Battle lines drawn for Matchmaker, Levy splits
March 30, 2011
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Yonkers Raceway's battle lines have been drawn for the second round of both the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The Matchmaker, an Open Mare event, goes in four, $40,000 divisions (races 8,9,11 & 12) Friday night.
Standout statebred On the Glass (Yannick Gingras, post five), a hard-charging second a week ago, is the choice in the opening event as she looks to get off the seasonal schneid. Ron Burke trains the 5-year-old daughter of Art Major for co-owners Joe DiScala Jr. and Cynthia Massari.
Early favoritism in the second Matchmaker grouping is divided between Symphony in Motion (Jeff Gregory, post one) and Tomorrowpan (Dave Miller, post two), The former, a 7-year-old Bettor's Delight lass, trained by Mark Harder for co-owners Joseph Jannuzzelli and Carol DeMarch, has done her best work in Westchester. The latter, already 4-for-7 this season, lasted on the lead in the series debut. The 5-year-old No Pan Intended miss is owned by Steve Calhoun and trained by Casie Coleman.
A third-division showdown looms between defending series champ Ginger and Fred (Gingras, post two) and Chancey Lady (Jason Bartlett, post five). The millionairess pair were both the easiest of winners a week ago. "Ginger," a 5-year-old Real Artist ma'am trained by Burke for co-owners Howard Taylor, Robert Feldman, Edwin Gold and Jerry Silva, goes for her 20th career victory. Chancey Lady, a 6-year daughter of Camluck owned by Baron Racing and trained by Mark Kesmodel, has 28 lifetime victories.
Friday night’s Matchmaker finale finds Save My Shark (Jim Pantaleano, post three) having won four of her last five tries, including a down-the-road effort in her series opener. The 5-year-old daughter of Four Starzzz Shark, trained by Tony Alagna for co-owners Frank Dettore Horse Racing, Jim Arledge and Joe Sbrocco, has hit the board in her last half-dozen work nights.
Saturday's six Levy events—Free-For-Allers going for $50,000 a pop—are carded as races 6 though 11. Opening-round winners Foreign Officer (Pantaleano, post one) and Gallant Yankee (Bartlett, post seven) hook up in this opening division. Foreign Office threw down the fastest gauntlet (1:52.4) a week ago, while Gallant Yankee has won his last five local tries.
Foreign Officer a 4-year-old Western Ideal gelding trained by Alagna for co-owners David Rovine, Melvin Hartman, Foreign Officer Partners and J L Benson Stables, is now 3-for-7 this season. Gallant Yankee, a 5-year-old Western Hanover gelding trained by Mark Ford for owner James Snyder, is 7-for-10 in 2011.
Opening-round winners also collide in the final Levy get-together, with two-time defending champ Foiled Again (Gingras, post five) opposing This Is Wyatt (Eric Goodell, post seven).
Foiled Again, the double-millionaire 7-year-old Dragon Again gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by trainer Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables, earned his 45h career victory in the opening leg.
This Is Wyatt, a 4-year-old Astreos gelding co-owned by (trainer) Josh Green, David Rovine and VIP Internet Stable, is 3-for-7 this season with wins in his last couple.
The other Week 1 winners--Blatantly Good (Bartlett, post two) and Lahaye (George Brennan, post three)--drew into Saturday night's third and fourth divisions, respectively.
This weekend also finds third (final) preliminary leg competition for both the Petticoat (Friday) and Sagamore Hill (Saturday) Pacing Series. (Yonkers)