04/13/2013 12:11AM

Yonkers: Burke, Anndrovette flex their muscles in Blue Chip Matchmaker

Sean Hamrock
Bettor B Lucky (1A) held on for the upset victory.

Trainer Ron Burke had strength in numbers on Friday night at Yonkers. The sport’s leading conditioner had 8 of the 25 mares entered in four divisions of the Blue Chip Matchmaker. He came away with three victories, two that produced $2.10 win payoffs and a third with 4-1 shot Bettor B Lucky, surprising 3-5 shot Krispy Apple.

The Burke bandwagon got rolling in the first $40,000 division with the Yannick Gingras-driven 1-20 shot Camille getting pushed hard by second choice Full Picture going to the opening quarter. Once in control, the two-leg winner rated the pace kindly before sprinting off in a 1:54 3/5 mile on the rain-soaked Yonkers surface. Full Picture secured the place spot with Moonlit Dragon rallying late for third.

Gingras was aggressive in the second division after getting outsprinted early by Warrawee Koine. The driver sent Ramalama on a hard regaining move into the second turn. Ramalama cut swift fractions of :27 3/5 and :56 1/5 for the first half and was able to slow down slightly cutting a third quarter in 1:25 3/5. But when challenged on the final turn by entrymate Ginger And Fred, Ramalama had no answer. Instead Ginger And Fred, driven flawlessly by Matt Kakaley rolled by in the stretch and saved the chalkies big time. The seven-year-old mare came into this leg with but a second and two third place finishes to her credit.  She posted a 1:54 3/5 mile clocking, winning for the 28th time in her career. Warrawee Koine rallied up the passing lane for second.

Gingras gave the Burke barn its third Blue Chip Matchmaker victory of the evening with Bettor B Lucky. The Bettors Delight-sired four-year-old took advantage of a paceless field to secure the early lead in a pedestrian :28 3/5. There was absolutely no movement, with each driver content to race in line pretty much until the three-quarter pole. By that time Bettor B Lucky was in control. Odds-on favorite Krispy Apple may have waited a bit too long to make her move, but the two-leg winner didn’t show her usual closing kick and was actually bearing out at the wire, not only costing her the victory but losing the place spot to Eighthunrdolarbill. Bettor B Lucky won for the first time this season scoring by a nose in a 1:55 clocking.

While the Burke stable may have the numbers it most likely does not have the best mare in the series. That title currently is afforded to Anndrovette. The ever so gutty daughter of Riverboat King elected to race from off the pace this week, putting driver Tim Tetrick and his mare at a decided disadvantage. Rocklamation and Gingras set sensible fractions of :27 3/5 and :57 before being put under pressure by Royal Cee Cee N down the backstretch. While the tempo quickened, Anndrovette was being towed closer from second over. Late on the final turn Tetrick called on his mare and she rolled right by the pacesetter to score a third leg victory. P.J. Fraley trains the gifted mare who scored in 1:54 2/5. Rocklamation held the place spot over a gritty Royal Cee Cee N.

The final preliminary leg to the series is slated for Friday, April 19.