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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

Irish harness racing champ Meadowbranch D J made mincemeat of his opposition in Sunday’s final Inter Dominion heat at Portmarnock on Sunday, smashing the mile and a half track record (2:57.3) in the process of his astonishing 17 length victory. Working hard early he took the lead after half a lap and was never out of second gear. His major rival Brywinsmagicpotion who was two points ahead of him going into the race, chased valiantly but to no avail, winding up second but losing the Aussie invite on a countback as DJ won two heats to Magicpotion’s one. An amazing series has captured the hearts of all British and Irish fans and resulted in track records in each of the four heats. Owner Mark Flanagan was one of the instigators of the UK/Ireland series and deserved the success. Driver John Richardson later smashed the Portmarnock mile record on Bath lane with a 1.55.2 clocking to upset Britain’s best Free For Aller Stoneriggs Mystery. The Delaney weekend drew a bumper crowd where ace Kiwi Dexter Dunn wowed them with four winners while top US driver George Brennan won the big four year old race and Canadian Jody Jamieson flew in for the day and was runner up at his only drive. Despite having many outstanding horsemen and plenty of well bred stock, the sport is little known to most people in the UK, Ireland and abroad but is making great inroads and starting to generate the recognition it so richly deserves. Bill Hutchison. Interdominion Final - Portmarnock 2015

Dublin, Ireland – With near perfect weather and the strongest harness racing program in the history of Portmarnock Raceway, seven track records were set on the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial race card. Nearly 2,000 race fans jammed the half mile oval and all were treated to a spectacular exhibition of horse racing and horsemanship. The feature race was the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, the richest race in all of the British Isles at 18,500 euros and what a battle it was. Miraculous, fresh off his track record setting performance the day before in 2:00.9, went straight out to the lead for driver Patrick Kane, Jr. with Party At The Spa (Alan Waythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter in :29.7. Cutting the mile to the half in 1:00.2, Miraculous was the strong horse but Newtown Rock and Jody Jamieson was not going to sit still and came first-over to challenge, then dropped into the two-hole by the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Then on the turn for home, Jamieson moved again with Newtown Rock and came after Miraculous, but in the stretch Kane let out another notch and they pulled away from Newtown Rock to win by two and one-half lengths. Newtown Rock held for second with Party At The Spa third. The time of the race was 1:59.9, the fastest mile ever by a two-year-old in all of Ireland the UK. “My colt had two hard trips these past two day but he was up for it,” Said driver Patrick Kane, Jr. “Since I first raced him this year I knew he was something special and he showed it today. He is the best two-year-old I have ever sat behind.” Sired by Arts Conquest, Miraculous now has won the Delaney Memorial and the Breeders Crown UK/Ireland in a sensational first season of racing for owner Amie Flower and trainer Sally Teeboon. To watch the video of the race click here. The day started off with a bang in the third race final leg of the Inter Dominion Series for pacers. On the line to the winner was a free trip to compete in the Inter Dominion Series in Perth, Australia come this November. Someone must have told Meadowbranch DJ about the free trip down under as the seven-year-old son of Real Artist crushed the field for driver John Richardson. Stablemate Meadowbranch Romeo (Noel Ryan) got to the lead first out of the gate with Brywinsmagicpotion (Alan Haythornthwaite) grabbing the two-hole spot. Meadowbranch Romeo cut the first quarter in :28.6 and the half mile in :56.2. It was at the half mile marker that Richardson got Meadowbranch DJ into high gear on the outside and before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 they shot to the lead and the race was over from there. Holding the field at bay, Meadowbranch DJ hit the mile in 1:56, then opened up to a ten length lead by the one and quarter mile mark in 2:26.4 and then laid it on to win by seventeen lengths in 2:57.3. Brywinsmagicotion was second with Astounding (Gordon Gilvear), rebounding from an early break, finishing third. That was the fastest 1.5 mile race ever in Ireland/UK and just one second off the world record. “I have never been to Australia,” said driver John Richardson, “And if he (Meadowbranch DJ) can keep his form like he did today I think we will make some heads turn. I am not familiar with the horses down under so we will have to look into it now. I never dreamed we would get an opportunity like this. “He had been going some strong miles,” Richardson explained, “so we took him to the beach and that helped him recover for this big mile today.” USA’s George Brennan won his first race on Irish soil in the Paul Murtagh Memorial 4YO Derby. Brennan led from start to finish with Porterstown Chris in 3:00.1 for the one and one-half mile race. That was the fastest mile ever for a four-year-old at that distance. He is trained and owned by Geoff Dunne, whose brother Jonathan competes against Brennan in the USA. “It feels great to win here,” Brennan said. “I finally got to start a race on the gate and that made such a difference. This horse was so strong today. It is great to win a race for Johnny (Dunne) and his family. Johnny and I are really good friends. He hangs with me at my house when he comes over. And the people here really love their racing. I am glad I took the opportunity to come over here.”28.5, The Irish-American Cup FFA Pace was a major highlight of the afternoon card as the All-Age Track record and the fastest mile ever in the British Isles was set by Bath Lane and driver John Richardson in 1:55.2. Heart Of Steel (Jody Jamieson) was first on the lead with Stoneriggs Mystery (Mick Lord) following in second with Bath Lane waiting in third place. They raced Indian-style through fractions of :28.5 and :57.1 and then in the backstretch Lord made his move with Stoneriggs Mystery at the three-quarters in 1:26.8. And following Stoneriggs Mystery was Bath Lane. With every stride down the stretch Bath Lane kept on gaining on Stoneriggs Mystery and then by the wire the upset winner prevailed with Bath Lane scoring by a neck. The five-year-old gelded son of Kikikolt is owned by John Richardson and is trained by William Flanagan. Track Notes: Hall of Famer Roger Huston’s call in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Final, the last race on the card, was Huston’s 170,000th career race call. The inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Pace saw Tarawood Messi and driver Alan Richardson wire the field in 1:57.4. Nearly 100 well-wishers came on the track for the winner’s presentation. In the Delaney Memorial consolation race, Springhill Ali and driver Gavin Murdock wired the field in 2:01.1. One of only three fillies in the field of eight, Springhill Ali’s time set a track record for her age and gait. The Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby saw Rewrite History and driver Gordon Galvear once again rewrote his own track record from Saturday, winning the final for the one and one-half mile race in 3:01.6. New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn scored his fourth winner of the weekend on Sunday capturing the Prix De Elvin & Delaney FFA Trot at one and one-half miles with the French import Silvano Bello in track record time of 3:03.8. Driver Jody Jamieson came over Sunday morning from Toronto, Canada to Ireland just to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Memorial. It was not disclosed if the horse was purchased to race in North America. The charity received a check from the Vincent Delaney Memorial Committee Sunday for 19,000 euros in their month-long fund raising drive. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – Canada’s leading driver, Jody Jamieson, will be at Portmarnock Raceway Sunday afternoon to drive in the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial. “I’m coming over to drive Newtown Rock in the Delaney Final,” Jamieson said late Saturday night via email, “Look forward to seeing you all there!” Jamieson did not elaborate on this late breaking move. Speculation is that he is trying the colt for perspective buyers who could want to bring Newtown Rock over to North America to race. Sired in the USA by Rocknroll Hanover from the No Pan Intended mare, Hannah M, Newtown Rock is her first foal. Trained by Alan Wallace, Sr. and owned by Liam Wallace, Newtown Rock has been sensational in his debut season. On Saturday he led from start to finish in his elimination division of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial, cutting the mile and winning with ease by three open lengths in 2:01 over the half mile oval. His clocking was just one-fifth of a second from the track record for two-year-olds at Portmarnock that was set earlier in the day by Breeders Crown UK/Ireland winner, Miraculous, in 2:00.9. These two top colts will most certainly be going head and head in the Delaney Final Sunday. Jamieson will be joining two other world class drivers who have come to Ireland to race in the Delaney Memorial, New Zealander Dexter Dunn, who put on a show Saturday at Portmarnock, winning three races on the program, plus USA’s great reinsman, George Brennan, who was winless Saturday in his debut in Ireland. Jody Jamieson has of 7,153 career wins and purses won by the horses he has driven totaling nearly $102 million. Post time at Portmarnock Sunday is 2:00 pm. The Delaney Memorial is scheduled as the last of 12 races on the program and with a purse of 18,500 euros, is the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK. By Steve Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – New Zealander Dexter Dunn made his presence known in Ireland and the UK as the visiting harness racing reinsman won three races at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday. In addition, there were two track records set at Portmarnock