Progress & Matron feature nine elims

10:14 PM 03 Nov 2007 NZDT
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Southwind Lynx
Southwind Lynx - 2007 Meadowlands Pace Final
Photo by Michael Lisa - Lisa Photo, Inc.

The accent is on top three-year-olds at Dover Downs on Sunday, Nov. 4 as Southwind Lynx heads one of two $35,000 Progress Pace eliminations while Three Matron Filly Trots, and two Matron pacing divisions headline a star studded Sunday, Nov. 4 program. Post time is 5:30 p.m.

A winner of more than $1.3 million this season, Southwind Lynx, reined by Tim Tetrick is a winner of two $1-million events this year, the North American Cup and the Art Rooney, is the one to beat in his $35,000 Progress Pace elim. Kenneth J, a career winner of $1.3 million, and Ron Pierce, second in last week's rich Messenger Stake, must overcome outside post 8. Carter Racing's Rusty's For Real with Tony Morgan is fresh from a wire-to-wire 1:51.3 victory on Monday, his second straight.

A pair of six-time winners this season, Bill Rufenacht and DM Stables' Artist's View driven by Yannick Gingras and MJGB Racing's Digital Z Tam, with Pat Lachance led the opposition. The sharp Ontario colt Arts Mattjesty, driven by Jody Jameson for Stan Klemencic, Malcolm G Man Son and The Perfect Match stables, Glass Pack, owned by Peter Heffering and Jerry Silva with George Brennan, along with The Cheyenne Gang's Ghee House and Brian Sears complete the lineup.

In the other Progress Pace elim, nine start with last year's Matron freshman winner Artzina, owned by Kal Liebowitz and Marc Rubach, has the services of John Campbell from the rail. On the other hand, Deena Frost, Sampson Street and Fox Hollow Farm's Sutter Hanover and David Miller must leave from post 8. Tony Chiarvalle's Ontario-based Running Book and Jody Jamieson, Z Tam Stable's Forensic Z Tam, trained and reined by Pat Lachance, and Sandy Goldfarb and A Bunch Of Characters' May June Character with George Brennan, are enjoying fine seasons. Mattdultery, owned by Bill Camp, Double Down Stable with Jim Morand in the bike is in peak form.

Completing the field are Blaso Farms' upset minded Pandoras Sox and Brian Sears, David McDuffee's Honky Tonk Hanover, reined by Ron Pierce and Yannick Gingras-driven Proven Lover leaving from the second tier for owners John Fielding and Adam Victor and Son Stable.

In a $25,000 Matron Filly Trot elim, $1.4 million lifetime winner Pampered Princess is the one to beat from the rail. John Campbell will drive for owners Bob and David Anderson. Spice Queen and David Miller has won $10 races and $144,970 for the Smiley brothers Norman and Gerald, while Lloyd Arnold's Ms Virginia, steered by Tony Morgan, has won eight times this season as has Lothlorien Equestrian's Vulcanize, driven by George Brennan. Brian Sears drives Falls For You, for owners Ted Gewertz, Willow Pond, Atlantic Trot and Fair Winds Farm. Vanity Plates with Tim Tetrick races for Meinzinger, Dey, Crescent T Stables and trainer Chris Ryder, and Diane Giuliano's Cash Cow, Ron Pierce drives.

Another Matron Filly Trot is led by Rodney Mitchell and Teague Inc.'s Hambletonian Oaks winning Danae with Tim Tetrick at the controls. Yannick Gingras will be behind Nick Cimino's Gerri's Joy from post 1. The winningest filly in the trot is L&L DeVisser's five-time winner Victoria Volo with David Miller. Two-year-old Matron champ Lori Castranuovo's Undercover Lover has the services of Tony Morgan. Veteran Jim Doherty guides Tom Gonsalves' Sing Me To Sleep from the outside. The other starters are Pippiwhitestockings driven by Jody Jamieson for Natan Schlachet and Kjell Magne Anderson, Bob and Lauren Tucker's Loch Katrine with Cat Manzi and Timo Yli Panula's Haulover Tan reined by Brian Sears.

