03/18/2012 9:41AM

Meadowlands: Anndrovette sets stakes record in Overbid; Yonkers next

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Anndrovette wins the $101,750 final of the Overbid Series at New Meadowlands.

Last year’s Dan Patch Award-winning pacing mare Anndrovette finally showed up in a big way Saturday night, capturing the $101,750 final of the Overbid Series at New Meadowlands. In winning, she stamped herself as a logical force in Friday’s opening leg of the Blue Chip Farms Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway.

Trained by P.J. Fraley and driven by Tim Tetrick, the 5-year-old left no doubt from the start that she meant business. Following two consecutive weeks racing from off the pace, Tetrick blasted from post 8 to gain control of the race near the quarter in 27 seconds. From there, he was able to rate solid fractions of 54 4/5 and 1:22 while keeping Put On A Show on her back. In the homestretch, Tetrick called on the world-class mare, and she responded, sprinting away from her rivals while posting the first sub 1:50 mile of the year for this set.

The 1:49 3/5 clocking was a stakes record and just a fifth of a second off her personal best.

“She felt so good her last couple of starts that I knew she was ready to go that speed,” Tetrick said. “You can ask her for speed in any of the four quarters, and she gives it to you.”

Anndrovette is owned by Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino. Jeffrey Bamond was all smiles in the winner’s circle after watching his prized possession.

“I was cautiously optimistic going in and I knew she would be gunning out of there and race well,” said Bamond, who credits Blatantly Good as the horse who got him to the level where he could own champion mares like Anndrovette.

“Blatantly Good will always have a special place in my heart,” Bamond said. “He got us where we are today, but there is no doubt Anndrovette is the best horse we [speaking for his son, Jeff] have ever owned.”

Bamond actually has more than one gun in the older mare battle. Krispy Apple, a 4-year-old who is coming off a pair of qualifiers after a strong sophomore campaign, will join Anndrovette at Yonkers to race in the Matchmaker series.

“It is nice to have a one-two punch; speed and a closer,” the younger Bamond chimed in.

Both mares will compete side by side for the entire racing season. Following the Blue Chip Matchmaker (final on April 28), they will take a month off until the Betsy Ross at Harrah’s Chester on May 27. Next up will be the Artiscape on June 10 at Tioga Downs.

If the races seem familiar, it is because Anndrovette and her younger barn-mate will follow the exact schedule that she completed in 2011.

Anndrovette, who has earned $1,380,047 in her career, will have to deal with some talented mares in the Blue Chip  Matchmaker, including last year’s male conqueror See You At Peelers, this year’s Cape & Cutter champion Symphony In Motion, and of course her stablemates Krispy Apple and New Album.

Much like his mare counterpart, Art Z had gone winless this year prior to Saturday’s $78,400 final of the Four Leaf Clover, a St. Patrick’s Day staple at the Meadowlands.

That didn’t discourage driver Dave Miller who sent his charge out of the gate strongly and worked out a two-hole position behind Risk Management. That strategy proved ideal as Risk Management remained the pacesetter setting solid fractions of 27 seconds for the first quarter and 54 2/5 to the half. Race-favorite Fools Gold went on the offensive and dueled with the leader taking a brief lead at the three-quarter pole, but Risk Management fought back with Art Z sitting pretty though in very cramped quarters much of the stretch. Finally a hole opened late, and the Jordan Rubin-trained horse got up by a neck. The 1:50 3/5-second mile was a career best for the Richard Lombardo-owned gelding, a 15-1 proposition.

Art Z joins a host of fit and classy horses heading for Yonkers and the opening leg of the George Morton Levy Series. He’s likely to meet up with some rugged veterans, including past series champion Foiled Again who was a solid second Friday at the Meadowlands, pacing a mile in 1:49 2/5.

On Friday, the Meadowlands will host the $46,000 final of the Night Styles series for filly and mare pacers. Upsets were in order in second round action this past Friday night when Cruzin Angel deftly wired a field of six for driver Ron Pierce. The 4-year-old posted a 1:53 mile clocking winning for the second time in eight starts in 2012. She held off 1-2 favorite Just A Glimpse, a first-round winner who appeared to have no excuse yet will likely be the favorite for the final.

Miss Behave overcome an overland trip to score at 8-1 in the other Night Styles leg. She held off a furious rally by first round winner Gottaseeaboutagirl for driver Brian Sears. The mile, clocked in 1:53 2/5 was a personal best for the 4-year-old owned by Cappy Stable of Bronxville, N.Y.