Ideal Matters takes Matt's Scooter final in 1:50.2
April 24, 2010
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Ideal Matters, who was unraced at age two, made it three straight wins as a 3 year old as he breezed to victory in the $67,000 Matt’s Scooter Final on Saturday night at Meadowlands Racetrack.
Driven by Tim Tetrick, Ideal Matters got away fourth off the gate and tracked Versado to make the lead in a :55 opening half. He easily rebuffed a challenge by Cambassador as they entered the far turn and pulled away from the field for a 3-1/4-length tally in 1:50.2. Europan Union closed off a second-over trip to finish second, while Cambassador held third. Ideal Matters was sent off the 3-5 favorite and paid $3.40 to win.
“He’s done everything right so far,” Tetrick said. “He’s a pleasure to drive. He’s a push-button horse and can do anything I ask of him.
“[I wasn’t going to let Cambassador go], not unless he paced around me, which he was going to have to work hard to do,” Tetrick continued. “Every time [Ideal Matters] hears a horse coming, he gets right in the harness himself. I spoke to him a little bit tonight and he took off.”
The 3-year-old son of Western Ideal-Art Matters improved his record to four wins in five career starts. Breeder Brittany Farms shares ownership of the colt with Adam Victor & Son Stable, Melvin Hartman and Island View Partners. Ideal Matters, trained by Noel Daley, is eligible to the $1 million Meadowlands Pace on Saturday, July 17.
“He will have a couple of weeks off and will likely make his next start in the first leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes [on May 15],” said Brittany Farms’ Myron Bell. (Meadowlands)