11/12/2011 11:40PM

Check Me Out overcomes early break to win Matron at Dover Downs


Dover, De - Check Me Out overcame going off stride in mid first turn and made up approximately 24 lengths to win the first of four Matron two-year-old Finals at Dover Downs on Saturday (Nov. 12).

Check Me Out eased away from the starting gate third with several horses on the outside as the field reached the first turn. Shortly after Check Me Out broke stride with driver Tim Tetrick bringing the filly to a halt. She regained stride about two-dozen lengths behind the leader. It took until mid backstretch before they could catch the field. The daughter of Donato Hanover-Illusion Bi was sent three wide picking up horses along the way. She dashed down the lane with two horses to beat and caught them with a short neck to spare in 1:58. 

Voluptuous Ronda (Ross Wolfenden) finished second in front of Exercise To Go (David Miller) third.

The win was the 14th in 16 races for owners Charles Iannazzo and trainer Ray Schnittker. The victory ups her seasonal bankroll to $900,619.

Randy Ringer’s Destiny’s Chance scored a head victory in 1:53 to take the $128,600 Matron frosh filly pace notching her seventh win of the year and $287,178 earnings.

Four Starzzz Girl (Montrell) Teague) took second with fast finishing Notreadytobenice (Mike Lachance) third.

Tim Tetrick, who won five races during the night, piloted Heston Blue Chip home in 1:50.4 to win the $177,275 Matron colt and gelding final. Tetrick made a quick move to take the lead before the clubhouse turn and the sped away to his 11th win of the season in 13 races.

The New York Sire Stake champion held off fast closing Allstar Legend (Andy Miller) and third place Steelhead Hanover (Joe Pavia) for the win.

Heston Blue Chip entered the Matron upon a $30,000 supplemental payment by owner Ken Jacobs. He now has won $375,650 in 2011.

Pekoe Fashion enjoyed a perfect trip sitting behind leader Delano until deep stretch when Tim Tetrick pulled the Broadway Hall-Orange Pekoe homebred of Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farm to the outside and then went on for a 1:56.1 triumph in the colt and gelding rookie trot.

Southwin Austin (Andy Miler) got up to finish second with Delano (Ray Schnittker) holding on for third.

Pekoe Fashion is now the winner of $226,900 this season.

The $330,000 Progress Pace and three Matron sophomore finals highlight the end of Dover Downs Million Dollar weekend Sunday.