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Powerful Burke duo headlines Matron 3CP final

November 22, 2011

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Hugadragon and Westwardho Hanover, both easy winners of their respective eliminations of the Matron 3-Year-Old Colt Pace last Sunday at Dover Downs as odds-on choices, have drawn posts two and four, respectively, for this Sunday's $221,465 final. Both trained by Ron Burke, Hugadragon will be driven by Yannick Gingras, while Westwardho Hanover will have the services of Dave Palone.
Westwardho Hanover romped to a 6 1/2-length, 1:49.1 victory in his Matron elim, an effort that equaled his career mark set the week before in the $330,000 Progress Pace final at Dover. The son of Dragon Again comes into the Matron final with a 2011 slate of 17-5-2-5 and $349,122 in earnings.
As for Hugadragon, also a son of Dragon Again, he won his Matron elim by two lengths in a career-best 1:49.3. Hugadragon has won six times in 20 starts this year, including the $243,000 Tattersalls and the $100,500 Bluegrass at The Red Mile and the $275,500 Monument Circle at Indiana Downs. Overall, Hugadragon has amassed $605,096 in earnings.
Here is the complete field for Sunday's Matron 3CP final, in post position order and with named driver:
1 American Romance (M. Kakaley)
2 Hugadragon (Y. Gingras)
3 Samandar (T. Tetrick)
4 Westwardho Hanover (D. Palone)
5 Eighteen (C. Callahan)
6 Lizard King (T. Tetrick)
7 Lookinforadventure (C. Callahan)
8 Mr. Tommy Fra (A. Miller)
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