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Dover, DE - Moments Of Joy and driver Victor Kirby were able to lead nearly from start to finish in capturing the $25,000 Mares Open Handicap Pace at Dover Downs on Wednesday. Trained and owned by Bryan Truitt of Delaware, Moments Of Joy left from from rail for driver Victor KIrby and ended up parked out first-over against Delishka N (Allan Davis) to an opening quarter mile in :27. Once cleared to the lead, Moments Of Joy then cut the mile with fractions of :55.4 and 1:23.4 before holding off a late charge by race favorite Wisdom Tree (Tim Tetrick) to win by a neck in 1:51.4.  Rockin the Boys A. for driver Tony Morgan and trainer Andrew Harris finished third. The five-year-old mare by Western Terror went off at odds of 5-1 and paid $12.80 to win.   by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs    

Dover, DE -  Former Horse Of The Year and world champion harness racing pacer, Wiggle It Jiggleit, returned to the racetrack, competing in a qualifying race at Dover Downs Wednesday morning. The son of Mr. Wiggles cut all the fractions of :29,  59, 1:27.2  and finished the one mile race in 1:54.4 for driver George Teague Jr. The temperature was 38 degrees over a fast track. by Alex Kraszewski, for Dover Downs  

Joey Bats outlasts the open trotters at Dover Downs on Tuesday night once again. Joey Bats circled the field at the quarter pole and did not look back as he won in wire to wire fashion. The outside post did not deter Joey Bats and driver Anthony Morgan for trainer Andrew Harris as they cut fractions of :27, :56, and 1:24.1 before stopping the teletimer in 153.1. Home’n Dry, an upset winner last week, went off stride nearing the half. Royal Becca J and driver Jack Parker Jr. for his wife trainer Carol Jamieson-Parker finished a fast closing 2nd. Lagerfeld, and driver Corey Callahan for trainer Ed Gannon Jr. finished third. World Champion Wiggle It Jiggleit  is scheduled to qualify tomorrow morning  at Dover Downs Post time is 4:30 pm for the live racing card at Dover Downs. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Garden State Park's legendary owner Robert Brennan, and tons of insider and intriguing information is revealed by Dover Downs assistant race secretary and publicist, Alex Kraszewski on this Thanksgiving week Harness Racing Alumni show. This is a "Must listen to" broadcast....!!!    

Shake That House, at odds of 9-1, was able to shake up the house, collaring harness racing favorite Captain Crunch at the wire to win the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace Final Wednesday at Dover Downs. The 12th race feature for three-year-old pacing colts saw American Mercury (Tyler Buter) out leave Captain Crunch to the the early lead and then sting Captain Crunch and driver Yannick Gingras a little as they went by the first quarter in :26. Captain Crunch then sat comfortably on the lead past the half mile in :53.4 as Dancing Lou (Andy McCarthy) came first-over with Shake That House and driver Tim Tetrick were second-over and then by the three-quarters in 1:21, was first-over and gaining ground on Captain Crunch. As they came down the stretch, Shake That House proved to be the strong horse, beating Captain Crunch to the wire by a long neck in 1:50.1. U S Captain (Dexter Dunn) was third. A colt by American Ideal, Shake That House paid $20.20 to win. He is trained by Chris Oakes and is co-owned by Crawford Farms Racing, A J Johnston, and the Northfork Racing Stable. It was his seventh win on the season. “When got away from the horses inside of me,” said driver Tim Tetrick. “that was my objective, not to get away last. My horse actually closed well last week with a :25.4 last quarter and I thought if there was enough speed early on, we could be right there. “When I tipped him off the rail,” Tetrick explained. “and got some good cover he felt really good. Once I got around Andy (Dancin Lou) I knew my horse could track down Captain Crunch and he did.”   There were two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund for two-year-old pacers. The finals were named in memory of long time Dover publicist and Hall of Famer Marv Bachrad. The sixth race final for the pacing fillies saw the 1/9 favorite, Cinder Rock and driver Allan Davis shoot right out to the lead and never looked back. They cut fractions of :27, :55.1 and 1:25.2. In the backstretch, rival Bag Of Jewels (Victor Kirby) came first-over but lacked any true grit and faded after the three-quarters. Cinder Rock then pulled away in the stretch to win in a romp by ten and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Sin Sumthin (Russell Foster) was second with Emma (Art Stafford, Jr.) third. It was the sixth straight win for Cinder Rock. The daughter of Rockabillie is trained by Wayne Givens for the Legacy Racing Of De, Inc. of Seaford. She paid just $2.20 to win and now has won six of her seven lifetime starts. “It was my plan all along to get to the front,” said Allan Davis. “I got there with her easy. It all worked out good today. “Early in her career,” Davis said, “Wayne (Givens) told me he was so close to just turning her out. He decided to bring her to the track with another horse and once she got behind the gate she was all business.”   In the 10th race $100,000 colt final, it was Bebop On The Block, making three moves starting from post eight to get what seemed to end up being an easy victory in 1:54.2. American Nitro (Victor Kirby) left from post seven and was stung a bit getting to the lead by Leonard’s Legacy (Corey Callahan) at the opening quarter mile in :26. Past the half in :55.3, there was no movement until the backstretch when driver Dexter Dunn moved from fourth place with Bebop On The Block, coming after pacesetter American Nitro at the three-quarters in 1:24.2. He collared the race leader and then with another gear, Dunn pulled away from the field in the stretch to win by two and three=quarter lengths. American Nitro held for second place with Undercovershamrock (Ross Wolfenden) third. It was the fourth straight win for Bebop On The Block, a gelded son of Gamblers Dream. He is trained by Josh Green for owners Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly. He paid $5.20 to win. “We had the eight-hole so I knew we had to get out a little for position,” said Dexter Dunn. “Once I moved him to the outside, he felt really good. He’s still immature but last four races he has been really good.”   “Very happy, what a great night,” said trainer Josh Green. “We came along slowly with him at first, preparing him for the Dover meet. Then we got Dexter to drive him and what a fabulous driver he is. We made a bit change tonight on him to try and get a little bit more leverage with him. It was Dexter who suggested it last week. It was a great idea. He was able to leave with him, get the four-hole,  made three great moves and Dexter got him home.” by Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

This Week: Hap Hansen Progress Pace final, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Dover Downs this Wednesday (Nov. 27) for the $335,000 final in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace for 3-year-old open pacers. Elimination winner Captain Crunch heads a field of eight in the Hap Hansen, the final stake of the 2019 Grand Circuit season. Complete entries for the race are available at this link. Last time: Six Pack went out a winner, capping his career by capturing Saturday's (Nov. 23) $350,000 TVG Open Trot championship by three-quarters of a length with a track-record 1:50 performance over a surface labeled "good" because of rain at The Meadowlands. Six Pack went out a winner, capping his career by capturing Saturday's $350,000 TVG Open Trot championship. Lisa photo. Manchego, the lone mare in the race, finished second and Guardian Angel AS was third. Gimpanzee, the 3-year-old taking on older trotters, finished fourth. Guardian Angel AS took the lead on the first turn while Six Pack, on the inside, and Manchego, on the outside, battled for second through an opening quarter in :26.3. Guardian Angel AS gave up the front to Manchego in a half of :53.4, with Six Pack third and Gimpanzee fourth. The top four remained in that order as Manchego reached three-quarters in 1:22.4, but Six Pack was on the move and came home with a :26.3 final quarter to hit the wire first. The winning time established a track record for 4-year-old stallion trotters. "It was a perfect trip for him," trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt said about Six Pack. "It was a fast first quarter and fast first half, so then I thought I had a good chance to win." Six Pack, by Muscle Mass out of Pleasing Lady, is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., Little E-Knutssontrotting, Stall Kalmar Inc., and L Berg Inc. He was bred by Brittany Farms. For the year, Six Pack has won four of 12 races and earned $581,314. Lifetime, the 4-year-old stallion won 19 of 35 races and $1.93 million. He will stand at Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. Six Pack was a Dan Patch Award winner at age 3, when he became the fastest 3-year-old trotter in history with a 1:49.1 mile. This season, he became the fastest 4-year-old male trotter, with a 1:49.2 score. Always A Prince and driver Yannick Gingras went to the front from post eight and never looked back, rolling to a 1:48.2 win in Saturday's $350,000 TVG Open Pace championship. The margin of victory was 4-3/4 lengths. Bettor's Wish, the lone 3-year-old in the field of older male pacers, finished second and American History was third. Always A Prince, trained by Tyler George, set fractions of :27, :55, and 1:22.1 on his way to the win. It was Gingras' first drive behind Always A Prince, a 4-year-old gelding, who was sent off at odds of 5-1. "He certainly left a good impression," Gingras said. "(I was told) he's really nice to drive, he can race either way, and left it up to me behind the gate. When the gate opened, there wasn't much speed. A couple horses left inside of me, but I was able to get a really good first half, and I think it made the difference. "When I looked at the race, I didn't see a crazy amount of speed. I thought there were more horses that were looking to race from behind, so I thought maybe it could work out that way. But maybe once every 20 times it works out the way I think." For the year, Always A Prince has won four of 18 races and earned $362,835. He has won 23 of 40 lifetime starts and $855,710. Always A Prince, by Always A Virgin out of Glorious Princess, is owned by Carl Atley and Melanie Atley. He was bred by Emerald Highlands Farm. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 1,396.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 1,363; 3. Dexter Dunn - 1,049; 4. David Miller - 960; 5. Andrew McCarthy - 828. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,322; 2. Tony Alagna - 887; 3 Nancy Johansson - 717; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 677; 5. Marcus Melander - 628. Owners: 1. Courant Inc. - 289.5; 2. Brad Grant - 271.7; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 242.5; 4. Robert Key - 226; 5. Fashion Farms - 224.5. Looking ahead: The 2019 Grand Circuit season will conclude after this week; the 2020 Grand Circuit schedule will be released in January. by Paul Ramlow, for The Grand CIrcuit  

