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09.25.2014 - International Trot Preview at Yonkers Raceway a Global Attraction
Tristan Sjoberg remembers listening to the International Trot on the radio while growing up as a teenager in Sweden. He would be rooting for his favorites Callit and Legolas during the early 80s when the International Trot was held at the now defunct Roosevelt Raceway. Now, Sjoberg is proud to be part of the return of the International Trot Preview to Yonkers when it returns to Yonkers Raceway on Oct. 25.  Click here for full story
09.18.2014 - International Trot Returns to Yonkers Raceway
It’s been almost 20 years since the International Trot was last run at Yonkers Raceway, but it’s back and may be better than ever before.  Click here for full story
09.11.2014 - Bartlett Opines About 25th New York Night of Champions
With Yonkers Raceway hosting the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions Saturday night, driver Jason Bartlett—who has dates in every race—discussed his assignments.  Click here for full story
09.10.2014 - Post Positions Drawn for 25th New York Night of Champions
Post positions have been drawn for the 25th edition of the New York Night of Champions, hosted by Yonkers Raceway Saturday night. The $1.8 million event, richest night of racing in the state, offers eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits.  Click here for full story

Yonkers Hosts 197G NYSS Pat Quaglietta Trot


08.25.2014 - NYSS Pat Quaglietta Trot
YONKERS, NY, Monday, August 25, 2014 – Yonkers Raceway Monday night hosted the $197,500 New York Sire Stakes Pat Quaglietta Trot for 2-year-old fillies. Four divisions comprised the event.   Click here for full story
08.20.2014 - BEE A MAGICIAN, ARCH MADNESS INVADE YONKERS FRIDAY NIGHT
BEE A MAGICIAN, ARCH MADNESS INVADE YONKERS FRIDAY NIGHT BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 20, 2014 – When more than $6.8 million of career class and cash hit town, notice is summarily taken.   Click here for full story

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07.29.2014 - Yonkers Hosts 201G NYSS Mike Cohen Trot
New York Sire Stakes continued downstate Tuesday night, with Yonkers Raceway hosting the $201,600 Mike Cohen Trot for 2-year-old fillies. The quintet of races honored the memory of the former Yonkers and NBC Sports publicity director, with his family and friends making winner’s circle presentations.  Click here for full story

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07.22.2014 - Gingras/Burke Hat Trick in Yonkers' $200,200 NYSS Clyde Hirt Pace
Yonkers Raceway Tuesday night hosted the $200,200 New York Sire Stakes Clyde Hirt Pace. The event--for 2-year-oled fillies--was contested in nearly-quartered, $50,050 divisions. The dance team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras combined in three of the events…and won each of those.  Click here for full story

In the Arsenal winning Yonkers Raceway’s $125,000 final of Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace.


07.20.2014 - IN THE ARSENAL Wins 125G Final of Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 19, 2014—In the Arsenal (Eric Goodell) never had an anxious moment, Saturday night, winning Yonkers Raceway’s $125,000 final of Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace. The Sheppard—named for the man who helped make Hanover Shoe Farms the sport’s leading breeding operation—is the Raceway’s premier event for “open” 2-year-old colts and geldings (though none of the latter were in this season’s final). In the Arsenal, who broke his maiden with last weekend’s 1:56.2 elimination win, was in play early here from post position No. 2. He left, as did pole-sitting Rock N’ Roll World (Eric Carlson), Perfect Bet (Jeff Dauplaise) and a wide 2-5 favorite Cartoon Daddy (George Brennan). However, the first turn did not cooperate with last week’s other elim winner, as Cartoon Daddy broke. In the Arsenal found a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, then somnambulated through a 1:01 middle half (:58.3, 1:28.4). Parklane Eagle (Jordan Stratton), the 83-1 rank outside, hung around first-up, with Lone Survivor (Brian Sears) went three-deep. In the Arsenal, with the field at his feet, opened 2¾ lengths in and out of the final turn. A pocketed Rock N’ Roll World cosmetically cut the final margin down to three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Third went to a stubborn Parklane Eagle, with Lone Survivor and Byby Landon (Jason Bartlett) settling for the final two pay envelopes. Mystical Pacer (Brent Holland), Perfect Bet and Cartoon Daddy rounded out the order. For second choice In the Arsenal, a White Birch Farm homebred son of American Ideal trained by Kelvin Harrison, he returned $6.30 for his second (consecutive) win in three seasonal/career starts. The exacta paid $101.50, with the triple returning $983. The $62,500 payday increased his earnings to $75,000…not bad for a colt who came back to White Birch after his reserve price was not met at sale. “(In the Arsenal) dragged me out of there really good,” Goodell said. “I went faster than I wanted to go early, but he was able to relax after that. “I had no idea the other horse (Cartoon Daddy) made a break. I was just worried about mine and things worked out.” Goodell also won the $44,000 Open Handicap Pace with Dream Out Loud N ($9.70) in 1:51.4, with a :54.4 back half. This season’s edition was the richest final since 1995 (note race went on hiatus from 2004-2011, inclusive). An historical note…it was a half-century ago that the great Bret Hanover and Frank Ervin won the very first Sheppard. The purse was $57,622 and the time was 2:02.1. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. -30- (photo-Mike Lizzi-accompanies) (FFI…Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story

