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Friday, March 24, 2017

YONKERS’ FRIDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $4,400 CARRYOVER

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 23, 2017—A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Friday evening’s (March 24th) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $4,467.45.  


The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races…if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10).  It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Thursday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. 

UPCOMING YONKERS’ WEEK LED BY FINALS OF PETTICOAT, SAGAMORE HILL SERIES

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 24, 2017—A pair of series finals share next week’s marquee, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $61,000 Petticoat (Monday night, March 27) and $61,800 Sagamore Hill (Tuesday night, March 28).

The series were open to 3- and 4-year-old pacers who are/were non-winners of four races or $40,000 through last Dec. 1.

As luck—and the open draw—would have it, Cousin Mary (Jordan Stratton) partakes of the pylons as she goes after Petticoat series sweep in Monday’s eighth race. The 4-year-old daughter of Camluck, Ontario-owned by Jeffrey Richardson and trained by Andrew Harris, was a sharp, two-move winner a week ago (series- and life-best 1:54.1) after a pair of solid, open-length winners.

“She knows where the wire is,” Stratton said of the lass who’s 6-for-8 this season “She’s surprised, me, but in a good way.”

Northern Soiree (Matt Kakaley, post 8) was the only other multiple-prelim winner, though she obviously needed better help with the pills. The 4-year-old Western Ideal miss, with four wins in eight seasonal starts, is owned by Seth Rosenberg Racing and trained by Scott Blackler.

A Crafty Lady (Dan Dube, post 7), after missing the opening round of this series, drilled her foes last week. The 4-year-old Mach Three miss is owned by Bob Hamather and trained by Rene Allard.

Angels Rockn Pink (Mark MacDonald, post 2), Vintage Babe (Yannick Gingras, post 3), Real Diva (George Brennan, post 4), Rei’s Star Cross (Jim Marohn Jr., post 5) and St. Kitts (Jason Bartlett, post 6)  round out the field.

Tuesday night’s finale of the Sagamore Hill, going as the sixth race, is a showdown among the troika of Prejudice (Stratton, post 1), Never Say Never N (Bartlett, post 2) and Awesomeness (Scott Zeron, post 5).

            While each swept their pair of series legs (one round was snowed out), Awesomeness may have been a bit more visually impressive than the other pair. The 4-year-old Mach Three gelding, owned by Martin Scharf and trained by Aaron Lambert, wired his foes (at 1-20) to begin this series, then won first-up a week ago in (1:53.3)   

            “He’s apparently been good from Day One,” Zeron said. “There’s no bottom to him, he seems to get over the track well and he’s very simple to drive.” Awesomeness enters Tuesday with six consecutive wins (all at odds-on), including a sweep of Woodbine’s Snowshoe Series.

The remainder of the Tribute to Teddy Roosevelt includes Sure Fired Bet (Gingras, post 3), Ideal Son (Brennan, post 4), Wishawasagigolo (Dube, post 6, coupled with Prejudice), Artmagic (Brent Holland, post 7) and Stirling Escort (Kakaley, post 8).

Each series also includes its respective $30,000 consolation.  

HANNAH MILLER; BOB KRIVELIN; NAADA WINNERS AT YONKERS RACEWAY

     By john manzi for NAADA

After the first leg of the long standing NAADA Trotting Series was snowed-out last Thursday at Monticello Raceway the 2017 edition got underway with two divisions at Yonkers on March 23 and when the dust had settled  Hannah Miller and Bob Krivelin each emerged victorious in their respective $6000 splits.

Off her award winning 2016 season “Hurricane Hannah” showed that she knows where the winners circle is by reining the Chris Marino-trained Winwood Scout to a gate-to-wire 2:00.1 victory in her division.

That victory came on the heels of Hannah’s stunning 1:52.4 triumph last week at the Meadowlands which established a new world standard for the fastest mile ever driven by an amateur driver.

In tonight’s contest Ms. Miller took no prisoners and set sails for the lead from the pole position. She and Linwood Scout were alone on the front-end in a :29.1 clocked first quarter and from there it was catch me of you can. And not surprisingly, nobody could as Winwood Scout  rambled on to a 2-1/2 length victory in a  2:00.1 clocking over Dr. John Kokinos’s Sim Brown. Bob Hechkoff took home the show dough with The Franchise.

