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DOVER, Del. ---- tHE finale day for the 2013 Matron Stakes during Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the richest one-day program in Delaware racing history. Eight lucrative finals and three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) combine for a total purse of $1,326,863. The Matrons boast many of the top two-and-three-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers after last week's elimination divisions. The top eight horses in each division return to the spotlight on the Sunday, Nov. 17 card. The Matron Colt & Gelding Final offers a $160,388 payoff. Sunshine Beach was an impressive 1:50.1 winner of last week's three-year-old male pace elim. John Campbell drove Leber, Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred's Somebeachsomewhere colt into the lead after the opening quarter and then said goodbye to the rest of the field to win by 1-3/4 lengths. Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable's Emeritus Maximus driver Simon Allard made good use of starting from post 1 and held on to finish second with Bob Key's Twilight Bonfire and Tim Tetrick third. Heading the talented rivals are Vegas Vacation driven by Brian Sears, after starting from the second tier last week, is on the front tier this time, at post 7 for owners Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable; Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon with Yannick Gingras, whose recent credit was an upset win beating Captaintreacherous. Jason Bartlett will handle Prevost, McNeese and Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, winner of the Messenger Stake, the last Triple Crown Pace of the year. Ken Jacobs' Doctor Butch with Corey Callahan leaves from the rail while Only The Lonely and Matt Kakaley, racing for JL Benson Stables and KDM Stables and trainer Nick Surick, complete the lineup. There were two elims leading to this week's $130,650 sophomore filly pace. Both of last week's elim winners have strong Delaware connections, Shebestingin (David Miller), owned by Ted Gewertz, L& L DeVisser and Val D'or Farms, was fastest winner, 1:51.2. is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native and Pam Curran and Legacy Racing Of DE's Jerseylicious (Corey Callahan), who came on for a 1:52.1 success in her elim. The Fra Stable's Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) and The Cheyenne Gang's Cheyenne Miriam (David Miller) were the second-place finishers with Weaver, Bruscemi, Baldacino, Smith and Burke Racing's Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and Up Front Racing's IF Dragon's Queen (Tim Tetrick) third. Stall TZ Inc.'s Nuncio (John Campbell) and Bob Mondillo and trainer Chris Ryder's Well Built (Jim Mettinis), elim winners head the $166,650 sophomore colt trot while Shake It Cerry (Ron Pierce) was an impressive elim winner and drew the rail in the $140,000 two-year-old filly trot final. Joe Sbrocco, Aldebaran Park and Walnut Hall's Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) leads the $164,250 three-year-old filly final while in the $153,225 Matron colt section, Smilin Eli (Tim Tetrick) owned by Nick Cimino, was a wire-to-wire elim winner. Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding and RAW Equine's Ali Blue leads the $132,525 two-year-old filly pace final with the colt division going for $154,575 with elim winner All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) racing for Shelswell, Panhellenic Stable and Burke Racing, was the elim winner last Sunday. In addition to all eight Matron Finals featured on a power packed 15-race program, there are also three Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-old filly 1st leg preliminary divisions and two colt paces. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

After a brief rest from a summer long battle against the best three-year-olds in the nation, trainer Casie Coleman says her top sophomore pacer, Vegas Vacation, is ready to go a big mile this Sunday at Dover Downs in the $160,388 Matron Stakes final. “He needed a break,” Coleman said. “He has been going non-stop, two heats in the Jug, week after week through the Breeders Crown. “We were expecting a disaster in the Matron Preview last week,” Coleman said. “He had never raced from the second tier before and I knew it would not be good going in such a crowd and not being on the gate. Brian said he may have been confused at the start wondering why he could not go right up to the starting gate.” In that race Vegas Vacation had some road trouble but did overcome it and closed well with a :27 last quarter mile to finish fourth. “Brian never pulled his ear plugs,” Coleman said. “He raced very very good and closed well and Brian had him in hand. He needed a start and now I know he is very sharp. “I expect him to be much better this Sunday,” Coleman explained. “He will be better coming off the