• ‘Levy’ And ‘Match’ Legs End March

    POSTED Mar 28, 2012
    The George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series and the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway enter round two of their episodes leading to the end of April finals and do so on the last weekend of March. 

    Friday and Saturday, March 30 and March 31 more of the greatest contemporary older horses and mares negotiate the challenging four turns at the New York oval. There are five fields in leg two for the mares and another half-dozen for the big boys. The competition is intense and turnovers are greatly expected, making the wagering an intrigue all its own. 

    Get free Brisnet F.A.S.T. Sheets for the Levy miles by clicking here.

    At Woodbine on the last night of March, the Glorys Comet and Spring Pacing Championships present leg 2 of their expensive shows. Horse of the Year San Pail won the first “Comet” leg in his return to the races and there is enough turmoil among the mares to support upsets.  

    At Cal-Expo on Friday, we take another concentrated aim at the exclusive TwinSpires-Cal-Expo no-takeout Pick 4.   

    Levy Landslides

    The next six episodes of this series roll through the program. Here is a per-division analysis.  

    Race 3
    We think a strategy to take Valentino to the top will be in play and he could start the evening’s series’ play with an upset. He wasn’t so bad last week, needed that race and belongs in this series. He has a history of putting in undetermined miles that fool the crowd, so going with him here is not a stretch. 

    Race 4
    Reibercrombie was a soft choice of ours last week but we didn’t take credit for his 15-1 win. He took advantage of giant favorite Code Blue, who was wide at the top, using enough energy to make his short in the stretch. But Atochia was not short last week and always seems to have an extra leg when it counts. Though there is little price here, Atochia is the key. 

    Race 6
    Silent Swing had to go the overland route in the first leg while our choice, Art Z, was winning by saving precious inside ground. With a good trip, Silent Swing may take this crew strongly and as an overlay, since Code Word will take all the dough.  

    Race 7
    Art Two D Two traveled the longest any horse can travel on the Yonkers strip short of finishing first doing so. Hung badly, he finished last only back 3 ½ lengths as Macraider N came up short to a closer. In a pocket or to the top here and he could produce a win at a good price. 

    Race 8
    Nob Hill High was the one to almost take down Atochia and does not have to face the likes of him in this mile. Look for a sharp attack, one winning brush, somewhere in this journey. 

    Race 9
    Why was Foiled Again foiled? Real Nice, a perpetual character over the last few seasons in this series, has taken to going on the engine. The one-time closer makes foes take extra steps to bet him on this inside biased surface and got to Foiled Again last week. It may help to give a few more cents to “Foiled” on the board; either way, don’t deny him. 

    Meet Your ‘Maker’

     The Blue Chip Matchmaker is the femme co-starring series in the Yonkers Spring. The mares are the performers in Friday’s miles, the weekend’s features overture. 

    In the first division Arctic Fire N raced very well from post 1 at 54-1, losing by a nose to Chancey Lady and See You At Peelers, the two winners by virtue of a dead heat. “Arctic” should improve here. Naughtytiltheend paced a good mile last time, losing to Western Silk, the favorite, and may be ignored from post 6.   

    The second division Oceans Motion went a horrible mile first over last week and still held on to third. George Brennan may pull some post-7 magic like he did with Rocklamation last week and upset Western Silk and Anndrovette.  

    The third Matchmaker mile finds Note Blue Chip on the outside but in contention coming off an impressive win in round one.   

    The evening's fourth “Match” mile we like Pancleefandarpels. In leg one she came first over from fifth and challenged the leader at 50-1. Here she could get a perfect trip and upset. 

    The final fray of the evening Save My Shark deserves attention. She burned herself out after a first-over mile last time. And Hula’s Z Tam is in it, having closed a little late as Rocklamation had already picked up her momentum. She was a game second and should do as well from post 7.  

    Canadian Chapters

     The Glorys Comet Series’ second leg offers a slight chance to beat the overwhelming choice, San Pail. One of his late-season foes in 2011 is here and may be worth a shot to overthrow the giant trotter, at least in leg two. 

    Frenchfrysnvinegar surprised a lot of bettors as the year ended. It may be he looms as San Pail’s greatest threat in this small field. Certainly, he will be at odds higher than he should be, even if he turns out to be the second choice. We bank on a big season for this one, making San Pail work for any other titles of his aspiration.  

    Two splits of the secondleg of the Spring Pacing Championship are also on the Woodbine program. In the first mile Aracache Hanover could race a hole in the wind even from the outside post. Golden Receiver is on his inside but that won’t hamper the big horse that seems to defy all posts when he is on his game. 

    The nightcap holds a chance that Kyle Major could be improving so that he can produce the flash of speed that he displayed last season. He paced himself out, so to speak, but while doing so he delivered a few miles that complemented the bankbooks of his backers. We say he may be ready to put a big mile in sooner or later, hopefully sooner.

    Cal Exotic

    The March 23 no-takeout Pick 4 at Cal-Expo is one of the more likeable combination of races we have seen since rebooting the event this season. 

    Leg 1
    (2) Hi Fidelity was hung so badly that it cost him a position on the toteboard. Finishing fourth will not be an option here and could bring a price since Sun On The Rocks will get plenty of play.

    Leg 2
    (1) Coal Younger raced evenly and cannot be dismissed in this group. A wake-up call mile last week was delivered by (4) Bullet Tooth Tony. He stormed out early to take the lead wide at 15-1 with too much energy to hold on.  

    Leg 3
    (1) Serious Art won a giant mile, closing and eating up the stretch like a champ. There is little reason for a bounce with this group. 

    Leg 4
    (4) Barona Hickory was well supported last out but only managed to get the show. (5) Gee Up was a game victor with two big moves. (6) Gentle Dragon holds the key to making this ticket worth a bunch. He made a 7 ¾-lengths brush to challenge the pacesetter on the outside last week at 17-1 and may go off chunky again this time for an upset.    

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.

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