin over a stubborn, first-up Sapphire City (Jason Bartlett) was a length-and-a-half, with a belated The Real One (Pat Lachance), Texican N (Eric Carlson) and Rock on Moe coming away with the minor moolah. For Dynamic Youth, a Bettor's Delight 6-year-old gelding trained by Ron Burke for co-owners Ken Tucci, C&G Racing and J&T Silva Stables, it was his fifth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering favorites paid $15, with the triple returning $53.50. The week's marquee trot, this one handicapped, saw pole-assigned Cashontherocs stalk Sevruga (Lachance), then beat him up the inside. The former threw down fractions of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:26, while parking out Dewycolorintheline (Jordan Stratton). Sevruga had a length-and-a-half into the lane, but Cashontherocs went in, and by. The margin was a half-length in 1:55.1. A wide Not Afraid (Dube) was third, with tepid 3-1 choice Tober (Bartlett) and Outburst (Tyler Buter) completing the cashers. For seventh choice Cashontehrocs, a 6-year-old Cash Hall gelded trained by Scott DiDomenico for owner Larry Fischer, he's now 3-for-21 this season. The exacta paid $55, the triple returned $221 and the superfecta paid $8,725 (base $2 payout). Also Saturday night, Bright Blue Eyes (Brian Sears, $5.60) and Murderer's Row (Bartlett, $25.20) won their respective $20,000 eliminations for the Hudson Filly Trot. The 3-year-olds won in 1:56.3 and 1:57.1, respectively, and shall be joined in next Saturday's $149,240 final by (alphabetically) Katniss, Lady Winona, Marion Millionair, Oh My Darlin', Scented Roses and Wouldn't Itbesweet. Rules of the Road (Bartlett), the 1-2 choice in the first elim, broke early and often and finished last. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), with the $151,624 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot (2-year-old fillies). Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 21, 2015 - Favored Set Me Up (George Brennan, $5.10) delivered on her public pact Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.  It was one of Brennan’s six wins on the 12-race program. With the assemblage pared down to six (two ladies came up ill), Set Me Up's original seven-hole became a cozier five-hole. She then worked around Her Own Land (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.1 and :56.4. Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter), the other beneficiary of those inside defections, left and was wrangled back fourth. She them moved to engage the leader toward the 1:24.4 three-quarters, but the soft (:57.3) middle half would give the leader too much of an advantage. Set Me Up owned a length lead into the lane, then widened to 2½ lengths in 1:52.4. Jonsie Jones held second, with Her Own Land,. Know it All (Eric Abbatiello) and Handsoffmycupcake (Jeff Gregory) came away with the remainder. Victoria May N (Steve Smith) was outrun. For set Me Up, a 6-year-old daughter of Shark Gesture co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 20 seasonal starts. The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $12, with the triple returning $62. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), with a pair of $20,000 eliminations for the $189,240 Hudson Filly Trot (3-year-olds) Frank Drucker

What started out as a "mundane" harness racing meeting at Yonkers Raceway Saturday night wound up lending itself to any number of stories and sidebars. Let's run down the plotlines, shall we... The Features--A pair of sixes, in Great Vintage (Dan Dube, $6.10) in 1:51.2, and Luminosity (George Brennan, $6.70) in a life-best 1:53.3, won the evening's $48,000 co-features for pacers and trotters, respectively. The Record-Sharer--Forty Five Red (Mark MacDonald, $4.60) held sway in the $35,000 Open Handicap Pace for 4-year-olds, and he did so in 1:50.1. That effort matched Crombie A's three-week-old, all-age track record, while setting a new one for Forty Five Red's age group. The time also matched the son of If I Can Dream's own life-best performance. The Record-Sharer, Part II--Luminosity's previously-proclaimed 1:53.3 trotting work night equaled that of Melady's Monet for season's fastest locally (set four weeks ago). The Speed--Ten of the evening's dozen races were essentially won wire-to-wire, or at least by the horse who was moving to the lead at the quarter. The other two races were won by one out of the pocket and one sitting a three-hole. The "slowest" of the 10 pacing events went in 1:52.3, while the non-Luminosity trot "trudged home" in 1:55.2. The Milestone-in-Waiting--Take My Picture, a best-of-the-record while chasing Luminosity in the trotting feature, now has career earnings of $998,386. The 8-year-old Classic Photo gelding, who once upon a time was a Yonkers Trot runner-up, is technically a millionaire if you throw in his Racing Under Saddle earnings. The Humans--Dube won four races, Brennan three. The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (first post 7:10 PM), featuring the $150,224 New York Sire Stakes Lew Barasch Trot (2-year-old colts/geldings). Frank Drucker

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