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  Yonkers Trot Attracts 12; Nine Enter Messenger Stakes
Posted by: Admin - Yesterday, 11:32 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS TROT ATTRACTS 12; NINE ENTER MESSENGER STAKES (updated version)
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 21, 2017—Twelve 3-year-old gentlemen have been entered for Yonkers Trot No. 63, second jewel of the Trotting Triple Crown.
 
A pair of $40,000 eliminations are set for this Saturday night (Aug. 26th), with the first four in each returning for the half-million-dollar final.
 
First elim (6th race)…1-Enterprise (Tim Tetrick), 2-Another Chapter (Scott Zeron), 3-Southwind Cobra (Matt Kakaley), 4-Yes Mickey (Ake Svanstedt, lone gelding, lone $30,000 supplemental entrant), 5-Devious Man (Andy Miller), 6-Andy M (Dave Miller).
 
Second elim (7th race)…1-Money Macintosh (Andy Miller), 2-Di Oggi (Montrell Teague), 3- New Jersey Viking (Svanstedt), 4-Guardian Angel AS (Jason Bartlett), 5-Southwind Hydro (Marcus Johansson), 6-Top Flight Angel (Andy Miller also listed).
 
Note Money Macintosh and Top Flight Angel are coupled.

Nine soph lads were entered for the 62nd Messenger Stakes, second jewel of the Pacing Triple Crown. This presents another edition of musical chairs, with all going in a $40,000 elimination (9th race) to get the octet for the $500,000 final.
 
1-Art Scene (Zeron), 2-Mac’s Jackpot (g) (Bartlett), 3-Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears), 4-Summer Side (Ray Schnittker), 5-Blood Line (Brett Miller), 6-Henry the Dragon (Teague), 7-Miso Fast (Kakaley), 8- Funknwaffles (g) (Corey Callahan), 9-Beyond Delight (g) (Dan Dube).
 
Note Mac’s Jackpot/Beyond Delight are coupled, as are Downbytheseaside/Blood Line.
 
The ladies’ companion events are the one-dash-for-the-cash $119,010 Hudson Filly Trot and $113,880 Lady Maud Pace.
 
The Hudson, for 3-year-old fillies, attracted eight…(alphabetically) Celebrity Ruth, Chapter Too, Dangle Then Deke, Evelyn, Ice Attraction, Lexie Marie, Mamora Bay and Sunshine Delight.  
 
The Maud, also for 3-year-old young ladies, have seven in-to-go…(alphabetically) Angel’s Pride, Awash, Ella Christina, Gurl Band K, Robin J, Tori Hanover and World Apart,  
 
The finals for all four Yonkers Raceway stakes are scheduled for Saturday night, Sept. 2nd . 

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  Yonkers: In Secret Wins Sunday Afternoon 50G Open Handicap Trot
Posted by: Admin - Yesterday, 03:52 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

IN SECRET WINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON 50G OPEN HANDICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 20, 2017—In Secret (George Brennan, $27) earned it Sunday afternoon (Aug. 20th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $50,000 Open Handicap Trot.

With ‘only’ a seven-horse field (after a scratch), the weekly trotting feature went at the flat mile.

From post position No. 6 (in one notch with said defection), In Secret---and half the field—was pointed forward. In Secret’s job was made that much more difficult when Rubber Duck (Joe Bongiorno) broke directly inside of him.
 
That forced In Secret very wide, eventually taking over from Buen Camino (Jordan Stratton) after a :28.1 opening quarter-mile. Once In Secret made the lead, he rebuffed even-money choice Homicide Hunter (Brent Holland).
 
Even though they weren’t going much in the middle half (:57.1, 1:25.4), Homicide Hunter was in trouble.
 
In Secret opened a couple of lengths in and out of the final turn and Buen Camino couldn’t do anything with him. The former whipped the latter by a length in 1:55. Homicide Hunter was an out-the-mile third—ending his marque trot ‘run’ at three—with Dewycolorintheline (Jeff Gregory) and Taco Tuesday (Jim Marohn Jr.) settling for the remainder.  
 
For fifth choice In Secret, a 5-year-old Dewycheatumnhowe gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, J&T Silva Stables, Larry Karr and Weaver Bruscemi, it was his sixth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $108, with the triple returning $273.
 
Sunday’s installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ offered a ‘double nickel’ winning combination of 5-Empressof the Nile (Saratoga’s 3rd race) and 5-Auspicious Hanover (Yonkers’ 5th race) returning $29.25 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,807.
 
Note the Raceway’s post time next Sunday (Aug. 27th) is 12:30 PM.

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  Yonkers: Bit Of A Legend N Wins Saturday 55G Open Handicap Pace
Posted by: Admin - 08-20-2017, 04:47 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

BIT OF A LEGEND N WINS SATURDAY 55G OPEN HANDICAP PACE
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, August 19, 2017—Odds-on Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton, $3.30) paid a price for the lead, then made his opponents pay the price for giving it to him Saturday night (Aug. 19th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Open Handicap Pace.
 
            In the hunt early from assigned post position No. 6, the 2016 George Levy Series winner took over from 21-1 shot Caviart Luca (George Brennan) just after a zippy :26.3 opening quarter-mile. A rated, :29.1 next substation (:55.4 half) was going to make the people’s preference tough to catch.
 
Melmerby Beach (Greg Merton) and Mach it So (Brent Holland) tried it from first- and second-over, respectively, as Bit of a Legend N found a 1:24.2 three-quarters.
 
He widened to 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held Caviart Luca at bay. The margin was measured three-quarters of a length in 1:51.3. Bakersfield (Mark MacDonald) and Melmerby Beach hit the line together for third, with Mach it So settling for the final pay envelope.
 
For Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stable and trained by Peter Tritton, it was his fifth win in 17 ’17 tries. The exacta paid $33.50, with the triple returning $89.50 (Bakersfield third) and $92 (Melmerby Beach third).
 
Prior to the race, Tritton spoke of von Knoblauch, who passed away early this month at age 90. “Harry was a gentleman who enjoyed racing and not afraid to spend money to get good horses. His daughters want to keep the stable going, and I’m fortunate to train for them.” 
 
Yonkers offers up the sixth of eight consecutive Sunday matinees (Aug. 13th), with a first post of 12:30 PM.

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  Yonkers: Sell A Bit N Wins Friday Night 55G Distaff Derby
Posted by: Admin - 08-19-2017, 03:21 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

SELL A BIT N WINS FRIDAY NIGHT 55G DISTAFF DERBY
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 18, 2017—Favored Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) proved the fastest femme Friday night (Aug. 18th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $55,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace.
 
            Away alertly from assigned post position No. 5, Sell a Bit N worked around second choice Delightful Dragon (Brent Holland) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. The track, which had taken on water earlier in the card, wound up yielding equal halves (:57, 1:25.3, 1:54).
 
That was swift enough for the eventual victress, who held off a stubborn, two-move try by Regil Elektra to win by a neck. Delightful Dragon was a pocket third, with Sail to the Beach (Dan Dube) and Lispatty (George Brennan) rounding out the payees…the quintet separated by just two lengths at the wire.

For Sell a Bit N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Julius Caesar owned by Harry von Knoblauch Stables and trained by Peter Tritton, it was her second win in 14 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $36.80, with the triple returning $75.50.

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  Yonkers' Sunday Matinee, 'Double' This Weekend (8/20)
Posted by: Admin - 08-19-2017, 02:11 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS’ SUNDAY MATINEE, ‘DOUBLE’ THIS WEEKEND
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Friday, August 18, 2017—A reminder regarding Yonkers Raceway’s matinee program this Sunday (Aug. 20th), with a 12:30 PM first post. It’s the sixth of eight consecutive Sundays.
 
It’s a dozen-race, all-trot card, with races 2 (approx.. post time 12:50 PM) through 5 (2:20 PM) of the ‘French’ theme, as in overflow fields at the mile-and-one-quarter distance.
 
The ‘New York, New York Double’ is also back this Sunday, including Saratoga’s 3rd race (post time 2:07 PM) and Yonkers’ 5th race (post time 2:20 PM). Program pages accompany this release.
 
Final post for Sunday is scheduled for 4:50 PM. 

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  Yonkers Hosted Thursday's 156G NYSS Clyde Hirt Pace
Posted by: Admin - 08-18-2017, 04:53 AM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS HOSTS THURSDAY’S 156G NYSS CLYDE HIRT PACE
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, August 17, 2017—Yonkers Raceway Thursday night (Aug. 17th) played host to the $156,000 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies.
 
Three divisions, worth $52,000 each, went postward. 
 
The opening event saw 3-10 favorite Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) brush to the lead around second choice Alexis Faith (Jim Morrill Jr.). The official horse of the Archies then set intervals of :28, 57.3 and 1:27.1, only to fold off the final turn.
 
Alexis Faith ($8.40), from post position No. 2, ducked inside, defeating a second-over, 32-1 Line Dancer (Brett Miller) by a half-length in 1:55.3. Sand Artist was a first-up third, while odds-on ‘Candygirl’ faded to fifth among the half-dozen
 
For Alexis Faith, a daughter of American Ideal Ontario co-owned by West Wins Stable, Jim Fielding, J. Robert Darrow and Kevin McKinney, she remains perfect (5-for-5) to begin her career. The exacta paid $160.50, with the triple returning $820.
 
The second sire stakes grouping, was won by second choice All on Top Hanover (Andy Miller, $6.40).  Pocketed—after a retake—from post No. 6, she pulled early against that stubborn foe, even-money choice Python Blue Chip  (Jason Bartlett).
 