Dover, DE   On a mild and sunny afternoon the Delaware Standardbred Breeder Fund (DSBF) for 2-year old trotters ended their stakes season with two $100,000 harness racing finals. The boys were the first race on the wagering card  The winning owner and breeder of the Harrington final, Jane Dunavant of Kenbridge, VA returned with a Dover win only with a different son of Dusty Winner, Air Time, breaking his maiden to stop the clock in 1:58.1 for the leading reinsman and future Hall of Famer, Tim Tetrick. Air Time was one of a 3 colt entry trained by Carlo Poliseno. Touch Of White finished a half-length back in second and Rocky Bomber got the show. The filly final, named for the late “Marv Bachrad” (Dover Publicty Chief and former Hall of Famer and USHWA National President) was won by Emmy’s Mayflower (Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) in a sizzling 1:56.2, making it three in a row and earning a new lifetime mark for breeder,owner,and trainer, Eric Foster. She was driven by his nephew, Russell Foster. Orabelle, the Harrington final winner finished second followed by Alert for the show. There was one non-wagering $15,000 consolation race that saw Stella A (Anders Bluestone-Mocha) lead all the way in 1:59 for driver, Ross Wolfenden and trainer, Joe MacDonald. She is owned by her breeder, Linda MacDonald. Blue Carats was second followed by the lone gelding, Master Of Mine, in the show spot.                The $100,000 DSBF 2YO Pace finals are tomorrow night along with the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace. Post Time is 4:30. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