“Tonight was the second time that I drove Winwood Scout for Chris (Marino). Last year at Saratoga I finished second with him and tonight we got away with reasonable fractions and he was strong throughout the mile and we won rather handily,“  Hannah said via telephone after her driving victory. “He’s a real nice horse to drive.”

The winner is owned by Howard Jacobs and for “Hurricane Hannah” it was her second driving victory of the fledgling season and her 75th in just 256 lifetime starts,

The other division  was also a wire to wire victory for Permanent Joy and driver Bob Krivelin. After stealing a 1:01 first half Peter Kleinhans and Toss Cartwright kept the pressure on Permanent Joy but they fell a neck short at the wire and finished second in the 2:00.2 mile. Tropical Storm Bi  was two lengths behind the leaders at the wire and finished third.


Permanent Joy is owned by Krivelin’s Hero Stables and trained by Krivelin. For the food purveyor it marked his 204th career driving victory.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Cal Expo Saturday Advance

Barbarian has 10 post for Open Pace
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Barbarian, in razor-sharp form with a hat trick in tow, will now be asked to do his work from the assigned No. 10 post position in Saturday night’s Open Pace at Cal Expo.

There will be 12 races decided under the Watch and Wager LLC banner and things will get underway at 6:15 p.m.  The Open Pace occupies the eighth-race slot on the card and there will also be a pair of California Sire Stakes for 3-year-old pacers going as non-betting contests before the regular card.

Barbarian is a 6-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the Western Ideal mare Rightous Renee who carries the banner of Robert Orr, is conditioned by Sparky Clarke and will once again have Luke Plano at the controls.

The hard-hitting performer was 7-2 when he made every pole a winning one in the February 24 Open as Plano was able to carve out the fractions without challenge and came to the line with four and a half-lengths on his nearest rival in a sparkling 1:52 4/5 mile.

In his March 10 tally, Barbarian left from the outside slot in a field of seven and was dispatched as the 6-5 favorite. Once again they were able to set the tune up front, this time with fairly modest splits, and held safe by a neck over a fast-finishing Doc’s Deal that evening.

In his most recent appearance, the Clarke colorbearer was dispatched as the even-money choice and once again did no disappoint as he made every pole a winning one in a 1:53 2/5 mile. It will be interesting to see how things shake out now that he has the testing No. 10 slot.

Taking him on this weekend are Allymx’sliventexas from the Bob Johnson barn, the Chip Lackey-trained pair of Why Ask Why and Doc’s Deal; Lodi Machette Man from the Kathleen Plested barn; and the Lino Pacheco-conditioned Bettormeboy.

Reduced takeout wagers offer great value

There are two bets here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate – the 50-cent Pick 5 on the first five events and the 20-cent Pick 4 on the penultimate four races on the program. The latter also features a $40,000 guaranteed gross pool.

Last Friday night, despite the Pick 4 kicking off with Barbarian proving a punctual even-money favorite in the Open Pace, three nice-priced winners followed and the 20-cent ticket returned a whopping $32,756.

To put things in perspective, using the normal takeout rate, the Pick 4 would have returned $29,246, a difference of a cool $3,510. Now that’s value.

Driver Chip Lackey had a lot to do with that healthy payoff, as he piloted Cenalta Diesel ($29) and Cantholdmebackmack ($17) for trainers Edwin Quevedo and Lino Pacheco, respectively in the two middle races.

The icing on the cake came when David Siegel guided V Mack to a $46 upset for trainer George Reider in the final leg, also triggering a large exacta, trifecta and superfecta in the process.

Whether favorites, longshots or a mix of those complete the Pick 4 and Pick 5, you are assured of getting maximum value with that reduced takeout in place.

Jump right in, the pool is fine.






YONKERS, EMPIRE CITY BETS TO OFFER DUBAI WORLD CUP ADVANCE WAGERING

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 23, 2017—Yonkers Raceway and its ADW portal, Empire City Bets, are offering advance wagering for Saturday’s (March 25) Dubai World Cup program.

Beginning Friday (March 24), the Raceway shall accept wagers for the last four races (see schedule below) of the World Cup program. Those same four races, culminated by the $10 million Cup (featuring Arrogate), are available for in-house wagering Saturday, with selected mutuel windows opening at 10 AM (and free coffee).

Empire City Bets is offering advance wagering for the entire World Cup program, again beginning Friday. Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for details.     

The entire roster of races includes…



Race
Post Time Dubai
Post Time UK
Post Time ET
Race 1
Godolphin Mile (Group 1)
3:45pm
11:45am
7:45am
Race 2
Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Arabian)
4:15pm
12:15pm
8:15am
Race 3
Dubai Gold Cup (Group 1)
4:50pm
12:50pm
8:50am
Race 4
UAE Derby (Group 2)
5:25pm
1:25pm
9:25am
Race 5
Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1)
6:00pm
2:00pm
10:00am
Race 6
Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1)
6:35pm
2:35pm
10:35am
Race 7
Dubai Turf (Group 1)
7:30pm
3:30pm
11:30am
Race 8
Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1)
8:05pm
4:05pm
12:05pm
Race 9
Dubai World Cup (Group 1)
8:45pm
4:45pm
12:45pm
 
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Icommandmyspirit Leads Meadowlands Friday Feature

East Rutherford, NJ - Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on a Friday evening card composed of eleven races.

Pacing mares populate the featured seventh race where reigning queen of the class Icommandmyspirit faces several Yonkers shippers who seek to dethrone her.

Icommandmyspirit made a rapid ascent up the Meadowlands class ladder, having won three of her last four starts beginning with a NW $5,000 Last 5 win on February 17 through a win against this NW $15,000 Last 5 class on March 10. Jimmy Maron, Jr has steered her in each of those wins and drives for trainer John Bavosi and owner Cheryl Costello from post six on Friday.

The competition is led by I Know It All who shows competitive lines against the Yonkers Open types along with Abbijade Hanover and Mystical Nectar, both winners in their last at Ol' Hilltop.

Free program pages for the Late Pick 4 are just a click away, compliments of The Meadowlands and Trackmaster.

Off the track,  March Madness continues in Victory Sports Bar for the next few weekends. 

Post time is 7:15 p.m.


Sandy De Vie, Deliciouslynaughty Share Buffalo Spotlight

by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Sandy De Vie made it three straight victories while a stubborn Deliciouslynaughty was just good all around as the pair shared top honors in the co-featured $8,200 paces for the mares at Buffalo Raceway on Wednesday night (March 22).

Sandy De Vie ($5.80) was the quickest of the two main events, going 1:57.1 over the fast track while Deliciouslynaughty ($14.20) went gate-to-wire in 1:58.1.

It was also an impressive night for drivers Jim Morrill Jr., Larry Stalbaum and trainer Kim Asher. Morrill Jr. finished with five victories, Stalbaum had four wins while Asher had four go to the winner's circle.

In the opener on the 12-race program, Deliciouslynaughty paced straight to the lead, using fractions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:28.4. 

While enjoying the front end trip, Deliciouslynaughty (Larry Stalbaum) knew there were going to be challengers in the drive to the finish. 

Dontch Remember, who was hung out to dry most of the mile, tried in vain to collar the determined Deliciouslynaughty (Jim Morrill Jr.) but couldn't get any closer than 1-1/2 lengths and had to settle for second. Scarlet N Silk (David McNeight III) took third.

Owned by Stalbaum and trained by Asher, Deliciouslynaughty (Mach Three-Naught Enough Hare) has now posted three wins in 11 starts in 2017, earning $19,822 and $434,367 lifetime.

Sandy De Vie used a first over trip and turned back Who Says That (John Cummings Jr.) by 3/4 lengths.

With Letsgosomewhere setting the early tempo, Morrill Jr. started his march with Sandy De Vie to the lead just before the half mile marker.

Enjoying a two length advantage at the top of the stretch, Sandy De Vie had no issues in the lane as Who Says That took place position while Looney Dune (Ben McNeil) found the show spot.

