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$330,000 Progress Pace highlights racecard

11:53 PM 12 Nov 2011 NZDT
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The $330,000 Progress Pace Final and three Matron sophomore finals headline a $772,930 stakes-laden Sunday (Nov. 13 ) harness racing card at Dover Downs. Post time is 5:30 p.m.

The 16th edition of Dover Downs signature event, the Progress Pace boasts a $330,000 purse. John Fielding’s Alsace Hanover, driven by Ron Pierce on one of the two $35,000 eliminations last Sunday.

Westward Ho Stable paid a $30,000 supplemental fee to enter Breeders Crown elim winner Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone), Frank Belino’s Lookinforadventure (Corey Callahan)

In the second Progress Pace $35,000 elim, Fashion Farms’ Fashion Delight (George Brennan), Eighteen (David Miller), a Canadian speedster owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Serge Savard and RG McGroup, Mark Silva’s N.J. Futurity winner Avenue Hanover (Daniel Dube), New York Sire Stakes regulars M&L of Delaware’s Samandar (Brian Sears), and Angelo Frassetto’s Mr. Tommy Fra (Yannick Gingras).

The largest purse of the Matron Three-Year-Old finals is the $ colt trot. Chapter Seven (Tim Tetrick), winner of last week’s Breeders Crown final and last season’s Matron freshman champ, heads a strong list of nine in the $58,315 sophomore elim.

Fam Alber Horse Racing’s $1.2-million winner Broad Bahn (George Brennan), the 2011 Hambletonian champion, Purple Haze Stable’s I’m The Answer (Trond Smedshammer)m the NYSS champion, Runthetable Stable’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes (PASS) standout Opening Night (John Campbell), talented Big Rigs (Dave Palone), leaves from post 9 in the second tier for Ed Mulinax, DM and Miller’s stables, Swemab Inc.’s highly rated Fawkes.(David Miller), stakes seasoned Bambino Hall (Ron Pierce), owned by Singh, Shakoor’s Racing and Between The Pipes Stable. PASS standout Wiz Kids Stable’s Magnum Kosmos (Tony Morgan) drew the rail while Dom Costagliola’s homebred Big Sky Storm (Brian Sears) must overcome outside post 8.

Breeders Crown winner, John Fielding and Adam Victor & Sons’ Cedar Dove (Ron Pierce) was an impressive winner in her filly elim.

Jerry Silva is partners in a four-horse entry consisting of Hey Mister (John Campbell) with partners Barbieri, Robert Cooper and Let It Ride stables; Reve Avec Moi Dreamwithme Breeders Crown elim winner Iron Lady (Andrew McCarthy), Canadian standout, also owned by Reve Avec etc., TLP Stable and Deo Volente Farms’ and NYSS champion Jezzy (Tim Tetrick), partnered with trainer Ray Schnittker, Ted Gewertz and Jeff Gural.

The rest of the field is made up by several internationally-owned entrants: Australian-owner Neven N Botica’s Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) Mke Andrew’s Helen Smith champion Firstclassprincess (Trond Smedshammer), Sweden’s Menhammar Stuteri’s Pantholops (Yannick Gingras), Norway’s Jan Hoibye’s Love N Hate (Mike Vanderkemp) and 2010 freshman standout Ecurie Synegie’s Martiniontherocks (Silvain Filion).

The $ Matron filly pace is led by Drop The Ball (Yannick Gingras), a winner of $451,025 this season. The powerful Ron Burke Stable enters an entry of PASS champion Foxy Lady (George Brennan), racing for Weaver Bruscemi, FLP and Burke Racing stables and Myluvmylife Racing’s Myluvmylife (Brian Sears). Robert McInstosh, CSX stables and Jerry Silva’s Strike An Attitude (Dave Palone), Rick Phillips’ NYSS performer Southwind Jazmin (Jeff Gregory) and Bay Pond Stable’s Hasty Pulse (Tim Tetrick). .

Saturday and Sunday racing begins at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no racing on Fridays. Simulcasting of top harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game parley wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Racing and Sport Book in the Colonnade. Admission and parking is free at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for those wishing to dine in the Winner’s Circle Restaurant.

Marv BACHRAD

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