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Yonkers Trot attracts eight, 11 enter Messenger
Monday, August 20, 2018 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

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Yonkers, NY --- On Monday afternoon (Aug. 20), Yonkers Raceway’s entry box offered up eight 3-year-old trotters — four colts and four geldings — for the 64th Yonkers Trot.

The entry box also found 11 3-year-old pacers — eight colts and three geldings — for the 63rd Messenger Stakes.

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Stanley Dancer Memorial and Empire Breeders Classic winner Six Pack leads eight entrants into the 64th Yonkers Trot.
Thus, the second jewels of their respective Triple Crown find the Trot as a single dash, while the Messenger has a pair of $40,000 eliminations races this Saturday night (Aug. 25).

Alphabetically, here are the entrants for the Yonkers Trot:

Helpisontheway, Lindsey’s Pride, Lindy’s Big Bang, Maxus, Mississippi Storm, Six Pack, The Veteran, Tito.

The Messenger eliminations go as the fifth and sixth races Saturday night, having drawn as such:

First elimination: 1. Babes Dig Me (Jordan Stratton), 2. Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker), 3. JK Wildfire (Stratton also listed), 4. Topville Olympian (Brian Sears), 5. Nutcracker Sweet (Stratton also listed).

Second elimination: 1. Springsteen (David Miller), 2. Winston (Corey Callahan), 3. Decoy (Mark MacDonald), 4. Jimmy Freight (Louis-Philippe Roy), 5. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), 6. Kwik Talkin’ (Stratton).

Helpisontheway was a $30,000 supplemental entrant to the Yonkers Trot, while Jimmy Freight was supplemented to the Messenger.

Both $500,000 finals are scheduled for Sept. 1, a week from Saturday. They are accompanied by the companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot (six entrants) and the $112,904 Lady Maud Pace (eight entrants).

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