Yonkers set to host final preliminary rounds of Matchmaker, Levy

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Ted Black

April 12th, 2018

This Friday and Saturday evening Yonkers Raceway will host the fifth and final preliminaries for both the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series and George Morton Levy Memorial Series for Free-For-All pacers and while several horses have already secured berths in their respective finals, several others are squarely on the bubble.

Friday's first BCMM division features a trio of mares that have already punched their ticket to the $375,000 final on April 21 - Motu Moonbeam N (Brent Holland), Lakeisha Hall (George Brennan) and defending champion Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton), but the other four - Dudesalady (Tim Tetrick), Lady Shadow (Jason Bartlett), Miss Irish Rose (Larry Stahlbaum) and Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) all face win or else scenarios. Lady Shadow has only won once in four legs and has been third once and fourth once at odds-on and looms the biggest disappointment of the series thus far.

One race later in the second BCMM split, prelim winners Sell A Bit (Stratton), Medusa (Yannick Gingras), Twinkle (Eric Goodell) and Scandalicious (Tetrick) all are within reach of making the final, but Eclipse Me N (Daniel Dube), Newborn Sassy (Tetrick), Mach It A Par (Bartlett) and Safe From Terror (Holland) absolutely must win in order to have any chance of reaching the final. Twinkle sports two victories in the series and missed last week, so this Friday should be a good tightener for the Bettor's Delight mare.

Then several races later in the last BCMM elim, slated as the penultimate race on the card, railbound L A Delight (Gingras) absolutely must win this week after bypassing two legs thus far, while three-time series winner Shartin N (Tetrick) returns after missing the previous week and will look to use this leg as a tightener for the final. Wishy Washy Girl (Bartlett), Clear Idea (Mark Macdonald), Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing), Vintage Babe (Holland), Dewar N Soda (Zeron) and Gina Grace N (Stahlbaum) all seem destined for the consolation.

Maryland-breds Dudesalady, Lady Shadow, Newborn Sassy, Twinkle, Clear Idea, Vintage Babe and Dewar N Soda have combined for three wins and five second-place finishes in the series and there is still a chance that three of the Winbak Farm products could earn a berth in the lucrative final and three others could make the consolation. Twinkle has been one of the genuine surprises in the series, while Lady Shadow has been the biggest disappointment thus far.

Saturday night Yonkers will host the last three preliminary rounds of the George Morton Levy Series and several horses will need to win or finish second in order to keep their hopes alive of reaching the final.

In the first division, two-time winner Western Fame (Macdonald) will look for a win and a tightener after skipping last week, while Missile J (Tetrick) will need to finish first or second in order to keep his hopes alive of reaching the final for a second straight year. Missile J won three legs last season and was third as the choice in the final, but the American Ideal gelding has only recorded one win in the series thus far and finished a dull sixth last week.

Bettor Memories (Kyle Husted) has been second twice and third twice in four very good efforts in the series and might need to win in order to keep his hopes alive of reaching the final for trainer R. Nifty Norman. Long Live Rock, Caviart Luca and Chumlee A all have their work cut out for them in regards to making the final and look for two of them in the consolation.

Then one race later in the second split, railbound Keystone Velocity (Daniel Dube), the defending Levy final hero, absolutely must win to have any chance of reaching the final. Mach It So (David Miller) has won twice and been third once in four outings and looms an obvious final participant again, as does Evenin Of Pleasure (Joe Bongiorno) who owns one win and a pair of runner-up efforts in the series. Simply Susantional N (Stahlbaum), Christen Me N (Tetrick) and Another Daily Copy (Bartlett) are all seeking to earn a berth in the consolation.

Then in the last Levy prelim, three-time series winner Dr J Hanover (Brett Miller) will look for a good tightener after missing last week, while two-time winners Somewhere In L A (Bartlett) and Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton) have already punched their tickets to the final again and will look to tune up for the final from posts six and seven. Luciano N (Holland), Killer Martini (Tetrick), Mister Daytona N (Zeron) and Always At My Place (Brennan) will all look to battle for spots in the consolation.