starting gate and we are changing his shoes his shoes to aluminum so he can handle the racing surface better at Dover Downs.” Despite the race featuring Dedi’s Dragon (post 2), who defeated Captaintreacherous in the $252,000 Monument Pace at Hoosier Park; Ronny Bugatti (post 4), the $450,000 Messenger Stakes winner and NYSS terror Doctor Butch, the 6/5 morning line favorite is none other than Sunshine Beach with driver John Campbell, but they drew the far outside post eight. Sunshine Beach won the Matron Preview last week in 1:50.1. Currently listed as the 3-1 second choice in the race from post seven, Coleman looked at the brighter side of having to start from the outside. “I wish we drew better,” Coleman said. “But it helps that Sunshine Beach is outside of us. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

This Sunday (Nov. 17) programed, headlined by all eight Matron stakes finals, will be the biggest day in Delaware racing with $1,326,863 in purses during the 15-race program which starts at 5:30 p.m. The top two-and-three-year-old pacers and trotters square off racing in Matrons. The rest of the program also features $20,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) 1st leg paces. The $130,650 Matron sophomore filly pace has a strong Delaware presence. Both of last week’s elimination winners, Shebestingin (pronounced She Be Stingin), driven by David Miller, was fastest winner ripping off a1:51.2 mile. The hard-hitting filly is trained by Joe Holloway, a First State native, and Jerseylicious, piloted by Dover Downs leading driver the past four seasons, driving for Pamela Curran, of Milford, and Seaford’s Legacy Racing Of Delaware racing stables. --------------------------------------------- Driver Eddie Davis Jr. reached a personal milestone when he drove four-year-old mare pacer Special Lindy to victory in the 6th race on Monday, Nov. 11. It was career win #4,000 for Davis, a son of Eddie Davis, the all-time leading driver in the Delaware Valley. Eddie Jr.’s half-brothers, driver Allan and trainer, Martin, are also popular horsemen. The latest Davis is Tyler, Allan’s son. ------------------------------ There are several other immediate family connections campaigned at the track. Daryl and Sean Bier, Les and Wayne Givens, Ben and Ben Stafford, Jr., George and Eddie Dennis. The most recent newcomer is Trace Tetrick, one of the top drivers in the mid-west who joins brother Tim Tetrick on the track’s driver roster. ----------------------------------------------------- For the last four decades each Veteran’s Day members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, including a former horseman, Moses Askui, now 84, who trained horses after military service at Brandywine and at Dover Downs, present an engraved blanket to a race winner. Appropriately, this year, a pacer named Always A Fighter, driven by Chris Page, was the winning horse.  ------------------------------- On the regular race portion on the Matron elimination program, Sunday, Nov. 10, 72-year-old horseman Walter Layfield Jr. drove pacer All Gold to a 1:54.1 victory at 61-1 odds. It was the biggest win price of the early meet. -------------------------------------- Track defending driver champion, Corey Callahan, is off to a fast start in defense of his four consecutive leading driver titles. Through Thursday, Nov. 14, Callahan has made the winner’s circle 26 times. Allan Davis, enjoying his finest season currently, is next in the standings with 12 wins. Eric Ell leads all trainers with 6 visits to the winner’s circle.  by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. --- Nova Artist won the $27,500 Delaware Special with a convincing 1:49.2 triumph, the fastest clocking, on a fast Thursday, Nov. 14 card at Dover Downs. Valentino won a $15,000 Male Winners-Over pace in 1:49.4 On the heels of a come-from-behind 1:51.2 victory last week, Nova Artist, reined by Allan Davis, took the lead after a:26.2 opening quarter and then was never challenged winning for the eighth time this year. Mustang Art, with Ron Pierce, finished second with Eagle All and Ross Wolfenden third. Nova Artist brings his seasonal earnings to $149,850 for owners Eddie and Kathy Davis. The Real Artist-Avon Lady six-year-old has won 30 times banked $752,167 lifetime. In the first of three $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces, driver Matt Kakaley and trainer Nick Surick teamed up for a 1:49.4 victory as KDM Stable's Valantino, a brown six-year-old by Rocknroll Hanover-Schoolofcardknocks horse won for the third time in eight races this season. Adventure Bound (Ron Pierce) raced gamely and finished second. Once escaping from being locked in, Rock On Moe (Allan Davis) closed to be third. Harry von Knoblaugh's Texican N made his first local start a success as Tim Tetrick drove the recent Bettor's Delight-Bury My Heart import trained by Pete Tritton to an impressive 1:50.4 win in another $15,000 