04/28/2013 12:29AM

Yonkers: Razzle Dazzle takes Levy; Feeling You wins Blue Chip Matchmaker

Mike Lizzi
Feeling You scooted up the passing lane to win the $285,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker final.

One is the loneliest number according to a popular song from the 1960s. When it comes to post position for major races at Yonkers Raceway, the phrase may as well be one is the only number. Razzle Dazzle and Feeling You both started from the coveted rail position and each captured the rich finals of the George Morton Levy Series and Blue Chip Matchmaker respectively on Saturday night.

Razzle Dazzle and driver Brian Sears were on the gate and ready to fly when the wings opened for the $450,000 Levy and the son of Real Desire made certain no one would be interested in challenging him early with a swift :27 opening quarter.

“I didn’t know how many would take their shots going out of there but I knew I had to be aggressive,” said Sears.

The real action in this race took place at the outset, with Annieswesterncard allowing entrymate Foiled Again a spot in front of him heading into the first turn after that one left from post seven. The pair, sent off as the 6-5 second choices, were content to sit through the opening half and that allowed Sears to put the brakes on to the tune of a very manageable :56 opening half.

Driver Yannick Gingras, aboard the richest pacer in the sport’s history, Foiled Again, took his horse to the outside heading into the third turn and he advanced with purpose down the backstretch. Sears hardly moved a muscle as he allowed his charge to accelerate, carving out a :27 3/5 third panel. On the final turn, Razzle Dazzle continued his sprint with Versado on his back and Foiled Again driving on the outside. Annieswesterncard was having trouble keeping with his entrymate’s cover.

Through the stretch, Foiled Again did what he always does, he just kept digging in and fighting, but on this night Razzle Dazzle had too much of an advantage and was not about to lose the decision. The two approached the wire nearly as a team with Razzle Dazzle holding a neck advantage on the wire in a 1:51 3/5 mile.

“It was a big effort out of Foiled Again, he just wouldn’t go away,” said Sears, who praised trainer Mark Silva for keeping Razzle Dazzle sharp enough to hold on for the win.

Razzle Dazzle earned $225,000 for owner Ira Kristel while winning for the fourth time in six starts this year. He returned $4.10 as the betting favorite and will aim for the first leg of the Championship Free For All series on May 11 at the Meadowlands.

Versado held third with Annieswesterncard and Casimir Jitterbug earning the final checks.

The $285,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker had a similar feel, as driver Tyler Buter pushed hard at the start with Feeling You only allowing even-money favorite Camille to reach the front after the :28 opening quarter. Camille, driven by Gingras, had the pace to their liking, strolling to the half in :57 flat. As in the male final, Anndrovette, the richest mare in the field, was used leaving and then went on the offensive to challenge the pacesetter without cover. The classy mare forced Camille to sprint down the backstretch with a :27 3/5 quarter. On the final turn, Camille still held the advantage but Feeling You had perfect position behind her and Anndrovette, despite the overland journey, wasn’t ready to throw in the towel.

Camille fought early but Feeling You moved inside with Buter in the passing lane and rolled right by to score by a half length in 1:52 4/5. Late in the stretch Anndrovette finally wore down Camille for the place spot. Ramona Disomma and Krispy Apple earned the final checks.

“That was definitely thrilling. To race for that kind of money, you don’t get to do that every day,” said the youthful Buter, who noted an Orange & Blue win at Balmoral as his previous stakes highlight.

Feeling You, a daughter of Cambest, won for the sixth time in nine starts this year for owner Stephen Oldford, Oldford Farms and Tyler Buter. Feeling You ($6.10) is trained by Amber Buter.

Shoobees Place, driven aggressively by George Brennan, hustled to the front at the half and sprinted off to capture the $100,000 Levy consolation. Handsoffmycookie showed some of her old grit, wearing down Ramalama in the deep stretch to capture the $75,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker consolation for driver Tim Tetrick.