Daughters of the late Mach Three captured two of the three $40,000 Bue Chip Matchmaker divisions for high end pacing mares tonight at Yonkers. A Bettors Delight mare captured the other split.
The opening event saw odds-on choice Shesjustadelight N (Ron Cushing, $3.60) parlay a perfect pocket trip into a handy, 1:53 victory.
Shesjustadelight wins her split. (Mike Lizzi photo)
Winning the draw, Shesjustadelight N watched as Empress Deo (Matt Kakaley) grabbed the lead before a :27.1 opening quarter-mile. Then, along came American Girl (Tim Tetrick), who eschewed a three-hole only to get hung for her troubles by Empress Deo.
It was a :55.2 intermission and 1:23.4 three-quarters, with American Girl eventually backing away. While that was transpiring, Shesjustadelight N was enjoying the show, awaiting her close-up. Empress Deo owned a length and a half lead into the lane, but the fave was ready.
Shesjustadelight N edged inside, defeating the Empress by a length-and-a-three-quarters. Change the Rulz N (Scott Zeron) rallied for third at 48-1, with 110-1 shot Quick Draft A (Mark MacDonald) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) rounding out the payees.
“She’s just super handy and I couldn’t have asked for a better trip,” Cushing said. “I was a bit surprised Tim (Tetrick) didn’t take the seat behind me, but it ended up working out for us.
“It’s always good when you can just a win in this series without using a horse hard, so we’re going take it."
For Shesjustadelight N, a seven-year-old downunder daughter of Bettors Delight (who stands at Winbak of Ontario) co-owned by her driver and Kevin Sywyk and trained by Heidi Gibbs, it was her first win in three seasonal starts.
Friday night’s second Matchmaker grouping saw another odds-on number, Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $3.20) prevail, though not without some angst.
Away third from post position two Mach It A Par quarter-moved around Bedroomconfessions (Zeron), taking over right a :28.1 first two furlongs. There were very soft fractions after that (:57.3, 1:26), with Betabcool N (MacDonald) trying it first-up from fourth.
Mach It A Par owned a lead in and out of the final turn, then was all out to hold off Bedroomconfession by a nose in 1:53.2. Betabcool N held for a credible third, with Mackenzie A (Jordan Stratton) ad Krispy Apple (Brett Miller) settling for the remainder.
For Mach It A Par, a seven-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D’Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, Gandolfo & T L P Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her second win in four seasonal starts.
Regil Elektra winning her Matchmaker division. (Mike Lizzi photo)
The first round’s final foray was captured by another daughter of Mach Three, who passed away earlier this year, as Regil Elektra (Bartlett, $8.40) lasted on the lead in a season’s-best 1:52.4. From post three, she paced her way through splits of :28.2, :57.1 and 1:24.3.
Regil Elektra had a length lead into the lane, then whipped a crisp rally of 22-1 Hidden Land by a half-length. Third went to a pocketed Lispatty (MacDonald), with a first-up Medusa (Kakaley) and Diva’s Image (Joe Bongiorno) grabbing the minors.
Nike Franco N (Tetrick), locally debuting as the 9-10 favourite, gapped second-over and wound up seventh.
For second choice Regil Elektra, owned by Fred Monteleone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her third win in six ’17 starts.
“The open draws are so big in these series, and both (Mach It A Par and Regil Elektra) had good posts, so I had to leave with them,” Bartlett said. “Mach I A Par isn’t a front-end sort of mare, but I thought she was good in the last quarter when she had to be.
“Regil Elektra won the Open Handicap here last Friday when it was cold, and she was there again.”
The Matchmaker (as well as the Saturday night-beginning George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series) offer five preliminary rounds, leading to a finale, set for Saturday, April 22.
Tomorrow's Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $3,111.42.
The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 (for programs with at least 11 races if not, then it goes as races 6 through 10). It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday night), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program.