Male Winners-Over paces. Wahine (Jim Morand) saw a two-race win streak end in a second place finish. Jeremes General (Allan Davis) was third. The third $15,000 event went to Stacie Billings' SB Mikes Hot Beach teamed with driver Mike Rossi. The Magical Mike-One Hot Beach five-year-old registered a new lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Sir Globalop Z Tam (Eddie Davis Jr.) was second. Rock N' Roll Jet (Bret Brittingham) and Lollipop Kid (George Dennis) dead-heated for third. Tetrick also drove Panfully Cool to victory in 1:52 to win a $25,000-$30,000 Male Claiming Allowance. JoAnn King and Tom Kemp own The Panderosa-Bell Bottom Pans gelding conditioned by Jim King. Esprit De Kaky Jay A (Matt Kakaley) and Grab The Fortune (Vic Kirby) were second and third respectively. This Sunday, all eight Matron stakes, help make the card the highest in Delaware history There is no live harness is dark on Friday and Saturday. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Dover Downs racing starts at 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

Ron Burke became the first harness racing trainer to surpass $20 million in purses in a single year when For All We Know finished third in a $14,000 mares claiming handicap pace at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on Wednesday night. In addition to the record for purse earnings, Burke's trainees have 981 wins so far in 2013 -- another record. Burke is on his way to leading all North American harness racing trainers in both wins and earnings for the fifth consecutive year. He won 906 races in 2012, breaking harness racing's training record of 842 established by his stable in 2010. He saw his horses win $19.69 million in purses in 2012, breaking the record of $18.54 million set by his stable in 2011. HOLLOWAY HOPES TO 'STING' MATRON FOES Joe Holloway uses the word "decent" to describe Shebestingin's year so far, but the 3-year-old filly pacer has two more chances to improve that assessment. Shebestingin is the 3-5 morning line favorite in Sunday's $130,650 Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers at Dover Downs. She will start from post four with David Miller in the sulky. Last week, Shebestingin won her Matron elimination by three lengths over Ms Caila J Fra in 1:51.2. Ms Caila J Fra is the 9-2 second choice in the final. Dover Downs hosts Matron finals for 2- and 3-year-old trotters and pacers on Sunday. Following the Matron, Shebestingin is expected to make her last start of the year in the $200,000 Nadia Lobell Stakes on Nov. 30 at the Meadowlands. "(Her year has) been decent," said Holloway, who trains Shebestingin for owners Val d'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L&L DeVisser. "When I trained her down, I thought she had a chance to be dominant. She wasn't. You have to show up, you have to race." Shebestingin has won 10 of 17 starts this year and finished in the top three a total of 14 times while earning $489,551. The three times she failed to hit the board were the $500,000 Breeders Crown, $350,000 Valley Forge and $184,250 Mistletoe Shalee. All three of those races, as well as the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial where Shebestingin finished second, were won by I Luv The Nitelife. I Luv The Nitelife did not enter the Matron, but is expected to race in the Nadia Lobell. "I Luv The Nitelife has been the dominant filly; the best 3-year-old filly," Holloway said. "In my heart, I think if we were ever on our good day and have a shot, we could beat her. But we haven't done it, so you have to tip your hat to them. I knew it would be a battle with her, but I thought come year end, we would best her more than she bested us. "We'll have to maybe wait to find out next year. But it should be fun." A daughter of stallion Bettor's Delight out of the mare Armbro Tussle, Shebestingin was purchased as a yearling for $55,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-winners Hop Sing and Bono Bests. Shebestingin (pronounced She-be-stingin) went 3-for-3 last year, winning divisions of the Simpson, Reynolds and Tompkins-Geers stakes before being sidelined in August by a stress fracture. She won five of her first six races this year, with the loss coming by a neck from post nine to Jerseylicious in the Bobby Weiss Series final at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. Other highlights this year included winning her division of the Glen Garnsey in a world-record 1:47 at The Red Mile on Oct. 5 and capturing the $250,750 Empire Breeders Classic in a stakes- and track-record 1:49 at Tioga Downs on Aug. 11. Her 1:47 mile in the Garnsey is the fastest ever by a female pacer of any age in harness racing history. "(Was I surprised) that she raced well? No," Holloway said about her effort at The Red Mile. "That she went in (1):47 flat, time becomes a little bit irrelevant anymore because horses can go so fast, but I've known she's