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Snobbytown drove on to the lead and never looked back in a Thursday night harness racing score in the $37,000 Yonkers Raceway Open Pace.   George Brennan exemplified his "Minister of Speed" moniker by sending Snobbytown four-wide into the first turn from post five to contest the early pace. The pair fought their way forward and settled on the engine prior to the completion of the :27 opening quarter. Brennan didn't let off the accelerator through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters and turned for home with a two-length cushion.   Snobbytown maintained her gap to rivals in the stretch and crossed the finish line victorious ahead by two and a half lengths in 1:53. Norman's Madeline (Brent Holland) rode the pocket to a place cheque, and Surreal Feeling (Jason Bartlett) picked up ground late for show.   SNOBBYTOWN REPLAY     Snobbytown's victory avenged her loss in the prior week and improved her career record to 20-for-53. The five-year-old Nob Hill High mare has earned more than $430,000 lifetime. Ron Burke trains and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC alongside Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg and Jason Melillo of Powell.   Yonkers Raceway will conclude its week of action on Friday, May 7. That night's 10-race card will begin at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Major Escape edged clear on the end of a front-end trip on Thursday to take the Monticello Raceway harness racing feature pace.   Driver Jim Devaux was intent on getting the lead with the gelding, and he did so by advancing on the rim from post three through the first quarter in :29. Major Escape then led to the half in :59.3 and three-quarters in 1:29.3, after which he drew the encouragement of Devaux as the field of eight inched closer.   Major Escape turned for home with the lead and outpaced two challengers to score by a length and a quarter in 1:58.2. Kj Michael Gary (Jim Taggart Jr.) found a seam up the rail and took second. Pocket-sitter Uncle Qwackers (Michael Merton) finished third. The winner paid $2.80.   MAJOR ESCAPE REPLAY     Major Escape took his fourth win in his 80th lifetime appearance and increased his earnings to more than $90,000. Dawn Devaux trains the five-year-old son of Art Major for Lisa Zabielski of Ballston Spa.   Monticello will adjourn for the weekend and return on Monday, May 10 with eight dashes starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Dragon Roll surged by foes in the stretch to notch her third consecutive victory in the conditioned harness racing feature pace at a sloppy Yonkers Raceway on Wednesday.   The Roll With Joe mare ceded early position and dropped back to fifth of eight from post four under the guidance of Todd McCarthy. Pettycoat Business (Joe Bongiorno) powered to the lead on the outside in a :28 first quarter and stole a second panel breather with a :58.4 half time.   Dragon Roll moved outside first, but heavy favourite Wingding Hanover (Jason Bartlett) provided her with cover by going first-up. Dragon Roll gapped off through the third split but seemed to find another gear after three-quarters in 1:26.3, and she picked up ground approaching the far turn.   Dragon Roll lunged three-wide turning for home and rolled by Wingding Hanover and Pettycoat Business to score in 1:55.2. Pettycoat Business finished three quarters of a length behind in second, and a late-closing Turnthefrownaround (George Brennan) was third.   DRAGON ROLL REPLAY     Dragon Roll's win was her seventh in 28 lifetime starts; she has earned more than $190,000. Ricky Bucci of Campbell Hall owns and trains the four-year-old. She paid $19.20 to win.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Thursday, May 6 for 10 dashes starting at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Chip Chip Conway slogged first-over through the mud to emerge victorious in the Monticello Raceway harness racing Open trot on Wednesday.   He dropped in fourth heading for the first turn and was three lengths behind cover going past the quarter in :29.1. Jim Taggart Jr. tipped the gelding to the outside as the six-horse field rounded into the stretch to complete lap one, and the pair advanced uncovered as they completed the second panel in :59.4.   Kabang (Michael Merton) remained steadfast on the lead, holding Chip Chip Conway to his shoulder before exploding off stride going past three-quarters in 1:29.3. Chip Chip Conway held his two closest challengers at bay throughout the final quarter and crossed the finish line a length and a quarter ahead in 1:59.3.   Superiorcourt (Greg Merton) followed the winner's cover to take the place spot. Shoot The Thrill (Brandon Parker) galloped across the wire and was therefore disqualified and placed fourth by the stewards. Four-to-five favourite Cinnamon Stick (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) was the beneficiary, as he was promoted to show.   