03/22/2013 10:30PM

Yonkers: Rocklamation tops opening leg winners of Bluechip Matchmaker

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Defending Matchmaker champion Rocklamation got off to a great start in leg one of the series.

The Blue Chip Matchmaker Series for the leading pacing mares in North America began Friday night with five $40,000 divisions at Yonkers Raceway.

Defending champion Rocklamation picked up where she left off a year ago scoring a very safe 1:56 3/5 victory over last year’s final runner-up Anndrovette. Yannick Gingras guided the five-year-old daughter of the late Rocknroll Hanover to the front shortly after the start and was never threatened winning as the 1-5 favorite. Anndrovette, last year’s Breeders Crown champion, moved into the pocket early but couldn’t muster a closing kick into a brisk :27 3/5 final quarter and settled for second.

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Gingras and trainer Ron Burke enjoyed a Blue Chip Matchmaker double with the most impressive Camille effortlessly winning in 1:54 3/5. The five-year-old by Camluck was making just her first start of the season but looked very strong. Gingras allowed her to take a brief tuck going to the quarter but quickly moved to gain control into the second turn and from there it was lights out. Stablemate Ginger And Fred rallied for the place.

Krispy Apple showed that last week’s impressive 1:53 victory in her five-year-old debut was no fluke. Actually the Western Ideal-sired mare was even better this time. The 6-5 favorite Royal Cee Cee N and driver George Brennan were able to crawl to the half in a tepid :58 seconds while Krispy Apple and driver Matt Kakaley waited in fifth. Past the halfway point Kakaley started his move but Brennan hit the accelerator and sprinted a third quarter in :28 seconds keeping most of the challengers at bay. On the final turn, Krispy Apple kicked it into high gear and virtually measured off the favorite late scoring in 1:54 2/5.

Feeling You, a 4-5 offering, captured her leg for driver Tyler Buter. The much-improved six-year-old worked out a pocket trip and then needed to angle out at head-stretch. The daughter of Cambest set her sights on Handsoffmycookie and rolled by that rival in the late stages. The former put in an excellent first offering for 2013 blowing by pacesetter Rock N Soul on the final turn then just shortening stride late in the 1:54 2/5 mile.

Ramona Disomma made every call a winning one for driver Dan Dube capturing the final of the five divisions. The veteran mare is moving ever closer to the $1 million mark in career earnings. The victory put her career bank account at $958,325.

The Blue Chip Matchmaker continues with second round action slated for Friday, March 29.