• Pounding Pacers Pursue Purses

    POSTED Apr 10, 2013

    At Yonkers it is time for the fourth leg of divisions for the George Morton Levy Series this Saturday, April 13, as we try to beat the choices again as the older pacers lessen in numbers heading for the final in two weeks. Meanwhile, pacing mares return for round four of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on Friday.

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    ‘Levy’ Part Four

    Saturday’s fourth preliminary of the George Morton Levy Series holds four divisions at Yonkers.   

    Although the two drew badly, Clear Vision and Atochia should take most of the betting. Electrofire does his best on the lead and should be able to get to the top from post 4. If he is anywhere near the lead, he’ll catch the leaders or sprint away from the field down the stretch.    

    Annieswesterncard draws better in the second division and headlines the Ron Burke entry. Silent Swing is right beside him and has shown great power as an 11-year-old. He is coming off a fourth-place effort where he closed strongly to finish fourth by 3/4 length. Before that he won against the top pacers at the Meadowlands in 1:50.4. He should get away well off the gate and pull the pocket into the stretch to chase down Annieswesterncard, who will likely be on the lead.    

    The prominent elder pacer Foiled Again is coming off his first victory in this year’s Levy in a gate-to-wire 1:53.1 effort. Coming off a better mile is Shoobee’s Place. Going off as the favorite, he parked the mile and finished second to Forever Just from post 6. He will likely make the same move again but should have cover to ride into the stretch.   

    In the final division, there is no use trying to beat Something For Doc. He is still as strong as he was in leg one and continues to show his dominance in the series.    

    Matchmaker mares

    On Friday, four divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker series are slated for Yonkers.   

    The Burke entry of Camille and Hot List will take a majority of the betting in the first division. Camille is coming off of a place against Anndrovette last week, going off as the 2-1 second choice. We have two bomber hopefuls in this division, Full Picture and Moonlit Dragon.    

    Full Picture had a ton of pace to offer in last week’s mile but she had no room until the stretch, where she could sneak up the passing lane. From post 1 she should be able to get away near the lead and have an easier time gaining ground late. 
    Moonlit Dragon should improve off of her comeback last week, which was her first start off of an injury scratch in the first leg of the series. She seems like she needed that mile and should be ready for this week’s preliminary.   

    Ramalama and Ginger And Fred highlight division two of Matchmaker action. There is a mare in this race, though, that has shown great improvement and draws very well this week. Doc’s Hope is prime for a fantastic effort this week. She has found cover in every effort and had a strong late kick to finish in the top five. She should try to leave in order to be closer to the pace and use her late kick around the three-quarters pole.    

    In the third division, Krispy Apple is the likely favorite after closing strongly to finish second last week. To her outside is another valiant mare in this field, Feeling You. She has been very consistent throughout the series. If she does not get away near the pace, expect her to sit a pocket until three-quarters, where she will charge down the stretch like she did on March 29, finishing second from post 7.   

    The final division attracts Anndrovette and Royal Cee Cee N, both of which are the likely favorites. The Burke entry of Rock N Soul and Rocklamation may get ignored in this division. Rocklamation has finished on the board in every start of the series this year. She draws the inside, so she should be aggressive and try to go to the lead and may have to sit the pocket. She’ll benefit from that pocket trip and swing into the stretch with a ton of pace left.  

    H2W Legend

    As we publish weekly, here is the H2W legend, Review our choices and follow the wagering at the prescribed track to decide how you will use the information.

    The horses names are listed beneath the name of the track after the date theywill be racing. The race in which they are entered (R and race number) follows. If a + is in front of a horse’s name it means that horse is appearing on the list for the second (and last time) because it failed to win the first time it appeared.   

    An “ae” signals the horse is entered but on the also-eligible list (so it might not get into the race). Multi-horses may be listed in the same race.    

    Horses from previous lists that are not racing have a NR after the name on a separate line from dated entries.    

    Wagering on any of the H2W listed horses is based on your own judgment. Your handicapping skills should include decisions to wager to win, place, show or in exotics. If you have any questions about the H2W list, send them to us through the TwinSpires blog channel.   


    4/12/13 +Tyler’s Echo N R9
    4/13/13, Beechwood Wayne R4; Naked News R8; +Cheyenne Cam R9; Every Girl’s Desire R11; +Kiasma R12; Diditagain Hanover R13

    Cal Expo
    4/12/13, +Paul The Powerful R1; +D D’s Tiger R3; K D Nicol R3; Dancing Barry R7; +Cheswick R9; +Beach Crisis R10; +Dynamite Express R10; Yankee My Way R12; +Incredible Gambler R13; +Peppy Jack B R14
    4/13/13,  Exquisite Gem R1; Kablooie R3; +Dani California R7; +My Tryin Ryan R7; +Jane The Brain R8; +Youremyaddiction R8; +Racetrack Diva R9; Bullet Tooth Tony R10; Hi Tech Tony R15
    KD Rowdy One NR; Aj’s Little One NR; Haggin Oaks NR;  Devin Hall NR; Boo Coo Blush NR; Windy City Paige NR  

    4/12/13, Red Star Scammer R1; Fast Lane Wealth R6; Mamajons Bluegrass R6; +Passing The Girls R7; Pureform Pandora R7; +Western Nitro R8; +Garden Gate Ll R8; +Camblazer R8; +Happy Herman R9; Red Star Bogart R9; +Fancy Ideal R10; Westridge Warrior R10; +Barona Ferrari R11; +Ronny Woo Woo R11; +Mmmmmh R12
    4/13/13, Tahuya Speed R6
    RNR Express NR; Just Ryan NR  

    4/12/13, +Lucky Cadet R4; +Gw Gizmo R4
    4/13/13, +Red Star Tomahawk R4
    Fleeting Desire NR; Pacey Deucey NR 

    4/12/13, +Enticing Beauty R1; +Ms Memphis Bird R4; +Dakotas Bridgeman R5; +Jo Jo’s Circus R6; +Sadies Scooter R6
    4/13/13, +Stinky Sham R1; Don’t Need A Halo R2; American Friskie R3; +Stubbysleisureguy R7
    Bell Valley Indian NR; Jenny The Genie NR

    4/11/13, +Sand Jake R6; +Fox Valley Touche R9; Melodie Hotspur R9
     4/12/13, Bruener R1; Heartland Liberty R2; Nightinthebox R7; +Anescape N R9; So Reserved R12; Three Town Hero R12
    NJs Big Deal NR; Joanies Irish Luck NR

    4/12/13, Premier Flash R5; Save My Dragon R 8
    4/13/13, Dragon Spike R5; +Ak’s Livin Large R11; +Pure Defiancy R11
    Zinzinnati Zeke NR; Ccs Lover NR  

    4/12/13, Carmelita’s Girl R4; +Apple N Strawberry R5; Sun Rei R5; +Sporty Callie R7; +Cute And Cruising R8; Sassy L Lynn R11; Campside Angel R12; +Wildatthebeach R12; +Cooby R13; Hula Lu R14

    Ray Cotolo contributed to this edition.
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