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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 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

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

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