Time flies, no surprise there. So here we are one year after we last watched some thrilling racing in the 2012 Levy and Bluechip Matchmaker Finals at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday, April 27 . Gone are last year’s favorite See You At Peelers, along with Chancey Lady, Western Silk, and all but two of the 2012 field. The two who return are last year’s winner, Rocklamation (Ron Burke trained/George Brennan driven), and second place finisher Anndrovette (P.J. Fraley/Tim Tetrick). An additional 2012 participant, Ginger And Fred, qualified for the 2013 final but was relegated to the Consolation race due to an excess of riches in the Ron Burke barn which also fielded Consolation entrant Ramalama. Joining Rocklamation and Anndrovette in the final will be the Burke trained Camille (Yannick Gingras) and the second Fraley trainee Krispy Apple (Matt Kakaley). Despite problems in last week’s final elimination, Kakaley remains confident in Krispy Apple’s chances despite her less favorable draw of post 6. Joining the list of probable favorites will be Feeling You (Amber Buter/Tyler Buter). Bred by the late Alan Kirschenbaum, Feeling You enters the final with the fastest elimination mile of 1:52 3/5, leaves from the rail, and looks to use her exceptional gate speed to upset the Burke duo. Rounding out the field will be Eighthunrdolarbill (Andrew Harris/Brian Sears), Warrawee Koine (Tony O’Sullivan/Jason Bartlett), and Ramona Disomma (Rene Allard/Daniel Dube). The latter made it to the final by winning her last elimination and earning a ½ point advantage over Mark Harder’s Royal Cee Cee N.
Returning to this year’s George Morton Levy Final is everyone’s favorite multi-millionaire, Foiled Again. Part of another Ron Burke entry with millionaire Annieswesterncard, the 9 year old Foiled Again won his final three eliminations but made it into the finals only after the Burke connections sold stablemate Something For Doc to Mark Ford and his partners for what Ford referred to as “too much money”. Foiled Again won the Levy in 2009 and 2010, then finished second to Burke’s Atochia in the 2012 edition despite leaving from post 8. This year, Foiled Again will leave from post 7 and will be driven by his regular pilot Yannick Gingras, with Matt Kakaley in the bike behind Annieswesterncard from post 3. Something For Doc, winner of four elims, had no luck at the draw and will leave from post 8 with George Brennan driving. Looking to take advantage of the rail draw will be Razzle Dazzle (Mark Silva/Brian Sears), winner of his final two eliminations and second choice in the morning line odds. Completing the field are Versado (Nick Surick/Andy Miller), Dancin Yankee (Gary Green/Tim Tetrick), Casimir Jitterbug (Tony O’Sullivan/Doug McNair), and Second Wind N (Peter Tritton/Eric Goodell). On a final note, the classy Nob Hill High, fourth place finisher in the 2012 Final, was the Also Eligible in this year’s Levy Final and will leave from post 7 in the Consolation, just inside Ron Burke’s Clear Vision. Not too bad for Bruce Saunders’ 7 year old “spoiled pet”!
Here are the Matchmaker and Levy finalists, listed in post position order.
Blue Chip Matchmaker
1-Feeling You (Amber Buter/Tyler Buter, 3-1);
2-Eighthunrdolarbill (Andrew Harris/Brian Sears, 10-1);
3-Camille (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras, 8-5);
4-Warrawee Koine (Tony O’Sullivan/Jason Bartlett, 6-1);
5-Ramona Disomma (Rene Allard/Dan Dube, 5-1);
6-Krispy Apple (P.J. Fraley/Matt Kakaley, 4-1);
7-Rocklamation (Ron Burke/George Brennan, 8-5);
8-Anndrovette (P.J. Fraley/Tim Tetrick, 4-1).
George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series
1-Razzle Dazzle (Mark Silva/Brian Sears, 4-1);
2-Versado (Nick Surick/Andy Miller, 6-1);
3-Annieswesterncard (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley, 9-5);
4-Dancin’ Yankee (Gary Green/Tim Tetrick, 5-1);
5-Casimir Jitterbug (Tony O’Sullivan/Doug McNair, 10-1);
6-Second Wind N (Peter Tritton/Eric Goodell, 12-1);
7-Foiled Again (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras, 9-5);
8-Something for Doc (Mark Ford/George Brennan, 8-1).