Joe Bongiorno posts 3,000th career victory

Yonkers, NY – Driver Joe Bongiorno scored the 3,000th win of his career by taking the seventh race on Thursday night (February 8) at MGM Yonkers Raceway with Emotions Riches.

Joe Bongiorno clinches his 3,000th career driving win Thursday night at Yonkers. Luna De La Rosa photo.

Emotions Riches, a 6-year-old gelding by Wheeling N Dealin, took the lead from first-over heading to the 1:26 three-quarters and drew off to tally by three lengths in 1:56.1 for trainer Travis Alexander and owner Rags To Riches Of PA LLC.

Bongiorno, who began driving in 2010, finished fifth in the local standings a year ago. His lifetime earnings are over $46.3 million, and his major triumphs include the Little Brown Jug in 2020 with Captain Barbossa and the 2019 Breeders Crown Open Pace with American History.

Thursday’s program featured two $35,000 Invitational Trots, one for horses and geldings and one for fillies and mares, and driver Yannick Gingras took both of them. He scored in the dash for the boys with Yanks Dugout, a 7-year-old Triumphant Caviar gelding trained by Mickey Burke Jr. for owners Ivan and Duke Sugg, in 1:55.2 and then bagged the fillies and mares clash with Per Engblom-trained Tipsy Moni in 1:55.2. Gingras also co-owns that 4-year-old daughter of International Moni with partners Ben Mondello and Fac Racing LLC.

MGM Yonkers Raceway is currently on a Monday-Friday live racing schedule with post time each night at 7 p.m. (EST).

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