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Matron colt elims held

December 06, 2005

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On a cold, windy and snowy Monday night, Leading X Ample scored a 1:51.4 victory and Gryffindor tallied in 1:52.4 in two $39,206 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace eliminations at Dover Downs.

Leading X Ample and Dear Old Boy conducted a two-horse vendetta in the first of two Matron elims. New York State champion Dear Old Boy, owned by Ted Gewertz and Gaetan Brunet with Brian Sears driving, cut out most of the fast fractions with Leading X Ample chasing the leader until moving out to challenge at the three-quarters.

The two waged war around the final turn and the length of the stretch until Leading X Ample took the lead at the wire for driver David Miller. Dear Old Boy was second while Thin Blue Line, winner of the $275,000 Windy City Pace, took third. Perdition also qualified for the final.

Gryffindor, winner of the $394,120 Progress Pace, $218,475 Messenger Stake at Harrington, $136,400 James B Dancer at Freehold and third in the $555,000 Breeders Crown final, took the lead from post seven and never relinquished it on the way to his 13th win of the year.

Must Be Matt, with Ron Pierce, closed to finish second. The other qualifiers were Roddy's Bags Again and Voracious Hanover.
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