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Hugadragon, Westwardho Hanover win Matron Stakes eliminations

Sunday, November 20, 2011  By: Marv Bachrad
gon, Westwardho Hanover win Matron Stakes eliminations


 

Dover, DE --- Westwardho Hanover, winner of last Sunday’s $330,000 Progress Pace, and Hugadragon were in top form, scoring impressive, front-pacing, sub-1:50 victories to win $32,745 Matron Stakes eliminations for 3-year-old colt pacers on Sunday (Nov. 20) at Dover Downs.

On the same card, Shaving Mug, It’s Outta Here and the trotters Windshield and I’m So Striking won $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund preliminaries for 2-year-old colts.

Westwardho Hanover turned in a powerful performance in his elimination with Dave Palone aboard.
Just as in the Progress Pace, Westward Ho Stables had to pay a supplemental fee to race in the Matron Stakes and the Dragon Again--Western Duel colt responded with a powerful, 1:49.1 triumph in his elimination. Driver Dave Palone repelled an early challenge from Reckless Ric (Ron Pierce), then paced :26.4 on the backstetch to open a big lead and topped the victory with a :27.3 final panel.

It was Westwardho Hanover’s third win in his last five races and his fifth win of the campaign, raising his season’s earnings to $349,122. Samadar (Tim Tetrick) finished second in front of American Romance (Yannick Gingras). Reckless Ric (Ron Pierce) finished fourth to also qualify for next Sunday’s final.

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Hugadragon lowered his lifetime mark in winning his Matron Stakes elimination and has now won four of his past six starts.
Hugadragon and driver Yannick Gingras notched a 1:49.3 lifetime-best in the other Matron Elim. The Dragon Again--Hip Huggers gelding owned by Burke Racing Stable beat the runner-up, Rock To Glory (David Miller), for his fourth win with two seconds in his last six races. It was his sixth win this season, sending his 2011 earnings to $605,096. Lizard King (Tim Tetrick) was the show horse. Mr Tommy Fra (Andy Miller), fourth, also made it to the $221,000 final next Sunday.

Shaving Mug, the latest in a long list of top pacers from Gary and Barbara Iles’ broodmare Pocket Comb, won his fourth straight and fifth win in seven freshman starts, winning a 1:54.2 DSBF preliminary. Montrell Teague drove the Badlands Hanover gelding trained by George Teague, lifting his bankroll to $85,250. Chizzled In Stone (Jon Roberts) was second with Flying Instructor (Tim Tetrick), third.

Its Outta Here won the other $20,000 pacing preliminary as Ross Wolfenden guided the Three Olives--Galaxy Girl colt home in 1:56.2 for owners Greg Simendinger and trainer and co-owner Eli Scott, Jr. Hot Shot Dresser (Tony Morgan) was runner-up. Somethinginthewind (Brad Hanners) finished third.

Nanticoke Racing and driver Ross Wolfenden’s Windshield dominated his DSBF trot section, winning with easy in 2:01.2. Les Givens conditions the Political Briefing--CR Mimosa colt who earned his sixth consecutive victory and now has $85,299 in earnings.

Bold Strike (Art Stafford, Jr.) and This Is It Sam (Eddie Davis, Jr.) were second and third, respectively.

The second $20,000 DSBF trot was taken by the 11-1 shot I’m So Striking in 2:03.2, winning his first pari-mutuel start. Eddie Dennis trains and drives the So Striking--Ringside Kate gelding for Lois and Earl Walters and E&K Stables. Left Alone Ranger (Corey Callahan) finished second. Tzar (John Gazzerro) took third.

The second DSBF colt preliminariess are set for next Sunday. The top eight point-getters after two rounds will race in $100,000 finals on Dec. 4.


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