CHIP CHIP CONWAY REPLAY     Chip Chip Conway, a five-year-old altered son of Conway Hall, is now 13-for-61 lifetime with nearly $190,000 in earnings. He is a homebred for Kenneth Weckstein of Ocean City and Gary Messenger of Monticello, who also trains.   Monticello Raceway will conclude its week of action on Thursday, May 6 with a nine-race program starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Kerford Road A saved ground for much of the Yonkers Raceway harness racing conditioned feature pace on Tuesday, but his move at the five-eighths and late tenacity earned him a spot in the winner's circle.   Jim Marohn Jr. landed the seven-year-old gelding the pocket spot from post four heading for the first bend, but Redbank Blaze A's (Matt Kakaley) brush to the top relegated him to third. Kerford Road continued in the three-hole through splits of :28 and :56.3 before going on the attack past the five-eighths pole.   Kerford Road made inroads on the leader quickly, reaching the Redbank Blaze A's harness as the six-horse field hit three-quarters in 1:25.1. The two locked in battle down the stretch, and Kerford Road prevailed under the light of the wire in a 1:53.4 triumph.   Redbank Blaze A was a neck short in second, completing an Aussie top two. Pointomygrandson (Scott Zeron) was a clear third.   KERFORD ROAD REPLAY     Kerford Road A, an Australian expat that moved to North America in 2020, has won 20 of his 77 lifetime starts and earned more than $145,000. The ownership group of Harmon Racing Stable LLC, Winners Circle Racing LLC, and John Campagnuolo of Loxahatchee brought the son of Somebeachsomewhere stateside; Robert Harmon trains for the coalition.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Wednesday, May 5 with a nine-race card that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Camwood scored a front-end harness racing victory in the Monticello Raceway Open Pace on Tuesday, winning the class for the second consecutive week.   He was widest of the three vying for the early lead due to his four-hole draw, but Bruce Aldrich Jr. encouraged him on through the first turn and secured the front prior to the quarter in :29. Camwood went to the half in :58.4 and began to edge away from the two and three-wide challengers going past three-quarters in 1:27.4.   Aldrich needed to work little in the stretch to get Camwood home a length and a quarter clear of Certified Ideal (Justin Huckabone) for a 1:56.4 score. Certified Ideal kept his second-place finish after a length inquiry, and Grand Priority (Brandon Parker) recovered from a shuffle for show.   CAMWOOD REPLAY     That was Camwood's 23rd victory in 126 career appearances. The seven-year-old Woodstock gelding has made just less than $215,000. Christopher Petrelli trains for George Dremonas of Oak Lawn.   Monticello Raceway will be back on Wednesday, May 5 to host eight races starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

New Zealand import Raukapuka Ruler N was supreme through a downpour in the $37,000 Open Pace at Yonkers Raceway on Monday, winning the featured harness racing contest in wire-to-wire fashion.   Jordan Stratton commanded Raukapuka Ruler to take the lead from post five, and the horse did so in a :26.3 opening stanza. He stole a :56.1 second quarter and continued to the three-quarters in 1:24.3 with little opposition offered from the seven others.   Raukapuka Ruler N tuned for home with a two-length gap and put the race to bed with only mild encouragement from Stratton, winning in 1:52.4. A plucky Speed Man N (Scott Zeron) trudged on first-up, but he completed the Kiwi exactor a length and a half short in second. The Real One (Pat Lachance) closed for third off his second-over trip.   RAUKAPUKA RULER N REPLAY     Raukapuka Ruler's score was his 17th from 59 lifetime outings. The eight-year-old gelding's earnings now exceed $340,000. Tritton 2 Inc of Pine Bush owns, and Peter Tritton trains. The son of Bettor's Delight moved to North America in October 2019.   Ostro Hanover captured the $30,000 Preferred Pace one race later in a similar effort.   The six-year-old gelding directed three other leavers to form up behind him going into the first turn, as he used his rail draw to attain front-end control. He governed the tempo through fractions of :27.2, :56.4, and 1:24.3 under orders from Tyler Buter and consolidated the 1:53 victory with a convincing stretch drive.   Ostro Hanover got home a length clear of Ehrmantraut (Zeron), who finished second, and Herrickroosevelt N (Stratton), who took show.   OSTRO HANOVER REPLAY     Ostro Hanover is now 21-for-69 lifetime with a bankroll in excess of $435,000. Daniel Renaud trains the son of Betterthancheddar for the ownership trio of B and I Stables LLC of Closter, Kapildeo Singh of Yorktown Heights, and VIP Internet Stables LLC of Piscataway.   Stratton had a hot night despite the drizzle. He drove four winners: Victorias Maverick (1:52.4) in the first, Lets Have Another (1:51.4) in the fourth, Sheriff N (1:52.1) in the sixth, and Raukapuka Ruler. He leads the drivers' standings with 105 victories.   The total handle of $1,254,745 was the highest on a nighttime card for the track in more than eight years.   Yonkers Raceway returns on Tuesday, May 4 with a nine-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

