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Saturday, April 8, 2017


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

YONKERS, NY, Friday, April 7, 2017—Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 4 Friday night (April 7h), with a pair of $40,000 divisions.

This penultimate prelim event offered a different look, notably one less grouping as some of the marquee ma’ams (co-leader Bedroomconfessions and third-place lass Regil Elektra) taking the week off.  

The opening event saw the millionairess formerly known as Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) cave off some very tepid fractions (:27.1, :57.1, 1:25.2)..

It was only she and Wrangler Magic (Dan Dube) leaving from their respective outer venues, but neither was involved in the outcome.

Lispatty (Jason Bartlett, $13.80) earned the decision over a squeezing-through, 36-1 Diva’s Image (Joe Bongiorno) in 1:55.

The winner, from post position No. 3, improved inside down the backside as 17-10 fave Betabcool N (Mark MacDonald) and second choice Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) both left the cones and were essentially devoid of pace.  

It was Krispy Apple owning a length-and-three-quarter lead the lane, but she was done. Lispatty angled out, then prevailed by three-quarters of a length.  Wrangler Magic lasted for third, Hidden Land (Tim Tetrick) and Betabcool N (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder while Krispy Apple retreated to seventh

For fourth choice Lispatty, a 4-year-old daughter of McArdle trainer by Gilberto Garcia-Herrera for owner Gilbert Garcia-Owen, it was her first win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $182.50, with the triple returning $1,594.

Friday’s second Matchmaker soiree had Medusa (Matt Kakaley, $11.20) do what Krispy Apple could not…finish what she started (:28.1, :57.3, 1:25.1, 1:53.3).

From post No. 4, Medusa seated longshot Empress Deo, then never had an anxious moment. The pocket-sitter gave way by the three-quarters, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) taking up the chase. That chase left her a length-a-quarter in arrears at the wire, the same distance in front of a non-threatening 3-4 choice Mach it a Par (Bartlett)

Empress Deo and Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing) settled for the minors.

For third choice Medusa, a 6-year-old daughter of Bettor’s Delight co-owned by Randy Bendis and Tom  Pollack and trained by Andy Federico Jr., it was her fifth win in 13 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $29.40, the triple returned $60 and the superfecta paid $390.

Round 4 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series goes Saturday night (Apr. 8), with three, $50,000 divisions.