Co-owned by Michael Torcello and Samuel Smith and trained by Gerry Sarama, Sandy De Vie (Mach Three-On The Beach) is a 4-year-old mare that has won $10,944 this season and $41,921 in her young career.

Also on the card, trainer Bo Sowers registered a double.

Racing will continue on Friday night at 5 p.m. with 10 races scheduled to go to the post.


For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Cal Expo Friday Advance

Kickinitwithkohler saves her best for last
By Mark Ratzky, publicity – Cal Expo Harness

Trainer Kennedy Lindsey compares his 5-year-old trotting mare Kickinitwithkohler to a locomotive when saying, ”She doesn’t have any gate speed, but she just keeps on building and building up as the races goes on and then comes at the end.”

The Illinois-bred daughter of Southwind Breeze races for Tonight’s The Night and has been under Lindsey’s care since he purchased her two years ago.

She’s earned over $40,000 in the interim and will be doing her work for the second straight time in the Open ranks on Friday while racing against a familiar rival in . Silverlode.

“She’s got a big heart,” Lindsey related. “Let’s just say her heart is bigger than her talent at this point. But don’t get me wrong, if she ever learned to trot straight, she’d really be something.”

With James Kennedy at the controls, Kickinitwithkohler recorded back-to-back conditioned scores in February, on both occasions coming from well back to win going away.

She is coming off a pair of thirds at the head of the class versus the aforementioned Silverlode and in between those two miles was the runner-up behind Lodi Dorian Blues in a solid March 3 contest.

“If they go quick early, you know she’s going to be pretty far back,” her mentor noted. “But you also know she’s going to be coming at the end.”

Open Trot brings out streaking Silverlode

Silverlode, who has rattled off four straight wins at the head of the class with the last pair coming from the demanding No. 10 slot, once again has that assigned post as she heads the cast for Friday night’s featured Open Trot.

Watch and Wager LLC will present a 12-race program with a first post of 6:15 p.m. The headliner will go as the third event on the evening. There will also be a California Sire Stakes for 3-year-olds to be decided as a non-betting race prior to the regular card.

Silverlode is an 8-year-old homebred daughter of British Sterling out of the Website mare Charlotte’s Web who is owned by Desomer Stables Inc, trained by Vickie Desomer and will have Luke Plano handling the lines.

Silverlode comes into this assignment with $155,000 in earnings and a 1:55 1/5 mark that was established over this track last season. She is undefeated this year with Plano handling the lines on each of those occasions.

The Desomer colorbearer left into a pocket journey in the January 13 Open and overpowered favored arch-rival Flameon that evening. She has been odds-on in her last three outings without that foe in the line-up and has not disappointed her many backers.

Silverlode looped the field to prevail by four and a half-lengths on February 11, then captured the February 24 Open while doing her work from this assigned No. 10 post position in game fashion. She changed tactics last week and made every pole a winning one, putting her versatility on display from the tough slot.

Completing the cast are Agrestores Comet with Mooney Svendsen; Fort Valley As, David Siegel; Kickinitwithkohler, James Kennedy; and Lodi Dorian Blues, who will have the services of Steve Wiseman.



MOMMY’S ‘DAILY DOUBLE’ RARE INDEED

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Tuesday, March 21, 2017—Mothers love all their children (in theory), but Tuesday night’s happiest mom had to be Cheyenne Adrienne.

Suffice to say no other two- or four-legged mommy had their offspring find Yonkers Raceway’s winner’s circle not once, but twice.

Throw in the fun factoid they’re full brothers, and you certainly have some dinner-table conversation.

Boogiewoogiebrian (Jordan Stratton, $10) won a blanket photo, first-up by a head in the $14,500, third-race pace (1:55) for a first win of the season. The 7-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding in owned by Eric Prevost and trained by Rob Harmon.

Not to be outdone, big brother (by one year) Yo Cheyenne Rocky (Stratton, $12) won the $14,500 eight race, also first-up (1:55.4), also by a head. It was also ‘Rocky’s’ first win of the season for the Robbie Siegelman- trained, Barry Rubinstein Farms-owned homebred.

