Yonkers, NY---Yonkers Raceway Friday night (April 11) hosted the fourth round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker for Open Mare pacers. Three $40,000 divisions went postward.
The first event saw Breeders Crown champ Shelliscape (Tim Tetrick, $7.20) get off the series schneid a handy, down-the-road effort (27.3, 57, 1:24, 1:52). Winning the draw, she played “Catch Me If You Can,” and they could not.
Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) was unable to sustain a first-up bid, while Monkey On My Wheel (Brian Sears) could match strides from the pocket. Monkey On My Wheel did get second, beaten three-quarters of a length, with Ramalama third.
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|Feeling You (4) won her Matchmaker division in 1:53.1 over Rocklamation and Anndrovette.|
Charisma Hanover (Yannick Gingras) and Bettor B Lucky (George Brennan), as the 13-10 favored entry, finished fourth and sixth (last), respectively.
For third choice Shelliscape, a 5-year-old daughter of Artiscape owned by Bamond Racing and trained by P.J. Fraley, it was her first win in four seasonal/series starts. The exacta paid $28, with no triple wagering (five betting interests).
“She had no luck with the draw the last two weeks, but she’s a mare with class,” Tetrick said. “It was no fluke she won the (Breeders) Crown. Tonight, I was able to rate a cheap half, then she was strong down the back: 27 (second) third quarter and 28 (second) home.”
As was the case with Shelliscape, defending Matchmaker champion Feeling You was flying under the radar until this evening.
Leaving from post 4 with Tyler Buter doing the honors, Feeling You operated from second-over.
That didn’t seem so opportunistic when pole-sitting Rocklamation (Gingras)—50 percent of the just-over-even-money favored entry--rated a cheapy half (28, 57.3).
|Yagonnakissmeornot won her Matchmaker split in 1:51.4, the fastest of the series to date.|
Also not helping the cause for Feeling You was Anndrovette (Tetrick), who was first-up and into a vacant pocket when Angels Delight (Brennan) gapped it badly.
Rocklamation maintained her advantage in and out of a 1:25.2 three-quarters, taking a half-length lead into the lane. Feeling You, left to fend for herself, continued her assault on the leader. She outgamed Rocklamation by a head in 1:53.1, with Anndrovette third, beaten a half-length.
For fourth choice Feeling You, an Alan Kirschenbaum-bred 7-year-old daughter of Cambest co-owned by driver, Stephen Oldford and Oldford Farms and trained by Amber Buter, she returned $32.60 for her first board finish in five ’13 tries. The exacta paid $65.
“She just felt good,” Buter said of harness racing’s newest millionairess ($1,014,148). “When Tim (Tetrick, with Anndrovette) dropped into the pocket, I had thought about getting in behind him, but my mare just acted like she wanted to keep going, so I stayed outside.
“We took our time getting ready her ready this season. A year ago, we brought her back early for a series at the Meadowlands that wound up being cancelled. I just hope she can be this good the next couple of weeks.”
The third and final Matchmaker mélange of the evening had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) throw down the gauntlet with the fastest mile of the series to date.
Leaving from post 5, Yagonnakissmeornot made the first lead before yielding to a fumbly-early 4-5 favorite in Somwherovrarainbow (Sears). After a 27.1 opening quarter-mile and 55.4 intermission, it was Krispy Apple (Tetrick) trying her luck first-up.
That one couldn’t sniff the leader before a 1:23.4, three-quarters, with Somwherovrarainbow owning a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, she was powerless to deny Yagonnakissmeornot, who edged from the pocket and rolled away. That final margin for the second choice was 2-½ widening lengths in a season’s-best 1:51.4.
Third went to Royal Cee Cee N (Ron Pierce).
For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter of The Panderosa co-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) Rene Allard, Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, she’s now 6-for-10 this season (3-for-4 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $14.60, with the triple returning $74.50.
Friday’s $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by favored D W’s NY Yank (Brennan, $4) in 1:54.3, the fastest local mile of the season.
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night (April 12), with three, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5 and 11 on the 12-race card) in that fourth division.
The Raceway's five-night-per-week live schedule continues, with first post every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:10 PM. Evening simulcasting accompanies all live programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily.