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Matchmaker Series Continues

Published: March 29, 2013 11:46 pm ET

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Friday night's second round of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker for pacing mares featured a heater, a repeater and another repeater.

As was case in the opening round, five $40,000 forays were on display.

In the first division, odds-on Eighthunrdolarbill (Brian Sears, $2.70), from post position No. 3, eased to the lead passing the half (:27, :55.2), then was a comfy winner (1:24.3, 1:53.2). She defeated a ground-saving, series/season-debuting Full Picture (George Brennan) by three-quarters of a length, with Frontierpan (Jason Bartlett) third. Early leader Darena Hanover (Yannick Gingras) faded to fourth.

Eighthunrdolarbill, a four-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight trained by Andrew Harris for co-owners J. Robert Darrow and Ron Broadstone, is now one-for-two this season. The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $158.50.

In the second division, double-millionairess Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick, $2.80), eschewing an early three-hole from post No. 3, took over from Rock N Soul (Gingras). She then held that one's entrymate Ramalama (Matt Kakaley) at bay (:27.3, :57.3, 1:26, 1:53.3), winning by a length and a quarter. Rock N Soul was third.

Anndrovette, a six-year-old daughter of Riverboat King co-owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino and trained by PJ Fraley, won her first race in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $5.60, with the triple (Handsoffmycookie [Dan Dube] fourth, third for purposes of this wagers) returning $9.60 (three favoured wagering entities in order).

In the third division it was an old-fashioned couldn't-separate-'em between pocket-sitting Royal Cee Cee N (Brennan, $2.30) and stubborn first-over Warrawee Koine (Bartlett, $8.70). Both--from post No. 2 and 4, respectively--picked off pacesetting Bettor B Lucky (Kakaley) before getting to the wire in 1:53.3. Bettor B Lucky was third.

Royal Cee Cee N, a seven-year-old Down Under daughter of Christian Cullen owned and trained by Mark Harder, is now one-for-three this season, Warrawee Koine, a seven-year-old Astreos ma'am trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner Dr. Michael Wilson, has four wins in nine '13 tries.

The exactas paid $14.20 (Royal Cee Cee N first) and $51.50 (Warrawee Koine first), while the triples returned $23.60 and $96 with those same lasses first, respectively.

Next pole-squatting Camille (Gingras, $2.50) made it consecutive wins in this series, stuffing Unred Hanover (Ron Pierce) in behind, then going the distance (:27.4, :57, 1:26.1, 1:54.1). 'Unred,' beaten a half-length, held off Camille's barn buddy, Ginger and Fred (Kakaley), for second, with Collage (Brennan) fourth.

Camille, a five-year-old daughter of Camluck co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, M1 Stables and Jack Piatt, has those pair of wins in as many seasonal starts. The exacta paid $3, with the triple returning $13.60. The place pool in this race was up over $59,000.

In the fifth split, favourite Krispy Apple (Kakaley, $3.80), from the same co-owners and trainer who bring you Anndrovette, was away fourth from post No. 5. She took over down the backside the second time, then was a safe (length and a half) winner in 1:54.2 over 30-1 shot Feeling You (Tyler Buter). Rocklamation (Gingras), three-wide whole chasing the winner, ducked in and wound up third.

Krispy Apple, a five-year-old Western Ideal miss, is three-for-three (two-for-two in this series) to begin her season. The exacta paid $29.80, with the triple returning $64.50.

Friday night's $38,500 Open Handicap Trot was won by a second-up Likeabatoutahell (Brennan, $13.80) in 1:55.4.

Saturday's card features the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, going as five $50,000 divisions.

(With files from Yonkers)


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