been an extremely fast horse for quite some time." Holloway said Shebestingin had issues tying up at The Red Mile and was not at her best heading into the Breeders Crown. But those issues seem to be in the past as she prepares for the Matron final. "We'd had a tough week before the Breeders Crown," Holloway said. "She had tied up, but no excuses, you have to be good when you have to be good. I wish she had been a little bit better for the night of the Breeders Crown, but she wasn't. But she was very good last week and seems to be excellent so far this week." As for her chances in the Matron, Holloway said he expected her to race well. "I just hope she is as good as she was last week," he added. "She'll handle the rest from there." To see the full Matron card at Dover Downs, click here. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

I went a disappointing three for ten last week, some of my favorite horses got beat, which is bound to happen every now and then. I actually lost $10 (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$34.80 going into this weekend and we will try once again to bring that number down more. We start off the weekend at Maywood Park in Chicago Friday for the Windy City Pace and Galt Stakes, then take a break on Saturday and come back Sunday with the eight Matron Stakes finals at Dover Downs. Should be some great racing. $110,000 Galt Stakes 3YO Colt Trot 7th race Friday, Maywood Park  – Very tough call here. Lindy’s True Grit is coming off a big score in his last start and Yonkers Trot winner Dewycolorintheline shows he can win on a half mile track but I am going with a mild long shot here. King Mufasa has had an incredible season with $233,000 bankrolled and 14 wins in 17 starts, all in the midwest. He broke two starts back at Maywood and still rallied for second. I can see him going to the front and not being caught. $176,000 the Windy City Pace 3YO Colts 9th race Friday, Maywood Park  – No question that Lucan Hanover is the horse to beat in here. Three starts back he won a division of the Messenger at Yonkers in 1:52.3 and a repeat effort like that should enable him to lead from start to finish for Casie Coleman Stable. $164,250 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Filly Trot 1st race Sunday, Dover Downs  – After returning to her winning ways last week with an easy 1:54 triumph in the Matron Preview, Ma Chere Hall should have little trouble beating this same group again. She has a better inside post and should wire the field with ease. $154,575 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Colt Pace 2nd race Sunday, Dover Downs  – Very well matched race here. Can make a case for half the starters having a shot in winning. McWicked may have been second last week to All Bets Off, but the winner drew the outside post so I see McWicked turning the tables in his favor for the big money. $166,650 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Colt Trot 3rd race Sunday, Dover Downs  – Last week Nuncio won his elimination division in 1:55.2, just as Well Built did, but he just looked so much stronger and faster despite identical times. Has the gate speed to leave right on and either cut the mile or get great cover to score from again. $132,525 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Filly Pace 5th race Sunday, Dover Downs – Once again another well matched field that is making it tough to pick a winner. Decided to go with Ali Blue despite her outside post. She may have won in a photo last week but did show true grit in holding on to the lead down the stretch. $140,100 Matron Stakes Final 2YO Filly Trot 9th race Sunday, Dover Downs – We may just be watching the leading contender to be the freshman filly trotter of the year. Shake It Cerry was hot earlier this season and has now returned with a flury. She wired the field with ease last week, is going for her fourth straight win and looks to be the chalk play of the night. $160,388 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Colt Pace 10th race Sunday, Dover Downs – After a much needed rest, Vegas Vacation should be primed for a big effort in here. And with Sunshine Beach having to start outside of him, I think that Vegas Vacation can return to his winning ways from back in September. $130,650 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Filly Pace 11th race Sunday, Dover Downs – Now a winner in 10 of her 17 starts this year, Shebestingin gave notice last week that she was primed and in tip top shape with her 1:51.2 victory. Provided she minds her manner behind the starting gate she should have no trouble beating this group again. $153,225 Matron Stakes Final 3YO Colt Trot 13th race Sunday, Dover Downs – It was great to see Smilin Eli back to winning form last week with his 1:53.1 victory in the Matron Preview. He draws the same post three again and I expect he will just go right out to the lead like last week and wire the field.  

