Day At The Track

Rene Allard trainees sweep Matchmaker

04:54 PM 04 Apr 2015 NZDT
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Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away Yagonnakissmeornot
Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away
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Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa
Sean Hamrock Photo

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 3, 2015 -- Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the third round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker of harness racing "Open Pacing Mares". A pair of small-but-select fields of five were subsected into $40,000 divisions.

Carolsideal (Dan Dube, $4.30), no one trick pony she, rallied from second-over after going down-the-road in her first two series starts

Starting outside her four foes, "Carol" watched as 11-10 favorite Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), getting some early encouragement from her escort, left and pocketed Medusa (George Brennan).

After early intervals of :27.3 and :56.3, For the Ladies N (Brian Sears) offered a fair amount of first-up pressure in and out of the 1:24.4 three-quarters.

Anndrovette maintained a short lead into the lane, but company was coming. Carolsideal vaulted wide off her tow, then went by to win going away. The margin, over 19-1 outsider Fancy Desire (Matt Kakaley), was a length-and-a-half in 1:53.1. Anndrovette, snapped for second, settled for third.

For second choice Carolsideal, a 6-year-old daughter of Western Ideal trained by Rene Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh, it was her eighth win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $57, with the triple not offered to the abbreviated assemblage.

The second Matchmaker event was barely more than a public workout for 4-5 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $3.70).

In play from post position No. 2, she easily went around pole-sitting longhsot Strings (Eric Carlson), them had no issues whatsoever. Pedestrian fractions of :28.3 and :58.2 were going to make "Yagonnakissme" very tough to catch, and a :55.1 back half (1:26.1, 1:53.3) made it impossible.

A season's-best effort whipped first-up Venus Delight (Jason Bartlett) by a comfortable length-and-a-half, with Strings third.

For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 6-year-old daughter of The Panderosa trained by Allard for co-owners himself (as Allard Racing), Yves Sarazin and Kapildeo Singh--the same contingent behind Carolsideal--she's now 2-for-4 this season. The exacta paid $15.40, with again no triple wagering due to the quintet.

Series standings, through three of five prelims legs...1-Carolsideal (225 points), 2-Yagonnakissmeornot (158), 3t-Camille (125), 3t-Venus Delight (125), 5-Monkey on My Wheel (120), 6-Fancy Desire (113), 7-Anndrovette (111), 8-Krispy Apple (105).

Special Friday props to Luminosity (Brennan, $6.20), whose 1:55, open-length romp in the $21,500 second race was fastest local trot mile of the season.

Friday's Pick 5 wager, vitamin-enriched by a $4,667 carryover, attracted $12,602 of fresh money. The formful combo of 2/1/5/2/2 (all wagering favorites) returned $111.87 for every correct half-a-buck wager.

The Raceway's live season continues Saturday night (post time 7:10 PM), with the third round (four, $50,000 divisions) of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. After that, it's Monday (7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Note Sunday matinees are done until November. Evening simulcasting accompanies all night programs, with afternoon simulcasting available daily (save for Easter Sunday).

Frank Drucker

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