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Yonkers' stakes and series abound

Yonkers' stakes and series abound
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 - by Frank Drucker, publicity director, Empire City at Yonkers Raceway

Yonkers, NY --- Yonkers Raceway's stakes and series continue, then conclude, over the next few racing programs.

After Thursday's overnight soiree, the girls are back at it Friday night (March 27) with round two of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. A pair of $40,000 divisions (races six and seven) include two of last week’s three opening leg winners.

Carolsideal (Dan Dube), who wired them from the pole a week ago, won the draw again in this week's first event, while Krispy Apple (Tim Tetrick), an off-the-pace winner last Friday, drew post position seven in the second grouping.

Last week's other Matchmaker winner, Venus Delight, is AWOL (racing Friday at Harrah's Philadelphia, actually) as part of the one-horse-per-trainer-per-division rule.

Saturday night's second round of the George Morton Levy Memorial Series offers 32 Free-For-All lads, neatly divided into four $50,000 consecutive events (races seven through 10).

All five opening leg winners have returned, with three -- Polak A (Brian Sears, post one), Michael's Power (Dube, post five) and Warrawee Needy (Mark McDonald, post seven) -- landing in the second division along with Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras, post two). Harness racing's richest-ever horse, eying $7 million lifetime, was a solid second a week ago in his seasonal debut.

P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett), last season's series champ who whipped Foiled Again out of the pocket last weekend, drew post four in this week's opening Levy division.

Beach Memories (Gingras), who threw down a :26.4 third quarter gauntlet to bottom out his series foes a week ago, starts from post four in Saturday night's third series event.

Monday night (March 30) finds Witch Dali (Tetrick, post four) looming a prohibitive proposition in the $54,800 final of the Petticoat Pacing Series (eighth race). Tuesday afternoon (March 31) is the Raceway's richest race of the season to date, the $62,200 final of the Sagamore Hill Pacing Series (to be drawn Thursday afternoon).

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