BigNews.Biz - Dec 20,2016 - Jason Bartlett and Rene Allard are once again Yonkers Raceway’s champions, winning the 2016 driver and trainer titles, respectively.
The 235-program season (three postponements), which concluded this past Sunday (Dec. 18), saw Bartlett roll along to a sixth title at Empire City Casino’s historic half-mile oval. The 35-year-old, originally from Augusta, ME, more than doubled Dan Dube, 576 wins to 287. Bartlett was also the busiest of the colony, leading with 2,336 drives (24.7 percent winning percentage) and more than $8.4 million in purses. George Brennan and Brian Sears wound up in a dead-heat for third with 284 wins each, though Sears did it with 583 fewer drivers. Jordan Stratton (247) rounded out the top five.
Rene Allard, the 29-year-old native of Quebec, sent out 233 winners, a dozen more than runner up Tom Milici. Allard also led with 1,008 starters (23.1 percent win percentage) and purses ($3.4 million). Richard Banca (180 wins),Jeffrey Bamond Jr. (98) and Ron Burke (90) completed the first quintet.
The Raceway’s 2017 season is set to begin with a Sunday (Jan. 8) matinee (post time TBA), pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission.