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Jason Bartlett, Yonkers Raceway's perennial leading driver, has been appraised at a cool $200.
Well, sort of. As part of harness racing's Trotting 4 Charity initiative, Bartlett's special set of colors-which he wore during a few racing programs-brought $200 at an auction which closed Wednesday night (May 23rd). The colors were won by Joe Betro of Delancey's Bar and Restaurant in Goshen, NY.
Bartlett's charity of choice is the Eva Fini Fund. Eva is a young neighbor of the Bartletts who is courageously battling Rett syndrome.
Rett syndrome, first identified by Austrian physician Dr. Andreas Rett in 1966, is, according to an informational page, "a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. It is characterized by normal early growth and development followed by a slowing of development, loss of purposeful use of the hands, distinctive hand movements, slowed brain and head growth, problems with walking, seizures, and intellectual disability."
"Joe is a horse owner with Ed Hart is his trainer and we both know the Fini family very well," Bartlett said. "He's committed to the charity and I'm guessing he's going to hang the colors up in the restaurant.
"I'm just happy to help out."
A Yonkers' racing program "box" which shows the colors and the fund logo accompanies this release.
For more information about Rett syndrome, please visit To learn about Trotting 4 Charity, go to

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