BY FRANK DRUCKER, Publicity Director, Empire City @ Yonkers Raceway
YONKERS, NY, Friday, March 31, 2017—Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker offered up Round 3 Friday night (March 31th), with another trio of $40,000 divisions for quite superior—and quite soggy---pacing mares fighting a persistent, wind-driven rain.
The third round’s first division saw Bedroomconfessions (Scott Zeron, $3.80) repeat as an odds-on winner.
Leaving from post position No. 5, Bedroomconfessions eschewed an early three-hole to take the lead from Krispy Apple (Brett Miller).
The fave held sway (:29.1, :58.2, 1:26.4, 1:55.1), helped out in no small measure when second choice Mach it a Par (Jason Bartlett) violated the ‘shortest distance between two points’ theory and drifted drastically through the lane. Bedroomconfesssions took advantage of that detour to win by a nose, with Krispy Apple, Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) and For the Ladies N (Tim Tetrick) rounded out the payees.
Throw in an outrun Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and the six-pack finished in ascending parimutuel order.
For Bedroomconfessions, a 5-year-old statebred daughter of American Ideal co-owned (as Alagna Racing) by (trainer) Tony Alagna and Riverview Racing, it was her fourth win in seven seasonal starts. The exacta paid $4.80, with the triple returning $8.10.
The second event saw Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $.40) negate her outside post No. 6 and last on the lead (:28, :58.2, 1:27.2, 1:56.2). She took over from pole-sitting, 3-2 choice Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley), then found the wire in time, beating a first-over Betabcool N (MacDonald) by a half-length and a from-last Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) by a length
Empress Deo and Change the Rulz N (Brennan) settled for the remainder, while a second-over Sandbetweenurtoes (Miller) was last among the six-pack.
For third choice Regil Elektra, a 7-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her fourth win in eight seasonal starts. The exacta paid $41.60, with the triple returning $135.
Friday night’s final Matchmaker grouping had Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $4.70) join Bedroomconfessions and Regil Elektra as two-leg series winners.
Away from third post No. 2, Shesjustadelight N watched as 4-5 fave Medusa (Kakaley) hop over Diva’s Image (Joe Bongiorno) and lead the way (:29, :59.4, 1:27.4).
Shesjustadelight N moved to challenge just as Diva’s Image was ending her evening, the former maintaining the momentum to win by a length in 1:56.4. Sell a Bit N (Stratton) couldn’t match strides with her tow but did get into second at 25-1, with Medusa fading to third. Small checkers Lispatty (MacDonald) and Diva’s Image, then a trailing Al Raza N (Bartlett) rounded out the order.
For second choice Shesjustadelight N, a 7-year-old Down Under daughter of Bettor’s Delight co-owned by her driver & Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her second win in five ’17 tries. The exacta paid $68, with the triple returning $107.50.
Round 3 of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series goes Saturday night (Apr. 1), with four, $50,000 divisions.