The third filly trot features the Oldfords and North South Partners' Godiva Hall from the rail with Trond Smedshammer, Diamond Creek Farm's Michelle's Angel with Jeff Gregory, Carolyn Atherton's Oh Oh Its Magic with Tim Tetrick. Andrea Lea Racing's Southwind Serena drew post 8 with Yannick Gingras. Bill Varney's Pembroke Spice and George Brennan, Joe Chnapko's Right On Renee with John Campbell, Steve Waller's CC Snicker with Greg Powell and Clever Catch, Cat Manzi driving for David Scharf, Kerry Baldinger, Jerry and Steve Silva.

In the soph Colt trots, Trillium Racing's Green Day and Cat Manzi, a 12-time winner of $707,756 including the Yonkers Trot and Dexter Cup winning Manfinity with George Brennan driving for M&L of Delaware, head one of the $36,725 elims. Up Front Larry, owned by Ed Mullinax and Jean Cloutier is reined by Tim Tetrick, Roy Davis' Primo Spur is trained and driven by Dick Stillings. Mythical Lindy, owned by Tom York and Joe Sbrocco with David Miller, and Please Poppy is in the hands of Yannick Gingras for Norwegians Ragnar Hagen and Bjorn Liverod Skabo.

Photo Maxx Partners Photo Maxx with Marcus Johansson drew the rail while Zicchino, Chrebet and McDermott's Stunt Man Hall has the outside with John Campbell.

The second $36,725 elim is led by John Campbell-driven Prayer I Am owned by Roy Dobbins. Lee DiVisser's Great Success is teamed with Brian Sears. Ted Gewertz, Sampson Street and Amer Viking Racing's Standpoint has Trond Smedshammer in the sulky. Ole Bach Niesen's Year In Review won the New Jersey Futurity with Steve Smith. Ed Mullinax owns Up Front Ben with Tim Tetrick from the rail with Bob Burgess and Karen Burgess' Ogham alongside with David Miller. Western Prayer and Ron Pierce leaves from outside post 7.

The 2006 freshman divisional champion Isabella Blue Chip will be driven by David Miller for Only Money Inc., Rodney Mitchell and Teague Inc. in one of the $29,031 Matron Filly paces. Last week's Lady Maud champion Lloyd Arnold's Captiva Island and Tony Morgan drew the rail .An 11-race winner Alan Wallace's Alexis Hall will be driven by Keith Oliver.

Tim Rooney starts his homebred Lislea Phia with Ron Pierce at the reins. Locally based Albert Hanna's Hanna's Delight and Tim Tetrick, Mind Boggling, Brian Sears drives for Let It Ride and Mentally Stable leaves from the outside. Native Hanover, owned by Adam Victor & Son and Blue Chip Bloodstock has Ross Wolfenden driving. Arlene and Jules Siegel's Catch The Show is driven by John Campbell. There are two starters in the second tier. Edmarc Stables' Fiery Buckeye with Yannick Gingras and Randy Zane's Whycantiforgetyou with Daniel Dube.

In the other filly pace elim, Hana Hanover with George Brennan leaves from post 9 in second tier alongside Get A Cab racing for Takter, Fielding, Burroughs and 50-12 Stable with David Miller. Adam Victor & Sons' Little Miss Dragon has John Campbell in the bike. Brian Sears drives Dave Beachler and Annefuria Singleton's Tidewaterdragonfly. Last year's Matron winner Current Hanover, with Jeff Gregory, Rodney Mitchell's New Jersey standout Artcotic and Tim Tetrick, Caviart Farms' Caviart Cameron teams with Jim Morand, P Kleinhans Racing's Before Dawn with Ron Pierce and Fred Monteleone Stable's U All BB piloted by Yannick Gingras, complete the field.

aturday and Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday racing starts at 4:30 p.m. No live racing on Fridays. There is no charge for admission or parking at Dover Downs. Reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant. Call 302-674-4600.

Marv Bachrad

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