04/05/2013 11:18PM

Yonkers: Anndrovette shows her heart in Bluechip Matchmaker

Mike Lizzi
Anndrovette dug in gamely for her 30th lifetime victory on Friday.

There are defining moments in the racing careers of some of our sport’s best horses. There’s a distinction between what separates a good horse from a great horse. On Friday night in the Blue Chip Matchmaker at Yonkers Raceway, the racing world found out two things about the fabulous $2 million winner Anndrovette. Number one, she’s not that handy on the half-mile track turns. Number two, she’s incredibly difficult to pass once she sees another horse by her side.

Tim Tetrick sent the 2-5 favorite on a regaining move before the quarter pole as second choice Camille and Yannick Gingras relinquished the lead willingly in a :27 3/5 opening quarter. The champion mare cut very reasonable middle half fractions of :57 3/5 and 1:26 1/5 before motoring into the final turn. Gingras, ever alert to Anndrovette’s cornering difficulties pounced out of the pocket heading into the final turn and appeared to be sailing right by the favorite. In early stretch the two were nose to nose with both drivers calling on their mares. For Camille, a winner in both legs of the series, there would be no passing Anndrovette on this night. The winner scored for the second time in the series posting a 1:54 clocking, her 30th career victory.

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Tetrick captured two $40,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker divisions, as Ramalama rolled past entrymate Ginger And Fred and easily held off a solid bid by Krispy Apple in a 1:54 clocking. The victory for the four-year-old daughter of Bettors Delight was her first of the year in four tries.

The Burke stable enjoyed a double of their own as Rocklamation joined Ramalama taking her division for Gingras in a 1:54 1/5 mile. The iron-tough mare made two moves to the lead and easily held off stablemate Bettor B Lucky, with Full Picture getting up for third. Rocklamation led a three-ply entry that returned $2.40 for a $2 win ticket.

Favorites ruled the night and it began with Feeling You ($3.90) popping out of the pocket in early stretch and rolling by Royal Cee Cee N on the wire for Tyler Buter in a 1:54 mile. The six-year-old daughter of Cambest, bred by the late Alan Kirschenbaum, has now won two legs of the series to go along with a second place finish.

The fourth of five preliminary legs for the Blue Chip Matchmaker continues on Friday, April 12.