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Crazed reaches $1 million with Matron victory

November 09, 2008

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The night was cool and crisp but the action was hot and heavy at Dover Downs with the 32-1 shot Bettor Sweet winning the $390,000 Progress Pace and Crazed, Stage Show and Native Bride capturing the three Matron finals on Sunday.
Cat Manzi and Bettor Sweet emerged from the pack turning for home as Rudy Rednose with Jim Morand driving led by two lengths entering the stretch. Hall of Famer Manzi took Bettor Sweet to the outside and roared down the lane to catch the leader in the final strides and post a 1:50 clocking to win for the sixth time in 12 starts this season. Rudy Rednose was followed by entrymate Badlands Nitro for third. Race favorite Dali (Luc Ouellette) was caught in an early speed duel after a :25.3 opening quarter and :53 half.

John Cancelliere of Clark, N.J., upon the recommendation of trainer Joe Poliseno, purchased Bettor Sweet at the end of the Meadowlands summer meet. Since then, the Bettor\'s Delight-Sweet Future gelding has won four times with a second and two thirds. Poliseno\'s brother, Carlo, also had a Progress Pace finalist, Proper Respect, an elimination winner, but finished out of the money in the final.

Crazed led off the three Matron sophomore finals with a 1:54 triumph in his patented come-from-behind style. Tim Tetrick began his winning move with the good gaited Credit Winner-Mary Lou Hall colt on the final turn and used his high speed to advantage by the time the field made the stretch. Crazed was an easy winner in 1:54 with Holiday Credit a hard-charging second with driver Ron Pierce, with In Focus, the early leader for Dave Palone, also conditioned by Jimmy Takter and coupled in the wagering, the third-place finisher.

The win by the Fran Antonacci-trained Crazed, now eight for 13 this year, lifted his seasonal earnings to $1,162,431 and $1,167,697 lifetime for owners Bob Rudolph, Gary and Elllen Hoffman and Lindy Racing Stable.

Palone guided Stage Show to a 1:55.1 score in the $252,738 Matron Filly Trot Final. Owned by Arlene and Jules Siegel, of New Hope, Pa., Stage Show, sired by the Siegel’s Fashion Farm stallion Broadway Hall, won for the ninth time in 14 races. The Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion bested Creamy Mimi, driven by trainer Trond Smedshammer, and third-place finisher Epangeline handled by Ray Schnittker.

Native Bride turned in another impressive performance in the $253,075 Matron Filly Pace final with a 1:51.2 mile. Brian Sears piloted the Allamerican Native-Nova bay to her 15th victory in 19 races. She has now won five in a row and nine of her last 11 outings for owners TH Stable and Sears\'s dad, Jay Sears. Native Bride had to hold off a strong bid from fast closing Tug River Princess and driver John Campbell. Artimittateslife was third for Stephane Bouchard. (Dover Downs) 

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