03/25/2016 10:13PM

Yonkers: Stratton doubles in second round of Blue Chip Matchmaker

Mike Lizzi
Al Raza N improved to two-for-two in the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series with a 1:52 1/5 victory Friday night

Lone series repeater Al Raza N along with Sell A Bit N gave driver Jordan Stratton victories in two of the three $40,000 divisions of the second round of Blue Chip Matchmaker Series on Friday night at Yonkers Raceway.  Yagonnakissmeornot (Dan Dube), the runner-up in last year's final, annexed the other split.

Al Raza N employed the same off-the-pace tactics that got her to the wire first last week in the night's final Matchmaker test.  Lady Shadow (Corey Callahan), a round one winner, set fast fractions of 26 4/5, 55 2/5, and 1:23 2/5 and brought the field into the lane, but Al Raza N, who was already three-wide on the far turn, sustained that brush through the drive and was up to win by a length on the wire in 1:52 1/5.  Krispy Apple (Jason Bartlett) was second from a two-hole trip and Lady Shadow saved third.

A 6-year-old daughter of Gotta Go Cullect, Al Raza N is trained by Agostino Abbatiello for owner Durazzano Stable LLC of Pine Bush, New York.  This was her 15th career victory, and she has now earned over $204,000.  She paid $8.60 to win.

Back in the Matchmaker opener Stratton guided Sell A Bit N to a front-striding score.  She led her six foes through stations of 27 3/5, 56 3/5, and 1:24 3/5 on her way to a 1:52 3/5 tally.  She defeated runner-up and pocket-sitter Request For Parole (Yannick Gingras) by a neck with Mach It A Par (George Brennan), a winner in Matchmaker competition last week, back in third.

Peter Tritton trains Sell A Bit N, a 6-year-old Julius Caesar mare, for owner Harry von Knoblauch of San Diego, California.  She is now a 17-time winner in her racing career and shows a bankroll of over $243,000.  She returned $5.50.

Yagonnakissmeornot was game from first-over in the other Matchmaker dash, wearing down Skippin By (Gingras), who had posted panels of 27 2/5, 56 2/5, and 1:24 3/5, in deep stretch and defeating her by a neck in 1:53 3/5.  Triple millionaire Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), making the first start of her 9-year-old campaign gathered third after tracking Skippin By from the pocket.

The victorious 7-year-old mare by The Panderosa is trained by Rene Allard for owners Allard Racing Inc., Yves Sarrazin, and Kapildeo Singh of Quebec and New York.  Yagonnakissmeornot made her 36th career appearance in the winners' circle, and she has now banked over $1.15 million.  She paid $5.70 to win.