The New Americana extended her streak of top three finishes to 11 straight with a front-end harness racing victory in the Monticello Raceway conditioned feature on Monday.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. marched the six-year-old mare to the top from post three going into the first turn, which was helped by the break of rail horse The Boss' Wife (Shane Taggart). The New Americana paced fractions of :29, :58.3, and 1:27.4 without being headed, but Glamorgal (Brandon Parker) threatened in the passing lane and Moonlightandroses (Cory Stratton) provided pressure on the outside coming down the lane.   The New Americana turned them all away though and paced home a neck the best in 1:57. Michael Merton threaded Too Much Sun through traffic late, and they took place. Glamorgal was third of seven. The winner paid $3.50.   THE NEW AMERICANA REPLAY     The New Americana made an immediate impact for James Teri of West Babylon, who claimed the six-year-old Yankee Skyscraper mare on Apr. 26 and assigned her to trainer Christopher Petrelli. The horse has won 23 of her 112 lifetime starts and has earned more than $220,000. She will not start for Teri next week though, as Ralph Silvestri III claimed the mare who started under a $7,500 tag to be eligible for the contest.   Quick Summer took the sub-feature conditioned trot in line to Merton by pressing on to the front from the five-hole, leading through :28.1, :58.2, and 1:28.4 splits, and narrowly holding off Big Bad Swan (Michael Miller), who finished second, by a head to win in 1:59.2. Er Betty (Jim Taggart Jr.) also closed in the late stages and finished third in the eight-deep field.   QUICK SUMMER REPLAY     Quick Summer is now 14-for-90 lifetime with more than $90,000 in earnings. It's her second win from as many starts for owner/trainer Andrew Adamczyk, who claimed her for $7,500 after her Apr. 19 outing. She's a seven-year-old Prayer I Am mare.   A correct $2 win ticket returned $5.80.   Monticello Raceway will return on Tuesday, May 4 to host nine dashes beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Mvp Luke was the most valuable trotter in Northfield Park's harness racing co-feature Open Trot on Sunday, which he won by open lengths.   Greg Grismore was unable to find an inside spot for the six-year-old stallion leaving from post four, so he pressed on and acquired the lead just prior to the quarter in :27.4. Mvp Luke carried the field through middle splits of :57.1 and 1:25.1 and was tested little throughout. He sailed away from all challengers in the stretch and was unhurried crossing the finish line a length and a half the best in 1:54.2.   Winning Shadow (Chris Lems) sustained his first-over bid to take place, and Mac Deeno (Ryan Stahl) got up for third. The winner paid $5.50.   MVP LUKE REPLAY     Mvp Luke, a son of My Mvp, has won 13 of his 64 lifetime outings and raked in more than $210,000. Howard Taylor of Philadelphia owns, and Chris Mc Guire trains.   Macadoodledoo scored in the other co-feature, an Open Pace, in gritty fashion, resisting two determined challengers in the lane.   Ronnie Wrenn Jr. capitalized on scratching into the one-hole, sending Macadoodledoo directly to the front and putting a keen Bernie (Kurt Sugg) in the pocket. Macadoodledoo laid down :27.2 and :55.2 speed through the first two splits, after which Yankee Boots (Aaron Merriman) went forward to apply first-over pressure.   Macadoodledoo and Yankee Boots drew level going into the turn, just past three-quarters in 1:22.1. Southwind Amazon (Grismore) tipped three-wide straightening for home, and Bernie looked up the rail. Macadoodledoo kept his nose in front of the cavalry charge though and emerged a three-quarter-length winner in 1:51.   Yankee Boots reached up for second over Bernie, who was third.   MACADOODLEDOO REPLAY     Macadoodledoo is now 16-for-86 in his career and has amassed more than $245,000. Ron Burke trains the six-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding and co-owns with his Burke Racing Stable LLC based in Fredericktown and Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg. The horse returned $12 to win.   