Day At The Track

Third round of Matchmaker,Levy this weekend

11:06 AM 29 Mar 2019 NZDT
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YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 28, 2019-The glasses are half-full for some and half-empty for others...40 percent of the way in.

The third of five preliminary rounds of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series go this weekend, with four ($40,000 each) and five ($50,000 each) harness racing divisions, respectively.

The lone 2-for-2 Matchmaker lass, Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, post 1), landed in the opening Matchmaker, carded as Friday night's (March 29th) fourth race. The 6-year-old daughter of Mr. Apples enters with four consecutive wins as she tries for a 30th career win.

Feelin' Red Hot (George Brennan, post 5) took no prisoners a week ago, an opening-length win after finishing second in her first series starts.

Friday second Matchmaker event (sixth race) is led by Ideal Lifestyle (Brennan, post 2) and Bettor Joy N (Tim Tetrick, post 6), each with a win and second in a pair of Matchmaker rounds.

The same win-and-a-second resume belongs to Don't Think Twice A (Jason Bartlett, post 3) in the third division (seventh race), where she meets up with Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., post 5). The latter owns a win and three-move third in her two Matchmaker tries.

Defending Matchmaker champ Shartin N (Tetrick, post 3) looms a short price in the eighth-race final division. After an opening-leg win, the career $1.1 million winner was a tough-trip fourth from an eight-hole a week ago.

Saturday evening's (March 30th) quintet of Levy legions goes as races 4,5,8,9 and 11.

Rodeo Rock (Andrew McCarthy, post 1), a series two-fer, won the draw in the second grouping, He shares the points lead with Ideal Jimmy (Brent Holland, post 7), who landed into the final foray.

The former, a 6-year-old Rock N Roll Heaven gelding, has done his damage from off the pace in both starts, last week prevailing after an elongated, first-up route. Rodeo Rock has won all three of his seasonal starts for owner Royal Wire Products and trainer Robert Cleary.

By contract, 'Jimmy,' a 6-year-old homebred (D R Van Witzenberg) 6-year-old Western Ideal gelding trained by Erv Miller, has gone down-the-road in both of his series tries. He's won half of his 10 '19 starts, including four of his last five efforts.

Other single-week winners include...

---Endeavor (Tetrick, post 4), The Wall (Joe Bongiorno, post 5) and The Downtown Bus (Scott Zeron, post 7) in Saturday's first division,

---Western Fame (Dan Dube, post 5) and Somewhere in L A (Bartlett, post 8) in the second division,

--JJ Flynn (Tetrick, post 1) in the third division,

--Anythingforlove A (Bongiorno, post 1) and More the Better N (Zeron, post 2) in the fourth division.

Current standings and final program pages on links below.


Frank Drucker

Director of Publicity
810 Yonkers Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10704


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