            Cheyenne Adrienne couldn’t quite complete the always-tricky maternal hat trick however, as half-brother (and 4-5 favorite) Cheyenne Jeffrey (Jason Bartlett) faded to third in the $16,500, 11th-race finale. ‘Jeffrey’ is a 9-year-old Bettor’s Delight gelding for Siegelman/Rubenstein.


Tuesday, March 21, 2017

MEADOWLANDS TO OPEN EARLY SATURDAY FOR DUBAI WORLD CUP SIMULCAST

World’s richest card of racing features $30 million in prize money

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 21, 2017) – The Meadowlands Racetrack and Winners Off-Track Wagering in Bayonne will open at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday for the simulcast of the Dubai World Cup card at Meydan Racecourse.

The world’s richest race card features purses of $30 million headlined by the $10 million Dubai World Cup. American star Arrogate is the star attraction off of his dominating wins in the Travers, Breeders Cup Classic, and Pegasus World Cup.

Post time for the Dubai World Cup is scheduled for 12:45 p.m.


For more information, visit www.playmeadowlands.com.

MEADOWLANDS TO HOST NTRA NATIONAL HANDICAPPING CHAMPIONSHIP QUALIFIER


EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 21, 2017) – Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment will provide horseplayers with one of their first opportunities to qualify for the 2018 NTRA National Horseplayers Championship presented by Racetrack Television Network, STATS Race Lens and Treasure Island  (NHC) with a qualifying event on Saturday, March 25. The Meadowlands qualifier will offer three guaranteed seats to the NHC.  

The Meadowlands qualifier requires a $400 buy-in, with $200 going towards each player’s bankroll and $200 going towards the event’s prize pool. Players can purchase multiple entries.

Contestants must wager on a minimum of ten races from their choice of Gulfstream, Aqueduct, and/or Oaklawn with a $20 WIN minimum per wager.  

The top three finishers will earn seats to the 2018 NHC Final in Las Vegas. They must be NHC Tour members to qualify for the NHC Final.


For complete tournament information and details, visit http://www.meadowlandsracetrack.com/contest_detail.aspx?id=1648.

Monday, March 20, 2017

YONKERS TO SIMULCAST DUBAI WORLD CUP SATURDAY

BY JOHN CIRILLO, for Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Monday, March 20, 2017—The invincible Arrogate–Travers Stakes, Breeders’ Cup Classic and Pegasus World Cup champion deservedly proclaimed as the “World’s Best Racehorse”–tries to continue his dominance in the $10 million Dubai World Cup this Saturday (March 25).

Look no further than Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway as the place to be for simulcast wagering on this epic.

The 4-year-old son of Unbridled Song, trainer Bob Baffert and regular jockey Mike Smith have headed halfway across the world to square off against such familiar names as Keen Ice, Hoppertunity, Gun Runner, Lani and Mubtaahji in the elite field of 14, but New York-area racing enthusiasts only need a short trip to Empire City Casino just north of New York City to partake in the betting action.

Post time for the World Cup is 12:45 PM.

After finishing third in his career debut, Arrogate has reeled off six consecutive wins (including the trio of multi-million dollar stakes) in dramatic and emphatic fashion.

Meydan Racecourse is the host of the Dubai World Cup Carnival, and Yonkers will be accepting wagering on the last four races – all Group 1 affairs – on the program.
Race 6 – Dubai Golden Shaheen, 10:35 AM ET
Race 7 – Dubai Turf, 11:30 AM ET
Race 8 – Dubai Sheema Classic, 12:05 PM ET
Race 9 – Dubai World Cup, 12:45 PM ET

Doors at Empire City open at 10 AM (free coffee), with mutuel windows available on the third and fourth floors.
           
The Dubai World Cup field (alphabetically) includes Arrogate, Mubtaahji, Gun Runner, Hoppertunity, Neolithic, Special Fighter, Keen Ice, Gold Dream, Awardee, Apollo Kentucky, Long River, Move Up, Furia Cruzada and Lani.

Empire City Bets will have wagering on the nine-race card available (see full program below). Please visit www.empirecitybets.com for more information. The immortal Cigar won the inaugural Dubai World Cup win 1996, and such champions as Silver Charm, Curlin, Animal Kingdom, and California Chrome have brought the Cup back to America.