Also on the card, reinsman Billy Davis Jr. surpassed the 3,000 win mark with Vintage Grand (1:55.1) in the fifth. Davis has more than 20,000 starts, and his mounts have earned more than $20,400,000 in a career that began in 2007. He started driving at Fraser Downs in Surrey, B.C.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Nows The Moment went wire-to-wire for his first win of the 2021 harness racing season in the Yonkers Raceway $37,000 Open Trot on Friday.   Matt Kakaley commanded early speed from the six-year-old gelding, who promptly provided it from the rail. Nows the Moment secured front-end control before the first turn and took the field through fractions of :28.2, :58.2, and 1:27 unopposed.   Nows The Moment kept all threats at bay coming down the stretch and completed the two-length victory in 1:56.3. Mostinterestingman (George Brennan) found late trot up the rail and got up for second. Pocket-sitter Full Rights (Jason Bartlett) settled for show.   NOWS THE MOMENT REPLAY     Nows The Moment is now 23-for-85 lifetime with earnings exceeding $350,000. Lloyd Alex Macdonald trains the son of Credit Winner for Sonya Mac Donald of South Paris (ME).   Yonkers Raceway will return on Monday, May 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Racine Bell ensured her hot streak was not extinguished on Thursday night at Yonkers Raceway by winning the $37,000 Open Pace in a first-up harness racing effort.   She left quickly under orders from Jason Bartlett, but her outside post forced her to drop into the five-hole as the eight-horse field straightened onto the backside. Snobbytown (George Brennan) took over the lead as they hit the quarter in :27.3 and carried the field to the half in :57.4, after which Racine Bell moved first-over.   Racine Bell stormed up on the outside and struck the front just past the three-quarters in 1:25.4. She cleared Snobbytown as she entered the stretch and sealed the half-length 1:54 victory with a sufficient stretch drive. A resilient Snobbytown fought back and regained ground approaching the line, but she had to settle for second. Bronskimackenzie A (Todd McCarthy) closed from last to third.   RACINE BELL     Racine Bell has now won 16 of her 32 starts and made more than $350,000 for Chris Lawton of Vernon and Dale Lawton of Verona. David Dewhurst trains the four-year-old So Surreal mare.   Yonkers Raceway's next card starts at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 30.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Chasethecloudsaway vaulted by the late leader to win on a wet track in the co-featured harness racing conditioned pace at Monticello Raceway on Thursday.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. sent Chasethecloudsaway out quickly, going wide into the first turn to secure an early lead. They took the field to the quarter in :28.3, but Special Achiever (Greg Merton) rushed up at that point and grabbed front-end control. Special Achiever led through the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:28.1.   Chasethecloudsaway remained in the pocket, but she got room when the first-over contender backed down as the group entered the stretch, and she chased Special Achiever. Chasethecloudsaway proved to have more late speed, blowing past in the last 1/16th to win by a length in 1:57. Special Achiever was second, and Rock On Lou (Michael Merton) converted her three-hole ride to a show finish.   CHASETHECLOUDSAWAY REPLAY     Chasethecloudsaway now has four wins and more than $45,000 in earnings across 33 career starts. Christopher Petrelli trains the four-year-old Sunshine Beach mare for David Del Pozzo of Methuen.   In the other co-feature, Skyway Ballet went three-wide around dueling leaders and emerged best in a four-across finish.   She went forward off the car for Kyle DiBenedetto and acquired the lead early, but she quickly lost it to Kj Michael Gary (Jim Taggart Jr.). The latter posted a :29.1 first quarter, followed by a half in :59.3. Beech Nut Bandit (Jim Devaux) gained on the outside throughout the third panel, reaching the leader's bridle by the three-quarters in 1:30.1.   DiBenedetto swung Skyway Ballet widest of all turning for home and turned on the jets in the late stages. She went by the top two and passing lane challenger Uncle Qwackers (Michael Merton) to score by three quarters of a length in 1:59.4.   Kj Michael Gary took the place spot, and Beech Nut Bandit fought his way to third.   SKYWAY BALLET REPLAY     Skyway Ballet is now five-for-42 lifetime with just less than $35,000 in earnings. Steven Moore conditions the four-year-old daughter of Time To Roll and co-owns with Melinda Stratton of Rock Hill.   Monticello Raceway will return on Monday, May 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