Schedule of events: Maywood Park will host four Grand Circuit stakes events on Friday (Nov. 15). The card is led by the $177,000 Windy City for 3-year-old colt pacers and also features the $110,000 Galt for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $87,000 Abe Lincoln for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $73,000 Cinderella for 3-year-old filly pacers. Dover Downs will offer eight Matron Stakes finals on Sunday (Nov. 17). On the card will be the $166,650 final for 2-year-old colt trotters, the $164,250 final for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $160,388 final for 3-year-old colt pacers, the $154,575 final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the $153,225 final for 3-year-old colt trotters, the $140,100 final for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $132,525 final for 2-year-old filly pacers and the $130,650 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Last time: Eight American-National stakes were contested this past Saturday (Nov. 9) at Balmoral Park featuring many of the top stars in the sport. Below are some of the highlights of that excellent night of racing. [cid:image002.jpg@01CEE04E.3AC960B0] Bee A Magician kept her perfect 2013 record unblemished as she stormed through the inside to win the $118,500 American-National 3-year-old filly trot in 1:55.2. The sophomore daughter of Kadabra-Beehive was driven handily by Brian Sears for trainer Nifty Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Bee A Magician posted her 16th seasonal victory. The win increased her 2013 earnings to $1,420,804 and her lifetime bankroll to $2,187,456. Captaintreacherous battled a game Lucan Hanover all the way to the wire, gutting out a 1:49 victory in the $256,000 American-National for 3-year-old colt pacers. Tim Tetrick steered the Tony Alagna-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure to his 13th triumph in 15 starts this season, pushing his 2013 earnings to $2,055,033. Pet Rock stormed down the Balmoral Park stretch to win the $200,000 American-National Open Pace in a new track record clocking of 1:48.2 for driver David Miller. The 4-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover-Casual Beauty came flying late to overtake the hard-trying Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) by a head for owner Frank Bellino. Harnessed by trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr., Pet Rock notched his sixth win of the season in 17 starts, and his 16th career triumph. He now has $972,820 in seasonal earnings and $1,984,204 in career earnings for his connections. Market Share wore down the leader Maven to win the $200,000 American-National Open Trot in a new track record of 1:52.1 with Tim Tetrick in the sulky. Linda Toscano trains the 4-year-old Revenue S-Classical Flirt horse, who last won his $600,000 Breeders Crown test at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. It was the 20th career victory for Market Share. The Matron Stakes eliminations were featured on a standout Sunday (Nov. 10) program at Dover Downs. Drivers John Campbell and Corey Callahan had two wins each while trainer Jimmy Takter also had a double. This Sunday (Nov. 17), the top eight finishers in each of the eight classes return for lucrative finals. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,760; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,502; 3. David Miller - 1,103; 4. Brian Sears - 699.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 662.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,694.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,111.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 488.5; 4. Tony Alagna - 461; and 5. Jonas Czernyson - 437.5. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 385.5; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 363.55; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 258.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 242.75. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next weekend at Meadowlands Racetrack and Dover Downs. The Meadowlands will host legs of the TVG FFA Series for trotters and pacers, as well as eliminations for four 2-year-old stakes -- the Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Dover will host eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit  

Both Shebestingin and Jerseylicious won their respective $21,775 elimination divisions of the Matron Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Shebestingin was the fastest winner, taking the second division with ease in 1:51.2 for driver David Miller. Ms Caila J Fra (Andy Miller) left from post seven to take the early lead over UF Dragon’s Queen (Tim Tetrick) and led the field to the opening quarter mile in :26.2 as Miller then came first-up and cleared to the lead with Shebestingin before the half mile marker in :54.4. Parlee Beach and driver Brian Sears tried coming first-over in the backstretch but to no avail as Shebestingin cruised to the three-quarters in 1:23.4 and the tore away from the field in the stretch to win by six open lengths. Ms Caila J Fra was second with UF Dragon’s Queen third. Also making it to the $125,000 final next week was fourth place finisher Certified Ideal (John Campbell). Sired by Bettor’s Delight, it was the tenth win this year for Shebestingin. Trained by Joe Holloway, Shebestingin is owned by Val D’Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L &L Devisser. She paid $2.40 to win as the 1/5 betting favorite. With a bold three-wide move on the final turn, Jerseylicious and driver Corey Callahan were able to collar pacesetter Summertime Lea (Yannick Gingras) and pull away in the stretch to win the first division of the Matron eliminations by two open lengths over Cheyenne Miriam (Andy Miller) in 1:52.1. Summertime Lea was third. It was the 8/5 favorite Summertime Lea that started off the show in front with Exotic Beach (David Miller) grabbing the two-hole spot to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Then