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Sunday, April 21, 2013

The Matchmaker and Levy Final Fields

VFTRG contributor Joe F, brings us an early look at the composition of the final field makeups of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George M Levy Memorial Series at Yonkers Raceway this coming Saturday, April 27 which happens to kick off the competition for the HANA Harness 2013 Grand Circuit Handicapping Contest.  Here is Joe's report:

It appears that the sale of Something For Doc—the top performer in the series—to Mark Ford has given Foiled Again the opportunity to make his fifth consecutive appearance in the Levy final. Either Forever Just or Nob Hill High, tied at 200 points, would have been elevated to the final had the sale not taken place. Forever Just was scratched from last night’s fourth division. Nob Hill High was a finalist last year.
Burke will have Foiled and Annies in the $450,000 final and Clear Vision in the $100,000 consolation. Gary Green has Dancin Yankee in the final and EZ Noah in the consolation, while Tony O’Sullivan has Casimir Jitterbug in the final and Classic Rock Nroll in the consolation.

Last year’s winner Atochia was shut out of both races, as was Rockincam.
It appears that these horses will race in the final: Something For Doc, Annies, Foiled, Razzle Dazzle, Dancin Yankee, Casimir Jitterbug, Versado and Second Wind.

This looks like the field in the consolation: Forever Just, Nob Hill High, Clear Vision, Electrofire, Classic Rock Nroll, E Z Noah, Lettucerocku and Schoobie’s Place.

The fact that five mares from the Burke barn are among the top eight Matchmaker point-getters after the five preliminary legs will open up spots in the final for some from other barns that would generally be relegated to the consolation pace. Camille and Rocklamation will fill Burke’s quota in the final so Ramalama and Ginger And Fred will drop down to the consolation. In turn, Bettor B Lucky, who qualified on points for the final, will be squeezed out entirely and the same thing will happen to Rock n Soul. Burke’s Darena Hanover would qualify for the reshuffled consolation pace but she too is a victim of the barn’s success.

The beneficiaries of all of this are Warrawee Koine, Eighthunrddolarbill and Ramona Disomma, all of whom should be elevated to the final.
The final should consist of: Anndrovette, Feeling You, Camille, Rocklamation, Krispy Apple, Warrawee Koine, Royal Cee Cee and Ramona Disomma.

The consolation field should consist of: Ramalama, Ginger And Fred, Handsoffmycookie, Full Picture, Docs Hope, Western Silk, Frontierpan, and Keepers Destiny.

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