BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, August 25, 2015—Hambletonian winner Pinkman and New York Sire Stakes frosh champ Crazy Wow lead a list of 11 3-year-olds entered for the $580,000 Yonkers Trot.
The 61st edition of Yonkers Raceway premier trotting event offers a pair of $40,000 elimination races this Saturday night (Aug. 29), with the first four finishers in each returning for the half-million-dollar final Saturday night, Sept. 5.
First elimination (4th race) – 1-Buen Camino (Trond Smedshammer), 2-Crazy Wow (Tim Tetrick), 3-Pinkman (Yannick Gingras), 4-Workout Wonder (Dan Dube), 5-Wings of Royalty (Brian Sears).
Second elimination (5th race) – 1-Southwind Mozart (Ake Svandstedt), 2-Centurion ATM (Svanstedt also listed), 3-Billy Flynn (Jason Bartlett), 4-Massive Lightning (Tyler Buter), 5-Habitat (Gingras), 6-French Laundry (Jimmy Takter). Note the two Svanstedt horses in this elim are uncoupled due to bona fide separate ownership.
Pinkman, Buen Camino and Massive Lightning are the geldings in the group.
The 60th Messenger Stakes, with eight declarations, becomes a one-dash-for-the-($500,000) cash event, also set for Saturday night, Sept. 5. The entrants, alphabetically, are…Dealt a Winner, Dude’s the Man, In the Arsenal, National Seelster, Revenge Shark, Rock N’ Roll World, Roland in Rock and Rollin’ Ring Afire.
Both stakes serves as the second jewel’s in their respective gaits Triple Crowns.
This Saturday night also includes two stakes finals for the 3-year-old ladies, the $149,240 Hudson (6th race) and $116,430 Lady Maud (7th race) for trotters and pacers, respectively.
Post time for Saturday’s 13-race card is the usual 7:10 PM.