11/17/2013 11:25PM

Dover: Vegas Vacation comes up aces in Matron final


Vegas Vacation and driver Brian Sears were dynamic in victory on Sunday night at Dover Downs in the $160,388 Matron Stakes final for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. The son of Bettors Delight, trained by Casie Coleman, outsprinted 4-5 favorite Sunshine Beach in the stretch to score in 1:48 3/5.

Emeritus Maximus and driver Simon Allard rolled out to the top in :26 flat with Vegas Vacation getting a tuck and Sunshine Beach remaining parked from post eight. Sunshine Beach and driver John Campbell needed three-eighths of a mile to clear the top and were in control through a :53 2/5 half.

Vegas Vacation moved to the outside before the half and joined the leader on even terms through three quarters in 1:21 1/5.

Sears called on his charge midway through the final turn and Vegas Vacation easily wore down the leader to score at odds of 9-5.

“He raced super tough,” said Sears, “His game is off the pace or racing first over and it worked out well.”

Vegas Vacation returns next Sunday for the Progress Pace eliminations.

Sunshine Beach broke late in the stretch but recovered to finish second with Emeritus Maximus third.

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Shebestingin and driver David Miller captured the $130,650 Matron for sophomore pacing fillies in a 1:49 1/5 mile. The Joe Holloway-trained lass defeated Ms Caila J Fra and UF Dragons Queen.

“When my filly is on her game she’s as good as anybody,” said Holloway. “Two weeks from now we go to the Meadowlands for the Nadia Lobell.”

Shebestingin gave her sire Bettors Delight a sweep of all four Matron events for pacers on the Dover card.

Smilin Eli and driver Tim Tetrick bravely held off Tirade Hanover to score in the $153,225 Matron for three-year-old male trotters. Sent off as the 2-5 favorite, Smilin Eli trotted the mile in 1:52 4/5. Possessed Fashion finished third.

After Bluto took early control in a :27 2/5 opening quarter, Smilin Eli brushed to the lead for Tetrick. He cut fractions of :56 and 1:24 1/5 before taking on the first-over challenge of Tirade Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras

“He won’t let a horse go by,” said Tetrick following the race. Dave Smith trains the sophomore colt.

Ma Chere Hall and driver Corey Callahan were dominant in the $164,250 Matron for three-year-old trotting fillies. Sent off as the prohibitive 1-9 choice Ma Chere Hall easily defeated Time To Kill with Déjà vu Too finishing third. Ma Chere Hall, trained by Jonas Czernyson, scored in 1:53 2/5, equaling the track record.

“She was absolutely super tonight,” said Callahan after the race.

Nuncio shattered the Dover track mark by two full seconds capturing the $166,650 Matron for two-year-old male trotters. The son of Andover Hall briefly yielded the lead to runner-up Skates And Plates but had control of the race with five-eighths remaining. Driver John Campbell was able to rate his charge and Nuncio stormed home in 1:53 flat. Skates And Plates finished second with Don Dorado third.

“He was more manageable this week,” said Campbell following the race. “He finished up strong.”

Shake It Cerry and driver Ron Pierce had a cakewalk in the $140,100 Matron final for two-year-old trotting fillies. The homebred daughter of Donato Hanover won for the seventh time in 10 starts this season scoring in 1:55 2/5 over Ruby and Scream And Shout. Pierce allowed the dust to settle before sending Shake It Cerry to the front passing the stands the first time. The Jimmy Takter-trained lass scored effortlessly as the 1-9 betting favorite.

“It was like a training mile for her,” said Pierce following the stakes win.

All Bets Off and driver Matt Kakaley also scored in a track record 1:50 in the $154,575 Matron for juvenile pacing colts and geldings. After a brief tuck on the first turn All Bets Off overtook 9-5 favorite Stevensville after the first three-eighths and never looked back. Stevensville had a chance to close the gap but was unable to gain with Carracci Hanover finishing third.

“He was ready to roll today,” said Kakaley about the Ron Burke-trained colt by Bettors Delight.

Bettors Delight-sired juveniles swept the two-year-old Matrons when 19-1 outsider Table Talk converted a second over trip to victory in the $132,525 contest for pacing fillies. Andy Miller was able to follow the cover of My Lady Day the second half and then overtake pacesetter Ali Blue on the wire in a 1:52 career-best effort. Owned in Delaware by The Wiz Kids Stable LLC, Table Talk is trained by Bart Dalious.

“They went hard early and I really got the kind of trip I wanted,” said Miller after the race.

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