The field is set for the $335,000 Hap Hansen Progress Pace for harness racing three-year-old colt and gelding pacers, on Wednesday November 27th at Dover Downs.  The race will be the 12th race on the betting card Captain Crunch has been installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite based upon his 1.47.3 track record performance in his last start.  He drew post #8. Breeders Crown champ Dancin Lou, is second choice at 3-1 and drew post #6. American Mercury, who finished 2nd in the Matron Stakes final, and 3rd in the Progress Pace Elimination, drew post 7, and is the third choice at 9/2 odds. There will also be two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Finals, for two year colt and geldings as well as filly pacers. Post Time is 4:30 pm. Post positions, drivers and trainers are as follows. Semi Tough                   David Miller              Ron Burke Pyro                               Tony Morgan            Ron Burke De Los Cielos Deo         Matt Kakaley            Ron Burke US Captain                    Dexter Dunn            Tony Alagna Shake That House         Tim Tetrick               Chris Oakes Dancin Lou                     Andrew McCarthy   Tahnee Camilleri American Mercury          Tyler Buter               Chris Oakes Captain Crunch               Yannick Gingras      Nancy Johansson by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Bettor Memories, racing for owner Gus Dovi and trainer Nifty Norman won the open pace at Dover Downs on Thursday night.  Driver Dexter Dunn, waited for the early speed to settle then took the lead with Bettor Memories, cutting fractions of :26, :53.4 and 1:21.3 en route to a lifetime mark of 149.3. The victory was Dexter Dunn’s 7th victory on the night. Finishing 2nd was Little Ben with Tim Tetrick aboard.  Finishing 3rd was Owosso Flash and driver Tony Morgan. In the Blue Hen Open Handicap, Q’s Cruise, for owner Jo Ann Loney-King, trainer Jim King Jr. and their driver Tim Tetrick, won in 1:50.2  They were able to survive the fast closing charge of Slick Tony, who was 2nd for driver Dexter Dunn.  Late Mail N with Corey Callahan aboard, finished third. Trainer Jim King Jr. sent out four winners from his stable on the night.  Tim Tetrick won 5 races. Next Wednesday November 27, is the $335,000 Hap Hanson Progress Pace  .Also on the card are two $100,000 finals of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund, for two year old filly, colt and gelding pacers. Post Time is 4:30 pm. There will be no racing on Thursday November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE - Captain Crunch punished the harness racing field he faced in an all-age track record performance, capturing the elimination round for next Wednesday’s $335,000 Hap Hanson Progress Pace for three-year-old colts and geldings, at Dover Downs. Captain Crunch, recovered from last week’s break in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs. Driver Yannick Gingras cut fractions of :26.4, :54, and 1:21.1 before stopping the teletimer in 1:47.3. The previous all-age track record at Dover was 1:48 and was co-held by Heston Blue Chip (2012) and Bandolito (2014). Captain Crunch, sired by Captaintreacherous, is owned by 3 Brothers Stables, C.Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Trainer Nancy Takter Johansson, was involved in a vehicular accident, traveling to Dover Downs, earlier in the evening.  She arrived about twenty minutes prior to her race and was ok. US Captain finished second and American Mercury finished third. Race favorite Southwind Ozzi finished last and did not qualify for the final. The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund for two-year-old filly pace was contested in two $20K divisions as the Daily Double on the evening card at Dover. Members of USTA District 11 who had attended the district meeting flowed over to enjoy dinner and watch. The first division was a repeat of last week as Bag Of Jewels (Roddy’s Bags Again-Artist Jewels) led from the rail post from start to finish in a lifetime record mile of 1:57.1 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer Les Givens. Spin Sumthin followed in second and I’m Two Soxy got up for show. The winner is owned by the group of Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Bay Pond Racing and Bonuccelli Racing. The breeder is Winbak Farm. The second division was another repeat of the first leg with Cinder Rock (Rockabillie-Cinderella) cruising home easily in 1:56 for driver Allan Davis and trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by Legacy Racing of DE, Inc. and bred by Elam Esh. Top 8-point getters will race in a $100K final on Wednesday, November 27th. There is a combined $15,000 consolation for fillies and the qualifying pacing colts. From Dover Downs and the DSBF