Robin Cruise Tobin Win Friday 44G


07.18.2014 - Robin Cruise, Tobin Win Friday 44G Co-Features
YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 18, 2014—Yonkers Raceway’s Friday night $44,000 co-featured Open Handicaps—for distaff pacers and membership-worthy trotters--were won by a pair of down-the-roads in Robin Cruiser (Jordan Stratton, $14) and Tober (Jason Bartlett, $5.20). Robin Cruiser, leaving from post position No. 6 (in one notch after an inside defection), worked around pole-assigned Icommandmyspirit (Larry Stalbaum). She then took at it the house, with weigh stations of :27.3, :56.4, 1:24.4 and 1:52.4. Monkey on My Wheel (Brian Sears), as has been her MO, floated away for an early seat before trying it first-up. However, the 3-5 favorite couldn’t look the leader into the eyes and Robin Cruiser had a length lead into the lane. Icommandmyspirit tried “Robin” up the cones but missed a half-length, with Monkey on My Wheel, Jonsie Jones (Pat Berry) and Virgin Mary (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. For Robin Cruiser, a 5-year-old homebred daughter of Yankee Cruiser owned by Pinske Stable and trained by Julie Miller, it was her fourth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $104.50, with the triple returning $356.50. The week’s marquee trot saw tepid 8-5 choice Tober, in play from post No. 4, lead at every interval (:28, :58, 1:26.1, season’s-best 1:54.2). Slight second choice Coraggioso (Sears) tried the same tactic as Monkey on My Wheel—leaving from an ordered outside post and trying it first-up. Tober fending off that one’s advances, opened up 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn, then held off a cones-skimming The Triple Lindy (Eric Carlson) by a neck. Third went to Coraggioso, with Dewycolorintheline (Stratton) and Zooming (Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Tober, a 6-year-old statebred gelding co-owned by (co-breeder) Kristie Leigh Farm & Joseph Betro and trained by Ed Hart, he’s now 8-for-20 this season. it was his third win in 11 ’14 starts. The exacta paid $32.20, the triple returned $104 and the superfecta paid $369.50. Saturday night’s feature is the $125,000 final of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace for 2-year-old colts and geldings. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. -30- (photo- Mayra Escamilla-accompanies) (FFI…Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story

