Track records fall in Matron finals
November 18, 2013
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The biggest night in Delaware racing history featured five track records in the eight Matron Stakes events with more than $1.32 million in purses at stake on an unusually mild Sunday at Dover Downs.
The first race of the card was the $164,250 Matron for 3-year-old filly trotters and it produced a track record-equaling 1:53.2 by the Corey Callahan-driven Ma Chere Hall. The winner is trained by Jonas Czernyson for breeder-owner Walnut Hall Ltd., Joe Sbrocco and Aldebaran Park Inc.
The Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall filly scored her ninth win in 15 starts this year earning $443,669 and $605,733 lifetime. Time To Kill (John Campbell) was runner-up with Deja Vu Too (Matt Kakaley) third. The first to trot in 1:53.2 at three was Personal Style in last season's Matron.
Kakaley moved All Bets Off into the lead after a :26.1 opening quarter and then was never headed collecting a 1:50 triumph in the $154,575 Matron frosh colt final, breaking the former track mark of 1:50.4 shared by Heston Blue Chip and If I Can Dream. Stevensville (Tim Tetrick) finished second. Carracci Hanover (Yannick Gingras) was All Bets Off major foe challenging at the three-quarters but had to settle for third.
Ron Burke trains the winner for Baldachino, Shelswell, Panhellenic and Burke Racing Stables.
The impressive Nuncio knocked two seconds off Explosive Matters freshman mark of 1:55 with a powerful 1:53 decision in the $166,650 two-year-old trot. John Campbell was at the controls as the Andover Hall-Nicole Isabelle youngster record his fifth victory in nine starts. Scott Andrews conditions the winner for Stall TZ Inc. Skates N Plates (Simon Allard) was second in front of Don Dorado (Tetrick).
Table Talk was the longshot of this season's Matrons in the $132,525 race for 2-year-old filly pacers. A $3,500 yearling by Frank DiLiberto's Wiz Kids Stable of Dover, Del., trained by Bart Dalious, the daughter of Bettor's Delight-Place At The Table went off at 19-1 odds then came between horses at the wire to score a 1:52 victory, fourth-fifths of a second off Hawaiian Drink's track record. Ali Blue (Gingras), the race favorite, was a close second in a tight three-horse photo with Tyra (Tetrick) third.
In the $140,100 Matron Two-Year-Old Trot, Ron Pierce drove Shake It Cerry to a 1:55.2 conquest, her seventh victory in 10 races for trainer Jimmy Takter and Solveig's Racing Partners. Ruby (Gingras) and Scream And Shout (Tetrick) were second and third, respectively.
Vegas Vacation won the $160,388 sophomore colt and gelding pace, outlasting Sunshine Beach (Campbell) in a stretch duel en route to a 1:48.3 score. Emeritus Maximus (Simon Allard) took third money. Casie Coleman conditions Vegas Vacation, a Bettor's Delight-Don't You Smile gelding owned by Canadians Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adiano Sorella and West Wins Stable.
Shebestingin was at her best scoring a 1:49.1 track record for a 3-year-old filly pacer besting Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) to the wire in :27.4. Summertime Lea (Gingras) was the show finisher. Joe Holloway trains the Bettor's Delight-Armbro Tussie filly for Ted Gewertz, L&L DeVissor and Val D'or Farms. She won for 11th time this season and has earned $554,926.
The last of the eight Matron finals was the $153,225 race for 3-year-old colt and gelding trotters and it was a photo finish victory for Nick Cimino's Smilin Eli and Tetrick. The Muscles Yankee Gerri's Joy colt nipped Tirade Hanover (Gingras) and Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) in 1:52.3. David Smith trains the winner who has banked $740,778 in this his first season of racing. (Dover Downs)