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After rain, "Rainbow" in Yonkers winner's circle

April 27, 2014

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It did rain Saturday night, but whether there was a rainbow afterward was uncertain. What was not up for debate was Somwherovrarainbow (Brian Sears), who parlayed a pocket trip, winning Yonkers Raceway's $371,400 final of the Blue Chip Matchmaker.
The Raceway's marquee event for Open Mares saw the open draw shake out well for series points leader Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube). Leaving from post position No. 2, the 3-5 fave had minimal issues getting around pole-squatting "Somwher.”
It was soggy sub-stations of :27 and :55.4 before last season's victress, Feeling You (Tyler Buter), was first to move from sixth. Then, Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick) slipped out from fourth while Yagonnakissmeornot found three-quarters in 1:23.4.

The lead was a length-and-a-half entering the lane. However, the people's preference would be unable to close the sale. She bored out entering the lane, allowing Somwherovrarainbow more than ample acreage. The latter ducked in and edged past the former, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.3. Third went to a rallying Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett), with Anndrovette—those two coupled in the wagering—and Rocklamation (Yannick Gingras) completing the cashers.

Feeling You, Summertime Lea (Matt Kakaley)—Rocklamation's partner—and Angel's Delight (George Brennan) rounded out the order.

For second choice Somwherovrarainbow, a 4-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere trained by Joe Holloway for co-owners Ted Gewertz and Diamond Creek Racing, she returned $6.90 for her fourth win in six seasonal starts. The exacta paid $10.80, with the triple returning $27.80.

"You never quite know how the race is going to play out,” Sears said. "I thought Anndrovette might leave, but obviously I had no problem sitting a two-hole. She's had some foot issues and Joe (Holloway) made a shoeing change. I was a bit concerned going around the first turn, but she was smooth as silk. She's going to be a tough mare going forward.”

The victory in the sixth—and richest--Matchmaker makes "Somwher” harness racing's newest millionairess ($1,138,009).

A $75,000 series consolation was won by Fashion Mystery (Eric Carlson, $43.80) in 1:55.4. (Yonkers)

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