The first event saw Angel's Delight (, $16.40) pop from a perfect second-over trip in 1:53.2. Leaving from post position No. 5, she watched as Shelliscape ( ) take over from Handsoffmycookie (Dan Dube), then deal with Rocklamation ( ).
After fractions of :27.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, Angel's Delight was ready to move. She whipped Rocklamation-part of a 2-5 favored entry--by a length, with Shelliscape another length back in third.
"I saw her race last week, and when Matt (Kakaley) tipped her wide in the lane, she just took off," Brennan said. "It was the same thing here.
"She'd been racing, while the other ones are just starting back, so maybe that was an advantage. Those other mares-it never takes them long to be ready. It's going to be a good series, and I certainly wouldn't discount mine "
For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter ofowned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by , it was her fifth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $27.60, with the triple returning $82.50.
Brennan doubled his pleasure in the second division, when former New York Stakes champ Summertime Lea ($4.40) won the draw and the race (:27.1; :56.3; 1:25, 1:53.4) in down-the-road fashion. Season-debuting "Lea"-the season-debuting half of the 6-5 favored entry--lasted by a neck over a charging Ramalama (Kakaley), with Cocoa Beach () third. Swinging Beauty (Gingras), parimutuelly partnered with the winner, was a weak first-over fifth.
Anndrovette (Tetrick), making her 2014 bow, never left the cones and finished fourth.
For "Lea," a 4-year-old daughter ofco-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) , Weaver Bruscemi, Lawrence Karr and Frank Baldachino, it was her 17th win in 26 career starts. The exacta paid $23.20, with the triple returning $68.50.
The event third division was its best, with odds-on choice Somwherovrarainbow (Sears, $3.80) going first-up to hold off her rivals in 1:52.4.
Trying to leave from post No. 6, she landed in a four-hole as Royal Cee Cee N () laid down the law through a :27.1 opening quarter-mile and a :57.2 half. "Somwher" was then out and moving, engaging the leader through a 1:25 three-quarters.
She put Royal Cee Cee N away mid-stretch then held off both the horse on her back (Krispy Apple [Tetrick]) and a pocket-sitting Charisma Hanover (Gingras). The margin was scant nose over Krispy Apple, with "Charisma" a shorter schnoz back in third.
For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter oftrained by for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 2-for-2 this season and up over $900,000 for her career. It was a far cry from the lass who stopped on a dime the last time she was here, last October's elimination for the Lady Maud Pace.
"She's bigger, she's stronger and I'm just happy to have her," Holloway said. "There's not much half-mile experience with her, so I changed the equipment a bit, and she was very good."
The final Matchmaker grouping was nothing more than a public workout for 1-4 fave Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, $2.50). Sent right to the lead from post No. 4, she had nary an anxious moment though intervals of :27.3, 56.4; 1:25.1 and 1:52.4.
The final margin was 4Â¼ lengths over Let's Go Higher (), with Economy Terror ( ) a pocket third and Bettor B Lucky (Gingras) fourth.
or "Yagonna," a 5-year-old daughter ofco-owned (as Allard Racing) by (trainer) and Kapildeo Singh, it was her fourth win in seven 14 tries. The exacta paid $13, the triple returned $38.60 and the superfecta paid $155.
"She'd make anybody look good," Dube said. "She does it all on her own and doesn't know where the end of the mile is."
Friday's $38,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by Lorenzo Dream (Sears, $19) in a season's-best 1:55.2, also the fast local mile of 2014.
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series begins Saturday night, with five, $50,000 division, (races 2.4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card).
by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway