Day At The Track

New Zealand breds dominate Matchmaker

03:55 PM 30 Mar 2019 NZDT
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Seaswift Joy N, harness racing
Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight
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YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 29, 2019 - Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up the third of five harness racing preliminary rounds Friday night (March 29th).

Four, $40,000 groupings of leading lasses were contested, same as a week ago.

Here was the lay of the land...

First division - Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, $11.60), from post position No. 5, was first to the lead and first to the wire (:27.2, :58, 1:25.4, 1:53.1), picking off 1-5 favorite Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan) late.

There was no visible excuse for the pole-sitting people's preference, who came in as the only two-time winner in the Matchmaker. She retook from the eventual winner, owned a length-and-a-half lead off the final turn, but missed a neck.

Medusa (Jim Marohn Jr.), Gold Orchid N (Jason Bartlett) and Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald) rounded out the payees, while Newborn Sassy (Tim Tetrick) was outrun.

For second choice Feelin' Red Hot, a 6-year-old Feelin' Friskie ma'am co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke and Weaver Bruscemi, she's now 5-for-10 this season (2-for-3 in Matchmaker with identical win times). The exacta paid $16.80, the triple returned $72.50 and the superfecta paid $182.

Second division - Odds-on Bettor Joy N (Tetrick, $3.50) saw none of her five inside rivals contest the lead, so she dutifully went the distance (:27.3, :56.2, 1:24.4, 1:52.3). The margin was a widening 3¼ lengths.

Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan) moved from third down the backside, was summarily dismissed but did come back for second. Lispatty (MacDonald), Freakonomics (Scott Zeron) and Itty Bitty (Marohn Jr.), came away with the minors, while Sell a Bit N (Stratton) hopefully learned from the experience.

For Bettor Joy N, a 5-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor's Delight co-owned by her driver, Richard Poillucci & Jo Ann Looney-King and trained by Jim King Jr., it was her third win in four '19 tries (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $6, the triple returned $12 and the superfecta paid $31.60. The half-dozen ladies finished in ascending odds order.

"She was awesome and gets around Yonkers very well." Tetrick said.

Third division - A week after a brutal, three-move trip, Seaswift Joy N (Marohn Jr., $5.20) had a shorter route and a better result.

From penultimate post No. 5, she made an immediate lead, looping even-money choice Don't Think Twice (Bartlett). The latter then found front, putting up subsections of :27:3, :57.3 and 1:25.2.

Outsider Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley) moved from last by the half, her bid flattening before she gave the leader any grief. Meanwhile, Don't Think Twice opened a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn.

However, Seaswift Joy N received the memo and closed ranks, edging out to win by a half-length in 1:52.4.

Bettorb Chevron N (Stratton), Angel's Pride (Brent Holland) and Shezza GNP N (Austin Siegelman) settled for the remainder, while Camera Lady eventually backed away.

For second choice Seaswift Joy N, a 6-year-old Bettor's Delight Down Under dame owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts (2-for-3 in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $9, the triple returned $14.40 and the superfecta paid $31.20.

"She is great," Marohn Jr. said. "her strongest point of the race was at the wire.

Fourth division - A week removed after her own eight-hole odyssey, defending Matchmaker champ Shartin N (Tetrick, $2.20) left minimal to the imagination.

After pole-sitting Obvious Blue Chip (Zeron) lined 'em up early, Shartin N-from post No. 3-took over and took off (:27.1, :56, :1:24.3, 1:52.2), cementing a three-length win.

Second went Kaitlyn N (Kakaley), while Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) Obvious Blue Chip and a first-up Magic Forces (Brennan) settled for the smaller envelopes.

For Shartin N, a 6-year-old millionairess Down Under Tintin in America ma'am co-owned and trained bv the same fine folks who bring you Bettor Joy N, it was her second win in three season/series starts (same time both wins). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $4.70, the triple returned $27.80 and the superfecta paid $55.50.

"She's a freakin' bull," trainer King Jr. said.

Shartin N

For full results of tonight's program click on this link.

Updated Matchmaker standings.

    Yonkers Raceway
    Blue Chip Matchmaker Pacing Series
    2019           March 29, 2019
                   
Order        Name 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg 25 pts/start Total   
1   Feelin Red Hot 25 50 50     75 200
2   Bettor Joy N 25 50 50     75 200
3   Apple Bottom Jeans 50 50 25     75 200
4   Seaswift Joy n 50 12 50     75 187
5   Shartin N 50 8 50     75 183
6   Ideal Lifestyle A 50 25 25     75 175
7   Don’t Think Twice A 25 50 25     75 175
8   Kaitlyn N 12 12 25     75 124
9   Obvious Blue Chip 0 25 8     75 108
10   Newborn Sassy 8 25 0     75 108
11   DelightfulmemphisN 50 5       50 105
12   Betterb Chevron N 12 5 12     75 104
13   Caviart Cherie 5 8 12     75 100
14   Twinkle 25 25       50 100
15   Medusa 0 12 12     75 99
16   Gold Orchid n 0 12 8     75 95
17   Magic Forces 12 0 5     75 92
18   Write Me A Song 12 5 0     75 92
19   Freakonomics 8 0 8     75 91
20   Itty Bitty 8 0 5     75 88
21   Lispatty 0 0 12     75 87
22   Shezza Gnp N 5 0 5     75 85
23   Rockstar Angel A 25 8       50 83
24   Sell A Bit N 5 0 0     75 80
25   Camera Lady 0 5 0     75 80
26   Scandalicious 0 0 0     75 75
27   Queen Lostris N 12   5     50 67
28   Bettor's Up 8 8       50 66
29   Angel's Pride   0 8     50 58
30   Dudesalady 8 0       50 58
31   Lakeisha Hall 5 0       50 55
32   Mach It A Par 5 0       50 55
33   Amateur Hour 0 0       50 50
34   Believe In Waco 0         25 25
35   Bronze Over N 0         25 25
36   Monica Gallagher           0 0
                0 0
                0 0
                   
                   
    ADDED MONEY 1st Leg 2nd Leg 3rd Leg 4th Leg 5th Leg Nom. Fees Total   
      $27,200 $25,600 $20,000 $0 $0 $172,000 $244,800
                  $125,000
                Final Purse $369,800

Saturday evening's (March 30th) third round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features five, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.

Frank Drucker

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