Rebuffed once through intervals of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26, All on Top Hanover did eventually prevail, besting her rival by a length-and-a-quarter in 1:55.4.
 
American Myth (Brett Miller) was a loose-pocket third.     
 
For All on Top Hanover, a Betterthancheddar miss co-owned by (trainer) Erv Miller, Crawford Racing, Ronald Michelon and George Golemes, she’s now 3-for-6 this season. The exacta paid $21.20, with the triple returning $123.
 
The final sire stakes grouping saw no one able to Get Shorty, as in Hurrikane Shorty (Bartlett, $2.50). With no anxious moments from the pole, the 1-4 choice won by a comfortable length (:28.3, :58.1, 1:27.2, 1:55.4).
 
Betterthangraduate (Matt Kakaley) chased from the pocket and held second, with Azreal as it Gets (Brian Sears) a closing third.  
 
For Hurricane Shorty, a daughter of Art Major trained by Kevin McDermott for co-owners Little E LLC, Jason Settlemoir, Arthur Geiger and David Stolz, it was her third win in five first-season tries. The exacta paid $8, with the triple returning $28.20.

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  Ariana G
Posted by: Johnny 228 - 08-16-2017, 05:54 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - Replies (2)

Ariana G to race the boys in the $320,000 Zweig Memorial Trot Friday.  Very nice!

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Thumbs Up Yonkers' Thursday Pick 5 Features $2,539.65 Carryover (8/17)
Posted by: Admin - 08-16-2017, 05:45 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

YONKERS’ THURSDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $2,500 CARRYOVER
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
 
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 15, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Thursday evening’s (Aug. 17th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $2,539.65.  
 
The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing card. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Tuesday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. 

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  Alan Horowitz Memorial Pace added to Cal Expo schedule
Posted by: Admin - 08-15-2017, 10:31 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

Alan Horowitz Memorial Pace added to Cal Expo schedule
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness
 
Watch and Wager LLC harness racing at Cal Expo is proud to announce that the $20,000-guaranteed Alan Horowitz Memorial for pacers has been added to the stakes schedule at the upcoming meeting that is scheduled to begin on Saturday, October 28.

The series named for the man who was a major force in California harness racing over the last several decades and a member of the California Harness Horsemen’s Association Hall of Fame.Alan Horowitz  passed away in April at the age of 73.

The eliminations for the Horowitz will be held on Saturday, November 11 with a $5,000 purse, with a $20,000-guaranteed purse for the finale on the following Saturday evening.

The series is a starter allowance for horses and geldings that have started for a base price of $5,000 or less since August 15 of this year and have not won for a base claiming price exceeding $8,000 since that date.

Also eligible will be fillies and mares who have started for a base claiming price of $6,000 or less since August 15 of this year and have not won for a base claiming price of $10,000 since that date.

The top 10 money earners from the eliminations will qualify for the final.

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  Yonkers: Homicide Hunter Wins Sunday Afternoon 68G Open Handicap Trot (8/13)
Posted by: Admin - 08-13-2017, 07:08 PM - Forum: Harness Racing - No Replies

HOMICIDE HUNTER WINS SUNDAY AFTERNOON 68G OPEN HANDICAP TROT
BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
                                                                                                                                   
YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 13, 2017—It’s a Homicidal Hat Trick.
 
Odds-on favorite Homicide Hunter (Brent Holland, $3.70) made it three consecutive victories Sunday afternoon (Aug. 13th), winning Yonkers Raceway’s $68,000 Open Handicap Trot.
 
Away fourth from behind the eight-ball among the dozen, Homicide Hunter saw Smalltownthrowdown (Greg Merton) and Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett) takes turns fronting the field (:28.1, :57.2, 1:27.2).
 
Homicide Hunter was then out and moving, setting his sights upon the leader. He dove into a rest stop past the 1:55.1 milepost when Smalltownthrowdown backed away.  
 
            ‘Hunter’ then became the hunted in the final turn, finding himself with a three-length lead after Hemi Seelster made a wild break and a hard right turn, back down into the paddock before completing his appointed rounds.
 
Homicide Hunter won it easily, defeating Dewycolorintheline (Dan Dube) by 4¼ lengths in 2:26 for the mile-and-a-quarter. Last week’s upsetter, Taco Tuesday (Steve Smith), was third, with Sumatra (Eric Goodell) and Theraputic (George Brennan) picked up the remainder..  
 
For Homicide Hunter, a 5-year-old Mr. Cantab gelding owned by Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his sixth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $51, the triple returned $389.50 and the superfecta paid $2,118.
 
Sunday’s installment of the ‘New York, New York Double’ offered a winning combination of 2-Kelsocait (Saratoga’s 3rd race) and 11-Awsome Valley (Yonkers’ 5th race) paid $44 for every correct $1 wager. Total pool was $5,623.
 
Note the Raceway’s post time next Sunday (Aug. 20th) is 12:30 PM.

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