Chancey Lady (Cat Manzi) and Western Graduate (Jim Pantaleano) were the “big mares on campus,” winning Friday night's pair of $40,000 divisions in the fourth leg of Yonkers Raceway's Blue Chip Matchmaker Series.
Leaving inside of her seven rivals as the slight 1-20 favorite, Chancey Lady retook from Omen Hanover (Eric Abbatiello) just before a :27.2 quarter mile. A gapping, single-file parade ensued through a :56.1 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters.
Chancey Lady had three lengths to play with turning for home before beating Omen Hanover by 3 1/4 lengths, in 1:52.3. Kennan's Kelli (Jason Bartlett) was third, while Pancleefandarpels (Jordan Stratton), the only other lass under double figures, couldn't get close from the eight hole and wound up fifth.
Chancey Lady, a 4-year-old millionaire daughter of Camluck owned by Niele Jiwan and trained by Mark Kesmodel, paid $2.10 for her fourth win in 11 '09 tries. The victor led an $12.40 exacta and $128.50 riple.
The second Matchmaker melee had a new look even before the race started, as morning line choice Elusive Prey (Stephane Bouchard) came up ill from the pole and was scratched. That left Western Graduate with the pylons--and to her own devices--through tepid early fractions of :28 and :57.
JK Pure Pearl (Jason Bartlett) offered nothing first-up as the 7-5 second choice, severely compromising the cause of the 6-5 fave, Ramona Disomma (Stratton). Meanwhile, Western Graduate found a 1:25.1 three-quarters, needing only to hold-off the pocket-sitting Hannah Isabel (Pat Lachance) through the lane.
She did, winning by three-quarter lengths in a season's-best 1:53.4 Up Front Bethann (Ryan Anderson) was third, while JK Pure Peal and Ramiona Disomma had to settle for fourth and sixth, respectively.
Western Graduate, a 5-year-old daughter of Western Hanover trained by Abbatiello for KDM Racing, paid $11.60 as the third choice for her fourth victory in a dozen season’s starts. The exacta paid $101.00, with the triple returning $450.50.
Friday night's $40,000 Open Handicap trot went to Beach Nut Brand (Jeff Gregory, $9.30), in 1:56.3, the fastest local trot mile of the season.
The fourth leg of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series will go Saturday night with three $50,000 divisions. (Yonkers)