Race
Post Time Dubai
Post Time UK
Post Time ET
Race 1
Godolphin Mile (Group 1)
3:45pm
11:45am
7:45am
Race 2
Kahayla Classic (Group 1 Arabian)
4:15pm
12:15pm
8:15am
Race 3
Dubai Gold Cup (Group 1)
4:50pm
12:50pm
8:50am
Race 4
UAE Derby (Group 2)
5:25pm
1:25pm
9:25am
Race 5
Al Quoz Sprint (Group 1)
6:00pm
2:00pm
10:00am
Race 6
Dubai Golden Shaheen (Group 1)
6:35pm
2:35pm
10:35am
Race 7
Dubai Turf (Group 1)
7:30pm
3:30pm
11:30am
Race 8
Dubai Sheema Classic (Group 1)
8:05pm
4:05pm
12:05pm
Race 9
Dubai World Cup (Group 1)
8:45pm
4:45pm
12:45pm
 

  

AGGRESSIVE WINS SUNDAY 68G OPEN TROT

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, March 19, 2017—Aggressive (Mark MacDonald, $9.80) angled off the cones and was up at the wire Sunday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $68,000 Open Trot.

Starting from the pylons in the field of nine (the infamous 10-hole was scratched). Aggressive minded his manners as the lass Allerage Star (Andy Miller) left over Lady’s Dude (George Brennan), and wasn’t in too much of a hurry (:29.1, :59).

Hemi Seelster (Jason Bartlett), as the slight 7-2 favorite from the second tier, then offered some mild heat. The one came first-up from fifth toward a 1:28.1 three-quarters, but never  serious challenged, Allerage Star had the lead at the 1:57 milepost, with a length-and-a-half advantage in and out of the final turn.

It was about the juncture when Aggressive extricated himself from the cones. He and Lady’s Dude—who appeared to duck into the passing lane a lap earlier—provided Allerage Star with unwanted company from both flanks.

Lady’s Dude did so again this time, but was outgamed by Aggressive, who earned the schnoz decision in 2:27.1 for the mile-and-one-quarter. Allerage Star was third, beaten a neck, with a traffic-troubled Luck O the Irish (Jordan Stratton) and Hemi Seelster rounding out the payees. The five payees were separated by just a length-and-three-quarters at the wire. 

For third choice Aggressive, a 6-year-old Kadabra gelding trained by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was his third win in five seasonal starts. The exacta paid $130, the triple returned $510 and the superfecta paid $1,535.


           This was the final Sunday card until the end of May, and also the last ‘New York, New York Double’ until then (when Aqueduct becomes Belmont). Sunday’s winning combination of 1-Lakeside Sunset (Aqueduct’s 3rd race) and 7-Not Afraid (Yonkers’ 6th race) paid $20 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $5,745.   

Sunday, March 19, 2017

FREE-FOR-ALLERS TAKES OVER AS LEVY SERIES BEGINS

BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, March 18, 2017—Yonkers Raceway’s George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for Free-For-Allers began Saturday night, with a quartet of $50,000 divisions over a ‘good’ surface. 

The opening event saw 3-2 choice Missile J (Tim Tetrick, $5) charge from sixth in the lane to win going away in 1:54.1. Unhurried from post position No. 2, he rolled late, whipping a pocketed Blood Brother (Jason Bartlett) by a length-and-a-half. Third went to a rallying Guantanamo Bay (Scott Zeron), with 78-1 Burning N (Ron Cushing) and a pace-setting Keystone Velocity (Dan Dube) settling for the remainder.

For Missile J, a 4-year-old American Ideal gelding trained by Scott DiDomenico for Hoosierland co-owners John McGill and Brian Carsey, it was his fifth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22, with the triple returning $76.50.

Saturday night’s second Levy grouping saw Long Live Rock (Dube, $38.60) author a decisive, first-over upset. Moving from fourth (from post No. 2), he dismissed 1-2 favorite McWicked (Zeron), then drew off to win by three lengths in 1:54.1. Season-debuting All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) couldn’t match the winner’s tow but finished second, with 62-1 shot Mattamerican (Mark MacDonald) third.

