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Thursday, March 9, 2017


BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, March 9, 2017—Defending champion Bit of a Legend N leads 40 Free-For-All nominees into Yonkers Raceway’s 2017 edition of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series. The event again honors the Hall-of-Fame founder of Roosevelt Raceway.

The five weeks of preliminaries begin next Saturday, March, 18th, with each race in each leg worth $50,000.

Bit of a Legend N, an 8-year-old Down Under son of Bettor’s Delight, swept through the series a season ago. He won the $609,000 final (1:51, matching stakes record) a week after his scintillating, dead-heat with Wiggle It Jiggleit (world-record ‘heater’ of 1:51.2).

Peter Tritton trains and Jordan Stratton drives for owner Harry von Knoblauch.

Other notable eligibles (alphabetically) include…All Bets Off, Bettor’s Edge, Caviart Luca, Mach it So, McWicked, Missile J, Provocativeprincen, Rockin’ Ron, Soto, Take it Back Terry, Vegas Vacation and Wakizashi Hanover.

The Levy’s companion event, the ladies-only Blue Chip Matchmaker, seduced 28 of the best distaffers in training.

Among the fast femmes (alphabetically) are…Bedroomconfessions, Devil Child, Krispy Apple, Mach it a Par and Sell a Bit N.  The ’17 edition was guaranteed a new leading lady after Yagonnakissmeornot, last season’s victress, has begun her second career as a broodmare.  

That series, also with five prelim legs (at $40,000 per race), begins Friday night, March 17th.

Finals (and consolations) for both the Levy and Matchmaker are set for Saturday night, Apr. 22 (purses TBA). 

Blue Chip Matchmaker Nominees.
Name of Horse Sire Dam Age Nominator
Al Raza N Gotta Go Collect Al Zahra 7 A. Abbatiello
American Girl Art's Chip L Dees Lourdes 8 Hoosier Hoofprints
Bedroom Confessions American Ideal Turnoffthelights 5 Chapmans Stkg.
Betabcool N Bettors Delight Cool Sandy 7 Blindswitch Racing
Change the Rulz N Changeover Victoria Rulz 6 L. Fischer
Delightful Dragon Bettors Delight Little Miss Dragon 6 N. Daley
Devil Child American Ideal Kattimon 5 Bluegrass Stkg.
Diva's Image Bettors Delight Rocknroll Diva 4 Bluegrass Stkg.
Empress Deo Rocknrollhanover Little Miss K 6 Joannes Stkg.
For the Ladies N Jeremes Jet For the Don 8 E. Annunziata
Givemeyourheart Badlands Hanover Artists Flower 4 C. Costello
Hidden Land Badlands Hanover Armbro O'Casey 6 S. Finkelstein
Krispy Apple Western Ideal Apple Krisp 9 Bamond Racing
Lispatty McArdle Lisbella 4 GG Herrera
Lyons River Pride Somebeachsomewhere Mississippi River 4 Joannes Stkg.
Mach it a Par Mach Three Taylorlane Action 7 D'Elegance Stb. IX
Mackenzie A Rocknrollheaven Kept for Pleasure 5 P. Tritton
Medusa Bettors Delight Mythical 6 Bluegrass Stkg.
Nike Franco N McArdle Nearea Franco 7 Bluegrass Stkg.
Purrfect Bags Roddy's Bags Again Purrfectly Bad 5 J. King
Quick Draft A Art Major Quick Comment 7 Blindswitch Racing
Regil Elektra Mach Three Top Time Notcher 7 Joannes Stkg.
Sail to the Beach Somebeachsomewhere Sail Away 4 C. Orzell Jr.
Sandbetweenurtoes Somebeachsomewhere Als Girl 6 Joannes Stkg.
Sellabit N Julius Caesar Nomorenuki 7 P. Tritton
She's Just  A Delight N Bettors Delight Love the Look 7 RHM Racing
Tessa Seelster Shadow Play Titania Seelster 5 Bluegrass Stkg.
Wrangler Magic Mach Three JA EL Shamrock 5 R. Allard

George Morton Levy Memorial Pace Nominees

Name of Horse Sire Dam Age Nominator
All Bets Off Bettor's Delight Armbro Penelope 6 Bluegrass Stkg
Always at my Place Always a Virgin Best Place 6 M. Weaver
Americanprimetime American Ideal Prime Xample A 5 Bluegrass Stkg
Anwar Hanover Well Said Allamerican Nadia 5 M. Romanelli
Arque Hanover Rocknrollheaven A Pippin Hanover 5 T. Lazzaro
Artistic Major Art Major Western Dancer 5 Bluegrass Stkg
Bettor's Edge Bettor's Delight Spring Wind 8 J. Kokinos
Bit of a Legend N Bettor's Delight Soky's Legend 8 P. Tritton
Blood Brother Somebeachsomewhere Blood Diamond 5 D'Elegance Stb. IX
Burning N Mach Three Sparks Under Fire 7 R. Cushing
Caviart Luca Somebeachsomewhere Caviart  Sierra 6 M. Weaver
Classic American N American Ideal Classic Vicolo 7 N. Surick
Clear Vision Western Hanover Artistic Vision 8 J. Kokinos
Cooperstown Four Starzzz Shark American Charm 5 B& I Wallach
Dr J Hanover Somebeachsomewhere So Perfect 4 Chapmans Stkg.
Dreamoutloud N Bettor's Delight Nothinbutadreamer 10 D. Cassar
First Class Horse Western Terror Susurrus Hanover 5 Bluegrass Stkg
Great Vintage American Ideal Arts Vintage 9 Takter Stbs.
Guantanamo Bay Somebeachsomewhere Up Front Gal 5 B& I Wallach
Jeneral Patton Art Major Time N Again 6 W. Mackenzie
Keystone Velocity Western Hanover Venus Killean 9 R. Allard
Long Live Rock Rocknrollhanover Perfect Gesture 8 R. Allard
Mach it So Mach Three Beach Dancer 7 Bamond Racing
Matt American Allmericannative Mattadorable 6 R. Key
McArdles Lightning McArdle Winning Venture 5 Bluegrass Stkg
McWicked McArdle Western Sahara 6 Joannes Stkg.
Melmerby Beach Somebeachsomewhere DB Bluechip 6 E. Annunziata
Missile J American Ideal Cantor's Daughter 4 Bluegrass Stkg
Our Sky Major N Art Major Sky Beauty 7 Joannes Stkg.
PH Supercam Milliondollarcam Callwood Ivy 10 Bamond Racing
Provocative Prince N Grinfromeartoear Catherine Zeta 7 P. Tritton
Rockin Ron Real Desire I'm All A Roan 5 Bluegrass Stkg
Santa Fe Beachboy Somebeachsomewhere Santa Fe Yankee 7 Bluegrass Stkg
Somewhere in LA Somebeachsomewhere West of LA 6 D'Elegance Stb. IX
Soto Rocknrollheaven Incredible Beauty 5 S. Iaquinta
Take it Bacl Terry Western Terror Second Symphony 8 M. Weaver
TE Kawau N Bettor's Delight Haylin Express 7 R. Bresnahan
Texas Terror N Western Terror Alicia Maree 9 Blindswitch Racing
Vegas Vacation Bettor's Delight Don't you Smile 7 Joannes Stkg.
Wakizashi Hanover Dragon Again Western Gesture 5 Joannes Stkg.