Saturday. One in an elimination division of the Vincent Delaney Memorial for two-year-old pacers and the other in an elimination division of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby. It didn’t take Dexter Dunn long to find the winner’s circle at Portmarnock, it came in the second race on the program, a one and half mile handicap trot with the six-year-old French mare, Valse De Fourches. “She was on the bit,” Dunn said, “and she did all the work.” Getting right to the front, Valse De Fourches led every step of the way, scoring by two lengths in 3:09.5. Sired by Ipson De Mormal, Valse De Fourches is trained and owned by Sean Kane. “It’s so great to be here,” Dunn said. “This first race was so easy as she is a good mare.” New Zealand trainer Cran Dalgety put it best. “He has silk hands,” Dalgety said of Dexter Dunn. “Dexter is use to these extra distance races. It looked like he just held the mare together and Dexter put a little extra polish on her.” Dunn then added his second straight win with Carmel Camden in the first of two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud eliminations The filly division, going one and one-half miles, saw Dunn and Carmel Camden wire the field with ease in 3:06.7, romping by six open lengths. The daughter of No Pan Intended is trained and co-owned by James Delaney with his brother Derek. “This was the first time that she (Carmel Camden) ever went an extra distance race and Dexter did great with her.” James Delaney said. “If she races like that tomorrow in the final for Dexter we will be in the hunt for sure.” The third win on the day for Dexter Dunn came in the last race, the Fletcher Metals FFA Pace. Dunn once again sent the top pacer Dean’s Alibi to the front and never looked back, wiring the field in 1:56.8. Sitting on his back the entire mile was the grey, Oakwood Outlaw with USA’s George Brennan in the bike but they could not keep up in the stretch as Dean’s Alibi won with ease by four lengths. One of the top three-year-old pacers in Great Britain, Rewrite History, rewrote another track record as he won his division of the Oakwood Stud for colts at one and one-half miles in 3:03.8. Driven by Gordon Gilvear, Rewrite History also wired the field. The son of Sportswriter is trained by John Gilvear and is owned by Steven Gilvear. John and Steven are brothers and Gordon is John's son. The first track record on the day was in the first of three eliminations divisions of the Vincent Delaney Memorial. The colt division saw Miraculous and driver Patrick Kane, Jr. sit patiently in third place as Meadowbranch Titus (John Richardson) cut the mile and Party At The Spa (Alan Haythornthwaite) was in second place. The action picked up at the three-quarter mile marker as Haythornthwaite came first-over with Party At The Spa and Miraculous followed the outside flow, then tipped three-wide on the turn and then was able to collar both horses in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.9. That clocking rewrote the track and stakes record of 2:01.7 set last year by the top colt, Titanium. Miraculous is sired by Arts Conquest and is trained by Sally Teebook and owned by Amie Flower. The second colt division saw the impressive Newtown Rock and driver Alan Wallace, Jr. wire the field by a half-length in 2:01. The filly elimination division was a hotly contested battle between race favorite Gabriela Camden (Hugh Menzies) and Meadowbranch Queen (John Richardson). Gabriella Camden cut most of the mile but in the backstretch the second time, Meadowbranch Queen moved to the lead but broke stride on the final turn for home. Alertly driver John Richardson was able to get his filly back on stride and she went on to win by a half-length in 2:04.9. Meadowbranch Queen is sired by Kikikolt and is trained by Wiliam Flanagan for the Meadowbranch Stable. Track Notes: On a sad note it was reported this afternoon that the top three-year-old pacer, Titanium, was put down this morning. The 2014 winner of the Vincent Delaney Memorial and the all-time fastest three-year-old in the UK, had an emergency colic operation and did not survive.  Saturday attendance was the best in track history with a reported crowd of over 1,500 in attendance. Sunday’s post time for the 12 race program is 2:00 pm and featured will not only be the finals of both the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial and the Oakwood Stud 3YO Derby, but the final Inter-Dominion heat to decide who will represent the UK/Ireland in Australia. Visiting guest announcer, Hall of Famer Roger Huston of the USA, will call his 170,000th career race Sunday at Portmarnock. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – This Saturday and Sunday the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial harness racing weekend at Portmarnock Raceway has developed into the biggest and richest race weekend in all of the Ireland and the UK. A record 169 horses were entered in the box for the two-day meet. Last year it was 136, a 22% increase.  