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Matchmaker Prelims Conclude

Published: April 12, 2019 10:32 pm ET

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Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker saw its fifth and final preliminary round go Friday night (April 12), with three, $40,000 groupings of Free-For-All mares.

Any number of well-positioned point leaders earned this week off for good behaviour.

Here was the last-chance-to-impress ledger…

First division—Another wet week for the lasses, though not as much moisture as last Friday.

Undaunted, 3-10 lass Seaswift Joy N (Jim Marohn Jr., $2.60) was the lone leaver and the easiest of winners. From what became the outside post position in this scratched-reduced quintet, Seaswift Joy N worked around Camera Lady (Matt Kakaley), then was a drifting, three-length victress (:27.2, :57, 1:25.2, 1:52.3).

Camera Lady chased the around the oval for second, with Delightfulmemphisn (Tim Tetrick), Gold Orchid N (Jason Bartlett) and Itty Bitty (Dan Dube) rounding out the finishers/payees.

For Seaswift Joy N, a six-year-old Down Under Bettors Delight ma’am owned by Brad Grant and trained by Tony Alagna, the win was her fifth in eight seasonal starts (three-for-five in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $6.20, with triple and superfecta wagering both cancelled.

“She’s getting better every week,” Marohn Jr. said.

Second division—An uncovered Kaitlyn N (Kakaley, $9) ground down 1-2 choice Feelin’ Red Hot (George Brennan) in 1:52.2.

The former played leapfrog with Twinkle (Scott Zeron), reclaiming the lead right at a :26.4 opening quarter-mile... After a :56.1 intermission, it was Kaitlyn N—from post No. 4—moving from third. She hooked the leader between the 1:24 three-quarters and the final turn, putting her away midway through the lane.

Kaitlyn N drew out to win by a length and a quarter. Feelin Red Hot held second, with Caviart Cherie (Joe Bongiorno) third. Odds outsiders Angels Pride (Brent Holland) and Write Me A Song (Bartlett) came away with the minors.

For second choice Kaitlyn N, a six-year-old Down Under daughter of American Ideal co-owned by trainer Richard Banca and Barbara & James Boese, the win was her first in eight ’19 tries (one-for-five in Matchmaker). The exacta paid $13.80, the triple returned $52.50 and the superfecta paid $184.

“Did not want to be first-up, but she was so good, it didn’t matter,” Kakaley said.

Third division—Looped leaving, but short-priced Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan, $2.60) had few issues thereafter (:27.2, :56, 1:24.3, 1:53).

From post No. 2, she eventually worked around Newborn Sassy (Tetrick) before whipping that one by 2-1/2 lengths for her escort’s 5,998th career driving victory.

A second-up Magic Forces (Brennan), a first-up Medusa (Bartlett) and Freakonomics (Zeron) settled for the small change.

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, the win was her fifth in eight seasonal starts (three-for-four in Matchmaker). The exacta (two wagering choices) paid $8.80, the triple returned $68 and the superfecta paid $168.50.

“She was as good as she’s ever been,” said Callahan, who a race earlier won No. 5,997 with catch-drive Odds On Delray ($12.40) in a mile-and-a-sixteenth overnight event.

The Matchmaker final is set for next Saturday night, April 20 (approximate purse $400,000). Note that the leaders are not necessarily the finalists until ‘finalized’ by the race office after an examination of the series conditions.

This Saturday evening’s (April 13) fifth and final round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series features four, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions.

(With files from Yonkers Raceway)

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