04/22/2017 10:17PM

Yonkers: Blue Chip Matchmaker final goes to Mackenzie A

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Mike Lizzi
Mackenzie A picked the biggest win of her first campaign in North America in the Matchmaker final

Mackenzie A got the trip she was looking for and rallied strongly on the far outside to capture the $310,600 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final as a 5-1 offering for driver Jordan Stratton. Trained by Peter Tritton, Mackenzie A is owned by Harry Von Knoblauch Stable and Ellen Kinser.

The action was fast and furious from the outset as Lispatty used the rail to her advantage and blistered the opening quarter in 26 4/5. Regil Elektra and Bedroomconfessions both left hard through the opening turn, but the former did not advance, and driver Yannick Gingras appeared to be taking her back on the outside looking for find a horse to follow while Bedroomconfessions suffered hopelessly behind.

Race favorite Mach It A Par and Jason Bartlett saw the outside confusion and decided to move quickly on the second turn to gain control at the 55 1/5 opening half. Shortly past that point Shesjustadelight N and Ron Cushing picked up the activity, moving without cover briskly and towing the race winner into the action. With three-quarters in 1:23 4/5, the front-end was softened up, and when Mackenzie A moved wide on the final turn it was with momentum and brute force that she overpowered the leaders and drew clear in a career-best 1:53 1/5 mile.

Medusa enjoyed an inside trip, was able to angle out on the final turn, and rallied for the place, with longshot Divas Image coming late for third. Favorite Mach It A Par faded to fourth with Shesjustadelight N finishing fifth.

"The trip worked out perfect for us," said Stratton following the race. "I knew there were horses behind and I wanted to move."

The victory pushes the earnings of the 5-year-old by Rock N Roll Heaven above $200,000 in 2017.

Hidden Land and Jason Bartlett made a solid move to the lead on the backstretch to take down the $75,000 Matchmaker consolation as a 7-2 offering. The 6-year-old won for the first time in a dozen 2017 tries, pacing the mile in 1:54 1/5.