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Mattwestern wins Dunn Memorial final

March 30, 2013
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Mattwestern, who had dominated the first three legs of the Donna Dunn Memorial Pace, unexpectedly found herself in a horse race in the championship. But she dug in Friday at The Meadows to capture the $28,500 final of the series for 3- and 4-year-old fillies and mares.
 
When Mattwestern made her customary quarter-pole move to the lead for Dave Palone, it appeared the 1-5 favorite would have little trouble completing the series sweep. But Lil Miss Snowflake launched a serious first-over challenge while Save My Dragon, Mattwestern's stablemate and also undefeated in three Donna Dunn starts, loomed large in the Lightning Lane.
 
Mattwestern held on to prevail in 1:53.3, a half-length better than Save My Dragon, with Lil Miss Snowflake third. Ron Burke trains the 3-year-old daughter of Western Terror-Mattonement for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
 
In the $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Trot, Paulette Revere moved powerfully first over for Mike Wilder and scored in 1:54, a career best and the fastest this year for an older trotting mare on a five-eighths-mile track. RT Sun Poco was second by a neck with Action-Broadway third.
 
With her earnings Friday, Action-Broadway, the 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year, raised her lifetime bankroll to $999,147.
 
Mike Palone trains Paulette Revere, a 5-year-old daughter of Victory Sam-Hopeful Joy, for Brian Gillespie.
 
Palone drove three winners-- all for Burke-- on the 12-race card while Tony Hall also enjoyed a driving triple. (The Meadows)
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