11/03/2016 8:31PM

Dover Downs: Two-year-olds battle in Matrons

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What's Goin On pulled a 32-1 upset in the Matron for 2-year-old colt pacers

What's Goin On, Ain't Three Ok, Snowstorm Hanover, and Fine Tuned Lady were victorious in the four Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds that were held on Thursday at Dover Downs.

In the $171,300 Matron colt pace, favored Boogie Shuffle (Scott Zeron) cut the opening quarter in 26 4/5, but Every Way Out (Tim Tetrick) moved first-over out of fourth past that point and crossed over to command just past the 56 second half-mile mark.  The Wall (Yannick Gingras) was left in the first-up position when Every Way Out cleared, and they would battle up the backstretch and to the 1:23 1/5 three-quarters.

That swift third quarter took its toll on the leaders, and catching the eye on the final bend was What's Goin On (David Miller), who had been eighth and last on the inside at three-quarters before he got to the outside.  Once he got off the rail, he commenced a four-wide brush that carried him past the leaders in the lane and to the finish line first, winning by a neck in 1:53 flat.  Rock N Tony (Trace Tetrick) finished in second, and Boogie Shuffle nosed out Western Hill (Brett Miller) for third.  

"He raced very well," Miller said of What's Goin On, who was sent off as a 32-1 longshot.  "We were just racing him to get a check there, racing him to get lucky, and he did.  He had a good post; he had the two.  I was going to try to get away as close as I could, but they were going pretty hard, and he was comfortable getting away where he did.  I think he got away fifth or sixth, and I just rode the inside."

Trainer Mark Harder also co-owns What's Goin On, a colt by Blue Chip Farms stallion Roll With Joe, with partners Rick Phillips, Vip Internet Stable LLC. and Deena Frost.  This was his third win from 11 starts this year, and he has now earned $172,367.  Purchased for $50,000 at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last year, What's Goin On is the first foal out of the Mach Three mare Shipps Xclamation, a half-sister to Invitro (Camluck, $1,983,077) and Bigtime Ball (Presidential Ball, $1,558,519).  What's Goin On paid $66.20 for the upset victory.

The Matron for 2-year-old filly pacers went for a purse of $170,000 and saw Big City Betty (John Campbell) in front at the 27 second front quarter before she gave way to Planet Rock (Tim Tetrick).  Planet Rock put the half on the board in 55 4/5, but 4-5 favorite Ain't Three Ok (Brian Sears) was out and moving from fourth at that marker, and she would take over the top spot just past the 1:24 3/5 three-quarters, then open a gap on the field on the far turn.  She would cruise home through the stretch, hitting the wire 2 1/4 lengths to the good in a final clocking of 1:52 4/5.  Rockette (Matt Kakaley) was up to finish second, followed by World Apart (Zeron).

"They thought enough of the filly to supplement her into the Matron, and she showed up and raced real well," offered Sears.  "She was in against some nice fillies, but she raced super, and I'm really happy for her.  They said they'd been racing her a little conservative all year, and they thought she was sitting on a good mile.  Sure enough, she was."

A Mach Three filly, Ain't Three Ok is trained by Steve Carter for owner Chuck Grubbs.  Ain't Three Ok has won on five occasions from 11 efforts, and she has earned $282,224.  Ain't Three Ok is the eighth foal out of the Jenna's Beach Boy Ain't Given Up, making her a half-sister to the likes of Givenupdreaming (If I Can Dream, $218,610).  Ain't Three Okay returned $3.80 to win.

Colt trotters battled for a purse of $147,100, and Southwind Cobra (Gingras) and Breeders Crown elimination winner Sortie (Andrew McCarthy) raced next to each other to the 27 3/5 opening quarter before the latter took the lead.  Sortie went on to click off the half in 56 2/5, but then Snowstorm Hanover (Kakaley) charged first-up out of fourth, and he would get half a length in front at the 1:25 three-quarters before dropping back around the far turn.  Snowstorm Hanover would find his best stride again once the field straightened up for the stretch drive, and he would get back around Sortie to prevail by a neck in 1:55 1/5.  Southwind Cobra wound up third.

"He's a nice colt," said Kakaley.  "He didn't really race that good in the Breeders Crown (seventh in the final), but he raced good today, and I think he's got some talent to him.

"Going to the half I took a big run at Andy, and I thought I was going to trot right by him, but my colt was a little green when he cleared in the last turn.  Then when he came off the turn he got the job done."

Ron Burke trains Snowstorm Hanover, a colt by Muscle Massive, for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC., Frank Baldachino, Phil Collura, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.  It was the fourth win of Snowstorm Hanover's career in 12 trips behind the gate, and he has now banked $181,419.  He was purchased for $23,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is out of the Andover Hall mare Snow Angel Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mymomsablizzard (CR Excalibur, $480,909).  Dispatched at 5-1, Snowstorm Hanover paid $13.60 to win.

1-5 choice Fine Tuned Lady (Corey Callahan) claimed the $148,700 Matron filly trot.  She made a first-over move into the lead beyond the 27 3/5 front quarters and would go on to reach the half in 56 3/5 and the three-quarters in 1:26 3/5.  She was under first-up pressure from Ice Attraction (Ake Svanstedt) at three-quarters, and the would battle side-by-side all the way to the line, but Fine Tuned Lady was too strong, scoring by a neck in 1:56 3/5.  Winter Sweet Frost (Zeron) rallied for third, just three-parts of a length back.FotowonFine Tuned Lady (#1) held off Ice Attraction (#4)

"She really gutted it out there," Callahan said.  "She's had a great year, and I sure she's looking forward to a little time off and getting ready for next year.

"It stacked up exactly how I thought it would.  I thought the #4 and #5 would both leave, and then I planned on making my move from there.  I just wanted to see what kind of foot they came out on and go from there.  It was a really soft back-half, but she's dead-game, and she dug in for the win."

John Butenschoen trains and William Wiswell and M And L Of Delaware Inc. own Fine Tuned Lady, a filly by Cantab Hall.  She has now won six times from 12 attempts, and she boosted her earnings to $438,340.  A $27,000 Standardbred Horse Sale buy, Fine Tuned Lady is out of the Pine Chip mare Poster Princess (Pine Chip, $153,407), making her a half-sister to the likes of Poster Pin Up (Andover Hall, $439,454) and Call To Post (Tom Ridge, $307,140).  Fine Tuned Lady, who won this year's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes final and the Kentuckiana Stallion Management at Hoosier Park, returned $2.40 to win.