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Shartin N Solid In 'Matchmaker'

Published: March 15, 2019 11:33 pm ET

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Beware the Ides of March, provided you weren’t mesmerized by the start of Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker.

A five-pack of $40,000 groupings were consecutively contested - featuring the best pacing mares around – and here’s what transpired.

In the first division it was the odds-on Ideal Lifestyle A (George Brennan, $3.90) prevailing. She took over from lone leaver Twinkle (Scott Zeron) before a :27.3 opening quarter-mile, then held sway (:57.2, 1:24.4, life-best 1:52.3). Twinkle tried the winner inside through the lane, but missed a length.

Write Me A Song (Jordan Stratton) was a non-threatening third, with Newborn Sassy (Tin Tetrick) and Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) settled for the minors.
For Ideal Lifestyle A, a seven-year-old Down Under daughter of Western Ideal owned and trained by Tahnee Camilleri, it was her second win in five seasonal starts.

With the rain teeming down for the second division, a first-up Delightfulmemphisn (Jason Bartlett, $6.60) snapped 2-5 choice Bettor Joy N (Tetrick) at the (1:53) wire. First leader Magic Forces (Brenan) was a best-of-the-rest third, with Freakonomics (Zeron) and Sell A Bit N (Stratton) picking off the final pay envelopes.

Bettor Joy N had laid down early intervals of :27.2, :56.1 and 1:24.2, but just faltered by a short nose.

For second choice Delightfulmemphisn, a six-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettors Delight owned by Enzed Racing and trained by Nifty Norman, it was her fifth win in eight ’19 tries.

Rain continued for the third division and so did formful results. It was a down-the-road Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $2.60) winning as she pleased (:28.1, :56.3, 1:25, 1:52.2).

Rockstar Angel A (Zeron) chased from a loose pocket, beaten 3-1/2 lengths. A weak, first-up Queen Lostris N (Mark MacDonald), Bettors Up (Bartlett) and Lakeisha Hall (Brennan) were the other payees.

For Apple Bottom Jeans, a six-year-old daughter of Mr Apples co-owned by Ed Gold, Howard Taylor, Thomas Lazzaro & Robert Cooper Stables and trained by Dylan Davis, it was her third win in five seasonal starts.

In the fourth division there was more precipitation and more predictable performances
From post 6, favoured Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn, Jr., $5.50) eschewed an early three-hole, then completed her wet rounds (:26.4, :56.4, 1:24.3, life-best 1:52.1). Feelin Red Hot (Brennan) took a shot from the pocket, but missed by three-quarters of a length.

For Seaswift Joy N, a six-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettors Delight owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, it was her third win in five ’19 efforts (3-for-3 here).

Defending series champ Shartin N (Tetrick, $2.20), began her purse season by fooling very few in the fifth division. From post 2, she found herself away third before finding front. From there (:27.4, :56, 1:24.3, 1:52.2), she was a puny pari-mutuel proposition.

Dont Think Twice A (Bartlett) made first lead, yielded and missed, beaten a half-length margin. Bettorb Chevron N (Stratton) closed for third, with Dudesalady (Marohn, Jr.) and Mach It A Par (Brennan) settling for the small change.

For Shartin N, a six-year-old Tintin In America Kiwi lass, co-owned by her chauffer, Richard Poillucci and Jo Ann Looney-King, she comes off a 19-for-24, million-dollar season.

Saturday evening’s opener of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features six, $50,000 divisions (races 4 through 9) for the Free-For-All gentlemen folks.

Earlier Friday evening, Dan Dube knocked an item off the to-do list, getting career win No. 8,999 with Rural Art ($6.30) in the $20,000, third-race pace.


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