Purses are at an all-time high at over €80,000 ($87,000 US), a 48% increase over prior year and the final of the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is racing for a record €18,500 this year ($20,000 US), plus a €$4,000 ($4,350US) consolation race. Last year there was just a final for €12,000. “It just amazing how this race has grown,” said Derek Delaney, who with his brother James, had developed this race weekend in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically died in 2011. “This is just the fourth edition of the Delaney Memorial,” Delaney said. “And this Saturday we will have three elimination divisions. It’s just wonderful how big this weekend has grown in such a short time.” The Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial is for two-year-old pacers. Of the three elimination divisions, one is for fillies and two are for colts. The top two finishers from each heat, plus the two fastest third place finisher, return for the final on Sunday. Fillies will draw for inside post positions on the half mile oval. In addition to the Delaney Memorial elims on Saturday there will be two elimination divisions of the Oakwood Stud 3YO Open and on Sunday will be the finals of each of the series. Also Sunday, the inaugural Red John Memorial FFA Junior Pace that drew two full fields, the Paul Murtagh, Sr. Memorial, the Inner-Dominion Trot and Irish-American FFA take place. A total of 24 races over the two day meet. “There is also more to this weekend than just racing,” Delaney added, “We will have special guests from around the world. Drivers George Brennan from the USA and Dexter Dunn from New Zealand will be competing, trainers John McDermott from the USA and Cran Dalgety from New Zealand are coming. “So is the great USA Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston coming back again to call the races,” Delaney added. “And other trainers and horse people from Canada, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia, Belgium and Sweden are all coming over for my brother’s race weekend. It’s just too much for words.” Derek Delaney heads everything concerning the race weekend. He, along with his brother James, other volunteers and friends, make this weekend extra special for visiting guests. “We will be going on a carriage ride through Dublin on Thursday,” Delaney explained, “then a Viking Splash Tour ride of the city, followed by lunch at the worldly renowned Temple Bar. On Friday we have a tour bus taking everyone out to the country to Oakwood Stud Farm and training facility followed by lunch at a local pub. “Then Friday night, Delaney said, “We have a gala dinner to kick-off the weekend for more than 200 people. On Saturday and Sunday it’s all harness racing at Portmarnock.” And there is more, of course, as the entire weekend also features fund raising for the Saving Dylan Fund, which raises money to fight Multiple Sulfatase Deficiency (MSD), a genetic disease in children that is rapidly degenerative and fatal. Dylan and his family will be part of the festivities throughout the weekend. For more information go to So far more than €15,000 has been raised before the big race weekend. There will be exhibitions of Irish Dancing and music at the races, a ladies dress and hat competition. Plenty of bookies to take bets on the races and this year, due to matching grant funds, a permanent judges stand and announcer booth, a built-in electronic teletimer, new covered grandstand and a new playground area for the children. Considering harness racing was very stagnant for years in Ireland and the UK, the work that Derek Delaney and his crew have done over the past few years is astonishing. They have helped immensely in the revitalization of harness racing for the British Isles. Every year yearling prices have increased. More owners getting into the sport. Top of the line pacers from the USA and trotters from France are being imported for racing and breeding. With estimated crowds to be in the thousands this weekend, little Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin, Ireland has been transposed into a Little Brown Jug/Elitloppet/Gold Cup & Saucer weekend of its very own. By Steven Wolf

Dublin, Ireland – New Zealand’s top harness racing driver, Dexter Dunn, is having a championship season that perhaps books can be written about. Not only has Dunn emerged as one of the top young drivers in the sport, having soundly beaten the best drivers from around the globe in capturing the 2015 World Driving Championship this winter, now he is becoming an international globetrotter. Thanks to the success of fellow New Zealander Anthony Butt, Dexter Dunn is now on a whirlwind semi-working tour of the British Isles and Europe, thanks also to his success as a harness racing driver. Dunn, 25, born and raised in Christchurch, NZ, just arrived in Dublin, Ireland late Tuesday night. Prior he spent three days in both Spain and Belgium. He will be in Dublin for a week and driving at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday and Sunday in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend. “If you told me I would be traveling throughout Europe a year ago I would not have believed you.” Dunn said. “This is all so great.” Dunn had spoken with fellow horseman Anthony Butt about Anthony’s trip to Ireland last year for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial and Butt told him what a great adventure it was. Then Dunn wins the World Driving Championship, then Butt moves his operation from New Zealand to Australia and is in such demand as a driver he cannot miss the big races in Australia and cannot make a return trip to Ireland. “The next time I see Anthony,” Dunn said, “He tells me how he cannot make it back to Ireland this coming August and that he would ask race promoted Derek Delaney if I could come over. I said I would be keen to go and within a week or so I am in contact with Derek and here I am, traveling throughout Europe. What a thrill this is.” “When I first heard back from Anthony Butt that he could not make it make here to Dublin for my brother race I was disappointed.” Said Derek Delaney. “Then Anthony suggested that Dexter Dunn and trainer Cran Dalgety might be interested in coming and they agreed to attend, it all turned around to be great. Now I have the top driver and trainer from New Zealand coming for the race weekend. Plus having George Brennan and John McDermott coming from the USA is really going to make the Vincent Delaney Memorial race weekend something special.” Dunn is already listed to drive a few horses both Saturday and Sunday at Portmarnock and more may be on the way. “It will be great to compete here,” Dunn said, “Anthony told me what good men and women these Irish, Welsh, Scottish and British drivers are and I look forward to meeting them.” But it is not all work and no play for Dexter Dunn. “I never have been to Europe before,” Dunn explained, “so I told myself I better make it a grand trip and I have. After my week in Dublin I will head to London for a few days, then over to Paris and then I have booked myself on a small cruise vacation for just 40 people in Croatia. I saw it online, contacted the people and they said they had one opening left on one of the cruises, so I took it. “So far it has been a great holiday,” Dunn added, “I had friends and family to see and visit in Spain and Belgium, but when I go to London, Paris and then Croatia, I’m on my own.” Being able to mix business with pleasure is always a good thing as this reporter can most certainly attest to! By Steve Wolf, for 

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 31, 2015--The names have not been changed to protect the innocent, because the song remains the same. Cinamony and harness racing driver George Brennan continued there  roll Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Remanded outside her seven rivals and caught what appeared about 46-wide leaving, the 7-5 choice nonetheless had few issues. They weren't going all that much early (:28.2, :56.4), as Cinamony--parked just about two turns--eventually pocketed second choice Venus Delight. After a 1:25 three-quarters, Cinamony owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. The final margin was a confidently-driven, half-length in 1:53. Venus Delight chased around the oval, with Skippin' By (Brian Sears), Justthaventmetuyet (Jordan Stratton) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) getting the minor moolah. 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 seventh win in 11 seasonal starts (6-for-6 since hitting town). The exacta paid $13.40, with the triple returning $33.60. Earlier during the 12-race card, they came thisclose to a four-way win dead-heat in the $15,500 fourth-race pace. It was No. 1, Art for Art's Sake (Sears), "getting the bob" over No. 7, Duke's Up (Brennan). No. 4, Lucky Terror (Bartlett), was third and No. 3, Lennon Blue Chip (Dube), finished fourth. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), then next Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), with a Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 24, 2015 - The next time they beat Cinamony (George Brennan, $8.10) here would be the first time they beat Cinamony here. The form spree continued Friday night, as the lass won Yonkers Raceway's $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Assigned outside what became her six rivals (Road Bet came up ill), Cinamony had to wait her turn before making the lead. She did so around arch enemy-and 11-10 favorite--Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) just after a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. It was a :55.3 intermission before Caribbean Rose N (Brian Sears) moved from fourth, not getting all that close at a 1:23.3 three-quarters. Cinamony owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane before holding Krispy Apple at bay in 1:51.3, matching her own (along with two others) track record for 4-year-old mares. The final margin was three-quarters of a length. Third went to a non-threatening Caribbean Rose N, with Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) and Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum) completing the cashers. For third choice Cinamony, a daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her sixth win in 10 seasonal starts (5-for-5 since hitting town). The exacta paid $15.20, with the triple returning $45.20. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post 7:10 PM), then next Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (all at 7:10 PM), with a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (first post 1 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 17, 2015 - It was assigned as a two-horse race, wagered as a two-horse race and contested as a two-horse race. Favored Cinamony (George Brennan $4.20) was able to the get the jump on rival Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) Friday night and that proved enough. The formful miss went the distance, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $48,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Cinamony, starting from post position No. 7 directly inside of her foe, was not about to waste that advantage. She led at every station (:27.4, :56.4, 1:25, 1:52.2), while Krispy Apple, as the second choice, tucked in fourth before making her second bid. The former whipped the latter by a length-and-a-quarter, with Alhambra (Larry Stalbaum), Caribbean Rose N (Tyler Buter) and Handsoffmycupcake (Dan Dube) settling for the small change. 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 fifth win in nine seasonal starts (4-for-4 since hitting town). The exacta (those two wagering choices) paid $9.70, with the triple returning $53.50 The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (first post at 7:10 PM), featuring the $107,500 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 11, 2015 - Two-year-olds were prominent Saturday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting a pair of eliminations for the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. A baker's dozen worth of plebes went it at in their $25,000 elims, with the first four finishers in each back for next Saturday's (July 18) $107,500 finale. Jason Bartlett, who won half the evening's dozen races, included wagering choice Do Over Hanover ($5) among that list. The pole-sitting, $25,000 Western Ideal colt won the evening's first elimination, defeating first-starter Gleneagles (George Brennan) by 3¾ lengths in a maiden-breaking 1:56.1. Second and third choices Autotone Hanover (Tyler Buter) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube) both survived breaks-and a judges' inquiry-to finish third and fourth, respectively. For Do Over Hanover, trained by Jim Campbell for co-owners Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Robert Unice, it was that first career win in a couple of starts. The exacta paid $37.60, with the triple returning $143. The second elimination saw Joe Larry N Curly (Brennan), sent off at 1-10 odds and the reason show wagering was taken off the table, fail to get the memo. He jumped it off wildly leaving the gate, winding up distanced. That left Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker, $23.40) in a race by himself, doing his business-from post No. 6-from an open lead. He won by 6¼ lengths in an identical (and life-best) 1:56.1 Endeavor (Pat Lachance), Artmagic (Brian Sears) and War-N-Munn (Dube) also earned their way into the final. For third choice Tailgunner Hanover, a $50,000 Well Said colt co-owned (with Joe Sbrocco, Frank Baldassare and Howard Taylor) by his trainer/driver, it was his second win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $130, with the triple returning $544. Note that since no one took down Saturday's Pick 5, Monday night's gimmick-already with a $10,000 guaranteed pool-begins with a carryover of $4,726.64 (50-cent base wager, races 7 through 11). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday matinee (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Dublin, Ireland – Led by trainer/driver “Irish” Joe Hanney, American interests have come forth with more than $11,000 in sponsorship money for the Irish American FFA Cup at Portmarnock Raceway on Sunday, August 9. In addition, Heather Vitale introduced Derek Delaney to Adam Bowden and now Diamond Creek Farm in Kentucky will be a new sponsor of Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial starting in 2016. Now the total purses for the Delaney will be at $50,000. The Delaney Memorial, held August 8 & 9, is the richest race in all of Ireland and the UK. “During my recent trip to the USA in March, Irish Joe introduced me to so many people,” said Derek Delaney, who with his brother James, developed the race weekend in memory of their younger brother Vincent, who tragically passed away in 2011. “It’s been crazy ever since I returned from the USA,” Delaney explained, “So many people I met are now helping us with sponsorships. All the credit has to go to my buddy Irish Joe. He introduced me to the people and convinced them how we are working so hard to help build new fans in Ireland, improve our breeding program and enhance our stakes races. “And credit too to Heather Vitale,” Delaney said, “She came for the race last year and promoted us with her video features. This year total purses will be closer to $100,000!” Delaney said he has received sponsorships from Diamond Creek Farm, Nifty Norman Stable, Joe Holloway, American Dream Racing Stable, Bresnahan Racing Stable and American Viking Racing Stable. The Irish American FFA Cup will feature the best pacers in all of Ireland and the UK. “In addition, Joe Hanney introduced me to George Brennan,” Delaney added, “and now George is coming over for my brother’s race this year. How great is that! George is shipping over his special UFO race bike and he will use it over the weekend and then it will auctioned off for charity. Joe has also helped me get donations from so many others for our big auction to help raise money for the Saving Dylan Fund. “We now have race colors from George Brennan, John Campbell, Ron Pierce, Chris Christoforou, Brett Miller and other great items.” Delaney also said that with the growth and interest the past two years in his brother’s race, people are coming for the long weekend festival from all corners of the world. “It is amazing how this little race my brother James and I came up with is attracting people from all over,” Delaney said. “Not only do we have New Zealander Dexter Dunn, the 2015 World Driving Champion coming for the weekend, but also the top trainer in New Zealand, Cran Dalgety and Blood Stock agent and stud farm owner Peter Larkin from Australia. “I have heard from horsemen in Belgium and Sweden who are bringing over horses to race that weekend,” Delaney said. “This is all so fantastic and we are making every effort to make sure that everyone who is traveling from abroad and Europe that they will have a grand time here in Dublin.” The Delaney Memorial Weekend has now been developed into a “mini” Little Brown Jug, Gold Cup & Saucer and Elitloppet, all rolled into one. “This year will be a real festival weekend,” Delaney said. “On Friday, Aug. 7 we will have a bus tour to a breeding farm and training center, then Friday night is our gala dinner for 250 people.  Then Saturday, Aug. 8  is the elimination divisions for the Delaney Memorial and then Sunday the big show with the Delaney Memorial Final, consolation race, the Irish American FFA Cup, the Oakwood Stud for 3YO’s, the Paul Murtagh Memorial for 4YO’s and the inaugural of the “Red” John O’Donovan Memorial. What a grand day of racing this will be!” Derek Delaney also wanted to point out that after the race cards both Saturday and Sunday there will be a party at the Portmarnock Raceway bar and restaurant and he promises there will be no shortages of Guinness nor Irish Cider! Anyone wishing for more information can visit By Steve Wolf, for

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 3, 2015  - Cinamony with harness racing driver George Brennan in the bike is just better than her foes right now. She proved it again Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace for a third consecutive local victory. Starting outside her six foes, she was content to be an early laggard as invading Inittowinafortune (Dan Dube) worked around It's a Miracle (Eric Carlson), laying down early intervals of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Tipitina (Eric Goodell) offering weak, first-up company while Hot List (Brian Sears) gapped from second-over. That forced 4-5 choice Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) and Cinamony around that one going toward a 1:24.1 three-quarters. Inittowinafortune owned a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, but the wheels were wobbling. Cinamony uncoiled to rally widest and fastest, whipping a cone-skimming Alhambra (Tyler Buter)-the 28-1 rank outsider-by a neck in 1:53. Venus Delight, It's a Miracle and Hot List rounded out the payees, with the pace-setter tiring to sixth. For third choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $144, with the triple returning $437.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

YONKERS, NY, Friday, June 26, 2015-Cinamony (George Brennan, $11.40) eschewed an early seat and went the distance Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing featured $42,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. A week after hitting town and matching the track record for her weight class, Cinamony-ordered outside all but one of her eight rivals-was an early third before working around Hot List (Brian Sears) Cinamony, who scorched the Westchester earth to the tune of 1:51.3 last Friday, didn't have to go nearly as fast here (:27, :57, 1:25.1, 1:53). She held off a two-move effort from eight-hole assigned Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett), whipping the slight 2-1 choice by a length-and-a-quarter. Hot List saved the bottom of the ticket, with Jonsie Jones (Tyler Buter) and a first-up For the Ladies N (Eric Carlson) settling for the remainder. For fifth choice Cinamony, a 4-year-old daughter of Art Official co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, it was her third win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $53, with the triple returning $190.50. The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM). After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), a "French-centric" Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. Frank Drucker

Dublin, Ireland – Tickets are nearly sold out for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial gala dinner on Friday, August 7 at the Hilton Dublin Airport Hotel. This is the kickoff dinner before the big harness racing weekend at Portmarnock Raceway Saturday and Sunday, August 8 & 9. There are only 20 tickets left before the dinner is sold out. Everyone that attends the dinner will get to hear from and meet the USA and New Zealand racing stars who have come over for the weekend. They are USA top reinsman George Brennan, renowned trainer John McDermott and Hall of Fame announcer Roger Huston. New Zealander Dexter Dunn, who this year won the World Driving Championship in Australia, New Zealand’s leading trainer Cran Dalgety and USA racing journalists Steve Wolf (Harnesslink) and Heather Vitale (Post Time TV). There is room for just 220 people at this special affair that begins at 7:30 pm. The cost of a ticket is just €40.00 each and it will be a cash bar. “I can’t believe how these tickets are flying out the door,” said race developer and founder, Derek Delaney. “After we announced that George Brennan was coming over from the USA to drive in Vincent’s race, we are nearly sold out. “I may have to talk with the hotel manager and see if we can get a couple of tables in the lobby!” Delaney joked. “If anyone wants to get a ticket they better hurry up.” In order to get tickets to the dinner go to  By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Weekend

Dublin, Ireland – Harness racing great, driver George Brennan, has announced that he will be heading over to Ireland the first week of August to compete in the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend at Portmarnock Raceway. The 48-year-old reinsman will be missing Hambletonian Day but that is OK with him. “I really did not have a top three-year-old that I was committed to for the Hambo this year.” Brennan said. “And I have heard so many great things about this weekend of racing in Ireland and met with the organizer, Derek Delaney, and I want to experience this.” Brothers Derek and James Delaney, after the tragic passing of their younger brother Vincent in 2011, developed the race weekend series in their brother’s memory. The race has grown to be the richest series in all of Ireland and the United Kingdom. It’s for two-year-old pacers and features elimination races Saturday, August 8 and the final on Sunday, August 9. There are also additional stakes races on both days. “What a thrill this is to have someone of George’s prominence coming over for our race weekend,” Said Derek Delaney. “We now have two Americans, George Brennan and trainer John McDermott coming over along with Hall of Famer, announcer Roger Huston. We also have Dexter Dunn, the 2015 World Driving Champion from New Zealand and the country’s leading trainer, Cran Dalgety, coming over too. This is all too good to be true!” Brennan is nearing his 9,000th career victory in harness racing and has more than $147 million in purse earnings with the horses he has driven. He has captured nearly every major stakes race in the sports history. In 2011 he was named the Harness Racing Driver of the Year and that season he won both the Hambletonian and the Oaks, only the second driver ever to win both on the same day. And most befitting, George Brennan won this year’s St. Patrick’s Day race at Freehold Raceway, which was sponsored by Derek Delaney and the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial weekend. “It was Irish Joe Haney,” explained Brennan, “who got the ball rolling about me coming over to Ireland. Joe asked me to go last year but I could not make it. Then this year I meet with Derek Delaney, I win the St. Patrick’s Day race and after spending some time talking with Irish Joe and Derek, now I am going to Ireland. “I do not know much about my Irish heritage,” Brennan admits, “except that I was always told that we are from County Kilkenny in the south east region of Ireland. Who knows, I might even meet a distant relative. It will also be cool to drive horses in Ireland. I am told it will be an experience to remember and that the people in Ireland have great passion for harness racing.” Brennan, McDermott, Huston, Dunn, Dalgety, along with USA harness racing journalists Steve Wolf and Heather Vitale, will have a busy schedule that weekend according to Derek Delaney. “We’ve scheduled them pretty tight,” Delaney said. “Friday is a trip to Oakwood Stud to see our top training and breeding facility. Then Friday night a sold-out gala dinner to kick off the weekend and so everyone can meet our special guests. “On Saturday it’s race day with the eliminations for the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial,” said Derek Delaney, “Then a big party in the track bar/restaurant that night followed Sunday by the race finals and another big bash afterwards. Then if they survive it all we will let them go on their own to tour the city of Dublin come Monday. “We want to invite everyone to come to the Vincent Delaney Weekend,” Derek Delaney said. “We will have great racing, Irish music and dancing, good food and drink, activities for the children, betting with the bookies, a real Irish festival and top racing. It is a wonderful experience in the best of Irish tradition.” For more information about the Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Weekend visit By Steve Wolf, for the Vincent Delaney Memorial Series

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