A resilient Sound Idea repelled two attacks in the stretch to win the harness racing feature pace on Wednesday at a rainy Yonkers Raceway.   George Brennan sent the four-year-old mare directly to the lead from post five, clearing midway through the first turn, and took the field through :28.1 and :58.1 opening splits. Galleria Gal (Scott Zeron) left the four-hole going toward the half and made steady inroads on the leader, reaching Sound Idea's hindquarters as she passed three-quarters in 1:26.1.   Galleria Gal drew level with Sound Idea as the field angled into the final turn, and the pair battled through the downpour to the finish. Rose Run Victoria (Jordan Stratton) made herself heard as they approached the line, but Sound Idea found the wire in time to score by a nose in 1:54.3.   Galleria Gal was a game second, and Rose Run Victoria closed well but ultimately finished third. The winner paid $7.20.   SOUND IDEA REPLAY     Sound Idea's tight victory was her seventh in 36 career appearances. The daughter of Mach Three has earned more than $230,000 for the ownership group of John and Thomas Balzer of Hampton Bays and Donald and Lisa Kayser of East Moriches. Balzer is the conditioner.   The rain did not prevent Brennan from catching fire - he won four of the night's nine dashes. He is currently second in the Yonkers driver standings with 95 wins to Stratton's 99.   Yonkers Raceway will be back on Thursday night with a 10-race program beginning at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Cinnamon Stick circled the field and capitalized on a leader's break to score in the harness racing Open Trot at Monticello Raceway on Friday.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. brought Cinnamon Stick to the rear going into the first turn as Kabang (Michael Merton) went forward to take the lead. The latter trotted splits of :29.2, :59.3, and 1:29, but he went off stride going by three-quarters as Cinnamon Stick, who was gaining in a first-over move, drew level on the outside.   Cinnamon Stick inherited the lead and coasted home for a 1:58.3 victory. Awol Hanover (Cory Stratton), who got a pocket trip, finished second just ahead of With Our Luck (Brandon Parker), who was third.   CINNAMON STICK REPLAY     Cinnamon Stick improved to 26-for-105 lifetime with more than $145,000 amassed. Gregory Decker trains the six-year-old gelding by Jailhouse Jessie for Michael Mulligan of Liberty. The horse paid $3.50 to win.   Merton won three of the day's contests: the opener with Ohoka Texas N (1:58.1), the fifth with Lone Raider (1:55.2), and the sixth with College Hanover (1:57.2).   Monticello Raceway will conclude it's week of action on Thursday with a nine-race card beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

So Many Roads needed only the stretch drive to go from third to first in his feature pace harness racing victory at Yonkers Raceway on Tuesday night.   Pat Lachance left passively with him, placing So Many Roads in the three-hole in the opening stages. Genius Man (Jason Bartlett) led unchallenged through splits of :29, :57.1, and 1:25 and held a one-and-a-quarter-length gap turning for the stretch.   Levine (Scott Zeron) popped the pocket to go after the leader, but So Many Roads fanned out three-wide as they entered the lane and stormed up, getting by late to score by a head in 1:53.1. Levine got up for second, and Genius Man was relegated to third.   SO MANY ROADS REPLAY     So Many Roads broke the $100,000 lifetime earnings barrier with this win. The four-year-old Captaintreacherous gelding has won seven of his 41 lifetime appearances. Lachance also trains and co-owns with M and M Harness Racing LLC of Englewood and Daniel Baer of Millburn.   Yonkers Raceway will return on Wednesday with another nine-race card that kicks off at 7:15 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Camwood undeniably earned his harness racing victory with a long first-over effort in the Apr. 27 Monticello Raceway Open Pace.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. tucked the gelding into the five-hole behind a double file top four going into the turn. The group settled past the quarter in :28.2. Camwood went to the outside approaching three-eighths and quickly advanced on the lead, but War Dan Delight N (Mike Merton) kept him at bay through fractions of :59 and 1:27.4.   Camwood lost ground straightening into the stretch, but his late pace was enough to overcome and vault past War Dan Delight N for a 1:56.3 one-length win. War Dan Delight N maintained second, and Certified Ideal (Justin Huckabone) was third.   CAMWOOD REPLAY     This was Camwood's 22nd win on 124 starts, and it increased his earnings to more than $210,000 lifetime. The seven-year-old Woodstock gelding is trained by Christopher Petrelli for George Dremonas of Oak Lawn.   The horse paid $7.90.   Monticello Raceway resumes racing on Apr. 28 at 12:10 p.m. EDT with a seven-race card.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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