YONKERS, NY—The 64th edition of the Yonkers Trot and 63rd renewal of the Messenger Stakes are both set for Saturday night, September 1, and the three-year-olds trotters and pacers have declared in for the second jewels of the Triple Crown at Yonkers Raceway. Each is worth $500,000.
Four colts and four geldings have been entered for the Trot, so no eliminations are needed, while 11 sophomores are in for the Messenger with a pair of $40,000 eliminations slated for this Saturday night, August 25.
Alphabetically, here are the entrants for the Yonkers Trot:
Lindsey’s Pride (g)
Lindy’s Big Bang (g)
Mississippi Storm (g)
The Messenger’s elims go as the fifth and sixth races Saturday night, and here’s the draw:
First elim—1-Babes Dig Me (Jordan Stratton), 2-Wild Bill (Ray Schnittker), 3-JK Wildfire (g, Stratton also listed), 4-Topville Olympian (g, Brian Sears), 5-Nutcracker Sweet (Stratton also listed).
Second elim—1-Springsteen (Dave Miller), 2- Winston (g, Corey Callahan), 3-Decoy (Mark MacDonald), 4-Jimmy Freight (s, Louis-Philippe Roy), 5-Stay Hungry (Doug McNair), 6-Kwik Talkin’ (Stratton).
Note ‘g’ signifies gelding, while ‘s’ is a $30,000 supplemental entrant.
Both finals–$500,000 each—are scheduled for a week from Saturday night, Sept. 1st. They are accompanied by the companion events, the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot (six entrants) and the $112,904 Lady Maud Pace (eight entrants).