Harness Racing: Alan Mitchell picks the Matchmaker Series at Yonkers
Yonkers Raceway – Friday, March 29, 2019
Four divisions of the Matchmakers stakes for Free-for-All pacing mares.
Yonkers Race 4
Apple Bottom Jeans (1) - Wired similar in last from the 8 post and draws the rail tonight. Has lots of speed. Can control again from this spot. Feelin Red Hot (5) - Both of her Matchmaker starts were sharp including a speedy 4 post, wire to wire win in last. This one is from the Burke stable and can win if Apple Bottom falters. Medusa (2) was a remote third from the 4 post against Apple Bottom In last. Good position helps her chances. Queen Lostris N (3) - No match for Apple Bottom in last. Looks like she is going for a minor check here.
Selections: 1, 5, 2, 3
Yonkers Race 6
Ideal Lifestyle A (2) was the 3-5 favorite in last and quit late in the mile. She seeks to control the lead again. Will stay for the win this time. Bettor Joy N (6) - Driver Tetrick is nothing short of amazing. Strong drive in last was key to victory. Is the one to beat here. Lispatty (1) - Good races earlier but her last three were not good. That includes last race from this spot. She is better than last race looks. Freakonomics (3) - Her best races were earlier at Pompano Florida. She has gone nowhere in 3 Yonkers starts. I am guessing she improves a bit here.
Selections: 2, 6, 1, 3
Yonkers Race 7
Don’t Think Twice A (3) - Won last in a wire to wire bid from the 7 post. Her last pair were sharp. Is still tough if allowed to control the lead. Seaswift Joy A (5) beat similar 2 ago but had a rugged journey last week. Based on form, this one must be considered. Betterb Chevron N (2) - The inside post figures to help this one. She has had poor posts in her last 5 starts. Inside post will help. Shezza GNP N (4) - Five races ago she pulled a 20-1 upset against the Open mares. Since then, it has been all downhill. If she can regain some of that form from last year, she can be in the trifecta or superfecta.
Selections: 3, 5, 2, 4
Yonkers Race 8
Shartin N (3) - Gets post relief tonight after a rough trip in last from the 8 post. When this one and Apple Bottom Jeans meet in the final it will be very interesting. The post draw will be key to the final. Driver Tetrick will get her home tonight. Obvious Blue Chip (1) - Gets to follow Shartin around the track from this post. If she is good enough she may finish second tonight. Magic Forces (5) - From the Burke stable. Does not have the typical Burke form. Her sharp races earlier were vs softer. Chance to land on the board tonight. Write Me A Song (7) - If she attempted to go to the lead at the start, she might get hung out to dry. If she does not go to the lead, she must close from last. Not in a good spot, especially against Shartin N.
Selections: 3, 1, 5, 7