Saturday night, Yonkers Raceway hosts the finales for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and the George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series for FFAllers. In addition to lucrative finals, there is one consolation race for each series plus an event for Levy Series eligibles, horses which started in the Levy but didn't advance to either the consolation or final.
As customary, I am providing my selections for these races for your consideration. Best of luck to all.
Yonkers 5th Pace - $50,000; George Morton Levy Series Eligibles
4 - Te Kawau N (Brennan, 9-2) - Has been close in last two starts, knocking on door. Fave starts on outside. Worthy play.
8 - Letucerockthem A (Sears, 9-5) - Winner in last start. Would be pick but for the post. Lands share
1 - Foiled Again (Gingras, 3-) - Winless thus far in 2016. Not the same as in past but must use in exotics.
Longshot play - #2 Royal Heart - 20-1 shot is better since dropping out series. Thundered home in last to make up five lengths. Add to exotics to spice up price; possibly a win wager if no value elsewhere.
Yonkers 6th Pace - $75,000; Blue Chip Matchmaker Series Consolation
4 - Carolsideal (Dube, 3-1) - Finished 3rd in last, costing start in the final. Post position (3) gives her a good chance.
3 - Inittowinafortune (Callahan, 10-1) - Has been hampered with bad post in last two starts. Expect better performance tonight.
7 - Jungle Genie N (Kakaley, 20-1) - Continues with bad posts. Should land share despite the handicap.
Yonkers 7th Pace - $309,800; Blue Chip Matchmaker Final
2 - Lady Shadow (Callahan, 7-2) - Racing well. Closed late in last and benefits from rail. Worth a shot at these odds.
4 - Sell A Bit N (Stratton, 5-1) - Winner of two legs looks to rebound here. Figures to land share.
1A - Krispy Apple (Bartlett, 2-1) - Warmed up too late with two straight wins. Post 8 hurts chances. Could run out in right situation.
5 - Yagonnakissmeornot (Dube, 5-1) - Another two-leg winner figures in exotics if morning line favorite runs out.
Yonkers 8th Pace - $100,000; George Morton Levy Consolation (No place or show wagering)
7 - Wiggle It Jiggleit (Teague, 7-5) - A nose away from final. Should lay over these even with bad post.
1 - Melmerby Beach (Macdonald, 15-1) - Rail and possibly slower opening quarter makes this one a possibility to spice up exacta price.
4 - Evenin Of Pleasure (Sears, 7-1) - Driver change and improved post gives this one a good chance to hit board. May better rating.
6 - Ideal Cowboy (Tetrick, 3-1) - Should be flying late. Must include in supers and other exotics.
Yonkers 9th Pace - $609,000; George Morton Levy Memorial Final (No show or trifecta wagering)
2 (POE) - Bit Of A Legend N (Stratton, 5-2) - Deadheated with WIJI. Should be clear sailing hear to sweep through series.
3 (POE) - P H Supercam (Bartlett, 9-5) - Two seconds in a row. Good chance to make it three in a row.
1 (POE) - Take It Back Tery (Brennan, 8-5) - Will try to wire field. Expect will get caught again. Possible to end up in exacta.
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