to the half mile in :56.1 Summertime Lea was comfortable on the lead as Cheyenne Miriam came first-over and gave outside cover to Jerseylicious. For Jerseylicious, the daughter of Western Ideal posted her ninth win of the year for trainer Wayne Givens. She is owned by the Legacy Racing of Delaware and Pamela Curran of Milford, DE. She paid $11.80 to win. Also making it to the final was fourth place finisher Handsoffmycupcake (Daniel Dube). By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Up until the three-quarters it looked as if 47-1 long shot Noon Tea Party and driver Andy Miller had things pretty much in hand in the $46,700 Matron Preview for two-year-old trotting fillies at Dover Downs Sunday. But that was when driver Ron Pierce decided to move the 1/9 favorite, Shake It Cerry, from third place along the rail and the daughter of Donato Hanover not only responded but as if shot from a cannon, she trotted by Noon Tea Party and then pulled away from the field, nearly winning by the length of the track in 1:54.4. Noon Tea Party held for second with Stuck By Lindy (David Miller) third. It was the sixth win in nine starts for Shake It Cerry. She is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by the Solveig’s Racing Partners of East Windsor, NJ. It was the third straight victory for Shake It Cerry. She paid just $2.10 to win. Also making it to next week’s $124,000 Matron Final will be Ruby, Fashion Hunteress, Silent Opera K, Scully Sad and Scream And Shout. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

Both Well Built and Nuncio captured their respective $27,750 elimination divisions for the Matron Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts Sunday at Dover Downs. It was all Don Dorado and driver Tim Tetrick early in the first division on as they outdueled Skates N Plates (Simon Allard) to the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then by the half mile in :55.2 Musclesprinctonian (David Miller) came first-over with Well Built (Jim Meittinis) grabbing the second-over cover. But in the backstretch, Another Transcript and driver Corey Callahan made a bold three-wide move and looped the field to get into first-over position as Musclesprinctonian began to fade. As they passed the three-quarters in 1:25.2, Don Dorado was still in command of the race. As they came down the stretch Don Dorado could not keep up the pace and made a break leaving what looked like an easy win for Skates N Plates but Meittinis had Well Built in full gear and they came on at the finish to win by one and one-half lengths in 1:55.2. Don Dorado was third and Another Transcript took the fourth spot to make next week’s $160,000 final field. It was a lifetime mark for Well Built. The son of Muscle Hill is trained and co-owned by Chris Ryder with Robert Mondillo and paid $15.20 to win. In the second division it was Nuncio and driver John Campbell from the very start. The son of Andover Hall sped right out to the early lead with It Really Matters (Ron Pierce) following in the two-hole. After the opening quarter mile in :27.3, those two pulled away from the field and sped through fractions of :55.1 and 1:25.2. They as they started down the stretch it looked as if Pierce had It Really Matters in gear to mount a challenge but it never happened as Campbell urged Nuncio home and they won with ease by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55.2. It Really Matters was second with Karets (Simon Allard) third and Another Depostion (Corey Callahan) fourth to make the final next week. It was the fourth win in just eight lifetime starts for Nuncio, who is trained by Scott Andrews for Stall TZ, Inc. of Vero Beach, Florida. Sent off as the 1/9 favorite, Nuncio paid just $2.10 to win. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

Ali Blue and driver Yannick Gingras posted a lifetime best mark of 1:51.4 in capturing the $44,175 elimination division of the Matron Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies Sunday at Dover Downs. Instant Respect (Ron Pierce) was the first on the lead in the bulky field that featured 11 started with Bettor Business (Daniel Dube) getting the garden spot but that was shorted lived as Ali Blue came charging up after an opening quarter mile in :27 to take command. Then at the half mile marker in :55.1, Beach Body (Brian Sears) came first-over but was unable to really gain any ground as Ali Blue held the field at bay to the three-quarters in 1:23.2 and then was in hand coming down the stretch to win by a half length over Instant Respect with Somethinincredible (John Campbell) closing well for third place. Trained by Jimmy Takter, it was the sixth win this year for Ali Blue. The daughter of American Ideal is co-owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, R A W Equine and Jim Fielding. She paid $6.00 to win. Also returning next week for the $160,000 Matron final will be Beach Body, Tyra, Kate Can’t Wait, Table Talk and My Lady Day. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley picked a perfect spot in registering a lifetime mark, winning the $51,525 Matron Stakes elimination Sunday at Dover Downs for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. The son of Bettor’s Delight was able to take the early lead away from McWicked (Andy Miller) by the opening quarter mile in :27.1 and then kept on truckin. They led to the half in :55.2 as Bakersfield (Corey Callahan) started up first-over giving outside cover to Carracci Hanover (Yannick Gingras). Then at the three-quarter mile marker in 1:23.1, Stevensville and driver Ray Schnittker tried coming three-wide on the final turn to mount a challenge but All Bets Off and Kakaley proved to be too strong, winning by a half length in 1:51.3 over McWicked with Stevensville third. It was the third win this year for All Bets Off, who is trained by Ron Burke for the Burke Racing Stable, F. Baldachino and the Panhellenic Stable. Sent off at odds of 3-1, All Bets Off paid $8.00 to win. Also making it to the $165,000 Matron final next week are Thereisapaceforus, Carracci Hanover, Ideal Fashion and Bakersfield. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

