Big three unlikely for Matron

12:31 AM 27 Nov 2007 NZDT
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Southwind Lynx - 2007 Meadowlands Pace Final
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Tell All, Southwind Lynx and Always A Virgin – the top three money-earners among 3-year-old pacers this year – probably raced for the final time in the Breeders Crown on November 24 at the Meadowlands.

All three are eligible to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware, but as of Monday none of them appeared ready to enter.

Trainer Joe Holloway said Always A Virgin was finished for the season while trainer Blair Burgess placed the odds of Tell All heading to the Matron at 100-1. George Teague Jr., who trains Southwind Lynx, said it was unlikely his horse would make the trip, but he would decide on Tuesday.

In the Breeders Crown, the much-anticipated showdown between the group resulted in Always A Virgin, driven by Brian Sears, and Tell All, driven by Jody Jamieson, hooking up in a duel down the backstretch that saw fractions of :53.2 to the half-mile point and 1:21.2 to three quarters.

Always A Virgin ended up finishing ninth while Tell All was eighth as Artist’s View, at 42-1, picked up the pieces and beat Watta Hotshot by a neck in 1:50.4. Southwind Lynx was seventh.

"It would be nice to go out on a winning note, but that trip on Saturday took a toll,” Burgess said about Tell All and the prospect of going to the Matron.

“Those were wicked fractions and the track had no life to it. If it was summertime, you could take at least a second off those fractions; I was pretty disgusted all around. He’s a good horse and has always given a hundred percent. I think he gave his all, but he couldn’t do anything like that. I know that with any other trip he’s no worse than second. It would have taken a hell of a horse to get by him, but he never got a chance to do it.

“There’s nothing to gain going to the Matron. He fought all the battles and has been there all year. I think he’s done enough. I think he’s automatically 3-year-old pacing colt of the year, and maybe Pacer of the Year. He went to all the dances and raced in three winter series, too. That’s 11 months of racing; I don’t think you can ask for more.”

Tell All won 12 of 22 races this year and earned $1.5 million, tops among all 3-year-old pacers. He won the North America Cup and Little Brown Jug and was second in the Meadowlands Pace.

Southwind Lynx won five of 17 starts and banked $1.3 million. His victories included the Meadowlands Pace and the Art Rooney.

Always A Virgin won 13 of 20 races and earned $1 million. He won the Messenger Stakes and the Cane Pace, two-thirds of pacing’s Triple Crown.

By Harness Racing Communications, a division of the USTA

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