Dover, DE — Trainer Jimmy Takter and driver Yannick Gingras teamed up for a Grand Circuit double in Thursday evening’s (Nov. 8) Matron Stakes for 2-year-olds at Dover Downs, combining with Super Schissel and Blood Money in their respective divisions.
$158,000 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Trot
Super Schissel made his move from the pocket with five-sixteenths to go en route to an easy 1:56 win in his Matron division, contested as a non-wagering event before the main program.
After yielding early control to Lindy’s Crazy Hall (David Miller) on approach to the first turn, Yannick Gingras kept Super Schissel close from the pocket through early splits of :28.2 and :58.1. Midway up the backstretch, the son of Uncle Peter and Bavarde angled out and strode to the lead immediately, putting three-quarters of a length on Lindy’s Crazy Hall by three-quarters in 1:27.2 before drawing off handily. Holiday Hangover (Tim Tetrick) rallied belatedly from last to take second, 4-1/2 lengths back, while Union Forces (Scott Zeron) took third over the fading Lindy’s Crazy Hall.
Super Schissel is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Al Libfeld and Perry Soderberg. His win in the Matron was the fourth of his career his first away from The Red Mile, where he captured a pair of Kentucky Sires Stakes preliminaries and a division of the International Stallion Stakes.
$177,800 2-Year-Old Filly Trot (Race 6)
Following a runner-up effort in the Breeders Crown, When Dovescry ($2.60) sustained a first-over grind to collar Sonnet Grace in 1:54.4.
The daughter of Muscle Hill and Cedar Dove stalked patiently from midfield behind early pacesetter Starita (David Miller) through a :27.4 first quarter and waited until well after Sonnet Grace (Yannick Gingras) brushed out of third before making her move. At the completion of a rated :57 first half, Simon Allard angled When Dovescry first-over and worked to within a length of Sonnet Grace up the backstretch while Starita began to struggle in the pocket.
When Dovescry prompted a quickening tempo, forcing Sonnet Grace through a :28.4 third quarter before taking over a sixteenth from home. Sonnet Grace battled back, but When Dovescry prevailed by a hand-urged neck for her fifth career win. Jezzys Legacy (Ray Schnittker) stayed on for third with the aid of a second-over trip.
Rene Allard trains When Dovescry for the Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain.
$179,100 2-Year-Old Filly Pace (Race 8)
Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Sylph Hanover ($12.40) surged to Grand Circuit glory in the final sixteenth of her Matron division, parlaying a second-over trip behind a late-developing duel into a length victory.
Matt Kakaley positioned the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and She’s A Fan fifth in the early stages while Queen Of The Pride (Mike Cole) clicked off a :27.3 first quarter. After stablemate St Somewhere (Yannick Gingras) brushed to the fore from third through another :27.3 quarter, Sylph Hanover slid second-over behind the steadily-advancing Renaissance Lady K up the far side.
Renaissance Lady K engaged St Somewhere in a duel past three-quarters in 1:24.2 and took the lead midway on the far turn, but Sylph Hanover was poised to pounce. Kakaley angled her three-wide off the home turn, and she drew off boldly in the final sixteenth to score in 1:52.4. Queen Of The Pride re-emerged up the open stretch to take second, while Renaissance Lady K finished third after wearing down St Somewhere.
The win was the fourth of Sylph Hanover’s career. Ron Burke handles the training duties for the Burke Racing Stable, William Switala, James Martin and Joseph Critelli.
$213,000 2-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace (Race 10)
Blood Money ($8.00) sustained an uncovered bid out of midfield through the final half mile of his Matron split and held off a late charge from Sugar Factory to narrowly prevail in 1:51.1.
Yannick Gingras, wearing the colors of Diamond Creek Racing, floated Blood Money up the pegs to protect a close stalking spot behind dueling leaders Love Me Some Lou (Corey Callahan) and Mangogh (Brett Miller) through a sharp :26.3 quarter, but the pair were relegated to fourth when No Mas Amor (Tim Tetrick) pushed clear with nine-sixteenths to go after losing cover.
At the :54.3 half-mile juncture, Gingras angled the Sweet Lou-Blood Diamond colt off the pegs, and he responded immediately to accelerate, press the pace, and take the lead under urging past three-quarters in 1:22.4. No Mas Amor gave way on the far turn, but Sugar Factory (David Miller) loomed off live cover to pose a late threat. Blood Money was driven out off the home turn and all the way to the winning post to keep the lunging Sugar Factory a neck at bay. Reigning Deo rallied from last down the grandstand side to take third.
Jimmy Takter trains five-time winner Blood Money, who was second in both the Kentucky Sires Stakes final and an International Stallion Series division.
Three-year-olds will contest their Matron divisions next Thursday (Nov. 15).