It was as easy as just getting to the front and never looking back. Smilin Eli and driver Tim Tetrick did just that in winning the $51,075 elimination division for the Matron Stakes for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings Sunday at Dover Downs. Leaving from post three, Smilin Eli was able to take the early lead away from Bluto (Andy Miller) by the opening quarter mile in :27.3 and then held the field at bay the rest of the one mile race, leading to the half mile in :56.2 and the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Dontyouforgetit (Yannick Gingras) tried coming first-over at the half mile with All Laid Out (David Miller) second over but they never posed a threat. Coming down the stretch, Smilin Eli won with ease by two open lengths over Pluto in 1:53.1. Possessed Fashion (Brian Sears) was third. Also making it to next week’s $140,000 Matron final are All Laid Out, Six Gun Hall, Tirade Hanover, Crazy About Pat and Sailer Eddie. For Smilin Eli, a son of Muscles Yankee, it was his fifth win this year. He is trained by David Smith for owner/breeder Nick Cimino of Pompano Beach, FL. He paid $4.00 to win as the betting favorite. By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com

I went four for seven last week, which should be really good but when only chalk comes in you barely break even. I actually lost $0.70 cents (based on $2 win bet each race). We are still in the minus earning column at -$24.80 going into this weekend and we will try once again to bring that number down more. We have a giant of a card at Balmoral Park Saturday with eight of the top rated horses in the nation competing in the American National Stakes. Then on Sunday another top program with the elimination races for the Matron Stakes. So many stakes to choose from so I went with ten big races. $115,000 American National 2YO Filly Pace 3rd race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – Gonna be a tough mile this week for Sweetnsinful having to start from the outside in post eight but this filly has been super sharp, first or second in eight of her nine starts this year and she has the gate speed to overcome the outside post. $113,000 American National 2YO Colt Pace 4th race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – Once again the best in the field has the worst post position. Bushwacker starts from post ten but this is a late bloomer, only five starts so he is very fresh and based off his impressive back-to-back victories, sizzling at Balmoral last week in 1:51.4, I think he can overcome outside position and work out another winning trip. $235,000 American National 3YO Colt Trot 5th race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – Last week Creatine turned the tables on Spider Blue Chip, giving him a perfect two-hole trip but Creatine would not let him catch him. I see the exact same mile shaping up in here with the exact same results. $200,000 American National Open Trot 6th race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – Now we have a brand new scenario to contemplate. Maven, an outstanding world champion mare is going against the boys for the first time. She comes into this great match-up on a four-race winning streak. The program says that Market Share is the horse to beat but I think that Maven may be able to work out some live cover and she can grind it out, if necessary, against the boys and beat them. $161,000 American National 3YO Filly Pace 7th race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – World champion I Luv The Nitelife returns from a nice rest off her Breeders Crown victory and takes on rival Charisma Hanover who is on an impressive four-race winning streak. But what the program lines don’t show is that I Luv The Nitelife has beaten Charisma Hanover all four times they faced each other earlier this season and thus should not have a problem beating her again. $118,500 American National 3YO Filly Trot 8th race Saturday, Balmoral Park – How can anyone even think of going against perfection? Bee A Magician is 15 for 15 this year and shows no signs of ever letting up. She is the top rated harness horse in the nation and rightly so. $256,000 American National 3YO Colt Pace 9th race Saturday, Balmoral Park  – Whether his blood count was way low last week or he never heard or saw the other horse coming, Captaintreacherous did get beat but only by a half length. He comes back to winning form in here against what should be an easy field for him to beat. But we all thought that last week too. $200,000 American National Open Pace 10th race Saturday, Balmoral Park – Last week Pet Rock made good use of his inside post position and wired the field. But here he has post nine and he has never done well from an outside post. Thus I am going back to Foiled Again to win. The “old man” of the field has been super game all season long and Ron Burke has him primed and ready to go again. Week in and week out this game son of Dragon Again does not know where the end of the mile is. $53,462 Matron Stakes elimination 3YO Colt Pace 10th race SUNDAY, Dover Downs – Large field of 11 starters will make this race very interesting. Dedi’s Dragon comes in off beating Captaintreacherous, Sunshine Beach missed beating Captaintreacherous by a neck in the Breeders Crown, Ronny Bugatti comes in having upset in the Messenger Stake, but the horse I pick to win is Vegas Vacation. Despite starting from post ten in the second tier he is the class of the field and if fit and ready to go he will find a way to win. $54,750 Matron Stakes elimination 3YO Filly Trot 11th race SUNDAY, Dover Downs – Another large field of 11 starters but with her early gate speed I see Ma Chere Hall being able to leave, get out of the way of the bulky field and mind her manners as she works her way to the front and trots on home as she has already done seven times this year.

