Pampered Princess upset in Matron elim
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Next, Canada\'s winningest driver Jamieson piloted Pippiwhitestockngs into the lead and the pair had just enough to hold off streaking down the stretch Loch Katrine (Cat Manzi) by a short nose in 1:56.1. Danae, after breaking stride before the start, caught up to field at the start and moved into third along the inside as the race enfolded. Tetrick pulled the Hambletonian Oak-winner to the outside after the half and she trotted roughly on the leaders flank and held on for third. Race favorite Gerri\'s Joy (Gingras) had to settle for fourth.
The third $25,480 Matron filly trot elim was won impressively in 1:56.3 by Godiva Hall, trained and driven by Trond Smedshammer for owners the Oldfords of Michigan and North South Partners 2 of Atlanta, Ga. Pembroke Spice (George Brennan) had late trot to finished second. Early leader Southwind Serena (Gingras) was third.
Up Front Larry won the first of two $36,725 Matron colt trot elims as Tetrick guided the son of Andover Hall home easily in 1:55.4 for Ed Mullinax, of Amherst, Ohio, and Jean Cloutier of Derby Line, Vt. Photo Maxx (Marcus Johansson) closed with a rush to finish second in front of Manfinity (Brennan). Race favorite Mythical Lindy (David Miller) cut out most of the mile before fading to fourth. Program favorite Green Day was scratched.
Sears drove L&L DeVisser\'s Great Success to a 6-1 victory in a second colt trot section. The Self Possessed colt overtook Prayer I Am (Campbell) in mid stretch on the way to his first win this season and lifted his seasonal bankroll to $280,146. Ogham (Miller), the public choice was third with Standpoint (Trond Scmedshammer) fourth.
Adam Victor & Son Stable\'s Little Miss Dragon gave Campbell the first of his two wins steering the 1:51.2 victory. Campbell wheeled the Dragon Again distaff to the outside at the three quarters to ovetake Tidewaterdragonfly (Sears) on the final turn and then held off Hana Hanover (Brennan) for the win. Art\'s Fantasy (Morgan) was third with Before Dawn (Pierce) fourth.
Keith Oliver, an Ontario regular, took Alexis Hall right to the front and never looked back negotiating the mile in 1:52.1 to win a $29,031 Matron filly pace. Owned by Alan Wallace of Troy, Ont., the victory was the fifth in a row and 12th this season in 16 races for the Cambest filly. Isabella Blue Chip (Miller) stalked the winner from the start and finished second with Whycantiforgetyou (Jamieson) finished third. Lislea Phia (Pierce) was fourth.
All four lucrative Matron 2-year-old finals are set for next Saturday, Nov. 10, with the $350,900 Progress Pace finale and three Matron 3-year-old championship settled on Sunday, Nov. 11. (Dover Downs)