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07.18.2014 - Yonkers Hosts 221G NYSS Armand Palatucci Pace
YONKERS, NY, Thursday, July 17, 2014—The Empire’s best 3-year-old colts and geldings—save for He’s Watching—invaded Yonkers Raceway Thursday night for the $221,000 New York Sire Stakes Armand Palatucci Pace. The odds-on gelding Twin B Tenacious (Steve Smith, $3.90) won the first ($72,800) division from second-over. Unhurried from the pole, “Tenacious” chased Twin B Speedo (Mark MacDonald) through intervals of :27.2, :58 and 1:25.4. “Speedo” swung wide and whipped the leader by a half-length in 1:54. Third went to Keystone Honor (Matt Kakaley). Smith is now 4-for-4 since picking up the drive behind Twin B Tenacious. “To be honest, I had the drive the first time (Meadowlands) when a lot of the guys were out of town,” Smith said. “He had some chicken lines (breaks) previously, and has doesn’t always relax. “I learned you have to let him settle, but when I’ve asked him, he’s finished very well. Twin B Tenacious, a son of Bettor’s Delight trained by Casie Coleman for owner West Wins Stable, is 4-for-8 this season. The exacta paid $12, with the triple returning $114. The second ($74,100) statebred event was supposed to be fairly simple work night for Art Rooney Pace winner All Bets Off (Kakaley). However, despite a perfect tow from entrymate I’m All Heart (George Brennan), the 1-5 tandem found themselves run over. Capital Account (Yannick Gingras, $35.80), third-over from post position No. 4, snapped All Bets Off by a half-length in 1:52.4. Big Boys Dreams (Jason Bartlett) was third. Fifth choice Capital Account, a Brittany Farms homebred American Ideal colt trained by Jimmy Takter, is now 4-for-11 this season. The exacta paid $76, with the triple returning $336.50. “This was his best race so far,” Gingras said. “Sometimes, he’s been known to throw in steps, but tonight, this worked out. When I saw Matt (Kakaley) working (on All Bets Off), I knew I had him beat. “The last time he was here (NYSS last month), he was locked in. If I had come first-up, he’d have won but I had to use him leaving. It was a much better trip tonight.” Thursday night’s final ($74,100) sires soiree saw Forty Five Red (Brennan, $22.60)—last season’s winner of the Lawrence B. Sheppard Pace here—make the lead right at the half and hold sway. Forty Five Red, from post No. 4, took over from Sir Jake’s Z Tam (Jordan Stratton) after that one’s :27.3 opening quarter-mile. After a :56.3 intermission, it was a 1:24.1 three-quarters and a season’s-best 1:52.3 finale, which found Forty Five Red a length better than Winds of Change (Tim Tetrick). Neat (Marcus Miller) was third, while 1-2 choice Stay Up Late (Brian Sears) was a never-in-it dead-heat for fifth. Forty Five Red, a son of If I Can Dream co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Our Horse Cents Stable, has won his last couple after beginning the season 0-for-6. The exacta paid $133, with the triple returning $379.50. “Last week (overnight here), he was all out to win and just didn’t race well,” Brennan said. “Tonight, I scored him down much harder he was a totally different horse…on the bit and alert.” Forty Five Red’s winning time Thursday was more than two seconds faster than his previous effort. After Saturday night’s $125,000 final of the Sheppard Pace (2-year-old colts/geldings), New York Sire Stakes continue Tuesday night, with the $200,200 Clyde Hirt Pace for 2-year-old fillies colts and geldings. Four, $50,050 groupings go as races 2,4,5 and 6. The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily. -30- (photos-Mike Lizzi-accompany) (FFI…Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story
09.20.2012 - $1.8 Million New York Night of Champions Includes Giveaways
YONKERS NY, Thursday, September 20, 2012--When Yonkers Raceway hosts Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, it's not just the participants who get the goodies. The evening, which features eight, $225,000 sire stakes finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits--is spiced up by a pair of giveaways. Racing fans can take home the ever-popular T-shirt (gold, for the fashion-conscious), along with a racing-themed plate, both available while supplies last. The richest night of racing in the state returns to Westchester, with the NYSS finals going as races 2 through 9 as part of Yonkers Raceway's 13-race card. First post is the customary 7:10 PM. The 23rd edition of the Night of Champions again has each of the races sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm or ownership group. In order... 2nd race--Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot; 3rd race--Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Filly Trot; 4th race--Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace; 5th race--Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace; 6th race--Kenneth J Syndicate LLC 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace; 7th race--Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot; 8th race--Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot; 9th race--Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace. The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. -30- (FFI: Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story
09.18.2012 - $1.8 Million New York Night of Champions Drawn
