Yonkers Raceway’s Blue Chip Matchmaker continued Friday night (April 1). Three compacted, $40,000 legions of lasses comprised a ‘sloppy’ third of five preliminary rounds…and if you’re name isn’t Jordan Stratton, there’s really no reason to continue reading.
The first event saw 1-2 favourite Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) caught wide early, paying a pretty (:26.4, :55.4) price for the lead. Regil Elektra (Tim Tetrick) then moved from fourth, disposing of the leader after the 1:24.3 three-quarters.
Regil Elektra owned a three-quarter length lead into the lane and hung in there gamely, but was mowed down late by a from-last For The Ladies N (Stratton, $40.40) in 1:53.1. The longest shot on the board — from post position No. 5 — won by a neck, with Jungle Genie N (Matt Kakaley) third, while Krispy Apple faded to last among the half-dozen.
For The Ladies N, a seven-year-old Down Under daughter of Jeremes Jet owned by Harry von Knoblauch and trained by Peter Tritton, is now one-for-five this season. The exacta paid $140.50, with the triple returning $884