Santa Fe Beachboy (Jordan Stratton) and Melmerby Beach (Tetrick) grabbed the minors. McWicked, caught three-deep early, wound up a badly-beaten seventh.

For fifth choice Long Live Rock, an 8-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding owned and trained by Rene Allard, it was his first win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $232, with the triple returning $3,014.

The evening’s third series soiree has Provocativeprincen (Stratton, $5.70)—from post No. 2—prevail in a blanket finish. Away third, he engaged Bettor’s Edge (Brett Miller), then outgamed a pocketed, 8-5 fave Rockin’ Ron (Yannick Gingras) by a head in 1:54.2.  

Mach it So (Tetrick) in his first seasonal start, was third, beaten a neck, with Bettor’s Edge and 77-1 Texas Terror N (MacDonald) earning the lesser loot.

For second choice Provocativeprincen, an 8-year-old Down Under Grinfromeartoear gelding owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, he’s now 4-for-4 to begin the season. The exacta paid $16.60, with the triple returning $62.50.

“`He’s done nothing wrong since I’ve sat behind him,” Stratton said,.

            The first round’s final foray offered the fastest feet as Soto (Kakaley, $14) from the pocket was able to get ‘first run’ against defending series champion Bit of a Legend N (Stratton). The former, from post No. 3, whipped the latter by a half-length in 1:53.3.

Bit of a Legend N,  as the 2-5 choice, was second-up and may have waited a tad too long. Pace-setting Somewhere in L A (Bartlett), Wakizashi Hanover (Tetrick) and a Always at My Place (Gingras) rounded out the payees.

For third choice Soto, a 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven trained by Eric Ell for co-owners Kenneth Wood, William Dittmar Jr. and Stephen Iaquinta, it was his fifth win in nine ’17 starts. The exacta paid $23, the triple returned $55 and the superfecta paid $198.

“He’s just a versatile horse,” Kakaley said. “I would have been happy either cutting the mile or sitting second. It may have been different had Bit of a Legend N been first-up,  but my horse was very good.”

            The Saturday night Pick 5, buoyed by a carryover in excess of $3,100, was taken down by one bettor. A winning combination of 2/3/8/7/3 returned $13,468.25 for that 50-cent wager.


            Reminder that Sunday’s live all-trot ‘French’ card begins at 12:30 PM, the final Sunday card until the end of May.  

Herr Wins Seat in BetAmerica WHHC Final


Ed Herr of Ocean, NJ, captured the March 18th BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifier at the Meadowlands Racetrack. 

The $100 Qualifier required contestants to place at least five $10 minimum win wagers on Meadowlands races. 

Herr had $30 to win on 26-1 #9 Ooh Bad Boy in Race 12.  He cashed for $852, earning him the $1,215 top cash prize and an $800 seat in the BetAmericaWorld Harness Handicapping Championship on April 29 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. 

The top four contest finishers were:
Place
Prize $
Bankroll
First
Last
1
$1,215
$852
Ed
Herr
2
$675
$540
Joe
Barre
3
$459
$211
Chris
Simonetti
4
$351
$160
Mike
Petruccelli

 The BetAmerica WHHC is a one-day tournament [April 29, 2017], with a welcome reception the evening prior.  Players that did not earn a seat through a qualifying event can directly buy-in for $800.  The BetAmerica WHHC contest format requires players to bet 10 races: their choice of six Meadowlands races, plus four designated mandatory races from partner tracks.  Players keep all pari-mutuel winnings.  Prize payouts are to the Top 10, with an guaranteed prize pool of $50,000.

BetAmerica.com is currently hosting regular online Qualifiers for the BetAmerica WHHC Entries for the first online Qualifier are now open, with an entry fee of $35. New accounts to BetAmerica are eligible for a $300 Sign Up Bonus.

Hoosier Park, Monticello Raceway, Northville Downs, Plainridge Racecourse, Scioto Downs, Tioga Downs, Vernon Downs and Buffalo Raceway have signed up to host BetAmerica World Harness Handicapping Championship Qualifiers. 

Registration deadline is 10 p.m., Friday April 28.   For the contest entry form and complete rules visit PlayMeadowlands.com