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In The Arsenal and Sassa Hanover take Matrons

01:19 AM 08 Nov 2014 NZDT
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In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears Sassa Hanover, harness racing
In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears
Sassa Hanover and Yannick Gingras
In The Arsenal

In The Arsenal has stamped himself as a contender to challenge Artspeak for top harness racing honors in 2014 as the two-year-old pacing colt notched his fourth straight win with an impressive 1:51 triumph in the $193,200 Matron Stake at Dover Downs Thursday.

It was the longest shot on the board, 99-1 Lyons Levi Lewis and driver Ron Pierce who shot out of post seven to take early command. But then In The Arsenal and driver Brian Sears was grinding it out and after the opening quarter mile in :26.4 they took command for good.

No one was willing to take a shot at In The Arsenal as he sped to the half mile in :55.1. Then Tomy Terror (Corey Callahan) came first-over with Cartoon Daddy (Yannick Gingras) following their cover but they could gain no ground on In The Arsenal.

After the three-quarters in 1:22.4, Cartoon Daddy tried coming three-wide and Yankee Bounty (David Miller) four-wide but their moves were to no avail as In The Arsenal sped away to a two length triumph. Lyons Levi Lewis held for second with Bet You (Brett Miller) third.

“He’s got a lot of go in his engine,” said Brian Sears, “He may still be a little green but he is figuring it all out. He will fight you a little but when he throws that engine into another gear he can go.”

Sired by American Ideal, In The Arsenal posted his sixth win of the year in nine starts and now heads to the Breeders Crown as the race favorite. He is trained by Kelvin Harrison and was bred and is owned by White Birth Farm of Allentown, NJ. He paid $4.80 to win.

In The Arsenal

Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at Dover Downs as he made it three-for-three early on the program in the Matron Stakes, winning the $199,600 division for two-year-old pacing fillies with Sassa Hanover.

Gringras took no chances having to start from the far outside with Sassa Hanover in post eight and left after the lead. Bettor Be Steppin and driver Corey Callahan were the first on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :26.2. But Gingras had Sassa Hanover already on the move and then on the lead.

With the track upgraded from sloppy to good, Sassa Hanover led to the half mile in :55 as Ideal Nuggets (David Miller) came first-over, flushed out by Heavenly Bride (Brian Sears).

By the three-quarters in 1:23.4, Gingras and Sassa Hanover still held the field at bay as Heavenly Bride came three-wide on the final turn to try and mount a challenge. But Sassa Hanover proved to be the tough horse, holding off all contenders to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:52.3

Bettor N Better (Ron Pierce) closed well to be second with Well Hello There (Matt Kakaley) third. The first three finishers in the race are all trained by Ron Burke, who had four of the eight starters in the race. Southwind Roulette was fifth for the Burke Stable.

“I had my options opens at the start,” said Yannick Gingras,” but I was not going to get away in last place from the eight hole. I knew the move we had to make was to go to the front and she was great.”

Sired by Rock N Roll Heaven, Sassa Hanover is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stable, Weaver Brucemi and Larry Karr. She paid $8.40 to win in scoring her ninth victory on the year in just eleven starts.

Sassa Hanover

By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

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