by Al Cimaglia
April 25, 2022
Yonkers Raceway has a big Monday night card set to go. One headliner is the Blue Chip Matchmaker Final which goes in Race 7 and has a $381,000 purse. The top event is the Borgata Pacing Series Final that rolls in Race 8 and has a $549,000 purse. The $1 Late Pick 4 starts in Race 7, and the sequence will be my focus.
Comments and selections below are based on a fast track.
Race 7-Blue Chip Matchmaker Final-$381,000 Purse
1-Drama Act (2-1)-This race comes down to two very good 5-year-old mares. It would be no surprise if either won and this mare could benefit from Brennan having the option of landing on the point or in the 2-hole. This should be a battle to the wire.
2-Racine Bell (5/2)-Has won from the rail and post 7, nothing has stopped her in the last 3 starts. Bartlett could have the pedal down and not look back. My take is this gal will be dictating the pace.
Race 8-Borgata Pacing Series Final-$549,000 Purse
1-Tattoo Artist (7/5)-This Ryder trainee is very sharp and with this post draw Dunn should be in control throughout. This Is The Plan and others won't make it easy but unless recent form falters this should be the winner.
1-Walkinshaw N (6-1)-Has been successful at YR starting from the inside, beating the $100k claimers back in January. Should have enough gate speed to race near the top of the stack and could be overlooked at the windows.
4-Lou's Sweetrevenge (4-1)-Comes off even efforts versus Open company and gets some needed class relief. Fits and likes Yonkers hitting the board in 20 of 33 starts with 10 wins.
5-Town Gossip (5/2)-Was a non-factor in 3 of 4 Borgata races but fits well with this crew. Should enjoy the class relief and be in the hunt.
6-Joesstar Of Mia A (3-1)-Willing to toss the last race from post 7, before that captured two of the previous 3 races. Bartlett gets the assignment after being absent in last and he knows well. Probably has enough gate speed to land on the point and best to respect.
3-Beltane A (7/2)-Makes the 2nd start after a claim for the Height barn, Gingras takes a seat and gets some class relief. All of that could add up to the 5th win in 13 starts this year.
5-Elwell (5/2)-Should be leaving to be on the point. Kakaley may dictate the pace and if he steals a quarter, it could be picture time. Ran into a couple of tough foes in the last 2 and those winners aren't in this field.
$1 Pick 4
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