04/22/2016 12:04PM

Harness: Jordan Stratton seeks stakes sweep on Saturday

Mike Lizzi
Bit Of A Legend N should be the favorite on Saturday night for driver Jordan Stratton.

Driver Jordan Stratton needed a little bit of luck on Tuesday morning and he got it. Stratton, a major player in this year’s George Morton Levy Series and Blue Chip Matchmaker, saw his mounts land inside for Saturday’s rich finals at Yonkers Raceway.

“I’m very happy with the draw,” Stratton said.

Indeed, Stratton’s two “Bits”, Bit Of A Legend N and Sell A Bit N, are positioned for a big part of the pie in the $309,800 Blue Chip Matchmaker final (race 7) and the $609,000 George Morton Levy (race 9).

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“He acted like a great horse from the time I qualified him,” said Stratton of Bit Of A Legend N, a 7-year-old son of Bettors Delight that may in fact reach legendary stature with a victory on Saturday. The Pete Tritton-trained gelding has a chance to win five straight Levy preliminary legs and the final. That’s rarified air and the gelding certainly deserves to be breathing it.

Last week Stratton raced the horse from behind and had to deal with 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit through the stretch. Somehow the two finished on the wire together, but Stratton wasn’t sure that would be the result.

“I thought Wiggle It Jiggleit had him collared in mid-stretch,” said Stratton. “But he didn’t want to lose.”

Such has been the case since arriving on these shores. Purchased by owner Harry von Knoblauch, he’s already earned-out this year, winning seven times in nine tries on U.S. soil.

Perhaps what has made the horse so impressive is his ability to race using any tactics Jordan Stratton lays out for him. “He can leave or come off the gate. It really doesn’t matter,” said Stratton.

“I think his best race in the series had to be when he came from last (April 2) and won. The Red Sea had to part and when it did he took off,” said Stratton of the last-to-first victory.

This Saturday, post two puts Bit Of A Legend N next to Take It Back Terry, a three-leg winner from the Burke stable that drew the coveted pole position for driver George Brennan.

“He’s a very good horse,” said Stratton of Take It Back Terry. “Actually I don’t think the series has ever been as strong as it was this year.”

Take It Back Terry will be joined by All Bets Off (post 5) as one of three entries in the eight-horse field. Trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. has 2014 Levy winner P H Supercam (post 3) and Mach It So (post 7) as a formidable entry. Jason Bartlett drives the former with Tim Tetrick behind Mach It So.

Completing the Levy field will be Texican N (post 6), with Yannick Gingras driving the import as part of an entry with Bit Of A Legend N, Texas Terror N (post 4) with Brett Miller and Lucan Hanover (post 8) for driver Brian Sears.

Stratton guided Sell A Bit N to two victories against the girls in the Blue Chip Matchmaker prelims and is quite excited about her prospects for the final.

“She was very good finishing in the last two legs,” said Stratton. “You can leave with her and she’ll give you everything finishing.”

Sell A Bit N drew post three and Stratton appeared quite happy that the powerful Jeff Bamond Jr. entry of Venus Delight and Krispy Apple landed posts seven and eight respectively.

Last year Venus Delight won the Blue Chip Matchmaker from the pole position.

“There are a lot of good mares in there,” said Stratton. “Al Raza N can close with any of them.”

Stratton was referring to the mare he piloted to three Blue Chip Matchmaker leg victories before ceding the drive to David Miller. Al Raza N landed post 5.

The Blue Chip Matchmaker winner has started from the rail in the last three years and Lady Shadow hopes to make it four in a row. The daughter of Shadow Play won a division in the first round of the series but has since finished third, second and fourth in series action. Corey Callahan will be in the bike for trainer Josh Green.

Yagonnakissmeornot, a beaten favorite in the 2014 final of this event, landed post 4 with Dan Dube driving for trainer Rene Allard. The rugged 7-year-old mare captured three preliminary legs.

Regal Elektra (post 3) with Tim Tetrick driving and Mach It A Par (post 6) with George Brennan in the sulky complete the Blue Chip Matchmaker field.

Post time for the 13-race program at Yonkers is 7:10 p.m.