Rockin Image, Wishing Stone take Dover elims
November 07, 2010
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Rockin Image, with Yannick Gingras driving, rushed to a 1:50 victory in the $35,000 Progress Pace elimination while George Brennan guided Wishing Stone home in 1:53.3 to win the $70,738 Matron 3-Year-Old Colt trot elim in the most impressive of five stakes events at Dover Downs on Sunday.
Gingras took control for good heading to the half-mile pole the sped away to an easy 1:50 victory in the Progress Pace elim. Jimmy Takter trains the son of Rocknroll Hanover-Kikikatie, now a five time winner this season for prominent Canadian owner Lothlorien. World Of Rocknroll (George Brennan) was runner-up. Dreamlands Art (Dave Palone), a $25,000 supplement, took third. Of the nine starters, eight return next Sunday for the $320,000 final.
The finest field of sophomore trotters were followers as Cowboyland Aalborg’s Wishing Stone, with George Brennan at the controls, romped to a 1:53.3 victory, one fifth of a second off the track record set by Algiers Hanover set four years ago. The win was the fifth of the season for the Kentucky Futurity winner conditioned by Dewayne Minor. The Conway Hall-Meadowbranch Magic colt raised his seasonal bankroll to $829,641 and $1,431,742 lifetime.
Take My Picture (Andy Miller) came on to finish second in front of 30-1 Hard Livin (Gingras). Il Villaggio (Jody Jamieson) finished fourth.
Earlier in the first of two $32,182 Matron Filly divisions, Brennan urged Glide Power, by Yankee Glide-Armbro Vote, overlooked at 8-1, to a strong stretch rally and a 1:54.4 triumph for veteran trainer Jan Johnson and Arden Homestead Stable and Diamond Creek Farm. Last season’s Matron frosh filly champ, Costa Rica (Ron Pierce) led for most of the race and finished a close-up second. Perfect Chance (Daniel Dube) was the show horse.
In the second $32,182 section, 28-1 shot Acl Stuteri AB’s Fortunes Dream and Tim Tetrick won a three-horse photo in 1:56.3. The Anette Lorentzon-trained daughter of Cantab Hall-Fortune Dream recorded her sixth win of the year shading front-trotting Action-Broadway (David Miller), and Christiana Hanover (Riina Rekila).
Gingras won both $26,975 Matron pace elims. He began the festivities steering the Rocknroll Hanover-Artchtecture-filly Rock N Soul to a 1:52.2 clocking, the first of two wins for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi. Their partners are Howard Taylor and Frank Baldachino. Kate’s Joy (Pierce) and Northwest Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third, respectively.
Gingras returned to the winner’s circle for the Burke-trained Sand Gesture, a 10-1 shot, owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and Between The Pipes Stable. The winning time was 1:53, a lifetime best for the Dragon Again-Western Gesture filly. Ticket To Rock (David Miller) the prohibitive favorite had to settle for second with Hula’s Z Tam (Pat Lachance), second the night before in the Lady Maud final at Yonkers, third.
The first eight finishers in Matron and the Progress Pace elims return next weekend for lucrative finals on Saturday for 2 year olds and Sunday for 3 year olds. (Dover Downs)