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Progress And Matron Elims At Dover


Published: November 8, 2009 10:56 pm ET

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Vintage Master and Schoolkids scored off-the-pace victories in $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations while Showherthemoney, Swan For All, Howthehaloareyou, and Yursa Hanover won Matron eliminations on a star-studded Sunday evening at Dover Downs.

Daniel Dube pulled Vintage Master out to follow the cover of Bunkmeister on the final turn and then exploded past the leaders for a 1:50.2 victory in his $35,000 Progress Pace elim. Corey Callahan took Mr Wiggles to the front and cut out the fast fractions en route to finishing second behind the hard-closing Vintage Master. Vertical Horizon rounded out the top three and Arctic Warrior, who was fourth, also qualified for next Sunday's $350,000 final.

Jimmy Takter conditions Vintage Master for Brittany Farms and the Brian Monieson Trust. The win brings the Western Ideal-Arts Vintage colt's earnings to $1,303,291 this season.

In the other Progress Pace elim, Schoolkids, one of two Tracy Brainard trained winners for Bulletproof Enterprises during the night, rolled down the passing lane for Tim Tetrick to ease past leader Go Go Solano in deep stretch for a 1:50.3 decision. Zee Barber was a game third and Rustys All In was fourth.

Lightly raced Swan For All toyed with nine rivals for a 1:54.1 score in one of two $42,257 eliminations for sophomore colt and gelding trotters. David Miller piloted the Andover Hall-Swan Lake colt for trainer Erv Miller. Jaavos Boy had a two-hole trip and finished second. Calchips Brute took third and PJ Clark finished fourth.

The win was the third of the season in just five attempts for owners John Carver, Mystical Marker and Diamond Creek Farms. Swan For All now has won seven of 10 races with two seconds lifetime.

Unbeatable since mid-Summer, Bulletproof Enterprises' Showherthemoney notched her 11th win of the season equaling the track record by Rainbow Blue for her age, gait and gender, romping to a 1:51 triumph in the $55,750 Matron Preview for three-year-old filly pacers.

Jim Morrill, Jr. took the Cams Card Shark-Everythings Easy miss to the front and never was troubled on the way to victory. It was one of two training wins for Tracy Brainard. Special Sweetheart sat a pocket trip and finished second while Ginger And Fred, who came first-over, held on to finish third. All seven starters return for next Sunday's rich final.

George Brennan, who seems to specialize with passing lane victories at the track, did it again. Brennan urged ACL Stuteri AB's Howthehaloareyou along the inside to catch Hot Shot Blue Chip in the final stride for a 1:54.3 victory in the $42,257 Matron elimination for three-year-old colt and gelding trotters.

Hot Shot Blue Chip was challenged by Triumphant Caviar heading to the half and the pair dueled through the backstretch and around the last turn as the rest of the field bunched up for the drive down the lane. Howthehaloareyou, trained by Anette Lorentzon, came on strong to get up in the last stride by a nose over Hot Shot Blue Chip. Tagyoureit Hanover finished third while NF Quotable was fourth, and thus qualified for the final.

Tim Tetrick won the first of his two elims guiding Yursa Hanover home in 1:55. He whirled the Windsongs Legacy-Yankee Topaz filly out of third at the top of the lane and overtook second-place finisher Rapsong for her sixth win of the year. Benoit Baillargeon trains Yursa Hanover for owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC.

Honorable Daughter, winner of the 2008 Matron in track and world record time finished third and Sirenuse punched her ticket to the final thanks to a fourth-place effort.

The other $35,694 sophomore filly trot was a second win for driver George Brennan, Anette Lorentzon and owner ACL Stuteri AB when Jersey AS out-trotted race favourite Windsong Soprano in the stretch and pulled off for a 1:55.2 victory. The clocking equaled the Muscles Yankee-Superlou AS’ lifetime record.

Musical Mystery came from far back to edge Windsong Soprano for second.

The first four finishers in each of the eliminations return next Sunday for the lucrative finals.

(Dover Downs)

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