YONKERS NY, Tuesday, September 18, 2012--Post positions were drawn Tuesday for Saturday's $1.8 million New York of Champions. Eight, $225,000 divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits--comprise the richest night of racing in the state. The races go as Nos. 2 through 9 as part of Yonkers Raceway's 13-race card, with first post at the customary 7:10 PM. The 23rd edition of the Night of Champions again has each of the races sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm or ownership group. Here's a quickie, hot-off-the-presses overview... 2nd race--Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot--Divisional points leader Tirade Hanover drew well (Brian Sears, post 2) as he goes after a fifth consecutive victory. Company comes in the form of pylon-sitting Fashion Blizzard (Jim Morrill Jr.) and Royalty for Life (Jason Bartlett, post 5), both, like Tirade Hanover, six-figure summer earners. 3rd race--Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Filly Trot--Barn Babe led all lasses during the season, but needed better friends with the open draw. John Cummings Jr. joins her behind the eight-ball. They have their work cut out, what with Lady Riviera (Morrill Jr., post 1), four-wins-in-a-row You Want Me (Tim Tetrick, post 2) and Isabella Gal (Sean Bier, post 6) all in the competitive mix. 4th race--Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace--Summertime Lea (Morrill Jr., post 2), she of the 7-for-8 resume and more than $182,000 this far this season, is joined as a Ron Burke-trained entry with Silk Pajamas (Sears, post 8). Give Me an Amen (Tetrick, post 6) and Freetime (Andy Miller, post 7) have each won half of their eight seasonal starts. 5th race--Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace--Defending sire stakes champ Handsoffmycookie (Tetrick, post 2) and Romantic Moment (Sears, post 6) shared the clubhouse lead in points during the summer. "Cookie" has never lost here (6-for-6) and becomes a career millionairess with a victory, while Romantic Moment enters with three consecutive wins, including the $350,000 Valley Forge down in Philly. Major Look (Miller, post 1) has seven wins and upwards of $264,000 to her credit this season. 6th race--Kenneth J Syndicate LLC 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace--Trainer Linda Toscano offers up a three-headed monster in points leader Doctor Butch (Tetrick, post 3), Swift as a Shadow (Morrill Jr., post 6) and Deny Deny Deny (Morrill Jr. also listed, post 8). "Butch" has seven wins and three seconds in 10 seasonal starts, and is the fastest (1:52 at Tioga) and richest ($210,024) member of this subsection. 7th race--Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot--Millionairess Win Missy B (Sears, post 4) had never sniffed a small track before her last start, and all she did was obliterate the local track standard (1:54.4) for this group. Cowgirl Hall (Morrill Jr., post 3) and Fortunista (George Brennan, post 7) each have six wins on their seasonal resume, while Kristin's Victory (Steve Smith, post 1) and '11 frosh champ For a Dancer (Jeff Gregory, post 6) have also enjoyed much success. 8th race--Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot--Archangel, he of Yonkers Trot, world record and all-age track-record-matching fame (1:54.1), outdrew no one here. With 10 wins and a pair of seconds ($714,236) in 14 seasonal starts (including 5-for-5 in sires), he's the obvious horse to beat despite the impost. Morrill Jr. takes his regular seat. Brookroad Knight (Gregory, post 2), Mado Dream (Brennan, post 5) and Coraggioso (Sears, post 6) all enter sharp as well. 9th race--Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace--Defending NYSS champ Heston Blue Chip (Tetrick, post 6) is 20-for-24 lifetime, including 9-for-11 this season and 4-for-4 in sire stakes company. While he's spent time outside of the Empire, Forever Just (Gregory, post 7) tackled the Thruway and was the points leader. Major Bombay (Morrill Jr., post 1) is also entered in Thursday's Little Brown Jug, while Joe Pavia Jr. as trainer has a pair in Steelhead Hanover (Sears, post 4) and Bet on the Law (Morrill Jr. also listed, post 5). The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. -30- (photos-Mike Lizzi-accompany) (FFI: Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story
09.17.2012 - $1.8 Million New York Night of Champions Drawn Tuesday
YONKERS NY, Monday, September 17, 2012--Post positions are to be drawn Tuesday afternoon for Saturday's $1.8 million New York Night of Champions, proudly hosted by Yonkers Raceway. Eight, $225,000 divisional finals--for 2- and 3-year-old of both sexes and gaits--comprise the richest night of racing in the state. The 23rd edition of the Night of Champions has each of the races sponsored by a prominent Empire breeding farm or ownership group. This season's races include... --Kenneth J Syndicate LLC 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace; --Crawford Farms 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot; --Winbak Farm 2-Year-Old Filly Pace; --Morrisville College Equine Institute 2-Year-Old Filly Trot; --Blue Chip Farms 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pace; --Allerage Farm 3-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Trot; --Cameo Hills Farm 3-Year-Old Filly Pace; --Stirling Brook Farms 3-Year-Old Filly Trot. As always, this season's finalists have not only proven themselves up and down the Thruway (and various side roads) all the summer, but also in open stakes company. Leading the way is, of course, world-record Yonkers Trot winner Archangel. The 3-year-old colt was a perfect 5-for-5 against his statebred rivals during the sire stakes season. Other divisional point leaders were Tirade Hanover (2YO trotting colts/geldings), Barn Babe (2YO trotting fillies), Doctor Butch (2YO pacing colts/geldings), Summertime Lea (2YO pacing fillies), Fortunista (3YO trotting fillies), Forever Just (3YO pacing colts/geldings) and a "dead-heat" between Romantic Moment and Handsoffmycookie (3YO pacing fillies). The Raceway continues its normal five-night-per-week live schedule, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available around the NYRA schedule. -30- (FFI: Frank Drucker, Yonkers Raceway Publicity Director, 914-968-4200)  Click here for full story

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10.08.2011 - Yonkers First Under Saddle Exhibition
Sara Waddon rides You Go Girl to victory.  The race was contested at 9/16 mile and the final time was 1:10  Click here for full story

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10.08.2011 - YONKERS RACEWAY PRESENTS RACING UNDER SADDLE
Yonkers Raceway tonight is pleased to host a first for us — a racing under saddle exhibition. Seven accomplished horsewomen shall compete in this unique, 9/16-mile event, starting at the sixteenth-pole, then going one lap around the oval. The ladies are sitting atop trotters who are enjoying/have enjoyed long and distinguished racing careers.  Click here for full story