Day At The Track

Alsace Hanover and Fashion Delight impress

03:03 AM 07 Nov 2011 NZDT
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Alsace Hanover and Fashion Delight won Progress Pace elims, and Chapter Seven, Cedar Dove and Drop The Ball were Matron Stakes elimination harness racing winners on Sunday (Nov. 6) at Dover Downs.

In a photo finish, John Fielding’s Alsace Hanover, reined by Hall of Famer Ron Pierce, had just enough to hold off fast finishing Rock To Glory (Yannick Gingras) and front pacing Westwardho Hanover (Dave Palone) to win the first of two $35,000 Progress Pace elims. Trained by Tony O’Sullivan, Alsace Hanover, a The Panderosa-Arts Masterpiece gelding, scored his eighth win of the year advancing his seasonal bankroll to $791,170 and career totals $881,009.

Fashion Delight, driven by George Brennan, took advantage of a prolonged early speed duel between Feel Like A Fool (Ron Pierce) and Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague) to flash down the lane to score a 1:52.1 victory in the second $35,000 Progress Pace elim. It was the third win of the season for the Fashion Farm-owned colt now a winner of $207,997 this year. Jim Campbell conditions the Bettor’s Delight-BJ’s Sunshine colt who has won $719,552 in his two-years of racing. Avenue Hanover (Daniel Dube) also closed in a hurry to finish second ending a two-straight win streak. Mr Tommy Fra (Yannick Gingras) was third.

Tim Tetrick sent Chapter Seven up to challenge leader Broad Bahn (George Brennan) after the half the sat alongside this year’s Hambletonian winner down the backstretch and after turning for home pulled off to score his fourth consecutive victory in 1:53.4. Last week’s Breeders Crown winner has earned $676,657 this season with his fifth win in nine starts. The son of ill-fated Windsong’s Legacy-LaRiviera Lindy is now 12 for 17 lifetime and a winner of $888,206. Bambino Hall (Ron Pierce) took show money.

In the $50,665 Matron Filly trot, late blossoming Cedar Dove, the Breeders Crown champion, won her third straight and fifth in her last six outings with Ron Pierce driving the first of his two winners to a 1:55.2 win. The Andover Hall-Pine For Her daughter upped her 2011 earnings to $525.078. She has now won $692,496 for owners John Fielding and Adam Victor & Son Stable. Beatgoeson Hanover (David Miller) finished strongly for second in front of Firstclassprincess (Trond Smedshammer), third.

Parham, Robert Cooper and Let It Ride stable’s Drop The Ball was at the top of her game on the way to a 1:51.4 triumph in the $38,665 filly pace. Yannick Gingras piloted the Western Terror-Mattcheck Girl sophomore trained by Jeff Webster to victory #5 this campaign. She won for the second time in three stakes and fourth win with two seconds in her last six appearances. He has now collected $420,357 of her $533,643 lifetime earnings this year. Strike An Attitude (Dave Palone) was runner-up. Foxy Lady (George Brennan) finished third.

Owner John Fielding and drivers Tim Tetrick and Ron Pierce won two Matron elims on the card. Pierce finished with three wins for the night.

The first four finishers in each of the three-year-old divisions return next Sunday for lucrative Matron Finals.

A $30,000 Preferred/Open and $30,000 Delaware Special headline the Monday racing program.

Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday race time is 5:30 p.m. No racing on Fridays. Reservations are suggested for the Winner’s Circle Restaurant. Simulcasts of harness and thoroughbred racing is featured daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Parking and admission is free.


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