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Check Me Out sets world record in Matron elim

November 05, 2011

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Check Me Out opened up the 2011 Matron Stakes with a 1:53.2 world record winning the $18,175 two-year-old filly trot elimination. Delano made it a Ray Schnittker-trained and co-owned daily double with a 1:57 win in the $38,725 colt trot elim. Voluptuous Ronda notched the other $18,175 filly trot elim while Destiny’s Chance took the $42,200 filly pace elim in 1:52.4 and Hurrikane Kingcole completed the elims with a 1:51.2 victory in the colt pace on the Saturday (Nov. 5) card at Dover Downs. Tim Tetrick with three wins and David Miller with two won all five elims.
Thirteen was not an unlucky number for Check Me Out. The Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi offspring destroy the track and world record as Tim Tetrick piloted the freshman to her 13th win in 15 career appearances along with two second-place finishes. The 1:53.2 clocking broke the former track record of 1:55 set in the 2008 Matron by Honorable Daughter (John Campbell). The world record was previously held by Blue Muscles (Mike Lachance) was a far back second. She Wears It Well (Jim Rattray) finished third. Check Me Out was a supplemental entry for owners Schnittker, Dowse, Vassilou and Tallarico.
Tetrick also drove the other $18,175 filly division winner, Ron Barnhard and trainer Tommy Haughton’s Voluptuous Ronda to a 1:58.1 score winning by a nose. It was the third win of the season for the Broadway Hall-Hawaiian Delight bay. Paris Kentucky (Ross Wolfenden) was second in the photo. Masters Voice (Mike Lachance) picked up third money.
Patience paid off for Ray Schnittker in the $38,725 frosh colt elim. After getting off near the back of the seven-horse field. Schnittker moved up along the pylon as colts moved to the outside into contender roles and then came to the outside on the final turn and out-sprinted G Tan Laundry (Jim Rattray) to the wire in 1:57. Pekoe Fashion (Tim Tetrick) took show honors. The wins was the sixth of the season for the son of Credit Winner-Kelly Hall owned by Schnittker, Gareth Dowse, Tom Vassiliou and Nick Tallarico.
Hurrikane Kingcole notched an impressive 1:51.2 triumph in the $52,425 Matron Colt pace, his fifth on the campaign. The third-place finisher last Saturday in the Breeders Crown Final received a confident drive from David Miller holding off Heston Blue Chip (Tim Tetrick) with a :27.3 final panel. Mitch Cohen, Jeff Kuhen, John Levy and Hurrikane racings own the Cam’s Card Shark-Blazing Yankee colt, now a winner of $250,260 this year.
Randy Ringer’s Destiny’s Chance made it four wins in her last five stakes starts. David Miller guided the Four Starzzz Shark-Four Starz Sand rookie home in 1:52.4 to win the $42,200 filly pace elim. Notreadytobenice (Mike Lachance) and Four Starzzz Girl (Montrell Teague) were second and third respectively.
The first four in each of the four two-year-old divisions return next Saturday for rich Matron Finals. (Dover)
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