Day At The Track

It's never a bad thing to use the word 'penultimate'

09:54 AM 05 Apr 2019 NZDT
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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, April 4, 2019-We're getting down to both the nitty and the gritty.

This weekend, Yonkers Raceway hosts the fourth-or penultimate-rounds of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series.

Friday night (Apr. 5), the lasses go in three, $40,000 Matchmaker harness racing events, consecutively carded as races 7 through 9.

The opening division cries out 'two-speed number' with pole-sitting Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett) and Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, post 3). The former owns a Matchmaker win and pair of seconds, while the latter-just in time for the NHL playoffs-eyes a hat trick.

The second event sees another three-peat wannabe in Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, post 7), starting outside her foes.

Ideal Lifestyle A (Brennan, post 1) has chased home Bettor Joy N the last couple of tries.

The final Matchmaker grouping rolls through defending champion Shartin N (Tetrick, post 4) as the millionairess is looking for her third prelim victory.

Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 8), yet another series two-fer, has won four of her five local starts.

Saturday evening (Apr. 6th) fourth foray of the Levy was drawn and quartered into $50,000 divisions (races 5,7,8 and 10).

The first get-together asks the musical question, 'Can Pacing Major N (Jordan Stratton, post 2) do it again?'

Fresh off last week's 67-1 stunner-and first board finish of the season-the Major hooks other round winners in Endeavor (Bartlett, post 3) and JJ Flynn (Tetrick, post 4).

Saturday's second event fins More the Better N (Scott Zeron, post 6) in search of a third series win, but stuck with a first poor draw.

Anythingforlove A (Joe Bongiorno, post 1) was an opening-round winner and figures to cut this mile.

The third group is led by Lyons Steel (Stratton, post 6), who threw down the fastest mile (1:50.4) of the local season a week ago.

Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, post 8) won his first two series tries, but ran out of racetrack a week ago.

The Downtown Bus (Zeron, post 4) and The Wall (Bongiorno, post 5) also have preliminary wins to their credit.

Saturday night's final division is led by two-round winner Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 3), who convincingly whipped Dr. J Hanover (Tetrick, post 6) on the square when they opposed one another a week ago.

Standings and finalized program pages accompany this release, with first post for both cards the usual 6:50 PM.

https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/bluechipstandings.pdf

https://www.empirecitycasino.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/levystandings.pdf

 

Frank Drucker

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