YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 28, 2014-Yonkers Raceway Friday night hosted the second round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, its premier harness racing series for Open Mare pacers. Four, $40,000 divisions went postward.
The first event saw pole-sitting Ideal in Vegas (, $11.80) retake from Let's Go Higher ( ) before a 28-second opening quarter-mile, then paced away from the premises (:57, 1:25, season's-best 1:53.1).
"She's been compromised by bad posts the last couple of starts, so once she drew inside, I was going to take advantage of it I always thought she was a stakes-quality mare, Asked why he seems to get along with "Vegas" better than other drivers, Stratton succinctly summarized that "I'm good with the ladies."
For second Ideal in Vegas, a 5-year-old daughter ofowned by Shore Thing Stables and trained by , it was her third win in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $22.20, with the triple returning $70.
Odds-on Somwherovrarainbow (, $3.10) doubled her pleasure in the second division, winning a second consecutive series starts. Leaving from post No. 2, "Rainbow" was an early third as Feeling You ( ) worked around Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube) after a :27.2 opening interval.
Once "Yagonna" reclaimed, Somwherovrarainbow was also moving, making the lead before a 56-second intermission. From there, a no-sweat 1:24.4 three-quarters and 1:53 mile gave her a length's victory over Yagonnakissmeornot. Summertime Lea () tried it first-up and held third.
For "Rainbow," a 4-year-old daughter oftrained by for co-owners Diamond Creek Racing and Ted Gewertz, she's now 3-for-3 this season. The exacta (two wagering favorites) paid $3.90, with the triple returning $10.60.
"I didn't want to have to be first-up with her again (as was the case last week)," Sears said. "She's just very talented and you can race her any way you have to."
The ensuing rain did not deter third-division victress Angel's Delight (Brennan, $17.80) from her appointed rounds-a second consecutive series win and third win in succession. Away fourth from post No. 6, she watched as 3-10 choice Charisma Hanover () have things seemingly under control ( :28, :56.1, 1:25).
However, the wheels came off the bandwagon in mid-stretch, as the people's preference was passed on both fronts. Pocket-sitting Anndrovette (Tetrick) beat her to the inside, but a first-up Angel's Delight beat 'em both to the outside.
"Angel" whipped Anndrovette by a half-length in 1:53.2, with "Charisma" a fading third, beaten a length-and-a-quarter.
For third choice Angel's Delight, a 4-year-old daughter ofowned by Joseph Pennacchio and trained by , it was her sixth win (with four seconds) in nine seasonal starts. The exacta paid $61.50, with the triple returning $106.50.
The final event was won by 2012 champ Rocklamation (Gingras, $2.20), who outdid her stablemate Camille (Kakaley) by a half-length in 1:53.1, with Shelliscape (Terick) third.
The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series continues Saturday night, with four, $50,000 divisions (races 4,5,9 and 11 on the 12-race card).