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OPENING ROUNDS DRAWN FOR MATCHMAKER, LEVY SERIES
Friday night's (March 16th) opening round of the Blue Chip Matchmaker saw four consecutively-carded (races 7 through 10) divisions, each worth $40,000. Conveniently, 32 high-end lasses were parsed into the quarter of eight-horse fields.
Defending series champion Mackenzie A, who resurfaced her last Friday, March 9th in a qualifier, makes her seasonal purse debut from post position No. 7 in the final division. Jordan Stratton again does the honors for the now-6-year-old Down Under daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven.
Peter Tritton trains for Von Knoblauch Stables and Ellen Kinser.
Saturday evening's (March 17th) beginning of the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series goes with five, $50,000 Free-For-All divisions (races 4 through 7 and 11). Each race was neatly filled with a seven-horse field.
Last season's series winner, Keystone Velocity, makes his 2018 debut from outside his six rivals in the second event. Dan Dube again takes a seat for co-owner/trainer Rene Allard. Now a spry 10-year-old, Keystone Velocity comes off a career-best $783,000 season in 2017.
Each series offers five preliminary legs-ladies first Fridays, guys Saturday with both finals set for Saturday night (Apr. 21st)
Unrelated to this conversation Sunday matinees resume this weekend (March 18th), with first post at 11:45 AM.
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