Robbie Siegelman does not make many trips to Dover Downs. In fact, when Cheyenne Miriam won the open handicap for fillies and mares there on Nov. 4, it was the first time Siegelman raced a horse at Dover Downs since 2008. And over the last 15 years, the New Jersey-based New Yorker has competed at Dover just 20 times. So when Cheyenne Miriam returns to Dover Downs for Sunday's eliminations for the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, Siegelman is hoping it's worth the trip. It was worth it in 2002, when Cheyenne Rei upset a field that included the favored entry of Art Major and McArdle to win the Matron Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers. "I don't race there often, but I've always gone there with a quality horse," Siegelman said. "We've always done well at Dover. I like going there." Cheyenne Miriam heads to her Matron elimination off her head victory over 8-year-old Monochromatic, who has earned nearly three-quarters of a million dollars lifetime, in her last start. Cheyenne Miriam has won 11 of 22 races this year, missing the board only twice, and earned $289,807. The Matron will be her first test in open stakes company; she won three times on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and finished second to Casie Coleman's Social Scene in the $225,000 final. "I think based on her consistency and how she seems to stay fresh, she deserves a chance to race in it," Siegelman said. "She showed it (Monday) night; she beat a tough aged mare first up. It was very impressive." Cheyenne Miriam was bred by G.R.J. Partners - Barry Rubenstein, Gordon Freeman and Jeff Rubinstein - and is raced by lessee The Cheyenne Gang, which includes G.R.J. Partners, Larry Altman and Eli Oxenhorn. She is a daughter of Bettor's Delight out of the mare Alibecca and her third dam is millionaire Nadia Lobell. Alibecca's half-sister Falconstor produced former Cheyenne Gang star Cheyenne Trish. Cheyenne Miriam was limited to two starts last season because of soreness. She finished fifth in her first start this year, then won six of her next seven races in conditioned classes. She has not missed the board in 12 starts since being sixth-placed-seventh after going off stride in a race at Yonkers in May. "We didn't know she was going to be a stakes horse because she didn't really race at (age) 2," Siegelman said. "We raced her twice, she came up real sore behind, so we shut her down. "I think her best asset is her consistency. I just hope we can keep it going. She's been amazingly consistent. (Driver) Simon Allard said those two (off-the-board finishes) were his fault. One time she hit a wheel; she was locked in and loaded. The other was the first start of the year, where she was locked in. She's legit, just a really nice filly." Cheyenne Miriam is the 3-1 second choice in her Matron elimination, with Andy Miller listed to drive. Somwherovrarainbow, who was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old filly pacer in 2012, is the 2-1 favorite for trainer George Teague Jr. and driver Montrell Teague. World champion Shebestingin, driven by David Miller for trainer Joe Holloway, is the 2-5 morning line favorite in the second elimination. Regardless of what happens in the Matron, Siegelman is looking forward to seeing what Cheyenne Miriam can do in the future. "It looks like we're probably going to keep racing her," Siegelman said. "My guys are in the racing game. There was some talk about selling her, but hopefully we can just enjoy her. "Hopefully she stays healthy. To possibly have one of those aged mares to race, they're so hard to find; the tough, rugged aged mares. That's what I'm hoping for her." by Ken Weingartner for Harness Racing Communications  

DOVER, Del. --- Decision day has come for those nominated to last major stakes of the 2013 season. Monday morning, Nov. 4, two-and-three-year-old trotters and pacers nominated to the rich Matron Stakes must drop in to race. For those desiring to supplement to a Matron event, there is a fee of $20,000 for a two-year-old and $25,000 for a three-year-old to race. Note: the Race Office will accept entries from, 10 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp. There are no exceptions. The first eight finishers from among the Matron elimination divisions will return on Sunday, Nov. 17 for lucrative finals. On all race days, the Race Office phone numbers are 302-857-3230 or 302-674-4600 ext. 3230. To fax, dial 302-741-8986. The Race Office will accept entries from the regular entries time, 10 a.m. until 12 Noon sharp. Daily condition sheets are available on the track website: doverdowns.com The Dover Downs live racing schedule is Sundays at 5:30 p.m. and weekdays, Mondays through Thursdays, post time at 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. Simulcasting of harness and thoroughbred racing and NFL three-game wagering is available daily from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight. There is no charge for parking and admission. Early reservations are suggested for the Winner's Circle Restaurant and for those horsemen and horse owner seeking to stay at Dover Downs Hotel, Call early to 302-674-4600.  

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