A trio of $25,000 Hanover stakes for freshmen colt pacers are sprinkled throughout Saturday’s 12-race Balmoral Park program.
The two-year-old stake divisions have been carded as the fifth, seventh and tenth races.
The Tim Pinske trained first starter Keystone Resident will open up as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the first split with Hall of Fame driver Dave Magee at his lines. Magee guided thecolt to a quick 1:56.4 winning Balmoral Park qualifier on June 22, coming home in :28.1 without any urging.
Scioto Downs (1:58) winner Wiley Willy (9-2, Robert Harper) will leave from the rail in the fifth race event and to his right is Yourtheluckyone (5-1, Tim Tetrick), West Bound Train (12-1, R.Leonard), Life Guard On Duty (8-1, Ron Marsh), Buck (4-1, Dale Hiteman), Architect (10-1, Andy Miller) and Full Of Luck (10-1, Brent Holland).
Bunk (Dale Hiteman) will debut for the Joe Seekman Stable, who produced both Hanover freshman filly champions here last Tuesday night—Halle Go Lightly and Three Men Dreamin—and Dale drove both winners.
Seekman’s Joe To Go will open up as the 8-5 first flash favorite in eight-horse seventh race division. The Jenna’s Beach Boy colt had a pair of strong winning qualifiers (1:56.3 and 1:57.3) last month on our track for Saturday night’s driver Tim Tetrick. The youngster paced a quick :26.2 last panel in his June 22 qualifier and a week later sped the last panel in :26.3.
Plenty of the public’s support could go to the 5-2 early second choice Wonderful One after his impressive 1:55.1 (:27.1 last quarter) victory debuting on June 21 at Balmoral Park. Theoffspring finished second a week later at Hawthorne for the Nelson Willis Stable.
Wonderful One will leave from post five, while Joe To Go is right alongside in post six. Fifty-Fifty (10-1, Andy Miller), Jandj Art (9-2, Dave Magee), Ondowntheroad (6-1, Robert Harper), Rain Train (12-1, Tony Morgan), Fox Valley Alexai (15-1, Brent Holland) and Yankee Vinny (15-1, Ron Marsh) complete the second colt division.
Morning line favoritism in the tenth race third split is divided between Ross Bar Hanover (3-1, Dave Magee), Nifty Fellow (7-2, Brent Holland) and Stiver McGiver (4-1), another Seekman Stable youngster, who gets the favorable one-post for his initial pari-mutuel start.
Both Roll Bar Hanover, a $52,000 yearling purchase by the Tim Pinske Stable, and Nifty Fellow, a Ken Rucker Stable hopeful, benefit from a recent pari-mutuel outing at Hawthorne. The latter is acolt out of the Falcon Almahurst dam Mac Nifty, which makes him a half-brother to Fat Man Stan (1:52.4, $166,648), a former Chicago circuit horse who used to also campaign for the Rucker Stable.
The nine-horse field also drew Winbak Bini (15-1, Kurt Sugg), Free For Life (15-1, Richard Finn), The General (9-2, Dave Magee), Jate Daniels (12-1, Henry Lunsford), Icouldonlyimagine (8-1, Joe Anderson) and Blissful Knight (10-1, Robert Harper).
Coming up on Tuesday night, July 12 are eliminations for the first American National stake of the season. The $25,000 elims are for first season pacing fillies. The $140,000 (est.) Final will be held Tuesday, July 19.
Balmoral Park Publicity Department