Joey Bats duplicated his harness racing performance from two weeks ago when he won the open trot in wire to wire fashion at Dover Downs.  Tony Morgan blasted out of the gate and Lagerfeld, driven by Yannick Gingras, protected rail position, forcing the race favorite Scirocco Rob to take a seat, getting away third. Joey Bats, trained by Andrew Harris, set fractions of 27  55.4  1.24 and a new mark of 152.3.  Scirocco Rob pulled first up and could not gain on the leader for trainer Mark Silva.  Majestic Marvel trained by Josh Green finished 2nd, out trotting Lagerfeld in the lane.  Lagerfeld finished 3rd for trainer Ed Gannon Jr.  The race favorite, Scirocco  Rob, finished fourth. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover DE -  The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund for two-year-old harness racing trotters saw two divisions of colts and two divisions of fillies on a very mild fall evening. Each dvision race for a purse of $20,000. The first was a four horse non-wagering event which saw All Lies (Political Briefing-Bobbi Jo’ Ex) get up for his maiden win in 1:58.4. He is trained by Syl King,Jr for Bay Pond Racing and driven by Victor Kirby. Rocky Bomber got up for 2nd over Air Time for third. The winner was bred by Winbak Farm. The second division was all Zulu (CR Commando-CR Penny Lane), a repeat winner from last week in a new lifetime record of 1:58 for breeder,owner,trainer, and driver Rod Allen. Touch Of White was second followed by Chauffeur in third. The first half of the Daily Double went to first time winner, Alert (Xactly Hanover-Mitsou Hanover) in 2:00.2 for trainer and driver, Kim Vincent. Alert is owned by Bart Cavanaugh’s Providence West,Inc of Media, Pa. The breeder is Andy Markano. Happy To Do It finished a close second over last week’s winner, Playoff Season. The second half of the Daily Double went to repeat winner, Emmy’s Mayflower (Anders Bluestone-Stirling Charisma) in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.2 for breeder,owner, and trainer, Eric Foster and driven by his nephew, Russell Foster. Orabelle, the Harrington final winner was second and Wolfcat was placed 3rd. Top 8 point getters of each sex will race in a $100K final on Tuesday, November 26th. There is a combined $15,000 consolation for colts and fillies. The DSBF continues tomorrow night with the 2 year old filly pacers in both halves of the Daily Double. Regular Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover DE - The second leg of the Delaware Standardbred Breeders’ Fund took place under a cloudy sky threatening rain but a mild temp and swift harness racing track surface. Bebop On The Block (Gambler’s Dream-Seboomook Mao) repeated last week in a wire to wire score by three and one-half lengths in a lifetime mark in 1:54.2 for driver, Dexter Dunn and trainer Josh Green.  Owners are mother and son, Debbie and Brendan Cook of Hartly and the breeder is Garnet W O’Marrow of Bridgeville. Aidan was second and Elite Retreat was third. In the second division, American Nitro (Badlands Nitro-Jet America), the Harrington final winner cut a mile in 1:55 for driver Victor Kirby and trainer, Les Givens to defeat last week’s winner, Leonard’s Legacy who was second followed by Undercovershamrock in third. American Nitro is owned by Henry Faragalli,III, Art Feeney, Daniel Doane, and Nanticoke Racing,Inc.  Bred by Winbak Farm. Top 8 point getters will race in a $100K final on Wednesday, November 27th. The DSBF continues tomorrow night with the 2 year old trotters in 2 early non-wagering races and the Daily Double. Regular Post Time is 4:30 pm. by Judy Davis-Wilson, for the DSBF

Dover, DE — Ten harness racing horses have been entered to compete in the Hap Hansen Progress Pace elimination race on Wednesday (Nov. 20) at Dover Downs. Eight horses will have their noses on the gate with two horses scoring from the second tier. The top eight horses in the official order of finish will return for the final, worth $335,000, on Wednesday (Nov. 27). Southwind Ozzi and American Mercury supplemented to the race at a cost of $25,000 each. Post time is 4:30 p.m. Below is the complete field. Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dancin Lou-Andrew McCarthy-Tahnee Camilleri 2-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie 3-Shake That House-Tim Tetrick-Chris Oakes 4-U S Captain-Dexter Dunn-Tony Alagna 5-Captain Crunch-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 6-Love Me Some Lou-Brian Sears-Thomas Cancelliere 7-American Mercury-Tyler Buter-Chris Oakes 8-Pyro-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 9-De Los Cielos Deo-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 10-Semi Tough-David Miller-Ron Burke De Los Cielos Deo and Semi Tough will start from the second tier. by Al Kraszewski, for Dover Downs

