Although Mattwestern began the series off a five-month layoff, she has dominated the event, taking her three splits by a combined 9-1/2 lengths.
On Friday, she got away a leisurely fifth, brushed to the lead past the quarter for Dave Palone and scored by 3-3/4 lengths, in 1:54.2. Lil Miss Snowflake shot through the Lightning Lane for second while R Marie Hanover finished third. Ron Burke trains the 3-year-old daughter of Western Terror--Mattonement for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC.
Not to be outdone, Mattwestern’s stablemate, Save My Dragon, also made it three straight in the Donna Dunn with a facile victory for Palone in 1:54.4. The pocket-sitting Iwannabejustlikeu was second, 3-1/4 lengths back, while Posey Tina rallied for show.
“Duke” Sugg, Randall Van Hutchison and Robert Hutchison own the 3-year-old daughter of Dragon Again--Save My Life. The Burke fillies are headed for the $20,000-added series final on Friday, March 29.
In the $18,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred trot, Action-Broadway moved ever closer to millionaire status as she rallied for a neck victory over Trotslikethewind, in 1:55.1. RT Sun Poco was third.
Eric Ledford drove the 6-year-old daughter of Broadway Hall--Photo With Molly for trainer Virgil Morgan, Jr. and owner Ken Sommer. The 2011 Mare Trotter of the Year, Action-Broadway now boasts $996,987 in career earnings.
Palone drove four winners on the 12-race card.