On Monday afternoon (Aug. 20), Yonkers Raceway’s entry box offered up eight 3-year-old trotters for the 64th Yonkers Trot. The entry box also found 11 three-year-old pacers for the 63rd Messenger Stakes. 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 and 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).