The first event saw Breeders Crown champ Shelliscape (, $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 () was unable to sustain a first-up bid, while Monkey On My Wheel ( ) could match strides from the pocket. "Monkey" did get second--beaten three-quarters of a length--with Ramalama third.
Charisma Hanover () and Bettor B Lucky ( ), as the 13-10 favored entry, finished fourth and sixth (last), respectively.
For third choice Shelliscape, a 5-year-old daughter ofowned by Bamond Racing and trained by PJ 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 No. 4 withdoing 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).
Also not helping the cause for Feeling You was Anndrovette (Tetrick), who was first-up and into a vacant pocket when Angel's 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 ofco-owned by driver, Stephen Oldford & Oldford Farms and trained by , 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 melange of the evening had Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube, $6) throw down the gauntlet with the fastest mile of the series to date.
Leaving from post No. 5, "Yagonna" 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 "Somwher" 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 2Â½ widening lengths in a season's-best 1:51.4, third went to Royal Cee Cee N ().
For Yagonnakissmeornot, a 5-year-old daughter ofco-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) , 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...fastest local mile of the season.
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with three, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5 and 11 on the 12-race card) in that fourth division.
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway