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Ontario-Sired Mares Score In Matchmaker

Published: April 1, 2011 11:09 pm ET

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Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up the second round the same way it presented the first, with four $40,000 Friday night divisions for the girls.

Headpoles R Us (Cat Manzi, $22.40), leaving from post position No. 6, won the first division. She snapped pace-setting (:28, :57, 1:25.1) pole-sitter Giveittoemstaight (catch-driver Jason Bartlett) on the money by a short schnozz in a "good" 1:55.1. The latter led for every step except the last one, but tired and was picked off by the lass who was actually gapping from second-over down the backside.

Run On Luck (Dave Miller) was third, with All Spirit (catch-driver Stephane Bouchard) and Twin B Tiara (Brian Sears) completing the cashers.

On The Glass (Yannick Gingras), as the 2-5 favourite, came first-up against the leader but was done early stretch and finished last. The seven-horse field was separated by two and a half lengths at the line.

"Headpoles," a seven-year-old daughter of Bo Knows Jate, trained by Joe Anderson for owner Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Que., is now three-for-10 this season. The fourth choice led a $115.50 exacta and $1,104 triple.

The second Matchmaker event saw solid statebred Anndrovette (Bartlett, $12.20), as the third choice, do it first-over in 1:55.2. Leaving from post No. 3, she engaged the two-move, 6-5 fave, Symphony In Motion (Sears), as that one put up intervals of :28.1, :58.3 and 1:26.3.

Anndrovette edged past the leader, then held Jasperthat A (Manzi) at bay by three-quarters of a length. Tomorrowpan (Miller) closed inside for third, with Symphony In Motion and Omen Hanover (Jim Pantaleano) grabbing the loose change.

Anndrovette, a four-year-old daughter of Riverboat King co-owned by (trainer) Mark Kesmodel, Jeffrey Bamond and Joseph Davino, is now one-for-two in 2011 and just shy of $600,000 lifetime. The exacta paid $151, with the triple returning $538.

The third Matchmaker mélange was won by Chancey Lady (Bartlett, $8.40) in 1:55. It was the second series victory for the second choice. Working to the early lead (:27.3 quarter) from post No. 5, she then released 2-5 fave Ginger and Fred (Gingras) in the second turn.

That one led past a :57-second intermission and 1:26 three-quarters, but wilted under heavy pressure from Park Avenue (Eric Goodell). Ginger And Fred was done early stretch, though managing to carry Chancey Lady where she needed to go. Chancey Lady zipped by, winning by a couple of lengths. Park Avenue fought to good fight and held second over Ramona Disomma (Dan Dube), with Ginger And Fred and Up Front Kelli Jo (Manzi) also making money.

Chancey Lady, a six-year-old daughter of Camluck owned by Baron Racing and trained by Kesmodel, is now two-for-five this season. The exacta paid $95, with the triple returning $651.

The evening's final stakes event was a pocket performance from 7-5 second choice Ticket To Rock (Miller, $4.80) in 1:55.4. Outdrawing her six foes, she sat behind even-money people's preference Save My Shark (Pantaleano) as the one set unpressured points of :29.2, :58.3 and 1:27.3. However, she could not stall the winner, who ducked and prevailed by a half-length.

Farmers Tuition (Manzi), Breakheart Pass (Gingras) and Flirtiscape (Sears) earned the minor spoils.

Ticket To Rock, a four-year-old Rocknroll Hanover miss trained by Jeff Webster for co-owners Let it Ride Stables, Mentally Stables, Robert Cooper Stables and Jerry Silva, won her first race in two seasonal starts. The exacta paid $7.80, with the triple returning $20.80.

Friday night's $37,000 Open Handicap Trot was won by repeating Cold Winner (Gingras, $25), overcoming the eight-hole in 2:05 for the mile-and-one-sixteenth.

Friday's card also featured five $12,500 divisions in the third and final preliminary round of the Petticoat Pacing Series for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares.

The winners were:

  • Keystone Katherine, 4 (by Western Hanover); co-owners James Snyder & Sally Bolon/trainer Mark Ford/driver Dube; 1:56.4/$15.80;
  • Full Picture, 4 (by Artsplace); owner Marvin Rounick/trainer Jerry Silverman/driver Bartlett; 1:55.4/$2.10;
  • HFs Super Star, 4 (by Dags); owner Roger Roland/trainer Rob Harmon/driver Manzi; 1:58.1/$3.20;
  • Harlem Rockturne, 4 (by Rocknroll Hanover); owner Ribbonships/trainer Burke/driver Gingras; 1:58.1/$6.60;
  • Lorrie Please, 4 (by Western Ideal); co-owners Alan & Ira Kaplan,David Sheib/trainer Mike Hall/driver Bartlett; 1:55.4/$4.

Lorrie Please was the only three-for-three lass in the preliminaries.

Saturday night's stakes agenda includes the second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, as well as the third and final prelim leg of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series for three- and four-year-old colts/geldings.

(Yonkers Raceway)

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