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Van Lennep round-one winners looking to repeat

February 22, 2008

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Queens Gambit N and Carousel Frame, winners in the first leg of the Frances Dodge Van Lennep Filly and Mare Pacing Series at Pompano Park on Feb. 15, will once again contest separate divisions when the $17,500 second leg of the series is held on Friday.


Owned by Bell Valley Farms Inc. and trained by Gary Lewis, Queens Gambit N hit the board in four of her first six outings this year, but remained winless before a lifetime-best victory in 1:52.4 in the opening leg of the Van Lennep Series, where she held off the late-charging Velvet Eileen to prevail by a head.


A winner of 15 races throughout her career, Queens Gambit N has drawn post three for Friday’s race and will be piloted by Dale Hiteman.


The main challenge to Queens Gambit N is expected to come from My Perfect Rhyme, a 21-time winner from 51 starts who was beaten a length when finishing fourth in the first leg of the Van Lennep Series when starting from post nine.


Owned by Tanah Merah Farms LLC and trained by Lyle McGilveary, My Perfect Rhyme will start from post six on Friday and will be driven by Anthony Napolitano.


The first division of the $17,500 second leg of the Van Lennep Series is scheduled as the opening race on the program, with a post time of 7:25 p.m.


Later in the evening, Carousel Frame will seek her third consecutive victory at Pompano Park when starting as the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the second split of the second leg of the Van Lennep Series, which goes as the fifth race on the card.


A six-time winner in 2007, Carousel Frame is undefeated in two appearances during her current 5-year-old campaign, including successive scores at Pompano, most recently covering the mile in 1:52 when prevailing in her opening leg division of the Van Lennep Series.


Owned by Let it Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC, and trained by Jeff Webster, Carousel Frame will start from post seven on Friday and will have George Napolitano Jr. at the controls.


Miss Galvinator A, who disappointed in her local debut when finishing fifth as the odds-on favorite in her first leg division of the Van Lennep Series, will look to make amends for that failure when challenging Carousel Frame from post six in Friday’s pace.


A winner of 58 starts throughout her lengthy career, Miss Galvinator A is winless in six outings this year, but has hit the board on four occasions, including a third-place performance in the opening leg of the Cape & Cutter Series at the Meadowlands.


Owned by Richard Annunziata and trained by Ettore Annunziata, Miss Galvinator A will be driven by Sean McAleese.


Up Front Lady and Velvet Eileen, second-place finishers in their respective divisions of the opening leg of the Van Lennep Series, will both return in Friday’s second split. (Pompano Park)


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