Dover, DE — Breeders Crown winner Gimpanzee and Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry each added another Grand Circuit harness racing title to their respective résumés with victories in the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old trotters on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs. Gimpanzee proved a powerful 1:51.1 winner in the Matron on Thursday at Dover Downs. Fotowon photo. In the $208,300 Matron for sophomore trotting colts and geldings, Gimpanzee ($2.80) and Brian Sears sprinted to the early lead before yielding control to Chin Chin Hall (Dexter Dunn) at the completion of a :27 first quarter. The son of Chapter Seven was relegated to third as Don’t Let’em (Yannick Gingras) brushed aggressively from midfield to clear with a circuit to go, but angled first-over to attack soon after stalking a :54.4 half. On the backstretch, Gimpanzee sustained a strong attack on Don’t Let’em, taking charge effortlessly past three-quarters in 1:23 and drawing away at will for a 1:51.1 score. Chin Chin Hall emerged up the open stretch to take second, four lengths back, while Pilot Discretion (Andy McCarthy) rallied off cover for third. Marcus Melander trains 17-time winner Gimpanzee for Courant Inc. and the S R F Stable. The $176,150 Matron for 3-year-old trotting fillies saw Simon Allard send Breeders Crown runner-up When Dovescry ($7.60) clear of Beautiful Sin (Åke Svanstedt) and Only Take Cash (Tim Tetrick) into the first turn before controlling splits of :27, :56.1 and 1:23.4. With three-sixteenths to go, When Dovescry faced a bid from Evident Beauty (David Miller), who circled stalled cover to challenge on the final turn. The daughter of Muscle Hill successfully held her ground, holding off a late stand-side rally from Only Take Cash by a half length in 1:52.2. Evident Beauty stayed on between fillies to maintain third. Rene Allard trains 10-time winner When Dovescry for the Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain. For recaps of the Matron 3-year-old paces, click here. For recaps of the Matron 2-year-old divisions, which were contested on Nov. 7, click here. From the USTA

Dover, DE — After Dancin Lou snapped his four-race win streak in the Breeders Crown, Bettor’s Wish ($3.20) got back in the win column with a 1:49.2 score in the $248,350 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old harness racing pacing colts and geldings on Thursday (Nov. 14) at Dover Downs. Bettor’s Wish worked clear of American Mercury (Tyler Buter) just beyond a :27 first quarter, but faced immediate pressure from Dancin Lou (Andy McCarthy) with a circuit to go and on toward a :53.2 half. With a quarter mile to go, Bettor’s Wish began to scamper away, turning aside Dancin Lou past three-quarters in 1:21.3.   The son of Bettor’s Delight was kept to task through the final furlong, and he maintained 1-3/4 lengths of clearance over American Mercury. Aflame Hanover (Corey Callahan) angled off the pegs at head-stretch to chase and just miss the runner-up spot. Trainer Chris Ryder co-owns Bettor’s Wish, an 18-time winner and an earner of over $1.8 million, with Bella Racing Ltd., Fair Island Farm Inc. and Bettor’s Wish Partners. Bettor’s Wish has finished first or second in all 18 of his starts this season. Following a runner-up finish to Warrawee Ubeaut in the Breeders Crown, Tall Drink Hanover ($13.20) rode the pocket to victory in the $165,900 Matron for 3-year-old pacing fillies, reeling in her arch rival in the process. Andy McCarthy put Cin play from the outset to seize early control, only to yield to prohibitive favorite Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) just behind a taxing :26 first quarter. After stalking a :54.2 half, Tall Drink Hanover found herself boxed as Sunny Dee (Brian Sears) offered first-over pressure up the far side. Off the home turn, Tall Drink Hanover angled to the open stretch and eclipsed the dueling leaders, beating Sunny Dee by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2. Treacherous Reign (Dunn) lifted from third-over to narrowly take third over the engulfed Warrawee Ubeaut, who missed the board for the first time this year in her Matron defeat. Tony Alagna trains 15-time winner Tall Drink Hanover, a daughter of Captaintreacherous, for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. For recaps of the Matron 3-year-old trots, click here. For recaps of the Matron 2-year-old divisions, which were contested on Nov. 7, click here. From the USTA

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